» What You Need To Know About Trump’s New Travel Ban 25/09/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None The new countries it includes are just a way to cover up the fact that the ban still primarily targets Muslims, experts said.

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» What You Need To Know About Trump’s New Travel Ban
25/09/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
The new countries it includes are just a way to cover up the fact that the ban still primarily targets Muslims, experts said.

» North Korea: Trump comments amount to declaration of war – Financial Times
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Fortune Hindustan Times North Korea: Trump comments amount to declaration of war Financial Times North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that Donald Trump’s comments over the weekend amounted to a declaration of war, according to m…

» Anthony Weiner Weeps at Sentencing: ‘I Have a Disease, But I Have No Excuse’ – Daily Beast
25/09/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Daily Beast Anthony Weiner Weeps at Sentencing: ‘I Have a Disease, But I Have No Excuse’ Daily Beast Anthony Weiner wept in court on Monday, as he was sentenced to 21 months in prison. “I have a disease, but I have no excuse,” he cried. …

» MSNBC Leaves Out Tennessee Shooter’s Nationality – The Daily Caller
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MSNBC Leaves Out Tennessee Shooter’s Nationality The Daily Caller 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson is originally from Khartoum, Sudan and legally immigrated to the United States in the 1990s. Samson … Interestingly, the newest iterati…

» North Korea Escalates Rhetoric Against Trump
25/09/17 16:57 from Saved Stories – None
“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” the country’s foreign minister said.

» Trump and Trumpcare drag down the GOP – Washington Post
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Washington Post Trump and Trumpcare drag down the GOP Washington Post President Trump’s full impact on the fortunes of the Republican Party will get tested in the GOP midterms in 2018. Judging by his impact so far, however, he has been t…

» NFL television ratings are in, and Donald Trump’s call for a boycott has backfired
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Donald Trump couldn’t get the NFL team owners to bend to his will on racial protests, so he tried to punish them by calling for an outright boycott of this weekend’s pro football games. This prompted several of those owners t…

» News Roundup for September 25, 2017
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Let’s start the week of with a heavy dose of reality. 1. Jared Kushner has been using a private email account to conduct

» Kushner pulled a Clinton – VICE News
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VICE News Kushner pulled a Clinton VICE News As of September 2017, Clinton has not been locked up: the FBI said last November that Clinton should not face criminal charges for her email practices. And Trump continues to attack former FBI…

» The Hill’s 12:30 Report – The Hill
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report The Hill TRUMP ON THE NFL THIS A.M. — IF YOU HAD ASKED ME FRIDAY WHAT THE STORY OF THE MORNING WOULD BE, THIS WOULDN’T HAVE MADE MY TOP 50: President Trump this morning said that fans who booed NFL players who re…

» Steve Bannon tried to plant a mole inside Facebook to help rig the election for Donald Trump
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Steve Bannon may be out of a job, but he’s not done being at the center of controversy. In fact, Donald Trump’s former campaign CEO and former White House Chief Strategist has just been caught having tried to install one of h…

» US violent crime jumps by most in 25 years
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Attorney-general Jeff Sessions says FBI figures justify tougher stance

» While Trump Tweeted About Sports All Weekend, Puerto Rico Dealt With ‘Apocalyptic’ Hurricane Damage – HuffPost
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HuffPost While Trump Tweeted About Sports All Weekend, Puerto Rico Dealt With ‘Apocalyptic’ Hurricane Damage HuffPost That afternoon, Trump started a tirade against athletes kneeling or sitting during the national anthem, a protest start…

» Do Flynn’s nuclear dealings top Manafort’s Kurdish referendum? – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
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Do Flynn’s nuclear dealings top Manafort’s Kurdish referendum? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists But Manafort’s dealings are overshadowed by breaking news in the Wall Street Journal that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did…

» Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison – AV Club
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AV Club Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison AV Club If you agree with Hillary Clinton’s argument that James Comey’s stupid decision to reopen the investigation into her private email server just days before the 2016 election …

» John Oliver on Trump v the NFL: ‘Something is horribly wrong’
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On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver addressed the president’s feud with the NFL and looked at the implications of corporate consolidation On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver turned his attention to Donald Trump’s feud with NFL players who ch…

» What It Really Means When Black People Who Protest Are Called ‘Ungrateful’
25/09/17 15:20 from Saved Stories – None
To be black and to be conscious and to have a voice flies in the face of white supremacy.

» What’s really driving Trump in his NFL feud? – BBC News
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BBC News What’s really driving Trump in his NFL feud? BBC News President Donald Trump’s swipes at the National Football League players’ protests were nestled in the middle of a nearly hour-and-half-long speech at a rally in Alabama. The …

» North Korea accuses Trump of making declaration of war
25/09/17 15:20 from Saved Stories – None
Foreign minister warns Pyongyang has right to shoot down US bombers

» The Russia Investigation: What’s New – The Moscow Times
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The Moscow Times The Russia Investigation : What’s New The Moscow Times A U.S. Congressional investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election may go beyond Facebook, a member of the committee and the top Democrat…

» North Korea accuses US of declaring war – video
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Foreign minister Ri Yong-ho says the world should remember that the US ‘first declared war on our country’ as Pyongyang declares that all options are on the table in response. Ri referred specifically to a tweet from Donald Trump saying …

» Today’s Headlines and Commentary
25/09/17 15:18 from Saved Stories – None
North Korea’s foreign minister said that the U.S. had declared war after U.S. warplanes flew along the east coast of North Korea on Saturday in a show of force, the Wall Street Journal reported . Eight U.S. aircraft remained in internati…

» Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – MyAJC
25/09/17 15:18 from Saved Stories – None
MyAJC Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska MyAJC As my Washington Post colleagues reported last week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort allegedly offered to provide Deripaska, 49, with perso…

» Congress prepares to drop the subpoena hammer on Donald Trump
25/09/17 15:18 from Saved Stories – None
Here’s how you know the investigations into Donald Trump’s scandals are reaching a point where he’s afraid of what’s going to happen to him: he and his White House are now outright refusing to cooperate with the r…

» The Cipher Brief In Partnership With CBS News Presents A New Podcast Hosted By Former Acting CIA Director … – Markets Insider
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The Cipher Brief In Partnership With CBS News Presents A New Podcast Hosted By Former Acting CIA Director … Markets Insider 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Cipher Brief, in partnership with CBS News, presents a new weekly podcast series, …

» This is what dictatorship looks like
25/09/17 15:17 from Saved Stories – None
Let’s be clear here: this is what a dictatorship looks like. The President of the United States of America is advocating retribution against those who peacefully protest their government. That it is hypocritical of Donald Trump ) a…

» ‘Rock bottom’: Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting – WRAL.com
25/09/17 15:17 from Saved Stories – None
WRAL.com ‘Rock bottom’: Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting WRAL.com Weiner’s habit led him to resign his House seat in 2011, doomed his 2013 run for mayor, and rocked Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign during the closing days …

» A Divider, Not a Uniter, Trump Widens the Breach – New York Times
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New York Times A Divider, Not a Uniter, Trump Widens the Breach New York Times In his brief career as president and a candidate for president, Mr. Trump has attacked virtually every major institution in American life: Congress, the court…

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FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized Informants to Break the Law – Gizmodo Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 1:46 PM Fbi – Google News 1 Share Gizmodo FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized Informants to…

» mikenov on Twitter: Violent crime increased in 2016 for a second consecutive year, FBI says – Washington Post Monday September 25th fbinewsreview.org/2017/09/25/vio…
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» Violent crime increased in 2016 for a second consecutive year, FBI says – Washington Post
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Washington Post Violent crime increased in 2016 for a second consecutive year, FBI says Washington Post Violent crime increased in the United States for a second consecutive year in 2016, remaining near historically low levels but pushed…

» Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament
25/09/17 15:00 from Saved Stories – None
Source: Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament

» The Only Way to Defend Against Russia’s Information War – The New York Times
25/09/17 15:00 from Saved Stories – None
Source: The Only Way to Defend Against Russia’s Information War – The New York Times

» Police: FBI Data Show Crime, Murder Rates Still at Historic Lows – Daily Beast
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Police: FBI Data Show Crime, Murder Rates Still at Historic Lows Daily Beast New FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics out Monday show that crime and murder rates remain at historically low numbers. The report, which analyzed crime rates f…

» Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year – The New York Times
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Source: Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year – The New York Times

» Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison for Sexting With Teenager – New York Times
25/09/17 15:00 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison for Sexting With Teenager New York Times It was during that investigation that the F.B.I. discovered on Mr. Weiner’s laptop a trove of emails belonging to Ms. Abedin, which led to an…

» Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison – Washington Post
25/09/17 15:00 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison Washington Post It was federal authorities’ investigation of Weiner that led them to emails of his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and the discovery of those ema…

» Who is Anthony Weiner? – MyStatesman.com
25/09/17 15:00 from Saved Stories – None
MyStatesman.com Who is Anthony Weiner? MyStatesman.com FBI director James B . Comey informed members of Congress on Friday via a letter that emails had surfaced in a case that “appear to be pertinent to the investigation” of Clinton’s us…

» Russia Investigation: Why is Mueller Moving in on Manafort? – Newsweek
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Newsweek Russia Investigation: Why is Mueller Moving in on Manafort? Newsweek But in fact, this new piece of information actually can help connect the counterintelligence and criminal investigations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is…

» What Is Mueller Looking for in the Facebook Russia Ads? – Newsweek
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Newsweek What Is Mueller Looking for in the Facebook Russia Ads? Newsweek The Wall Street Journal and CNN recently reported that Facebook provided data about Russian advertising purchases made in the run-up to the 2016 election to Specia…

» 1:49 PM 9/19/2017 – FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized Informants to Break the Law
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FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized Informants to Break the Law – Gizmodo Tuesday September 19th, 2017 at 1:46 PM Fbi – Google News 1 Share Gizmodo FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorized I…

» 7:57 AM 9/19/2017 – FBI – Current News and Selected Articles Review: Investigate the Investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI!
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FBI – Current News and Selected Articles Review  Investigate the Investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI! Saved Stories – 1. FBI Trump’s lawyer has a big mouth. Here’s what that tells us about Mueller’s probe….

» 6:48 PM 9/16/2017 – Sixteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks – Saved Stories – FBI | HISTORY DEPT.: The Myth of Deep Throat: Mark Felt wasn’t out to protect American democracy and the rule of law; he was out to get a promotion
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FBI – Current News and Selected Articles Review  Investigate the Investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI!  ________________________ HISTORY DEPT.:  The Myth of Deep Throat:  Mark Felt wasn’t out to protect American democracy and the …

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Audio Transcript. Mollie Halpern: The FBI’s 2016 Crime in the United States report shows violent crime jumped 4.1 percent when compared to the year before. The report shows increases compared to 2015 in all four offenses in the violent c…

» mikenov on Twitter: 11:33 AM 9/25/2017 – FBI – Current News and Selected Articles Review  fbinewsreview.org/2017/09/25/113…
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Image result for fbi statistics 2017. M.N.: On average, and with the latest numbers, it looks like the steady progressive increase at about 10 to 5% a year. It also looks like the Presidential election years are marked by the sharper inc…

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» The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media : NPR
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Social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter played a larger role than first thought in Russia’s influence campaign against the 2016 U.S. presidential race — and Congress wants answers. Source: The Next Big Focus In The Russia Inv…

» 4:06 PM 9/24/2017 – Through soft power and propaganda, Russia is trying to topple democracy in the USA
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Through soft power and propaganda, Russia is trying to topple democracy in the USA Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 4:04 PM Scroll.In 1 Share The Cold War is back. And this time it’s personal. A quarter century ago, America won the Cold Wa…

» Deadly Tennessee church shooting: Sudanese immigrant arrested, FBI launches civil rights investigation – Fox News
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Fox News Deadly Tennessee church shooting: Sudanese immigrant arrested, FBI launches to launch civil rights investigation Fox News “The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’…

» We Know a Lot About What Robert Mueller Is Doing. We Also Know Nothing at All. – New York Magazine
25/09/17 10:40 from Saved Stories – None
New York Magazine We Know a Lot About What Robert Mueller Is Doing. We Also Know Nothing at All. New York Magazine There’s a temptation to treat every revelation about Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the president…

» FBI opens civil rights investigation into deadly Tennessee church shooting – CBS News
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CBS News FBI opens civil rights investigation into deadly Tennessee church shooting CBS News The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the church shooting that left one woman killed and several others injured in Tennessee, the…

» The Latest On Mueller’s Russia Investigation – WBUR
25/09/17 10:39 from Saved Stories – None
WBUR The Latest On Mueller’s Russia Investigation WBUR Special counsel Bob Mueller bears down on Paul Manafort, as the Trump-Russia investigation escalates. We’re on it. In this photo taken July 17, 2016, Paul Manafort talks to reporters…

» National crime isn’t the epidemic the FBI would have us believe – R Street
25/09/17 10:39 from Saved Stories – None
National crime isn’t the epidemic the FBI would have us believe R Street Preliminary reports suggest the FBI’s annual crime report, expected to come out at the end of the month, will show an uptick in violent crimes for the second year i…

» Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year
25/09/17 10:39 from Saved Stories – None
Experts were divided over why violence rose in consecutive years for the first time since 2006.

» Emanuel Kidega Samson: key words and phrases, and the interpretation
25/09/17 10:38 from Saved Stories – None
Emanuel Kidega Samson – Google Search Monday September 25th, 2017 at 8:51 AM 1 Share ____________________________________ Gunman identified in Tennessee church shooting that left 1 dead ABC News The gunman, identified by police as 25-yea…

» 2016 Crime Statistics Released – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) 2016 Crime Statistics Released Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) Violent crime increased for the second consecutive year, while property crime decreased for the …

» FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
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Washington Post FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation increased for the second straight year, rising 4.1 percent in 2016 when compar…

» Facebook Warned FBI About Russian Interference Before 2016 Election: Report – Newsweek
25/09/17 10:37 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Facebook Warned FBI About Russian Interference Before 2016 Election: Report Newsweek Facebook detected activity by Kremlin-linked hackers suspected of U.S. election interference on its platform during the presidential election a…

» FBI: Violent crime increases for second straight year – USA TODAY
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USA TODAY FBI : Violent crime increases for second straight year USA TODAY WASHINGTON – Violent crime in the U.S. ticked up in 2016 for the second consecutive year – the first time a two-year increase was recorded in more than a decade, …

» Trump targets Venezuela’s government in new travel ban – Miami Herald
25/09/17 10:21 from Saved Stories – None
RT Trump targets Venezuela’s government in new travel ban Miami Herald Among those affected are members of Venezuela’s Interior Ministry, Justice Department, Foreign Ministry, the CIPIC criminal investigation unit and the SEBIN Bolivaria…

» Stratford ‘acid attack’: Teenage footballer’s terror after he is ‘targeted by masked gang’ at shopping centre – Evening Standard
25/09/17 10:21 from Saved Stories – None
Evening Standard Stratford ‘acid attack’: Teenage footballer’s terror after he is ‘targeted by masked gang’ at shopping centre Evening Standard A teenage footballer has told of his terror after he was targeted in a suspected acid attack …

» Here’s Another Man Who’d Like to Tell You Why Hillary Lost – Esquire.com
25/09/17 10:19 from Saved Stories – None
New Zealand Herald Here’s Another Man Who’d Like to Tell You Why Hillary Lost Esquire.com “I think that she wasn’t particularly good at articulating the things that she wanted to do, and unfortunately we live at a time right now where ar…

» Anthony Weiner scandals: From politics to sexting cases – Fox News
25/09/17 10:19 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Anthony Weiner scandals: From politics to sexting cases Fox News From his start as a politician and marrying political staffer Huma Abedin , to the first reports of his “sexting” scandal, here’s a look at Weiner’s time…

» Facebook knew about Russian meddling well before the US election – Engadget
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Engadget Facebook knew about Russian meddling well before the US election Engadget Despite once saying that it was “crazy” to believe Russians influenced the 2016 election , Facebook knew about a possible operation as early as …

» US murder rate rose in 2016 but this year’s numbers suggest decline ahead – The Guardian
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The Guardian US murder rate rose in 2016 but this year’s numbers suggest decline ahead The Guardian Murders in the US rose by 8.6% in 2016 following a more than 10% increase the year before, according to new FBI statistics. The violent c…

» Anthony Weiner enters courthouse for sexting scandal sentencing – Daily Mail
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Anthony Weiner enters courthouse for sexting scandal sentencing Daily Mail Anthony Weiner enters courthouse for sexting scandal sentencing. Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner enters Manhattan’s federal courthouse to be sentenced …

» Retro Report: Special Ops Forces: How Elite Forces Became Military Muscle
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United States Special Operations forces, deployed across the globe, have grown in power and numbers over four decades. But are they stretched too thin?

» Syrian War Drags On, but Assad’s Future Looks as Secure as Ever
25/09/17 09:16 from Saved Stories – None
Syrian forces patrolling Deir al-Zour, which had been under siege by the Islamic State. With the Islamic State losing ground and the rebels on the wane, no one is left who could oust President Bashar al-Assad.

» Iraqi Kurds Vote on Independence, Angering Neighbors and U.S.
25/09/17 09:16 from Saved Stories – None
People waiting in Erbil, Iraq, to vote in a referendum on independence on Monday. Officials said results would be announced within 72 hours.

» Kushner Used Personal Email Account for Government Business
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A lawyer said that Jared Kushner had received or sent “fewer than a hundred emails” involving his White House colleagues, and that all were forwarded to an official account, creating a record.

» Puerto Rico’s Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria
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Plantain trees flattened by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, P.R. In a matter of hours, the storm destroyed about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico, the territory’s agriculture secretary said.

» South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural….

» Week ahead in tech: Social media giants under scrutiny over Russian interference – The Hill
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The Hill Week ahead in tech: Social media giants under scrutiny over Russian interference The Hill Social media companies, including giants Facebook and Twitter, are in the spotlight over Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 campaign…

» White House stonewalls Capitol Hill over records in Russia probe – CNN International
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CNN International White House stonewalls Capitol Hill over records in Russia probe CNN International (CNN) Tension is rising between congressional investigators probing Russia meddling and the Trump administration, as the White House and…

» Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – MyStatesman.com
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Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska MyStatesman.com In 2005, the U.S. State Department revoked a visa issued to Deripaska, possibly because of alleged ties to organized crime , according to reports in…

» Why Hasn’t Rachel Maddow Apologized For Her Anthony Weiner Conspiracy Theories? – The Federalist
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The Federalist Why Hasn’t Rachel Maddow Apologized For Her Anthony Weiner Conspiracy Theories? The Federalist Anthony Weiner is headed to prison, and Rachel Maddow owes her viewers an apology. Maddow, the iconic host of her self-titled M…

» Monday’s Morning Email: The NFL Takes A Knee
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Dozens of NFL players took part in the protests.

» Rights Groups Decry New Travel Restrictions: ‘This Is Still A Muslim Ban’
25/09/17 09:09 from Saved Stories – None
Most of the countries on the new list are still Muslim-majority, said Becca Heller, IRAP’s director.

» US Government Reveals Which 21 States Russia Targeted During 2016 Election – Governing
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US Government Reveals Which 21 States Russia Targeted During the 2016 Election Governing “Entities acting at the behest of the Russian government” made the hacking attempt in the period leading up to the 2016 election , Minnesota Secreta…

» Trump associates to talk to House panel in Russia probe – ABC News
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Trump associates to talk to House panel in Russia probe ABC News FILE – In this March 30, 2017, file photo, Roger Stone talks to reporters outside a courtroom in New York. The House intelligence panel will interview two of President Dona…

» The Early Edition: September 25, 2017
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Pouneh Ahari Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. The TRAVEL BAN President Trump issued a new order restricting travel to natio…

» Quigley talks Russia: Congressman says investigation “more important than Watergate” – The Depaulia
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The Depaulia Quigley talks Russia: Congressman says investigation “more important than Watergate” The Depaulia “This is so much more important than Watergate,” Quigley said, comparing the ongoing investigations into whether or not Presid…

» Social reliability, Facebook must place tighter restrictions on ads – The Depaulia
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Fortune Social reliability, Facebook must place tighter restrictions on ads The Depaulia This follows news of Russian interference in the 2016 election, which an investigation by the U.S. intelligence community concluded helped sway resu…

» Total number of Americans hurt in Cuba sonic attacks now at 25 – Local 10
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Local 10 Total number of Americans hurt in Cuba sonic attacks now at 25 Local 10 HAVANA, Cuba – According to sources familiar with the investigation, the number of Americans hurt in the alleged “sonic device” attacks has now re…

» Jared Kushner Used Private Email In Trump Administration, Lawyer Confirms – NPR
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NPR Jared Kushner Used Private Email In Trump Administration, Lawyer Confirms NPR Emails have been a central theme for Kushner’s father-in-law, President Trump , who has repeatedly said that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton should face f…

» Trump Says He Got Melania for the ‘Right Price’ and He Likes to Grope Her in Public, in Newly Released Recordings – Newsweek
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Newsweek Trump Says He Got Melania for the ‘Right Price’ and He Likes to Grope Her in Public, in Newly Released Recordings Newsweek Donald Trump thinks Ivanka “looks down on me,” concedes he groped Melania in public and knows his compuls…

» Trump Campaign Associates to Talk to House Intelligence – U.S. News & World Report
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U.S. News & World Report Trump Campaign Associates to Talk to House Intelligence U.S. News & World Report Sessions has recused himself from Russia investigations, and the Justice Department has appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to…

» Angela Merkel, Reluctant Leader of the West, ‘Has Gotten the Taste for It’ – New York Times
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New York Times Angela Merkel, Reluctant Leader of the West, ‘Has Gotten the Taste for It’ New York Times She regularly jousts with President Trump over trade and climate, with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia over the annexation of …

» The New York Times had an anti-Hillary Clinton agenda? That’s untrue – The Guardian
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The Guardian The New York Times had an anti- Hillary Clinton agenda? That’s untrue The Guardian ‘The news editors of the Times were never hostile to Clinton and had no agenda to hurt her. … As the person who directed much of the invest…

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» Jared Kushner used personal email for some White House messages – The Saratogian
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Jared Kushner used personal email for some White House messages The Saratogian In this file photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Raz…

» Who is behind attacks against Azerbaijani president – UNEXPECTEDLY – News.Az
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News.Az Who is behind attacks against Azerbaijani president – UNEXPECTEDLY News.Az Immediately after its publication, the notorious ‘The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project’ (OCCRP) started to spread rapidly through internat…

» Gunman identified in Tennessee church shooting that left 1 dead ABC News The gunman, identified by police as 25-year-old Emanual Kidega Samson, arrived in the parking lot and first fatally fired at 39-year-old
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Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV Monday September 25th, 2017 at 3:34 AM Abedin Has To Resign – Google News 1 Share New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV Weiner faces sen…

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» Bill de Blasio: America’s Most Irrelevant Mayor | National Review – National Review
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National Review Bill de Blasio: Blasio Is America’s Most Irrelevant Mayor | National Review National Review Once a progressive star, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio has become increasingly irrelevant … and more » National Review Yet in a fier…

» Facebook’s ads target users using hate speech – Los Angeles Loyolan (subscription)
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Los Angeles Loyolan (subscription) Facebook’s ads target users using hate speech Los Angeles Loyolan (subscription) “This story spotlights the continuing problem with anti-semitism,” said Professor Gerstmann, professor of political scien…

» Weiner due in court for sentencing in sexting scandal – WANE
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WANE Weiner due in court for sentencing in sexting scandal WANE The longtime Hillary Clinton aide at the center of a renewed FBI email investigation testified under oath four months ago she never deleted old emails , despite promising in…

» Is Health Care a Right? – The New Yorker
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The New Yorker Is Health Care a Right? The New Yorker In the 2016 election , Joe voted for Donald Trump. Maria voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. But on health care she was torn. Joe wanted Obamacare repealed. She didn’t….

» Trump campaign associates to talk to House intelligence – The Advocate
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The Advocate Trump campaign associates to talk to House intelligence The Advocate Sessions also has been subpoenaed by House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who is asking the Justice Department and the FBI for documents rela…

» Briefly Noted – The New Yorker
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The New Yorker Briefly Noted The New Yorker In 1639, Percival Lowle emigrated from England to Massachusetts, giving rise to a dynasty of influential Americans, especially poets, including Robert Lowell. … An F.B.I. agent is driven to s…

» The revolution will be tweeted: Social media has unleashed the everyman – Las Vegas Sun
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The revolution will be tweeted: Social media has unleashed the everyman Las Vegas Sun Others carried banners with messages criticizing President Donald Trump and his intent to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program …

» Trump’s global vision is a nightmare. The UN has to act | Mark Seddon
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For the sake of world peace and security, António Guterres must stand up to this narcissistic bully The presidential cavalcades have departed Manhattan. But the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s speech to the UN general assembly still reverb…

» With Trump on your mind, explore what makes a jerk a jerk – Salon
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Salon With Trump on your mind, explore what makes a jerk a jerk Salon ‘Diagnose’: A narcissist ? A psychopath? Such terms are fun to wield. They have the sound of pseudo-objectivity, as though you’re neutrally diagnosing a medical condit…

» Milbank: If he isn’t making us ill, Trump is making some crazy – The Daily Herald
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Milbank: If he isn’t making us ill, Trump is making some crazy The Daily Herald Since Election Day, such colloquialisms as Trump Slump, Trump Anxiety and Trump Affective Disorder achieved cultural and perhaps even clinical currency (in a…

» Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV
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New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV NEW YORK — It seemed as if Anthony Weiner had hit rock bottom when he resigned from Congress in 2011. “Bye-bye, pervert…

» Kris Kobach’s claim that there is now ‘proof’ of voter fraud in New Hampshire – Washington Post
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Washington Post Kris Kobach’s claim that there is now ‘proof’ of voter fraud in New Hampshire Washington Post Further, there were 196 names that were marked as a New Hampshire voter registration checklist, but also appear to have voted i…

» What will happen when Paul Manafort, the first likely Russia domino … – Daily Kos
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Daily Kos What will happen when Paul Manafort, the first likely Russia domino … Daily Kos There is a certain portion of the population that continues to believe the investigation of links between the Trump campaign and Russia is simply…

» Gunman identified in Tennessee church shooting that left 1 dead – ABC News
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New York Times Gunman identified in Tennessee church shooting that left 1 dead ABC News The gunman, identified by police as 25-year-old Emanual Kidega Samson , arrived in the parking lot and first fatally fired at 39-year-old Melanie Smi…

» Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces sentencing Monday in sexting saga – The Daily Freeman
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The Daily Freeman Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces sentencing Monday in sexting saga The Daily Freeman In this May 19, 2017, file photo, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner , left, leaves federal court in New York after pleading guilty to…

» Why Unmasking is Critical to National Security – The Cipher Brief
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Why Unmasking is Critical to National Security The Cipher Brief In mid-March, The Cipher Brief spoke with former CIA Acting and Deputy Director Michael Morell about the issue of “unmasking” – the common practice of executive branch offic…

» Face the Nation transcript September 24, 2017: Gardner, Collins, Schiff, Short – CBS News
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CBS News Face the Nation transcript September 24, 2017: Gardner, Collins, Schiff, Short CBS News John McCain has said there is no way the Congressional Budget Office can give the numbers that would adequately tell what’s going to happen …

» Is Trump All Talk on North Korea? The Uncertainty Sends a Shiver – New York Times
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New York Times Is Trump All Talk on North Korea? The Uncertainty Sends a Shiver New York Times WASHINGTON — When President Trump gave a fiery campaign speech in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday evening, he drew a rapturous roar by ridiculing …

» Kushner used private email account for some White House business – Washington Post
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Washington Post Kushner used private email account for some White House business Washington Post President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has used a private email account to conduct and discuss official White House b…

» Kushner used private email with White House colleagues
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President’s son-in-law denies he used personal account to conduct official business

» Amid the Russia probes, Trump makes an important nomination – Washington Post
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Washington Post Amid the Russia probes, Trump makes an important nomination Washington Post In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations of large-scale warrantless surveillance, the board’s reports on the National Security Agency’s author…

» Trump administration announces new travel restrictions – CNN
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CNN Trump administration announces new travel restrictions CNN Washington (CNN) The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen …

» Trump Issues New Travel Ban That Now Includes North Korea And Venezuela
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The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, broadens the scope of the ban from Muslim-majority countries.

» Jared Kushner used private email account for official business – reports
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Lawyers for president’s son-in-law say Kushner complied with government record-keeping rules by forwarding all emails to his official account Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email account alongs…

» Bharara: ‘Odd and unusual’ that Rosenstein oversees and is a witness in Mueller probe – CNN International
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CNN International Bharara: ‘Odd and unusual’ that Rosenstein oversees and is a witness in Mueller probe CNN International As part of the Russia investigation , Mueller’s team is looking into allegations of potential collusion by Donald T…

» President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures – The White House (blog)
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Breitbart News President Donald J. Trump Announces Enhanced National Security Measures The White House (blog) Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the establishment of enhanced national security measures, aimed at creating—for the …

» Trump issues travel ban for 8 countries including North Korea
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» Donald Trump, White Supremacy, and the Discourse of Panic – New York Magazine
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New York Magazine Donald Trump , White Supremacy, and the Discourse of Panic New York Magazine Consider the question of whether it is accurate to describe Trump as a “white supremacist.” Ta-Nehisi Coates adopted this description in a sha…

» What Trump’s ‘Warning’ to Colombia Really Means – The American Conservative
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The American Conservative What Trump’s ‘Warning’ to Colombia Really Means The American Conservative Rivera also claims that he met with the brother of the current President, Juan Orlando Hernandez, to discuss the same type of protection/…

» Facebook reportedly discovered it had been infiltrated by Russian government hackers months before the election – Business Insider
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Business Insider Facebook reportedly discovered it had been infiltrated by Russian government hackers months before the election Business Insider Members of a hacking group connected to Russia’s military intelligence unit, the GRU, began…

» Can Business Restrain Trump?
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The NFL demonstrations this weekend were an encouraging signal.

» Bannon accuses national GOP leaders of blocking Trump, not helping him – St. Louis Public Radio
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St. Louis Public Radio Bannon accuses national GOP leaders of blocking Trump , not helping him St. Louis Public Radio Bannon — who left his White House post several weeks ago — said his aim now is to serve as Trump’s “wingman” and fend …

» Trump plays the dangerous game of racial division – Financial Times
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Financial Times Trump plays the dangerous game of racial division Financial Times National Football League stars on Sunday pulled off a first in US sporting history: they knelt in protest when the US national anthem was playing and stood…

» China Is Using the Russia-America Standoff to Win Big in Europe – The National Interest Online
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The National Interest Online China Is Using the Russia -America Standoff to Win Big in Europe The National Interest Online Without anybody paying much attention, China has vastly expanded its military and economic power in Eastern Europe…

» Ten greatest speeches ever – The Australian
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The Australian Ten greatest speeches ever The Australian When he broke into Amazing Grace after the murder of the Rev Pinckney in Charleston in 2015, Obama actually was singing, and it takes a rhetorical superstar to get away with that. …

» Lawyer: Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used personal email for some White House business – Topeka Capital Journal
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Topeka Capital Journal Lawyer: Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used personal email for some White House business Topeka Capital Journal 12, 2017, file photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump spe…

» Surgeon stabbed outside Altrincham mosque in ‘hate crime’ – Sky News
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Sky News Surgeon stabbed outside Altrincham mosque in ‘hate crime ‘ Sky News The attack is being treated as a hate crime but is not terrorism related, police said. In a statement the Muslim Council of Britain said it was “shocked” to hea…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Alexei Bayer: On Putin’s orders or not, Trump is shredding America – Kyiv Post
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Kyiv Post Alexei Bayer: On Putin’s orders or not, Trump is shredding America Kyiv Post What is already obvious however is that, whether or not on direct order from Putin , ISIS or the Devil himself, Trump is systematically undermining Am…

» President Trump Has a New Travel Ban – TIME
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TIME President Trump Has a New Travel Ban TIME (WASHINGTON) — Citizens of eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sund…

» Here comes Donald Trump’s most berserk meltdown yet
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What happens when a bully goes on an angry threatening tirade, and it backfires so badly that his intended targets ramp up their defiance of him in response, even as his own friends publicly tell him to back off? In the case of Donald Tr…

» Jared Kushner’s email scandal may accelerate Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s takedown of Donald Trump
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Jared Kushner has been busted for regularly using private email in his role as a senior adviser in Donald Trump’s White House. This sets a new bar for irony, after Trump (and the media) spent the campaign flat out lying about a …

» Report: Kushner Used Private Email Account For White House Business
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Other senior Trump aides had also used private email accounts, including Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon.

» North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among countries on new US travel ban – The Times of Israel
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The Times of Israel North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among countries on new US travel ban The Times of Israel President Donald Trump issued a new open-ended travel ban Sunday that saw North Korea, Venezuela and Chad among a list of eight cou…

» Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 pm EDT – KSL.com
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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 pm EDT KSL.com WASHINGTON (AP) — Travelers from eight countries will face restrictions on entry to the U.S, ranging from a total ban to heightened background checks, under a new …

» Donald Trump announces new US travel restrictions
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Tailored curbs on 8 nationalities replace ban on travellers from 6 Muslim-majority states

» Unmasking: Yet Another Abuse of Powers – American Spectator
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American Spectator Unmasking: Yet Another Abuse of Powers American Spectator But Clinton was never punished because Obama and the leaders of the intelligence community apparently participated in her criminal conduct without objection. We…

» How Mikhas’ case burst wide open in Switzerland. Threats to witnesses, investigators and judges – https://en.crimerussia.com/
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https://en.crimerussia.com/ How Mikhas’ case burst wide open in Switzerland. Threats to witnesses, investigators and judges https://en.crimerussia.com/ Authoritative businessman Sergei Mikhailov, nicknamed Mikhas, has recently been activ…

» Anatomy of a Russian attack: Attempts to target US began immediately after Soviet Union’s collapse – WTOP
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WTOP Anatomy of a Russian attack: Attempts to target US began immediately after Soviet Union’s collapse WTOP About this series: The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that an attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election …

» Clinton calls out Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico devastation – CNN International
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CNN International Clinton calls out Trump administration’s response to Puerto Rico devastation CNN International … on the island territory, and at least 10 people have died from the storm, according to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello…

» When It Comes To The NFL, Trump Should Be Flagged And Ejected For Unnecessary Roughness
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President Trump has once again attacked the NFL for exactly the wrong reasons. He wants NFL owners to fire players who take

» Transcript: Rep. Adam Schiff on “Face the Nation,” Sept. 24, 2017 – CBS News
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CBS News Transcript: Rep. Adam Schiff on “Face the Nation,” Sept. 24, 2017 CBS News The committee has asked the FBI and the Justice Department three times now to give documents related to the so-called “Trump dossier.”…

» Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – The Washington Post Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 12:38 PM
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The Metals Magnate And Manafort: A Kremlin Confidant Is Drawn Into The Trump Investigation September 22, 2017 16:11 GMT Mike Eckel Christopher Miller A composite photo of Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign…

» Book World: Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. – SFGate
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SFGate Book World: Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in. SFGate One of the psychiatrists in “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” warns of the rise of ” Trump Anxiety Disorder.” (Feeling helples…

» The Death of Caesar and the Rise of Trump – The Good Men Project (blog)
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The Death of Caesar and the Rise of Trump The Good Men Project (blog) For me, the idea of selecting leaders based on the whims of a god makes about as much sense as asking who Twilight Sparkle would want to lead us, but looking at Trump …

» Kushner used private email to conduct White House business – Politico
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Politico Kushner used private email to conduct White House business Politico In her newly released memoir, Clinton cited the investigation into her email practices as one reason for her defeat. Comey, who in July 2016 formally cleared he…

» 3:57 PM 9/24/2017 – The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump
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The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 3:53 PM The Nation 1 Share Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Huntsville, Alabama, September 22, 2017. (Reuters / Marvin Gentry) It’s exhausting to have a pr…

» Robert Mueller’s Russia requests expose rifts on Trump legal team – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner Robert Mueller’s Russia requests expose rifts on Trump legal team Washington Examiner A single poorly timed conversation between two of President Trump’s personal lawyers may help special counsel Robert Mueller obtain…

» Donald Trump’s racist tweets won’t distract from the Trump-Russia bombshell that’s about to land
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For an erratic lunatic, Donald Trump is strikingly consistent in certain ways. For instance, whenever he gets word that a major bombshell is about to land in his Trump-Russia scandal, he tries to distract from it by saying or tweeting co…

» For Trump aides caught in Russia investigation, legal bills and paranoia – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette For Trump aides caught in Russia investigation , legal bills and paranoia Pittsburgh Post-Gazette NEW YORK — Four months as a communications adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign have turned Michael Caputo’s life ups…

» Roger Stone’s moment of truth? – CNN
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CNN Roger Stone’s moment of truth? CNN Stone claims in the book that he knew from his “own research that Podesta had been involved in money laundering for the Clinton Foundation and the Russian Mob ” and the tweet was about an …

» Trump actually is making us crazy – Albany Democrat Herald
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Trump actually is making us crazy Albany Democrat Herald Since Election Day, such colloquialisms as Trump Slump, Trump Anxiety and Trump Affective Disorder achieved cultural and perhaps even clinical currency (in an informally diagnostic…

» Why Trump’s War on the NFL is a Powerful Psychological Distraction – Inverse
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Inverse Why Trump’s War on the NFL is a Powerful Psychological Distraction Inverse And although the tweet tantrum has taken over the national spotlight this weekend, with high profile sports figures and celebrities coming out to vocally …

» Cold war returns: Through soft power and propaganda, Russia is trying to topple democracy in the USA – Scroll.in
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Scroll.in Cold war returns: Through soft power and propaganda, Russia is trying to topple democracy in the USA Scroll.in On September 14, Russia began Zapad 2017 joint strategic military exercises, the largest since the Cold War with up …

» The Trump Effect reaches Germany – Fox News
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Fox News The Trump Effect reaches Germany Fox News As Bellwether noted last week, Germany’s electorate is tired of being lectured about the country’s duty to take in undocumented refugees from the Middle East and Africa. On Sunday, voter…

» Cardiff man who made websites for small firms arrested in terror probe – WalesOnline
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WalesOnline Cardiff man who made websites for small firms arrested in terror probe WalesOnline The newspaper reported that he later appeared before an investigating judge at the national criminal court in Madrid. Companies House records …

» Donald Trump – Google News: The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump – The Nation.
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The Nation. The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump The Nation. This is Trump , the violent fantasist who dreams of a physical supremacy he never achieved, and has then spent his life expressing this insecurity and hostility throu…

» The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump – The Nation.
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The Nation. The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump The Nation. This is Trump , the violent fantasist who dreams of a physical supremacy he never achieved, and has then spent his life expressing this insecurity and hostility throu…

» Anthony Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama – CBS News
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CBS News Anthony Weiner faces sentencing in latest chapter of sexting drama CBS News The strategy “is fraught with peril since an attack on a victim can be read by the judge as undermining the defendant’s claim that he has accepted …

» Clinton Says Angela Merkel Is The Most Important Leader In The Free World
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“I have the highest level of personal regard for her.”

» Anthony Weiner Faces Sentencing in Latest Chapter of Sexting Drama – NBC Bay Area
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NBC Bay Area Anthony Weiner Faces Sentencing in Latest Chapter of Sexting Drama NBC Bay Area It seemed as if Anthony Weiner had hit rock bottom when he resigned from Congress in 2011. “Bye-bye, pervert!” one heckler shouted as …

» 11:38 AM 9/24/2017 – Clinton Says Angela Merkel Is The Most Important Leader In The Free World
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Trump Investigations Report | Latest Posts Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (5 sites) Trump Investigations Report: Russian hackers almost certainly found a way to alter the actual vote totals. Now the U.S. government is inc…

» How to trap Trump – Chicago Tribune
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How to trap Trump Chicago Tribune The law was intended to imprison the leader of an organization who claims that all he did was to order the criminal act (such as obstruction of justice, bribery, extortion, fraud or money laundering ). M…

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» mikenov on Twitter: Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – The Washington Post Sunday September 24 trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/09/2…
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» Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – Washington Post
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Salon Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska Washington Post MOSCOW — An aluminum magnate who survived the gangster capitalism of the 1990s and the financial crisis of 2008, Oleg Deripaska is a shrewd se…

» “Russian hackers almost certainly found a way to alter the actual vote totals. Now the U.S. government is inching closer to finally admitting it… Any one of the above issues would be curious on its own. Combined, they’re suspicious as hell…” – by Bill Pal
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U.S. government inches closer to admitting Russian hackers altered Trump vs Hillary vote totals by Bill Palmer Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 9:29 AM Palmer Report 1 Share If you were paying attention on election night, you’re aware that…

» 9:11 AM 9/24/2017 – ‘No joy in Trumpworld’: White House staffers looking to jump ship …
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Baltimore psychologist heads effort to ‘warn’ about Trump’s mental health Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 9:05 AM 1 Share Put psychologist John Gartner on a couch and ask him about his childhood and one of the first stor…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Trump Goes After NFL Players Harder Than White Supremacists or Putin – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast Trump Goes After NFL Players Harder Than White Supremacists or Putin Daily Beast Last night in Alabama, deep in the midst of what was once slave country, President Trump criticized NFL players more intensely and aggressively …

» At Trump’s bully pulpit, it’s ‘us’ vs. ‘them,’ with race often used as a device to polarize – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times At Trump’s bully pulpit, it’s ‘us’ vs. ‘them,’ with race often used as a device to polarize Los Angeles Times For much of his time as president, Donald Trump has been the bully at the bully pulpit, castigating targets f…

» Trump: North Korean leaders ‘won’t be around much longer’ if they strike US – Fox News
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» What Mueller Might Have on Manafort – Slate Magazine
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Slate Magazine What Mueller Might Have on Manafort Slate Magazine First, for Manafort, the probable-cause standard required the FBI to provide evidence that he was “knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities,” rather than …

» What President Trump doesn’t get about the NFL – Washington Post
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Washington Post What President Trump doesn’t get about the NFL Washington Post How the NFL responds to Donald Trump’s spit-foaming is hardly a test case for whether the republic will stand. Nevertheless, the league is a maker of manners …

» Anthony Weiner faces sentencing Monday over video sexting with minor – New York Daily News
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New York Daily News Anthony Weiner faces sentencing Monday over video sexting with minor New York Daily News He was lucky in love, too: Ex-President Bill Clinton presided over his July 10, 2010, wedding to longtime Hillary aide Huma Abed…

» House intel Democrat on Russia probe: ‘If you had seen what I have seen, you’d want me to go full throttle’ – Business Insider
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Business Insider House intel Democrat on Russia probe: ‘If you had seen what I have seen, you’d want me to go full throttle’ Business Insider Nunes earlier this month threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chr…

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You’re Donald Trump. You’re less popular than head lice. Your escalating scandals may land you in prison. People are openly questioning your mental health. You try to appease what’s left of your racist base by attacking…

» Anthony Weiner’s future rides on Monday’s sentencing over video sexting with minor – New York Daily News
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New York Daily News Anthony Weiner’s future rides on Monday’s sentencing over video sexting with minor New York Daily News The cybersex-crazed ex-congressman’s online obsessions destroyed his bright political future, with his City Hall a…

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» U.S. government inches closer to admitting Russian hackers altered Trump vs Hillary vote totals
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If you were paying attention on election night, you’re aware that the vote totals in key swing states lined up for Donald Trump in statistically suspicious fashion. Trump winning would have been a shock; Trump winning along those p…

» 7 signs Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is getting serious – Washington Examiner
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» Trump and North Korea war of words escalates – BBC News
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» North Koreans tag Donald Trump with their own nicknames after his ‘Rocket Man’ jibe at Kim Jong-un – including the … – The Sun
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» Trump allies see vindication in reports on Manafort wiretapping – The Hill
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» Trump vs. Kim: Political theater or prelude to apocalypse? – Detroit Free Press
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» A Group of Experts Wrote a Book About Donald Trump’s Mental Health—and the Controversy Has Just Begun – Mother Jones
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» Anthony Weiner, Once a Congressman, Faces Jail As a Sex Offender – NBCNews.com
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» Happy German Election Day: What to Expect as the EU’s Dominant Power Goes to the Polls
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German voters go to the polls Sunday in an election well worth close American attention. As with the French election in the spring and the British snap election in June, the German federal electorate is wrestling with the pull of a right…

» The Russia Investigations: Bad Week For Manafort, Social Networks In The Hot Seat – NPR
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NPR The Russia Investigations: Bad Week For Manafort, Social Networks In The Hot Seat NPR Last week in the Russia imbroglio: Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, got some bad news; members of Congress put social networ…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Why Donald Trump Wants to Be the Commissioner of Sports (and Not the President) – The Ringer (blog)
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» A College Lecturer Tweeted, ‘Trump Must Hang.’ He Doesn’t Regret It. – Politico
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» Sunday Reads: Trumpism vs. Merkelism, Is repentance possible?, The post-Zionist religious right in the West Bank – Jewish Journal
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» Prosecutors asking for 2-year prison sentence for Anthony Weiner – WENY-TV
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» In Trumpworld, a ‘Menu of Unsavory Crepes’ – New York Times
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» Clapper: Intelligence community ‘cast doubt on the legitimacy’ of Trump’s victory – The Hill (blog) Saturday September 23rd, 2017 at 12:33 PM
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» Trump Will Stop the Scourge of Mexican Cartels Catapulting Giant Bags of Drugs Across the Border – Independent Journal Review
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» These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election
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» Ukraine-born billionaire with biz ties to Russian oligarchs is funding Trump’s legal defense via the RNC / Boing Boing
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» FBI agent receives probation for sharing confidential information – Chattanooga Times Free Press
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» Mueller Scorches the Earth – National Review
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» Clapper: Russia’s election interference ‘cast doubt’ on Trump’s victory – Business Insider
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» Facebook to give Congress copies of 3,000 political ads bought through Russian accounts, reversing previous decision
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» This is no way to dismantle a nuclear bomb – CNN
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» ‘James Comey, you’re not our homie’: Protesters disrupt former FBI director’s speech at Howard University – Washington Post
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» Russia wants Trump and Kim Jong Un to calm down – Business Insider
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» Puerto Rico dam failure ‘imminent’ after Hurricane Maria – BBC News
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» US flies bomber, fighter mission off North Korean coast – Fox News
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The Hill Pragmatism is the real frontrunner in Germany’s election The Hill Despite this reality, the suggestion resonates strongly with German voters — in a 2016 poll 83 percent of Germans wanted U.S. nuclear weapons out of the country. …

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» John Legend: Trump ‘consistently loyal to white supremacists and Putin’ – The Hill (blog)
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» How much does the Trump bridge to Putin link to Felix Sater? – Bayoubuzz
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» Facebook Faces ‘Era Of Accountability’ Over Russia-Backed Election Ads – CBS San Francisco Bay Area
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The new countries it includes are just a way to cover up the fact that the ban still primarily targets Muslims, experts said.

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The US violent crime rate jumped last year by the largest amount in a quarter of a century, lending support to warnings by President Donald Trump and attorney-general Jeff Sessions of an epidemic of lawlessness. The annual increase was the second in a row.

The murder rate rose nearly 8 per cent last year and is 20 per cent higher than in 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which on Monday released its annual compilation of national crime statistics.

“The worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident,” the bureau said.

The FBI also adjusted upward its 2015 data, saying that the violent crime rate that year had increased by 3.3 per cent rather than the originally reported 3.1 per cent.

“For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime . . . and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence,” Mr Sessions said.

A crackdown on violent crime has been a centrepiece of Mr Sessions’ rocky tenure as attorney-general. He has rewritten guidance for federal prosecutors, requiring them to charge suspects with the most serious offences and thus secure longer prison terms. He also has backed urban police departments that he says have been “unfairly maligned” for heavy-handed and racially discriminatory policing.

Despite the recent increase, the national rate of violent crime remains near a generational low and is roughly one-half of 1991’s modern peak. Last year, there were 386.3 crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault per every 100,000 Americans, up from 373.7 in 2015, but far below the 758.1 rate reported in 1991.

The national murder rate of 5.2 per 100,000 people also is roughly equal to where it stood in 2008. “We’re still nowhere near what these rates were in the 1990s,” said Ames Grawert, a former prosecutor now with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

The rate of property crimes such as burglary, car theft and arson also fell in 2016 for the 15th consecutive year, a fact that the FBI did not highlight. The reason for the continuing decline is not clear, but modern policing tactics, video surveillance and security systems may be combining for better property crime prevention, Mr Grawert suggested.

Two cities — Chicago and Baltimore — accounted for 15 per cent of the two-year murder increase from 2014 to 2016, Jeff Asher, a crime data analyst in New Orleans, said on Twitter. But of the cities that reported 20 or more murders in 2014, 70 per cent saw an increase over the two years, he said.

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Foreign minister Ri Yong-ho says the world should remember that the US ‘first declared war on our country’ as Pyongyang declares that all options are on the table in response. Ri referred specifically to a tweet from Donald Trump saying the North Korean leadership ‘won’t be around much longer’

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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North Korea’s foreign minister said that the U.S. had declared war after U.S. warplanes flew along the east coast of North Korea on Saturday in a show of force, the Wall Street Journal reported. Eight U.S. aircraft remained in international airspace as they flew north of the demilitarized zone close to the North Korean shoreline. Speaking at the U.N., Foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said Pyongyang has the right to take countermeasures, “including the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers, even if they are not yet inside the air-space border of our country.” President Trump said on Saturday that North Korea’s leaders “would not be around much longer” if they took any action against U.S. forces.

The Trump administration issued new travel restrictions that indefinitely ban most citizens of seven countries from visiting the United States, the Washington Post reported. The order includes nearly all the countries covered by the original travel ban and adds North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela to the list of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Sudan, which was among the countries affected by Executive Order 13780, was not included in the proclamation. The new order restricts travel by country, based on compliance with Department of Homeland Security standards. Its travel sanctions range widely: The order only imposes narrow restrictions on government officials in Venezuela, while banning nearly all travel from Syria and North Korea, according to the New York Times. While the original travel ban, which was a temporary measure, expired on Sunday, the new measure has no end date. It will take effect on October 18.

President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner used a private email account for White House business on numerous occasions, Politico reported. Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump set up a private email server before starting work at the White House in January. He used the account for convenience — often while traveling. Kushner’s lawyer acknowledged the emails in a statement on Sunday, saying Kushner had sent or received fewer than 100 work-related emails using the account.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in parliamentary elections on Sunday, the Times reported. Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats took a plurality of votes as the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party came in third place. AfD nearly tripled its vote total from the previous election and will be the first far-right party to enter the Bundestag since 1961. Merkel will have to form a new coalition with smaller parties because her previous coalition partner, the Social Democrats, announced they would join the opposition.

Iraqi Kurdistan votes today in an independence referendum that regional powers strongly oppose, the BBC reported. Voters are expected to choose independence, despite declarations from Iraq’s government that the referendum is unconstitutional and illegitimate. While the  plebiscite is non-binding, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which administers the semi-autonomous region, intends to use it as leverage in negotiations with Baghdad. On Saturday, Iran blocked flights to Iraqi Kurdistan as it conducted military exercises on the border, the Post reported. On Sunday, Iraq’s prime minister issued an order in advance of the vote saying that the KRG should transfer control of all airports and border crossings to Baghdad and transfer responsibility for all financial transactions, including oil sales, to the central government. The KRG did not respond to the order.

U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria captured a strategically-located gas plant from the Islamic State,the Journal reported. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized the Conoco gas plant, which was a major source of revenue for the Islamic State and is now a source of funding for the various rebel groups and militias fighting in Deir al-Zour province. The SDF said that Russian warplanes struck their positions near the gas plant last week, days after a Russian strike hit SDF lines near the city of Deir al-Zour, according to Reuters. In northwestern Syria, Russia and the Syrian regime escalated their strikes on rebel positions in Idlib and Hama provinces in response to a jihadist offensive, Reuters also reported. The bombing campaigns disrupted the tentative ceasefire that had brought a measure of peace to heavily-populated civilian areas in the area.

The U.S. military said it carried out airstrikes against an Islamic State training camp in Libya that killed 17 fighters, the Times reported. The six strikes against a training camp south of the city of Sirte were the first American bombings in Libya since January. Last year, an extensive U.S. air campaign helped drive the Islamic State out of Sirte. Currently, the Pentagon estimates that a few hundred fighters remain in Libya’s deserts, where they take advantage of the political chaos in Tripoli to smuggle weapons and personnel in and out of the country. On Wednesday, the U.N. envoy to Libya said he would attempt to renegotiate a power sharing accord between the government and the armed factions that control large swaths of the country.

A roadside bomb killed three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali, the Times reported. The peacekeeping mission has suffered high casualties since its establishment in 2013. It is tasked with securing northern Mali after an armed rebellion by local ethnic Tuareg militias and Islamist groups took control of that region in 2012. The U.N. has 12,000 uniformed personnel in Mali and has suffered 133 casualties since 2013. At the U.N., Mali’s president highlighted a new counterterrorism force for region; it will be composed of troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali Mauritania, and Niger.

Iran tested an intermediate range ballistic missile on Saturday after unveiling it in defiance of U.S. condemnation, the Journal reported. Iranian media said the Khoramshahr missile is capable of traveling more than 2,000 kilometers. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that he would not “ask anybody’s permission” to defend his country after President Trump criticized Iran’s missile program and the Iran nuclear deal.

 

ICYMI: This weekend, on Lawfare

Vanessa Sauter posted the Lawfare Podcast, featuring audio from a lecture by Stephan Haggard on the North Korean nuclear and missile programs.

Shannon Togawa Mercer previewed the result of the German election and its implications for transatlantic relations.

Colin Clarke argued that one of the best ways to identify and disrupt returning foreign fighters from the Islamic State is focusing on their criminal activities and networks.

Matthew Kahn posted the White House’s new immigration proclamation and associated documents.

 

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Here’s how you know the investigations into Donald Trump’s scandals are reaching a point where he’s afraid of what’s going to happen to him: he and his White House are now outright refusing to cooperate with the requests of investigators, even while facing the prospect of running afoul of the law in the process. As a result, congressional committees are preparing to drop subpoenas on Trump’s head which could have unprecedented consequences.

Although Democrats like Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings are struggling to get their Republican majorities on their respected House committees to agree to subpoenas, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are successfully moving forward. The committee chair, Republican Chuck Grassley, has confirmed to CNN that subpoenas are being drafted against the White House itself (link), and that the next steps with those subpoenas will essentially be Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s call.

If and when the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenas Trump and his White House to turn over the documents and records in question, the nation will be facing a potential constitutional crisis if Trump still refuses to comply. The Senate could hold Trump and/or his top officials in contempt of Congress, and they could convince a judge to order the documents to be turned over. If Trump and his people refuse to honor the court order, the judge could then theoretically order law enforcement officers to enter the White White and seize the documents. Anyone in the White House who tries to block the move, short of Trump himself, could be arrested for it.

As we head into this next phase of the investigation, we’re about to come up against the kinds of lines that even Richard Nixon ultimately refused to cross once he realized his Watergate scandal was going to take him down. Now we wait to see how Donald Trump handles the realization that his own demise is inevitable. Contribute to Palmer Report

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Why is Mueller Moving in on Manafort?

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This article first appeared on Just Security.

The Trump-Russia saga has more characters than War and Peace and plot twists harder to follow than Game of Thrones.

So making sense of the latest news – that the FBI had taken out not one, but two surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – can be difficult to put into context.

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But in fact, this new piece of information actually can help connect the counterintelligence and criminal investigations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is overseeing, and show how a FISA warrant may have played a role in each.

I have already provided a detailed description of the (onerous) process of obtaining a FISA order, and the legal standards it requires. The only thing to add in Manafort’s case is that since he is a U.S. person (or USPER, in intel slang), the standards to obtain a FISA warrant on him are slightly higher than the generic process I described in my earlier piece.

First, the probable cause standard required the FBI to provide evidence that Manafort was “knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities” (rather than merely being “an agent of a foreign power”)– in other words, that he wasn’t just acting on behalf of a foreign power, but that he was doing so with full knowledge that what he was doing involved spying.

Second, in order to continue monitoring Manafort, the FBI would have been required to check in with the FISA court every 90 days and show that their surveillance had, in fact, produced foreign intelligence information. Only with this continuing, additional evidence would the FISA order be renewed for an additional 90 days at a time.

Keeping these factors in mind, let’s look at what we know. We know that the FBI had one FISA surveillance order on Manafort on or about 2014. This was in relation to his consulting work on behalf of the pro-Russia ruling party in Ukraine at the time.

We also know that the surveillance ceased at some point before Manafort joined President Trump’s campaign in 2016. It then recommenced at some point after that, based on his connections with Russian intelligence and evidence suggesting that he was encouraging them to interfere in the presidential election.

That surveillance continued into at least early 2017. The “gap” covered the period of time when Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner met with Russians at Trump Tower to discuss – depending on whose version you believe – “adoptions” or incriminating information the Russians claimed to have on Hillary Clinton.

Following along so far? Good.

Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, at the Mayflower Hotel April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Let’s look at the “gap.” According to reporting, the initial FISA surveillance ceased after a court found that the FBI was no longer collecting foreign intelligence based on that order. This likely would have occurred at one of the 90-day renewal points after the surveillance began.

Now, one conclusion might be that there was no foreign intelligence activity actually happening – or perhaps that the basis for this order itself was somewhat flimsy.

However, if the order had been renewed at least once since it commenced, which would be likely even if it began in late 2014 or early 2015, that was probably not the case: After all, in order to renew the order at any point prior to it ceasing, the FBI would have had to produce ongoing foreign intelligence collection.

I invite you to consider another possibility. If Manafort was already being developed by Russian intelligence since 2014, and was approached in a more concrete, operational way around summer 2016, then they would likely want him to begin communicating with them through other means than he was already using.

If this happened, collection on the lines, accounts, or facilities targeted by the initial FISA order would go dry, and would explain why the surveillance ceased. In other words, there was no longer any foreign intelligence activity happening on the first FISA – but that’s because it was happening somewhere else.

(It’s worth noting here that a FISA order would not necessarily need to cover only phone lines, or even a single mode of communication; as long as the FBI could prove that the mode of communication was being used by the target and likely to produce foreign intelligence, multiple communication channels could be authorized in the same order – you don’t need to obtain a separate FISA warrant for a phone number and an email address, for example, as long as you can demonstrate that both belong to and are used by the target.)

That the first FISA order ceased because Manafort became “operational” is admittedly purely speculative. But based on my experience working against foreign intelligence targets, this would be consistent with the timeline in several respects.

First, the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting has been characterized by many intelligence experts as a “test run” – an experiment to see how open members of the Trump campaign might be to engaging in some potentially illegal behavior in order to benefit the campaign.

Having Manafort already on board would make sense in this scenario: Even if this might have been only an initial approach to Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner, the Russians would know they had at least one person in the campaign – Manafort – at that point who was “all in,” and could make the meeting less threatening for the newbies.

Second, it helps explain why a second FISA order was brought before the FISA court. It would make sense that after the initial FISA surveillance ceased and Manafort “went dark,” the FBI would be trying to determine what he was up to.  We know that in this period the FBI obtained new intelligence that Manafort was in contact with the Russians and had enough evidence to substantiate a second FISA application.

The new intelligence may have formed the basis to go back on the same lines or accounts as in the initial FISA.  But if the FBI uncovered new channels or modes of communication that Manafort was using with the Russians, this could also be the reason for the second FISA warrant: Just because the FBI went up for a second time on the same target does not mean that they recommenced surveillance on the same channels as before.

(This latter possibility implies some uncharacteristic operational sloppiness on the part of the Russians, but considering that Manafort was taking notes from the Trump Tower meeting on his iPhone and emailing directly with a Russian oligarch in code about offering secret briefings on the Trump campaign, this is not necessarily a stretch.)

Third, this theory would explain Mueller’s keen interest in Manafort in particular. Mueller’s investigation is first and foremost a counterintelligence investigation. Regardless of whether Don Jr. or Jared Kushner had any subsequent meetings or contacts with the Russians or colluded with them in their active measures, the FISAs suggest that Manafort holds the real keys to the kingdom.

Namely, how was election interference plan conceived? What operational measures were involved? Was there any quid pro quo? Who else was in on it?

This is to emphasize that Mueller may be just as – if  not, more – interested in Manafort spilling the identities and methods of the Russians in this whole scenario as in those of any Americans members of the Trump campaign who were involved.

After all, we know that with the Facebook search warrant that Mueller is potentially interested in pursuing Russians living in Russia who tried to disseminate disinformation in the U.S. He would surely be as interested in identifying and nailing the Russian operatives who participated in active measures to influence the election here in the States.

Which brings us to Mueller’s criminal investigation on Manafort. To get Manafort to talk, Mueller needs some, shall we say, “incentives.” The prospect of serious jail time for not cooperating is usually effective.

The problem is, that for all of Manafort’s red-flaggy behavior with the Ukranians and the Russians, there aren’t really a lot of laws against spying. There’s the Espionage Act, which relates to defense and classified information and doesn’t apply in the current scenario. And there’s the Foreign Agent Registration Act, which as Steve Vladeck explains is a procedural statute: People or entities officially designated as foreign agents must register if the Department of Justice asks them to, but as long as they comply with that request they may be out of the crosshairs of criminal prosecution.

Manafort retroactively registered as a foreign agent in June. Even if Mueller chose to prosecute Manafort’s failure to register earlier, FARA carries a weak penalty — only a five-year maximum — and a low likelihood of being able to prove willful evasion of the law.  Because of that combination, FARA wouldn’t likely create enough leverage on its own.

Financial crimes, by contrast, carry significant penalties, particularly when multiple charges are added together. Here is where the FISA orders could have come into play again.

It’s important to emphasize that the goal of using a FISA warrant is not to collect evidence of a crime; it’s to collect foreign intelligence information. However, since 9/11 and the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, evidence of criminal activity that is obtained through the course of a FISA investigation can be used to open a criminal case, as long as a “significant purpose” of the FISA inquiry was to obtain foreign intelligence.

Here, the FISA warrants on Manafort were based on his intelligence connections. But if he was engaging in financial shenanigans, related or unrelated to his alleged intelligence activities, signs of it may have become apparent during the FISA monitoring, allowing the FBI to open a separate criminal case on Manafort – which is where we are now.

We don’t know the content of the communications monitored under the FISA orders, which might really add the missing links to what connections, if any, existed between the Trump campaign and Russia. But the existence of the FISA warrants themselves on Manafort, and their timing, gives us a way to understand the facts so far.

So even if, like me, you’ve never made it all the way through War and Peace (I don’t even watch Game of Thrones), you can still follow along with Mueller:

There’s a method to his madness against Manafort.

Asha Rangappa is the Associate Dean of Admissions at Yale Law School. She served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City from 2002 until 2005.

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Sessions decries ‘rising tide of violent crime’ after FBI says crime increased again in 2016

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Violent crime increased in the United States for a second consecutive year in 2016, remaining near historically low levels but pushed upward in part by an uptick in killings in some major cities, according to FBI statistics made public Monday.

The FBI’s release of the figures comes as the Trump administration has warned ominously of a dangerous crime wave. In his inaugural address, President Trump described “American carnage” in U.S. cities, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions said earlier this year he worried the crime uptick was “the beginning of a trend.”

Some experts and analysts have disputed that suggestion, noting that crime levels were much higher a quarter-century ago and pointing out that the recent increases are not universal. In some major cities, violence has surged, while in others it has declined. Chicago, a much-cited example, saw a spike in murders last year, as did Las Vegas and Louisville; killings dropped, meanwhile, in places including New YorkCincinnati and Newark.

[Homicides went up last year in Chicago and some other cities across the country]

The FBI statistics for 2016 show that the estimated number of violent crimes nationwide increased 4.1 percent over the previous year. The violent crime rate was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, up from 373.7 a year earlier, and the highest figure since 2012. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter was up 8.6 percent over 2015, the FBI data show, and the murder rate increased to 5.3 per 100,000 people, the highest that figure has been since 2008. Firearms were once again used in most killings.

In the violent crime and murder rates alike, the numbers reported last year were well below figures seen during previous decades. Going back to the mid-1980s, the violent crime and murder rates were both consistently higher, particularly in the early 1990s. In 1991, for instance, the violent crime rate was 758.2 per 100,000 people, and the murder rate was 9.8 per 100,000 people, after which both numbers began to fall, albeit with some year-over-year increases.

The FBI considers four crimes — murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — to be violent crimes involving force or the threat of force.

Looking more recently, the statistics released Monday show that the violent crime rate in 2016 was down 18 percent from 2007, while the murder rate was down 6 percent over the same period.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Sessions, who has tied some of his policy pushes to the increase in crime, said Monday that the Justice Department would fight what he described as a “rising tide of violent crime” nationwide.

“For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime. And we must do it together,” Sessions said in a statement. “The Department of Justice is committed to working with our state, local, and tribal partners across the country to deter violent crime, dismantle criminal organizations and gangs, stop the scourge of drug trafficking, and send a strong message to criminals that we will not surrender our communities to lawlessness and violence.”

In a news release containing Sessions’s statement, the Justice Department said that the data released Monday “reaffirms that the worrying violent crime increase that began in 2015 after many years of decline was not an isolated incident.”

Richard Berk, a professor of statistics and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, disputed the suggestion that the national numbers suggested any sort of trend, pointing out that crime occurs on a local level.

“The fundamental thing is, national summaries are really sort of empty calories,” Berk said Monday. “There’s no real information in there to guide policy, or citizen concerns, because the action is all very local.”

Berk added: “Some cities that have more problems than others, and in those cities some neighborhoods have more problems than others, and to talk about national anything is just politics.”

The Brennan Center for Justice, a New York-based law and policy institute, said Monday that the murder rate increase was fueled by an uptick in killings in some of the country’s largest cities — with Chicago accounting for more than a fifth of the nationwide murder increase last year.

“The FBI’s data show trends similar to what we’ve found for crime, murder, and violence in 2016,” Ames Grawert, a counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, said in a statement Monday. “Crime remains near historic lows, with an uptick in murder and violence driven in part by problems in some of our nation’s largest cities. At the same time, other cities like New York are keeping crime down.”

The Brennan Center released an analysis earlier this month saying that the violent crime rate and murder rate are both expected to decline in 2017. The center had said that individual cities could play an outsize role in impacting the overall crime rates, saying the 2015 surge in killings was fueled by just three cities — Chicago, Baltimore and Washington. Last year, the center reported that the increased homicide rate for the country’s 30 biggest cities was in large part due to Chicago, finding that it was responsible for nearly half of this increase.

Homicides went up in last year more than three dozen of the country’s biggest cities or counties, according to data collected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the group of law enforcement leaders. That included Chicago, which had 762 homicides in 2016, up from 482 homicidesa year earlier, along with cities such as Phoenix and Louisville.

Other cities reported declines, including New York, the country’s largest city, which reported 335 murders last year, down from 352 a year earlier and less than half the 673 murders reported in 2000. The city is continuing that this year, with 192 murders reported through Sept. 17, down from 250 at the same point a year earlier. Cities including Portland and Minneapolis were also among those reporting fewer homicides last year as well.

[Homicides are spiking again in some big U.S. cities. Chicago has seen nearly half the increase.]

Across the country, leaders of law enforcement agencies have attributed the increase in violence to gang activity, opioids and heroin and “the overwhelming presence of guns,” said Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and a former Charlotte police chief.

Stephens said that Sessions’s concerns about violent crime are understandable, noting that the attorney general has met with police chiefs who have concerns about violence, including those from cities where the homicide counts have not been increasing.

“He’s heard those concerns from big city police chiefs, he’s met with them,” Stephens said Monday. “I’ve been in some of those meetings, and they do talk about that. But even in cities that aren’t having increases in violent crime, they still have a level of violent crime that they find, and most of the communities find, is not acceptable. Those violent crimes still take place in high poverty neighborhoods. It is a continued source of concern even if they’re not experiencing the big increases.”

Still, Stephens offered a note of cautious optimism for 2017, noting that data collected by the Major Cities Chiefs Association showed fewer cities were reporting homicide increases at the halfway point of the year, and some of those that were have seen smaller jumps.

“This year’s a little better so far,” Stephens said. “The increases don’t seem quite as bad as they were in the past. It’s hard to say for sure but I’m thinking that by the time we get ourselves to the end of this year, it’s not going to look like 2016, it’s going to look a little bit better.”

In a message accompanying the statistics Monday, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray focused largely on increasing transparency, particularly when it comes to how police use force, an issue that has roiled the country in recent years. He noted that the FBI had created a database to collect use-of-force statistics for law enforcement, which will include any encounter that ends with a person killed, seriously injured or when a gun is fired at them.

“Our goal is that this data will lead to more informed and accurate discussions within our communities and the media and that these discussions will foster more transparency and improve communications between law enforcement and the communities they serve,” Wray wrote.

The FBI’s statistics on deadly uses of force by police have long been known to be incomplete. The FBI reported that last year, 435 people were killed in justifiable homicides by law enforcement officers. The Washington Post’s database tracks all deadly police shootings and was launched in part due to the lack of any federal system logging such killings, found at least 963 fatal shootings carried out by police officers last year.

Sessions has tied the recent increase in violent crime to “undermined” respect for police officers and, in a recent speech, connected Chicago’s crime rates to the city’s policies on undocumented immigrants, a contention disputed by the police there.

In other categories, the FBI statistics released Monday showed positive signs. Property crimes dropped by 1.3 percent, the data show, the 14th consecutive year that figure fell. Burglary and larcenies fell, the FBI reported. But along with murder and non-negligent manslaughter, the FBI reported that rape and aggravated assault both increased in 2016.

The FBI’s data was compiled in an annual report called “Crime in the United States,” which collects information reported voluntarily by law enforcement agencies to the bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

This story, first published at 9:16 a.m., has been updated with additional information.

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The report showed there were an estimated 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S. last year. Though the violent crime numbers rose from 2015 to 2016, the five-year and 10-year trends show an increase from 2012 (up 2.6 percent) and a decrease from 2007 (down 12.3 percent).

Additional statistics from Crime in the United States, 2016 include:

  • Last year’s data shows there were 95,730 rapes reported to law enforcement, based on the UCR’s legacy definition. (Learn more about the updated rape definition.)
  • Of the violent crimes reported to police in 2016, aggravated assault made up 64.3 percent, while robbery was 26.6 percent. Rape (legacy definition) accounted for 7.7 percent of the violent crimes reported last year, and murder made up 1.4 percent.
  • About 7.9 million property crimes were reported to the UCR, with losses (excluding arson) of about $15.6 billion.
  • The report estimates that law enforcement agencies made about 10.7 million arrests in 2016 (excluding arrests for traffic violations).

The 2016 report has been streamlined from 81 information tables to 29, but it still includes key data on major categories—such as known offenses and number of arrests—that researchers, law enforcement, and the public expect. Crime in the United States, 2016 also includes the additional publications Federal Crime DataHuman Trafficking, and Cargo Theft.

In his message accompanying the report, FBI Director Christopher Wray called on law enforcement agencies to continue transitioning to the more informative National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Use of NIBRS data, which will be the national standard for crime reporting by 2021, will provide additional transparency. Wray called for the country to “get beyond anecdotal evidence and collect more comprehensive data so that we have a clearer and more complete picture of crime in the United States.” He also noted the creation of the FBI’s database to collect law enforcement use-of-force statistics to facilitate an informed dialogue within communities.

“The more complete the data, the better we can inform, educate, and strengthen all of our communities,” Wray said.

FBI, This Week: 2016 Crime in the United States Report Released — FBI

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The FBI’s 2016 Crime in the United States report shows violent crime jumped 4.1 percent and property crime decreased 1.3 percent when compared to the year before.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI’s 2016 Crime in the United States report shows violent crime jumped 4.1 percent when compared to the year before.

The report shows increases compared to 2015 in all four offenses in the violent crime category: murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Murder has the largest growth at 8.6 percent.

2016 was the second year in a row for an increase in violent crime, but Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division Douglas Lindquist says numbers for property crimes went in the opposite direction.

Douglas Lindquist: Property crimes decreased now for the 14th year in a row and have shown a 1.3 percent decrease over the 2015 numbers.

Halpern: This year’s annual report has been streamlined.

Lindquist: We’re trying to give the public, the press, Congress, everybody out there—and the law enforcement agencies—the information that they need and put it at their fingertips without them having to do unnecessary searches.

Halpern: About 16,700 local, state, tribal, college, and federal law enforcement agencies submitted the crime data to the FBI for the report. Read the report at <a href=”http://www.fbi.gov” rel=”nofollow”>www.fbi.gov</a>. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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At the time, Zuckerberg admitted the social network knew about problems, but told Obama that it wasn’t widespread and that there wasn’t a lot Facebook could do in any case. In June 2016, Facebook’s security team found suspicious accounts set up by the Kremlin-backed APT28 hacking team, also known as Guccifer 2.0, the Post says.

However, it found no solid proof of Russian disinformation and turned over everything it found to the US government. Reportedly, neither US law enforcement nor national security personnel met with Facebook to share or discuss the information.

After Obama pulled Zuckerberg aside, Facebook starting taking the problem more seriously, but again failed to find clear links to Russian operatives, the WaPo says. On July 20th this year, Facebook actually told CNN that “we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with theh election.”

It finally uncovered proof of suspicious activity after tracking a firm called the Internet Research Agency, a known Russian hacking operation. By working backwards, it discovered over 3,000 ads around social and political issues it had posted between 2015 and 2017.

Right now they are operating in an arena where they have some, but very few, legal responsibilities. We are going to keep seeing examples of this kind, and at some point the jig is going to be up and the regulators are going to act.

Putin-backed Russian groups paid up to $100,000 to buy the ads, and boosted anti-immigrant rallies in Idaho, among other activities. Facebook recently turned over the ads to the US Intelligence Committee and congressional investigators, who say the findings are likely just “the tip of the iceberg.” Facebook executives will also testify before a Senate Intelligence committee.

While it appears that Facebook turned over any evidence to US law enforcement as soon as it found it, ads and fake news are filtered mostly by algorithms. Facebook’s human content gatekeepers, often contractors, are mostly on the watch for violent or sexually explicit materials, not foreign propaganda.

In response the latest report, a company spokesman says that “we believe in the power of democracy, which is why we’re taking this work on elections integrity so seriously, and have come forward at every opportunity to share what we’ve found.”

However, many observers think that Facebook can’t be trusted on the problem. “It’s rooted in their overconfidence that they know best, their naivete about how the world works, their extensive effort to avoid oversight and their business model of having very few employees so that no one is minding the store,” Professor Zeynep Tufekci from UNC Chapel Hill told the Post.

Other critics believe that Facebook is going to need much more oversight. “Right now they are operating in an arena where they have some, but very few, legal responsibilities,” Stanford Law School scholar Morgan Weiland told The Atlantic earlier this month. “We are going to keep seeing examples of this kind, and at some point the jig is going to be up and the regulators are going to act.”

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The Only Way to Defend Against Russia’s Information War

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According to the Pew Research Center, only 20 percent of Americans trust their government. The same low percentage has “a lot” of trust in the national news media. It’s impossible to say definitively what causes this mistrust, but its growth has coincided with the rise of both the adrenaline-driven internet news cycle and the dying of local journalism over the past two decades. Without news that connects people to their town councils or county fair, or stories that analyze how federal policies affect local businesses, people are left with news about big banks in New York and dirty politics in Washington.

Readers compare this coverage with their dwindling bank balances and crumbling infrastructure and feel disconnected and disenfranchised, and latch onto something — anything — that speaks to them. That might be President Trump’s tweets. Or dubious “news” from an extreme right- or left-wing site might ring true. Or they might turn to Russian disinformation, which exploits this trust gap.

All is not lost. Disinformation can be defeated without the establishment of a shiny new initiative cased in the language of Cold War 2.0. Instead of “rapid information operations,” the United States should work to systematically rebuild analytical skills across the American population and invest in the media to ensure that it is driven by truth, not clicks.

The fight starts in people’s minds, and the molding of them. In K-12 curriculums, states should encourage a widespread refocusing on critical reading and analysis skills for the digital age. Introductory seminars at universities should include a crash course in sourcing and emotional manipulation in the media. Similar courses could be created as professional development for adults, beginning with state employees. Large corporations could be offered government incentives to participate, too.

Training like this has a proven track record. In Ukraine, IREX, a nongovernmental organization, trained 15,000 people in critical thinking, source evaluation and emotional manipulation. As a result, IREX measured a 29 percent increase in participants who double check the news they consume. Another neighbor of Russia, Finland, has been resistant to Russian influence in part because of its media education program, which begins in childhood.

The American government should also work to level the information playing field, increasing its investment in public broadcasters and demanding a hefty financial commitment from companies like Facebook and Twitter — the unwitting agents of Russia’s information war — to support the proliferation of local, citizen-focused journalism. If social networks are unwilling to be the arbiters of truth (despite 45 percent of American adults’ getting news from Facebook), they should at the very least provide grants to reporters who cover the local issues that most immediately affect people’s lives and donate advertising to small outlets that cannot compete with national media giants.

Finally, under no circumstances should the United States attempt to restrict freedom of the media. The United States might label RT or Sputnik a foreign agent, but it should never ban them. It also need not reinvent the wheel by creating an American version of RT. These would be grave mistakes that would erode America’s position as a beacon of free speech. They would contribute to the crisis of trust that makes Russian disinformation successful in the first place.

Russia has very deftly exploited America’s weaknesses — but these are weaknesses of our own making. Until policy makers start putting people at the heart of their fight against disinformation, they will continue to be easy targets for Russian lies.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor, urging the center-left Social Democrats not the shut the door on a re-run of their “grand coalition”.

Damaged by her decision two years ago to allow more than one million migrants into Germany, Merkel’s conservative bloc secured 33 percent of the vote, losing 8.5 points — its lowest level since 1949. Her coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats, also slumped and said they would go into opposition.

Voters flocked to the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), the first far-right party to enter the German parliament in more than half a century. However, the AfD hardly had time to savor its third-place showing before it fell into internal bickering.

Many Germans see the rise of the AfD as a similar rejection of the status quo as votes for Brexit and Donald Trump last year. But Germany’s political center held up better than in Britain and the United States as more voters have benefited from globalization and most shun the country’s extremist past.

Merkel’s party remained the biggest parliamentary bloc and Europe’s most powerful leader sought to keep her coalition options open on Monday, saying she would start talks with the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens as well as the SPD.

SPD leader Martin Schulz said earlier his party had no choice but to go into opposition “to defend democracy against those who question it and attack it,” after dropping to a post-war low of 20.5 percent.

“I heard the SPD’s words, nevertheless we should remain in contact,” Merkel told a news conference. “I think all parties have a responsibility to ensure that there will be a stable government.”

Merkel made clear she still intended to serve a full four years as chancellor. But her next coalition could be her toughest yet with her only remaining potential partners, the business-friendly FDP and the pro-regulation Greens, at odds on issues from migrants to tax, the environment and Europe.

The FDP’s leader Christian Lindner set the stage for tricky talks, saying his party would not agree to a coalition with the conservatives and the Greens, dubbed “Jamaica” because the parties’ colors mirror the country’s flag, at any price.

He said changes were needed in Germany’s energy policy and its stance on euro zone fiscal policy. But he struck a more conciliatory tone on Europe, saying Germany had an interest in a strong France. [B4N1JX00B]

The Greens set out climate change, Europe and social justice as their priorities in any coalition talks.

The emergence of the Greens as powerbrokers in any coalition weighed on markets. Shares in carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) were down 0.2 percent, while those in automotive supplier Continental (CONG.DE) dropped 0.4 percent. RWE (RWEG.DE) — which operates 15.25 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired plants in Germany, 38 percent of its total European capacity — fell 4.6 percent to a six-week low.

The party campaigned to ban the sale of new combustion-engine cars from 2030 and are calling for a quick phase-out of coal power plants.

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Many Germans were alarmed by the rise of AfD who the foreign minister likened to Nazis. Protesters threw stones and bottles at police outside its campaign party in Berlin on Sunday.

But just a day after the election, the AfD showed signs of fracturing as co-leader Frauke Petry, one of its most prominent faces, said she would not sit in parliament with AfD members. It was not immediately clear why she was making such a move.

The election also exposed rifts in Merkel’s conservatives, with her allies the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), who face a regional election next year, demanding a shift to the right to win back voters lost to the AfD.

“They will try their best to recover lost ground on the right side of the political spectrum. Going into a coalition in Berlin with the Greens and the FDP will make this more difficult,” said Janis Emmanouilidis from the European Policy Centre.

Investors were unsettled by the prospect of a weaker Merkel at the head of a potentially unstable “Jamaica” coalition and also worried that months of coalition talks could distract from talks with Britain over its divorce from the European Union.

The euro EUR=D4 and European stocks slipped, while concerns about the emergence of a more hardline stance toward the euro zone in the bloc’s largest economy weighed on Southern European government bonds.

“The weak result could make Angela Merkel a lame duck much faster than international observers and financial markets think,” ING economist Carsten Brzeski said.

Klaus Wohlrabe, economist at the Munich-based Ifo economic institute, said new elections could not be excluded and the result could stoke uncertainty as German business confidence deteriorated unexpectedly in the weeks before the election.

German business also expressed concern.

Matthias Mueller, chief executive of Volkswagen, said he was “shocked” by the AfD’s double-digit showing and said the success of Europe’s largest economy hinged on its tolerance and openness to the world.

“For Germany’s biggest industrial company I say: In the globalized economy, national egoism and protectionism lead to a dead – and in the end a loss of jobs.”

Additional reporting by Madeline Chambers, Michael Nienaber and Maria Sheahan; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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The Early Edition: September 25, 2017 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

The TRAVEL BAN

President Trump issued a new order restricting travel to nationals from eight countries yesterday, replacing the previous order which was due to expire yesterday and imposing indefinite restrictions on travel for most citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and subjecting Venezuelan citizens to heightened security checks. Devlin Barrett reports at the Washington Post.

“Making America Safe is my number one priority,” Trump tweeted yesterday, linking to a presidential proclamation issued on the same day. It is unclear how the new order will affect the legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.), which is due to be considered by the Supreme Court next month. The BBC reports.

The restrictions on the new countries included in the order and the revised waiver policy are set to take effect on Oct. 18; existing visa-holders are exempt from the travel ban and waivers remain available for travelers with ties to the U.S., however the order seems to have narrowed the exemptions. Josh Gerstein and Ted Hesson report at POLITICO.

The new order is more targeted than the president’s previous orders, according to officials, tailoring travel restrictions depending on nationality, with officials expecting that the inclusion of two non-Muslim countries would overcome the charge that it was an unconstitutional ban on Muslims. Laura Meckler reports at the Wall Street Journal.    

Critics of the original ban expressed similar concerns about the new order, the executive director of the A.C.L.U. Anthony D. Romero arguing that the inclusion of North Korea and Venezuela “doesn’t obfuscate the real fact that the administration’s order is still a Muslim ban.” Michael D. Shear reports at the New York Times.

The restriction on North Korea is largely symbolic as most North Koreans in the U.S. are based at the United Nations and North Korea generally does not allows its ordinary citizens to travel abroad. The APreports.

Iraqi citizens are no longer included in the travel ban but will face heightened security checks, restrictions on citizens from Sudan were also removed. Jeff Mason and Phil Stewart report at Reuters.

“The State Department will coordinate with other federal agencies to implement these measures in an orderly manner,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement yesterday, Laura Jarrett and Sophie Tatum report at CNN.

The Supreme Court could avoid deciding on the travel ban legal case altogether, according to legal experts, the new order potentially allowing the court to consider the case no longer a live issue. Lawrence Hurley reports at Reuters.

A summary of who is affected by the entry restrictions is provided by Marty Lederman at Just Security.

NORTH KOREA

An attack on the U.S. mainland is “inevitable,” North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Saturday during a speech to the U.N., on the same day the U.S. flew eight warplanes close to North Korea’s eastern coastline while remaining in international airspace, according to a statement by the Pentagon. Farnaz Fassihi and Ben Kesling report at the Wall Street Journal.

“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (D.M.Z.) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown in the 21st century,” Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Saturday, adding that the mission demonstrates “U.S. resolve” and sends a “clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat.” John Bowden reports at the Hill.

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake at the weekend near a North Korean nuclear test site appears to have been natural, according to experts, Simon Denyer reports at the Washington Post.

Diplomats and national security experts have expressed concern about Trump’s belligerent rhetoric, stating that the president has created an ambiguous situation where it is difficult to tell whether he would back up his threats with action, thereby widening the possibility of miscalculation and the Pyongyang regime misreading the likelihood of a U.S. attack. Julie Hirschfeld Davis explains at the New York Times.

China has grown increasingly frustrated with North Korea but its influence over the country has never been weaker, according to experts, leaving the country caught between a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea, but not wanting to precipitate the collapse of the Pyongyang regime. Simon Denyer explains at the Washington Post.

IRAN

Iran tested a new medium-range ballistic missile at the weekend, prompting Trump to criticize the 2015 nuclear agreement as not reining in Iran’s ballistic missile program in a tweet and accusing the country of working with North Korea. Aresu Eqbali reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Khorramshahr ballistic missile was displayed at a military parade on Friday, during which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that Iran would continue to develop and strengthen its missile program. Reuters reports.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) unveiled its Russian-made 3-300 air defense system in the capital of Tehran yesterday as part of displays marking the 37th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war. The AP reports.

The U.S. “is proving that it is unreliable,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an interview yesterday with Fareed Zakaria at CNN, criticizing the Trump administration’s approach to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump’s decision to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal by the Oct. 15 deadline could have implications for dealing with the North Korea threat, detractors arguing that the agreement allows North Korea to see what it could get away with, and supporters arguing that walking away from the deal would demonstrate that the U.S. cannot be trusted with negotiations. Rebecca Kheel explains at the Hill.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

The president’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner used his personal email account for official government business, his lawyer confirmed in a statement yesterday, stating that the emails “usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange.” Maggie Haberman and Sharon LaFraniere report at the New York Times.

Other Trump administration aides have also used their personal email accounts for government business, meaning that the communications could circumvent the requirements of the Presidential Records Act which requires all documents related to the president’s personal and political activities to be archived. Josh Dawsey reports at POLITICO.

Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump did not set up a private server, according to two sources familiar with their email account, however Kushner’s lawyer declined to answer questions about the possibility of the emails containing classified information. Carol D. Leonnig, Ellen Nakashima and Rosalind S. Helderman report at the Washington Post.

President Obama warned Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg about fake news on Nov. 19two months before Trump’s inauguration, Obama stating that the problem would get worse during the next presidential campaign if not addressed. Adam Entous, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg report at the Washington Post.

IRAQI KURDISTAN REFERENDUM

The Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum is being held today, with ballots being held across the three provinces in the Kurdish autonomous region and disputed territories, including the city of Kirkuk. The BBC reports.

“We will not recognize the referendum, nor its results,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said yesterday, shortly after Barzani made a speech stating that he would be “ready to start the process of dialogue with Baghdad” after today’s vote. Al Jazeera reports.

The Kurdish region was ordered to hand over control of border crossings and airports to Iraq’s central government yesterday, ahead of the referendum. Qassim Abdul-Zahra reports at the AP.

Iran halted flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdistan region yesterday and held military exercises on the border, closing the airspace at the request of Iraq’s central government. Al Jazeera reports.

“We stress again that we will take all measures arising from international law and the Turkish parliament’s authority” in response to the referendum, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement today, Reuters reports.

Turkey blocked access at a border gate with northern Iraq, according to the broadcaster N.T.V., Reuters reporting.

Turkey is considering closing its airspace and a border gate to northern Iraq following a formal request from Iraq’s central government, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said today, the AP reports.

“We will never go back to the failed partnership” with Baghdad, Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said yesterday, defying neighboring countries and other Western nations who oppose the referendum. Maher Chmaytelli and Daren Butler report at Reuters.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the referendum by phone, Erdogan’s office said yesterday, sharing mutual concern about impact of the vote on the region and emphasized the importance of Iraq’s territorial integrity. Reuters reports.

The referendum is a “strategic mistake” that undermines the Iraqi Kurds’ quest for independence because it lacks constitutional standing, undermines the government in Baghdad, threatens Iraq’s borders and security, and increases the possibility of further destabilizing the region. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

The history and context behind the independence referendum is provided by David Zucchino at the New York Times.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) seized a key gas plant from the Islamic State, the S.D.F. said yesterday, marking a significant blow to the extremist group’s ability to generate revenue. Raja Abdulrahim reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) targeted Islamic State group bases with drone strikes yesterday near the Syria-Iraqi border, according to Iranian state television, Reuters reports.

Russia and Syria have intensified their bombing campaigns on rebel-held areas in the Idlib and Hama provinces, rebels and witnesses said yesterday, marking increased violence following six months of relative calm. Suleiman Al-Khalidi reports at Reuters.

Airstrikes hit rural Aleppo in northern Syria yesterday despite a cease-fire in the province, according to activists and a war monitoring group. The AP reports.

A Russian general was killed by mortar shelling near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, Russia’s Defense Ministry said yesterday. Reuters reporting.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

U.S. drones conducted a series of “precision strikes” in Libya killing 17 Islamic State militants, the U.S. military said yesterday, marking the first airstrikes by the U.S. since January and demonstrating the significant threat posed by the militants in Libya. Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.

The Pentagon has been testing systems to destroy Islamic State group drones, launching a $700m program to draw on the knowledge of the armed services, tech experts and defense industry giants. Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.

“The two-state solution is today in jeopardy,” Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly last week – comments that were overshadowed by discussion of the North Korea threat but nevertheless posing a significant and urgent problem for U.S.-led peace efforts. Josef Federman explains at the AP.

A suicide bomb targeted a convoy of international forces in the Afghan capital of Kabul yesterday, wounding three civilians, with no one claiming responsibility for the attack, separately in the Helmand province the Taliban killed a district police chief. The AP reports.

The intense fighting against Islamic State-backed militants in the Philippine city of Marawi demonstrate the serious the extremists could pose to the country and other counties in Southeast Asia. Tom Allard explains at Reuters.

A breakdown of recent developments in the South China Sea is provided by Christopher Bodeen at the AP.

An explosion in Mali killed three U.N. peacekeeping troops and injured five yesterday, demonstrating the security struggles in the country that was destabilized by Islamist militants in 2012. Sewell Chan reports at the New York Times.

Forthcoming Trump administration rules on the trade of U.S.-manufactured guns has the potential to undermine human rights and aid terrorists and international criminal gangs, and Trump should reconsider the move. Josh Rogin writes at the Washington Post.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the church shooting that left one woman killed and several others injured in Tennessee, the agency said in a statement Sunday.

“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee,” the statement said.

It added, “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence. As this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Sunday’s shooting left one dead and seven others wounded, authorities said. An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in the struggle before he was arrested, police said.

No motive was immediately determined. Church members told investigators that the suspect had attended services a year or two ago, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metro Nashville Police Department.

The gunman pulled into the parking lot at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as services were ending. He fatally shot a woman who was walking to her vehicle, then entered the rear of the church with two pistols and kept firing, hitting six people, Aaron said. It was unclear whether the self-inflicted wound to the chest was intentional, Aaron said.

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Authorities identified the attacker as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Murfreesboro, who came to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and was a legal U.S. resident.

The gunman was discharged hours later from Vanderbilt University Hospital but remained in police custody. The Metropolitan Nashville police tweeted Sunday night that Samson will be charged with one count of murder and that multiple “additional charges will be placed later.” He was ordered held without bail by a judicial commissioner.

Witness Minerva Rosa said the usher was a hero. “He’s amazing,” said Rosa, a member of the church for eight years. “Without him, I think it could be worse.”

The suspect said nothing as he fired. While the gunman made his way down the aisle, Rosa said, the pastor started shouting, “‘Run! Run! Gunshots!'” Aaron called the usher, 22-year-old Robert Engle, “an extraordinarily brave individual.”

The woman who was killed in the parking lot was identified as Melanie Smith, 39, of Smyrna, Tennessee.

The gunman and six others were treated for gunshot wounds at nearby hospitals, along with Engle, who was pistol-whipped, Aaron said. Witnesses were being interviewed by police.

Among the wounded was Joey Spann, who is the church’s pastor and is a Bible study teacher at Nashville Christian School.

Forty-two people were at the church at the time of the shooting, and that all victims were adults, Aaron said.

Hours before the shooting, a man with the same name and description as Samson published bizarre messages on Facebook, The Associated Press reports.

One read: “Everything you’ve ever doubted or made to be believe as false, is real. & vice versa, B.”

Another read, “Become the creator instead of what’s created . Whatever you say, goes.” And a third post read, “You are more than what they told us.”

Samson also posted several shirtless photos of himself flexing his muscles. In some he wears a tank top that reads “Beast Mode.”

The small brick church describes itself on its website as a “friendly, Bible-based group of folks who love the Lord and are interested in spreading his word to those who are lost.”

Photos on the church’s Facebook page show a diverse congregation with people of various ages and ethnicities.

After the attack, the nearby New Beautiful Gate Church opened its doors to Burnette Chapel churchgoers as they reunited with loved ones.

New Beautiful Gate Pastor Michael Moseby said he is neighbors with Burnette Chapel Pastor Joey Spann.

“As a pastor myself, you come with the expectation of sitting down and having a service and not thinking about what can happen around you,” Moseby said. “You never know who is going to come to the door or what reasons they would come to the door, come to your church and do something like that. We’re always on guard. We just thank God many more weren’t hurt.”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said in a statement that the shooting was “a terrible tragedy for our city.” She said her administration “will continue to work with community members to stop crime before it starts, encourage peaceful conflict resolution and promote non-violence.”

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Jared Kushner used private email account for official business – reports 

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Lawyers for president’s son-in-law say Kushner complied with government record-keeping rules by forwarding all emails to his official account

Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email account alongside his official White House account to exchange messages with other administration officials, according to reports.

The emails included correspondence about media coverage, event planning and other subjects,Politico reported on Sunday. Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said his client complied with government record-keeping rules by forwarding all the emails to his official account.

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The NFL demonstrations this weekend were an encouraging signal.

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China Is Using the Russia-America Standoff to Win Big in Europe – The National Interest Online

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Jared Kushner’s email scandal may accelerate Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s takedown of Donald Trump 

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Jared Kushner has been busted for regularly using private email in his role as a senior adviser in Donald Trump’s White House. This sets a new bar for irony, after Trump (and the media) spent the campaign flat out lying about a “Hillary Clinton private email scandal” that turned out not to have been a scandal at all. It also sets a new bar for hypocrisy. But more importantly, it may have just set a new bar for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

We’ll soon find out whether Kushner indeed broke the law with his use of private email while on the job. Politico was the first to break the general parameters of the story (link), but as these things tend to go, far more details will leak out in the coming days. If it turns out Kushner did something illegal in the process, Mueller’s job of getting to Trump just became a whole lot easier.

Mueller’s difficulty in flipping Kushner is that he’s not going to be able to convince the guy to take his own father-in-law down unless he’s doing it to avoid prison. Kushner definitely committed felonies when he filled out his security clearance forms, but he may be (correctly or incorrectly) banking on an “I forgot” defense to get him off the hook. Kushner probably committed some variation of treason with his Russia meetings, but that requires overwhelming proof of intent. On the other hand, the email thing is an entirely different beast.

Jared Kushner just finished participating in an election in which Donald Trump routinely insisted that Hillary Clinton broke the law by using private email. That was a lie, and Hillary was fully exonerated in that imaginary scandal. But it’s enough to demonstrate that Kushner would have been well versed in laws about private email usage by the time the election was over. He therefore has no deniability when it comes to any crimes he went on to commit with his use of private email, and he knows it. Mueller may have just been handed an opportunity to flip Kushner, which in turn would accelerate his takedown of Trump.

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Attempts to target US began soon after Soviet Union’s collapse

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About this series: The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that an attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A WTOP investigation that began in November 2016 examined how the attack happened, when it started, who was involved and what’s next. Dozens of interviews with current and former U.S. intelligence officials, members of Congress, cybersecurity and intelligence experts, foreign government officials, Russian nationals and American victims were conducted. Here is what WTOP learned.

WASHINGTON — In the geopolitical haze that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, the surviving Russian government promptly launched attempts to undermine the U.S. government from inside out, sources with detailed knowledge of Russia’s plans and operations told WTOP.

According to a top former U.S. counterintelligence official, the U.S. State Department itself gave Russian agents arguably the best opportunity to execute an attack on U.S. soil.

“In 1991–92, senior members of the State Department felt as though old Russia was gone, a new Russia was emerging — ‘they’re friends; we can work with them,’” the official said.

Anatomy of a Russian attack

That mentality opened the door to a series of U.S. government mistakes, said Robert Booth, former deputy director of counterintelligence in the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS).

“Unfortunately, that led to the decision that Russian diplomats who visited the State Department did not have to be escorted when they showed up at the main State Department facility,” Booth said. “They were allowed to walk around inside the State Department and alone.”

Counterintelligence authorities attempted to warn State Department officials.

“My office and the FBI were aware of what was going on. In fact, we had an operation [in] which we monitored the Russian diplomats walking around outside the State Department and we tried to alert our senior members to this situation,” Booth said, “but we were somewhat rebuffed.”

Then all of a sudden, Booth’s DS team and the FBI noticed that the Russian diplomat’s visits to the State Department had stopped suddenly.

But the damage had already been done.

“It became clear later on to us that the operation they had run was over with,” Booth said. “They had successfully introduced a listening device into a conference room [on] the seventh floor of the State Department.”

The device was discovered in 1999, eight years after Booth and his colleagues warned of suspicious activity.

The mistake of granting unfettered access inside the State Department

Taking advantage of U.S. naiveté, Russian diplomats and ostensibly intelligence operatives were able to roam around the U.S. State Department headquarters in the early 1990s. They were able to take notes and collect intelligence.

And some experts believe they made friends who would assist them in pulling off the most stunning intelligence feat of the time: The KGB was able to install a listening device in a conference room outside the secretary of state’s office.

“It was concealed inside a fake piece of chair rail molding,” said Booth.

Russians attended bilateral and trilateral meetings with their American counterparts in that room.

“Obviously”, Booth said, “one or two of those Russian diplomats were intelligence officers under diplomatic cover. They were able to get a picture and determine the exact color and specifications of that chair molding. It went back to Moscow. Moscow duplicated it and put a listening device with batteries on the inside.”

At that point, the most troubling of all of the KGB’s clandestine movements took place.

“The Russians were able to come back into the conference room later on, remove the original chair rail molding and substitute the fake one with the listening device,” Booth said.

The swap still bedevils many intelligence and security officials.

“The case is still an open case 20 years later,” Booth told WTOP on Aug. 14. “There is great debate. There is simply no question that the Russians had unimpeded access to that room on at least two if not three occasions. They had to have been to be in there alone.”

That fact that Russian diplomats were allowed to move around unescorted inside the State Department possibly solves the question of how they were able to access the conference room. But for Booth and others, that does not mean the Russian “diplomats” were actually the ones able to place the bug in the chair.

“We have some ideas of how that may have happened,” he said. “There are some in [the] intelligence community who believe the Russians did that all by themselves. The other 50 percent, including me, believes they had help on the inside.”

A high-level U.S. intelligence source with deep knowledge of Russian spy craft agrees with Booth.

“I believe the Russians used an auxiliary asset to replace the piece of authentic molding with the one containing a bug. Any cleaning lady could easily do it. A good motivation would be something like $50,000,” said the source.

‘Russians didn’t do it themselves’

The source, who spent decades in Russia, in close proximity to KGB thinking, told WTOP: “I am sure this was the case. Russians didn’t do it themselves; it would be an unjustified suicidal mission.”

The source even detailed the likely steps employed.

“Step one: Take a good quality photo and measurements. Step two: Make two almost invisible incisions with the tool provided by the KGB handler. Step three: Take the old piece out and put the new one in. Each step takes no more than two minutes. With minimal training and reasonable precautions, it would’ve been a piece of cake,” the source said.

It’s not clear how long the listening device was in place — but it could possibly have been years.

As for the tactics the Russian agents used, and how they could’ve created the climate for the 2016 election meddling operation, Dr. Christopher Paul, a senior social scientist at the Rand Corp. told WTOP, “When you talk about Russia, remember that this is a nation of chess players.”

“There are two critical aspects to chess,” Paul said. “One is thinking tens if not dozens of moves ahead, and planning meticulously the way things unfold. The other is opportunism because chess is a two-player game. If your opponent makes a mistake, you can exploit that.”

Allowing Russian agents to meander freely inside the State Department may have been the break the KGB sought in its quest to meddle in U.S. politics, but which was never able to achieve during the Cold War.


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Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – The Washington Post Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 12:38 PM 

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The Metals Magnate And Manafort: A Kremlin Confidant Is Drawn Into The Trump Investigation September 22, 2017 16:11 GMT Mike Eckel Christopher Miller A composite photo of Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman (right), and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Share Print WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort was looking for an investor, and Oleg … Continue reading “Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska – The Washington Post Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 12:38 PM”
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Through soft power and propaganda, Russia is trying to topple democracy in the USA

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The Cold War is back. And this time it’s personal.

A quarter century ago, America won the Cold War. After a long, patient, cohesive diplomatic campaign, the West prevailed in the early 1990s, and the Soviet Union collapsed. A decade later Russia became intent on re-establishing itself as a great power on the world stage. Now Russia is resurgent, with greater ambitions than ever and a sophisticated 21st-century foreign policy toolbox blending the techniques of military, cyber and information warfare.

On September 14, Russia began Zapad 2017 joint strategic military exercises, the largest since the Cold War with up to 100,000 Russian troops mobilising on the European Union’s eastern borders. NATO is appropriately concerned about these manoeuvers on the ground, but generals and other military experts warn that Russia’s propaganda tactics – exercised through the channels of online, social and traditional media – may be more effective than conventional weapons.

Evidence continues to pile up of Russian hackers meddling in elections and referendums of Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, France and most notably the 2016 US presidential race with data hacking, denial-of-service attacks, phishing schemes that lure campaign workers to click on bad links, and release of fake news to inspire outrage or induce apathy. Ongoing reports suggest that Russia’s campaign in the United States was far more extensive than initially understood – jeopardising voter data in numerous local races, creating fictional Twitter and Facebook users, posting online events indicating surging xenophobia, launching bots and purchasing online ads.

Bots on the job

Russia’s interference continues. After troubling protests by white supremacists, counter-protests and lethal violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Russia added to the chaos with a flood of tweets produced by bots masquerading as regular folks and spreading fake news stories about the counter-protestors. ProPublica reports that Angee Dixson joined Twitter on August 8 and began a flurry of tweets, as many as 90 a day, defending President Donald Trump, criticising the removal of Confederate monuments, and spreading unproven rumors about violence from counter-protestors. But Dixson was fake, and Twitter removed the account and hundreds of other fictional creations.

Crafting messages to target youth or the marginalised, triggering outrage and despair about issues, is easy. One of the authors grew up behind the Iron Curtain in propaganda-ridden, Soviet-controlled Lithuania. To get reliable news, she and her family surreptitiously listened to Voice of America broadcasts. Today, in a sardonic irony of history, this expert and author on Russian foreign policy in Washington watches Russia Today, the Kremlin’s television network known as RT, blast fake news from American televisions.

Russia couldn’t accomplish its Tsarist or Soviet goals through armed conflict, crude propaganda or a coercive energy policy, but now realises once unimaginable success through soft power, cyberwarfare and a tsunami of manipulated news and messaging. Russian influence penetrates deep into Europe and the United States, altering public opinion and the course of political developments.

Former US President Barack Obama – intent on avoiding the appearance of political favoritism – warned his Russian counterpart during the 2016 campaign against hacking, but otherwise remained quiet about the dangers of growing foreign influence in the US political system. In retrospect, this approach was a mistake. Another mistake: the current administration’s striking lack of will to address the threat. Clearly, another strategy is required and the United States and other democracies must rethink their posture toward Russia.

On guard

A critical first step is to abandon complacent, misguided assumptions that the West had ever definitively won the soft-power and influence contest with Moscow. Even now, the United Kingdom’s 2016 Brexit vote – an outcome abetted by covert and overt Russian influence and propaganda – has substantially weakened the European Union. Initial EU efforts to confront the challenge have been no match, even against RT alone, with a self-reported annual 2016 budget of more than $300 million, available to 700 million viewers worldwide in more than 100 countries. Meanwhile, the US State Department has been slow to make use of the some $80 million earmarked for fighting Russian and terrorist group disinformation, reportedly out of fear of upsetting Moscow.

More recently, the US Justice Department advised RT that it must register as a foreign agent for its US operations, requiring periodic disclosure of the relationship with the Russian government as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. The same requirements should be made of the Russian government news agency Sputnik.

US citizens must also study up on ongoing propaganda strategies – and take time to seek confirmation for outrageous claims in any news source. The movie Wag The Dog imagined media experts and a film producer conspiring to invent a war with faked footage of conflict. Government-controlled Russian TV often relies on techniques which could have been lifted from the movie, such as using a single actor to play three different people with different names and fictional histories such as spy, bystander and heroic surgeon in “news” broadcasts on Rossia 1 national news (Vesti), NTV National News and the National Independent News of Crimea.

Blurred lines

Russian media skillfully blend entertainment, disinformation and propaganda into a seamless, convincing whole. Over several decades, the distinctions between fiction and reality – and perhaps more importantly the distinction between “reality” television and reality – have become increasingly blurred in US media. Many viewers do not fully appreciate the extent to which “reality” television is not real at all. Participants are carefully cast, their stories and “drama” shaped by producers, their dialogue if not written out word for word, craftily encouraged by producers and writers.

The characters in these “reality” dramas are recorded on video equipment. Everything they say and do on the show is artificially lit and staged and, tellingly, observed by a crew of up to 100 staff members hovering nearby although hidden from TV viewers. The fictional series Unreal, depicting behind-the-scenes action on an “unscripted” show like The Bachelor may be a fairly accurate wheels-within-wheels evocation of just how constructed and confected such shows are – or illustrate just how hopelessly blurred the lines have become.

The Apprentice, as artificial and concocted as any series, created the fictional character of Donald Trump as boss, which he parlayed into a winning presidential campaign. It’s hard to imagine that Trump could have become US president without this manufactured “reality” television show, name recognition and celebrity status included.

To counter Russia’s manipulation, the United States and its allies need, at minimum, to project a forceful unified vision of the appeal of liberal democracy and its values. In contrast, it’s self-defeating for the West to watch the US president spend a private tête-à-tête with Vladimir Putin at a G20 state dinner.

The Russians may or may not have kompromat with which to blackmail Trump. There may or may not have been collusion among members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Regardless, the dangerous impression that this foreign power holds some nefarious means of influencing the presidency disrupts global affairs and weakens the United States and the West.

The American people must begin to hear thoughtful, impassioned statements from their leaders, if not their president, condemning interference in the election process. The United States and other democratic countries must commit the full resources of their governments to preventing such activities in the future. And the factions within Washington and other capitals must find the unity, will and vision necessary to win the new Cold War being waged in the media, social networks and cyberspace.

If the United States doesn’t respond quickly and definitively to the ominous threat, history books will mark this era as the pivotal moment when world power shifted from liberal democracy to authoritarian dictatorship.

This article first appeared on Yale Global Online.

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The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Huntsville, Alabama, September 22, 2017. (Reuters / Marvin Gentry)

It’s exhausting to have a president who gets angrier at outspoken black athletes than at Nazis. It’s exhausting how shameless he is about his bigotry and his toxicity. This is a president who never played football. He never served in the armed forces. He frets over what conclusions we draw from the size of his hands. His skin is thinner than the gossamer wings of a butterfly. He is the epitome of a bullying but frail brand of masculinity. He belongs in a psychological text book as a case study, not in the White House. Look at Trump’s comments—in their entirety—about the current state of the National Football League, from his speech at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s FIRED!” You know, some owner is gonna do that. He’s gonna say, “That guy disrespects our flag; he’s fired.” And that owner, they don’t know it. They don’t know it. They’re friends of mine, many of them. They don’t know it. They’ll be the most popular person, for a week. They’ll be the most popular person in this country.

Then, the very week that the autopsy of 27-year-old former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez went public, which found he had stage-three CTE, Trump claimed that the game was too soft. He said:

Today if you hit too hard—15 yards! Throw him out of the game! They had that last week. I watched for a couple of minutes. Two guys, just really, beautiful tackle. Boom, 15 yards! The referee gets on television—his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game! They’re ruining the game. That’s what they want to do. They want to hit. They want to hit! It is hurting the game.

This is Trump, the violent fantasist who dreams of a physical supremacy he never achieved, and has then spent his life expressing this insecurity and hostility through boardroom bullying and, of course, sexually predatory behavior. He has lived his life in thrall to toxic masculinity, but lacked the ability to prove this “manhood” on the football field, and then dodged the armed forces, never attempting to prove his “manhood” on the battlefield. He has chosen instead to spend a lifetime tearing down the people who have dared stand in his path, and the women who dared to say “no.” Call it irony, call it divine coincidence, but it’s stunning that the day Trump publicly yearns for the time when football fulfilled his vicarious desires of physical domination, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday scrapped a key part of government policy on campus sexual assault. It’s so on the nose, a screenwriter would reject the scenario.

But Trump’s speech wasn’t over. His radar, always firmly attuned to the worst impulses of his audience, turned his attention again back to black players who protest, and he said:

But do you know what’s hurting the game more than that? When people like yourselves turn on the television and you see those players taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem. The only thing you could do better is, if you see it, even if it’s one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.

Some could argue that this is just a case of a divisive autocrat going after obvious targets of racial animus and of a base that doesn’t care if nuclear Armageddon looms, as long as they get their culture war—while Trump’s party gets its tax cuts for billionaires. But whether Trump realizes it or not, there is something else at play. These athletes are doing a lot more than sitting or kneeling or raising a fist during the anthem. They are offering up an alternative model for unity, justice, and even manhood. They are showing that what makes an adult is whom you can help, not whom you can cuss, and certainly not whom you can destroy for shameless and divisive political gain. Look at the work that’s been done by Michael Bennett, Colin Kaepernick, Malcolm Jenkins, the Charlottesville scholarships just funded by Chris Long… the list goes on and on of NFL players attempting to use their platform to highlight a different path for healing this country. The anthem protest is just a means to that end, an effort to highlight the gap between the promises that the flag represents and the lived experience of too many people in this country.

This is a model of politics—as well as manhood—that threatens Trump’s entire agenda of poisonous, divisive narcissism. Look at the outpouring of comments by NFL players following Trump’s remarks. None of them have sunk to his level. Instead, they share the tone of Seahawk Richard Sherman who said, “The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!” The cornerback, who is not even 30 years old, is showcasing more adulthood then the 70-year-old president. This is the new reality. And Sherman is absolutely correct. To be silent in the face of this destructive person is to condone his actions. That’s not an option. This president is a child bully, and bullies are emboldened by our silence.

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Merkel: Germany’s ‘Mutti,’ Europe’s skipper

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Germany’s national election Sunday has all the makings of a fait accompli. Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to gain her fourth term, which would give her 16 years as Germany’s leader. Martin Schulz, her closest rival and leader of the center-left Social Democrats, is behind in the latest polls by double digits. Merkel’s camp can start chilling the Riesling.

In the meantime, Merkel can start thinking about the road ahead — and it’s fair to say it’ll get bumpy.

More than any other leader, the woman Germans affectionately call “Mutti,” or mother, runs the show in Europe. Germany is the European Union’s heftiest, most vibrant economy, and with Britain Brexiting out of the EU, Merkel’s pragmatic leadership has become the dominant voice on the European stage.

But the rules of the game have changed in the eight months that Donald Trump has been president. Europe can no longer count on the White House the way it did in the pre-Trump era. Merkel publicly acknowledged as much last spring when she told Europeans to “take our fate into our own hands. … The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over.”

Merkel said “others,” but she meant the U.S. Trump has upended trans-Atlantic relations, pushing positions that are antithetical to the EU agenda. He has said the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change, lauded Brexit, promoted protectionist policies and at times showed a vexing admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin leader who digs deep into his toolbox for ways to create fissures in European unity.

It doesn’t help that Europe is more fractured and tenuous than it has been in decades. Great Britain’s departure from the EU takes away the bloc’s second largest economy and leaves it with just one nuclear power, France. To the east, nationalist-minded populist leaders in Poland and Hungary hold power. And the continent is still balancing the accommodation of Middle Eastern and North African refugees with the need to winnow out potential terrorists.

Merkel’s decision to allow as many as a million refugees, primarily from the Middle East, into the country in 2015 made her politically vulnerable, and her popularity dipped. But German officials have since sealed up a major conduit for refugees through the Balkans, and have reimposed border controls. “People are not infused by that feeling any more that this is out of control, that we don’t know what’s going on and who’s coming in,” Germany’s ambassador to the U.S., Peter Wittig, told the Tribune Editorial Board on Thursday. “People now have the feeling that there is an orderly process. And Germans love order.”

Another challenge for Merkel: Turkey has emerged as a major dilemma for Europe as a whole, and Germany in particular. The West recoiled at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s response to last year’s failed coup. After the attempt, Erdogan oversaw a crackdown that jailed 50,000 people and suspended 150,000 from their jobs.

Relations between Germany and Turkey became even more strained last spring, when Erdogan accused German officials of behaving like Nazis after Berlin kept him from campaigning in Germany’s Turkish enclaves ahead of a referendum effectively broadening his presidential powers. Erdogan has since dubbed Merkel’s team “enemies of Turkey.” A NATO member, Turkey also has been edging closer to the Kremlin; it recently bought a surface-to-air missile system from Russia, rankling NATO leaders who see Russia as an aggressive adversary.

Domestically, Merkel likely will have to cope with the emergence of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party, which is expected to garner enough votes in Sunday’s elections to gain several seats in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament.

In Germany, voters pick a party, not a leader. It’s a party’s performance in the election that decides how many seats it gets in parliament, and who the country’s leader will be. Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union, leads the pack. AfD is fiercely anti-immigration and anti-EU, and at one point during the campaign called for an end to atonement for Germany’s Nazi past. It won’t have enough votes to block Merkel’s agenda, but polls suggest it may get enough support to become the third largest force in parliament.

Americans will be watching keenly how Merkel navigates these shoals, mostly because a strong, united Europe is in America’s best interests. A unified Europe is better fit to tackle terrorism, trade, financial crises, energy policy, immigration and, yes, Russia. We know who wants a weak, fragmented Europe — the shirtless ex-KGB agent to the east.

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11:38 AM 9/24/2017 – Clinton Says Angela Merkel Is The Most Important Leader In The Free World 

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As “picture” Putin’s refugee sex mobs on the Bundestag election – BILDblog

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“Bild” -reactor Julian Röpcke has looked at the hashtag #gebahlbetrug times ,

BILD analyzed the hashtag “election fraud”. He is most closely related to the terms “AfD”, “Islamization”, “election observer” and “btw17”. Outside Germany it is mainly pushed by. The USA ranked first, the UK in second place and Russia in third place.

Röpcke and Bild.de could have just as good (and actually even better) titles:  Altered Ami attack on our choice” . But instead:

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For Röpcke and his colleagues it has been clear for many months that today’s Bundestag election is being strongly influenced by Russian forces, more precisely by Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. However, they had predicted completely different caliber than only some Bots from Russia, which now continually retreat AfD-Hashtags. Together with his colleague Karina Mößbauer, Röpcke published this dossier on Putin’s colorful propaganda bouquet in December last year:

Screenshot 2 - The Prophecies of the Prophets - Article 3: Consciously dispersed. Article 2: Propaganda campaign with sexmobs - Article 3: Consciously dispersed Fake News - Article 4: Cyber, web and social media manipulation

The author duo writes :

Attack on our Bundestagswahl! It is a hybrid major attack on the perception of the Germans. And he has several concrete goals.

Experts agree: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (64) wants to shatter the confidence of the population in the German state, the authorities, and in particular Angela Merkel (62, CDU), and drive people into the hands of left and right extremists ,

Some points of this “secret war” dossier are a bit funny, for example, those with the “deliberately scattered fake news”. The only known “Fake News” that made it into a big German medium this year was spread by the “Bild” -zeitung and concerned a supposed refugee “Sex-Mob”, which on New Year’s Eve through Frankfurt am Main “beobt” should be. The Frankish “Bild” -reaction was thereby a lie of a AfD-sympathizer.

Not funny, but rather irreversible is the announcement of a “propaganda campaign with sexmobs” :

Screenshot Bild.de - Putin's hybrid major attack on the Bundestag election 2017 - Propaganda campaign even with sexmobs

The article by Mößbauer and Röpcke really has all the ingredients that a ninth-grader would choose if he were to invent a creative conspiracy theory in a homework: Putin, refugees, Syrian intelligence, Iraqi intelligence, mafia, dead, sex mob. Because “beyond disinformation”, says Mössbauer and Röpcke, “it could get worse!”

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In security crises it is already being discussed how Russia could try to force a radical rethinking of the population with disturbances – possibly even with lethal force. (…)

A previously unknown component is the close cooperation between Russian, Syrian and other intelligence services as well as Russian mafia, says Russian expert Gustav Gressel (European Council on Foreign Relations).

“A part of the refugees from Iraq and Syria, if only a very small part, had connections with Assad or Saddam Hussein’s secret services.”

These people could be specifically targeted by secretaries or mafia trips and are instrumentalized for disturbances, warns Gressel.

“What would happen, for example, if a similar event were repeated at a summer festival before the election, as in the Silvesternacht in Cologne? How would Merkel stand? What would be the consequence for the Bundestag election? Of course, this is an extreme example, but it is within reach, “says Gressel.

We have waited until shortly before the end of the Bundestag election. Nowhere did a Putin-Assad-Saddam-Mafia refugee sex mob appear. At no “summer festival” and also nowhere else in Germany. Already at the publication in December 2016 the questions of Gustav Gressel sounded absurdly enough, in order to regard them as highly questionable. But instead of questioning them, Röpcke, Mößbauer and “picture” adopt the conspiracy theory of their experts already in the headline.

Julian Röpcke writes today to the retweeting Twitter accounts from Russia:

It is unclear whether the campaign is more than mere propaganda.

We sometimes ask ourselves this.

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“Russian hackers almost certainly found a way to alter the actual vote totals. Now the U.S. government is inching closer to finally admitting it… Any one of the above issues would be curious on its own. Combined, they’re suspicious as hell…” – by Bill Palmer 

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U.S. government inches closer to admitting Russian hackers altered Trump vs Hillary vote totals by Bill Palmer Sunday September 24th, 2017 at 9:29 AM Palmer Report 1 Share If you were paying attention on election night, you’re aware that the vote totals in key swing states lined up for Donald Trump in statistically suspicious fashion. Trump winning would … Continue reading ““Russian hackers almost certainly found a way to alter the actual vote totals. Now the U.S. government is inching closer to finally admitting it… Any one of the above issues would be curious on its own. Combined, they’re suspicious as hell…” – by Bill Palmer”
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Donald Trump’s day from Hell 

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You’re Donald Trump. You’re less popular than head lice. Your escalating scandals may land you in prison. People are openly questioning your mental health. You try to appease what’s left of your racist base by attacking black athletes. You take it too far. Within a twenty-four hour period you’ve been condemned by everyone from the biggest star in the NBA to the commissioner of the NFL. Donald, you’re having a day from Hell – and it’s just getting started.

Trump’s hellish twenty-four hour cycle began when he referred to NFL quarterback Colin Karpernick a “son of a bitch” at a rally tonight. He thought he could get away with it, because Kaepernick’s kneel-downs are seen as controversial by a number of moderate white Americans. But it turned out he’d taken things too far, even by his low standards. By today, after NFL stars like Lesean McCoy were calling Trump an “asshole” and worse, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement condemning Trump’s remarks. The owners of the New York Giants did the same. But that was just the half of it.

After NBA star Steph Curry hinted that he would decline to visit the White House, Donald Trump tweeted that Curry and his entire Golden State Warriors were no longer invited. This prompted LeBron James, the only NBA star with even more clout than Curry, to respond by calling Trump a “bum.” Kobe Bryant and others piled on. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement in support of his players.

Donald Trump has been pushing an openly racist agenda for years, and it’s defined his entire time in politics. But these past twenty-four hours feel like a shift has taken place. Trump has taken his racist attacks so far that even moderate white Americans, who would generally prefer to not to get involved in social issues one way or the other, seem to be finally scratching their heads today at just how dementedly racist Trump is. If so, this will indeed go down as Trump’s ultimate day from Hell. Contribute to Palmer Report

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U.S. government inches closer to admitting Russian hackers altered Trump vs Hillary vote totals 

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If you were paying attention on election night, you’re aware that the vote totals in key swing states lined up for Donald Trump in statistically suspicious fashion. Trump winning would have been a shock; Trump winning along those particular numbers was all but mathematically impossible. If you’ve been paying attention since, you’ve figured out that Russian hackers almost certainly found a way to alter the actual vote totals. Now the U.S. government is inching closer to finally admitting it.

Russia’s fake news stories and fake Facebook ads were enough to con some Americans into voting under mistaken pretenses. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. As Palmer Report has been documenting since November, the actual vote totals were absurd (link). The national polls ended up being accurate within the margin of error, as Hillary Clinton won by three million votes nationwide. But those same polls said Hillary would win the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and they should logically have also been accurate in those states. Instead Trump won all four of them, by the same one percent margin (link) – just large enough to avoid automatic recounts without being large enough raise eyebrows.

Other things stood out as having been just plain wrong about the vote totals in those four states. Exit polls for early voting in Florida, which accounted for the bulk of the vote, gave Hillary Clinton such a huge lead that Donald Trump shouldn’t have been able to overcome it on election day (link). Across the board in these four states, the numbers simply did not add up in the way that numbers are supposed to add up. There were other eyebrow raising issues. Voting equipment broke in suspiciously large numbers in Michigan on election – but it all happened in Detroit, which would have been the most favorable to Hillary (link). Any one of the above issues would be curious on its own. Combined, they’re suspicious as hell.

So this news blip from the Associated Press matters greatly: “US government tells election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems in 2016, but most not breached” (link). Keep two things in mind here. The first is that the Trump administration has been doing everything it could to prevent the federal government from acknowledging that Russia meddled in the election. The only reason for it to put out a statement like this is because it knows it’s all going to come out anyway. The second thing to keep in mind there is the phrase “most not breached.” That’s an acknowledgment that some state voting systems were breached. This story is just getting started.

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A Group of Experts Wrote a Book About Donald Trump’s Mental Health—and the Controversy Has Just Begun – Mother Jones

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Baltimore psychologist heads effort to ‘warn’ about Trump’s mental health

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Put psychologist John Gartner on a couch and ask him about his childhood and one of the first stories he will recall is about his mom, Diana, and a touchstone moment in the fight for women’s rights.

In 1969, Diana Gartner and other leaders of the relatively new National Organization for Women made a reservation at the Oak Room Bar in New York under the name “Dr. Gartner.” The showdown that followed when the women arrived during the establishment’s male-only hours would lead to an early victory for feminism: The storied bar ultimately changed its gender policy.

John Gartner was 10 years old when the incident made headlines.

“It does run in our family to be mavericks,” he said. “Or rebels with a cause.”

These days Gartner is gaining national attention for a cause of his own — and creating a stir in his field — by trying to convince voters that President Donald Trump has a mental illness, and should be removed from his job because of it.

From a small office at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, Gartner has emerged as a leader of a group of mental health professionals called Duty To Warn. The campaign began as an internet petition seeking to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment, which broadly lays out the procedure for booting a president who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

The <a href=”http://Change.org” rel=”nofollow”>Change.org</a> petition, launched in January and aimed at Trump’s cabinet, has garnered more than 62,000 signatures. But it has also drawn substantial criticism, and not just from Trump supporters. Both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association advise members against assessing the mental health of individuals they haven’t personally examined .

And yet the campaign by Gartner and others appears to be expanding. Duty to Warn is planning to hold conferences in cities across the country on Oct. 14, many drawing established psychologists and psychiatrists. Gartner and others, meanwhile, have contributed to a book to be published next month: “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.”

Gartner — a Princeton graduate and former assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins medical school, specializes in borderline personality disorder and depression. He describes Trump as a “malignant narcissist,” a condition that includes paranoia, anti-social behavior, sadism and other traits along with narcissism.

Gartner points to the president’s insistence that President Barack Obama bugged his office, or that the crowds at his inauguration were historically large, as validating signs.

“Unless he doesn’t believe a word he’s saying, there’s evidence here of someone, really, who’s actually disconnected from reality,” said Gartner, 59. “We have someone in charge of the nuclear codes who is not in touch with reality. I can’t imagine anything more dangerous.”

Among Gartner’s most notable critics is psychiatrist Allen Frances, who wrote the guidelines for diagnosing narcissistic personality disorder — and who rejects any claim that Trump has it.

To meet the criteria for a narcissistic personality disorder, Frances said, Trump would have to display distress or impairment himself. One could argue he’s caused distress, Frances said, but he doesn’t appear to experience it.

“I think that this guy and other people like him mean well and are sincere and believe that somehow they have a professional responsibility to warn America about the horrors of Trump,” said Frances, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Duke University. “But I don’t see them as knowing much about diagnoses.”

Frances, who published a book this month titled “Twilight of American Sanity,” is hardly a fan of the 45th president. He describes Trump as “the biggest threat to democracy since the Civil War.” But he says that doesn’t mean he has a mental illness.

The effort to apply a diagnosis to Trump, Frances said, “confuses bad behavior for mental illness.”

A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump supporters frequently say the president’s brazen rhetoric is a big part of the reason why he was elected. His voters did not want another carefully scripted, play-it-safe politician.

And as with any politician, it’s impossible to sort out what Trump believes from political theater.

Gary Collins led the Trump campaign in Baltimore.

“Time and again on the campaign and in the White House, while something might sound a little different, the reality is that it usually comes out in weeks, months or even days that what he’s saying has a lot of validity to it,” he said.

Collins said Gartner “is clearly pushing a political agenda, and clearly doesn’t like the president.”

Duty to Warn has reopened a heated discussion in the psychiatric community over the Goldwater Rule, the 1973 prohibition on analyzing people from afar. It’s named for Sen. Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican nominee for president. When Fact magazine published an article in which psychiatrists opined that Goldwater was mentally unfit for the presidency, the Arizona senator successfully sued.

The policy was reaffirmed this spring by the American Psychiatric Association.

“The complexity of today’s media environment demands that we take special care when speaking publicly about mental health issues,” the association says on its website.

The Goldwater rule doesn’t apply to Gartner, who is a psychologist. But the American Psychological Association takes a similar — if less ironclad — position.

“APA’s Code of Ethics counsels psychologists against diagnosing living individuals whom they have not personally assessed,” spokeswoman Kim I. Mills said. “Singling out mental illness is misguided and tends to further stigmatize mental health problems.”

Gartner dismisses the rule and similar guidelines as a product of professional associations concerned primarily with protecting members from lawsuits. It is preferable to meet with patients before assessing them, he agrees, but in cases where that’s not possible it shouldn’t be a requirement.

Much can be gleaned, he says, by observing years of public interactions.

“The only people who aren’t allowed to comment on Donald Trump’s mental health are the people who are most expert and qualified to do it,” Gartner said.

The phrase “duty to warn” has its antecedent in a similar ethical dilemma. It’s based on the name used for laws on the books in at least 28 states, including Maryland, that require mental health professionals to break patient confidentiality rules and report information about a patient if they believe that person may become violent.

Garter isn’t alone in his assessment of the Goldwater Rule.

Justin A. Frank, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center, has written books analyzing Presidents George W. Bush and Obama, and expects to publish a third in the series, on Trump, next year.

“My feeling is that the rule was based on a very specific kind of thing: Financial fear,” he said.

Frank said he relies on principles of applied psychoanalysis to build profiles of presidents.

“It’s true that I don’t get them in my office — and that’s a serious issue,” he said. “But there’s nothing I can do about that.”

Asked whether he has come to any conclusions yet about Trump, Frank declined to offer a diagnosis.

“He’s Donald Trump,” Frank said. “I really think that he’s a fairly unique person.”

The Duty to Warn effort has drawn some attention on Capitol Hill, but almost entirely from Democrats — making it an easy target for Trump supporters and others to dismiss as a partisan endeavor.

Supporters of the group point to a private conversation caught on an open microphone this summer between Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island. During a conversation about the federal budget, Reed was heard describing the president as “crazy,” and Collins responded with “I’m worried.”

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee told reporters last month that Trump had failed to display the “stability nor some of the competence” to be a successful president.

But those comments have been exceptions to the rule in both parties.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat, introduced legislation this year to create a commission that would determine whether a president is unable to meet the responsibilities of the office under the 25th Amendment.

Raskin, a constitutional law professor from the liberal wing of the party, says he is addressing a long-term process issue, not targeting the current president.

Raskin, whose bill has 31 Democratic co-sponsors, declined to say whether he agrees with Gartner on Trump’s mental health.

“I do not take a position on that and I don’t think it’s my role to take a position on that,” he said. “There are enough signs of chaos in some of the dealings of the president that it reminds us of the importance of the 25th Amendment, but I personally will reserve judgment on presidential fitness — that’s why we have the process.”

Raskin is set to receive an award from Duty to Warn at its meeting in Washington next month.

“They appreciate the work that I’m doing in trying to flesh out the constitutional process,” he said.

Gartner is a registered Democrat, and has contributed to Democratic campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s. But Gartner insists Duty to Warn isn’t a political exercise.

“I didn’t like George Bush, but I never circulated a petition about him,” he said. “I’d be grateful for a President Pence, even though I disagree with everything he believes in. … He’s conservative, [but] he’s not mentally unstable.”

Gartner says the petition will be sent to each member of Trump’s cabinet next month.

He acknowledges he’s unlikely to get the kind of quick response his mother received decades ago at the Oak Room Bar.

“All along I’ve felt, even if it was a hopeless cause, that we still needed to speak out,” Gartner said. “Bearing witness to these things is important. And I think bringing out the truth is important.”

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Today in Trumpworld — September 22

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TRUMP’S SCHEDULE TODAY

5 p.m.: President Donald Trump will depart the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey en route to Alabama.

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7:30 p.m.: Trump will arrive at Huntsville International Airport.

8 p.m.: Trump will arrive at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville.

8:15 p.m.: Trump will participate in a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

9:10 p.m.: Trump will depart the Von Braun Civic Center en route to Bedminster, New Jersey.

11:50 p.m.: Trump will arrive at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

TRUMP’S TWITTER THIS MORNING: “Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as ‘the Republican who saved ObamaCare.’ … Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! … The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook. What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary? … The greatest influence over our election was the Fake News Media “screaming” for Crooked Hillary Clinton. Next, she was a bad candidate! … Will be in Alabama tonight. Luther Strange has gained mightily since my endorsement, but will be very close. He loves Alabama, and so do I!”

INSIDE THE HEALTH CARE PUSH: From POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey and Burgess Everett: “In public, President Donald Trump is all-in on the Senate’s final chance to repeal Obamacare. But privately, there’s ambivalence in the White House about the bill’s contents and its chances of clearing the tightly divided chamber next week. Trump spent time between meetings at the United Nations calling senators and other senior White House officials about the Graham-Cassidy bill, asking for updated vote tallies and how to woo senators for the bill. White House officials have considered tweaking the state funding to win a vote from GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — and others. Trump has also publicly excoriated Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for voting against the legislation, telling aides he would go after other senators.”

SCRAMBLE TO LEAVE THE WEST WING: From POLITICO’s Nancy Cook: “A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump’s first term is still months away. Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explicit idea that they’d stay for at least a year, enough to credibly say they’d served. But in the aftermath of a wave of abrupt, high-profile departures over the summer that culminated with former strategist Steve Bannon’s ouster in August, aides up and down the chain are reaching out to headhunters, lobbyists, and GOP operatives for help finding their next job.”

FACEBOOK TO COOPERATE: From POLITICO’s Nancy Scola, Josh Dawsey and Ali Watkins:“Facebook has agreed to provide details to congressional investigators about ads purchased by Russians to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, and on Thursday vowed greater transparency in political advertising. But some Democratic senators want to make those pledges mandatory. The moves come amid mounting pressure from Congress to release the Russian-related ads, particularly criticism from Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Two people familiar with the matter disclosed the deal to POLITICO on Thursday shortly before Facebook announced it publicly.”

MUELLER’S WORK: From POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey: “Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought phone records concerning the statement written aboard Air Force One defending a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower last year that was set up by Donald Trump Jr., according to two people familiar with the investigation. Mueller has also asked the White House for documents and emails connected to a May 3 press briefing where Sean Spicer said the president had confidence in James Comey as FBI director, these people said. The request seeks to determine what White House officials – particularly Spicer – knew about the president’s plans to fire Comey in the days before it happened, according to one of the people familiar with it.”

PRICE UPDATE: From POLITICO’s Rachana Pradhan and Dan Diamond: “Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense since early May, according to people with knowledge of his travel plans and a review of HHS documents. … The cost of the trips identified by POLITICO exceeds $300,000, according to a review of federal contracts and similar trip itineraries.”

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Paul Manafort Has A Bad Week; Twitter, Facebook In The Hot Seat : NPR

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Last week in the Russia imbroglio: Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, got some bad news; members of Congress put social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, under the interrogation lights; and with all these many lawyers now running around — the meter is running too.

Much more below.

The Russia story is so vast, has been running for so long — and may continue for so much longer — that NPR journalists have been getting an update inside the newsroom every day to try to keep them in step. On the theory that other readers also might find the reports useful, here’s a version of our newsletter called “The Daily Imbroglio,” which also includes a look back at events from the past week you might have missed.

Reports: U.S. Government Surveilled Manafort … Sometime … Somewhen

Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was under U.S. government surveillance at some point, according to reports this week — although they do not agree as to the particulars. CNN was first out of the gate with its story about surveillance on Monday, which called what the FBI or other spy agencies were doing “a wiretap.” The eavesdropping took place before, during and after the campaign, according to CNN.

CBS News also cited a source confirming CNN, but not many other news organizations reported this development. That stood until Friday, when the Wall Street Journal’s Shane Harris reported that the U.S. put Manafort under surveillance after he resigned from the Trump campaign in August of 2016.

But the monitoring the Journal describes is very different. Not a “wiretap” like you might have seen on The Sopranos, where FBI agents listen in real-time, but surveillance after the fact, “possibly by obtaining copies of his emails and other electronically stored communications, or by having agents follow him or conduct physical searches of his property.”

NPR has not confirmed any of these reports, and U.S. government officials have declined to comment about these kinds of law enforcement operations. A spokesman for Manafort, Jason Maloni, told NPR’sGeoff Bennett that if the stories are true, it’s evidence of abuse of power by then-President Obama and also evidence of criminal leaking by whatever sources revealed the surveillance was taking place.

Why would the Feds want to spy on Manafort? Former U.S. intelligence officials, including ex-CIA Director John Brennan, have said they’ve documented evidence of a lot of clandestine communications between people in Trumpworld and Russians. The latest data point came on Wednesday, when the Washington Post reported that Manafort had offered a private briefing on the U.S. election to to Oleg Deripaska, a Ukrainian billionaire friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The FBI wants to know whether Manafort was colluding with the Russians whose interference in the U.S. was aimed at helping Trump be elected.

Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More?

That’s one example of what are believed to be tens of thousands of emails and other documents the Trump campaign has given congressional investigators looking into the Russia imbroglio — but it also confirms what Brennan and others have suggested. The frustration in trying to understand this story from the outside is how more evidence is deemed classified, possibly from Congress or the Justice Department, which U.S. spy agencies might not want to reveal because it compromises the sources or methods they used to collect it.

Learn More About The Trump-Russia Imbroglio

In Manafort’s particular case, investigators’ focus appears to be on alleged money laundering, foreign advocacy or other such crimes — sources told The New York Times that prosecutors working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller have warned Manafort they intend to indict him.


Next In The Hot Seat: Facebook And Twitter

Russian influence-mongers used more overt tools to attack the election last year than anyone first appreciated, including Facebook ads, public accounts (of fake Americans) and others. And as NPR’s Ryan Lucas reports, members of Congress want answers about what social media platforms knew at the time about what was happening — and what they’ve learned in retrospect.

The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

“The moves on Capitol Hill follow concerns that the social media giants have been less than forthcoming about how Russia may have used their platforms to try to undermine the American election,” Lucas writes.

“Facebook has acknowledged that it sold ads to some 500 fake Russia-linked accounts between 2015 and 2017. The ads addressed socially divisive issues like gun control, immigration and race relations. It also conceded in a statement that it may discover more.”

Russia's Election Meddling Part Of A Long History Of 'Active Measures'

The Intelligence Committee’s leaders, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, had been turning up the heat on Facebook especially: The social behemoth had shown the content of some ads to committee staffers in a briefing, but not permitted the Hill investigators to keep them. Burr and Warner said they wouldn’t abide any deflection or soft-pedaling, so Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday the company would turn over the contents and cooperate with the congressional investigations. More from Facebook.

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How Russian Twitter Bots Pumped Out Fake News During The 2016 Election

The Intelligence Committee has scheduled a hearing about the social media aspect of the Russian influence campaign for next month. And ahead of that, representatives for Twitter — much smaller in terms of users and business throw-weight, but still highly visible in key areas — are set to meet with the Intelligence Committee next week.

Here’s what Facebook does not want: Regulations it considers onerous. So company leaders are expected to go along to get along in the hope that if they’re cooperative and forthright, Congress will not mandate restrictions on the way it does business. That might not be good enough for Warner, however, who has broached the idea of new requirements for disclosures about ad-buyers or other such new policies.


All These Lawyers Are Getting Expensive

President Trump and several administration officials have retained their own lawyers in the Russia matter, and all that advice is not cheap. So donors are covering the costs: The Republican National Committee has directed more than $427,000 to attorneys representing Trump and Donald Trump Jr., Matea Gold reported in the Washington Post.

Separately, family members of former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn announced on Monday that they have set up a legal defense fund to help Flynn continue to pay the lawyers helping him in the Russia matter. Joe Flynn and Barbara Redgate, Flynn’s brother and sister, made a case based on Flynn’s record of service.

“Mike devoted 33 years of his life to our country serving in the United States Army, spending years away from his family while he fought this nation’s battles overseas, including the war on terror,” they wrote.

Attorneys say Flynn’s fund will not accept contributions from foreign nationals, anonymous givers or Trump’s business or campaign. But the fund is not expected to disclose how much it raises or the identities of its donors, as NPR’s Tom Bowman reported.


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Mueller Wants White House Phone Records

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House for records specifically about President Trump’s role in drafting Donald Trump Jr’s initial statement about the June 2016 meeting between campaign aides and a Russian delegation, reports Josh Dawsey for Politico.

Businessman Paints Terrifying And Complex Picture Of Putin's Russia

Meaning what? Trump had a hand in drafting the original statement that said Trump Jr., Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russians to talk about “adoptions.” But “adoptions” is the code word that Russians use when they talk about the 2012 sanctions imposed by the U.S. under the Magnitsky Act. So Mueller wants to know who in the White House was involved, what discussions took place and what the intentions of the principals were.

Rosenstein: Trump Knew Comey Ouster Wouldn’t End Russia Probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told Mueller’s team that he believes Trump knew he’d encounter a political backlash by firing FBI Director James Comey, but that he didn’t expect it would end the Russia investigation, report Aruna Viswanatha and Del Quentin Wilber for the Wall Street Journal.

The James Comey Saga, In Timeline Form

Meaning what? Mueller is reported to be weighing whether Trump has obstructed justice: Comey said the president asked him to ease off of Flynn, there are reports he also asked other intelligence agency bosses how to get the FBI off the case and then Trump went ahead and fired Comey. Although Trump has said in subsequent interviews that he fired Comey (among other reasons) because of the whole “Russia thing,” Rosenstein may be trying to put in a word for his boss. He could be making the case, in so many words, that Trump isn’t guilty of obstruction because he didn’t actually expect that getting rid of Comey would get rid of the Russia matter.

Howard Students to Comey: You, Sir, Are Not Our Homey

'You're Not Our Homey,' Howard University Protesters Tell Ex-FBI Director James Comey

The former FBI director addressed the students of Howard University in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Sept. 22, in the first of what’s set to be a series of speeches as he takes a lecturer post there. Comey has built a relationship with the president of the historically black university because, in part, he wanted to bring more non-white recruits into the FBI.

It did not go over well, as NPR’s Ryan Lucas reports: Protesters interrupted with chants of “no justice, no peace” and “James Comey, you’re not our homey.” They also sang the civil rights song “We Shall Not Be Moved.”

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7 signs Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is getting serious

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While President Trump made headlines this week for his provocative rhetoric on North Korea and the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, several major developments related to the ongoing probe of possible collusion between his associates and Russia flew quietly under the radar.

Each new disclosure about the direction and breadth of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation lent credence to what many legal experts have been saying since the former FBI director began hiring lawyers with expertise in corruption, foreign bribery, and white collar crime: This is serious, and some in Trump’s orbit should be worried.

“Combined with a flurry of stories about subpoenas, grand-jury appearances and other activity, it’s reasonable to expect that Mueller is moving forward on a number of different fronts and is getting close to entering a litigation phase,” Brookings Institution fellows Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes wrote earlier this week.

Here are seven key signs that indicate Mueller and his high-powered team are digging deep and may be nearing the “litigation phase,” as Hennessy and Wittes put it.

1. Indictment warning

During the FBI’s raid of an apartment belonging to Paul Manafort earlier this summer, Mueller explicitly told the former Trump campaign chairman he “planned to indict him,” the New York Times reported Monday. According to the report, Manafort and several FBI agents picked the lock of Manafort’s home in the predawn hours of July 26 and left with “binders stuffed with documents” and photographs of “expensive suits in his closet.”

The report shed light on the aggressive tactics Mueller has employed as he reportedly seeks to “flip” Manafort against several other persons of interest in the special counsel’s investigation, including the president.

2. Record requests

It was widely reported this week that Mueller has begun requesting exhaustive records from White House aides who were clued in to the decision-making process that led to former FBI director James Comey’s firing in May, and aware of Trump’s response when he learned that ex-national security adviser Mike Flynn was under federal investigation for his lobbying for foreign governments.

Beyond Comey and Flynn, the Washington Post claimed Mueller demanded that any correspondence related to the following individuals or incidents be turned over to his team: Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney last June; Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; Manafort; the FBI’s interview of Flynn shortly after the inauguration; and a statement issued by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer the night Comey was fired.

3. Spicer’s notes and texts

Spicer made news Thursday for being snappish with Axios co-founder Mike Allen during an exchange about the notes he kept during his time in Trump’s circle, which could become a valuable resource for Mueller.

“From a legal standpoint I want to be clear: Do not email or text me again. Should you do again I will report to the appropriate authorities,” Spicer said in an email, later adding that he would “contact the appropriate legal authorities to address [Allen’s] harassment” if he continued to receive requests for comment.

A source close to Spicer said the exchange, which the former press secretary later apologized for, showed how current and former White House officials are trying to be “careful … and want to avoid attracting attention to themselves” as long as the Russia investigation is ongoing.

Spicer is one of several former and current Trump aides whom Mueller has expressed an interest in interviewing, ABC News reported earlier this month. The others include: former chief of staff Reince Priebus, White House communications director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn, senior associate counsel James Burnham, and White House spokesman Josh Raffel.

4. Surveillance of Manafort

A bombshell report by CNN late Monday night alleged that U.S. government officials wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who remains at the center of Mueller’s investigation, before the November election and during the subsequent transition phase. The surveillance was conducted after federal investigators obtained a so-called FISA warrant, which almost always requires the demonstration of probable cause.

Sources told CNN that “some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign.”

5. Grand jury testimony

Mueller is beginning to bring in lobbyists and public relations consultants who have worked with Manafort to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington. One such individual – Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni – did so last week at a courthouse in downtown D.C.

Maloni, who began working for Manafort after the 2016 election, testified for more than two-and-a-half hours, telling reporters on his way in that “hell yeah” he was ready to appear before the grand jury. It was not immediately clear what investigators sought from Maloni’s testimony, though the longtime public relations executive may have been aware of potential errors on Manafort’s foreign-agent filing amendments, which he retroactively disclosed in June.

Mueller also issued a grand jury subpoena in August to Melissa Laurenza, a lawyer and former National Republican Senatorial Committee staffer who represented Manafort until recently.

6. Facebook ads

The social media giant turned over detailed records to congressional committees and Mueller’s team this week regarding ads purchased by a Russian company during the 2016 election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed earlier this month that the company bought approximately $3,000 ads between June 2015 and May 2017, totalling $100,000.

There is a good chance Mueller will probe whether the advertisements “showed any of the kind of sophisticated targeting that might indicate that Americans had provided assistance,” the Atlantic’s David Graham wrote earlier this week.

7. James Quarles

Former assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate investigation James Quarles is the latest to emerge as a central figure assisting with Mueller’s probe. The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Quarles was added to the team as its “point person” for interactions with the White House, noting that he has been constantly in touch with Trump’s legal aides to check in on document requests and confirm the status of upcoming interviews.

Quarles left his position as a partner at the global law firm WilmerHale to join Mueller’s team in June.

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Clapper: Intelligence community ‘cast doubt on the legitimacy’ of Trump’s victory – The Hill (blog) Saturday September 23rd, 2017 at 12:33 PM 

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These Are The 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted In The 2016 Election

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State election officials didn’t know whether their systems had been targeted until Friday.

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