2:20 PM 10/25/2017 – Cambridge Analytica CEO approached Assange about publishing missing Clinton emails

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    Did foreign paid social media ads affect the outcome of elections 2016?
    Do the high quality and high power statistical study. The more or less definitive answer, within the range of probabilities, is difficult but possible. And it is vital for establishing cause-effect legal relationships in Mueller’s Investigation. M.N.  – 10.25.17
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Twitter will disclose who is paying for political adverts after Russian …

Daily Mail10 hours ago
The social media giant has acted amid claims the Kremlin illicitly bankrolled an online campaign to help Donald Trump win the 2016 US …
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Pawar wants disclosure requirement for political ads on social media

Chicago Sun-Times22 hours ago
… the ads they pay for on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or any other social media platform. … People are spending money, including foreign agents, influencing … But there is no regulation on social mediaactivities and there’s a lot of … as part of a campaign to try to influence the 2016 presidential election.
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Senators Propose SocialMedia Ad Rules After Months of Russia …

BloombergOct 19, 2017
“In the wake of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election, it is more … to prevent foreign individuals and entities from purchasing ads to affect the … of who paid for them, there are no such requirements for social media networks.
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House GOP launches pair of inquiries into Hillary Clinton – The Hill
Twitter Says Trust Us. That’s Not Possible. – Slate Magazine (blog)
Sen. John McCain, Democrats, take aim at Russian Facebook, Twitter ads – AZCentral.com
How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise has become too much) – Recode
Proposed law would regulate online ads to hinder Russian election influence – Ars Technica
Facebook Must Come Clean About Its Russian Propaganda Ads – Newsweek
Russian Trolling of US Social Media May Have Been Much Greater Than We Thought – The Nation.
It’s unlikely that Russia’s Facebook ad buys had a significant impact on the 2016 election. – National Review
Senior Tory Asks Zuckerberg About Brexit-Related Russian Ads – Bloomberg
UK asks Facebook for information on Russia-linked Brexit ads – CNNMoney
Twitter is changing its advertising policies following Russia’s election interference – Recode
Rich Lowry: Russian Facebook ads the most overhyped story of the year – Salt Lake Tribune
Reince Priebus meets with Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia investigation months after leaving the White House – Business Insider
Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far – Newsweek
Tucker Carlson Source: Podesta Brothers and Manafort, Not Trump, “Central Figures” In Mueller Probe – RealClearPolitics
As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes – STLtoday.com
Republicans Launch New Investigations Into Clinton Email Probe, Uranium Deal – NPR
Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama – BBC News
Republicans look past Trump scandals, zero in on Hillary Clinton – MSNBC
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s Noose – Vanity Fair
The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage – Politico
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere … – Fox News
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO – Politico
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation – The Independent
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations
cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica CEO approached Assange about publishing missing Clinton emails – SC Magazine
 

Cambridge Analytica CEO approached Assange about publishing missing Clinton emails
SC Magazine
The CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm in which Steve Bannon has a stake, approached Julian Assange last year offering to help WikiLeaks release emails deleted from Hillary Clinton’s email server. Assange verified the contact by

 cambridge analytica – Google News

House GOP launches pair of inquiries into Hillary Clinton – The Hill
 


USA TODAY
House GOP launches pair of inquiries into Hillary Clinton
The Hill
The seemingly coordinated investigations which were announced within a half-hour of each other is sure to fire up the conservative base and infuriate Democrats who want House investigators to more rigorously probe Russian efforts to meddle in the 
Two GOP-led panels launch probe of Obama-era uranium dealPolitico
House Republicans launch probes of Clinton emails decision, uranium dealReuters
House Republicans launch two new investigations tied to Hillary ClintonUSA TODAY
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Twitter Says Trust Us. That’s Not Possible. – Slate Magazine (blog)
 


Slate Magazine (blog)
Twitter Says Trust Us. That’s Not Possible.
Slate Magazine (blog)
… about how Russian-affiliated operatives used their ad and social-sharing tools in an attempt to sway the 2016 presidentialelection. And just last week, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled the Honest Ads Act, which would require social media 
Facebook and Twitter come under strict scrutiny regarding Russian-bought adsThe Tide (press release) (blog)
Twitter to Create Ad ‘Transparency Center’Government Technologyall 18 news articles »
Sen. John McCain, Democrats, take aim at Russian Facebook, Twitter ads – AZCentral.com
 


AZCentral.com
Sen. John McCain, Democrats, take aim at Russian Facebook, Twitter ads
AZCentral.com
The Republic’s political team discusses Governor Doug Ducey giving raises to the members of his inner circle instead of prioritizing teacher raises as promised. Steve Bannon visits Arizona and Paul Gosar’s family feud. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral.com.
Facebook and Google’s political advertising problem goes beyond fake Russian accountsMarkets Insider
Can Congress Keep Russia Off Facebook? Bill Aims to Force Disclosure for Political AdsNewsweek
Facebook’s top lawyer not Zuck will testify before Congress on Russia-linked adsBusiness Insider
Vox –New York Times –The Independent –Bloomberg
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How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise has become too much) – Recode
 


Recode
How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise has become too much)
Recode
There are many valid reasons you might want to quit Facebook. Maybe you spend too much time there. Maybe you’re tired of its cluttered app. Maybe you’re unnerved by all the Russia stuff. I was an avid Facebook user for more than a decade. But due to a …
Proposed law would regulate online ads to hinder Russian election influence – Ars Technica
 


Ars Technica
Proposed law would regulate online ads to hinder Russian election influence
Ars Technica
A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers wants to make it more difficult for Russia to influence US elections. To that end, the group has drawn up legislation requiring Internet-based companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook to disclose who is 
McCain joins Dems to regulate Drudge, Google, Facebook political adsWashington Examinerall 8 news articles »
Facebook Must Come Clean About Its Russian Propaganda Ads – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Facebook Must Come Clean About Its Russian Propaganda Ads
Newsweek 
On November 1, Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch will testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees as part of the congressional investigations into Russia’s use of social media and internet platforms to interfere with the 2016 …
 
Facebook users deserve to know exactly how they were exposed to the Russian tactics.
and more »
Russian Trolling of US Social Media May Have Been Much Greater Than We Thought – The Nation.
 


The Nation.
Russian Trolling of US Social Media May Have Been Much Greater Than We Thought
The Nation.
Initially, it seemed very limited: According to a September statement by Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos,Russian-government agents spent about $100,000 on something like 3,000 ads through 470 inauthentic Facebook users. However, in …
Trump continues to revisit campaign allegations in tweetsLos Angeles Timesall 26 news articles »
It’s unlikely that Russia’s Facebook ad buys had a significant impact on the 2016 election. – National Review
 


National Review
Senior Tory Asks Zuckerberg About Brexit-Related Russian Ads – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Senior Tory Asks Zuckerberg About Brexit-Related Russian Ads
Bloomberg
The move comes as Facebook faces multiple investigations in the U.S. over advertising and accounts linked to the Russiangovernment that sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Now Parliament wants to know ifRussia also …
British lawmaker raises questions about Facebook ads linked to RussiaWashington Times
Britain Requests Facebook’s Russian Ad Data From Run-Up to …Daily Beast
UK lawmakers ask Facebook for any evidence of Russian-linked Brexit activityReuters
PRI
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UK asks Facebook for information on Russia-linked Brexit ads – CNNMoney
 


CNNMoney
UK asks Facebook for information on Russia-linked Brexit ads accounts 
CNNMoney
Facebook is facing more questions over Russian-linked ads — this time in Britain. British lawmakers have asked the company to provide information on any ads purchased by Russian-linked Facebook accounts around June’s general election and last year’s … 
British Lawmaker Asks Facebook for Brexit, Election Ads With Links to RussiaNBCNews.com
Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstormBusiness Insider
UK lawmakers ask Facebook about 
Senior Tory Asks Zuckerberg About Brexit-Related Russian AdsBloomberg
UK lawmakers seek Facebook data on
 Russia-linked Brexit activityThe Hill
The Bozeman Daily ChronicleCampaignLive
all 38 adsABC News
Britain Requests Facebook’s Russian Ad Data From Run-Up to Brexit, ElectionDaily Beast
Sky News Australia
all 19
 
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Twitter is changing its advertising policies following Russia’s election interference – Recode
 


Recode
Twitter is changing its advertising policies following Russia’s election interference
Recode
Twitter is promising major changes to its advertising policies, including new special distinctions for political ads, after learning earlier this year that Russia used its platform and other digital services like Facebook to try and influence the 2016  
As Russia Investigation Escalates, Twitter Unveils New Ad Transparency CenterNewsweek
 
Twitter to disclose info on political ads as Russia scrutiny intensifiesUSA TODAY

Amid Russian investigation, Twitter is making all of its ads publicWashington Post 
Twitter Says Will Disclose Who’s Behind Political Ads Amid Russia ProbesRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
 
Lawmakers Reining in Wild West of Online Advertising

U.S. News & World Report BBC News 
Reuters
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Rich Lowry: Russian Facebook ads the most overhyped story of the year – Salt Lake Tribune
 


Salt Lake Tribune
Rich Lowry: Russian Facebook ads the most overhyped story of the year
Salt Lake Tribune
FILE – In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Oct. 19, 2017, what could be the first of several pieces of legislation 
British Lawmaker Asks Facebook for Brexit, Election Ads With Links to RussiaNBCNews.com
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to RussiaBoston Herald
House Panel to Interview Trump Campaign Digital Director Brad ParscaleWall Street Journal
all 73 
Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstormBusiness Insider
UK lawmakers ask Facebook for any evidence of Russian-linked Brexit activityReuters
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Reince Priebus meets with Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia investigation months after leaving the White House – Business Insider
 


Business Insider
Reince Priebus meets with Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia investigation months after leaving the White House
Business Insider
Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday as part of the ongoing investigation of Russia’s meddling in the US election, according to Preibus’ attorney, William Burck, who was cited by 
Reince Priebus interviewed in Mueller’s Russia investigation, lawyer saysThe Globe and Mail
Reince Priebus interviewed by Robert Mueller’s teamCBS News
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Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far
Newsweek
September 28: Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s private email domains face investigation, as well as batches of emails from White House senior aides. The investigation, conducted by the White House, hopes to find anything relevant to Mueller’s Russia probe.
Sean Spicer questioned by Mueller’s Russia investigation teamThe Boston Globe
Sean Spicer met with Robert Mueller’s investigators handling the Russia investigationBusiness Insider
Mueller team meets with Sean Spicer as part of Russia investigationWashington Examiner
The Independent –The Conversation US –AOL –Politico
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Tucker Carlson Source: Podesta Brothers and Manafort, Not Trump, “Central Figures” In Mueller Probe – RealClearPolitics
 


RealClearPolitics
Tucker Carlson Source: Podesta Brothers and Manafort, Not Trump, “Central Figures” In Mueller Probe
RealClearPolitics
… and Paul Manafort are the “central figures” Robert Mueller’s investigation, not President Trump. The source, Carlson said, told him about events that implicate Manafort, the Podesta brothers, Hillary Clinton and her State Department, and Russian 
Tucker: Source Says Podesta Brothers & Manafort, Not Trump, ‘Central Figures’ in Russia ProbeFox News Insiderall 7 news articles »
As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes – STLtoday.com
 


STLtoday.com
As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes
STLtoday.com
The announcements of the investigations by three GOP committees were criticized by Democrats as a “massive diversion” from congressional probes into potential coordination between the Kremlin and associates of the Trump campaign and from two …
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probesPoliticoall 17 news articles »
Republicans Launch New Investigations Into Clinton Email Probe, Uranium Deal – NPR
 


NPR
Republicans Launch New Investigations Into Clinton Email Probe, Uranium Deal
NPR
For Trump, however, the case was made: “Remember that Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20 percent of American uranium and, you know, she was paid a fortune,” Trump said at a campaign rally last October. “You know, they got a tremendous amount of money.”.
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICOPolitico
Republicans on House’s Trump-Russia Probe Not That Interested in …Daily Beast
Trump’s lawyer meets with House investigatorsThe Hill
Courthouse News Service –Wall Street Journal
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Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama – BBC News
 


BBC News
Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama
BBC News
“This new investigation is a massive diversion to distract from the lack of Republican oversight of the Trump administration and the national security threat that Russia poses,” said Elijah Cummings and John Conyers in a statement. Mrs Clinton said in
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
President Trump trades insults with the GOP leader of Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeLos Angeles Times
House GOP launches probes into Clinton, Obama controversiesPolitico
Washington Post –Press Herald –The Hill –The Hill
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Republicans look past Trump scandals, zero in on Hillary Clinton – MSNBC
 


MSNBC
Republicans look past Trump scandals, zero in on Hillary Clinton
MSNBC
House Republicans on Tuesday announced investigations into two of President Trump’s most frequent grievances, unveiling new inquiries into actions of the Obama administration connected to Hillary Clinton. In the first of two back-to-back announcements, …
Republican committees investigate Clinton and ObamaBBC News
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
President Trump trades insults with the GOP leader of Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeLos Angeles Times
Politico –Washington Post –The Hill –The Hill
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Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s Noose – Vanity Fair
 


Reuters
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s Noose
Vanity Fair
… noteworthy, as any charges born out of the investigations would be exempt from presidential pardonswhich only apply to federal crimesraising the possibility that they could be used as leverage against Manafort and, by extension, the Trumpcampaign.
Manhattan US attorney adds to probes of ex-Trump aide Manafort: reportsReuters
Paul Manafort faces new money laundering probe by US attorney’s office in NY: sourceABC Newsall 26 news articles »
The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage – Politico
 


Politico
The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage
Politico
Since the end of July, President Donald Trump has noticeably tempered his public complaints about the Russia investigation, avoiding any Twitter allusions to a witch hunt or threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. That’s partly due to the 
Donald Trump to help White House staff pay legal bills related to Russia investigationGlobalnews.ca
Donald Trump to ‘spend personal fortune paying legal fees for aides’ caught up in Russia probeThe Independent
Scoop: Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associatesAxios
NPR –The Atlantic –Roll Call
all 298 news articles »
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere … – Fox News
 


Fox News
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere …
Fox News
The congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia seem to be going nowhere fast.and more »
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO – Politico
 


Politico
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO
Politico
A brewing battle over the bank records of the private investigation firm that commissioned the so-called “Trump dossier” could become the first legal test for the …
Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook adsThe Independentall 127 news articles »
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation – The Independent
 


The Independent
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation
The Independent
Democrats have denounced as a massive diversion from the Trump administration’s alleged links to Russia, a decision by Republicans to launch investigations into the FBI’s handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton. The Republican chairmen of two House …
Republican committees investigate Clinton and ObamaBBC News
Donald Trump’s grievances about Hillary Clinton to be investigated by House RepublicansABC Online
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
New York Times –Los Angeles Times –Politico –The Hill
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2:12 PM 10/25/2017 – Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know…

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Saved Stories – Trump Investigations

Saved Stories – Trump Investigations
Reince Priebus meets with Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia investigation months after leaving the White House – Business Insider
Tucker Carlson Source: Podesta Brothers and Manafort, Not Trump, “Central Figures” In Mueller Probe – RealClearPolitics
As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes – STLtoday.com
Republicans Launch New Investigations Into Clinton Email Probe, Uranium Deal – NPR
Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama – BBC News
Republicans look past Trump scandals, zero in on Hillary Clinton – MSNBC
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s Noose – Vanity Fair
The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage – Politico
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere … – Fox News
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO – Politico
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation – The Independent
Clinton team and Democrats ‘bankrolled’ Trump dirty dossier – BBC News
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange – Daily Beast
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump campaign data firm sought Assange’s help on Clinton emails: report – The Hill (blog)
cambridge analytica – Google News: The Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Reportedly Asked Julian Assange To Find Hillary Clinton’s Emails For Them – UPROXX
GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads – The Hill
Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads – Recode
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia – Boston Herald
felix sater – Google News: Trump associate Cohen sold four NY buildings for cash to mysterious buyers – Sacramento Bee
trump criminal investigation – Google News: New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims – The Hill
trump criminal investigation – Google News: Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money laundering – The Independent
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Palmer Report: Here are the next Republican Senators to publicly come out against Donald Trump

 

Saved Stories – Trump Investigations
Reince Priebus meets with Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia investigation months after leaving the White House – Business Insider
 


Business Insider
Reince Priebus meets with Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia investigation months after leaving the White House
Business Insider
Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday as part of the ongoing investigation of Russia’s meddling in the US election, according to Preibus’ attorney, William Burck, who was cited by 
Reince Priebus interviewed in Mueller’s Russia investigation, lawyer saysThe Globe and Mail
Reince Priebus interviewed by Robert Mueller’s teamCBS News
Priebus, former Trump chief of staff, interviewed by Mueller team in Russia probeChicago Tribune
TIME –Newsy –Politico –CNN
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Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far
Newsweek
September 28: Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s private email domains face investigation, as well as batches of emails from White House senior aides. The investigation, conducted by the White House, hopes to find anything relevant to Mueller’s Russia probe.
Sean Spicer questioned by Mueller’s Russia investigation teamThe Boston Globe
Sean Spicer met with Robert Mueller’s investigators handling the Russia investigationBusiness Insider
Mueller team meets with Sean Spicer as part of Russia investigationWashington Examiner
The Independent –The Conversation US –AOL –Politico
all 108 news articles »
Tucker Carlson Source: Podesta Brothers and Manafort, Not Trump, “Central Figures” In Mueller Probe – RealClearPolitics
 


RealClearPolitics
Tucker Carlson Source: Podesta Brothers and Manafort, Not Trump, “Central Figures” In Mueller Probe
RealClearPolitics
… and Paul Manafort are the “central figures” Robert Mueller’s investigation, not President Trump. The source, Carlson said, told him about events that implicate Manafort, the Podesta brothers, Hillary Clinton and her State Department, and Russian 
Tucker: Source Says Podesta Brothers & Manafort, Not Trump, ‘Central Figures’ in Russia ProbeFox News Insiderall 7 news articles »

As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes – STLtoday.com
 


STLtoday.com
As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes
STLtoday.com
The announcements of the investigations by three GOP committees were criticized by Democrats as a “massive diversion” from congressional probes into potential coordination between the Kremlin and associates of the Trump campaign and from two …
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probesPoliticoall 17 news articles »

Republicans Launch New Investigations Into Clinton Email Probe, Uranium Deal – NPR
 


NPR
Republicans Launch New Investigations Into Clinton Email Probe, Uranium Deal
NPR
For Trump, however, the case was made: “Remember that Hillary Clinton gave Russia 20 percent of American uranium and, you know, she was paid a fortune,” Trump said at a campaign rally last October. “You know, they got a tremendous amount of money.”.
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICOPolitico
Republicans on House’s Trump-Russia Probe Not That Interested in …Daily Beast
Trump’s lawyer meets with House investigatorsThe Hill
Courthouse News Service –Wall Street Journal
all 81 news articles »
Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama – BBC News
 


BBC News
Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama
BBC News
“This new investigation is a massive diversion to distract from the lack of Republican oversight of the Trump administration and the national security threat that Russia poses,” said Elijah Cummings and John Conyers in a statement. Mrs Clinton said in
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
President Trump trades insults with the GOP leader of Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeLos Angeles Times
House GOP launches probes into Clinton, Obama controversiesPolitico
Washington Post –Press Herald –The Hill –The Hill
all 198 news articles »
Republicans look past Trump scandals, zero in on Hillary Clinton – MSNBC
 


MSNBC
Republicans look past Trump scandals, zero in on Hillary Clinton
MSNBC
House Republicans on Tuesday announced investigations into two of President Trump’s most frequent grievances, unveiling new inquiries into actions of the Obama administration connected to Hillary Clinton. In the first of two back-to-back announcements, …
Republican committees investigate Clinton and ObamaBBC News
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
President Trump trades insults with the GOP leader of Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeLos Angeles Times
Politico –Washington Post –The Hill –The Hill
all 211 news articles »
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s Noose – Vanity Fair
 


Reuters
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s Noose
Vanity Fair
… noteworthy, as any charges born out of the investigations would be exempt from presidential pardonswhich only apply to federal crimesraising the possibility that they could be used as leverage against Manafort and, by extension, the Trumpcampaign.
Manhattan US attorney adds to probes of ex-Trump aide Manafort: reportsReuters
Paul Manafort faces new money laundering probe by US attorney’s office in NY: sourceABC Newsall 26 news articles »

The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage – Politico
 


Politico
The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage
Politico
Since the end of July, President Donald Trump has noticeably tempered his public complaints about the Russia investigation, avoiding any Twitter allusions to a witch hunt or threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. That’s partly due to the 
Donald Trump to help White House staff pay legal bills related to Russia investigationGlobalnews.ca
Donald Trump to ‘spend personal fortune paying legal fees for aides’ caught up in Russia probeThe Independent
Scoop: Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associatesAxios
NPR –The Atlantic –Roll Call
all 298 news articles »
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere … – Fox News
 


Fox News
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere …
Fox News
The congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia seem to be going nowhere fast.and more »

Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO – Politico
 


Politico
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO
Politico
A brewing battle over the bank records of the private investigation firm that commissioned the so-called “Trump dossier” could become the first legal test for the …
Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook adsThe Independentall 127 news articles »

Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation – The Independent
 


The Independent
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation
The Independent
Democrats have denounced as a massive diversion from the Trump administration’s alleged links to Russia, a decision by Republicans to launch investigations into the FBI’s handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton. The Republican chairmen of two House …
Republican committees investigate Clinton and ObamaBBC News
Donald Trump’s grievances about Hillary Clinton to be investigated by House RepublicansABC Online
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
New York Times –Los Angeles Times –Politico –The Hill
all 220 news articles »
Clinton team and Democrats ‘bankrolled’ Trump dirty dossier – BBC News
 


BBC News
Clinton team and Democrats ‘bankrolled’ Trump dirty dossier
BBC News
A spokeswoman told the Washington Post, which broke the story: “But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigationinto the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.” Some of Mr Steele’s 
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossierWashington Post
Report: Clinton campaign and DNC helped fund TrumpRussia Steele dossierThe Guardian
Launch probes! Congressional GOPers try desperately to take focus off TrumpCNN
Telegraph.co.uk –Vox –Voice of America
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Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
Newsweek
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump inched closer to the president’s old stomping grounds Tuesday amid calls from Fox News host Sean Hannity for Mueller to resign …
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s NooseVanity Fair
Manhattan US attorney adds to probes of ex-Trump aide Manafort: reportsReuters
The Manhattan US attorney’s office is reportedly investigating Paul Manafort for possible money launderingBusiness Insider
CBS News –New York Daily News
all 28 news articles »
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange – Daily Beast
 


Daily Beast
Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange
Daily Beast
Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange about his firm somehow helping the Wikileaks founder release Clinton’s missing emails, according to two sources familiar with a Congressional investigation into … 

 cambridge analytica – Google News

cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump campaign data firm sought Assange’s help on Clinton emails: report – The Hill (blog)
 


The Hill (blog)
Trump campaign data firm sought Assange’s help on Clinton emails: report
The Hill (blog)
Alexander Nix, who leads Cambridge Analytica, reportedly told a third party that he reached out to Assange to see if Nix’s firm could help Assange release Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails. Assange reportedly told Nix he preferred to do the work on his own.
REVEALED: Trump-backing data analytics boss asked Julian Assange to help find Hillary’s missing emailsRaw Storyall 10 news articles »

 cambridge analytica – Google News

cambridge analytica – Google News: The Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Reportedly Asked Julian Assange To Find Hillary Clinton’s Emails For Them – UPROXX
 


UPROXX
The Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Reportedly Asked Julian Assange To Find Hillary Clinton’s Emails For Them
UPROXX
According to a blockbuster report by The Daily Beast, Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica data firm employed by Donald Trump’s election campaign, allegedly asked Julian Assange to find Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails. In an email …
Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian AssangeDaily Beastall 275 news articles »

 cambridge analytica – Google News

GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads – The Hill
 


The Hill
GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads
The Hill
Republicans and the advertising industry at a hearing Tuesday criticized proposals to expand disclosure rules on online political ads amid revelations Russian actors used social media platforms to influence the 2016 election. Randall Rothenberg  

Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads – Recode
 


Bloomberg
Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads
Recode
Will Hurd, it’s an urgent problem that Russian agents purchased political advertising on major American social mediaplatforms ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. To his Democratic colleague, Rep. Robin Kelly, federal laws must be updated 
Twitter Shows Who Pays for Ads Amid Election Meddling ProbeBloomberg
Twitter promises ‘transparency’ in ads after 2016 election miscuesWashington Examiner
Twitter will now label political ads, including who bought them and how much they are spendingCNBC
Reuters –The Spokesman-Review
all 36 news articles »
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia – Boston Herald
 


Washington Post
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia
Boston Herald
The Russians, as far as we know, bought more than $100,000 in Facebook ads between June 2015 and May 2017. A little more than half was spent after last November, when, obviously, Donald Trump had already won. The scale here is singularly unimpressive 
Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing?East Oregonian
Parscale to testify Tuesday before House intelligence panelSan Antonio Express-Newsall 45 news articles »

felix sater – Google News: Trump associate Cohen sold four NY buildings for cash to mysterious buyers – Sacramento Bee
 

Trump associate Cohen sold four NY buildings for cash to mysterious buyers
Sacramento Bee
And the former personal injury lawyer has longtime ties to Felix Sater, the Russian-born operative with whom Cohen explored the Moscow Trump tower deal last year; Sater is a twice-convicted former government informant whose associates were accused of … 

 felix sater – Google News

trump criminal investigation – Google News: New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims – The Hill
 


The Hill
New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims
The Hill
“But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.” President Trump took to Twitter last week after Fusion GPS partners Peter Fritsch and and more »

 trump criminal investigation – Google News

trump criminal investigation – Google News: Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money laundering – The Independent
 


The Independent
Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money laundering
The Independent
… sources told The Wall Street Journal. Mr Mueller is carrying out a criminal investigation into money that was allegedly laundered by Mr Manafort as part of a broader inquiry into possible Kremlin-backed attempts to interfere in the 2016 and more »

 trump criminal investigation – Google News

Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary

Russia blocked the renewal of the U.N. investigation into uses of chemical weapons in Syria, the Washington Post reported. At the Security Council, Moscow vetoed a resolution extending the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism for another year. This is the ninth time that Russia has vetoed Security Council efforts on Syria.Kurdish leaders offered to freeze the results of the recent independence referendum in a bid to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government, the Wall Street Journal reported. The offerlargely a symbolic gesturewas meant to win favor with Baghdad as Kurdish leaders seek a deal to avoid losing more territory to Iraqi forces. On Tuesday, Kurdish forces repelled Iraqi troops from taking a key border crossing to Turkey, the New York Times reported. Baghdad is massing forces to retake all disputed areas, including the border crossings that provide important revenue for the cash-strapped Kurdish government.

The State Department ended U.S. assistance to military units in Myanmar involved in the displacement of Rohingya Muslims, Foreign Policy reported. The measures will likely have little effect, as the U.S. has few military ties to Myanmar. U.S. diplomats are planning to recommend that the State Department label atrocities carried out against the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing, according to the AP. U.S. officials have lagged behind their international counterparts in condemning the violence in Myanmar. At a congressional hearing, Sen. Tim Kaine demanded that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explicitly state that Myanmars forces are carrying out ethnic cleansing.

Hillary Clintons campaign and the Democratic National Commission (DNC) paid for part of the Steele dossier, a research document that said the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russia, the Post reported. A lawyer representing Clinton and the DNC retained Fusion GPS, a political research firm, to conduct the research in spring 2016. A court filing in a suit against Fusion GPS revealed the connection, which Republican lawmakers have sought to make public for months. Fusion GPS is resisting a subpoena about its financial records from Rep. Devin Nunes, an action that may provoke a legal battle in the Russia probe, writes Politicos Josh Gerstein.

The federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, for money laundering, the Journal reported. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is coordinating with special counsel Robert Muellers probe. The U.S. attorney continued the investigation this summer after its public corruption chief became a part of Muellers team. The investigations have also coordinated with the New York attorney generals own money laundering investigation into Manafort

The Senate intelligence committee passed a version of a bill to renew the intelligence communitys surveillance authorities under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the Post reported. The bill includes some new restrictions on surveillance activities but not the requirement for the FBI to obtain a warrant to search the emails of Americans collected under the program, as civil liberties groups have demanded. The House judiciary and intelligence committees have proposed competing versions of the bill with more restrictive requirements for the FBI.

The Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuits decision in Hawaii v. Trump, one of the challenges to President Trumps second travel ban order, after the administrations temporary refugee ban expired,Reuters reported. The justices remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit with instructions to dismiss it as moot, because the 120-day refugee ban expired on Tuesday. Civil liberties groups have challenged the latest travel ban in lower courts and the issue may reappear before the Supreme Court on appeal.

The Posts David Ignatius wrote about a Russian proposal to create an international convention to rewrite the rules for cyberspace.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Stewart Baker shared the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring an interview with Mieke Eoyang and Jamil Jaffer on Section 702 reform.

Khaled Elgindy reviewed Grant Rumley and Amir Tibons The Last Palestinian.

Dana Stuster updated the Middle Easter Ticker, covering Iraqi-Kurdish oil pipeline dispute, the latest in the Gulf crisis and an Islamic State ambush in Egypt.

Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes shared their column from Lawfare@FP, noting Jeff Sessions extraordinary failure to address how the Justice Department is preparing for future Russian interference in our elections.

Sarah Grant summarized the recent executive order that allows the Pentagon to recall retired service members.

Matthew Kahn posted the Supreme Courts order vacating the Ninth Circuits ruling in Hawaii v. Trump.

Vanessa Sauter shared the Lawfare Podcast, featuring a panel from a Brookings Institution screening of the documentary Icarus.

Benjamin Wittes praised Sen. Jeff Flakes speech on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Palmer Report: Here are the next Republican Senators to publicly come out against Donald Trump

This week three Republican Senators publicly began trying to march Donald Trump toward the door, for a grand total of just three Republican voices. Two guys who aren’t running for reelection, and one guy who says he’s probably terminally ill, are bravely taking on Trump while the other forty-nine Republican Senators aren’t saying much of anything. But that could soon change, because certain GOP Senators are in a much better position to speak out than others.Let’s start with the unspoken but obvious: these aren’t the only Republican Senators who aren’t seeking reelection. They’re just the three we know about. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are up for reelection a year from now, so they have a duty to inform their party now that they’re not running, so the party will have time to find potential replacements. Various other Republican Senators aren’t up for reelection until 2020 or 2022, and even if they’re leaning toward not running again, there’s no need for them to say so.

The 2022 crew in particular are in a position to take shots at Trump now, and then gamble that he’ll be long gone by the time they’re finally running again, meaning he won’t be able to screw with them during the primaries. So which Republican Senators are up for reelection in 2022? Let’s start with the full list: Lisa Murkowski, John Boozman, Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, Mike Crapo, Todd Young, John McCain, Chuck Grassley, Jerry Moran, Rand Paul, John Kennedy, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, John Hoeven, Rob Portman, James Lankford, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, John Thune, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson. Now let’s narrow it down.

We already know where John McCain Stands. Lisa Murkowski has already taken multiple stands against Trump. Chuck Grassley is unlikely to seek reelection based on his age, and could go in any direction when it comes to Trump. Ron Johnson has already announced he’s not running again and has nothing to lose. Rand Paul despises Trump. Marco Rubio will likely be urged to run for President again in 2020, and his best shot at setting that up would be to attack Trump now.

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The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage – Politico
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO – Politico
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation – The Independent
Clinton team and Democrats ‘bankrolled’ Trump dirty dossier – BBC News
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange – Daily Beast
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump campaign data firm sought Assange’s help on Clinton emails: report – The Hill (blog)
cambridge analytica – Google News: The Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Reportedly Asked Julian Assange To Find Hillary Clinton’s Emails For Them – UPROXX
GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads – The Hill
Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads – Recode
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia – Boston Herald
felix sater – Google News: Trump associate Cohen sold four NY buildings for cash to mysterious buyers – Sacramento Bee
trump criminal investigation – Google News: New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims – The Hill
trump criminal investigation – Google News: Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money laundering – The Independent
Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Palmer Report: Here are the next Republican Senators to publicly come out against Donald Trump
Anthony Weiner – Google News: Anthony Weiner will serve time in a federal prison with residential treatment for sex offenders – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
trump criminal investigation – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
Trump anxiety – Google News: Corker: My Foreign Relations Committee Will Keep Standing Up To Trump – TPM
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Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Russia Investigation: Republicans Leaking Info on Trump Dossier, Attorney Says – Newsweek

 

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The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage – Politico
 


Politico
The man who helped cool Trump’s Russia rage
Politico
Since the end of July, President Donald Trump has noticeably tempered his public complaints about the Russia investigation, avoiding any Twitter allusions to a witch hunt or threats to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. That’s partly due to the 
Donald Trump to help White House staff pay legal bills related to Russia investigationGlobalnews.ca
Donald Trump to ‘spend personal fortune paying legal fees for aides’ caught up in Russia probeThe Independent
Scoop: Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associatesAxios
NPR –The Atlantic –Roll Call
all 298 news articles »
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere … – Fox News
 


Fox News
Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere …
Fox News
The congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia seem to be going nowhere fast.and more »

Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO – Politico
 


Politico
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probes – POLITICO
Politico
A brewing battle over the bank records of the private investigation firm that commissioned the so-called “Trump dossier” could become the first legal test for the …
Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook adsThe Independentall 127 news articles »

Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation – The Independent
 


The Independent
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigation
The Independent
Democrats have denounced as a massive diversion from the Trump administration’s alleged links to Russia, a decision by Republicans to launch investigations into the FBI’s handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton. The Republican chairmen of two House …
Republican committees investigate Clinton and ObamaBBC News
Donald Trump’s grievances about Hillary Clinton to be investigated by House RepublicansABC Online
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJABC News
New York Times –Los Angeles Times –Politico –The Hill
all 220 news articles »
Clinton team and Democrats ‘bankrolled’ Trump dirty dossier – BBC News
 


BBC News
Clinton team and Democrats ‘bankrolled’ Trump dirty dossier
BBC News
A spokeswoman told the Washington Post, which broke the story: “But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigationinto the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.” Some of Mr Steele’s 
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossierWashington Post
Report: Clinton campaign and DNC helped fund TrumpRussia Steele dossierThe Guardian
Launch probes! Congressional GOPers try desperately to take focus off TrumpCNN
Telegraph.co.uk –Vox –Voice of America
all 305 news articles »
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
Newsweek
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump inched closer to the president’s old stomping grounds Tuesday amid calls from Fox News host Sean Hannity for Mueller to resign …
Robert Mueller Tightens Paul Manafort’s NooseVanity Fair
Manhattan US attorney adds to probes of ex-Trump aide Manafort: reportsReuters
The Manhattan US attorney’s office is reportedly investigating Paul Manafort for possible money launderingBusiness Insider
CBS News –New York Daily News
all 28 news articles »
cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange – Daily Beast
 


Daily Beast
Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian Assange
Daily Beast
Nix, who heads Cambridge Analytica, told a third party that he reached out to Assange about his firm somehow helping the Wikileaks founder release Clinton’s missing emails, according to two sources familiar with a Congressional investigation into … 

 cambridge analytica – Google News

cambridge analytica – Google News: Trump campaign data firm sought Assange’s help on Clinton emails: report – The Hill (blog)
 


The Hill (blog)
Trump campaign data firm sought Assange’s help on Clinton emails: report
The Hill (blog)
Alexander Nix, who leads Cambridge Analytica, reportedly told a third party that he reached out to Assange to see if Nix’s firm could help Assange release Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails. Assange reportedly told Nix he preferred to do the work on his own.
REVEALED: Trump-backing data analytics boss asked Julian Assange to help find Hillary’s missing emailsRaw Storyall 10 news articles »

 cambridge analytica – Google News

cambridge analytica – Google News: The Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Reportedly Asked Julian Assange To Find Hillary Clinton’s Emails For Them – UPROXX
 


UPROXX
The Trump Campaign’s Data Firm Reportedly Asked Julian Assange To Find Hillary Clinton’s Emails For Them
UPROXX
According to a blockbuster report by The Daily Beast, Alexander Nix, the head of Cambridge Analytica data firm employed by Donald Trump’s election campaign, allegedly asked Julian Assange to find Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails. In an email …
Trump Data Guru: I Tried to Team Up With Julian AssangeDaily Beastall 275 news articles »

 cambridge analytica – Google News

GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads – The Hill
 


The Hill
GOP, industry skeptical of new rules for online political ads
The Hill
Republicans and the advertising industry at a hearing Tuesday criticized proposals to expand disclosure rules on online political ads amid revelations Russian actors used social media platforms to influence the 2016 election. Randall Rothenberg  

Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads – Recode
 


Bloomberg
Tech companies and US lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads
Recode
Will Hurd, it’s an urgent problem that Russian agents purchased political advertising on major American social mediaplatforms ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. To his Democratic colleague, Rep. Robin Kelly, federal laws must be updated 
Twitter Shows Who Pays for Ads Amid Election Meddling ProbeBloomberg
Twitter promises ‘transparency’ in ads after 2016 election miscuesWashington Examiner
Twitter will now label political ads, including who bought them and how much they are spendingCNBC
Reuters –The Spokesman-Review
all 36 news articles »
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia – Boston Herald
 


Washington Post
Lowry: US democracy not for sale to Russia
Boston Herald
The Russians, as far as we know, bought more than $100,000 in Facebook ads between June 2015 and May 2017. A little more than half was spent after last November, when, obviously, Donald Trump had already won. The scale here is singularly unimpressive 
Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing?East Oregonian
Parscale to testify Tuesday before House intelligence panelSan Antonio Express-Newsall 45 news articles »

felix sater – Google News: Trump associate Cohen sold four NY buildings for cash to mysterious buyers – Sacramento Bee
 

Trump associate Cohen sold four NY buildings for cash to mysterious buyers
Sacramento Bee
And the former personal injury lawyer has longtime ties to Felix Sater, the Russian-born operative with whom Cohen explored the Moscow Trump tower deal last year; Sater is a twice-convicted former government informant whose associates were accused of … 

 felix sater – Google News

trump criminal investigation – Google News: New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims – The Hill
 


The Hill
New York Times reporters blast Dems over Trump dossier funding claims
The Hill
“But let’s be clear, there is a serious federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and the American public deserves to know what happened.” President Trump took to Twitter last week after Fusion GPS partners Peter Fritsch and and more »

 trump criminal investigation – Google News

trump criminal investigation – Google News: Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money laundering – The Independent
 


The Independent
Former Trump campaign chairman under investigation for possible money laundering
The Independent
… sources told The Wall Street Journal. Mr Mueller is carrying out a criminal investigation into money that was allegedly laundered by Mr Manafort as part of a broader inquiry into possible Kremlin-backed attempts to interfere in the 2016 and more »

 trump criminal investigation – Google News

Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary

Russia blocked the renewal of the U.N. investigation into uses of chemical weapons in Syria, the Washington Post reported. At the Security Council, Moscow vetoed a resolution extending the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism for another year. This is the ninth time that Russia has vetoed Security Council efforts on Syria.Kurdish leaders offered to freeze the results of the recent independence referendum in a bid to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government, the Wall Street Journal reported. The offerlargely a symbolic gesturewas meant to win favor with Baghdad as Kurdish leaders seek a deal to avoid losing more territory to Iraqi forces. On Tuesday, Kurdish forces repelled Iraqi troops from taking a key border crossing to Turkey, the New York Times reported. Baghdad is massing forces to retake all disputed areas, including the border crossings that provide important revenue for the cash-strapped Kurdish government.

The State Department ended U.S. assistance to military units in Myanmar involved in the displacement of Rohingya Muslims, Foreign Policy reported. The measures will likely have little effect, as the U.S. has few military ties to Myanmar. U.S. diplomats are planning to recommend that the State Department label atrocities carried out against the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing, according to the AP. U.S. officials have lagged behind their international counterparts in condemning the violence in Myanmar. At a congressional hearing, Sen. Tim Kaine demanded that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explicitly state that Myanmars forces are carrying out ethnic cleansing.

Hillary Clintons campaign and the Democratic National Commission (DNC) paid for part of the Steele dossier, a research document that said the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russia, the Post reported. A lawyer representing Clinton and the DNC retained Fusion GPS, a political research firm, to conduct the research in spring 2016. A court filing in a suit against Fusion GPS revealed the connection, which Republican lawmakers have sought to make public for months. Fusion GPS is resisting a subpoena about its financial records from Rep. Devin Nunes, an action that may provoke a legal battle in the Russia probe, writes Politicos Josh Gerstein.

The federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, for money laundering, the Journal reported. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is coordinating with special counsel Robert Muellers probe. The U.S. attorney continued the investigation this summer after its public corruption chief became a part of Muellers team. The investigations have also coordinated with the New York attorney generals own money laundering investigation into Manafort

The Senate intelligence committee passed a version of a bill to renew the intelligence communitys surveillance authorities under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the Post reported. The bill includes some new restrictions on surveillance activities but not the requirement for the FBI to obtain a warrant to search the emails of Americans collected under the program, as civil liberties groups have demanded. The House judiciary and intelligence committees have proposed competing versions of the bill with more restrictive requirements for the FBI.

The Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuits decision in Hawaii v. Trump, one of the challenges to President Trumps second travel ban order, after the administrations temporary refugee ban expired,Reuters reported. The justices remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit with instructions to dismiss it as moot, because the 120-day refugee ban expired on Tuesday. Civil liberties groups have challenged the latest travel ban in lower courts and the issue may reappear before the Supreme Court on appeal.

The Posts David Ignatius wrote about a Russian proposal to create an international convention to rewrite the rules for cyberspace.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Stewart Baker shared the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring an interview with Mieke Eoyang and Jamil Jaffer on Section 702 reform.

Khaled Elgindy reviewed Grant Rumley and Amir Tibons The Last Palestinian.

Dana Stuster updated the Middle Easter Ticker, covering Iraqi-Kurdish oil pipeline dispute, the latest in the Gulf crisis and an Islamic State ambush in Egypt.

Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes shared their column from Lawfare@FP, noting Jeff Sessions extraordinary failure to address how the Justice Department is preparing for future Russian interference in our elections.

Sarah Grant summarized the recent executive order that allows the Pentagon to recall retired service members.

Matthew Kahn posted the Supreme Courts order vacating the Ninth Circuits ruling in Hawaii v. Trump.

Vanessa Sauter shared the Lawfare Podcast, featuring a panel from a Brookings Institution screening of the documentary Icarus.

Benjamin Wittes praised Sen. Jeff Flakes speech on Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Palmer Report: Here are the next Republican Senators to publicly come out against Donald Trump

This week three Republican Senators publicly began trying to march Donald Trump toward the door, for a grand total of just three Republican voices. Two guys who aren’t running for reelection, and one guy who says he’s probably terminally ill, are bravely taking on Trump while the other forty-nine Republican Senators aren’t saying much of anything. But that could soon change, because certain GOP Senators are in a much better position to speak out than others.Let’s start with the unspoken but obvious: these aren’t the only Republican Senators who aren’t seeking reelection. They’re just the three we know about. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are up for reelection a year from now, so they have a duty to inform their party now that they’re not running, so the party will have time to find potential replacements. Various other Republican Senators aren’t up for reelection until 2020 or 2022, and even if they’re leaning toward not running again, there’s no need for them to say so.

The 2022 crew in particular are in a position to take shots at Trump now, and then gamble that he’ll be long gone by the time they’re finally running again, meaning he won’t be able to screw with them during the primaries. So which Republican Senators are up for reelection in 2022? Let’s start with the full list: Lisa Murkowski, John Boozman, Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, Mike Crapo, Todd Young, John McCain, Chuck Grassley, Jerry Moran, Rand Paul, John Kennedy, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, John Hoeven, Rob Portman, James Lankford, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, John Thune, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson. Now let’s narrow it down.

We already know where John McCain Stands. Lisa Murkowski has already taken multiple stands against Trump. Chuck Grassley is unlikely to seek reelection based on his age, and could go in any direction when it comes to Trump. Ron Johnson has already announced he’s not running again and has nothing to lose. Rand Paul despises Trump. Marco Rubio will likely be urged to run for President again in 2020, and his best shot at setting that up would be to attack Trump now.

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Anthony Weiner – Google News: Anthony Weiner will serve time in a federal prison with residential treatment for sex offenders – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
 

Anthony Weiner will serve time in a federal prison with residential treatment for sex offenders
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
(JTA) Former congressman Anthony Weiner will serve his sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl at one of the few federal prisons with a residential treatment for sex offenders. Weiner, who was sentenced to 21 months, will serve his time at the  

 Anthony Weiner – Google News

organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
Newsweek
On Tuesday, Hannity charged that Mueller has conflicts of interest in the investigation because he headed the FBI when it was investigating corruption in Russia’s state atomic energy company Rosatom, as it vied to buy up American uranium mines in and more »

 organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News

Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
Newsweek
Special Counsel Robert Mueller (right) has spearheaded Russia probe since May. Joshua Roberts/Reuters. Mueller isinvestigating whether the Trump campaign or its associates assisted Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election as well as the 
Manhattan US Attorney Adds to Probes of Ex-Trump Aide Manafort: ReportsU.S. News & World Report
US Attorney’s Office launches money laundering investigation into Paul ManafortNew York Daily Newsall 25 news articles »

 Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News

trump criminal investigation – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
Newsweek
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged links between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump inched closer to the president’s old stomping grounds Tuesday amid calls from Fox News host Sean Hannity for Mueller to resign and more »

 trump criminal investigation – Google News

organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Who Are The Major Players in Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation?
Newsweek
American intelligence agencies said in January that Moscow led a misinformation campaign to tilt the election toward Trump. On Tuesday, Hannity charged that Mueller has conflicts of interest in the … as it vied to buy up American uranium mines in and more »

 organized crime and intelligence – Google News

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Just Security: Treasurys Turf War Over Domestic Spying
 

BuzzFeed News recently reportedserious allegations that the Treasury Departments Office of Intelligence Affairs (OIA) is illegally accessing and analyzing the ­financial records of Americans, according to unnamed officials inside the department. Treasury quickly responded to this news with a strong denial, but the departments inspector general is reportedlylooking into the matter. Though the sources are unnamed, it seems likely these are officials taking the side of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), another branch inside Treasury, who has long been in a kind of turf war with OIA.

We have grown accustomed to stories of mass data collection by federal intelligence agencies, and while being incredibly troubling, this one is ripe with bureaucratic hypocrisy and inside-the-Beltway intrigue, since FinCEN has been amassing this very same collection of data on Americans financial activities and distributing it to intelligence agencies and law enforcement for decades.

FinCEN and OIA have long been in a kind of turf war. The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, as modified by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, requires financial institutions (broadly defined to include banks, hedge funds, casinos, used car dealerships, and pawnshops, among others) to file two types of reports with FinCEN: Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs), required when someone withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash, and Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), required when institutions identify unusual or potentially illegal activity. Almost 2 million suspicious activity reports were filed in 2016. Roughly 15 million currency transaction reports are filed each year as well. Put bluntly, FinCEN already collects the domestic financial records its officials now accuse OIA of unlawfully obtaining.

There is some merit to FinCENs argument that OIA should not have access to these records. FinCEN is a law enforcement agency that focuses on domestic and international money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial crimes. Its collection of SAR and CTR data is intended to assist in its enforcement of these financial crimes. Established by the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004, OIA is legally considered part of the intelligence community. Though this distinction might seem trivial, it is at the crux of this dispute. As an intelligence component, OIA is governed by a Reagan-era executive order, E.O. 12333, which strictly limits the collection of information about U.S. persons defined as both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. E.O. 12333 (as amended by President George W. Bush) requires OIA to establish internal guidelines, approved by the attorney general something it has neverdone before collecting any U.S. persons information.

Reportedly, OIA has been accessing these domestic financial records for years, but it only became controversial in 2016, when officials at FinCEN learned about it and began objecting. Interestingly, this was around the same time that the agency overseeing OIA, Treasurys Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, suggested shifting much of FinCENs work to OIA. This proposal would have cut FinCENs budget and would have transferred many of its employees over to OIA.

It was at this point that FinCEN invoked E.O. 12333 and began arguing the proposed shake-up was illegal. OIA, which was already amassing domestic financial information at the time of these disputes, countered by saying it was complying with the order because it had a draft of the internal guidelines (which, over a year later, have not been finalized).

One unnamed senior official at Treasury told BuzzFeed that OIAs activities constitute domestic spying. But ironically, FinCEN accuses OIA of collecting and retaining domestic financial information from FinCENs own database. So, if OIA is engaging in domestic spying, FinCEN is too.

How problematic is this spying? Tracking withdrawals or deposits of over $10,000 in cash is a straightforward endeavor governed by objective standards. However, the Bank Secrecy Act, passed in 1970, failed to peg the CTR threshold dollar amount to inflation (adjusted for inflation, the amount today would be over $60,000), and so there has been a steady increase in the number of reports filed. SAR filing requirements, however, are decidedly less clear cut. Though FinCEN offers broad guidelines for making these determinations, specifically instructing institutions to report evidence of money laundering or transfers to foreign terrorist organizations, it acknowledges that the decision to file a SAR is an inherently subjective judgement. Many banks have complained these guidelines do not provide sufficient instruction on the broader requirement to report potentially illegal or suspicious-seeming activity.

The number of SAR filings has exploded since the USA Patriot Act expanded the BSA requirements in 2001. According to FinCEN reports, financial institutions submitted just over 160,000 SARs in 2000, compared to almost 2 million in 2016, more than a ten-fold increase. Federal white-collar crime prosecutions, including those for money laundering, have lagged over that same time period, suggesting that FinCENs SAR and CTR programs are not well-designed to identify cases of law-breaking.

They are, on the other hand, an extremely potent form of domestic surveillance. SAR reports include a tremendous amount of personal and private financial information, including an individuals address, tax identification number, social security number, account numbers, and financial transaction history. The individual making the suspect transaction is not notified that a SAR has been filed. Reporting institutions are not held liable for the accuracy of information they put into a SAR, but they are held liable for neglecting to file if the Treasury Department later determines one was clearly warranted. Naturally, this leads to over-reporting. FinCEN instructs them to include all known subject information in SARs, and the reports are kept indefinitely in FinCENs database.

FinCEN shares SAR and CTR information broadly throughout the law enforcement community. The FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, and the Internal Revenue Service can access and download SAR and CTR records in bulk for analysis. These agencies can then incorporate SAR data into existing databases, with other law enforcement data.

Though this data is widely accessible to law enforcement, it is surprisingly difficult for a person subjected to a SAR to obtain it through other means. It is exempt from discovery in civil court, and financial institutions are prohibited from revealing anything about the contents or existence of a SAR, including in cases requesting damages for their disclosures. Civil courts are not authorized to order disclosure of a SAR. FinCEN does issue annual reports with SAR filing data, including statistics on the category of activity being reported, but these reports offer limited insight into how FinCEN or other law enforcement agencies use SARs, or the information contained within them.

The overbreadth, wide distribution, and lack of independent or public oversight over the governments use of SAR data creates high potential for abuse. A 2002 FinCEN report indicated that an unspecified number of SARs were filed because individuals appeared to be of Middle-Eastern descent. The report goes on to advise against reporting based on ethnicity but does not offer any incentive for institutions to do so, nor any system of accountability to protect against biased reporting based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or any other protected characteristic.

To echo the unnamed Treasury official quoted by BuzzFeed: This is domestic spying. To recognize the danger posed by FinCENs own activities is not to diminish the threat of OIAs lawless access to FinCENs databases, but rather to put it in context. Any data collection system that lacks independent oversight and due process poses a threat to Americans privacy and civil liberties. A system that offers no protection against reporting that can target Americans based on race, religion, and political affiliation must change. Financial institutions must be given more specific guidelines about making SAR filing decisions, so this reporting is narrowly tailored to identify criminal or terrorist activity. Equally important, due process protections need to be incorporated into the system, and there must be more effective oversight and public accountability over all domestic intelligence collection programs that impact the privacy of millions of Americans.

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The federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, for money laundering, the Journal reported. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is coordinating with special counsel Robert Muellers probe. The U.S. attorney continued the investigation this summer after its public corruption chief became a part of Muellers team. The investigations have also coordinated with the New York attorney generals own money laundering investigation into Manafort

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Russia blocked the renewal of the U.N. investigation into uses of chemical weapons in Syria, the Washington Post reported. At the Security Council, Moscow vetoed a resolution extending the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism for another year. This is the ninth time that Russia has vetoed Security Council efforts on Syria.

Kurdish leaders offered to freeze the results of the recent independence referendum in a bid to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government, the Wall Street Journal reported. The offerlargely a symbolic gesturewas meant to win favor with Baghdad as Kurdish leaders seek a deal to avoid losing more territory to Iraqi forces. On Tuesday, Kurdish forces repelled Iraqi troops from taking a key border crossing to Turkey, the New York Times reported. Baghdad is massing forces to retake all disputed areas, including the border crossings that provide important revenue for the cash-strapped Kurdish government.

The State Department ended U.S. assistance to military units in Myanmar involved in the displacement of Rohingya Muslims, Foreign Policy reported. The measures will likely have little effect, as the U.S. has few military ties to Myanmar. U.S. diplomats are planning to recommend that the State Department label atrocities carried out against the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing, according to the AP. U.S. officials have lagged behind their international counterparts in condemning the violence in Myanmar. At a congressional hearing, Sen. Tim Kaine demanded that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explicitly state that Myanmars forces are carrying out ethnic cleansing.

Hillary Clintons campaign and the Democratic National Commission (DNC) paid for part of the Steele dossier, a research document that said the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russia, the Post reported. A lawyer representing Clinton and the DNC retained Fusion GPS, a political research firm, to conduct the research in spring 2016. A court filing in a suit against Fusion GPS revealed the connection, which Republican lawmakers have sought to make public for months. Fusion GPS is resisting a subpoena about its financial records from Rep. Devin Nunes, an action that may provoke a legal battle in the Russia probe, writes Politicos Josh Gerstein.

The federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, for money laundering, the Journal reported. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is coordinating with special counsel Robert Muellers probe. The U.S. attorney continued the investigation this summer after its public corruption chief became a part of Muellers team. The investigations have also coordinated with the New York attorney generals own money laundering investigation into Manafort

The Senate intelligence committee passed a version of a bill to renew the intelligence communitys surveillance authorities under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, the Post reported. The bill includes some new restrictions on surveillance activities but not the requirement for the FBI to obtain a warrant to search the emails of Americans collected under the program, as civil liberties groups have demanded. The House judiciary and intelligence committees have proposed competing versions of the bill with more restrictive requirements for the FBI.

The Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuits decision in Hawaii v. Trump, one of the challenges to President Trumps second travel ban order, after the administrations temporary refugee ban expired,Reuters reported. The justices remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit with instructions to dismiss it as moot, because the 120-day refugee ban expired on Tuesday. Civil liberties groups have challenged the latest travel ban in lower courts and the issue may reappear before the Supreme Court on appeal.

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Palmer Report: Here are the next Republican Senators to publicly come out against Donald Trump

This week three Republican Senators publicly began trying to march Donald Trump toward the door, for a grand total of just three Republican voices. Two guys who aren’t running for reelection, and one guy who says he’s probably terminally ill, are bravely taking on Trump while the other forty-nine Republican Senators aren’t saying much of anything. But that could soon change, because certain GOP Senators are in a much better position to speak out than others.

Let’s start with the unspoken but obvious: these aren’t the only Republican Senators who aren’t seeking reelection. They’re just the three we know about. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake are up for reelection a year from now, so they have a duty to inform their party now that they’re not running, so the party will have time to find potential replacements. Various other Republican Senators aren’t up for reelection until 2020 or 2022, and even if they’re leaning toward not running again, there’s no need for them to say so.

The 2022 crew in particular are in a position to take shots at Trump now, and then gamble that he’ll be long gone by the time they’re finally running again, meaning he won’t be able to screw with them during the primaries. So which Republican Senators are up for reelection in 2022? Let’s start with the full list: Lisa Murkowski, John Boozman, Marco Rubio, Johnny Isakson, Mike Crapo, Todd Young, John McCain, Chuck Grassley, Jerry Moran, Rand Paul, John Kennedy, Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, John Hoeven, Rob Portman, James Lankford, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, John Thune, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson. Now let’s narrow it down.

We already know where John McCain Stands. Lisa Murkowski has already taken multiple stands against Trump. Chuck Grassley is unlikely to seek reelection based on his age, and could go in any direction when it comes to Trump. Ron Johnson has already announced he’s not running again and has nothing to lose. Rand Paul despises Trump. Marco Rubio will likely be urged to run for President again in 2020, and his best shot at setting that up would be to attack Trump now.

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Just Security: Treasurys Turf War Over Domestic Spying

BuzzFeed News recently reportedserious allegations that the Treasury Departments Office of Intelligence Affairs (OIA) is illegally accessing and analyzing the ­financial records of Americans, according to unnamed officials inside the department. Treasury quickly responded to this news with a strong denial, but the departments inspector general is reportedlylooking into the matter. Though the sources are unnamed, it seems likely these are officials taking the side of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), another branch inside Treasury, who has long been in a kind of turf war with OIA.

We have grown accustomed to stories of mass data collection by federal intelligence agencies, and while being incredibly troubling, this one is ripe with bureaucratic hypocrisy and inside-the-Beltway intrigue, since FinCEN has been amassing this very same collection of data on Americans financial activities and distributing it to intelligence agencies and law enforcement for decades.

FinCEN and OIA have long been in a kind of turf war. The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, as modified by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, requires financial institutions (broadly defined to include banks, hedge funds, casinos, used car dealerships, and pawnshops, among others) to file two types of reports with FinCEN: Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs), required when someone withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash, and Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), required when institutions identify unusual or potentially illegal activity. Almost 2 million suspicious activity reports were filed in 2016. Roughly 15 million currency transaction reports are filed each year as well. Put bluntly, FinCEN already collects the domestic financial records its officials now accuse OIA of unlawfully obtaining.

There is some merit to FinCENs argument that OIA should not have access to these records. FinCEN is a law enforcement agency that focuses on domestic and international money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial crimes. Its collection of SAR and CTR data is intended to assist in its enforcement of these financial crimes. Established by the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004, OIA is legally considered part of the intelligence community. Though this distinction might seem trivial, it is at the crux of this dispute. As an intelligence component, OIA is governed by a Reagan-era executive order, E.O. 12333, which strictly limits the collection of information about U.S. persons defined as both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. E.O. 12333 (as amended by President George W. Bush) requires OIA to establish internal guidelines, approved by the attorney general something it has neverdone before collecting any U.S. persons information.

Reportedly, OIA has been accessing these domestic financial records for years, but it only became controversial in 2016, when officials at FinCEN learned about it and began objecting. Interestingly, this was around the same time that the agency overseeing OIA, Treasurys Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, suggested shifting much of FinCENs work to OIA. This proposal would have cut FinCENs budget and would have transferred many of its employees over to OIA.

It was at this point that FinCEN invoked E.O. 12333 and began arguing the proposed shake-up was illegal. OIA, which was already amassing domestic financial information at the time of these disputes, countered by saying it was complying with the order because it had a draft of the internal guidelines (which, over a year later, have not been finalized).

One unnamed senior official at Treasury told BuzzFeed that OIAs activities constitute domestic spying. But ironically, FinCEN accuses OIA of collecting and retaining domestic financial information from FinCENs own database. So, if OIA is engaging in domestic spying, FinCEN is too.

How problematic is this spying? Tracking withdrawals or deposits of over $10,000 in cash is a straightforward endeavor governed by objective standards. However, the Bank Secrecy Act, passed in 1970, failed to peg the CTR threshold dollar amount to inflation (adjusted for inflation, the amount today would be over $60,000), and so there has been a steady increase in the number of reports filed. SAR filing requirements, however, are decidedly less clear cut. Though FinCEN offers broad guidelines for making these determinations, specifically instructing institutions to report evidence of money laundering or transfers to foreign terrorist organizations, it acknowledges that the decision to file a SAR is an inherently subjective judgement. Many banks have complained these guidelines do not provide sufficient instruction on the broader requirement to report potentially illegal or suspicious-seeming activity.

The number of SAR filings has exploded since the USA Patriot Act expanded the BSA requirements in 2001. According to FinCEN reports, financial institutions submitted just over 160,000 SARs in 2000, compared to almost 2 million in 2016, more than a ten-fold increase. Federal white-collar crime prosecutions, including those for money laundering, have lagged over that same time period, suggesting that FinCENs SAR and CTR programs are not well-designed to identify cases of law-breaking.

They are, on the other hand, an extremely potent form of domestic surveillance. SAR reports include a tremendous amount of personal and private financial information, including an individuals address, tax identification number, social security number, account numbers, and financial transaction history. The individual making the suspect transaction is not notified that a SAR has been filed. Reporting institutions are not held liable for the accuracy of information they put into a SAR, but they are held liable for neglecting to file if the Treasury Department later determines one was clearly warranted. Naturally, this leads to over-reporting. FinCEN instructs them to include all known subject information in SARs, and the reports are kept indefinitely in FinCENs database.

FinCEN shares SAR and CTR information broadly throughout the law enforcement community. The FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, and the Internal Revenue Service can access and download SAR and CTR records in bulk for analysis. These agencies can then incorporate SAR data into existing databases, with other law enforcement data.

Though this data is widely accessible to law enforcement, it is surprisingly difficult for a person subjected to a SAR to obtain it through other means. It is exempt from discovery in civil court, and financial institutions are prohibited from revealing anything about the contents or existence of a SAR, including in cases requesting damages for their disclosures. Civil courts are not authorized to order disclosure of a SAR. FinCEN does issue annual reports with SAR filing data, including statistics on the category of activity being reported, but these reports offer limited insight into how FinCEN or other law enforcement agencies use SARs, or the information contained within them.

The overbreadth, wide distribution, and lack of independent or public oversight over the governments use of SAR data creates high potential for abuse. A 2002 FinCEN report indicated that an unspecified number of SARs were filed because individuals appeared to be of Middle-Eastern descent. The report goes on to advise against reporting based on ethnicity but does not offer any incentive for institutions to do so, nor any system of accountability to protect against biased reporting based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or any other protected characteristic.

To echo the unnamed Treasury official quoted by BuzzFeed: This is domestic spying. To recognize the danger posed by FinCENs own activities is not to diminish the threat of OIAs lawless access to FinCENs databases, but rather to put it in context. Any data collection system that lacks independent oversight and due process poses a threat to Americans privacy and civil liberties. A system that offers no protection against reporting that can target Americans based on race, religion, and political affiliation must change. Financial institutions must be given more specific guidelines about making SAR filing decisions, so this reporting is narrowly tailored to identify criminal or terrorist activity. Equally important, due process protections need to be incorporated into the system, and there must be more effective oversight and public accountability over all domestic intelligence collection programs that impact the privacy of millions of Americans.

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All three committees looking into Russian interference one in the House, two in the Senate have run into problems, from insufficient staffing to fights over when the committees should wrap up their investigations. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s

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Mr. Nunes said his investigation would focus on how the Obama administration handled the uranium agreement in 2010, when Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom, was allowed to acquire Uranium One, a company that owned access to significant …

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The Russians want to build the new E-Curtain, prophylactically, to protect themselves from the evil Western influences. At least a part, if not all the Trump-Russia show-off operation might be an FSB counterintelligence endeavor, very aggressive, as is their tradition historically, and also outgrowing into the frank intelligence show-off “special operation”. And all this to demonstrate the dangers of the single Internet and to divide it into two separate informational bastions: pro-Russian and the rest. Very isolationist, narrow-minded, and very Russian in its mentality. These are the goals and purposes Of this new E-Curtain, which is impossible to impose unilaterally but only by mutual consent. Will never happen. M.N. – 10.25.17

See also Mr. Hoffman on this subject: 

 Former CIA station chief warns of ‘authoritarian internet’

A common link in

A sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum.

Questions:

  • Did they target their “key (attuned, worked on) voters” in the key areas, according to the polls information? 
  • Did they manipulate the opinion polls or their samples? 
  • Was the interference in Brexit vote a dress rehearsal for Trump vote?  

M.N. – 10.25.17 

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Trump offer to pay Russia probe legal bills for aides is a terrible idea – USA TODAY
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The constantly evolving story of how the socialnetworking giant found … In an Oct. 2 blog post, Facebook said roughly 10 million people saw the …. Were the ads targeting the same audiences as Trump’s campaign? … to Cambridge Analytica, President Trump’s data-mining firm during the 2016 election.

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Questions:

  • Did they target their “key (attuned, worked on) voters” in the key areas, according to the polls information? 
  • Did they manipulate the opinion polls or their samples? 
  • Was the interference in Brexit vote a dress rehearsal for Trump vote?  

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House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff.

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As the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s victory fast approaches, any hope that the three congressional committees tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election will determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin—or will surface any substantive findings—has begun to dissipate amid staffing issues, partisan quibbles, and continued starts and stops. Even lawmakers have conceded that if any investigation will uncover a definitive conclusion, it will be Robert Mueller’s deepening F.B.I. probe. “There’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the collusion question during a recent interview. “He’s got the ability to use a grand jury. He’s got the ability to use the power of subpoena without question. And he’s got the ability to do a criminal investigation.”

The morass has been most evident among the House Intelligence Committee, where the partisan divide is, arguably, the deepest. Earlier this year, tensions between the panel’s chairman, Devin Nunes,and its ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, spilled into the open when it was revealed that Nunes received classified information from the White House, which he subsequently showed to Trump—a move that forced him to abdicate his leadership position. But the intelligence committee has struggled to get back on track. The New York Times reports that Democrats are frustrated with Nunes’s continued meddling in the probe. “Frankly, I have been doing everything I can to try to get us to do a credible investigation and to reach a common conclusion,” Schiff, who himself has drawn criticism for his frequent media appearances, said. “I view these things as obstacles that are in the way to overcome, and I am doing my best to overcome them almost daily.”

Nunes’s successors haven’t fared much better. Trey Gowdy, who along with K. Michael Conaway of Texas and Tom Rooney of Florida took control of the panel from Nunes, irked his Democratic counterparts when he said that Jared Kushner was in an “unwinnable” situation, suggesting he was being unfairly targeted. “Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” Gowdy, who rose to prominence during the Benghazi hearings, told the Times. “The notion that one side is playing the part of defense attorney and that the other side is just these white hat defenders of the truth is laughable.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has managed to maintain more amity between members. But while its chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner have projected a professionalism absent in the House, both lawmakers have expressed doubts that they will deliver a clear-cut conclusion. “At the end of the day, what we owe the American people is the truth,” Warner said during an interview on Thursday, the Times reports. “And if there’s something there, then they should know that. And if there’s not something there, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that.” Burr told reporters that they “hit a wall” in its investigation into the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and that any hope that the Senate investigation would surface criminal charges was misguided. “The special counsel is focused on criminal acts; we’re not focused on criminal acts,” he said. “If we find one, then they’re the first phone call we make.”

The third congressional committee investigating the Russian interference, the Judiciary Committee, has been similarly plagued by starts and stops in its probe. As the Times reports, its chairman Chuck Grassley agreed to dig into former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s ouster, among other angles of the Russian interference, but since interviewing Donald Trump Jr., the committee’s work has stalled. An earlier attempt by the panel to interview Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was derailed after Mueller’s team reportedly informed the longtime political operative that he would face an indictment, leading to the postponement of his hearing. (Manafort has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.)

That leaves the Justice Department to close the case, such as it is. Mueller’s investigation has continued apace, with NBC News reporting Monday that Tony Podesta (brother of longtime Clinton aide John Podesta) and his lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, are the latest subjects of the F.B.I. investigation. The Podesta Group worked on a campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a nonprofit tied to Manafort that sought to promote Ukrainian interests in the West. According to NBC News, the Podesta Group is under criminal investigation for potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under which individuals lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or political party must disclose their work to the Justice Department. (In a statement, a spokesperson for the firm said it is “cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times—and we did so in this case.”) Manafort has become a key figure in Mueller’s investigation, indicating either that that special prosecutor sees him as a lynchpin in the case, or as the Trumpworld insider most likely to flip and become a cooperating witness.

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As the probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election continues, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a key Democratic lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his lobbying firm are now a subject in Mueller’s investigations because of the Podesta Group’s work on Paul Manafort’s PR campaign for a Ukrainian group.

Manafort is President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who has found himself at the center of the investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election because of his financial dealings and lobbying work with Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials.

Despite some opposition to Mueller’s probe from Republicans, Trump apparently isn’t “discussing” firing him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mueller should be able to “do his job.”

Mueller, 73, reportedly impaneled a grand jury earlier in August as part of his examination. Read on for a brief rundown on his investigation so far.

Appointment

The Department of Justice announced the appointment of Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on May 17.

FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The appointment came after a growing cry – mostly from Democrats – mounted for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the probe. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

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Mueller led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties.

He has the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during his investigation, and he was given wide authority to investigate whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Mueller allegedly expanded the probe to include investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were “ridiculous” and said Mueller’s friendship with Comey was “very bothersome.”

Mueller has also reportedly taken over an ongoing investigation into Manafort’s financial dealings in Ukraine. The FBI executed a search warrant in August at the Virginia home of Manafort, who – prior to joining Trump’s campaign – worked with a Russia-backed Ukrainian president.

Staffing controversy

The Trump administration heavily criticized Mueller’s investigation as several of his attorneys on staff donated to Democratic campaigns, including to Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.

“They clearly wanted the other person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them in one way or another remains to be seen, but it is relevant information for people to have,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” in July.

Grand jury

Mueller kicked off August by reportedly impaneling a grand jury to investigate Russia’s influence – an indication that the probe is entering a new phase.

A grand jury gives prosecutors the ability to subpoena documents and gather on-the-record witness testimonies. Indictments can also be sought.

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Grand juries are common vehicles to gather evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

Trump’s comments

Trump has dismissed the allegations of collusion with Russia as a “fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one…”

– President Donald Trump

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve,” Trump said at a rally in West Virginia earlier this year.

The president also warned Mueller to stay within certain boundaries as he investigates.

But Conway told Fox News that the Trump administration is not “discussing” firing Mueller and will cooperate with the investigation.

She contended that while the Russia probe is a “witch hunt” and “fake,” Trump “has not even discussed” nor is “discussing” sacking Mueller.

Trump and Mueller have also sent messages “back and forth,” according to Trump’s outside counsel. A spokesman for Mueller told Fox News that the messages have been “very professional.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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Россия передала Филиппинам крупную партию оружия и военной техники. Среди прочего, Филиппины получили пять тысяч автоматов Калашникова, миллион патронов и 20 армейских грузовиков, сообщает Manila Bulletin.

Оружие Россия, судя по всему, передала Маниле бесплатно. Издание охарактеризовало это, как “пожертвование”.

Церемония передачи, где присутствовал президент Филиппин Родриго Дутерте, состоялась порту Манилы на борту одного из российских кораблей. Как сообщается на сайте Минобороны РФ, это был большой противолодочный корабль “Адмирал Пантелеев” Тихоокеанского флота России.

Также на мероприятии присутствовали министр обороны России Сергей Шойгу и его филиппинский коллега Делфин Лоренцана.

10.25.17 – They went to Syria to fight Islamic State. Now two Americans find themselves in limbo – LA Times | The Brooklyn Bridge

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The Saudi Crown Prince Says the Kingdom Will Soon Return to a ‘Moderate Islam’ 

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Saudi Arabia has been “not normal” for the past 30 years and will soon return to a “moderate Islam” according to recent comments from the kingdom’s Crown Prince, who attributed the country’s adherence to hardline Islam to fallout from the Iranian revolution.

“What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia. What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East,” Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne told the Guardian Tuesday.

“After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world. Now is the time to get rid of it,” he continued.

Read more: What Saudi Women Need More Than a Driver’s License

The crown prince’s comments are the latest indication of a softening in the values of Saudi Arabia, which gloms to a fiercely puritanical strain of Sunni Islam. They also coincide with his attempts to consolidate his authority and break with hardline clerics that have long held sway over the House of Saud. Last month, the Kingdom lifted a ban on women driving cars, according to local media. Authorities have also loosened guardianship rules that restrict women’s access to jobs, higher education and medical procedures

At an earlier investment summit in Riyadh, Salman remarked on the country’s young population. “We won’t waste 30 years of our life combating extremist thoughts, we will destroy them now and immediately,” he said, according to the Guardian.

Read more: Rex Tillerson Seeks Help From Arab Nations in the U.S. Effort to Isolate Iran

At the summit, Saudi touted proposals for a $500bn independent economic zone, an ambitious attempt to diversify the kingdom’s almost entirely oil dependent economy. The new economic zone will spill over Saudi’s borders into neighboring Jordan and Egypt and, according to the Guardian, include a tourist hub in which men and women will be allowed to mingle freely.

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NATO report casts doubt on ability to defend against Russian attack … – Deutsche Welle

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A confidential NATO report has questioned the alliance’s ability to defend against a Russian attack. Eastern European members of the alliance fear Russian …
Report: NATO Insufficiently Ready In Case Of Russian Attack – RFE/RLRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
NATORussia envoys to hold rare joint meeting in BrusselsThe Hindu
NATO not ready for attack by Russia on its eastern flank, report saysDaily Sabah
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Tiny Montana firm hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid

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Weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, nearly 80 percent of the island remains without power.

Typically, power companies rely on “mutual aid” agreements with other utilities following natural disasters — both Texas and Florida recently activated those agreements to help residents get power back.

But the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, has opted out and hired a tiny contracting firm from Montana instead.

“PREPA couldn’t afford it,” says David Ferris, a reporter for the industry publication E&E News. The agency is $9 billion in debt, and mutual aid agreements are expensive to repay.

Whitefish Energy saw an opening and signed a $300 million contract with PREPA last week.

“There were other companies offering to do the work,” says Ferris “but because of PREPA’s perilous financial situation, those other parties wouldn’t necessarily just jump in. But Whitefish was ready to.”

Whitefish is responsible for rebuilding “a major spine of the transmission system that will connect the southern part of the island, where most of the power plants are, to the northern part of the island where the capital is and where most of the power users are,” says Ferris.

PREPA’s decision to hire Whitefish Energy is unusual, and drawing some scrutiny. The for-profit company had just two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria made landfall, and is based in US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown in Montana.

“You have a small, untested power company going in to help a desperate, bankrupt utility,” says Ferris. “We simply don’t know what that’s going to look like or how long it’s going to take.”

To hear more from David Ferris about Whitefish Energy listen above.

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‘Trump Is Treason!’: Protester Throws Russian Flags At President

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A liberal activist infiltrated a press area outside a Senate GOP lunch.

Launch probes! Congressional GOPers try desperately to take focus off Trump – CNN

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To be clear: House Republicans are totally within their rights to open these probes. Doing so is one of the luxuries of being in the majority in the House (and Senate). (Related: The ability to open these sorts of congressional investigations is why 
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GOP opens investigation into Obama Justice Department – The Mercury News

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GOP opens investigation into Obama Justice Department
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The lack of charges remains a lingering grievance for Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a “rigged” criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her use of a private server for government business.
White House: Justice Department should ‘look at’ prosecuting ComeySTLtoday.com
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Putin at Valdai: A Deep Dive Into Long-Standing Grievances – EurasiaNet

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Putin at Valdai: A Deep Dive Into Long-Standing Grievances
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During his October 19 appearance at the Valdai Club, Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on the past to a disconcerting degree, reiterating Russia’s long-standing complaints about the US and exhibiting a conspiratorial mindset, but provided no 
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions from all countries to resume and will put in place stricter screening measures, the Wall Street Journal reported. The refugee program was put on hold this summer as part of the administration’s travel ban for a 120-day period that expires on Tuesday. The increased vetting measures will include more extensive collection of biographical data and investigation into applicants’ social media history.

Senator John McCain called for a new congressional authorization for the use of military force for U.S. military operations overseas, Politico reported. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said the recent deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger called into question the extent of U.S. military operations around the globe. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will testify at a Senate hearing on the authorization for the use of military force next week.

Pakistan’s prime minister pledged to support U.S. counterrorism efforts during a meeting on Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi affirmed Pakistan’s continued support for “the war against terror” and said the country had “produced results” in efforts against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The State Department warned Myanmar’s military leadership that it held them accountable for atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority, Reuters reported. A spokesperson for the State Department said on Monday it is considering targeted sanctions measures against officials that have facilitated human rights abuses. More than 600,000 Rohingya have left Myanmar as refugees since the crisis began.

Michael Cohen, a former attorney for President Trump, will speak with congressional investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, NBC News reported. In August, NPR reported that Cohen contacted Russian government officials to get assistance with a permit for a Trump real estate deal in Moscow.

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria denied striking Syrian-government held positions in Deir al-Zour city,according to Reuters reported.  Syrian state television accused the coalition of carrying out airstrikes that killed at least 14 people on Monday. A coalition spokesperson said its air forces had not conducted any strikes in the Syrian-government held parts of the city.

The Department of Justice will allow tech companies to alert their customers to law enforcement requests for their personal data, Ars Technica reported. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a memo last week that the department would drop its practice of requiring gag orders for companies that surrender customer data to legal authorities. In response, Microsoft dropped a lawsuit against the Department of Justice challenging the gag orders.

British lawmakers asked Facebook for information about Russia-linked advertisements on its platform during the Brexit vote and 2017 parliamentary elections, Reuters reported on Tuesday.  Damian Collins, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into false and misleading news stories, made the request as part of an effort to understand the impact of foreign actors on social media.

A military judge ordered the civilian defense team for Rahim al-Nashiri back to the military court after the lawyers quit last week over ethical conflicts, the Miami Herald reported. Judge Vance Spath contradicted military’s chief defense counsel Gen. John Baker’s order to dismiss the civilian members of al-Nashiri’s defense team. Baker had dismissed the lawyers after they brought up an ethical conflict of interest over a classified matter. Judge Spath ordered the attorneys to appear at the next court hearing in two weeks.

Iraqi militias launched an offensive against a Kurdish-held oil pipeline hub near the Turkish border on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Kurdish forces pledged to defend the area, which is a conduit for oil exports that provide vital revenue to the Kurdish Regional Government.

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce a bill that would require the FBI to obtain warrants to search data collected under the authority of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reported. Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul said their bill to reauthorize the intelligence community’s surveillance authorities under Section 702 would include more transparency and oversight mechanisms. It would allow individuals to more easily challenge surveillance in court and would expand the role of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Matthew Kahn analyzed the legislative history behind the 25th Amendment and its applications in cases of presidential disability.

Josh Blackman argued that the Hawaii District Court’s injunction against the most recent travel ban order does pass the “rational basis” test.

Vanessa Sauter posted a letter from a group of former national security officials urging the reauthorization of FISA Section 702 surveillance authorities.

Sabrina McCubbin summarized pre-trial motions in Smith v. Trump, a case challenging the application of the 2001 AUMF to the Islamic State.

Rick Ledgett argued that the only way for Kasperksy to regain users’ trust would be for it allow independent monitoring of all its anti-virus activities.

Matthew Kahn flagged a draft Section 702 reauthorization bill from the Senate intelligence committee.

Garrett Hinck described a strange sequence of events related to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and the Trump administration.

 

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Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch – NPR

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Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch
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President Trump was met by a protester who threw Russian flags at him and chanted “Trump is treason!” as he arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Senate Republicans to pass tax cuts. While the president was entering the weekly GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, …
Protester Throws Russian Flags at Trump Inside CapitolNBCNews.com
Protester throws Russian flags at President Donald Trump before Capitol Hill lunchABC News
Protester Throws Russian Flags at Trump: ‘Treason!’Daily Beast
Fox News –Bloomberg –The Week Magazine
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Cambridge Analytica, Trump, and Brexit – Google Search

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Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge AnalyticaTrump’s … role in the successful 2016 push to persuade British voters to “Brexit” the …

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What We Know—and Don’t Know—About Facebook, Trump, and Russia …. The House investigation has now extended to Cambridge Analytica, … in the UK for the role it may have played in swaying voters to support Brexit.

Story image for Cambridge Analytica, Trump, and Brexit from The Times

Don’t bank on Trump for post-Brexit trade, says Clinton

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“The role Cambridge Analytica played, for example. “But also the amount of fabricated, false information that your voters were given by the …

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British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters … It arose because although Cambridge Analytica is largely owned by Trump’s … help with regard to the French election or Brexit,” Dehaye said.

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Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian …

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Cambridge Analytica is cooperating with a House committee probing possible collusion between members of Trump’s team and Russian operatives. … after revelations surrounding the Brexitreferendum, revealed novel, and …
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Cambridge Analytica and Brexit – Google Search

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Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s …

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Another key Cambridge Analytica investor is Robert Mercer, the … role in the successful 2016 push to persuade British voters to “Brexit” the …

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“The role Cambridge Analytica played, for example. “But also the amount of fabricated, false information that your voters were given by the …

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How Brexit Was Engineered by Foreign Billionaires to Bring About …

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How Brexit Was Engineered by Foreign Billionaires to Bring About … One alarmingly frank quote says: “SCL/Cambridge Analytica was not …

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Late-night hosts blast Trump’s Fox interview: ‘He obviously has a terrible concussion’ 

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Comics including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, addressed Trump’s call with the widow of a fallen soldier and the GOP’s tax reform plan

Late-night hosts on Monday discussed Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with congresswoman Frederica Wilson, the GOP’s plan for tax reform, and Trump’s false statement that he is allowing previously unreleased files about the JFK assassination to be made public.

“This weekend, the president sat down with Fox News host and salon haircut photo number seven, Maria Bartiromo, and Maria immediately held Trump’s feet to the fire to make sure they were nice and cozy,” began Stephen Colbert. The host then showed footage from Bartiromo’s interview with the president, in which she begins by crediting him for the stock market boom.

Related: Trevor Noah: ‘If you work for Trump, find a new job or stock up on adult diapers’

Related: Trump bickers with soldier’s widow over condolence call

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12:18 PM 10/25/2017 – UK Lawmakers Ask Facebook About Russian Influence in Brexit Vote – New York Times

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UK Lawmakers Ask Facebook About Russian Influence in Brexit Vote – New York Times
Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash – New York Times
Congress is turning Russia investigations into a partisan mess – Salon – Salon
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJ – ABC News
Mueller’s Russia investigation: What to know | Fox News – Fox News
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier … – Washington Post
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia Probe Just Blew Up – Mother Jones
Courting Democratic Ire, Republicans Open New Obama-Era Inquiries – New York Times
Trump offer to pay Russia probe legal bills for aides is a terrible idea – USA TODAY
The Clinton camp and DNC funded what became the Trump-Russia dossier: Here’s what it means – Washington Post
Trump Was Showered With Russian Flags by a Protester Shouting ‘Treason,’ Video Shows – Newsweek
Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch – NPR
Congress opens probe into FBI’s handling of Clinton e-mail investigation – Ars Technica
Just Security: The Early Edition: October 24, 2017
2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: MPs are reportedly going to demand Facebook reveals details of alleged Russian meddling in the Brexit vote – Business Insider
1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): putin won US 2016 election – Google News: I’m ‘sick and tired’ of how US views Russia, says CEO of Russia’s second-largest bank – CNBC
What Is Money-Laundering? And Why Does It Matter To Robert Mueller? – NPR
Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped. – New York Times
Trump’s Re-Election Edge Is Greatly Exaggerated – Bloomberg
Trump Plans To Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs For Russia Probes – LEX18 Lexington KY News
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – CNN
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – NBC Montana
Who is Tony Podesta? Russia Probe Investigating Brother of Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair – Newsweek
Why Robert Mueller May Be the Last Hope to Link Trumpworld to Russia – Vanity Fair
Hillary’s Circle: John Podesta’s Brother is Being Investigated by the Special Counsel – Townhall

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How emotion trumps rationality in the world of Trump – Toronto Star
The dark arts of international lobbyists and spin doctors are infecting Africa’s politics – Quartz
The Conservatives have a mountain to climb to challenge Labour’s social media dominance – Slugger O’Toole
Exclusive interview: Hillary Clinton on where it all went wrong – The Times
UK Lawmakers Ask Facebook About Russian Influence in Brexit Vote – New York Times
Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash – New York Times
Congress is turning Russia investigations into a partisan mess – Salon – Salon
Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJ – ABC News
Mueller’s Russia investigation: What to know | Fox News – Fox News
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier … – Washington Post
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia Probe Just Blew Up – Mother Jones
Courting Democratic Ire, Republicans Open New Obama-Era Inquiries – New York Times
Trump offer to pay Russia probe legal bills for aides is a terrible idea – USA TODAY
The Clinton camp and DNC funded what became the Trump-Russia dossier: Here’s what it means – Washington Post
Trump Was Showered With Russian Flags by a Protester Shouting ‘Treason,’ Video Shows – Newsweek
Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch – NPR
Congress opens probe into FBI’s handling of Clinton e-mail investigation – Ars Technica
Just Security: The Early Edition: October 24, 2017
2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: MPs are reportedly going to demand Facebook reveals details of alleged Russian meddling in the Brexit vote – Business Insider
1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): putin won US 2016 election – Google News: I’m ‘sick and tired’ of how US views Russia, says CEO of Russia’s second-largest bank – CNBC
What Is Money-Laundering? And Why Does It Matter To Robert Mueller? – NPR
Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped. – New York Times
Trump’s Re-Election Edge Is Greatly Exaggerated – Bloomberg
Trump Plans To Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs For Russia Probes – LEX18 Lexington KY News
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – CNN

 

Saved Stories – Trump Investigations
How emotion trumps rationality in the world of Trump – Toronto Star

How emotion trumps rationality in the world of Trump
Toronto Star
News reports allege that Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, received a crash course in Facebook’s marketing strategies when the Trump campaign realized it could use social media to target susceptible, undecided voters in order to sway the 

The dark arts of international lobbyists and spin doctors are infecting Africa’s politics – Quartz


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The dark arts of international lobbyists and spin doctors are infecting Africa’s politics
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Contracted by Oakbay Capital, a company owned by the controversial Gupta brothers, associates of president Zuma, Bell Pottinger furtively sparked anger in society via local media and social media around the caustic buzzwords white monopoly capital 

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The Conservatives have a mountain to climb to challenge Labour’s social media dominance – Slugger O’Toole


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The Conservatives have a mountain to climb to challenge Labour’s social media dominance
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The social media campaign has become key to electoral success in Western democracies, and it is in this arena where Labour absolutely crushed the Conservatives. To demonstrate this, I downloaded data from …. This is in contrast to theCambridge 

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Exclusive interview: Hillary Clinton on where it all went wrong – The Times


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Exclusive interview: Hillary Clinton on where it all went wrong
The Times
The forces blamed in the book include misogyny whipped up by Trump, the American electoral college system (which meant she got 3m more votes than Trump, yet still lost), the spreading of fake news through social media as well as other interference by 

UK Lawmakers Ask Facebook About Russian Influence in Brexit Vote – New York Times


New York Times
UK Lawmakers Ask Facebook About Russian Influence in Brexit Vote
New York Times
Facebook has acknowledged that Russian agents covertly bought advertising on its platform in an effort to swing the 2016presidential election in favor of Mr. Trump. The company said in September that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russian-linked 

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Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash – New York Times


New York Times
Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash
New York Times
All three committees looking into Russian interference one in the House, two in the Senate have run into problems, from insufficient staffing to fights over when the committees should wrap up their investigations. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s

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Congress is turning Russia investigations into a partisan mess – Salon – Salon


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Congress is turning Russia investigations into a partisan mess – Salon
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Instead of dealing openly and honestly, and looking into how Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign in order to get President Donald …

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Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJ – ABC News


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Republicans open investigations into Clinton uranium deal and Obama DOJ
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced the investigation into a uranium deal, negotiated by the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that involved Russia in light of several new reports on
House Republicans investigating Obama-era uranium dealCNN
House GOP leaders launch new investigations into Clinton, RussiaLas Vegas Review-Journal
Democrats denounce new Hillary Clinton email probe as ‘massive diversion’ from Trump-Russia investigationThe Independent
USA TODAY –Los Angeles Times –BBC News –The Hill
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Mueller’s Russia investigation: What to know | Fox News – Fox News


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Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier … – Washington Post


Washington Post
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier …
Washington Post
The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about …
Dossier fight could be first legal test for Hill Russia probesPolitico
Republicans on House’s Trump-Russia Probe Not That Interested in Trump or RussiaDaily Beast

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The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia Probe Just Blew Up – Mother Jones


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The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia Probe Just Blew Up
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Judiciary’s Russia investigation is the latest congressional probe to stall out over GOP efforts to pursue matters Democrats see as gambits to distract or provide cover for the Trump administration. The partisan sparring within the committees looking 

Courting Democratic Ire, Republicans Open New Obama-Era Inquiries – New York Times


New York Times
Courting Democratic Ire, Republicans Open New Obama-Era Inquiries
New York Times
Mr. Nunes said his investigation would focus on how the Obama administration handled the uranium agreement in 2010, when Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom, was allowed to acquire Uranium One, a company that owned access to significant …

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Trump offer to pay Russia probe legal bills for aides is a terrible idea – USA TODAY


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Trump offer to pay Russia probe legal bills for aides is a terrible idea
USA TODAY
President Trump’s reported pledge of $430,000 to help White House and campaign staffers pay for legal costs associated with the Russia investigation is an ethics minefield. Because the president himself is under investigation, such a gift risks 

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The Clinton camp and DNC funded what became the Trump-Russia dossier: Here’s what it means – Washington Post


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The Clinton camp and DNC funded what became the Trump-Russia dossier: Here’s what it means
Washington Post
The Washington Post broke the story Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped pay for that now-famous dossier of research on President Trump. The Post’s Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett and Rosalind S.
Clinton Campaign and Democratic Party Helped Pay for Russia Trump DossierNew York Times
Trump-Russia dossier research was originally funded by the Clinton campaign and the DNCCNBC
The Trump dossier was Clinton’s dirtiest political trickNew York Post
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Trump Was Showered With Russian Flags by a Protester Shouting ‘Treason,’ Video Shows – Newsweek


Newsweek
Trump Was Showered With Russian Flags by a Protester Shouting ‘Treason,’ Video Shows
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The incident came as Trump deals with the investigation into his campaign’s alleged links to Russia, as well as the Trump administration blowing past a deadline to sanction Russians over meddling in last year’s election. Trump has repeatedly been

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Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch – NPR


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Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch
NPR
President Trump was met by a protester who threw Russian flags at him and chanted “Trump is treason!” as he arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Senate Republicans to pass tax cuts. While the president was entering the weekly GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, …
Protester Throws Russian Flags at Trump Inside CapitolNBCNews.com
Protester throws Russian flags at President Donald Trump before Capitol Hill lunchABC News
Protester Throws Russian Flags at Trump: ‘Treason!’Daily Beast
Fox News –Bloomberg –The Week Magazine
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Congress opens probe into FBI’s handling of Clinton e-mail investigation – Ars Technica


Ars Technica
Congress opens probe into FBI’s handling of Clinton e-mail investigation
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The Justice Department is also investigating the FBI’s pre-election handling of the Clinton e-mail probe. In July, then-FBI … FBI’s decision to notify Congress by formal letter of the status of the investigation both in October and November of 2016 

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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. Heres todays news.

NIGER

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford provided further details about the Oct. 4 attack in Niger on U.S. Special Forces members yesterday, revising the timeline of the attack and the response, and raising questions about the U.S. operation and its support structures. Ben Kesling reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. military did not call for support from French forces for about an hour after the attack took place and it took the French another hour for their fighter jets to arrive. Dan Lamothe reports at the Washington Post, setting out other issues that have created questions, including the length of time it took to recover the body of Sgt. La David Johnson.

We owe the families as much information as we can find out about what happened, and we owe the American people an explanation, Gen. Dunford said yesterday, pledging to be forthcoming about information amid a perception that the Department of Defense needs to do better to inform Congress about the incident. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The soldiers were ambushed by terrorists tipped off by residents sympathetic to local Islamic State affiliates, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter, Gen. Dunford did not address the emerging theory when briefing reporters yesterday. Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee and Ken Dilanian report at NBC News.

Congress must have an updated authorization for the use of military force, Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-Ariz.) said yesterday, telling reporters that he has been working with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) on a proposal, McCain also telling reporters that congress expects more information about the Niger attack. Elana Schor and Connor OBrien report at POLITICO.

The Oct. 4 ambush draws attention to the U.S.s role in Niger and other African countries, and prompted questions about authorization for military action, the U.S.s impact in the fight against jihadist insurgency in the Sahel region and the Trump administrations Africa policy. Ishaan Tharoor provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

The potential for the U.S. military to become entrenched in Niger and the Sahel region may mirror U.S. involvement in the Middle East; to help avoid a quagmire the U.S. should devise a strategy that understands the dynamics of power and the grievances that allow terrorist groups to thrive. Max Bearak writes at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The final phase of the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria is in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) and Russia- and Iran-backed Syrian government forces are fighting based on competing agendas and civilians are fleeing the city of Deir al-Zour. Nick Paton Walsh, Salma Abdelaziz and Naz Sayed report at the CNN.

The U.S.-led coalition today denied striking Deir al-Zour city after the Syrian army accused the coalition jets of killing civilians yesterday, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 22 people were killed but it was unclear who was responsible. Reuters reports.

A mass killing of civilians in the Syrian town of Qarytayan in Homs province was carried out by retreating Islamic State militants as they were driven out by pro-government forces, Syrian state media reported yesterday, demonstrating the terrorist groups ability to inflict damage and harm civilians even as it loses most of its territory. Anne Barnard reports at the New York Times.

Less than five percent of Syria remains under the control of the Islamic State group, Russias Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said yesterday, the AP reports.

Turkeys military operation in the northwest Idlib province has largely been completed, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said today, Reuters reporting.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote today on extending the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (J.I.M.) looking at responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the U.N.-sponsored resolution has the strong support of U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, however the Russian ambassador has criticized the investigation. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

The pro-Syrian government forces siege of the capital of Damascus and its surrounding suburbs has worsened the humanitarian crisis, leading to children dying of malnourishment. Raja Abdulrahim reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Israels military activity in Syria has happened sporadically and is thought to be as a consequence of stray fire landing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, despite the exchange of fire, the possibility of a major escalation between Israel and Syria is unlikely. Zena Tahhan provides an analysis of Israels involvement at Al Jazeera.

The Free Syrian Army rebels have credited Iran for the success of the President Bashar al-Assads army, and Iran has been expanding its influence in Syria to serve its socioeconomic ambitions. Ali Younes and Shafik Mandhai explain at Al Jazeera.

What has the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State group accomplished and what does their impending defeat mean for the future? Stephen M. Walt provides an analysis at Foreign Policy.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out seven airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 22. Separately, partner forces conducted three strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

IRAQ

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received a chilly reception on his visit to Iraq to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday, Tillerson having made unfortunate comments about Iranian-backed militia members of the Population Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.) on Sunday, mistakenly stating that the militia are Iranian when they are Iraqi. Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

The P.M.F. should be encouraged because they will be the hope of the country and the region, Abadis office said yesterday, the BBC reports.

We have friends in Baghdad and friends in Erbil and we encourage all parties to enter into discussion, Tillerson said yesterday, referring to the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (K.R.G.) of Erbil and urging dialogue between the two U.S. allies who have been at loggerheads since last months controversial Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum. Jonathan Landay and Maher Chmaytelli report at Reuters.

The K.R.G. accused Iraqi federal forces of launching an attack south of a Kurdish oil export pipeline today toward the border with Turkey, the Baghdad government responded that there are no clashes taking place, Reuters reporting.

We call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease its military aggression and withdraw from all territories, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said yesterday, expressing concern about the dangerous deployment of Iraqi federal forces near the border of the Kurdish region. Al Jazeera reports.

AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. is looking to engage with the more moderate voices among the Taliban who do not want to continue to fight forever, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, stating that the fight against the Taliban must continue but there would be a place for the Taliban in government if they renounce terrorism and violence and commit to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

If America genuinely wants a peaceful settlement of the crisis then it needs to pull out its troops and end the occupation, the Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Majid said yesterday in response to Tillersons suggestion that some Taliban fighters would be willing to give up fighting. Antonio Olivo and Carole Morello report at the Washington Post.

Pakistans cooperation is essential for defeating the Taliban, Tillerson said yesterday, saying that the U.S. has made some very specific requests to Pakistan to curb support for the militant group. Paul Sonne and Craig Nelson report at the Wall Street Journal.

A feature on the notorious former al-Qaeda and Taliban ally Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who has returned to Kabul to call for unity, is provided by Sune Engel Rasmussen at the Guardian.

NORTH KOREA

The threat posed by North Korea has reached an unprecedented, critical and imminent level, Japans Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his U.S. and South Korean counterparts yesterday at a tripartite meeting, reiterating Japans support for the U.S. position that all options are on the table to deal with the Pyongyang regime. Gordon Lubold reports at the Wall Street Journal.

President Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea when he visits China next month, a senior White House official said yesterday. Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick report at Reuters.

The U.S., South Korea and Japan began a two-day missile tracking drill today off the coasts of South Korea and Japan to prepare for any nuclear or missile threats from North Korea. Reuters reports.

Trump should lower the volume of rhetoric on North Korea, the former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday, saying that the administration should focus on developing both our strength and capacity in the region, Ellen Mitchell reporting at the Hill.

Trump has been boosted by Abes decisive re-election as Abe has been a strong ally of Trump and supports his aggressive approach to North Korea. James Griffiths explains at CNN.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been aided by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the North Korean threat in his mission to change Japans pacifist constitution and Abes efforts to bolster Japans defense capabilities are moderate and long overdue. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

SOUTH SUDAN

The U.S. would continue to send aid to South Sudan despite the civil war and concerns about human rights abuses, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday, warning that South Sudan could become a breeding ground for extremism. The AP reports.

The Trump administration faces a difficult task dealing with the civil war in South Sudan, Kevin Sieff and Anne Gearan provide context to the conflict and the U.S.s role at the Washington Post.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

The U.S. would consider imposing targeted sanctions on those responsible for violence against Myanmars Rohingya Muslim minority, the State Department said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis trip to the Philippines today comes at an opportune time due to the recent defeat of Islamic State affiliates in the Philippine city of Marawi with the help from the U.S. military, however it also poses challenges as the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has embarked on a campaign to cultivate ties with Russia and China. Phil Stewart and Manuel Mogato explain at Reuters.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Russias state R.T. news outlet has utilized social media to distribute content, and the news organization which has been labeled the Kremlins principal international propaganda outlet by federal intelligence officials has had an extensive reach and its relationship with YouTube is drawing closer scrutiny as part of the investigation into Russian interference in U.S. politics. Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nicholas Confessore report at the New York Times.

Trumps personal lawyer and associate Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee today in a private session as part of the committees investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. NBC News reports.

Russian troll farms were partly located on U.S. soil, Katie Zavadski, Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman reveal at The Daily Beast.

The efficacy of Facebooks fact-checking should be questioned and we should be cautious about placing too much trust in a private algorithm, Brendan Nyhan writes at the New York Times.

SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL

Trumps comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his military base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban soon after, has delayed sentencing proceedings, the president having made disparaging remarks about the sergeant. Morgan Radford and Corky Siemaszko report at NBC News.

The military judge presiding over Bergdahls sentencing yesterday expressed concern about perception of fairness in light of the presidents comments, Jonathan Drew reports at the AP.

A summary of Bergdahls circumstances and the legal battles over his case and sentencing is provided by Richard A. Oppel Jr. at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Several U.S. government employees will be sent back to their posts in Venezuela after they were withdrawn in July amid unrest and anti-government protests, the AP reports.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal would survive in spite of the U.S. decision not to certify Irans compliance with the agreement, the U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said yesterday, Reuters reporting.  

The Gulf crisis could see more complications, Kuwaits ruler Sheikh Sabad Al Ahmad Al Sabah warned today, saying that the crisis which began on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain isolated Qatar due to its alleged support for terrorism and ties to Iran will have a negative effect regionally and internationally. The AP reports.

The founder of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky has ruled out moving the cybersecurity firm away from Russia to temper U.S. concerns about the software being used for Russian espionage, Kaspersky saying yesterday that he could not change his origin or his companys foundation. Joe Uchill reports at the Hill.

Chinas President Xi Jinping has been elevated to the level of Chairman Mao Zedong, representing Xis tight grip on power and unassailable position in the Communist Party hierarchy. The BBC reports.

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As the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s victory fast approaches, any hope that the three congressional committees tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election will determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin—or will surface any substantive findings—has begun to dissipate amid staffing issues, partisan quibbles, and continued starts and stops. Even lawmakers have conceded that if any investigation will uncover a definitive conclusion, it will be Robert Mueller’s deepening F.B.I. probe. “There’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the collusion question during a recent interview. “He’s got the ability to use a grand jury. He’s got the ability to use the power of subpoena without question. And he’s got the ability to do a criminal investigation.”

The morass has been most evident among the House Intelligence Committee, where the partisan divide is, arguably, the deepest. Earlier this year, tensions between the panel’s chairman, Devin Nunes, and its ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, spilled into the open when it was revealed that Nunes received classified information from the White House, which he subsequently showed to Trump—a move that forced him to abdicate his leadership position. But the intelligence committee has struggled to get back on track. The New York Times reports that Democrats are frustrated with Nunes’s continued meddling in the probe. “Frankly, I have been doing everything I can to try to get us to do a credible investigation and to reach a common conclusion,” Schiff, who himself has drawn criticism for his frequent media appearances, said. “I view these things as obstacles that are in the way to overcome, and I am doing my best to overcome them almost daily.”

Nunes’s successors haven’t fared much better. Trey Gowdy, who along with K. Michael Conaway of Texas and Tom Rooney of Florida took control of the panel from Nunes, irked his Democratic counterparts when he said that Jared Kushner was in an “unwinnable” situation, suggesting he was being unfairly targeted. “Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” Gowdy, who rose to prominence during the Benghazi hearings, told the Times. “The notion that one side is playing the part of defense attorney and that the other side is just these white hat defenders of the truth is laughable.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has managed to maintain more amity between members. But while its chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner have projected a professionalism absent in the House, both lawmakers have expressed doubts that they will deliver a clear-cut conclusion. “At the end of the day, what we owe the American people is the truth,” Warner said during an interview on Thursday, the Times reports. “And if there’s something there, then they should know that. And if there’s not something there, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that.” Burr told reporters that they “hit a wall” in its investigation into the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and that any hope that the Senate investigation would surface criminal charges was misguided. “The special counsel is focused on criminal acts; we’re not focused on criminal acts,” he said. “If we find one, then they’re the first phone call we make.”

The third congressional committee investigating the Russian interference, the Judiciary Committee, has been similarly plagued by starts and stops in its probe. As the Times reports, its chairman Chuck Grassley agreed to dig into former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s ouster, among other angles of the Russian interference, but since interviewing Donald Trump Jr., the committee’s work has stalled. An earlier attempt by the panel to interview Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was derailed after Mueller’s team reportedly informed the longtime political operative that he would face an indictment, leading to the postponement of his hearing. (Manafort has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.)

That leaves the Justice Department to close the case, such as it is. Mueller’s investigation has continued apace, with NBC News reporting Monday that Tony Podesta (brother of longtime Clinton aide John Podesta) and his lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, are the latest subjects of the F.B.I. investigation. The Podesta Group worked on a campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a nonprofit tied to Manafort that sought to promote Ukrainian interests in the West. According to NBC News, the Podesta Group is under criminal investigation for potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under which individuals lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or political party must disclose their work to the Justice Department. (In a statement, a spokesperson for the firm said it is “cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times—and we did so in this case.”) Manafort has become a key figure in Mueller’s investigation, indicating either that that special prosecutor sees him as a lynchpin in the case, or as the Trumpworld insider most likely to flip and become a cooperating witness.

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As the probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election continues, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a key Democratic lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his lobbying firm are now a subject in Mueller’s investigations because of the Podesta Group’s work on Paul Manafort’s PR campaign for a Ukrainian group.

Manafort is President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who has found himself at the center of the investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election because of his financial dealings and lobbying work with Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials.

Despite some opposition to Mueller’s probe from Republicans, Trump apparently isn’t “discussing” firing him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mueller should be able to “do his job.”

Mueller, 73, reportedly impaneled a grand jury earlier in August as part of his examination. Read on for a brief rundown on his investigation so far.

Appointment

The Department of Justice announced the appointment of Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on May 17.

FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The appointment came after a growing cry – mostly from Democrats – mounted for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the probe. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

TRUMP AND THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: WHAT TO KNOW

Mueller led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties.

He has the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during his investigation, and he was given wide authority to investigate whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Mueller allegedly expanded the probe to include investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were “ridiculous” and said Mueller’s friendship with Comey was “very bothersome.”

Mueller has also reportedly taken over an ongoing investigation into Manafort’s financial dealings in Ukraine. The FBI executed a search warrant in August at the Virginia home of Manafort, who – prior to joining Trump’s campaign – worked with a Russia-backed Ukrainian president.


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As the probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election continues, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a key Democratic lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his lobbying firm are now a subject in Mueller’s investigations because of the Podesta Group’s work on Paul Manafort’s PR campaign for a Ukrainian group.

Manafort is President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who has found himself at the center of the investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election because of his financial dealings and lobbying work with Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials.

Despite some opposition to Mueller’s probe from Republicans, Trump apparently isn’t “discussing” firing him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mueller should be able to “do his job.”

Mueller, 73, reportedly impaneled a grand jury earlier in August as part of his examination. Read on for a brief rundown on his investigation so far.

Appointment

The Department of Justice announced the appointment of Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on May 17.

FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The appointment came after a growing cry – mostly from Democrats – mounted for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the probe. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

TRUMP AND THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: WHAT TO KNOW

Mueller led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties.

He has the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during his investigation, and he was given wide authority to investigate whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Mueller allegedly expanded the probe to include investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were “ridiculous” and said Mueller’s friendship with Comey was “very bothersome.”

Mueller has also reportedly taken over an ongoing investigation into Manafort’s financial dealings in Ukraine. The FBI executed a search warrant in August at the Virginia home of Manafort, who – prior to joining Trump’s campaign – worked with a Russia-backed Ukrainian president.

Staffing controversy

The Trump administration heavily criticized Mueller’s investigation as several of his attorneys on staff donated to Democratic campaigns, including to Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.

“They clearly wanted the other person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them in one way or another remains to be seen, but it is relevant information for people to have,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” in July.

Grand jury

Mueller kicked off August by reportedly impaneling a grand jury to investigate Russia’s influence – an indication that the probe is entering a new phase.

A grand jury gives prosecutors the ability to subpoena documents and gather on-the-record witness testimonies. Indictments can also be sought.

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Grand juries are common vehicles to gather evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

Trump’s comments

Trump has dismissed the allegations of collusion with Russia as a “fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one…”

– President Donald Trump

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve,” Trump said at a rally in West Virginia earlier this year.

The president also warned Mueller to stay within certain boundaries as he investigates.

But Conway told Fox News that the Trump administration is not “discussing” firing Mueller and will cooperate with the investigation.

She contended that while the Russia probe is a “witch hunt” and “fake,” Trump “has not even discussed” nor is “discussing” sacking Mueller.

Trump and Mueller have also sent messages “back and forth,” according to Trump’s outside counsel. A spokesman for Mueller told Fox News that the messages have been “very professional.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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Just Security: The Early Edition: October 24, 2017

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

NIGER

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford provided further details about the Oct. 4 attack in Niger on U.S. Special Forces members yesterday, revising the timeline of the attack and the response, and raising questions about the U.S. operation and its support structures. Ben Kesling reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. military did not call for support from French forces for about an hour after the attack took place and it took the French another hour for their fighter jets to arrive. Dan Lamothe reports at the Washington Post, setting out other issues that have created questions, including the length of time it took to recover the body of Sgt. La David Johnson.

We owe the families as much information as we can find out about what happened, and we owe the American people an explanation, Gen. Dunford said yesterday, pledging to be forthcoming about information amid a perception that the Department of Defense needs to do better to inform Congress about the incident. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The soldiers were ambushed by terrorists tipped off by residents sympathetic to local Islamic State affiliates, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter, Gen. Dunford did not address the emerging theory when briefing reporters yesterday. Courtney Kube, Carol E. Lee and Ken Dilanian report at NBC News.

Congress must have an updated authorization for the use of military force, Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-Ariz.) said yesterday, telling reporters that he has been working with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) on a proposal, McCain also telling reporters that congress expects more information about the Niger attack. Elana Schor and Connor OBrien report at POLITICO.

The Oct. 4 ambush draws attention to the U.S.s role in Niger and other African countries, and prompted questions about authorization for military action, the U.S.s impact in the fight against jihadist insurgency in the Sahel region and the Trump administrations Africa policy. Ishaan Tharoor provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

The potential for the U.S. military to become entrenched in Niger and the Sahel region may mirror U.S. involvement in the Middle East; to help avoid a quagmire the U.S. should devise a strategy that understands the dynamics of power and the grievances that allow terrorist groups to thrive. Max Bearak writes at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The final phase of the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria is in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour where the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) and Russia- and Iran-backed Syrian government forces are fighting based on competing agendas and civilians are fleeing the city of Deir al-Zour. Nick Paton Walsh, Salma Abdelaziz and Naz Sayed report at the CNN.

The U.S.-led coalition today denied striking Deir al-Zour city after the Syrian army accused the coalition jets of killing civilians yesterday, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 22 people were killed but it was unclear who was responsible. Reuters reports.

A mass killing of civilians in the Syrian town of Qarytayan in Homs province was carried out by retreating Islamic State militants as they were driven out by pro-government forces, Syrian state media reported yesterday, demonstrating the terrorist groups ability to inflict damage and harm civilians even as it loses most of its territory. Anne Barnard reports at the New York Times.

Less than five percent of Syria remains under the control of the Islamic State group, Russias Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said yesterday, the AP reports.

Turkeys military operation in the northwest Idlib province has largely been completed, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said today, Reuters reporting.

The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote today on extending the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (J.I.M.) looking at responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the U.N.-sponsored resolution has the strong support of U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, however the Russian ambassador has criticized the investigation. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

The pro-Syrian government forces siege of the capital of Damascus and its surrounding suburbs has worsened the humanitarian crisis, leading to children dying of malnourishment. Raja Abdulrahim reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Israels military activity in Syria has happened sporadically and is thought to be as a consequence of stray fire landing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, despite the exchange of fire, the possibility of a major escalation between Israel and Syria is unlikely. Zena Tahhan provides an analysis of Israels involvement at Al Jazeera.

The Free Syrian Army rebels have credited Iran for the success of the President Bashar al-Assads army, and Iran has been expanding its influence in Syria to serve its socioeconomic ambitions. Ali Younes and Shafik Mandhai explain at Al Jazeera.

What has the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State group accomplished and what does their impending defeat mean for the future? Stephen M. Walt provides an analysis at Foreign Policy.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out seven airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 22. Separately, partner forces conducted three strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

IRAQ

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received a chilly reception on his visit to Iraq to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday, Tillerson having made unfortunate comments about Iranian-backed militia members of the Population Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.) on Sunday, mistakenly stating that the militia are Iranian when they are Iraqi. Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

The P.M.F. should be encouraged because they will be the hope of the country and the region, Abadis office said yesterday, the BBC reports.

We have friends in Baghdad and friends in Erbil and we encourage all parties to enter into discussion, Tillerson said yesterday, referring to the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (K.R.G.) of Erbil and urging dialogue between the two U.S. allies who have been at loggerheads since last months controversial Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum. Jonathan Landay and Maher Chmaytelli report at Reuters.

The K.R.G. accused Iraqi federal forces of launching an attack south of a Kurdish oil export pipeline today toward the border with Turkey, the Baghdad government responded that there are no clashes taking place, Reuters reporting.

We call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease its military aggression and withdraw from all territories, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said yesterday, expressing concern about the dangerous deployment of Iraqi federal forces near the border of the Kurdish region. Al Jazeera reports.

AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. is looking to engage with the more moderate voices among the Taliban who do not want to continue to fight forever, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, stating that the fight against the Taliban must continue but there would be a place for the Taliban in government if they renounce terrorism and violence and commit to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

If America genuinely wants a peaceful settlement of the crisis then it needs to pull out its troops and end the occupation, the Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Majid said yesterday in response to Tillersons suggestion that some Taliban fighters would be willing to give up fighting. Antonio Olivo and Carole Morello report at the Washington Post.

Pakistans cooperation is essential for defeating the Taliban, Tillerson said yesterday, saying that the U.S. has made some very specific requests to Pakistan to curb support for the militant group. Paul Sonne and Craig Nelson report at the Wall Street Journal.

A feature on the notorious former al-Qaeda and Taliban ally Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who has returned to Kabul to call for unity, is provided by Sune Engel Rasmussen at the Guardian.

NORTH KOREA

The threat posed by North Korea has reached an unprecedented, critical and imminent level, Japans Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his U.S. and South Korean counterparts yesterday at a tripartite meeting, reiterating Japans support for the U.S. position that all options are on the table to deal with the Pyongyang regime. Gordon Lubold reports at the Wall Street Journal.

President Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions against North Korea when he visits China next month, a senior White House official said yesterday. Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick report at Reuters.

The U.S., South Korea and Japan began a two-day missile tracking drill today off the coasts of South Korea and Japan to prepare for any nuclear or missile threats from North Korea. Reuters reports.

Trump should lower the volume of rhetoric on North Korea, the former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday, saying that the administration should focus on developing both our strength and capacity in the region, Ellen Mitchell reporting at the Hill.

Trump has been boosted by Abes decisive re-election as Abe has been a strong ally of Trump and supports his aggressive approach to North Korea. James Griffiths explains at CNN.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been aided by Chinese President Xi Jinping and the North Korean threat in his mission to change Japans pacifist constitution and Abes efforts to bolster Japans defense capabilities are moderate and long overdue. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

SOUTH SUDAN

The U.S. would continue to send aid to South Sudan despite the civil war and concerns about human rights abuses, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday, warning that South Sudan could become a breeding ground for extremism. The AP reports.

The Trump administration faces a difficult task dealing with the civil war in South Sudan, Kevin Sieff and Anne Gearan provide context to the conflict and the U.S.s role at the Washington Post.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

The U.S. would consider imposing targeted sanctions on those responsible for violence against Myanmars Rohingya Muslim minority, the State Department said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis trip to the Philippines today comes at an opportune time due to the recent defeat of Islamic State affiliates in the Philippine city of Marawi with the help from the U.S. military, however it also poses challenges as the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has embarked on a campaign to cultivate ties with Russia and China. Phil Stewart and Manuel Mogato explain at Reuters.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Russias state R.T. news outlet has utilized social media to distribute content, and the news organization which has been labeled the Kremlins principal international propaganda outlet by federal intelligence officials has had an extensive reach and its relationship with YouTube is drawing closer scrutiny as part of the investigation into Russian interference in U.S. politics. Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nicholas Confessore report at the New York Times.

Trumps personal lawyer and associate Michael Cohen is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee today in a private session as part of the committees investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. NBC News reports.

Russian troll farms were partly located on U.S. soil, Katie Zavadski, Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman reveal at The Daily Beast.

The efficacy of Facebooks fact-checking should be questioned and we should be cautious about placing too much trust in a private algorithm, Brendan Nyhan writes at the New York Times.

SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL

Trumps comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his military base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban soon after, has delayed sentencing proceedings, the president having made disparaging remarks about the sergeant. Morgan Radford and Corky Siemaszko report at NBC News.

The military judge presiding over Bergdahls sentencing yesterday expressed concern about perception of fairness in light of the presidents comments, Jonathan Drew reports at the AP.

A summary of Bergdahls circumstances and the legal battles over his case and sentencing is provided by Richard A. Oppel Jr. at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Several U.S. government employees will be sent back to their posts in Venezuela after they were withdrawn in July amid unrest and anti-government protests, the AP reports.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal would survive in spite of the U.S. decision not to certify Irans compliance with the agreement, the U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said yesterday, Reuters reporting.  

The Gulf crisis could see more complications, Kuwaits ruler Sheikh Sabad Al Ahmad Al Sabah warned today, saying that the crisis which began on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain isolated Qatar due to its alleged support for terrorism and ties to Iran will have a negative effect regionally and internationally. The AP reports.

The founder of Kaspersky Lab Eugene Kaspersky has ruled out moving the cybersecurity firm away from Russia to temper U.S. concerns about the software being used for Russian espionage, Kaspersky saying yesterday that he could not change his origin or his companys foundation. Joe Uchill reports at the Hill.

Chinas President Xi Jinping has been elevated to the level of Chairman Mao Zedong, representing Xis tight grip on power and unassailable position in the Communist Party hierarchy. The BBC reports.

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This investigation is thoroughly professional. It is diving deeply into any evidence of collusion between Trump operatives and the Russians in the 2016 campaign; into any possible obstruction of justice of the investigation by the president this year 

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Several congressional investigations and an executive branch investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller continue to examine Russian influence in the 2016 election and allegations of coordination with Russia by Trump’s associates. Graham 

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