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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Late-night TV hosts: Trump’s Fox News interview ‘a full-blown rubdown’
Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Sebastian Gorka – Google News: ‘You Better Watch Out, Mitch’: Gorka Warns McConnell About Challenging Bannon – Fox News Insider
Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News: Russia’s worrisome push to control cyberspace – The Keene Sentinel
trump electorate – Google News: EJ Dionne: Republicans aren’t ready to quit Trump – The Saratogian
trump under federal investigation – Google News: Lawmakers demand investigation into no-bid contract between Puerto Rico and Trump-connected company – ThinkProgress
trump and intelligence community – Google News: Trump tries to take Russia collusion heat off himself by pointing the finger at Clinton over dossier, uranium deal – New York Daily News
Donald Trump: ‘The Daily Show’ Slams Trump’s Careful Wording On The Opioid Crisis
As Russia probe gains steam, remember why Putin hated Clinton and supported Trump – The Hill
Trump Investigations Report: 12:52 PM 10/27/2017 Trump administration on Thursday moved to begin implementing new congressionally mandated sanctions on Russia,
Nothing new about fake news – Open Democracy
Trump anxiety – Google News: Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency; critics say plan falls short – Washington Post
Comey resignation – Google News: An obsession of mine’: How Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat’ was unmasked – WBIR-TV
trump investigated by the fbi – Google News: JFK files: Feds release 2800 secret records; Trump withholds others due to national security concerns – USA TODAY
Infighting plagues Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia investigation – ABC News
trump and intelligence community – Google News: Exclusive: In Hill interviews, top Dems denied knowledge of payments to firm behind Trump dossier – CNN
trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Clinton, DNC Illegally Hid Bankrolling Fake Trump Dossier – The New American
Palmer Report: Expert: Robert Mueller to drop the hammer on Donald Trump within weeks

 

Saved Stories – Trump Investigations
Are Republicans Trying to Shortchange the Russia Investigations? – Vanity Fair
 


Vanity Fair
Are Republicans Trying to Shortchange the Russia Investigations?
Vanity Fair
In recent weeks, both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee have expressed doubts that they will reach a clear-cut conclusion, conceding that Robert Mueller’s F.B.I. investigation is more likely to yield such results. Despite
Republicans are winding down their Russia probes without tackling the big questionThe Week Magazine
House Republicans growing impatient with Russia probeThe Hillall 3 news articles »

trump russian ties – Google News: Trump administration belatedly takes step toward new Russia sanctions – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
Trump administration belatedly takes step toward new Russia sanctions
Los Angeles Times
In early August, after considerable delay, Trump signed into law a measure that required the new sanctions, which target individuals with ties to Russian defense and intelligence agencies. Under the law, companies that do business with those 
The Trump administration is delaying Russia sanctions that Congress demandedVoxall 63 news articles »

 trump russian ties – Google News

Trump FBI file – Google News: The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info – FiveThirtyEight
 


FiveThirtyEight
The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info
FiveThirtyEight
Every year, the FBI releases a report that is considered the gold standard for tracking crime statistics in the United States: the Crime in the United States report, a collection of crime statistics gathered from over 18,000 law-enforcement agencies in  

 Trump FBI file – Google News

Donald Trump | The Guardian: Late-night TV hosts: Trump’s Fox News interview ‘a full-blown rubdown’

Comics, including Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, discussed Trumps relationship with Fox News and the administrations response to the opioid epidemicLate-night on Thursday hosts addressed Donald Trumps interview with Fox News anchor Lou Dobbs, as well as the administrations response to the opioid epidemic.

Sometimes I feel sorry for Donald Trump, but not as often as he does, Stephen Colbert began. Hes always complaining about his media coverage. So last night, he just unplugged, got away from it all, and sat down for his 19th interview with Fox News. In this case, it was a full-blown rubdown from anchor and unrefrigerated Lou Dobbs, Lou Dobbs.

Related: Late-night hosts call Trump ‘the crazy old guy yelling on his front lawn’

Related: Trump declares health emergency over opioids but no new funds to help

Continue reading…

 Donald Trump | The Guardian

Trump FBI file – Google News: JFK Files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others – LA Daily News
 


LA Daily News
JFK Files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others
LA Daily News
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others. 

 Trump FBI file – Google News

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

Catalonias parliament declared independence Fridayreports the New York Times. Shortly afterward, the Spanish Senate voted 214-47 to invoke a provision of the Spanish constitution that gives the government authority to seize control of Catalonia and remove the regional leadership. This story is still developing.Four U.S. Army Special Forces who were killed in Niger earlier this month were separated from their team as militants ambushed themreports the Times. The new detail about the fatal incident during a train and assist mission further shifts the publics knowledge of the fatal incident that caught the public and members of Congress, who did not realize the extent of U.S. military operations in West Africa, by surprise. The White House said earlier this week that President Trump did not order the operation; he delegated the decision to the Pentagon. The Washington Post reports that on Thursday, Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, emerged from a closed briefing from the military saying he would give the Defense Department the 30 days it would need to conduct an investigation, but other senators said they expect more.

On Thursday, the National Archives began releasing more than 2,800 documents connected to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Times reports. The release was mandated by a 1992 law, but President Donald Trump retained the power to withhold certain documents for national security considerations. Though reports earlier in the week suggested that Trump would release all documents, against the advice of the National Security Council, the Post reports that he conceded on Thursday to requests from the FBI, CIA and other national security agencies to continue sequestering certain information about the assassination.

Twenty-six days behind schedule, the Trump administration on Thursday moved to begin implementing new congressionally mandated sanctions on Russia, the Wall Street Journal reports. The administration sent Congress a list of enterprises linked to the Russian defense and intelligence branchesa necessary step toward implementing sanctions that was due on Oct. 1 according to the bill that Trump signed into law in early August. Under that law, the sanctions must be executed by Jan. 29 of next year; the State Department says it will release the list of targets soon.

Twitter announced on Thursday that it will ban paid advertisements from accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. The company cited the intelligence communitys January assessment, which named RT and Sputnik as entities executing state-sponsored interference measures. But according to Wired, the changes may be more bark than bite: As of Oct. 2017, RT and Sputnik still have more than 2.65 million and 200,000 followers, respectively, leaving them significant audiences for organic content. The move comes as big tech firms are addressing propaganda efforts on their platforms in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. election. On Nov. 1, the general counsels of Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify in open session before the Senate intelligence committee at 9:30 a.m., then the House intelligence committee at 2:00 p.m.

Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Friday. The Times reports that details of the trip highlight Seouls vulnerability to attack; it took Mattis only 30 minutes to travel from the capital city to the border by helicopter, and his South Korean counterpart, Song Young-moo, emphasized the strength of the North Korean artillery and battalions stationed on the border. The visit comes as the Trump administration weighs its options for containing the threat from North Korea amid cycles of escalation between Washington and Pyongyang. Trump will visit Seoul next month. In a rare act of conciliation, North Korea agreed on Friday to return a South Korean fishing boat that it captured Saturday on the norths side of the maritime border to the east of the Korean peninsula.

Yanghee Lee, a U.N. human rights investigator, excoriated Nobel laureate and Myanmars leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, for her silence as the countrys military persecutes the Rohingya minority, the Times says. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been displaced; more than 600,000 have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, sparking a refugee and public health crisis. It has really baffled everyone, and has really baffled me, about Daw Aungs non-position on this issue. She has not ever recognized that there is such a people called Rohingyathats a very startling point, Lee told reporters at the U.N. on Thursday.

A U.N. report fingers the Syrian Air Force for the lethal chemical attack on April 4, reports the Times. That conclusion paints Russia, an ally of the government of Bashar al-Assad, in a dark light. The Russian government agreed in 2013 to ensure that the Assad regime destroyed all of its chemical weapons. The report also says that Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard poison in a Sept. 16, 2016 attack in Aleppo Province. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that a diplomatic solution to the Syria conflict will require that Assad and his family resign their leadership of the Syrian government, reports the Post.

Iraqi soldiers, aided by militias aligned with Iran, led an advance on Thursday to recover more Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Iraq, says the Post.

In parts of Afghanistan, violence has become so severe that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is closing clinics, according to the Post. In the past year, three ICRC employees have been abducted and seven killed, including one at a Red Cross facility. The ICRC has so far closed two offices in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. About 675,000  Afghans rely on those facilities; they may need to find another resource for food, water and medicine until the government or another aid organization can help.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Bobby Chesney noted a few legal questions to consider on the potential use of force in Niger against al-Mourabitoun.

Daniel Richman wrote about the changing landscape of encryption.

Benjamin Wittes posted this weeks episode of Rational Security: the How Many Elephants Make a Stampede? edition.

Bob Litt reminded readers that despite the current discussion surrounding the so-called Steele dossier, it did not play a role in the intelligence communitys assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

 

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Sebastian Gorka – Google News: ‘You Better Watch Out, Mitch’: Gorka Warns McConnell About Challenging Bannon – Fox News Insider
 


Fox News Insider
‘You Better Watch Out, Mitch’: Gorka Warns McConnell About Challenging Bannon
Fox News Insider
On “Fox & Friends” this morning, Sebastian Gorka said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other establishment Republicans should take Steve Bannon’s “war” on incumbent GOP lawmakers seriously. The big picture is that the spirit of …
Gorka Warns McConnell to ‘Watch Out’ for BannonNewsmaxall 39 news articles »

 Sebastian Gorka – Google News

Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News: Russia’s worrisome push to control cyberspace – The Keene Sentinel
 

Russia’s worrisome push to control cyberspace
The Keene Sentinel
Russia’s bid to rewrite global rules through the U.N. was matched by a personal pitch on cyber-cooperation in July from President Vladimir Putin to President Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg. Putin vehemently denied to Trump that Russiahad  

 Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News

trump electorate – Google News: EJ Dionne: Republicans aren’t ready to quit Trump – The Saratogian
 

EJ Dionne: Republicans aren’t ready to quit Trump
The Saratogian
… important new study by the Pew Research Center that helped explain Trump’s self-confidence. The report analyzed the United States’ political landscape and offered an updated typology of the key partisan and ideological groups in the American 

 trump electorate – Google News

trump under federal investigation – Google News: Lawmakers demand investigation into no-bid contract between Puerto Rico and Trump-connected company – ThinkProgress
 


ThinkProgress
Lawmakers demand investigation into no-bid contract between Puerto Rico and Trump-connected company
ThinkProgress
Whitefish Energy will get paid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), not Puerto Rico’s government, Bloomberg News reported Thursday. The contract with PREPA is among the biggest yet awarded in the wake of Hurricane Maria, …
Congressional committee asks for records of Whitefish Energy dealWashington Post
Whitefish Energy contract bars government from auditing dealThe Hillall 133 news articles »

 trump under federal investigation – Google News

trump and intelligence community – Google News: Trump tries to take Russia collusion heat off himself by pointing the finger at Clinton over dossier, uranium deal – New York Daily News
 


New York Daily News
Trump tries to take Russia collusion heat off himself by pointing the finger at Clinton over dossier, uranium deal
New York Daily News
In addition to the dossier and collusion allegations, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the intelligence community’s assesment that 
Wow: This Is How Much Time The Liberal Media Has Wasted On The Trump/Russia Collusion NonsenseTownhallall 728 news articles »

 trump and intelligence community – Google News

Donald Trump: ‘The Daily Show’ Slams Trump’s Careful Wording On The Opioid Crisis

Words are cheap without the funding to back them up.

 Donald Trump

As Russia probe gains steam, remember why Putin hated Clinton and supported Trump – The Hill
 


The Hill
As Russia probe gains steam, remember why Putin hated Clinton and supported Trump
The Hill
Clinton battled every Russian attempt to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe. Trump, the greatest political beneficiary of the Russian aggression against democracy, denies the aggression is happening and calls investigations of the crime …and more »

Trump Investigations Report: 12:44 PM 10/27/2017 Kislyak, SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica

Kislyak, recently amended his public financial filing to disclose a brief advisory role with SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company. Scrutiny mounts for Trump digital operation The Hill–5 hours ago … Kislyak, recently amended his public financial filing to disclose a brief advisory role with SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company. Trump campaign firm CEO offered WikiLeaks … Continue reading“12:44 PM 10/27/2017 – Kislyak, SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica…” Trump Investigations Report
Trump Investigations Report: 12:52 PM 10/27/2017 Trump administration on Thursday moved to begin implementing new congressionally mandated sanctions on Russia,

Twenty-six days behind schedule, the Trump administration on Thursday moved to begin implementing new congressionally mandated sanctions on Russia, the Wall Street Journal reports. The administration sent Congress a list of enterprises linked to the Russian defense and intelligence branchesa necessary step toward implementing sanctions that was due on Oct. 1 according to the bill that … Continue reading“12:52 PM 10/27/2017 – Trump administration on Thursday moved to begin implementing new congressionally mandated sanctions on Russia,” Trump Investigations Report
Trump FBI file – Google News: Column: Trump bowing to CIA on JFK files is a reminder of how the presidency changes people – Tampabay.com
 


Tampabay.com
Column: Trump bowing to CIA on JFK files is a reminder of how the presidency changes people
Tampabay.com
At the request of the CIA, FBI and others in the national security community, President Donald Trump made a last-minute decision last week to delay the release of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the John F. Kennedy assassination.and more »

 Trump FBI file – Google News

Nothing new about fake news – Open Democracy
 


Open Democracy
Nothing new about fake news
Open Democracy
When White House aid Kellyanne Conway replied to reports in America’s media that the crowd at President’s Trump’sInauguration was not as big as the administration claimed, she offered the US media, and by extension the world, some ‘alternative facts  

Trump anxiety – Google News: Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency; critics say plan falls short – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency; critics say plan falls short
Washington Post
President Trump on Thursday called the nation’s opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history, saying his administration is declaring it a public health emergency and putting its full resolve into overcoming the widespread scourge.
Donald Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a Public Health EmergencyTownandCountrymag.com
More than two months after declaring an opioid crisis, Trump appears to have decided how to proceedMicall 758 news articles »

 Trump anxiety – Google News

Comey resignation – Google News: An obsession of mine’: How Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat’ was unmasked – WBIR-TV
 

An obsession of mine’: How Watergate’s ‘Deep Throat’ was unmasked
WBIR-TV
Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein introduced readers to “Deep Throat” in the 1974 novel All the President’s Men, which details their investigation from the day of the break-in through January 1974, months before Nixon’s resignation. They and more »

 Comey resignation – Google News

trump investigated by the fbi – Google News: JFK files: Feds release 2800 secret records; Trump withholds others due to national security concerns – USA TODAY
 


Daily Mail
JFK files: Feds release 2800 secret records; Trump withholds others due to national security concerns
USA TODAY
The vast majority of the requested redactions came from the CIA and FBI, according to senior administration officials speaking under condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of Thursday’s release. … The Assassination 
Files will shed light on a JFK shooting conspiracy but not the one you thinkThe Guardian
BREAKING NEWS: Trump orders NEW JFK cover-up as he puts off releasing some assassination files for six months so …Daily Mail
Some JFK files will remain secret for nowThe Mercury News
Patch.com –Digital Journal –The West Australian
all 526 news articles »

 trump investigated by the fbi – Google News

Infighting plagues Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia investigation – ABC News
 


The Hill
Infighting plagues Senate Judiciary Committee’s Russia investigation
ABC News
The Senate Judiciary Committee has hit something of a partisan stalemate in its investigation of Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a potentially ominous portent for how the probe’s outcome might be viewed. The breakdown has clearly
Fractures emerging on Senate panel’s Russia probeThe Hill
Escalating Its Russia Probe, Senate Committee Follows The MoneyBuzzFeed Newsall 16 news articles »

Trump Investigations Report: 3:04 PM 10/26/2017 Russias worrisome push

Saved Stories Trump Investigations Saved Stories – Trump Investigations Putin and the Russian Mafia – Google News: Ignatius: Russia’s worrisome push to rewrite cyberspace rules – The Daily Herald Trump anxiety – Google News: Trump solidifies his grip on GOP with the exits of Flake, Corker – AZCentral.com trump under federal investigation – Google … Continue reading“3:04 PM 10/26/2017 – Russia’s worrisome push…” Trump Investigations Report
trump and intelligence community – Google News: Exclusive: In Hill interviews, top Dems denied knowledge of payments to firm behind Trump dossier – CNN
 


CNN
Exclusive: In Hill interviews, top Dems denied knowledge of payments to firm behind Trump dossier
CNN
(CNN) Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz both privately denied to congressional Russia investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to …and more »

 trump and intelligence community – Google News

trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Clinton, DNC Illegally Hid Bankrolling Fake Trump Dossier – The New American
 


Fortune
Clinton, DNC Illegally Hid Bankrolling Fake Trump Dossier
The New American
… pack of lies that stretch the imagination to the breaking point) was reported in January, it was celebrated by many (but not all) in the liberal mainstream media as a smoking gun proving that Hillary Clinton was correct when she called Trump 
How Much Did Hillary Clinton Really Know?Mintpress News (blog)
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossierWashington Postall 754 news articles »

 trump as putin’s puppet – Google News

Palmer Report: Expert: Robert Mueller to drop the hammer on Donald Trump within weeks

This week Donald Trump and the Republican Party have gone into all out panic mode, inventing one absurd phony scandal about Hillary Clinton and President Obama after another, in an attempt to distract from what they seem to think is coming. Now one respected national security expert says that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is mere weeks away from dropping the hammer on Trump and his co-conspirators.Juliette Kayyem is a national security expert who regularly appears on cable news. This time around she appeared on Boston public radio (link) to discuss the Trump Russia scandal. Here’s what she had to say: I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving … somethings going to drop with Mueller. The pace is too much right now. Every 12 hours were now dealing with a piece of this story at a pace we havent seen.

Thanksgiving is just four weeks away from today, so she’s talking about Mueller being weeks away from the kind of breakthrough that will turn the Trump Russia scandal on its head and shatter the Trump administration. Some have misinterpreted her words to mean that the Mueller investigation will be finished by Thanksgiving. But that’s not remotely possible, because Mueller’s plan is to bring indictments against nearly everyone involved in order to pressure them to flip on Trump.

So what we’re talking about by Thanksgiving is the kind of indictment or indictments, or deals cut with Trump co-conspirators, that will bust the scandal open and leave Donald Trump in an impossible position. It’s why Trump and the Republicans in Congress are suddenly scrambling in such buffoonish fashion to try to distract from what they know is coming. They know Trump will be taken down by this; they’re just trying to prop him up long enough try to ram through some toxic legislation in the meantime.

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