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Trump Shatters Longstanding Norms by Pressing for Clinton Investigation – New York Times
Trump Campaign’s Foreign-Policy Team Is Under Mueller’s Microscope – Bloomberg
Trump May Think Mueller Probe Is ‘Witch Hunt,’ but Voters Don’t Agree, Poll Shows – Newsweek
Will Mueller Charge Trump? Hope Hicks Interview Means Probe … – Newsweek
The Ex-Spy Behind the Trump-Russia Dossier Left a Clue for … – Vanity Fair
Trump, Mueller and Kim Jong-un: Three Actors In a Very Dangerous Play – HuffPost
The Russia probe has entered Phase 2 – Los Angeles Times
Turkey on Valentine’s Day: Did Trump Obstruct Investigation of Flynn as a Foreign Agent? – Just Security
The Questionable Math Behind Manafort’s Extravagant Home Renovations – Bloomberg
Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign – NewsOK.com
Donald Trump Jr.’s Messages With WikiLeaks Point to Campaign-Finance Violations – The Atlantic
House Intel panel weighs subpoena for Twitter over Trump Jr.’s WikiLeaks messages – CBS News
Justice investigation into Russian laundering through Deutsche Bank gone quiet – Gant Daily
The Reclusive Financier Moving From Weapons to German Banking – Bloomberg
Donald Trump | The Guardian: Heres what Russians think: Brexit is your creature dont blame it on us | Alexey Kovalev
Jared Kushner Keeps Failing To Disclose Connections With Russians – HuffPost
Jared Kushner reportedly told a Time Warner executive to dump 20% of CNN’s staff – Markets Insider
Jeff Sessions Adopts Kushner’s Incompetence Defense – Vanity Fair
Jared Kushner’s Company Cheated Tenants Out of Cheap Rent, Lawsuit Says – Newsweek
Jared Kushner Doesn’t Read And Gets Tired Of Talking About The … – Newsweek
Senate Judiciary panel: Kushner had contacts about WikiLeaks, Russian overtures he did not disclose – Washington Post
Jared Kushner still waiting on permanent security clearance | New … – New York Post
The Early Edition: November 17, 2017
Menendez jury says again that it is deadlocked – Washington Post
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Trump Shatters Longstanding Norms by Pressing for Clinton Investigation – New York Times


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Trump Shatters Longstanding Norms by Pressing for Clinton Investigation
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But conservatives said Mrs. Clinton should not be immune from scrutiny as a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, investigates Russia‘s interference in last year’s election and any ties it may have to Mr. Trump’s campaign. They argued, for example 
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Jeff Sessions says ‘I do now recall’ meeting Trump aide who admitted lying in Russia investigation, after failing to …The Independent
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Trump Campaign’s Foreign-Policy Team Is Under Mueller’s Microscope – Bloomberg


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Trump Campaign’s Foreign-Policy Team Is Under Mueller’s Microscope
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Lewandowski has mostly stayed out of headlines surrounding the investigation. But Mueller’s document, as well as Page’s testimony, show Lewandowski was aware of contact between members of the campaign and Russians. The accounts say that …
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Trump May Think Mueller Probe Is ‘Witch Hunt,’ but Voters Don’t Agree, Poll Shows – Newsweek


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Trump May Think Mueller Probe Is ‘Witch Hunt,’ but Voters Don’t Agree, Poll Shows
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It is widely known that the president is not happy with the direction of the Russia investigations, with previous reports describing Trump as fuming over Mueller probe, and blaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the appointment of the special 

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Will Mueller Charge Trump? Hope Hicks Interview Means Probe … – Newsweek


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Will Mueller Charge Trump? Hope Hicks Interview Means Probe  ‘Very Far Along,’ Lawyers Say 
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Special counsel Robert Mueller is due to interview White House communications director Hope Hicks soon, an indication that the Trump-Russia investigation  Trump-Russia investigation may be very far along, according to senior law professionals. Perhaps more than anyone …
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The Ex-Spy Behind the Trump-Russia Dossier Left a Clue for … – Vanity Fair


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The Ex-Spy Behind the Trump-Russia Trump-Russia Dossier Left a Clue for 
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As federal investigators pour over the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the work of ex-British spook Christopher Steele continues to loom large. At least part of …
Sen. Mark Warner, Who Is Investigating Trump-Russia, Feels Like He’s Living in a Spy NovelGQ Magazine
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Citing a person familiar with the F.B.I. probe, Bloomberg reported in July that Mueller’s team is investigating a series of deals Trump struck, including the Trump Organization’s failed SoHo development that involved Russian nationals, the 2013 Miss …

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Trump, Mueller and Kim Jong-un: Three Actors In a Very Dangerous Play – HuffPost


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Trump, Mueller and Kim Jong-un: Three Actors In a Very Dangerous Play
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With the recent indictments of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos by special counsel Robert Mueller, it is clear that the Russia investigation’s regular season is over and the playoffs have begun. Judging by the President’s response to 
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The Russia probe has entered Phase 2 – Los Angeles Times


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The Russia probe has entered Phase 2
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We have now entered the second phase of the Russia probe. In the first, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, starting from scratch, gathered sufficient evidence to file felony charges against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos 
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Turkey on Valentine’s Day: Did Trump Obstruct Investigation of Flynn as a Foreign Agent? – Just Security

Turkey on Valentine’s Day: Did Trump Obstruct Investigation of Flynn as a Foreign Agent?
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Even if the president had no knowledge of the potential kidnapping meetings, if he tried to obstruct the federal investigation into Flynn’s work as an agent of a foreign government (Turkey), it would significantly raise the prospect of legal and 

The Questionable Math Behind Manafort’s Extravagant Home Renovations – Bloomberg


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The Questionable Math Behind Manafort’s Extravagant Home Renovations
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But building permits over the same period examined by Bloomberg show that renovations by Manafort’s Hamptons’ contractor were estimated to cost $1.2 million. That’s less than a quarter of what was ultimately sentan apparent discrepancy that could 

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Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign – NewsOK.com


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Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign
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Donald Trump Jr. did not respond to many of the notes, which were sent using the direct message feature on Twitter. But he alerted senior advisers on his father’s campaign, including his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to two people familiar

Donald Trump Jr.’s Messages With WikiLeaks Point to Campaign-Finance Violations – The Atlantic


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Donald Trump Jr.’s Messages With WikiLeaks Point to Campaign-Finance Violations
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Donald Trump Jr.’s private Twitter correspondence with WikiLeaks adds significant detail to the emerging picture of a political alliance between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016. It provides evidence of criminal violations of federal campaign 
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House Intel panel weighs subpoena for Twitter over Trump Jr.’s WikiLeaks messages – CBS News


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House Intel panel weighs subpoena for Twitter over Trump Jr.’s WikiLeaks messages
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Justice investigation into Russian laundering through Deutsche Bank gone quiet – Gant Daily


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Justice investigation into Russian laundering through Deutsche Bank gone quiet
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The Reclusive Financier Moving From Weapons to German Banking – Bloomberg


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The Reclusive Financier Moving From Weapons to German Banking
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Stephen Feinberg, the reclusive American financier, is probably best known for his connection to President Donald Trump, his firm’s brief ownership of Chrysler, its investments in distressed debt, and its involvement in weapons, from pistols to 

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Heres what Russians think: Brexit is your creature dont blame it on us | Alexey Kovalev

Russian trolling had little effect on the referendum outcome it was like pouring a bucket of water into the oceanIts become a staple of Russiagate coverage in the US: a bombshell report promises to once and for all prove that Donald Trump owes his presidency to Russian dirty money, political meddling or bots, trolls and hackers. But buried deep inside the article, a reluctant qualifier completely undermines the bombastic headline.

Recent case in point: BuzzFeeds article titled Secret Findings 60 Russian Payments To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016, complete with an eye-poppingly red banner which hammers home the above quote. Even more suggestive and intentionally misleading, as it appears was a push notification sent by BuzzFeed to promote the article. The most plausible explanation for wire transfers from a Russian bank to Russian embassies across the world makes it clear that the money was intended to fund the Russian election campaign of 2016, not the American one. Its well hidden inside the article and surrounded by unnecessary, irrelevant details (Seven nations had federal elections during the span when the funds were sent.)

Related: The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

Related: Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows

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Jared Kushner Keeps Failing To Disclose Connections With Russians – HuffPost


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Jared Kushner Keeps Failing To Disclose Connections With Russians
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Jared Kushner reportedly told a Time Warner executive to dump 20% of CNN’s staff – Markets Insider


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Jeff Sessions Adopts Kushner’s Incompetence Defense – Vanity Fair


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Jeff Sessions Adopts Kushner’s Incompetence Defense
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For all his blunders, Jared Kushner has made one invaluable contribution to the Donald Trump administration: he inspired its go-to defense in the face of collusion charges. Over the summer, Kushner explained to congressional investigators that the 

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Jared Kushner’s Company Cheated Tenants Out of Cheap Rent, Lawsuit Says – Newsweek


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Jared Kushner’s Company Cheated Tenants Out of Cheap Rent, Lawsuit Says
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Jared Kushner Doesn’t Read And Gets Tired Of Talking About The … – Newsweek


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Senate Judiciary panel: Kushner had contacts about WikiLeaks, Russian overtures he did not disclose – Washington Post


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Jared Kushner still waiting on permanent security clearance | New … – New York Post


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The Early Edition: November 17, 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.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner failed to hand over a document about a Russian backdoor overture to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a letter sent by committee chairman Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) yesterday, Michael S. Schmidt reports at the New York Times.

Kushner also failed to provide documents relating to an email he was sent in September 2016 about WikiLeaks and communications he had had with Belarusian-American businessman Sergei Millian who claimed close connections to the Trumps and was the source of salacious details in a dossier based on Trumps 2013 trip to Moscow. Karoun Demirjian reports at the Washington Post.

Documents relating to Kushners security clearance were also requested, Kushners security clearance form has come under increasing scrutiny within the context of the Russia investigations. Daniella Diaz reports at CNN.

The Senate Judiciary Committee became aware of the documents through other witnesses, and a lawyer for Kushner has said that the presidents son-in-law was open to responding to any additional requests. The BBC reports.

Grassley and Feinsteins letter called on Kushner to turn over all responsive documents by Nov. 27 and asked Kushners lawyer to resolve issues that might implicate the presidents Executive privilege. Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

Kushner remains a person of interest in the investigations into Trump-Russia connections, according to an anonymous source familiar with the probes; investigators are keen to discover how much Kushner was involved with, or knew of, the efforts of Trumps former national security adviser Michael Flynn or others to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia. Jonathan Landay and Patricia Zengerle report at Reuters.

The Trump campaign former foreign policy adviser Carter Page delivered a bundle of documents under subpoena to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees yesterday, Page was recently interviewed by both committees as part of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

The former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak declined to name all of the Trump officials he had contact with, saying in an interview earlier this week that the list is so ling that Im not going to be able to get through it in 20 minutes. Tucker Higgins reports at CNBC.

A worker paid by the Russian troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, has described how the organization churned out misinformation to meet specific quotas. Ben Popken and Kelly Cobiella report at NBC News.

The White House communications director Hope Hicks may be a key witness in special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, having been part of Trumps inner circle for years and been at the presidents side as the Russia scandal has unfolded. Mueller has requested an interview with Hicks but a date for questioning has not yet been revealed, Darren Samuelsohn explains at POLITICO.

The investigations into Trump-Russia connections reveal a spectacular accumulation of lies, from lies at confirmation hearings to lying to the F.B.I., demonstrating a lack of respect for ethics and morality which has spread to all aspects of the Trump administration. Michael Gerson writes at the Washington Post.

NORTH KOREA

Trump hailed Chinas decision to send a special envoy to North Korea as a big move, in a tweetyesterday, however the trip will be officially concerned with Chinas 19th Communist Party Congress and, according to analysts, is unlikely to lead to a major breakthrough on the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile program. Ben Westcott reports at CNN.

South Koreas unification minister dismissed the possibility of unifying the Korean Peninsula on North Koreas terms in an interview yesterday, saying that the two-month pause in missile launches should not be viewed as evidence of a thaw in the impasse as Pyongyang had not called for a return to dialogue.  Jonathan Cheng and Andrew Jeong report at the Wall Street Journal.

So long as they stop testing, stop developing, they dont export their weapons, there would be opportunity for talks, the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, noting the recent pause in North Korean nuclear and missile testing and suggesting that it may offer an opportunity for talks. Idrees Ali reports at Reuters.

The Trump administration has increased efforts to develop defense systems in the face of the North Korean threat, including cyberweapons, drones and fighter jets that would be able to interfere with a missile launch. David E. Sanger and William J. Broad report at the New York Times.

The South Korean and U.S. nuclear envoys met yesterday to discuss the North Korean threat and measures to bring about a peaceful resolution to the crisis, they agreed to hold more talks on the issue according to the South Korean foreign ministry. Reuters reports.

North Korea has been pursuing an aggressive schedule to build an operational ballistic missile submarine, according to a report released yesterday by the Washington-based 38 North monitoring group, saying that their findings were based on satellite images taken on Nov. 5. Reuters reporting.

We will strengthen Japanese defense power, including missile defense capabilities, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today in response to North Koreas escalating provocations, also calling on the international community to put more pressure on Pyongyang. Mari Yamaguchi reports at the AP.

SYRIA

Russia used its veto power at the U.N. Security Council yesterday to block the renewal of the mandate of the international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (J.I.M.) is set to expire today, the UN News Centre reports.

Russia had expressed anger over J.I.M.s report last month which blamed Syrian government forces for the attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, saying that the report was riddled with inconsistencies. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

To my Russia friends: The next chemical weapons attack will be on your head, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said in response to the vote, while the Russian ambassador compared the endless distortions about the Syrian governments role to the flawed U.S. intelligence preceding the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Farnaz Fassihi reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The veto demonstrates that the U.S.-Russia partnership in Syria is limited and reinforces the fact that the two countries have differing objectives in the Syrian civil war, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon writes at CNN.

The impending defeat of the Islamic State group in Syria brings the risk of Irans strengthening its role in the country and region, a prospect that has caused significant concern in Israel who are anxious about Irans military capability, Yaroslav Trofimov explains at the Wall Street Journal.

IRAQ

Iraqi federal forces have recaptured the town of Rawa from the Islamic State group, retaking the last known Iraqi town held by the militants today, according to a statement by the Iraqi military. Hamdi Alkhshali reports at CNN.

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq have led to many more civilian deaths than previously reported and no one knows how many Iraqis have simply gone uncounted. Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal provide a feature at the New York Times.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 12. Separately, partner forces conducted one strike against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

LEBANON

The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariris unexpected decision to resign on Nov. 4 in a televised announcement from the Saudi capital of Riyadh which Hariri blamed on Iran and its Lebanese Shiite proxy Hezbollah has caused consternation in Lebanon and alienated Sunni Muslims who had once looked to Saudi Arabia as a close ally. Nazih Osseiran and Margherita Stancati report at the Wall Street Journal.

Hariri will make an official visit to France soon following an invitation by the French President Emmanuel Macron, the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said yesterday. The invitation has raised further questions about Hariris status, including whether he was forced to resign by Saudi Arabia and whether his movement has been restricted within the Kingdom. Erin Cunningham and Suzan Haidamous report at the Washington Post.

There has been concern in Lebanon that Saudi Arabia would impose a Qatar-style blockade on the country, a move that would throw the Lebanese economy into chaos, and analysts have said that Iran and Hezbollah would be unwilling to make significant concessions to ease the situation, Al Jazeerareports.

Despite its aggressive actions, Saudi Arabia has little leverage to deal with Hezbollah, the Kingdom has neglected its support for the Sunni bloc in Lebanon due to distractions in other parts of the region, Erika Solomon explains at the Financial Times.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

Iran is the biggest threat to the region and Israel would be prepared to share intelligence with moderate Arab states like Saudi Arabia to deal with the threat, Israels military chief Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said in an interview with a Saudi newspaper yesterday, marking a closer relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel who do not have diplomatic relations, with Eisenkot adding that theres an opportunity to form a new international coalition in the region with President Trump. Peter Beaumont reports at the Guardian.

Israel would have no interest in launching an attack on the Iran-backed Shiite Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Eisenkot also said, Al Jazeera reports.

China supports Saudi Arabias efforts to safeguard national sovereignty and realize greater development, the Chinese foreign ministry quoted the President Xi Jinping as saying, not referring to particular recent events, but making the comments amid increased tension in the Middle East. Reutersreports.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should not expect Israel to fight a war against Lebanon on its behalf, Israel and Saudi Arabia are aligned in their view of Iran, but the Israeli government is unclear about Riyadhs game plan and are wondering whether Bin Salman has the ability to execute his ambitious domestic and foreign policy agenda. Instead, the greatest threat to Israels stability is Irans growing influence and presence in neighboring Syria, and this may be the place where a new serious military conflict may begin. Amos Harel writes at Foreign Policy.

Saudi Arabias approach to Iran has been haphazard, unsettling and counterproductive and Iran remains one step ahead, Emile Hokayem writes at the New York Times, explaining that Saudi Arabias intervention against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has seemingly ended in failure, that the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar has been more successful but has led to reputational damage, and the forced resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is also likely to backfire.

AFGHANISTAN

An explosion near a political gathering in Afghanistans capital of Kabul killed at least 12 people yesterday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing but did not offer any evidence for their claim. Sayed Salahuddin and Pamela Constable report at the Washington Post.

Trumps Afghanistan policy amounts to only a minor recalibration of policy that will never bring stability, the U.S. should begin by gaining a better understanding of Afghanistan and then follow a strategy of go local, go small, go long. Hy Rothstein and John Arquilla write at the Wall Street Journal.

SOUTH CHINA SEA

President Trump laid an important marker on the South China Sea during his 12-day tour of Asia, directly challenging Chinas actions in the disputed territorial waters and constituted a welcome message that the U.S. has a vital national interest in keeping shipping lanes open and deterring Chinese territorial expansion, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

The Trump administration has been focused on North Korea and trade to the detriment of the dispute in the South China Sea, allowing China to seize the initiative and increase its influence. Dan De Luce writes at Foreign Policy.

TRUMP ADMINSITRATION FOREIGN POLICY

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has expressed reservations about Secretary of State Rex Tillersons management of the State Department and his planned reorganization, demonstrating Corkers increasing frustration with Tillerson, with whom he had enjoyed a warm relationship. Nahal Toosi reports at POLITICO.

Western diplomats have expressed frustration with the White House over its intransigent position in relation to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and have said that the State Department has been largely absent from discussions, meaning that their focus has been on Congress where bipartisanship has made their lobbying task more difficult. Nicole Gaouette and Michelle Kosinski report at CNN.

The U.S. would consider removing Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said yesterday, making the comments a month after the Trump administration formally removed decades-old sanctions against the country and reflecting an improvement in relations between Washington and Khartoum. Jina Moore reports at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The U.S. military has conducted preliminary research and development into building prohibited ground-based, intermediate-range missiles, with officials saying that they are carrying out the work in response to Russias violation of a Cold War-era pact and they hope that it would demonstrate to Moscow the kind of U.S. weapons Russia could face if it continues to pursuit its own weapons. Julian E. Barnes, Paul Sonne and Brett Forrest report at the Wall Street Journal.

A federal judge rejected an attempt to quash a war court subpoena earlier this week, marking the first civilian court victory for the military judge presiding over the U.S.S. Cole case being heard at Guantánamo Bay. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

China and Russias military are scheduled to hold joint antimissile exercises in Beijing next month, Chinas defense ministry said today, amid concern from both countries about the U.S. T.H.A.A.D. antimissile defense system that is based in South Korea. Reuters reports.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation is close to ending its assistance to WikiLeaks due to misgivings about the organizations change in tone from holding governments and corporations to account to becoming increasingly partisan during the 2016 U.S. election and spreading other divisive messages. Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman reveal at The Daily Beast.

The Hungarian foreign ministry has accused the U.S. State Department of interfering in its election campaign, Lili Bayer reports at POLITICO.

The latest developments in Zimbabwe, following a military takeover, are provided by David McKenzie, Euan McKirdy and Angela Dewan at CNN.

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Menendez jury says again that it is deadlocked – Washington Post


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Menendez jury says again that it is deadlocked
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NEWARK The bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) appeared headed for a mistrial after the jury on Thursday said for a second time it could not reach a verdict. We cannot reach a unanimous decision,” the jury said in a note late Thursday …
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Book: Steele says 70-90 percent of his Trump-Russia dossier is accurate – The Hill


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Book: Steele says 70-90 percent of his Trump-Russia dossier is accurate
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The former British intelligence officer behind the controversial Trump dossier believes his reports are “70 percent to 90 percent” accurate, according to a new book about Russia’s influence in the 2016 election written by Guardian reporter Luke Harding. 
Rep. Mark Meadows: A special counsel must investigate the Russia dossier, explain why Obama’s FBI was involvedFox News

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