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Gage Skidmore / Flickr.comPresident Donald Trump is in Beijing today for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PresidentTrump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet tomorrow in Vietnam. Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka has been hired by … 

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Just Security: The Lethal Autonomous Weapons Governmental Meeting (Part I: Coping with Rapid Technological Change)
Putin Trump – Google News: AM Links: Trump to Meet Putin in Vietnam, Facebook Founder Says Social Network Designed to Exploit ‘a Vulnerability … – Reason (blog)
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Just Security: The Lethal Autonomous Weapons Governmental Meeting (Part I: Coping with Rapid Technological Change)
 

This week nations meet at the United Nations to discuss lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), including robotic weaponsthat might hunt for targets on their own. It has been 18 months since meetings were last held. This years discussions, the fourth since 2014, mark the first time talks will be held as a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE), a more formal discussion format than earlier talks. While the shift to a more formal format might seem like progress toward reaching an international consensus on what to do about autonomous weapons, the reality is that the pace of diplomacy continues to fall far behind the speed of technological advancement. Those advancements include major capabilities but also newly discovered limits in autonomy and artificial intelligence.

When nations first began discussing autonomous weapons in 2014, the issue was fairly forward-leaning. Lethal robotic weapons seemed like a distant future problem (even though simple versions had been used in limited ways for decades). In the years since, however, the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning has grown by leaps and bounds. Powered by advances in big data, computer processing power, and improvements in algorithms, AI-enabled systems are now beginning to tackle many problems that have been intractable for decades. AI systems have beaten humans at poker and the Chinese strategy game Go, including most recently reaching super-human level play at Go in a mere three days of self-practice with no human training data. AI systems can translate languages and transcribe speech. Self-driving cars are taking to the roads. Nation-states have deployed armies of Twitter bots to push propaganda. AI is being applied to medicine, finance, media, and many other industries. Our lives are increasingly influenced by algorithms. What might have seemed like science fiction when nations began talks only a few years ago is fast becoming the everyday.

No country has yet said they plan to build fully autonomous weapons, but several major military powers have made clear that robotics and artificial intelligence are key elements of their militarys competitive strategy. The United States has made robotics and autonomy a centerpiece of its Third Offset Strategy to reinvigorate Americas technological edge. China released a new national strategy on artificial intelligence earlier this year. And most recently Russian President Vladimir Putin said that whoever leads in AI will become the ruler of the world.

These political and technological developments change the context for UN talks on autonomous weapons significantly. To the extent that leading military powers see robotics and automation as central to their continued competitiveness, it may become harder to convince them to adopt any restrictions on use. More broadly, though, it can be difficult for nations to find secure policy footing in an ever-shifting technological landscape. The rapid pace of developments in AI means that the art of the possible is constantly changing. The impossible today could very well be achieved tomorrow, and it is difficult to predict how AI technology will unfold.

The reality is that AI technology today has limitations. Artificial intelligence is not magic. Just like how the internal combustion engine allows for intercontinental travel but does not equate to teleportation, artificial intelligence is powerful but only within narrow parameters. Any new technology can seem magical before its limits are understood. Using a technology effectively and setting policy must take into account practical details of what the technology can and cannot do. There would be no point in setting requirements for airline or highway safety without understanding the particulars of how airplanes and cars work.

Today, we have the ability to create specific-purpose, narrowly intelligent machines that can solve many tasks as well as or better than humans. In some cases, the machines are not as good as the best humans (this is the case in cybersecurity today), but they are good enough to be useful. Because machines can be deployed at scale, they can often be used to solve problems more cost-effectively than humans even if they are slightly slower, less capable, or more error prone. For some tasks, though, we can create machines that are objectively better than even the best humans. This is the case today for many games such as checkers, chess, Go, poker, and Jeopardy. In other settings, such as driving, the reaction times and constant vigilance of machines may give them a major advantage over humans.

In all of these cases, however, the machines that we are building are only narrowly intelligent. They can understand the task they are designed to perform, but not the context surrounding that task. Some types of artificial intelligence involve hard-coding rules for behavior into the system. This is the case for an airplane autopilot for example. Other techniques involve machine learning, where a system is given a goal and fed large amounts of training data or given the opportunity to interact with an environment in order to learn the optimal behavior. Machines have learned to play Go and simple computer games in this fashion. Over time, as algorithms, computer processing power, and data sets improve it will become possible to apply these techniques to more complex problems in more sophisticated environments. Machine learning techniques have proven to be particularly powerful for training purpose-built machines to perform tasks, in many cases far better than humans, but only when certain conditions are met. The task needs to be clearly specified and there must be sufficient data (real-world data or synthetic data from simulations) to feed the learning process.

What these limitations mean is that many tasks will continue to be difficult to solve under current techniques. More importantly, under current methods the machines we are building will continue to be only narrowly intelligent within their respective domains. Machine intelligence, at least to-date, is brittle. When the environment or context for the task they are performing changes such that they are now operating outside the bounds of their programming, machines can go from super-smart to super-dumb in an instant. Machines that can beat the very best humans in their domains can also make inexplicable errors that appear to demonstrate a lack of common sense. One of the major limitations of machine intelligence today is that machines cannot understand the context for their actions. Additionally, while they can perform specific tasks, they lack the ability to apply what we might think of as judgment, weighing various contextual factors and competing values.

Some of these limitations may be overcome by smarter, more capable systems that can account for more variables. There are technical limitations to current machine learning approaches, however, that make it difficult for machines to transfer learning from one task to another or acquire expertise in multiple domains without suffering from catastrophic forgetting. It is possible that these limitations are overcome in the relatively near-term and researchers are making progress on these problems or these limitations could persist indefinitely.

Even as machines advance, however, these new and powerful techniques in artificial intelligence also introduce novel vulnerabilities. These can take the form of safety risks from machines that fail in unexpected ways or security risks from vulnerabilities that adversaries exploit. Machine learning systems can learn the wrong behavior, either because the data was bad or the goals were not properly specified. This could happen by accident or because adversaries deliberately poison training data, manipulate the machine into learning the wrong behavior, or manipulate flaws in the systems goal structure. These could lead to the system simply failing to perform its task adequately or outcomes where the system acts in some harmful way. Deep neural networks, a powerful form of AI that is being used in a variety of applications today, have shown a particular vulnerability to a form of spoofing attack where the machine is fed false data to manipulate its decision-making. This can be done without access to the training data or any knowledge about the internal logic of the algorithm. Moreover, these spoofing attacks can be hidden so that they are invisible to humans, and there is currently no known effective defense against this form of attack.

These limitations dont mean that nations or other actors will necessarily avoid using AI technology. Software is eating the world despite its glitches and cyber vulnerabilities. Artificial intelligence is, in turn, eating software as machines become more intelligent. But these improvements will introduce their own vulnerabilities that policymakers will need to understand, particularly in adversarial settings like warfare.

The problem that policymakers face in grappling with the challenge of autonomous weapons is not that machines have certain limitations and vulnerabilities today. It is the pace of progress that is so difficult for setting effective policy. If all progress in AI stopped today, it might take some time to understand what is and is not possible, but reasonable guidelines could be set for how to use the technology. The problem is uncertainty about what the future might bring. Part II of this article will cover some different approaches for how policymakers might deal with this uncertainty.

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Gage Skidmore / Flickr.comPresident Donald Trump is in Beijing today for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. PresidentTrump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet tomorrow in Vietnam. Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka has been hired by … 

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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

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Russian Intelligence, organized crime and war on police – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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But remember that Russian intelligence has a long history in the Aztec nation. During the Cold War, the Soviet embassy in Mexico City was one of the largest beyond the iron curtain, housing more than 300 people. Its buildings in the centrally located 

Russian Intelligence, organized crime and war on police – Google News

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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. … Each nation increasingly relies on the other to enhance national security and provide basic safety, sharing 

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But more often it cultivated a partnership with the Mexican government, given its solitary decision in the hemisphere to maintain diplomatic relations with Castro’s Cuba and later its leading role in a Central American peace process to the detriment of  

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Russian Intelligence services and organized crime – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

Russian Intelligence services and organized crime – Google News

organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

organized crime and intelligence – Google News

organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target – Bloomberg
 


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Don’t Let Mexico’s Elections Become Putin’s Next Target
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Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been confirmed by no fewer than 17 U.S. intelligence and security agencies. Widespread evidence exists that Moscow’s spy services also sought to influence contests held in the Netherlands  

organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News

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Tillerson: Trump could have formal meeting with Putin at Asia summit
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BEIJING Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Thursday in Beijing that President Trump will likely meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in some capacity possibly even a formal sit-down on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic … 

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Tillerson: Trump could have formal meeting with Putin at Asia summit
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Trump met over the summer with Putin at the G-20 summit in Germany. The U.S. and Russia have since been in a diplomatic tit-for-tat, all while the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign escalates. Tillerson … Serafin 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of wanting to stir trouble at Russia’s presidential elections in retaliation for alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Nov. 9. Putin 

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: One year later: Trump takes a grand tour of Asia as Clinton visits Wisconsin, finally

Donald Trump is being feted in China as Hillary Clinton spends the grim anniversary of her loss on a book tour in a state where she failed to campaignDonald Trump had the red carpet rolled out for him on Thursday in Beijing, where he aspires to the role of global statesman weighing the fate of billions of people.

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Just Security: What Took So Long: The Non-Indictment of Paul Manafort Over The Years
 

Last week, we learned that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trumps campaign chairman, is under indictment for laundering millions of dollars worth of income to hide it from the U.S. government, among other serious charges.

This made me wonder: Why did it take the scrutiny of a U.S. presidential election, and Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation, to uncover and attempt to prosecute what appear to be fairly brazen financial crimes?

Was it that hes politically connected? Is it because financial crimes are difficult to detect? Or could it be that well before his involvement with the Trump campaign, the U.S. government, suspicious of his dealings with Ukrainian and Russian officials, began collecting intelligence surveilling him and didnt want to draw attention to their activities?

Two-tiered justice system?

When it comes to white collar crimes, its clear that being politically connected often helps lawbreakers avoid prosecution.

Both Manafort and his long-time business partner Rick Gates were charged last week with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which requires people working on behalf of a foreign government to register with the Justice Department. For Manafort and Gates to think they would get away with this wasnt a bad bet. Compliance with the law is notoriously low and the Justice Department rarely enforces it through a criminal prosecution.

The reason the Justice Department doesn’t bring many FARA prosecutions is the same reason they haven’t brought many white collar crime cases against Wall Street bankers, said Michael German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justices Liberty and National Security Program and a former special agent with the FBI. These are people who run in the same social circles as those who write the laws, enforce the laws, and judge the cases. The laws are often written with unnecessary complexity, with many exceptions and caveats. Then, because there are so few cases brought that any single prosecution can appear inappropriately selective, making it more difficult to bring charges even when the violations are obvious.

ProPublicas Jesse Eisinger recently wrote a whole book about this phenomenon as it related to bank executives during the 2008 financial crisis, titled The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives. In a review of the book, James Kwak wrote in the New York Times:

Increasingly, the prosecutors and the defense attorneys on opposite sides of the table are the same people, just at different points in their careers. Conducting a criminal investigation of an executive isnt just risky; in addition to jeopardizing a future partnership at a prestigious law firm, perhaps most important, it incurs social discomfort, especially for the well-mannered overachievers who now populate the Justice Department. No one wants to be a class traitor, especially when the members of ones class are such nice people.

Eisinger was part of the reporting team that recently uncovered that Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. escaped criminal prosecution in 2012 in all likelihood thanks to political connections. They were in serious legal jeopardy for knowingly misleading potential buyers in the Trump SoHo condo development. Marc Kasowitz, their fathers longtime attorney, made a $25,000 political contribution to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., and then asked Vance to drop the case. Three months later, Vance ordered his prosecutors to abandon the case, but still maintains that he made the right call.

Being able to afford high-powered lawyers can make a difference, German said. These defendants have first-class legal representation to help them avoid charges, or when the few prosecutions are brought, to challenge them through trial and multiple appeals.

Even without having to fight high-powered defense lawyers, these cases take lots of money to prosecute. White collar crime investigations are also time and resource consuming, so statistic-driven law enforcement agencies tend to shy away from them when there’s not significant public pressure to prosecute, German said.

Money laundering is a big business

As for money laundering, it makes up an enormous shadow economy. On Slates Trumpcast, The New Yorkers Adam Davidson said its estimated that money laundering is a $1 trillion to $7 trillion industry.

This is an extremely lucrative business so the vast, vast majority of people laundering money, even huge amounts of money, are never going to get caught, are never going to get in any trouble, and thats where the brazenness comes in.

The Treasury Departments Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) does collect information on suspicious financial transactions and stores that data. Financial institutions are required to file Currency Transaction Reports, known as CTRs, when someone withdraws or deposits more than $10,000 in cash, and they also file Suspicious Activity Reports, or SARs, when institutions identify unusual or potentially illegal activity.

Presumably, Manaforts transactions should have generated these types of red flags. But, as Davidson explained, the FinCEN database isnt setup to alert officials to this activity while its happening.

Its kind of like Google, we have have a lot of data in a computer, but its not screaming out Its more, if Im looking at you for some other crime, I then go into this database and I can find this information. And once I know youve committed that crime, the money laundering is a nice added charge, and sometimes that becomes the primary charge that I take you down with. As I understand it, its fairly rare for money laundering itself to be the thing that gets you in trouble.

Plus, this information on its own doesnt tell you a whole lot, and it doesnt always signal criminal activity. For example, if you win a lot of money in Las Vegas, a CTR could be filed, Courtney M. Oliva, the executive director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University, explained.

She said money laundering can also be difficult to charge because you essentially have to prove two crimes: the money laundering itself, but also the underlying crime — the reason the money isnt clean in the first place, this is known as the specified unlawful activity.

In Manaforts case, it appears he was laundering his money to hide its origins (the work he was doing in Ukraine as an unregistered foreign agent) and also to avoid paying taxes on it.

This is not the first time that Manafort has been accused of money laundering. In 2011, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed a private lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York against Ukrainian billionaire Dmitri Firtash, and named Manafort as one of the defendants. She accused them of skimming money off of natural gas contracts in Ukraine, then laundering the money through bogus New York real estate deals, and then using those funds to prosecute her back in Ukraine and eventually put her in prison. After four years of litigation, the case was dismissed in 2015.

A counterintelligence investigation could have precluded prosecution

What makes Manafort different than your ordinary suspected white collar criminal? Well before he joined the Trump campaign, Manafort was apparently on the radar of the U.S. intelligence community, which had him wiretapped under secret court order in 2014, according to reporting by CNN.

Asha Rangappa, who served as an FBI special agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City from 2002 until 2005, explained in an earlier piece for Just Security that to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Manafort, the FBI would have needed show show probable cause that Manafort was

knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities (rather than merely being an agent of a foreign power) in other words, that he wasnt just acting on behalf of a foreign power, but that he was doing so with full knowledge that what he was doing involved spying.

According to his indictment, Manaforts alleged crimes stretch back to 2006. We dont know when his activities in Ukraine and Russia first caught the attention of U.S. federal investigators, but according to Rangappa, to build up enough evidence to convince the court, its likely the investigation into him began at least a year or so before the wiretap warrant was obtained, so possibly in 2013.

At that time, federal investigators might have started to build a criminal case against him, but they wouldnt have moved on it because theyd risk losing the intelligence that they were collecting from surveilling him, Rangappa said. Thats the goose that lays the golden eggs. When you prosecute, you kill the goose.

That initial surveillance was discontinued, reportedly due to a lack of evidence, but the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved a new surveillance warrant for Manafort at some point in 2016, meaning the FBI once again showed probable cause that Manafort was knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities that extended at least into early this year, CNN reported.

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LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Multimillionaire Brexit donor Arron Banks wrote to Britain’s Electoral Commission on Thursday to imply he was the subject of a politically motivated investigation amid speculation that Russia may have meddled in the2016 …and more »

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Citizen Green: Masha Gessen and the elusive quest for truth
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Seated in the middle of a semicircle of faculty and students in a classroom on the second floor of Tribble Hall at Wake Forest University on Monday, Gessen surprises me with her unperturbed response to my question about whether US civil society will be and more »

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Analysis: Alaska LNG deal falls short of Trump’s Asian ambitions
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With US President Donald Trump’s China trip expected to test the his administration’s “America First Energy Plan”, the multi-billion dollar Alaska LNG deal will likely be presented to the electorate at home as a trade success. The non-binding deal doesand more »

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From Woodward and Bernstein to data-crunching geeks: Lessons of the explosive Paradise Papers
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He’s written books on Putin’s mob-like governance and Snowden, with his latest, “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win” due out next week via Penguin Random House. And the data crunchers are generally a … 

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November 10, 1987: UK spy gets 35 years in jail
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BREAKING: Vladimir Putin accuses the US of plotting to interfere with RUSSIAN ELECTIONS
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The Russian figurehead, who has held his post since 2012, is up for election again on March 18 next year. But the Moscow chief and former KGB agent has claimed US sleuths want to influence his nation’s vote in revenge for alleged interference in the US …
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Trumpistan Today: 8:30 AM 11/9/2017 The former national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern for his son

TRUMP-RUSSIA The Justice Department is seeking a plea deal in its criminal investigation into the former son-in-law of Trumps former campaign Paul Manafort, according to sources familiar with the matter, the charges against Jeffrey Yohai do not appear to be directly related to special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign … Continue reading“8:30 AM 11/9/2017 – The former national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern for his son…”Trumpistan Today

 

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One Year Later, The Trump Nightmare Is As Horrific As Many Of Us Imagined

LGBTQ rights have been dealt a stunning blow. Yet, a year since Election Day 2016 we’re stronger and ready for the fight. 

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Hmm: Russian Lawyer From Trump Tower ‘Collusion’ Meeting Also Met With Fusion GPS Founder on Same Day
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The contacts shed new light on how closely tied the firm was to Russian interests, at a time when it was financing research to discredit then-candidate Donald Trump. The opposition research firm has faced renewed scrutiny after litigation revealed that
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Moscow says Twitter to store user data in Russia
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… services, search engines and social networking sites to store the personal data of Russian users inside the country has caused widespread concern as it was seen as putting the information at risk of being accessed by Russian intelligence services.and more »

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Former Yahoo CEO apologizes for data breach, blames Russians
Reuters
Those charges came amid controversy relating to alleged Kremlin-backed hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible links between Russian figures and associates of President Donald Trump. Russia has denied trying to influence theU.S. …
Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Blames Russia for Massive Data BreachesFortune
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President Trump and Vladimir Putin Are Meeting in Vietnam. Here’s What They’re Likely to Talk About – TIME
 


TIME
President Trump and Vladimir Putin Are Meeting in Vietnam. Here’s What They’re Likely to Talk About
TIME
(MOSCOW) Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump have a full agenda for their likely encounter on the sidelines of a Pacific nations’ summit this week, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri 
Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will likely meet, Kremlin reportedly saysABC News
Can Trump and Putin Prevent War With Kim Jong Un? Russia Says It’s ‘Highly Likely’ They’ll Meet in VietnamNewsweek
Kremlin: PutinTrump Likely to Meet in VietnamVoice of America 
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Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fire – Daily Sabah
 


RT
Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fire
Daily Sabah
A building used by Russia’s foreign spy service on the outskirts of Moscow caught fire Wednesday, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted the service as saying. Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the External Intelligence Service, one of the successor …
Fire breaks out at Russian foreign intel service facility in Moscow, reports of people trappedRT
Fire in Russian foreign spy buildingThe Sun Daily
Russia: Fire flares at spy agency headquarters; no injuriesWashington Postall 7 news articles »

Americans Feel Less Sad And Anxious Than When Trump Was Sworn In

But if the 2016 election affected your mental health, you are not alone.
Donald Trump’s Russia Ties: How Is Paul Manafort’s Work in Ukraine Connected? – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Donald Trump’s Russia Ties: How Is Paul Manafort’s Work in Ukraine Connected?
Newsweek
The notion of collusion between Donald Trump and a Russian government eager to smack down Hillary Clinton is altogether absent from the case against the two. But first impressions can be misleading. There are many ties linking Team Trump to Team … 
At least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during campaign and transitionWashington Post

A Timeline of the TrumpRussia ScandalRollingStone.com 
This timeline paints the clearest picture we have yet of Russia’s meddling in the US election and how the Trump …Markets Insider

Carter Page’s bizarre testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, explainedVox 
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Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians – AZFamily
 


AZFamily
Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians
AZFamily
(CNN) — Carter Page’s six-plus hours of testimony before the House intelligence committee makes clear senior members of the Trump campaign were aware of the former Trump foreign policy adviser’s July 2016 trip to Russia — and Page may have had and more »

Russian Intelligence Service fire – Huge blaze at Moscow secret service HQ – Express.co.uk
 


Express.co.uk
Russian Intelligence Service fire – Huge blaze at Moscow secret service HQ
Express.co.uk 
Colonel Sergei Ivanov, a spokesman for the spy agency, later said the fire happened at one of the service’s “technical installations. He later said the fire had been extinguished, and there were no casualties. Russian media, quoting unnamed sources in
 
The country’s Foreign Intelligence Service, a successor to the KGB, is the centre for the regime’s spy network, directing espionage activities outside the country. Its building complex has doubled in size in recent years. The service is led by Mikhail

Fire breaks out at Russian foreign intel service facility in Moscow (VIDEO)RT
Russian intelligence building in Moscow catches fireDaily Sabah
Russia: Fire flares at spy agency headquarters; no injuries ABC News
NewsmaxThe Australian
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The Sun DailyNewsmax

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Trump holds an unprecedented presidential power – CNBC
 


CNBC
Trump holds an unprecedented presidential power
CNBC
In the year since he was elected, President Donald Trump has been willing to blast or praise specific companies by name on Twitter, and that’s doing measurable harm or benefit to the stock prices of those firms in the short term, a CNBC analysis and more »

Reclaiming Our Faith In The Era Of Trump

“Christianityand its tenets of social justice, helping those less fortunate, striving toward peaceis for everyone.”
Thanks Trump, for making Ukraine great again – POLITICO.eu
 


POLITICO.eu
Thanks Trump, for making Ukraine great again
POLITICO.eu
Your government has remained committed to supporting Kiev in its war against Moscow and has reiterated the U.S.’s opposition to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. While you were busy bashing the Fake News media, both houses of Congress …and more »

The Trump Era Calls For An Honest Conversation About Drug Use

And HuffPost is partnering with the Global Drug Survey to help facilitate it.
Carter Page Is Latest Ex-Trump Campaign Official Called a ‘Volunteer’ Amid Russia Probe – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Carter Page Is Latest Ex-Trump Campaign Official Called a ‘Volunteer’ Amid Russia Probe
Newsweek
Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski parroted his old boss when he diminished ex-campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page’s status to a “low-level volunteer.” Indeed, similar comments have been directed toward numerous …
Corey Lewandowski Says Father’s Day Distracted Him from Potential Russian CollusionVanity Fair
Carter Page coordinated Russia trip with top Trump campaign officialsAOLall 35 news articles »

George Papadopoulos meeting with UK during Trump campaign revealed – BBC News
 


BBC News
George Papadopoulos meeting with UK during Trump campaign revealed
BBC News
Dismissed by the White House as a “low-level volunteer”, more about the true status of adviser George Papadopoulos seems to emerge by the day. The Trump campaign foreign policy aide’s contacts with Russians have already got him in trouble. He has …
The Trump Administration’s Looming Political CrisisThe New Yorker
Trump Jr. Hinted at Review of Anti-Russia Law, Moscow Lawyer SaysBloombergall 658 news articles »

The Limits of Trump’s Showmanship – U.S. News & World Report
 


U.S. News & World Report
The Limits of Trump’s Showmanship
U.S. News & World Report
… night Democrats have had since 2006,” he says. “They won all the big ones in New Jersey, Virginia, New York City and Washington state. There’s a single factor that links them all Donald Trump. This was a rebuke to the president and Trumpism 

Analysis: CIA chief make suspiciously pro-Trump moves – The Mercury News
 


The Mercury News
Top former intelligence leaders dismayed over Pompeo meeting … – CNN
 


CNN
Ex-Trump adviser Carl Icahn hit with subpoena – CNNMoney
 


CNNMoney
Ex-Trump adviser Carl Icahn hit with subpoena
CNNMoney
CNN has reported that Trump personally interviewed a candidate to fill the position: Geoffrey Berman, an attorney at the law firm that currently employs Rudy Giuliani as a leading partner. (Bharara is now a CNN contributor). Icahn had been strongly and more »

Paul Ryan erases any doubt: ‘We’re with Trump’ – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Paul Ryan erases any doubt: ‘We’re with Trump’
Washington Post
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s M.O. with President Trump has been to deflect questions about his controversies and focus on the GOP agenda. All the while, Ryan has reserved some plausible deniability, sending some signals that he’s not quite all-in on …and more »

Trumpism Is a Spell – Esquire – Esquire.com
 


Esquire.com
Trumpism Is a Spell – Esquire 
Esquire.com
One of the best hires any publication has made over the past few years happened when Politico brought in Michael Kruse to do longform pieces for Politico  
Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway.POLITICO Magazineall 8 news articles »

 Magazine. (This is one of the reasons that, as you may have noticed, Politico is one of the few and more »

Sex, drugs and crime in pre-Nazi-era epic – The Straits Times
 


The Straits Times
Sex, drugs and crime in pre-Nazi-era epic
The Straits Times
BERLIN It is the spring of 1929 and this city is a fast-moving modern metropolis where artistic and sexual experimentation flourishes against a backdrop of organised crime, political street battles and a fragile democratic order. Welcome to the world 

A year later, Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump’s election an ‘unprecedented disaster’ for America – USA TODAY
 


USA TODAY
A year later, Bernie Sanders calls Donald Trump’s election an ‘unprecedented disaster’ for America
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON A year after Donald Trump’s election, it’s hard for Sen. Bernie Sanders to point to just one thing the president has done as the worst. Beyond his terrible policies, one major concern is that the president has gone overboard in trying and more »

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“We don’t know what these Facebook ads looked like, we don’t know who they were targeting, and we don’t know how many millions of Americans may have been exposed to them.”

Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know
Did the Kremlin help make Trump the “first Facebook president”?
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M.N.: And we have to know the answers to these and many other questions. 

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