3:42 PM 11/10/2017 – The two leaders met at a summit in Vietnam looking and acting like twins

Nothing creepy at all.

Source: There’s nothing creepy about Trump and Putin in matching outfits | Metro News 

There’s nothing creepy about Trump and Putin in matching outfits | Metro News

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Okay so we can all agree that there’s absolutely nothing creepy about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in matching outfits.

  • The two leaders met at a summit in Vietnam looking at acting like twins.

Subway workers aren’t allowed to use ‘ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’ any moreThey were spotted shaking hands and waving to the crowd, completely in sync. Amazing.

Also, can we talk about how Putin is wearing a shirt and tie under a shirt? It looks like he came late to a fancy dress party and had to throw something on from the lost property bin.

Trump’s press secretary had said the two hadn’t planned on sitting down for a formal meeting while in Asia because of scheduling conflicts on both sides.

But they bumped into each other and seemed pretty happy about it.

All eyes were on the duo because Russia has cast a huge shadow over Trump’s presidency.

Robert Mueller has a team investigating alleged Russian meddling with the US election last year.

It has already been confirmed the country targeted social media platforms and bombarded them with anti-Hillary propaganda.

Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign leader, and his associate, Rick Gates, were asked to surrender themselves to federal authorities to face charges over allegedly laundering millions of dollars for work they were doing on behalf of a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine.

Manafort has been charged with 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States.

Meanwhile, George Papadopoulos, a former Trump adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents.

Trump has since tried to distance himself from the news.

He wrote on Twitter recently: ‘The Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manaforts lawyer said, there was “no collusion” and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign.

‘Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!’

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Директор Федеральной службы безопасности Александр Бортников и специальный представитель Президента по вопросам природоохранной деятельности, экологии и транспорта Сергей Иванов перед началом совещания с постоянными членами Совета Безопасности.
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M.N. I guess, now we can understand why we have all these problems with the counterterrorism and the counterintelligence. It is easy to see them, and it is easy to exploit these problems, too, for the adversaries. 

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): Just Security: Congress is Facing Decisions on Torture, and Needs to Treat Them As Such
 

On October 17, the Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing on Christopher Sharpleys nomination to become the next CIA inspector general. He has been the agencys acting IG since early 2015. Much of the hearing focused on the ways in which Sharpley (mis)handled the torture reportthe committees 6,700-page oversight study of the CIAs former detention and interrogation program.

In a series of exchanges with committee members, Sharpley explained how, on his watch, the IGs office lost the disk on which the report was transmitted (but didnt really lose it), and then destroyed the disk (but didnt really destroy it). More troubling, it was Sharpley, and Sharpley alone in his words, who decided to comply with Chairman Richard Burrs (R-N.C.) demandmade to every executive branch recipientto return the report, unopened and unread, to the committee.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was not impressed: If your office and the committee are going to be erasing historical records because somebody down the road is unhappy with them, he said, our country is going to need a lot of erasers. Wyden worried aloud about the precedent Sharpley’s decision set, and was so exasperated by the nominees refusal to acknowledge as much that he spontaneously announced his intention to vote no from the dais. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) followed up by pointing out that the report includes chapters dealing specifically with the IGs office, then asked Sharpley if he at least consider[ed] reading the report before returning [it]so you could do your job more effectively? No, I did not, Sharply replied. He conceded that he could have done so, but chose not to. Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) took a moment to remind Sharply of the obvious: The point of distributing [the report] to the departments was in the hope they would read it, not look at it as some poison document, and learn from it.

Committee members must now decide whether to advance Sharpleys nomination. If they do, it will be up to the full Senate whether to confirm him.

These votes are two in a series of upcoming decisions that, to varying degrees and in different ways, will speak to the strength and durability of lawmakers commitment to the prohibition on torture. Some of these decisions, which I describe below, may not be understood as suchparticularly in policy circlesbut they should be.

Congress has made important strides in recent years toward building a bipartisan consensus against torture. For example, responding to allegations of cruelty and abuse by U.S. forces and seeking to prevent their repetition, the Senate passed the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act (DTA) by a vote of 90-9. In 2009, by a vote of 14-1, the Senate Intelligence Committee opened an investigation into the CIAs enhanced interrogation program, which culminated five years later in the torture report. The horrors and failures described in the reports executive summary drove Congress again to step in; Sens. Feinstein and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced an amendment to the FY2016 defense authorization bill to reinforce safeguards against a return to torture. Like the DTA, the McCain-Feinstein amendment passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, including support from the chair and ranking members of the Intelligence, Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Relations and Homeland Security Committees.

Of course, the legislative branchs progress on torture has not been uniform, and there is work still to be done. But the trend line points in the right direction. Congress needs to make sure that continues. Any backsliding on torture cracks open a door that Congress has taken significant steps toward sealing shut. Given the presidents open embrace of torture, and the distaste that some in his administration have shown for congressional oversight, that is not a risk that lawmakers can afford to run.

The Bradbury nomination

If you Google Steven G. Bradbury, you get a steady stream of returns discussing his role facilitating torture as acting head of the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel from 2005 to 2009. Indeed, Bradbury repeatedly signed off on the full slate of enhanced interrogation techniquesincluding waterboarding and 180-hour sleep deprivation, often accompanied by shackling. Neither enactment of the DTA (explicitly designed to prevent cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment) nor the Supreme Courts 2006 decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (holding that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions protects detainees in the conflict with Al Qaeda) was enough to stop him. The CIA again sought legal cover in 2007 and Bradbury authorized every abuse that the agency proposed to inflict. In a move at once illuminating and ill-considered, Bradbury justified his conclusions in part by misrepresenting that several lawmakersincluding former prisoner of war and torture survivor Senator McCainunderstood and were fine with what the CIA was doing. In fact, McCain had previously told the CIA he thought sleep deprivation was torture, and several other Senators raised objections to the agencys program months prior to Bradburys 2007 memo.

In June, President Trump nominated Bradbury for general counsel at the Department of Transportation. Bradbury passed out of committee in August on a straight party line vote (14-13), but Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) made plain why his nomination cannot be about politics: When youre stuck bleeding in a helicopter behind enemy lines like I was, you hope and pray that if the enemy finds you first, they treat you humanely. Mr. Bradbury lacked moral conviction in the Bush White House, and I dont think he can be trusted to stand up for the values I fought to defend, especially not in a Trump Presidency.

On Wednesday, in the context of a different confirmation vote, Senator McCain announced that he would oppose any nominee who in any way has supported the use of enhanced interrogation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture on Bradburys nomination anyway, and a vote is scheduled for Monday evening (Nov. 13).

The full Senate is now all that stands between Bradbury and a senior position of government trust. This vote is about accountability and about Congress leaving no doubt that, as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) have said previously, lawmakers believe [t]orture is wrong and have a responsibility to make sure that the misconduct and the grave errors made in the CIAs detention and interrogation program never happen again.

Congress refused to confirm Bradbury once during the Bush administration, when less was known about the horrors of the program he helped authorize. Will lawmakers demonstrate the courage of their convictions again now?

Detention and treatment of asylees and immigrant torture survivors

On October 8, President Trump wrote Senate and House Minority leadership with a set of immigration-reform demands that the President said must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Both Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made clear that the Presidents from the desk of Stephen Miller wish list was dead on arrival. That is undoubtedly true, taking the White Houses proposal as a whole. The question is whether any of the individual policies and principles that comprise it will end up on the negotiating table (probably yes), and if so which ones.

Several of the White Houses desired legal and policy changes would be devastating to torture survivors. For example, the President wants to ratchet up the standard of proof at the initial screening stage for arriving noncitizens who express a fear of torture (or other types of persecution) if returned to their country. He wants to jail more asylum seekers for the duration of their immigration court proceedings. And he wants to remove more asylum seekers through an expedited procedure that affords them minimal due process.

There are two predictable consequences of these reforms: refoulement and retraumatization. The former is unlawful and the latter both needless and cruel. My organization, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), extends rehabilitative care to thousands of torture survivors every year. As we explained in Tortured and Detained: Survivor Stories of U.S. Immigration Detention, many survivors remain captive to their traumatic past. They are haunted by intrusive memories, excessive rumination and nightmares, with repeated episodes of actively re-experiencing past traumas. They have often lost their sense of safety and feel that their identity and role in society is erased. They struggle with sleep disorders, anxiety, chronic pain, irritability, startle responses, suicidal ideation and depression.

Detention exacerbates these harms. (Obviously so too does forcing somebody back to the country where she was tortured and fears she could be again.) It subjects torture survivors, and asylum seekers fleeing other types of persecution, to a profound sense of powerlessness and ongoing dread at the prospect of being returned to torture and abuse. All of this risks recapitulating survivors traumatic pasts.

Unfortunately, several of the Presidents asylum-related demands have been percolating in Congress for some time. Passing them would undermine the prohibition on torture. If lawmakers want to get serious about reforming the immigration detention system, they should look instead to Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.), whose Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act is a fact (as opposed to myth) based legislative response to the systems many failings. Notably, and appropriately, their bill prohibits detaining torture survivors and other vulnerable groups at all unless the government shows that placement in a community-based supervision program is unreasonable or impracticable.

Funding for torture survivor rehabilitation

Since ratifying the Convention Against Torture (CAT) in 1994, the United States has submitted several periodic reports to the treatys monitoring bodythe Committee Against Torturedescribing implementation of the rights CAT guarantees. In each of those reports, the government discusses funding it provides for torture rehabilitation services. This includes grants from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to torture rehabilitation centers serving survivors inside the United States, as well as similar State Department (Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration) and USAID funding for programs serving survivors abroad. It also includes the United States contribution to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UN Fund), which assists torture victims and their families through a variety of channels.

President Trumps proposed FY2018 budget would reduce some of these funding streams; in particular, it would zero out the account that pays into the UN Fund. Thankfully, congressional appropriators appear poised not to let that happen.

In the Senate, the full Appropriations Committee has approved FY2018 bills for both the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS), and the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS). The former allocates just under $11 million to ORRs Victims of Torture Program. The latter provides for a $6.55 million contribution to the UN Fund and $12 million to support USAIDs Victims of Torture Program. These appropriations track previous years, with a slight increase in the case of USAID.

In the House, the full chamber has passed all twelve of its annual appropriations bills. The funding package mirrors the Senate Labor-HHS allocation for ORRs Victims of Torture Program. It does not provide line items for either the UN Fund or USAIDs Victims of Torture Program, though that is consistent with past practice.

The House and Senate bills now move to conference, where appropriators will look to reconcile differences between them and (at least in theory*) craft an omnibus bill on which both chambers will votethen send to the Presidents desk for signatureby December 8, the date through which the government is currently funded.

Conference negotiations necessarily involve at least a degree of compromise. Some items get prioritized. Others get traded away. Lawmakers should protect torture survivor rehabilitation funding. Failure to do so would not only send a terrible message, but also directly harm thousands of survivors and their families who depend on the services this funding provides as they struggle to reclaim their lives.

*Perhaps more likely in practice is a short-term Continuing Resolution that extends government funding at current fiscal year levels.

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Today, leading members of Yemen’s civil society issued a statement condemning the Saudi-led coalition’s closure of all air, land, and sea ports in Yemen. The civil society leaders called the blockade a form of “collective punishment.” The Saudi-led Coalition announced the closures earlier this week, after Houthi forces fired a missile at Riyadh.

The statement, prepared by civil society leaders from across Yemen, explains that the closures are having a “catastrophic impact on all Yemenis,” with massive increases in fuel and water prices over the past few days. Given the reliance of the country on food imports, the closures are “pushing more than 7 million people into starvation.” The UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator also warned this week that unless the ports are opened, Yemen will be “gripped by famine” and it “will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades.”

The civil society leaders call on Saudi Arabia “to urgently reopen the Yemeni air, land and sea ports and allow imports of food, fuel and medicine into Yemen.”

The statement is reproduced in full below:

Statement by Yemeni social figures on the Saudi-led Arab Coalitions closure of Yemeni land, sea and air ports

We express our deep concern and condemnation of the decision of the Saudi-led Arab coalition to close Yemens air, land and sea ports.

This decision has a great and catastrophic impact on all Yemenis, exacerbating the suffering and hardship Yemeni people have faced over the past three years. It has come despite the many appeals and warnings by various local and international organizations working in the humanitarian field in order to combat the biggest humanitarian crisis precipitated by the war. The dire situation has been compounded by the  fact that the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM) has requested all commercial vessels at the ports of Hodeidah to leave.

The decision has had a dramatic spillover effects. Daily life has been strangled in many parts of Yemen. Exchange rates have collapsed. Fuel prices have rised by 60 percent: gas stations are crowded with long lines of cars in crisis. Even water prices have doubled.

The closure of Yemen’s ports, in light of the difficult humanitarian situation and Yemen’s reliance on imports to cover nearly 90 percent of the country’s food needs, is pushing more than 7 million people into starvation. The cut-off of the supply lines and the closure of ports is considered a form of collective punishment that will undoubtedly exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, resulting in the collapse of local currency and the hindering trade–while simultaneously benefitting warlords by allowing the black market to flourish.

We therefore call upon the Saudi-led Arab Coalition , and in particular the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to urgently reopen the Yemeni air, land and sea ports and  allow imports of food, fuel and medicine into Yemen, as well as to improve the effectiveness of international mechanisms to prevent the smuggling of weapons into Yemen.

We also strongly condemn and reject the continued siege of Taiz by Houthi/Saleh forces, as well as the hindering the work of humanitarian organizations and humanitarian aid shipments by the Houthis/Saleh forces.

The suffering of the Yemeni people is no longer unknown to anyone. Ignoring this deepening catastrophe will never serve security and peace in the region and will undoubtedly have dire consequences not only for the future of Yemen but also for the region as a whole.

Finally, we remind everyone of the need to move away from using the economy and humanitarian aid as a war weapon or imposing mechanisms of collective punishment as a means of punishing the other side. This will not achieve any victories for any party but will rather create more aggressive reasons and motives for the continuation of the war.

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Ala Qasim

Amal Nasser

Ammar Al-Aulaqi

Baras Shiban

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Dr. Najat Juman

Enas Al-Arashi

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Jamal Badr

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Khatab Al-Rawhani

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Mohammed Azzan

Mohammed Saleh Al-Katheri

Nadwa Al-Dawsri

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The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia (all times local):

9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin have shaken hands at a summit in Vietnam.

The two leaders were spotted on video greeting one another ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit gala dinner in the coastal city of Danang.

Trump and Putin were expected to hold a formal meeting on the sidelines of the summit. But as Trump was about to land on Friday, the White House announced no meeting would take place.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed scheduling conflicts.

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President Donald Trump will not meet formally with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam this week due to a scheduling conflict, the White House said Friday, amid U.S. concerns that the meeting wouldn’t create genuine …
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The Early Edition: November 10, 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 ASIA TRIP

President Trump employed a mix of flattery and tough talk when meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday during his tour of Asia, the talks focused on the U.S.-China trade relationship and the threat posed by North Koreas nuclear weapons program, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that the strong personal rapport between Trump and Xi allowed the two leaders to communicate more effectively, especially when discussing the Pyongyang regime. Jeremy Page, Michael C. Bender and Chun Han Wong report at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. and China could probably solve all of the worlds problems, Trump said yesterday, notably toning down his criticisms of Beijing. Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire report at the AP.

Trump arrived in Vietnam today for the Asian-Pacific Economic Forum (A.P.E.C.), amid improved relations between U.S. and Vietnam, partly due to Vietnams desire for the U.S. to counter Chinas influence in the region. Hannah Beech explains at the New York Times.

Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not hold a formal meeting at the A.P.E.C. summit today, but it is possible and likely that the two leaders would bump into each other, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One today. Ali Vitali reports at NBC News.

Trump was more conciliatory than confrontational when meeting with Xi, taking a softer approach on the North Korean threat and Chinas role in the crisis, thanking Xi for his efforts but calling on him to put more pressure on the Pyongyang regime. Jonathan Lemire provides an analysis at the AP.

There was nothing but pleasantries and soothing tones when Trump and Xi met in Beijing, however the question remains what each leader gained and what was lost. Emily Rauhala and Simon Denyer provide an analysis at the Washington Post.

The relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines has been strained as the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved closer to China, on the other hand, the U.S. has been improving relations with Vietnam and this is a relationship that Trump can exploit. Jamie Tarabay provides an analysis at CNN.

SAUDI-LEBANON RELATIONS

There have been growing fears that the recently resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia following his resignation from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the speculation has fueled concerns that Lebanon would be the battleground for the escalating Saudi-Iran tensions as Hariri blamed Iran and its Hezbollah allies for creating a state within a state Hariris speech mirroring the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans combative rhetoric. Louisa Loveluck and Kareem Fahim report at the Washington Post.

Lebanons President Michel Aoun told Saudi Arabias envoy today that Hariri must return to Lebanon and explain why he tendered his resignation from Riyadh. Tom Perry and Sarah Dadouch report at Reuters.

Lebanese government officials have said that they havent heard from Hariri since he left for Saudi Arabia last week, Hariris decision to resign left the Lebanese government and the nation stunned and the resignation occurred in the context of Saudi Arabias contention that Hezbollah acts as a proxy of Iran and has true control of Lebanon. Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue report at the AP.

A source close to Hariri claimed that Saudi Arabia ordered Hariri to resign and have put him under house arrest, another source claimed that Saudi Arabia have been controlling and limiting his movement. Laila Bassam and Tom Perry report at Reuters.

Hariris resignation shows that Iran is taking over Lebanon. Hezbollah is taking over Lebanon, Israels Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said yesterday, saying that the time is now appropriate for a diplomatic offensive against Iran and Hezbollah at the U.N., he also dismissed allegations that Saudi Arabia forced Hariri to resign. Josef Federman reports at the AP.

The State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to elaborate on Hariris status in Saudi Arabia when asked yesterday to describe the meetings between Hariri and the U.S. charge daffaires in Riyadh, meanwhile Russias ambassador to Lebanon threatened to refer Hariris case to the U.N. Security Council if the ambiguity continues. Al Jazeera reports.

Saudi Arabia yesterday ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon, raising concerns of further instability and possible war as Lebanon is seemingly caught in the middle of the Saudi-Iran rivalry. Anne Barnard reports at the New York Times.

Kuwait and Bahrain have also ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon, the AP reports.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said yesterday, referring to Saturdays firing of a ballistic missile by Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels at the Saudi capital of Riyadh. When asked whether Saudi Arabia were heading for a direct confrontation with Iran, al-Jubeir responded we hope not. Hadley Gamble and Sam Meredith report at CNBC.

The French President Emmanuel Macron made a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia last night to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Macron blamed Iran for a ballistic missile launch saying that it was obviously an Iranian missile, but adding that it was important for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to be maintained in the interests of global and regional stability. Jon Gambrell reports at the AP.

Macron also discussed the status of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday and cited threats to his life and Iran and Hezbollahs destructive role in Lebanon as reasons for his decision. Macron said that all Lebanese officials should be able to live freely and without threats. The BBC reports.

There is no end in sight for the war in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition continue their campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and initiatives to bring about peace remain elusive. Brian Rohan provides an overview of the situation in the context of the Saudi-Iran rivalry at the AP.

The Trump administration has chosen to back Saudi Arabia and has been hostile to Iran, in particular the 2015 nuclear deal and Irans support for the militant faction of Lebanons Hezbollah group, however the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia has raised concerns about the dynamics of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and its impact on the region and the world. Vivian Salma explains at NBC News.

The U.S. faces a dilemma: how closely should it align with Saudi Arabia in its combative approach to Iran? There has been no consensus within the Trump administration and some have raised concerns that they would not want to antagonize Iran and provoke a reaction from Irans proxies in Iraq and Syria. Dion Nissenbaum explains at the Wall Street Journal.

Bin Salmans decision to oust Hariri has handed power to Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, however Saudis economic influence in Lebanon may force Hezbollah to compromise over its weaponry in order to salvage the economy, the Economist writes.

Trump has played a role in Bin Salmans efforts to consolidate his power in Saudi Arabia, the Crown Princes zeal for reform reflects a modernization drive that eschews democratic principles and diverges from the Western model a framework that Trump has consistently undermined through rhetoric and action. Anne Applebaum writes at the Washington Post.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trumps former security chief Keith Schiller testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, confirming that a foreign individual offered to send five women to Trumps hotel room during his visit to Moscow in November 2013, but Schiller refused the mans offer saying that were not interested in that. Carol D. Leonnig reports at the Washington Post.

Schiller made the comments about the five women in the context of him strenuously disputing the contents of the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Ken Dilanian and Jonathan Allen report at the Hill.

The White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Muellers team as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sources familiar with the investigation said yesterday, one source claiming that Millers role in the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey was among the topics discussed. Pamela Brown, Gloria Borger and Evan Perez report at CNN.

The opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S. produced negative information on the Clinton Foundation that the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya offered to Trump Jr. and Trump campaign officials during their meeting in June 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.

Schillers revelation about the offer of five women demonstrates how things work in Russia and their pursuit of kompromat tactics, Chris Cilizza writes at CNN.

RUSSIA

The Russian state-funded R.T. television news network said yesterday that it would register as a foreign agent in compliance with a request from the U.S. Justice Department, but said that it would challenge the decision as the demand is discriminative. Focus on the network has intensified in light of the investigations into Russias role in the 2016 election and the lobbying efforts of Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. Paul Sonne reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Russian embassy in the U.S. yesterday condemned the Justice Department for demanding R.T. to register as a foreign agent, saying that measures limiting activity will inevitably trigger an immediate symmetrical response. Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

The U.S. is expected to propose the deployment of 20,000 peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine in the coming days in a test of Russias willingness to end the conflict in Ukraine, however Western officials remain skeptical that Russia would fulfil its commitments under the 2015 Minsk agreement to withdraw all troops and weapons out of Ukraine and allow Kiev to restore control over the country following Russias annexation of the Crimea in 2014. Laurence Norman and Julian E. Barnes report at the Wall Street Journal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the U.S. of attempting to interfere in Russias presidential campaign and claimed that the U.S.s role in trying to disqualify Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics was a means of trying to undermine his presidency. David Filipov and Marissa Payne report at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The Islamic State group have taken back half of the Syrian town of Albu Kamal despite the Syrian armys announcement yesterday that it had captured the town, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was spotted Albu Kamal, a Hezbollah-run media unit claimed today, but did not offer further information, Reuters reporting.

Syrian opposition activists denied claims that al-Baghdadi has been sighted, saying that the Syrian army was seeking to distract from its losses in Albu Kamal. Bassem Mroue reports at the AP.

Iran- and Russia-backed Syrian government forces now face possible confrontation with U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) following yesterdays defeat of the Islamic State group in their last significant stronghold in the country, Sarah El Deeb explains at the AP.

Russias deplorable attempts to discredit the report into chemical weapons attacks in Syria continue to deny the truth, the U.S. representative Kenneth D. Ward said yesterday at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.), remarks that were posted on O.P.C.W.s website. Mike Corder reports at the AP.

IRAQ

The U.S.-led coalition has been setting up outposts in western Iraq near the border of Syria to clear Islamic State group militants from their last redoubt in the Euphrates River valley, Susannah George reports at the AP.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out six airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted four strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command] The figures have not been updated since November 4.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The U.S. military has killed several al-Shabab Islamist militants in Somalia in airstrikes yesterday, the U.S. military stated. Abi Guled reports at the AP.

The European Union will preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and ensure that it will be fully implemented by all, in all its parts, the E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said today. Reutersreports.

The self-styled Libyan National Army forced Islamist fighters from the city of Beghazi yesterday, expelling the militants from one of their last strongholds in the country, Reuters reports.

N.A.T.O. announced yesterday that it would deploy around 700 troops to Afghanistan, falling short of U.S. expectations of around 1,500 troops, the N.A.T.O. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that there are still some gaps that the alliance would work on. Julian E. Barnes and Craig Nelson report at the Wall Street Journal.

Militants loyal to the Islamic State group killed six soldiers and injured four on a southern Philippine island, according to Philippine military spokesperson, Reuters reporting.

Israel will be holding its largest-ever air drills with pilots from 8 countries and around 1,000 participants, the Israeli military announced yesterday, the exercises coming amid increased tensions in the region. Tia Goldenberg reports at the AP.

An ex-Guantánamo Bay inmate has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government claiming that it was complicit in his detention and torture, Jillian Kestler-DAmours reports at Al Jazeera.

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President Donald Trump finally went to Vietnam. So, as far as Jimmy Kimmel’s Kellyanne Conway puppet is concerned, the liberal media can stop dragging him for not going. As part of Trump’s diplomatic travels through Asia, the president made a stop in …and more »

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Thinking about this strategically, how do these events play into Russia’s larger plans?   The reality is that Russia is winning. We are talking about something which occurred, at its latest, over a year ago. This means that whatever the Russians did, they have had a year to figure out what they’re going to do … Continue reading“8:58 AM 11/10/2017 – “We have not even begun to discuss how the Russians were able to plan and execute such an operation.” – Former FBI counter-spy on Mueller, Trump and Putin: Russia is winning – Salon”

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TRUMP-RUSSIA Trumps former security chief Keith Schiller testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, confirming that a foreign individual offered to send five women to Trumps hotel room during his visit to Moscow in November 2013, but Schiller refused the mans offer saying that were not interested in that. Carol D. Leonnig reports at the Washington Post. … Continue reading“8:19 AM 11/10/2017 – The White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Muellers team as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election”

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TRUMP ASIA TRIP

President Trump employed a mix of flattery and tough talk when meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday during his tour of Asia, the talks focused on the U.S.-China trade relationship and the threat posed by North Koreas nuclear weapons program, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that the strong personal rapport between Trump and Xi allowed the two leaders to communicate more effectively, especially when discussing the Pyongyang regime. Jeremy Page, Michael C. Bender and Chun Han Wong report at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. and China could probably solve all of the worlds problems, Trump said yesterday, notably toning down his criticisms of Beijing. Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire report at the AP.

Trump arrived in Vietnam today for the Asian-Pacific Economic Forum (A.P.E.C.), amid improved relations between U.S. and Vietnam, partly due to Vietnams desire for the U.S. to counter Chinas influence in the region. Hannah Beech explains at the New York Times.

Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not hold a formal meeting at the A.P.E.C. summit today, but it is possible and likely that the two leaders would bump into each other, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One today. Ali Vitali reports at NBC News.

Trump was more conciliatory than confrontational when meeting with Xi, taking a softer approach on the North Korean threat and Chinas role in the crisis, thanking Xi for his efforts but calling on him to put more pressure on the Pyongyang regime. Jonathan Lemire provides an analysis at the AP.

There was nothing but pleasantries and soothing tones when Trump and Xi met in Beijing, however the question remains what each leader gained and what was lost. Emily Rauhala and Simon Denyer provide an analysis at the Washington Post.

The relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines has been strained as the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved closer to China, on the other hand, the U.S. has been improving relations with Vietnam and this is a relationship that Trump can exploit. Jamie Tarabay provides an analysis at CNN.

SAUDI-LEBANON RELATIONS

There have been growing fears that the recently resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia following his resignation from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the speculation has fueled concerns that Lebanon would be the battleground for the escalating Saudi-Iran tensions as Hariri blamed Iran and its Hezbollah allies for creating a state within a state Hariris speech mirroring the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans combative rhetoric. Louisa Loveluck and Kareem Fahim report at the Washington Post.

Lebanons President Michel Aoun told Saudi Arabias envoy today that Hariri must return to Lebanon and explain why he tendered his resignation from Riyadh. Tom Perry and Sarah Dadouch report at Reuters.

Lebanese government officials have said that they havent heard from Hariri since he left for Saudi Arabia last week, Hariris decision to resign left the Lebanese government and the nation stunned and the resignation occurred in the context of Saudi Arabias contention that Hezbollah acts as a proxy of Iran and has true control of Lebanon. Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue report at the AP.

A source close to Hariri claimed that Saudi Arabia ordered Hariri to resign and have put him under house arrest, another source claimed that Saudi Arabia have been controlling and limiting his movement. Laila Bassam and Tom Perry report at Reuters.

Hariris resignation shows that Iran is taking over Lebanon. Hezbollah is taking over Lebanon, Israels Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said yesterday, saying that the time is now appropriate for a diplomatic offensive against Iran and Hezbollah at the U.N., he also dismissed allegations that Saudi Arabia forced Hariri to resign. Josef Federman reports at the AP.

The State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to elaborate on Hariris status in Saudi Arabia when asked yesterday to describe the meetings between Hariri and the U.S. charge daffaires in Riyadh, meanwhile Russias ambassador to Lebanon threatened to refer Hariris case to the U.N. Security Council if the ambiguity continues. Al Jazeera reports.

Saudi Arabia yesterday ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon, raising concerns of further instability and possible war as Lebanon is seemingly caught in the middle of the Saudi-Iran rivalry. Anne Barnard reports at the New York Times.

Kuwait and Bahrain have also ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon, the AP reports.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said yesterday, referring to Saturdays firing of a ballistic missile by Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels at the Saudi capital of Riyadh. When asked whether Saudi Arabia were heading for a direct confrontation with Iran, al-Jubeir responded we hope not. Hadley Gamble and Sam Meredith report at CNBC.

The French President Emmanuel Macron made a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia last night to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Macron blamed Iran for a ballistic missile launch saying that it was obviously an Iranian missile, but adding that it was important for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to be maintained in the interests of global and regional stability. Jon Gambrell reports at the AP.

Macron also discussed the status of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday and cited threats to his life and Iran and Hezbollahs destructive role in Lebanon as reasons for his decision. Macron said that all Lebanese officials should be able to live freely and without threats. The BBC reports.

There is no end in sight for the war in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition continue their campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and initiatives to bring about peace remain elusive. Brian Rohan provides an overview of the situation in the context of the Saudi-Iran rivalry at the AP.

The Trump administration has chosen to back Saudi Arabia and has been hostile to Iran, in particular the 2015 nuclear deal and Irans support for the militant faction of Lebanons Hezbollah group, however the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia has raised concerns about the dynamics of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and its impact on the region and the world. Vivian Salma explains at NBC News.

The U.S. faces a dilemma: how closely should it align with Saudi Arabia in its combative approach to Iran? There has been no consensus within the Trump administration and some have raised concerns that they would not want to antagonize Iran and provoke a reaction from Irans proxies in Iraq and Syria. Dion Nissenbaum explains at the Wall Street Journal.

Bin Salmans decision to oust Hariri has handed power to Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, however Saudis economic influence in Lebanon may force Hezbollah to compromise over its weaponry in order to salvage the economy, the Economist writes.

Trump has played a role in Bin Salmans efforts to consolidate his power in Saudi Arabia, the Crown Princes zeal for reform reflects a modernization drive that eschews democratic principles and diverges from the Western model a framework that Trump has consistently undermined through rhetoric and action. Anne Applebaum writes at the Washington Post.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trumps former security chief Keith Schiller testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, confirming that a foreign individual offered to send five women to Trumps hotel room during his visit to Moscow in November 2013, but Schiller refused the mans offer saying that were not interested in that. Carol D. Leonnig reports at the Washington Post.

Schiller made the comments about the five women in the context of him strenuously disputing the contents of the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Ken Dilanian and Jonathan Allen report at the Hill.

The White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Muellers team as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sources familiar with the investigation said yesterday, one source claiming that Millers role in the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey was among the topics discussed. Pamela Brown, Gloria Borger and Evan Perez report at CNN.

The opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S. produced negative information on the Clinton Foundation that the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya offered to Trump Jr. and Trump campaign officials during their meeting in June 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.

Schillers revelation about the offer of five women demonstrates how things work in Russia and their pursuit of kompromat tactics, Chris Cilizza writes at CNN.

RUSSIA

The Russian state-funded R.T. television news network said yesterday that it would register as a foreign agent in compliance with a request from the U.S. Justice Department, but said that it would challenge the decision as the demand is discriminative. Focus on the network has intensified in light of the investigations into Russias role in the 2016 election and the lobbying efforts of Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. Paul Sonne reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Russian embassy in the U.S. yesterday condemned the Justice Department for demanding R.T. to register as a foreign agent, saying that measures limiting activity will inevitably trigger an immediate symmetrical response. Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

The U.S. is expected to propose the deployment of 20,000 peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine in the coming days in a test of Russias willingness to end the conflict in Ukraine, however Western officials remain skeptical that Russia would fulfil its commitments under the 2015 Minsk agreement to withdraw all troops and weapons out of Ukraine and allow Kiev to restore control over the country following Russias annexation of the Crimea in 2014. Laurence Norman and Julian E. Barnes report at the Wall Street Journal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the U.S. of attempting to interfere in Russias presidential campaign and claimed that the U.S.s role in trying to disqualify Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics was a means of trying to undermine his presidency. David Filipov and Marissa Payne report at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The Islamic State group have taken back half of the Syrian town of Albu Kamal despite the Syrian armys announcement yesterday that it had captured the town, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was spotted Albu Kamal, a Hezbollah-run media unit claimed today, but did not offer further information, Reuters reporting.

Syrian opposition activists denied claims that al-Baghdadi has been sighted, saying that the Syrian army was seeking to distract from its losses in Albu Kamal. Bassem Mroue reports at the AP.

Iran- and Russia-backed Syrian government forces now face possible confrontation with U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) following yesterdays defeat of the Islamic State group in their last significant stronghold in the country, Sarah El Deeb explains at the AP.

Russias deplorable attempts to discredit the report into chemical weapons attacks in Syria continue to deny the truth, the U.S. representative Kenneth D. Ward said yesterday at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.), remarks that were posted on O.P.C.W.s website. Mike Corder reports at the AP.

IRAQ

The U.S.-led coalition has been setting up outposts in western Iraq near the border of Syria to clear Islamic State group militants from their last redoubt in the Euphrates River valley, Susannah George reports at the AP.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out six airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted four strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command] The figures have not been updated since November 4.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The U.S. military has killed several al-Shabab Islamist militants in Somalia in airstrikes yesterday, the U.S. military stated. Abi Guled reports at the AP.

The European Union will preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and ensure that it will be fully implemented by all, in all its parts, the E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said today. Reutersreports.

The self-styled Libyan National Army forced Islamist fighters from the city of Beghazi yesterday, expelling the militants from one of their last strongholds in the country, Reuters reports.

N.A.T.O. announced yesterday that it would deploy around 700 troops to Afghanistan, falling short of U.S. expectations of around 1,500 troops, the N.A.T.O. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that there are still some gaps that the alliance would work on. Julian E. Barnes and Craig Nelson report at the Wall Street Journal.

Militants loyal to the Islamic State group killed six soldiers and injured four on a southern Philippine island, according to Philippine military spokesperson, Reuters reporting.

Israel will be holding its largest-ever air drills with pilots from 8 countries and around 1,000 participants, the Israeli military announced yesterday, the exercises coming amid increased tensions in the region. Tia Goldenberg reports at the AP.

An ex-Guantánamo Bay inmate has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government claiming that it was complicit in his detention and torture, Jillian Kestler-DAmours reports at Al Jazeera.

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Former FBI counter-spy on Mueller, Trump and Putin: Russia is winning
 

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These are people who wanted to win at all costs, and believed that this information was something they could get that would help secure the presidency for Trump. Those are the boxes that get ticked for me. Then there is actually the question of opportunity and access. We know Manafort had connections with the Kremlin.

Again, this pattern demonstrates an attempt by the Russians to recruit U.S. persons to support their operational intent to undermine our country.

How does the information gleamed from Mueller’s indictment either complicate or clarify the timeline of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election?

I think the biggest problem we have with Manafort and Gates is that there are alleged criminal activities which predate the campaign, especially the Ukrainian money-laundering operation.

That is something which will be used to parry and deflect. But ultimately it does not matter if these events happened before the presidential campaign. They are still a crime. It also shows that Manafort is a man who has been a campaign manager and likely a money launderer for the Russians. He should never have been in that position [on the Trump campaign] to begin with. At best, Donald Trump could just plead ignorance, that he didn’t do his due diligence. Again, this doesn’t make him look any better.

How do you read the question of Trump’s involvement, given the new information? Like a Mafia don, it seems that Trump will say he had no idea what was going on around him.

That’s a very good point. I think that Donald Trump was not fully aware of a lot of these intricacies. I think he was not aware of them simply because of the Russians. The Russians were very smart about this, in terms of figuring out how to recruit people. We see that with Hillary Clinton emails and the success that they apparently had there.

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Legal expert thinks Robert Mueller may indict Vladimir Putin in Donald Trumps Russia scandal
 

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. One legal expert, who has a law degree from Oxford and another law degree from the London School of Economics, is weighing in on Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Based on the available evidence and the direction he thinks things are now headed in, he believes that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may end up indicting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

That’s the argument from Brent Budowsky, a legal expert who has written a new op-ed about the matter for The Hill (link). He makes a compelling case that Robert Mueller has the legal grounds to convene a grand jury against Putin, and the evidence to bring an indictment against him. Putin has committed various major and quantifiable crimes against the United States as part of an attempt at interfering in the U.S. election on Donald Trump’s behalf. Budowsky is urging Mueller to name Putin as an unindicted co-conspirator instead but the bottom line is why Mueller would go after Putin at all.

Palmer Report’s own take on the matter is this: short of a regime change, Russia obviously would not be willing to extradite its own president to stand trial in the United States. Mueller could try Putin in absentia, as a way of publicly laying out the case that Putin rigged the election in Trump’s favor and worked with members of the Trump campaign to do it. In so doing, Mueller would be trying Donald Trump by proxy.

There are a number of legal experts who believe Robert Mueller can indict Donald Trump while he’s still a sitting president. There are far fewer who believe Mueller can actually put a sitting U.S. president on trial, because the Constitution grants impeachment trial power to Congress. However, nothing says Mueller can’t put the president of Russia on trial, as a way of convincing the American public that Trump is overwhelmingly guilty and illegitimate thus helping to force Trump’s ouster.

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1917 Russian Revolution: The gay community’s brief window of freedom
 

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By Olga Khoroshilova St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design

In January 1921 Russian Baltic Fleet sailor Afanasy Shaur organised an extraordinary gay wedding in Petrograd.

The guests included 95 former army officers along with members of the lower ranks of both the army and navy, and one woman, dressed in a man’s suit.

The city had never seen anything like it.

Shaur pulled out all the stops. He did not think guests would come if it had just been a party.

But he gambled – rightly – that a proper wedding with all the Russian traditions, bread and salt, a blessing from the proud parents, and a concert to follow, would be irresistible.

At the time Russia’s gay community was enjoying a brief window of tolerance.

After the October Revolution in 1917, the Bolsheviks scrapped and rewrote the country’s laws. They produced two Criminal Codes – in 1922 and 1926 – and an article prohibiting gay sex was left off both.

But the wedding in Petrograd (now St Petersburg) was not all it seemed.

Afanasy Shaur was in fact a member of the secret police, and at the end of the festivities the guests were all arrested.

It emerged that Shaur had arranged the whole event as a way to curry favour with his bosses. He claimed these former military men were counter-revolutionaries who wanted to destroy the young Red Army from the inside.

But despite Shaur’s efforts, the accusations did not stick. The case was eventually closed and the “counter-revolutionaries” got away with nothing more than a fright.

How to recognise ‘one’s own’

Gay men had been part of a distinct underground community in Russia long before the revolution and they recognised each other by the “secret language” of fashion.

In St Petersburg, some wore red ties, or red shawls, onto which they would sew the back pockets of trousers.

Others powdered their faces and wore a lot of mascara.

After the revolution, the heavily made-up “silent film star look” became more mainstream and no longer just a fashion for young gay men.

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The upheaval of the revolution and civil war brought hard times to Russia and gay men were not able to match the flamboyant clothes and luxury accessories favoured by some of their counterparts across Europe.

Legal but still persecuted

The Bolsheviks were indirectly influenced by Magnus Hirschfeld, a German scientist who founded the Institute of Sexology in Berlin.

Hirschfeld often spoke in public of his conviction that homosexuality was not a disease, but a natural manifestation of human sexuality.

But although there may not have been an article relating to gay sex in the criminal codes of the 1920s, the community was still persecuted. Gay men were often beaten, blackmailed or sacked from their jobs.

Some wrote heartfelt letters to the psychiatrist Vladimir Bekhterev, considering him their last hope. They poured out their souls, asking him to help them cope with depression and even to “cure their illness”.

These letters and other documents show that members of the gay community were incredibly brave – some wore women’s dresses and corsets, wore their hair long and often looked like real women.

‘Aristocrats’ and ‘simple people’

Curiously, even though the revolution abolished class division, gay men continued to be divided by social classes. There were two gay communities and they rarely mixed.

The first were the so-called “aristocrats” – representatives of the creative intelligentsia, nobles, officials, and officers of the Tsarist army and navy.

The other community was “simple” (the name, evidently, was invented by the “aristocrats”). It consisted of soldiers, sailors, clerks – people who had not been part of the fashionable St Petersburg salons before the revolution and who were not welcome guests of the “aristocrats” after 1917.

In the 1920s, German Travesti theatre – in which men dress as women and vice versa – became popular among Soviet gay men. They were particularly fond of Hansi Sturm, the star of the Berlin night club El Dorado.

“Aristocrats” only rarely invited handsome men from the “simple” ranks to attend their extravagant soirees. But the male artists who dressed as women were not restrained by class restrictions.

They became stars and impersonated, among others, famous ballerinas like Matilda Kshesinskaya, who was mistress to Tsar Nicholas II.

Their wardrobes were full of beautiful costumes made by professional tailors. They used to rent them from the famous Petrograd tailor Leifert or have them made by him.

Before the revolution, Leifert was a supplier to the imperial court and he also made costumes for the dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre.

And then it all came to an end

After Afanasy Shaur’s plot to ensnare “counter-revolutionaries” with his spectacular gay marriage ceremony, there were no more high-profile weddings or arrests like this in the 1920s.

Although homosexuality was tolerated, the community started to lose its freedom in the 1930s.

In July 1933, 175 gay men from different walks of life were arrested in what came to be known as the Case of the Leningrad Homosexuals.

While the full details of the case remain classified, it is known that all those detained were given prison sentences on a range of charges from working for British intelligence to “malicious counter-revolutionism” and “moral corruption of the Red Army”.

It is thought that Shaur’s “wedding” in 1921 played a significant role in this. The secret police had not forgotten his claims that “sodomizers were corrupting the army and navy”.

Those same assertions were repeated in the early 1930s, as well as in forced confessions obtained by the secret police.

The Case of the Leningrad Homosexuals led to the re-inclusion of the article outlawing homosexuality in the new Criminal Code of 1934 and Russia’s short-lived tolerance of gay rights finally came to an end.

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FBI counterterror chief, reportedly drunk, loses weapon
 

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Robert Manson, a supervisor in the FBI’s counterterrorism division, got drunk — allegedly — during a party with exotic dancers, better known as strippers, at a hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, went to bed, woke up and found his service weapon missing.

This isn’t just embarrassing. It’s downright dangerous to innocent American citizens.

Cut to video, “When FBI Guys Go Crazy.” The subtitle? “FBI Follies: Following in the Footsteps of the Secret Service.”

Seriously. Could we please keep the federal law enforcement weapons out of the hands of strippers? Seems a simple request.

Here’s how the New York Times reports the story: “Manson, a unit chief in the F.B.I.’s international terrorism section, had his Glock .40-caliber handgun, a $6,000 Rolex watch and $60 cash stolen from his room at the Westin hotel in Charlotte. … Manson and other senior agents were in Charlotte for training … The agents later told the police that they had been drinking with women who said they were exotic dancers.”

Nice.

What a red-faced moment for the agency. To say the least.

Police officers for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were called to investigate the thefts, during which they ascertained “Manson was incapacitated because of alcohol.”

In other words, he was stone-cold drunk — a stumbling, bumbling idiot.

“A fellow agent, Kevin Thuman, gave the report,” the New York Times went on.

And here’s the kicker — the red flag to watch.

“Federal law allows agents to carry concealed weapons while off duty, but not while they are intoxicated. … FBI rules prohibit agents from leaving their guns in unsecure places,” the newspaper reported. “No arrests have been made and police officers have not recovered the gun.”

Great. So an FBI agent’s gun is out there, floating around in some undisclosed circle — some undisclosed circle related to the field of stripping. And the cover-up at the federal level goes on. The incident occurred in July, post-James Comey and pre-Christopher Wray, when Andrew McCabe was interim agency director (McCabe, who’s married to the Democratic-donating, Hillary Clinton-loving Jill McCabe). Yet America’s taxpayers, the ones who pay, apparently, for FBI agents to get drunk and hang with strippers and compromise citizen security by losing their weapons, are just learning of it all now.

Remember when Secret Service agents went similarly wild?

As CNN noted in early 2015: “Gate-crashing agents make 4 Secret Service scandals in 3 years.”

The story detailed how the second-in-charge of Barack Obama’s presidential detail went out for a night of drinking and driving that ended only when the taxpayer-funded vehicle smashed into a White House barrier — and how agents serving in Colombia were caught in embarrassing throes of passion with local prostitutes, just feet from where Obama’s own hotel digs. That latter story came to light ‘cause the prostitutes were pissed they didn’t get paid.

Eight Secret Service agents lost their jobs over that public relations headache.

Now how about Manson?

Michael Kortan, a spokesman for the FBI, said the North Carolina hotel incident was under internal investigation. But come on now. It happened back in July — July 10, to be exact, according to Fox News.

Does it really take that long to review a hotel camera or two?

Regardless, this is more than embarrassing for the FBI. Citizen safety is at issue. There’s a missing weapon involved — a missing weapon the FBI let into the world. And try as the agency might to keep a lid on the whole shameful drunken partying hotel matter, fact is, if a citizen ends up being injured by this weapon, the FBI will be culpable. And that’s not just red-faced. That’s near-criminal.

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Syria’s army declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their self-declared caliphate.

The army and its allies say they are still fighting ISIL in desert areas near the eastern town of Albu Kamal, which was the group’s last major urban stronghold in Syria.

Government troops earlier linked up with Iraqi forces at the border after taking the nearby city of al-Qaim.

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Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say
 

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Ditto for Dylann Roof, the racist who murdered nine African-American churchgoers in South Carolina in 2015, and Christopher Harper-Mercer, the angry young man who killed nine people at a community college in Oregon the same year.

Nor does anything in these criminals’ history — including domestic violence, like Mr. Kelley’s — serve to reliably predict their spectacularly cruel acts. Even if spree killers have committed domestic violence disproportionately more often — and this assertion is in dispute — the vast majority of men who are guilty of that crime never proceed to mass murder.

Most mass murderers instead belong to a rogue’s gallery of the disgruntled and aggrieved, whose anger and intentions wax and wane over time, eventually curdling into violence in the wake of some perceived humiliation.

“In almost all high-end mass killings, the perpetrator’s thinking evolves,” said Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.

“They have a passing thought. They think about it more, they fantasize, they slowly build a justification. They prepare, and then when the right set of circumstances comes along, it unleashes the rage.”

This evolution proceeds rationally and logically, at least in the murderer’s mind. The unthinkable becomes thinkable, then inevitable.

Researchers define mass killings as an event leaving four or more dead at the same place and time. These incidents occur at an average of about one a day across the United States; few make national headlines.

At least half of the perpetrators die in the act, either by committing suicide (Mr. Kelley is said to have shot himself in the head) or being felled by police.

Analyzing his database, Dr. Stone has concluded that about 65 percent of mass killers exhibited no evidence of a severe mental disorder; 22 percent likely had psychosis, the delusional thinking and hallucinations that characterize schizophrenia, or sometimes accompany mania and severe depression. (The remainder likely had depressive or antisocial traits.)

Among the psychotic, he counts Jared Loughner, the Arizona man who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and 18 others in 2011. By most accounts, including his own, Mr. Loughner was becoming increasingly delusional.

Adam Lanza, who in 2012 killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., exhibited extreme paranoia in the months leading up to his crime, isolating himself in his room.

But what to make of John Robert Neumann Jr., who in June shot and killed five former co-workers at a warehouse in Orlando before turning the gun on himself? Mr. Neumann was not overtly psychotic, as far as anyone knows, and this is far more typical of the men who commit mass killings generally.

“The majority of the killers were disgruntled workers or jilted lovers who were acting on a deep sense of injustice,” and not mentally ill, Dr. Stone said of his research.

In a 2016 analysis of 71 lone-actor terrorists and 115 mass killers, researchers convened by the Department of Justice found the rate of psychotic disorders to be about what Dr. Stone had discovered: roughly 20 percent.

The overall rate of any psychiatric history among mass killers — including such probable diagnoses as depression, learning disabilities or A.D.H.D. — was 48 percent.

About two-thirds of this group had faced “long-term stress,” like trouble at school or keeping a job, failure in business, or disabling physical injuries from, say, a car accident.

Substance abuse was also common: More than 40 percent had problems with alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.

Looking at both studies, and using data from his own work, J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist who consults with the F.B.I., has identified what he believes is a common thread: a “paranoid spectrum,” he calls it.

At the extreme end is full-on psychosis of the Loughner variety. But the majority of people on this spectrum are not deeply ill; rather, they are injustice collectors. They are prone to perceive insults and failures as cumulative, and often to blame them on one person or one group.

“If you have this paranoid streak, this vigilance, this sense that others have been persecuting you for years, there’s an accumulation of maltreatment and an intense urge to stop that persecution,” Dr. Meloy said.

“That may never happen. The person may never act on the urge. But when they do, typically there’s a triggering event. It’s a loss in love or work — something that starts a clock ticking, that starts the planning.”

Mental health treatment might make a difference for the one in five murderers who have severe mental disorders, experts say. Prevention is also possible in a few other cases — for instance, if the perpetrators make overt threats and those threats are reported.

But other factors must be weighed.

“In my large file of mass murders, if you look decade by decade, the numbers of victims are fairly small up until the 1960s,” said Dr. Stone. “That’s when the deaths start going way up. When the AK-47s and the Kalashnikovs and the Uzis — all these semiautomatic weapons, when they became so easily accessible.”

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BEIJING  President Trump lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of a formal bilateral meeting here Thursday, touting “great chemistry” between them and declaring their relationship a “great one.” In brief remarks, Trump said the two nations could work together “to solve world problems for many, many years to come,” and he thanked Xi […]

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The blaze ripped through part of the secret service facility in Yasenevo, Moscow.

Local media reported 15 fire crews had been sent to battle the flames.

Workers were evacuated as the fire raged.

It is thought the fire affected a two-storey building in the complex, situated on the outskirts of Moscow.

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 emergency services, said that the fire broke out in a cable gallery under the spy service’s headquarters.

The job was made more complex by the fact that mobile communication is blocked at the centre.

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 Fradkov, an ex-diplomat who is thought to have served with the KGB.

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More than a decade before he became Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort started advising another future president, Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine. That relationship would lead him into a network of Russian and pro-Russian business and political interests, netting him millions of dollars.

On Monday, it led to his surrender to the FBI to face criminal charges in the widening investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

While the White House said that the indictment of Manafort and his longtime business partner had nothing to do with President Trump or his campaign, Manafort’s Ukrainian connections put him near the center of a political drama that experts say became a prelude to Russia’s eventual determination to interfere in the presidential election.

In interviews for the film Putin’s Revenge, FRONTLINE’s months-long investigation into the origins of Russia’s electoral meddling, former U.S. diplomats, intelligence officials, historians, and Russian and American journalists singled out protests in 2014 to oust Yanukovych as a pivotal moment for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who blamed the Obama administration for the unrest.

It  was in Ukraine, that Putin would test out a new type of “hybrid” warfare, a strategy combining diplomatic and military deception along with cyber attacks and efforts to sow confusion through propaganda and “fake news” – foreshadowing what would eventually transpire in the U.S. elections two years later.

As demonstrators marched on the Ukrainian capital, hackers intercepted a phone call between Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. On the call, Nuland appeared to signal a preference for a new government in Ukraine and uttered a profanity about the European Union, a key American ally during negotiations over the crisis.

Intercepting diplomatic communications was nothing new. But the subsequent leak of the conversation, experts said, was designed to create division between U.S. negotiators and the EU.

“Clearly they were looking to discredit me personally as the main negotiator at that time to thereby reduce U.S. influence,” Nuland told FRONTLINE.

“In retrospect, some people think we should have taken this a lot more seriously than we did … Because it was the first demonstration that Russia was willing and able to use techniques against the United States that it had previously not dared to attempt,”  Evan Osnos of The New Yorker said in an interview with FRONTLINE.

Ukraine would also become a testing ground for using disinformation as a weapon, most notably, in Putin’s denials after Russian forces moved into the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. The forces numbered in the thousands, and although they wore Russian-style combat uniforms, the uniforms lacked Russian insignia, providing the Kremlin a measure of deniability.

“This is a classic example of [Russia] using asymmetric tactics,” said Antony Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017. “It sent in small numbers of special forces who allied themselves with local separatists, gave them instruction, gave them equipment, gave them money, gave them direction, and then Putin denied their presence.”

“It was striking,” added Blinken. “We would be in the Oval Office, and the president would be on the phone with Putin, and Putin would be denying, and in fact, flat-out lying, about Russia’s presence in Ukraine. Obama would say to him, ‘Vladimir, we’re not blind. We have eyes. We can see.’ And Putin would just move on as if nothing had happened.”

Based on the success of his efforts in Ukraine, by the start of the 2016 election, Putin saw a ripe opportunity for intervention in the U.S. election, according to interviews for Putin’s Revenge.

One reason was Trump’s public praise of Putin and the involvement in the Trump campaign of officials with ties to Russia. These included Manafort, a longtime Republican political operative who had worked as a political consultant to Yanukovych and his pro-Russia Party of Regions.

Manafort was brought onto the Trump campaign in 2016 to help keep GOP delegates from breaking with Trump. Just three months later, he was promoted to the role of chief strategist and campaign manager. In August, Manafort was fired following reports about his business dealings in Ukraine, but not before raising Russia’s profile within the candidate’s team.

“Manafort has these connections to Putin-friendly forces in Eastern Europe, so the campaign suddenly started to reflect more of Manafort’s instincts than the disorienting Trump instincts on foreign policy that we saw earlier in the campaign,” said Robert Costa, a national political reporter for The Washington Post. “There wasn’t really a Russia view from Trump or his campaign team until the summer of 2016, the spring of 2016, when Manafort comes on.”

Manafort not only “spent years in Ukrainian politics,” he also “became close to Russian oligarchs,” according to Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. 

“If you’re Putin, you’re saying: ‘Huh, OK. This is a whole new team. This is not Hillary Clinton and her circle of anti-Putin hawks. This is a group of people that knows that region, is skeptical of NATO, and is probably willing to reach out to Moscow,’” said Lizza.

President Trump is now trying to distance himself from Manafort, saying in a tweet on Monday, “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign.” But the 31-page indictment alleges that for nearly a decade — including while he running the Trump campaign — Manafort and his longtime business partner, Rick Gates, used overseas shell companies to launder millions of dollars earned while lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian officials in the Ukrainian government. The two men were also charged with making false statements and other counts. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Putin and the Kremlin have denied any involvement in the U.S. election. But the case against Manafort and Gates is just part of the intensifying Russia probe, which now also includes the cooperation of a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, who admitted lying to the F.B.I. about how he sought to meet with Russians offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Of particular interest to investigators will be what Trump officials knew about Papadopoulos’s contacts with Russians ahead of a June meeting at Trump Tower between Russians who were promising damaging information on Clinton and senior members of the Trump campaign, including the candidate’s eldest son and Manafort.

Court documents released Monday show that Papadopoulos informed members of the Trump campaign about his conversations with the Russians. What the documents leave out, however, is whether Papadopoulos informed campaign officials about a conversation in which he was told by that Moscow had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told FRONTLINE that the Trump Tower meeting suggested that its members had previous knowledge about what the Russian government wanted to achieve.

“It’s significant because a whole context of the meeting was set up under the premise, ‘We have some dirt to give you on Hillary Clinton as a part of our effort to help elect Donald Trump,’” he said. “It was part of the Russian government’s effort to help Donald Trump. That suggests a prior relationship, prior work, prior communication about what the Russian government hopes an effort was designed to accomplish.”

In their initial response to the meeting, Trump officials did not say whether the presidential campaign was discussed, but maintained that the conversation focused “primarily” on the issue of Russian adoptions. The New York Times later reported that Trump officials attended the meeting after a trusted intermediary told Trump’s eldest son that a senior Russian government official was offering documents that “would incriminate Hillary … and would be very useful to your father.”

Donald Trump Jr. responded, “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting and said he would bring colleagues, including “Paul Manafort (campaign boss).

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The Early Edition: November 10, 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 ASIA TRIP

President Trump employed a mix of flattery and tough talk when meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday during his tour of Asia, the talks focused on the U.S.-China trade relationship and the threat posed by North Koreas nuclear weapons program, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that the strong personal rapport between Trump and Xi allowed the two leaders to communicate more effectively, especially when discussing the Pyongyang regime. Jeremy Page, Michael C. Bender and Chun Han Wong report at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. and China could probably solve all of the worlds problems, Trump said yesterday, notably toning down his criticisms of Beijing. Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire report at the AP.

Trump arrived in Vietnam today for the Asian-Pacific Economic Forum (A.P.E.C.), amid improved relations between U.S. and Vietnam, partly due to Vietnams desire for the U.S. to counter Chinas influence in the region. Hannah Beech explains at the New York Times.

Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will not hold a formal meeting at the A.P.E.C. summit today, but it is possible and likely that the two leaders would bump into each other, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One today. Ali Vitali reports at NBC News.

Trump was more conciliatory than confrontational when meeting with Xi, taking a softer approach on the North Korean threat and Chinas role in the crisis, thanking Xi for his efforts but calling on him to put more pressure on the Pyongyang regime. Jonathan Lemire provides an analysis at the AP.

There was nothing but pleasantries and soothing tones when Trump and Xi met in Beijing, however the question remains what each leader gained and what was lost. Emily Rauhala and Simon Denyer provide an analysis at the Washington Post.

The relationship between the U.S. and the Philippines has been strained as the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has moved closer to China, on the other hand, the U.S. has been improving relations with Vietnam and this is a relationship that Trump can exploit. Jamie Tarabay provides an analysis at CNN.

SAUDI-LEBANON RELATIONS

There have been growing fears that the recently resigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia following his resignation from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the speculation has fueled concerns that Lebanon would be the battleground for the escalating Saudi-Iran tensions as Hariri blamed Iran and its Hezbollah allies for creating a state within a state Hariris speech mirroring the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans combative rhetoric. Louisa Loveluck and Kareem Fahim report at the Washington Post.

Lebanons President Michel Aoun told Saudi Arabias envoy today that Hariri must return to Lebanon and explain why he tendered his resignation from Riyadh. Tom Perry and Sarah Dadouch report at Reuters.

Lebanese government officials have said that they havent heard from Hariri since he left for Saudi Arabia last week, Hariris decision to resign left the Lebanese government and the nation stunned and the resignation occurred in the context of Saudi Arabias contention that Hezbollah acts as a proxy of Iran and has true control of Lebanon. Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue report at the AP.

A source close to Hariri claimed that Saudi Arabia ordered Hariri to resign and have put him under house arrest, another source claimed that Saudi Arabia have been controlling and limiting his movement. Laila Bassam and Tom Perry report at Reuters.

Hariris resignation shows that Iran is taking over Lebanon. Hezbollah is taking over Lebanon, Israels Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said yesterday, saying that the time is now appropriate for a diplomatic offensive against Iran and Hezbollah at the U.N., he also dismissed allegations that Saudi Arabia forced Hariri to resign. Josef Federman reports at the AP.

The State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to elaborate on Hariris status in Saudi Arabia when asked yesterday to describe the meetings between Hariri and the U.S. charge daffaires in Riyadh, meanwhile Russias ambassador to Lebanon threatened to refer Hariris case to the U.N. Security Council if the ambiguity continues. Al Jazeera reports.

Saudi Arabia yesterday ordered its citizens to leave Lebanon, raising concerns of further instability and possible war as Lebanon is seemingly caught in the middle of the Saudi-Iran rivalry. Anne Barnard reports at the New York Times.

Kuwait and Bahrain have also ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon, the AP reports.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

We would like to see sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorism and sanctions on Iran for violating the ballistic missile resolutions of the United Nations, the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said yesterday, referring to Saturdays firing of a ballistic missile by Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels at the Saudi capital of Riyadh. When asked whether Saudi Arabia were heading for a direct confrontation with Iran, al-Jubeir responded we hope not. Hadley Gamble and Sam Meredith report at CNBC.

The French President Emmanuel Macron made a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia last night to talk with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Macron blamed Iran for a ballistic missile launch saying that it was obviously an Iranian missile, but adding that it was important for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to be maintained in the interests of global and regional stability. Jon Gambrell reports at the AP.

Macron also discussed the status of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday and cited threats to his life and Iran and Hezbollahs destructive role in Lebanon as reasons for his decision. Macron said that all Lebanese officials should be able to live freely and without threats. The BBC reports.

There is no end in sight for the war in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition continue their campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and initiatives to bring about peace remain elusive. Brian Rohan provides an overview of the situation in the context of the Saudi-Iran rivalry at the AP.

The Trump administration has chosen to back Saudi Arabia and has been hostile to Iran, in particular the 2015 nuclear deal and Irans support for the militant faction of Lebanons Hezbollah group, however the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia has raised concerns about the dynamics of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and its impact on the region and the world. Vivian Salma explains at NBC News.

The U.S. faces a dilemma: how closely should it align with Saudi Arabia in its combative approach to Iran? There has been no consensus within the Trump administration and some have raised concerns that they would not want to antagonize Iran and provoke a reaction from Irans proxies in Iraq and Syria. Dion Nissenbaum explains at the Wall Street Journal.

Bin Salmans decision to oust Hariri has handed power to Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, however Saudis economic influence in Lebanon may force Hezbollah to compromise over its weaponry in order to salvage the economy, the Economist writes.

Trump has played a role in Bin Salmans efforts to consolidate his power in Saudi Arabia, the Crown Princes zeal for reform reflects a modernization drive that eschews democratic principles and diverges from the Western model a framework that Trump has consistently undermined through rhetoric and action. Anne Applebaum writes at the Washington Post.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trumps former security chief Keith Schiller testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, confirming that a foreign individual offered to send five women to Trumps hotel room during his visit to Moscow in November 2013, but Schiller refused the mans offer saying that were not interested in that. Carol D. Leonnig reports at the Washington Post.

Schiller made the comments about the five women in the context of him strenuously disputing the contents of the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Ken Dilanian and Jonathan Allen report at the Hill.

The White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Muellers team as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sources familiar with the investigation said yesterday, one source claiming that Millers role in the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey was among the topics discussed. Pamela Brown, Gloria Borger and Evan Perez report at CNN.

The opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S. produced negative information on the Clinton Foundation that the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya offered to Trump Jr. and Trump campaign officials during their meeting in June 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.

Schillers revelation about the offer of five women demonstrates how things work in Russia and their pursuit of kompromat tactics, Chris Cilizza writes at CNN.

RUSSIA

The Russian state-funded R.T. television news network said yesterday that it would register as a foreign agent in compliance with a request from the U.S. Justice Department, but said that it would challenge the decision as the demand is discriminative. Focus on the network has intensified in light of the investigations into Russias role in the 2016 election and the lobbying efforts of Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. Paul Sonne reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Russian embassy in the U.S. yesterday condemned the Justice Department for demanding R.T. to register as a foreign agent, saying that measures limiting activity will inevitably trigger an immediate symmetrical response. Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

The U.S. is expected to propose the deployment of 20,000 peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine in the coming days in a test of Russias willingness to end the conflict in Ukraine, however Western officials remain skeptical that Russia would fulfil its commitments under the 2015 Minsk agreement to withdraw all troops and weapons out of Ukraine and allow Kiev to restore control over the country following Russias annexation of the Crimea in 2014. Laurence Norman and Julian E. Barnes report at the Wall Street Journal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the U.S. of attempting to interfere in Russias presidential campaign and claimed that the U.S.s role in trying to disqualify Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics was a means of trying to undermine his presidency. David Filipov and Marissa Payne report at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The Islamic State group have taken back half of the Syrian town of Albu Kamal despite the Syrian armys announcement yesterday that it had captured the town, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was spotted Albu Kamal, a Hezbollah-run media unit claimed today, but did not offer further information, Reuters reporting.

Syrian opposition activists denied claims that al-Baghdadi has been sighted, saying that the Syrian army was seeking to distract from its losses in Albu Kamal. Bassem Mroue reports at the AP.

Iran- and Russia-backed Syrian government forces now face possible confrontation with U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) following yesterdays defeat of the Islamic State group in their last significant stronghold in the country, Sarah El Deeb explains at the AP.

Russias deplorable attempts to discredit the report into chemical weapons attacks in Syria continue to deny the truth, the U.S. representative Kenneth D. Ward said yesterday at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.), remarks that were posted on O.P.C.W.s website. Mike Corder reports at the AP.

IRAQ

The U.S.-led coalition has been setting up outposts in western Iraq near the border of Syria to clear Islamic State group militants from their last redoubt in the Euphrates River valley, Susannah George reports at the AP.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out six airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted four strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command] The figures have not been updated since November 4.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The U.S. military has killed several al-Shabab Islamist militants in Somalia in airstrikes yesterday, the U.S. military stated. Abi Guled reports at the AP.

The European Union will preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and ensure that it will be fully implemented by all, in all its parts, the E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said today. Reutersreports.

The self-styled Libyan National Army forced Islamist fighters from the city of Beghazi yesterday, expelling the militants from one of their last strongholds in the country, Reuters reports.

N.A.T.O. announced yesterday that it would deploy around 700 troops to Afghanistan, falling short of U.S. expectations of around 1,500 troops, the N.A.T.O. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that there are still some gaps that the alliance would work on. Julian E. Barnes and Craig Nelson report at the Wall Street Journal.

Militants loyal to the Islamic State group killed six soldiers and injured four on a southern Philippine island, according to Philippine military spokesperson, Reuters reporting.

Israel will be holding its largest-ever air drills with pilots from 8 countries and around 1,000 participants, the Israeli military announced yesterday, the exercises coming amid increased tensions in the region. Tia Goldenberg reports at the AP.

An ex-Guantánamo Bay inmate has filed a lawsuit against the Canadian government claiming that it was complicit in his detention and torture, Jillian Kestler-DAmours reports at Al Jazeera.

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Thinking about this strategically, how do these events play into Russia’s larger plans?  

The reality is that Russia is winning. We are talking about something which occurred, at its latest, over a year ago. This means that whatever the Russians did, they have had a year to figure out what they’re going to do next. They have suffered no consequences, so why wouldn’t Russia continue with this strategy? They’ll have at least a year’s head start on us. We have not even begun to discuss how the Russians were able to plan and execute such an operation.

None of those discussions are happening now. Instead we are stuck with trying to assign blame, rightfully so, and criminality to individuals. We’re not talking about the holes that existed for the Russians to exploit.

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Why Doesn’t Trump Want to Meet Putin? White House Rejects Meeting, Kremlin Says It Will Happen – Newsweek


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Why Doesn’t Trump Want to Meet Putin? White House Rejects Meeting, Kremlin Says It Will Happen
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Wrapped in obfuscations and contradictions, President Donald Trump’s second meeting with Russian counterpart VladimirPutin is becoming the Schrödinger’s cat of political parlays. It is both definitely happening, and … Kham/Reuters. Hearing the 
Cohen: Putin and Trump the art of the backfireThe Columbus Dispatch
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US and Russia Are Nearing an Agreement on Resolving the Syrian Civil WarTIME 
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Mike Flynn – Google News: Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey – Wall Street Journal


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Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey
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WASHINGTONSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan involving former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of and more »

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Money Is Politics
You read that right. And here’s what it means for Trump’s new Fed chair.

Socrates in the Age of Trump – New York Times


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Socrates in the Age of Trump
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Socrates’ rational arguments should have easily refuted the charges against him, but to him this was secondary to the fact that he had been tried and sentenced according to the law. The process did not … In 406 B.C., after a naval battle that was the 

Casino mogul blames booze and ‘fatigue’ for contested $3 million poker loss – Washington Post


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Casino mogul blames booze and ‘fatigue’ for contested $3 million poker loss
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Leon Tsoukernik, a Czech entrepreneur and casino mogul, was facing off against Matthew Kirk, an Australian gambler known for his hefty bets. A couple of others came … Ivanka Trump’s impending visit to India prompts roundup of beggars · ‘It was too

Putin Alleges US Plot Against Russian Election – OZY

Putin Alleges US Plot Against Russian Election
OZY
U.S. officials are currently running multiple probes into Russian meddling in America’s 2016 election, which Putin denies. Meanwhile, the U.S. scrapped the idea that President Trump would meet formally with Putin this week during a summit in Vietnam, …and more »

Ex-British Double Agent Says Russian Spies Must Save World – U.S. News & World Report


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Ex-British Double Agent Says Russian Spies Must Save World
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15, 2006, George Blake, a former British spy and double agent in service of the Soviet Union, seen in Moscow, Russia. Blake, who turns 95 Saturday Nov. 11, 2017 said in a statement carried by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service that Russianspies 
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Jimmy Kimmel’s Kellyanne Conway Parody Tells John McCain to ‘Suck It’: Trump ‘Went to Vietnam, Too’ and ‘Didn’t Get … – Newsweek


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Jimmy Kimmel’s Kellyanne Conway Parody Tells John McCain to ‘Suck It’: Trump ‘Went to Vietnam, Too’ and ‘Didn’t Get …
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President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will be reunited Friday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam. But what will they talk about? Jimmy Kimmel went straight to the White … asked ‘Kellyanne Conway’ on his 

Stephen Colbert Says Donald Trump Totally Has A Man Crush On China’s President
“Of course they have good chemistry, they met on XiHarmony.”

Trump adviser claims he lied to FBI out of loyalty to Trump: Source – ABC News


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Trump adviser claims he lied to FBI out of loyalty to Trump: Source
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This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. Former Trumpcampaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts, and more specifically on …
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Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump? – Washington Post


Washington Post
Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump?
Washington Post
In 2016, the extent and virality of Russian Web content was great enough to plausibly affect the outcome of an election decided in three states by about 78,000 votes. And, importantly, key messages seemed designed to activate indispensableDonald Trump …

Mueller Probing Possible Deal Between Turks, Flynn During Presidential Transition – NBCNews.com


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Mueller Probing Possible Deal Between Turks, Flynn During Presidential Transition
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Erdogan also has repeatedly raised Zarrab’s case with U.S. officials. Rudy Giuliani, who was a top Trump campaign surrogate alongside Flynn, is part of Zarrab’s defense team. The New York Times reported that Giuliani met with Erdogan in late February and more »

Watchdog: Altering Gun Laws, Background Checks Proper Response to Mass Shootings – Sputnik International


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Watchdog: Altering Gun Laws, Background Checks Proper Response to Mass Shootings
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On Tuesday, Democrats were unsuccessful in forcing a vote on legislation that would establish a select committee to study the causes of mass shootings, find ways to regulate the gun background check system and research how people with mental health …

Robert Mueller knows something about Stephen Miller and Donald Trump
This month weve been waiting to see which of Donald Trumps current White House advisers would end up being the first to get tapped on the shoulder by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The identity of that adviser would end up offering clues about Muellers strategy in general, and perhaps about that advisers role in particular. Now it turns out Mueller already interviewed one of Trumps current top people, and surprise its Stephen Miller. This is somewhat stunning, and it tells us a lot.The media was under the widespread belief that Hope Hicks would be the first of Trumps current senior advisers to speak with Robert Mueller, after she returns from Trumps current Asia trip. Instead, CNN is now reporting that Mueller has already met with Stephen Miller (link) and as Miller is also currently on that Asia trip, it means Mueller met with Miller at least a week ago. This opens up a Pandoras box of possibilities.

For one thing it means that, as per usual, Mueller is way ahead of the media and the public. It also raises the question of whether Donald Trump even knew about it at the time. When Mueller met with two former Trump White House advisers, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, it became public immediately. But the biggest question here is why Mueller chose to start so early with Miller of all people. Two distinct possibilities come to mind.

One would be that Robert Mueller has concluded, for evidentiary reasons known only to him, that Stephen Miller is more likely to be useful than various other current Trump senior advisers. After all, Miller Mueller helped draft Trumps abandoned first letter firing James Comey. Another would be that Miller doesnt want anything to do with the conspiracy to obstruct justice charges that are hanging over the heads of Trumps entire senior staff, and he signaled that he wants to cut a deal. Take your pick but its clear that Mueller knows something about Miller and Trump that we dont.

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Trump’s tricky talks: five world leader meetings to watch at the Apec summit – The Guardian


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Trump’s tricky talks: five world leader meetings to watch at the Apec summit
The Guardian
A face-to-face talk would take place directly after fresh details emerged of an ambitious plot by a former Trump campaign foreign policy aide to arrange a meeting with Putin ahead of the election the most explicit evidence yet of a campaign official and more »

Paul Manafort blows it, may have to cut a deal against Donald Trump after all
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort is currently under house arrest while he awaits trial on a dozen charges including money laundering and conspiracy against the United States. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is hoping to pressure Manafort into cutting a plea deal which would incriminate Donald Trump, while Manafort is content to fight away in court. But now Manafort has just been caught blatantly lying to the judge, meaning he could be headed straight to federal prison which could fundamentally change his options going forward.Manafort’s trial has been scheduled for May of 2018, meaning that he’s looking at six months of house arrest before the trial even begins. He’s been trying to convince the judge to relax the conditions of his confinement, so he can travel to his other homes in New York and Florida. His argument for needing to travel to Florida is that he’s working with a business partner there. But now, according to a Huffington Post report (link), that supposed business partner says he’s had no affiliation with Manafort in months.

This means Manafort and his attorney lied to the judge in the hope of getting his confinement conditions relaxed. Judges don’t tend to take to this kind of thing too kindly in general. In addition, Manafort is already seen as a potential flight risk, and the judge could conclude that this may have been part of an attempt at fleeing. The bottom line is there is now a good chance the judge will rule that Manafort is in violation of his bail agreement and revoke it entirely. That would mean Manafort would be stuck in a prison cell indefinitely as he prepares to stand trial.

Not only would Paul Manafort be looking at six months in prison before his trial begins, he would then be stuck in prison as his trial plays out. Considering the number and complexity of the charges against him, that trial could be lengthy. Manafort is 68 years old. If he concludes he can’t handle being in a cell for that long, it could force him to reevaluate his willingness to cut a deal. His only possible chance of getting a deal that involves no prison time would be if he gives up enough evidence to fully take Donald Trump down.

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AP: Russia Twitter trolls rushed to deflect Trump bad news – CBS News


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AP: Russia Twitter trolls rushed to deflect Trump bad news
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Since early this year, the extent of Russian intrusion to help Mr. Trump and hurt Clinton in the election has been the subject of both congressional scrutiny and a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. In particular, those  
President Trump Committed Another Impeachable Offense on FridaySlate Magazine

Trump vs. Clinton: Why are we still obsessed a year later?Los Angeles Times 
Trump Calls Russia Investigation ‘A Disgrace’NPR
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New details connect the Pee Pee Tape to Donald Trump Jrs Russia meeting
Two of the more surreal storylines from the Trump-Russia scandal are Donald Trump Jr’s confirmed attempt at getting compromising information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, and Donald Trump Sr’s allegedly tape-recorded dalliance with Russian prostitutes in Moscow. Now, thanks to a surreal revelation from one of the key Russians in the scandal, we now know that these two events are indirectly connected to each other.Donald Trump and his Republican allies have spent the past few weeks trying to discredit the Trump-Russia dossier, which was the source of the “Pee Pee Tape” story among other allegations. That dossier was assembled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele for a research firm called Fusion GPS. Now, according to a Reuters report (link), the Kremlin lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr is asserting that she offered the Trump campaign compromising information from Fusion GPS about Hillary Clinton, and the Trump team had no trouble accepting the legitimacy of Fusion GPS at that time.

This serves to immediately undermine the Trump team’s assertion that Fusion GPS and its Trump-Russia dossier shouldn’t be trusted. It’s also a reminder that a Republican donor initially hired the firm to craft the Trump-Russia dossier during the Republican primary race, in the hope of steering the Republican nomination away from Trump. It appears Republican donors may have also hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Clinton for the general election. It serves to further debase the notion that Clinton somehow invented the claims in the Trump-Russia dossier. There’s also another key angle here.

This is the third time in recent weeks in which Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has served up details which incriminate the Donald Trump campaign. First she admitted she ran her meeting notes past Vladimir Putin in advance. Then she asserted that Donald Trump Jr offered to relax the Magnitsky Act in exchange for dirt on Hillary Clinton. Now she’s asserting that Trump Jr was willing to accept dirt from Fusion GPS. Veselnitskaya is serving up the Trump team on a silver platter to Robert Mueller. Does she have evidence to back up her claims? We’ll soon find out.

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How is Trump adviser Stephen Miller relevant to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation? – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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How is Trump adviser Stephen Miller relevant to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation?
The San Diego Union-Tribune
In another development of the Mueller investigation two weeks ago, Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his former business associate, Rick Gates, were both charged with 12 counts ranging from money …
Report: Mueller interviews Stephen Miller in Russia investigationMic
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It’s still unclear whether Trump’s bodyguard was asked about one of the dossier’s most salacious allegations – Business Insider


Business Insider
It’s still unclear whether Trump’s bodyguard was asked about one of the dossier’s most salacious allegations
Business Insider
President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller reportedly told the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door interview earlier this week that someone in Russia offered to send five Russian prostitutes to Trump’s Moscow hotel room in 
Trump’s bodyguard says Russian offered to ‘send FIVE women’ to his Moscow hotel room – but was turned downDaily Mail 
George Papadopoulos: Indicted Trump aide met with UK foreign …The Independent
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Cohen: Putin and Trump the art of the backfire – The Columbus Dispatch

Cohen: Putin and Trump the art of the backfire
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If Trump really intends the criminal prosecution of a political opponent, then he has more in common with Putin than a penchant for self-adoration. Yet in this fierce competition, Putin has managed to outdo … Both Trump and Putin are authoritarians 
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Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate Trump – Press Herald


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Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate Trump
Press Herald
SAN FRANCISCO Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year’s presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, …
Trump, Clinton camps both offered slice of dossier firm’s work: sourcesReuters
Trump voters: We’d do it again – POLITICOPolitico
Russian lawyer brought intel from firm behind infamous TrumpRussia dossier to meeting with Don Jr.Raw Story
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8:19 AM 11/10/2017 – The White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trump’s former security chief Keith Schiller testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, confirming that a foreign individual offered to send five women to Trump’s hotel room during his visit to Moscow in November 2013, but Schiller refused the man’s offer saying that “we’re not interested in that.” Carol D. Leonnig reports at the Washington Post.

Schiller made the comments about the five women in the context of him strenuously disputing the contents of the salacious dossier compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Ken Dilanian and Jonathan Allen report at the Hill.

  • The White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as part of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sources familiar with the investigation said yesterday, one source claiming that Miller’s role in the firing of former F.B.I. Director James Comey was among the topics discussed. Pamela Brown, Gloria Borger and Evan Perez report at CNN.

The opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S. produced negative information on the Clinton Foundation that the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya offered to Trump Jr. and Trump campaign officials during their meeting in June 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Mark Hosenball reports at Reuters.

Schiller’s revelation about the offer of five women demonstrates how things work in Russia and their pursuit of “kompromat” tactics, Chris Cilizza writes at CNN.

RUSSIA

The Russian state-funded R.T. television news network said yesterday that it would register as a foreign agent in compliance with a request from the U.S. Justice Department, but said that it would challenge the decision as the “demand is discriminative.” Focus on the network has intensified in light of the investigations into Russia’s role in the 2016 election and the lobbying efforts of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates. Paul Sonne reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Russian embassy in the U.S. yesterday condemned the Justice Department for demanding R.T. to register as a foreign agent, saying that measures limiting activity “will inevitably trigger an immediate symmetrical response.” Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

The U.S. is expected to propose the deployment of 20,000 peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine in the coming days in a test of Russia’s willingness to end the conflict in Ukraine, however Western officials remain skeptical that Russia would fulfil its commitments under the 2015 Minsk agreement to withdraw all troops and weapons out of Ukraine and allow Kiev to restore control over the country following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea in 2014. Laurence Norman and Julian E. Barnes report at the Wall Street Journal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the U.S. of attempting to interfere in Russia’s presidential campaign and claimed that the U.S.’s role in trying to disqualify Russian athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics was a means of trying to undermine his presidency. David Filipov and Marissa Payne report at the Washington Post.

SYRIA

The Islamic State group have taken back half of the Syrian town of Albu Kamal despite the Syrian army’s announcement yesterday that it had captured the town, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was spotted Albu Kamal, a Hezbollah-run media unit claimed today, but did not offer further information, Reuters reporting.

Syrian opposition activists denied claims that al-Baghdadi has been sighted, saying that the Syrian army was seeking to distract from its losses in Albu Kamal. Bassem Mroue reports at the AP.

Iran- and Russia-backed Syrian government forces now face possible confrontation with U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) following yesterday’s defeat of the Islamic State group in their last significant stronghold in the country, Sarah El Deeb explains at the AP.

Russia’s “deplorable” attempts to discredit the report into chemical weapons attacks in Syria continue to “deny the truth,” the U.S. representative Kenneth D. Ward said yesterday at a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.), remarks that were posted on O.P.C.W.’s website. Mike Corder reports at the AP.

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8:01 AM 11/10/2017 – Trump Investigations News Review: Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump? – Washington Post | Mueller investigating Flynn over alleged plan to turn cleric over to Turkey – The Hill

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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: Mueller investigating Flynn over alleged plan to turn cleric over to Turkey – The Hill
 


The Hill
Mueller investigating Flynn over alleged plan to turn cleric over to Turkey
The Hill
Mueller is conducting the criminal investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. In particular, whether members of President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian representatives or operatives during the race. But that probe has and more »

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): donald trump russia – Google News: Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump? – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump?
Washington Post
In 2016, the extent and virality of Russian Web content was great enough to plausibly affect the outcome of an election decided in three states by about 78,000 votes. And, importantly, key messages seemed designed to activate indispensableDonald Trump … 

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Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump?
Washington Post
His analysis was wrong on both counts. Campaign-related messages can matter. And even in an environment awash in appeals, targeted missives … Research suggests that political messages like those can increase the importance of particular issues when and more »

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elections 2016 russian ads on social media – Google News: Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump? – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Could Russian trolls have helped elect Donald Trump?
Washington Post
In November 2016, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that the social network’s content influenced the outcome of the 2016 election on two grounds: Voters make decisions based on their lived experience and fake news on 
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Manafort – Google News: Manafort Charges Renew Questions About Skadden’s Work in Ukraine – Bloomberg
 


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Manafort Charges Renew Questions About Skadden’s Work in Ukraine
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One of New York’s most prestigious law firms raised eyebrows five years ago when it produced a report for the pro-Russian government in Ukraine that largely defended the prosecution and conviction of Yulia Tymoshenko, the blond-braided former prime …and more »

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): Donald Trump: Stephen Colbert Says Donald Trump Totally Has A Man Crush On China’s President

“Of course they have good chemistry, they met on XiHarmony.”

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Newsweek
Jimmy Kimmel’s Kellyanne Conway Parody Tells John McCain to ‘Suck It’: Trump ‘Went to Vietnam, Too’ and ‘Didn’t Get …
Newsweek
President Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will be reunited Friday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam. But what will they talk about? Jimmy Kimmel went straight to the White … asked ‘Kellyanne Conway’ on his  

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Ex-British Double Agent Says Russian Spies Must Save World
U.S. News & World Report
15, 2006, George Blake, a former British spy and double agent in service of the Soviet Union, seen in Moscow, Russia. Blake, who turns 95 Saturday Nov. 11, 2017 said in a statement carried by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service that Russianspies 
Russian foreign intelligence chief congratulates veteran double agent on 95th birthdayTASSall 2 news articles »

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Trump talks tough on trade, reaffirms ‘America first’ policy at Asia summit
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Trump tweeted early Friday, The United States has been reminded time and again in recent years that economic security is not merely RELATED to national security – economic security IS national security. It is vital to our national strength. Trumpand more »

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Putin Alleges US Plot Against Russian Election
OZY
U.S. officials are currently running multiple probes into Russian meddling in America’s 2016 election, which Putin denies. Meanwhile, the U.S. scrapped the idea that President Trump would meet formally with Putin this week during a summit in Vietnam, …and more »

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5 things for November 10: Roy Moore, Russia probe, Trump, tax proposal, Louis CK
CNN
(CNN) President Trump is in Vietnam, but Melania Trump stayed behind in China, where she talked to CNN about her first year as first lady. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to …and more »

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): trump as gambler – Google News: Casino mogul blames booze and ‘fatigue’ for contested $3 million poker loss – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Casino mogul blames booze and ‘fatigue’ for contested $3 million poker loss
Washington Post
Leon Tsoukernik, a Czech entrepreneur and casino mogul, was facing off against Matthew Kirk, an Australian gambler known for his hefty bets. A couple of others came … Ivanka Trump’s impending visit to India prompts roundup of beggars · ‘It was too 

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): Trump demands victory to be handed to him – Google News: Socrates in the Age of Trump – New York Times
 


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Socrates in the Age of Trump
New York Times
Socrates’ rational arguments should have easily refuted the charges against him, but to him this was secondary to the fact that he had been tried and sentenced according to the law. The process did not … In 406 B.C., after a naval battle that was the  

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Ars Technica
Estonia arrests suspected FSB agent accused of computer-related crime
Ars Technica
Russia has been long suspected of meddling in the 2016 American presidential election, particularly through faux accounts and ad buys on various social media networks. The Estonian government is particular sensitive to Russian activities, seeing as the …and more »

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): 1. Trump Investigation – Mike Flynn from mikenova (9 sites): Mike Flynn – Google News: Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey – Wall Street Journal
 


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Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTONSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan involving former White House National Security Adviser Mike Flynn to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of and more »

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Rosenstein’s letter criticized Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But just days after the firing, Trump said he considered the Russia probe in his decision to fire Comey. “In fact when I decided to just 
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Trump Investigations Report: 5:29 AM 11/10/2017 Two new developments reveal Robert Mueller has Donald Trump nailed | Legal expert thinks Robert Mueller may indict Vladimir Putin in Donald Trumps Russia scandal

Two new developments reveal Robert Mueller has Donald Trump nailed Legal expert thinks Robert Mueller may indict Vladimir Putin in Donald Trumps Russia scandal Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Robert Mueller knows something about Stephen Miller and Donald Trump Trump’s tricky talks: five world leader meetings to watch at the Apec summit – The … Continue reading“5:29 AM 11/10/2017 – Two new developments reveal Robert Mueller has Donald Trump nailed | Legal expert thinks Robert Mueller may indict Vladimir Putin in Donald Trumps Russia scandal”Trump Investigations Report
Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Robert Mueller knows something about Stephen Miller and Donald Trump

This month weve been waiting to see which of Donald Trumps current White House advisers would end up being the first to get tapped on the shoulder by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The identity of that adviser would end up offering clues about Muellers strategy in general, and perhaps about that advisers role in particular. Now it turns out Mueller already interviewed one of Trumps current top people, and surprise its Stephen Miller. This is somewhat stunning, and it tells us a lot.The media was under the widespread belief that Hope Hicks would be the first of Trumps current senior advisers to speak with Robert Mueller, after she returns from Trumps current Asia trip. Instead, CNN is now reporting that Mueller has already met with Stephen Miller (link) and as Miller is also currently on that Asia trip, it means Mueller met with Miller at least a week ago. This opens up a Pandoras box of possibilities.

For one thing it means that, as per usual, Mueller is way ahead of the media and the public. It also raises the question of whether Donald Trump even knew about it at the time. When Mueller met with two former Trump White House advisers, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, it became public immediately. But the biggest question here is why Mueller chose to start so early with Miller of all people. Two distinct possibilities come to mind.

One would be that Robert Mueller has concluded, for evidentiary reasons known only to him, that Stephen Miller is more likely to be useful than various other current Trump senior advisers. After all, Miller Mueller helped draft Trumps abandoned first letter firing James Comey. Another would be that Miller doesnt want anything to do with the conspiracy to obstruct justice charges that are hanging over the heads of Trumps entire senior staff, and he signaled that he wants to cut a deal. Take your pick but its clear that Mueller knows something about Miller and Trump that we dont.

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This month weve been waiting to see which of Donald Trumps current White House advisers would end up being the first to get tapped on the shoulder by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The identity of that adviser would end up offering clues about Muellers strategy in general, and perhaps about that advisers role in particular. Now it turns out Mueller already interviewed one of Trumps current top people, and surprise its Stephen Miller. This is somewhat stunning, and it tells us a lot.The media was under the widespread belief that Hope Hicks would be the first of Trumps current senior advisers to speak with Robert Mueller, after she returns from Trumps current Asia trip. Instead, CNN is now reporting that Mueller has already met with Stephen Miller (link) and as Miller is also currently on that Asia trip, it means Mueller met with Miller at least a week ago. This opens up a Pandoras box of possibilities.

For one thing it means that, as per usual, Mueller is way ahead of the media and the public. It also raises the question of whether Donald Trump even knew about it at the time. When Mueller met with two former Trump White House advisers, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, it became public immediately. But the biggest question here is why Mueller chose to start so early with Miller of all people. Two distinct possibilities come to mind.

One would be that Robert Mueller has concluded, for evidentiary reasons known only to him, that Stephen Miller is more likely to be useful than various other current Trump senior advisers. After all, Miller Mueller helped draft Trumps abandoned first letter firing James Comey. Another would be that Miller doesnt want anything to do with the conspiracy to obstruct justice charges that are hanging over the heads of Trumps entire senior staff, and he signaled that he wants to cut a deal. Take your pick but its clear that Mueller knows something about Miller and Trump that we dont.

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Trump’s tricky talks: five world leader meetings to watch at the Apec summit – The Guardian
AP: Russia Twitter trolls rushed to deflect Trump bad news – CBS News
New details connect the Pee Pee Tape to Donald Trump Jrs Russia meeting
It’s still unclear whether Trump’s bodyguard was asked about one of the dossier’s most salacious allegations – Business Insider
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Robert Mueller knows something about Stephen Miller and Donald Trump

This month we’ve been waiting to see which of Donald Trumps current White House advisers would end up being the first to get tapped on the shoulder by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The identity of that adviser would end up offering clues about Muellers strategy in general, and perhaps about that advisers role in particular. Now it turns out Mueller already interviewed one of Trumps current top people, and surprise its Stephen Miller. This is somewhat stunning, and it tells us a lot.The media was under the widespread belief that Hope Hicks would be the first of Trumps current senior advisers to speak with Robert Mueller, after she returns from Trumps current Asia trip. Instead, CNN is now reporting that Mueller has already met with Stephen Miller (link) and as Miller is also currently on that Asia trip, it means Mueller met with Miller at least a week ago. This opens up a Pandoras box of possibilities.For one thing it means that, as per usual, Mueller is way ahead of the media and the public. It also raises the question of whether Donald Trump even knew about it at the time. When Mueller met with two former Trump White House advisers, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer, it became public immediately. But the biggest question here is why Mueller chose to start so early with Miller of all people. Two distinct possibilities come to mind.One would be that Robert Mueller has concluded, for evidentiary reasons known only to him, that Stephen Miller is more likely to be useful than various other current Trump senior advisers. After all, Miller Mueller helped draft Trumps abandoned first letter firing James Comey. Another would be that Miller doesnt want anything to do with the conspiracy to obstruct justice charges that are hanging over the heads of Trumps entire senior staff, and he signaled that he wants to cut a deal. Take your pick but its clear that Mueller knows something about Miller and Trump that we dont.The post Robert Mueller knows something about Stephen Miller and Donald Trump appeared first on Palmer Report.
Trump’s tricky talks: five world leader meetings to watch at the Apec summit – The Guardian
 


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Trump’s tricky talks: five world leader meetings to watch at the Apec summit
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A face-to-face talk would take place directly after fresh details emerged of an ambitious plot by a former Trump campaign foreign policy aide to arrange a meeting with Putin ahead of the election the most explicit evidence yet of a campaign official and more »
Paul Manafort blows it, may have to cut a deal against Donald Trump after all

Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort is currently under house arrest while he awaits trial on a dozen charges including money laundering and conspiracy against the United States. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is hoping to pressure Manafort into cutting a plea deal which would incriminate Donald Trump, while Manafort is content to fight away in court. But now Manafort has just been caught blatantly lying to the judge, meaning he could be headed straight to federal prison which could fundamentally change his options going forward.Manafort’s trial has been scheduled for May of 2018, meaning that he’s looking at six months of house arrest before the trial even begins. He’s been trying to convince the judge to relax the conditions of his confinement, so he can travel to his other homes in New York and Florida. His argument for needing to travel to Florida is that he’s working with a business partner there. But now, according to a Huffington Post report (link), that supposed business partner says he’s had no affiliation with Manafort in months.This means Manafort and his attorney lied to the judge in the hope of getting his confinement conditions relaxed. Judges don’t tend to take to this kind of thing too kindly in general. In addition, Manafort is already seen as a potential flight risk, and the judge could conclude that this may have been part of an attempt at fleeing. The bottom line is there is now a good chance the judge will rule that Manafort is in violation of his bail agreement and revoke it entirely. That would mean Manafort would be stuck in a prison cell indefinitely as he prepares to stand trial.Not only would Paul Manafort be looking at six months in prison before his trial begins, he would then be stuck in prison as his trial plays out. Considering the number and complexity of the charges against him, that trial could be lengthy. Manafort is 68 years old. If he concludes he can’t handle being in a cell for that long, it could force him to reevaluate his willingness to cut a deal. His only possible chance of getting a deal that involves no prison time would be if he gives up enough evidence to fully take Donald Trump down.The post Paul Manafort blows it, may have to cut a deal against Donald Trump after all appeared first on Palmer Report.
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Since early this year, the extent of Russian intrusion to help Mr. Trump and hurt Clinton in the election has been the subject of both congressional scrutiny and a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. In particular, those  
President Trump Committed Another Impeachable Offense on FridaySlate Magazine

Trump vs. Clinton: Why are we still obsessed a year later?Los Angeles Times 
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New details connect the Pee Pee Tape to Donald Trump Jrs Russia meeting

Two of the more surreal storylines from the Trump-Russia scandal are Donald Trump Jr’s confirmed attempt at getting compromising information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, and Donald Trump Sr’s allegedly tape-recorded dalliance with Russian prostitutes in Moscow. Now, thanks to a surreal revelation from one of the key Russians in the scandal, we now know that these two events are indirectly connected to each other.Donald Trump and his Republican allies have spent the past few weeks trying to discredit the Trump-Russia dossier, which was the source of the “Pee Pee Tape” story among other allegations. That dossier was assembled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele for a research firm called Fusion GPS. Now, according to a Reuters report (link), the Kremlin lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr is asserting that she offered the Trump campaign compromising information from Fusion GPS about Hillary Clinton, and the Trump team had no trouble accepting the legitimacy of Fusion GPS at that time.This serves to immediately undermine the Trump team’s assertion that Fusion GPS and its Trump-Russia dossier shouldn’t be trusted. It’s also a reminder that a Republican donor initially hired the firm to craft the Trump-Russia dossier during the Republican primary race, in the hope of steering the Republican nomination away from Trump. It appears Republican donors may have also hired Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Clinton for the general election. It serves to further debase the notion that Clinton somehow invented the claims in the Trump-Russia dossier. There’s also another key angle here.This is the third time in recent weeks in which Kremlin lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has served up details which incriminate the Donald Trump campaign. First she admitted she ran her meeting notes past Vladimir Putin in advance. Then she asserted that Donald Trump Jr offered to relax the Magnitsky Act in exchange for dirt on Hillary Clinton. Now she’s asserting that Trump Jr was willing to accept dirt from Fusion GPS. Veselnitskaya is serving up the Trump team on a silver platter to Robert Mueller. Does she have evidence to back up her claims? We’ll soon find out.The post New details connect the Pee Pee Tape to Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting appeared first on Palmer Report.
How is Trump adviser Stephen Miller relevant to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation? – The San Diego Union-Tribune
 


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How is Trump adviser Stephen Miller relevant to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation?
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In another development of the Mueller investigation two weeks ago, Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his former business associate, Rick Gates, were both charged with 12 counts ranging from money …
Report: Mueller interviews Stephen Miller in Russia investigationMic
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It’s still unclear whether Trump’s bodyguard was asked about one of the dossier’s most salacious allegations – Business Insider
 


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It’s still unclear whether Trump’s bodyguard was asked about one of the dossier’s most salacious allegations
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President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller reportedly told the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door interview earlier this week that someone in Russia offered to send five Russian prostitutes to Trump’s Moscow hotel room in 
Trump’s bodyguard says Russian offered to ‘send FIVE women’ to his Moscow hotel room – but was turned downDaily Mail 
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Cohen: Putin and Trump the art of the backfire – The Columbus Dispatch
 

Cohen: Putin and Trump the art of the backfire
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If Trump really intends the criminal prosecution of a political opponent, then he has more in common with Putin than a penchant for self-adoration. Yet in this fierce competition, Putin has managed to outdo … Both Trump and Putin are authoritarians 
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Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate Trump – Press Herald
 


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Russian Twitter trolls deflected bad news about candidate Trump
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SAN FRANCISCO Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year’s presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, …
Trump, Clinton camps both offered slice of dossier firm’s work: sourcesReuters
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House Democrats and Republicans signal that they know its over for Donald Trump

For the third time this week, we’re seeing specific evidence out of the House of Representatives suggesting that the leaders of both parties know it’s over for Donald Trump. Perhaps it’s because they’ve seen just how far along Special Counsel Robert Mueller is. Perhaps it’s because the GOP decided to give up on Trump in the wake of Tuesday’s nationwide election slaughter, and both parties know it. But for whatever reason, the signs out of the House are now unmistakably clear.First came the news this week that the House Judiciary Committee will be hauling in Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify next week, and that the Democrats on the committee will use their time to grill Sessions about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. Donald Trump would love to fire Robert Mueller, but procedurally, he’d have to fire Sessions first. That’s placed the Democrats in Congress in a tricky position: they want to expose the role that Sessions played in the scandal, but they don’t want to give Trump an excuse to fire Sessions. However, this has clearly all changed.The Democrats on the committee have now clearly decided to begin swinging away at Jeff Sessions, in the hope of blowing the Trump-Russia scandal wide open. They’re clearly no longer worried about handing Trump an excuse to fire Sessions so he can also fire Mueller. This means the Democrats have concluded that the investigation is so far along, and the scandal is going to explode so spectacularly, it no longer matters if Sessions loses his job or not.Then earlier today Bob Goodlatte, the Republican Chairman of that same House Judiciary Committee, shockingly announced that he won’t seek reelection in 2018. The timing suggests he may end up bailing before his current term is even over. Goodlatte was Trump’s biggest ally on the committee, yet suddenly he’s heading for the exits. Then tonight a prominent Democrat on the committee, Ted Lieu, appeared on cable news and began swinging away at Jeff Sessions.The most coherent way of reading the signs now coming from the House Judiciary Committee: the Democrats on the committee now feel they’re in a position to go for the jugular on Trump-Russia, and that it’s past the point where Trump could get away with firing Robert Mueller even if Jeff Sessions is cast aside. The Republicans on the committee just want to get out of the way. And oh by the way, the House Judiciary Committee is where articles of impeachment originate.

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Heres proof that the arrests have changed everything in Donald Trumps Russia scandal

Ten days ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller began making his first public high profile arrests in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Since that time all eyes have been on the Trump-Russia players, to see who might be next to get arrested, cut a deal, or slip up and admit something incriminating. In the background, an arguably more important aspect of the scandal has been playing out: the court of public opinion. Now we have definitive answers on how that battle is playing out, and it’s devastating news for Trump.As the arrests were getting underway, Palmer Report pointed out that this would cause a greater number of Americans to conclude that the Trump-Russia scandal is real. Plenty of average Americans have spent the past year hearing conflicting claims about the scandal from both sides, and not knowing what to believe. But when the highest ranking member of Donald Trump’s campaign was arrested, for a charge like “conspiracy against the United States” no less, and he wasn’t even the only one arrested, it was bound to have an immediate impact on the public’s view of the scandal and it has.New polling from CNN reveals that the vast majority of Americans now believe Donald Trump had significant help from Russia when it came to getting elected, and the vast majority also believe that Trump knew about it during the election. Trump only seems to care what his small and shrinking base thinks about him, but the Republican Party itself doesn’t have that luxury. The GOP just got wiped out across the country in Tuesday’s elections, and if Trump is still in office next year, the GOP will get swept out of Congress altogether in the midterms.Moreover, the Republican leadership knows it. Republicans in Congress have spent every day this year waking up and checking Donald Trump’s approval rating numbers before deciding how to approach Trump on any given day. They already know he’s a ticking time bomb. Tuesday was a painful reminder for them. These new poll numbers are telling Republicans that they have little choice but to get rid of Trump before he takes them down too.The post Here’s proof that the arrests have changed everything in Donald Trump’s Russia scandalappeared first on Palmer Report.
Democrats in Congress reveal Robert Mueller is safe, begin aggressively seeking ouster of Jeff Sessions

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s job is safe. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ job is not. That’s the loud and clear message now coming from the Democrats in Congress, who have launched an aggressive campaign to force Sessions to resign over his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. It’s long been believed that Sessions’ ouster could give Donald Trump an opportunity to oust Muller as well but it’s now clear that the Democrats no longer have that fear.Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, who sits on the influential Senate Intelligence Committee, posted a petition on Thursday afternoon and announced “We want to collect 100,000 petition signatures this week calling on Jeff Sessions to resign.” (link). She’s not the only one. Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu appeared on cable news on Thursday and called for Sessions’ ouster. The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have also just decided to haul in Sessions for public testimony next Tuesday, so they can grill him about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. So what gives?Several Republicans in Congress have long been protecting Jeff Sessions because he’s their former colleague and longtime friend. That’s worked in the Democrats’ favor, because Trump would have to fire Sessions and then fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in order to oust Robert Mueller. Now that George Papadopoulos and others have freshly implicated Sessions in the Trump-Russia scandal, it’s brought renewed scrutiny to Sessions’ earlier lies under oath about the scandal. The GOP no longer seems all that interested in protecting him and the Democrats are seizing the opportunity to oust him.This means the Democrats in Congress have concluded, for reasons that haven’t yet been revealed to us, that Robert Mueller’s job security is 100% safe. Thus they’re preparing to force the resignation or firing of Jeff Sessions, both because it’ll bring an end to his racist and unconstitutional reign as Attorney General, and because his ouster will turn the Trump-Russia scandal into an even bigger nightmare for Donald Trump.The post Democrats in Congress reveal Robert Mueller is safe, begin aggressively seeking ouster of Jeff Sessions appeared first on Palmer Report.
Bodyguard Keith Schiller unwittingly reveals Donald Trump may have taken secret trips to Russia

Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller testified before Congress this week about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal, and his testimony is immediately bringing headlines due to what he revealed about Trump and Russian prostitutes. But the bigger reveal from Schiller is that Trump may have taken even more trips to Russia than what’s publicly known thus unwittingly pointing investigators in the right direction for getting to the bottom of the scandal.Schiller’s testimony is receiving outsized attention because he admitted that Russia offered to send five prostitutes to Donald Trump’s hotel room when he visited Moscow in 2013. Schiller insisted that the offer was refused but this has placed renewed attention on the infamous “Pee Pee Tape” incident. It’s backed Trump into a corner, where his only defense will be that he was offered Russian prostitutes but turned them down, and few will believe that he actually turned them down. However, this salacious reveal is burying the real bombshell.Check out the very last two sentences from the Washington Post article about the Keith Schiller testimony, which has not yet been made fully public: “[Schiller] also said he did not remember accompanying Trump on any other trips to Russia but told investigators that he could not rule it out. Schiller agreed to review his passport and get back to the committee with more information, according to people familiar with his interview.” (link). Schiller knew he would be asked this question. If the truthful answer were that Trump hadn’t taken any additional trips to Russia, Schiller would have simply said so.Instead, Keith Schiller’s answer reads like a bumbling attempt at trying to avoid revealing the truth, while also trying to avoid committing perjury. It’s basically an admission that Donald Trump took more trips to Russia than is publicly known. Now investigators know what they’re looking for: one or more secret Trump visits to Russia.The post Bodyguard Keith Schiller unwittingly reveals Donald Trump may have taken secret trips to Russia appeared first on Palmer Report.
Two new developments reveal Robert Mueller has Donald Trump nailed

At the time of Richard Nixon’s resignation, the articles of impeachment being drafted against him were headlined by obstruction of justice. Everyone “knew” he was behind the Watergate break-in, but proving it would have been time consuming and difficult. Proving that Nixon obstructed the investigation into Watergate was a much quicker and easier way of ousting him. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking the same approach toward Donald Trump and two new developments reveal Mueller has Trump nailed.One could broadly argue that every word and deed from Donald Trump over the past ten months has been yet another instance of obstruction of justice. But it’s far cleaner for Mueller to zoom in and overwhelmingly prove a small handful of specific and egregious acts of obstruction. Based on what’s now surfacing, it’s become clear that Mueller has chosen the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the attempted coverup of Donald Trump Jr’s Russian collusion meeting as his two dagger points. It’s also become clear that Mueller has Trump nailed on both.The first big reveal came when the media reported that Jared Kushner had begun turning over documents to Robert Mueller in relation to Trump’s firing of Comey, according to a CNN report (link). It’s long been reported that Kushner was the one who pushed Trump to fire Comey. If that’s true, and if Kushner knew or believed at the time that he would end up being under investigation himself, that would make Kushner guilty of obstruction as well. Kushner’s cooperation is a clear signal that he’s trying to avoid criminal charges, and he’s willing to give up Trump in order to make it happen.The second big reveal came on Thursday evening. Robert Mueller had his choice of where to start when it came to interviewing Donald Trump’s current White House senior advisers. According to an ABC News report (link), Mueller chose Stephen Miller, the guy who drafted the letter which Trump initially planned to use for justifying Comey’s firing, before the lawyers intervened. In other words, Mueller went straight to the guy who actively helped Trump obstruct justice. Mueller has Trump nailed on obstruction. It’s just a matter of making his case bulletproof. That takes time, but it’s now inevitable.The post Two new developments reveal Robert Mueller has Donald Trump nailed appeared first on Palmer Report.
Legal expert thinks Robert Mueller may indict Vladimir Putin in Donald Trumps Russia scandal

Yes, you read that headline correctly. One legal expert, who has a law degree from Oxford and another law degree from the London School of Economics, is weighing in on Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Based on the available evidence and the direction he thinks things are now headed in, he believes that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may end up indicting Russian President Vladimir Putin.That’s the argument from Brent Budowsky, a legal expert who has written a new op-ed about the matter for The Hill (link). He makes a compelling case that Robert Mueller has the legal grounds to convene a grand jury against Putin, and the evidence to bring an indictment against him. Putin has committed various major and quantifiable crimes against the United States as part of an attempt at interfering in the U.S. election on Donald Trump’s behalf. Budowsky is urging Mueller to name Putin as an unindicted co-conspirator instead but the bottom line is why Mueller would go after Putin at all.Palmer Report’s own take on the matter is this: short of a regime change, Russia obviously would not be willing to extradite its own president to stand trial in the United States. Mueller could try Putin in absentia, as a way of publicly laying out the case that Putin rigged the election in Trump’s favor and worked with members of the Trump campaign to do it. In so doing, Mueller would be trying Donald Trump by proxy.There are a number of legal experts who believe Robert Mueller can indict Donald Trump while he’s still a sitting president. There are far fewer who believe Mueller can actually put a sitting U.S. president on trial, because the Constitution grants impeachment trial power to Congress. However, nothing says Mueller can’t put the president of Russia on trial, as a way of convincing the American public that Trump is overwhelmingly guilty and illegitimate thus helping to force Trump’s ouster.The post Legal expert thinks Robert Mueller may indict Vladimir Putin in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal appeared first on Palmer Report.
The Latest: White House says no formal Trump-Putin meeting – ABC News
 


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The Latest: White House says no formal Trump-Putin meeting
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President Donald Trump will not have a formal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin while the two are in Danang, Vietman, for a summit. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is blaming a scheduling conflict for the fact that the …
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There Is No ‘Without Trump’ – National Review
 


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There Is No ‘Without Trump’
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Ed Gillespie went from potential vindicator of Trumpism to cuckservative in the space of a couple of hours. The Virginia Republican, campaigning in a treacherous political environment defined by an unpopular president of his own party, ran the only and more »
The Latest: White House says no formal Trump-Putin meeting – Washington Post
 


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The Latest: White House says no formal Trump-Putin meeting
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BEIJING The Latest on President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia (all times local):. 12:35 p.m.. President Donald Trump will not have a formal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin while the two are in Danang, Vietman, for a summit. White House 
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White House Responds To Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Roy Moore

The Alabama GOP Senate nominee has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1979.
White House says Trump and Putin will not have separate meeting at APEC – Reuters
 


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DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will not have a separate meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam due to scheduling conflicts, the White House said …
A year ago, Trump was the hero of Europe’s far right. Not anymore. – Washington Post
 


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A year ago, Trump was the hero of Europe’s far right. Not anymore.
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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView …. By pushing politics more and more to the right, [center-right 
US, Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war – Washington Post
 


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US, Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war
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If clinched, the deal was expected to be announced by President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vietnam on Friday, four U.S. officials said. The United States has been reluctant to schedule a formal meeting for the leaders unless 
Donald Trump to meet Vladimir Putin tomorrow as investigation into Russia’s US election interference intensifiesThe Independent
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Woman described as ‘Putin’s niece’ at center of Trump campaign-Russia communications identifiedRaw Story
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Russia Twitter trolls deflected bad news about Donald Trump – The Denver Post
 


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Russia Twitter trolls deflected bad news about Donald Trump
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SAN FRANCISCO Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year’s presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, …
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Kremlin says possible Putin-Trump meeting being worked on
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at the APEC summit in Vietnam is still being worked on, Russian news agencies cited Kremlin spokesman as saying on Friday.and more »

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Kremlin says possible Putin-Trump meeting being worked on – Reuters
 

Kremlin says possible Putin-Trump meeting being worked on
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at the APEC summit in Vietnam is still being worked on, Russian news agencies cited Kremlin spokesman as saying on Friday.and more »
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