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Comey’s Senate Testimony Merits Suit Against DOJ
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Is Mike Pence involved in the Russia scandal? – Chicago Tribune


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Is Mike Pence involved in the Russia scandal?
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… uninformed bystander in the allegations that followed the revelation that Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser, had informed the White House weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for 

Lawmakers, Including Rep. Steve Cohen, Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against President Trump – www.localmemphis.com


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Lawmakers, Including Rep. Steve Cohen, Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against PresidentTrump
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Donald Trump is a threat to our national security and to our justice, and once and for all, we are taking a stand to formally call for his impeachment in the name of our constituents, in support of our Constitution, and for the protection of our  
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She was responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony, but she also contended all the conversation about whenTrump Jr. was or was not in contact with WikiLeaks accomplishes Vladimir Putin’s goal of undermining confidence in our institutions 

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The inside story of how a former British spy was hired to investigate Russias influence on Trump and uncovered explosive evidence that Moscow had been cultivating Trump for years. By Luke Harding

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The book, Collusion: How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win, by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, quotes Steele as telling friends that he believes his reports based on sources cultivated over three decades of intelligence work will be vindicated as the US special counsel investigation digs deeper into contacts between Trump, his associates and Moscow.

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Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., also joined the effort, citing Trump’s interference with the judicial branch and criminal investigations. Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio called Trump “a clear and present danger” to the nation and Rep. Adriano Espaillat called the 

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… officials during the transition, a lie that set in motion Sally Yates’s conversation with the White House general counsel and ultimately resulted in Flynn’s resignation, the opening of the Russia probe and the firing of former FBI director James B 

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Zimbabwes military put President Robert Mugabe under house arrest as soldiers occupied government and media offices, Reuters reported. A military spokesperson said the dramatic seizure of power is aimed at stopping criminals close to the president. The takeover appears to be in response to the 93-year old Mugabes attempts to position his wife as his successor. Reporting from the New York Times suggests that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwawho Mugabe fired earlier this weekis the militarys preferred replacement for Mugabe.

The prime ministers of Britain and Spain said Russian groups had interfered in their electoral systems, the Washington Post reported. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy accused Russia of sponsoring an army of fake accounts to spread misinformation during the Catalan independence referendum. Britains leader Theresa May said Russia used state-run media to undermine free societies. Separately, Britains top cybersecurity official said Russia carried out a coordinated campaign to hack British telecommunications, energy and media firms in the last year, according to the Times.

China will send a high-level envoy to North Korea in a move that will likely put pressure on Pyongyang to limit its nuclear program, the Times reported. Chinese state-run media said the envoy would probably deliver a message to Kim Jong-Un that urges nuclear talks. The announcement of the envoy came days after President Donald Trump discussed North Korea with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting in Beijing.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushed Myanmars leaders to investigate and end violence against Rohingya Muslims, according to the Times. Speaking from Naypyidaw, Myanmars capital, Tillerson said there were the credible reports of widespread atrocities that the countrys security forces had committed against the Rohingya. Tillerson suggested that targeted economic sanctions may be an appropriate response to what the UN has called a textbook case of ethnic cleansing.

The House of Representatives passed the joint congressional version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, Politico reported. Representatives voted 365-70 for the $700 billion spending bill. The NDAAs fiscal allocation exceeds the Budget Control Acts $549 billion cap on defense expenditures. The Senate is expected to take up and pass the measure after Thanksgiving.

Lebanons president accused Saudi Arabia of holding Saad Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister who resigned last week, as a hostage, Reuters reported. President Michel Aoun said it was not acceptable for Saudi Arabia to hold Hariri against his will for unknown reasons. Aoun has previously said he would not formally recognize Hariris resignation unless the latter returns to Lebanon. On Wednesday, Hariri promised to return within two days.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security shared technical information about a North Korean cyber intrusion campaign targeting the aerospace, telecommunications and financial industries, Reuters reported. In an alert, the agencies said North Korean hackers used a type of malware that granted them access to protected systems and shared files. The agencies report also included IP addresses linked to the hackers.

 

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Sarah Grant summarized the military commission proceedings at the Nov. 7 hearing in U.S. v. al-Nashiri.

Shannon Togawa Mercer live blogged Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

J. Dana Stuster discussed the connections of Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salmans power play to conflicts across the Middle East.

Garrett Hinck posted the video and testimony from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the president’s authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.

Alan Rozenshtein analyzed how a bill making tech companies liable for sex trafficking on their platforms could signal a change in online platforms legal responsibility for user content.

Stewart Baker shared the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring discussions with Nicholas Weaver about the re-emerging encryption debate and with Michael Sulmeyer about the NDAA.

Evelyn Douek overviewed the European Unions efforts to fight fake news.

Vincent Vitkowsky reviewed Jeremy Rabkin and John Yoos book on emerging weapons and the law of war.

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North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong-un – The Guardian


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North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong-un
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North Korea’s state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border. An editorial in the ruling party 
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Domestic violence and mass shootings: The link and the loopholes – WTOP


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Dems Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump – The Daily Caller

Dems Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump
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A group of six Democratic House members introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday, claiming the president has violated federal law, the public trust and should be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors.

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