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Anthony Weiner, the Democratic former U.S. representative from New York who typed away his career one sext at a time, is scheduled to be released three months early next year from a special medical prison, according to prison records. Weiner, 54, began …
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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Wednesday referred more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints filed recently against Brett M. Kavanaugh to a federal appeals court in Colorado. The 15 complaints, related to statements Kavanaugh made during … 
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The FBI has arrested an upstate New York man accused of building a bomb that he intended to use to blow himself up on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Election Day, authorities said Wednesday. Court documents say Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan …
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California man shot and killed while on camping trip with his two young girls, 2 and 4, at Malibu Creek State Park campsite. Southern California authorities on Wednesday arrested an armed man near the area where a father was gunned down during the …
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A rocket carrying an American and a Russian astronaut failed minutes after liftoff Thursday morning, but the two crew members safely made an emergency return to Earth, the space agencies of both countries said. The capsule had parachuted to Earth about …
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The federal judge who oversaw the federal trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Virginia called the plea deal in the District to dismiss the deadlocked charges only after he has finished cooperating with special counsel Robert …

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Donald Trump may be drawn into double agent Sergei Skripal’s ‘poisoning’

Security analysts say police are ­investigating links between critically ill Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and Christopher Steele, the British former spy who compiled an explosive dossier on US President Don­ald Trump.

The diplomatic relationship between Britain and Russia has nose­dived over the suspected daylight poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, southern England, on Monday (AEDT).

But Mr Trump could be drawn into the chilling episode if Mr Skripal is linked to Mr Steele’s 2015 dossier, which detailed alleged collusion between Mr Trump and Russia.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned that England could even pull out of the soccer World Cup to be hosted by Russia in June if it is confirmed that the Skripals were poisoned by Kremlin-backed associates.

Counter-terrorism police took command of the investigation yesterday amid fears the victims — who were fighting for their lives in hospital — may have been poisoned by a nerve agent. Tests have been conducted for substances including sarin gas and VZ, the chemical nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Police are looking at the security footage to identify a blonde woman with a red bag, who was initially thought to be Yulia Skripal.

Anthony Glees, director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, told The Telegraph: “What we know is that Steele was our man in Russia, that he was extremely good. We know that what MI6 does is gain intelligence from human agents. You put all these things together, it is clear that ­either directly or indirectly Sergei Skripal would have been known to Christopher Steele.’’

Mr Steele was in Moscow in the early 1990s when Mr Skripal was passing information to MI6.

He was the chief of the Russia desk in 2006 when he headed the investigation into the fatal poisoning of Russian informer Alexander Litvinenko in a Mayfair hotel. A British inquiry found his killing was probably sanctioned by the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Steele left the agency just before the 2010 spy swap resulted in Mr Skripal and three others being taken to Britain in return for 10 US-based Russian spies.

“If it is the case that Christopher Steele produced a dossier on Trump that is authentic and ­accurate, as we believe it to be — its accuracy has not been seriously undermined — then anybody who feels that Trump was humiliated and dissed by an MI6 officer may feel that getting at one of his agents is justified,” Professor Glees said. “That could be the Russian security services.”

Mr Skripal, a former army intelligence colonel, had feared for his life since his wife and son had died within five years, due to cancer and liver issues, reports said. His daughter has criticised Mr Putin on social media.

Mr Johnson told parliament that if the Putin regime were behind the poisoning “we will have to have a serious conversation about our relationship with Russia” .

“It will be difficult to see how UK representation at the World Cup can go ahead in the normal way,” he said. “I say to governments around the world that no ­attempt to take innocent life on UK soil will go either unsanctioned or unpunished.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokes­woman Maria Zakharova described the comments as words of “savagery”. The Russian embassy in London said the Foreign Secretary spoke as if the investigation was already over and Russia was found responsible. “Looks like the script of yet another anti-Russian campaign has been already written,” the statement said.

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“Ukraine and her Intelligence Services (“Малой, The Junior, Der Jünger”) are finally kidnapped by the New Abwehr”, says the Demiurge. 

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Mr. (Emperor) Pu: “Не Малого, а Малую украли! Вроде той вот что позади меня (Nice Abwehr Girl!). И это давно уже не новость, так что звонить и не кому. А я бы им и вабще бы не позвонил, такой Бардак!
И Барак – Бардак, и Бардак – Барак! Одним словом, полный красный бурак!
Что я сказал: “Бурак” или “Дурак”, а то я уже сам не помню… 
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My respectful recommendation to Gen. Gerasimov and Gen. Korobov is to try to reach out to their colleagues and to discuss these issues frankly and openly, in their broad range and in all the possible depth. The similar respectful recommendation to their colleagues, Gen. Dunford and Gen. Ashley, is to have these discussions and to try to make them productive. GRU is often compared with CIA, although nominally its counterpart is DIA. These interventions have to be approved on the highest levels, of course. 

This “ham-handedness”, the deliberate, demonstrative sloppiness, as if it were the invitation to be discovered, is the pervasive, constantly present, the distinguishing, the defining, the hallmark feature of ALL recent operations, including, very much so, the Operation Trump. This feature has to be addressed and investigated thoroughly, it might contain one of the main clues. It might indicate the possible set-up or the number of other explanations, which have to be explored. 

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“The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught…

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Russian spies are outed, but will heads roll in Moscow?

It looked like a spy agency’s worst nightmare: The unmasking of several agents, and the disclosure of sloppy tradecraft in what appeared to be a bungled intelligence operation.

But heads have yet to roll — at least not publicly — at the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

On Thursday, Western governments mounted a coordinated effort to unmask what they claimed were “brazen” efforts by GRU agents to sow chaos on foreign soil.

In a briefing Thursday, the Dutch government said it had foiled a “close-access hack operation” by the GRU aimed at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world’s chemical-weapons watchdog. The Dutch claimed that the four alleged agents planned to travel next to an OPCW-accredited laboratory in Switzerland, but did not get there because their operation was intercepted.

That same day, Britain accused the GRU of carrying out a worldwide campaign of “malicious” cyberattacks, and the US Justice Department announced criminal charges against seven GRU officers, accusing them of involvement in an effort to deflect attention from Russia’s state-sponsored sports doping program.

The coordinated information dump revealed what appeared to be an embarrassing security breach for the GRU. Details in the Dutch briefing were particularly tantalizing: The head of Dutch counterintelligence named four alleged Russian GRU officers, noting that two of them had consecutive passport numbers, a potential red flag for intelligence agencies.

And then there was the taxi receipt: When detained, one of the alleged agents had a receipt for a trip to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport from Nesvizkhskiy Pereulok, a road bordering what Dutch counterintelligence said was a GRU facility.

The owner of the cab company confirmed to CNN that the receipt was authentic, but added that the driver couldn’t recall whether any of the men named were indeed the passengers. Such details provided fodder for online sleuths, and raised questions among some observers about the GRU’s level of professionalism.

Digital footprints

Unlike Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the two Russians named by the UK as the suspects in the nerve agent attack earlier this year in Salisbury, England, the four men named by the Dutch on Thursday left more digital traces.

The Moscow Times even reported that Yevgeny Serebryakov, one of the Russian men accused of the attempted OPCW hack, appeared to be a participant in a Moscow amateur soccer league.

So how big a scandal is this in Russia, and how will it play? The case of Petrov and Boshirov proves instructive.

In early September, British authorities released the names of the two men, saying they were GRU agents traveling under aliases. Following the release of those names, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the two men as “civilians,” and encouraged them to come forward.

The following day, Russia’s state-owned RT aired an interview with the two men, who admitted traveling to Salisbury but denied working for the GRU. That prompted insinuations and jokes on Russian media about the sexual orientation of “Boshirov” and “Petrov” as well as their fondness for Gothic spires.

The RT interview was a weapon of mass distraction, turning the Salisbury poisoning into fodder for memes. But the information war continued: After the RT interview aired, the UK investigative website Bellingcat claimed to have identified “Boshirov” as a GRU colonel.

In the coming days, no doubt, we’ll learn more about the identities of the supposed GRU agents. But the Russian response has been to double down on accusations of “fake news.”

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called the UK allegations a “hellish perfume mix,” saying, “The rich imagination of our UK colleagues truly knows no limits. Who comes up with this?”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov played the same note on Friday. Western governments, he said, were driven by “hysteria” and “spy phobia” after the US, the Netherlands and Britain publicly unmasked the alleged Russian intelligence agents.

To be sure, the latest round of spy wars has not been consequence-free for Russia. The US and its allies expelled dozens of Russian diplomats in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning, and the fears of Russian meddling persist: US lawmakers are considering new sanctions to punish Russia over its interference in US elections.

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It looked like a spy agency’s worst nightmare: The unmasking of several agents, and the disclosure of sloppy tradecraft in what appeared to be a bungled intelligence operation.

But heads have yet to roll — at least not publicly — at the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

On Thursday, Western governments mounted a coordinated effort to unmask what they claimed were “brazen” efforts by GRU agents to sow chaos on foreign soil.

In a briefing Thursday, the Dutch government said it had foiled a “close-access hack operation” by the GRU aimed at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world’s chemical-weapons watchdog. The Dutch claimed that the four alleged agents planned to travel next to an OPCW-accredited laboratory in Switzerland, but did not get there because their operation was intercepted.

That same day, Britain accused the GRU of carrying out a worldwide campaign of “malicious” cyberattacks, and the US Justice Department announced criminal charges against seven GRU officers, accusing them of involvement in an effort to deflect attention from Russia’s state-sponsored sports doping program.

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The German government on Friday called on Russia to desist from carrying out cyberattacks in other countries, adding its voice to those of Britain and the Netherlands.

“We sharply condemn such attacks on international organizations and institutions of our allies and call on Russia to meet its responsibility and cease such actions,” government Spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin.

He said that Germany, like Britain, believed that the Russian military intelligence agency GRU was, “with almost absolute certainty,” behind the APT28 cyberespionage campaign, which attacked a number of targets worldwide, including the German Bundestag and government data network. 

If such attacks were successful, Seibert said, they could directly threaten public security and “in principle also our democracy,” making it imperative that Germany ensured it was ready and able to take action in the digital sphere.

He emphasized the importance of working together with other states to defend against such attacks.

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On Thursday, the Netherlands and Britain went public with accusations that Russia was trying to damage Western democracies through cyberattacks. Among other things, Dutch authorities said they had prevented an attack by Russian hackers on The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in April.

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The OPCW, the UN’s chemical weapon’s watchdog, has been involved in investigations into the attempted killing of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal using the nerve agent Novichok and into alleged chemical attacks in Douma, Syria, by the Russia-backed Syrian regime.

Germany’s accusations come as evidence mounts of a worldwide cyber campaign targeting Western institutions launched by Russia. The US Justice Department announced after Thursday’s revelations that it had charged seven Russian military intelligence offices with hacking organizations including anti-doping agencies.

Russia has been revealed to have long run a state-sponsored athlete doping program, leading to several of its sportspeople being banned from participating in international events.

Moscow has denounced the allegations as products of “fantasy.”

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Germany on Friday joined other Western countries in blaming Russia for engaging in a global campaign of cyber attacks against political institutions, businesses, media outlets and sports organizations.

“We have full confidence in the assessment of the British and Dutch authorities. The (German) government is also almost certain that the Russian GRU secret service is behind the APT28 campaign,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Advanced Persistent Threat 28 is another name used to describe the Sofacy or Fancy Bear hacking group.

Seibert said Germany believes successful attacks “could directly threaten free society, public safety and in principle our democracy” — and urged Moscow “to meet its responsibilities and cease such actions.”

Russia denies any involvement in the worldwide attacks.

On Thursday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Russia’s military intelligence agency GRU of carrying out various “reckless and indiscriminate” high-profile online attacks, according to Agence France-Presse.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre has “high confidence” that the GRU “almost certainly” targeted the US Democratic Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election, as well as last year’s attempted hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency in Switzerland official said.

“This pattern of behavior demonstrates (the GRU’s) desire to operate without regard to international law or established norms and to do so with a feeling of impunity and without consequences,” Hunt said.

“Our message is clear: together with our allies, we will expose and respond to the GRU’s attempts to undermine international stability.”

In addition to APT28, Britain said the GRU was associated with several other hackers, including Pawnstorm, Sednit, CyberCaliphate, Cyber Berkut and Voodoo Bear, Reuters reported.

Australia joined Britain in its accusations, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne calling Russian online meddling “unacceptable.”

The Kremlin rejected the accusations that Russian spies were behind the cyber attacks.

“It’s some kind of a diabolical perfume cocktail (of allegations),” Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters, TASS reported.

The latest allegations came a day after seven GRU officers were charged with carrying out an international hacking campaign on agencies and organizations that were investigating the country’s athlete doping program and the poisoning of a former KGB agent in Britain.

According to an indictment filed in Pennsylvania, the suspects conducted the cyber-attacks from 2014 through May using malware, spearfishing techniques and other high-tech weapons to steal information that was then circulated online.

Three of the seven had been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors for hacking into the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.

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LONDON — The West unleashed an onslaught of new evidence and indictments Thursday accusing Russian military spies of hacking so widespread that it seemed to target anyone, anywhere who investigates Moscow’s involvement in an array of criminal activities — including doping, poisoning and the downing of a plane.

Russia defiantly denied the charges, neither humbled nor embarrassed by the exceptional revelations on one of the most high-tension days in East-West relations in years. Moscow lashed back with allegations that the Pentagon runs a clandestine U.S. biological weapons program involving toxic mosquitoes, ticks and more.

The nucleus of Thursday’s drama was Russia’s military intelligence agency known as the GRU, increasingly the embodiment of Russian meddling abroad.

In the last 24 hours: U.S. authorities charged seven officers from the GRU with hacking international agencies; British and Australian authorities accused the GRU of a devastating 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine, the email leaks that rocked the U.S. 2016 election and other damaging hacks; And Dutch officials alleged that GRU agents tried and failed to hack into the world’s chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The ham-handed attempted break-in — involving hacking equipment in the trunk of a car and a trail of physical and virtual clues — was the most stunning operation revealed Thursday. It was so obvious, in fact, that it almost looked like the Russians didn’t care about getting caught.

“Basically, the Russians got caught with their equipment, people who were doing it, and they have got to pay the piper. They are going to have to be held to account,” U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said in Brussels, where he was meeting with NATO allies.

Mattis said the West has “a wide variety of responses” available.

Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the GRU would no longer be allowed to act with impunity.

Calling Russia a “pariah state,” British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov of Russia said in a statement that the U.S. is taking a “dangerous path” by “deliberately inciting tensions in relations between the nuclear powers,” adding that Washington’s European allies should also think about it.

While the accusations expose how much damage Russia can do in foreign lands, through remote hacking and on-site infiltration — they also expose how little Western countries can do to stop it.

Russia is already under EU and U.S. sanctions, and dozens of GRU agents and alleged Russian trolls have already been indicted by the U.S but will likely never be handed over to face American justice.

Still, to the Western public, Thursday may have been a pivotal day, with accusations so extensive, and the chorus of condemnation so loud, that it left little doubt of massive Russian wrongdoing. A wealth of surveillance footage released by Western intelligence agencies was quickly and overwhelmingly confirmed by independent reporting.

The litany of accusations of GRU malfeasance began overnight, when British and Australian authorities accused the Russian agency of being behind the catastrophic 2017 cyberattack in Ukraine. The malicious software outbreak knocked out ATMs, gas stations, pharmacies and hospitals and, according to a secret White House assessment recently cited by Wired, caused $10 billion in damage worldwide.

The British and Australians also linked the GRU to other hacks, including the Democratic Party email leaks and online cyber propaganda that sowed havoc before Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.

Later Thursday, Dutch defense officials released photos and a timeline of GRU agents’ botched attempt to break into the chemical weapons watchdog using Wi-Fi hacking equipment hidden in a car parked outside a nearby Marriott Hotel. The OPCW was investigating a nerve agent attack on a former GRU spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury, England, that Britain has blamed on the Russian government. Moscow vehemently denies involvement.

Photographs released by the Dutch Ministry of Defense showed a trunk loaded with a computer, battery, a bulky white transformer and a hidden antenna; officials said the equipment was operational when Dutch counterintelligence interrupted the operation.

What Dutch authorities found seemed to be the work of an amateur. A taxi receipt in the pocket of one of the agents showed he had hired a cab to take him from a street next to GRU headquarters to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. A laptop found with the team appeared to tie them to other alleged GRU hacks.

The men were expelled instead of arrested, because they were traveling on diplomatic passports.

The Dutch also accused the GRU of trying to hack investigators examining the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. A Dutch-led team says it has strong evidence the missile that brought the plane down came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied the charge.

Later Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department charged seven GRU officers — including the four caught in The Hague — in an international hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 athletes, a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company, a Swiss chemical laboratory and the OPCW.

The indictment said the GRU targets had publicly supported a ban on Russian athletes in international sports competitions and because they had condemned what they called a state-sponsored doping program by Russia.

U.S. prosecutors said the Russians also targeted a Pennsylvania-based nuclear energy company and the OPCW.

The seven were identified as: Aleksei Morenets, 41; Evgenii Serebriakov, 37; Ivan Yermakov, 32; Artem Malyshev, 30; and Dmitriy Badin, 27; who were each assigned to Military Unit 26165, and Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46, who were also GRU officers.

The U.S. indictment says the hacking was often conducted remotely. If that wasn’t successful, the hackers would conduct “on-site” or “close access” hacking operations, with trained GRU members traveling with sophisticated equipment to target their victims through Wi-Fi networks.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the Canadian anti-doping agency were all identified by the U.S. indictment against the Russians.

WADA said the alleged hackers “sought to violate athletes’ rights by exposing personal and private data — often then modifying them — and ultimately undermine the work of WADA and its partners in the protection of clean sport.”

Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. anti-doping agency and a prominent critic of Russian athletes’ drug use, says “a system that was abusing its own athletes with an institutionalized doping program has now been indicted for perpetrating cyberattacks on innocent athletes from around the world.”

Russia denied everything.

Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of Russian parliament, said the accusations were fake and intended to “delegitimize” a resurgent Russia. The West has picked up the GRU as “a modern analogue of the KGB which served as a bugaboo for people in the West during the Cold War,” he said.

Russia countered with accusations of their own: The Defense Ministry unveiled complex allegations that the U.S. has a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia as part of a network of labs on the edges of Russia and China that flout international rules.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon called the accusations “an invention” and “obvious attempts to divert attention from Russia’s bad behavior on many fronts.”

The Associated Press, meanwhile, independently corroborated information that matches details for two of the alleged Russian agents named by the Dutch authorities.

An online car registration database in Russia showed that Aleksei Morenets, whose full name and date of birth are the same as one of the expelled Russians, sold his car in 2004, listing the Moscow address where the Defense Ministry’s Military University is based.

Alexey Minin, another Russian whose full name and date of birth match the Dutch details, had several cars, including an Alfa Romeo, that were registered and sold at the address where the Defense Ministry’s GRU school is located. In some of the filings, Minin listed the official military unit number of the GRU school as his home address.

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Balsamo reported from Washington and Casert from Brussels. Raphael Satter in London, Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed.


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From their desks in St. Petersburg, Russian internet trolls at a company with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to co-opt American civil rights activists and use them to stoke racial tensions and stir political unrest, authorities said.

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Congressional investigators tell ABC News that two online groups — BlackMattersUS and BlackFist — were among those used by Russian operators to reach out directly to unwitting individual Americans engaged in political activism and, in this case, encourage them to help organize rallies, train in self-defense and create music videos. In some cases, those activists even received financial support.

This effort, according to authorities, was the brainchild of the Internet Research Agency, the same St. Petersburg-based company identified by members of Congress as a key arm of the larger Russian operation aimed at influencing U.S. elections. That effort, as first reported by the the Russian publication RBC, now appears to be much broader than previously known, moving beyond the virtual world.

The Facebook and Twitter accounts associated with both groups have since been suspended, and ABC News could not reach any of the people identified online as being members of either group. Executives from both social media giants are expected to appear before Congress early next month to discuss steps they are taking to confront Russian efforts to infiltrate their platform, the scope of which is still not fully understood.

“The strategy appears to be a mix of suppressing votes, stoking fear and doing all they can to help their preferred candidate in Donald Trump and tear down Hillary Clinton,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who has seen Russian social media posts turned over to Congress by Facebook and Twitter.

By piggybacking on the themes of the Black Lives Matter movement, Russian agitators succeeded in convincing people interested in those same social justice causes that this stealthy foreign-backed effort was legitimate.

Ronnie Houston, a hip-hop artist in St. Louis, Missouri, who goes by the name Rough the Ruler, told ABC News that someone claiming to be from BlackMattersUS contacted him on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram in March of 2016 and asked him to record a song for them “about the social issues that were going on.” He wrote and performed the music for a short music video featuring video clips from marches, graphics touting the BlackMattersUS website, and lyrics describing police as “assassins” and protesters as “avengers.”

PHOTO: Ronnie Houston, a hip-hop artist in St. Louis, Mo., who goes by the name Rough the Ruler, wrote music for a video for BlackMattersUS.ABC News
Ronnie Houston, a hip-hop artist in St. Louis, Mo., who goes by the name Rough the Ruler, wrote music for a video for BlackMattersUS.

If he had known the group was not rooted in the Black Lives Matter movement, he said, he would not have agreed to record the song.

“No man I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “Wouldn’t have done it at all.”

Conrad James, an activist in Raleigh, North Carolina, says he was approached in September 2016 by a woman who claimed to represent BlackMattersUS and asked him to speak at a rally they were hosting in Charlotte. James said more than 600 people turned up.

“They definitely were trying to stir-up trouble,” James said of BlackMattersUS. “Their intent was obviously to have some type of emotionally filled rally where people are adding fuel to the fire that was already happening around Charlotte.”

Nolan Hack, an activist from Los Angeles, said BlackMattersUS asked for his help organizing civil rights rallies last year and he was reimbursed for some of his travel expenses.

He said the notion of a Russia connection “never entered my mind.”

PHOTO: Conrad James, an activist in Raleigh, N.C., says someone who claimed to represent BlackMattersUS asked him to speak at a rally in Charlotte.ABC News
Conrad James, an activist in Raleigh, N.C., says someone who claimed to represent BlackMattersUS asked him to speak at a rally in Charlotte.more +

The effort was not limited to BlackMattersUS and BlackFist. Federal officials and Facebook executives confirmed to ABC News, first reported by The Daily Beast, that the troll farm was also behind a purported pair of bloggers – William and Kalvin – who produced social media posts and YouTube videos that carried more pointed political messages

“We, the black people, we stand in one unity” said one post from duo, who claimed to be from Atlanta. “We stand in one to say that Hillary Clinton is not our candidate.”

And the effort doesn’t appear to have stopped after the election. At least five American trainers paid this year by a group called BlackFist to offer free self-defense classes around the country, urging people to “be ready to protect your rights” and to “let them know that Black Power Matters.”

Omowale Adewale, a fitness trainer in Brooklyn, New York, says he was paid $320 via PayPal to conduct four classes in a month.

“It’s very sneaky,” Adewale told ABC News. “It’s very underhanded.”

PHOTO: Omewale Adewale, a fitness trainer in Brooklyn, New York, says a group called BlackFist paid him to conduct self-defense classes.ABC News
Omewale Adewale, a fitness trainer in Brooklyn, New York, says a group called BlackFist paid him to conduct self-defense classes.

Roger McNamee, a venture capitalist and early investor in Facebook, says this effort is evidence of the Russian strategy “to anger both sides of the equation.”

“Classic Russian intelligence techniques of taking the most extreme voices and amplifying them,” he said. “It was the perfect petri dish for this kind of campaign.”

Swalwell said he wants Congress to find a way to address this type of interference without infringing on peoples’ rights.

“Russia was able to use our greatest strength, freedom of speech, and turn it into a weakness,” Swalwell said. “I think we have to find what is that fine line between making sure my mom can post any political opinion that she wants but an organized intelligence service of a foreign country isn’t able to weaponize social media.”

ABC News’ Rhonda Schwartz, Patrick Reevell and Brian Epstein contributed to this report.

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Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names and supporters, including Trump’s campaign manager, digital director and son, pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign.

The Twitter account @Ten_GOP, which called itself the “Unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans,” was operated from the Kremlin-backed “Russian troll farm,” or Internet Research Agency, a source familiar with the account confirmed with The Daily Beast.

The account’s origins in the Internet Research Agency were originally reported by the independent Russian news outlet RBC. @Ten_GOP was created on November 19, 2015, and accumulated over 100 thousand followers before Twitter shut it down. The Daily Beast independently confirmed the reasons for @Ten_GOP’s account termination.

The discovery of the now-unavailable tweets presents the first evidence that several members of the Trump campaign pushed covert Russian propaganda on social media in the run-up to the 2016 election.

A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment, “for privacy and security reasons.”

Two days before election day, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted a post by @Ten_GOP regarding Hillary Clinton’s email.

“Mother of jailed sailor: ‘Hold Hillary to same standards as my son on Classified info’ #hillarysemail #WeinerGate” the tweet reads.

Three weeks before the election, Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign’s digital director, retweeted a separate post from @Ten_GOP.

“Thousands of deplorables chanting to the media: “Tell The Truth!” RT if you are also done w/ biased Media!” the tweet read.

President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. followed the account until its closure on August 23rd of this year. Trump Jr. retweeted the account three times, including an allegation of voter fraud in Florida one week before the election.

“BREAKING: #VoterFraud by counting tens of thousands of ineligible mail in Hillary votes being reported in Broward County, Florida Please, RT,” the tweet read.

Trump Jr. also retweeted the account on Election Day.

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“This vet passed away last month before he could vote for Trump.. Here he is in his #MAGA hat.. #voted #ElectionDay,” the account wrote.

Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn retweeted the Russian-backed troll account at least once. His son, Michael Flynn Jr., retweeted the account 34 times before it was removed from Twitter in August for its ties to Russian propaganda.

The account notably pushed for Flynn’s reappointment as Trump’s national security advisor, a job Flynn lost after press revelations that he’d lied about his telephone discussions with the Russian ambassador after the election hacks. It also repeatedly pushed Breitbart-backed talking points, including a fake news story about a gang rape in Twin Falls, Idaho that merited dozens of articles from Breitbart News.

Flynn Jr. will likely receive a Senate subpoena after he refused to be interviewed for the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

Former Trump campaign advisor and longtime confidante of the president Roger Stone retweeted the account three times in 2017, twice to rail against commentators on CNN.

On the same day as the account’s permanent ban, @Ten_GOP was caught passing a photo of the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship parade in Cleveland as a picture of the crowd gathered outside a Trump rally in Phoenix.

Last March the account was one of the most active in promoting WikiLeaks’ first big release of CIA documents, using the occasion to float the false claim that the so-called “Vault 7” documents acquitted Russia in the hack of the Democratic National Committee. “BREAKING: Obama’s CIA posed as RUSSIAN HACKERS to disguise their dirty work,” read one of the tweets. “The ‘Russian hacking’ was a false flag by the CIA. It was done to give Obama a reason to spy on Trump!,” read another.

Overt Russian propaganda outlets Sputnik and RT frequently used @Ten_GOP’s tweets in their news stories, including a story titled “Russia has no compromising info on Trump or Clinton, report is ‘total bluff’ — Kremlin.”

Far right news sites The Gateway Pundit and InfoWars quoted the account in articles several times.

Fox News cited @Ten_GOP as its sole example of a “Trump fan” in an article titled “Trump fans call for Kellogg’s boycott after brand pulls Breitbart ads” last December.

Former FBI counterterrorism agent Clint Watts, who testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian cyberattacks, told The Daily Beast that this is “exactly what I was talking about” in his testimony in March.

“If what you said is true, I’d say, ‘My job is done,’” said Watts. “If this account is definitely an (Internet Research Agency) account, it proved Russian Active Measures (like the 2016 propaganda campaign) works, because Americans will use it against other Americans.”

Watts said the content of these pages is “made to look organic” so that “Americans will use it against their political enemies.”

“If you take rumors, false information, plants, and just repeat them, you’re doing the job of a foreign country. They are seeding out information or narratives they know candidates or partisans will use. They were so effective, they had the very top people in the campaign using it,” said Watts.

“Basically, Russia loaded the gun. The Trump team fired.”

Mike Hasson, chief strategist of the Republican data analytics firm Red Metrics, said he remembered seeing the account as far back as the primaries, but became skeptical of the account due to a “couple odd things that stood out.”

“I remember seeing it in late primary season, showing up in my timeline, retweeted by ordinary grassroots people. Some of the stuff was conspiracy theorist and inflammatory, but other times the content was intended to be inspiring and heartwarming,” said Hasson.

Hasson said he became more confident of Ten_GOP’s origins after the account stopped tweeting about Tennessee and started tweeting about nationalist French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, then tweeted several links from Russian propaganda network RT.

“For it to jump from Tennessee-related stuff and national stuff to Le Pen, that was probably the trigger point––like, ‘Ok, maybe there is something here that’s a lot worse,’” said Hasson.

“At that point, it was much more than just suspicion. That was more of a confirmation,” he said, of Russia Today’s frequent citation of the account. “By that point, it had accumulated enough red flags that I felt pretty sure that this was one of the bad guys.”

The account was retweeted 15 times by far-right agitator Ann Coulter, who also posted one of its tweets to her Twitter account.

Last month, after the account’s closure, someone launched a petition on the White House’s “We The People” site complaining about “a war on conservatives on Twitter.” The petition demanded the reinstatement of several alt-right Twitter accounts that had been suspended from the service, adding “My own account, @Tennessee_GOP, was banned on August the 23th.”

The petition misstates the name of the @Ten_GOP account, but came at around the same time as two more White House petitions protesting Facebook’s deletion of fake African American and progressive political accounts linked to the Russian active measures campaign. None of the petitions received enough signatures to qualify for a White House response.

Others in Trump’s inner circle, including former deputy national security advisor Sebastian Gorka, also retweeted Russian-tied Twitter accounts.

Despite posing as Tennessee Republicans, the account never hesitated to push the Kremlin’s talking points on issues like Syria and the French election. In May, the anonymous operator of a Twitter account called AltCyberCommand used Twitter’s password reset process to try and prove Russia’s involvement. A video of the hack appeared to show that TEN_GOP’s Twitter account was set up with a phone number in country code 7, indicating the Russian Federation, not Tennessee.

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Donald Trump Jr and Kellyanne Conway busted in organized Russian propaganda scheme 

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For months, investigators have been seeking to determine precisely how Russian hackers were spreading propaganda and disinformation during the election in order to help Donald Trump. Now we have a definitive answer: Trump’s own advisers and family were spreading that Russian propaganda in plain sight, and they weren’t even trying to hide it. Donald Trump Jr and Kellyanne Conway among others are now in serious, serious trouble.

Russian hackers were using a Twitter account named @Ten_GOP to spread pro-Trump propaganda during the election. The account claimed to represent Tennessee Republicans, but the Trump campaign – which was working closely with the Republican Party during the general election – would easily have known that this wasn’t the case. Yet according a new Daily Beast profile by way of Russian dissident news outlet RBC (link), several of Trump’s own top people were actively retweeting that Twitter account in organized fashion in the days before Election Day.

Kellyanne Conway, who was Trump’s campaign manager at the time, retweeted the @Ten_GOP. So did Donald Trump Jr, as well as the Trump campaign’s digital director Brad Parscale. This cannot have been a coincidence. While there’s not yet proof that Trump’s people knew they were retweeting a fake Russian account, they’re very short here on plausible deniability. Moreover, it is clear that Trump’s people were organizing their efforts to retweet this particular account.

If it can be proven that these members of Donald Trump’s campaign and family were indeed aware that this particular Twitter account was being run by Russian hackers, then that alone will prove that they colluded with a foreign enemy to try to influence the outcome of the election. This in turn would give Special Counsel Robert Mueller significantly increased leverage in his comprehensive effort at getting everyone under Trump to flip on him.

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A lawsuit against President Trump alleges he is violating the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses of the Constitution. Plaintiffs’ lawyer Deepak Gupta says Trump’s Washington hotel (above) is “an emoluments magnet.”

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If there’s one thing President Trump’s critics want from him, and he refuses to give up, it’s his tax returns.

The returns didn’t come up during Wednesday’s hearing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. But the hearing was the first step in a process that could loosen Trump’s grip on them.

If the next step goes the plaintiffs’ way, the case could make the president’s tax returns surface.

Trump is being sued by four plaintiffs who allege he is violating anti-corruption provisions in the Constitution, namely, its Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses.

If Judge George Daniels says the plaintiffs have legal standing to proceed with the suit, they then can seek internal financial documents, including those tax returns.

“We will be looking for detailed financial records, foreign and domestic transactions, in the president’s businesses,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Joseph Sellers told reporters after the hearing. “If the tax returns turn out to be relevant we may seek them.”

Trump is the only president since 1977 to withhold his tax returns from voluntary disclosure. Unlike recent presidents, he has also refused to comply voluntarily with the federal conflict-of-interest law. Doing so would have forced him to separate himself from the Trump business empire.

The lawsuit comes from three plaintiffs in the hotel and restaurant industry, and one watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The Constitution’s clauses banning emoluments — that is, money and other favors — are meant to keep federal officials out of conflicts of interest.

Plaintiffs’ lawyer Deepak Gupta told Daniels that Trump’s Washington hotel is “an emoluments magnet.” Its international business has been burgeoning, according to news reports.

Justice Department lawyer Brett Shumate said the plaintiffs failed to show they have been injured by Trump hotels and restaurants, so they wouldn’t have legal standing.

As the hearing wrapped up, Shumate opened a possible argument that presidents aren’t even covered by the Foreign Emoluments Clause.

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Trump and Russia: Sex, Spies and Scandal – this US-Russia relations ‘thriller’ still awaits its final act

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Do you remember the mural of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump from last year? Daubed on the wall of a fast-food outlet in Vilnius, Lithuania, it depicted the two presidents in a passionate clinch. But how close are they in real life? Every journalist in the West (plus some braver ones in the East) is looking for the smoking gun which will prove the relationship is more than a lurid geopolitical punchline.

In Trump and Russia: Sex, Spies and Scandal (Channel 4), reporter Matt Frei hunted in every nook and cranny. But despite the promise of sensation (“our story is a thriller”), underscored by a spy-movie soundtrack, this edition of Dispatches amounted to nothing more than a summary of what we know so far.

There were plenty of journalists, spooks and henchmen from both sides of the aisle who were available for comment. But as Frei carried on digging, the list of interviewees took on the distinct whiff of D-list.

Thus Christopher Steele, the former British MI6 agent, whose dossier suggested the Russians have compromising material on Trump, wouldn’t talk, but an old chum of his would. Is his life in danger?, wondered Frei, almost hopefully. “Anyone can have nightmares,” parried the old chum. “So that’s a yes then?” All a bit desperate?

Frei grilled Roger Stone, a Republican lobbyist who kept using the term “trumped up” with no apparent ear for irony. Why did Stone’s pal Paul Manafort, previously a fixer for shady demagogues, run Trump’s campaign for free? “Because he loves the game,” said Stone with a poker face. “Come on!” hollered Frei, all but throwing his arms up.

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MIAMI (AP) — A lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that may detail a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers has reached a federal appeals court, which is being asked by a Florida online publication to order a Freedom of Information Act trial on the dispute.

The case centers around reporting published by <a href=”http://floridabulldog.org” rel=”nofollow”>floridabulldog.org</a> on the FBI’s investigation into a Saudi family that abruptly left its home in a gated Sarasota community two weeks before the 2001 terror attacks. One FBI document written in 2002 that was disclosed in court said agents had found “many connections” between the family and some of the hijackers who took flying lessons at a nearby airport, including ringleader Mohamed Atta.

Later, however, the FBI disputed its own document, telling a 9/11 review commission in 2015 that it was “poorly written and unsubstantiated.”

The former Sarasota residents, Saudis Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji, have denied having connections with or supporting the hijackers. They now live overseas.

And the FBI’s position is that it doesn’t have to explain why it discounts its 2002 memo, despite details that were reported by the Bulldog and other media a decade after the attacks. Those 2011 stories on the Al-Hijjis focused on how neighbors had reported that they abruptly moved out of their home in an upscale, gated Sarasota community before the 9/11 attacks, leaving behind cars, clothes, furniture and even a refrigerator full of food. The possible connections to hijackers include gate records indicating some had visited the home as well as telephone calls involving them.

Documents filed Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by attorneys for the website’s parent company, Broward Bulldog Inc., seek an order overturning a Miami judge’s June decision not to have a FOIA trial over the FBI documents provided to the review commission. The FBI has asserted seven exemptions to the FOIA requirements, including that releasing the files would endanger national security and expose law enforcement techniques.

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“How much information concerning its investigation of the 9/11 attacks must the FBI share with the public? The answer, according to the district court, is very little,” Bulldog attorney Thomas Julin wrote in the document, adding that the hidden records are “paramount to the nation’s right to know how the FBI handled the investigation of 9/11.”

The appeal also seeks an order enabling the Bulldog attorneys to take a sworn deposition of the FBI agent who told the 9/11 review commission to discount the Sarasota “many connections” memo.

The attacks by 19 hijackers in four planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania killed 2,977 people.

Separately, the Broward Bulldog is awaiting a different judge’s decision on whether any or all of some 80,000 pages of files from the FBI’s Sarasota investigation will be made public. U.S. District Judge William Zloch has been reviewing those documents in private since 2014, and announced this month that his review is complete. Zloch has asked the FBI and the publication to suggest how he should rule.

The FBI has also indicated it will file its response with the 11th Circuit over the FOIA trial issue.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The FBI just released statistics for law enforcement officers killed and assaulted in the line of duty in 2016. The statistics highlight nationwide data on officers killed in the last few years.

In total, 118 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016. Of those, 66 were killed intentionally. That’s a significant increase from 2015, where 41 officers were killed by criminal acts.

Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz is one of those 66 officers. He was killed last year while serving a search warrant.

FBI stats show last year 17 officers were killed while ambushed, 13 were killed answering calls for disturbances, and 9 were killed while investigating suspicious people or circumstances.

Indiana State Police Cpt. Dave Bursten said they’re taking note of the increase in officer deaths.

“When we look back historically, we know that the law enforcement profession is a dangerous one. It seems more dangerous now than it has been in the past,” he said.

So far this year, 104 officers have been killed in the line of duty, including Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan. He was one of 38 officers killed so far this year by gunfire. Last year, 63 officers were killed by gunfire.

While the increase is concerning, Cpt. Bursten said officers won’t change the way they respond to emergencies.

“We always have to go to where the problem is. The only way to stop that is stop responding to calls. I don’t think the public wants us to do that. It would be a scary situation to see what kind of society we would live in without law enforcement.”

Fourteen officers killed in 2016 were from the Midwest.

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Federal judges issued two separate orders halting the Trump administration’s latest travel ban order,the Washington Post reported. On Tuesday, a federal district judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked nationwide the implementation of the September 24 travel ban proclamation. Wednesday morning, a federal judge in Maryland issued a second, narrower suspension, stopping enforcement of the ban only for those with a “bona fide” relationship with the U.S.

Congressional investigators subpoenaed Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser, NBC News reported. Page is expected to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to provide testimony about his role in the Trump campaign and his connections to Russian interference in the 2016 election. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence demanded that Michael Flynn Jr., the son of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, provide documents and testimony about his father’s business dealings,according to Reuters. Flynn Jr. is likely to receive a subpoena, ABC News reported.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller interviewed Matt Tait, the cybersecurity expert who GOP operative Peter Smith asked to review hacked Hillary Clinton emails last year, Business Insider reported. Both Mueller and Tait declined to comment. Mueller’s team also interviewed Sean Spicer, the former White House communications director and press secretary, about President Trump’s conduct while in office, according to Politico. The investigators asked Spicer about the circumstances of Trump’s firing of James Comey and Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

The European Commission will keep the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the agreement that allows the transatlantic transfer of cross-border data under European law, in place after a positive annual review,Reuters reported. The omission was satisfied that the protections put in place adequately safeguarded Europeans’ personal data. It asked Washington to implement more privacy protections in this year’s reauthorization of electronic surveillance authorities under the Section 702 program.

Iran’s supreme leader threatened to “shred” the nuclear deal if the U.S. withdraws from the agreement,according to Reuters. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would respect the accord as long as all other signatories met their obligations under the deal. He continued, “Trump’s stupidity should not distract us from America’s deceitfulness.” He also demanded that European states refrain from sanctioning and “interfering” with Iran’s missile program.

A top election official in Kenya resigned and fled the country, saying it would be impossible for the upcoming presidential election to be credible, the Post reported. Another leading election commissioner said he also thought a fair election was impossible. After Kenya’s Supreme Court invalidated the presidential election result in August, election authorities scheduled a new vote for next week. But Raila Odinga, the leading opposition candidate, dropped out of the race, and his supporters have taken to street demonstrations instead.

Senator John McCain blocked Defense Department nominees over a dispute about clarifying the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, according to the Post. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he would not schedule confirmation votes for any Defense nominees for top political posts until the administration gives him details about its conditions for aid to Afghanistan. McCain has repeatedly demanded that Secretary of Defense James Mattis say exactly how the latest troop increase will change circumstances in Afghanistan.

The Senate intelligence committee will put forth “clean” reauthorization of the intelligence community’s Section 702 spying programs under Title XII of the FISA Amendments Act, Politico reported. Chairman Richard Burr said the intelligence committee’s reauthorization proposal would not significantly change the requirements under Section 702. It would not limit the FBI’s authority to search the Section 702 database nor impose new restrictions on “unmasking” the identities of Americans caught in the surveillance, as the House Judiciary Committee’s proposal does.

The head of U.N. peacekeeping operations warned that South Sudan is sliding into chaos and escalating violence, the New York Times reported. After a peace initiative from neighboring African countries stalled, the U.N.’s peacekeeping chief warned the Security Council that the country’s armed factions needed to rescue South Sudan from “the impending abyss.” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will visit South Sudan next week.

A group of veterans sued pharmaceutical companies over allegations the firms paid bribes to militias in Iraq that killed American soldiers, NBC News reported. The veterans are seeking damages from a group of American and European companies that they say bribed officials linked to the Mahdi Army, an Iranian-backed militia.

The Guardian’s Shaun Walker presented the findings a report from a Russian newspaper about the Internet Research Agency, the so-called “troll farm” that attempted to influence the 2016 election on 2016.

The New York Times Magazine’s Jason Zengerle wrote about Secretary Rex Tillerson and the decline of the State Department.

BuzzFeed News’ Dan Vergano wrote an in-depth account of the U.S. special forces raid on Kunduz, a city in the north of Afghanistan,  last year that left 26 civilians and two American soldiers dead.

 

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Peter Margulies argued that the Hawaii federal district court rightly blocked the implementation of the most recent travel ban on the basis that it violates the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Michael Paradis explained the implications of the collapse of Al-Nashiri’s defense team for the military commissions cases.

Daniel Byman posted the second part of his series on whether domestic right-wing violence should be labeled as terrorism.

Matt Tait analyzed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s remarks about the “Going Dark” debate.

Vanessa Sauter posted the transcript of the FBI director’s remarks about Section 702 at the Heritage Foundation last week.

Stewart Baker shared the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring a discussion with Shane Harris on his reporting on recent developments linking Kaspersky to Russian espionage. Baker posted a second episode featuring an interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of a bug bounty company.

Hayley Evans summarized the U.K.’s new doctrine on the use of drones.

Sauter shared a bonus edition of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring a debate between Benjamin Wittes and Steve Vladeck about the unnamed American enemy combatant detainee.

 

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Will Trump Be Impeached? Here’s What We Know About Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe so Far

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President Donald Trump’s former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller for an extensive interview on Monday. During the interview, Spicer and Mueller discussed the firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as Trump’s meetings with Russian officials and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, according to a Politico report citing sources familiar with the meeting.

Spicer’s meeting signals that Mueller is increasing the number of interviews with former and current members of the Trump administration. A report by The Washington Post in September found that he was expecting to interview six White House advisers, including communications director Hope Hicks and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

In fact, Priebus was interviewed last Friday, as the Mueller team considers him important because he was part of Trump’s conversations on firing Comey and meetings with Russian officials. Other White House aides reportedly on the list of possible interviews include White House counsel Don McGahn, communications adviser Josh Raffel and associate counsel James Burnham. The overall investigation intends to shed light on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 elections and colluded with Trump.

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Even though Trump hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing, for now, his allies fear the president could face impeachment if Republicans lose the House next year. While it is too soon to predict Trump’s ouster, here are some key elements of the Mueller investigation so far:

  • May 17: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to spearhead the Russia probe.
  • June 16: Mueller began investigating Jared Kushner’s finances.
  • July 15-16: Mueller reportedly asked for the name of the person who represented two Russians with connections to Trump’s Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013 during a 2016 meeting attended by Donald Trump Jr.
  • July 25: Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, had his house raided by the FBI under Mueller’s inquiry, The New York Times reported. Authorities found binders and other documents that could lead to possible secret offshore bank accounts opened by Manafort.
  • August 1: Mueller appointed former U.S. Justice Department official Greg Andres, who then became the 16th lawyer on the team.
  • August 3: Mueller named a “grand jury,” signaling that a larger investigation was underway.
  • August 31: Mueller reportedly teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Manafort.
  • September 15:  Mueller obtained a search warrant for Facebook accounts linked to Russian operatives that aimed to influence the 2016 presidential election. Experts called the warrant a “turning point” in the investigation.
  • September 26: Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut announces that Manafort and Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn could face criminal charges as part of Mueller’s investigation.
  • September 28: Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s private email domains face investigation, as well as batches of emails from White House senior aides. The investigation, conducted by the White House, hopes to find anything relevant to Mueller’s Russia probe.
  • October 13: Mueller interviewed Priebus.
  • October 17: Mueller sat down with Spicer.
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  • A person who worked for the Russian “troll farm” Internet Research Agency discussed the organization with the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd.
  • The secretive factory had several components, including a “Russian desk,” a “foreign desk,” a “Facebook desk,” and a “Department of Provocations,” according to the former troll, who went by the name “Maxim.”
  • The Russian desk operated bots and trolls that used fake social-media accounts to flood the internet with pro-Trump messages and made-up news.
  • The foreign desk was more sophisticated, with trolls required to learn the nuances of American politics to best “rock the boat” on divisive issues.
  • “Our task was to set Americans against their own government,” Maxim said, “to provoke unrest and discontent.”

Recently revealed details about how an infamous Russian “troll farm” operated and its role in Russia’s disinformation campaign shed new light on Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential race.

One former troll, who was interviewed by the independent Russian news outlet Dozhd and went by “Maxim,” or Max, spoke of his experience working for the Internet Research Agency, a well-researched Russian company in St. Petersburg whose function is to spread pro-Russian propaganda and sow political discord in nations perceived as hostile to Russia.

The secretive firm is bankrolled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, CNN reported, a Russian oligarch who is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Up to a third of the company’s staff was tasked with interfering in US political conversation during the 2016 election, according to an investigation conducted by the Russian news agency RBC and detailed by another Russian news outlet, Meduza.

The Internet Research Agency, Max told Dozhd, consisted of a “Russian desk” and a “foreign desk.” The Russian desk, which was primarily made up of bots and trolls, used fake social-media accounts to flood the internet with pro-Trump agitprop and made-up news throughout the US presidential campaign, especially in the days leading up to the November election.

The foreign desk had a more sophisticated purpose, according to Max, who worked in that department. “It’s not just writing ‘Obama is a monkey’ and ‘Putin is great.’ They’ll even fine you for that kind of [primitive] stuff,” he told Dozhd. In fact, those who worked for the foreign desk were restricted from spreading pro-Russia propaganda. Rather, Max said, their job was more qualitative and was geared toward understanding the “nuances” of American politics to “rock the boat” on divisive issues like gun control and LGBT rights.

“Our goal wasn’t to turn the Americans toward Russia,” he added. “Our task was to set Americans against their own government: to provoke unrest and discontent, and to lower Obama’s support ratings.”

An entire department, the “Department of Provocations,” was dedicated to that goal: Its primary objective was to disseminate fake news and sow discord in the West, according to CNN.

The troll farm also had its own “Facebook desk,” whose function was to relentlessly push back against the platform’s administrators who deleted fake accounts as they began gaining traction. When Internet Research Agency employees argued against having their accounts deleted, Max said, Facebook staffers would write back, “You are trolls.” The trolls would in turn invoke the First Amendment right to free speech — occasionally, they won the arguments.

Facebook is now at the center of congressional and FBI investigations that are examining the extent to which Russia used social-media platforms to influence American political opinion.

Facebook has turned over more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads to Congress. RBC’s investigation found that in 2016 Russia’s propaganda network on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter could have reached 30 million people a week, and a Columbia University social-media analyst published research that found that Russian propaganda may have been shared billions of times on Facebook alone.

In addition to spreading fake news, Russian Facebook accounts went one step further by organizing events, rallies, and protests, some of which galvanized dozens of people. To be sure, RBC found that the Internet Research Agency hired 100 American activists over the internet to hold 40 rallies across different US cities. Those people did not know they were working for a Russian organization, according to the investigation.

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The vice chair of the Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in the US election said he was concerned about new revelations that a St. Petersburg troll farm had sent operatives to the US and linked up with activists here.

Sen. Mark Warner of the Senate Intelligence Committee was previously unaware of the report by Russian news outlet TV Rain, which said the Internet Research Agency, a so-called troll farm based in St. Petersburg, had a “secret department” that deployed operatives to the US.

“I’d really like to look at it,” Warner said of the report, adding that he’d been concerned “for some time” that the St. Petersburg troll farm was not the only one buying ads and running social media campaigns to try to influence the outcome of elections in foreign countries.

“I believe there are more in Russia and in countries that there may have been Russian-influenced activities in, some of the Eastern European countries,” Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I’m not saying they were all directed necessarily to the United States, but this is why we need this kind of thorough review from the platform companies to really dig in this the same way that we dig in on … a profit-making venture.”

The Internet Research Agency has for years operated as a troll farm, where employees create multiple online characters both to shape public opinion online and to exacerbate political tensions around the world. At the prodding of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian attempts to influence the US election, social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have admitted that the agency purchased political ads.

Many of the ads purchased by the St. Petersburg troll farm weren’t explicitly political, but encouraged American users to “like” a page — which meant they would be more likely to see divisive, Russian-made political content in their Facebook feed, according to a source familiar with the ads.

The TV Rain report, citing a former employee using the pseudonym Maxim, is the first time allegations have emerged that the troll farm dispatched operatives to the US. What those employees were assigned to do was not detailed in the report.

The FBI declined to comment on whether it was investigating the report.

second report, published Tuesday, by Russian outlet RBC details further efforts by the St. Petersburg troll farm’s “American department” to influence opinion in the US, including linking up with activists in order to encourage protests.

The Internet Research Agency is technically a private company, though it’s been linked to the Kremlin and its employees consistently spread pro-Kremlin messages. The Russian government historically maintains a cloak of plausible deniability by outsourcing sensitive operations to private entities. President Vladimir Putin, for instance, referred to “patriotic hackers” when asked about Russian hackers who targeted Democrats in the 2016 election — an operation that major US intelligence agencies agree was ordered by Putin himself.

Warner described the ads and the fake social media accounts as parts of the same influence campaign. “The story in many ways is if the ads are pushing you to a page or to a group, and then you have lots of fake accounts who are then pushing others to try to have that page or that group trend higher, that then attracts a lot of other viewers,” he told BuzzFeed News.

“The ads and the fake accounts work in tandem to generate higher placement,” he said.

Facebook has acknowledged that it’s uncovered evidence that the IRA purchased about $150,000 on political ads targeting Americans. When asked if other affiliates of the Russian government had purchased political ads for the US election, a Facebook spokesperson pointed to an official blog post on the investigation, which admits “It’s possible” others bought ads, and “our internal investigation continues.”

Warner said he believes the St. Petersburg troll farm and others may have had far more influence than social media companies in the US have acknowledged to date. He made a reference to Facebook’s response to meddling in recent elections there to make his point.

“In the French elections, if there were 50,000 accounts that Facebook took down, it just still seems scale-wise [compared to the US], I think there’s more to do,” he said. Facebook has acknowledged taking down 470 accounts and pages it said were linked to the troll farm.

Collier reported from New York.

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Между тем «американский отдел» продолжает работать, рассказали действующий и бывший сотрудники. Из здания на Савушкина, 55 по-прежнему управляются англоязычные сообщества с совокупной аудиторией около 1 млн человек, утверждает сотрудник организации. Собеседник, близкий к руководству «фабрики», настаивает: «Могли ли мы повлиять на исход выборов?.. Нет, конечно. Могли ли склонить сомневающиеся штаты на сторону Трампа?.. Возможно, но мы сами обалдели от результатов. Зачем нам все это?.. Чистой воды фан».

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A notorious Russian internet “troll factory” spent about $2.3 million during the 2016 election cycle to meddle in US politics, paying the salaries of 90 “US desk” employees who helped wage disinformation campaigns via social media that reached millions of Americans. The operation also contacted US activists directly and offered them thousands of dollars to organize protests on divisive issues, including race relations.

These revelations and many more came out in an investigation published on Tuesday by the Russian newspaper RBC about the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a tech firm based in St. Petersburg, Russia, that has developed a specialty in spreading pro-Kremlin messages in the West.

The IRA has been written about before by a number of news outlets, and by RBC itself. But this latest piece from RBC—a respected business newspaper in Russia known for angering the Kremlin with its reporting on Putin’s associates—is the first to home in on the IRA’s operations during the 2016 US election.

RBC’s investigation reveals an unprecedented level of detail about the money and staffing that went into IRA’s US-influence operation. Here are some of the key data points:

  • By the middle of 2015, as the US election was ramping up, the IRA’s staffing had increased to between 800 and 900 people. The organization had also shored up its arsenal of media tools to include “videos, infographics, memes, reporting, news, analytical materials,” and more.
  • In spring 2015, a number of IRA staffers held an experiment to see if they could successfully organize a live event in the US from behind their computer screens in St. Petersburg. They did this by targeting New Yorkers on Facebook and attempting to lure them to a specific event where they would receive a free hot dog. There were no actual hot dogs, but enough people showed up at the specified location to make the agency deem the experiment a success. “From this day, almost a year and a half before the election of the US President,” writes RBC, “the ‘trolls’ began full-fledged work in American society.”
  • Within the next year, the staff of the IRA’s “American Department” grew threefold, increasing to between 80 and 90 people—about one-tenth of the entire agency.
  • Three former employees of the IRA told RBC that the head of the American Department is a 27-year-old Azerbaijani man named Dzeihun Aslan, a point also corroborated by an internal Telegram chat obtained by RBC. (Aslan denied any such involvement in conversation with RBC.)
  • By RBC’s calculations, the American Department spent about $1 million annually on salaries. The lowest-level employees were paid about 55,000 rubles ($960) per month, but also received bonuses based on “the reactions of participants in communities” they were targeting.
  • RBC identified 118 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts linked to the IRA’s meddling in US politics.
  • In September 2016, at the height of the US election season, the American Department posted more than 1,000 pieces of content per week, reaching between 20 and 30 million people that month.
  • A source close to the leaders of the IRA told RBC that most of the agency’s American content had less to do with supporting a specific candidate than with promoting volatile social issues that happened to dovetail with Trump’s rhetoric. “There was no directive to ‘support Trump,’” one source told RBC. “Direct connections were drawn between societal problems and the actions of the ruling party at that time [the Democrats]. Hillary [Clinton] is the party’s representative, which means she’s also to blame.”
  • RBC analyzed hundreds of IRA posts and found that Clinton was mentioned in the posts much more often than Trump.
  • The total budget for promoting political ads to American audiences came to about $5,000 a month, or about $120,000 from June 2015 to May 2017. About half of that was spent on content aimed at sowing racial divisions.
  • The IRA spent about $80,000 to support 100 US activists who organized 40 different protests across the United States.
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In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 9:42 AM 1 Share Italy, of course, is not alone in trying to find a way to grapple with the global proliferation of propaganda that has sown public confusion and undermined the credibility of powerful institutions. Pope Francis recently announced that he would … Continue reading “9:41 AM 10/18/2017: In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News – NYT”

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Italy, of course, is not alone in trying to find a way to grapple with the global proliferation of propaganda that has sown public confusion and undermined the credibility of powerful institutions.

Pope Francis recently announced that he would dedicate his 2018 World Communications Day address to the topic of fake news, and the United States Congress is investigating how Russian agents manipulated Facebook and Twitter to spread false stories and stoke conspiracy theories to sway the 2016 presidential election.

But ahead of crucial Italian elections early next year, the country has become an especially fertile ground for digital deceit. Frustrated by economic woes, upset by a migrant crisis and fed a steady diet of partisan media, many Italians subscribe to all kinds of conspiracy theories. It is what they call dietrologia, the belief that there is also always something dietro, or behind, the surface.

The Italian passion for seeing intrigue — whether or not it exists — around every corner runs deep, said Alessandro Campi, a professor of political science at Perugia University. “All of this is part of the Italian cultural heritage,” he said.

A history of scheming Borgia cardinals, waves of foreign domination, papal crackdowns and corrupt governments had imbued Italians with an abiding distrust in authority, Mr. Campi said.

In recent years, this background has helped erode the standing of traditional political parties while being expertly exploited by political upstarts, insurgents and outsiders, none more so than the surging Five Star Movement and its founder, Beppe Grillo.

“I’d say that the Five Star Movement believes more than any other political party in conspiracy theories,” said Mr. Campi, an editor of “Conspiracies and Plots — From Machiavelli to Beppe Grillo.”

“It’s not only a tactic,” Mr. Campi said of the movement, which has succeeded in attracting votes from the left and the right with an ideologically ambiguous form of populism. “It’s their political worldview.”

Nicola Biondo, a former chief of communications for the Five Star Movement, said that for the party, spreading conspiracies was akin to a policy.

“They use the term Great Powers, never specifying who those powers are,” said Mr. Biondo, who has recently written a book, “Supernova: How Five Star Was Killed,” with another party defector. “It is a mantra.”

Ms. Boldrini, sponsor of the new student curriculum, asserts that the web cannot be forfeited to the fringes, and that the government must teach the next generation of Italian voters how to defend themselves against falsehoods and conspiracy theories designed to play on their fears.

She said she had included Google and Facebook in the project in an acknowledgment that virtual space is where many young Italians live.

Nevertheless, she expressed skepticism in particular about Facebook’s commitment to reining in fake news and hate speech, and recognized the possibility that the Italian school project provided the embattled giant with a much-needed public relations boon.

Facebook was quick to applaud the program. Laura Bononcini, chief of public policy for Facebook in Italy, Greece and Malta, said on Tuesday that “the program is part of an international effort. Education and media literacy are a crucial part of our effort to curb the spread of false news, and collaboration with schools is pivotal.”

Ms. Boldrini also noted that Facebook was contributing by promoting the initiative through targeted ads to high-school-age users, and she said she hoped that the program, which aimed to show students how their “likes” were monetized and politicized, could become a “pilot program” for Facebook throughout Europe.

But some of the Italian course load seems unrealistic. While some tips are useful, such as keeping an eye out for parody URLs, students are also called upon to reach out to experts to verify news stories, essentially asking the students to re-report articles.

The program seeks to deputize students as fake-news hunters, showing them how to create their own blogs or social accounts to expose false stories and “showing how you uncovered it.”

In Italy, that gives them a lot of ground to cover.

For months here, conspiracy theorists who reject scientific consensus have connected vaccinations to medical conditions including autism in children, often blaming pharmaceutical companies as a dark force behind the medical practice. It was an issue that struck a nerve in Italy and played right into the wheelhouse of the Five Star Movement’s distrust of expertise and authority.

In May, amid a measles outbreak, Italy strengthened its vaccination requirements for school-age children, prompting so-called No-Vax activists to protest outside the Italian Parliament for the right to choose.

The vaccination opponents were especially strong in the Five Star Movement, whose leader, Mr. Grillo, once attacked vaccines as a scam by pharmaceutical companies with the intention of “weakening children’s immune systems.”

His wildly popular blog has alleged that some vaccines “can kill,” and websites, such as La Fucina, run by another party leader, Davide Casaleggio, have published anti-vaccine reports.

(In the past, other sites associated with Mr. Casaleggio or Mr. Grillo have also carried sensational reports by Russian-backed news outlets that were deemed false and damaging to the movement’s political enemies.)

“It’s what the pharmaceutical companies do, and it’s questionable,” said Paola Barile, 65, as she stood with a Five Star Movement flag wrapped around her shoulders at a protest last week in front of Parliament. “The spell has been broken for us also on vaccines.”

At the same rally, Five Star activists screamed “shame” and railed against the political parties, right and left, for joining forces to draft a new electoral law they considered (maybe correctly this time) designed to keep the movement out of power.

But the Five Star Movement is not the only political force to have profited from fake news, and students are not the only ones who can be deceived by it.

Last weekend, Gian Marco Centinaio, a senator from the Northern League, a right-leaning party, acknowledged that he had put on Facebook a post, subsequently shared 18,000 times, of a picture of a man identified as Ms. Boldrini’s brother, and complained how the news programs “don’t cover” the man’s no-show job that paid 47,000 euros, or more than $55,000, a month. The man in the image was not her brother and none of the allegations were true.

Mr. Centinaio called the post a joke and said, “People should be less credulous.”

A healthy dose of skepticism is exactly what the new Italian program hopes students will adopt.

“If people are prepared, educated on digital,” Ms. Boldrini said, “maybe they don’t fall for it.”

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The main topics covered by the groups run from Russia were race relations, Texan independence and gun rights. RBC counted 16 groups relating to the Black Lives Matter campaign and other race issues that had a total of 1.2 million subscribers. The biggest group was entitled Blacktivist and reportedly had more than 350,000 likes at its peak.

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Why didn’t the FBI see all of this?!

They sent their contact agents, directed the broad spectrum of the social and political movements, of various colors and persuasions, with the very clear goal of destroying America. And, once again, very reasonable and unavoidable question: 

Why didn’t the FBI see all of this?!

Just like they did not see the 9/11.

And do you think that with such a level of hostility in overt propaganda, there would be any restraints on commitments to the various and corresponding, “collateral”, covert, “special actions and operations”? 

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M.N.: And if you add some hidden and “gray area” statistics, like the number of police officers killed in the traffic accidents, intentional or not, this increase will be even more dramatic.

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On October 10, the same day that the Supreme Court vacated IRAP, the original plaintiffs in Hawaii v. Trump and three additional plaintiffs filed a third amended complaint and motion for TRO in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, challenging the terms of EO-3. They asserted nine separate constitutional and statutory causes of action and asked the court to enjoin the six sections of the EO described above.

In his order granting the motion, Judge Watson assesses that all plaintiffs satisfy standing requirements, that their claims are justiciable, and that they have satisfied the requirements for the issuance of a TRO. He reaches these conclusions solely based on the plaintiffs causes of action under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), finding it unnecessary to reach constitutional questions. Per Judge Watson, a TRO should be issued on this motion based on substantially the same reasoning as that which justified the previous TRO:

EO-3 suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, a precondition that the Ninth Circuit determined must be satisfied before the Executive may properly invoke Section 1182(f) [of the INA].

Jurisdiction

In the first section of the order, Judge Watson evaluates the plaintiffs standing and justiciability of their claims. First, he concludes that each plaintiff satisfies Article III standing requirementswhich is to say, that each has suffered a concrete, particularized, actual or imminent injury, that the injury can be traced to the challenged action of the defendant, and that the injury is likely redressable by a favorable outcome in the litigation.

Citing the Ninth Circuits opinion in this case and another Ninth Circuit travel ban opinion, Washington v. Trump, the court holds that Hawaii has standing based on harms to its proprietary interests as the operator of the University of Hawaii system, which receives students and applicants from EO-3 affected countries. Therefore, he does not reach the question of whether the state could have standing as parens patriae, or standing on behalf of its people. The three individual plaintiffs allege standing based on injuries suffered because relatives in affected countries are unable to visit: for the first, his Syrian brothers-in-law; for the second, his Yemeni son-in-law; and for the third, his Iranian relatives, including his mother. Finally, Judge Watson evaluates the standing claims of the third new plaintiff: the Muslim Association of Hawaii. Noting that associations face the same standing requirements as individuals, the court determines that the harm of declining membership imposed on the organization by EO-3 is a sufficient injury in fact.

The plaintiffs also meet the zone of interest testtheir claims have stakes that fall within the zone of interests protected by the law invoked, in this case, the INA. The court explains that the INA was passed, in part, to support the preservation of family units, and thus the individual claims that plaintiffs are prevented from reuniting with family fall squarely within the INAs zone of interest. Similarly, the INA is expressly concerned with providing visas to students and teachers, so Hawaiis claims are also within the zone. The argument for the Muslim Association of Hawaii is somewhat harder, but Judge Watson assesses that they are at least arguably within the zone of interests that the INA protects, as they also seek to prevent harm suffered by members who cannot receive visits from family.

The governments arguments that these claims are neither ripe nor justiciable do not seem to trouble the court. On ripeness, Judge Watson indicates that the plaintiffs injuries are sufficiently current, and notes that the Ninth Circuit did not require the plaintiffs in the earlier Hawaii v. Trump litigation to wait until they had identif[ied] a visa applicant who was denied a discretionary waiver. The court also sees itself bound by Ninth Circuit precedent on the issue of justiciability of these types of claims, quoting the earlier case at length:

Although [t]he Executive has broad discretion over the admission and exclusion of aliens, [] that discretion is not boundless. It extends only as far as the statutory authority conferred by Congress and may not transgress constitutional limitations. It is the duty of the courts, in cases property before them, to say where those statutory and constitutional boundaries lie.

TRO Standard

Having disposed of these initial issues, the court turns to the question of whether the plaintiffs have met the requirements for the issuance of a TRO: likelihood of success on the merits; likelihood of irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief; the weight of the balance of equities; and public interest.

First, Judge Watson analyzes the likelihood of success on the merits of the two INA claims. Plaintiffs allege that President Trump did not meet a threshold requirement to issue an executive order under INA Sections 1182(f) and 1185(a) because he did not make sufficient findings that the entry of a class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States to justify the policy. Judge Watson agrees, outlining three reasons why the findings in EO-3 are insufficient. First, EO-3 does not include a finding that nationality itself is a risk factor. In the courts view, EO-3 is thus both overbroad and underinclusiveit includes nationals that are in no way connected to terrorist groups or contributing to insecurity in their country of origin, and excludes nationals of other countries who may have such ties. Second, there is no finding that the existing individual vetting process for issuance of visas is insufficiently protective of security. And third, there is no explanation for the inclusion or exclusion of the countries affected by EO-3, nor for the decisions regarding particular classes of visas that are prohibited or permitted by country of origin. For these reasons, the court concludes that the plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success on their claim that EO-3 exceeded the presidents authority under Sections 1182(f) and 1185(a).

Judge Watson reaches the same conclusion with respect to the claim that EO-3 violates Section 1152(a)(1)(A) of the INA, which prohibits nationality-based discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas. The government did not argue that the EO was non-discriminatory on the basis of nationality; instead, it maintained that this section of the INA does not apply to the presidents authority under Sections 1182(f) and 1185(a). However, the court considers this argument foreclosed by the Ninth Circuits earlier opinion in this case, which explicitly stated that § 1152(a)(1)(A)s non-discrimination mandate cabins the Presidents authority under § 1182(f) [based on several] canons of statutory construction.

Moving on to the second factor, the court quickly determines that many of the harms alleged by the plaintiffs are irreparable, include prolonged separation from family members, constraints to recruiting and retaining students and faculty members to foster diversity and quality within the University community, and diminished membership of the [Muslim Association of Hawaii], which impacts the vibrancy of its religious practices and instills fear among its members.

Lastly, the court analyzes the third and fourth requirements together. Though national security and border protection are unquestionably…of significant public interest, nevertheless, they cannot justify the publics harms when the President has wielded his authority unlawfully, as Judge Watson appraises that he has done here. On the other side of the balance is the public interest in the free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination, in addition to curtailing unlawful executive action. This final factor met, Judge Watson conlcudes that the issuance of a TRO enjoining sections of EO-3 is appropriate here.

Possibility for Appeal

Because TROs are, by definition, temporary measures that do not last longer than ten days, they are generally not appealable. In the order, Judge Watson expresses his intention to set an expedited briefing schedule on the question of whether an extension of the TRO is warranted. Alternatively, if both parties consent to the conversion of the TRO into a preliminary injunction, it will not expire and the government could appeal to the Ninth Circuit without additional briefing or hearings at the district court level.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first reaction since Donald Trump decertified the Iran deal, said on Wednesday that we will not tear up the nuclear deal so long as the other side has not torn it up, but if they do, we will cut it in pieces.

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Pres. Trump’s Attacks on the Russian Investigation: Not Just Talking, But Slow Walking—and Maybe Worse 

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Briefing reporters on the status of the Russia investigation, Senators Burr and Warner warned that the Russian government is not yet done meddling in U.S. elections. Their investigation into 2016 is not yet complete, and open issues include the question of Trump campaign or other American assistance to the Russian electoral intervention. But the senators’ remarks were just as much directed to the future as to the past. It is critical, Sen. Warner advised reporters, that there be a “whole of government approach” to blunt the Russian active measures program.

Easier said than done. A whole government approach would require an executive fully prepared to work with the Congress to meet this challenge. President Donald Trump has given no such indication: quite the opposite.  It falls to Congress to decide how to exercise its oversight and other constitutional authorities to exact from this administration the necessary degree of cooperation and support for protecting the electoral process in 2018 and 2020.  And time is short. Senators Burr and Warner are working on an expedited schedule with their eyes on potential attacks on the mid-term and next presidential election.

The problem Congress faces is now well-known: a president unwilling to acknowledge, and also periodically actively denying, the threat from Russia. In the briefing’s question and answer exchange, a reporter asked for a response to the president’s repeated suggestion that the Russia investigation was a “hoax.” But the reporter seemed to assume that Trump did not mean the “hoax” comment to apply to the investigation overall, but only as an attack on that aspect that involves possible collusion. Senator Burr pushed the question aside, turning it back to Trump while commenting only that the issue of collusion was “still open.”

There is in this exchange an ambiguity – – and worse than that, a misunderstanding – – on a critical point. The president has disputed the basis for investigation overall, not just in relation to collusion.  Those who believe otherwise are relying on a supposed “concession” by President-Elect Trump at a press conference on January 11 of this year. But the transcript shows that Trump muddied his position and dismissed the Russian cyber attacks just as much as, if not more than, he “conceded” them.

By the time of the January 11 press conference, the intelligence community had publicly reported its “high confidence” findings of Russian interference.  The President opened by saying, “I think it was Russia,” but then added, “I think we also get hacked by other countries and people.” The president meant to suggest that the Russian activity was routine, nothing out of the ordinary, and he went on to question why, if this activity was so widespread, the press had chosen to make a “big deal” out of the Russian part in it. He also noted with approval Putin’s denials of involvement: “I respected the fact that he said that.”

Of course, if Putin denied what Trump “conceded” to be true, what would there have been to “respect” in a wholly false statement? Trump layered in the point to keep open the question of the very activity that he ostensibly acknowledged. Trump then added for good measure that the Democratic National Committee could have protected itself: but it was, in his opinion, “totally open to be hacked.”

So all in all, in offering up his January “concession,” the president was not convinced that the Russian active measures were a “big deal and he “respected” Putin’s denials– while possessing the firmest of convictions about the routine nature of foreign intrusions and the “total” failure of DNC security systems and protocols.

Trump had the occasion in July to discuss the matter face-to-face with the Russian President.  Putin once again denied Russian culpability and reported that the American president was satisfied with this denial. Trump did not go that far in his account of the conversation, but once again suggested he remain prepared to give the Russians at least the benefit of his stubborn doubts. He reported being told by “somebody” that “if he [Putin] did do it you wouldn’t have found out about it. Which is a very interesting point.”  He suggested that this was evidence of a sort that maybe the Russians were innocent: we would never know if the Russians did “it,” because if we did think we knew, it would mean that they didn’t.

So much for the January pseudo-concession, which has receded into the background.  He has since left no question about his view of the Russian interference “hoax.”  The most recent of his tweets on the subject could not be clearer in conveying this view. After Facebook’s disclosure of Russian ad activity on its platform, Trump tweeted: “The Russia hoax continues, now its ads on Facebook.”   He intended for the public audience for his tweets to discount or disregard the Facebook findings–findings of fact he would have no basis whatever to challenge. Trump is effectively framing these facts as “fake news,” part and parcel of the “hoax.” Moreover, he was not responding to evidence of collusion or arguments for its existence. He was rejecting the established fact of Russian attempts through social media such as Facebook to influence the 2016 election.

Just today, the President responded to the Burr-Warner briefing with a tweet wholly lacking a positive statement about the Senate’s work. What it did offer was this, which does not bode well for Trump Administration support in countering the Russia threat:

Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!

Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2017

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That’s it: not a word about a bipartisan Senate investigative finding about Russia and Moscow’s planning for more interventions in U.S. elections. This sort of tweet is not simply unhelpful and incomprehensibly off the point. It betrays a president in a blinding rage over this issue and wholly unreliable in dealing with a major national security question.

This is apparently not all just public posturing by a president angered by any suggestion that this election was tainted. Earlier this summer, CNN reported that the NSA Director privately “expressed frustration to lawmakers about his inability to convince the President to accept US intelligence that Russia meddled in the election.” And the Wall Street Journal reported that the president in a phone call to the NSA Director “questioned the veracity of the intelligence community’s judgment that Russia had interfered with the election.”  The result in multiple press reports is a White House inactive in the face of a major foreign attack on the democratic process.  CNN has reported that, according to “multiple senior administration officials,” there are “few signs” that the President is attending to this issue. Asked about any indication of affirmative presidential engagement, a senior official told CNN: “I’ve seen no evidence of it.”

Mr. Trump’s behavior, beginning with the refusals to accept and publicly affirm Russian electioneering in 2016, puts in serious question the viability of the “whole of government approach” to safeguarding the electoral process. It suggests a potentially disabling conflict and lack of cooperation between the legislative and executive branches in addressing a matter of paramount importance.  Already, as Senator Warner noted at the briefing, states are complaining about the timeliness and quality of briefings from the Department of Homeland Security.

Problems with DHS performance now and in the future may or may not have to do with Trump’s refusal to accept the need for action on the Russia. But it is impossible to discount the possibility that White House recalcitrance and hostility will affect the behavior of political appointees.  There is also an urgent need to know if the White House takes specific actions to limit the executive branch’s constructive engagement with the Congress to address the Russian “active measures” intrusion into U.S. politics.

Congress will need to press President Trump–and every executive branch senior official with responsibilities in the Russia matter– for a clear statement of the Administration’s position, and for consistency in public support for the response to Russia.  This means no more games played with the claims of a “hoax.”   Failure by the Administration to issue unequivocal commitments should trigger more aggressive legislative measures, including but not limited to ongoing and energetic oversight, to secure executive cooperation–and to root out obstruction.

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    • an enclosure adjoining a racetrack where horses are gathered and displayed before a race.
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    keep or enclose (a horse) in a paddock.
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Sunday night’s appalling atrocity in Las Vegas, where an apparently lone gunman holed up in the Mandalay Bay hotel shot more than 500 people – killing 59 of them at present count – has taken over the airwaves and social media. Rightly so, since this is the deadliest mass shooting incident in recent American history.

Questions abound regarding Stephen Paddock, the shooter, who’s dead (reportedly by his own hand) and therefore unavailable to explain what motivated him to commit such an awful crime. It’s a rare thing for an affluent older white man – he was 64 and devoted to gambling in his retirement from accountancy – without a criminal record to assemble a vast arsenal, then unleash it on hundreds of people he’d never met.

It may be some time before a motive can be detected in this strange and sinister case. The claim of the Islamic State that Paddock was their “soldier” has been dismissed by U.S. intelligence as a desperate fantasy by the ailing terror group, eager to cash in on the Las Vegas horror. Indeed, we may never know exactly what propelled Paddock into this horrific act.

In the absence of reliable information, the usual charlatans have jumped into the fray, offering fact-free speculation. Per sordid custom, this ghoulish gang is led by Alex Jones, the InfoWars doyen, who proffered his customary insta-explanation for the crime: False Flag!

In other words, nothing in Las Vegas is as it seems. Jones offered a tale that was convoluted even for him: Paddock was merely a front for the “Deep State” in Washington, the Islamic State, and “the literal grandchildren of the folks that financed the Bolshevik Revolution out of New York and London” (translation: Jews).

This is his shtick, and Jones falls back on False Flags to explain nearly everything. He became notorious for employing it after the 2012 school horror in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, which left 20 little kids murdered. Egged on by his instance that the entire incident was a hoax, Jones’ demented fans have tortured grieving parents for years.

This vile spectacle has pushed the False Flag idea beyond the pale, which is unfortunate because they really do exist among spies and terrorists. Recruiting agents and conducting espionage operations while pretending to be somebody else happens every day in the real world. Terrorists, too, have been known to kill while masquerading as another party, for political effect.

Polite people don’t like to talk about this, of course, and their politesse has infected our discourse about such important matters, to its detriment. Now, thanks to Alex Jones, to mention False Flags in any way is to self-brand as a lunatic.

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Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock also shot into jet fuel tanks at the airport across from his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, possible attempting to set off a massive explosion, according to a report.

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Germany’s Trade Surplus Creates Tension With the Trump Administration | Economic Intelligence

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When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, the results are generally not pretty. For this reason, one has to worry about Germany’s outsized trade surplus, which appears to be putting that country on a collision course with the Trump administration.

Being elected on the platform that other countries have been taking advantage of the U.S. in the area of international trade, President Donald Trump seems to be moving irresistibly towards doing something about other countries’ large trade surpluses. Being sure that its country’s large trade surplus is a sign of virtue rather than constituting any problem, the German government is immovable about any notion of taking policy measures to help reduce the size of that surplus.

At the heart of the trade tensions between the U.S. and Germany is the fact that, at around $300 billion, Germany now has the world’s largest external current account surplus. At over 8 percent of GDP, Germany’s external current account surplus is approximately three times the size of that of China, which has for long been the main recipient of U.S. criticism about unfair trade practices.

U.S. concern about Germany’s large external current account surplus predates Trump becoming president. Already in April 2016, in its semi-annual currency report to Congress, the U.S. Treasury flagged that the German external surplus was problematic. It did so by placing Germany, along with China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, on a special monitoring list. It warned that these countries faced extra scrutiny and potential retaliation by Washington as a result of concerns over their growing trade imbalances with the U.S.


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Since assuming office, Trump has made abundantly clear his displeasure with Germany’s large trade surplus, which he considers to be totally unacceptable in that it unfairly disadvantages U.S. workers. In that context, his administration has charged that Germany has taken advantage of its Euro membership to gain an unfair competitive advantage. By adopting the Euro as its currency, which weak economic performers like Greece, Italy and Portugal also use, Germany has enjoyed the benefits of a very much weaker currency than it would have had if it had maintained the Deutsche Mark.

The German government’s reaction to the Trump administration’s charges of unfair trade practices is generally one of indignation and incomprehension. It insists that a large trade surplus is not a policy objective, but rather the result of Germany’s orderly budget policies and its aging population’s high propensity to save. Why, they ask, should Germany be penalized for following sensible economic policies?

The German government is also quick to point out that even if it wanted to do something to address its large trade surplus, it is politically constrained from doing so. Since joining the Euro in 1999, it has not been a German central bank that influences the German exchange rate, but rather the independent European Central Bank that does so. Germany might have two seats on the ECB’s board, but it is only one of 19 countries that are represented on that board, which puts it in a distinct minority.


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Similarly, to the repeated entreaties by the International Monetary Fund that Germany should use the fiscal space that it has to help reduce trade imbalances both in Europe and the rest of the world, the German government responds that this is no longer constitutionally possible. In 2009, the German parliament overwhelmingly approved a balanced budget amendment or “debt brake.” According to that debt brake, from 2016 onwards, the German government has been constitutionally precluded from running a structural budget deficit that exceeds 0.35 percent of GDP.

One has to fear that the German government is grossly underestimating how politically important it is to the Trump administration to deliver on the president’s election promises to bring jobs back to America. One also has to worry that should the German government remain intransigent about doing anything to address its country’s large trade surplus, Trump will use his executive authority to follow through on his threats to introduce far-reaching trade restriction to meet his trade balance objectives.

An intensification of trade restrictions is the last thing that the world economy needs; it could very well invite retaliation that could lead to a global trade war. For this reason, one must hope that cooler heads prevail in both Berlin and Washington to find a cooperative way to deal with today’s global trade imbalances. The basis for such an approach might be to have Washington commit to more disciplined budget policies in return for Berlin committing to finding a way to use the fiscal space that it now enjoys to pursue a more expansionary fiscal policy.

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Hearing in the Bundestag: Maaßen calls for more technical possibilities – politics

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With reference to the security security situation, Hans-Georg Maaßen, the President of theConstitution, calls for more powers for the news services. “Security has its price, and the price is not only paid in euros,”. Only the services could detect and prevent terrorist attacks in advance. “We need a full set of tools with which we are able to solve the problems of today,” said Maaßen. “It can not be that we are dependent on our partners.”

Maaßen said he had “a few wishes just in the technical area”. The protection of the constitution needs access to messenger services like WhatsApp or telegram. He would also like to know who is looking at decapitation videos in Germany, which are spread over a foreign server, in order to be able to compare this information with files of suspicious extremists and to assess their dangerousness better.

The threat of cyber attacks is growing

The President of the Constitutional Defense argued that the security situation is now much more complex than in the case of the terror series 40 years ago in the so-called Deutscher Herbst. Currently there are 10,300 Salafists in Germany as well as more than 1800 persons in the Islamic terrorist spectrum. In addition, there was an increase in violent right- and left-wing extremism as well as a growing threat of cyber-attacks . “If I were a business man, I could say: in all our business areas, it is booming,” said Maaßen. “Unfortunately this is not a positive message.”

The President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Bruno Kahl, said that the intelligence services are currently faced with immense challenges. The German services would have to keep pace with the technical development. “Otherwise the digital revolution benefits only those from whom we are supposed to protect our country.”

Maaßen: No cyber attacks before the Bundestagswahl

The intelligence chiefs also spoke about cyber attacks in the run-up to the Bundestag election. Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the Constitution, confirmed that the feared attacks and disinformation campaigns had been suspended. Before the members of the Intelligence Control Board, Maaßen expressed the assumption that such methods had not been used “because the political costs are simply too high.” After the recent elections in the US and France, Russian disinformation campaigns had become so clear that this time, such measures were intentionally abandoned.

Maaßen had warned against foreign influence in the run-up to the election. Andrej Hunko, a member of the Left, said: “Contrary to the propaganda of German secret services, there were no cyber attacks on the Bundestag elections.” He referred to the answer given by the Ministry of the Interior to his parliamentary question. It lists only attack attempts on parties and part-time foundations, which have already taken months. The ministry calls the attacks “possible preparations for attempts to influence the Bundestag election”. Hunko, on the other hand, considers this presumed connection to be “coffee beverages”. ( dpa )

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The heads of Germany’s secret services – the foreign affairs body, the German Intelligence Agency (BND), its domestic equivalent the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), and the Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) – all convened for a public hearing before the German parliament’s oversight committee for the first time on Thursday.

In his opening statement, BvF head Hans-Georg Maassen said that “the biggest threat” when it comes to German security is Islamic terrorism. At the same time, there is a growing danger of violent right-wing and left-wing extremists, and as well as cyber espionage.

“There is a boom in all our fields of interest,” he said

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At the same time, he said that the relationship between privacy and safety shoud not be viewed in a “static and especially not dogmatic” light. According to Maassen, secret services need “a full toolbox, which allows them to solve present-day problems,” instead of being dependent on the tools provided by their foreign allies.

Maassen’s comments were echoed by BND chief Bruno Kahl, who said that secret services must adapt to the ever-changing issue of digitalisation.

“We, as intelligence services, need to make sure that we keep up with these developments,” he said.

While the agencies regularly report to the nine-member body, such proceedings are usually secret. Last October, however, the government launched a bid to reform the secret services, which introduced the concept of annual public hearings.

The lawmakers are expected to quiz the intelligence heads about terrorism, cyber security, and the reform efforts for at least three hours. According to observers, some of the inquiries should also touch on the sore spots in the intelligence community, including the botched effort to stop the murderous neo-Nazi cell NSU and the spying scandal involving the US National Security Agency (NSA).

Not a trial

However, the head of the oversight committee, Clemens Binninger of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, warns that the hearing is neither a trial nor a cross-examination.

“This is not, and can never be, a light version of a parliamentary investigation,” he said, adding that it should be viewed as an attempt to take the secret services “out of the grey zone.”

The committee’s vice president, Andre Hahn from the Left party, also warns against exaggerated expectations.

In the public context, the committee members will “only ask those questions […] that they already know the answers to,” he said.

Read more: How Germany’s BND recruits young hackers?

Germany’s secret services explained

German intelligence services are much less present in the public eye than their counterparts in the US and Russia.

The BND performs roughly the same role as the American CIA, gathering intelligence outside Germany’s borders. With some 6,500 employees, it is the largest of the three German agencies.  Following the end of the Cold War, the agency is increasingly focusing on halting the drug trade, money laundering, the illegal weapons trade and terrorism. BND chief Bruno Kahl once served as an aide to the current Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Read more: Germany reforms its main intelligence service

The BfV however, deals with threats inside Germany, including spies, jihadists and political extremists. It employs around 2,750 people, headed by Interior Ministry veteran Hans-Georg Maassen.

With only some 1,200 employees, the MAD is the smallest of the three agencies. Its mission is to act against espionage and sabotage in the German army, as well as to control extremist attitudes and actions among the soldiers. The chief of the military intelligence service is a civilian, constitutional lawyer Christof Gramm.

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BERLIN (AP) – The heads of three German intelligence agencies say national and international cooperation and information-sharing is ever more critical as threats become more global.

Speaking at a public session Thursday of a parliamentary panel, the heads of Germany’s foreign, domestic and military intelligence agencies emphasized that cyber threats in particular necessitate joint solutions.

The head of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service, Bruno Kahl, says “the threats for Germany can only be identified, analyzed and fended off by a cooperation of agencies.”

He added that it’s also incumbent on German intelligence agencies to be on the cutting edge of technology.

Kahl says “otherwise the digital revolution will only benefit those we should be protecting our country from.”

Kahl was joined by domestic intelligence head Hans-Georg Maassen and military intelligence head Christof Gramm.

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» Las Vegas gunman had 1600 rounds of ammo, but ‘secret life’ left girlfriend in the dark – Chicago Tribune
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USA TODAY Washington Post Las Vegas gunman had 1600 rounds of ammo, but ‘secret life’ left girlfriend in the dark Chicago Tribune “He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a w…

» Marilou Danley: The girlfriend who ‘loved’ Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock – Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.uk Marilou Danley : The girlfriend who ‘loved’ Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock Telegraph.co.uk Marilou Danley , a petite 62-year-old casino hostess from the Philippines, is in the crosshairs of the FBI as the authorities s…

» Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Massacre – TMZ.com
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TMZ.com Stephen Paddock Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza 2 Months Before Massacre TMZ.com Stephen Paddock had his sights set on Lollapalooza in Chicago and even booked 2 rooms in a hotel that overlooked the massive outdoor venue ……

» 5 things you need to know Thursday – USA TODAY
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USA TODAY 5 things you need to know Thursday USA TODAY … Las Vegas and comforted the victims of the attack but avoided discussing gun control policy and was cautious about giving any details in the investigation. At least 58 people wer…

» Las Vegas Shooting: Gunman Fired at Tanks Filled With Jet Fuel – New York Times
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New York Times Las Vegas Shooting : Gunman Fired at Tanks Filled With Jet Fuel New York Times President Trump spent four hours in Las Vegas on Wednesday, during which he paid tribute to the professionalism of the doctors who treated the …

» From the 32nd floor, Stephen Paddock became a killing machine, showing the power of a sniper – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times From the 32nd floor, Stephen Paddock became a killing machine, showing the power of a sniper Los Angeles Times Stephen Paddock ‘s position — a window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel — gave him “commanding te…

» How Russia’s fake social media accounts propelled Donald Trump – ThinkProgress
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ThinkProgress How Russia’s fake social media accounts propelled Donald Trump ThinkProgress Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka followed “Tea Party News,” another Russian account that offered a stream of Trump quotes and praise for…

» Trump finds his voice in Vegas after stumbling in Puerto Rico – CNN
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CNN Trump finds his voice in Vegas after stumbling in Puerto Rico CNN He and first lady Melania Trump went room to room to talk to each of the 10 patients he visited and their families. He asked for their stories of how they survived as …

» Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Circus – New York Times
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New York Times Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Circus New York Times At its center is Rex Tillerson, who traded his job as top dog at the oil giant ExxonMobil to become secretary of state, only to find himself substantively and personally …

» Would You Buy a Condo From the Trumps? – New York Times
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New York Times Would You Buy a Condo From the Trumps ? New York Times Until their father’s personal lawyer intervened, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. were under criminal investigation by Manhattan prosecutors for possibly defrauding buyers …

» Trump’s Legal Team Isn’t Playing Well Together – Bloomberg
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Bloomberg Trump’s Legal Team Isn’t Playing Well Together Bloomberg In August, White House lawyer Ty Cobb made a bold prediction—the cloud cast by the Russia investigation that President Trump hired him to handle would soon lift. If speci…

» All of the Celebrities Who Rejected Donald Trump’s Advances – W Magazine
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W Magazine All of the Celebrities Who Rejected Donald Trump’s Advances W Magazine UNITED STATES – MAY 04: Donald Trump at news conference at the GM Building, where CBS announced that Bryant Gumbel will be the host of its new morning news…

» Who will have the guts to say no to Trumpism? – Las Vegas Sun
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Who will have the guts to say no to Trumpism ? Las Vegas Sun Mitch McConnell tried to outmaneuver Trump and Trumpism by containing his power and reach. In the Senate race in Alabama last week and everywhere else, that has failed. Trumpis…

» How Putin the peacemaker has triumphed in the Middle East – Spectator.co.uk
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Spectator.co.uk How Putin the peacemaker has triumphed in the Middle East Spectator.co.uk And we would further marginalise Iran by extending the influence of our Sunni Gulf allies from Lebanon deeper into the Levant. Half a million … W…

» How Putin came to rule the Middle East – Spectator.co.uk
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Spectator.co.uk How Putin came to rule the Middle East Spectator.co.uk And we would further marginalise Iran by extending the influence of our Sunni Gulf allies from Lebanon deeper into the Levant. Half a million … When King Salman arr…

» North Korea’s cyber fingers are in many pots – CSO Online
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CSO Online North Korea’s cyber fingers are in many pots CSO Online Earlier this week, The Express interviewed Robert Hannigan, former director of U.K. security and intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), about …

» The Trump brand’s shrinking power – CBS News
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CBS News The Trump brand’s shrinking power CBS News The family brand President Donald Trump so cherishes is showing signs of distress nine months into a presidency scarred by divisive rhetoric, multiple investigations, a White House staf…

» Does The Media Cover Trump Too Much? Too Harshly? Too Narrowly? – FiveThirtyEight
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FiveThirtyEight Does The Media Cover Trump Too Much? Too Harshly? Too Narrowly? FiveThirtyEight In this week’s politics chat, we talk about a new study of how the media is covering President Trump . The transcript below has been lightly …

» ‘Trump dossier’ on Russia links is now a part of special counsel’s probe: Sources – CNBC
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CNBC ‘ Trump dossier’ on Russia links is now a part of special counsel’s probe: Sources CNBC The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’s d…

» Putin’s and Trump’s envoys for Ukraine to meet in Serbia – B92
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B92 Putin’s and Trump’s envoys for Ukraine to meet in Serbia B92 Putin’s and Trump’s envoys for Ukraine to meet in Serbia. US special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine Kurt Volker and Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov …

» Donald Trump says Senate Intelligence Committee examining his Russia ties should look into ‘fake news’ – The Independent
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Donald Trump says Senate Intelligence Committee examining his Russia ties should look into ‘fake news’ The Independent Donald Trump has urged the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is currently investigating him over alleged ties to Ru…

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» Las Vegas gunman may have planned escape, sheriff says – ABC News
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CBS News Las Vegas gunman may have planned escape, sheriff says ABC News Authorities said Paddock opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring 530 others….

» New information on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock – Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Las Vegas Review-Journal New information on Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock Las Vegas Review-Journal New photos leaked online give a glimpse into Stephen Paddock’s room the night he opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival, killing …

» ‘We just don’t know’ the Las Vegas shooter’s motives, says the FBI’s deputy director – CNBC
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CNBC ‘We just don’t know’ the Las Vegas shooter’s motives, says the FBI’s deputy director CNBC FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says that “we just don’t know” the motives behind the gunman opening fire on thousands of concertg…

» EXCLUSIVE: The missing gun: Stephen Paddock bought a high-powered Ruger rifle just hours before arriving in Las … – Daily Mail
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Daily Mail EXCLUSIVE: The missing gun: Stephen Paddock bought a high-powered Ruger rifle just hours before arriving in Las … Daily Mail Mass killer Stephen Paddock bought a high-powered hunting rifle just hours before he arrived in Las…

» Las Vegas shooter went to one of the city’s many shooting ranges – ABC News
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Washington Post Las Vegas shooter went to one of the city’s many shooting ranges ABC News There are countless ways to indulge your wild side in Las Vegas . For many, that includes blowing off steam at one of the city’s shooting ranges. W…

» Kansas man was in the hotel room right below the Vegas shooter during the massacre – Kansas City Star
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Kansas City Star Kansas man was in the hotel room right below the Vegas shooter during the massacre Kansas City Star Las Vegas Metropolitan Police on October 3 released bodycam footage from officers at the scene of a mass shooting near M…

» Air Force One pictured flying behind Mandalay Bay windows broken in Las Vegas shooting – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner Air Force One pictured flying behind Mandalay Bay windows broken in Las Vegas shooting Washington Examiner President Trump flew out of Las Vegas Wednesday after meeting with victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at the Ro…

» ‘This can’t be happening’: The fateful 11 minutes of the Las Vegas mass shooting – USA TODAY
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USA TODAY ‘This can’t be happening’: The fateful 11 minutes of the Las Vegas mass shooting USA TODAY As Paddock shot out two windows in his suite and began his rampage, scores of Mandalay Bay guests called the front desk, wondering about…

» Las Vegas shooting: Conspiracy theorists spread rumours about gunman Stephen Paddock amid pictures and … – The Independent
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The Independent Las Vegas shooting: Conspiracy theorists spread rumours about gunman Stephen Paddock amid pictures and … The Independent It has now been three days since the attack and those theories are showing no signs of abating, de…

» Las Vegas sheriff gives timeline of shooting, discovery of gunman – CBS News
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CBS News Las Vegas sheriff gives timeline of shooting , discovery of gunman CBS News Las Vegas sheriff Joseph Lombardo broke down the timeline of the 75 chaotic minutes Sunday night between when shots first rang out and when police found…

» Las Vegas Gunman Chased Gambling’s Payouts and Perks – New York Times
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NBCNews.com New York Times Las Vegas Gunman Chased Gambling’s Payouts and Perks New York Times LAS VEGAS — The video poker machines that Stephen Paddock liked were the ones that did not draw attention. They had few look-at-me flashing li…

» Stephen Paddock rented room overlooking Life is Beautiful festival – Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Las Vegas Review-Journal Stephen Paddock rented room overlooking Life is Beautiful festival Las Vegas Review-Journal Lombardo said that Paddock , 64, of Mesquite rented the room at the Ogden during the festival, which ran from Sept. 22-2…

» Mandalay Bay security guard identified in Las Vegas Strip shooting – Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Las Vegas Review-Journal Mandalay Bay security guard identified in Las Vegas Strip shooting Las Vegas Review-Journal A GoFundMe page has been established for a Mandalay Bay security officer named Jesus. The page describes him only as bei…

» Sources: Vegas killer paid cash for property and privacy – CNN
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Business Insider Sources: Vegas killer paid cash for property and privacy CNN Mesquite, Nevada (CNN) He seemed so ordinary, just another house-hunting retiree, when he strolled with his girlfriend into the sales office of the Sun City de…

» Statement From Las Vegas Gunman’s Girlfriend, Marilou Danley – New York Times
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New York Times Statement From Las Vegas Gunman’s Girlfriend, Marilou Danley New York Times The girlfriend of the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting made her first public statement on Wednesday. The statement from the woman, Marilou Danley …

» Nation Mourns Las Vegas Route 91 Mass Shooting – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com Nation Mourns Las Vegas Route 91 Mass Shooting NBCNews.com President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand along with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, as they take part in a moment of silence for…

» Gun Stocks Increased In The Wake Of The Las Vegas Shooting & The Reason Why Is Troubling – DeathRattleSports.com
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DeathRattleSports.com Gun Stocks Increased In The Wake Of The Las Vegas Shooting & The Reason Why Is Troubling DeathRattleSports.com Case in point, CNN Money reported that gun stocks rose after the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting that…

» ‘I loathe these people’ – Bob Geldof lashes Trump, Putin and a host of world leaders – Independent.ie
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Independent.ie ‘I loathe these people’ – Bob Geldof lashes Trump , Putin and a host of world leaders Independent.ie Bob Geldof has delivered searing criticism of a number of world leaders, saying he is “sick of them”. At the op…

» Trump visits Vegas, shooter girlfriend to be questioned – KFGO
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KFGO Trump visits Vegas, shooter girlfriend to be questioned KFGO A U.S. official said Danley was not under arrest but that the Federal Bureau of Investigation hoped she would consent to be interviewed voluntarily. Danley had assured her…

» There’s no way to report many of the fastest-spreading Las Vegas conspiracy theories on Facebook – Quartz
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Quartz There’s no way to report many of the fastest-spreading Las Vegas conspiracy theories on Facebook Quartz While Facebook is under investigation for the role it may have played in Russian meddling in the US election , fake news and c…

» After Las Vegas Shooting, Trump Says America ‘A Nation In Mourning’ – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com After Las Vegas Shooting, Trump Says America ‘A Nation In Mourning’ NBCNews.com President Donald Trump met Wednesday with surviving victims of the Las Vegas shooting at University Medical Center in the city and hailed their h…

» GOP blasts Dems for ‘politicizing’ Las Vegas as CT lawmakers continue gun control push – The CT Mirror
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The CT Mirror GOP blasts Dems for ‘ politicizing ‘ Las Vegas as CT lawmakers continue gun control push The CT Mirror Washington – The Las Vegas shooting on Sunday has widened the fissure between congressional Democrats – who have renewed…

» Manhattan DA reportedly dropped felony fraud case against Trump’s kids after donation from Trump’s lawyer – Business Insider
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Business Insider Manhattan DA reportedly dropped felony fraud case against Trump’s kids after donation from Trump’s lawyer Business Insider Sater, who was accused nearly two decades ago of being a co-conspirator in a $40 million fraud an…

» Senate Intelligence Committee says it has wrapped up its investigation into James Comey’s firing – Business Insider
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Business Insider Senate Intelligence Committee says it has wrapped up its investigation into James Comey’s firing Business Insider Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr said at a Wednesday press conference that his committe…

» Bob Corker just told the world what he really thinks of Donald Trump – CNN
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CNN Bob Corker just told the world what he really thinks of Donald Trump CNN (CNN) Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker suggested Wednesday that Gens. John Kelly and James Mattis, as well as Mattis as well Secretary of State Rex Tillerso…

» How one Trump high-rise became a crossroads of controversy – Newsday
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New York Daily News NJ.com How one Trump high-rise became a crossroads of controversy Newsday From its inception, developers of this Trump-branded property included Long Islanders Felix Sater and Tevfik Arif. Sater faced criminal charges…

» 3 takeaways from Wednesday’s press conference on the Senate’s Trump-Russia probe – Mic
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Mic 3 takeaways from Wednesday’s press conference on the Senate’s Trump-Russia probe Mic But the briefing also provided validation for those concerned over the possibility the Trump campaign participated in Russia’s meddling in the 2016 …

» Inside President Trump’s Meetings With the Las Vegas Shooting Victims – TIME
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TIME Inside President Trump’s Meetings With the Las Vegas Shooting Victims TIME (LAS VEGAS) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met privately with victims of the Las Vegas shooting at a hospital Wednesday, praising them…

» Senate Intelligence Committee Gives Update On Russian Interference Investigation – NPR
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Senate Intelligence Committee Gives Update On Russian Interference Investigation NPR Senate Investigators do not yet know whether anyone in the U.S. knowingly cooperated with the Russian influence campaign during the 2016 election . Face…

» Sources: Facebook won’t release Russia-linked election ads due to Mueller investigation – Business Insider
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Business Insider Sources: Facebook won’t release Russia -linked election ads due to Mueller investigation Business Insider Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner of the US Senate Intelligence Committee called on Facebook to publicly relea…

» Rex Tillerson calls Donald Trump a “f*cking moron” and has one foot out the door
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If you’ve wondered why Rex Tillerson is Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, it turns out Tillerson has been wondering the same thing. In fact he’s so unhappy on the job, and so displeased with Trump, he’s ripped in…

» ‘Trump dossier’ on Russia links now part of special counsel’s probe: sources – Reuters
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Reuters ‘ Trump dossier’ on Russia links now part of special counsel’s probe: sources Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election has taken over FBI inquiries into …

» The Las Vegas Shooting and Our Age of Anger – TIME
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TIME The Las Vegas Shooting and Our Age of Anger TIME Health care debates are never “spirited,” they’re always “furious.” In the run-up to the 2016 election , a CNN/ORC poll found that 69% of Americans reported being …

» Senate panel has not decided whether Trump campaign colluded with Russia – Los Angeles Times
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USA TODAY Senate panel has not decided whether Trump campaign colluded with Russia Los Angeles Times Mueller is conducting a criminal investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russia and other issues, including whether the firing of…

» Donald Trump boots John Kelly off Air Force One, amid talk of his impending resignation
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From the start, it’s been clear that the marriage between Donald Trump and his latest White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would be a rocky one. Kelly has fired many of Trump’s favorite staffers for being loose cannons. Trum…

» Top Senate intelligence duo: Russia did interfere in 2016 election
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Chairman Richard Burr says he endorses findings that Russia meddled in election but says it is ‘open question’ whether Trump team colluded with Moscow The Senate intelligence committee has said it has confidence in an US agency finding e…

» GOP Head of Senate Russia Probe Still Won’t Say Moscow Was Trying to Help Trump – Mother Jones
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Washington Post GOP Head of Senate Russia Probe Still Won’t Say Moscow Was Trying to Help Trump Mother Jones This suspicious move raised the prospect that the Trump campaign was doing Putin a favor. The changes, Burr said, were intended …

» Donald Trump says Las Vegas gunman had ‘wires screwed up’ as FBI interviews killer’s girlfriend – Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.uk Donald Trump says Las Vegas gunman had ‘wires screwed up’ as FBI interviews killer’s girlfriend Telegraph.co.uk FBI agents began interviewing the girlfriend of Las Vegas massacre gunman Stephen Paddock as Donald Trump arr…

» is it time to start screening bags at hotels? – KMBZ
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is it time to start screening bags at hotels? KMBZ They’d be injured in I am not hospital which ones we don’t know yet Itochu going to be at some first responders. You got to be underground very long about three hours which is probably a…

» What we know on the 3rd day after the shooting – KMBZ
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What we know on the 3rd day after the shooting KMBZ A couple days before the shooting you know they don’t know that money was for the FBI is investigating that aspect the other what the money it’s day. I’m going to be dead and a couple o…

» Senate Intelligence Heads Warn That Russian Election Meddling Continues – New York Times
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New York Times Senate Intelligence Heads Warn That Russian Election Meddling Continues New York Times Senators Richard M. Burr, left, the intelligence committee’s chairman, and Mark Warner, its vice chairman, held the most extensive news…

» Trump’s Remarks About Erasing Puerto Rico’s Debt Jolt The Markets – NPR
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NPR Trump’s Remarks About Erasing Puerto Rico’s Debt Jolt The Markets NPR President Trump sent shivers through the municipal bond market by suggesting that Puerto Rico’s $73 billion debt should be wiped away, but administration officials…

» Congress to Trump, basically: Russia is not fake news – Washington Post
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Washington Post Congress to Trump , basically: Russia is not fake news Washington Post The Senate’s investigation into Russian meddling and whether Trump’s 2016 campaign helped isn’t complete, but lawmakers announced Wednesday that they’…

» Trump: ‘America a nation in mourning’ – Nevada Appeal
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Nevada Appeal Trump : ‘America a nation in mourning’ Nevada Appeal LAS VEGAS — Visiting bedsides and the base of police operations, President Donald Trump offered prayers and condolences Wednesday to the victims of Sunday night’s shootin…

» Senior Intel Official Says She Didn’t Wiretap Trump Tower – NBCNews.com
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fox6now.com Senior Intel Official Says She Didn’t Wiretap Trump Tower NBCNews.com WASHINGTON — One of the most senior leaders in the U.S. intelligence community said Wednesday that she did not wiretap Trump Tower. Asked point-blank by he…

» With Las Vegas Shooting Victims, Trump Assumes Role of Consoler in Chief – New York Times
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New York Times With Las Vegas Shooting Victims, Trump Assumes Role of Consoler in Chief New York Times LAS VEGAS — President Trump comforted the victims of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting and paid tribute to those who tended to them, takin…

» Tillerson Denies Trump Rift
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In an unscheduled press conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied claims he was on the verge of quitting and reaffirmed his loyalty to President Trump.

» Republican Senator Bob Corker goes for Donald Trump’s knees after “moron” debacle
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Earlier today it was revealed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called Donald Trump a “moron” and threatened to resign, in what is being dubbed as the “morongate” scandal. Tillerson is now publicly taking …

» Can Trump Pardon His Family? Russia Investigation Reportedly Looking To Prevent Pre-Emptive Pardons – Elite Daily
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Elite Daily Can Trump Pardon His Family? Russia Investigation Reportedly Looking To Prevent Pre-Emptive Pardons Elite Daily On Oct. 3, we received yet another sign that U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller is likely preparing a criminal c…

» Senators: Probe into possible Trump-Russia collusion ongoing – The Oakland Press
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Senators: Probe into possible Trump – Russia collusion ongoing The Oakland Press Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, update reporters on the status of their i…

» Robert Mueller closing in on verifying Trump-Russia dossier
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So much for the infamous Trump-Russia dossier being “unverified” or “gossip” or any of the other insults that various major news outlets have inexplicably spent all year throwing at it. The dossier, compiled by fo…

» Probe continues into possible Russian collusion with Trump campaign – Jersey Evening Post
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Jersey Evening Post Probe continues into possible Russian collusion with Trump campaign Jersey Evening Post The chairman of the US senate intelligence committee has said the panel is continuing to investigate possible collusion between R…

» Russia-Trump campaign collusion an ‘open’ issue – US Senate panel chiefs – Reuters
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Reuters Russia – Trump campaign collusion an ‘open’ issue – US Senate panel chiefs Reuters U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton throu…

» US Lawmakers Eye More Support for US Int’l Broadcasters as Russia Probe Continues – Voice of America
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Voice of America US Lawmakers Eye More Support for US Int’l Broadcasters as Russia Probe Continues Voice of America The hearing came hours after the Senate Intelligence Committee briefed the public on its ongoing investigation into attem…

» What Was Behind Rex Tillerson’s Pro-Trump News Conference? – The New Yorker
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The New Yorker What Was Behind Rex Tillerson’s Pro- Trump News Conference? The New Yorker Within minutes, the Daily Beast was running the headline “Rex Tillerson Will Neither Quit Nor Deny He Called Trump A Moron.” Another headline, at t…

» Zinke under federal investigation for speech to NHL team: report – The Hill
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The Hill Zinke under federal investigation for speech to NHL team: report The Hill And the Office of Special Counsel is investigating Zinke for a potential violation of the Hatch Act related to the speech. The Hatch Act blocks federal em…

» Ivanka Trump rebrands — again – CNN
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CNN Ivanka Trump rebrands — again CNN Washington (CNN) For the curious observer, one of the best ways to learn more about Ivanka Trump , senior adviser to the President of the United States, was to become one of her some 3.9 million fol…

» The real reason Donald Trump is afraid to fire Rex Tillerson after “moron-gate”
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Donald Trump is quite probably the most narcissistic, and most insecure, individual in the history of United States politics – which is saying something. So it says a whole lot more that Trump hasn’t yet fired Secretary of State Re…

» WHAT’S HAPPENING: Girlfriend Denies Knowledge of Vegas Plot – U.S. News & World Report
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U.S. News & World Report WHAT’S HAPPENING: Girlfriend Denies Knowledge of Vegas Plot U.S. News & World Report Danley, 62, returned to the United States from the Philippines on Tuesday night, Oct. 3, 2017, and was met at Los Angeles Inter…

» President Trump’s Puerto Rican Debt Comments Have Spooked Investors – Fortune
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Fortune President Trump’s Puerto Rican Debt Comments Have Spooked Investors Fortune President Donald Trump late Tuesday suggested he wished to “wipe out” Puerto Rico $74 billion debt pile following Hurricane Maria in a bid to ease the co…

» Girlfriend says Las Vegas shooter a ‘quiet, caring man’, denies involvement – FRANCE 24
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Los Angeles Times Girlfriend says Las Vegas shooter a ‘quiet, caring man’, denies involvement FRANCE 24 The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter said Wednesday she had no idea he was planning the attack, describing her boyfriend as a &quo…

» Las Vegas massacre: Americans are a long way from disarming themselves – The Sydney Morning Herald
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The Sydney Morning Herald Las Vegas massacre: Americans are a long way from disarming themselves The Sydney Morning Herald The latest mass shooting in the United States, with a higher death toll than ever before, leaves most Australians …

» Report: after Air Force One incident, John Kelly may be gone by the end of the week
05/10/17 02:59 from Saved Stories – None
Something went down between Donald Trump and his frustrated Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday, and it prompted Trump to pull Kelly off the Air Force One flight to Las Vegas at the last minute, leaving him at home. In the hours after…

» Venezuela’s President Mocked Donald Trump While At A Conference In Russia – BuzzFeed News
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BuzzFeed News Venezuela’s President Mocked Donald Trump While At A Conference In Russia BuzzFeed News Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro used a rare interview with a US news outlet on Wednesday to thank god for Vladimir Putin and accuse…

» Editorial: Russian Tampering Was Pro-Trump – Falls Church News Press
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Editorial: Russian Tampering Was Pro- Trump Falls Church News Press Also importantly, they said that the matter of whether or not there was any collusion between the Russians and their preferred candidate , Donald Trump , in the November…

» Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges – The Hill (blog)
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The Hill (blog) Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges The Hill (blog) Mueller is conducting the criminal investigation into Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, as well as poss…

» Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlights Strains With Trump – New York Times
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New York Times Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlights Strains With Trump New York Times WASHINGTON — Long-simmering tension within President Trump ‘s national security team spilled into public view on Wednesday as Secretary of State…

» 3 Russian Businessmen File Second Defamation Lawsuit In Connection with ‘Steele Dossier’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty 3 Russian Businessmen File Second Defamation Lawsuit In Connection with ‘Steele Dossier’ RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty The suit, filed in U.S. federal court in Washington, D.C., targets the private Washington-…

» US, Russian and Chinese spies carrying out espionage in American Ivy League schools – Study International News
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US, Russian and Chinese spies carrying out espionage in American Ivy League schools Study International News Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities details the fraught relationship …

» Federal judge accepts Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner Federal judge accepts Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio Washington Examiner The Obama administration Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into Arpaio’s actions following accusations of discriminatio…

» They say I called Trump a ‘moron?’ That smarts, says Tillerson – Newsday
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Newsday They say I called Trump a ‘moron?’ That smarts, says Tillerson Newsday Now ProPublica reports Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump narrowly avoided criminal indictment in 2012 when the Manhattan district attorney’s office investigat…

» Narcissistic Donald Trump tries to make Las Vegas shooting all about himself
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Donald Trump traveled to Las Vegas on Wednesday, in what was supposed to be an attempt at demonstrating leadership and comforting the victims. He visited a hospital and met with some of the survivors, as well as the medical staff who wer…

» Police say they are trying to determine whether Las Vegas gunman acted alone – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times Police say they are trying to determine whether Las Vegas gunman acted alone Los Angeles Times The special agent in charge of the FBI in Las Vegas, Aaron Rouse, said the bureau has deployed more than 100 agents and othe…

» Katie Byrne: In the real world, women like Huma Abedin overcome break-up heartache through reinvention – Independent.ie
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Independent.ie Katie Byrne: In the real world, women like Huma Abedin overcome break-up heartache through reinvention Independent.ie The day after her husband was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl, Abedin wa…

» FBI chief on Russian hacking: We ‘should have seen this coming’ – CNN
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CNN FBI chief on Russian hacking: We ‘should have seen this coming’ CNN … enough information to have foreseen extensive efforts by Russian -government linked hackers and operatives to influence the 2016 election . “The fact is, th…

» Girlfriend of Las Vegas killer says he left her in the dark – Akron Beacon Journal
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New York Post Girlfriend of Las Vegas killer says he left her in the dark Akron Beacon Journal The 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and real estate investor specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the music festival when…

» Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway now under investigation
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Is there anyone in the Donald Trump administration who’s not under investigation? That’s become the defining question of Trump’s tenure, as the Special Counsel probe into his own criminal activities has become just one …

» In Moscow, Venezuela’s Maduro Thanks Vladimir Putin For Support – NDTV
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NDTV In Moscow, Venezuela’s Maduro Thanks Vladimir Putin For Support NDTV Maduro said in a video tweet as he emerged from the Kremlin after the 2.5-hour meeting that “it’s been an extraordinary day of work with President Putin ,&quo…

» Prominent member of Donald Trump administration resigns, amid talk of even higher profile resignations
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So many prominent members of Donald Trump’s administration have resigned, either by scandal or by protest, it’s become difficult to recite them all from memory. No modern presidency has ever seen this kind of chaos, listlessn…

» Las Vegas gunman’s ‘secret life’ left girlfriend in the dark – Brownsville Herald
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Brownsville Herald Las Vegas gunman’s ‘secret life’ left girlfriend in the dark Brownsville Herald This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley. Girlfriend of the active shooter in the …

» Trump says he has ‘total confidence’ in Tillerson, who reportedly called him a ‘moron’ – Los Angeles Times
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Los Angeles Times Trump says he has ‘total confidence’ in Tillerson, who reportedly called him a ‘moron’ Los Angeles Times New York Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. received $50,000 in campaign contributions from President Trump’s lawyer and …

» Donald Trump: Scandalous 2016 dossier on ties to Russia now part of special counsel’s investigation – ABC Online
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ABC Online Donald Trump : Scandalous 2016 dossier on ties to Russia now part of special counsel’s investigation ABC Online The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 US election has taken over FBI inquiries i…

» Trump’s CIA director outlines plans to make agency more aggressive, cut red tape
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The man appointed by President Donald Trump to lead the United States Central Intelligence Agency has outlined his plans to promote more aggressive intelligence operations and combat what he described as “red tape” in the agency’s culture.

» Vegas shooter’s girlfriend at FBI; Tillerson, Trump at odds? (10 Things to Know for Thursday) – NOLA.com
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NOLA.com Vegas shooter’s girlfriend at FBI ; Tillerson, Trump at odds? (10 Things to Know for Thursday) NOLA.com WHY TILLERSON’S RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP IS UNDER SCRUTINY A spokeswoman for the secretary of state denies an NBC report that…

» Saudi king’s visit to Russia heralds shift in global power structures – The Guardian
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