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Criminal Justice Reform bill will hit Senate floor next week

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Legislation calling for sweeping changes to the criminal justice system – including eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for many drug …
Push for criminal justice reform grows in Senate
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Hypocrite-In-Chief : President Trump’s Crusade Against Criminal Justice Reform

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The Trump administration’s views on “law and order” are designed to protect only a few.

Donald Trump’s handpicked CIA Director Mike Pompeo is looking guilty as hell in the Russia scandal 

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Since he’s taken office, we’ve seen Donald Trump consistently try to backstop key positions in his administration with people who were willing to protect him in his Russia scandal – because they were in on it themselves. He’s done it with everyone from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on down. Based on the increasingly suspicious behavior of Trump’s hand picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo, it’s time to ask if he was guilty in the Russia scandal as well.

Back in June, it was revealed that Pompeo kept giving classified briefings to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, even after he definitively learned that Flynn was a traitor on the payroll of multiple foreign nations including Russia (link). Now Pompeo is at it again, falsely claiming that it’s been proven Russian meddling didn’t influence the outcome of the election (link), even though his own intelligence community is telling him the opposite.

The tricky part is that Trump has surrounded himself with a number of fellow traitors who are guilty in the Russia scandal, as well as a number of mere sycophants who were not involved in the scandal but are willing to destroy their own reputations by covering for him. Mike Pompeo was a U.S. Congressman from Kansas during the 2016 election, and it’s difficult to pin down any potential role he might have played in the Trump campaign’s coordination with Russia to rig the election. Yet he just keeps finding ways to make himself look more guilty.

It needs be pointed out that making oneself look guilty is not the same as being guilty. While we have proof that Jeff Sessions was knee deep in that coordination, and strong evidence that plenty of other Trump White House advisers were co-conspirators, there is no specific evidence linking Mike Pompeo to the treasonous scandal. But it does raise the question: if Pompeo isn’t guilty, why is he throwing his career, reputation, and future away by bending over backward to make himself look guilty?

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Donald Trump’s low-road presidency – CNN

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Donald Trump’s low-road presidency
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Washington (CNN) On Thursday night, following a day of back-and-forth over who said what in a phone call between the President of the United States and a military widow, President DonaldTrump tweeted this: “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky …
Why Trump Can’t Handle the Cost of WarThe Atlantic
Trump makes himself, John Kelly and everyone around them look rotten yet againWashington Post
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9:49 AM 10/20/2017 – Russia, the Blizzard of Lies – New York Times | Russia Is a Bigger Threat to US Than North Korea or ISIS: Ex-NATO Commander 

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Selected and Saved News Stories – Trump  Saved Stories – 1. Trump Russia Is a Bigger Threat to US Than North Korea or ISIS: Ex-NATO Commander – Newsweek CIA director gets fact-checked on his assessment of Russia’s 2016 election meddling – The Week Magazine Wake Up Call: Paul Weiss Partner is Trump Pick to Head … Continue reading “9:49 AM 10/20/2017 – Russia, the Blizzard of Lies – New York Times | Russia Is a Bigger Threat to US Than North Korea or ISIS: Ex-NATO Commander”

Does the House Intel Committee Have Enough Staff to Investigate the Trump-Russia Scandal? – Mother Jones

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Does the House Intel Committee Have Enough Staff to Investigate the Trump-Russia Scandal?
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And committee Democrats say that the Republicans were eager to interview Paul Manafort,Trump’s campaign chief who had ties to a Russian oligarch and a former Ukrainian president allied with Vladimir Putin, before Manafort had turned over all the …
Senate Investigators Want To Meet With A Trump Adviser Who Reportedly Tried To Set Up A Meeting With RussiaBuzzFeed News
Congress is spending millions on Russia investigations — but you’ll probably never know exactly how muchUSA TODAYall 61 news articles »

Trump’s war on leakers has neutered the intelligence community’s whistleblower program, which diverts leakers – Boing Boing

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Trump’s war on leakers has neutered the intelligence community’s whistleblower program, which diverts leakers
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The Intelligence Community Inspector General office is the place where spies and spook contractors who discover wrongdoing are supposed to be able to confidentially report their suspicions and know that they’ll be investigated and acted upon. Dan Meyer …
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Anger over Donald Trump’s UK crime tweet – BBC News

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Anger over Donald Trump’s UK crime tweet
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The US President, Donald Trump, has been accused of fuelling hate crime with a tweet linking a rise in the UK crime rate to “radical Islamic terror”. He said: “Just out report: ‘United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.
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10:01 AM 10/20/2017 – TRUMP-RUSSIA: “When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday 

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TRUMP-RUSSIA “The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the assessment,” C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday, his comments distorting the findings of a report compiled by the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies and released in January saying that Moscow sought to undermine public faith in … Continue reading “10:01 AM 10/20/2017 – TRUMP-RUSSIA: “When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday”

Trump turns George W. Bush into Cicero – WHYY

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Trump turns George W. Bush into Cicero
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Think about what just happened: A former president took it upon himself to warn Americans of a clear and present danger to our national security, at a time when a successor from his own party steadfastly refuses to do it. Bush publicly rebuked Trump 
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Americans Agree That Trump Is a Liar. Do They Realize He Is also a Sociopath? – The American Prospect

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Americans Agree That Trump Is a Liar. Do They Realize He Is also a Sociopath?
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Unlike the word “moron” (which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called Trump), the words “lie” and “liar” are statements of fact, not opinion. Some argue that stating a falsehood is only a “lie” if you know that what you’re saying is untrue and more »

Grassley won’t force Sessions to answer Trump-Comey questions – Politico

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Grassley won’t force Sessions to answer Trump-Comey questions
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) does not plan to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to answer questions about his private conversations with President Donald Trump concerning the firing of FBI Director James Comey, …
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10:48 AM 10/20/2017 – Thoughts as Tweets: Donald, it is not the “Radical Islamic terror”, but Germany, Russia, China, and Israel behind this convenient front and false flag. Kapish?! | ALL POSTS ON G+ 

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Donald, it is not the “Radical Islamic terror”, but Germany, Russia, China, and Israel behind this convenient front and false flag. Kapish?! pic.twitter.com/P6KlFYnHPc — Mike Nova (@mikenov) October 20, 2017 Trump Blames ‘Radical Islam’ for Uptick in Crime in Britain U.S. News & World Report WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting a report on British crime statistics … Continue reading “10:48 AM 10/20/2017 – Thoughts as Tweets: Donald, it is not the “Radical Islamic terror”, but Germany, Russia, China, and Israel behind this convenient front and false flag. Kapish?! | ALL POSTS ON G+”

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised the banner of a Kurdish revolutionary leader in the captured city of Raqqa, the Wall Street Journal reported. Kurdish-led SDF members held a press conference where they hoisted a banner showing Abdullah Ocalan, a Kurdish separatist leader Turkey has jailed as a terrorist. The move provoked condemnation from the mostly Arab residents of the city. The SDF pledged to incorporate Raqqa into a planned autonomous region under a decentralized Syrian federal system, Reuters reported. The militia said it would include Raqqa in the autonomous zones it is setting up in northern Syria, outside of the control of Bashar Assad’s Syrian government. Elsewhere in Syria, Russian-backed forces moved to capture strategic towns before U.S. proxies could seize them from the retreating Islamic State, according to the Washington Post. Russian airstrikes, which apparently violated a U.S.-Russia deconfliction line, aided the swift fall of the town of Mayadeen to the Syrian government.

Spain’s government plans to dissolve Catalonia’s parliament and hold new elections to thwart the autonomous region’s push for independence, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy secured opposition support for the measures heading into an emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday. Catalonia’s president has refused to renounce independence. The emergency measures could take advantage of an unused clause in the Spanish constitution that would allow the government to assume direct control of Catalonia’s administration, according to the New York Times.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo distorted the intelligence community’s finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the Post reported. At the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Pompeo said the intelligence assessment concluded that interference did not have an effect on the result of the election. In January, the intelligence community released an assessment that concluded Russia had interfered in the election but made no determination whether it had influenced the outcome. A CIA spokesperson said the assessment’s conclusions remained unchanged.

The FBI is involved in an investigation into the deaths of four U.S. special forces in Niger as criticism of the military’s handling of the incident mounted, the Journal reported. The FBI will gather information about the militants that ambushed the U.S. soldiers accompanying a detachment of Nigerien forces. Senator John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed frustration at the Department of Defense’s reluctance to provide details about the incident. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the possibility of an ambush “was considered unlikely” and pledged to get answers about the attack, Politico reported. Mattis added, “but there’s a reason we have U.S. Army soldiers there and not the Peace Corps.”

A British lawmaker called for parliament to look into Russian interference in the Brexit campaign, the New York Times reported. Ben Bradshaw, a member of the Labor Party, drew attention to possible links between financial support for the “Leave” campaign and Russian entities. Open Democracy, a civil-society organization, recently published a detailed report on the finances of one of the chief backers of Brexit and his Russian connections.

A Taliban attack completely destroyed an Afghan army unit, killing 43 soldiers, the Times reported. Using car-bombs and assault rifles, Taliban fighters wiped out nearly all the soldiers in an Afghan base in Kandahar province. The attack is the third large-scale loss for Afghan forces this week.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would not block European trade with Iran as part of the new strategy to counter the regime, the Journal reported. Renewed European business ties with Iran were a key facet of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. European leaders have pledged to keep sanctions suspended as long as they determine Iran complies with the agreement. Tillerson specifically declined to address whether a multi-billion dollar deal by Boeing to sell airplanes to Tehran would be allowed under the new U.S. policy.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) pledged to accelerate their missile program in the face of U.S. and European opposition, Reuters reported. Last week, President Trump designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization. The IRGC’s commander said that the Trump administration’s policy shift on Iran would begin an “era of failure” for the U.S.

Foreign Policy’s Emily Tamkin wrote about a point of stability for foreign diplomats trying to connect to the White House: Mike Pence.

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Daniel Byman predicted how the Islamic State will respond to the fall of Raqqa.

Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean argued that the Senate should clarify its oversight authority over the Department of Homeland Security by passing an authorization bill for the department.

Elsa Kania analyzed the policy choices involved in developing advanced artificial intelligence.

Michael Bahar, David Cook, Varun Shingari and Curtis Arnold discussed how the Supreme Court’s ruling in Carpenter v. U.S. and the FISA Amendments Act reauthorization could affect the future of third party doctrine.

Peter Swire and Richard Clarke argued that FISA Amendments Act Section 702 should be reformed to protect Fourth Amendment principles.

Benjamin Wittes shared the “Decertified” edition of Rational Security.

 

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11:53 AM 10/20/2017 – Don’t Forget to Adjust for Russian Trolls – The Atlantic: “According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” Bush said. “This effort is broad, systematic, and stealthy, it’s conducted across a range of social-media platforms.” 

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Reuters Former President George W. Bush’s speech this week in New York City flagged a malign force in the world: the “sustained attempt by a hostile power” to feed and exploit America’s divisions.“According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” Bush said. “This effort is broad, systematic, … Continue reading “11:53 AM 10/20/2017 – Don’t Forget to Adjust for Russian Trolls – The Atlantic: “According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” Bush said. “This effort is broad, systematic, and stealthy, it’s conducted across a range of social-media platforms.””

Trump blindsides advisers with promised opioid plan – Politico

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Trump blindsides advisers with promised opioid plan
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President Donald Trump overrode his own advisers when he promised to deliver an emergency declaration next week to combat the nation’s worsening opioid crisis. “That is a very, very big statement,” he said Monday. “It’s a very important step. … We’re 
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Social media’s role in Russian meddling: Focus turns to election laws – UPI.com

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Social media’s role in Russian meddling: Focus turns to election laws
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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., (L) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., deliver an update on the committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections on October 4. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI.and more »

This Russian general fought the mob. Why does he own $38 million of Florida real estate? – Miami Herald

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This Russian general fought the mob. Why does he own $38 million of Florida real estate?
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A former cop with the Midas touch hardly shocks Russian insiders. “It’s typical for an anti-corruption official,” said Andrei Kozyrev, Russia’s foreign minister from 1990 to 1996 and a frequent critic of President Vladimir Putin who now lives in South  

Seeking To Root Out Leakers, The Intelligence Community Is Destroying Official Routes For Whistleblowers – Techdirt

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Seeking To Root Out Leakers, The Intelligence Community Is Destroying Official Routes For Whistleblowers
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The Trump Administration is continuing its war on leakers. It’s probably meant to keep whistleblowers at bay as well. This isn’t necessarily a trait unique to Trump’s White House. … But it’s going to come to a head at the national security level. The  

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Trump Rips ‘Wacky’ Congresswoman For Criticizing His Phone Call To Combat Widow

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And he claims Rep. Frederica Wilson “secretly” listened to a call she heard on speakerphone.

Don’t Forget to Adjust for Russian Trolls

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  • So fixated are we now on the divisions between the two major parties that we forget how often internal divisions within one party or the other shape political outcomes. A rich history could be written of the conflicts that have sundered presidents and congressional leaders of the same party, in some cases friends who turned into bitter foes. The Texan Lyndon B. Johnson, who probably had closer ties with the Senate than any other president before or since, tangled with Dixiecrats on civil rights and then with northern liberals, including his former ally Eugene McCarthy, on Vietnam. In 1990, House Republicans, led by Newt Gingrich, attacked George H. W. Bush for cutting a budget deal with Democrats and helped doom his reelection bid in 1992. It was Republican legislators who stopped George W. Bush’s attempt to reform immigration, helping wreck his second term.David A. Nichols’s Ike and McCarthy is a well-researched and sturdily written account of what may be the most important such conflict in modern history: the two years, 1953 and 1954, when Dwight D. Eisenhower, the first Republican president elected since Herbert Hoover, found himself under assault from the demagogic senator who perfected the politics of ideological slander. Joseph McCarthy had begun his rampage against “subversives” in the federal government, some real but most of them imagined, during the Truman years, amid the high anxieties of the Cold War. Hostilities had broken out in Korea, and threatened to draw in “Red China” (which had been “lost” to the Communists in 1949) or escalate into a doomsday showdown with the Soviets, newly armed with the atomic bomb. Meanwhile, billions were being doled out in foreign aid to left-wing governments in Western Europe, and homegrown spies like Alger Hiss and Julius Rosenberg had been uncovered and exposed.McCarthy was dangerous—“no bolder seditionist ever moved among us,” Richard H. Rovere wrote in his classic Senator Joe McCarthy—but much of the country was with him because he embodied, however boorishly, the forces of change. The Democrats had won every presidential election since 1932, and for much of that time had also enjoyed lopsided majorities in Congress. One party alone seemed responsible for the new postwar order, its failures as well as its successes, at a time of grand transformation for the country—from hemispheric giant to global superpower with commitments on every continent, and from land of rugged individualists to welfare state. For the new regime to flourish, Republicans had to make at least part of the agenda their own. Thus emerged the hope for a lasting bipartisan consensus.Eisenhower seemed a savior from central casting. He had guided 5 million Allied troops to victory in World War II and transcended grubby partisanship. He could have run on either party’s ticket and won; in fact, the Democrats courted him in 1948. But he was a Republican, and his victory in 1952 was smashing: 55 percent of the popular vote and 442 electoral votes. The trouble was his coattails. They were just wide enough to give the Republicans a one-vote advantage in the Senate—their second majority since the Herbert Hoover years, but not really a majority at all, Nichols explains, “because the conservative wing of the party numbered eight to twelve senators.” They were the aboriginal right—Old Guard isolationists and enemies of the New Deal. Many of them remained loyal to the incoming Senate majority leader, Robert Taft, who had lost the nomination to Eisenhower in a brutal contest, complete with allegations of delegate-stealing.At first McCarthy, who had cleverly sidestepped Taft’s plea for an endorsement, said he was finished with his hunt for Communists in the government. In Eisenhower, “we now have a President who doesn’t want party-line thinkers or fellow travelers,” he told reporters. Henceforth his mission would be to root out “graft and corruption.” But this cause didn’t promise the attention he craved, the excitement and headlines that came with Red-hunting, the “permanent floating press conference,” as one writer has put it. Soon after Eisenhower took office, McCarthy reverted to his true self and began holding up high-profile foreign appointments—including Eisenhower’s choice for ambassador to Moscow, the Soviet expert Charles Bohlen. The delay was dangerous. Stalin died in early March, and no one knew who was in charge or where things would lead. The previous ambassador, George Kennan, had been recalled in October 1952, at the Soviets’ demand, leaving no one in his place to interpret Kremlin moves from the same close-up position. After a month-long delay, in late March Bohlen was confirmed.It seemed to be reckless lone-wolfing, McCarthy defying his Senate masters. In fact, 10 other Senate Republicans had backed him. Eisenhower’s tight circle of advisers got the message. “The crowd that supported Senator Taft at the convention in 1952 are all now revolving around Joe,” said one of them, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. Taft was quick to praise McCarthy’s “very helpful and constructive” attack on the Voice of America; soon McCarthy’s snarling adjutant, Roy Cohn, and Cohn’s sidekick, G. David Schine, went on a madcap European junket. The mission involved, among other things, inspecting America’s overseas libraries for subversive material, and the triumphant yield included work by Henry David Thoreau and Herman Melville. Visits to countries on their route typically culminated in a Marx Brothers–style press conference, the babbling pair’s literary and cultural ignorance on display. And then, when Taft died, in July 1953, McCarthy was on his own. In February 1954, he announced a major speaking tour, paid for by the Republican National Committee. The party looked as if it was his as much as Eisenhower’s.McCarthy had a second constituency—the media. To Eisenhower it seemed that the press, at once credulous and cynical, was building up McCarthy. In a speech to newspaper publishers, he accused journalists of cheap sensationalism, of presenting “clichés and slogans” instead of facts. Walter Lippmann, the most respected columnist of the time, was indignant: How could a responsible press not report what McCarthy said? The same quandary attends the media today, as they figure out how to handle “fake news” and the president’s intemperate tweets. Now, as then, no good solution exists. Implying that actual news is synonymous with truth is bound to be erroneous: In reality, journalism is the first, not final, draft of history—provisional, revisable, susceptible to mistakes and at times falsehoods, despite the efforts of even the most scrupulous reporters. The problems don’t end there. Those who covered McCarthy’s every move inevitably became his “co-conspirators,” as one of them, Murray Kempton, later said. “In the end, I did not feel any cleaner than he was … I pretended once again now and then that McCarthy was not a serious man; but I always knew that the devil in me and the larger devil in him were very consequential figures indeed.” It is a mistake journalists repeated in 2016.

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  • “Being a refugee … is the most pervasive kind of cruelty that can be exercised against a human being.” So says an interviewee in the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei’s new documentary, Human Flow, bringing to life the stakes of a crisis that has displaced more than 65 million people worldwide.A displaced person himself who is living in exile in Berlin, Ai involves viewers in these stakes, implicating them by virtue of collective passivity. He also suggests that the crisis is by no means a contemporary phenomenon, and that it is endemic to the human condition: As if by osmosis, often forced by war and persecution, people have fled their homes and sought refuge across the globe since time immemorial.The film evokes this sense of perpetual migration with lyrical imagery and a discursive approach to storytelling. Children run in circles around their cramped shack in a refugee camp in Malaysia; trash swirls across another camp in Lebanon; rings of fire burn in the oil fields of Mosul. Spanning more than 23 countries and 40 of the world’s largest refugee camps, Human Flow captures victims of conflict in the difficult holding patterns that have come to define their lives. The documentary is at once an intimate, on-the-ground travelogue and a sweeping cinematic experience.

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  • You can marry for love, you can marry for money, or, in Beijing, you can marry for a license plate.As authorities try to cap the number of vehicles in China’s car-choked capital, they’ve taken to doling out new license plates via a six-time-a-year lottery. The odds are daunting. This June alone, more than 2.8 million people entered the drawing, and officials handed plates out at the lowest rate ever: one per 843 entries.Since any driver who has resided in Beijing for more than a year can register, the drawing is fair in principle. But the license-plate system has a big loophole. While private sales of license plates are banned, the rules allow transfers between spouses.Thus one solution: sham marriages. In crowded forums and chat rooms, plate owners offer to tie the knot—for the right price.“All we need is a marriage registration, and we can get you a license plate,” one middleman boasts in an online ad. “No need for the lottery—pay once and get the benefit for life!”

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  • A well-regarded Hollywood insider recently suggested that sequels can represent “a sort of creative bankruptcy.” He was discussing Pixar, the legendary animation studio, and its avowed distaste for cheap spin-offs. More pointedly, he argued that if Pixar were only to make sequels, it would “wither and die.” Now, all kinds of industry experts say all kinds of things. But it is surely relevant that these observations were made by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar, in his best-selling 2014 business-leadership book.Yet here comes Cars 3, rolling into a theater near you this month. You may recall that the original Cars, released back in 2006, was widely judged to be the studio’s worst film to date. Cars 2, which followed five years later, was panned as even worse. And if Cars 3 isn’t disheartening enough, two of the three Pixar films in line after it are also sequels: The Incredibles 2 and (say it isn’t so!) Toy Story 4.

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  • The rate of death from opioid overdoses in the United States has more than doubled over the past decade. Amid a deluge of reports on the national crisis, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that in much of the world many people die in preventable pain, without access to morphine for end-of-life care.This is the finding of a global commission published in The Lancet, which includes analysis of the global distribution of narcotics. The above map shows a relative distribution of how much of the need for opioids is met in various places.The focus of the report is addressing a relatively new target in global health, “serious health-related suffering” as a measure of the need for care. Palliative care, specifically, “should be focused on relieving the serious health-related suffering that is associated with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions or the end of life,” the authors write.The idea is that suffering isn’t always preventable, but a few cents’ worth of morphine can make an enormous difference. Some 45 percent of the 56.2 million people who died in 2015 experienced serious suffering, the authors found. That included 2.5 million children. More than 80 percent of the people were from developing regions, and the vast majority had no access to palliative care and pain relief.

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  • Public schools have always occupied prime space in the excitable American imagination. For decades, if not centuries, politicians have made hay of their supposed failures and extortions. In 2004, Rod Paige, then George W. Bush’s secretary of education, called the country’s leading teachers union a “terrorist organization.” In his first education speech as president, in 2009, Barack Obama lamented the fact that “despite resources that are unmatched anywhere in the world, we’ve let our grades slip, our schools crumble, our teacher quality fall short, and other nations outpace us.”President Donald Trump used the occasion of his inaugural address to bemoan the way “beautiful” students had been “deprived of all knowledge” by our nation’s cash-guzzling schools. Educators have since recoiled at the Trump administration’s budget proposal detailing more than $9 billion in education cuts, including to after-school programs that serve mostly poor children. These cuts came along with increased funding for school-privatization efforts such as vouchers. Our secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, has repeatedly signaled her support for school choice and privatization, as well as her scorn for public schools, describing them as a “dead end” and claiming that unionized teachers “care more about a system, one that was created in the 1800s, than they care about individual students.”Few people care more about individual students than public-school teachers do, but what’s really missing in this dystopian narrative is a hearty helping of reality: 21st-century public schools, with their record numbers of graduates and expanded missions, are nothing close to the cesspools portrayed by political hyperbole. This hyperbole was not invented by Trump or DeVos, but their words and proposals have brought to a boil something that’s been simmering for a while—the denigration of our public schools, and a growing neglect of their role as an incubator of citizens.

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  • Like many people, I’ve lately been preoccupied by the mayhem-makers of the radical right, and by those in power who abet their work. But even as Nazis were invading Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, I found myself worrying about a more subtle, but still substantially pernicious, manifestation of democratic decay. This is the apparently deathless attempt by certain rightist Republicans to bring Hillary Clinton to “justice,” a cause rationalized this way by one such Republican, a freshman congressman from Florida named Matt Gaetz: “Just because Hillary Clinton lost the election doesn’t mean we should forget or forgive conduct that is likely criminal.”Let us lay aside the question of whether the charges of criminality leveled against Clinton are specious (they certainly seem to be) and focus instead on the novelty of Gaetz’s mission. The idea he is endorsing—if not on behalf of Donald Trump, then in the spirit of Donald Trump—is that the political party that wins power is duty-bound to hound to the point of actual prosecution the losing party.This is un-American, and I mean that in a very specific way. I’ve spent much of my reporting career covering countries that are not ruled by law, and that do not venerate the democratic norms of restraint, moderation, forgiveness, and compromise. It is common for autocratic rulers, even those who took office through ostensibly democratic elections, to persecute the individuals and parties that they have vanquished, for reasons ranging from paranoia to simple vindictiveness. America, though, has been different. It is not uncommon in the U.S. for the losers to challenge the victories of the winners, and this is as it should be. But it is a dangerous innovation to use the instruments of state power to harass powerless, defeated political foes. The fractures that this sort of behavior causes are not easily healed.

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  • In the coming decades, artificial intelligence will replace a lot of human jobs, from driving trucks to analyzing X-rays. But it will also work with us, taking over mundane personal tasks and enhancing our cognitive capabilities. As AI continues to improve, digital assistants—often in the form of disembodied voices—will become our helpers and collaborators, managing our schedules, guiding us through decisions, and making us better at our jobs. We’ll have something akin to Samantha from the movie Her or Jarvis from Iron Man: AI “agents” that know our likes and dislikes, and that free us up to focus on what humans do best, or what we most enjoy. Here’s what to expect.Anyone who’s used Siri (on Apple products) or Alexa (on Amazon Echo) has already spoken with a digital assistant. In the future, such “conversational platforms” will be our primary means of interacting with AI, according to Kun Jing, who oversees a digital assistant called Duer for the Chinese search engine Baidu. The big tech companies are racing to create the one agent to rule them all: In addition to Siri, Alexa, and Duer, there’s Microsoft’s Cortana, Facebook’s M, and Google Assistant. Even Mattel is getting in on the action: It recently announced Aristotle, a voice-controlled AI device that can soothe babies, read bedtime stories, and tutor older kids.

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  • MERCED, California—Seccora Jaimes knows that she is not living in the land of opportunity. Her hometown has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, at 9.1 percent. Jaimes, 34, recently got laid off from the beauty school where she taught cosmetology, and hasn’t yet found another job. Her daughter, 17, wants the family to move to Los Angeles, so that she can attend one of the nation’s top police academies. Jaimes’s husband, who works in warehousing, would make much more money in Los Angeles, she told me. But one thing is stopping them: The cost of housing. “I don’t know if we could find a place out there that’s reasonable for us, that we could start any job and be okay,” she told me. Indeed, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Merced, in California’s Central Valley, is $750. In Los Angeles, it’s $2,710.America used to be a place where moving one’s family and one’s life in search of greater opportunities was common. During the Gold Rush, the Depression, and the postwar expansion West millions of Americans left their hometowns for places where they could earn more and provide a better life for their children. But mobility has fallen in recent years. While 3.6 percent of the population moved to a different state between 1952 and 1953, that number had fallen to 2.7 percent between 1992 and 1993, and to 1.5 percent between 2015 and 2016. (The share of people who move at all, even within the same county, has fallen too, from 20 percent in 1947 to 11.2 percent today.)

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  • Being a liberal in the Donald Trump era is tricky. On the one hand, you’re grateful for any conservative who denounces the president’s authoritarian lies. On the other, you can’t help but notice that many of the conservatives who condemn Trump most passionately—Bill Kristol, Bret Stephens, Michael Gerson, Jennifer Rubin—remain wedded to the foreign policy legacy of George W. Bush. And in criticizing Trump’s amoral “isolationism,” they backhandedly defend the disastrous interventionism that helped produce his presidency in the first place.The godfather of this brand of hawkish, anti-Trump conservatism is John McCain. Sure, McCain—being a Republican Senator—doesn’t condemn Trump as forthrightly as his “neoconservative” allies in the press. But the terms of his critique are similar.Look at his speech on Tuesday after being awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal. In a clear swipe at Trump, McCain warned that, “To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history. We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”As a man, McCain is as honorable as Trump is dishonorable. But this narrative is false. The last seventy-five years of American foreign policy are not the story of a country consistently pursuing democratic ideals, only to see them undermined now by a fearful “blood and soil” isolationism.

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“According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other,” Bush said. “This effort is broad, systematic, and stealthy, it’s conducted across a range of social-media platforms.” He urged  

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‘This significantly undermines the intelligence community’s credibility.’” — Trump has personally interviewed at least two U.S. attorney candidates in New York — a move that critics say raises questions about their independence should either be 
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Anastasia Kurteeva worries about a new Cold War. She’s afraid that escalating tensions between the United States and Russia will make it harder for people to travel freely between the countries, harder for her parents in …and more »

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) declared “total liberation” of the city of Raqqa today, the spokesperson for the S.D.F. claiming that the defeat of the Islamic State militants in their de facto capital in Syria was a “historic victory” and that the future of the city would be “decided by its people.” Arwa Damon, Ghazi Balkiz and Laura Smith-Spark report at CNN.

Raqqa would form part of a decentralized federal Syria, the S.D.F. said today, however plans for autonomous zones in northern Syria have faced opposition from the U.S., Turkey and the Syrian government. Reuters reports.

The S.D.F. raised a banner bearing the image of Kurdish nationalist leader Abdullah Öcalan in the city of Raqqa yesterday, the controversial Turkish Marxist leader is detained in Turkey as a terrorist and the S.D.F.’s symbolic action has raised concerns among the majority Arab population that the Kurds would take control of Raqqa. Raja Abdulrahim reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A Syrian peoples’ congress bringing Syria’s ethnic groups together is being considered by Russia and others, Moscow said today, Reuters reporting.

The defeat of the terrorists in Syria is imminent, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, noting the progress of Russia and Syrian government forces operations in the country and saying that the Syrian peace process was developing in a positive way. Reuters reports.

The recent territorial gains by the Russia and Iran-backed Syrian government forces in eastern Syria have changed the dynamics on the battlefield, giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime greater leverage in any future political negotiations and forcing the U.S. military to reconsider its assumptions about the picture on the ground. Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly report at the Washington Post.

The Israeli military “targeted the source” of mortar fire from Syrian territory yesterday, according to the Israeli military. The AP reports.

Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Affairs Minister visited Raqqa yesterday to discuss reconstruction, meeting with the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State Brett McGurk and an adviser to the Raqqa civil council. Reuters reports.

The next phase of the Syrian war is set to include complex conflicts that redefine alliances on the ground as the common threat posed by the Islamic State group dwindles, the issue of control over the city of Raqqa leading to tension and the pro-Syrian government forces expected to turn their attention to the Syrian rebels. Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad explain at the New York Times.

The defeat of Islamic State militants in key cities in Syria and Iraq has brought untold destruction. Megan Specia reveals the scale of the challenge to rebuild at the New York Times.

The power of the U.S. military was demonstrated in Raqqa and in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, however neither the Obama administration nor the Trump administration devised a clear political strategy for what should come next. David Ignatius writes at the Washington Post.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 18. Separately, partner forces conducted seven strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

NORTH KOREA

“We ought to behave” as if the North Korea is on the “cusp” of being able to hit the U.S. with a nuclear missile, the C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday at an event organized by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, emphasizing that the U.S. prefers diplomacy, but military options would remain a possibility. Nicole Gaouette reports at CNN.

Pompeo highlighted that there was a difference between an ability to fire a single nuclear missile and having an arsenal of nuclear missiles, also saying that China could do more to rein in North Korea. The AP reports.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster also emphasized that the U.S. was pursuing diplomatic efforts at the same event, saying that the U.S. is “not out of time, but we are running out of time.” Demetri Sevastopulo reports at the Financial Times.

North Korea urged Australia to turn away from the “heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration” in a letter, according to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said that Pyongyang had also sent the letter to other nations. The BBC reports.

Turnbull dismissed the letter as a “rant” and a sign that North Korea was “starting to feel the squeeze” from the increased sanctions against the regime. Rod McGuirk reports at the AP.

A U.S. pre-emptive strike on North Korea would be unlikely to destroy all of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal, Russian president Vladimir Putin said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

“North Korea should not be backed into a corner,” Putin said yesterday, warning against the possibility of conflict and stating that “problems should be solved in dialogue.” Carlo Angerer reports at NBC News.

The mountain under which North Korea tests its nuclear weapons is suffering from “tired mountain syndrome,” according to some analysts, the impact of the testing changing the geological makeup of Mount Mantap that could lead to its collapse and consequent radiation release. Anna Fifield reports at the Washington Post.

IRAN

The President does not intend to “interfere with business deals that the Europeans may have under way with Iran,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday, following Trump’s decision last week not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Tillerson seemingly attempting to assuage concerns about the possibility of new U.S. sanctions on Iran impacting European banks and firms. Felicia Schwartz and Laurence Norman report at the Wall Street Journal.

The leaders of the 28 European Union countries affirmed their commitment to the Iran deal at a summit yesterday, according to the spokesperson for the European Council Preben Aamann. The AP reports.

The deal “remains valid despite the decision of the president of the United States not to certify its implementation,” the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said yesterday after a meeting with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) Yukiya Amano, reaffirming France’s support for the nuclear deal. The AP reports.

Iran remains “cautious” and the I.A.E.A. continues its “control and verification activities without any problems,” Amano said after his meeting with Le Drian, saying that Trump’s decision has not yet caused any problems. Reuters reports.

Leaving the fate of the Iran deal to Congress is “very dangerous” and opens the door to “party politics,” former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who negotiated the 2015 deal, said yesterday, warning that Trump’s actions could risk worsening the crisis on the Korean Peninsula as it sent a signal to the Pyongyang regime that the U.S. does not keep its word. Stephanie Nebehay reports at Reuters.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

“The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the assessment,” C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo said yesterday, his comments distorting the findings of a report compiled by the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies and released in January saying that Moscow sought to undermine public faith in U.S. political processes and support Trump’s presidential campaign. Greg Miller reports at the Washington Post.

“The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” C.I.A. spokesperson Ryan Trapani said yesterday following Pompeo’s remarks. Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.

“Not true,” the former C.I.A. Deputy Director David Cohen tweeted yesterday, responding to Pompeo’s comments, clarifying that the intelligence community “made no judgment on whether Russian interference” affected the election, Cohen was joined by others who criticized Pompeo. Michael Crowley reports at POLITICO.

Trump suggested that the F.B.I. were involved in the salacious dossier alleging links between the Trump campaign and Russia in a tweet yesterday,  the F.B.I. did offer to pay former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele who compiled the dossier in October 2016, but did not pursue further work with Steele once he became a publicly known figure. Anne Gearan and Devlin Barrett report at the Washington Post.

“When a country can come interfere in another country’s elections, that is warfare,” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday, reproaching Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and in a pointed departure from Trump’s stance on Russian involvement. Joel Gehrke reports at the Washington Examiner.

A bipartisan bill expanding laws on political ads on social media platforms was unveiled yesterday in response to revelations of Russian interference in U.S. politics, the measures would include greater requirements on transparency and disclosure. Ashley Gold and Nancy Scola report at POLITICO.

Twitter’s acting general counsel Sean Edgett will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees on Nov. 1, Twitter said yesterday. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

The Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has been under scrutiny for his connections to the Trump campaign, is under investigation in Monaco for alleged violations of privacy. Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Luke Harding report at the Guardian.

NIGER

The F.B.I. have joined the investigation into the killing of four U.S. special forces members in Niger two weeks ago, the F.B.I. has not taken over the investigation but has made the intervention amid criticism over a lack of detail about the incident. Ben Kesling and Julian E. Barnes report at the Wall Street Journal.

The ambush in Niger “was considered unlikely,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, adding that the Pentagon would release findings from the Pentagon investigation into the attack “as rapidly” as possible. Connor O’Brien and Wesley Morgan report at POLITICO.

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-Ariz.) may issue a subpoena to understand the circumstances surrounding the Niger ambush, McCain said yesterday, saying that the White House had not been forthcoming with information needed by the committee. Idrees Ali reports at Reuters.

“We have kept them up to date. Of course we will work with Sen. McCain and his staff,” the Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana White said yesterday, insisting that the Pentagon has been communicating with Congress about the Niger attack. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

IRAQ

Iraqi federal forces and Kurdish Peshmerga forces exchanged fire today at their border in Iraq amid increased tensions between the two U.S. allies and the Iraqi federal forces’ sweeping gains in Iraqi Kurdistan and disputed territories over the past week. Balint Szlanko reports at the AP.

The semiautonomous Kurdish Regional Government (K.R.G.) in northern Iraq welcomed calls for dialogue from Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, the K.R.G. saying in a statement yesterday that they have asked the international community to help negotiation efforts. Reuters reports.

News agencies and social media accounts have been amplifying tensions in Iraqi Kurdistan, sensationalizing stories and contributing to the creation of a sense of chaos. Tamer El-Ghobashy and Loveday Morris report at the Washington Post.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks to re-orientate the U.S. relationship with China and address the imbalanced trade relationship, he said in an interview yesterday, also acknowledging in the interview that he has a different style to the president and has no intentions of leaving his post. Michael C. Bender and Felicia Schwartz report at the Wall Street Journal.

“China is dedicated to developing long-term healthy and stable relations with the United States,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said yesterday, responding to Tillerson’s comments on Wednesday that China’s actions have been undermining the international order. James Griffiths and Steven Jiang report at CNN.

“I do not have a lot of expectations” that the crisis in the Gulf would be “resolved any time soon,” Tillerson said yesterday, saying that Qatar has shown it is “ready to engage” and the Saudi-led bloc that isolated the country on June 5 should show that they would reciprocate. Al Jazeera reports.

RUSSIA

Russia would retaliate if the U.S. takes steps to pressure Russian media outlets, Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, Reuters reports.

Russia is not concerned by the U.S. military build-up in the Baltic region, Putin also said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Russia would respond immediately if the U.S. withdraws from the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, Putin said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Russian warships arrived in the Philippines today in a sign of increasingly close relations between the two countries and the Philippines’ move away from the U.S. and China. The AP reports.

The TRAVEL BAN

The Trump administration is considering scaling up its vetting processes for refugee women and children, according to a source familiar with the matter, bringing the process closer into line with the checks taken against adult men refugees. Yeganeh Torbati and Mica Rosenberg report at Reuters.

Trump’s latest travel ban is “equally pointless” as the previous orders and the administration’s vow to appeal the Hawaii court and Maryland courts’ rulings on the revised order is misguided as the policy achieves nothing and the administration would be wise “to let the ban fade away.” The Washington Post editorial board writes.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

A top Islamic State operative was “taken” in a gunfight in the Philippine city of Marawi, the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced yesterday. Felipe Villamor report at the New York Times.

A U.S. drone strike killed the leader of a militant Pakistan group yesterday, a spokesperson for the militants said yesterday, Saud Mehsud reports at Reuters.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) suggested using a subpoena to force the Trump administration regarding cybersecurity policy yesterday, Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

A Palestinian unity government offers the hope for peace talks to progress, however it could also raise more difficulties as the Islamist Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip are considered a terrorist group and the U.S. and Israel have both stated that Hamas must explicitly renounce violence and recognize the state of Israel before negotiations can take place. David M. Halbfinger sets out the obstacles to peace at the New York Times.

Lasting stability in Somalia seems elusive but the Somali President must continue the military and political strategy against the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants as there is evidence of some success. Alex De Waal writes at Foreign Policy.

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Russia remains a greater threat to U.S. security than North Korea or the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) because President Vladimir Putin still views the world in “Cold War terms,” according to an ex-NATO commander. … There are four separate 
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CIA director gets fact-checked on his assessment of Russia’s 2016 election meddling – The Week Magazine

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… an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” describing the Moscow-linked activities as unprecedented in scope and aimed at undermining American faith in its institutions and helping elect President and more »

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He has denounced his intelligence agencies’ findings as a “hoax” and the multiple investigationsas a “witch hunt.” His White House has lied about his campaign’s contacts with Russians. He reportedly helped … Trump added to the blizzard yesterday and more »

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The opioid epidemic or opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada in the 2010s. Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a very strong painkiller, fentanyl, which is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin. The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them popular both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression, and may cause respiratory failure and death.[2] 

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Russian Twitter Campaign Seeks to Divide America. theTrumpet.com–Oct 5, 2017. A network of Russia- affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames of … to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet … Facebook and its … 

6:04 PM 10/19/2017 – Russia-sponsored troll networks


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Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election
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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 …
Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn’t real. It wasRussian.Washington Post
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It DownBuzzFeed Newsall 19 news articles »

3:32 PM 10/19/2017 – Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook – Google News

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3:42 PM 10/19/2017 – This past summer, a Facebook account called Blacktivist… – Russians Posing As Black…

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3:50 PM 10/19/2017 – Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US? – Russians…

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4:40 PM 10/19/2017 – Trump suggests FBI may have ‘paid for’ dossier alleging Russia ties – FBI paid …

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“Russian agents” spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertisements on YouTube, Gmail, Google search, and other products in an attempt to spread disinformation, the newspaper reported on October 9, citing anonymous sources it said were familiar with 
Russian operatives spent thousands of dollars on Google ads, source claimsThe Guardian
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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US …. Sources told the publication that the Facebook representatives traced the ad sales to a Russian “troll farm” which has published pro-Kremlin propaganda in the past. … The social 
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network of Russia-affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames of the ongoing National Football League controversy in the United States, the New York Times reported on September 27. These accounts tried to … “The decision to target the 
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Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America
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The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, including the one team drawing wide attention for blitzing American social media outlets last year with divisive …and more »

Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Muslims, Gun Owners, Black Lives Matter – Fortune

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Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Muslims, Gun Owners, Black Lives Matter
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Other Russian-linked accounts tried hiding themselves on the left, posing as gay rightsactivists and also promoting the Black Lives Matter movement. The Times noted that the goal of these accounts was likely to create viral posts, build a social 
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One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement usedFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among … of the 
Russians Reportedly Also Abused YouTube, Pokémon Go in 2016 ElectioneWeek
Russia Said To Have Used Pokemon Go To Divide AmericansValueWalk
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Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort
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One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement usedFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among … of the 
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Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
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Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine activists in the US to help fund protest movements on socially divisive issues, according to a new investigation by a respected Russian media outlet. On Tuesday, the newspaper … RBC said it 
Russian Online Troll Farm Fooled Black Activists In Election Disruption SchemeHip-Hop Wired
Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Paid American Activists, Funded ProtestsNewsmax (blog)
Kremlin oligarch dubbed Putin’s ‘chef’ unmasked as the money behind a major Russian ‘troll factory’Daily Mail
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As the entrance to social activism has become that much more attuned to the innovations of contemporary life, people are eager to align their beliefs with those in similar fights, and publicFacebook accounts and groups serve as communal nerve centers, …and more »

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Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to convince American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers, two people familiar with the 
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It DownBuzzFeed News
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Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and other misinformation, achieving “significant and persistent interactions” on Twitter during one month last spring 
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WASHINGTON — Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and other misinformation, achieving “significant and persistent interactions” on Twitter during one month …
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… ads paid personal trainers in New York, Florida, and other parts of the United States to run self-defense classes for African Americans in an apparent attempt to stoke fear and gather contact details of Americans potentially susceptible to their and more »

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MULTIPLE, GLARING government breakdowns are documented in the revealing investigation of the opioid-overdose epidemic by The Post and CBS’s “60 Minutes.” The report exposed weakening federal enforcement of drug distribution; corrosive industry …
Trump keeps kicking opioid crisis down the roadUSA TODAY
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Recently, driven largely by opioid-related deaths—predominantly of our white sisters and brothers—President Donald Trump proclaimed that the opioid problem …
Misdiagnosing Causes and Casualties in the Opioid WarReason (blog)
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The Post/“60 Minutes” report on the United States’ opioid epidemic was excellent, but it didn’t dig down far enough. The shares of these manufacturers and distributors are traded on the stock exchanges and are publicly owned. So, the real culprits are 
Opioid epidemic burns bright when democracy dies in greed and ignoranceThe Hill
Editorial: How Congress and drug companies fueled the opioid epidemicBoulder Daily Camera
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One way for states to curb the opioid crisis might be to completely legalize another drug: marijuana. According to a report set to run in November’s edition of the American Journal of Public Health, the amount of opioid-related deaths dropped by 6.5 and more »

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Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days …

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Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days … pushed covert Russian propaganda on social media in the run-up to the 2016 …
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Russia has exploited social media networks to target current and former U.S. military personnel with propaganda, conspiracy theories and …

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How big pharma’s money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid …

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The pharmaceutical industry attempted to place blame for the crisis on the millions who have became addicted instead of the mass prescribing …
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Opioid Crisis Forces Grandparents to Raise Their Grandkids

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Pennie never expected her daughter, once a star softball player and honor roll student, to struggle with opioid addiction, or spend her twenties …

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The government’s shameful role in the opioid crisis

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MULTIPLE, GLARING government breakdowns are documented in the revealing investigation of the opioid-overdose epidemic by The Post …

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Opioid Crisis Spurs Change at Medical Schools

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Opioid Crisis Spurs Change at Medical Schools … Experts say the prevalence and fatality of opioid addiction makes it a crucial subject to study …
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Can President Trump solve the opioid crisis?

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The Washington Post and CBS’s “60 Minutes” teamed up to publish an investigation about the influence that the pharmaceutical industry has had on America’s opioid epidemic. The story takes a deep look at the way the drug industry and drug distributors first pumped huge numbers of opioids into communities, then worked with members of Congress […]

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US Senators Single Out Russia In Push Against Anonymous Online …

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan trio of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to regulate paid political ads that appear on Facebook, Google, …

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Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America

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The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, …

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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US

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10 million people saw Russia sponsored Facebook ads in the US …. “troll farm” which has published pro-Kremlin propaganda in the past. … data through authentic peer groups and networkswas inevitable,” the report read.

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Russian Twitter Campaign Seeks to Divide America

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network of Russia- affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames of … to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet … Facebook and its Russia-sponsored ads have filled the news for weeks.

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Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100000 in Political Ads

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The report also found that hundreds of Russian “trolls,” or paid … and Russia is whether Russia-sponsored operators would have needed any …
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RBC said the St. Petersburg trolls shaped their content on social issues that meshed withTrump’s rhetoric, quoting them as calling it “correlation rather than direct support” for the Republican nominee. The messages often sought to … In Russia and more »

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CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian …

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How Russia’s election meddling could spell the end of an era for …

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One consequence of a bitterly contested presidential election came into clearer … evidence of Russian election influence are turning their attention to how the … Facebook newsfeeds, Twitter timelines and Google search results. … vehemently rejected the notion of Russian interference – it suggests that at …
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Is the Supreme Court Deciding Whether to Nullify the 2016 Election?

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A petition challenging the 2016 U.S. presidential election results has long … of the 2016 presidential election due to purported Russian interference. … Does this mean the Court will discuss each petition distributed during their conference?

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Donald Trump just suggested the FBI, Democrats and Russia might …

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Its broad assertion that Russia waged a campaign to interfere in the election is now … CNN also reported earlier this year that US investigators have … Russian involvement in the 2016 electionhave also sat down with Steele to … takes to Twitter to say that the stories over his place of birth are the result of a …

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Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. … claims of Russian interference in last year’s U.S. elections, asserting that Trump … colluded with Russia to discredit and defeat Democratic presidential … President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the their …

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Michael Hayden fears Russian meddling “narrative” is being lost

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Other nations, including the U.S., have attempted similar tactics but have … more important than the outcome of the investigation may be lost. … the inevitable Clinton presidency,” and later “moved their efforts to move … While he is “certain” what the Russians did affected the 2016 election, he said there was …

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Every Excuse Hillary Clinton Has Given for Her 2016 Election Loss

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Hillary Clinton has blamed her election loss to Donald Trump on … that sexism kept her from shattering America’s ultimate glass ceiling. It’s the latest attempt by the former secretary of state and two-time presidential loser to recast her 2016 … to emphasize the urgency of Russia’s interference in the election.
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CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian …

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Don’t make Russian election hack great again

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Toward the end of the 1996 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Bob … of revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 in presidential election. … Russian actions were an attempt to influence an American election. Whether their efforts altered the outcome does not detract from the fact they …

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A Dizzying Week of Trump-Russia Revelations

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The possible outcomes of the Russia investigation have always been wildly divergent. … of the 2016 Presidential election in the minds of many Americans, as well … may ensnare officials for wrongdoing unrelated to Russian interference. … be in trouble for work he did before he joined the Trump campaign.

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German Election Mystery: Why No Russian Meddling?

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“We’re not really expecting any Russian interference. … traditional news media sources and, unlike Americans, tend to be wary … “It would almost make more sense for the C.I.A. to leak fake news to make it seem like the Russians did it. … like the power grid, hospitals or servers that process election results.
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CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian …

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Don’t make Russian election hack great again

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Toward the end of the 1996 presidential campaign, Republican candidate Bob … of revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 in presidential election. … Russian actions were an attempt to influence an American election. Whether their efforts altered the outcome does not detract from the fact they …

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German Election Mystery: Why No Russian Meddling?

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“We’re not really expecting any Russian interference. … traditional news media sources and, unlike Americans, tend to be wary … “It would almost make more sense for the C.I.A. to leak fake news to make it seem like the Russians did it. … like the power grid, hospitals or servers that process election results.
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CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian interference

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, a statement that distorted spy agency findings.

“The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election,” Pompeo said at a security conference in Washington.

His comment suggested — falsely — that a report released by U.S. intelligence agencies in January had ruled out any impact that could be attributed to a covert Russian interference campaign that involved leaks of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the flooding of social media sites with false claims and the purchase of ads on Facebook.

A report compiled by the CIA and other agencies described that Russian operation as unprecedented in its scale and concluded that Moscow’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process and help elect Donald Trump.

But the report reached no conclusions about whether that interference had altered the outcome — an issue that U.S. intelligence officials made clear was considered beyond the scope of their inquiry.

“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” the report said. U.S. spy agencies are “charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors,” the report said, but do “not analyze U.S. political processes or U.S. public opinion.”

[Senate Intelligence Committee leaders: Russia did interfere in 2016 elections]

Former U.S. intelligence officials voiced concern over Pompeo’s statement.

“This is another example of Pompeo politicizing intelligence,” a former senior U.S. intelligence official said. Pompeo “is the most political CIA director since Bill Casey” during the Reagan administration, the former official said. “This significantly undermines the intelligence community’s credibility.”

The former official and others spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the subject’s sensitivity.

A CIA spokesman denied that Pompeo intended to mislead the public with his remarks. “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” said the spokesman, Ryan Trapani, “and the director did not intend to suggest that it had.”

Pompeo’s comment came in response to a question about Russian meddling at the end of a lengthy public appearance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank.

Pompeo also criticized former U.S. intelligence officials for their television appearances, implying that they have violated their oaths and potentially contributed to the leaks of sensitive information.

“There are an awful lot of former CIA talking heads on TV,” Pompeo said, adding that their obligation to remain quiet about their work “far extends beyond the day you turn in your badge.”

[At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally]

His comment seemed to be aimed mainly at former senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration, including James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of National Intelligence, who said in a recent interview that Russia’s interference had “cast doubt” on Trump’s win.

“Our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory,” Clapper said in an interview on CNN last month. He added that he worried Trump’s perceived focus on the issue “transcends, unfortunately, the real concern here, which is Russian interference in our political process.”

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Clapper could not immediately be reached to comment.

Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy director who is employed by CBS News to comment on national security issues, responded to Pompeo with a post on Twitter. Pompeo’s caution against leaking is “wise,” Morell said. “But, to be clear, critiquing policy is not leaking.”

Pompeo’s mischaracterization of the intelligence report was the latest in a series of statements from the former Republican congressman that have seemed aimed at minimizing the significance of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At a security forum in Aspen, Colo., earlier this year, Pompeo said that “it is true” that Russia interfered but had also done so in the election “before that, and the one before that.” He continued that refrain Thursday, saying he had recently been reading accounts of Russian attempts to meddle in “the Nixon elections” in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The intelligence report released in January, which was produced in part by Pompeo’s own agency, noted Russia’s “longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order” but said the 2016 effort “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort compared to previous operations.”

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US spies can make it harder to do business with Iran. Here’s how …

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The United States should make it more expensive for Iran to engage in “adventurism” in the Middle East, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said …
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Trump suggests FBI may have ‘paid for’ dossier alleging Russia ties

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President Trump suggested Thursday that the FBI may have had a hand in creating an intelligence dossier that alleged ties between Russia …
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Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Is More Than Fake …

WIREDOct 18, 2017
This past summer, a Facebook account called Blacktivist posted a horrifying video. It depicted a black man handcuffed, his face planted to the …

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Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during …

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Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine … Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US?

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One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter … CNN has separately established the links between the Facebook page … and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat.
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Trump Suggests ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Was Financed Jointly by Russia, the FBI

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to suggest a potentially explosive dossier of allegations concerning his links to Russia may have been paid for by the FBI, Russia, the Democratic Party or a combination of the three. Trump’s tweeted speculation came a day after two officials with the intelligence firm that commissioned the dossier last year appeared before the House Intelligence Committee but invoked their constitutional privilege not to provide testimony.

Related: Here’s what the ‘golden shower’ dossier now being investigated by Mueller claims about Trump and Russia

“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th,” Trump tweeted. “Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”

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The Washington-based firm Fusion GPS commissioned former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to produce the dossier during the 2016 election campaign. It has refused to bow to pressure to disclose who paid for it. A lawyer for the firm, Josh Levy, wrote a letter to the House Intelligence Committee this week accusing Republican Chairman Devin Nunes of an “abuse of power” after he issued a subpoena to get the firm’s representatives to testify on Capitol Hill.

It has been widely reported that the dossier was initially financed by anti-Trump Republicans before Democrats picked up the check as the campaign moved toward the general election. Steele contacted the FBI with his findings and in October the two parties reached an agreement that he would continue his research with compensation from the bureau, according to a report from The Washington Post. That agreement never came to fruition, however.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and his economic team at the White House, on October 18. Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to suggest a potentially explosive dossier of allegations concerning his links to Russia may have been paid for by the FBI, Russia or the Democratic Party or a combination of the three. Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

A summary of the dossier’s findings was provided to Trump and President Barack Obama ahead of January’s presidential inauguration. And, while Trump labeled the dossier “discredited” and “fake,” investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been taking it increasingly seriously.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the investigation into the dossier had been taken up by the man leading the FBI’s Russia probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director’s team has also met with Steele, CNN has reported.

Some of the more salacious details of the dossier, including that Russia possesses a video of Trump getting Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel room was once occupied by President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, have not been verified. But some aspects of the so-called pee-tape dossier have been corroborated, according to the CNN report.

Suggesting that a federal intelligence service coordinated with a foreign power to produce a dossier about him is just Trump’s latest explosive and unsubstantiated accusation. Notably, he has also claimed that three million to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 election and that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped his residence at Trump Tower.

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Congress is spending millions on Russia investigations — but you’ll probably never know exactly how much – USA TODAY

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Actually, No, Bob Corker and John McCain Are Doing Nothing to Hold Trump Accountable – The Nation.

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Donald Trump is claiming, for the moment, that he is on exceptionally good terms with congressional Republicans — even with some of the Republicans that his once-and-future chief strategist Steve Bannon has targeted for political extinction. Indeed and more »

WH Denies Trump Joked About Killing Gays, But New Yorker Stands by Story – Advocate.com

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Trump Campaign Spending on Legal Fees Surges as Russia Inquiries Widen – New York Times

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) have cleared 98 percent of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Ryan Dillon tweeted today.

The impending defeat of the Islamic State group in Raqqa will open a new phase in the Syrian conflict, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday, blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for hindering previous efforts to liberate the city. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The U.N. seeks access to Raqqa and is ready to increase assistance following the defeat of Islamic State militants, a U.N. official in the Syrian capital of Damascus said yesterday, adding that aid groups were struggling to support the thousands of civilians in camps for the displaced near Raqqa. The BBC reports.

The S.D.F. will redeploy fighters to the frontlines of the eastern Deir al-Zour province, a spokesperson for the S.D.F. said yesterday, adding that victory in Raqqa would have a “positive impact” on the offensive against the Islamic State fighters. Tom Perry and Lisa Barrington report at Reuters.

A senior Syrian army commander has been killed in the near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour in an operation against Islamic State militants, Brig. Gen Issam Zahreddine led government offences in the Homs province and maintained a government presence in Deir al-Zour despite the almost three year long siege on his forces. The AP reports.

The U.N. must “ensure accountability” for the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday, urging the Security Council to quickly vote on renewing the Joint Investigative Mechanism which is investigating the incident that killed more than 90 people. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

The al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham alliance released a video yesterday purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, two weeks after the Russian military said it had critically injured Golani. Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group’s loss of territory has undermined its ability to raise revenue and collect money from civilians in its self-styled caliphate; it is likely that the group will now adopt insurgent tactics instead of pursuing state-building ambitions. Maria Abi-Habib explains at the Wall Street Journal.

The Islamic State group is set to establish itself as a guerilla force following the heavy territorial losses it has suffered in Syria and Iraq, many counterterrorism officials have said; the group still has many fighters, sympathizers and the ability to inspire attacks abroad. Margaret Coker, Eric Schmitt and Rukmini Callimachi explain that the terrorist group is far from defeated at the New York Times.

The defeat of the Islamic State group in Raqqa ushers in a period of uncertainty, the plethora of parties on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq trying to gain influence now that their common enemy faces impending downfall. Sarah El Deeb and Zeina Karam set out the various parties and alliances and their conflicting interests at the AP.

Tahrir al-Sham is set to benefit from the downfall of the Islamic State, the alliance, also known as the Levant Liberation Committee, dominates Syria’s northern Idlib province and has allowed some Islamic State fighters who have fled to the province to join their group. Bassem Mroue and Qassim Abdul-Zahra explain at the AP.

The U.S. lacks a strategy for the next phase of the war in Syria, the Financial Times editorial boardsets out the potential future dangers.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out two airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 17. Separately, partner forces conducted five strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his role in the firing of former F.B.I. director James Comey in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday which focused on Russian interference in U.S. politics, saying that he did not think “the significance of the error the Mr. Comey made on the Clinton matter” had been “fully understood,” referring to Comey’s 2016 comments that the was not recommending charges against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her private email use. Aruna Viswanatha and Del Quentin Wilber report at the Wall Street Journal.

Sessions pointedly changed his previous account of his contacts with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016, stating that he did “not recall” whether certain areas were discussed in the meeting. Sessions also said that he “did not have a continuing exchange of information” with the Russians, a shift from his previous claim that he had no contacts with them. Julian Borger reports at the Guardian.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has not interviewed Sessions in relation to the Russia investigation, the Attorney General said yesterday, at the hearing Sessions also refused to address questions about his private conversations with Trump on the Russia investigations, the firing of Comey and other key issues. Josh Gerstein and Elana Schor report at POLITICO.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) questioned Sessions on his comments during his confirmation hearing, pointing out his shifting testimony, to which Sessions responded that he had “conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding a campaign or any other item facing this country.” Lydia Wheeler reports at the Hill.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, according to a source familiar with the matter, Lewandowski was privy to campaign officials’ efforts to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and maintained close ties to the Trump campaign after his departure. Karoun Demirjian reports at the Washington Post.

Officials from opposition research firm Fusion GPS met with the House Intelligence Committee yesterday in response to a subpoena issued by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), but refused to testify before the panel. Focus has been on the firm as it commissioned a controversial dossier about Trump’s connections to Russia compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein report at POLITICO.

Google has privately briefed the House and Senate Intelligence Committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings into Russian interference in the U.S. election and the online disinformation campaigns. Mary Clare Jalonick reports at the AP.

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees at the Nov. 1 hearings, Jonathan Allen reports at NBC News.

Democratic senators are preparing today to unveil new legislation targeted at political ads on social media, subjecting them to transparency and disclosure laws. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

An account purporting to speak for Tennessee Republicans was a fake Twitter account set up by Russian operatives, according to two people familiar with the matter, the success of the account demonstrating the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign. Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Adam Entous reveal at the Washington Post.

Prominent Trump campaign officials and supporters amplified the tweets by the fake Tennessee Republicans account, Betsy Woodruff, Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman report at The Daily Beast.

IRAQ

Thousands of Iraqi Kurds have fled northern Iraq following the Iraqi government forces’ seizure of a host of territory from Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Iraqi forces have taken control of the disputed Kirkuk region, demonstrating the changing political map in Iraq and the potential for new conflict between ethnic groups. Isabel Coles and Ali A. Nabhan report at the Wall Street Journal.

“We have not yet closed the gates [with Iraq], but this could happen at any time,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday in response to the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum. Hande Firat reports at The Hürriyet Daily News.

A united Iraq is “best for our stability” and “best for the stability of the region and the world,” the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi writes at the New York Times, noting the successes of the Iraqi people in the fight against the Islamic State, castigating the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum and urging unity.

This week’s battle for the Iraqi disputed city of Kirkuk put the U.S. and Iran on the same side and against the U.S.’ Kurdish allies. David Zucchino and Eric Schmitt explain the strange dynamics and the U.S. approach to the Kurdish independence referendum at the New York Times.

AFGHANISTAN

A Taliban attack on an Afghan army base yesterday killed 43 soldiers, and the fight ended with a U.S. airstrike, according to N.A.T.O. officials. Antonio Olivo reports at the Washington Post.

The latest attack marks a week of bloodshed in Afghanistan, including a suicide bombing in the city of Gardez on Tuesday that killed at least 41 and the killing of at least 30 on the same day in Ghazni province. The BBC reports.

New fencing and guard posts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border would help to reduce militant attacks in both countries, Pakistan’s military said yesterday, however the Afghan government has objected the fence and does not recognize the frontier as an international border. Munir Ahmed reports at the AP.

IRAN

“I don’t want to waste time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute U.S. president,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday, responding to Trump’s decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. The BBC reports.

Europe’s opposition to Trump’s decision was “good, but not enough,” Khamenei added, saying that they “must stand up against the U.S. measures … including the sanctions they anticipate to emerge from Congress.” Frederik Pleitgen, Tamara Qiblawi and Shirzad Bozorgmehr report at CNN.

“Where’s the outrage?” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley asked the Security Council yesterday, saying that member states should not judge Iran “by the narrow confines of the nuclear deal” as this “misses the true nature of the threat.” Michelle Nichols reports at Reuters.

Trump has provided Europe with a “moment of truth on Iran,” Europeans too readily embraced Iran and the business opportunities provided by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and they should now work with Washington to craft a better approach. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

NORTH KOREA

A nuclear powered U.S. aircraft carrier patrolled waters off the Korean Peninsula today in a show of power in the face of the North Korean threat, Tim Kelly reports at Reuters.

Trump administration officials are debating whether the president should visit the demilitarized zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea, with some saying his presence could further increase tensions and others expressing concern about his personal safety. David Nakamura reports at the Washington Post.

European leaders will deliver a statement today calling on North Korea to “abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner,” Reuters reports.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

The U.S. is a reliable partner to India and shares its “values and vision for global stability, peace and prosperity,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a speech yesterday ahead of a planned trip to Asia, also chastising China for, “at times, undermining the international, rules-based order.” Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Trump administration seeks to deepen ties between the U.S. and India, Tillerson also said, his remarks comparing the U.S. relationship with India versus its relationship with China marking a significant and pointed criticism of Beijing. Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

China “contributes to and defends the rules-based world order,” the Chinese embassy in Washington said in a statement, responding to Tillerson’s comments. The BBC reports.

The U.S. would hold Myanmar’s military leaders accountable for its actions against the Rohingya Muslim minority, Tilllerson said yesterday, but stopped short of saying whether the U.S. would take any measures against the military leaders. David Brunnstrom and Jonathan Landay report at Reuters.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

The Islamist militant Hamas group must explicitly commit to nonviolence if it is to play any role in the Palestinian government, and it must recognize the state of Israel, the U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt said today, reflecting demands made by Israel. The AP reports.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can enjoy the support of Trump, however some in Israel have expressed concerns about the future should the Israeli government be perceived as being too close to Trump. Aron Heller provides an analysis at the AP.

GUANTÁNAMO

Guantánamo Bay prison guards seized court-approved, non-networked laptop computers and hard drives issued to the accused Sept. 11 attack plotters yesterday, raising questions about respect for client-attorney privilege. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

The chief war crimes prosecutor at Guantánamo has postponed his retirement for at least another two years, a Pentagon spokesperson said yesterday. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Chad was included in Trump’s latest travel ban because it ran out of passport paper, U.S. officials have said, the AP reports.

Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl filed a brief on Tuesday arguing that Trump’s comments about the sergeant – who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 – cast “impermissible shadow” over upcoming sentencing proceedings. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has expressed “deep concerns” about reports that Hewlett Packard Enterprise complied with a Russian request to review its cybersecurity software in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, urging the Pentagon to disclose any “specific risk” to U.S. military systems. Morgan Chlafant reports at the Hill.

The key points made by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speech to the 19th Community Party Congress, including his comments on China’s place in the world and its foreign policy aims, are set out by Chris Buckley and Keith Bradsher at the New York Times.

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