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Selected and Saved News Stories – Trump 

Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respect – New York Post
11:53 AM 10/20/2017 Dont 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, its conducted across a range of social-media platforms.
Donald Trump Jr. Rises on GOP Speech Circuit With Red-Meat Talks – Bloomberg
Senate Will Probably Confirm Trump’s Fed Pick, But Not Without Some Drama – Bloomberg
Trump’s actions are beginning to have global consequences – CNN
Cops and prosecutors talk sense on crime; Trump and Sessions won’t listen – Salon
Two cheers for George W. Bush: But his party spawned this horror – Salon
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval – Politico
A Gold Star widow says Trump understood her loss – CNN
Public Enemy’s Chuck D: Donald Trump Is ‘The Epitome Of A White Supremacist’ – HuffPost
Public Enemy’s Chuck D: Donald Trump Is ‘The Epitome Of A White Supremacist’
Pride and Prejudice: Russia Rearms Its History – Carnegie Europe
Frosty Vladimir Putin says trusting the West was his ‘biggest mistake’. amid fears the new Cold War has ALREADY … – The Sun
Social media’s role in Russian meddling: Focus turns to election laws – UPI.com
This Russian general fought the mob. Why does he own $38 million of Florida real estate? – Miami Herald
A timeline of the White House after the Niger raid – CNN
Seeking To Root Out Leakers, The Intelligence Community Is Destroying Official Routes For Whistleblowers – Techdirt
Trump Rips ‘Wacky’ Congresswoman For Criticizing His Phone Call To Combat Widow
GOP Silence on Trump’s Press Threats Is Shameful – RealClearPolitics
We should have seen Trump coming podcast
The fake-news hack that nearly started a war this summer was designed for one man: Donald Trump – Quartz
Donald Trump blames UK crime rise on ‘spread of radical Islamic terror’ in tweet, saying ‘Not good, we must keep … – Telegraph.co.uk
There’s Still A Lot We Don’t Know About The Attack In Niger That Killed 4 U.S. Soldiers
Abbreviated pundit roundup: The emoluments case against Trump, the enabling GOP, and more – Daily Kos

 

Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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 Assads 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.Spains government plans to dissolve Catalonias parliament and hold new elections to thwart the autonomous regions push for independence, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy secured opposition support for the measures heading into an emergency Cabinet meeting on Saturday. Catalonias 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 Catalonias administration, according to the New York Times.

  • CIA Director Mike Pompeo distorted the intelligence communitys 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 militarys 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 Defenses 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 theres 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.

Irans 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 IRGCs commander said that the Trump administrations policy shift on Iran would begin an era of failure for the U.S.

Foreign Policys 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 Courts 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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Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respect – New York Post
 


New York Post
Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respect
New York Post
The Russian leader is urging Americans to show respect for Trump even if you do not agree with some of his positions.Putin’s supportive remarks were in response to a question Thursday at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, according 
11:53 AM 10/20/2017 Dont 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, its conducted across a range of social-media platforms.

Reuters Former President George W. Bushs 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 Americas 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.”
Donald Trump Jr. Rises on GOP Speech Circuit With Red-Meat Talks – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Donald Trump Jr. Rises on GOP Speech Circuit With Red-Meat Talks
Bloomberg
For last year’s event featuring Rudy Giuliani, Ryan said his wife was agnostic about attending and his children stayed home. Not this year. Ryan’s wife wants a seat at Trump’s table, he said, and his girls are joining them. With assistance by Kevin and more »
Senate Will Probably Confirm Trump’s Fed Pick, But Not Without Some Drama – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Senate Will Probably Confirm Trump’s Fed Pick, But Not Without Some Drama
Bloomberg
Trump is expected to make a final decision by Nov. 3, choosing between current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Fed Board Governor Jerome Powell, former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh or Stanford University economist …
Yellen concludes meeting with Trump at the White HouseCNBC
Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair, officials sayPoliticoall 89 news articles »
Trump’s actions are beginning to have global consequences – CNN
 


CNN
Trump’s actions are beginning to have global consequences
CNN 
Nic Robertson is CNN’s international diplomatic editor. The opinions in this article belong to the author. (CNN) The last time Baghdad sent troops into Kirkuk to kick out Kurdish forces, I was in the first group of journalists taken to see the
 
So when Trump refused to recertify Iran’s compliance of the Iran nuclear deal last week and threatened to designate Iran’s top military force, the revolutionary guard — the IRGC — a terrorist organization, he wasn’t just slapping down the theocracy
 and more »
Cops and prosecutors talk sense on crime; Trump and Sessions won’t listen – Salon
 


Salon
Cops and prosecutors talk sense on crime; Trump and Sessions won’t listen
Salon
President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions want Americans to believe there is a stark choice between fighting crime and respecting human rights and dignity, especially the human rights and dignity of people of color. Trump has openly 
Two cheers for George W. Bush: But his party spawned this horror – Salon
 


Washington Examiner
Two cheers for George W. Bush: But his party spawned this horror
Salon
According to our intelligence services, the Russian government has made a project of turning Americans against each other. This effort is broad, systematic and stealthy, it’s conducted across a range of social media platforms. We must secure our 
George W. Bush: Russian meddling ‘should never be downplayed or tolerated’Washington Examiner
Bush takes veiled swipe at Trump, defends immigration and tradeEyewitness News
Decoding Bush’s thinly veiled Trump speechBBC News
Business Insider –ABC News
all 223 news articles »
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval – Politico
 


Politico
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval
Politico
The Trump administration is pushing the limits of an obscure federal law that restricts nominees from serving in federal positions before they’re approved by the Senate. A POLITICO review has identified four officials at three different agencies doing …
A Gold Star widow says Trump understood her loss – CNN
 


CNN
A Gold Star widow says Trump understood her loss
CNN
“On April 10th, we went to Dover Air Force Base to welcome my husband back home with our whole family, but this time it was not a celebration,” De Alencar told CNN on Thursday night. Two days after her husband came home, Trump called as she sat with …
Listen: Soldier’s widow shares her call with TrumpWashington Post
WATCH: Trump’s phone call with the widow of fallen Special Forces soldierBusiness Insiderall 7 news articles »
Public Enemy’s Chuck D: Donald Trump Is ‘The Epitome Of A White Supremacist’ – HuffPost
 


HuffPost
Public Enemy’s Chuck D: Donald Trump Is ‘The Epitome Of A White Supremacist’
HuffPost
Chuck D did not hold back with his latest criticism of Donald Trump, calling the president the epitome of a white supremacist. The Public Enemy rapper launched the blistering attack in a lengthy op-ed for The Daily Beast that was published on Thursday.
Public Enemy’s Chuck D: Donald Trump Is ‘The Epitome Of A White Supremacist’

“Hes not about sharing the world; hes about taking.”
Pride and Prejudice: Russia Rearms Its History – Carnegie Europe
 


Carnegie Europe
Pride and Prejudice: Russia Rearms Its History
Carnegie Europe
With these statements, Putin legitimized both the historical and current policies of spheres of influence and occupation. In today’s Russia, stating that Stalin and Hitler joined forces to attack Poland, carve up Eastern Europe, and start World War and more »
Frosty Vladimir Putin says trusting the West was his ‘biggest mistake’. amid fears the new Cold War has ALREADY … – The Sun
 


The Sun
Frosty Vladimir Putin says trusting the West was his ‘biggest mistake’. amid fears the new Cold War has ALREADY …
The Sun
RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin says his nation’s “biggest mistake” was trusting the West, the latest insult to the US in what many are calling the “New Cold War”. For more than 40 years nuclear superpowers Russia and the United States battled for …
Social media’s role in Russian meddling: Focus turns to election laws – UPI.com
 


UPI.com
Social media’s role in Russian meddling: Focus turns to election laws
UPI.com
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
 


Miami Herald
This Russian general fought the mob. Why does he own $38 million of Florida real estate?
Miami Herald 
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 1991 to 1996 and a frequent critic of President Vladimir Putin who now lives in South  

Florida. In the 1990s, Petukhov served as deputy chief of an  

A timeline of the White House after the Niger raid – CNN
 


CNN
A timeline of the White House after the Niger raid
CNN
6:48 p.m. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports US forces operating with Niger forces came under hostile fire in southwest Niger, according to US Africa Command. 8:07 p.m. Trump, returning from Las Vegas on Air Force One, is briefed on the attack by chief of  
Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in NigerFederalNewsRadio.comall 106 news articles » 

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

Seeking To Root Out Leakers, The Intelligence Community Is Destroying Official Routes For Whistleblowers
Techdirt
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 
Trump Rips ‘Wacky’ Congresswoman For Criticizing His Phone Call To Combat Widow

And he claims Rep. Frederica Wilson “secretly” listened to a call she heard on speakerphone.
GOP Silence on Trump’s Press Threats Is Shameful – RealClearPolitics
 


RealClearPolitics
GOP Silence on Trump’s Press Threats Is Shameful
RealClearPolitics
… comforting rationalization as they observe Trump’s disturbing interpretation of the separation of powers defined in the Constitution — he has attacked the legislative branch, the judiciary and his own intelligence community, and on Thursday even 
We should have seen Trump coming podcast

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The fake-news hack that nearly started a war this summer was designed for one man: Donald Trump – Quartz
 


Quartz
The fake-news hack that nearly started a war this summer was designed for one man: Donald Trump
Quartz
The UAE in particular had grown increasingly frustrated with Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnationalpolitical Islamist group that Emirati officials see as a major threat to their internal stability and describe as a terrorist and more »
Donald Trump blames UK crime rise on ‘spread of radical Islamic terror’ in tweet, saying ‘Not good, we must keep … – Telegraph.co.uk
 


Telegraph.co.uk
Donald Trump blames UK crime rise on ‘spread of radical Islamic terror’ in tweet, saying ‘Not good, we must keep …
Telegraph.co.uk
Donald Trump has weighed in on Britain’s reported rise in crime, linking it to “radical Islamic terror” in a tweet and saying “not good, we must keep America safe!” “Just out report: “United Kingdom crime rises 13 per cent annually amid spread of 
Trump incorrectly links UK crime rise with ‘spread of Islamic terrorThe Guardian
Trump cites ‘radical Islamic terror‘ in UK crime increasePolitico
Outrage as Donald Trump blames ‘Radical Islamic terror‘ for 13% jump in crime in England and WalesDaily Mail
Business Insider –Evening Standard –The Hill
all 11 news articles »
There’s Still A Lot We Don’t Know About The Attack In Niger That Killed 4 U.S. Soldiers

How did an ISIS-affiliated cell manage to outgun U.S. Green Berets?
Abbreviated pundit roundup: The emoluments case against Trump, the enabling GOP, and more – Daily Kos
 


Daily Kos
Abbreviated pundit roundup: The emoluments case against Trump, the enabling GOP, and more
Daily Kos
… Barack Obama both warned that the United States was being torn apart by ancient hatreds that should have been consigned to history long ago and called for addressing economic anxiety through common purpose. While not directly addressing Mr. Trump, …and more »

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