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» Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling
30/06/17 09:43 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . The expansive investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with Trump associates has grown so vast that no fewer than nine congressional committees and federal agencies are now examining some of…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling – Fox News
30/06/17 09:42 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling Fox News The judiciary panel also lost out to intelligence on testimony from Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenst…

» fbi – Google News: FBI Declines to Investigate FCC Cyberattack – Government Technology
30/06/17 09:41 from Saved Stories – None
Government Technology FBI Declines to Investigate FCC Cyberattack Government Technology Agency chief Ajit Pai said the FBI declined to investigate the FCC cyberattack that followed a “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” segment in May, w…

» fbi – Google News: FBI says Quincy brothel operators were making millions – The Patriot Ledger
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The Patriot Ledger FBI says Quincy brothel operators were making millions The Patriot Ledger The defendants were among five people arrested in May after FBI agents and State Police troopers raided homes in Quincy, Boston, Cambridge and N…

» mueller – Google News: Michael Dreeben, Robert Mueller team member, still Justice … – Washington Times
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Washington Times Michael Dreeben, Robert Mueller team member, still Justice … Washington Times Special Department lawyer Washington Times One of the lawyers whom special counsel Robert Mueller has hired Michael Dreeben, still to invest…

» fbi – Google News: Charges for FBI Agent Renew Scrutiny of Elite Team – FRONTLINE
30/06/17 09:38 from Saved Stories – None
FRONTLINE Charges for FBI Agent Renew Scrutiny of Elite Team FRONTLINE When the FBI finally defused the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon last year, the agency largely viewed the effort as a success. One of the occupation l…

» fbi – Google News: House panel approves yanking money for new FBI headquarters – Baltimore Sun
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Baltimore Sun House panel approves yanking money for new FBI headquarters Baltimore Sun “It is reprehensible that House Republicans are playing politics with our national security by rescinding $200 million in funding for the new, f…

» F.B.I. Official Who Investigated Major Attacks for Decades Is Stepping Down
30/06/17 09:29 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Officials describe the investigation into the Chelsea bombing as a template for how the F.B.I. and the New York Police Department have learned to temper big egos and manage chain-of-command quandaries. It was…

» Federal Bureau of Investigation: F.B.I. Official Who Investigated Major Attacks for Decades Is Stepping Down
30/06/17 09:28 from Saved Stories – None
For decades, Carlos T. Fernandez handled cases, some involving Al Qaeda, all over the world and built bridges between agencies. Federal Bureau of Investigation

» fbi – Google News: Trump investigation stirs curiosity about FBI – The Boston Globe
30/06/17 09:26 from Saved Stories – None
The Boston Globe Trump investigation stirs curiosity about FBI The Boston Globe I’m a longtime Watergate obsessive, so with these books on the FBI , I flipped to the index first. Straight to the entry for “Felt, Mark,” subcategory “as De…

» us national security – Google News: US has abandoned global leadership role, Iraqi Vice President says – CNN
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CNN US has abandoned global leadership role, Iraqi Vice President says CNN Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster insisted that US strategy in the region was working well. “We are being succe…

» Just Security: The Early Edition: June 30, 2017
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Zoë Chapman 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. REPEAL OF THE 2001 AUMF Language that would repeal the 2001 Authorization of U…

» Watchdog: Sarin Nerve Gas Used in Deadly Syrian Attack – Google Search
30/06/17 09:10 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
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» Sarin Nerve Gas Used in Deadly Syrian Attack
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mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS —  An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian …

» Opinions: Patiotism once united us. Now it divides us.
30/06/17 08:48 from Saved Stories – None
Americans use patriotism as a political cudgel. Lincoln had an answer to that problem. Opinions

» FOX News: Israeli general: Cyber terror – why are global leaders waiting for their cyber 9/11?
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This week’s Petya multi-sector cyber attack is yet more evidence that, like the war on conventional terror, the cyber war must be fought with close cooperation, centralization, and a holistic approach to the problem. FOX News

» Donald Trump | The Guardian: How can fiction compete with the drama of Donald Trump’s presidency?
30/06/17 08:47 from Saved Stories – None
Fake news, alternative facts – US politics continually outstrips even the most outlandish imaginations. Thriller writers need a radical rethink Fifty six years ago, a young Philip Roth despaired at the apparent inability of his chosen tr…

» trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Trump’s Taste for Confronting Putin to Be Tested Face-to-Face – Bloomberg
30/06/17 08:45 from Saved Stories – None
Bloomberg Trump’s Taste for Confronting Putin to Be Tested Face-to-Face Bloomberg During next week’s Group of 20 meeting in Germany, Trump will be under intense pressure to demonstrate that he’s not the Putin “ puppet ” Democratic oppone…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Paperback Row – New York Times
30/06/17 08:41 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Paperback Row New York Times Dominika Egorova, the synesthetic double agent introduced in Matthews’s first thriller, “Red Sparrow,” has returned to Russia from the West and ascended to the top ranks of the Russian Intellig…

» russia and the west – Google News: Despite hacking charges, US tech industry fought to keep ties to Russia spy service – Daily Mail
30/06/17 08:29 from Saved Stories – None
Despite hacking charges, US tech industry fought to keep ties to Russia spy service Daily Mail But the sanctions also threatened to imperil the Russian sales operations of Western tech companies. Under a little-understood arrangement, th…

» DEBKAFile: Kissinger, Mattis lay bridges for Trump-Putin talks
30/06/17 08:28 from Saved Stories – None
June 30, 2017, 11:55 AM (IDT) The Trump-Putin summit agenda is being discussed in the Kremlin between the veteran American diplomat, former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger, and the Russian president. At 9…

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Sarin used in deadly April 5 attack in Syria, OPCW probe confirms
30/06/17 08:21 from Saved Stories – None
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons u…

» Cyber Warfare – Google News: Does military equipment lead police officers to be more violent? We did the research. – Washington Post
30/06/17 08:21 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Does military equipment lead police officers to be more violent? We did the research. Washington Post On April 29, Officer Roy Oliver of the Balch Springs Police Department in Texas shot and killed Jordan Edwards, who was…

» us national security – Google News: Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy – Politico
30/06/17 07:22 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy Politico “The [Chinese] Ministry of Commerce believes there is no evidence that steel imports threaten to impair U.S. national security ,” Yu Gu, a …

» Europe: German parliament backs same-sex marriage
30/06/17 07:22 from Saved Stories – None
Angela Merkel votes against reform despite clearing way for the move Europe

» Voice of America: High Stakes for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care
30/06/17 07:21 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump suffered a political setback this week when Senate Republican leaders delayed a vote on overhauling the U.S. health care insurance system, one of the president’s central campaign promises. Senate Republicans are tr…

» RSS: Министр обороны России в ходе селекторного совещания с руководством Вооруженных Сил проанализировал ситуацию в Сирии
30/06/17 07:21 from Saved Stories – None
Генерал армии Сергей Шойгу обратил внимание на тот факт, что провокации сил коалиции, возглавляемой США, способствуют расширению деятельности террористических организаций в Сирии. RSS

» Opinions: Donald Trump is not well
30/06/17 07:20 from Saved Stories – None
It would be better for everyone if he stopped watching our show. Opinions

» Voice of America: Stakes High for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care
30/06/17 07:20 from Saved Stories – None
Senate Republicans are working to revive efforts to pass a health care overhaul bill, a key pledge they made with then-candidate Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election campaign. Trump suffered a political setback when Sena…

» US – Russia relations – Google News: What to Expect From Trump’s High-Stakes Meeting With Putin at the G20 Summit – Fortune
30/06/17 07:19 from Saved Stories – None
Center For American Progress What to Expect From Trump’s High-Stakes Meeting With Putin at the G20 Summit Fortune The U.S. – Russian relationship deteriorated during Obama’s eight years in office when the Obama administration slapped san…

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: The Latest: Lavrov wants ‘pragmatism’ in Trump-Putin talks
30/06/17 07:19 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on Donald Trump’s plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 5:30 a.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he hopes that “pragmatism will prevail” at the upcoming talks bet…

» Reuters: World News: Despite hacking charges, U.S. tech industry fought to keep ties to Russia spy service
30/06/17 07:19 from Saved Stories – None
(Editors note: Attention to language in paragraph 22 that may be offensive to some readers.) Reuters: World News

» Stars and Stripes: Germany passes law against online hate speech
30/06/17 07:19 from Saved Stories – None
German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks, which critics say could have drastic consequences for free speech online. Stars and Stripes

» Donald Trump: Donald Trump’s Style Evolution Over The Years Is So Good, It Hurts
30/06/17 07:18 from Saved Stories – None
You’re gonna want to see this. Donald Trump

» trump is politically immature – Google News: If You Want to Understand Donald Trump, Pay Attention to What He Eats – Mother Jones
30/06/17 07:17 from Saved Stories – None
Mother Jones If You Want to Understand Donald Trump , Pay Attention to What He Eats Mother Jones What do these tastes tell us about the president’s politics ? Bouie had some thoughts: “He is someone who does not like change,” he said. “S…

» NYT > Home Page: New York Today: New York Today: Ways to Improve the Subway
30/06/17 07:16 from Saved Stories – None
Friday: A transit competition, a pop-up pool, and flags with heart. NYT > Home Page

» Rudy Giuliani – Google News: NYC’s Subway Savior – New York Press
30/06/17 07:16 from Saved Stories – None
New York Press NYC’s Subway Savior New York Press As ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s deputy mayor, he helped lift the city to its feet after 9/11. When rat infestation plagued Manhattan, he took command of eradication efforts as City Hall’s uno…

» former FBI agents power influence – Google News: The House Power Players – U.S. News & World Report
30/06/17 07:15 from Saved Stories – None
The House Power Players U.S. News & World Report Long before Maxine Waters boycotted Donald Trump’s inauguration, incinerated the credibility of former FBI Director James Comey on national television and propelled calls for the president…

» Reuters: World News: Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera ‘unacceptable’: U.N.
30/06/17 07:15 from Saved Stories – None
GENEVA (Reuters) – A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its al-Jazeera TV channel is an “unacceptable attack” on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights ch…

» analysis of trump electorate – Google News: Why Republicans Are Running From Trumpcare – Newsweek
30/06/17 07:15 from Saved Stories – None
MyAJC Why Republicans Are Running From Trumpcare Newsweek In the core of President Trump’s electoral coalition—whites without a college degree—approval stands at only 21 percent. Among Independents, a … A more detailed analysis shows t…

» Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Were Voting Machines Actually Breached? DHS Would Rather Not Know – TPM
30/06/17 07:14 from Saved Stories – None
TPM Were Voting Machines Actually Breached? DHS Would Rather Not Know TPM These computer scientists agree the problem is urgent and nonpartisan, and no less a Trump ally than Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he believed the problem was …

» putin and trump – Google News: The Latest: Lavrov wants ‘pragmatism’ in Trump-Putin talks – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
30/06/17 07:14 from Saved Stories – None
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle The Latest: Lavrov wants ‘pragmatism’ in Trump – Putin talks The Bozeman Daily Chronicle National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday that Trump will meet with Putin along the sidelines of the annual …

» Their fortunes enmeshed, Trump and Putin to hold first meeting next week
30/06/17 07:00 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . <iframe src=”//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-W9SLGS” height=”0″ width=”0″ style=”display:none;visibility:hidden”></iframe&amp…

» RSS: В Южном военном округе проведено около 100 мероприятий, нацеленных на военно-патриотическое воспитание
29/06/17 20:49 from Saved Stories – None
Лидерами в этом направлении стали Ставропольский край, г. Севастополь и Республика Дагестан. RSS

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Grassley: Why hasn’t acting FBI chief recused himself on Flynn? – The Hill (blog)
29/06/17 17:31 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill (blog) Grassley: Why hasn’t acting FBI chief recused himself on Flynn? The Hill (blog) According to a Circa news report, cited by Grassley, three former FBI officials heard McCabe making “disparaging remarks about Flynn before a…

» fbi – Google News: Grassley goes after acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe – Politico
29/06/17 17:31 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Grassley goes after acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Politico Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising questions about possible conflicts of interest with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and the FBI’s inve…

» mueller – Google News: Former Mueller aide in talks to join Trump legal team: report – The Hill
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The Hill Former Mueller aide in talks to join Trump legal team: report The Hill A former aide to special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly in talks to represent President Trump. Mueller’s former chief of staff, Daniel Levin, is consid…

» NYT > Contributing Writers: The Problem With Participatory Democracy Is the Participants
29/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
Our politics are broken because of ordinary people who are doing it the wrong way…. NYT > Contributing Writers

» FOX News: Ex-CIA: Media leaks put lives of US foreign agents — and Americans — at risk. Is that worth a scoop?
29/06/17 17:04 from Saved Stories – None
For the past year, Americans have read a barrage of stories related to Russia’s role in the 2016 election. FOX News

» putin and trump – Google News: White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit – WGN-TV
29/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
WGN-TV White House: Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit WGN-TV WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will convene a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the summit of industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany…

» Russia: Trump to Meet With Putin at G-20 Gathering Next Week
29/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Talks are confirmed by President Trump’s national security adviser, but the White House would not say whether Russian election meddling would be discussed. Russia

» Window on Eurasia — New Series: Kremlin’s Claims about Economic Growth Rest on Three Weak Reeds, Russian Experts Say
29/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Paul Goble             Staunton, June 29 – Independent Russian economists say that claims by Moscow officials concerning the supposed growth in Russia’s GDP do not correspond to real…

» Reuters: World News: Mexican president Pena Nieto to meet with Trump at G20
29/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will meet with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump next week at the G20 summit in Germany, the Mexican foreign ministry said on Thursday. Reuters: World News

» Defense One – All Content: Should the US Reassess Its Alliance with South Korea?
29/06/17 15:22 from Saved Stories – None
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at a dinner hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Korean Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. ( Defense One – All Content

» Opinions: How Trump’s disgusting behavior will make Republican disunity more likely
29/06/17 15:22 from Saved Stories – None
Opinions

» WSJ.com: Opinion: Trump and MSNBC
29/06/17 15:21 from Saved Stories – None
How to respond to media adversaries. WSJ.com: Opinion

» Opinions: The creeping authoritarianism of Trump’s attacks on the free press
29/06/17 15:21 from Saved Stories – None
Publicity without accountability is the antithesis of democracy. Opinions

» mikenov on Twitter: ★★ 150 Minutes ★★ The best of Opera ( Carmen, Traviata, Così fan Tutte, … youtu.be/mqIljeeoLXE?li… via @YouTube
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» house judiciary committee – Google News: Democrats: Sessions violated terms of his recusal, could be removed from office – McClatchy Washington Bureau
29/06/17 14:19 from Saved Stories – None
McClatchy Washington Bureau Democrats: Sessions violated terms of his recusal, could be removed from office McClatchy Washington Bureau Thursday’s letter was signed by the ranking Democrats on the House Oversight and House Judiciary comm…

» Stars and Stripes: Arbitration panel grants Slovenia access to high seas
29/06/17 14:18 from Saved Stories – None
An international arbitration panel on Thursday granted Slovenia unhindered access to the high seas for the first time since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia as part of a ruling aimed at settling a long-running territorial dispute bet…

» Defense One – All Content: The Islamic State’s Caliphate Is Finished in Iraq, Abadi Says
29/06/17 14:18 from Saved Stories – None
In a symbolic victory, Iraqi security forces finally took back the ancient mosque where ISIS declared its caliphate back in 2014. Other operations throughout the country are still ongoing. Defense One – All Content

» cia – Google News: Former CIA Agent Will Go to Italy to Serve Kidnapping Sentence – One America News Network (press release)
29/06/17 14:17 from Saved Stories – None
One America News Network (press release) Former CIA Agent Will Go to Italy to Serve Kidnapping Sentence One America News Network (press release) A former CIA agent will go to Italy to serve time for her part in the 2003 kidnapping of a M…

» Washington Free Beacon: Grassley Hits Acting FBI Director McCabe on Conflicts of Interest
29/06/17 14:17 from Saved Stories – None
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that he is worried about acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s independence. Grassley sent a letter to Rosenstein o…

» DEBKAFile: Iran Gets a Free Ride into Syria from Mattis’ Focus on ISIS
29/06/17 14:16 from Saved Stories – None
June 29, 2017, 7:48 PM (IDT) CENTCOM: “If Assad want to fight ISIS in Abu Kamal [Syrian Iraqi border], then that would be welcomed.” DEBKAFile

» analysis of trump electorate – Google News: No, most working-class Americans did not vote for Donald Trump – Deutsche Welle
29/06/17 14:16 from Saved Stories – None
Deutsche Welle No, most working-class Americans did not vote for Donald Trump Deutsche Welle Emily Ekins, director of polling at the libertarian Cato Institute, also zeroed in on the Trump electorate in an analysis of the Democracy Fund’…

» 1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Donald Trump – Google News: “The Leakiest White House I’ve Ever Covered” – Slate Magazine
29/06/17 14:16 from Saved Stories – None
Slate Magazine “The Leakiest White House I’ve Ever Covered” Slate Magazine I mean, Trump, for a tabloid commodity, when I was at the Post and at the Daily News—I was at the Post first, then the News, then I went back to the Post—and the …

» trump electorate – Google News: A special report on Donald Trump’s America – The Economist
29/06/17 14:15 from Saved Stories – None
The Economist A special report on Donald Trump’s America The Economist After the election, defeated Democrats spent some time fretting over the 80,000 votes they lost in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, handing Mr Trump a win in the…

» 2016 elections anxiety – Google News: How race and status anxiety affect the Trump vote – The Economist
29/06/17 14:15 from Saved Stories – None
The Economist How race and status anxiety affect the Trump vote The Economist When she ran against Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary, that pattern disappeared. Republican primary voters who scored highly on racial-resentment questions w…

» Comey – Google News: Senate Intelligence panel will see Comey-Trump memos – CNBC
29/06/17 14:15 from Saved Stories – None
CNBC Senate Intelligence panel will see Comey -Trump memos CNBC Former FBI Director James Comey testified to the intelligence committee that he felt President Trump might lie about the content of their private meetings. Comey said he wro…

» Putin and American political process – Google News: Russiagate Alone isn’t Going to Put Progressives Back in Power – Fair Observer
29/06/17 14:08 from Saved Stories – None
Russiagate Alone isn’t Going to Put Progressives Back in Power Fair Observer Moreover, Russian interference in the political process in the West has nothing to do with old Cold War dynamics. Vladimir Putin wants to build an alliance of f…

» What We Know So Far
29/06/17 13:22 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Newsweek. This article first appeared on the Just Security site. I recently published a timeline called, “ Russian Provocations and Dangerous Acts since January 20, 2017 .” Below is a new timel…

» Trump and Russia – Google News: Trump Collusion With Russia: What We Know So Far – Newsweek
29/06/17 13:19 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Trump Collusion With Russia : What We Know So Far Newsweek November 14: In their first official phone call, President-Elect Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral re…

» Trump – Google News: ‘Beneath the dignity of your office:’ GOP senator says to Trump about his ‘Morning Joe’ tweets – Los Angeles Times
29/06/17 13:18 from Saved Stories – None
Los Angeles Times ‘Beneath the dignity of your office:’ GOP senator says to Trump about his ‘Morning Joe’ tweets Los Angeles Times We’re watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander…

» 2016 elections anxiety – Google News: Poll: How are we feeling about Washington? Try ‘alarmed’ and ‘uneasy’ – USA TODAY
29/06/17 13:18 from Saved Stories – None
Poll: How are we feeling about Washington? Try ‘alarmed’ and ‘uneasy’ USA TODAY Americans increasingly view the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as a serious concern, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds…

» trump investigated by the fbi – Google News: Amid Russia Investigation, Many Texas Republicans Lose Faith In The FBI – NPR
29/06/17 13:18 from Saved Stories – None
Amid Russia Investigation , Many Texas Republicans Lose Faith In The FBI NPR Republicans’ attitudes toward the FBI and other federal law enforcement officials appear to be turning more negative, at least in Texas, a new poll has found. P…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Putin thinks the US is trying to overthrow him – Vox
29/06/17 13:17 from Saved Stories – None
Vox Putin thinks the US is trying to overthrow him Vox Most damagingly, Putin directed a widespread disinformation campaign to interfere in the 2016 election , cause Americans to doubt the integrity of their political process, and help D…

» Trump liar – Google News: Trump Attacks Brzezinski, Scarborough in Twitter Diatribe – U.S. News & World Report
29/06/17 13:16 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump Attacks Brzezinski, Scarborough in Twitter Diatribe U.S. News & World Report “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump said in a pair of tweets. “The…

» trump and intelligence community – Google News: The Case Against Donald Trump: Aide Keith Schiller on Witness List for House’s Russia Investigation – Newsweek
29/06/17 13:15 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek The Case Against Donald Trump : Aide Keith Schiller on Witness List for House’s Russia Investigation Newsweek Trump , too, has kept the story in headlines with his continued refusal to accept the intelligence community’s asserti…

» putin and trump – Google News: Rep. Adam Schiff: Trump should talk to Putin about election interference at G-20 – Washington Times
29/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Times Rep. Adam Schiff: Trump should talk to Putin about election interference at G-20 Washington Times Rep. Adam Schiff said Thursday that President Trump needs to make it known to the Russians that interference in U.S. elect…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump’s bullying of Mika Brzezinski crosses a line – CNN
29/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Donald Trump’s bullying of Mika Brzezinski crosses a line CNN Then why, when that person is the President of the United States, should we treat that sort of behavior any differently? Donald Trump , from almost the moment he became a …

» WSJ.com: World News: Islamic State Is Near Defeat in Iraq, Prime Minister Says
29/06/17 13:13 from Saved Stories – None
Iraq’s prime minister said that Islamic State was on the cusp of defeat in his country as the military retook the Mosul mosque where the extremist group’s leader appeared three years ago as head of a self-declared caliphate. WSJ.com: Wor…

» Opinions: ‘Canadian court orders Google to remove search results globally’
29/06/17 13:12 from Saved Stories – None
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» Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary
29/06/17 12:24 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. US Security from mikenova (75 sites). Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins will not seek a capital prosecution at the proposed war crimes trial against Indonesian al-Qaed…

» The World Web Times – Home Page – wwtimes.com: “Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 years…
29/06/17 10:23 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. World and Politics from mikenova (22 sites). “Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 year…

» Reuters: World News: Meeting in Berlin, EU countries display united front ahead of G20
29/06/17 10:22 from Saved Stories – None
BERLIN (Reuters) – European leaders said on Thursday that they would work together to press their views on climate change and free trade at a G20 summit next week but made clear that they would not try to isolate U.S. President Donald Tr…

» Trump liar – Google News: The Wall Street Journal’s Editor: Beware Calling Donald Trump a Liar – The Atlantic
29/06/17 10:21 from Saved Stories – None
The Atlantic The Wall Street Journal’s Editor: Beware Calling Donald Trump a Liar The Atlantic Last January, Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, urged caution in using the word “lie” to label untruths spoken by Dona…

» 1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Donald Trump – Google News: The Wall Street Journal’s Editor: Beware Calling Donald Trump a Liar – The Atlantic
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The Atlantic The Wall Street Journal’s Editor: Beware Calling Donald Trump a Liar The Atlantic And I can see circumstances, perhaps, that Donald Trump or indeed anybody else for that matter, that they have enough evidence to know that it…

» Trump – Google News: Senate Democrats Sought to Work With Trump. Then He Began Governing. – New York Times
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New York Times Senate Democrats Sought to Work With Trump . Then He Began Governing. New York Times WASHINGTON — Shortly after President Trump won the White House, a cluster of Senate Democrats began the search for common cause with the …

» Donald Trump: Why there will never be a Trump in Europe
29/06/17 10:18 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Trump from mikenova (185 sites). ‘The US is a plutocracy to a degree that is unimaginable in western Europe’ Donald Trump

» trump russian candidate – Google News: Will Congress Sidestep Trump and Keep Putin Sanctions? – Newsweek
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Newsweek Will Congress Sidestep Trump and Keep Putin Sanctions? Newsweek In December 2016, the Obama administration issued another executive order, which applied sanctions on Russian intelligence agencies—the Main Intelligence Directorat…

» Trump – Google News: Military option for North Korea being prepared for Trump, McMaster says – Fox News
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Fox News Military option for North Korea being prepared for Trump , McMaster says Fox News McMaster’s comments come a day before Trump is scheduled to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. South Korea’s new leader vowed to stand …

» Trump – Google News: Trump’s Obama Obsession – New York Times
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New York Times Trump’s Obama Obsession New York Times Donald Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams. One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it po…

» organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Albanian Gangs Seizing UK Cocaine Trade, Report Says – Balkan Insight
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Albanian Gangs Seizing UK Cocaine Trade, Report Says Balkan Insight Albanian organized crime groups are taking an increasingly high profile role in the cocaine trade in the UK, while Romanian gangs are increasingly prevalent in “modern s…

» US elections and russia – Google News: Ambassador Haley: Russian Interference in US Election ‘Has Never Come Up Once’ at UN – CNSNews.com
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Ambassador Haley: Russian Interference in US Election ‘Has Never Come Up Once’ at UN CNSNews.com (CNSNews.com) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Congress on Wednesday that she has not talked to President Donald Tru…

» Trump and Russia – Google News: House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller – ABC News
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House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller ABC News Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as pa…

» trump as danger to National Security – Google News: It’s Too Late to Stop China From Becoming an AI Superpower – WIRED
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WIRED It’s Too Late to Stop China From Becoming an AI Superpower WIRED His warning—and pledge to introduce legislation that could restrict Chinese investment in technology companies—came the week after Reuters reported, citing unidentifi…

» trump russian candidate – Google News: The Note: A new name wrapped up in Russia probe – ABC News
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The Note: A new name wrapped up in Russia probe ABC News House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller. Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump ‘s longtime bodyguard-turn…

» trump electorate – Google News: The Economist: In Trump’s America It May Be A Long Wait For Politics To Return To Normal – PR Newswire (press release)
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PR Newswire (press release) The Economist: In Trump’s America It May Be A Long Wait For Politics To Return To Normal PR Newswire (press release) Entitled ” Trump’s America” and appearing in the July 1 issue of The Economist and…

» trump electorate – Google News: No, most working-class Americans did not vote for Donald Trump – Deutsche Welle
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Deutsche Welle No, most working-class Americans did not vote for Donald Trump Deutsche Welle That’s because, according to two recent authoritative studies, the Trump electorate actually looks very similar to the standard Republican elect…

» russia helping trump – Google News: Trump’s Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal – The Guardian
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The Guardian Trump’s Russia lawyer faces conflict-of-interest questions over $296m Kushner deal The Guardian The lawyer privately advising Donald Trump on the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is head of a law…

» US elections and russia – Google News: Obama used covert retaliation in response to Russian election meddling. Here’s why. – Washington Post
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Washington Post Obama used covert retaliation in response to Russian election meddling. Here’s why. Washington Post This past weekend, The Washington Post published a new account of the Obama administration’s struggle to respond to Russi…

» Window on Eurasia — New Series: Few in Kremlin Expected US-Russian Relations to Deteriorate After Trump Was Elected, Putin Aide Says
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Paul Goble             Staunton, June 29 – Yury Ushakov, an assistant to Vladimir Putin, told the Primakov forum this week that few in Moscow else expected US-Russian relations to de…

» Europe: Angela Merkel predicts showdown with U.S. over climate at G-20
29/06/17 10:07 from Saved Stories – None
The German chancellor said the climate accord is not renegotiable, despite American “dissent.” Europe

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Grassley, Graham want the FBI’s Russia surveillance warrants – Politico
29/06/17 10:06 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Grassley, Graham want the FBI’s Russia surveillance warrants Politico … in the 2016 election, including the investigations into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Grassley and Graham wrote i…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: LaVoy Finicum shooting: FBI agent faces 5-count indictment – OregonLive.com
29/06/17 10:06 from Saved Stories – None
OregonLive.com LaVoy Finicum shooting: FBI agent faces 5-count indictment OregonLive.com The sheriff also criticized the FBI for failing to place the agent and his fellow Hostage Rescue Team members on paid leave after he and investigato…

» fbi – Google News: FBI agent indicted, charged with lying about shooting during encounter with Oregon refuge occupier – Washington Post
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Washington Post FBI agent indicted, charged with lying about shooting during encounter with Oregon refuge occupier Washington Post PORTLAND, Ore. — A special agent with the elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team has been indicted and accused of t…

» Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Keith Schiller – Google Search
29/06/17 09:51 from Saved Stories – None
mikenova shared this story . House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White … ABC News – 1 hour ago Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller , President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-Wh…

» Shadow Brokers gloats about global malware and threatens the Equation Group – The INQUIRER
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The INQUIRER Shadow Brokers gloats about global malware and threatens the Equation Group The INQUIRER INFAMOUS HACKING GROUP The Shadow Brokers is back with a statement of sorts about global security attacks and a threat to a Twitter tro…

» Reporter Who Blasted Huckabee Sanders: Trump Running Administration ‘Like the Mob’
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The White House reporter who lit into Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her “inflammatory” remarks about the press said Wednesday that President Donald Trump runs his administration like the “mob.” Brian Karem, a  Playboy correspondent and edit…

» Scarborough: Let Tillerson Do His Job or Name Kushner Secretary of State
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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough blasted President Donald Trump on Thursday for not letting his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson do his job. Scarborough said Tillerson  was being “set up for failure,” so that Trump’s senior …

» ‘The Daily’: Is the U.S. at War With Syria?
29/06/17 09:28 from Saved Stories – None
The United States says it wants to defeat the Islamic State, not fight the Syrian government. But it’s getting harder stay out of the civil war.

» House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller
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» Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts – BBC News
29/06/17 09:17 from Saved Stories – None
BBC News Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts BBC News The Petya malware variant that hit businesses around the world may not have been an attempt to make money, suspect security experts. The malicious program demanded …

» mikenov on Twitter: Pentagon Report: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia rferl.org/a/kremlin-beli…
29/06/17 09:10 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Pentagon Report: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia rferl.org/a/kremlin-beli… Posted by mikenov on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 1:10pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Pentagon Report: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia
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Pentagon Report: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia Pentagon Report: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia Kremlin leaders believe the United States wants regime change in Russia, a worry that is feeding ri…

» mikenov on Twitter: “Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 years…
29/06/17 09:10 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
“Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 years… Posted by mikenov on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 1:10pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: “Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 years…
29/06/17 09:10 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
“Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia” – M.N.: What’s the big news?! Kremlin believes this for about the last 100 years… FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» The Note: A new name wrapped up in Russia probe
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» Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia
29/06/17 08:51 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. WASHINGTON — Kremlin leaders believe the United States wants regime change in Russia, a worry that is feeding rising tensions between the two former Cold War foes, a U.S…

» Keith Schiller – Google Search
29/06/17 08:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White … ABC News – 1 hour ago Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller , President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-Wh…

» The Early Edition: June 29, 2017
29/06/17 08:26 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Zoë Chapman 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 “They took the warning se…

» At 10:45 Central Time, we will livestream DIA Director, LtGen Vincent R. Stewart’s keynote speech at the GEOINT Symposium here. Check back soon to watch his speech!
29/06/17 08:26 from Saved Stories – None
At 10:45 Central Time, we will livestream DIA Director, LtGen Vincent R. Stewart’s keynote speech at the GEOINT Symposium here. Check back soon to watch his speech!

» Video – LTG Vincent R. Stewart will provides the keynote remarks at #GEOINT2017.
29/06/17 08:25 from Saved Stories – None
LTG Vincent R. Stewart will provides the keynote remarks at #GEOINT2017.

» DIA Hosted 6th Annual Pride Month Event! http://www.dia.mil/News/Articles/Article/1224451/dia-hosted-6th-annual-pride-month-event/
29/06/17 08:24 from Saved Stories – None
DIA Hosted 6th Annual Pride Month Event! http://www.dia.mil/News/Articles/Article/1224451/dia-hosted-6th-annual-pride-month-event/ DIA Hosted 6th Annual Pride Month Event

» The Russia Military Power report examines the core capabilities of the resurgent Russian military http://www.dia.mil/News/Articles/Article/1232488/defense-intelligence-agency-releases-russia-military-power-assessment/ …
29/06/17 08:23 from Saved Stories – None
The Russia Military Power report examines the core capabilities of the resurgent Russian military http://www.dia.mil/News/Articles/Article/1232488/defense-intelligence-agency-releases-russia-military-power-assessment/ …

» “We are faced with a complexity of intel challenges from multiple threats that we cannot afford to misunderstand.” http://www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Power%20Publications/Russia%20Military%20Power%20Report%202017.pdf?ver=2017-06-28-1
29/06/17 08:22 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Twitter Search / DefenseIntel. “We are faced with a complexity of intel challenges from multiple threats that we cannot afford to misunderstand.” http://www.dia.mil/Portals/27/Documents/News/Military%20Pow…

» @DefenseIntel report gives a great summary of Russian notion “Information Confrontation”pic.twitter.com/dRghBbZoV3
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@ DefenseIntel report gives a great summary of Russian notion “Information Confrontation” pic.twitter.com/dRghBbZoV3

» Associated Press news article on the Russia Military Power report http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_RUSSIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-28-15-09-10 …pic.twitter.com/R0IWhPQRjJ
29/06/17 08:22 from Saved Stories – None
Associated Press news article on the Russia Military Power report http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_RUSSIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-28-15-09-10 … pic.twitter.com/R0…

» Voice of America: Dead Sea Shrinkage Predicts Future Mega Drought
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The Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, is getting lower. With less rainfall than average this year, experts say the water level could drop more than one and a third meters by October. But the lake’s shrinkage is not just a reflection of…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: U.S. To Bar Middle Eastern Travelers With Distant U.S. Relatives: Reports
29/06/17 08:11 from Saved Stories – None
Travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries can enter the United States if they have a parent or brother in the country, but not if their relative is a grandparent or cousin under guidelines that go into effect on June 29, media re…

» Voice of America: Zika Cases Down Around the World from 2016
29/06/17 08:10 from Saved Stories – None
The number of cases of Zika virus is way down around the world this year. Instead of treating new cases, doctors, health workers and researchers are freer to track and help those children with microcephaly, a disease caused by Zika-carry…

» Palmer Report: Exasperated Rex Tillerson loses it while at White House, begins yelling at Donald Trump’s staff
29/06/17 08:10 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Trump from mikenova (185 sites). No one outside of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin knows why Trump chose ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. That seems to include Tillerson, who has n…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): RussiaToday’s YouTube Videos: ‘Ready for any aggression’: NATO sees biggest spending increase since 2014
29/06/17 08:08 from Saved Stories – None
From: RussiaToday Duration: 01:44 Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO says the alliance now has combat-ready forces, along Russia’s border. NATO’s military spending has seen its biggest increase since 2014, reaching almost 46…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: U.S. Senate Committee Approves 4,000 More Special Visas For Afghans
29/06/17 08:07 from Saved Stories – None
The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on June 28 approved 4,000 more visas for Afghans who work for U.S. forces as interpreters or support staff. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» Eurasia Review: Mattis Praises NATO As Stabilizing Force
29/06/17 08:07 from Saved Stories – None
By Jim Garamone US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States will continue to build on the legacy of George C. Marshall and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to NATO’s system of collective defense during his speech Wedne…

» 1. Podcasts from mikenova (14 sites): WSJ What’s News: Home Affordability Near a Nine-Year Low
29/06/17 08:06 from Saved Stories – None
A report by ATTOM Data Solutions finds the median U.S. home price in the second quarter was at the least affordable level since 2008. ATTOM’s Daren Blomquist says home prices rose faster than weekly wages in 87 percent of markets. Downlo…

» Eurasia Review: Spain: Court Rules Bungee Instructor’s Bad English Resulted In Leaping Death
29/06/17 08:06 from Saved Stories – None
A bungee jump instructor has been found guilty of accidental homicide after a teenage Dutch girl misunderstood his “terrible English” and leapt to her death before the rope was attached was a secure point. Vera Mol, 17, was killed instan…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): AlJazeeraEnglish’s YouTube Videos: Suspicions mount over helicopter attack on Venezuela Supreme Court
29/06/17 08:05 from Saved Stories – None
From: AlJazeeraEnglish Duration: 02:23 Suspicions mount over helicopter attack on Venezuela Supreme Court Venezuelan police The Venezuelan government is hunting for an officer who is a police officer who’s suspected of carrying out a hel…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Kremlin Believes U.S. Wants Regime Change In Russia: Pentagon Report
29/06/17 07:14 from Saved Stories – None
Kremlin leaders believe the United States wants regime change in Russia, a worry that is feeding rising tensions between the two former Cold War foes, a U.S. defense intelligence report said on June 28. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): VOAvideo’s YouTube Videos: Zika Cases Down Around the World from 2016
29/06/17 07:13 from Saved Stories – None
From: VOAvideo Duration: 02:14 The number of cases of Zika virus is way down around the world this year. Instead of treating new cases, doctors, health workers and researchers are freer to track and help those children with microcephaly,…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): RussiaToday’s YouTube Videos: US Senate accuses Russia, RT & Putin in election meddling, gives no evidence
29/06/17 07:12 from Saved Stories – None
From: RussiaToday Duration: 04:04 The U.S. Senate has devoted an entire hearing to alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election. RT’s own Alexey Yaroshevsky comments. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.c…

» World Socialist Web Site (en): The emerging class struggle over health care in the US
29/06/17 07:11 from Saved Stories – None
The Democrats and Republicans are continuing their stage-managed debate over measures that will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans. World Socialist Web Site (en)

» World Socialist Web Site (en): New York City subway train derailment leaves 34 injured
29/06/17 07:11 from Saved Stories – None
On June 27, an A train in upper Manhattan derailed, injuring 34 riders, including 17 who were taken to the hospital. World Socialist Web Site (en)

» World Socialist Web Site (en): Petya ransomware attack shuts down computers in 65 countries
29/06/17 07:09 from Saved Stories – None
In the second massive cyberattack in 44 days, both originating from malicious software developed by the NSA, personal computers in at least 65 countries were shut down Tuesday. World Socialist Web Site (en)

» Eurasia Review: Putin And Trump Likely To Have Contact On G20 Sidelines
29/06/17 07:09 from Saved Stories – None
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, will most likely have the chance to talk at next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “We assume that contact w…

» Eurasia Review: Hacking The Human Brain: Lab-Made Synapses For Artificial Intelligence
29/06/17 07:08 from Saved Stories – None
One of the greatest challenges facing artificial intelligence development is understanding the human brain and figuring out how to mimic it. Now, one group reports in ACS Nano that they have developed an artificial synapse capable of sim…

» Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: Unease in Brussels over Trump’s Poland visit – Reuters
29/06/17 07:07 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters Unease in Brussels over Trump’s Poland visit Reuters Brussels diplomats view the July 6 gathering, dubbed the Three Seas summit because the countries involved border the Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas, as a Polish bid to carve o…

» Trump – Google News: Trump’s surprise Paris visit marks shrewd political calculation – CNN
29/06/17 07:06 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Trump’s surprise Paris visit marks shrewd political calculation CNN Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump’s decision to visit France on its national day next month at the invitation of new President Emmanuel Macron repre…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Eli Lake: Obama choked on Russia long before the 2016 election – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
29/06/17 07:04 from Saved Stories – None
The Independent Eli Lake: Obama choked on Russia long before the 2016 election TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press All of this is the context of Putin’s decision to boldly interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections . Perhaps Putin would have authoriz…

» Stars and Stripes: After surviving the early days of Trump’s presidency, Iran deal is seen at risk
29/06/17 07:03 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump decided against killing off the Iran nuclear deal in a Day One spectacular. It may face a lingering death instead. Stars and Stripes

» trump and putin – Google News: White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting – The Guardian
29/06/17 07:03 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump – Putin meeting The Guardian National security council staff have been tasked with proposing “deliverables” for the first Trump – Putin encounter, including the r…

» putin and trump – Google News: White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting – The Guardian
29/06/17 07:02 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump – Putin meeting The Guardian National security council staff have been tasked with proposing “deliverables” for the first Trump – Putin encounter, including the r…

» US – Russia relations – Google News: Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia – The Seattle Times
29/06/17 07:01 from Saved Stories – None
The Seattle Times Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia The Seattle Times During President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the U.S. – Russian relationship deteriorated from an initial “reset” to American alle…

» US elections and russia – Google News: We’re All Russia’s Neighbors Now – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
29/06/17 07:00 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty We’re All Russia’s Neighbors Now RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty “To try to understand Russia’s intervention and undermining of the U.S. election , you have to first understand Russia’s use of active measur…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: We’re All Russia’s Neighbors Now – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
29/06/17 06:59 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty We’re All Russia’s Neighbors Now RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty A U.S. Homeland Security official told Congress last week that Russian hackers targeted 21 state election systems during the 2016 U.S. presidentia…

» В мире – Новости Google: Пентагон выпустил доклад о смене власти в России – Правда.Ру
29/06/17 06:58 from Saved Stories – None
Правда.Ру Пентагон выпустил доклад о смене власти в России Правда.Ру В США уверены, что Кремль опасается, что американцы закладывают основу для смены власти в России. Об этом говорится в докладе Разведывательного управления Министерства …

» Palmer Report: Legal expert to Donald Trump after holding illegal fundraiser in his own hotel: See You In Court!
29/06/17 06:57 from Saved Stories – None
Donald Trump held a “reelection” fundraiser at his own Trump International Hotel in Washington DC last night, in clear violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Although the Republican majority in Congress is re…

» Donald Trump | The Guardian: Why the world should pay attention to America’s civil war over healthcare
29/06/17 06:56 from Saved Stories – None
Proposed changes to healthcare system go much further than NHS privatization – and exposes ‘lack of social solidarity’ in America For observers around the world, Tuesday’s setback for Senate Republicans in their attempt to reverse Barack…

» NYT > Opinion: Op-Ed Contributors: The Republicans’ Uncertainty Strategy
29/06/17 06:39 from Saved Stories – None
They seek to foment confusion about Obamacare. In doing so, they have created broader doubts. NYT > Opinion

» NYT > Opinion: Op-Ed Columnist: Fifty Shades of Trump
29/06/17 06:38 from Saved Stories – None
Rick Perry during a briefing at the White House on Tuesday. NYT > Opinion

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: NATO agrees to send more troop trainers to Afghanistan
29/06/17 06:32 from Saved Stories – None
BRUSSELS (AP) – Two years after winding down its military operation in Afghanistan, NATO has agreed to send more troops to the war-ravaged country to help train and work alongside the Afghan security forces. The move comes in response to…

» Putin – Google News: Putin making mischief – Pentagon chief – Herald live
29/06/17 06:32 from Saved Stories – None
Herald live Putin making mischief – Pentagon chief Herald live Pentagon chief Jim Mattis yesterday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of making international mischief and said America’s commitment to Nato remained unwavering. Speak…

» В мире – Новости Google: МИД называл враньем сообщения о шпионской технике на российских объектах в США – Интерфакс
29/06/17 06:30 from Saved Stories – None
Интерфакс МИД называл враньем сообщения о шпионской технике на российских объектах в США Интерфакс Москва. 29 июня. INTERFAX.RU – Официальный представитель МИД России Мария Захарова назвала “чистой воды враньем” утверждение ряд…

» trump as gambler – Google News: A Definitive Guide to the GOP Insiders Enabling Donald Trump – Vanity Fair
29/06/17 06:17 from Saved Stories – None
Vanity Fair A Definitive Guide to the GOP Insiders Enabling Donald Trump Vanity Fair Equal blame will attach to a small group of experienced and seemingly rational politicians who knew exactly what Trump was like; who had cause to loathe…

» Europe: Why more than a million Russians have lined up to see a piece of the rib of Saint Nicholas
29/06/17 06:17 from Saved Stories – None
The saint who inspired the Santa Claus legend is known to Russians as a miracle worker. Europe

» WSJ.com: World News: After Joint Victory, Iraqi Kurds Seek Divorce From Baghdad
29/06/17 06:16 from Saved Stories – None
Iraqi Kurds are expected to support independence from Baghdad in a September referendum, raising new concerns about regional stability just as Islamic State is being defeated in Iraq and Syria. WSJ.com: World News

» NYT > Home Page: Subway Derailment Inquiry Focuses on Track Repairs
28/06/17 21:25 from Saved Stories – None
Two supervisors were suspended as a piece of leftover rail stored in the tracks was blamed for Tuesday’s crash. Union officials defended the workers performing such repairs. NYT > Home Page

» trump russian candidate – Google News: Donald Trump vs. CNN: How the White House Just Escalated Its War on the Free Press – Newsweek
28/06/17 21:24 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Donald Trump vs. CNN: How the White House Just Escalated Its War on the Free Press Newsweek The article made allegations about Scaramucci’s supposed dealings with Kirill Dmitriev, who heads a Russian investment fund. Scaramucci …

» fbi – Google News: Grassley, Graham want the FBI’s Russia surveillance warrants – Politico
28/06/17 21:23 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Grassley, Graham want the FBI’s Russia surveillance warrants Politico Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and panel member Lindsey Graham are asking the FBI to turn over some closely guarded secrets: its applicati…

» Ukraine – Google News: From Ukraine with ransomware: How the global mess all began – CNET
28/06/17 21:22 from Saved Stories – None
CNET From Ukraine with ransomware: How the global mess all began CNET The attacks started in Kiev, Ukraine , during the early hours of Tuesday. While the majority of victims were in Ukraine and neighboring Russia, it spread throughout th…

» Trump – Google News: With latest jabs, Trump-Obama relationship reaches historic nastiness – CNN
28/06/17 21:22 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider With latest jabs, Trump -Obama relationship reaches historic nastiness CNN Washington (CNN) It’s a long-distance feud, transmitted over the airwaves and on social media, that’s now devolved well beyond a small political …

» Putin – Google News: Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin – Washington Post
28/06/17 21:20 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin Washington Post Whether its leaders and members realize it, the Republican Party is at risk of becoming the Vladimir Putin -aligned party in the United States. It can be…

» National Security: National security adviser McMaster defends Trump’s approach with allies as ‘tough love’
28/06/17 21:20 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. US Security from mikenova (73 sites). He brushed past suggestions that Trump should try to calm jittery allies worried about Russia. National Security

» Opinions: Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin
28/06/17 21:18 from Saved Stories – None
The GOP controls the White House and Congress, so ultimately its leaders must step up to prevent future Russian attacks on American democracy. Opinions

» Comey – Google News: Senate Intelligence Committee to get access to Comey memos – Minneapolis Star Tribune
28/06/17 21:18 from Saved Stories – None
Senate Intelligence Committee to get access to Comey memos Minneapolis Star Tribune WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee has an agreement to get former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of his conversations with President Donald…

» NYT > Europe: Serbia Is Set to Get Its First Female, and First Openly Gay, Premier
28/06/17 21:17 from Saved Stories – None
Ana Brnabic, whose nomination was hailed in the West as a landmark decision, has faced a wave of insults from critics, and dismay from gay activists. NYT > Europe

» NYT > World: Serbia Is Set to Get Its First Female, and First Openly Gay, Premier
28/06/17 21:17 from Saved Stories – None
Ana Brnabic, whose nomination was hailed in the West as a landmark decision, has faced a wave of insults from critics, and dismay from gay activists. NYT > World

» World – Google News: Trump seizes the advantage in war with media – Politico
28/06/17 21:17 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Trump seizes the advantage in war with media Politico Donald Trump and his allies believe he’s gained a tactical advantage in his war with the media. As he escalates his attacks on the “failing media,” Trump and his allies are i…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Senate Intelligence committee will see the Comey memos – Washington Post
28/06/17 21:16 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Senate Intelligence committee will see the Comey memos Washington Post Also on Wednesday, Republican Senate Judiciary Committee leaders announced they had sent a letter to deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein and act…

» World – Google News: Senate Intelligence committee will see the Comey memos – Washington Post
28/06/17 21:15 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Senate Intelligence committee will see the Comey memos Washington Post Senate Intelligence Committee leaders have received assurances they will soon be able to review the memos former FBI Director James B. Comey kept of h…

» Palmer Report: As the Trump-Russia scandal explodes, Roger Stone is having an epic meltdown
28/06/17 21:15 from Saved Stories – None
Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is rapidly in the process of coming full circle. Carter Page has been revealed to have been talking with the Feds all along. One day after that news broke, Paul Manafort finally registered as a foreign…

» NYT > Europe: Ukraine Cyberattack Was Meant to Paralyze, not Profit, Evidence Shows
28/06/17 21:07 from Saved Stories – None
A closed bank branch in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Software by the Ukrainian company M.E.Doc, which appeared to be exploited in a cyberattack, is widely installed at government agencies and banks. NYT > Europe

» The National Interest: The Future of European Security Lies in London and Berlin
28/06/17 21:06 from Saved Stories – None
Andrew Foxall, Axel Rigault Jorgensen Security, Europe An Anglo-German partnership would give strength to the overall NATO structure. Under President Donald Trump, America’s commitment to NATO seems to be wavering. General H. R. McMaster…

» The National Interest: The Fed Is Trying to Avoid a Greenspan-Style Bubble
28/06/17 21:04 from Saved Stories – None
Samuel Rines Politics, Keeping rates too low for too long could lead to disaster. In his dissent against the Federal Reserve’s latest decision to raise rates, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari warned that the Fed was at risk of mak…

» Russia: Ukraine Cyberattack Was Meant to Paralyze, not Profit, Evidence Shows
28/06/17 21:03 from Saved Stories – None
Pinpointing the initial targets of the assault — Ukrainian accountants who use a tax preparation software required by the government — was a major clue. Russia

» US issues warning to Syria after finding ‘potential preparations’ for sarin attack
28/06/17 20:55 from Saved Stories – None
Pentagon prepared to take action after unusual public warning appeared to be intended to deter the Assad regime from repeating its use of chemical weapons The US on Tuesday said it had observed preparations for a possible chemical weapon…

» Why Is Donald Trump Enabling Russian Espionage in America?
28/06/17 20:47 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. White House refuses to push back on aggressive Kremlin spying How the Obama administration mishandled clandestine Russian interference in last year’s election has become the talk of the t…

» Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies?
28/06/17 18:19 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lima Charlie News. The U.S. Senate has just passed a bill expanding the sanctions against Russia imposed earlier in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine and its seizure of Crimea. In addition, Russian…

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» Defense One – All Content: Writing the Rules of Cyberwar
28/06/17 17:51 from Saved Stories – None
Photos taken from the Norse Attack Map. The map shows in realtime attacks that happen on the Norse honeypots. Defense One – All Content

» NYT > World: Asia and Australia Edition: Ransomware, Toshiba, Xi Jinping: Your Morning Briefing
28/06/17 17:50 from Saved Stories – None
Here’s what you need to know to start your day. NYT > World

» Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia – DefenseNews.com
28/06/17 17:45 from Saved Stories – None
Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia DefenseNews.com Thursday’s report, prepared long before Trump’s election, reflects the Pentagon’s view of the global security picture shifting after nearly two decades of heavy…

» Study: TV News ‘Obsessed’ With Russia Investigation
28/06/17 17:45 from Saved Stories – None
More than half of all evening television news coverage of the Donald Trump presidency has been dedicated to discussion of the Russia investigation since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller on May 17, according to a new stud…

» Trump Continues to Blast ‘Fake News’ Media, Says New York Times Writes ‘False Story After False Story’
28/06/17 17:44 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump continued to rail against the press from his Twitter account on Wednesday, blasting the  New York Times  for writing “false story after false story” and also criticizing the media’s health care coverage. Trump said…

» The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence
28/06/17 17:44 from Saved Stories – None
The mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency a day after ransomware attack

» Kaspersky Lab says cyberattack involved ExPetr, a new malware
28/06/17 17:43 from Saved Stories – None
PARIS (AP) — Kaspersky Lab says a massive cyberattack that has locked computers across the world involved a new malware. The company said Wednesday that its preliminary findings suggest that it is not a variant of Petya ransomware,…

» The Early Edition: June 28, 2017
28/06/17 17:43 from Saved Stories – None
Zoë Chapman 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 Pentagon stepped up preparations for a possible strike against the S…

» Inside Muhammad Ali’s FBI files – For The Win
28/06/17 17:43 from Saved Stories – None
For The Win Inside Muhammad Ali’s FBI files For The Win These particular FBI files included hundreds of letters sent to Presidents Johnson and Nixon and their respective Justice Departments — some praising Ali and asking for action in hi…

» FBI agent indicted in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff shooting – Statesman Journal
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Statesman Journal FBI agent indicted in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff shooting Statesman Journal PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers…

» Global businesses dig out from latest cyber attack – Reuters
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters Global businesses dig out from latest cyber attack Reuters The Kremlin, which has consistently rejected the accusations, said on Wednesday it had no information about the origin of the global cyber attack , which also struck Russ…

» The Pentagon May Not Get the Budget Boost It Needs
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Sandra Erwin Security, Increased defense spending may be denied by the Senate. The Pentagon’s most powerful allies in Congress have scored a major victory on the House side of the Capitol, securing an agreement to increase military fundi…

» Iran Accuses US Of ‘Brazen’ Plan To Change Its Government
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter.

» Who Was Behind the Cyberattack That Crippled Ukraine? – Newsweek
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
Krebs on Security Who Was Behind the Cyberattack That Crippled Ukraine? Newsweek … low-capability actors can have a profound impact on critical infrastructure like media, finance, energy, and others,” said Beau Woods, deputy director o…

» Ransomware Remixed: The Song Remains the Same
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
Another month, another ransomware epidemic. Broadsheets are screaming panic while companies yell back that All Is Well and Ukraine shows the world what gifs can do for incident response. Twitter is abuzz with the rapid, globalized forens…

» Massive Cyber Attack Leaves Companies Scrambling to Restart Businesses
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
A major cyber attack that caused havoc around the world on Tuesday appears to be under control in Ukraine, where the attack likely originated.

» Suspect arrested after 10 commandments monument demolished day after it was erected
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces early Wednesday by someone driving a vehicle into it less than 24 hours after the 6-foot granite statue was placed on state Capitol grounds.

» Timeline: Trump’s Acts of Appeasement/Accommodation to Russia
28/06/17 17:40 from Saved Stories – None
Ryan Goodman I recently published a timeline called, “ Russian Provocations and Dangerous Acts since January 20, 2017 ,” Below is a new timeline of publicly reported events of Donald J. Trump’s acts of accommodation toward Ru…

» Cyber attack: Authorities investigate malware virus as global businesses struggle to recover – ABC Online
28/06/17 17:40 from Saved Stories – None
ABC Online Cyber attack: Authorities investigate malware virus as global businesses struggle to recover ABC Online After WannaCry, governments, security firms, and industrial groups advised businesses and consumers to make sure all their…

» FBI interviews employees of Russian software firm raising security concerns in US: Source – ABC News
28/06/17 17:37 from Saved Stories – None
NBCNews.com FBI interviews employees of Russian software firm raising security concerns in US: Source ABC News Pressing ahead with a long-running investigation of a Russian software company whose products are used widely across the Unite…

» NATO Announces Increase in 2017 Defense Spending While U.S. Affirms Commitment to Allies
28/06/17 17:36 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies are planning to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, year. This would be a $12 billion increase over 2016 levels that and will escalate military spending by non-U.S. members countries non-U. S. NATO members …

» GOP senators want surveillance requests from FBI Russia probe – The Hill
28/06/17 17:35 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill GOP senators want surveillance requests from FBI Russia probe The Hill “We are writing to request information regarding FISA-related actions by the FBI and the Justice Department in the course of the investigation of Russia…

» Jim Mattis, Pentagon chief, says White House warnings to Syria stopped chemical attack
28/06/17 17:35 from Saved Stories – None
The Syrian regime has taken the White House’s recent warning over the future use of chemical weapons in the country’s ongoing civil war to heart, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “It appears they have taken the warning seriousl…

» Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia
28/06/17 17:33 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. intelligence report: Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia

» Lavrov: Russia would respond “proportionately” to US attack on Syria
28/06/17 17:33 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 10:10 PM (IDT) Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow would respond to a US “provocation” in Syria “proportionally and with dignity.” He warned the US against launchi…

» Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation to Pay for Dinner at Russian Ambassador’s House
28/06/17 17:30 from Saved Stories – None
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) used a personal foundation to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s Washington, D.C., residence. The senator had failed to disclose her role in the foundation until ea…

» Modi-Trump Summit Potential Game Changer To Trilateral Relation Between India- USA-China – Analysis
28/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
Despite India being a piece of jigsaw for the USA to counterbalance China, Chinese media was upbeat on the Modi-Trump summit. Chinese leading media, Global Times, hogged the headline with “China Could benefit from Trump-Modi summit”. It …

» The Latest: Senators ask states to reveal election hacking
28/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says the panel is asking states to reveal whether their election…

» Another Major Publication Retracts Two Anti-Trump Stories
28/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
Vice Media has retracted two stories claiming that President Donald Trump’s White House was feuding with Disney World management. “Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents” Vice Media’s Motherboar…

» FBI agent indicted on charges of lying about shooting at rancher in Oregon standoff – Los Angeles Times
28/06/17 17:28 from Saved Stories – None
Los Angeles Times FBI agent indicted on charges of lying about shooting at rancher in Oregon standoff Los Angeles Times An FBI agent has been indicted on suspicion of lying about firing two shots at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, one of the lea…

» DHS announces new security protocols for international flights to US
28/06/17 17:13 from Saved Stories – None
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» DHS announces new enhanced security measures for commercial flights into US – CBS News
28/06/17 17:12 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News DHS announces new enhanced security measures for commercial flights into US CBS News “It is time we raise the global baseline of global aviation security . We must put in place new measures across the board to keep the trav…

» Gulf Crisis And Challenges For Pakistan – OpEd
28/06/17 17:12 from Saved Stories – None
The Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have severed its ties with the small, but oil-rich Arab state, Qatar, by accusing the later of supporting Saudi arch rival Iran and proli…

» Tillerson tightens limits on filling State Department jobs
28/06/17 17:11 from Saved Stories – None
Rex Tillerson is clamping down further on hiring as part of his push to overhaul the State Department, in a move likely to exacerbate concerns that a large number of unfilled jobs is diminishing his agency’s role in shaping foreign policy.

» The Latest: US seeks more security on international flights
28/06/17 17:06 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the announcement of new security measures for international flights (all times local): 4 p.m. The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for inte…

» DHS warns of airplane threats, demands tougher screening at foreign airports
28/06/17 17:06 from Saved Stories – None
Homeland Security officials sounded a major alarm Wednesday about the world’s airlines, revealing a “web of threats” they said prove terrorists remain determined to attack aircraft flying into the U.S. — and announcing a new round …

» Today’s Headlines and Commentary
28/06/17 17:04 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. The ongoing ransomware attack across Europe, the United States, and Asia has raised concerns over the growing frequency of large-scale cyberattacks , The New York …

» U.S. to Unveil Enhanced Airline Security Plan to Avoid Laptop Ban
28/06/17 17:04 from Saved Stories – None
By David Shepardson and Alana Wise WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. Homeland Security officials on Wednesday will unveil enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States but not an immediate expansion of a…

» Thoughts on the NotPetya Ransomware Attack
28/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Worms, malicious computer programs that spread from computer to computer throughout the network—are perhaps the most devastating delivery mechanism for an electronic attack.  Able to spread throughout an entire institution (or even acros…

» Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russian Interference in European Elections
28/06/17 17:02 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. The Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing on Russian interference in European elections.   Panel Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family P…

» Global Firms Work to Contain Fallout From Cyberattack — 6th Update – Fox Business
28/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
Global Firms Work to Contain Fallout From Cyberattack — 6th Update Fox Business … of its global IT network. A spokesman said the cause was determined to be a virus, which had been isolated, though the company’s systems remain down. Th…

» DHS boosts security steps for all international flights, stops short of global laptop ban – Washington Examiner
28/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Examiner DHS boosts security steps for all international flights, stops short of global laptop ban Washington Examiner Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced new security measures that will affect all commercial flig…

» ‘Honor our contract’: Lawmakers press Trump not to deport foreign-born military recruits
28/06/17 16:56 from Saved Stories – None
The foreign-born recruits enlisted through the Pentagon’s Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program.

» The Latest: Syrian fire hits Golan during Netanyahu visit
28/06/17 16:56 from Saved Stories – None
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Israel’s military targeted a Syrian military post that fired a mortar into the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights during Prime Minister Ben…

» 5 Democratic Reps: The U.S. Can Turn Putinism Into an Opportunity
28/06/17 16:20 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Our country faces a new crisis, one which endangers the underpinnings of representative democracy and freedom worldwide. The threat emanates from Putinism, a philosophy of dictatorship fused with kleptocratic…

» US – Russia relations – Google News: Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia – Minneapolis Star Tribune
28/06/17 15:59 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia Minneapolis Star Tribune During President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the U.S. – Russian relations…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Leaders Of Kosovo, Serbia Agree On Idea Of Renewed Dialogue
28/06/17 15:55 from Saved Stories – None
The leaders of Kosovo and Serbia said on June 28 that they favor the idea of renewed talks in order to ease months of tensions between Pristina and Belgrade. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» Stars and Stripes: Police: Final toll in London fire won’t be known for months
28/06/17 14:38 from Saved Stories – None
British police increased the number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire disaster to 80, saying Wednesday that a final death toll may not be known until the end of the year. Stars and Stripes

» Opinions: Is war between a rising China and a dominant America inevitable? A thought experiment.
28/06/17 14:38 from Saved Stories – None
Opinions

» Donald Trump – Google News: Trump To Travel to France July 14 – U.S. News & World Report
28/06/17 14:37 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump To Travel to France July 14 U.S. News & World Report “President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship with France, to celebrating this important day with the French peo…

» New highly virulent strain of “Ransomware” cripples networks
28/06/17 14:37 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Shared Articles. 1. News in Photos from mikenova (4 sites) WSJ.com: World News: Macron Outlines Plans to Overhaul France’s Labor Laws The French president, who campaigned for president on a platform …

» trump and intelligence community – Google News: Is Trump Right Obama Didn’t Do Enough About Russian Election Interference? – Newsweek
28/06/17 14:36 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Is Trump Right Obama Didn’t Do Enough About Russian Election Interference? Newsweek Despite the consensus of the intelligence community that the Russians meddled in the election, Trump had long cast doubt, saying in January he t…

» Stars and Stripes: Ex-CIA agent plans return to Italy to serve kidnap sentence
28/06/17 14:36 from Saved Stories – None
A former CIA agent says she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago. Stars and Stripes

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Officials finalizing details of Trump’s revived travel ban
28/06/17 14:35 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalizing criteria that visitors from six mostly Muslim must meet to avoid the Trump administration’s revived travel ban. The White Hous…

» Global Opinions: Remembering Helmut Kohl, a man shaped by history
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
Global Opinions

» FOX News: Cal Thomas: Health care can be fixed, so can Washington – but it will take willpower and goodwill to get it done
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka ObamaCare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? FOX News

» FOX News: Self-determination for post-ISIS areas of Iraq and Syria – why not give it a try?
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
The end game is near for ISIS and its Caliphate in Iraq and Syria and President Assad of Syria continues to slaughter civilians. But what is the plan for ruling the areas they devastated? How about letting them have self-determination. F…

» Putin – Google News: Pentagon Chief Accuses Putin Of International ‘Mischief’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
28/06/17 13:43 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Pentagon Chief Accuses Putin Of International ‘Mischief’ RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of making international “mischief.&quo…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: Former Diplomats Warn US Senators Over Russian Election Meddling, Urge Action – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
28/06/17 13:41 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Former Diplomats Warn US Senators Over Russian Election Meddling, Urge Action RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty The Senate committee is one of several congressional panels investigating Russia’s interference in th…


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WSJ.com: World News: Iraq’s Dilemma: Who Will Lead the Next Big Fight Against ISIS?

A political dispute threatens to complicate the battle to oust Islamic State from the town of Tal Afar: Both the U.S.-backed Iraqi military and Shiite militias supported by Iran want to spearhead the fight.

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Andrew McCabe – Google News: Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling – Fox News
fbi – Google News: FBI Declines to Investigate FCC Cyberattack – Government Technology
fbi – Google News: FBI says Quincy brothel operators were making millions – The Patriot Ledger
mueller – Google News: Michael Dreeben, Robert Mueller team member, still Justice … – Washington Times
fbi – Google News: Charges for FBI Agent Renew Scrutiny of Elite Team – FRONTLINE
fbi – Google News: House panel approves yanking money for new FBI headquarters – Baltimore Sun
Federal Bureau of Investigation: F.B.I. Official Who Investigated Major Attacks for Decades Is Stepping Down
fbi – Google News: Trump investigation stirs curiosity about FBI – The Boston Globe
us national security – Google News: US has abandoned global leadership role, Iraqi Vice President says – CNN
Just Security: The Early Edition: June 30, 2017
Opinions: Patiotism once united us. Now it divides us.
FOX News: Israeli general: Cyber terror – why are global leaders waiting for their cyber 9/11?
Donald Trump | The Guardian: How can fiction compete with the drama of Donald Trumps presidency?
trump as putin’s puppet – Google News: Trump’s Taste for Confronting Putin to Be Tested Face-to-Face – Bloomberg
Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Paperback Row – New York Times
russia and the west – Google News: Despite hacking charges, US tech industry fought to keep ties to Russia spy service – Daily Mail
DEBKAFile: Kissinger, Mattis lay bridges for Trump-Putin talks
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Sarin used in deadly April 5 attack in Syria, OPCW probe confirms
Cyber Warfare – Google News: Does military equipment lead police officers to be more violent? We did the research. – Washington Post
us national security – Google News: Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy – Politico
Europe: German parliament backs same-sex marriage
Voice of America: High Stakes for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care
RSS: Министр обороны России в ходе селекторного совещания с руководством Вооруженных Сил проанализировал ситуацию в Сирии
Opinions: Donald Trump is not well
Voice of America: Stakes High for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care

 

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Andrew McCabe – Google News: Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling – Fox News


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Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling
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The judiciary panel also lost out to intelligence on testimony from Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Judiciary Committee has primary responsibility for FBI oversight, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said 

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Agency chief Ajit Pai said the FBI declined to investigate the FCC cyberattack that followed a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment in May, when Oliver called on viewers to submit comments opposing Pai’s plan to scale back net neutrality rules.
Top Dem wants FBI to investigate fake net neutrality commentsThe Hill

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fbi – Google News: FBI says Quincy brothel operators were making millions – The Patriot Ledger


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FBI says Quincy brothel operators were making millions
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The defendants were among five people arrested in May after FBI agents and State Police troopers raided homes in Quincy, Boston, Cambridge and North Reading that they said were serving as brothels. The two people arrested in Quincy following the raids …

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Federal Bureau of Investigation: F.B.I. Official Who Investigated Major Attacks for Decades Is Stepping Down

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Just Security: The Early Edition: June 30, 2017

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

REPEAL OF THE 2001 AUMF

Language that would repeal the 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force (A.U.M.F.) after the passing of the spending act but giving lawmakers 240 days to debate and pass a new A.U.M.F. to replace it was included in a spending plan for the Defense Department approved by the House Appropriations Committee yesterday, the Hills Ellen Mitchell reports.

The vote was an unexpected victory for long-time war critic Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), but it is only the first step in getting Congress to update the authorization of military force that lawmakers adopted after the 9/11 attacks, explain Bryan Bender and Jennifer Scholtes at POLITICO.

This provision should have been ruled out of order. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is hitting out against the surprise approval of the amendment, the Hills Ellen Mitchell reports.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) have seized the last route into Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, U.S. officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday, signaling a significant development in the advance on Raqqa. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The S.D.F. “have completely surrounded and besieged the Islamic militants inside al-Raqqa city from all sides,” the group said in a statement yesterday, Al Jazeera reporting.

Sarin nerve gas was used in the April 4 attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province, the U.N. watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (O.P.C.W.) confirmed today, with responsibility for the attack to be assessed by a joint U.N.-O.P.C.W. investigation team, the Director-General of the O.P.C.W. adding that the perpetrators must be held accountable for their crimes, the AP reports.

Iranian authorities have been recruiting Afghan refugees to fight in Syria for Bashar al-Assads regime, expanding recruitment to undocumented migrants, framing the battle as a fight between Shiites and Sunnis and exploiting Afghans who face a lack of opportunities, Ali M. Latifi writes at the New York Times.

Lebanese soldiers were hit with suicide bombings, explosives and hand grenades in raids on refugee settlements in Arsal near the border with Syria this morning, part of an ongoing struggle between the Lebanese army and militants who have thrived in the border area during Syrias seven-year-long civil war, the AP reports.

Now is the time. Any delay will mean further death, The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen OBrien, the said called on the international community to ensure immediate and safe humanitarian access to save lives of those dependent on assistance, highlighting the urgent situation of civilians in Raqqa in a briefing to the U.N. Security Council yesterday. The U.N. News Centre reports.

IRAQ

 We are seeing the end of the fake Daesh state, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweetedyesterday, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State and marking the significant victories in Mosul, with the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Col. Ryan Dillon predicting that the fighting in Mosul will be over within the next few days. Ghassan Adnan, Ben Kesling and Dion Nissenbaum report at the Wall Street Journal.

Iraqi forces attacked the Islamic States last remaining redoubt in Mosul today and the advance continues to overcome all insurgent positions, Stephen Kalin reports at Reuters.

Russias state-controlled company Rosneft is looking to develop oilfields in disputed territories in Iraq under Kurdish control and close to the Syrian border, driving a wedge between the government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government, further complicating relations in the Middle East, and suggesting that Russia aims to take a more aggressive foreign policy stance in the region. David Sheppard and Henry Foy report at the Financial Times.

Increased insurgent activity by the Islamic State is a distinct possibility as it loses territory, a report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point explaining that the challenge will be governing post-liberation areas where city infrastructure has been destroyed and where security threats still remain, Eric Schmitt reports at the New York Times.

Mosul has been left in ruin as the battle against the Islamic State reaches its final stages, underlining the difficult task of meeting the needs of civilians in Mosul and those who have been displaced, Megan Specia and Rick Gladstone observe at the New York Times.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 20 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on June 28. Separately, partner forces conducted four strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

RUSSIA

President Trump will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, next week, their first face-to-face encounter since Trump became president, with no specific agenda established for the meeting, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said yesterday, Jordan Fabian reporting at the Hill.

National security experts and Russia hawks inside the Trump administration are concerned that the lack of a specific plan for the meeting for Trump, who has spoken for months about the prospect of friendship with Putin and may be too eager to please the Russian president, will create an imbalance, since Putin himself is certain to come fully prepared. Michael Crowley reports at POLITICO.

Putin believes he can easily outmaneuver Trump at the G-20 summit, using promises is cooperation on areas such as counterterrorism in return for concessions such as the removal of sanctions against Russia, according to intelligence received by European officials, Kimberley Dozier reports at The Daily Beast.

A deal on legislation increasing sanctions on Moscow easily cleared the Senate yesterday after previously hitting an unexpected roadblock that stalled it for weeks in the House, Jordain Carney reports at the Hill.

Democrats are accusing House Republicans of stalling on the Russia sanctions legislation on the White Houses behalf so that President Trump wouldnt sign it into law ahead of his meeting with President Putin next week, saying that the so-called blue slip issue could have been easily and quickly dealt with in the House rather than the Senate. CNNs Deirdre Walsh and Jeremy Herb report.

TAIWAN ARMS DEAL

A total of $1.42 billion in arms deals with Taiwan was approved by the Trump administration yesterday, as China rejected a Senate bill that would allow U.S. Navy ships to make regular port calls to the self-governing island, Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Trump administrations decision to sell Taiwan arms is wrong and contradicted a consensus reached between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in talks in April in the U.S., China said today, Reuters reporting.

The honeymoon is over. Both the arms sales to Taiwan and the sanctions against its bank Dandong are likely to anger China and are being viewed by experts as signs of the Trump administrations loss of patience with Beijing over its reluctance to concede on issues including North Korea, Tom Phillips and Oliver Holmes write at the Guardian.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

The White House will move to cut off Chinese bank Dandong from the U.S. financial system because it believes it finances companies involved in North Koreas weapons program, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced yesterday, Ian Talley reports at the Wall Street Journal.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Trump dined together at the White House last night ahead of their formal meeting today, CNNs Euan McKirdy reports.

The emergence of new missile types in North Koreas escalating tests demonstrate its technical capabilities are quickly improving, Bryan Harris, Ian Bott, Jane Pong and Lauren Leatherby examining the threat posed at the Financial Times.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

“We are willing to negotiate any legitimate grievances with our neighbors, but we will not compromise our sovereignty,” Qatars Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said yesterday during his trip to Washington D.C., where he was attending meetings to discuss ways to resolve the Gulf-Arab dispute ongoing since June 5 when four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Al Jazeera reports.

Turkish armed forces have been deployed to Qatar, Qatars ministry of defense announced today, Turkish and Qatari forces scheduled to carry out joint exercises following the approval of a 2015 deal that sees greater military cooperation between the two states, Al Jazeera reports.

A Swiss law firm is being hired to seek compensation for those affected by the four Arab nations decision to diplomatically isolate Qatar by Qatars National Human Rights Commission (N.H.R.C.), the N.H.R.C. chairman said yesterday, Al Jazeera reports.

The Qatari foreign ministers praise for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reveals the discord within the Trump administration, as the foreign minister conspicuously omitted mentioning President Trump in his speech in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

Saudi Arabias Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has shown reckless and impulsive judgment, as demonstrated by his actions and comments over Qatar, Yemen and Iran, and the Trump administration should understand that he is a bumbling hothead, Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky write at POLITICO.

IRAN

Tehran is in full compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, U.N. and E.U. diplomats said at a U.N. Security Council meeting yesterday, pushing back against U.S. criticism of Iran, Farnaz Fassihi reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Iran was accused of destructive and destabilizing actions by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haleyat the Security Council meeting yesterday, where she represented a U.S. that found itself in opposition to the four other major powers who see the deal as a major achievement, Edith M. Lederer writes at the AP.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

There is no need for the Senate Armed Services annual defense policy bill to require the Trump administration to send Congress a counter-Islamic State in Syria and Iraq strategy because Congress recently received one, and likewise an Afghanistan strategy is not required because the Pentagon is already working on one, a committee aide said yesterday, a committee spokesperson adding that the Islamic State strategy is classified and cannot be shared. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Pakistans relations with China are the cornerstone of our foreign policy, Pakistans top foreign policy adviser Sartaj Aziz said yesterday at a news conference welcoming Chinas foreign minister, signaling Pakistans pivot to China away from the U.S. amid fears that the Trump administration will put pressure on Pakistans government, Pamela Constable writes at the Washington Post.

Whoever believes the problems of this word can be solved by isolationism and protectionism is making a tremendous error. German Chancellor Angela Merkel set herself against President Trump and his America First agenda yesterday, speaking before Germanys parliament ahead of the G-20 summit next week, Melissa Eddy reports at the New York Times.

President Trump has an exceptional opportunity to reassert American leadership and its commitment to European security by giving weapons to Ukraine for use in its defense against Russias ongoing aggression when he visits Poland next week, suggests Stephen Blank writing at the Wall Street Journal.

The MUSLIM BAN

The Trump administration began enforcing its temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries yesterday issuing guidelines that are a narrow reading of a Supreme Court ruling Monday requiring the U.S. to continue to admit those who have a bona fide relationship with either people or institutions already in the U.S., Laura Meckler reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Lawyers for the state of Hawaii asked a federal judge to stop the administration from enforcing the ban late last night, arguing that fiances, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins all relationships excluded from the definition of bone fide relationship in the governments guidelines for enforcing the ban of those in the U.S. should be allowed to enter from the six countries affected, Carol Morello reports at the Washington Post.

Fiances would be considered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the U.S., the Trump administration decided late last night, Yeganeh Torbati and Mica Roseberg report at Reuters.

When it comes to a travelers’ connection to a business or organization, the administrations guidelines state that it must be a formally documented relationship and not one formed for the purposes of evading the executive order, the Hills Melanie Zanona explains.

By creating arbitrary categories of family relationships, the Trump administrations guidelines are likely unconstitutional as violating due process, cutting off protections of family rights at the boundary of the nuclear family without explaining why it has selected certain categories of relationship for protection and excluded others, argues Bennett Gershman at The Daily Beast.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

House Intelligence Committee leaders are threatening a subpoena if the White House fails to clarify whether any recordings exist of President Trumps meetings with former F.B.I. director James Comey, a letter asserting that Trumps series of tweets the day before a previously-set June 23 deadline for the White House to respond to the panels request stops short of clarifying whether the White House has any recordings. The AP reports.

Long-time Republican opposition researcher Peter W. Smith mounted a campaign to acquire emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clintons private server before the 2016 presidential election,giving those he spoke to and tried to recruit the impression that he was working with then-senior adviser to candidate Trump, Mike Flynn, while investigators probing Russian interference in the election have examined reports from intelligence agencies describing Russian hackers discussing how to obtain Clintons emails and then transmit them to Flynn via an intermediary. Shane Harris reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice will answer questions in a closed-door session with the House Intelligence Committee sometime next month as part of its ongoing investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, CNNs Tom LoBianco and Manu Raju report.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants the Senate to vote on Christopher Wrays nomination as next F.B.I. director before they disband for the August recess, he told reporters yesterday, Jordain Carney reporting at the Hill.

America is not in decline it is choosing to decline. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is overseeing the deconstruction of the State Department, yet there is no pressing reason for the cuts to personnel which are instead a personal choice made by Tillerson, fast becoming one of the worst and most destructive secretaries of state in the history of America, former State Department employee Max Bergmann writes at POLITICO MAGAZINE.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Confusion among N.A.T.O. allies about how the U.S. intends to contribute to the requirement of additional troops to counter a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan may be holding some of them back from offering their own troops, N.A.T.O. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting in Brussels yesterday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis assuring allies that he would consult with U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford on his return to Washington and would then submit a recommended new Afghanistan strategy to President Trump, including a refinement of U.S. troop numbers, Lorne Cook and Lolita C. Baldor report at the AP.

China has constructed new military facilities on islands in the South China Sea, U.S. thinktank the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of Washingtons Center for Strategic and International Studies, reported yesterday. [Reuters]

Equipment it said belonged to Russian agents which was used to launch cyberattacks against Ukraine and other countries in May and this Tuesday was seized by Ukraines state security service, it said in a statement today, Reuters reporting.

A more than 15,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping forces has been called on to assist Malis military to re-establish security across the territory through a unanimously-approved U.N. Security Council resolution adopted yesterday, the AP reports.

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Americans use patriotism as a political cudgel. Lincoln had an answer to that problem.

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FOX News: Israeli general: Cyber terror – why are global leaders waiting for their cyber 9/11?

This week’s Petya multi-sector cyber attack is yet more evidence that, like the war on conventional terror, the cyber war must be fought with close cooperation, centralization, and a holistic approach to the problem.

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: How can fiction compete with the drama of Donald Trumps presidency?

Fake news, alternative facts US politics continually outstrips even the most outlandish imaginations. Thriller writers need a radical rethink

Fifty six years ago, a young Philip Roth despaired at the apparent inability of his chosen trade to compete with the world around him. The American writer in the middle of the 20th century has his hands full in trying to understand, describe, and then make credible much of American reality, the novelist declared in his essay Writing American Fiction. It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to ones meagre imagination. The actuality is continually outdoing our talents, and the culture tosses up figures almost daily that are the envy of any novelist.

Roth wrote those words in 1961, when he could look out on the America of John Kennedy, J Edgar Hoover and Malcolm X, not long before the Cuban missile crisis would see the world teeter on the edge of Armageddon. You can see why he felt those engaged in the pretences of fiction had to struggle to keep up when the actuality was generating characters of such vivid intensity and events of high drama.

How could any fiction come up with a drama as lurid and compelling as the nightly news from the US?

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DEBKAFile: Kissinger, Mattis lay bridges for Trump-Putin talks

June 30, 2017, 11:55 AM (IDT)The Trump-Putin summit agenda is being discussed in the Kremlin between the veteran American diplomat, former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger, and the Russian president. At 94, Kissinger emerges as the man the inexperienced President Trump secretly turns to for advice on tricky foreign affairs. Mattis’ job was to place the military markers in diplomatic focus.

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www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Sarin used in deadly April 5 attack in Syria, OPCW probe confirms

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war.

The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib …

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Europe: German parliament backs same-sex marriage

Angela Merkel votes against reform despite clearing way for the move

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Voice of America: High Stakes for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care

President Donald Trump suffered a political setback this week when Senate Republican leaders delayed a vote on overhauling the U.S. health care insurance system, one of the president’s central campaign promises. Senate Republicans are trying to revive the health care effort, but they remain divided on an issue that represents one-sixth of the U.S. economy and has confounded both political parties for a generation. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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Opinions: Donald Trump is not well

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Voice of America: Stakes High for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care

Senate Republicans are working to revive efforts to pass a health care overhaul bill, a key pledge they made with then-candidate Donald Trump during last year’s presidential election campaign. Trump suffered a political setback when Senate Republican leaders put off a vote on a health care bill after it was clear they could not bridge the divide between moderates and conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had pushed for a vote this week, but has delayed the effort until after the July 4 holiday recess. Trump: ‘Very tough’ Despite the delay, Trump maintains he is committed to his campaign pledge to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, known as Obamacare, although he acknowledged it could be “very tough.” “We are looking at a health care that would be a fantastic tribute to our country, a health care that would take care of people, finally, for the right reasons and also at the right cost,” Trump said at a White House meeting. It was necessary to act, he added, because “Obamacare is melting down.” The decision to put off the vote came amid protests at the Capitol and in the face of a united front of opposition put forward by Senate Democrats. Watch: High Stakes for Trump in Republican Stumble Over Health Care Schumer: ‘Rotten at the core’ Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Republican proposal was “rotten at the core” and noted recent polls that show support for the Republican bill has plummeted. “The American people are not for big tax breaks to the wealthiest of Americans, nor are they for dramatically cutting their health care,” Schumer told reporters at the Capitol. “That’s why the bill has about 17 percent popularity in America and even Trump voters don’t like it.” Several recent polls show the bill with approval ratings of below 20 percent, and that has fueled rumblings of political concern among many Republicans in the Senate and widened the divide between moderates and conservatives. Republican split Moderates worry that Republicans will be held politically liable if millions of Americans lose their health insurance coverage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected that figure could rise to 22 million people over a 10-year period. “I don’t think there is any doubt that if this legislation were to become law, there would be very large reductions in the number of people with insurance coverage,” said Matthew Fiedler, an expert on health care policy with the Brookings Institution in Washington. “My personal view is that would ultimately have serious political consequences for Republicans down the road.” Conservative Republican senators are eager to follow through on the promise of a complete rollback of Obamacare, a core demand that has united the party for the past seven years. “Obamacare is a bus that is going off a cliff,” said Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming. “Democrats are saying, ‘Stay on board.’ We are trying to rescue the American people from this bus that they are on.” A generation of debate Spending on health care represents about one-sixth of the U.S. economy, and political efforts to reform the system have confounded both parties for a generation. Former President Bill Clinton launched a major effort in 1993, led by then-first lady Hillary Clinton, only to be blocked once Republicans won control of Congress the following year. Democrat Obama made health care reform a central part of his 2008 presidential campaign, and as president, he signed what become known as his signature legislative achievement in 2010. That, in turn, fueled the rise of Tea Party activists around the country, which helped Republicans win back control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Now it is President Trump and the Republicans in Congress who will be held to account by their voters beginning in next year’s midterm congressional elections and the presidential race in 2020. “We want to see whether voters feel that President Trump has lived up to his hype and expectations and whether or not he has been able to keep his promises,” said Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie. Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have been counting on a major deficit savings from the health care bill to set up their next big priority: tax reform.

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Russia probe pile-on: No fewer than 9 teams investigating collusion, meddling

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The expansive investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with Trump associates has grown so vast that no fewer than nine congressional committees and federal agencies are now examining some offshoot of the controversy.

And despite the inquiries to date having produced no indictments or hard evidence of collusion between the president’s men and a foreign power, even more officials and entities are looking to bite off a piece of the probe.

“The main problem is that after months and months of multiple investigations, no one has found any evidence of collusion,” a congressional source told Fox News. “So the Democrats are trying to shift the focus from collusion to obstruction, and since it doesn’t look like that will pan out for them either, they surely have some new accusation ready to put out there. It’s in their political interest to drag out these investigations as long as possible.”

Proponents of the probes warn nothing less than democracy is at stake — but the frustration in Trump World is palpable.

Anthony Scaramucci, the former Trump adviser who was the subject of a since-retracted <a href=”http://CNN.com” rel=”nofollow”>CNN.com</a> story on Russia, on Thursday called the narrative a “bunch of nonsense.”

The investigation, though, shows no sign of abating, amid a steady drip-drip of news reports on questionable Russia contacts that only feed the curiosity in Washington.

The furthest-reaching of all the investigations would be the special counsel probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, appointed in May to examine any connections between Trump associates and Russian officials in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s crew, which immediately absorbed several high-powered lawyers, joined eight other investigative bodies examining aspects of the Russia controversy.

They are:

  • CIA
  • Treasury Department
  • Department of Defense inspector general
  • Senate Intelligence Committee
  • Senate Judiciary Committee
  • House Intelligence Committee
  • House Oversight Committee
  • Senate Armed Services Committee

Other groups are looking to get in on the action.

Democrats on the financial services committee have requested bank records in an effort to tie Trump to Russian interests. Trump’s own Election Integrity Commission is facing calls from New Hampshire’s and Maine’s secretaries of state to examine Russian interference. Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub wants to find out if Russia pushed anti-Hillary Clinton ads on social media.

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our democracy,” Weintraub, a Democrat, wrote.

Several congressional probes are bipartisan in nature, though the focus of Republicans and Democrats on those committees varies. Members of both parties are concerned about Russian meddling, but the collusion claims are being pursued more aggressively by Democrats.

The DOJ, specifically, is looking into any links or coordination between Team Trump and Russia – but also has leeway to investigate any matters that might arise from that investigation. That means, by the end of Mueller’s term, charges could materialize that have little to do with Russia or the presidential election (a not uncommon outcome to which former President Bill Clinton and former vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby can attest).

The CIA, meanwhile, is focused on the foreign aspect and actors involved in the alleged Russian plot to meddle in the election. The Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit is scrutinizing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and the Department of Defense’s inspector general is examining payments from Russia and Turkey made to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In the Senate, the intelligence committee is trying to broadly analyze exactly what Russia did to influence the election. Some on the judiciary committee, in the wake of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, wants to know if former Attorney General Loretta Lynch interfered in the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the armed services committee is inquiring about how to improve cybersecurity and defend against future hacking attempts, such as the type allegedly perpetrated by Russia.

The House intelligence committee wants to answer: What did Russia do, did it have links to political campaigns, what was the U.S. government response and how/why has classified information about the meddling been released? At the same time, the oversight committee is looking into Flynn. The intelligence committee may be the most controversial of the congressional probes due to Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., temporarily recusing himself over ethics violations accusations. Nunes, who denies the charges, also made news after a source showed him classified documents which Nunes said bolstered Trump’s contention that Obama administration officials leaked damaging information to the press about the Trump team.

The plethora of probes has not only led to a never-ending news cycle in which some committee or department is questioning some witness or having some information leaked to the press, but the investigations have also battled for access to the same witnesses at times, never mind the same information.

“The jurisdiction’s pretty fragmented, and that’s kind of a problem,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told BuzzFeed in February.

Case in point: Comey testified before the Senate intelligence panel on June 8, but rejected a request to appear in front of the judiciary committee. The judiciary panel also lost out to intelligence on testimony from Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“The Judiciary Committee has primary responsibility for FBI oversight,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in May. “If former Director Comey testifies, he should do so before both the intelligence and judiciary committees.”

But, to Trump supporters, the biggest danger of the investigative maelstrom is the inevitability of some charges being filed – even if they don’t have anything to do with collusion.

“This is like watching an old-fashioned Western movie. This is an Indian hunting party,” Trump ally and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on “Hannity” earlier this month. “They’re out looking for a couple scalps, and they’re not going to go home until they get some.”

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Officials describe the investigation into the Chelsea bombing as a template for how the F.B.I. and the New York Police Department have learned to temper big egos and manage chain-of-command quandaries. It was also the product, in part, of Mr. Fernandez’s two decades’ experience courting foreign dignitaries and swaying his counterparts in American law enforcement and intelligence agencies while he investigated attacks by Al Qaeda beginning in the late 1990s.

He will retire from the F.B.I. on Friday as leader of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, in what amounts to a one-man exodus of operational know-how. Only a small number of counterterrorism agents involved in early Qaeda cases remain at the bureau. The New York task force, composed of about 500 investigators from dozens of local and federal agencies, is the oldest and largest such unit and handles cases in Canada, Western Europe and Africa.

“He was able to build relationships and build trust,” said Ali Soufan, who, as lead investigator of the bombing of the naval guided-missile destroyer Cole in Yemen in 2000, supervised Mr. Fernandez. “I think he was able to do something many other F.B.I. bosses for the J.T.T.F. were not able to accomplish to the level he did.”

Mr. Fernandez, 50, investigated two decades of major attacks, from the bombings of United States Embassies in East Africa in 1998 to the Paris attacks in 2015.

And he passed an unofficial test that agents who know the challenges of working in underdeveloped countries often use to judge their bosses: Did they take much Cipro, the antibiotic often used to treat intestinal infections? “He took a lot of Cipro in his life,” Mr. Soufan said.

Mr. Fernandez started his career on cases impeded by the wall between the C.I.A. and F.B.I. and ends his tenure at the bureau with connections across government, among them to the former C.I.A. director John O. Brennan, whom he met regularly as a top F.B.I. official assigned to the intelligence agency.

In Afghanistan around 2004, a Marine colonel several times declined the help of Mr. Fernandez and a colleague, Jeffrey Ringel, in interrogating people. But a casual comment by Mr. Fernandez about a Marine vehicle nearby ignited a conversation about the two agents’ service in the Marines. Eventually the colonel invited them on missions.

Mr. Ringel and Mr. Fernandez mentored Marines on how, instead of rounding up military-age men, they could use evidence and careful questioning to tie a few people to an attack.

“What he learned from his early days in Yemen is you can’t do this alone, you have to work as a team,” Mr. Ringel said. “And that’s what he did.”

Turf battles in New York could also be treacherous. As leader of the local terrorism task force, Mr. Fernandez was charged with further tightening bonds once badly frayed by the Police Department’s expanding counterterrorism mission after Sept. 11.

He sent emails to police colleagues starting at 3 a.m. and sped up information-sharing, said John Miller, the Police Department’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism.

After the Chelsea bombing, Mr. Fernandez had F.B.I. technicians work alongside the city bomb squad, and the F.B.I.’s evidence team worked alongside the city’s crime-scene unit.

J. Peter Donald, a Police Department spokesman, said Mr. Fernandez had endeared himself to colleagues by working long hours with them.

“You can have all the memorandums of understanding in the world, and they really don’t mean anything if people don’t like you,” said Don Borelli, a former assistant special agent in charge of the international counterterrorism branch in New York.

Mr. Fernandez brought back senior agents for a lecture series to pass on institutional memory. He credits his approach to what he learned from Mr. Soufan; James K. Kallstrom, the former F.B.I. assistant director; and John P. O’Neill, who led major investigations into Osama bin Laden and was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I certainly didn’t want our people to repeat the same mistakes that were made in the past,” he said in an interview this week.

Mr. Fernandez, who recently became eligible to retire, said that though he would have liked to see the Chelsea bombing case through, he chose to take an attractive offer in the private sector. He will become chief security officer at the entertainment conglomerate Viacom.

Mr. Fernandez said the experience of his parents in Cuba before they fled around the time of the revolution colored his commitment to handling investigations in the courts. “Hearing about my family members just being unilaterally arrested by the government without due process certainly had an impact on me and wanting to join the bureau,” he said.

Mr. Soufan said Mr. Fernandez had an easy manner with sources and refused to let a mission keep him from helping someone. In Yemen, not long after the Sept. 11 attacks, the pair received word that an American child about 10 years old had been kidnapped and was in the country. With no other agents on the ground, they put aside the terrorism case they were working, recovered the child and found a judge to sign paperwork they needed to fly him out of the country.

That the judge’s chambers were on the same block as a Qaeda outpost, Mr. Soufan said, did not deter Mr. Fernandez.

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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS —An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war.
The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib province left more than 90 people dead, including women and children, and sparked outrage around the world as photos and video of the aftermath, including quivering children dying on camera, were widely broadcast.
“I strongly condemn this atrocity, which wholly contradicts the norms enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention,” Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. “The perpetrators of this horrific attack must be held accountable for their crimes.”

The investigation did not apportion blame. Its findings will be used by a joint United Nations-OPCW investigation team to assess who was responsible.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement issued Thursday night after the report was circulated to OPCW member states that “The facts reflect a despicable and highly dangerous record of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime.”

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launches a Tomahawk missile in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. The United States blasted a Syrian airfield with a barrage of cruise missiles in retaliation for this week's chemical weapons attack against Khan Sheikhoun.

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launches a Tomahawk missile in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. The United States blasted a Syrian airfield with a barrage of cruise missiles in retaliation for this week’s chemical weapons attack against Khan Sheikhoun.

President Donald Trump cited images of the aftermath of the Khan Sheikhoun attack when he launched a punitive strike days later, firing cruise missiles on a Syrian government-controlled air base from where U.S. officials said the Syrian military had launched the chemical attack.
It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president months before.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has denied using chemical weapons. His staunch ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, said earlier this month that he believed the attack was “a provocation” staged “by people who wanted to blame him (Assad) for that.”
Both the U.S. and the OPCW were at pains to defend the probe’s methodology. Investigators did not visit the scene of the attack, deeming it too dangerous, but analyzed samples from victims and survivors as well as interviewing witnesses.
The Syrian government joined the OPCW in 2013 after it was blamed for a deadly poison gas attack in a Damascus suburb. As it joined, Assad’s government declared about 1,300 tons of chemical weapons and precursor chemicals, which were subsequently destroyed in an unprecedented international operation.
However, the organization has unanswered questions about the completeness of Syria’s initial declaration, meaning that it has never conclusively been able to confirm that the country has no more chemical weapons.

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I recently published a timeline called, “ Russian Provocations and Dangerous Acts since January 20, 2017.”

Below is a new timeline of publicly reported events of Donald J. Trump’s acts of accommodation toward Russia since the U.S. presidential election.

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Some readers may view several of these steps as acts of rapprochement to try to develop a more cooperative relationship with Russia, for example, to fight common enemies and avoid dangerous escalation.

Other readers may view several of these steps as incriminating evidence of quid pro quo or a dangerous appeasement to an adversary who attacked and will likely attack again the U.S. democratic system.

Am I missing anything? If so, tell us over at Just Security ’s or my Twitter account.

November 8-May 9: May 9 marks the final day that FBI Director James Comey serves in office. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey is later asked (by Senator Joe Manchin) whether President Trump showed “any concern or interest or curiosity about what the Russians were doing.” Comey responds that he does not recall any conversations with Trump about Russian election interference during the former FBI Director’s time in office.

Comey is also asked (by Senator Martin Heinrich): “Did the President in any of those interactions that you’ve shared with us today ask you what you should be doing or what our government should be doing or the intelligence community to protect America against Russian interference in our election system?” Comey says he does not recall any conversation like that–“never.” ( Politico – full transcript of testimony )

November 14: In their first official phone call, President-Elect Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” between Russia and the U.S., and the two leaders agree to meet at some point in the future. ( New York Times )

November 18: President-Elect Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his National Security Advisor, stirring controversy in part because of Flynn’s ties to Russia. ( Washington Post )

In 2015, Flynn accepted payment from RT – a Russian propaganda channel –  to attend the station’s gala event in Moscow. President Putin also attended the gala, and RT later publishes photos of the two dining next to each other.

Donald Trump speaks alongside White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, February 23, 2017. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

Early-December: Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meets with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. The meeting is not disclosed to the public until March 2017.

According to the White House in March, its purpose was to “establish a line of communication.” ( New York Times ). It is later revealed that in the meeting, Kushner suggested setting up a secure channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, to be hosted at the Russian embassy or consulate. ( Washington Post )

December 12: President-Elect Trump officially nominates Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, drawing some controversy around Tillerson’s close relationship with Russia, having previously engaged in joint ventures with Rosneft, a state-backed Russian oil company, while CEO of Exxon-Mobil, and having received the Order of Friendship from Russia in 2013. ( New York Times )

Mid-December (possibly the 13th or 14th, according to flight data reviewed by the Washington Post ): Senior Trump Advisor Jared Kushner meets with Sergey Gorkov, chairman of Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) and a close ally of President Putin, at Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s request. The bank was placed on the sanctions list following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. ( New York Times )

December 29: Shortly after the White House notifies Russia of sanctions that the Obama administration will impose for election interference, Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. During the phone call, Flynn discusses the sanctions.

According to several current and former officials who read transcripts of the call, Flynn told Kislyak that Russia should not overreact to impending sanctions for election interference because the Trump administration would be in a position to revisit the sanctions and change policy toward Russia. ( Washington Post )

December 29: Within four hours of the Obama White House’s announced sanctions against Russia for election interference, President-Elect Trump issues a written statement saying “it’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.” ( Fox News Politics )

December 30: Following Russia’s surprise turnaround decision not to respond to the U.S. sanctions in kind, President-Elect Trump tweets: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” ( Twitter )

Putin’s decision came as a surprise in part because Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had earlier said in  televised remarks, “Of course, we cannot leave these sanctions unanswered … Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations.” ( ABC News ).

January 11: The United Arab Emirates helps set up a secret meeting in the Seychelles between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Trump supporter (and brother of Betsy DeVos), and a Russian official close to President Putin whose identity is not disclosed. The apparent purpose of the meeting is reportedly to test Russia’s commitment to Iran and to set up a communication channel between President-Elect Trump and Moscow.

Both the White House and Blackwater later deny that the meeting had a diplomatic purpose. ( Washington Post )

January 11: At a news conference, President-Elect Trump says he “think[s] it was Russia” that hacked the 2016 U.S. election but diminishes its significance, adding “but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,” drawing comparisons to other incidents of hacking that have drawn less news coverage, and suggests that the DNC left itself open to hacking and deserves some blame. ( CNBC)

Post-January 20: In the “early weeks” of the administration, “top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions,” until their efforts were blocked by State Department officials and members of Congress ( Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff reporting with source on-the-record)

January 20-early February: National Security Advisor Michael Flynn advocates for closer military communication with Russia to fight ISIS. According to several current and former Pentagon sources, Flynn suggested that a military communications channel established to prevent in-air collisions be expanded for other purposes. Both the Pentagon and CentCom oppose Flynn’s idea. ( Daily Beast )

January 26-February 13: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets personally with White House Counsel Don McGahn about National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December. Yates warns the White House Counsel that Flynn’s saying that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian Ambassador is untrue and that in her view Flynn is accordingly vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. Yates is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce the immigration ban. ( ABC News ).

It is not until February 13 that Flynn is asked to resign following a Washington Post story revealing the meeting with Yates and the White House Counsel. ( New York Times )( Washington Post )

February 14: The New York Times reports that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treaty between the two countries. In congressional testimony, Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff states, “We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.”

The administration does not issue a public statement rebuking Russia. When President Trump is asked about the violation in a February 24 interview with Reuters, he says, “To me, it’s a big deal” and that he “would bring it up” with President Putin “if and when we meet.” ( New York Times ; Reuters )

March 17: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the White House for a meeting with President Trump. At the meeting, following a reporter’s request that they shake hands, Merkel asked Trump if he wanted to oblige the reporter for a handshake, but he ignores her. ( BBC) Trump later tweets that it was a “GREAT” meeting, but reiterates that Germany has to invest more in NATO. ( Twitter )

March 21: The State Department announces that Secretary Rex Tillerson will not attend his first NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6, and will instead stay in the U.S. to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. During the same announcement, the State Department notes that Tillerson will travel to Russia in April, drawing criticism that the administration is prioritizing Russia over historical allies and the NATO alliance. ( Reuters )

Subsequently, the State Department offers new dates to reschedule the NATO meeting so that Tillerson can attend. ( Reuters )

March 31: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with NATO leaders in Brussels. In his remarks, Tillerson says: “As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO’s defense expenditures. Allies must increase defense spending.” ( Washington Post )

April 2-27 Response to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

  • April 2: In an interview, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says: “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the U.S. election.” ( Bloomberg )
  • April 5: UN Ambassador Nikki Haley criticizes Russia for obstructing UN action on Syria and for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. She says Russia made an “unconscionable choice” by opposing a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons, and rhetorically asks “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?” ( Fox News Politics )
  • April 24: During a working lunch with UN Security Council ambassadorsincluding UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, President Trump jests, “Now, does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t … Otherwise, she can easily be replaced.” ( Washington Post )
  • April 27: Secretary of State Tillerson sends UN Ambassador Haley an email instructing her that from then on her comments should be “re-cleared with Washington if they are substantively different from the building blocks, or if they are on a high-profile issue.” ( New York Times )

April 23: In an Associated Press interview, President Trump expresses strong support for far right candidate Marine Le Pen in upcoming French elections; Le Pen is supported by President Putin and promises to remove France from the EU, a long-term goal for Putin. Le Pen had also visited Trump Tower in January. [ AP ; Politico ]

May 10: Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak and says the US would no longer require Russia to unfreeze the construction of an American consulate in St. Petersburg before it considered handing back seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as part of the Obama sanctions for election interference – a reversal of the position staked out two days prior by Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon. ( Washington Post )

On May 10: during the Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, President Trump:

  • tells the Russian officials that he had fired the “nut job” FBI director (James Comey) who  was investigating Russian election interference. Trump also says he had faced “great pressure” because of Russia, which had now been relieved. ( New York Times )
  • discloses highly classified information to the Russian officials. The intelligence was  provided by Israel which had not authorized the U.S. to share it. ( Washington Post ) It is later revealed that the intelligence centered on Syrian extremist bomb-making plans, which was obtained in part through highly classified cyberoperations, the disclosure of which “infuriated” Israeli officials ( New York Times ) Israel subsequently changes its intelligence sharing protocols with the United States ( New York Times ; Voice of America )
  • does not allow any US press into the Oval Office, but does allow TASS, the Russian state-owned news agency ( Washington Post )
  • does not disclose to press that Kislyak attends the meeting until TASS publishes photographs showing him in the room ( NBC News ); the White House release following the meeting only mentions Lavrov
  • apparently avoids the issue of Russian election interference (in an interview afterwards, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster refuses to confirm that Russian interference was discussed, even when asked directly about it) ( ABC News ).

May 10: Following the meeting with President Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells TASS: “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the President himself and the Secretary of State, are people of action who are willing to negotiate.” ( TASS )

May 25-26: Arriving in Europe with President Trump, White House economic advisor Gary Cohn tells reporters the U.S. is “looking at” the future of sanctions on Russia. When pressed on what the U.S. position currently is, he says: “Right now we don’t have a position.” ( ABC News ) The following day, Cohn counters that position, saying the U.S. will not lower sanctions on Russia and, “if anything, we would probably look to get tougher.” ( Politico )

May 25: In Europe, President Trump chastises NATO leaders for their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance and does not reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 – the collective defense clause of the NATO agreement – promising only “never [to] forsake the friends that stood by our side” in the wake of September 11 (a statement later labelled by the administration as an affirmation of Article 5).

According to Politico, several Trump advisors, including National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, were surprised by the omission, having endeavored to include language supporting Article 5 in Trump’s remarks prior to the summit. ( Politico ).

National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton says Russia was not discussed in a larger meeting between American and European officials, but that he could not speak for a meeting involving just President Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

Tusk later says he is “not 100 percent sure” he and Trump share a “common position, common opinion, about Russia.” ( New York Times )

May 26: At a political rally the day after the Brussels meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: “The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” implying that Europe could no longer rely on a close alliance with the U.S. ( New York Times )

May 30: In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked about President Trump’s reaction to Angela Merkel’s comments implying Europe could no longer rely on the U.S. He responds that Europe, “working in friendship with the U.S., the U.K., Russia, and other partners,” is precisely “what the President called for.” ( May 30 press briefing ).

Trump reacts to Merkel’s comments on Twitter: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.” ( Twitter)

June 5-7: On June 7, U.S. officials sent by the FBI to Doha to assist Qatar say they believe Russian hackers breached Qatar’s state news agency and planted a fake news story to instigate tensions between Qatar and Arab states, after which several Arab countries cut ties with the emirate. ( CNN )

The news story in question, posted June 5, said that Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Hamad Al Thani praised Iran as an “Islamic power” and criticized U.S. policy; the story coincided with increased accusations that Qatar is financing terrorism. ( CNN )

June 6: Reacting to the news of Arab states cutting ties with Qatar, President Trump tweets: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look!” ( Twitter ).

The same day, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert appears to take a more conciliatory stance, saying the U.S. is “grateful” to Qatar its long support of an American presence in the country, and adding: “We have no plans to change our posture in Qatar.” ( June 6 briefing )

June 13: While testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Tillerson suggests that the Trump administration may not support a bipartisan bill that issues new, stronger sanctions against Russia for interference in the 2016 election.

Tillerson notes that the administration has communication channels open with Russia and does not want to close those channels off with “something new,” signalling that the White House would prefer a softer version of the bill – a sentiment echoed by a senior administration official who suggest that the administration would work with House Republicans to “defang” the bill should it pass the Senate. The bill passes 98-2 on June 15th. ( Politico )

June 13: While testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that although the intelligence community “appears” to agree that Russia interfered in the U.S. election, he “never received any detailed briefing on how hacking occurred or how information was alleged to have influenced the campaign.”

Senator King followed up by asking, “You never sought any information about this rather dramatic attack on our country?” Sessions replied that he never did. ( Politico – transcript )

June 20: The Senate bill issuing new sanctions against Russia stalls in the House on ground that it may not adhere to a constitutional requirement that any legislation raising revenues must originate in the House, not the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) releases a statement shortly thereafter, saying that what House Republicans are “really doing” is “covering for a president who has been far too soft on Russia.” ( Politico )

June 24: Several government officials report that the Trump administration has not taken any significant steps to prevent future election interference, although experts suggest it is likely to recur in 2018. The officials point to President Trump’s lack of interest in the issue, his redirection of focus to the Obama administration’s actions, his failure to fill certain positions at the Department of Homeland Security, and a lack of funding to upgrade “critical [technological] infrastructure” as the root cause of their concerns. In addition, “dozens of state officials told NBC News they have received little direction from Washington about election security.” ( NBC News )

June 26: The Associated Press reports that President Trump’s is “eager” to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July, when both leaders are attending a multinational summit in Germany.

According to the AP, President Trump and some officials are pushing for a full bilateral diplomatic meeting, while other administration officials support a more cautious approach to Russia, especially while the investigation into Russian election meddling is ongoing. ( AP )

Ryan Goodman is co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. Ryan is the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He served as Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-16).

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Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins will not seek a capital prosecution at the proposed war crimes trial against Indonesian al-Qaeda leader Riduan Isamuddin,the Miami Herald reports. Isamuddin, commonly called Hambali, is accused of directing three simultaneous bombings in Bali in 2002 and of coordinating an attack in 2003 against the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta. The attacks collectively caused more than 200 deaths. After holding him at a CIA black site from 2003 to 2006, the government later transferred Hambali to Guantanamo. The Senate Torture Report states that the CIA subjected Hambali to enhanced interrogation techniques. Pentagon prosecutors announced charges against Hambali on June 21, meaning Hambali is the first Guantanamo detainee charged in a military commission during the Trump administration. Pentagon Convening Authority Harvey Rishikof must now decide whether to proceed with charges.

The New York Times reports on a growing concern that the NSA cannot stop the spread of cyber weapons stolen from the agency in the aftermath of the NotPetya attack earlier this week. NotPetya, the second cyberattack in the past month believed to implement stolen NSA tools, first targeted systems in Ukraine on Tuesday before spreading to more than 60 countries, Reuters reports. Security experts believe that the attack was designed to disable key Ukrainian computer systems rather than to extort funds, according to the Times. The NSA has not acknowledged responsibility for developing the weapons used in this or prior attacks.

The State Department issued enforcement guidelines for President Trumps immigration executive order after the Supreme Court partially lifted a lower-court injunction. The Court barred enforcement of the ban on those with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. The guidelines limit bona fide relationships to close family, including a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, [and] sibling, whether whole or half, including step relationships. Notably, the guidelines exclude extended family members and relationships that are not legally formalized, such as fiancés.

NATO members will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent in 2017, according to an announcement yesterday by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The pledge is consistent with the alliances progressive increases in defense spending since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, when members committed to raising annual defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024. Five NATO member states currently meet this commitment (the U.S., the U.K., Poland, Estonia, and Greece).NATO members characterize the increase in defense spending as a response to security needs rather than as motivated by pressure from the Trump administration, which is unpopular with European constituencies. By contrast, Stoltenberg has pointed to the pledge as an express demonstration of the alliances commitment to taking on a greater share of defense spending in light of the Trump administrations concerns.

Wednesdays helicopter attack on the Supreme Court building in Venezuela has raised concerns that Venezuela may descend into civil war. Anti-government protests erupted in March following a Supreme Court ruling that weakened the opposition-dominated National Assembly. President Nicolas Maduro has called for a July 30 referendum on whether to create a new Constituent Assembly to replace the National Assembly and rewrite the Venezuelan constitution. The opposition criticized the proposed vote as a ploy to delay the presidential elections scheduled for October 2018 and announced its intention to boycott the vote.

North Korea issued a statement calling for the assassination of former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and former director of the National Intelligence Service Lee Byung-ho nearly two months after accusing the pair of colluding with the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Relations between the North and South have strained in recent months after the Norths successive ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Recent attacks on a district in northern Afghanistan by Islamic State fighters and former Taliban groups now aligned with the Islamic State suggest the group has expanded into a new geographical front, The New York Times reports. Fighters assaulted the Darzab district in the remote Jowzjan province and displaced the Taliban from its position of control. The Afghan government has deployed troops to the area to avoid losing control of the territory to the Islamic State.

The Senate Intelligence Committee seeks to complete its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election by years end and to conclude witness interviews of approximately 90 congressmen before the August recess. Chairman Richard Burr made the announcement yesterday shortly after the committee concluded a hearing on Russian interference in European elections. The committees accelerated timeline contrasts with the approach taken by the House Intelligence Committee, which has not put forth a target end date for its investigation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived today in Hong Kong in advance of the twentieth anniversary of the territorys return to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. Xi is expected to reaffirm Chinas commitment to the one country, two systems framework that has provided for the citys relative autonomy from Beijing following its handover from the British. His visit comes at a time of growing popular support for greater independence from the mainland.

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Daniel Byman posted part II of his analysis of Al Qaedas record, outlining the factors contributing to the groups decline.

Lawfare editors announced the July 12 Hoover Book Soiree, featuring Jack Goldsmith in conversation with Graham Allison on Allisons new book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydidess Trap?

Matthew Kahn posted a statement released by Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins in connection with military commissions hearings occurring this week in the case of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.

Trey Herr analyzed the latest ransomware attacks and evaluated possible policy responses to limit future malware attacks.

Bruce Reidel considered whether Saudi King Salman will abdicate the throne and hand power to heir apparent Muhammad bin Salman.

Benjamin Wittes and Jonathan Rauch highlighted their recently coauthored Brookings report that featured a section on the intelligence oversight system. The full report, More Professionalism, Less Populism: How Voting Makes Us Stupid and What to Do About It, is available here. An interview with the authors on the Brookings podcast, Intersections, can be found here.

Ron Cheng advocated the use of financial sanctions and penalties as a regulatory method for combatting cybercrime.

Nicholas Weaver deconstructed the recent NotPetya ransomware and considered possible perpetrators and motives behind the attack.

Matthew and Alex Potcovaru flagged the Senate Intelligence Committees hearing yesterday on Russian meddling in European elections.

Matthew summarized materials contained in disclosure forms filed retroactively on Tuesday by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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WASHINGTON — Kremlin leaders believe the United States wants regime change in Russia, a worry that is feeding rising tensions between the two former Cold War foes, a U.S. defense intelligence report says.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report, which was released on June 28, says Moscow has a “deep and abiding distrust of U.S. efforts to promote democracy around the world and what it perceives as a U.S. campaign to impose a single set of global values.”

Despite Russia’s largely successful military modernization since the Cold War, the report says “Moscow worries that U.S. attempts to dictate a set of acceptable international norms threatens the foundations of Kremlin power by giving license for foreign meddling in Russia’s internal affairs.”

“The Kremlin is convinced the United States is laying the groundwork for regime change in Russia, a conviction further reinforced by the events in Ukraine,” the report says, noting that President Vladimir Putin’s government has accused the United States of engineering the popular uprising that ousted Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president, Viktor Yanukovich, in February 2014.

Russia responded by illegally annexing Ukraine’s Crimea region in March 2014 and by supporting a separatist war in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000 people since it began in April that year. Moscow’s actions in Ukraine led to rapidly deteriorating relations with the United States and its NATO allies, which imposed sanctions on Russia in retaliation.

While the report does not forecast a new, global ideological struggle akin to the Cold War, it cautions that Moscow “intends to use its military to promote stability on its own terms.”

The 116-page intelligence document, titled Russia Military Power: Building A Military To Support Great Power Aspirations, offers a comprehensive assessment of Russian military power, saying the Kremlin has methodically and successfully rebuilt Russia’s army, navy, and air force since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“The Russian military today is on the rise — not as the same Soviet force that faced the West in the Cold War, dependent on large units with heavy equipment,” the report says. It describes Russia’s new military “as a smaller, more mobile, balanced force rapidly becoming capable of conducting the full range of modern warfare.”

Speaking on June 28 at a graduation ceremony for military and police academy graduates in Moscow, Putin said that the Russian Army has become “significantly stronger” in recent years.

“Officers have become more professional. This was proven in the operations against terrorists in Syria,” he said. “We are intending to be growing further the potential of our army and fleet, provide balanced and effective ground for development of all kinds of military units based on long-term plans and programs, improve the quality and intensity of military education.

“Only modern, powerful, and mobile armed forces can provide sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and protect us and our allies from any potential aggressor, from pressure and blackmailing from the side of those who don’t like a strong, independent, and sovereign Russia,” Putin said.

The DIA report portrays Russia’s intervention in Syria since 2015 as largely successful at “changing the entire dynamic of the conflict, bolstering [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s] regime, and ensuring that no resolution to the conflict is possible without Moscow’s agreement.”

Besides boosting Assad’s fortunes in his six-year civil war against Syrian rebels, the report says the Syria intervention was intended to eliminate Islamic extremist elements that originated on the former Soviet Union’s territory to prevent them from returning home and threatening Russia.

As Russia continues to modernize and encounter military success, “within the next decade, an even more confident and capable Russia could emerge,” the intelligence agency’s director, Marine Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, said in the report’s preface.

The report was prepared before the election of President Donald Trump and reflects the Pentagon’s view of the global security picture shifting after nearly two decades of heavy American focus on countering terrorism and fighting small-scale wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With its focus on the modernized Russian army and Russian insecurities about U.S. intentions, the report is sure to fuel debate over how to deal with Putin in Congress.

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SYRIA

They took the warning seriously. The White Houses warning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his forces would face consequences for launching a chemical weapons attack seems to have worked for now, Defense Secretary James Mattis claimed yesterday, Julian E. Barnes reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A U.S. warning not to carry out further chemical weapons attacks was “devoid of any truth and not based on any facts” and was in fact a ploy to justify further direct attacks by the U.S., a Syrian Foreign Ministry source said today, according to Syrian state media. Reuters reports.

Moscow would respond to a U.S. provocation in Syria proportionally and with dignity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday, warning the U.S. against launching a pre-emptive strike and casting doubt on the White Houses accusations that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in April, Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.

The counter-Islamic State strategy currently being finalized by the Pentagon looks very similar to Obamas approach, according to senior defense officials, the aim being defeating the militants, staying out of the Syrian Civil War and avoiding a confrontation with Iran, Karen De Young writes at the Washington Post.

Israels military targeted a Syrian military post after it fired a mortar that landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights during a visit to the region by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, the AP reports.

U.S. journalist and former marine Austin Tice who is held hostage in Syria is believed to be alive, his parents said in an interview, having received information from the U.S. government, Maya Salam reports at the New York Times.

The chances for confrontation between the U.S. and Iran via their proxies in Syria and elsewhere could jeopardize the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (J.C.P.O.A.), the deal which puts verifiable curbs on Irans nuclear program for over a decade, and more, the director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council Barbara Slavin writes at Just Security.

The U.S. military is silent on civilian deaths in Syria, keeping reporters in the dark and making it difficult to hold the military to account, Roy Gutman writes at The Daily Beast.

Islamic States ideology shows no signs of disappearing despite the fact that it is on the brink of military defeat, with regional issues and societal instability providing the conditions for the ideology to persist and the opportunity for the Islamic State to re-establish itself, Farah Najjar writes at Al Jazeera.

IRAQ

Their fictitious state has fallen. Iraqi forces have retaken the landmark Grand al-Nuri mosque in the battle to recapture Mosul today, the Iraqi military said, an Iraqi military spokesperson telling Iraqi state T.V. that the insurgents caliphate was over. Reuters reports.

Iraqi forces are fighting block by block in Mosul and Iraqi commanders hope that the offensive will be completed in the next few days, Maya Alleruzzo reports at the AP.

The Islamic State is facing its end game in Mosul and there is irreversible momentum and progress, U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said yesterday, the BBC reporting.

As the battle for Mosul reaches its final days the sectarian divisions still pose a problem for the besieged city, Salma Abdelaziz and Nick Paton Walsh report at CNN.

The Trump administration needs a wider strategy in the Middle East after the Islamic State has been defeated, reducing military support for the Iraqi government, understanding Turkeys fears about the creation of a greater Kurdistan, pressuring countries to step up the fight against Islamic State, and pushing back against Russia and Irans gains. John Bolton writes at the Wall Street Journal.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 27 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on June 27. Separately, partner forces conducted five strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

The KOREAN PENINSULA

North Korea will continue to build up its nuclear arsenal despite U.N. sanctions, international pressure or military intervention, North Koreas ambassador to the U.N. Kim In Ryong told the Security Council yesterday. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will discuss the problem of North Korea when they meet for the first time at the White House today, a White House official insisting that the U.S. and South Korea share precisely the same goal the complete dismantlement of North Koreas nuclear and missile programs in a call with reporters ahead of the meeting. Jonathan Easley reports at the Hill.

Revised military options for North Korea including a military response will be presented to President Trump if Kim Jong-uns regime conducts an underground nuclear or ballistic missile test that suggests it has made major progress toward developing a weapon capable of reaching America, two U.S. military officials told CNNs Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen.

Standing orders for the execution of South Koreas currently imprisoned former president Park Geun-hye and the director of her National Intelligence Service Lee Byung-ho were issued by North Korea yesterday, which said that the orders could be carried out anytime, anywhere and by any means, amounting to an assassination decree, reports Choe Sang-Hun at the New York Times.

RUSSIA

National Security Council staff have been tasked with coming up with deliverables ahead of President Trumps planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, former officials told Julian Borger at the Guardian.

Russia is preparing unspecified retaliatory measures in response to former president Barack Obamas decision to seize two Russian diplomatic compounds in December, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

A Senate sanctions bill targeting Russia and Iran hit a new hitch yesterday after the G.O.P. failed to commit to new and significant changes to the bill in the House proposed by Democrats, Elana Schor explains at POLITICO.

The Senate is being called on to re-send the Russian sanctions bill, which ran into an unexpected roadblock in the House, before the July 4 recess this week by the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed. Royce (R-Calif.) after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that a vote on the G.O.P.s legislation to partially repeal and replace the healthcare law would be postponed until after the recess, the Hills Cristina Marcos reports.

Britains new aircraft carrier the H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth presents a large convenient target, the Russian military said today, warning Britain that it would be wise to keep its distance from Russias warships. Andrew Osborn and Dmitry Solovyov report at Reuters.

What threat does Russia pose and to whom? Jonathan Marcus explores the issues at the BBC following news that Russia will deploy troops in response to N.A.T.O.s deployment of troops eastwards. 

AFGHANISTAN

N.A.T.O. agreed to send more troops to Afghanistan in response to a request from N.A.T.O. commanders to send around 3,000 additional troops, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg saying that 15 nations had already promised additional contributions and that more were expected later in the day ahead of a N.A.T.O. defense ministers meeting in Brussels today, Lorne Cook reports at the AP.

Two Taliban groups that recently switched allegiance to the Islamic State have taken over the Darzab district in northern Afghanistan, a new front for the Islamic State, which is opposed to the Taliban as well as the Afghan government, Jawad Sukhanyar and Rod Nordland report at the New York Times.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

President Trump accepted French President Emmanuel Macrons invitation to attend the Bastille Day military parade on July 14 yesterday, in which American soldiers will take part, France 24 reports.

Macron wants to work with Trump on counter-terrorism and said France would be perfectly aligned with the U.S. on responding to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, he said in his first interview since becoming president last week, Angelique Chrisafis examining the two leaders interactions so far at the Guardian.

A plan to merge all or parts of the U.S. Agency for International Development into the State Department and close 40 percent of U.S.A.I.D. missions abroad has been set in motion by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Andrew Natsios at the Washington Post explaining why thats a bad idea.

Just 5 months into our time here, weve cut over half a billion from the U.N. peacekeeping budget and were only getting started. U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley tweeted a bemusing message last night, the Hills Jacqueline Thomsen reports.

For me, its been helpful. Keeping foreign governments guessing about President Trumps next foreign policy move is a good thing, U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley told Congress yesterday, saying that it served as a powerful negotiating lever helping to secure cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars in peacekeeping costs. Colum Lynch writes at Foreign Policy.

The head of presidential personnel office Johnny DeStefano was attacked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week for dismissing his appointments to senior State Department positions and questioning his judgment, Tillerson complaining that President Trump promised him space to make the decisions and hires he considered best, a senior White House aide told POLITICOs Josh Dawsey, Eliana Johnson and Alex Isenstadt.

The MUSLIM BAN

President Trumps revised travel ban targeting travelers from six Muslim-majority countries will go into effect today, likely in the evening, a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson telling NBC News last night that detailed guidance will be provided to D.H.S. professionals.

State Department guidelines outlining new criteria for visa applicants from the countries affected by the ban compiled following Mondays Supreme Court decision partially reinstating the ban state that new applicants must prove a relationship to a close relative already resident in the U.S. to be eligible for a visa, close relative defined as a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son or daughter-in-law or sibling excluding categories that were laid out in the Supreme Court opinion Al Jazeera reports.

Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in law, fiances or other extended family members are not included in the definition of close family relationships in the new guidelines sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates late last night, the APreports.

The new rules are unlikely to impact immediately at airports in the U.S. or elsewhere, instead being most apparent in the decision-making by embassy and other government officials around the world as to who is granted a visa under the travel ban, Laura Meckler and Brent Kendall explain at the Wall Street Journal.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

A plan to file a complaint against fired F.B.I. director James Comey with the Justice Department centering on his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he admitted to arranging for his memos recording his conversations with President Trump to be passed to the media is being postponed by Trumps personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, the Hills Jordan Fabian reports.

Election officials in 21 states were asked to make public information about Russian attempts to hack their election systems during last years presidential election by the Senate Intelligence Committee in a letter sent last week, the Hills Katie Bo Williams reports.

Former chief of staff to special counsel Robert Mueller Daniel Levin was approached by President Trumps lawyers to join his personal legal team to deal with the growing probe into possible collusion with Russia, as someone familiar with Mueller and his approach to investigations, reports Josh Dawsey at POLITICO.

Theres a convincing argument that the U.S. Republican Party is already similar to Putin-supported parties in Europe given its increasingly favorable views of Moscow and the House G.O.P. leaderships disinterest in investigating possible Russian interference in last years presidential election, yet it is ultimately up to Republican leaders to stop future Russian attacks on American democracy because they control both the executive and legislative branches, leaving them with a choice: liberty in an independent America or to serve a distant, self-serving master, writes former C.I.A. operations officer and independent candidate in last years presidential election Evan McMullin at the Washington Post.

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY

Airlines worldwide are being requested to increase security measures for flights headed for the U.S.or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes by the Homeland Security Department, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced yesterday, France 24. reporting.

Passengers on U.S.-bound planes will be subjected to more extensive screening measures from this summer under enhanced procedures that will affect 105 countries, 180 airlines and an average of 2,000 daily flights implemented in lieu of imposing a laptop ban, the Hills Melanie Zanona reports.

A provision that would block the use of products from Russian-based global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab over concerns that it might be vulnerable to Russian government influence is included in the Senates draft of the Department of Defenses budget rules, Reuters Dustin Volz tweetedyesterday.

The National Security Agency was requested to release everything it knows about the huge ransomware attack that spread globally this week by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) in a letter to the agencys director, in which Lieu also urged the deployment of a kill switch to shut down the ransomware, if one exists. Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.

Paralysis may have been the motive behind Tuesdays ransomware attack which began in Kiev, Ukraine and spread around Europe and beyond, a far more sinister motive than blackmail, cybersecurity experts said yesterday, with many Ukrainians suspecting that Russia was behind the attack. Andrew E. Kramer writes at the New York Times.

There is growing concern that U.S. intelligence agencies have rushed to create cyberweapons that they cannot keep safe or disable once they fall into the wrong hands after National Security Agency cyberweapons were used in two attacks against two very different U.S. partners in the past month, the N.S.A. itself keeping quiet while the White House has deflected many questions and insisted that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the originators of the weapons they used. Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger write at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The House Armed Services Committee easily passed its $696.5 billion defense policy last night,which now moves to the full House for a vote after the July 4 recess, the Hills Rebecca Kheel explaining that the bill would require the Pentagon to craft a comprehensive strategy on Russia, among various other provisions.

The U.S. and Australia began their biggest ever joint military exercises today, a show of force aimed at allies and potential foes, including China, alike, reports Colin Packham at Reuters.

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian who opened fire on them today in the West Bank, according to Israels military, the AP reports.

The bodies of 17 mutilated civilians were recovered in the Philippine city of Marawi yesterday, according to the Philippine military, bringing the death toll in more than a month of fighting with Islamic State-inspired militants to 44 civilians, 71 soldiers and police officers and 299 militants. Felipe Villamour reports at the New York Times.

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Palmer Report: Exasperated Rex Tillerson loses it while at White House, begins yelling at Donald Trumps staff

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No one outside of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin knows why Trump chose ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. That seems to include Tillerson, who has no idea why he was picked for the job, and has clearly never wanted it, and seems to only be there as a figurehead while Trump dismantles the State Department at Putin’s request. It’s all left Tillerson exasperated to the point that he’s finally exploded.

While at the White House, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lost control of himself and began yelling at a top Donald Trump staffer while in front of other Trump staffers, according to a Politico report (link). As it turns out Tillerson’s frustrations with Trump are largely the same as those who oppose Trump: the State Department isn’t being staffed, the United States government no longer has a diplomatic arm, and Tillerson has no role beyond holding the title.

Trump had lured Rex Tillerson into the job by telling him that he could hire anyone he wanted for the State Department. But Trump and his White House have gone on to block the appointment of any Democrats at all, or Republicans who have ever criticized Trump. Because nearly every self respecting person in government has a low opinion of the unstable Donald Trump, it means that basically none of Tillerson’s hires are being approved.

Rex Tillerson seems to be in the process of finally figuring out what outsiders surmised from the start: the Putin-controlled Trump White House doesn’t want there to a State Department, because the Russian government doesn’t want the United States to have any diplomatic influence anywhere in the world. Even though Tillerson has a longtime close business relationship with Putin, he must not have known that he was supposed to take the job and do nothing while Trump destroyed the State Department. It’s enough to make one wonder when the exasperated Tillerson will end up resigning. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report

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He brushed past suggestions that Trump should try to calm jittery allies worried about Russia.

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White House refuses to push back on aggressive Kremlin spying

How the Obama administration mishandled clandestine Russian interference in last years election has become the talk of the town and social media thanks to a new, detailed report by the Washington Post. That piece portrays a White House in disarray through 2016, unable to decide what to do about Kremlin meddling, despite high-grade intelligence confirming that Vladimir Putin had ordered his spy services to create electoral mayhem in America.

Of course, I told you that months ago, and Barack Obamas reputation for diffidence and indecision particularly regarding Russia, which was by no means confined to 2016 will mar his administrations legacy, deservedly so. Obamas fateful lack of pushback against the Kremlin will hang over last years election as the preeminent what-if for future historians to unravel.

Nevertheless, President Obamas mistakes on Russia are now confined to the past, while his successor keeps making them in real time. Donald Trumps recent tweets have only added to the mystery of his relationship with Moscow, which is the subject of no less than four major Washington investigations: by the FBI, by both houses of Congress, and by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

After months of protesting that the issue of Russian interference in last years election was wholly fake, conjured by liberals and journalists, the president at last conceded (or at least strongly seemed to) that Moscow had, in fact, done something nefarious in 2016. Trump subsequently opined that the real collusion with the Kremlin had been done by Obama without adding any details and that the current White House resident is therefore owed an apology by the media!

Its difficult to know what to make of all this. All that can be stated for certain at present is that widely reported efforts by the presidents lawyers to get their client to stop sending inflammatory tweets which might be used against Trump by investigators and prosecutors have wholly failed.

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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The ongoing ransomware attack across Europe, the United States, and Asia has raised concerns over the growing frequency of large-scale cyberattacksThe New York Times writes. The NotPetya attack is the second worldwide ransomware hacking since May, when the WannaCry virus disrupted the United Kingdoms National Health Service. The Times runs through what we know and dont yet know about the malware.

The Journal reports on Secretary of Defense James Mattiss comments that the lack of a chemical weapons attack showed that the Trump administrations warning to the Assad regime in Syria worked. Late on Monday, the U.S. threatened to use force against Syria in the case of another chemical attack after the Pentagon saw indications that an attempt may have been looming. Politico describesthe process behind the drafting and release of the administrations abrupt warning: while Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster were all involved, the statement left numerous top officials across the State and Defense Departments blindsided.

The White House may shift the State Departments bureaus of Consular Affairs and Population, Refugees, and Migration to the Department of Homeland Security, CNN tells us. A White House official indicated that the proposal resulted from a brainstorming session dedicated to improving efficiencies across government, and is not yet a formal plan.

The Trump administration is considering taking a harsher stance on its relations with Pakistan in an effort to cut back Pakistani support for militant groups that have used the country as a base from which to conduct attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, Reuters reports. Options on the table include increased drone strikes, withholding of aid, and weakening Pakistans status as a U.S. ally. In a separate report released Tuesday, the Pentagon indicated that Pakistan was the most significant external factor affecting Afghan stability through governmental support of the Taliban and Haqqani Network. The Pakistani embassy in the United States warned the U.S. against using it as a scapegoat to explain challenges in Afghanistan.

Yesterday, the Qatari Foreign Minister met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a closed-door meeting in Foggy Bottom, the Post reports. The two discussed the ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, which has shown no signs of resolution following Qatars rejection of the list of demands presented to it by the Gulf Cooperation Council States that recently cut their ties with Qatar. The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister told the press yesterday that the demands were non-negotiable and were a prerequisite to re-engagement with Qatar. Later in the day, Tillerson also met with the Kuwaiti Minister of State, whose government has attempted to mediate the weeks-long dispute.

Oil companies have expressed concern over the Senates new package of Russian sanctions, which would prevent American participation in any oil production projects in which a Russian firm is involved anywhere in the globe, the Washington Post reports. But Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), who is shepherding the bill through the approval process, has said the issues can be easily addressed. The bill has stalled in the House over procedural concerns, and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) has called on the Senate to complete a fix prior to the July 4th recess.

Donald Trumps former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been under scrutiny amidst the various probes into Russian election interference, registered retroactively as an agent of a foreign government yesterday, reports The Wall Street Journal. The disclosure to the Justice Departments Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) unit marked an acknowledgement that a portion of Manaforts lobbying work on behalf of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych aimed to influence U.S. government officials and journalists. Manaforts spokesman said Manafort began working with the FARA unit to navigate the registration process in September of 2016, prior to the election results and the investigation into Russian election interference.

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled that a Canadian court can grant an injunction anywhere in the world, if such a move is required to secure the injunctions effectiveness, The Guardian reports. In the case, the Court forced Google to remove links to one companys content from all versions of its search engine across the globenot only the Canadian versionfollowing an intellectual property dispute with a competitor. Critics fear that the decision could lead to corporations and governments increasing censorship requests that then eliminate permissible content from the entire internet, no matter the location.

The trial of accused NSA leaker Reality Winner has been set for October, according to The Hill. Winner is charged with providing a top-secret NSA report on a 2016 Russian cyberattack on a voting software company to the news outlet The Intercept.

President Trump accepted French President Emmanuel Macrons invitation to meet in Paris on July 14th in celebration of Bastille Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into World War I, CNN reports. The two are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including coordination on counterterrorism efforts.

A helicopter attacked Venezuelas Supreme Court yesterday, CNN reports. Prior to the attack, an ex-policeman posted a video online announcing that his group planned to launch an air and land assault to restore democracy to Venezuela. From the helicopter, attackers threw grenades and shot at the building, though no one was injured. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro activated the government security forces in response. The nation has been in the depths of a political and economic crisis which has seen many calls for a change in leadership. Some have claimed that the entire incident may have been staged by the government to generate legitimacy for a harsher crackdown on dissent.

 

 ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Charlie Savage described the changes in the new, paperback edition of his book Power Wars, which provides a history of national-security legal policymaking in the Obama era.

Paul Rosenzweig asked if the cyberattack in Ukraine yesterday was a precursor to war, but updated the post after news broke that the cause was an outbreak of the Petya ransomware.

Shane R. Reeves examined previous attempts at creating safe zones in Syria and argued that without serious commitment, newly proposed zones will be just as ineffective or dangerous.

J. Dana Stuster posted the Middle East Ticker, covering the recent Saudi succession shakeup, the Gulf States demands to Qatar, and U.S. policy in Eastern Syria.

William I. Hitchcock reviewed Melissa Feinbergs Curtain of Lies: The Battle over Truth in Stalinist Eastern Europe (Oxford Univ. Press, 2017).

Matthew Kahn posted the video of yesterdays Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Section 702 reauthorization.

Andrew Kent examined the Supreme Courts decision in Hernandez v. Mesa.

Jack Goldsmith announced the supplement to the new edition of Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials (6th Ed. 2017), the casebook he co-authored with Curtis Bradley.

Daniel Byman analyzed whether Al Qaeda is in decline.

Josh Blackman looked at the scope of the Supreme Courts decision in IRAP v. Trump.

Benjamin Wittes posted a copy of his FOIA request for internal FBI communications surrounding the firing of James Comey.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russian Interference in European Elections

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The Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing on Russian interference in European elections.

 

Panel

  • Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Testimony)
  • Janis Sarts, Director, NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence (Testimony)
  • Ambassador Vesko Garcevic, Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations, Boston University (Testimony)
  • Constanze Stelzenueller, Bosch Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution (Testimony)
5 Democratic Reps: The U.S. Can Turn Putinism Into an Opportunity

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Our country faces a new crisis, one which endangers the underpinnings of representative democracy and freedom worldwide. The threat emanates from Putinism, a philosophy of dictatorship fused with kleptocratic economics. It views popular participation in government, a free and open capitalist economic system, and transparency in governance as ideological challenges that must be extinguished in order to “make the world safe for autocracy.” Its proponents have been acting aggressively against the United States and others to achieve this objective, and those actions pose a clear and growing threat to our way of life.

We desperately need a forceful and coherent strategy — combined with willpower and perseverance — to overcome this assault on our system of government and adapt to the changing global security environment. Given how increasingly interconnected the world is, it has never been more important to shore up our country’s existing alliances and attempt to expand them in response. We will not be able to turn back this tide of autocratic ideology on our own. We will need partners and new institutions capable of rising to the task.

This is our attempt to lay the groundwork for an updated U.S. national security and foreign policy strategy that can meet the needs of this dire moment.

Our country was established on the principles of representative democracy, individual freedom and promotion of the common good. In the post-World War II era, we upheld, strengthened and promoted those values throughout the world by establishing a system of alliances, partnerships and international organizations that prevented the recurrence of conditions which led to two catastrophic global wars. Despite shortcomings, this system has rendered a 75-year period of stability and growth, in which more people became more free and more prosperous than at any other time in human history. By providing societies with a framework for a better future and enabling widely shared prosperity, these values continue to be the best hope for the future of the United States and the world. But the system upholding those values must adapt.

Following the post–Cold War peace, time and transformative events have worn on the international system that we and our allies built to uphold our values. We face new threats and new questions about how to protect global stability in a changing world. A new authoritarian ideology has taken root, akin to fascism and autocracy in its assemblage of plutocrats, kleptocrats, right-wing nationalists, professional opportunists, state police and other clandestine services at the focal point of state power and international influence.

This plutocratic-kleptocratic authoritarian system seeks to bore into, and disassemble, democratic institutions from the inside out. It is powered by corruption and networks of illegitimate influence and clandestine personal enrichment, and it seeks to subvert the integrity of democratic institutions and their ability to perform public functions. Like many authoritarian ideologies, it acts to crush individual rights, weaken and corrode the structures supporting public and private transparency and accountability, and jettison the idea that state officials must, on behalf of the res publica, maintain a distinction between the public good and the private interests of national leaders. This militancy against democracy and individual freedom also makes it easier for similar ideologies to thrive, from the nihilistic cult of subjugation that ISIS propounds, to the totalitarianism of North Korea, to the more circumspect plutocratic governments of China and Iran.

Putinism is especially threatening because of its expansionist nature. The Russian state has overtly annexed Crimea and parts of the Republic of Georgia, the first such events since the end of World War II. What’s more, the ideology of Putinism is being systematically exported, most notably by the Russian state security services, which constantly probe and exploit discontented facets of democratic polities worldwide in order to diminish their standing and thereby render the world safe for autocracy. Although many of these efforts date back further, the financial crash of 2008 strained representative governments, creating widespread opportunities for Putinism to seep into the cracks in the democratic consensus opened by the Great Recession. As the head of the Russian military’s General Staff, a major theorist of this approach, put it, “Indirect and asymmetric actions… allow you to deprive the opposing side of de facto sovereignty without seizing any territory.” With Moscow’s influential intervention in the 2016 U.S. election and in other elections worldwide, it has become clear that if allowed to continue unchecked, this effort has the power to degrade representative democracy and fracture institutions such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the community that has become the European Union (E.U.), which have kept us free and secure for more than half a century.

Because this Putinist onslaught has demonstrated a capacity to erode our institutions and those of other democratic countries, it deserves a prominent place in our thinking about global security. We are sleepwalking if we do not recognize this danger, or if we purposely avoid it and turn to other matters. We must recognize that we find ourselves in a serious contest between our values of representative democracy, individual freedom, transparency, accountability and promotion of the common good, and the Putinist values of oppression, nihilism and kleptocracy. We must not ignore the Putinist challenge, lest we lose the game entirely.

The good news is that this will happen only if we let it happen. There is still time for us to adapt so that we can fight back, and, in the process, renew our commitment to our values and reshape the global order so that it can squarely address the needs of the 21st century.

We must respond by developing methods that strengthen support for the values of our countries and by updating our institutions so that the spread of Putinism is contained. Our societies and institutions must be strong, united and vital enough to present a superior and enduring alternative to autocratic movements. We must continue to prove the value of our system of government and economic organization, and encourage it to flourish wherever people see its appeal. We must be able and willing to defend our values with overpowering military force. And we must accomplish these tasks at the same time as we continue to act resolutely and unrelentingly to ensure the security of the United States and our allies from terrorists, ballistic missiles and many other dangers that threaten us.

Happily, while the threat we have described poses a fundamental danger to our values, it is not insurmountable. The strengths of Putinism, when confronted appropriately, can be countered. Battered as it may seem from recent shocks and trials, our system of government and economic organization will endure. It will endure because it is both morally superior to the dark vision offered by Putinism and more effective than any other system in providing individual freedom, widely shared prosperity and hope for a better future. So, while we must proactively confront Putinism, renew our societies’ commitment to our values and refresh our institutions, in the long run — as it was in the Cold War — it will be confidence and patience that allow us to succeed.

So how do we combat this challenge?

First, we must be clear that our values are the bedrock of our policy. Our actions must always be guided by our belief in representative democracy, individual freedom, transparency, accountability and promotion of the common good.

That does not mean we cannot be pragmatic and work with partners and allies who do not share all of our values, nor does it mean that we should try to impose our values by force. The world is a complicated place, and compromises are essential to any effort to engage effectively with global politics. We must clearly express our principles, but we must also openly acknowledge when we decide to make pragmatic compromises to achieve essential national security objectives.

Second, it is absolutely crucial that we accomplish our goals by relying on alliances and partnerships and ensuring that our institutions will help sustain freedom and democracy in the 21st century. These institutions have, for the most part, served us very well. But as the world continues to change with the rise of new global powers, and shocks such as the Great Recession create new sources of discontent and contestation, we must recognize that the global order has fundamentally changed and no longer resembles the post–World War II power structure of the 1950s and ‘60s.

While the United States is far stronger today in absolute terms, it no longer possesses the overwhelming preponderance of relative economic and military power that allowed us to impose our foreign policy aims effectively on the world. We are, in many ways, a victim of our own success. The rest of the world is catching up, thanks to the order we put in place in the past century. We must recognize that we now contend with an array of powerful actors, possessing new interests and forming new alignments. It is unrealistic, and unnecessary, for us to continue to act as if we can accomplish our goals alone. Rather than deny a multi-polar world exists, we must embrace it and use it to our advantage.

For that reason, it must be a priority to build, strengthen and act via partnerships and alliances. We have an enormous new opportunity to build international solidarity regarding the maintenance of global stability and to strengthen international support for democratic values. We will have to be steadfast in our commitment to our existing — albeit updated — alliances and partnerships, using them as an essential tool through which we must work to achieve our security goals. We must also look for opportunities to rapidly adapt existing global institutions to this global shift and seek to construct new arrangements designed to help us strengthen democracy and withstand the challenge of Putinism.

While reinforcing NATO and the E.U., for example, we must now take stock of the threats that Putinist influence campaigns pose to those communities and integrate methods of resistance into their collective toolbox. The NATO alliance can be renovated to help its members track and expose Russian influence networks. Strengthening institutions, elevating transparency and prioritizing anti-corruption could become priority measures for the E.U. New agreements between NATO and the E.U. on issues such as cyber warfare could be established to combat Russian influence.

Meanwhile, we should build new partnerships and alliances that can help us meet our objectives in this new era. Crucially, many of these institutions will not look precisely like the institutions that got us through the Cold War because, as analysts of Putinism emphasize, “corruption is the lubricant on which this [Putinist] system operates” and “[u]ltimately it is because of the lack of rigorous oversight and transparency of democratic institutions that they are readily available for exploitation.” Our efforts must be designed to cope with that reality.

As we survey the conditions worldwide, it may be time to consider establishing new alliances — regional and global — to promote the vibrancy of representative democracy, resist cyber and propaganda methods of undermining democratic values, fight corruption, elevate the need for transparency, strengthen free economies, and share knowledge about ways to combat the new dangers afflicting our societies.

Third, as we stare down the ideological threat of Putinism, we must ensure the safety and security of the American people and those of our allies and partners. That is an enormous challenge in itself, encompassing our continued fight against terrorist groups and their ideologies, our efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and our deterrence of North Korea and other actors who may wish to do us harm. We must be relentless and strategic in our efforts with partners to destroy terrorist groups, eliminate their leaders, dismantle their networks and drain them of their popular appeal. And we must make it absolutely clear that those who dare attack us or our allies do so at great peril.

As we confront the spread of Putinism, we need to invest in global security, ensuring that our NATO allies and other partners are able and ready to defend against conventional Russian military aggression. That will require a comprehensive strategy to deter Russia militarily, including more forward positioning of conventional military assets, deeper strategic relationships and more training side-by-side with our European partners, as well as systematic planning to counter Russia’s military cyber, propaganda and hybrid warfare advances. We must be smart about this response, so that our investments strengthen our national security position to deter Russia while continuing to uphold our interest in nuclear stability and bolstering the institutions that undergird global security. For example, it would only weaken our position if we were to withdraw from our global commitments and engage in a fruitless nuclear arms race as a response to Russian provocation.

Fourth, diplomacy and development are a crucial part of this equation. Just as we cannot function without partners, we cannot rely on military force while neglecting diplomacy and development. It is essential to recognize that Putinism will not be overcome by military force alone, and we must design our response accordingly to involve the whole of government. Economic development and the strengthening of civil society will be crucial in this fight, and we will also need to consider ways that our diplomatic and developmental efforts can be designed to counter Putinist tactics.

Through the work of the State Department and other federal agencies, we need to develop new mechanisms to strengthen freedom of the press, disseminate accurate information quickly and support effective ways to combat Putinist propaganda. We must educate the global public about the danger of Russian influence campaigns and how to respond to them, as well as support institution-building and anti-corruption efforts now that they are urgent security issues. Efforts to get money out of politics, secure electoral systems and police opaque financial flows will be important. In addition to supporting robust State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development budgets for governance and democracy, initiatives such as potentially expanding the number of countries in the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s candidate country pool — which by its mandate invests in poverty reduction for those countries that score sufficiently high enough on indicators like rule of law and anti-corruption — may assist these efforts.

Fifth, if we wish to prevent Putinism from succeeding in its efforts to portray representative democracy as a failed governmental system and to prey upon social discontents, one of the first orders of business is to ensure our countries have healthy economies that support broad-based opportunities. Statist crony capitalism is an inherently weak economic model, but if we do not keep the social compact strong and deliver equitable growth in our own countries, as analysts of Putinism note, it offers an opening for Putinism to achieve its goal of “strengthening the perception of the dysfunction of the Western democratic and economic system” and “weaken[ing] the European Union and the West’s desirability, credibility, and moral authority.”

Indeed, the imperative to prove that American society had to deliver on its promises played a major role in our Cold War–era strategy to contain and outlast the Soviet Union. As George Kennan, the architect of that containment strategy, explained, the competition with the Soviets was “a question of the degree to which the United States can create among the peoples of the world generally the impression of a country which knows what it wants, which is coping successfully with the problem of its internal life and with the responsibilities of a World Power, and which has a spiritual vitality capable of holding its own among major ideological currents of the time.” The ultimate lesson, he wrote, was that “[t]o avoid destruction the United States need only measure up to its own best traditions.” Making government and society work for the people is always critical, but in this contest it is even more imperative.

Finally, in addition to economics, we must also recognize that a program to counter Putinism will require new modes of domestic resistance. We must strengthen our societies against Putinist tactics that use the openness of our systems and our commitment to rules and procedural norms against us. “Gray zone” Putinist tactics, by operating below the threshold of open conflict and concrete response, strain our conceptual capacity to recognize and mitigate them before it is too late. Because most representative democracies are not habituated to these methods, and because many of these threats are deliberately ambiguous, we have not yet developed robust norms, concepts and institutions that would help us meet this challenge.

In hindsight, it is clear that the threat of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election merited a more robust response than U.S. officials adopted at the time. We must strive to ensure that the new insights we develop about such threats are translated into new ideas and new policies that provide effective responsive capabilities. As we do this, we must welcome the wealth of experience that our allies and partners are also developing as they confront similar threats worldwide.

For example, even though Russian actors funded multiple candidates vying for the 2017 French presidential election and apparently launched a massive hacking effort to hurt President Emmanuel Macron on the eve of the voting period, French voters understood the threat and they were not caught off-guard by the intervention. There is much to be learned by these and similar experiences in highlighting, naming, shaming and inculcating the populace and the press to the gravity of the threat. Potential approaches run the gamut of activity from sanctions to cyber efforts to public education to coordination with private organizations such as Facebook, Twitter and traditional news organizations. Developing and spreading these antibodies will be one of our most pressing tasks as we seek to combat this new danger.

Over the long run, if we can formulate these policy approaches, we stand a good chance of countering the advantages of our Putinist opponents and winning the ideological competition. As we did in the previous century, we can best this new challenge while renewing our values, and build a better world in the process.


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» Defense One – All Content: Writing the Rules of Cyberwar
28/06/17 17:51 from Saved Stories – None
Photos taken from the Norse Attack Map. The map shows in realtime attacks that happen on the Norse honeypots. Defense One – All Content

» NYT > World: Asia and Australia Edition: Ransomware, Toshiba, Xi Jinping: Your Morning Briefing
28/06/17 17:50 from Saved Stories – None
Here’s what you need to know to start your day. NYT > World

» Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia – DefenseNews.com
28/06/17 17:45 from Saved Stories – None
Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia DefenseNews.com Thursday’s report, prepared long before Trump’s election, reflects the Pentagon’s view of the global security picture shifting after nearly two decades of heavy…

» Study: TV News ‘Obsessed’ With Russia Investigation
28/06/17 17:45 from Saved Stories – None
More than half of all evening television news coverage of the Donald Trump presidency has been dedicated to discussion of the Russia investigation since the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller on May 17, according to a new stud…

» Trump Continues to Blast ‘Fake News’ Media, Says New York Times Writes ‘False Story After False Story’
28/06/17 17:44 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump continued to rail against the press from his Twitter account on Wednesday, blasting the  New York Times  for writing “false story after false story” and also criticizing the media’s health care coverage. Trump said…

» The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence
28/06/17 17:44 from Saved Stories – None
The mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency a day after ransomware attack

» Kaspersky Lab says cyberattack involved ExPetr, a new malware
28/06/17 17:43 from Saved Stories – None
PARIS (AP) — Kaspersky Lab says a massive cyberattack that has locked computers across the world involved a new malware. The company said Wednesday that its preliminary findings suggest that it is not a variant of Petya ransomware,…

» The Early Edition: June 28, 2017
28/06/17 17:43 from Saved Stories – None
Zoë Chapman 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 Pentagon stepped up preparations for a possible strike against the S…

» Inside Muhammad Ali’s FBI files – For The Win
28/06/17 17:43 from Saved Stories – None
For The Win Inside Muhammad Ali’s FBI files For The Win These particular FBI files included hundreds of letters sent to Presidents Johnson and Nixon and their respective Justice Departments — some praising Ali and asking for action in hi…

» FBI agent indicted in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff shooting – Statesman Journal
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Statesman Journal FBI agent indicted in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff shooting Statesman Journal PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers…

» Global businesses dig out from latest cyber attack – Reuters
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters Global businesses dig out from latest cyber attack Reuters The Kremlin, which has consistently rejected the accusations, said on Wednesday it had no information about the origin of the global cyber attack , which also struck Russ…

» The Pentagon May Not Get the Budget Boost It Needs
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Sandra Erwin Security, Increased defense spending may be denied by the Senate. The Pentagon’s most powerful allies in Congress have scored a major victory on the House side of the Capitol, securing an agreement to increase military fundi…

» Iran Accuses US Of ‘Brazen’ Plan To Change Its Government
28/06/17 17:42 from Saved Stories – None
Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter.

» Who Was Behind the Cyberattack That Crippled Ukraine? – Newsweek
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
Krebs on Security Who Was Behind the Cyberattack That Crippled Ukraine? Newsweek … low-capability actors can have a profound impact on critical infrastructure like media, finance, energy, and others,” said Beau Woods, deputy director o…

» Ransomware Remixed: The Song Remains the Same
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
Another month, another ransomware epidemic. Broadsheets are screaming panic while companies yell back that All Is Well and Ukraine shows the world what gifs can do for incident response. Twitter is abuzz with the rapid, globalized forens…

» Massive Cyber Attack Leaves Companies Scrambling to Restart Businesses
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
A major cyber attack that caused havoc around the world on Tuesday appears to be under control in Ukraine, where the attack likely originated.

» Suspect arrested after 10 commandments monument demolished day after it was erected
28/06/17 17:41 from Saved Stories – None
Arkansas’ new Ten Commandments monument was smashed to pieces early Wednesday by someone driving a vehicle into it less than 24 hours after the 6-foot granite statue was placed on state Capitol grounds.

» Timeline: Trump’s Acts of Appeasement/Accommodation to Russia
28/06/17 17:40 from Saved Stories – None
Ryan Goodman I recently published a timeline called, “ Russian Provocations and Dangerous Acts since January 20, 2017 ,” Below is a new timeline of publicly reported events of Donald J. Trump’s acts of accommodation toward Ru…

» Cyber attack: Authorities investigate malware virus as global businesses struggle to recover – ABC Online
28/06/17 17:40 from Saved Stories – None
ABC Online Cyber attack: Authorities investigate malware virus as global businesses struggle to recover ABC Online After WannaCry, governments, security firms, and industrial groups advised businesses and consumers to make sure all their…

» FBI interviews employees of Russian software firm raising security concerns in US: Source – ABC News
28/06/17 17:37 from Saved Stories – None
NBCNews.com FBI interviews employees of Russian software firm raising security concerns in US: Source ABC News Pressing ahead with a long-running investigation of a Russian software company whose products are used widely across the Unite…

» NATO Announces Increase in 2017 Defense Spending While U.S. Affirms Commitment to Allies
28/06/17 17:36 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies are planning to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, year. This would be a $12 billion increase over 2016 levels that and will escalate military spending by non-U.S. members countries non-U. S. NATO members …

» GOP senators want surveillance requests from FBI Russia probe – The Hill
28/06/17 17:35 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill GOP senators want surveillance requests from FBI Russia probe The Hill “We are writing to request information regarding FISA-related actions by the FBI and the Justice Department in the course of the investigation of Russia…

» Jim Mattis, Pentagon chief, says White House warnings to Syria stopped chemical attack
28/06/17 17:35 from Saved Stories – None
The Syrian regime has taken the White House’s recent warning over the future use of chemical weapons in the country’s ongoing civil war to heart, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “It appears they have taken the warning seriousl…

» Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia
28/06/17 17:33 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. intelligence report: Kremlin leaders are convinced America is intent on regime change in Russia

» Lavrov: Russia would respond “proportionately” to US attack on Syria
28/06/17 17:33 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 10:10 PM (IDT) Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow would respond to a US “provocation” in Syria “proportionally and with dignity.” He warned the US against launchi…

» Claire McCaskill Used Undisclosed Foundation to Pay for Dinner at Russian Ambassador’s House
28/06/17 17:30 from Saved Stories – None
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) used a personal foundation to pay for a dinner she attended at Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s Washington, D.C., residence. The senator had failed to disclose her role in the foundation until ea…

» Modi-Trump Summit Potential Game Changer To Trilateral Relation Between India- USA-China – Analysis
28/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
Despite India being a piece of jigsaw for the USA to counterbalance China, Chinese media was upbeat on the Modi-Trump summit. Chinese leading media, Global Times, hogged the headline with “China Could benefit from Trump-Modi summit”. It …

» The Latest: Senators ask states to reveal election hacking
28/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says the panel is asking states to reveal whether their election…

» Another Major Publication Retracts Two Anti-Trump Stories
28/06/17 17:29 from Saved Stories – None
Vice Media has retracted two stories claiming that President Donald Trump’s White House was feuding with Disney World management. “Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents” Vice Media’s Motherboar…

» FBI agent indicted on charges of lying about shooting at rancher in Oregon standoff – Los Angeles Times
28/06/17 17:28 from Saved Stories – None
Los Angeles Times FBI agent indicted on charges of lying about shooting at rancher in Oregon standoff Los Angeles Times An FBI agent has been indicted on suspicion of lying about firing two shots at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, one of the lea…

» DHS announces new security protocols for international flights to US
28/06/17 17:13 from Saved Stories – None
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» DHS announces new enhanced security measures for commercial flights into US – CBS News
28/06/17 17:12 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News DHS announces new enhanced security measures for commercial flights into US CBS News “It is time we raise the global baseline of global aviation security . We must put in place new measures across the board to keep the trav…

» Gulf Crisis And Challenges For Pakistan – OpEd
28/06/17 17:12 from Saved Stories – None
The Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have severed its ties with the small, but oil-rich Arab state, Qatar, by accusing the later of supporting Saudi arch rival Iran and proli…

» Tillerson tightens limits on filling State Department jobs
28/06/17 17:11 from Saved Stories – None
Rex Tillerson is clamping down further on hiring as part of his push to overhaul the State Department, in a move likely to exacerbate concerns that a large number of unfilled jobs is diminishing his agency’s role in shaping foreign policy.

» The Latest: US seeks more security on international flights
28/06/17 17:06 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the announcement of new security measures for international flights (all times local): 4 p.m. The Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for inte…

» DHS warns of airplane threats, demands tougher screening at foreign airports
28/06/17 17:06 from Saved Stories – None
Homeland Security officials sounded a major alarm Wednesday about the world’s airlines, revealing a “web of threats” they said prove terrorists remain determined to attack aircraft flying into the U.S. — and announcing a new round …

» Today’s Headlines and Commentary
28/06/17 17:04 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. The ongoing ransomware attack across Europe, the United States, and Asia has raised concerns over the growing frequency of large-scale cyberattacks , The New York …

» U.S. to Unveil Enhanced Airline Security Plan to Avoid Laptop Ban
28/06/17 17:04 from Saved Stories – None
By David Shepardson and Alana Wise WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. Homeland Security officials on Wednesday will unveil enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States but not an immediate expansion of a…

» Thoughts on the NotPetya Ransomware Attack
28/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Worms, malicious computer programs that spread from computer to computer throughout the network—are perhaps the most devastating delivery mechanism for an electronic attack.  Able to spread throughout an entire institution (or even acros…

» Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russian Interference in European Elections
28/06/17 17:02 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices. The Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing on Russian interference in European elections.   Panel Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family P…

» Global Firms Work to Contain Fallout From Cyberattack — 6th Update – Fox Business
28/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
Global Firms Work to Contain Fallout From Cyberattack — 6th Update Fox Business … of its global IT network. A spokesman said the cause was determined to be a virus, which had been isolated, though the company’s systems remain down. Th…

» DHS boosts security steps for all international flights, stops short of global laptop ban – Washington Examiner
28/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Examiner DHS boosts security steps for all international flights, stops short of global laptop ban Washington Examiner Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced new security measures that will affect all commercial flig…

» ‘Honor our contract’: Lawmakers press Trump not to deport foreign-born military recruits
28/06/17 16:56 from Saved Stories – None
The foreign-born recruits enlisted through the Pentagon’s Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program.

» The Latest: Syrian fire hits Golan during Netanyahu visit
28/06/17 16:56 from Saved Stories – None
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Israel’s military targeted a Syrian military post that fired a mortar into the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan Heights during Prime Minister Ben…

» 5 Democratic Reps: The U.S. Can Turn Putinism Into an Opportunity
28/06/17 16:20 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Our country faces a new crisis, one which endangers the underpinnings of representative democracy and freedom worldwide. The threat emanates from Putinism, a philosophy of dictatorship fused with kleptocratic…

» US – Russia relations – Google News: Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia – Minneapolis Star Tribune
28/06/17 15:59 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Intel report: Kremlin sees US urging regime change in Russia Minneapolis Star Tribune During President Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the U.S. – Russian relations…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Leaders Of Kosovo, Serbia Agree On Idea Of Renewed Dialogue
28/06/17 15:55 from Saved Stories – None
The leaders of Kosovo and Serbia said on June 28 that they favor the idea of renewed talks in order to ease months of tensions between Pristina and Belgrade. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» Stars and Stripes: Police: Final toll in London fire won’t be known for months
28/06/17 14:38 from Saved Stories – None
British police increased the number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire disaster to 80, saying Wednesday that a final death toll may not be known until the end of the year. Stars and Stripes

» Opinions: Is war between a rising China and a dominant America inevitable? A thought experiment.
28/06/17 14:38 from Saved Stories – None
Opinions

» Donald Trump – Google News: Trump To Travel to France July 14 – U.S. News & World Report
28/06/17 14:37 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump To Travel to France July 14 U.S. News & World Report “President Trump looks forward to reaffirming America’s strong ties of friendship with France, to celebrating this important day with the French peo…

» New highly virulent strain of “Ransomware” cripples networks
28/06/17 14:37 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Shared Articles. 1. News in Photos from mikenova (4 sites) WSJ.com: World News: Macron Outlines Plans to Overhaul France’s Labor Laws The French president, who campaigned for president on a platform …

» trump and intelligence community – Google News: Is Trump Right Obama Didn’t Do Enough About Russian Election Interference? – Newsweek
28/06/17 14:36 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Is Trump Right Obama Didn’t Do Enough About Russian Election Interference? Newsweek Despite the consensus of the intelligence community that the Russians meddled in the election, Trump had long cast doubt, saying in January he t…

» Stars and Stripes: Ex-CIA agent plans return to Italy to serve kidnap sentence
28/06/17 14:36 from Saved Stories – None
A former CIA agent says she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago. Stars and Stripes

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Officials finalizing details of Trump’s revived travel ban
28/06/17 14:35 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalizing criteria that visitors from six mostly Muslim must meet to avoid the Trump administration’s revived travel ban. The White Hous…

» Global Opinions: Remembering Helmut Kohl, a man shaped by history
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
Global Opinions

» FOX News: Cal Thomas: Health care can be fixed, so can Washington – but it will take willpower and goodwill to get it done
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka ObamaCare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? FOX News

» FOX News: Self-determination for post-ISIS areas of Iraq and Syria – why not give it a try?
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
The end game is near for ISIS and its Caliphate in Iraq and Syria and President Assad of Syria continues to slaughter civilians. But what is the plan for ruling the areas they devastated? How about letting them have self-determination. F…

» Putin – Google News: Pentagon Chief Accuses Putin Of International ‘Mischief’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
28/06/17 13:43 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Pentagon Chief Accuses Putin Of International ‘Mischief’ RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of making international “mischief.&quo…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: Former Diplomats Warn US Senators Over Russian Election Meddling, Urge Action – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
28/06/17 13:41 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Former Diplomats Warn US Senators Over Russian Election Meddling, Urge Action RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty The Senate committee is one of several congressional panels investigating Russia’s interference in th…

» Washington Free Beacon: Jason Chaffetz Has Been Officially Hired as a Contributor by Fox News
28/06/17 13:40 from Saved Stories – None
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) has officially been hired by Fox News, according to a statement from the network. The Utah congressman had already announced that he would leave Congress before the end of his term, but now he will be going…

» Путин обвинил иностранные спецслужбы в прямой поддержке террористов
28/06/17 13:07 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Интерфакс. По словам президента, таким обра…

» путин – Новости Google: Путин обвинил иностранные спецслужбы в прямой поддержке террористов – Интерфакс
28/06/17 13:07 from Saved Stories – None
Интерфакс Путин обвинил иностранные спецслужбы в прямой поддержке террористов Интерфакс Москва. 28 июня. INTERFAX.RU – Ряд зарубежных спецслужб напрямую поддерживают экстремистские и террористические группировки для дестабилизации регион…

» Voice of America: Europol: Tuesday’s Worldwide Cyberattack ‘More Sophisticated’ Than Previous Hacks
28/06/17 13:07 from Saved Stories – None
A cyber-attack Tuesday that hit companies across the world is similar to a ransomware attack last month that targeted hospitals in Britain, although the most recent hack was potentially “more sophisticated,” according to the European pol…

» The World Web Times – Home Page – wwtimes.com: One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Watch this first exclusive interview since CIA Director Pompeo took over the job. Hugh Hewitt sits down with CIA Director Mike Pompeo to discuss Trump, Terror and Iran. Source: One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC The Wo…

» One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Watch this first exclusive interview since CIA Director Pompeo took over the job. Hugh Hewitt sits down with CIA Director Mike Pompeo to discuss Trump, Terror and Iran. Source: One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC

» Putin Trump – Google News: Thank Putin, Not Trump, For NATO’s New Defense Spending Boost – Foreign Policy (blog)
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Foreign Policy (blog) Thank Putin , Not Trump , For NATO’s New Defense Spending Boost Foreign Policy (blog) Trump has also taken credit for NATO’s defense spending boost, but top NATO and European officials insist the wake-up call came f…

» Stars and Stripes: NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries. St…

» Opinions: 20 reasons the GOP crashed and burned on health care
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Opinions

» Reuters: World News: Revived U.S. travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
ANKARA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban has stirred anger and confusion in parts of the Middle East, with would-be visitors worried about their trav…

» World – Google News: North Korea threatens South’s ex-leader with death over ‘plot to kill Kim’ – The Guardian
28/06/17 13:05 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian North Korea threatens South’s ex-leader with death over ‘plot to kill Kim’ The Guardian Park is in custody and on trial in Seoul on charges of bribery and abuse of power. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images. North Kore…

» RSS for National Security: New highly virulent strain of ransomware cripples networks
28/06/17 11:21 from Saved Stories – None
New, highly virulent malware apparently seeded in Ukraine wreaks global disruption RSS for National Security

» James R. Clapper Jr. – Google News: Reviving Russia’s image as the “Evil Empire” is dangerous – Asia Times
28/06/17 11:20 from Saved Stories – None
Asia Times Reviving Russia’s image as the “Evil Empire” is dangerous Asia Times Yet, even here The Post reports former Director of National Intelligence James R . Clapper Jr . saying that Russia had “a long history” of meddling in Americ…

» International Security – Google News: Boris Johnson joins international Cyprus reunification talks – Telegraph.co.uk
28/06/17 11:20 from Saved Stories – None
Telegraph.co.uk Boris Johnson joins international Cyprus reunification talks Telegraph.co.uk Boris Johnson is joining international talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus this morning amid hopes of a high-level breakthrough. The United Nations…

» Cyber Warfare – Google News: Trump Is China’s Chump – New York Times
28/06/17 11:19 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Trump Is China’s Chump New York Times HONG KONG — Having just traveled to New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China , Taiwan and now Hong Kong, I can say without an ounce of exaggeration that more than a few Asia-Pacific …

» Stars and Stripes: A clandestine Cold War military unit steps into the light
28/06/17 11:19 from Saved Stories – None
An elite Special Forces unit operated in Berlin for 30 years. Today, those veterans are decades removed from their secretive mission, but are only now receiving recognition for their efforts. Stars and Stripes

» RSS for National Security: Campaigner-in-chief: Trump’s politicking raises ethics flags
28/06/17 11:19 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump keeps taking time out to run for re-election RSS for National Security

» Cyber Warfare – Google News: China launches new warship type to boost military strength – BBC News
28/06/17 11:18 from Saved Stories – None
BBC News China launches new warship type to boost military strength BBC News Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the waters it claims. China’s new 10,000-tonne destroyer wil…

» RSS for National Security: Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent
28/06/17 11:17 from Saved Stories – None
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for more than $17 million worth of consulting work he performed for a Ukrainian political party RSS for National Security

» Defense One – All Content: Time for the Pentagon to Overhaul Drone Management, New Report Says
28/06/17 11:16 from Saved Stories – None
An MQ-1 Predator sits on the flight line. The predator started as an RQ-1 in the late 1990s providing reconnaissance until the early 2000s when it was equipped with two Hellfire missiles. Defense One – All Content

» Washington Free Beacon: President Trump’s Defense Budget Falls Short of Rebuilding Military, Report Says
28/06/17 11:09 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump’s defense budget is insufficient to begin substantially rebuilding the military as pledged on the 2016 campaign trail and merely represents a “more muscular status quo,” according to a new report from the American …

» DEBKAFile: Russia carries out airstrike near Israeli border: reports
28/06/17 11:09 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 12:34 PM (IDT) The Russian air force carried out an airstrike on Wednesday in the area of the town of Quneitra on the Syrian Golan, initial reports said. The target was not specified. DEBKAFile

» DEBKAFile: Knesset speaker, ex-refusenik, makes historic speech to Russian parliament
28/06/17 11:08 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 1:08 PM (IDT) The speaker of Israel’s parliament, Yuli Edelstein, gave a speech at the upper house of the Russian Parliament on Wednesday, about 33 years after he was arrested in Moscow for teaching Hebrew. Edelstein first…

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Jens Stoltenberg, NATO chief: U.S. allies to spend $12 billion more this year
28/06/17 11:08 from Saved Stories – None
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defense this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stolten…

» fbi – Google News: FBI agent discusses big investigation – Tallahassee.com
28/06/17 11:06 from Saved Stories – None
Tallahassee.com FBI agent discusses big investigation Tallahassee.com A Tallahassee-based special agent for the FBI offered a tantalizing look into one of the agency’s cloak-and-dagger investigations in a recent interview. Joshua Doyle, …

» The National Interest: The U.S. Army Is Working to “Harden” One Key Asset Russia and China Could Attack
28/06/17 11:06 from Saved Stories – None
Kris Osborn Security, Just in case World War III goes down.  An Army analysis of battlefield networks will likely closely assess the extent to which its flagship combat Satcom and radio network can be “hardened” and made more resilient a…

» Defense One – All Content: Why Congress and the Pentagon Should Bypass Trump’s Defense Spending Bill
28/06/17 11:05 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump listens as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Washington. Defense One – All Content

» Washington Free Beacon: Trump Continues to Blast ‘Fake News’ Media, Says New York Times Writes ‘False Story After False Story’
28/06/17 11:05 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump continued to rail against the press from his Twitter account on Wednesday, blasting the  New York Times  for writing “false story after false story” and also criticizing the media’s health care coverage. Trump said…

» RSS for National Security: The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence
28/06/17 11:04 from Saved Stories – None
The mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency a day after ransomware attack RSS for National Security

» Just Security: The Early Edition: June 28, 2017
28/06/17 10:55 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. US Security from mikenova (71 sites). Zoë Chapman 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…

» DEBKAFile: Assad shown around Russian Latakia air base
28/06/17 10:53 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 4:49 PM (IDT) Shortly after Washington warned Damascus against any more chemical attacks and stressed that Russia and Iran would also be held to account, Syrian ruler Bashar Assad’s visit to the Russian Hmeimim Air B…

» In Homeland Security: Iran Accuses US Of ‘Brazen’ Plan To Change Its Government
28/06/17 10:53 from Saved Stories – None
Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter. In Homeland Security

» US committed to Europe force extension through 2020, Mattis says
28/06/17 10:43 from Saved Stories – None
The United States will extend its forward presence of forces in eastern Europe through 2020, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, continuing a commitment to the Continent’s security that was declared 70 years ago this month.

» NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more
28/06/17 10:43 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries.

» Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen
28/06/17 10:43 from Saved Stories – None
The U.S. has seen no additional activity to indicate a chemical attack is imminent in Syria since the White House threatened President Bashar Assad with retaliation if any further steps were taken, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wedne…

» NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter?
28/06/17 10:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from FB-RSS feed for Lima Charlie Media. NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? Abu Bakr al Baghdadi: Wanted, dead or al…

» The US has continued efforts to sanction Russia for bad behavior, while NATO allies Germany and France appear to have a different agenda. NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch, for Lima Charlie News
28/06/17 10:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from FB-RSS feed for Lima Charlie Media. The US has continued efforts to sanction Russia for bad behavior, while NATO allies Germany and France appear to have a different agenda. NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch, for…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @LimaCharlieNews: Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch https://t.co/4vI8f1Vt…
28/06/17 10:29 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch limacharlienews.com/europe/russia-… Posted by LimaCharlieNews on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 5:15am Retweeted by mikenov on Wednesday, June 2…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted LIMA CHARLIE NEWS (@LimaCharlieNews):Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch https://t.co/4vI8f1VtK0
28/06/17 10:29 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
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» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted LIMA CHARLIE NEWS (@LimaCharlieNews):NEW: Russia claims to have killed ISIS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? https://t.co/dfdnPeNvKD
28/06/17 10:29 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted LIMA CHARLIE NEWS (@LimaCharlieNews): NEW: Russia claims to have killed ISIS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? https://t.co/dfdnPeNvKD FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @LimaCharlieNews: NEW: Russia claims to have killed ISIS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? ht…
28/06/17 10:29 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
NEW: Russia claims to have killed ISIS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? limacharlienews.com/mena/al-baghda… Posted by LimaCharlieNews on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 1:58am Retweeted by mikenov on W…

» russia france – Google News: Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? – Lima Charlie News
28/06/17 09:49 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Lima Charlie News Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? Lima Charlie News The U.S. Senate has just passed a bill expanding the sanctions …

» В мире – Новости Google: Экс-глава штаба республиканцев зарегистрировался в США в качестве иностранного агента – ТАСС
28/06/17 09:39 from Saved Stories – None
Интерфакс Экс-глава штаба республиканцев зарегистрировался в США в качестве иностранного агента ТАСС МОСКВА, 28 июня. /ТАСС/. Пол Манафорт, возглавлявший избирательный штаб Дональда Трампа, зарегистрировался в министерстве юстиции США в …

» Voice of America: Turkey: Military Returned Fire Against Syrian Kurds
28/06/17 09:38 from Saved Stories – None
Turkey’s military said Wednesday its forces destroyed Syrian Kurdish targets overnight in retaliation for artillery fire against Turkish-backed forces in northern Syria. A Turkish army statement said the clashes happened in the Afrin are…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Global Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine, Causes Worldwide Turmoil
28/06/17 09:38 from Saved Stories – None
Computers across the world have been struck by a major ransomware cyberattack, with Ukrainian companies among the worst hit. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» RSS: В Оперативной группе российских войск в Приднестровье прошла тренировка по противодействию терроризму
28/06/17 09:37 from Saved Stories – None
Учебное мероприятие носило плановый характер и проводилось в соответствии с планом боевой подготовки войск Западного военного округа. RSS

» SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Последствия кибератаки / Новости
28/06/17 09:36 from Saved Stories – None
From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 04:34 Компьютерный вирус-вымогатель Petya.А распространился на страны Азии, сообщает агентство Bloomberg. В Индии из-за кибератаки вышла из строя система управления грузами самого крупного порта страны. Сбои …

» Voice of America: Romania, Bulgarian Presidents Talk NATO, Black Sea Security
28/06/17 09:34 from Saved Stories – None
The presidents of Bulgaria and Romania have discussed NATO, security in the Black Sea region, trade and European Union issues. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev was greeted Wednesday morning by a guard of honor at the Cotroceni presidentia…

» Putin – Google News: Community anger over Oliver Stone’s Putin interview – SBS
28/06/17 09:34 from Saved Stories – None
SBS Community anger over Oliver Stone’s Putin interview SBS The Ukrainian community and some Russian Australians have expressed anger over an interview with Vladimir Putin broadcast on SBS. The four hour-long interviews by filmmaker Oliv…

» Midterm elections loom over Mueller’s Russia probe
28/06/17 09:12 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election and whether Trump himself obstructed justice…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe – Politico
28/06/17 09:04 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Politico Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe Politico Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign co…

» War is the ‘win’ Trump craves to end the Russia investigation
28/06/17 09:04 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from The Globe and Mail – Opinion. Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Try Globe Unlimited- 99¢/week for the first 4 weeks And get unlimited access on all your devices &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;styl…

» Russia – Google News: Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe – Politico
28/06/17 07:47 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe Politico Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election and whether Trump himself…

» Europe: Companies struggle to recover after massive cyber attack with ransom demands
28/06/17 07:42 from Saved Stories – None
Systems as far afield as Asia were hit, but the epicenter of the outbreak was in Ukraine. Europe

» Voice of America: Global Cyberattack Hits Indian Port
28/06/17 07:42 from Saved Stories – None
A global cyberattack disrupted operations Wednesday at India’s largest container port, adding to the headaches of governments and businesses affected by so-called ransomware code that takes a user’s data hostage until the victim agrees t…

» Voice of America: Houston, Texas: Previewing America’s Demographic Makeover
28/06/17 07:27 from Saved Stories – None
Bumper-to-bumper on the Katy Freeway: the terrain is flat, and the air could soak a sponge. Heavy traffic covers 26 lanes. Hot, hazy Houston, where roaches fly along Texas’ Gulf Coastal Plain — who would choose to transplant and call the…

» Russia | The Guardian: Obama stayed quiet on Russian interference. History will judge him for it | Walter Shapiro
28/06/17 07:26 from Saved Stories – None
Obama, confident in Clinton’s electoral prospects, chose stealth instead of openness during the US elections. That was a mistake Presidential reputations oscillate for years after the moving trucks have pulled up to the White House. So i…

» Russia | The Guardian: Son of parents exposed as Russian spies has Canadian citizenship restored
28/06/17 07:26 from Saved Stories – None
Alex Vavilov, born and raised in Canada, ‘vindicated and happy’ years after he was stripped of citizenship when his parents were arrested by the FBI in 2010 The son of two deep-cover Russian spies has had his Canadian citizenship restore…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: European NATO Allies, Canada To Raise Defense Spending In 2017
28/06/17 07:25 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies excluding the United States will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, marking a cumulative $46 billion increase since 2014, the alliance’s chief says. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» WSJ.com: World News: North Korea Compares Trump to Hitler
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
North Korea’s state media described President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy as “Nazism in the 21st century,” and compared the president to Adolf Hitler, in the harshest language that Pyongyang has directed at the administration. …

» WSJ.com: World News: Trump Administration Warns Assad Would Pay ‘Heavy Price’ for Another Chemical Attack
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
The White House said the U.S. had detected what may be preparations by the Syrian government for a chemical-weapons attack and warned that the country’s ruler and military would “pay a heavy price” if they carried out a strike. WSJ.com: …

» WSJ.com: World News: Pentagon Sees Signs Syria Is Preparing Chemical Attack
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
The Pentagon said it has seen signs that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons, setting the stage for a new showdown with President Bashar al-Assad. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer Killed by Bomb in Kiev
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
A senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer was killed when a bomb detonated under his car in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said, in an act the government is treating as terrorism. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Merkel Opens Way for Vote on Gay Marriage
28/06/17 07:22 from Saved Stories – None
German lawmakers cleared the way for an early vote to legalize same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to it, a move that frustrated some conservatives but deprived her opponents of a possible campaign iss…

» WSJ.com: World News: U.S. Downgrades China on Annual Human Trafficking List
28/06/17 07:22 from Saved Stories – None
The U.S. stepped up its criticism of China in a global assessment of human trafficking practices, a move likely to inflame tensions with Beijing. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Jihadists Are Seeking Beachheads in Asia, U.S. Admiral Warns
28/06/17 07:21 from Saved Stories – None
Islamic State-aligned militants’ onslaught in the southern Philippines should be a wake-up call to Asia that jihadists returning from the Middle East are seeking to open new fronts in the region, the commander of U.S. Pacific forces said…

» The National Interest: Disentangling the Ups & Downs of Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex
27/06/17 20:47 from Saved Stories – None
Mathieu Boulegue Security, Dual-use production, and particularly at the benefice of the oil & gas industry, will undoubtedly become one of the main challenges of Russia’s military-industrial complex in the coming years. From May 16-19, P…

» Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Let’s Find Out the Truth: Some FOIA Requests to the FBI
27/06/17 20:46 from Saved Stories – None
When President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House quickly stepped up to slime Comey. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that “The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Directo…

» trump and republican party – Google News: Pro-Trump group makes good on threats, launches TV ads against fellow GOP senator – CNN
27/06/17 20:15 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Pro- Trump group makes good on threats, launches TV ads against fellow GOP senator CNN (CNN) The pro- Trump group America First Policies is making good on its threats to air television ads against a fellow Republican, Nevada Sen. Dea…

» Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia Earned Three Trillion US Dollars from Petroleum Sales Abroad and Exported More than Half of That, OilStat Analysts Say
27/06/17 20:14 from Saved Stories – None
Paul Goble             Staunton, June 26 – Russian companies have earned some three trillion US dollars from the sale of oil and gas abroad since Vladimir Putin came to power; but in…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: John Podesta meets with House Intel about Russia’s efforts to influence 2016 election – CBS News
27/06/17 19:55 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News John Podesta meets with House Intel about Russia’s efforts to influence 2016 election CBS News John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, met behind closed doors Tuesday with members of the House Intelligence Commit…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Did India’s Prime Minister ‘Evade’ Donald Trump’s Handshake With a Hug? – snopes.com
27/06/17 18:27 from Saved Stories – None
snopes.com Did India’s Prime Minister ‘Evade’ Donald Trump’s Handshake With a Hug? snopes.com U.S. President Donald Trump is notorious for his bone-crunching power handshake, during which he forcefully yanks his counterpart’s arm in a bi…

» Europe: Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demands
27/06/17 18:26 from Saved Stories – None
The hack hit Ukraine hardest Tuesday, but it also affected computers from Russia to Britain. Europe

» Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Judging Al Qaeda’s Record, Part I: Is the Organization in Decline?
27/06/17 18:24 from Saved Stories – None
Al Qaeda’s power and influence have fallen considerably from its peak in the aftermath of the September 11 th attacks, but several well-respected analysts suggest the group remains strong and may resurge. My Georgetown colleague Bruce Ho…

» RSS for National Security: Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted
27/06/17 17:09 from Saved Stories – None
A key GOP senator weighing the pros and cons of U.S. foreign surveillance had the same question as many Americans: Does the U.S. government sweep up their communications while monitoring targets abroad? RSS for National Security

» organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Jared Kushner Lawyers Up – Vanity Fair
27/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Vanity Fair Jared Kushner Lawyers Up Vanity Fair At the same time as he has been checking off items on his cartoonishly-long to-do list, Kushner has also found himself in the middle of the investigation into whether Trump and his associa…

» russian organized crime in us – Google News: Jared Kushner Lawyers Up – Vanity Fair
27/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Vanity Fair Jared Kushner Lawyers Up Vanity Fair Jared Kushner attended an American Leadership in Emerging Technology roundtable in the White House on June 22, 2017. Nicholas … At the same time as he has been checking off items on his …

» US elections and russia – Google News: Obama cyber chief in Israel: ‘US must stop Russia causing election chaos’ – The Jerusalem Post
27/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
The Jerusalem Post Obama cyber chief in Israel: ‘ US must stop Russia causing election chaos’ The Jerusalem Post Explaining some of the roadblocks the Obama administration ran into in responding to Russia , he said though “I am no strang…

» Donald Trump: News Roundup for June 27, 2017
27/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
The news isn’t quite on fire but it may as well be. 1. Immigrant soldiers who fought for the United States may be deported Donald Trump

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Top Ukrainian military official killed by ‘terrorist’ car bomb – POLITICO.eu
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
POLITICO.eu Top Ukrainian military official killed by ‘terrorist’ car bomb POLITICO.eu Later that month, Oleksandr Kharaberiush, a senior officer in Ukraine’s counter- intelligence services , was killed by a car bomb in the country’s eas…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Kremlin Watch Monitor. June 27, 2017 – StopFake.org
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Kremlin Watch Monitor. June 27, 2017 StopFake.org The Canadian Security Intelligence Service published a report based on a workshop it organized as a part of its academic outreach program. The paper assesses Russia’s foreign and domestic…

» Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: How about the Russia investigation focus on Russia? There’s a thought – Fox News
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News How about the Russia investigation focus on Russia? There’s a thought Fox News This latest “bombshell” provides two obvious conclusions that any reasonable analysis would generate: first, there is absolutely nothing new in this …

» trump and russia – Google News: A ‘playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama – Business Insider
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider A ‘playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama Business Insider President Donald Trump criticized former President Barack Obama in a series of tweets last weekend and int…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Panetta: Russia hacked US because of perceived ‘weakness’ – Fox News
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Panetta: Russia hacked US because of perceived ‘weakness’ Fox News Former Obama defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta says perceived “weakness” encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to direct cyber-attacks agains…

» Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime and terrorism – Google News: Worse than Russiagate? Spying scandal rattles Mexico – NMPolitics.net
27/06/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Worse than Russiagate? Spying scandal rattles Mexico NMPolitics.net Touching off a political firestorm, the Pegasus exposé drew the swift condemnation of Amnesty International ; scores of human rights, journalist and digital rights organ…

» trump as danger to National Security – Google News: The CNN retraction and the danger of relying on one anonymous source – Washington Post
27/06/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post The CNN retraction and the danger of relying on one anonymous source Washington Post [ Trump renews attack on ‘Fake News CNN’ after retraction]. [The Post has frequently relied … In this Reddit thread, national security…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Sally Yates says the US needs more than a special counsel to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia affair – Quartz
27/06/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Quartz Sally Yates says the US needs more than a special counsel to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia affair Quartz Sally Yates, the former acting US attorney general, says she has deep confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s …

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Russian special services involved in murders of SBU Colonel Kharaberiush in Mariupol, intelligence officer Shapoval … – Kyiv Post
27/06/17 16:58 from Saved Stories – None
Kyiv Post Russian special services involved in murders of SBU Colonel Kharaberiush in Mariupol, intelligence officer Shapoval … Kyiv Post Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has noted t…

» Palmer Report: Report: member of Donald Trump’s inner circle says Trump is going to prison
27/06/17 16:58 from Saved Stories – None
In addition to whatever crimes he may have committed in the name of colluding with Russia to rig the election, Donald Trump has also now committed obstruction of justice and witness tampering in broad daylight – and this comes even as hi…

» Palmer Report: Republican leader: Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is a “dick”
27/06/17 16:46 from Saved Stories – None
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is currently facing difficulties on a number of fronts. His attempt at negotiating peace in the Middle East has humiliatingly fallen apart. He just hired a criminal defense attorney because h…

» trump under federal investigation – Google News: Everything The Feds Want To Know About Freshly Lawyered-Up Jared Kushner – TPM
27/06/17 16:44 from Saved Stories – None
TPM Everything The Feds Want To Know About Freshly Lawyered-Up Jared Kushner TPM One of the White House advisers closest to President Donald Trump is beefing up his legal representation for the federal investigation into Russia’s interfe…

» organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: NATO Must Learn From Ukraine War to Counter Putin – Daily Signal
27/06/17 16:23 from Saved Stories – None
Daily Signal NATO Must Learn From Ukraine War to Counter Putin Daily Signal Hybrid warfare is a strategy that blends conventional and unconventional military tactics and can include a mixture of energy and security threats, propaganda, c…

» mueller – Google News: Fmr. FBI Agent: Mueller Incapable of Delivering Blind Justice – LifeZette
27/06/17 16:18 from Saved Stories – None
LifeZette Fmr. FBI Agent: Mueller Incapable of Delivering Blind Justice LifeZette Mueller has already cast a massive fishing net in addition to investigating Russian collusion into our 2016 election. This is inevitable with special couns…

» Federal Bureau of Investigation: How Donald Trump Misunderstood the F.B.I.
27/06/17 16:17 from Saved Stories – None
Since Watergate, the agency has come to view itself as an essential, and essentially independent, check on the president. Federal Bureau of Investigation

» fbi – Google News: Trump FBI Pick Christopher Wray No Stranger to Crisis – U.S. News & World Report
27/06/17 16:17 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump FBI Pick Christopher Wray No Stranger to Crisis U.S. News & World Report He also played a part in a piece of Washington lore, siding with then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, then- FBI Director Robe…

» fbi – Google News: Christopher Wray FBI Director nomination formally submitted by White House – CBS News
27/06/17 16:16 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News Christopher Wray FBI Director nomination formally submitted by White House CBS News The White House formally nominated Christopher Wray to be the next FBI Director by sending his nomination to Senate for confirmation. Wray relea…

» fbi – Google News: Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn – Power Line (blog)
27/06/17 16:16 from Saved Stories – None
Power Line (blog) Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn Power Line (blog) According to this report from Circa, the FBI’s Andrew McCabe also had an ax to grind with Flynn. A few years ago, Robyn Gritz, a supervisory special agent, …

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn – Power Line (blog)
27/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
Power Line (blog) Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn Power Line (blog) According to this report from Circa, the FBI’s Andrew McCabe also had an ax to grind with Flynn. A few years ago, Robyn Gritz, a supervisory special agent, …

» fbi – Google News: Cyberattack against major companies appears to be ‘vandalism,’ says ex-FBI agent – CNBC
27/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
CNBC Cyberattack against major companies appears to be ‘vandalism,’ says ex- FBI agent CNBC The global cyberattack that hit companies and government officials on Tuesday appears to be “cyber vandalism,” former FBI agent Leo Tad…

» mueller – Google News: Sally Yates on Bob Mueller: ‘Folks Ought to Have Tremendous Confidence in Him’ – The Atlantic
27/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
The Atlantic Sally Yates on Bob Mueller : ‘Folks Ought to Have Tremendous Confidence in Him’ The Atlantic Sally Yates said on Tuesday that “folks ought to have tremendous confidence” in Bob Mueller , the former FBI director who is leadin…

» Day in Photos – Voice of America: June 27, 2017
27/06/17 16:06 from Saved Stories – None
A look at the best news photos from around the world. Day in Photos – Voice of America

» Subway Derailment in Manhattan Injures Dozens
27/06/17 15:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Riders relayed harrowing accounts of the train being violently jolted and then being plunged into darkness. For several frightening minutes, as sparks flew and smoke filled the cars, passengers did not know w…

» Encouraging Putin’s Recklessness – U.S. News & World Report
27/06/17 15:08 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Encouraging Putin’s Recklessness U.S. News & World Report Under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump , Putin has suffered far too little both for his attacks on American democracy by trying to influence our 2…

» Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Merkel shift
27/06/17 13:30 from Saved Stories – None
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalize gay marriage, capitalizing on a surprise shift from conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel three months before an election.

» Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays – Washington Post
27/06/17 13:29 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays Washington Post NEW YORK — A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and resulting in a power outage as people were eva…

» Angela Merkel Eases Her Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage in Germany
27/06/17 13:29 from Saved Stories – None
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, center, at a discussion in Berlin on Monday, where she was asked by an audience member about the growing demands to recognize same-sex marriage.

» Angela Merkel: I search Trump on Twitter for latest US news – video
27/06/17 13:26 from Saved Stories – None
Angela Merkel speaks at an event in Berlin on Tuesday. Asked When asked about her use of Twitter the German chancellor says she doesn’t tweet but searches for what interests her. she is interested in. The interviewer then asks how Merkel…

» Reuters: World News: Ukrainian banks, electricity firm hit by fresh cyber attack
27/06/17 13:17 from Saved Stories – None
KIEV (Reuters) – A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central bank said. Reuters: World News

» Top Stories – Google News: Car Bomb Kills Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer in Kiev – U.S. News & World Report
27/06/17 13:17 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Car Bomb Kills Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer in Kiev U.S. News & World Report A bomb planted under or inside a car killed a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer in the country’s capital Tuesday …

» AP Top News at 11:57 a.m. EDT: New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe
27/06/17 13:15 from Saved Stories – None
PARIS (AP) — A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard…. AP Top News at 11:57 a.m. EDT 10:46 a.m. EDT

» World – Google News: Subway derailment causes chaotic morning commute – New York Post
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
New York Post Subway derailment causes chaotic morning commute New York Post Two subway cars of a C train derailed Tuesday morning at the 25th Street station in Harlem, causing four minor injuries, sources told the Post. @NYGovCuomo @2Av…

» NYT > Home Page: New Global Cyberattack Spread From Russia to Britain
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
The hack bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines. NYT > Home Page

» Reuters: World News: Cyber attack hits oil giant and banks in Russia and Ukraine
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft said a large-scale cyber attack hit its servers on Tuesday and computer systems at some banks and the main airport in neighboring Ukraine were also disrupted. Reuters: World News

» Top Stories – Google News: UPDATES: At Least Three Injured As Door Rips Off ‘A’ Train In Harlem Derailment – Gothamist
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
Gothamist UPDATES: At Least Three Injured As Door Rips Off ‘A’ Train In Harlem Derailment Gothamist Straphangers said a southbound A train crashed into a subway wall between 135th and 125th Streets in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. Accord…

» Reuters: World News: Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Merkel shift
27/06/17 13:13 from Saved Stories – None
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalize gay marriage, capitalizing on a surprise shift from conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel three months before an election. Reuters: World News

» NYT > World: Angela Merkel Eases Her Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage in Germany
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Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, center, at a discussion in Berlin on Monday, where she was asked by an audience member about the growing demands to recognize same-sex marriage. NYT > World

» Putin and American political process – Google News: Vladimir Putin Didn’t Break American Democracy, We Broke the System Ourselves – Newsweek
27/06/17 12:53 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Vladimir Putin Didn’t Break American Democracy, We Broke the System Ourselves Newsweek Vladimir Putin and company just dropped in to pick over the bones. Here’s how it happened. … After the election of President Barack Obama, …

» trump as danger to National Security – Google News: ‘This is a playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama – Business Insider
27/06/17 12:53 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider ‘This is a playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama Business Insider But some former Obama officials and national – security experts sought to push back on that develo…

» organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Jared Kushner Lawyers Up – Vanity Fair
27/06/17 12:52 from Saved Stories – None
Vanity Fair Jared Kushner Lawyers Up Vanity Fair Lowell with join Jamie Gorelick, who has been representing Kushner for months and preparing him for a yet-to-be-scheduled grilling by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Gorelick, who worke…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Advisor to interior minister says huge cyberattack at Ukraine organized by Russia – Kyiv Post
27/06/17 11:45 from Saved Stories – None
Kyiv Post Advisor to interior minister says huge cyberattack at Ukraine organized by Russia Kyiv Post The advisor to the Interior Minister of Ukraine, MP Anton Gerashchenko believes a huge cyber-attack at Ukrainian companies on June 27 h…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Ukraine Banks, Companies Hit By Cyberattacks
27/06/17 09:23 from Saved Stories – None
The Ukrainian central bank says a number of Ukrainian banks and businesses in the commercial and public sectors have been hit by cyberattacks via an “unknown virus.” Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» NYT > Europe: U.K. Calls for Major Inquiry Into Cladding After Deadly Tower Fire
27/06/17 09:22 from Saved Stories – None
Ninety-five buildings with materials similar to those used in the Grenfell high rise have fallen short in safety tests, “a 100 percent failure rate,” a government spokesman said. NYT > Europe

» russia and the west – Google News: Openly gay Serbia premier-designate to head pro-Russia gov’t – ABC News
27/06/17 09:22 from Saved Stories – None
Openly gay Serbia premier-designate to head pro- Russia gov’t ABC News Serbia’s future first woman and openly gay prime minister Ana Brnabic has proposed the staunchly pro- Russian official, and former Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin as …

» WSJ.com: World News: Freighter Captain Says U.S. Destroyer Ignored Warnings
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The captain of a cargo ship that hit a U.S. destroyer near Japan earlier this month has said in a report that the ship sent emergency warnings as the American vessel suddenly cut across its path, according to a person with direct knowled…

» Day in Photos – Voice of America: June 26, 2017
27/06/17 09:20 from Saved Stories – None
A look at the best news photos from around the world. Day in Photos – Voice of America

» WSJ.com: World News: European Cities Are Just Saying ‘No’ to Scandal-Tinged Diesel Vehicles
27/06/17 09:20 from Saved Stories – None
European mayors, pressed by courts and activists, are banning or curbing diesel use to combat health-threatening smog, presenting a threat to car makers’ livelihood. WSJ.com: World News

» mikenov on Twitter: Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election read.bi/2syNtZM via @bi_politics
27/06/17 09:02 from Saved Stories – None
Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election read.bi/2syNtZM via @bi_politics Posted by mikenov on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 2:20pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence
27/06/17 09:01 from Saved Stories – None
CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence The head of the CIA on Saturday pushed back on accusations the U.S. is not doing enough Russia’s attempts to interfere in elect…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Trump’s enthusiasm for Russia and Putin is dividing his White House, frustrating friends and foes alike https://t.co/7AR3Wgpzr1 via @TheWeek
27/06/17 09:01 from Saved Stories – None
Trump’s enthusiasm for Russia and Putin is dividing his White House, frustrating friends and foes alike https://t.co/7AR3Wgpzr1 via @TheWeek Trump’s enthusiasm for Russia and Putin is dividing his White House, frustrating friends and foe…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Video – New York’s gay pride march: anti-Trump but also pro-fun https://t.co/MvdBX5Yl9l via @YouTube
27/06/17 09:01 from Saved Stories – None
New York’s gay pride march: anti-Trump but also pro-fun https://t.co/MvdBX5Yl9l via @YouTube FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mueller – Google News: Montini: Andy Biggs wants Mueller off Trump-Russia probe – AZCentral.com
27/06/17 09:00 from Saved Stories – None
AZCentral.com Montini: Andy Biggs wants Mueller off Trump-Russia probe AZCentral.com Trying to besmirch someone like Mueller is an old-school, ham-handed strategy. If you’re afraid an investigator is competent enough and honest enough to…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: FBI, Justice Department Offer Starkly Different Positions on Trump’s Budget Cuts – ticklethewire.com
27/06/17 08:59 from Saved Stories – None
FBI, Justice Department Offer Starkly Different Positions on Trump’s Budget Cuts ticklethewire.com Top officials for the FBI and Justice Department are at odds over the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. Deputy Attorney Ge…

» fbi – Google News: Martin Shkreli’s big-money brag to the FBI comes back to bite him – Crain’s New York Business
27/06/17 08:59 from Saved Stories – None
Crain’s New York Business Martin Shkreli’s big-money brag to the FBI comes back to bite him Crain’s New York Business Even as the FBI closed in, the biotech wunderkind boasted to federal agents that he’d made a fortune investing in life-…

» fbi – Google News: FBI Won’t Confirm or Deny Existence of Records of Payment to British Trump Dossier Researcher – Washington Free Beacon
27/06/17 08:58 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Free Beacon FBI Won’t Confirm or Deny Existence of Records of Payment to British Trump Dossier Researcher Washington Free Beacon The FBI will not confirm or deny the existence of records showing whether the bureau paid the res…

» mueller – Google News: Donald Trump’s allies are launching a war against Robert Mueller An error occurred. – Salon
27/06/17 08:57 from Saved Stories – None
Salon Donald Trump’s allies are launching a war against Robert Mueller An error occurred. Salon On May 17, Robert Mueller was appointed head of the special counsel to probe into Russia’s connection to President Donald Trump’s 2016 Presid…

» fbi – Google News: Mexico to seek FBI’s help on government spying probe – Reuters
27/06/17 08:56 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters Mexico to seek FBI’s help on government spying probe Reuters “We will ask the FBI for help,” said Ricardo Sanchez of Mexico’s attorney general office, known locally as the PGR. The PGR will ask the alleged targets of th…

» fbi – Google News: Former Trump adviser Carter Page confirms FBI interviews – CNBC
27/06/17 08:56 from Saved Stories – None
CNBC Former Trump adviser Carter Page confirms FBI interviews CNBC A former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign has acknowledged being interviewed by the FBI several months ago. Carter Page confirmed in a text mes…

» fbi – Google News: Trump associate Carter Page describes ‘extensive discussions’ with FBI – Washington Examiner
27/06/17 08:54 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Examiner Trump associate Carter Page describes ‘extensive discussions’ with FBI Washington Examiner Carter Page, briefly an associate of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, expressed confidence Monday in his “extensive …

» fbi – Google News: Trump officially nominates Christopher Wray as FBI director – Washington Examiner
27/06/17 08:54 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Examiner Trump officially nominates Christopher Wray as FBI director Washington Examiner President Trump has submitted to the Senate the nomination of Christopher Wray for FBI director, the White House announced Monday night. …

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Prosecutorial Misconduct At The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Wizbang (blog)
27/06/17 08:51 from Saved Stories – None
Prosecutorial Misconduct At The Federal Bureau of Investigation Wizbang (blog) The source, then known as ‘Deep Throat’ who was instrumental in forcing President Nixon to resign was in fact exacting revenge on the President. Our new analo…

» Federal Bureau of Investigation: Tweeting, not Leading, the Response to Russian Hacking
27/06/17 08:50 from Saved Stories – None
The Obama administration didn’t do enough to punish Russia for its election interference. But what is President Trump doing? Federal Bureau of Investigation

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Tuesday’s HOT MIC – PJ Media (blog)
27/06/17 08:50 from Saved Stories – None
Tuesday’s HOT MIC PJ Media (blog) … Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimi…

» mueller – Google News: A new pro-Trump ad attacks Robert Mueller’s credibility … – Washington Times
27/06/17 08:50 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Times A new pro-Trump ad attacks Robert Mueller’s credibility … Washington Times A pro-Trump group is running an attack ad featuring special counsel Robert Mueller. Pro-Trump group launches new attack ad against special coun…

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa
27/06/17 08:49 from Saved Stories – None
MUNICH (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over. Describing American reassu…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Kurtz: A Supreme surprise on immigration
27/06/17 08:48 from Saved Stories – None
From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 03:39 ‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media narrative changing after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of re-instating part of Donald Trump’s Executive Order limiting travel from several count…

» Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show
27/06/17 08:47 from Saved Stories – None
Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as th…

» fbi – Google News: How Donald Trump Misunderstood the FBI – New York Times
27/06/17 08:45 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times How Donald Trump Misunderstood the FBI New York Times Mindermann joined the F.B.I. 50 years ago, after a stint with the San Francisco police force, whose corruption he was happy to leave behind. He was soon transferred to …

» Trump – Google News: Mixing Business And The Presidency, Trump To Hold Fundraiser At His Washington Hotel – NPR
27/06/17 08:45 from Saved Stories – None
NPR Mixing Business And The Presidency, Trump To Hold Fundraiser At His Washington Hotel NPR President Trump , who is fond of dining at his Trump International Hotel near the White House, will have some company Wednesday — a roomful of p…

» Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal – Politico
27/06/17 08:43 from Saved Stories – None
Politico The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal Politico … is a long track record of partnering with powerful Russian businesspeople and government officials, mostly involving energy and mining deals. More r…

» Reuters: World News: Appeals court: Dutch partially liable for some 300 victims of Srebrenica massacre
27/06/17 08:42 from Saved Stories – None
The Hague (Reuters) – A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday confirmed that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths of some 300 Muslims who were expelled from a Dutch U.N. base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb tr…

» Trump FBI file – Google News: Trump says US on brink of become net exporter of energy – Seattle Times
27/06/17 08:42 from Saved Stories – None
Seattle Times Trump says US on brink of become net exporter of energy Seattle Times FILE – In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks before administering the oath of office to Energy Secretary Rick Perry…

» SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Присяжные выносят вердикт по делу Немцова
27/06/17 08:41 from Saved Stories – None
From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 01:30 Присяжные сегодня вынесут вердикт по делу об убийстве Бориса Немцова. Судья подготовил для них 26 вопросов. Они касаются роли каждого из подсудимых в убийстве Немцова и приобретении оружия. На скамье по…

» SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: В Киеве в результате взрыва погиб командир разведки
27/06/17 08:41 from Saved Stories – None
From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 00:24 В результате взрыва автомобиля в центре Киева погиб руководиль спецназа украинской военной разведки – Максим Шаповал. Полиция назвала это терактом. На место происшествия выехали эксперты-криминалисты, в…

» Voice of America: Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer Killed in Car Bombing
27/06/17 08:40 from Saved Stories – None
Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a car bomb in the country’s capital. Police said in a statement that the driver of a luxury car was killed instantly as the vehicle blew up at a Kyi…

» Nato Russia – Google News: Nato news – general worried about Putin’s HUGE modernisation of … – Express.co.uk
27/06/17 08:27 from Saved Stories – None
Express.co.uk Nato news – general worried about Putin’s HUGE modernisation of … Express.co.uk A leading NATO general warned Russia was undoubtedly building up its military’s capability to strike far from its own territory and that its …

» NYT > Europe: Google Fined $2.7 Billion in European Antitrust Ruling
27/06/17 08:26 from Saved Stories – None
Margrethe Vestager, the European Union antitrust chief. In addition to the Google case, she has demanded that Apple pay $14.5 billion in back taxes in Ireland, opened an investigation into Amazon’s tax practices in Europe and raised conc…

» Top Stories – Google News: Google Fined $2.7 Billion in European Antitrust Ruling – New York Times
27/06/17 08:26 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Google Fined $2.7 Billion in European Antitrust Ruling New York Times Margrethe Vestager, the European Union antitrust chief. In addition to the Google case, she has demanded that Apple pay $14.5 billion in back taxes in I…

» 2016 elections and mental health – Google News: Changing America, Part VI: America’s growing education divide – The Hill
27/06/17 08:25 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill Changing America, Part VI: America’s growing education divide The Hill They are three times as likely to have abused illegal drugs in the last year, and twice as likely to have misused painkillers in the past month, according to…

» Russia – Google News: Russia blasts US “threat” over possible Syria chemical attack – CBS News
27/06/17 08:24 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News Russia blasts US “threat” over possible Syria chemical attack CBS News MOSCOW — A senior Russian lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the United States’ warning about a potential chemical weapons attack in Syria as an “…

» Defense One – All Content: The American Military Declares War on Sprawl
27/06/17 08:24 from Saved Stories – None
For the Pentagon, walkable, bikeable military installations are key to improving the health of troops. Defense One – All Content

» Ukraine – Google News: What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do In Ukraine? – NBCNews.com
27/06/17 08:23 from Saved Stories – None
NBCNews.com What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do In Ukraine ? NBCNews.com John Herbst, who was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2004 to 2006, said the motivations of the oligarchs who ran the party seemed uncomplicated. “My…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: The Daily Vertical: Dr. Evil? More Like Mini-Me
27/06/17 08:20 from Saved Stories – None
The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty


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» Stars and Stripes: Ex-CIA agent plans return to Italy to serve kidnap sentence
28/06/17 14:36 from Saved Stories – None
A former CIA agent says she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago. Stars and Stripes

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Officials finalizing details of Trump’s revived travel ban
28/06/17 14:35 from Saved Stories – None
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security are finalizing criteria that visitors from six mostly Muslim must meet to avoid the Trump administration’s revived travel ban. The White Hous…

» Global Opinions: Remembering Helmut Kohl, a man shaped by history
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
Global Opinions

» FOX News: Cal Thomas: Health care can be fixed, so can Washington – but it will take willpower and goodwill to get it done
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka ObamaCare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? FOX News

» FOX News: Self-determination for post-ISIS areas of Iraq and Syria – why not give it a try?
28/06/17 14:14 from Saved Stories – None
The end game is near for ISIS and its Caliphate in Iraq and Syria and President Assad of Syria continues to slaughter civilians. But what is the plan for ruling the areas they devastated? How about letting them have self-determination. F…

» Putin – Google News: Pentagon Chief Accuses Putin Of International ‘Mischief’ – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
28/06/17 13:43 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Pentagon Chief Accuses Putin Of International ‘Mischief’ RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of making international “mischief.&quo…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: Former Diplomats Warn US Senators Over Russian Election Meddling, Urge Action – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
28/06/17 13:41 from Saved Stories – None
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Former Diplomats Warn US Senators Over Russian Election Meddling, Urge Action RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty The Senate committee is one of several congressional panels investigating Russia’s interference in th…

» Washington Free Beacon: Jason Chaffetz Has Been Officially Hired as a Contributor by Fox News
28/06/17 13:40 from Saved Stories – None
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) has officially been hired by Fox News, according to a statement from the network. The Utah congressman had already announced that he would leave Congress before the end of his term, but now he will be going…

» Путин обвинил иностранные спецслужбы в прямой поддержке террористов
28/06/17 13:07 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Интерфакс. По словам президента, таким обра…

» путин – Новости Google: Путин обвинил иностранные спецслужбы в прямой поддержке террористов – Интерфакс
28/06/17 13:07 from Saved Stories – None
Интерфакс Путин обвинил иностранные спецслужбы в прямой поддержке террористов Интерфакс Москва. 28 июня. INTERFAX.RU – Ряд зарубежных спецслужб напрямую поддерживают экстремистские и террористические группировки для дестабилизации регион…

» Voice of America: Europol: Tuesday’s Worldwide Cyberattack ‘More Sophisticated’ Than Previous Hacks
28/06/17 13:07 from Saved Stories – None
A cyber-attack Tuesday that hit companies across the world is similar to a ransomware attack last month that targeted hospitals in Britain, although the most recent hack was potentially “more sophisticated,” according to the European pol…

» The World Web Times – Home Page – wwtimes.com: One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Watch this first exclusive interview since CIA Director Pompeo took over the job. Hugh Hewitt sits down with CIA Director Mike Pompeo to discuss Trump, Terror and Iran. Source: One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC The Wo…

» One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Watch this first exclusive interview since CIA Director Pompeo took over the job. Hugh Hewitt sits down with CIA Director Mike Pompeo to discuss Trump, Terror and Iran. Source: One-On-One with CIA Director Mike Pompeo | MSNBC

» Putin Trump – Google News: Thank Putin, Not Trump, For NATO’s New Defense Spending Boost – Foreign Policy (blog)
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Foreign Policy (blog) Thank Putin , Not Trump , For NATO’s New Defense Spending Boost Foreign Policy (blog) Trump has also taken credit for NATO’s defense spending boost, but top NATO and European officials insist the wake-up call came f…

» Stars and Stripes: NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries. St…

» Opinions: 20 reasons the GOP crashed and burned on health care
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
Opinions

» Reuters: World News: Revived U.S. travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East
28/06/17 13:06 from Saved Stories – None
ANKARA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban has stirred anger and confusion in parts of the Middle East, with would-be visitors worried about their trav…

» World – Google News: North Korea threatens South’s ex-leader with death over ‘plot to kill Kim’ – The Guardian
28/06/17 13:05 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian North Korea threatens South’s ex-leader with death over ‘plot to kill Kim’ The Guardian Park is in custody and on trial in Seoul on charges of bribery and abuse of power. Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images. North Kore…

» RSS for National Security: New highly virulent strain of ransomware cripples networks
28/06/17 11:21 from Saved Stories – None
New, highly virulent malware apparently seeded in Ukraine wreaks global disruption RSS for National Security

» James R. Clapper Jr. – Google News: Reviving Russia’s image as the “Evil Empire” is dangerous – Asia Times
28/06/17 11:20 from Saved Stories – None
Asia Times Reviving Russia’s image as the “Evil Empire” is dangerous Asia Times Yet, even here The Post reports former Director of National Intelligence James R . Clapper Jr . saying that Russia had “a long history” of meddling in Americ…

» International Security – Google News: Boris Johnson joins international Cyprus reunification talks – Telegraph.co.uk
28/06/17 11:20 from Saved Stories – None
Telegraph.co.uk Boris Johnson joins international Cyprus reunification talks Telegraph.co.uk Boris Johnson is joining international talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus this morning amid hopes of a high-level breakthrough. The United Nations…

» Cyber Warfare – Google News: Trump Is China’s Chump – New York Times
28/06/17 11:19 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Trump Is China’s Chump New York Times HONG KONG — Having just traveled to New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China , Taiwan and now Hong Kong, I can say without an ounce of exaggeration that more than a few Asia-Pacific …

» Stars and Stripes: A clandestine Cold War military unit steps into the light
28/06/17 11:19 from Saved Stories – None
An elite Special Forces unit operated in Berlin for 30 years. Today, those veterans are decades removed from their secretive mission, but are only now receiving recognition for their efforts. Stars and Stripes

» RSS for National Security: Campaigner-in-chief: Trump’s politicking raises ethics flags
28/06/17 11:19 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump keeps taking time out to run for re-election RSS for National Security

» Cyber Warfare – Google News: China launches new warship type to boost military strength – BBC News
28/06/17 11:18 from Saved Stories – None
BBC News China launches new warship type to boost military strength BBC News Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the waters it claims. China’s new 10,000-tonne destroyer wil…

» RSS for National Security: Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent
28/06/17 11:17 from Saved Stories – None
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for more than $17 million worth of consulting work he performed for a Ukrainian political party RSS for National Security

» Defense One – All Content: Time for the Pentagon to Overhaul Drone Management, New Report Says
28/06/17 11:16 from Saved Stories – None
An MQ-1 Predator sits on the flight line. The predator started as an RQ-1 in the late 1990s providing reconnaissance until the early 2000s when it was equipped with two Hellfire missiles. Defense One – All Content

» Washington Free Beacon: President Trump’s Defense Budget Falls Short of Rebuilding Military, Report Says
28/06/17 11:09 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump’s defense budget is insufficient to begin substantially rebuilding the military as pledged on the 2016 campaign trail and merely represents a “more muscular status quo,” according to a new report from the American …

» DEBKAFile: Russia carries out airstrike near Israeli border: reports
28/06/17 11:09 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 12:34 PM (IDT) The Russian air force carried out an airstrike on Wednesday in the area of the town of Quneitra on the Syrian Golan, initial reports said. The target was not specified. DEBKAFile

» DEBKAFile: Knesset speaker, ex-refusenik, makes historic speech to Russian parliament
28/06/17 11:08 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 1:08 PM (IDT) The speaker of Israel’s parliament, Yuli Edelstein, gave a speech at the upper house of the Russian Parliament on Wednesday, about 33 years after he was arrested in Moscow for teaching Hebrew. Edelstein first…

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Jens Stoltenberg, NATO chief: U.S. allies to spend $12 billion more this year
28/06/17 11:08 from Saved Stories – None
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO’s chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defense this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stolten…

» fbi – Google News: FBI agent discusses big investigation – Tallahassee.com
28/06/17 11:06 from Saved Stories – None
Tallahassee.com FBI agent discusses big investigation Tallahassee.com A Tallahassee-based special agent for the FBI offered a tantalizing look into one of the agency’s cloak-and-dagger investigations in a recent interview. Joshua Doyle, …

» The National Interest: The U.S. Army Is Working to “Harden” One Key Asset Russia and China Could Attack
28/06/17 11:06 from Saved Stories – None
Kris Osborn Security, Just in case World War III goes down.  An Army analysis of battlefield networks will likely closely assess the extent to which its flagship combat Satcom and radio network can be “hardened” and made more resilient a…

» Defense One – All Content: Why Congress and the Pentagon Should Bypass Trump’s Defense Spending Bill
28/06/17 11:05 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump listens as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, June 26, 2017, in Washington. Defense One – All Content

» Washington Free Beacon: Trump Continues to Blast ‘Fake News’ Media, Says New York Times Writes ‘False Story After False Story’
28/06/17 11:05 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump continued to rail against the press from his Twitter account on Wednesday, blasting the  New York Times  for writing “false story after false story” and also criticizing the media’s health care coverage. Trump said…

» RSS for National Security: The Latest: Online group re-emerges to taunt US intelligence
28/06/17 11:04 from Saved Stories – None
The mysterious Shadow Brokers group has re-emerged to taunt the U.S. National Security Agency a day after ransomware attack RSS for National Security

» Just Security: The Early Edition: June 28, 2017
28/06/17 10:55 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. US Security from mikenova (71 sites). Zoë Chapman 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…

» DEBKAFile: Assad shown around Russian Latakia air base
28/06/17 10:53 from Saved Stories – None
June 28, 2017, 4:49 PM (IDT) Shortly after Washington warned Damascus against any more chemical attacks and stressed that Russia and Iran would also be held to account, Syrian ruler Bashar Assad’s visit to the Russian Hmeimim Air B…

» In Homeland Security: Iran Accuses US Of ‘Brazen’ Plan To Change Its Government
28/06/17 10:53 from Saved Stories – None
Iran is accusing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of “a brazen interventionist plan” to change the current government that violates international law and the U.N. Charter. In Homeland Security

» US committed to Europe force extension through 2020, Mattis says
28/06/17 10:43 from Saved Stories – None
The United States will extend its forward presence of forces in eastern Europe through 2020, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday, continuing a commitment to the Continent’s security that was declared 70 years ago this month.

» NATO set for defense spending increases as Trump seeks even more
28/06/17 10:43 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies are expected to boost defense spending in 2017 by 4.3 percent, marking the third consecutive year expenditures will rise for an alliance under pressure from the Trump administration to invest even more in their militaries.

» Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen
28/06/17 10:43 from Saved Stories – None
The U.S. has seen no additional activity to indicate a chemical attack is imminent in Syria since the White House threatened President Bashar Assad with retaliation if any further steps were taken, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wedne…

» NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter?
28/06/17 10:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from FB-RSS feed for Lima Charlie Media. NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? Abu Bakr al Baghdadi: Wanted, dead or al…

» The US has continued efforts to sanction Russia for bad behavior, while NATO allies Germany and France appear to have a different agenda. NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch, for Lima Charlie News
28/06/17 10:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from FB-RSS feed for Lima Charlie Media. The US has continued efforts to sanction Russia for bad behavior, while NATO allies Germany and France appear to have a different agenda. NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch, for…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @LimaCharlieNews: Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch https://t.co/4vI8f1Vt…
28/06/17 10:29 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? NEW, via Dr. Gary K. Busch limacharlienews.com/europe/russia-… Posted by LimaCharlieNews on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 5:15am Retweeted by mikenov on Wednesday, June 2…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @LimaCharlieNews: NEW: Russia claims to have killed ISIS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? ht…
28/06/17 10:29 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
NEW: Russia claims to have killed ISIS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter? limacharlienews.com/mena/al-baghda… Posted by LimaCharlieNews on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 1:58am Retweeted by mikenov on W…

» russia france – Google News: Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? – Lima Charlie News
28/06/17 09:49 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Lima Charlie News Sanctioning Russia – With German and French Allies Who Needs Enemies? Lima Charlie News The U.S. Senate has just passed a bill expanding the sanctions …

» В мире – Новости Google: Экс-глава штаба республиканцев зарегистрировался в США в качестве иностранного агента – ТАСС
28/06/17 09:39 from Saved Stories – None
Интерфакс Экс-глава штаба республиканцев зарегистрировался в США в качестве иностранного агента ТАСС МОСКВА, 28 июня. /ТАСС/. Пол Манафорт, возглавлявший избирательный штаб Дональда Трампа, зарегистрировался в министерстве юстиции США в …

» Voice of America: Turkey: Military Returned Fire Against Syrian Kurds
28/06/17 09:38 from Saved Stories – None
Turkey’s military said Wednesday its forces destroyed Syrian Kurdish targets overnight in retaliation for artillery fire against Turkish-backed forces in northern Syria. A Turkish army statement said the clashes happened in the Afrin are…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Global Ransomware Attack Hits Ukraine, Causes Worldwide Turmoil
28/06/17 09:38 from Saved Stories – None
Computers across the world have been struck by a major ransomware cyberattack, with Ukrainian companies among the worst hit. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» RSS: В Оперативной группе российских войск в Приднестровье прошла тренировка по противодействию терроризму
28/06/17 09:37 from Saved Stories – None
Учебное мероприятие носило плановый характер и проводилось в соответствии с планом боевой подготовки войск Западного военного округа. RSS

» SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Последствия кибератаки / Новости
28/06/17 09:36 from Saved Stories – None
From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 04:34 Компьютерный вирус-вымогатель Petya.А распространился на страны Азии, сообщает агентство Bloomberg. В Индии из-за кибератаки вышла из строя система управления грузами самого крупного порта страны. Сбои …

» Voice of America: Romania, Bulgarian Presidents Talk NATO, Black Sea Security
28/06/17 09:34 from Saved Stories – None
The presidents of Bulgaria and Romania have discussed NATO, security in the Black Sea region, trade and European Union issues. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev was greeted Wednesday morning by a guard of honor at the Cotroceni presidentia…

» Putin – Google News: Community anger over Oliver Stone’s Putin interview – SBS
28/06/17 09:34 from Saved Stories – None
SBS Community anger over Oliver Stone’s Putin interview SBS The Ukrainian community and some Russian Australians have expressed anger over an interview with Vladimir Putin broadcast on SBS. The four hour-long interviews by filmmaker Oliv…

» Midterm elections loom over Mueller’s Russia probe
28/06/17 09:12 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election and whether Trump himself obstructed justice…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe – Politico
28/06/17 09:04 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Russia from mikenova (98 sites). Politico Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe Politico Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign co…

» War is the ‘win’ Trump craves to end the Russia investigation
28/06/17 09:04 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from The Globe and Mail – Opinion. Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Try Globe Unlimited- 99¢/week for the first 4 weeks And get unlimited access on all your devices &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;styl…

» Russia – Google News: Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe – Politico
28/06/17 07:47 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Midterms loom over Mueller’s Russia probe Politico Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election and whether Trump himself…

» Europe: Companies struggle to recover after massive cyber attack with ransom demands
28/06/17 07:42 from Saved Stories – None
Systems as far afield as Asia were hit, but the epicenter of the outbreak was in Ukraine. Europe

» Voice of America: Global Cyberattack Hits Indian Port
28/06/17 07:42 from Saved Stories – None
A global cyberattack disrupted operations Wednesday at India’s largest container port, adding to the headaches of governments and businesses affected by so-called ransomware code that takes a user’s data hostage until the victim agrees t…

» Voice of America: Houston, Texas: Previewing America’s Demographic Makeover
28/06/17 07:27 from Saved Stories – None
Bumper-to-bumper on the Katy Freeway: the terrain is flat, and the air could soak a sponge. Heavy traffic covers 26 lanes. Hot, hazy Houston, where roaches fly along Texas’ Gulf Coastal Plain — who would choose to transplant and call the…

» Russia | The Guardian: Obama stayed quiet on Russian interference. History will judge him for it | Walter Shapiro
28/06/17 07:26 from Saved Stories – None
Obama, confident in Clinton’s electoral prospects, chose stealth instead of openness during the US elections. That was a mistake Presidential reputations oscillate for years after the moving trucks have pulled up to the White House. So i…

» Russia | The Guardian: Son of parents exposed as Russian spies has Canadian citizenship restored
28/06/17 07:26 from Saved Stories – None
Alex Vavilov, born and raised in Canada, ‘vindicated and happy’ years after he was stripped of citizenship when his parents were arrested by the FBI in 2010 The son of two deep-cover Russian spies has had his Canadian citizenship restore…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: European NATO Allies, Canada To Raise Defense Spending In 2017
28/06/17 07:25 from Saved Stories – None
NATO allies excluding the United States will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, marking a cumulative $46 billion increase since 2014, the alliance’s chief says. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» WSJ.com: World News: North Korea Compares Trump to Hitler
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
North Korea’s state media described President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy as “Nazism in the 21st century,” and compared the president to Adolf Hitler, in the harshest language that Pyongyang has directed at the administration. …

» WSJ.com: World News: Trump Administration Warns Assad Would Pay ‘Heavy Price’ for Another Chemical Attack
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
The White House said the U.S. had detected what may be preparations by the Syrian government for a chemical-weapons attack and warned that the country’s ruler and military would “pay a heavy price” if they carried out a strike. WSJ.com: …

» WSJ.com: World News: Pentagon Sees Signs Syria Is Preparing Chemical Attack
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
The Pentagon said it has seen signs that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons, setting the stage for a new showdown with President Bashar al-Assad. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer Killed by Bomb in Kiev
28/06/17 07:23 from Saved Stories – None
A senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer was killed when a bomb detonated under his car in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said, in an act the government is treating as terrorism. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Merkel Opens Way for Vote on Gay Marriage
28/06/17 07:22 from Saved Stories – None
German lawmakers cleared the way for an early vote to legalize same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to it, a move that frustrated some conservatives but deprived her opponents of a possible campaign iss…

» WSJ.com: World News: U.S. Downgrades China on Annual Human Trafficking List
28/06/17 07:22 from Saved Stories – None
The U.S. stepped up its criticism of China in a global assessment of human trafficking practices, a move likely to inflame tensions with Beijing. WSJ.com: World News

» WSJ.com: World News: Jihadists Are Seeking Beachheads in Asia, U.S. Admiral Warns
28/06/17 07:21 from Saved Stories – None
Islamic State-aligned militants’ onslaught in the southern Philippines should be a wake-up call to Asia that jihadists returning from the Middle East are seeking to open new fronts in the region, the commander of U.S. Pacific forces said…

» The National Interest: Disentangling the Ups & Downs of Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex
27/06/17 20:47 from Saved Stories – None
Mathieu Boulegue Security, Dual-use production, and particularly at the benefice of the oil & gas industry, will undoubtedly become one of the main challenges of Russia’s military-industrial complex in the coming years. From May 16-19, P…

» Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Let’s Find Out the Truth: Some FOIA Requests to the FBI
27/06/17 20:46 from Saved Stories – None
When President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House quickly stepped up to slime Comey. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that “The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Directo…

» trump and republican party – Google News: Pro-Trump group makes good on threats, launches TV ads against fellow GOP senator – CNN
27/06/17 20:15 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Pro- Trump group makes good on threats, launches TV ads against fellow GOP senator CNN (CNN) The pro- Trump group America First Policies is making good on its threats to air television ads against a fellow Republican, Nevada Sen. Dea…

» Window on Eurasia — New Series: Russia Earned Three Trillion US Dollars from Petroleum Sales Abroad and Exported More than Half of That, OilStat Analysts Say
27/06/17 20:14 from Saved Stories – None
Paul Goble             Staunton, June 26 – Russian companies have earned some three trillion US dollars from the sale of oil and gas abroad since Vladimir Putin came to power; but in…

» Russia and US Presidential Elections of 2016 – Google News: John Podesta meets with House Intel about Russia’s efforts to influence 2016 election – CBS News
27/06/17 19:55 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News John Podesta meets with House Intel about Russia’s efforts to influence 2016 election CBS News John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, met behind closed doors Tuesday with members of the House Intelligence Commit…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Did India’s Prime Minister ‘Evade’ Donald Trump’s Handshake With a Hug? – snopes.com
27/06/17 18:27 from Saved Stories – None
snopes.com Did India’s Prime Minister ‘Evade’ Donald Trump’s Handshake With a Hug? snopes.com U.S. President Donald Trump is notorious for his bone-crunching power handshake, during which he forcefully yanks his counterpart’s arm in a bi…

» Europe: Massive cyberattack hits Europe with widespread ransom demands
27/06/17 18:26 from Saved Stories – None
The hack hit Ukraine hardest Tuesday, but it also affected computers from Russia to Britain. Europe

» Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Judging Al Qaeda’s Record, Part I: Is the Organization in Decline?
27/06/17 18:24 from Saved Stories – None
Al Qaeda’s power and influence have fallen considerably from its peak in the aftermath of the September 11 th attacks, but several well-respected analysts suggest the group remains strong and may resurge. My Georgetown colleague Bruce Ho…

» RSS for National Security: Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted
27/06/17 17:09 from Saved Stories – None
A key GOP senator weighing the pros and cons of U.S. foreign surveillance had the same question as many Americans: Does the U.S. government sweep up their communications while monitoring targets abroad? RSS for National Security

» organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Jared Kushner Lawyers Up – Vanity Fair
27/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Vanity Fair Jared Kushner Lawyers Up Vanity Fair At the same time as he has been checking off items on his cartoonishly-long to-do list, Kushner has also found himself in the middle of the investigation into whether Trump and his associa…

» russian organized crime in us – Google News: Jared Kushner Lawyers Up – Vanity Fair
27/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
Vanity Fair Jared Kushner Lawyers Up Vanity Fair Jared Kushner attended an American Leadership in Emerging Technology roundtable in the White House on June 22, 2017. Nicholas … At the same time as he has been checking off items on his …

» US elections and russia – Google News: Obama cyber chief in Israel: ‘US must stop Russia causing election chaos’ – The Jerusalem Post
27/06/17 17:03 from Saved Stories – None
The Jerusalem Post Obama cyber chief in Israel: ‘ US must stop Russia causing election chaos’ The Jerusalem Post Explaining some of the roadblocks the Obama administration ran into in responding to Russia , he said though “I am no strang…

» Donald Trump: News Roundup for June 27, 2017
27/06/17 17:02 from Saved Stories – None
The news isn’t quite on fire but it may as well be. 1. Immigrant soldiers who fought for the United States may be deported Donald Trump

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Top Ukrainian military official killed by ‘terrorist’ car bomb – POLITICO.eu
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
POLITICO.eu Top Ukrainian military official killed by ‘terrorist’ car bomb POLITICO.eu Later that month, Oleksandr Kharaberiush, a senior officer in Ukraine’s counter- intelligence services , was killed by a car bomb in the country’s eas…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Kremlin Watch Monitor. June 27, 2017 – StopFake.org
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Kremlin Watch Monitor. June 27, 2017 StopFake.org The Canadian Security Intelligence Service published a report based on a workshop it organized as a part of its academic outreach program. The paper assesses Russia’s foreign and domestic…

» Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: How about the Russia investigation focus on Russia? There’s a thought – Fox News
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News How about the Russia investigation focus on Russia? There’s a thought Fox News This latest “bombshell” provides two obvious conclusions that any reasonable analysis would generate: first, there is absolutely nothing new in this …

» trump and russia – Google News: A ‘playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama – Business Insider
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider A ‘playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama Business Insider President Donald Trump criticized former President Barack Obama in a series of tweets last weekend and int…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Panetta: Russia hacked US because of perceived ‘weakness’ – Fox News
27/06/17 17:01 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News Panetta: Russia hacked US because of perceived ‘weakness’ Fox News Former Obama defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta says perceived “weakness” encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to direct cyber-attacks agains…

» Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime and terrorism – Google News: Worse than Russiagate? Spying scandal rattles Mexico – NMPolitics.net
27/06/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Worse than Russiagate? Spying scandal rattles Mexico NMPolitics.net Touching off a political firestorm, the Pegasus exposé drew the swift condemnation of Amnesty International ; scores of human rights, journalist and digital rights organ…

» trump as danger to National Security – Google News: The CNN retraction and the danger of relying on one anonymous source – Washington Post
27/06/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post The CNN retraction and the danger of relying on one anonymous source Washington Post [ Trump renews attack on ‘Fake News CNN’ after retraction]. [The Post has frequently relied … In this Reddit thread, national security…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Sally Yates says the US needs more than a special counsel to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia affair – Quartz
27/06/17 16:59 from Saved Stories – None
Quartz Sally Yates says the US needs more than a special counsel to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia affair Quartz Sally Yates, the former acting US attorney general, says she has deep confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s …

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Russian special services involved in murders of SBU Colonel Kharaberiush in Mariupol, intelligence officer Shapoval … – Kyiv Post
27/06/17 16:58 from Saved Stories – None
Kyiv Post Russian special services involved in murders of SBU Colonel Kharaberiush in Mariupol, intelligence officer Shapoval … Kyiv Post Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has noted t…

» Palmer Report: Report: member of Donald Trump’s inner circle says Trump is going to prison
27/06/17 16:58 from Saved Stories – None
In addition to whatever crimes he may have committed in the name of colluding with Russia to rig the election, Donald Trump has also now committed obstruction of justice and witness tampering in broad daylight – and this comes even as hi…

» Palmer Report: Republican leader: Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is a “dick”
27/06/17 16:46 from Saved Stories – None
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is currently facing difficulties on a number of fronts. His attempt at negotiating peace in the Middle East has humiliatingly fallen apart. He just hired a criminal defense attorney because h…

» trump under federal investigation – Google News: Everything The Feds Want To Know About Freshly Lawyered-Up Jared Kushner – TPM
27/06/17 16:44 from Saved Stories – None
TPM Everything The Feds Want To Know About Freshly Lawyered-Up Jared Kushner TPM One of the White House advisers closest to President Donald Trump is beefing up his legal representation for the federal investigation into Russia’s interfe…

» organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: NATO Must Learn From Ukraine War to Counter Putin – Daily Signal
27/06/17 16:23 from Saved Stories – None
Daily Signal NATO Must Learn From Ukraine War to Counter Putin Daily Signal Hybrid warfare is a strategy that blends conventional and unconventional military tactics and can include a mixture of energy and security threats, propaganda, c…

» mueller – Google News: Fmr. FBI Agent: Mueller Incapable of Delivering Blind Justice – LifeZette
27/06/17 16:18 from Saved Stories – None
LifeZette Fmr. FBI Agent: Mueller Incapable of Delivering Blind Justice LifeZette Mueller has already cast a massive fishing net in addition to investigating Russian collusion into our 2016 election. This is inevitable with special couns…

» Federal Bureau of Investigation: How Donald Trump Misunderstood the F.B.I.
27/06/17 16:17 from Saved Stories – None
Since Watergate, the agency has come to view itself as an essential, and essentially independent, check on the president. Federal Bureau of Investigation

» fbi – Google News: Trump FBI Pick Christopher Wray No Stranger to Crisis – U.S. News & World Report
27/06/17 16:17 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump FBI Pick Christopher Wray No Stranger to Crisis U.S. News & World Report He also played a part in a piece of Washington lore, siding with then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, then- FBI Director Robe…

» fbi – Google News: Christopher Wray FBI Director nomination formally submitted by White House – CBS News
27/06/17 16:16 from Saved Stories – None
CBS News Christopher Wray FBI Director nomination formally submitted by White House CBS News The White House formally nominated Christopher Wray to be the next FBI Director by sending his nomination to Senate for confirmation. Wray relea…

» fbi – Google News: Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn – Power Line (blog)
27/06/17 16:16 from Saved Stories – None
Power Line (blog) Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn Power Line (blog) According to this report from Circa, the FBI’s Andrew McCabe also had an ax to grind with Flynn. A few years ago, Robyn Gritz, a supervisory special agent, …

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn – Power Line (blog)
27/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
Power Line (blog) Report: Top FBI official had it in for Flynn Power Line (blog) According to this report from Circa, the FBI’s Andrew McCabe also had an ax to grind with Flynn. A few years ago, Robyn Gritz, a supervisory special agent, …

» fbi – Google News: Cyberattack against major companies appears to be ‘vandalism,’ says ex-FBI agent – CNBC
27/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
CNBC Cyberattack against major companies appears to be ‘vandalism,’ says ex- FBI agent CNBC The global cyberattack that hit companies and government officials on Tuesday appears to be “cyber vandalism,” former FBI agent Leo Tad…

» mueller – Google News: Sally Yates on Bob Mueller: ‘Folks Ought to Have Tremendous Confidence in Him’ – The Atlantic
27/06/17 16:15 from Saved Stories – None
The Atlantic Sally Yates on Bob Mueller : ‘Folks Ought to Have Tremendous Confidence in Him’ The Atlantic Sally Yates said on Tuesday that “folks ought to have tremendous confidence” in Bob Mueller , the former FBI director who is leadin…

» Day in Photos – Voice of America: June 27, 2017
27/06/17 16:06 from Saved Stories – None
A look at the best news photos from around the world. Day in Photos – Voice of America

» Subway Derailment in Manhattan Injures Dozens
27/06/17 15:42 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Riders relayed harrowing accounts of the train being violently jolted and then being plunged into darkness. For several frightening minutes, as sparks flew and smoke filled the cars, passengers did not know w…

» Encouraging Putin’s Recklessness – U.S. News & World Report
27/06/17 15:08 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Encouraging Putin’s Recklessness U.S. News & World Report Under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump , Putin has suffered far too little both for his attacks on American democracy by trying to influence our 2…

» Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Merkel shift
27/06/17 13:30 from Saved Stories – None
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalize gay marriage, capitalizing on a surprise shift from conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel three months before an election.

» Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays – Washington Post
27/06/17 13:29 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Minor New York City subway derailment causes outage, delays Washington Post NEW YORK — A subway train derailed near a station in Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and resulting in a power outage as people were eva…

» Angela Merkel Eases Her Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage in Germany
27/06/17 13:29 from Saved Stories – None
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, center, at a discussion in Berlin on Monday, where she was asked by an audience member about the growing demands to recognize same-sex marriage.

» Angela Merkel: I search Trump on Twitter for latest US news – video
27/06/17 13:26 from Saved Stories – None
Angela Merkel speaks at an event in Berlin on Tuesday. Asked When asked about her use of Twitter the German chancellor says she doesn’t tweet but searches for what interests her. she is interested in. The interviewer then asks how Merkel…

» Reuters: World News: Ukrainian banks, electricity firm hit by fresh cyber attack
27/06/17 13:17 from Saved Stories – None
KIEV (Reuters) – A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central bank said. Reuters: World News

» Top Stories – Google News: Car Bomb Kills Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer in Kiev – U.S. News & World Report
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U.S. News & World Report Car Bomb Kills Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer in Kiev U.S. News & World Report A bomb planted under or inside a car killed a senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer in the country’s capital Tuesday …

» AP Top News at 11:57 a.m. EDT: New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe
27/06/17 13:15 from Saved Stories – None
PARIS (AP) — A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard…. AP Top News at 11:57 a.m. EDT 10:46 a.m. EDT

» World – Google News: Subway derailment causes chaotic morning commute – New York Post
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
New York Post Subway derailment causes chaotic morning commute New York Post Two subway cars of a C train derailed Tuesday morning at the 25th Street station in Harlem, causing four minor injuries, sources told the Post. @NYGovCuomo @2Av…

» NYT > Home Page: New Global Cyberattack Spread From Russia to Britain
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
The hack bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines. NYT > Home Page

» Reuters: World News: Cyber attack hits oil giant and banks in Russia and Ukraine
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft said a large-scale cyber attack hit its servers on Tuesday and computer systems at some banks and the main airport in neighboring Ukraine were also disrupted. Reuters: World News

» Top Stories – Google News: UPDATES: At Least Three Injured As Door Rips Off ‘A’ Train In Harlem Derailment – Gothamist
27/06/17 13:14 from Saved Stories – None
Gothamist UPDATES: At Least Three Injured As Door Rips Off ‘A’ Train In Harlem Derailment Gothamist Straphangers said a southbound A train crashed into a subway wall between 135th and 125th Streets in Manhattan on Tuesday morning. Accord…

» Reuters: World News: Germany set for vote on gay marriage after Merkel shift
27/06/17 13:13 from Saved Stories – None
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are pushing for a vote this week to legalize gay marriage, capitalizing on a surprise shift from conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel three months before an election. Reuters: World News

» NYT > World: Angela Merkel Eases Her Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage in Germany
27/06/17 13:13 from Saved Stories – None
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, center, at a discussion in Berlin on Monday, where she was asked by an audience member about the growing demands to recognize same-sex marriage. NYT > World

» Putin and American political process – Google News: Vladimir Putin Didn’t Break American Democracy, We Broke the System Ourselves – Newsweek
27/06/17 12:53 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Vladimir Putin Didn’t Break American Democracy, We Broke the System Ourselves Newsweek Vladimir Putin and company just dropped in to pick over the bones. Here’s how it happened. … After the election of President Barack Obama, …

» trump as danger to National Security – Google News: ‘This is a playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama – Business Insider
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Business Insider ‘This is a playground tactic’: Former officials defend response to Russian meddling as Trump slams Obama Business Insider But some former Obama officials and national – security experts sought to push back on that develo…

» organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Jared Kushner Lawyers Up – Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair Jared Kushner Lawyers Up Vanity Fair Lowell with join Jamie Gorelick, who has been representing Kushner for months and preparing him for a yet-to-be-scheduled grilling by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Gorelick, who worke…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Advisor to interior minister says huge cyberattack at Ukraine organized by Russia – Kyiv Post
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Kyiv Post Advisor to interior minister says huge cyberattack at Ukraine organized by Russia Kyiv Post The advisor to the Interior Minister of Ukraine, MP Anton Gerashchenko believes a huge cyber-attack at Ukrainian companies on June 27 h…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Ukraine Banks, Companies Hit By Cyberattacks
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The Ukrainian central bank says a number of Ukrainian banks and businesses in the commercial and public sectors have been hit by cyberattacks via an “unknown virus.” Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» NYT > Europe: U.K. Calls for Major Inquiry Into Cladding After Deadly Tower Fire
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Ninety-five buildings with materials similar to those used in the Grenfell high rise have fallen short in safety tests, “a 100 percent failure rate,” a government spokesman said. NYT > Europe

» russia and the west – Google News: Openly gay Serbia premier-designate to head pro-Russia gov’t – ABC News
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Openly gay Serbia premier-designate to head pro- Russia gov’t ABC News Serbia’s future first woman and openly gay prime minister Ana Brnabic has proposed the staunchly pro- Russian official, and former Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin as …

» WSJ.com: World News: Freighter Captain Says U.S. Destroyer Ignored Warnings
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The captain of a cargo ship that hit a U.S. destroyer near Japan earlier this month has said in a report that the ship sent emergency warnings as the American vessel suddenly cut across its path, according to a person with direct knowled…

» Day in Photos – Voice of America: June 26, 2017
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A look at the best news photos from around the world. Day in Photos – Voice of America

» WSJ.com: World News: European Cities Are Just Saying ‘No’ to Scandal-Tinged Diesel Vehicles
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European mayors, pressed by courts and activists, are banning or curbing diesel use to combat health-threatening smog, presenting a threat to car makers’ livelihood. WSJ.com: World News

» mikenov on Twitter: Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election read.bi/2syNtZM via @bi_politics
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Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election read.bi/2syNtZM via @bi_politics Posted by mikenov on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 2:20pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence
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CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence CIA chief: Trump is an ‘avid consumer’ of intelligence The head of the CIA on Saturday pushed back on accusations the U.S. is not doing enough Russia’s attempts to interfere in elect…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Trump’s enthusiasm for Russia and Putin is dividing his White House, frustrating friends and foes alike https://t.co/7AR3Wgpzr1 via @TheWeek
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Trump’s enthusiasm for Russia and Putin is dividing his White House, frustrating friends and foes alike https://t.co/7AR3Wgpzr1 via @TheWeek Trump’s enthusiasm for Russia and Putin is dividing his White House, frustrating friends and foe…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Video – New York’s gay pride march: anti-Trump but also pro-fun https://t.co/MvdBX5Yl9l via @YouTube
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New York’s gay pride march: anti-Trump but also pro-fun https://t.co/MvdBX5Yl9l via @YouTube FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mueller – Google News: Montini: Andy Biggs wants Mueller off Trump-Russia probe – AZCentral.com
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AZCentral.com Montini: Andy Biggs wants Mueller off Trump-Russia probe AZCentral.com Trying to besmirch someone like Mueller is an old-school, ham-handed strategy. If you’re afraid an investigator is competent enough and honest enough to…

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: FBI, Justice Department Offer Starkly Different Positions on Trump’s Budget Cuts – ticklethewire.com
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FBI, Justice Department Offer Starkly Different Positions on Trump’s Budget Cuts ticklethewire.com Top officials for the FBI and Justice Department are at odds over the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts. Deputy Attorney Ge…

» fbi – Google News: Martin Shkreli’s big-money brag to the FBI comes back to bite him – Crain’s New York Business
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Crain’s New York Business Martin Shkreli’s big-money brag to the FBI comes back to bite him Crain’s New York Business Even as the FBI closed in, the biotech wunderkind boasted to federal agents that he’d made a fortune investing in life-…

» fbi – Google News: FBI Won’t Confirm or Deny Existence of Records of Payment to British Trump Dossier Researcher – Washington Free Beacon
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Washington Free Beacon FBI Won’t Confirm or Deny Existence of Records of Payment to British Trump Dossier Researcher Washington Free Beacon The FBI will not confirm or deny the existence of records showing whether the bureau paid the res…

» mueller – Google News: Donald Trump’s allies are launching a war against Robert Mueller An error occurred. – Salon
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Salon Donald Trump’s allies are launching a war against Robert Mueller An error occurred. Salon On May 17, Robert Mueller was appointed head of the special counsel to probe into Russia’s connection to President Donald Trump’s 2016 Presid…

» fbi – Google News: Mexico to seek FBI’s help on government spying probe – Reuters
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Reuters Mexico to seek FBI’s help on government spying probe Reuters “We will ask the FBI for help,” said Ricardo Sanchez of Mexico’s attorney general office, known locally as the PGR. The PGR will ask the alleged targets of th…

» fbi – Google News: Former Trump adviser Carter Page confirms FBI interviews – CNBC
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CNBC Former Trump adviser Carter Page confirms FBI interviews CNBC A former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign has acknowledged being interviewed by the FBI several months ago. Carter Page confirmed in a text mes…

» fbi – Google News: Trump associate Carter Page describes ‘extensive discussions’ with FBI – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner Trump associate Carter Page describes ‘extensive discussions’ with FBI Washington Examiner Carter Page, briefly an associate of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, expressed confidence Monday in his “extensive …

» fbi – Google News: Trump officially nominates Christopher Wray as FBI director – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner Trump officially nominates Christopher Wray as FBI director Washington Examiner President Trump has submitted to the Senate the nomination of Christopher Wray for FBI director, the White House announced Monday night. …

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Prosecutorial Misconduct At The Federal Bureau of Investigation – Wizbang (blog)
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Prosecutorial Misconduct At The Federal Bureau of Investigation Wizbang (blog) The source, then known as ‘Deep Throat’ who was instrumental in forcing President Nixon to resign was in fact exacting revenge on the President. Our new analo…

» Federal Bureau of Investigation: Tweeting, not Leading, the Response to Russian Hacking
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The Obama administration didn’t do enough to punish Russia for its election interference. But what is President Trump doing? Federal Bureau of Investigation

» Andrew McCabe – Google News: Tuesday’s HOT MIC – PJ Media (blog)
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Tuesday’s HOT MIC PJ Media (blog) … Army general roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimi…

» mueller – Google News: A new pro-Trump ad attacks Robert Mueller’s credibility … – Washington Times
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Washington Times A new pro-Trump ad attacks Robert Mueller’s credibility … Washington Times A pro-Trump group is running an attack ad featuring special counsel Robert Mueller. Pro-Trump group launches new attack ad against special coun…

» www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa
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MUNICH (AP) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over. Describing American reassu…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Kurtz: A Supreme surprise on immigration
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From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 03:39 ‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media narrative changing after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of re-instating part of Donald Trump’s Executive Order limiting travel from several count…

» Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show
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Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as th…

» fbi – Google News: How Donald Trump Misunderstood the FBI – New York Times
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New York Times How Donald Trump Misunderstood the FBI New York Times Mindermann joined the F.B.I. 50 years ago, after a stint with the San Francisco police force, whose corruption he was happy to leave behind. He was soon transferred to …

» Trump – Google News: Mixing Business And The Presidency, Trump To Hold Fundraiser At His Washington Hotel – NPR
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NPR Mixing Business And The Presidency, Trump To Hold Fundraiser At His Washington Hotel NPR President Trump , who is fond of dining at his Trump International Hotel near the White House, will have some company Wednesday — a roomful of p…

» Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal – Politico
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Politico The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal Politico … is a long track record of partnering with powerful Russian businesspeople and government officials, mostly involving energy and mining deals. More r…

» Reuters: World News: Appeals court: Dutch partially liable for some 300 victims of Srebrenica massacre
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The Hague (Reuters) – A Dutch appeals court on Tuesday confirmed that the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths of some 300 Muslims who were expelled from a Dutch U.N. base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb tr…

» Trump FBI file – Google News: Trump says US on brink of become net exporter of energy – Seattle Times
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Seattle Times Trump says US on brink of become net exporter of energy Seattle Times FILE – In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks before administering the oath of office to Energy Secretary Rick Perry…

» SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: Присяжные выносят вердикт по делу Немцова
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From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 01:30 Присяжные сегодня вынесут вердикт по делу об убийстве Бориса Немцова. Судья подготовил для них 26 вопросов. Они касаются роли каждого из подсудимых в убийстве Немцова и приобретении оружия. На скамье по…

» SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos: В Киеве в результате взрыва погиб командир разведки
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From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 00:24 В результате взрыва автомобиля в центре Киева погиб руководиль спецназа украинской военной разведки – Максим Шаповал. Полиция назвала это терактом. На место происшествия выехали эксперты-криминалисты, в…

» Voice of America: Senior Ukrainian Intelligence Officer Killed in Car Bombing
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Ukrainian authorities say that a senior military intelligence officer has been killed in a car bomb in the country’s capital. Police said in a statement that the driver of a luxury car was killed instantly as the vehicle blew up at a Kyi…

» Nato Russia – Google News: Nato news – general worried about Putin’s HUGE modernisation of … – Express.co.uk
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Express.co.uk Nato news – general worried about Putin’s HUGE modernisation of … Express.co.uk A leading NATO general warned Russia was undoubtedly building up its military’s capability to strike far from its own territory and that its …

» NYT > Europe: Google Fined $2.7 Billion in European Antitrust Ruling
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Margrethe Vestager, the European Union antitrust chief. In addition to the Google case, she has demanded that Apple pay $14.5 billion in back taxes in Ireland, opened an investigation into Amazon’s tax practices in Europe and raised conc…

» Top Stories – Google News: Google Fined $2.7 Billion in European Antitrust Ruling – New York Times
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New York Times Google Fined $2.7 Billion in European Antitrust Ruling New York Times Margrethe Vestager, the European Union antitrust chief. In addition to the Google case, she has demanded that Apple pay $14.5 billion in back taxes in I…

» 2016 elections and mental health – Google News: Changing America, Part VI: America’s growing education divide – The Hill
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The Hill Changing America, Part VI: America’s growing education divide The Hill They are three times as likely to have abused illegal drugs in the last year, and twice as likely to have misused painkillers in the past month, according to…

» Russia – Google News: Russia blasts US “threat” over possible Syria chemical attack – CBS News
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CBS News Russia blasts US “threat” over possible Syria chemical attack CBS News MOSCOW — A senior Russian lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the United States’ warning about a potential chemical weapons attack in Syria as an “…

» Defense One – All Content: The American Military Declares War on Sprawl
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For the Pentagon, walkable, bikeable military installations are key to improving the health of troops. Defense One – All Content

» Ukraine – Google News: What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do In Ukraine? – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do In Ukraine ? NBCNews.com John Herbst, who was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2004 to 2006, said the motivations of the oligarchs who ran the party seemed uncomplicated. “My…

» Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: The Daily Vertical: Dr. Evil? More Like Mini-Me
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The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL. Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

» russia and the west – Google News: What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do In Ukraine? – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do In Ukraine? NBCNews.com Backed by Russian -leaning oligarchs, the party opposed NATO membership and spouted anti- Western rhetoric that once helped fuel violence against American…

» 1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): AlJazeeraEnglish’s YouTube Videos: Antarctica on the edge – earthrise
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From: AlJazeeraEnglish Duration: 24:41 Antarctica, one of the most remote and desolate locations on earth also functions as one of the world’s main cooling systems. However, after decades of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, p…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Russian intelligence chief extols covert operatives as cream of the crop – TASS
27/06/17 08:15 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. Trump from mikenova (185 sites). Russian intelligence chief extols covert operatives as cream of the crop TASS MOSCOW, June 27. /TASS/. Illegal agents are the assets to the intelligence service although…

» Opinions: How Bush, Obama and Trump ended Pax Americana
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» Defense One – All Content: The FBI’s Role in National Security
27/06/17 08:06 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from 1. US Security from mikenova (71 sites). FBI agents investigate the scene at the YMCA in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, June 15, 2017, the day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. was shot during dur…

» Putin Trump – Google News: Russia Doubts Putin-Trump Talks Would Help Defuse Situation With NATO – Sputnik UK
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Russia Doubts Putin – Trump Talks Would Help Defuse Situation With NATO Sputnik UK Moscow doubts that a possible meeting of Russian and US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump , respectively, will help defuse the situation between…

» How Donald Trump Misunderstood the F.B.I.
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mikenova shared this story . McCord had been carrying wiretapping gear at the Watergate. This was evidence of a federal crime — the illegal interception of communications — which meant the break-in was a case for the F.B.I. W…

» The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal
27/06/17 06:27 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . More than two years ago, two men started visiting Washington to push Turkey’s agenda in the capital. They dined with dignitaries and enlisted prominent lobbying firms from both sides of the aisle. It wa…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump Demands Apology For Russian Probes, Blaming Obama – Deadline
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Deadline Donald Trump Demands Apology For Russian Probes, Blaming Obama Deadline He’s basing his outrage on a report in Washington Post – which he has derided as a purveyor of “fake news” – that is based on an anonymous source – for whic…

» trump and intelligence community – Google News: Real-life drama in age of Trump challenges TV’s storytellers – Washington Post
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Real-life drama in age of Trump challenges TV’s storytellers Washington Post “It was complete serendipity,” says Gansa. “We wanted our president-elect to be in conflict with her intelligence community . And lo and behold, just a matter o…

» Donald Trump – Google News: Supreme Court partially reinstates Donald Trump’s travel ban – Telegraph.co.uk
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Telegraph.co.uk Supreme Court partially reinstates Donald Trump’s travel ban Telegraph.co.uk The Supreme Court has partially reinstated Donald Trump’s travel ban – meaning that citizens from six Muslim-majority countries without any conn…

» Trump FBI file – Google News: Trump: Obama So Sure Clinton Would Win, He Didn’t Stop Russian Meddling – Voice of America
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Voice of America Trump : Obama So Sure Clinton Would Win, He Didn’t Stop Russian Meddling Voice of America Obama, according to a Washington Post report last week, weighed for weeks on how to respond to the CIA finding. But ultimately Oba…

» trump russian money – Google News: Jared Kushner’s company ‘received a $285million loan a month before the election from German bank that has also … – Daily Mail
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Daily Mail Jared Kushner’s company ‘received a $285million loan a month before the election from German bank that has also … Daily Mail Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee previously asked the bank to disclose the resul…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Russia, upping pressure on Telegram app, says it was used to plot bombing – Reuters
26/06/17 19:01 from Saved Stories – None
Firstpost Russia, upping pressure on Telegram app, says it was used to plot bombing Reuters “It’s sad if Russia’s intelligence services are exploiting such a tragedy as a pretext to strengthen their influence and control over the po…

» trump russian candidate – Google News: Controversial Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak is leaving the US – CNN
26/06/17 19:01 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Controversial Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak is leaving the US CNN … investigations into Russia’s efforts to influence the US election and the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials. This includes allegations of collus…

» Donald Trump: News Roundup for June 26, 2017
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Here’s a reductive look at the world today. 1. Turkish police used tear gas and rubber bullets on LGBTQ+ activists who tried Donald Trump

» Russia influence in Eastern Europe – Google News: US could dent Russian and Iranian influence in region – Khaleej Times
26/06/17 19:00 from Saved Stories – None
Khaleej Times US could dent Russian and Iranian influence in region Khaleej Times It’s Europe , 1945, when the war was still raging against Nazi Germany, but everyone already knew the outcome. The maneuvering was largely between the appr…

» Donald Trump: Supreme Court gives Trump partial travel ban victory
26/06/17 18:59 from Saved Stories – None
Justices to hear appeal of injunction against restrictions on 6 majority-Muslim states Donald Trump

» Trump – Google News: Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court – BBC News
26/06/17 18:55 from Saved Stories – None
BBC News Trump travel ban injunction partly lifted by top US court BBC News US President Donald Trump has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling allowing his travel ban to be partly reinstated as a “victory for our national security”….

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Sergey Kislyak, Moscow’s Top Diplomat in the US, Returning to Russia – NBCNews.com
26/06/17 18:54 from Saved Stories – None
NBCNews.com Sergey Kislyak, Moscow’s Top Diplomat in the US , Returning to Russia NBCNews.com It comes amid investigations by the FBI and Congress into Kislyak’s contacts with Trump aides during the 2016 election campaign. U.S. …. Sepa…

» Trump – Google News: Ivanka Trump ‘tries to stay out of politics.’ Um, what? – CNN
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CNN Ivanka Trump ‘tries to stay out of politics.’ Um, what? CNN “You know, I try to stay out of politics,” Ivanka told Ainsley Earhardt in response to a question about whether she ever advised her father — aka President Donald…

» trump electorate – Google News: Ivanka Trump Isn’t Fooling Anyone – Esquire.com
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Esquire.com Ivanka Trump Isn’t Fooling Anyone Esquire.com In the months since Trump became president, Ivanka has been the unwavering mollifier of the administration, publicly taking on the roles of “woman,” “person with ga…

» Donald Trump: Edward Snowden Bashes New CIA Chief’s Focus On Leakers
26/06/17 18:53 from Saved Stories – None
Mike Pompeo is “baffled” the public prefers those who reveal crimes to those who commit them, Snowden says. Donald Trump

» donald trump russia – Google News: Why Argue That ‘Collusion with Russia’ Isn’t a Crime? – National Review
26/06/17 18:53 from Saved Stories – None
National Review Why Argue That ‘Collusion with Russia ‘ Isn’t a Crime? National Review To date, the best argument the Russia -obsessed have is Donald Trump’s own words and actions: His obsession with the unfairness of the investigation, …

» Trump personality profile – Google News: He’s Back! Berlusconi takes center stage in Italy – Fox News
26/06/17 18:52 from Saved Stories – None
Fox News He’s Back! Berlusconi takes center stage in Italy Fox News Just as Donald Trump’s election last year stunned the self-appointed political experts and the left-of-center media, the results of Sunday’s local elections across Italy…

» putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Sergey Kislyak, Putin’s Top Diplomat in US, Returning to Russia – NBC 7 San Diego
26/06/17 18:52 from Saved Stories – None
NBC 7 San Diego Sergey Kislyak, Putin’s Top Diplomat in US , Returning to Russia NBC 7 San Diego Moscow’s top diplomat in the United States , the central figure in suspicions about President Donald Trump connections with Russia, is retur…

» Comey – Google News: John Oliver: Trump Lying About Taping Comey Was “Extraordinarily Stupid” – Hollywood Reporter
26/06/17 18:52 from Saved Stories – None
Hollywood Reporter John Oliver: Trump Lying About Taping Comey Was “Extraordinarily Stupid” Hollywood Reporter John Oliver does not think Donald Trump made the right decision back in May when he bluffed that he might have taped…

» organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Mexico’s Drug War Makes Everyone a Target — Especially Journalists – Global Voices Online
26/06/17 18:51 from Saved Stories – None
Global Voices Online Mexico’s Drug War Makes Everyone a Target — Especially Journalists Global Voices Online Researchers in Mexico revealed findings last week that since 2011, at least three Mexican state agencies spent nearly 80 million…

» Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Trump, on Twitter, Targets Obama’s Response to Russia – New York Times
26/06/17 18:50 from Saved Stories – None
NEWS.com.au Trump, on Twitter, Targets Obama’s Response to Obama and Russia New York Times Mr. Trump made that assertion despite his own indifference to the hacking during the 2016 campaign, when at one point he said that he hoped Russia…

» Trump – Google News: New study explains why Trump’s ‘Sad’ tweets are so effective – The Verge
26/06/17 18:28 from Saved Stories – None
The Verge New study explains why Trump’s ‘Sad’ tweets are so effective The Verge During his campaign and presidency, Donald Trump has used Twitter to circumvent traditional media broadcasters and speak directly to the masses. He is parti…

» Trump – Google News: Trump, on Twitter, Targets Obama’s Response to Russia – New York Times
26/06/17 18:28 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Trump , on Twitter, Targets Obama’s Response to Russia New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump , who has taken to referring to himself as “T” on Twitter, demanded on Monday that his critics give him “an apology” for an…

» trump and republican party – Google News: For Trump and the Republican Party, it’s still complicated – ABC News
26/06/17 18:27 from Saved Stories – None
ABC News For Trump and the Republican Party , it’s still complicated ABC News For President Donald Trump and the Republican Party , it’s still complicated. That political reality has come into sharper focus in recent days as Republicans …

» FBI politicization – Google News: FBI ripped for handling of Scalise shooting – OneNewsNow
26/06/17 18:26 from Saved Stories – None
OneNewsNow FBI ripped for handling of Scalise shooting OneNewsNow Consequently, says Rather, it’s hard to argue that the FBI hasn’t become politicized . “Andrew McCabe is now acting as the director of the FBI ,” he notes, “…

» Russian Intelligence, organized crime and political interference – Google News: Trump’s Potential Interference with Mueller’s Investigation: What To Watch For – Lawfare (blog)
26/06/17 18:26 from Saved Stories – None
Trump’s Potential Interference with Mueller’s Investigation: What To Watch For Lawfare (blog) But Congress and the press should be on the lookout for other efforts the president and his political allies might take to impede the investiga…

» Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Trump’s Potential Interference with Mueller’s Investigation: What To Watch For – Lawfare (blog)
26/06/17 18:25 from Saved Stories – None
NBCNews.com Trump’s Potential Interference with Mueller’s Investigation : What To Watch For Lawfare (blog) More specifically, Rosenstein assigned Mueller to take over Comey’s investigation , which Comey described to Congress as encompass…

» Trump – Google News: FBI has questioned Trump campaign adviser Carter Page at length in Russia probe – Washington Post
26/06/17 18:24 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post FBI has questioned Trump campaign adviser Carter Page at length in Russia probe Washington Post FBI agents have repeatedly questioned former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page about his contacts with Russians and his inte…

» trump russian money – Google News: CNN deletes false story on Trump ally’s links to Russia: ‘It was a massive f*** up’ – The Independent
26/06/17 18:24 from Saved Stories – None
The Independent CNN deletes false story on Trump ally’s links to Russia : ‘It was a massive f*** up’ The Independent CNN has retracted a story linking an ally of Donald Trump to a Russian bank, amid an FBI investigation into alleged ties…

» Trump FBI file – Google News: Fact check: Trump team lacks a straight story on Russia – The Morning Sun
26/06/17 18:24 from Saved Stories – None
Fact check: Trump team lacks a straight story on Russia The Morning Sun FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Trump is eager to m…

» Palmer Report: Donald Trump just admitted there are “tapes” of his campaign colluding with Russia
26/06/17 18:23 from Saved Stories – None
If you were an interrogator and your job was to get Donald Trump to admit to a crime, you wouldn’t have to say anything; you could just hand him his Twitter account and go on your lunch break. Trump is so eager to sound defiant whe…

» trump russia ties – Google News: FBI Has Repeatedly Interviewed Ex-Trump Adviser Page About Russia Ties – TPM
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TPM FBI Has Repeatedly Interviewed Ex- Trump Adviser Page About Russia Ties TPM The FBI has conducted five interviews with Carter Page about his contacts with Russian operatives and his work as an adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, the …

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WSJ.com: World News: Macron Outlines Plans to Overhaul France’s Labor Laws

The French president, who campaigned for president on a platform of labor reform, says changes to employment regulations are needed to reinvigorate the countrys economy.
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DEBKAFile: Russia carries out airstrike near Israeli border: reports
DEBKAFile: Knesset speaker, ex-refusenik, makes historic speech to Russian parliament
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Washington Free Beacon: Trump Continues to Blast Fake News Media, Says New York Times Writes False Story After False Story
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Mattis: No additional Syria chemical weapons activity seen
NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter?
NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter?

NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter?

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NEW: Russia claims to have killed the Islamic State founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But what does that mean? Does it even matter?
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(11) New York’s gay pride march: anti-Trump but also pro-fun – YouTube
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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. Heres todays news.

SYRIA

The Pentagon stepped up preparations for a possible strike against the Syrian regime yesterday in light of intelligence that Washington saidsignaled that President Assad was preparing another chemical weapons attack, Dion Nissenbaum and Thomas Grove report at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. has observed chemical weapons activity at known production facilities and the activity is at least partly centered on an aircraft hangar at the Syrian governments Shayrat air base, Pentagon spokesperson Marine Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said yesterday, Louisa Loveluck, Dan Lamothe and Ellen Nakashima reporting at the Washington Post.

We just refuse to get drawn into a fight there in the Syria civil war, we try to end that one through diplomatic engagement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, avoiding addressing the White House warning to the Assad regime on Monday or the nature of the intelligence on which the warning was based, Julian Borger reports at the Guardian.

Concerns that the Trump administration is escalating U.S. involvement in the Syrian War without a clear strategy and objectives were expressed by U.S. lawmakers yesterday, Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on an Islamic State prison near al-Mayadeen in eastern Syria Monday resulted in high numbers of civilian deaths, according to Syrian activists and monitoring groups, a U.S. military spokesperson responding that the civilian deaths would be investigated and that the coalition targets command-and-control facilities and other Islamic State infrastructure, Ben Hubbard reports at the New York Times.

A second strike near to the Islamic State-held town of al-Mayadeen killed at least 30 civilians this morning, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today, adding that the identity of the jets that carried out the strike was unknown. Reuters reports.

Turkey returned fire after a cross-border attack by the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish Y.P.G. forces, the Turkish military said today. The AP reports.

We are at a time of testing whether the political will exists for real de-escalation and more meaningful political talks and movement beyond preparatory talks, U.N. special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said yesterday, expressing hope that Syria peace talks scheduled for July 10 will result in significant progress, the AP reports.

While President Trump has drawn a new red line for Assad with U.S. officials describing preparations at the Shayrat airbase in an attempt to bolster his threat to deter an attack, the administration has not elaborated on what exactly the president meant when he said that Assad would pay a heavy price if he conducted another chemical attack on his own people, causing uncertainty in both the U.S. and the Middle East, Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt write at the New York Times.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 27 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on June 26. Separately, partner forces conducted four strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manaforts consulting firm received over $17 million over two years from a Ukrainian political party linked to the Kremlin, he disclosed yesterday in a filing that serves as a retroactive admission that he performed work in the U.S. on behalf of a foreign power without disclosing it, which is required by law, Nicholas Confessore, Mike McIntire and Barry Meier report at the New York Times.

Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee yesterday as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, Podesta, whose personal email account was hacked and the contents passed to WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the election, indicating afterward that the panel had been interested in what he knew about Russian hacking. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

The list of 13 demands issued to Qatar by four Arab nations is non-negotiable, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said yesterday, stating that it’s up to the Qataris to amend their behaviour. Al Jazeerareports.

Further economic measures against Qatar are being considered by the Gulf nations involved in the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Qatar, the U.A.E. ambassador to Russia Omar Ghobash said today, Patrick Wintour reports at the Guardian.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should take advantage of Sen. Bob Corkers (R-Tenn.) plan to block future arms sales throughout the region as a diplomatic tool to resolve the Gulf-Arab dispute, although the impact of such measures may not be immediate, the New York Times editorial boardwrites.

CHINA

President Trump is considering trade action against Beijing, frustrated by Chinas inaction on North Korea, three senior administration officials told Reuters Steve Holland.

Farm boy and former six-term governor of Iowa Terry Branstad made his debut as U.S. ambassador to Beijing today, the long-term friend of Chinas president tasked with smoothing relations between the worlds two biggest economies in an environment of unpredictable U.S. foreign diplomacy under President Trump, writes Matthew Brown at the AP.

Donald Trump is a sucker whos shrinking influence in this region and help make China great again. Thomas L. Friedman distills the views of some of the Asia-Pacifics business and political leaders on the president who considers himself a savvy negotiator and whom China knows exactly how to control at the New York Times.

TRUMP-MODI MEETING

A Trump-Modi nexus could mean disaster for regional peace, Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Mohammad Masood Khan warned in a statement yesterday following Trump and Modis meeting in Washington in which both leaders called on Pakistan to do more to ensure that its territory is not used by terrorists to launch attacks on other nations, Tariq Naqash reports at DAWN.

China and India jostled on their shared border as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United States earlier this week, Indian analysts interpreting Chinas anger as an expression of its dissatisfaction with President Trumps plan to continue with the U.S.-India strategic maritime partnership begun under his predecessor Barack Obama, and some Chinese analysts interpreting the current spat one of many examples of border spats interrupting diplomatic visits as Indias attempt to impress upon President Trump that India could play a central role in controlling Chinese ambitions. Ellen Barry and Yufan Huang write at the New York Times.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Iran accused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of concocting a brazen interventionist plan in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres circulated yesterday responding to Tillersons earlier comments that the U.S. should work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government, Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

A measure reaffirming U.S. commitment to N.A.T.O.s mutual defense clause was overwhelmingly passed by the House yesterday after President Trump declined to uphold the clause known as Article 5 – during a speech last month, since which Vice President Mike Pence and the U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley have both said that America still supports Article 5, followed by Trump himself eventually confirming that this was the case during a press conference with Romanian President Klause Iohannis on June 9, Cristina Marcos reports at the Hill.

French President Emmanuel Macron invited President Trump to France for Bastille Day July 14 during a phone call yesterday in which the two leaders discussed the threat of a new chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, though it was not immediately clear whether Trump would accept the invitation, Aurelien Breeden reports at the New York Times.

Plan B. The U.N. is giving up on building a decent working relationship with President Trump and instead turning to a new message: Trump is handing the world to China, writes Richard Gowan at POLITICO MAGAZINE.

President Trumps approach to volatile international situations in the Middle East and elsewhere is making the world a more dangerous place, his warning of renewed U.S. military action in Syria the latest example of an approach that favors violence or threats of violence over diplomacy and private coercion, writes Simon Tisdall at the Guardian.

The present me moment for global leaders was inspired by President Trumps vision of America First, a stance which the Washington Posts David Ignatius argues is actually weakening America by destroying the network of global alliances and institutions on which its power rests.

The MUSLIM BAN

Iran will take reciprocal action in response to the Trump administrations revised temporary ban on entry to the U.S. for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, it said today, Reuters reporting.

A bigoted ban on Muslims will not keep [the] U.S. safer. The U.S. travel ban was blasted by Irans Foreign Minister Javad Zarif yesterday, Aresu Eqbali and Asa Fitch report at the Wall Street Journal.

The Supreme Courts logic expressed in its opinion on the travel ban suggests that it is strongly leaning toward striking down much of the ban when it hears oral arguments in the fall, suggests Corey Brettschneider writing at the New York Times: by keeping some of the injunctions against the order in place, the court was indicating that it agreed with the lower courts that there was a substantial likelihood that the ban, at least in part, would be found illegal.

Any decision by the Supreme Court this fall other than that the administrations case prevails on the merits would be both inconsistent with the courts precedent and injurious to the Constitutions separation of powers, and would also compromise the presidents ability to defendant the nation at home and abroad, argue David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey at the Wall Street Journal.

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY

A wave of cyberattacks hit Europe and beyond as far as the U.S. and India yesterday, the second massive attack in the past two months to use U.S. exploits against the I.T. infrastructure that supports national governments and corporations worldwide, a situation that the chief executive of cybersecurity company Tellagraff warned might become the new normal, Andrew Roth and Ellen Nakashima report at the Washington Post.

The ransomware virus includes Eternal Blue code believed to have been stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency and which was also used in last months WannaCry ransomware attack, Jack Stubbs, Pavel Polityuk and Dustin Volz explain at Reuters.

A vaccine for the virus has been discovered by security researchers, though it is only capable of making a machine immune from the virus, not preventing it from being a carrier, the BBC reports.

The need for determined international action to fight cybercrime is underlined by the latest international cyberattack, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said today, Reuters reporting.

N.S.A. contractor Reality Winner accused of leaking a top-secret report to the press made her second appearance in federal court yesterday where the judge set her trial date for the fall, Terry Pickard and Daniella Silva report at NBC News.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Six suspected members of an Islamic State cell were arrested in Europe today, four in Spain and one each in Britain and Germany, according to Spains Interior Ministry, the man arrested in Britain believed to be the leader of the group who is wanted in several countries, Ciaran Giles reports at the AP.

European N.A.T.O. members and Canada will increase defense spending by 4.3% in 2017, N.A.T.O. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today, Robin Emmott reports at Reuters.

Goodbye, weapons! Goodbye, war! F.A.R.C. leader Rodrigo Londoño declared that the rebels had laid down their arms after 52 years of guerrilla war in Colombia yesterday in a ceremony that signaled to the rest of the nation that the F.A.R.C. would no longer pose a threat to them, even though it may be some time yet before every weapon is accounted for, report Nicholas Casey and Joe Parkin Daniels at the New York Times.

Companies vying to build President Trumps Mexican border wall will build prototypes by September, a bidding process for contractors to design and construct prototypes currently underway, David Smith reports at the Guardian.

Why is the North Korean economy growing despite economic sanctions and promises of action by China? The Economist explains.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has only just begun investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election and whether Trump himself obstructed justice, but there are already fears that he’ll face pressure to reveal his conclusions before the 2018 midterms.

While it’s unclear how long it will take Mueller to wrap up his investigation, veterans of past White House scandals say that with the midterms already being framed as a referendum on Trump’s presidency, both Republicans and Democrats can be expected to push Mueller to go public with whatever he has before voters go to the polls.

But Mueller will also be shadowed by the criticism heaped on former FBI Director James Comey over his public statements about the Hillary Clinton email probe in the days before the 2016 presidential election.

“It’s going to be déjà vu all over again with respect to everyone being angry whatever he has to say,” said Douglas Kmiec, a former top Justice Department lawyer during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and U.S. ambassador to Malta under President Barack Obama.

The special prosecutor doesn’t face a set deadline, and the regulations establishing Mueller’s office only say he must issue a final report to the Justice Department when he’s finished investigating spelling out why he believes criminal prosecutions are warranted or not – and nothing prevents him from pressing charges or speaking out before the entire report is complete.

Most other major modern scandals involving the White House have dragged on for years, colliding with election campaigns. It took more than 1,200 days between the break-in at the offices of the psychiatrist for Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, for example, and the final convictions of senior Nixon White House aides. During that time period, Nixon won a second term and he became the only president in U.S. history to resign from office.

Note: The exact date of the July, 2015 DNC attack has not been released.

President Bill Clinton was under investigation for more than 1,850 days over two terms as special prosecutors examined everything from his Whitewater land dealings while serving as Arkansas attorney general to his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The Democrat was impeached by the House but the Senate acquitted him in early 1999 after a five-week trial.

A former senior Obama-era Justice Department official said the complexity of the case in front of Mueller could take considerable time because of international financial and intelligence information that won’t be easy to track down. But the source, who has worked with Mueller, said the former FBI director is well known for pushing staff to work overtime.

“If he has one flaw or virtue it’s impatience. He moves people very hard and moves them very quickly,” the former DOJ official said. “The team will be sleep-deprived and sweating bullets as he drives them to wrap it up.”

Any public disclosures on the Russia probe will be prime fodder for both Democrats and Republicans heading into the midterms. “It’s going to be hanging over every single congressional candidate,” said Bradley Moss, a Washington-based national security attorney. “Do you believe the president obstructed justice? Do you believe the president should be impeached?”

Mueller so far has tried to operate out of the media spotlight as he learns the intricacies of what the FBI and Congress have already done on the Russia case, prepares his budget and hires a team of experienced investigators who have pursued such high-profile targets as Al Qaeda, Enron executives, the Mafia and Watergate. His spokesman, Peter Carr, declined comment for this story.

At least five congressional committees have also launched investigations into different aspects of Russia’s election meddling – and Republicans running the probes say they’re in no rush to wrap them up.

“If I talk to one witness and they give me someone else’s name, I’ve got to go find that witness and talk to them,” said Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the House Intelligence Committee’s probe. “You’ve got to run the daisy chain of witnesses out.”

The congressional investigators and Mueller are all dealing with some complicated legal issues, exploring everything from the financial connections between Russia and Trump and his associates and questions about favorable policy treatment that the Republican president may have given to the United States’ longtime Cold War adversary. Investigators are looking into Russian influence on viral “fake news” and its spread on social media, as well as how Russian hackers got into Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account.

Trump’s move to fire Comey in early May – and Comey’s subsequent public testimony that the president had asked him to “let this go” regarding the Russia probe’s examination of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn – is also within Mueller’s jurisdiction to investigate.

Mueller, a former George W. Bush-era FBI director, has been on the job as the Russia special prosecutor for less than six weeks himself. But he’s already come under sharp criticism from Trump and his surrogates, who have been blasting away at his integrity and even floating the prospect he could be fired before he’s even got his probe off the ground.

“We’ll have to see,” Trump told Fox News in an interview last Thursday where he also called it “very bothersome” that Mueller and Comey are “good friends” – a relationship that people close to the two men say is not accurate.

“Jim and Bob are friends in the sense that co-workers are friends,” said Comey’s attorney, David Kelley. “They don’t really have a personal relationship. Jim has never been to Bob’s house and Bob has never been to Jim’s house.”

Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor, said that it’s not too soon for Mueller to consider the heated political environment his team is working in over the coming year.

“I think it would be impossible for any smart lawyer in Mueller’s position not to be thinking about timing with respect to the political process,” Buell said. “You can’t let it affect you in getting the investigative job done right, but to the extent there ends up being any discretion to exercise on the timing to things, you bet they will consider whether election season is underway.”

Copy edited by Sushant Sagar. Graphcis and production by Jeremy C.F. Lin. Austin Wright and Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.

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Subway Derailment in Manhattan Injures Dozens

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Riders relayed harrowing accounts of the train being violently jolted and then being plunged into darkness. For several frightening minutes, as sparks flew and smoke filled the cars, passengers did not know what had happened.

Keyvan Chamani, 28, was sitting by the door of his car watching YouTube videos on his phone when “everything went crazy.”

His first thought was that there had been an explosion. But it soon became clear that it was an accident, he said.

The door, only feet from where he sat, had been knocked off his car as the train crashed into a wall.

“It definitely hit the wall because the door ripped out,” he said. “Smoke filled the entire car.”

He said people were having trouble breathing and some passengers opened windows. But that caused more smoke to pour in, he said, so they closed the windows again.

“I was getting panicked,” he said.

There was an announcement of some sort, he said, but he could not make out what was being said.

Kelly Kopp, 48, a photographer who lives in Washington Heights, said he thought he was going to die as smoke filled his car.

“People were screaming. People were throwing up because the smoke was so thick,” Mr. Kopp said on Tuesday morning as he stood on the street corner above the 125th Street station. His shirt was covered in dirt from having climbed off the train into the tunnel.

“I thought, this is it. I thought we’re going to burn alive in here,” he said.

He wanted to get off the train. After another passenger kicked through a window on the door at the end of the train, Mr. Kelly climbed on to the tracks looking for a way to escape. But about 20 minutes later, workers guided him and other passengers off the train and on to the platform at 125th Street, where the front car was in the station.

The accident quickly rippled throughout the system, causing long delays on a number of lines, with some commuters reporting being stranded on subway cars underground for more than an hour. Officials said service had been suspended on a handful of lines; they could not say when full service would be restored.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who controls the subway system, has vowed to take emergency action to improve the system after it became clear that its antiquated infrastructure was failing.

The number of delays has soared this year, and many commuters complain that they can no longer be sure they will be able to get around the city reliably.

Mr. Lhota said that the smoke and fire reported by riders was the result of garbage on the tracks that was set ablaze in the crash.

He also said that it was not clear if the derailed train was an older-model train, where passengers can pull the emergency brake inside the cars, or a newer model, where riders cannot pull emergency brakes.

For Mr. Lhota, who is only days into a job he has held once before, the derailment was an inauspicious beginning. He vowed to “rebuild confidence” in the system.

For those on the A train Tuesday morning, the delays and inconveniences that have become common on the subway turned much more frightening in a split second.

Kirk James, 42, was heading from Washington Heights to New York University, where he is a professor, when he said the train seemed to “brake really hard.”

Many people were thrown to the floor and he said that in those first few minutes, there was no announcement about what had gone wrong.

People from another car began shouting that they saw and smelled smoke.

“They were trying to break the glass to come into our car,” he said. They succeeded and huddled in that car for a brief period, afraid to open the door for fear that there might be a fire outside.

“Folks were starting to have panic attacks,” he said.

Still, he did not recall any announcement from the conductor. After nearly a half-hour, he said, he saw people leaving the cars and walking toward the 125th Street station, which was not far away.

“I still don’t know what happened,” he said.

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McCord had been carrying wiretapping gear at the Watergate. This was evidence of a federal crime — the illegal interception of communications — which meant the break-in was a case for the F.B.I. Wiretapping was standard practice at the F.B.I. under J. Edgar Hoover, who had ruled the bureau since 1924. But Hoover died six weeks before the Watergate break-in, and L. Patrick Gray, a lawyer at the Justice Department and a staunch Nixon loyalist, was named acting director. ‘‘I don’t believe he could bring himself to suspect his superiors in the White House — a suspicion which was well within the Watergate investigating agents’ world by about the third or fourth week,’’ Mindermann said.

A month after the break-in, Mindermann and a colleague named Paul Magallanes found their way to Judy Hoback, a Creep accountant. The interview at her home in suburban Maryland went on past 3 a.m. By the time Mindermann and Magallanes stepped out into the cool night air, they had learned from Hoback that $3 million or more in unaccountable cash was sloshing around at Creep, to finance crimes like the Watergate break-in. Both men sensed instinctively that ‘‘people in the White House itself were involved,’’ Magallanes, who is now 79 and runs an international security firm near Los Angeles, told me. Mindermann said he felt ‘‘a dark dread that this is happening in our democracy.’’ By 10:45 that morning, the agents had typed up a 19-page statement that laid out Creep’s direct connections to Nixon’s inner circle.

Mindermann, the young ex-cop with five $27 department-store suits to his name, remembers the president’s men who stonewalled the investigation throughout 1972 and early 1973 as ‘‘Ivy Leaguers in their custom-fitted finery — these privileged boys born to be federal judges and Wall Street barons. They were gutless and completely self-serving. They lacked the ability to do the right thing.’’ By late April 1973, however, the stonewalls were crumbling. On Friday, April 27, as Nixon flew off to Camp David for the weekend, mulling his dark future, the F.B.I. moved to secure White House records relevant to Watergate.

At 5:15 p.m., 15 agents arose from their dented metal desks in the Old Post Office building and marched in tight formation, fully armed, up Pennsylvania Avenue. On Monday, a highly agitated Nixon returned to the White House to find a skinny F.B.I. accountant standing watch outside a West Wing office. The president pushed him up against a wall and demanded to know how he had the authority to invade the White House. Mindermann laughed at the memory: ‘‘What do you do,’’ he said, ‘‘when you’re mugged by the president of the United States?’’

‘‘I take the president at his word — that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,’’ James Comey, the former F.B.I. director, said in June, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee a month after his abrupt dismissal from his post by the president. Comey was referring to the account Trump gave in an NBC interview on May 11 — and Comey fought back on the rest of the story as Trump told it. Trump, he said, ‘‘chose to defame me and, more importantly, the F.B.I. by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple.’’

Trump, Comey said, had asked his F.B.I. director for his loyalty — and that seemed to shock Comey the most. The F.B.I.’s stated mission is ‘‘to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States’’ — not to protect the president. Trump seemed to believe Comey was dutybound to do his bidding and stop investigating the recently fired national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. ‘‘The statue of Justice has a blindfold on because you’re not supposed to be peeking out to see whether your patron is pleased or not with what you’re doing,’’ Comey said. ‘‘It should be about the facts and the law.’’

Trump might have been less confused about how Comey saw his job if he had ever visited the F.B.I. director in his office. On his desk, under glass, Comey famously kept a copy of a 1963 order authorizing Hoover to conduct round-the-clock F.B.I. surveillance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was signed by the young attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy, after Hoover convinced John F. Kennedy and his brother that King had Communists in his organization — a reminder of the abuses of power that had emanated from the desk where Comey sat.

One of history’s great what-ifs is whether the Watergate investigation would have gone forward if Hoover hadn’t died six weeks before the break-in. When Hoover died, Nixon called him ‘‘my closest personal friend in all of political life.’’ Along with Senator Joseph McCarthy, they were the avatars of anti-Communism in America. Hoover’s F.B.I. was not unlike what Trump seems to have imagined the agency still to be: a law-enforcement apparatus whose flexible loyalties were bent to fit the whims of its director. In his half-century at the helm of the F.B.I., Hoover rarely approved cases against politicians. In the 1960s, he much preferred going after the civil rights and antiwar movements and their leaders, and his agents routinely broke the law in the name of the law.

In 1975, however, Congress, emboldened by Watergate and newly attuned to its watchdog responsibilities, began its first full-scale investigation of this legacy, and of similar abuses at the C.I.A. Edward Levi, Gerald Ford’s attorney general, gave the F.B.I. an unprecedented assignment: investigating itself. Fifty-three agents were soon targets of investigations by their own agency, implicated in crimes committed in the name of national security. Mark Felt, the agency’s second-in-command (who 30 years later revealed himself to have been Bob Woodward’s source ‘‘Deep Throat’’), and Ed Miller, the F.B.I.’s intelligence director, were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Americans. (President Ronald Reagan later pardoned them.) The F.B.I.’s rank and file felt it was under attack. ‘‘Every jot of wrongdoing — whether real, imagined or grossly exaggerated — now commands an extraordinary amount of attention,’’ Clarence Kelley, the F.B.I. director under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Jimmy Carter, said in 1976. The American people, he argued, could not long endure ‘‘a crippled and beleaguered F.B.I.’’

The Iran-contra scandal provided the bureau with its first great post-Watergate test. On Oct. 5, 1986, Sandinistas in Nicaragua shot down a cargo plane, which bore an unassuming transport-company name but was found to contain 60 Kalashnikov rifles, tens of thousands of cartridges and other gear. One crew member was captured and revealed the first inklings of what turned out to be an extraordinary plot. Reagan’s national-security team had conspired to sell American weapons to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and, after marking up the price fivefold, skimmed the proceeds and slipped them to the anti-Communist contra rebels in Nicaragua. This was a direct violation of federal law, as Congress had passed a bill cutting off aid to the rebels, which made Iran-contra a case for the F.B.I.

In a major feat of forensics, F.B.I. agents recovered 5,000 deleted emails from National Security Council office computers, which laid out the scheme from start to finish. They opened a burn bag of top-secret documents belonging to the N.S.C. aide Oliver North and found a copy of elaborately falsified secret testimony to Congress. They dusted it for fingerprints and found ones belonging to Clair George, chief of the clandestine service of the C.I.A. In short order, an F.B.I. squad was inside C.I.A. headquarters, rifling through double-locked file cabinets. Almost all the major evidence that led to the indictments of 12 top national-security officials was uncovered by the F.B.I.

George H. W. Bush pardoned many of the key defendants at the end of his presidency, on Christmas Eve 1992 — just as Reagan pardoned Mark Felt and Ford pardoned Nixon. This was the limit of the agency’s influence, the one presidential power that the F.B.I. could not fight. But over the course of two decades and five presidents, the post-Hoover relationship between the F.B.I. and the White House had settled into a delicate balance between the rule of law and the chief of state. Presidents could use secrecy, and sometimes outright deception, to push their executive powers to the limit. But the F.B.I., through its investigative brief, retained a powerful unofficial check on these privileges: the ability to amass, and unveil, deep secrets of state. The agency might not have been able to stop presidents like Nixon and Reagan from overreaching, but when it did intervene, there was little presidents could do to keep the F.B.I. from making their lives very difficult — as Bill Clinton discovered in 1993, when he appointed Louis J. Freeh as his F.B.I. director.

Freeh was an F.B.I. agent early in his career but had been gone from the agency for some time when he was named to run it — so he was alarmed to discover, shortly after he started his new job, that the F.B.I. was in the midst of investigating real estate deals involving the Clintons in Arkansas. Freeh quickly turned in his White House pass. He saw Clinton as a criminal suspect in the Whitewater affair, in which the F.B.I. and a special prosecutor bushwhacked through the brambles of Arkansas politics and business for four years — and, through a most circuitous route, wound up grilling a 24-year-old former White House intern named Monica Lewinsky in a five-star hotel. The bureau, through the White House physician, had blood drawn from the president to match the DNA on Lewinsky’s blue dress — evidence that the president perjured himself under oath about sex, opening the door to his impeachment by the House of Representatives.

‘‘He came to believe that I was trying to undo his presidency,’’ Freeh wrote of Clinton in his memoir. Clinton’s allies complained after the fact that Freeh’s serial investigations of the president were not just a headache but also a fatal distraction. From 1996 to 2001, when Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden bombed two American Embassies in Africa and plotted the Sept. 11 attacks, the F.B.I. spent less time and money on any counterterrorism investigation than it did investigating claims that Chinese money bought influence over President Clinton though illegal 1996 campaign contributions — an immense project that eventually became a fiasco on its own terms. One of the F.B.I.’s informants in the investigation was a socially promi­nent and politically connected Californian named Katrina Leung. At the time, Leung was in a sexual relationship with her F.B.I. handler, James J. Smith, chief of the bureau’s Los Angeles branch’s China squad. Smith had reason to suspect that Leung might be a double agent working for Chinese intelligence, but he protected her anyway.

The F.B.I. buried the scandal until after Clinton left the White House in 2001. By the time it came to light, Freeh was out the door, and President George W. Bush had chosen Robert Mueller as the sixth director of the F.B.I.

Born into a wealthy family, Mueller exemplified ‘‘the tradition of the ‘muscular Christian’ that came out of the English public-school world of the 19th century,’’ Maxwell King, Mueller’s classmate at St. Paul’s, the elite New England prep school, told me. Mueller arrived at F.B.I. headquarters with a distinguished military record — he earned a bronze star as a Marine in Vietnam — and years of service as a United States attorney and Justice Department official. It was a week before the Sept. 11 attacks, and he was inheriting an agency ill suited for the mission that would soon loom enormously before it. Richard A. Clarke, the White House counterterrorism czar under Clinton and Bush, later wrote that Freeh’s F.B.I. had not done enough to seek out foreign terrorists. Clarke also wrote that Freeh’s counterterror chief, Dale Watson, had told him: ‘‘We have to smash the F.B.I. into bits and rebuild it.’’

Mueller had already earned the respect of the F.B.I. rank and file during his tenure as chief of the criminal division of the Justice Department. When he started work at the Justice Department in 1990, the F.B.I. had been trying and failing for two years to solve the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. ‘‘The F.B.I. was not set up to deal with a major investigation like this,’’ Richard Marquise, an F.B.I. intelligence analyst who became the leader of the Lockerbie investigation under Mueller, said in an F.B.I. oral history. ‘‘I blame the institution.’’

Mueller used his power under law to obliterate the F.B.I.’s byzantine flow charts of authority in the case. ‘‘We literally cut out the chains of command,’’ Marquise said. ‘‘We brought in the C.I.A. We brought the Scots. We brought MI5 to Washington. And we sat down and we said: ‘We need to change the way we’re doing business. . . . We need to start sharing information.’ ’’ It was a tip from the Scots that put Marquise on the trail of the eventual suspect: one of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s intelligence officers, whose cover was security chief for the Libyan state airlines. Qaddafi’s spy, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was indicted in 1991. It took until the turn of the 21st century, but he was convicted.

It meant a great deal to Mueller, in the Lockerbie case, that the evidence the F.B.I. produced be deployed as evidence in court, not justification for war. In a speech he gave at Stanford University in 2002, concerning the nation’s newest threat, he spoke of ‘‘the balance we must strike to protect our national security and our civil liberties as we address the threat of terrorism.’’ He concluded: ‘‘We will be judged by history, not just on how we disrupt and deter terrorism, but also on how we protect the civil liberties and the constitutional rights of all Americans, including those Americans who wish us ill. We must do both of these things, and we must do them exceptionally well.’’

These views made Mueller something of an outlier in the Bush administration; five days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Vice President Dick Cheney was warning that the White House needed to go over to ‘‘the dark side’’ to fight Al Qaeda. Among the darkest places was a top-secret program code-named Stellar Wind, under which the N.S.A. eavesdropped freely in the United States without search warrants.

By the end of 2003, Mueller had a new boss: James Comey, who was named deputy attorney general. Comey was read into the Stellar Wind program and deemed it unconstitutional. He briefed Mueller, who concurred. They saw no evidence that the surveillance had saved a single life, stopped an imminent attack or uncovered an Al Qaeda member in the United States. In the first week of March, the two men agreed that the F.B.I. could not continue to go along with the surveillance programs. They also thought Attorney General John Ashcroft should not re-endorse Stellar Wind. Comey made the case to Ashcroft.

In remarkable congressional testimony in 2007, Comey would describe what happened next: Hours later, Ashcroft keeled over with gallstone pancreatitis. He was sedated and scheduled for surgery. Comey was now the acting attorney general. He and the president were required to reauthorize Stellar Wind on March 11 for the program to continue. When Comey learned the White House counsel and chief of staff were heading to the hospital of the night of March 10 to get the signature of the barely conscious Ashcroft, Comey raced to Ashcroft’s hospital room to head them off. When they arrived, Ashcroft lifted his head off the pillow and told the president’s men that he wouldn’t sign. Pointing at Comey, he said: ‘‘There is the attorney general.’’

Bush signed the authorization alone anyway, asserting that he had constitutional power to do so. Mueller took meticulous notes of these events; they were partly declassified years later. On March 11, he wrote that the president was ‘‘trying to do an end run around’’ Comey, at the time the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer. At 1:30 a.m. on March 12, Mueller drafted a letter of resignation. ‘‘I am forced to withdraw the F.B.I. from participation in the program,’’ he wrote. If the president did not back down, ‘‘I would be constrained to resign as director of the F.B.I.’’ And Comey and Ashcroft would go with him.

Seven hours later, with the letter in the breast pocket of his suit, Mueller sat alone with Bush in the Oval Office. Once again, the F.B.I. had joined a battle against a president. Mueller’s notes show that he told Bush in no uncertain terms that ‘‘a presidential order alone’’ could not legalize Stellar Wind. Unless the N.S.A. brought Stellar Wind within the constraints of the law, he would lose his F.B.I. director, the attorney general and the acting attorney general. In the end, Bush relented — it took years, but the programs were put on what Mueller considered a defensible legal footing.

Trump’s showdown with Comey and its aftermath is the fifth confrontation between the F.B.I. and a sitting president since the death of J. Edgar Hoover, and the first in which the president’s principal antagonists, Mueller and Comey, have been there before. When Bush faced the same two men, he was acutely aware of the history that attended their confrontation. He wrote later that he realized their resignations could be the second coming of the Saturday Night Massacre, the penultimate disaster of Nixon’s presidency, when the embattled president keelhauled the special prosecutor pursuing the secret White House tapes and lost his attorney general and deputy attorney general in the process. The question is whether Trump cares enough about the consequences of history to avoid repeating it.

For the Watergate veterans John Mindermann and Paul Magallanes, the news of recent weeks has come with a certain amount of professional gratification. When I spoke with them on June 14, both agents said they wanted the bureau’s role as a check on the president to be in the public eye. For years, they felt that their own work had gone unacknowledged. ‘‘We never got an ‘attaboy’ letter from our superiors,’’ Mindermann said. ‘‘But we changed history, and we knew it.’’ Magallanes had always been bothered by how, in the collective American memory, Nixon’s downfall was attributed to so many other authors: Woodward and Bernstein, crusading congressional committees, hard-nosed special prosecutors. To the agents who were present at the time, it was first and foremost an F.B.I. story. ‘‘We were the people who did the work,’’ Magallanes told me. ‘‘It was we, the F.B.I., who brought Richard Nixon down. We showed that our government can investigate itself.’’

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More than two years ago, two men started visiting Washington to push Turkey’s agenda in the capital. They dined with dignitaries and enlisted prominent lobbying firms from both sides of the aisle.

It was an unremarkable Washington story, except for one thing: the last lobbyist one of the men hired was Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s campaign adviser at the time, who was later fired as national security adviser for lying about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

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Flynn’s client, a Turkish businessman named Ekim Alptekin, has gained attention as federal investigators examine Flynn’s apparent failures to disclose foreign contacts. But so far, the other man in the pro-Turkey efforts has largely avoided public notice, making him an intriguing figure in the mystery surrounding foreign influence in Washington.

The man, Dmitri “David” Zaikin, is not registered as a foreign lobbyist and has no apparent connection to Turkey.

What he does have, a ProPublica-POLITICO examination found, is a long track record of partnering with powerful Russian businesspeople and government officials, mostly involving energy and mining deals. More recently, Zaikin has done political work in Eastern Europe, advising parties in Albania and Macedonia that have drifted toward the Kremlin.

Zaikin also has business connections to Trump. Working at a real estate agency in Toronto in the 2000s, Zaikin brokered sales in one of the city’s new high-rises: the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Perhaps coincidentally, Zaikin was also close with a Russian woman who was the exclusive agent for one of Trump’s Florida developments and who was branded “Trump’s Russian hand’’ by a glossy Russian magazine.

Zaikin has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Alptekin and Zaikin have denied knowing each other, and say Zaikin had nothing to do with Flynn’s lobbying deal.

As previously reported in POLITICO, three people with direct knowledge said Alptekin and Zaikin collaborated on Turkish lobbying, jointly steering the work.

Zaikin referred questions to his lawyer, who declined to comment. Flynn’s lawyer didn’t answer requests for comment. The White House referred questions to Trump’s outside lawyer, whose spokesman also did not respond to a request for comment.

Zaikin says he was born in 1967 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In an earlier email to Politico, he wrote that his family long faced anti-Semitic persecution in their homeland and that they fled the collapsing USSR for Canada in 1990.

“Mr. Zaikin reserves nothing but contempt for the Soviet government, and whatever vestiges of it may still exist,” his lawyer, Tara Plochocki of the firm Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss, wrote to POLITICO.

But Zaikin gave a different account to Geoffrey P. Cowley, a British engineer who was his business partner from 2010 until they split in 2016. Cowley said he never heard Zaikin claim his family was persecuted, nor had he heard Zaikin criticize the former Soviet Union.

“That might be the official line,” Cowley said.

Instead, according to Cowley, Zaikin had said his father was in the Soviet military or diplomatic corps.

“When he was with me, whoever I wanted to see, David would pick up the telephone and I got to see him,” Cowley said, naming officials in Albania, Serbia and Guinea as examples. “That doesn’t happen with some Jewish refugee out of Ukraine who doesn’t know anybody.”

Settling in Toronto, Zaikin was active in the community of Jews from the former Soviet Union. He soon became a real estate agent, eventually with an upscale brokerage. He marketed properties to Russian buyers. He married a woman from St. Petersburg and had three children.

In 2002, Zaikin started a side gig. He became chairman of Siberian Energy Group, which was incorporated in Nevada and was listed over-the-counter on NASDAQ. The company’s archived websitenotes Zaikin’s “extensive ties to Russia’s business community, as well as to federal and regional government authorities.”

Zaikin worked to help the governor of the western Siberian province of Kurgan attract Western investors for energy exploration and infrastructure, according to Tim Peara, whom Zaikin hired to help raise money in the United Kingdom.

“He did the government of Kurgan a lot of favors in terms of helping to raise money for them,” Peara said. The governor reported directly to President Vladimir Putin, according to a company press release.

The region’s prospects didn’t pan out: Zaikin’s company never pumped a single barrel of oil or cubic foot of gas, according to disclosures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The SEC repeatedly queried the company about its financial dealings, specifically about its payments to Russian executives and consultants in shares and options whose values were opaque or shifting.

“We note that although you describe various transactions utilizing common stock of the company, it is not clear from your disclosures how the value of such stock for each transaction was determined,” SEC officials wrote in one letter.

In 2006, Siberian Energy Group used shares worth $2.7 million to buy a Russian company, Kondaneftegaz. Less than two years later, Zaikin’s company sold significant stakes in Kondaneftegaz to two Russian investors for just $10 each. Kondaneftegaz had actually been awarded two additional drilling licenses before those sales, according to SEC reports.

Zaikin previously told POLITICO that he was “not involved” in that transaction, though his signature appears on the purchase and sale agreements filed with the SEC.

Zaikin obtained Siberian Energy Group’s licenses at auctions that weren’t publicized and were only attended by people who had government connections, according to a contractor for the company. Zaikin’s lawyer refused to comment on this.

“David was on the inside track,” said Jordan Silverstein, who worked for a firm doing investor relations for Siberian Energy Group. “He seemed like an international man of mystery.”

Zaikin’s business career continued to involve both Russian oil work and Toronto real estate dealings. In 2005, Zaikin told the Globe and Mail newspaper about a new development he was promoting: the Trump International Hotel and Tower. The newspaper reported that Zaikin called his “top five international clients” and four agreed to buy.

“When this project was announced I instantly became a strong believer that it would be a significant winner,” Zaikin told the newspaper. “I have stayed at Trump Hotels and seen how other similar projects went in New York, Chicago and Las Vegas.”

Not long after, Zaikin and several colleagues from Siberian Energy Group became directors or shareholders of a mining company called RAM Resources, later First Iron Group, according to corporate filings. First Iron’s board included the deputy chairman of Russian state bank VEB, who had also been Putin’s deputy chief of staff. The company was registered in the British isle of Jersey, a haven for offshore companies.

Other investors in the company were themselves offshore firms, based in the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and elsewhere.

According to Zaikin’s partner Cowley, who served on the company’s board, the venture was ultimately controlled by Alisher Usmanov, an Uzbek-born Russian iron oligarch. Usmanov’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

Cowley, an experienced mining executive who had worked for other Russian oligarchs, said he was impressed by Zaikin’s global political connections.

A consulting firm that Zaikin and Cowley started advertised Zaikin as having “a network of contacts with senior executives and top government officials and Presidents in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Albania, Sierra Leone, Mali, Liberia, Moldova, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, [and] Romania.”

By 2011, Zaikin had moved to London. He set up several companies registered at his home address. One of them, EM Infrastructure Ltd., lists two names on a U.K. incorporation document: Neither is Zaikin’s. One is his wife, a jewelry designer, and the other is a Viktor Grabarouk, whose address is listed as Zaikin’s home and whose birth date is listed as one day after Zaikin’s own.

A search of corporate records and the comprehensive British phonebook showed no references to a Viktor Grabarouk.

A few years later, Zaikin’s career took yet another turn. After working in residential real estate and the Russian energy sector, Zaikin became an adviser to the ruling parties in Turkey, Albania and Macedonia. He also began working with those parties to set up lobbying in the United States.

Zaikin told Cowley he wanted to be “working with the staffs of senators and high-profile people in the States,” Cowley recalled. The two stopped working together as Zaikin focused more on politics.

Starting around 2015, Zaikin helped run pro-Turkish nonprofit groups to lobby U.S. lawmakers, according to an American consultant who worked with him, John Moreira. Alptekin, the Turkish businessman who later hired Flynn, told Politico he worked with the main group Zaikin helped set up.

In August 2016, Alptekin signed a contract with Flynn for $600,000 to urge the U.S. to turn over Fethullah Gülen, a cleric now in Pennsylvania whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of trying to topple him.

The contract refers to Alptekin as “Capt. Ekim Alptekin.” Alptekin said he’s not a captain and he doesn’t know why the contract calls him one.

Flynn was paid by a Dutch consulting firm that Alptekin owned called Inovo, according to Flynn’s Justice Department disclosures. But records show Inovo had no significant business activity in the three years before the Flynn deal. In fact, the company was in debt for more than 125,000 euros in the months before paying Flynn. Alptekin acknowledged in an interview that Inovo lacked sufficient funds and said he used his own money to pay Flynn.

Flynn’s firm ultimately repaid $80,000 to Inovo. Alptekin has said it was a refund. Flynn’s filing with the Justice Department called the payment a “consultancy fee.”

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to influence the election, is interested in the source of Flynn’s lobbying income, according to a person familiar with the probe. Mueller’s spokesman declined to comment.

While working on Turkey, Zaikin also facilitated lobbying and political consulting deals for the Macedonian political party VMRO-DPMNE, according to four people with direct knowledge of the activities. He did the same for Albania’s Socialist Movement for Integration, known as LSI, according to four people familiar with the arrangements. Zaikin introduced leaders of both parties to American lobbyists and campaign advisers, the people said.

VMRO, like Turkey, historically aligns with the West but has recently cozied up to the Kremlin. VMRO for months refused to leave power despite failing to win enough seats in a December election to form a parliamentary majority. The standoff put the party at odds with the U.S. State Department, whereas it’s received forceful backing from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Albania’s LSI and its leader, Ilir Meta, are avowedly pro-Western but have sometimes clashed with the State Department over the U.S.’s push to reform the country’s criminal justice system.

Around the same time Zaikin started getting more involved in Eastern European and American politics, he and his wife repeatedly met with a friend named Elena Baronoff who worked with the Trump Organization to sell condos in Florida.

On social media, Zaikin and Baronoff discussed plans to meet and posted photos of themselves dining out in London. In October 2013, Zaikin posted back-to-back photos of himself and Baronoff with the chef of a French restaurant in the posh Mayfair neighborhood. Two weeks later, he tweeted a photo of his wife and Baronoff hugging with the comment, “It was warm like in Miami.”

On another apparent visit, in July 2014, Baronoff posted to Instagram a photo of herself and Zaikin’s wife, Yana, on a London sidewalk and then a photo of the lobby of a five-star hotel captioned, “with love to Yana and David Zaikin.”

Baronoff was born in Russia, earned degrees in journalism and mass communication, and served as an official “cultural attaché in public diplomacy” for the Russian government at an unspecified time, she said in interviews and bios. In 1989, she moved to Iowa, then Florida.

Starting with little means, Baronoff became a travel agent and later a real estate agent. She wrote on LinkedIn that her diplomatic training was key to her success in “marketing and building the brand of high-end luxury condominiums under the Trump brand.”

By 2004, Baronoff was Trump’s on-site director of customer relations for the Trump Grande near Miami. She was photographed with Trump and his daughter Ivanka and celebrated on the cover story of The Women’s City magazine as “Donald Trump’s Russian hand.”

As the exclusive agent for the Trump Grande development, Baronoff sold 44 units to Russian buyers, according to an analysis by Reuters. An undated photo surfaced on Twitter showing Baronoff in Moscow with Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr.

Last month, Trump released a letter from his lawyers saying any of his firm’s transactions with Russians were “immaterial,” though Donald Trump Jr. said in 2008 that the company was seeing “a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

Baronoff fell ill while traveling to Turkey in 2014 and was diagnosed with leukemia. She died in 2015. Following her burial, her family received visitors at the Trump International Beach Resort.

Her son, George Baronov, said his mother worked for Trump after first doing business with Trump’s partner in Florida. “She was the in-house broker,” Baronov said. “She did a lot of marketing and advertising and traveling around the world.” The Moscow trip with Trump’s children was in 2003 or 2004, he said.

Two years before she died, Baronoff worked on a $28 million Manhattan real estate deal with Turkish President Erdogan’s son and son-in-law, according to hacked emails published by Wikileaks. The emails also showed the son and son-in-law receiving updates about Zaikin’s lobbying efforts. In September 2016, as Flynn later disclosed, Alptekin arranged a meeting between the same son-in-law and Flynn himself.

Isaac Arnsdorf, formerly of POLITICO, is a writer for ProPublica.

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The Supreme Court granted a partial stay of the preliminary injunctions suspending enforcement of President Trumps executive order, which temporarily banned travelers from six majority Muslim nations and refugees from entering the U.S; the Court will hear argument in the fall, the Washington Post reports. In its per curiam opinion, the Court said that those who had a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States could not be prevented from entering. The court said examples could include those with family members in the U.S., those who have been accepted to an American university, or those who have taken a job with an American company. Additionally, the relationship cannot have been entered into for the purpose of avoiding the ban.

Justice Thomas, joined by Alito and Gorsuch, concurred in part but would have stayed the preliminary injunctions in full and allowed the executive order to go into effect as written. Thomas wrote that the Courts compromise would lead to excessive litigation to determine the exact bounds of the bona fide relationship and the true motivations behind entering into such relationships.

President Trump issued a series of four tweets this morning attacking former President Obama for his handling of CIA revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Reuters reports. “The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win… and did not want to ‘rock the boat.’ He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good, wrote Trump. The President seemed to be reacting to a Friday Washington Post story that provided a detailed timeline of when the Obama administration was made aware of various details of Russian interference. Up until now, Trump has been unwilling to definitively acknowledge the Russian hacking, frustrating even his allies, according to the New York Times.

While various U.S. agencies explore how to respond to Russian interference, officials in Europe have worked to address the issue for years, reports the Post. Extensive experience with Russian attempts to weaponize information has led to active approaches in countries like Sweden, Germany, France and others to combat and suppress Russian subversion.

Jared Kushners real estate firm received a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank as part of a refinancing deal for one of its properties, right as the bank was in negotiations to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it participated in a Russian money-laundering operation, the Post reports. Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating ties between Russia and Trumps associates, could include the Kushner-Deutsche Bank relationship within the scope of his current inquiry.

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak will leave his post at the end of summer, NBC reports. The diplomat has been closely linked to the investigation into Trump associates ties with Russia he had conversations with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, which contributed to Flynns termination, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which led to Sessions recusal from the Russia investigation. Perceived-hardliner Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov is set to take over the position in what U.S. officials have described as a long-planned swap.

The Federal Reserve accesses account information of foreign central banks with assets held in the system on a need to know basis and uses that information for intelligence purposes, Reuters reports. Twelve current and former officials at the Fed confirmed the practice, which has been used several times a year to examine the holdings of the central banks of Russia, China, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Libya and others. Frequently, investigators seek information related to sanctions, terrorism financing, and money laundering.

The U.S. has officially sworn charges against Guantanamo detainee Hambali, who the government says directed three simultaneous bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali in 2002, the Miami Herald reports. Hambali is the first Guantanamo detainee to face charges under the Trump administration and has been held at the camp for over a decade. The Senate Torture Report revealed that Hambali had been previously detained at a CIA blacksite and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques prior to his transfer to the base at Guantanamo.

In a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) threatened to block a vote on arms sales to members of the Gulf Cooperation Council until they resolve their present dispute with Qatar, CNN reports. The nations presented Qatar with a list of 13 demands and a 10-day deadline for compliance. Corkers move could hold up Trumps recently touted $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which is still in the works and would require congressional approval.

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The Early Edition: June 26, 2017

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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. Heres todays news.

IRAN

Senior officials and key Trump allies are pressing the administration to take steps to topple Irans clerical regime as the White House formulates its official policy on that country, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and others saying its the only way to stop Tehrans pursuit of nuclear weapons and its support for terrorism, Michael Crowley reports at POLITICO.

A regime change policy toward Iran would benefit neither American short-term nor long-term interests, writes Eric Pelofsky at Just Security. The Trump administration must move quickly and decisively to clarify its policy toward Iran after Secretary of State Rex Tillersons statement that U.S. policy toward Iran would include support for peaceful regime change there in a public congressional hearing earlier this month which may have gone unnoticed in Washington but which was certainly picked up on in Iran.

Iran is a state to be smartly managed, not assumed to be an implacable enemy. President Trumps demonizing of Iran could result in a widening of the American military mission, from defeating the Islamic State to preventing Irans regional influence from growing, which would be dangerous and which puts at risk the momentary thaw in U.S.-Iran relations represented by the 2015 nuclear deal, writes the New York Times editorial board.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

While a list of demands delivered to Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the ongoing diplomatic standoff against its smaller neighbor are a starting point for discussions [Some] of the elements will be very difficult for Qatar to meet, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement yesterday, Felicia Schwartz reporting at the Wall Street Journal.

Tillerson called for a lowering of rhetoric to defuse tensions and confirmed that the U.S. would support a Kuwaiti-led mediation effort in yesterdays statement, which marked the first formal response from the state department to the Gulf-Arab dispute since the list of demands were released, Al Jazeera reports.

Qatar dismissed a list of demands Saturday, the director of Qatars communications body Sheikh Saif Al-Thani stating that the demands demonstrate that the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism. Nicholas Parasie reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the list of demands yesterday, stating that requiring the removal of Turkish troops from Qatar – one of the demands tabled – is disrespectful toward Turkey, Zeynep Bilginsoy reports at the AP.

We dont need permission from anyone to establish military bases among partners, President Erdoğan said yesterday, throwing Turkeys weight behind Qatars position of non-compliance with the Arab countries demands. Martin Chulov writes at the Guardian.

Qatar urged the U.S. to put pressure on Arab countries to help resolve the Gulf crisis, a Qatari defense spokesperson suggesting that the U.S. should place a hold on the sale of military training and equipment to Saudi Arabia to exert its influence in the region, Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

The siege of Qatar is not acceptable to us, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a conversation with Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday, according to the office of the presidencys website, the AP reports.

The U.S. mixed messages over Qatar has worsened the Gulf crisis and demonstrates the significant and open foreign policy divergences between the White House and the Pentagon and the state department, Julian Borger writes at the Guardian.

Secretary of State Rex Tillersons actions as behind-the-scenes mediator in the Saudi-Qatar dispute has put him in public disagreement with the president who appointed him, write David E. Sanger, Gardiner Harris and Mark Landler at the New York Times.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Russias ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak at the center of the F.B.I. probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election is being recalled by the Kremlin, Buzzfeed News John Hudson reports, citing three sources.

White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushners association with Deutsche Bank in the lead-up to Election Day is among a number of financial dealings that could come under scrutiny as his business activities are reviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of Muellers wider investigation into Russian interference in last years presidential election, writes Michael Kranish at the Washington Post.

Kushners ties with ailing Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) are also part of the Russiagate investigation, Max Seddon explains at the Financial Times.

Homeland Security officials testified that they have evidence that Russia targeted election-related systems in 21 states as it tried to influence the outcome of the presidential election last year before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week as increasing concerns about threats to election systems are putting heat on the D.H.S. and its efforts to bolster national cybersecurity, writes Morgan Chalfant at the Hill.

The hope that post-election campaign Trump would finally speak declaratively about Russian interference in the election and recognize the threat that Russian cyberattacks constitute, without askerisks, wisecracks, caveats or obfuscation has dissipated with the presidents latest tweets trying to focus attention on the former Obama administration or attempts to protect campaign opponent Hillary Clinton, writes Maggie Haberman at the New York Times.

A report from deep within the Russian government detailing Russian President Vladimir Putins direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt the U.S. election delivered to the White House last August as eyes only C.I.A. intelligence was the first moment of genuine foreboding at the highest levels of government about Russias intentions with regard to the U.S. election, the Washington Postreveals in a detailed exclusive.

What exactly is the basis in law on which special counsel Robert Mueller has been appointed? An obstruction charge against the president would face two hurdles: one is the decision whether to charge former national security adviser Michael Flynn in relation to his dealings with Russia and subsequent possibly false statements to investigators about them; the other is the statutory requirement for the president to have acted corruptly, former attorney general Michael B. Mukasey writes at the Wall Street Journal.

President Trumps Twitter bluff that he had tapes of conversations with fired F.B.I. director James Comey led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller and are further proof that the biggest obstacle to a successful Trump presidency is Trump himself, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab coalition the Syrian Democratic Forces has captured a western district of the Islamic States de-facto capital Raqqa after three days of intense fighting, Al Jazeerareports.

Assad forces and opposition fighters are engaged in intensified fighting in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra, inside the portion of the Golan Heights under Syrian control, Al Jazeera reports.

A series of Syrian government targets were targeted by Israels military after several projectiles from neigboring Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, Israels military said yesterday, the second round of strikes by Israel over the weekend. Josef Federman reports at the AP.

Syria is quickly devolving into a free-for-all with a high chance of further friction between regional