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Russian government declares war on the Republican Congress Now that the Republican-controlled Congress is increasingly taking incremental political and legislative stands against a sinking Donald Trump, hes begun begun hurling insults and threats at them in return. Thats culminated in the Republicans supporting a Democratic sanctions bill against Russia in near unanimous fashion, and forcing Continue reading“The Russian propaganda-meisters want to install their “own U.S. Congress””

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Trumpism, as a hostile takeover of the Republican party, was built from the start on an elegiac slogan: Make America Great Again. Temporality was at the core of its campaign brand, guided by nostalgia for the good old days. Bannon has sought to 

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Trumpism and the Philosophy of History – Project Syndicate

US Institutes Visa Restrictions At Its Missions Across Russia Due To Kremlin Order – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington – Reuters
GOP spent nearly $1.3 million at Trump properties this year – Washington Examiner
Republican Politicians Know They Can’t Win Without Trump’s Nazi Sympathizers – Miami New Times
New Polls Show Trump’s Presidency Stands on Perilous Ground – NBCNews.com
Payback: Trump orders diplomatic response aimed at Putin – Hot Air
GOP base comfortable with Trump’s racially inflammatory posture – MSNBC
Scarborough: Trump’s ‘not going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere’ – The Hill
Trump struggles to move past Bannon, starting with Afghanistan – Jamestown Sun
20 Questions That Should Be Answered by the Russia Investigations – Just Security
Why was Peter Strzok removed from Muellers Investigative Team?  It is very unclear why
Secret Service can’t pay agents for Trump and his family, report says – CNN
Putin names new ambassador to US after Kislyak’s departure – The Hill
US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff – Reuters
US makes another move in diplomatic row with Russia – CBS News
Do not use psychiatry as a political tool for Donald Trumps impeachment. The political issues, struggle, and problems should be dealt with by political, not medical-psychiatric means  Michael Novakhov
It’s Time To Impeach Trump – HuffPost
Trump Nominates Intelligence Community CIO – MeriTalk (blog)
US Embassy stops issuing nonimmigrant visas to Russians as diplomatic standoff deepens – Washington Post
Trump admin scales back Russian visa operations after Vladimir Putin cuts embassy staff – Hindustan Times
GOP senator: ‘Too difficult to say’ if Trump will be 2020 nominee – The Hill
Steve Bannon Reportedly Calls Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump ‘Javanka’ Behind Their Backs
Trump Struggles to Move Past Bannon With Afghanistan Plan – Bloomberg
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Trumpism and the Philosophy of History – Project Syndicate
 

Trumpism and the Philosophy of History
Project Syndicate
Trumpism, as a hostile takeover of the Republican party, was built from the start on an elegiac slogan: Make America Great Again. Temporality was at the core of its campaign brand, guided by nostalgia for the good old days. Bannon has sought to 
US Institutes Visa Restrictions At Its Missions Across Russia Due To Kremlin Order – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
 


RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
US Institutes Visa Restrictions At Its Missions Across Russia Due To Kremlin Order
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow says that “all nonimmigrant visa operations” at U.S. missions across Russia will be suspended as of August 23 due to a Kremlin-imposed cap on staff at U.S. diplomatic facilities. … in Ukraine, its role in the war in Syria 
US Embassy in Russia suspends issuing nonimmigrant visasWashington Post
US Embassy in Russia temporarily suspends nonimmigrant visasWashington Timesall 47 news articles »
Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington – Reuters
 


Reuters
Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington
Reuters
The name of outgoing ambassador Kislyak has emerged in relation to several of Trump’s associates as a special counsel and congressional panels investigate Russian meddling and possible ties with the Trump campaign. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions …
Putin Names Longtime Diplomat Antonov As Ambassador To USRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Anatoly Antonov: Russia’s tough-but-pragmatic new US ambassadorGeo News, Pakistan
Russia Replaces Ambassador To US With Official On EU Sanctions ListLondon South East (registration) (blog)all 50 news articles »
GOP spent nearly $1.3 million at Trump properties this year – Washington Examiner
 


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GOP spent nearly $1.3 million at Trump properties this year
Washington Examiner
Republican political committees have spent close to $1.3 million this year at properties owned by President Trump, according to new records from the Federal Election Commission. So far this year, at least 25 congressional campaigns, state parties, and 
Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this yearWashington Postall 7 news articles »
Republican Politicians Know They Can’t Win Without Trump’s Nazi Sympathizers – Miami New Times
 


Miami New Times
Republican Politicians Know They Can’t Win Without Trump’s Nazi Sympathizers
Miami New Times
After Donald Trump’s incendiary comments providing cover for the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville, we’ve witnessed a lot of pearl-clutching from the Republican Party’s leaders in government and the media.and more »
New Polls Show Trump’s Presidency Stands on Perilous Ground – NBCNews.com
 


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New Polls Show Trump’s Presidency Stands on Perilous Ground
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It’s easy to become numb to polls showing Trump’s national job rating to hover between 35 and 40 percent just 200-plus days into the job. But these three NBC/Marist surveys should provide a jolt: If the president is in the 30s in Michigan 
Polls: Majority in 3 key states ’embarrassed’ by TrumpCNN
Polls: Trump slumping in MidwestPolitico
Trump Approval Rating Is Below 40 Percent in Three States That Propelled Him to PresidencySlate Magazine (blog)
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Payback: Trump orders diplomatic response aimed at Putin – Hot Air
 


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Payback: Trump orders diplomatic response aimed at Putin
Hot Air
Will the US response to Russia’s diplomatic maneuver last month hit Vladimir Putin where it hurts? After Russia demanded a cutback of 755 positions in US diplomatic personnel, Donald Trump joked that Vladimir Putin had done him a favor by saving the …
US scales back Russian visa operations visa services in Russia after Putin cuts embassy staffReuters
Trump admin scales back Russian visa operations after Vladimir Putin cuts embassy staffHindustan Times
Trump once backed withdrawal in Afghanistan. Now, he’ll pitch deeper involvementLos Angeles Times
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GOP base comfortable with Trump’s racially inflammatory posture – MSNBC
 


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GOP base comfortable with Trump’s racially inflammatory posture
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More than a few political observers, hopeful that American politics was still driven by decency and principle, saw last week as a deal-breaker of sorts for Donald Trump. The amateur president could spend months testing the limits of the fabric that 
Could Donald Trump Lose in the GOP Primaries?Foreign Policy (blog)all 115 news articles »
Scarborough: Trump’s ‘not going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere’ – The Hill
 


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Scarborough: Trump’s ‘not going anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere’
The Hill 
He’s not going
 
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough predicted Monday morning that President Trump isn’t “going
 anywhere until Bob Mueller says he’s going somewhere,” Scarborough concluded. The analysis follows an NBC News/Marist poll released on Sunday that showsTrump’s approval is underwater in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump was pushing back on what he described as heightened social media speculation that the president may resign. “This and more »
Trump struggles to move past Bannon, starting with Afghanistan – Jamestown Sun
 


Jamestown Sun
Trump struggles to move past Bannon, starting with Afghanistan
Jamestown Sun
Donald Trump returns to the Oval Office on Monday, Aug. 21, in danger of becoming increasingly isolated from the Republican establishment he needs to enact his agenda and the grassroots activists inspired by just-departed chief strategist Stephen 
Bannon’s exit not seen to signal Trump shift to centerKGMI
Bannon ouster could be ‘beginning of the end’ for Trump, Breitbart warnsLos Angeles Times
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20 Questions That Should Be Answered by the Russia Investigations – Just Security
 


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20 Questions That Should Be Answered by the Russia Investigations
Just Security
The intelligence community has concluded the Russian government intended to promote Trump’s candidacy and undermine Clinton’s campaign, an assertion that the president contests Congress should come to a conclusion on this point. Is it possible to …and more »
Why was Peter Strzok removed from Muellers Investigative Team?  It is very unclear why

Who is Peter Strzok, and Why was he removed from Mueller’s Investigative Team?  It is very unclear why… See also: Peter Strzok is removed Making sense of a chaotic week at the White House YouTube Top FBI investigator Peter Strzok is removed from the Muellers Trump-Russia probe Google SearchAugust 20, 2017 Peter StrzokAugust 20, 2017 Top … Continue reading“Why was Peter Strzok removed from Mueller’s Investigative Team?  It is very unclear why…”Source
Secret Service can’t pay agents for Trump and his family, report says – CNN
 


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Secret Service can’t pay agents for Trump and his family, report says
CNN
Washington (CNN) The Secret Service cannot pay hundreds of agents to protect President Donald Trump and his large family, according to a report published Monday morning. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told USA Today more than 1,000 …
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large familyUSA TODAY 
The Secret Service Can’t Afford to Protect Donald Trump and His Huge Family, Agency Director SaysNewsweek

Donald Trump is Rapidly Depleting the Secret Service’s BudgetPaste Magazine all 105 

 
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Putin names new ambassador to US after Kislyak’s departure – The Hill
 


The Hill
Putin names new ambassador to US after Kislyak’s departure
The Hill
Anatoly Antonov will fill the role that was previously held by Kislyak, whose nearly 10-year long stint in the position wrapped in July. Antonov served as a deputy defense minister when Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine, sparking tensions between …
US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff – Reuters
 


Reuters
US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staff
Reuters
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia on Monday, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff. The 
US scales back visa services in Russia after Putin cuts embassy staffThe Globe and Mail 
US Institutes Visa Restrictions At Its Missions Across Russia, Blames Kremlin OrderRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Trump once backed withdrawal in Afghanistan. Now, he’ll pitch deeper involvementLos Angeles Times
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US makes another move in diplomatic row with Russia – CBS News
 


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US makes another move in diplomatic row with Russia
CBS News
While the two countries are trying to work together in some realms, Tillerson said he was trying to get Russia to understand “how seriously” the Russian hacking into the U.S. election “damaged” relations between Washington and Moscow. At that time he …
US Embassy in Russia suspends issuing nonimmigrant visasChicago Tribune
US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staffReuters
US Embassy stops issuing nonimmigrant visas to Russians as diplomatic standoff deepensWashington Post Sharply Curtails Visa Services in RussiaNew York Times 
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Do not use psychiatry as a political tool for Donald Trumps impeachment. The political issues, struggle, and problems should be dealt with by political, not medical-psychiatric means  Michael Novakhov

Do not use psychiatry as a political tool for Donald Trump’s impeachment. The political issues, struggle, and problems should be dealt with by political, not medical-psychiatric means. Michael Novakhov Is Trump Mentally Ill? Democratic Lawmaker Introduces Resolution To Force Psychiatric Evaluation https://t.co/g1h3WB8DE0 Mike Nova (@mikenov) August 21, 2017 Is Trump Mentally Ill? Democratic Lawmaker Introduces … Continue reading“Do not use psychiatry as a political tool for Donald Trump’s impeachment. The political issues, struggle, and problems should be dealt with by political, not medical-psychiatric means – Michael Novakhov”Source
It’s Time To Impeach Trump – HuffPost


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Time to Impeach Trump
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We cannot postpone consideration of impeachment until Special Counsel Robert Mueller finishes his criminal investigation. It is time to pressure the House of Representatives to bring articles of impeachment against Trump for his abuse of power. We must …

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Trump Nominates Intelligence Community CIO – MeriTalk (blog)
 


MeriTalk (blog)
Trump Nominates Intelligence Community CIO
MeriTalk (blog)
President Donald Trump nominated John Sherman, to be chief information officer of the Intelligence Community under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, on Aug. 18. Sherman is the deputy director of CIA’s Open Source Enterprise, where he  
Reports: Trump to Appoint CIA Vet John Sherman as Intell Community CIOExecutiveGov

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint John B. Sherman as Chief Information Officer of the …The White House (blog) 
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Sherman to become third straight IC CIO with connections back to CIAFederalNewsRadio.comall 4 news articles »
US Embassy stops issuing nonimmigrant visas to Russians as diplomatic standoff deepens – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
US Embassy stops issuing nonimmigrant visas to Russians as diplomatic standoff deepens
Washington Post
The visa freeze, which also sparked anxiety that Russia could retaliate, is the latest escalation between Moscow and Washington going back to the alleged Russian hacking campaign during the 2016 presidential election. [Trump campaign emails show aide’s …
US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staffReuters
Russia condemns US visa restrictions in diplomatic tussleBBC News
US makes another move in diplomatic row with RussiaCBS News
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Trump admin scales back Russian visa operations after Vladimir Putin cuts embassy staff – Hindustan Times
 


Hindustan Times
Trump admin scales back Russian visa operations after Vladimir Putin cuts embassy staff
Hindustan Times
Putin refrained from retaliating at the time but last month, after Congress overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against Russia, he ordered Washington to cut its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by 755 people, or about 60%, by September 1 
Payback: Trump orders diplomatic response aimed at PutinHot Air

US scales back Russian visa operations after Putin cuts embassy staffReuters 
Payback: Trump orders diplomatic response aimed at PutinHot Air
Trump once backed withdrawal in Afghanistan. Now, he’ll pitch deeper involvement
 
US scales back visa services in Russia after Putin cuts its staffAOL
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GOP senator: ‘Too difficult to say’ if Trump will be 2020 nominee – The Hill
 


Politico
GOP senator: ‘Too difficult to say’ if Trump will be 2020 nominee
The Hill
But Trump’s historically low approval rating and the shadow of the Russia investigation have added to the sense that he could attract a primary challenger or decline to seek a second term. Trump’s critics within the GOP, including Sen. Jeff Flake 
Susan Collins: ‘Too difficult to say’ whether Trump will be 2020 GOP nomineePolitico
GOP Sen. Susan Collins: ‘Difficult to Say’ If Trump Will Be 2020 NomineeDaily Beast
Collins: ‘Too Difficult To Say’ Whether Trump Will Be GOP Nominee In 2020TPM
Washington Examiner –Daily Mail
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Steve Bannon Reportedly Calls Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump ‘Javanka’ Behind Their Backs

Apparently, it’s not a term of endearment.
Trump Struggles to Move Past Bannon With Afghanistan Plan – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
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SEOUL — The Navy’s top admiral on Monday ordered a fleetwide review of seamanship and training in the Pacific after the service’s fourth major accident at sea this year, following a collision of the USS John S. McCain off Singapore that left 10 sailors missing.

The accident, which occurred east of the Strait of Malacca about 5:24 a.m. local time with an oil tanker three times the size of the guided-missile destroyer, could be the Navy’s second deadly ship collision in about two months. On June 17, the destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided off the coast of Japan with a much heavier container ship, drowning seven sailors after a berthing compartment inside the ship flooded in less than a minute.

[The USS John S. McCain was struck in some of the world’s busiest waters]

In addition, the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel on May 9 off the Korean Peninsula and the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam ran aground Jan. 31 in Tokyo Bay, near its home port of Yokosuka, Japan.

Navy Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a video released Monday in Washington that he was “devastated and heartbroken” by the disaster. The ship is now moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, with the amphibious assault ship USS America arriving to provide support and assistance to the McCain’s crew.

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Search and rescue efforts are underway after the USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore on Aug. 21. The Navy reports 10 sailors are missing and five are injured. Search and rescue efforts are underway after the USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore on Aug. 21. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

Search and rescue efforts are underway after the USS John S. McCain guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore on Aug. 21. The Navy reports 10 sailors are missing and five are injured. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

Richardson said the trend of accidents in the Pacific “demands more forceful action,” and ordered a one-day “operational pause” in Navy fleets across the world to make sure they are operating safely. More significantly, he ordered a separate investigation into how the Navy prepares its forces to operate in the Pacific.

“This will include, but not be limited to, looking at operational tempo, trends in personnel, materiel, maintenance and equipment,” Richardson said. “It also will include a review of how we train and certify our surface warfare community, including tactical and navigational proficiency.”

Richardson said he wanted a broad and diverse team reviewing operations as part of the investigation, with the Navy inspector general’s office, Navy Safety Center and outside experts all assisting. The probe will be led by Adm. Philip S. Davidson, who leads Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk.

“This review will be on a very tight timeline,” Richardson said. “I want to get frequent updates. This requires urgent action. We need to get to it and take corrective action.”

Richardson’s comments came as the Navy continued a frantic search for the missing sailors that included searches of the route the McCain had taken and an effort to explore flooded areas of the ship.

Photos of the disabled ship arriving in port showed a large hole on its left, or port, side at the waterline. More than 18 hours after the collision, the Navy had not disclosed any progress on the hunt for the missing sailors, but a search of flooded areas of the ship was expected to commence again after daybreak in Singapore.

The McCain is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer — named after the father and grandfather of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and nicknamed “Big Bad John” — that had been on its way to a routine port visit in Singapore after patrolling in the South China Sea.

Shipping data showed the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC was also on its way to Singapore when the ships collided before sunrise.

The 550-mile-long strait runs between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, connecting the Pacific and Indian oceans, and is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

The Alnic has a gross tonnage of 30,000, compared with the McCain’s 8,300.

The collision caused significant damage to the hull, flooded nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms, the 7th Fleet said in a statement. “Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding,” it said.

Four sailors were medically evacuated from the McCain by a Singapore Armed Forces helicopter and are now in a hospital in Singapore being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. A fifth sailor who was injured did not require further medical attention, it said.

On the McCain’s Facebook page, people were hoping for good news about the missing. “Praying all the sailors including my brother are safe & the missing are found!” wrote Natalie Bossio.

The 7th Fleet set up an emergency assistance center in Yokosuka for family members of the McCain crew, and Adm. Scott Swift, the head of the Pacific Fleet, is headed to Singapore to visit the damaged vessel, according to a fleet spokesman.

President Trump, returning to the White House on Sunday night, responded to reporters’ questions about the collision by saying: “That’s too bad.” Later Sunday night, Trump tweeted, “Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway.”

The China Daily, a state newspaper, took the opportunity to denounce the U.S. Navy’s activities in the South China Sea, where U.S. and allies have been trying to keep Chinese expansion in check. China claims full sovereignty over the sea.

The U.S. Navy “is becoming a dangerous obstacle in Asian waters” while China is trying to boost navigational safety, the paper said in an unsigned editorial.

“Anyone should be able to tell who is to blame for militarizing the waters and posing a threat to navigation,” it wrote.

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority said the tanker, which was carrying 12,000 tons of fuel oil, suffered damage 20 feet above the waterline but that none of its contents had leaked.

“There is no report of oil pollution and traffic in the Singapore Strait is unaffected,” the authority said, adding that none of the crew on the tanker were injured.

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Marine traffic data showed the Alnic at anchor off Singapore Monday night.

The collision Monday came just days after the Navy issued a damning report listing errors that led to theUSS Fitzgerald collision.

The Navy said last week that it would discipline a dozen sailors who were aboard the Fitzgerald, including the top two officers and the top enlisted sailor, whose careers are almost certainly over. Adm. William F. Moran, vice chief of naval operations, said the sailors who were on watch in the ship’s bridge “lost situational awareness,” contributing to the collision.

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said there will be a wider investigation into U.S. naval operations after the collision between the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC, the second involving a U.S. Navy destroyer and a merchant vessel in Asian waters in little more than two months.

The ships collided while the U.S. warship was heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the Navy said in a statement.

“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” the Navy said. “There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured.”

The destroyer had made its way to Singapore’s Changi Naval Base by Monday afternoon under its own power.

Significant damage to the hull had resulted in flooding to compartments, including crew berthing, machinery, and communications rooms, the Navy said, but crew members were able to stop the flooding.

Four of the injured were taken by helicopter to hospital in Singapore with non-life threatening injuries. The fifth needed no further treatment.

The USS John S. McCain’s sister ship, the USS Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after it was struck by a Philippine container ship on June 17. The bodies of seven USS Fitzgerald sailors were found in a flooded berthing area.

Mattis told reporters in Amman, Jordan, there would be a broader investigation into U.S. naval operations.

“The chief of naval operations’ broader inquiry will look at all related accidents at sea, that sort of thing. He is going to look at all factors, not just the immediate ones,” he said.

Collisions between warships and other large vessels are extremely rare, with naval historians going back more than 50 years to find a similar incident.

A search-and-rescue mission was underway for the sailors missing from the USS John S. McCain involving Singaporean ships, helicopters and tugs, as well as U.S. Navy aircraft.

Reuters video footage from the Singapore Strait showed an area of impact about 6 meters (20 ft) wide in the John S. McCain’s port side.

The U.S. Navy said the amphibious assault ship USS America had arrived to provide messing and berthing for crew of the USS John S. McCain. It would support the search for the missing and divers to assess the damage.

TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

A crew member on the Alnic MC told Reuters by telephone there was no oil spill from the Liberian-flagged, 183 meter-long (600 ft) tanker, which was carrying almost 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil from Taiwan to discharge in Singapore.

“We have not discharged the tanker yet,” said the crew member, who asked not to be identified.

“We are proceeding to Raffles Reserved Anchorage, where the owners will investigate the matter. There was some damage to the valve but no oil spill.”

Stealth Maritime Corporation, the Greece-based owner of the tanker, said the vessel was moving to safe anchorage for assessment. Reuters later saw the Alnic MC anchored off Singapore.

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said no injuries were reported on the Alnic, which suffered some damage above the waterline.

“There is no report of oil pollution and traffic in the Singapore Strait is unaffected,” the MPA said, adding that the collision happened in Singaporean territorial waters.

However, the Malaysian navy said the collision happened in Malaysian waters and it had sent vessels to assist.

The Pedra Branca area near where the collision happened has long been contested by both countries, with an international court ruling in Singapore’s favor in 2008. Malaysia filed an application to review that ruling this year.

“The Malaysian agencies are not involved in the search and rescue operations that is led by Singapore,” the MPA said.

The U.S. Navy said Malaysian navy vessels and a helicopter joined the search in the afternoon. Indonesia said it had sent two aircraft and two warships to help.

The waterways around Singapore are some of the busiest and most important in the world, carrying about a third of global shipping trade.

Ben Stewart, commercial manager of Maritime Asset Security and Training in Singapore, said early indications suggested the warship may have turned across the front of the tanker.

“Instances like this should be rare and they are rare,” Stewart said.

The U.S. Navy said last week it had removed the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on the USS Fitzgerald following an investigation into that collision.

SISTER SHIPS

The USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, built in the same shipyard, are both ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable ships and part of the same Japan-based destroyer squadron. The Seventh Fleet has six ships assigned to BMD patrols, with half on patrol at any time.

The accidents come at a tense time.

The USS John S. McCain carried out a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea this month, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China.

The operation was the latest to counter what the United States sees as China’s efforts to control the waters. China denounced it.

North Korea threatened last week to fire ballistic missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea threatened the United States.

“Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway,” Trump said on Twitter.

The U.S. vessel involved in the latest collision is named for the father and grandfather of U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, who were both admirals.

Senator McCain, a Vietnam War naval pilot who was shot down and held prisoner for 5-1/2 years, is undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

“Cindy & I are keeping America’s sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight – appreciate the work of search & rescue crews,” he said on Twitter, referring to his wife.

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Additional reporting by Henning Gloystein and Jessica Jaganathan, Aradhana Aravindan, Karishma Singh and Sam Holmes in SINGAPORE, Tim Kelly in TOKYO, Joseph Sipalan and Rozanna Latiff in KUALA LUMPUR, Kanupriya Kapoor in JAKARTA, Idrees Ali in Amman and Lesley Wroughton and David Brunnstrom in WASHINGTON; Writing by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Robert Birsel and Tom Brown

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Is Donald Trump mentally ill? That’s what Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren wants to know, and on Friday she introduced a resolution to compel Trump to undergo a psychiatric and medical evaluation to determine his fitness to hold office. Ultimately, Lofgren claims that forcing Trump to undergo compulsory psychiatric testing could pave the way for Vice President Mike Pence and others to oust the president from office.

The little-known 25th amendment of the constitution allows the vice president and executive cabinet to remove a sitting president from office, albeit temporarily, if that president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” According to the Democratic Representative, Trump would surely fit the bill if it can be proven that he’s mentally ill.

Citing the fact that Trump has displayed an “alarming pattern” of both speech and behavior in recent weeks and months, Lofgren claims that legislators are fearful that the president might be not just mentally ill, but unfit and unable to do his job as the leader of the free world.

“President Donald J. Trump has exhibited an alarming pattern of behavior and speech causing concern that a mental disorder may have rendered him unfit and unable to fulfill his Constitutional duties.”

While the 1973 Goldwater Rule prohibits psychologists from publicly discussing the mental health or illness of a sitting president without first having personally examined them, Trump has been the target of mental illness-related questions for months now. As The Independent reports, in late 2016, professors from Harvard Medical School and the University of California called on then-president Barack Obama to order Trump to undergo a mental health evaluation to rule out mental illness before he was sworn in.

The psychiatrists urged Obama to demand a “full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation” of Trump before his swearing in, adding that his “grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to criticism” were red flags that led them to believe the president-elect was “unfit for office.”

None of the concerned professors of psychiatry had personally evaluated Trump.

“Professional standards do not permit us to venture a diagnosis for a public figure whom we have not evaluated personally. Nevertheless, his widely reported symptoms of mental instability — including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality — lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office.”

In August of 2016, Barack Obama himself questioned whether Trump may be suffering from some form of mental illness. According to Obama, Trump’s unprovoked attack on a Gold Star family indicated that the then-candidate was “woefully unprepared to do this job.”

“There has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right.”

In June, 2016, Atlantic published the opinion of a prominent psychologist, who claimed that Trump is indeed mentally ill and suffering from “narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity.”

In February, dozens of psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals lent their signatures to a letter condemning Trump’s mental health and fitness to serve as president. According to that group, Donald Trump continually demonstrates “speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions,” as well as clearly showing “a profound inability to empathize.”

Other experts have publicly defended Trump against widespread allegations of mental illness. According to Duke University Professor Allen Francis, Trump may be a narcissist, but that doesn’t mean he suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

“He is bad not mad.”

Others have called out questioning the potential mental illness of President Trump as partisan politics, “name calling,” and not constructive. Even more have criticized the stigmatizing of mental illness in the context of Trump and his perceived character flaws.

“It’s making an assumption and trying to attach a stigma, and it’s not fair to people who are clearly mentally ill and aren’t bad.”

Despite the fact that his overall approval ratings have continued to plunge, even, as NBC News reports, falling below 40 percent in three of the states key to his unexpected November victory, it’s unlikely that Trump will be forced to undergo a mental health assessment anytime soon.

That’s because the resolution filed by Democratic Representative Lofgren is non-binding. The demand that Trump be screened to determine whether or not he’s mentally ill would also require the nearly-impossible-to-imagine backing of the Republican-led House.

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Clint Watts, a former FBI Special Agent, says that Russian-controlled Twitter bots helped amplify widespread calls for President Trump to fire National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster. The hashtag #firemcmaster spread virally earlier this month.

Earlier reports quickly identified the role of pro-Russian partisans in amplifying the hashtag, but Watts’ claims are based on different data, generated by a monitoring project called Hamilton 68. Named after founding father Alexander Hamilton’s warning about the danger of foreign influence, Hamilton 68 monitors 600 Twitter accounts “linked to Russian influence operations.” That includes both automated bot accounts and what Hamilton 68 describes as “trolls.”

To trace Russian influence, Hamilton 68 begins with official Russian outlets or explicitly pro-Russian mouthpieces, then identifies other accounts pushing the same topics or narratives. Watts described the findings and methods in an interview with NPR’s Weekend Edition this morning.

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Much of what is tweeted by the Russian Twitter network, Watts says, may not look like Russian propaganda.

“The first thing you have to do is infiltrate the audience,” he told NPR. “If you look at the top hashtags, oftentimes they’re very common hashtags you’d see [in] a very pro-Trump audience.” For instance, amidst fallout from last week’s white supremacist terror attack in Charlottesville, Hamilton 68 shows Russian influence networks dominated by the hashtag “antifa” – a term often used to criticize the counterprotestors who were targeted in the attack.

According to Watts, Russian targeting of McMaster is in line with the country’s hostility to international alliances including the EU and NATO, which McMaster has expressed support for despite President Trump’s sometimes unclear stance.

“The long view of the Russian active measures program is chaos and disunity among the American government,” Watts said. “Anytime there’s a rift… they want to amplify those rifts.”

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A highly experienced FBI investigator and former army officer hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to examine Russia’s interference in the 2016 election has unexpectedly stepped away from the probe, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

Peter Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence investigator, is now working for the FBI’s human resources division, according to ABC. It is unclear why he stepped aside, or if he did so voluntarily.

Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and associate dean at Yale Law School, said that she had “never heard of an agent being moved to the human resources department.”

“I have seen instances where if some issue comes up, the agent might be moved to another investigation or to the operations center, where you essentially field calls all day,” Rangappa said. “But why he would be moved to HR is just bizarre.”

Rangappa did not want to speculate on what may have happened in Strzok’s case, but said there were many factors — ranging from small administrative violations to more significant incidents — that could raise questions about an agent’s ability to stay on a case.

A former FBI agent who worked with Strzok on and off over several years in the bureau’s counterintelligence division said that Strzok’s move to HR means he has now been separated from counterintelligence work altogether.

The FBI sometimes parks agents in the human resources department, the agent explained, when they need to be reassigned quickly away from substantive matters and there’s no other place to put them. Christopher Wray, who was confirmed as the new FBI director two weeks ago, would have played a role in reassigning Strzok.

Strzok headed the FBI’s counterespionage division last year and was one of the top officials overseeing the criminal investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information while she was secretary of state. He had previously worked on some of the “most secretive investigations in recent years involving Russian and Chinese espionage,” according to the New York Times.

Rangappa noted that the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened an investigation in January into the FBI’s handling of the email probe, including former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to announce a new inquiry into her email server 11 days before the election. It is not clear whether Strzok, who supervised elements of the email probe, was caught up in the OIG investigation.

The OIG declined to comment. But their website lists the probe as ongoing.

Strzok’s departure also came one week after The Washington Post reported that Mueller had obtained a search warrant to raid the home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The Post report cited “people familiar with the search,” prompting questions about whether anyone on Mueller’s team had leaked the existence of the search warrant to the Post.

Mueller has assembled two-dozen investigators and lawyers to help him examine Russia’s election interference and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow to undermine Clinton. The former FBI director impaneled a grand jury in late July that quickly issued subpoenas related to the June 2016 meeting between Trump’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin.

Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting.

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, in part: “I would say yeah. I would say yes.”

To understand the discussion, one must be familiar with the mandate itself and the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, 28 C.F.R. Part 600, which govern the conduct of the Special Counsel.

On May 17, 2017, “to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” Acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Mueller to serve as special counsel for the Justice Department.

Rosenstein’s order authorizes the special counsel “to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before that House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation, and

iii) any other matters with the scope of 28 C.F.R. Section 600.4(a).”

Section 600.4(a)

 grants the special counsel the authority to “investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with the intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and intimidation of witnesses.”

During his March 20, 2017 testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Investigations referenced in Rosenstein’s order, Comey

testified

 that: “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”

Broad scope

Taken all together, Mueller’s investigative mandate is broad.

Its scope seems clear and includes investigating:

(1) Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election;

(2) the nature of any links between the Russian government and any and all individuals associated with the Trump presidential campaign;

(3) the nature of any coordination between the Russian government and any and all individuals associated with the Trump presidential campaign;

(4) any matters that have arisen out of the Russian election interference investigation;

(5) any matters that might arise directly from the Russian election interference investigation; and

(6) any federal crimes committed in the course of or with the intent to interfere with the investigation.

The core question is not a simple one: whether there were any links and/or coordination between the Trump campaign and representatives of the Russian government (“collusion” in the term popularized by the media; “conspiracy” in legal terms). This is because direct evidence of any collusion or conspiracy may be difficult to come by.

Not Perry Mason

It is unlikely that a signed agreement between the parties would exist. It is not probable that written documents expressly evidence a quid pro quo. It would be surprising if there were any Perry Mason-style confessions by witnesses appearing before the grand jury.

To the extent that any evidence of a conspiracy were to exist and the conspiracy could be proven, it is likely that most of the evidence would be circumstantial — that is, it may only consist of verbal understandings and tacit agreements through financial and other intermediaries and close business associates.

Witness testimony, especially from individuals with knowledge of the core questions, will be critical. Financial relationships and dealings, even those remote in place and time, may be important to shed light on motive, intent or susceptibility to compromise.

It can be challenging, however, for a prosecutor to succeed in persuading a witness to cooperate, particularly in a case like this. What is often required is leverage and incentive. Leverage and incentive are most readily gained when a prosecutor can establish that a witness participated in some other readily provable crime.

Generally, the crime does not have to be directly connected or related to the core matter under investigation, but given Mueller’s mandate and the limitations imposed by Section 600.4(a), it would seem that the offense would need to be related in some way to the Russian investigation.

What prosecutors do

At the early stages of an investigation, particularly one like Muller’s that is complex, it is often impossible to determine what is or is not related to the core question under investigation. Accordingly, it is a sound prosecutorial practice to pursue all leads, especially those that involve financial or other business dealings that may shed light on the parties’ relationships. Thus, predetermining relevance at this stage of the investigation could be a mistake.

As Mueller’s investigation matures, it may come to pass that some of the leads investigated (including possibly Trump’s and/or his family’s financial dealings) will prove to have merit, but that they may be beyond the scope of Mueller’s original mandate. If so, what Mueller and Rosenstein will have to consider is how best to resolve these issues. Section 600.4

 provides

 a mechanism.

It provides: “If in the course of his or her investigation the special counsel concludes that additional jurisdiction beyond that specified in his or her original jurisdiction is necessary in order to fully investigate and resolve the matters assigned, or to investigate new matters that come to light in the course of his or her investigation, he or she shall consult with the Attorney General, who will determine whether to include the additional matters within the special counsel’s jurisdiction or assign them elsewhere.”

As such, Rosenstein, acting in consultation with Mueller, must reach a decision as to whether and in what circumstances it would be in the best interests of justice to expand the original mandate to allow the special counsel to investigate and resolve fully these matters and/or to investigate any other new matters that may have come to light in the course of the investigation.

If a decision were made not to expand the mandate, the activities that are not within the original mandate could be referred either to the Department of Justice or to the US Attorney’s office with jurisdiction over the matter for completion.

Those who worry about Mueller having an unlimited budget to conduct a “fishing expedition” should be reminded that Section 600.8(a)

 requires

 the special counsel to report to Acting Attorney General Rosenstein on the status of the investigation and to seek approval of an annual budget. The acting attorney general will determine annually whether the investigation should continue and, if so, he will establish the budget for the year. This serves as a restraint on unchecked spending and an overly broad investigation.

Too early to cut off any leads

In an investigation such as this, with so many aspects, allegations, and participants spread across the globe, it is much too early to cut off any investigative leads.

The financial dealings of the Trump businesses and those of his family and business associates, whether directly related or not, may provide an understanding that is relevant to the heart of the investigation. If they do, they are, de facto, not unrelated.

If the financial dealings prove to be unrelated, the regulations offer two possible solutions — refer that aspect of the investigation to the Department of Justice to handle, or expand the mandate to cover the resolution of the matter. In either case, justice will be served.

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BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Spanish police hunting for a suspect after the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people said on Sunday they could not rule out that he had slipped over the border into France.

Spanish police said security operations were under way in Catalonia and on the French border as they try to find Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, who they believe is the only one of 12 suspects still at large.

Others have been arrested, shot by police or killed in an explosion at a house in Catalonia a day before Thursday’s van attack on Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most famous boulevard.

“We don’t have any specific information on this but it cannot be ruled out,” Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero told a news conference in Barcelona when asked if Abouyaaqoub could have crossed into France.

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Spanish media have said Abouyaaqoub was suspected of being the driver, who fled after the attack. Trapero said he could not confirm who was driving, but said investigators believed only one person was in the van.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a van traveling at high-speed drove through crowds of tourists and local people walking along Las Ramblas, leaving a trail of dead and 120 injured from 34 countries.

Hours later, police shot dead five men wearing fake explosive belts in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils after they rammed holidaymakers with a car and stabbed others, killing one woman.

A police source in France told Reuters on Friday that police there had been looking for the driver of a white Renault Kangoo van that may be connected to the attacks. French media said on Saturday the vehicle had been found near Barcelona.

Abouyaaqoub’s mother Hannou Ghanimi, speaking to reporters, urged her son to give himself up to police, saying she preferred him being in prison to being dead.

The attacks were the deadliest in Spain for more than a decade. In little more than a year, militants have used vehicles as weapons to kill nearly 130 people in France, Germany, Britain, Sweden and Spain.

Four people have been arrested so far in connection with the attacks – three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla.

PYRENEAN CONNECTION

One focus of the investigation is on Ripoll, a quiet town set beneath the Pyrenees mountain range and ringed by forested hills, which was the home of a number of the youths, most of Moroccan nationality, who are suspected of involvement. Three of those killed in Cambrils were aged between 17 and 24.

A common thread running through the young men’s lives was a local imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, whose landlord said he left Ripoll two days before the attack.

Spanish media have depicted Es Satty as being a possible ring-leader who indoctrinated the group.

Papers bearing what appeared to be French names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses were seen by reporters in Es Satty’s apartment in Ripoll after it was searched by police.

A police document published by Spanish media said two alleged members of the group, Youssef Aallaa and Mohamed Hichamy, now both believed dead, had traveled to Zurich in December 2016.

Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger said Swiss police confirmed that at least one of the Barcelona suspects had been in Zurich in December 2016, although it said it was not yet possible to say if the suspects had any connections to Switzerland. An investigation of the visit was under way, it said.

Trapero said investigators have identified two people from remains found in a house razed in an explosion on Wednesday in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, that police believe the suspects were using as a base.

Police believe the explosion foiled the cell’s plans to carry out one or more large-scale bombings in Barcelona and led them to rush to stage attacks with vehicles.

More than 100 butane gas cylinders were found at the house, and also, according to Spanish media, traces of TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, a highly volatile explosive nicknamed “the mother of Satan” that can be made with easily obtainable household chemicals.

Of the 14 dead in the two attacks, five are Spanish, two are Italians, two are Portuguese, one Belgian, one Canadian and one a U.S. citizen, emergency services and authorities from those countries have confirmed so far.

Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa joined Catalan leaders on Sunday for a service in memory of the victims of the attack at Barcelona’s towering Sagrada Familia church, one of the city’s landmarks designed by architect Antoni Gaudi.

Spain has kept its security alert level at four, one notch below the maximum level that would indicate another attack was imminent, but said it would reinforce security in crowded areas and tourist hotspots.

Additional reporting by Sarah White, Julien Toyer, Adrian Croft, Rodrigo de Miguel, Alba Asenjo and John Miller in Zurich; Writing by Adrian Croft; Editing by Julien Toyer and Janet Lawrence

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Anthony Weiner is asking a Manhattan federal judge to delay the sentencing date in the case against him for texting a minor sexually inappropriate messages.

In a letter to Manhattan federal Judge Denise Cote, the disgraced former congressman requested that his Sept. 8 sentencing date be pushed back to Oct. 6 to give his attorneys more time to prepare a sentencing recommendation for the judge “that best addresses the need for continuing treatment,” his lawyer, Arlo Devlin-Brown, wrote.

The 52-year-old pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor, which could get him up to 10 years behind bars, though he will likely face far less time because of the plea deal he took.

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Starting in January 2016, the scandal-plagued ex-lawmaker allegedly carried out a months-long relationship with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl — whose father told the Daily Mail that Weiner was aware of her age.

He would talk to her on Skype and text her using the name “T-Dog” and would tell her his fantasies about rape and ask her to dress up in a school uniform, the girl told the Mail.

Weiner is married to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who filed for divorce in May on the same day he pleaded guilty over the illicit correspondence with the underage girl.

The pair’s first divorce hearing is set for Sept. 13 after it was moved from an earlier June date to follow five days after his sentencing.

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Mr. Bannon’s departure was met with widespread criticism from some conservative media outlets. Mr. Bannon immediately returned to Breitbart News, which during the campaign and early months of the Trump presidency served as clearinghouse for attacks on Mr. Trump’s adversaries.

He told The Weekly Standard: “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over. We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

With the departure of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, at least eight top officials are no longer in the White House.

Mr. Bannon’s removal is a victory for Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general whose mission is to impose discipline on White House personnel. Yet Mr. Bannon may still prove to be a confidant for the president, offering advice and counsel from the outside, much like other former advisers who still frequently consult with Mr. Trump. Mr. Bannon, in particular, had formed a philosophical alliance with Mr. Trump and they shared an unlikely chemistry.

The loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.

Mr. Bannon’s many critics bore down after the violence in Charlottesville. Outraged over Mr. Trump’s insistence that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally, leaving one woman dead, human rights activists demanded that the president fire so-called nationalists working in the West Wing. That group of hard-right populists in the White House was led by Mr. Bannon.

On Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York, Mr. Trump refused to guarantee Mr. Bannon’s job security but defended him as “not a racist” and “a friend.”

“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Bannon’s dismissal followed an Aug. 16 interview he initiated with a writer with whom he had never spoken, with the progressive publication The American Prospect. In it, Mr. Bannon mockingly played down the American military threat to North Korea as nonsensical: “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

He also bad-mouthed his colleagues in the Trump administration, vowed to oust a diplomat at the State Department and mocked officials as “wetting themselves” over the consequences of radically changing trade policy.

Of the far right, he said, “These guys are a collection of clowns,” and he called it a “fringe element” of “losers.”

“We gotta help crush it,” he said in the interview, which people close to Mr. Bannon said he believed was off the record.

Privately, several White House officials said that Mr. Bannon appeared to be provoking Mr. Trump and that they did not see how the president could keep him on after the interview was published.

Following the interview, Mr. Bannon had made clear to allies that he expected to be back soon at the right-wing website <a href=”http://Breitbart.com” rel=”nofollow”>Breitbart.com</a> that he had steered before joining Mr. Trump’s campaign. He had dinner in New York City on Wednesday night with Robert Mercer, the hedge fund billionaire who is also Mr. Bannon’s chief patron, to discuss the future, according to a person briefed on the discussions.

Mr. Bannon’s departure was long rumored in Washington. Mr. Kelly, who was brought on as chief of staff for his ability to organize a chaotic staff, was said to have grown weary of the chief strategist’s long-running feud with Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser.

One White House official, who would not be named discussing the president’s thinking, said Mr. Trump wanted to remove Mr. Bannon after he ousted Reince Priebus as his chief of staff three weeks ago; Mr. Bannon had been aligned with Mr. Priebus. But Mr. Trump changed his mind as several defenders of Mr. Bannon warned the president that he risked losing supporters who saw Mr. Bannon as a conduit of their views.

Since then, Mr. Kelly has been evaluating Mr. Bannon’s status, according to the official. The president and Mr. Kelly have talked over the past several days and Mr. Bannon had planned to put his resignation in motion in the coming days, this person said.

Mr. Bannon also has been in a battle with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, since the spring.

Mr. Bannon, whose campaign against “globalists” was a hallmark of his tenure steering Breitbart, and Mr. Kushner had been allies throughout the transition process and through the beginning of the administration.

But their alliance ruptured as Mr. Trump elevated the roles of Gary D. Cohn, his top economic policy adviser and a former official at Goldman Sachs, and Dina Powell, a former Bush administration official who also worked on Wall Street. Mr. Cohn is a registered Democrat, and both he and Ms. Powell have been denounced by conservative media outlets as being antithetical to Mr. Trump’s populist message.

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On Aug. 14, President Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville where white nationalists and counterprotesters fought. On Aug. 14, President Trump defended his response to the violence in Charlottesville where white nationalists and counterprotesters fought. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

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THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump often behaves as if he’s first and foremost the president of the states and the people who voted for him.

That’s at odds with the American tradition, and it’s problematic as a governing philosophy — especially in a moment of crisis. Trump’s initially tone-deaf response to Charlottesville underscores why.

Animated by grievance and congenitally disinclined to extend olive branches, Trump lashes out at his “enemies” — his 2020 reelection campaign even used that word in a commercial released on Sunday — while remaining reticent to explicitly call out his fans — no matter how odious, extreme or violent.

Channeling his inner-Richard Nixon, who kept an enemies list of his own, candidate Trump often claimed to speak for “a silent majority.” After failing to win the popular vote, President Trump has instead governed on behalf of an increasingly vocal but diminishing minority.

The president has held campaign-style rallies in places like West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Indeed, almost all his political travel has been to places he carried last November. He keeps stacks of 2016 electoral maps to hand out to people visiting the Oval Office so he can point out the sea of red. He speaks often about his “base,” preferring to preach to the choir rather than evangelize for his policies. “The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” Trump wrote on Twitter last week.

— Apparently the president sees “the Trump base” as distinct from the GOP base: “Trump’s job approval rating in Gallup Daily tracking is at 34% for the three-day period from Friday through Sunday — by one point the lowest of his administration so far,” Frank Newport wrote yesterday. “Republicans’ latest weekly approval rating of 79% was the lowest from his own partisans so far, dropping from the previous week’s 82%. Democrats gave Trump a 7% job approval rating last week, while the reading for independents was at 29%. This is the first time independents’ weekly approval rating for Trump has dropped below 30%.” In the latest Gallup polling, 46 percent of whites approve of Trump’s job performance. That’s the same share Barack Obama had at this point in 2009. But while only 15 percent of nonwhites support Trump, 73 percent backed Obama.

Trump: Racism ‘has no place in America’

Two days after a woman was killed in Charlottesville amid clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters, President Trump on Aug. 14 condemned racist groups such as the KKK, saying racism “has no place in America.” President Trump on Aug. 14 condemned racist groups such as the KKK, saying racism “has no place in America,” after a woman died in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.(Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

— Trump appeared reluctant to make his brief remarks yesterday, in which he explicitly condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. He tacked them on to a hastily arranged speech after praising his own stewardship of the economy, two days after he did not specifically condemn the “Unite the Right” rally and only after an outpouring of criticism from Republican leaders for that omission. Reading from a teleprompter, Trump said that the displays of hatred and bigotry in Charlottesville have “no place in America.” (Read a transcript of the president’s comments here.)

— The president was still more tepid than members of his own Cabinet. “Though Trump has regularly employed the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ to describe other attacks in the United States and the Middle East, he chose not to echo Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s conclusion that the violence in Charlottesville met the Justice Department’s definition of ‘domestic terrorism,’” David Nakamura and Sari Horwitz note.

— Conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin describes Trump’s performance as “classic narcissistic behavior”: “The sole determination of whether Trump likes someone (Saudi royalty, thuggish leaders, etc.) is whether they praise him. It’s always and only about him. He has been far more antagonistic toward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his own attorney general … than he has been toward white nationalists because the former were disloyal in his mind, the only unforgivable sin in the Trump White House. …

“The white nationalists in Charlottesville did not hide their intentions. They were there to revel in the Trump presidency, which explicitly told them it was time to ‘take their country back,’” Rubin notes. “Former KKK grand wizard David Duke left no confusion as to his followers’ admiration for the president: ‘This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back, and that’s what we’ve got to do.’”

— Meanwhile, alt-right leader Richard Spencer dismissed Trump’s statement as “nonsense,” telling reporters at a news conference yesterday that “[only] a dumb person would take those lines seriously.” Spencer also said he did not consider the president’s words to be a condemnation of the white nationalist movement. “I don’t think he condemned it, no,” said Spencer, whose group advocates for a form of American apartheid, per Business Insider. “Did he say ‘white nationalist?’ ‘Racist’ means an irrational hatred of people. … I don’t think he meant any of us.” Asked whether he considers Trump an ally, Spencer replied that while he didn’t think of Trump as “alt-right,” he considers the president to be “the first true authentic nationalist in my lifetime.”

Former sheriff Joe Arpaio convicted of criminal contempt

Former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff Joe Arpaio ignored a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants. Former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff Joe Arpaio ignored a judge’s order to stop detaining people because he merely suspected them of being undocumented immigrants. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)

— In this context, Trump’s announcement that he is mulling a pardon for Joe Arpaio can be viewed as a strategic sop to mollify some of the most xenophobic elements of his nativist base. The president told Fox News in an interview published yesterday that he is “seriously considering” a full pardon to the former Arizona sheriff, who was convicted last month of criminal contempt for ignoring a federal judge’s order that he stop racially profiling Hispanics.

“I might do it right away, maybe early this week. I am seriously thinking about it,” the president told Gregg JarrettHe called Arpaio a “great American patriot” who has “done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration”: “Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe? … He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”

Arpaio, who remains a “birther” and has insisted he has proof that Obama was not born in Hawaii, lost reelection last year. He was an early Trump endorser — going to Iowa for the announcement — and linked himself closely with the GOP nominee — speaking in prime time during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Radley Balko, the author of the book “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” argues that Trump is giving racists “a reassuring wink” by floating the Arpaio pardon. “I very seriously doubt Arpaio would ever get jail time. Federal judges aren’t known for sending octogenarian ex-cops to prison. But his name and reputation ought to be stained. If any cop deserves that, it’s Arpaio,” he writes on The Watch.

“In 2011, the Justice Department concluded that Arpaio’s deputies had engaged in the worst pattern of racial profiling that the DOJ had ever investigated,” Balko recounts. “That report found that Arpaio’s deputies routinely put Spanish-speaking prisoners in solitary confinement as punishment for their inability to speak English. … 1 in 5 traffic stops during Arpaio’s immigration sweep’s involved Fourth Amendment violations. … Latinos were four to nine times more likely to be pulled over than non-Latinos. … Accusations that Arpaio’s deputies continued to harass Latinos were affirmed by another federal judge in 2013. Arpaio then launched an investigation of that judge. That report also found that Arpaio was spending so much time harassing Latinos that his department was neglecting violent crime.

“On multiple occasions, federal judges have found that Arpaio’s jails are unconstitutionally inhumane, most notably when it comes to diet, health care and mental health. The vast, vast majority of the people in Arpaio’s jails are being held on suspected immigration violations. … Arpaio in fact once boasted that his jails were akin to a ‘concentration camp.’”

“He faces up to six months in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 5,” Matt Zapotosky reports. “Jack Wilenchik, Arpaio’s attorney, said after Arpaio was convicted that the former sheriff would appeal to get a jury trial. … A Justice Department spokeswoman said she was not aware of the president’s remarks but would wait until action was taken before commenting.”

“I would accept the pardon,” Arpaio told Fox News, “because I am 100 percent not guilty.”

— Bottom line: If Trump pardoned Arpaio, it would add another data point to the cementing narrative that the president lacks respect for the rule of law.

Trump speaks to business leaders, including Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, at the White House. (Evan Vucci/AP)

— In stark contrast to his caution after Charlottesville, it took Trump just 54 minutes to attack the chief executive of Merck by name on Monday morning after he resigned from the president’s manufacturing council. Kenneth C. Frazier, one of the few African American chief executives in the Fortune 500, touted the virtues of diversity in a statement. “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” he said. “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.”

POTUS continued to use his social media bully pulpit to go after him last night:

4 CEOs who have distanced themselves from Trump

Kenneth C. Frazier, chief executive of Merck, is the latest CEO to resign from one of the president’s advisory councils. Here are four CEOs who have distanced themselves from the president. Kenneth C. Frazier, chief executive of Merck, is the latest CEO to resign from one of the president’s advisory councils. Here are four CEOs who have distanced themselves from the president. (Taylor Turner/The Washington Post)

— Trump’s fixation on his populist right flank, rather than the center, has made it easier for other corporate chieftains to distance themselves.

Kevin Plank, chief executive of Under Armour, joined Merck’s Frazier last night in announcing that he, too, is stepping down from Trump’s manufacturing council. “I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion,” he wrote on Twitter.

A few hours later, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced in a blog post that he will also resign from the council — “to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues.”

Yesterday’s defections will further intensify pressure on executives at companies that continue to collaborate with the administration — including General Electric, Dell and Dow — to follow their lead.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) shakes hands with Sa’ad Musse Roble, center, with the World Peace Organization, and Omer Andi Nur, visiting from Michigan, after Franken spoke at a rally at Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn. The suburban Minneapolis mosque was bombed Aug. 5 as worshippers were about to start their morning prayers. No one was hurt. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune/AP)

— Meanwhile, even after his speech yesterday, Trump still has not reacted publicly to a bomb that was detonated at a Minnesota mosque Aug. 5. Sebastian Gorka, a far-right nationalist on Trump’s National Security Council, defended his silence last week. “There’s a great rule: all initial reports are false,” Gorka said on MSNBC from the White House briefing room. “You have to check them. You have to find out who the perpetrators are. … We’ve had a series of crimes committed — alleged hate crimes — by right-wing individuals in the last six months that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left. So let’s wait and see.” (The governor of Minnesota had already declared the mosque attack as “an act of terrorism” when Gorka said this.)

The president, of course, showed no such caution after attacks this spring in Paris and London. And don’t forget when he falsely described a casino robbery in Manila as a terrorist attack. Or his attacks on Mexican immigrants.

President Trump prepares to board Marine One at The White House for a trip to New York. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

— Finally, Trump’s botched response to Charlottesville should be viewed as another consequence of electing the first president in American history with no prior governing experience. “Say what you will about politicians as a group, but it is striking how all of them, from Bernie Sanders to Ted Cruz, knew the right thing to say in response to Charlottesville,” writes Daniel W. Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University. “Running for office repeatedly tends to hone one’s rhetorical instincts. At a minimum, most professional politicians learn the do’s and don’ts of political rhetoric. Trump’s political education has different roots. He has learned the art of political rhetoric from three sources: reality television, Twitter and ‘the shows.’ His miscues this past week can be traced to the pathologies inherent in each of these arenas.”

— “One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy,” Michael Gerson, a speechwriter for George W. Bush, wrote in a column this weekend“It falls to the president to express something of the nation’s soul — grief for the lost, sympathy for the suffering, moral clarity in the midst of confusion, confidence in the unknowable purposes of God. Not every president does this equally well. But none have been incapable. Until Donald Trump.

“The president is confident that his lazy musings are equal to history. They are not,” Gerson continues. “Trump could offer no context for this latest conflict. No inspiring ideals from the author of the Declaration of Independence, who called Charlottesville home. No healing words from the president who was killed by a white supremacist. By his flat, foolish utterance, Trump proved once again that he has no place in the company of these leaders.”

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:

A Trump campaign aide tried to arrange a meeting with Putin. Here’s what you need to know.

According to internal campaign emails read to the Post, a low-level foreign adviser to Donald Trump passed along multiple requests for him to meet with Russian officials, and even Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the 2016 campaign. A low-level foreign adviser to Donald Trump passed along multiple requests for him to meet with Russian officials, and even Russian President Vladimir Putin.(Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

THERE IS A BEAR IN THE WOODS:

— A low-level foreign policy adviser to Trump “repeatedly” attempted to set up a meeting with Russian officials during the presidential campaign — passing along multiple requests for Trump to meet with Russian leadership, including Vladimir Putin. Tom Hamburger, Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman scoop: “The adviser, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up ‘a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under [Trump],’ telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity …

“The proposal sent a ripple of concern through campaign headquarters in Trump Tower. Campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis wrote that he thought NATO allies should be consulted … Another [Trump adviser] cited legal concerns … But Papadopoulos, a campaign volunteer with scant foreign policy experience, persisted. Between March and September, the self-described energy consultant sent at least a half-dozen requests for Trump, as he turned from primary candidate to party nominee, or for members of his team to meet with Russian officials. Among those to express concern about the effort was [Paul Manafort], who rejected in May 2016 a proposal from Papadopoulos for Trump to do so.

“Less than a decade out of college, Papadopoulos appeared to hold little sway within the campaign,and it is unclear whether he was acting as an intermediary for the Russian government … [But] to experts in Russian intelligence gathering, the Papadopoulos chain offers further evidence that Russians were looking for entry points and playing upon connections with lower-level aides to penetrate the 2016 campaign …”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reviews the plan for landing missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam. (KRT/Reuters).

WILL NORTH KOREA BLINK?

— Kim Jong Un appeared to slightly ease his rhetoric against the United States on Tuesday, with state media reporting he will “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees” following a week of bluster. Anna Fifield and Dan Lamothe report: “But, as is often the case with North Korea, the message was mixed: Kim was inspecting the missile unit tasked with preparing to strike near Guam, and photos released by state media showed a large satellite image of Andersen Air Force base on Guam on the screen beside the leader. ‘The U.S. should stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer,’ the North Korean leader [said]. … If ‘the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity,’ Kim continued, North Korea would ‘make an important decision as it already declared,’ he said. Kim was visiting [the] elite missile unit that — according to state media — is finalizing preparations to launch ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean near [Guam]. A decision was due this week, a week during which the Kim regime is celebrating [with huge propaganda displays].”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, elected in May on a pledge to adopt a more conciliatory approach to North Korea, urged the United States to give diplomacy a chance: “Peace will not come to the Korean Peninsula by force. Although peace and negotiation are painful and slow, we must pursue this path,” said Moon, adding that he is “confident that the U.S. will respond calmly and responsibly to the current situation.” He met yesterday in Seoul with Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Moon went a step further in a speech delivered in the last few hours, declaring that allied military action could only be taken with the consent of the South Korean government. The Wall Street Journal calls it “an implicit signal that Mr. Moon wouldn’t tolerate any unilateral action by the U.S. to strike North Korea.”

Hassan Rouhani speaks to the Iran parliament in Tehran today. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

— Iran’s president, meanwhile, threatened to revitalize the country’s nuclear program. The AP’s Nasser Karimi reports: “Hassan Rouhani’s remarks to lawmakers follow the Iranian parliament’s move earlier this week to increase spending on the country’s ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. The bill — and Rouhani’s comments — are seen as a direct response to the new U.S. legislation earlier this month that imposed mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. … If Washington continues with ‘threats and sanctions’ against Iran, Rouhani said in parliament on Tuesday, Tehran could easily restart the nuclear program. ‘In an hour and a day, Iran could return to a more advanced (nuclear) level than at the beginning of the negotiations’ that preceded the 2015 deal, Rouhani said.

Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon wait for Donald Trump to speak about immigration in the Roosevelt Room earlier this month. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

PALACE INTRIGUE:

— During a recent dinner at the White House, Rupert Murdoch — who controls the Wall Street Journal and Fox News — told Trump that chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon needs to go. “Mr. Trump offered little pushback … and vented his frustrations about Mr. Bannon,” the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush report. Son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief of staff John Kelly were also at the meal. “Mr. Murdoch is close to Mr. Kushner, who has been in open warfare with Mr. Bannon since the spring. But Mr. Trump has expressed similar sentiments in the past, then backed off. Just a week earlier, as Mr. Trump ruminated on whether to dismiss [Reince Priebus], he was pushed by Mr. Kushner and others to dismiss Mr. Bannon as well. Mr. Trump signaled to allies that he was pretty much there … So far, Mr. Trump has not been able to follow through — a product of his dislike of confrontation, the bonds of a foxhole friendship forged during the 2016 presidential campaign and concerns about what mischief Mr. Bannon might do once he leaves the [West Wing] … From the start, Mr. Bannon, 63, has told people in his orbit that he never expected to last in his current position longer than eight months to a year, and hoped to ram through as much of his agenda as he could while he stood in the president’s favor. More recently he has told friends that he … constantly asks himself whether he could better pursue his to-do list … on the outside. … But the choice might not be his.”

— CBS News’s Major Garrett reports that Trump could dismiss Bannon as soon as the end of this week.

Four takeaways from Anthony Scaramucci’s interview with Stephen Colbert

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Aug. 14. Here’s what he had to say about President Trump and working in the White House. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Aug. 14. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

— Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show. Bethonie Butler reports: “Colbert said he had one ‘gotcha’ question for Scaramucci. ‘Nazis: good or bad?’ he asked. ‘Super bad,’ Scaramucci said.” Scaramucci also addressed his feud with Reince Priebus, saying, “The weird thing about my relationship with Reince is we were actually pretty good friends when I was a political donor writing checks to the RNC, but once I became part of the administration … it was a little more adversarial.”

Deadly mudslides fill streets of Sierra Leone

Video from Freetown, Sierra Leone showed a torrent of brown water rushing through the city’s streets. Many impoverished areas of Sierra Leone’s capital are close to sea level and have poor drainage system. Video out of Freetown, Sierra Leone shows a torrent of brown water rushing through the city’s streets. (Associated Press)

GET SMART FAST:​​

  1. Hundreds of people were confirmed dead in Sierra Leone after a torrent of fast-moving floods and mudslides swept through neighborhoods, burying dozens of unsuspecting residents alive. At least 312 people have been confirmed dead so far, and authorities expect the death toll to soar as the body count continues. (Max Bearak)
  2. The FBI arrested an Oklahoma man on charges that he tried to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in front of a bank, acting out of a hatred for the U.S. government and an admiration for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. (Devlin Barrett)
  3. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that some transgender members of the military may still be able to serve. Despite the president’s remarks to the contrary, Mattis reported that the Pentagon is still looking at the issue. (Dan Lamothe)
  4. The federal government has requested over a million IP addresses from Internet users who visited a website coordinating Inauguration Day protests. DreamHost, which houses the site in question, <a href=”http://DisruptJ20.org” rel=”nofollow”>DisruptJ20.org</a>, is fighting the request. (Ellen Nakashima)
  5. A Denver jury ruled in favor of Taylor Swift, awarding the pop star a symbolic $1 in damages after she accused radio DJ David Mueller of groping her before a concert in 2013. He had sued her for lost income. (Emily Yahr)
  6. Hillary Clinton’s spiritual adviser admitted to having plagiarized portions of his messages to the presidential candidate. Rev. Bill Shillady has compiled his prayers to Clinton in a new book released today, and one from the day after the election incorporates the exact words of Indiana pastor Matt Deuel. (Julie Zauzmer)
  7. Laura Ingraham is reportedly in line to get her own show at Fox. The potential Ingraham program could become a ratings rival of Rachel Maddow’s 9 p.m. show. (CNN)
  8. The Women’s March is reconvening. The Women’s Convention will be held in Detroit in October to address next year’s midterms. (USA Today)
  9. Medical experts are reconsidering the persistent advice from doctors to always finish your antibiotics, even if you’re feeling better. Some researchers worry that the advice is worsening antibiotic resistance. (Wall Street Journal)
  10. Roughly 1 in 9 Americans hold a job that could be affected by self-driving cars. But while some, such as taxi drivers, could be pushed out of their jobs, those who work in sectors like real estate or plumbing could be aided by the advanced technology. (Wall Street Journal)
  11. A D.C. firefighter was beaten by a crowd for allegedly responding to an emergency call for an injured child while intoxicated. The firefighter suffered a broken jaw and is now the subject of an internal review. (Peter Hermann and Ellie Silverman)
  12. A Chinese teenager died less than 48 hours after checking into an Internet-addiction treatment center. 18-year-old Li Ao’s body was covered in scars and bruises, causing Chinese authorities to shut down the center and launch an investigation. (Amy B Wang)
  13. New York City transit employees are expressing distress and disgust after coming into repeated contact with human corpses — hastily stored throughout the station; sometimes even in the same place where they eat lunch. The bodies belong to people who have been struck and killed by MTA trains, officials said — but the effort to quickly remove them from public view has left some station employees traumatized. (New York Daily News)

In this courtroom sketch, James Alex Fields Jr. is seen via video link from jail yesterday as he appears for his bail hearing at the Charlottesville City Court. (William Hennessy Jr./Reuters)

CHARLOTTESVILLE FALLOUT:

— Years before James Alex Fields was accused of driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville “at a high rate of speed,” his disabled mother had twice called 911 to report violent behavior and threats from her son. Jack Gillum, Michael E. Miller, Arelis R. Hernández and Steve Hendrix report: “[In 2010, Samantha Bloom] — who uses a wheelchair — locked herself in a bathroom, called 911 and said her son had struck her head and put his hands over her mouth when she told him to stop playing a video game … On another occasion, records show, he brandished a 12-inch knife. Once, he spit in her face. ‘Mom is scared he is going to become violent here,’ a dispatcher wrote in a log of the November 2011 call in which [Bloom] requested police help in getting her son to a hospital for assessment. The portrait of a violent teen emerged as Fields was denied bail Monday during his first court appearance in connection with the Charlottesville attack.”

Fields is charged with second-degree murder, hit and run, and three counts of malicious wounding: “Prosecutors did not detail the evidence against Fields, who appeared via a

. At his [court appearance], Fields said he could not afford an attorney and was appointed one by the court. Fields, who served a four-month stint in the Army in 2015, worked for about two years as a security guard in Ohio, earning $10.50 an hour and taking home about $650 every two weeks … But the judge informed Fields that he could not be defended by the Charlottesville public defender’s office because a relative of someone who works for the office was involved in Saturday’s incident. [The] judge did not specify whether that meant the protests or the crash.” His next court date has been set for Aug. 25, date to consider scheduling of a preliminary hearing.

Protesters tear down Confederate statue in North Carolina

Protesters in Durham, N.C. toppled a statue called the Confederate Soldiers Monument on Aug. 14, as they chanted, “The people united shall never be defeated.” Protesters tear down a statue called the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Durham, N.C. (Reuters)

A TURNING POINT IN THE DEBATE OVER CONFEDERATE MEMORIALS:

— Unintended consequences: James Fields may do for the debate over Confederate statues what Dylann Roof did to the debate over the Confederate flag with his June 2015 massacre at an African American church in Charleston. It has become more politically untenable for ambitious elected officials to defend the memorials because they don’t want to get lumped in with the extremists who descended on Charlottesville to keep the Robert E. Lee statue.

— Protesters in Durham, N.C., last night toppled a Confederate statue that stood in front of a county administrative building. Alex Horton reports: “With a strap tied around the neck of the statue, protesters spat, kicked and gestured at the mangled figure after its base was ripped from the granite block. The statue, which depicts a uniformed and armed Confederate soldier, stood atop an engraved pedestal that read, ‘In memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray.’ … ‘The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments,’ Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said via Twitter on Monday evening. … Groups at the rally included members of the Triangle People’s Assembly, Workers World Party, Industrial Workers of the World, Democratic Socialists of America and the anti-fascist movement[.]”

— Maryland gubernatorial candidates Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, is calling for the removal of a controversial statue from the State House. Josh Hicks and Ovetta Wiggins report: “[Jealous] called on (Republican Gov. Larry) Hogan to scrap the statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote an 1857 majority opinion that upheld slavery and said blacks born in the country were not U.S. citizens. Jealous criticized Hogan for once describing efforts to eliminate such memorials as ‘political correctness run amok,’ and he vowed to work for ‘complete removal’ of Confederate monuments in Maryland if he wins the governorship. He delivered his remarks in Baltimore, where Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) earlier that day announced plans to remove four Confederate statues in that city.

— A Confederate heritage organization has already requested permission to hold a rally next month at Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

— The Gainesville Sun’s Andrew Caplan tweeted a video of the Florida city removing its “Old Joe” Confederate statue yesterday.

— “Removing Confederate monuments is complicated in Tennessee, where lawmakers enacted a law last year that made any push to remove historical markers harder,” the AP’s Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig report from Nashville. “That didn’t stop dozens of protesters from gathering in the Tennessee Capitol on Monday to renew calls to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate cavalry general and an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.”

— Thought leader: Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles, who is originally from Charlottesville, defended his hometown’s decision to remove the Confederate statues: “Look, Charlottesville is taking the right steps to accommodate the sensitivities of people who might feel offended by statues and parks named after Confederate generals. I think that is very reasonable. I don’t know what it’s like to walk past a statue like that, as a minority. We’re doing the right thing.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marcus Hayes)

— For a second consecutive evening, a crowd gathered in front of the White House to protest the Charlottesville marchers. Perry Stein reports: “Protesters trickled in after work on Monday, carrying signs that read ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Make Racists Afraid Again.’ The young organizers invited anyone to ‘vent or rant,’ particularly encouraging people of color and those with disabilities to speak. People discussed their experiences with racism and discrimination, as well as how they want to counter it.”

— Trump returned to Trump Tower last night for the first time since his inauguration, and he received a contentious welcome from New Yorkers. Kayla Epstein reports: “Protesters gathered in the shadow of Trump Tower on Monday evening, filling the sidewalk for several blocks and forming a gauntlet of signs and chants that ran several blocks down Fifth Avenue. Various organizers and a popular Facebook event had called for people to gather at Trump Tower starting at 5:30 p.m., and law enforcement was ready. Protesters were kept to the sidewalks with metal barricades, and the numbers gradually swelled as the evening progressed. For hours, protesters chanted ‘New York hates you!’ and ‘Shame, shame, shame!’… In the end, Trump declined to give New Yorkers a show. Though several blacked-out sport utility vehicles and police on motorcycles drove down Fifth Avenue, drawing jeers from the crowd, the president was nowhere in sight. According to the White House pool report, Trump’s motorcade avoided Fifth Avenue and the protesters, whisking the president into his residence without being seen by the crowd.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads his weekly cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem on Sunday. (Dan Balilty/AFP/Getty Images)

A TEST OF CHARACTER:

— “While Jewish leaders in the United States expressed shock at the events in Charlottesville and criticized President Trump’s response to the violence as halfhearted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of Trump’s, remained notably silent,” Isaac Stanley-Becker and James McAuley report. “Meanwhile, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, warned in a statement, “The anti-Jewish ideology of the Nazis was a precursor to the eventual murderous policy and extermination of six million Jews.”

— The Web registration service GoDaddy’s decision to delist the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer could have far-reaching implications on how the tech industry treats similar groups. Elizabeth Dwoskin and Tracy Jan report: “Although Silicon Valley companies have long resisted calls to police the content they host, in the current political climate they are under more pressure than ever to take a stand — and appear to be bowing at least to some of it. … The Daily Stormer then transferred its registration to Google, prompting an immediate outcry and a swift response from the Silicon Valley giant, which cut off the white supremacy site, citing policy violations. … Liberal activists and even some conservatives praised GoDaddy’s decision in the wake of Saturday’s attack, saying the move represented a shift by tech corporations to take more responsibility. … Other experts said the move to regulate speech puts Silicon Valley in an even deeper bind that is far from resolved. Technology companies are becoming the reluctant gatekeepers and facilitators of political expression for much of the world.”

White nationalist Richard Spencer and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the “United the Right” rally was declared an unlawful gathering on Saturday in Charlottesville. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

FINGER POINTING:

— Organizers of Saturday’s rally are now blaming Charlottesville authorities for the violence that played out. Politico Magazine’s Ben Schreckinger writes: “Before this weekend’s events, the alt-right had been a bastion of pro-police sentiment — especially when it came to police shootings of unarmed black victims and clashes with the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, the alt-right’s leaders are grappling with the realities of being identifiable members of an unpopular minority group in public. ‘I have never felt like the government or police were against me,’ said white nationalist leader Richard Spencer[.] … [Rally organizer Jason] Kessler claimed the city’s police failed to follow through on plans for protecting the rally that they had discussed with him. He also said that during planning for the rally, one police captain divulged to him that authorities were communicating about the event using their personal emails to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests.”

— The Charlottesville police chief took issue with Kessler’s account. Arelis R. Hernández reports: “[Police Chief Al S. Thomas Jr.] said organizers of the Unite the Right rally did not follow what the chief said had been an agreed-upon plan that involved controlling the demonstrators’ access to Emancipation Park through a rear entrance. When rally attendees started coming in from all sides Saturday morning, the chief said, his officers had to alter their plans and transition into protective gear from the street uniforms they were wearing. Protesters and counterprotesters converged in some pitched battles in the streets before Charlottesville police, backed by Virginia State Police, quelled the fighting. … Thomas dismissed reports that officers were discouraged from making arrests. ‘That is simply not true,’ he said. … Thomas said more than 250 calls for service came in, including from people injured when a driver rammed into a crowd of antiracism protesters[.]”

— Joe Heim compiled a detailed timeline of the violence in Charlottesville, beginning the night before the rally: “A little after 8 p.m., Richard Spencer … texted a reporter. ‘I’d be near campus tonight, if I were you,’ he wrote. ‘After 9 p.m. Nameless field.’ The rumor was true. The torchlight parade was on. It would prove to be the catalyst for a horrific 24 hours in this usually quiet college town that would come to be seen by the nation and world as a day of racial rage, hate, violence and death.”

A photograph of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer is seen among flowers left at the scene of the car attack that killed her. (Justin Ide/Reuters)

A COMMUNITY TRIES TO HEAL:

— The University of Virginia is scheduled to begin classes next week, but students are concerned about their return to campus after Saturday’s events. Susan Svrluga, T. Rees Shapiro and Sarah Larimer report: “[S]ome students are scared to go back. Some, like Wes Gobar, president of the Black Student Alliance, are determined to reclaim the campus as a place welcoming to all. … U-Va. has a complicated history with race. … Its founder, Thomas Jefferson, envisioned U-Va. as a school of the Enlightenment, believing the nascent American democracy would fail without an educated citizenry. But Jefferson owned slaves. … Two years ago, after a black student was bloodied by police, students demanded change. The university addressed many of their concerns, Gobar said. But ugly incidents continued last year, such as a racial slur found written on a door.”

White supremacists rally in Charlottesville on Friday. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)

A WINDOW INTO RESURGENT RACISM:

— Bigger picture: “Why are people still racist? What science says about America’s race problem,” by William Wan and Sarah Kaplan: “Many Americans responded to this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville with disbelieving horror. How could this happen in America, in 2017? “This is not who we are,” said Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D). And yet, this is who we are. Amid our modern clashes, researchers in psychology, sociology and neurology have been studying the roots of racism. … ‘In some ways, it’s super simple. People learn to be whatever their society and culture teaches them. We often assume that it takes parents actively teaching their kids, for them to be racist. The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be,’ said Jennifer Richeson, a Yale University social psychologist.”

— The national attention that Charlottesville attracted appears to have energized white supremacist groups. The New York Times’s Alan Feuer reports: “Some were making arrangements to appear at future marches. Some were planning to run for public office. Others, taking a cue from the Charlottesville event — a protest, nominally, of the removal of a Confederate-era statue — were organizing efforts to preserve white heritage symbols in their home regions. … The far right, which has returned to prominence in the past year or so, has always been an amalgam of factions and causes, some with pro-Confederate or neo-Nazi leanings, some opposed to political correctness or feminism. But the Charlottesville event, the largest of its kind in recent years, exposed the pre-existing fault lines in the movement.”

Why white supremacists chose liberal Charlottesville to protest

One person was killed and 19 were injured amid protests of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Here’s how the city became the scene of violence. One person was killed and 19 were injured amid protests of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. Here’s how the city became the scene of violence. (Video: Elyse Samuels, Zoeann Murphy/Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post)

— A Twitter campaign to name attendees of the Unite the Right rally has already forced two universities to come out with condemnations of white supremacy. Avi Selk reports: “[T]he Twitter user @YesYoureRacist asked for help identifying ‘Nazis marching in Charlottesville.’ The anonymous user linked to copious photos and videos of the rally — swastikas and crowds of shouting white men. Within minutes, names began to pour in, and consequences began to unfurl in home towns across the country. The first target was a man spotted in a crowd of tiki-torch-wielding marchers, whom Twitter users identified as Cole White, a cook at a hot dog restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. By Saturday evening, the restaurant had posted signs in its windows and sent a statement to The Washington Post — the cook was no longer employed.”

— But, but, but: There have been instances of Twitter users misidentifying rally attendees. The New York Times’s Daniel Victor reports: “A man at the rally had been photographed wearing an ‘Arkansas Engineering’ shirt, and the amateur investigators found a photo of [Kyle] Quinn that looked somewhat similar. They were both bearded and had similar builds. By internet frenzy standards, that was proof enough. … Countless people [Mr. Quinn] had never met demanded he lose his job, accused him of racism and posted his home address on social networks. … For someone whose only sin was a passing resemblance to someone else … Mr. Quinn bore the direct consequences of the reckless spread of misinformation in breaking news, a common ritual in modern news events.”

In this photo taken Saturday, James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville during a white supremacist rally. (Alan Goffinski/AP)

WHY WERE THE WARNINGS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IGNORED?

— “House Democrats are calling on their GOP colleagues to hold congressional hearings on the rise of white supremacy and domestic terrorism,” Politico’s Rachael Bade reports: “Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee are asking panel Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) to examine racist fringe groups, including those that organized Saturday’s violent protest … Homeland Democrats have already called for such hearings twice this year to no avail. … Democrats are starting to grow impatient with their GOP counterparts after Saturday. One Democratic source on the Homeland panel said Republicans for some time have been receiving law enforcement notices saying white supremacist extremism pose serious threats of lethal violence.”

— Foreign Policy’s Jana Winter first reported on one of these notices: “The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in May warned that white supremacist groups had already carried out more attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years and were likely to carry out more attacks over the next year[.] … The report, dated May 10, says the FBI and DHS believe that members of the white supremacist movement ‘likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year.’ … The FBI … has already concluded that white supremacists, including neo-Nazi supporters and members of the Ku Klux Klan, are in fact responsible for the lion’s share of violent attacks among domestic extremist groups. White supremacists ‘were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement,’ reads the joint intelligence bulletin.”

Senate candidate Roy Moore holds a press conference in Montgomery, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser/AP)

THE REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR:

— As Trump received widespread criticism for his initial response to the Charlottesville violence, the three top GOP contenders in today’s Alabama Senate primary went after Trump’s critics instead. David Weigel reports: “In interviews over the race’s final hours ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said Trump’s controversial Saturday reaction to the white nationalist rally had been sufficient. … There was no evidence that the events out of Charlottesville would affect the primary, with polls showing Strange and Brooks fighting Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice, for two runoff berths. … In a Monday night speech to gun owners in Birmingham, Moore criticized the protests of Confederate monuments that followed the attack, and asked whether protesters would one day take down statues of George Washington because he owned slaves. … In interviews at several low-key Republican events, primary voters said they were horrified by what happened in Charlottesville but differed on what else Trump could have said.”

— Although all three Republican candidates have embraced the president, Trump has tweeted his endorsement of Strange multiple times and recorded a robo-call for him that went out yesterday. (Politico’s Daniel Strauss)

— The president even promoted a Strange TV hit this morning:

— If Strange can’t make it to the runoff, it could have implications for the effectiveness of a Trump endorsement. Politico’s Strauss and Seung Min Kim report: “Strange is struggling even with the support of the president and the GOP establishment. Assuming he makes it to the runoff, though, the strength of his second-place finish will set expectations for how winnable the election is — or not. If Strange barely makes it into the runoff — or comes in third — it will call into question the influence of Trump’s support in a reliably Republican state. If Strange exceeds the low 20-percent support he’s gotten in recent polls, he’ll still face a tough battle against Moore but won’t have to field a wave of questions about his ultimate viability or the power of Trump’s endorsement.”

— Trump’s endorsement of Strange, the establishment candidate, struck many Republicans as odd and many die-hard Trump supporters as hypocritical. The Atlantic’s Molly Ball writes: “Strange himself was surprised—he nearly drove off the road when Trump called him from the White House on Tuesday afternoon, he said. … The usual slavishly pro-Trump conservative media were enraged. Mark Levin, the conservative radio host, called Trump’s tweet ‘a stab in the back to every conservative in this country[.]’ … In Alabama, the feud is playing out as a test of conservative voters’ loyalties in the Trump era—one of the first referendums on Trump’s ability to command his own partisans, and by extension to shape the GOP that he leads. But it’s a test complicated by the mixed messages Trump himself has sent to his supporters.”

— In another sign of how hard it is for Republican incumbents to distance themselves from Trump, Nevada Sen. Dean Heller — who is up for reelection next year — said yesterday for the first time that he voted for the president last November. The Nevada Independent’s Riley Snyder reports: “The acknowledgment follows nearly a year and a half of criticism and cautious public statements made by Heller about Trump throughout the 2016 election. Most notably, he told reporters in October 2016 that he was 99 percent certain he would oppose the Republican nominee for president. Heller also donated campaign donations from Trump to charity in 2015, and said during the campaign he was ‘vehemently opposed’ to Trump, whom he described as a man that ‘denigrates human beings.’ But unlike several of his Senate colleagues, Heller never fully closed the door on supporting Trump, and had kept his presidential vote a secret until now.”

— The Indiana Senate primary fight between GOP Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer is already getting ugly. Politico’s Maggie Severns and Kevin Robillard report: “Their campaign didn’t officially get underway until last week, but Messer, 48, has already accused Rokita of attacking his wife and ‘spreading lies’ about his record. Rokita, 47, has questioned his rival’s mental health, calling Messer ‘unhinged’ and a ‘ticking time bomb.’ With 10 Democratic senators from states that President Donald Trump carried up for reelection in 2018, the scale of opportunity for Republican gains has already spawned several no-holds-barred primaries. But few states are as ripe for a Republican challenge as Indiana — where Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is unusually vulnerable, running in a state Trump carried by 19 points — and no primary has gotten so nasty, so quickly.”

— Today’s special election in Utah to fill Jason Chaffetz’s House seat has attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars in fundraising, but it’s received little national attention. Mike DeBonis reports: “That’s largely because the seat is of limited utility as a bellwether for President Trump. Unlike other House races decided this year, Democrats are not seriously contesting the heavily GOP district, and unlike in Tuesday’s Senate primary in Alabama, the Republican candidates’ postures toward Trump have not been a crucial factor. Instead, Tuesday’s GOP primary in Utah is set to be decided along more familiar lines of ideology and sensibility in a state whose Republican voters have long had an uneasy relationship with Trump. … The front-runner for the Republican nomination, according to published polls, is Provo Mayor John Curtis, who has built a pro-business record during 6½ years in office[.]”

SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:

Some viewers questioned the sincerity of the president’s remarks. From the former director of the Office of Government Ethics:

From a House Democrat:

From the former secretary of state:

From the MSNBC host:

It reminded some of this Trump tweet from 2015:

But Trump claimed that he had not been properly credited for his Monday statement:

Trump’s son also defended his statement:

From a writer for the New Yorker:

From the Atlantic editor and former George W. Bush speechwriter:

Trump also retweeted this from an alt-right conspiracy theorist:

Reality check:

Perspective from a Politico reporter:

Dr. Seuss’s World War II-era cartoons were recirculated:

On Trump’s approval rating hitting a new low:

Metaphor alert, via the Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey:

GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:

— New York Times, “How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation,” by Cecilia Kang, Eric Lipton and Sydney Ember: “The invitation from David D. Smith, the chairman of Sinclair, went to Ajit V. Pai, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission who was about to be named the broadcast industry’s chief regulator. Mr. Smith wanted Mr. Pai to ease up on efforts under President Barack Obama to crack down on media consolidation, which were threatening Sinclair’s ambitions to grow even bigger. Mr. Smith did not have to wait long. Within days of their meeting, Mr. Pai was named chairman of the F.C.C. And during his first 10 days on the job, he relaxed a restriction on television stations’ sharing of advertising revenue and other resources[.] … Since becoming chairman in January, Mr. Pai has undertaken a deregulatory blitz, enacting or proposing a wish list of fundamental policy changes advocated by Mr. Smith and his company.”

— Politico Magazine, “Cecile Richards to Democrats: Stand Firm on Abortion,” by Edward-Isaac Dovere: “Democrats like [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján] argue that to win back the conservative areas they’ve lost, the party will need to be flexible and let candidates break with liberal orthodoxy—including on hot-button national issues like abortion—in order to win. To Richards, that isn’t just wrong on principle, it’s dense on politics.”

HOT ON THE LEFT

“Former Va. attorney general Cuccinelli catches flak for telling Symone Sanders to ‘shut up’ on CNN,” from Laura Vozzella“Ken Cuccinelli II on Monday found himself trending on Twitter, and not in a good way, after telling CNN political commentator Symone Sanders to ‘shut up’ on TV. The remark came during a heated discussion about President Trump’s response to … Charlottesville. Sanders was critical of Trump … Cuccinelli, a Republican though hardly a Trump cheerleader, took issue with efforts to ‘smear’ the administration.”

HOT ON THE RIGHT

“‘Kid Rock’ May Be Ineligible for Michigan Ballot” from Roll Call“Robert Ritchie may end up challenging Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan next year, but his stage name, Kid Rock, may not be allowed to appear on the ballot. Kid Rock is a household name to Americans under the age of 50, and voters might be attracted to vote for him, as a middle finger to the political establishment. … If Ritchie were to submit enough valid signatures to make the ballot and indicate that he wanted to be listed as ‘Kid Rock,’ the Michigan Bureau of Elections staff would have to research the question of whether that name would be allowed. At an initial glance, Ritchie’s stage name isn’t an obviously acceptable one under the state’s criteria.”

Sanders spoke out on Twitter about the incident:

DAYBOOK:

Trump, waking up at Trump Tower for the first time since he became president, has an infrastructure discussion today, followed by the signing of an executive order on “establishing discipline and accountability” in the approval process for infrastructure projects.

Pence is in Buenos Aires. He will meet with Argentina’s president and vice president, as well as participate in a joint news conference, before meeting U.S. Embassy staffers.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The scenes at the right-wing extremist march were absolutely repulsive — naked racism, anti-Semitism and hate in their most evil form were on display,” a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, told reporters before Trump’s afternoon remarks from the White House. He added that such images and chants are “disgusting” and “diametrically opposed to the political goals of the chancellor and the entire German government.” (AFP)

NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:

— It will be an ugly day in the District. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Cloudy with scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Highs move up a bit more than Monday into the middle-80s range, but if showers are more widespread around midday, we may struggle again to get much above 80 or the low 80s. We stay moderately humid as well.”

— A man with a tattoo that included a swastika was escorted out of the Rumsey Aquatic Center near Eastern Market by D.C. police after other pool attendees complained about his presence, and he became belligerent. (Peter Hermann)

— Teachers in D.C. Public Schools would receive salary increases of 9 percent over three years under a proposal unveiled Monday to end a labor impasse that has lasted since their last contract expired in 2012. (Donna St. George, Peter Jamison and Emma Brown)

— The Wizards released their 2017-2018 schedule yesterday. (Aaron Torres)

VIDEOS OF THE DAY:

Seth Meyers unequivocally referred to the Charlottesville violence as “yet another terror attack on American soil”:

Jimmy Fallon cited his “responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being”:

ABC’s Shonda Rhimes is moving her talents to Netflix:

What Shonda Rhimes and her TV heroines know about being a boss

Shonda Rhimes is moving her talents from ABC to Netflix, a move that further certifies her boss status in the television world. Shonda Rhimes is moving her talents from ABC to Netflix, a move that further certifies her boss status in the television world. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

Merkel, visiting ex-Stasi jail, defends freedom and democracy
 

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel invoked the injustices of communist East Germany on Friday to defend freedom and democracy during a visit to a notorious prison of the former Stasi secret police in Berlin.

Merkel, the daughter of a Protestant pastor who grew up in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), visited the ex-prison of Hohenschoenhausen a day before she launches her campaign for a fourth term as chancellor in a national election on Sept. 24.

Thousands of political prisoners were incarcerated in the jail, which after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the 1990 reunification of Germany became a museum and memorial.

“The injustice that occurred in the GDR, that many people had to experience in an awful way, must not be forgotten,” said Merkel, who has just returned to work after a three-week summer holiday.

She said the visit to the former Stasi prison, two days before the anniversary of the start of construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, was “of particular significance for me”.

“It seems a long time ago, but it warns us to work hard for freedom and democracy,” she said.

During her visit, Merkel met a former inmate, Arno Drefke, who often guides visitors through the spacious former prison, which is now preparing for a two-year renovation that will add new exhibition areas and seminar rooms.

Merkel and her conservatives, in power since 2005, are expected to win another term, although an opinion poll by Infratest dimap published late on Thursday suggested her popularity had dropped 10 percentage points to 59 percent.

However, Merkel appears to have little to fear as her main rival, the Social Democrats’ chancellor candidate Martin Schulz, saw his popularity hit a new low of 33 percent, down four points from last month.

Writing by Paul Carrel and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Gareth Jones

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Trump Plans to Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency
 

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In his comments to reporters on Thursday, Mr. Trump made clear that he was drafting paperwork and intended to issue a formal declaration that the opioid crisis was a national emergency — much the way the federal government officially recognizes the need for a national response to natural disasters.

“We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency,” he said. “It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had. You know, when I was growing up, they had the L.S.D. and they had certain generations of drugs. There’s never been anything like what’s happened to this country over the last four or five years.”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly promised that the federal government will confront the spreading crisis of opioid overdoses. In 2015, officials said, 33,000 of the 52,000 overdose deaths nationwide were the result of the use of opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

After a briefing from health officials this week, Mr. Trump called the issue of opioid overdoses “a tremendous problem in our country,” and he said that he hoped that “we get it taken care of as well as it can be taken care of.”

The opioid commission recommended declaring an emergency under the Stafford Act, which is usually reserved for natural disasters, or under the Public Health Service Act, which also activates federal assistance to states but is carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Christie thanked the president for following the panel’s suggestion.

“I am completely confident that the president will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country,” Mr. Christie said.

Mr. Price said this week that most such declarations are for a specific outbreak of an infectious disease, such as the threat from the Zika virus, or are limited geographically to a specific location, like Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New Jersey coast in 2012.

President Barack Obama declared a national emergency as Sandy headed for the East Coast that year. And he used his authority to declare an emergency in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

White House and federal health officials did not respond to requests for more information about how Mr. Trump decided that an emergency declaration is necessary, despite the comments to the contrary from his advisers.

Declaring an emergency could allow states and cities that are hard hit by the opioid crisis to receive federal disaster relief funds and other types of urgent aid, just as they do after hurricanes or tornadoes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It could also allow certain federal rules to be waived temporarily — for example, allowing Medicaidfunds to be used for something they normally are not, or allowing access to experimental medications.

“If you declare a state of emergency, you can move federal resources more easily between programmatic areas,” said Michael Fraser, the executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He added, however, that “when it comes to opioids, it’s really unclear” what kind of effect a federal emergency declaration would have.

Six states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia — have already declared emergencies because of the opioid crisis. These declarations have helped expand access to naloxone, a medication that can revive people who have overdosed, according to the Network for Public Health Law. They have also helped states get federal grants for treatment services and improved reporting of overdoses.

The 21st Century Cures Act, which Congress approved last year, is already sending states $1 billion over two years for opioid addiction treatment and prevention, but experts say it is far short of what is needed. Ohio alone spent nearly $1 billion last year on addressing the opioid epidemic.

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Trump popular in Brooklyn’s Russian-speaking community – Story
 

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NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Brighton Beach in southern Brooklyn has one of New York’s, and the country’s, highest concentrations of Russian-speaking Americans. With the Russia investigation, Russia sanctions, and Russia news stories coming out all the time, Fox 5 wanted to find out what people think of President Donald Trump and the relationship he recently described as being at an all-time and dangerous low.

“The community voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. Our estimates are 80 percent and higher in some areas,” said Dr. Igor Branovan, a physician in Brighton Beach and the president of the American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry, a nonprofit that publishes two Russian-language newspapers.

Branovan said that part of the reason Trump attracted so much support in the Russian-speaking community is because the strongman persona he campaigned on is something they can relate to.

“When you see Putin, bare-chested, running after bears,” Branovan said. “So the reason it is shown is because KGB, and he is product of that, knows very well what sells.” [Note: The KGB is now known as the FSB.]

While parts of the community have a negative impression of overall Russian relations, the large majority take a more pragmatic view to the recent tensions between Washington and Moscow.

“The community probably sees that more as the great game that we have in the current times,” Branovan said. “Superpowers and budding superpowers are spying on each other as much as they can.”

And part of that great game is the Russian government interference of the 2016 election. Branovan is convinced the Russians did it.

“Clearly there were games involved,” he said. “Clearly there was interference.”

But not everyone in the community is so sure.

Russians around Brighton Beach and the famous boardwalk told us they like the president and that hacking may or may not be a hoax.

“I don’t think that Russia is interfering,” a resident named Anna said. “My personal opinion it’s a lie.”

Even though relations between the two countries may be at an all-time low, relations between the two peoples aren’t there yet.

“I’ve made jokes at the parties that I’m not here to steal your sensitive data,” Branovan said. “But so far people haven’t done more than laugh.”

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The White House commission examining the nation’s opioid epidemic had told Trump last week that declaring a national public health emergency would be an immediate help in combating the ongoing crisis. “Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop …
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Day in Photos – Voice of America: August 13, 2017

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Merkel emphasizes German prosperity, security at rally
Strategic coordination between Robert Mueller and Congress is paying off in Trump-Russia probe
Anthony Scaramucci, HR McMaster, Mike Pompeo: Sunday guests – Orlando Sentinel
Experts Say Journalists Could Be Espionage Act’s Next Frontier – Courthouse News Service
Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political Warfare Operation Targeting Trump – Washington Free Beacon
Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right – The Daily Caller
What could Trump’s plans to declare opioid use a national emergency mean for S. Utah? – St. George Daily Spectrum
Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates
Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn are struggling to pay for legal defense in Russia probe: Report – Washington Examiner
At Netroots, liberal activists demand full-throttle approach to Trump-Russia ties – Politico
Indiana psychologist gets probation for falsifying report – WSBT-TV
Donald Trump warns North Korea that US is locked and loaded
Does Trump love Putin more than his Cabinet and Americans serving overseas? – Washington Post
Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Used Leaked NSA Tool to Target Hotel Guests – WIRED
Rape as a Tactic of Terror: Holding the Islamic State Accountable
Who’s who in the government’s investigation into Russia ties – Washington Post
Rape as a Tactic of Terror: Holding the Islamic State Accountable – Just Security
Trump believes his CIA director, but only to a point – MSNBC
Surviving America’s Political Meltdown – Project Syndicate
President Trump Officially Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency – Fortune
Just Security: The Early Edition: August 11, 2017
Reuters: World News: Merkel, visiting ex-Stasi jail, defends freedom and democracy
Venezuelan Leader Wants a Face-to-Face Meeting with Trump
Putin, Judo, and his approach to power – Fox News
Australia Is Having A Plebiscite On Gay Marriage — Here’s What That Means – Forbes

 

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Merkel emphasizes German prosperity, security at rally

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the final phase of her election campaign, focusing her record, emphasizing the growth in economic security and prosperity achieved in her dozen years at the helm.
Strategic coordination between Robert Mueller and Congress is paying off in Trump-Russia probe

Back when Special Counsel Robert Mueller was first appointed to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal, it left the public confused as to what role the House and Senate committees were supposed to play. News outlets friendly to Trump tried to further muddy the waters by reporting on an essentially imaginary turf war between Mueller and Congress. But now we’re seeing evidence that they’ve been strategically coordinating all along and that it’s paying off.

The first concrete example surfaced this week when we learned about the sequence of events that led to Paul Manafort’s house being raided. Congress had demanded that Manafort come in and testify about the scandal under threat of subpoena. The public was upset that Manafort had only agreed to closed-door hearings. But the point of this wasn’t to serve up Manafort for public consumption. It was to get him to either slip up and reveal something that could be used against him, or to demonstrate his lack of cooperation so it could be leveraged against him.

We still don’t know whether Robert Mueller was able to get a no-knock warrant for Manafort’s house because of something he gave away during his testimony, or because of what he refused to answer. But either way, it was enough for a federal judge to be convinced that the warrant was justified. Sure enough, one day after Manafort’s Congressional testimony, the FBI was inside of Manafort’s house before the sun came up the next morning.

In hindsight, Congress and Mueller must have been coordinating their approach to Manafort all along and it paid off in spades. We can now assume that they’re working together when it comes to every witness or suspect they approach. Whenever the House or Senate demands that someone show up and testify, it’s a safe bet that it’s part of the Special Counsel’s targeting of that individual. And we’ll see similar payoffs going forward.

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Anthony Scaramucci, HR McMaster, Mike Pompeo: Sunday guests – Orlando Sentinel

Anthony Scaramucci, HR McMaster, Mike Pompeo: Sunday guests
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UPDATED: The Sunday morning guests are likely to focus on President Donald Trump and North Korea. The lineup: ABC’s This Week, 10 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9: National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. … Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House Armed 

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Experts Say Journalists Could Be Espionage Act’s Next Frontier – Courthouse News Service


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Experts Say Journalists Could Be Espionage Act’s Next Frontier
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Tatel likened reporters’ privilege to that of mental health professionals or spouses, but found that it is one the government can overcome by showing that public interest in punishing a leaker outweighs damage to press freedom. … When law enforcement

Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political Warfare Operation Targeting Trump – Washington Free Beacon


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Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political Warfare Operation Targeting Trump
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Secondary political attacks include the notion that Russia hacked the election, Trump obstructed justice and is hiding Russian collusion, and that he is a “puppet” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. “Adversaries utilize these interlocking narratives as 

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Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right – The Daily Caller


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Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right
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Specifically, the report singles out Kris Bauman, protégé of hostile-to-Israel, Iran-deal negotiator John Kerry, who it says supports among other things ‘engaging’ genocidal terrorist organization Hamas. Likewise, the report names Dina Habib-Powell
Exclusive Zionist Organization of America Analysis Determines McMaster Hostile to Trump, Calls for ReassignmentBreitbart News
An NSC Staffer Is Forced Out Over a Controversial MemoThe Atlantic

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What could Trump’s plans to declare opioid use a national emergency mean for S. Utah? – St. George Daily Spectrum

What could Trump’s plans to declare opioid use a national emergency mean for S. Utah?
St. George Daily Spectrum
With the recent announcement from President Donald Trump that he plans to declare the opioid crisis in America a national emergency, Utahns in particular could benefit from treatment expansion efforts, state officials say. … For St. George in 

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Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates

In a surprise intervention, Donald Trump said he would not rule out using military force as the country descends further into civil unrest

Donald Trump threatened a US military intervention in Venezuela on Friday, a dramatic escalation in his administrations stance toward the Latin American country which is descending into political chaos.

Trump made the remarks in response to questions from reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Related: ‘Totally divided’: how Venezuela’s crisis split the Latin American left

Related: The west is gripped by Venezuelas problems. Why does it ignore Brazils? | Julia Blunck

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Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn are struggling to pay for legal defense in Russia probe: Report – Washington Examiner


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Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn are struggling to pay for legal defense in Russia probe: Report
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Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn are struggling to manage their legal bills stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to a report Friday. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Flynn, the president’s first … 
Mueller’s Targets Face Financial StrainDaily Beast
Paul Manafort Returns to the Center of the Russia StoryThe New Yorker
FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair’s homeNew Jersey Herald
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At Netroots, liberal activists demand full-throttle approach to Trump-Russia ties – Politico


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At Netroots, liberal activists demand full-throttle approach to Trump-Russia ties
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ATLANTA Democrats are preparing for what many believe will be the party’s largest presidential field in decades in 2020. But at the premier annual progressive gathering on the political calendar, signs of the crowded primary to come are nowhere to 

Indiana psychologist gets probation for falsifying report – WSBT-TV


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Indiana psychologist gets probation for falsifying report
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PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) – A southwestern Indiana psychologist who authorities say falsified a mental health evaluation, causing a mistrial in an arson case, has been ordered to surrender his professional licenses. Eighty-four-year-old Albert H. Fink was 

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Donald Trump warns North Korea that US is locked and loaded

US president continues to escalate threats at North Korea over Twitter during working vacation but no troops have been put on higher alert or redeployed

Donald Trump kept up his brinksmanship on North Korea on Friday with a morning tweet claimingthat US military options were locked and loaded for use if Pyongyang acted unwisely. 

There was no change in US deployments in the region or a change in the alert status of US forces.

What kind of anti-missile defences does the US possess?


Related: US and South Korea to stage huge military exercise despite North Korea crisis

Related: Donald Trump loyalists eager to back up his rhetoric on North Korea

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Does Trump love Putin more than his Cabinet and Americans serving overseas? – Washington Post


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Does Trump love Putin more than his Cabinet and Americans serving overseas?
Washington Post
In the mind-numbing press conference on Thursday, Trump retained his perfect score. He’s never criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin. Asked about expelling our diplomats from Russia, he sounded, even for him, ridiculously obsequious. I want to …
Trump Thanked Putin For Kicking Out US Diplomats And 7 Other Things He Actually Told ReportersBuzzFeed News

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Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Used Leaked NSA Tool to Target Hotel Guests – WIRED


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Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Used Leaked NSA Tool to Target Hotel Guests
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Last month, FireEye says those hackers, believed to be associated with the Russian military intelligence service GRU, have begun to use EternalBlue, the leaked NSA hacking tool, as one technique to broaden their control of hotel networks after gaining 
US Election Hackers Are Now Using Leaked NSA Tools To Target HotelsForbes 
Russian cyber espionage group targeting hotel Wi-FiComputerWeekly.com

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Rape as a Tactic of Terror: Holding the Islamic State Accountable

Earlier this year, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney spoke at the United Nations to press the global body to hold the Islamic State accountable for rape and other crimes committed as part of its reign of terror in Iraq and Syria. She was joined by her client Nadia Murad, a 2016 Nobel Prize nominee who escaped her Islamic State captors after being held in Mosul by the terror group as a sex slave when she was only 21-years old. Nadia shared her own horrific story with the UN in 2015. As Mosul and eventually Raqqa are freed from Islamic State control, the world is able to hear from more female survivors. The New York Times recently reported that during the Mosul operation, around 180 women and children from the Yazidi ethnic minority in Iraq were rescued from the Islamic State, which had kidnapped, sexually abused, and sold many of these captives as sex slaves.

Now, as we approach the opening of the UN General Assembly this September, the time has come for the Security Council to support accountability for the crimes the Islamic State has committed against Nadia and thousands of other Yazidi women like her. What better way to uphold the Security Councils Resolution 1820, which it passed in 2008 to condemn the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war?

When the Islamic State attacked the Yazidi in Sinjar in 2014, it separated the men and boys from the women and girls. Many of the males were killed, while younger females were abducted, raped and sold into slavery. According to a pamphlet issued by the Islamic State, the fact that the Yazidis are an ethno-religious minority and not Muslim provided the ostensible justification to treat and sell Yazidi women and children as sex slaves. Those who later escaped, reported being repeatedly bought and sold by Islamic State fighters, raped frequently, forced to marry, coerced into converting to Islam, confined in their rooms, and separated from their children.

Last year, after some reluctance to use the label genocide, then- Secretary of State John Kerry concluded that the Islamic State was responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control including Yazidis, Christians and Shiite Muslims. That statement came on the heels of a bi-partisan non-binding resolution unanimously adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 393-0, which said the Islamic States atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, amounted to war crimes and, in some cases, “genocide.”

While President Donald Trump has de-emphasized human rights in his foreign policy, he has prioritized the protection of Christians and religious minorities though in a terribly misguided way, often through anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies, which are fundamentally at odds with Americas commitment to religious freedom, tolerance, and equality. Still, seeking justice for the Yazidis who have survived rape and other crimes may be a cause the Trump administration could get behind, given its professed sympathy for religious non-Muslim minorities and its apparent commitment to ending human trafficking. At a recent event releasing the State Departments congressionally mandated annual Trafficking in Persons report, Ivanka Trump, the presidents daughter, stated, Ending human trafficking is a major foreign policy priority of the Trump administration. Plus, after meeting with Clooney and Murad, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley tweeted, The U.S. is committed to bringing ISIS to justice, not just on the battlefield, but in the judicial system as well. And more recently, on July 27, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters, When we look at Iraq and we look at what has happened to some of the Yezidis, some of the Christians, we the Secretary believes and he firmly believes that that was genocide.

Rape and other forms of sexual violence are an essential part of the political economy of the Islamic State. The terrorist group uses rape, sexual slavery, and other forms of sexual violence to recruit new fighters; to terrorize communities into compliance and displace them from strategic areas; to torture and extract intelligence; to compel conversion and indoctrination through forced marriage; and to generate revenue through sex trafficking, slave trade, and ransoms.

Just as international prosecutors have secured convictions for rape as a weapon of war in more traditional wars, so too must accountability be sought for rape as a tactic of terror a phrase used by Zainab Bangura, the former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence, to refer to this troubling phenomenon. Sexual violence during armed conflict can violate the laws of war and in some cases amount to torture. Under the doctrine of command responsibility, leaders can be prosecuted for war crimes when they knew or should have known that their subordinates were committing such crimes and failed to take adequate steps to prevent the crimes or punish those responsible.

Securing convictions and sentencing perpetrators, particularly of Islamic State leaders, would undercut the terrorist organizations strength at the top, discourage potential recruits, and deter subordinates from committing crimes. Plus, prosecutions could provide survivors with at least some measure of justice. While holding the Islamic State accountable for sexual violence, particularly the systematic rape of Yazidi women and girls, would help disrupt the terrorist organizations authority and resources, finding a court with jurisdiction over these crimes is a challenge.

Iraq has not joined the International Criminal Court (ICC); the Islamic State is not a recognized state and therefore lacks the option of joining the Court (though its members could be potentially prosecuted before the ICC); and domestic courts face obstacles in addressing these complex transnational crimes. Despite the difficulties, the ICC is the most promising venue to investigate and try these cases.

Ideally, Iraq should accept limited ICC jurisdiction with respect to the crime in question under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute, which provides for a nonparty to the Statute to accept the jurisdiction of the Court. If Iraq chooses not to, the UN Security Council should refer the case to the ICC under Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute, as it did with genocide allegations in the Darfur region of Sudan. In such an instance, the Council would refer the situationnot a particular actor or partygrowing out of the Sinjar massacre, or it could designate the situation as the territory controlled by the Islamic State, which includes parts of Iraq and Syria. Although the ICC prosecutor could investigate crimes committed by the governments and militaries of Iraq or Syria, as a practical matter, the Office of the Prosecutor typically narrows the investigation to particular incidents or patterns of crimes, and would thus likely only focus on crimes committed by the Islamic State if the situation is limited. However, obtaining the sufficient number of votesand avoiding a veto in the Security Council could be challenging.

If Iraq and the Security Council fail to act, the ICC Prosecutor should, on her own motion, initiate an investigation under Article 15(1) of the ICC Statute on the basis of information on crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court. As the ICC Prosecutor began receiving reports of the Islamic States atrocities against the Yazidi, she indicated an initial reluctance to act, because the Islamic State is primarily led by nationals of Iraq and Syria, and yet neither country is a party to the Statute. And yet, there are mid-level leaders in the Islamic State who, as foreign fighters in Iraq, are nationals of countries that areparties to the ICC, which provides a potential jurisdictional hook.

In an effort to press the Prosecutor on a possible investigation, in September 2015, Yazidi activists worked with Luis Moreno-Ocampo who had by then stepped down as the ICCs first prosecutor to petition the Court on the question of genocide in Sinjar since August 2014. Over the past year, Clooney has taken up this cause and is highlighting not only the genocide against the Yazidi, but also bringing greater attention to the use of rape as a tool of terrorism.

Action by Iraq or the Security Council would be preferable. As an institution created and essentially funded by states, the ICC depends on governmental support. But by acting on her own, the ICC Prosecutor may ultimately leverage Iraq or the Security Council to act. Even in the absence of such action, she should pursue an investigation with a view to eventual prosecutions, assuming the evidence and law warrant it.

The ICC has a proven track record on international crimes. It has experience with cases involving nonstate armed militias (such as with issuing an arrest warrant for Joseph Kony, the elusive leader of the Lords Resistance Army), as well as with cases establishing accountability for sexual violence as a tool of war (such as with convicting former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba in March 2016 for mass rapes committed by his rebel group).

Since Clooney, a British barrister, began advocacy on behalf of the Yazidi, the United Kingdom has led an initiative to gain Security Council approval for setting up an investigation into the Islamic States crimes in Iraq. While such a move would fall short of an ICC referral, it could help preserve vital evidence before witnesses flee or their memories fade. The U.S. government might object to Security Council involvement, given the Trump administrations general opposition to international institutions. However, when the Security Council made the ICC referral in the Darfur case, the United States abstained (under President George W. Bush), rather than blocking it.

Another option for accountability would be for the Iraqi courts to prosecute the Islamic State, but it would be challenging for Iraqi prosecutors to handle these cases, given their relative lack of resources and expertise with such crimes, and the UN and NGOs have highlighted serious concerns over due process in Iraqi courts. Yet another avenue would be for Iraq and the United Nations to establish a hybrid tribunal, combining national and international elements. However, hybrid tribunals have a mixed record and are expensive. By contrast, the ICCs advantage is its economies of scale, given its existing infrastructure, investigators, prosecutors, translators, and court reporters.

One way or another, as part of the campaign to defeat the Islamic State, the Security Council and Iraq should support accountability for the terror groups use of rape and other forms of sexual violence, as convicting and imprisoning its top leaders for these crimes will take them off the battlefield and undermine the revenues gained from sex trafficking.

Image: Nadia Murad Basee Taha with Amal Clooney, Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and Legal Representative for Yazidi survivors, at the UN in New York March 9, 2017 (UN Photo/Rick Bajornas)

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Just Security: The Early Edition: August 11, 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.

NORTH KOREA

So, if anything, maybe that statement wasnt tough enough, President Trump told reporters yesterday at his golf club in New Jersey, refusing to temper the comments he made Wednesday that North Korea would face fire and fury if it continued to issue threats against the U.S. and its allies, adding that its about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. Paul Sonne and Louise Radnofsky report at the Wall Street Journal.

Hes not going to go around threatening Guam and hes not going to threaten the United States and hes not going to threaten Japan, and hes not going to threaten South Korea, Trump also told reporters, reiterating the seriousness of his warning against North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-un and stating that the U.S. retaliation for an attack on Guam would be the likes of which nobody has seen before. Peter Baker reports at the New York Times.

We are preparing for many different alternative events, Trump told reporters yesterday that the U.S. would reconsider its entire military presence in Asia as a consequence of the North Korea threat and other reasons, his comments coming just a few days after the Trump administration congratulated itself for passing a 15-0 U.N. Security Council Resolution imposing sanctions against the Pyongyang regime. Philip Rucker and Karen DeYoung report at the Washington Post.

A plan to add many billions of dollars for U.S. anti-missile defenses in response to North Koreas recent threats will probably be unveiled over the next week by the Trump administration, President Trump said from his private golf club in New Jersey yesterday, Ellen Mitchell reporting at the Hill.

Diplomatic efforts have traction and are gaining results, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, highlighting the efforts of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, stating that his job is to be ready for conflict but adding that the tragedy of war is well enough known, the BBC reports.

The idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical, deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka said today, attempting to explain the mixed messages from the Trump administration on the North Korea threat, Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

Pentagon officials are seriously considering military options in response to the North Korea threat, though the Pentagon still hopes for a diplomatic solution, Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt explain at the New York Times.

If we have to, well go to war, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said yesterday, stating that such a move would be undesirable but may be necessary and that China could end the crisis by using its influence over North Korea. Josh Delk reports at the Hill.

China should stay neutral if North Korea attacks the U.S., Chinese state-run newspaper the Global Times said today, Ben Blanchard and James Oliphant reporting at Reuters.

A pre-emptive war would be catastrophic, former national security adviser Susan Rice said yesterday, warning that the war of words between the U.S. and North Korea could move the nations closer to war but adding that she accepted that previous administrations had failed to stop North Korea from developing its nuclear arsenal. Eli Watkins reports at CNN.

A pre-emptive strike on North Korean missile sites would rely on B-1 bombers, according to two senior retired officers, Cynthia McFadden, William M. Arkin, Kevin Monahan and Kenzi Abou-Sabe report at NBC News.

The C.I.A., the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies agree that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear weapon that can be attached to an intercontinental ballistic missile (I.C.B.M.), U.S. officials told N.B.C. News, supporting the assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency, though it is unclear how much confidence the various agencies have in the analysis. Andrea Mitchell and Ken Dilanian report at NBC News.

Kuwait is taking measures against North Korea, an official source in Kuwaits foreign ministry said yesterday, according to the K.U.N.A. state news agency. Reuters reports.

An annual joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea will go ahead this month despite the escalating tensions in the Korean Peninsula, and will involve tens of thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops, Oliver Holmes reports at the Guardian.

NORTH KOREA: MEDIA RESPONSE

It is still possible to de-escalate the crisis by relying traditional deterrence, toning down the belligerent rhetoric, enhancing defense systems, imposing further sanctions, and working with China. Former national security adviser Susan E. Rice writes at the New York Times.

No more presidential improv on North Korea or military threats in general. White House Chief of Staff John Kerry needs to draw a red line with President Trump, writes Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post.

Bombastic rhetoric will not neutralize North Koreas nuclear program and President Trump should follow up sanctions with an offer to negotiate, the Economist writes.

The threat to Guam tests Trump and Kim as both try to prove that their threats are sincere, Choe Sang-Hun writes at the New York Times.

What could happen next? Marc Fisher and David Nakamura set out the possible consequences of the escalating North Korea threat at the Washington Post.

It is unlikely that the current crisis will lead to war. Anna Fifield provides a range of response from experts at the Washington Post.

Smaller disputes between the U.S. and North Korea are now likely to take on greater significance in light of the escalating rhetoric and, although an attack on the U.S. is still a remote possibility, it is not far-fetched that a miscalculation would lead to a war on the Korean Peninsula, Anne Gearan writes at the Washington Post.

The threats traded between the U.S. and North Korea have caused a headache for China as it is caught between Pyongyang, who it sees as a troublesome and destabilizing ally, and the increasingly aggressive rhetoric emanating from the U.S., Chun Han Wong explains at the Wall Street Journal.

Should the U.S. shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles if they do not hit the island of Guam? Eric Talmadge sets out the pros and cons at the AP.

Who is at risk from North Koreas ballistic missiles? Troy Griggs and Karen Yourish provide an interactive map at the New York Times.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Trump hadnt given any thought to firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller from the Russia investigation, the president told reporters yesterday, also expressing surprise at the raid of the home of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, last month by federal agents to obtain documents related to foreign bank accounts and tax matters. Louise Radnofsky reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Were working with Mueller, Trump added, contradicting reports from private conversations that the president had discussed the possibility of firing the special counsel appointed to investigate whether he had colluded with Russia during his presidential campaign. Michael S. Schmidy reports at the New York Times.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort switched his legal teams as the pressure from the Trump-Russia investigation increases, John Bowden reports at the Hill.

Many questions remain about the Mueller investigation, Philip Ewing answering five of the big ones at NPR.

RUSSIA

I want to thank Russian President Vladimir Putin for cutting 755 U.S. diplomatic staff last month, President Trump told reporters yesterday, explaining that his gratitude for the move was due to the fact that his administration was trying to cut down on payroll, Peter Baker at the New York Timesexplaining that is was not clear whether the president was joking or not.

Current and former U.S. officials condemned Trumps remarks, many stating that the comments were unprecedented and grotesque even if made jokingly, Al Jazeera reports.

SOUTH CHINA SEA

China conveyed its strong dissatisfaction with the U.S. yesterday over its recent freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea which came within six nautical miles of one of Chinas man-made islands, Christopher Bodeen reports at the AP.

China requested that the U.S.S. John S. McCain destroyer turn round at least ten times as it sailed close to Mischief Reef, one of the disputed Spratly Islands of the Paracel Islands, a U.S. official told the Guardian.

SYRIA

Syrian government forces bombarded two areas inside de-escalation zones, killing civilians, residents and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday, Al Jazeerareporting.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 16 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Aug. 9. Separately, partner forces conducted two strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY

State election officials will be able to apply for security clearances to review classified information about cyberthreats to their election systems, federal and state authorities confirmed this week, the move coming after criticisms of the Department of Homeland Security for its failure to provide certain information about suspected hacking attempts during last years presidential election. Alexa Corse reports at the Wall Street Journal.

A global financial network run by a senior Islamic State officials was used to send money to an alleged Islamic State operative in the U.S. via fake eBay transactions, a recently unsealed F.B.I. affidavit reveals. Mark Maremont and Christopher S. Stewart report at the Wall Street Journal.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Iran is not in compliance with the nuclear deal and is not living up to the spirit of the agreement,President Trump said from his private golf club in New Jersey yesterday, Reuters reporting.

President Trump is very close to a decision on whether to send additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan,he told reporters from his golf club yesterday. Reuters reports.

The Trump administration defended its travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in which it repeatedly referred to the executives wide powers to exclude foreigners from entry to the U.S., Mica Rosenberg reports at Reuters.

The Islamic State still retains the capability to send funds to supporters and inspire attacks in Europe and elsewhere despite military defeats and reduced revenue, while al-Qaeda remains resilient, particularly in West and East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, U.N. experts concluded in a report circulated yesterday. Edith M. Lederer extracts elements of the report at the AP.

The Sea of Japan does not belong to Japan, Chinas air force chief insisted today, defending Chinese military maneuvers there after a Japanese defense review warned of increasing Chinese military activity in the area. Reuters reports.

A Saudi proposal that the U.N. take responsibility for reopening and running the international airport in Yemens capital Sanaa which has been closed for over a year due to a Saudi blockade to pressure the Houthis a move which international aid groups say caused the deaths of thousands of civilians by depriving them of relief supplies –  apparently took the U.N. by surprise yesterday, Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

Its too soon to say who or what was responsible for a series of health issues experienced by several U.S. diplomats and their families in Cuba which led to their leaving the country, the State Department said yesterday, the Hills Max Greenwood reporting.

The fact that the Islamic State almost brought down a large passenger plan without authorities having a clue in Australia last month should ring alarm bells worldwide, yet the incident was paid little attention to by the international media, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel invoked the injustices of communist East Germany on Friday to defend freedom and democracy during a visit to a notorious prison of the former Stasi secret police in Berlin.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel invoked the injustices of communist East Germany on Friday to defend freedom and democracy during a visit to a notorious prison of the former Stasi secret police in Berlin.

Merkel, the daughter of a Protestant pastor who grew up in the German Democratic Republic (GDR), visited the ex-prison of Hohenschoenhausen a day before she launches her campaign for a fourth term as chancellor in a national election on Sept. 24.

Thousands of political prisoners were incarcerated in the jail, which after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the 1990 reunification of Germany became a museum and memorial.

“The injustice that occurred in the GDR, that many people had to experience in an awful way, must not be forgotten,” said Merkel, who has just returned to work after a three-week summer holiday.

She said the visit to the former Stasi prison, two days before the anniversary of the start of construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, was “of particular significance for me”.

“It seems a long time ago, but it warns us to work hard for freedom and democracy,” she said.

During her visit, Merkel met a former inmate, Arno Drefke, who often guides visitors through the spacious former prison, which is now preparing for a two-year renovation that will add new exhibition areas and seminar rooms.

Merkel and her conservatives, in power since 2005, are expected to win another term, although an opinion poll by Infratest dimap published late on Thursday suggested her popularity had dropped 10 percentage points to 59 percent.

However, Merkel appears to have little to fear as her main rival, the Social Democrats’ chancellor candidate Martin Schulz, saw his popularity hit a new low of 33 percent, down four points from last month.

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In his comments to reporters on Thursday, Mr. Trump made clear that he was drafting paperwork and intended to issue a formal declaration that the opioid crisis was a national emergency — much the way the federal government officially recognizes the need for a national response to natural disasters.

“We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency,” he said. “It is a serious problem, the likes of which we have never had. You know, when I was growing up, they had the L.S.D. and they had certain generations of drugs. There’s never been anything like what’s happened to this country over the last four or five years.”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly promised that the federal government will confront the spreading crisis of opioid overdoses. In 2015, officials said, 33,000 of the 52,000 overdose deaths nationwide were the result of the use of opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

After a briefing from health officials this week, Mr. Trump called the issue of opioid overdoses “a tremendous problem in our country,” and he said that he hoped that “we get it taken care of as well as it can be taken care of.”

The opioid commission recommended declaring an emergency under the Stafford Act, which is usually reserved for natural disasters, or under the Public Health Service Act, which also activates federal assistance to states but is carried out by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Mr. Christie thanked the president for following the panel’s suggestion.

“I am completely confident that the president will address this problem aggressively and do all he can to alleviate the suffering and loss of scores of families in every corner of our country,” Mr. Christie said.

Mr. Price said this week that most such declarations are for a specific outbreak of an infectious disease, such as the threat from the Zika virus, or are limited geographically to a specific location, like Hurricane Sandy, which hit the New Jersey coast in 2012.

President Barack Obama declared a national emergency as Sandy headed for the East Coast that year. And he used his authority to declare an emergency in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

White House and federal health officials did not respond to requests for more information about how Mr. Trump decided that an emergency declaration is necessary, despite the comments to the contrary from his advisers.

Declaring an emergency could allow states and cities that are hard hit by the opioid crisis to receive federal disaster relief funds and other types of urgent aid, just as they do after hurricanes or tornadoes through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It could also allow certain federal rules to be waived temporarily — for example, allowing Medicaidfunds to be used for something they normally are not, or allowing access to experimental medications.

“If you declare a state of emergency, you can move federal resources more easily between programmatic areas,” said Michael Fraser, the executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He added, however, that “when it comes to opioids, it’s really unclear” what kind of effect a federal emergency declaration would have.

Six states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia — have already declared emergencies because of the opioid crisis. These declarations have helped expand access to naloxone, a medication that can revive people who have overdosed, according to the Network for Public Health Law. They have also helped states get federal grants for treatment services and improved reporting of overdoses.

The 21st Century Cures Act, which Congress approved last year, is already sending states $1 billion over two years for opioid addiction treatment and prevention, but experts say it is far short of what is needed. Ohio alone spent nearly $1 billion last year on addressing the opioid epidemic.

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NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Brighton Beach in southern Brooklyn has one of New York’s, and the country’s, highest concentrations of Russian-speaking Americans. With the Russia investigation, Russia sanctions, and Russia news stories coming out all the time, Fox 5 wanted to find out what people think of President Donald Trump and the relationship he recently described as being at an all-time and dangerous low.

“The community voted overwhelmingly for President Trump. Our estimates are 80 percent and higher in some areas,” said Dr. Igor Branovan, a physician in Brighton Beach and the president of the American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry, a nonprofit that publishes two Russian-language newspapers.

Branovan said that part of the reason Trump attracted so much support in the Russian-speaking community is because the strongman persona he campaigned on is something they can relate to.

“When you see Putin, bare-chested, running after bears,” Branovan said. “So the reason it is shown is because KGB, and he is product of that, knows very well what sells.” [Note: The KGB is now known as the FSB.]

While parts of the community have a negative impression of overall Russian relations, the large majority take a more pragmatic view to the recent tensions between Washington and Moscow.

“The community probably sees that more as the great game that we have in the current times,” Branovan said. “Superpowers and budding superpowers are spying on each other as much as they can.”

And part of that great game is the Russian government interference of the 2016 election. Branovan is convinced the Russians did it.

“Clearly there were games involved,” he said. “Clearly there was interference.”

But not everyone in the community is so sure.

Russians around Brighton Beach and the famous boardwalk told us they like the president and that hacking may or may not be a hoax.

“I don’t think that Russia is interfering,” a resident named Anna said. “My personal opinion it’s a lie.”

Even though relations between the two countries may be at an all-time low, relations between the two peoples aren’t there yet.

“I’ve made jokes at the parties that I’m not here to steal your sensitive data,” Branovan said. “But so far people haven’t done more than laugh.”

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“Are there any Russians here?”

With that mocking cry, delivered from the bosom of an adoring West Virginia crowd, President Donald Trump offered the most explicit glimpse yet of how he plans to cope with the spreading net of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign, there never were. We didn’t win because of Russia, we won because of you,” Trump said at a raucous campaign rally.

The President offered a political argument — not a legal one — for why the Russia story was “a total fabrication” on a day of dizzying revelations about the probe, that heaped fresh pressure on his beleaguered White House.

Trump’s rhetoric and behavior have often defied prediction and logic, and history suggests his comparatively moderate approach on Thursday night could yet be followed by a scorching tweet storm or an assault on Mueller’s character and position.

But Trump’s apparently scripted remarks in a context when he has often careened into improvisation and off the political reservation, may also be a hint that he just may be ready to take care of the politics, and let his legal team handle his defense in a case in which he insists he has nothing to hide.

Trump’s defiant yet calibrated message followed significant breaking news on Thursday over Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign aides and Moscow, that once again electrified Washington.

Then, capping a frenzied afternoon, Reuters reported that Mueller’s team had issued subpoenas in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., top campaign aides and a Russian lawyer.

Convening a grand jury does not signal that indictments are imminent or that Mueller has concluded there has been wrongdoing. The move is often simply a tool to allow a prosecutor to subpoena evidence or testimony.

But Thursday’s revelations were a sign that the former FBI director’s investigation is serious, expanding and gathering pace, and will mean more complications for West Wing staff and the President himself.

Mueller is investigating whether there was any collusion between Moscow’s spies and the Trump campaign — allegations that, if proven true, could represent an abrogation of American democracy.

But Trump, admittedly before a receptive audience, implied that any outcome of the probe that did not favor him or his associates would in itself represent a flouting of democratic norms.

“They can’t beat us at the voting booths so they are trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want,” the President told the crowd, during a vintage performance in the heart of Trump country, Huntington, West Virginia.

“I just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future want and deserve.”

It was not that Trump softened his stance — his tone was caustic and highly partisan, suggesting “the prosecutors” should be investigating Clinton’s missing emails. But in an unusually nuanced approach, he attacked Democrats rather than taking on Mueller head on. And he managed to make his political case in a way that did not immediately dismember and detract from the arguments of his lawyers — a feat that he has not always achieved.

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Trump’s response to the day of drama was highly anticipated since it represented a first test for the new high powered political and legal team that he has assembled to defend him and relaunch his struggling presidency.

The arrivals of veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb as Trump’s top legal counsel and new chief of staff John Kelly have been hailed by supporters as a way for Trump to steady a chaotic White House and an inconsistent legal team.

It may be significant, that while his remarks about the Russia probe on Thursday night were scathing and scornful, they did not specifically focus on Mueller himself.

And so far there have not been the kind of personal assaults against the prosecutor and others on Twitter, that often have deepened his political peril and even his legal position.

As new revelations on the Russia probe emerge, the question now is: how long Trump can keep his discipline (hold his tongue and his tweets) and will he deviate from Thursday’s message or stick to its confines?

Trump’s legal team responded to Thursday’s reports exactly in the way that might be expected of a conventional White House, with a sense of professionalism that has often been lacking from the administration.

“Grand jury matters are typically secret. The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly … The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller,” Cobb said.

Republican strategist Alice Stewart said on AC360 that the approach from Trump’s lawyers was the correct one.

“I was encouraged by the president’s attorney saying ‘we will fully cooperate’ … which I think is a far cry and a welcome direction from calling this a witch hunt,” she said.

One White House source told CNN’s Gloria Borger that the President’s lawyers were “highly content” to hear about the grand jury, adding that the move was “not causing any anxiety” among the legal team.

Such a cool response is consistent with the team’s line that Trump not only has nothing to hide, but wants to get the entire case behind him as soon as possible. And it may not account for rising personal angst that members of Trump’s political team may feel at the prospect of being drawn into protracted and costly legal proceedings.

Legal observers agreed that the arrival of a grand jury itself did not necessarily mean Mueller believed that he had found fruitful ground for his investigation.

“It is the end of the beginning,” said CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin on CNN’s “Erin Burnett Out Front.”

Another CNN legal commentator, former Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste, said, “It is not at all surprising that we have reached a point involving a grand jury.”

But equally, it was clearly a significant step.

Former CIA analyst and FBI official Phil Mudd said he didn’t buy the White House message that no one was rattled.

“The White House is obviously going to be anxious about this. I don’t believe a word they are saying. I think this suggests Robert Mueller has some smoke,” said Mudd, a senior CNN analyst.

In West Virginia, Trump concluded a five-minute riff on Russia with a caustic jab at Democrats who allege that he had an unfair leg up — from a US enemy — to defeat Clinton in last year’s presidential election.

“Try winning at the voter booth. Not going to be easy, but that is the way you are supposed to do it.”

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Eight miners are missing after a flood at Russia’s largest diamond mine.

Water leaked into an underground shaft on Friday morning when more than 100 workers were inside.

Most have been rescued from Mir mine in eastern Siberia, according to diamond company Alrosa, which runs it.

However, the company said reports that those still missing had been located were not true and the search continues. Divers have reportedly arrived at the scene.

The town of Mirny in Yakutia has declared a state of emergency.

One man was rescued on Saturday morning.

He is in intensive care at a nearby hospital with a bruised lung, but his life is not in danger, Alrosa said.

Chief Executive Sergey Ivanov said every effort was being made to find the other workers.

The company said 142 people had been brought safely back to the surface so far.

The adjacent open-pit mine, one of the world’s largest excavated holes, is no longer operational, as mining has moved underground.

However, flooding of the exhausted quarry may have caused the problem, according to local emergency services, as water leaked into one of the active mine’s pumping stations.

The crater contained some 300,000 cubic meters of water, the equivalent of 120 Olympic-size swimming pools, the emergencies ministry said.

Photos Show Russian President Vladimir Putin on Vacation

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Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week enjoyed a nature-filled vacation that included hiking, fishing and diving, according to photos. The images are the latest in a series that seek to portray Russia’s leader as an adventurous and rugged outdoorsman and athlete.

Russian news agency TASS reports that Putin went to Siberia to hike in the forest, go fishing on mountain lakes and dive underwater while chasing a pike during a short stop in the Tuva region over the first two days in August.

Photos of the vacationing Putin show the Russian leader sitting shirtless and accompanied by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who was also pictured shirtless and wearing camouflage pants. In other pictures, Putin is decked out in outdoor gear and is shown wading into water to fish.

According to presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, Putin at one point donned a diving suit, complete with a mask, breathing tube and GoPro camera, and started spearfishing.

“He filmed some unique footage while hunting a pike,” Peskov told Tass. “He chased a pike for two hours before eventually hitting it. It was very brief, but very eventful trip.”

Mueller seeks White House documents on Flynn, asks about secret

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The New York Times reported Friday night that investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller have asked the White House for documents concerning ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Witnesses have been questioned about possible secret payments from the Turkish government to Flynn, according to the report.

Former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, said the New York Times report on Friday night eclipses previous reports that Mueller is working with more than one grand jury.

Bharara was fired by President Trump in March, even though Bharara said Trump invited him, shortly after the November 2016 election, to stay on.

Preet Bharara says Robert Mueller’s latest Trump-Russia move today is even bigger than the grand jury

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Yesterday it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had a grand jury going for the past several weeks in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, and it landed in the media like a bombshell. Today Mueller made an entirely different kind of move in the Trump-Russia investigation which got far less media attention. But according to respected former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who would know these kinds of things, today’s move is even bigger than the grand jury.

Today’s story is that Mueller has ordered Trump’s White House to turn over all documents relating to the paid foreign agent work that Michael Flynn was doing for Turkey and Russia while he was working for the Trump campaign, as reported by the New York Times (link). To a layperson this might sound like a mere procedural move. But Bharara sees it differently, tweeting that “If true, request for WH documents re: Flynn’s work for Turkey is much more significant than breathless reporting about [grand jury] yesterday. Much.” (link).

One of Bharara’s followers, also an attorney, replied that this was “Direct evidence of a crime is being sought, not the mere setting up of an investigative body.” This prompted Bharara to respond “Precisely” (link). While he didn’t go into further detail, there are some additional specific legal reasons as to why this could be a much bigger break in the case than the grand jury.

For one thing, this is the first known instance of Robert Mueller making any such demands of the White House. So this furthers the notion that Mueller is has moved past the insular phase of his investigation, and is now prepared to take on Trump and his associates in direct fashion. It’s also common for attorneys to demand documents that they already have copies of. That way, if the other side refuses to comply, or panics and destroys its own copies, it’s evidence of bad faith intent.

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Russian oligarchs plane flies into New Jersey on same day Donald Trump arrives for golf vacation

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Donald Trump has raised eyebrows by departing on a seventeen day golf vacation in New Jersey at a time when his grasp on the presidency is slipping away by the hour in Washington DC. In terms of his own political future, Trump couldn’t have picked a less opportune time to skip town. But there may end up being an entirely different reason why Trump’s vacation raises eyebrows: the arrival today of a private plane in New Jersey owned by a Russian oligarch.

On the same day that Donald Trump traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey to begin his vacation, a private plane belonging to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich arrived at nearby Newark International Airport. Abramovich isn’t just any Russian oligarch; he’s very close to Vladimir Putin, and his wife attended Donald Trump’s inauguration in January (source: link). This flight pattern was uncovered by Juha Keskinen, who has been tracking the relevant flight information for some time (source: Juha Keskinen). Flight plans of private planes can be publicly tracked online, meaning the owners of these planes have less privacy in their travels than they sometimes think they have.

There are a number of caveats here. Just because Mr. Abramovich’s plane arrived in Newark today, it doesn’t mean that he or his wife were necessarily on it. It’s possible they could have lent the plane to someone else, for a trip that has nothing to do with Trump. And while Newark is the airport that one would fly into when traveling to Bedminster, it should be pointed out that Newark also serves as a de facto third airport for New York City, after JFK and Laguardia. So whoever was on the Abramovich plane could have been ultimately heading to New York, and not to New Jersey.

But if this is a mere coincidence, it’s a remarkable one. And it’s not the first time a Russian oligarch has flown into a particular location while Donald Trump was there. It’s happened with Dmitry Rybolovlev at least twice, though he insists those were in fact coincidences, and that he never met with Trump. And now we have the plane of another Russian billionaire arriving in New Jersey on the same day that Trump has arrived in New Jersey. Now it’s a matter of determining if Mr. or Mrs. Abramovich were actually on their private plane, and if so, whether they did indeed travel on to Bedminster after landing in Newark.

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In the months leading up to Election Day, Twitter and Facebook were the feeding grounds for viral “news” stories floating conspiracies and hoaxes, many aimed at spreading negative false claims about Hillary Clinton.

On Election Day, dozens of agents and analysts huddled at a command center arrayed with large monitoring screens at the FBI headquarters in Washington watching for security threats, according to multiple sources.

That included analysts monitoring cyber threats, after months of mounting Russian intrusions targeting every part of the US political system, from political parties to policy think-tanks to state election systems.

On this day, there was also a group of FBI cyber and counterintelligence analysts and investigators watching social media.

FBI analysts had identified social media user accounts behind stories, some based overseas, and the suspicion was that at least some were part of a Russian disinformation campaign, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

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For the FBI, this was uncomfortable territory, given the First Amendment’s free speech protections even for fake news stories.

“We were right on the edge of Constitutional legality,” a person briefed on the investigation said. “We were monitoring news.”

As the hours ticked by on Election Day, teams at the FBI, Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence held conference calls every three hours with a team at the Situation Room in the White House to discuss possible problems, according to multiple sources.

Minor issues popped up in far-flung parts of the country, from Alaska to Georgia.

At the end of day, top officials exchanged congratulations for an election day that was completed without disruptions of the vote.

One Obama White House official responded to the messages of congratulations with the opposite view, saying the US government response to the Russian operation was “a failure of imagination.”

“Are you kidding?” that official recalled saying to others at the White House as they celebrated a successful election. “What they did worked!”

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‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare

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DIA chief: US must avoid ‘Kodak moment’

More so now than ever, information is playing an outsized role in military capabilities and being rolled into conventional elements.

In 21st century warfare, war is cognitive as much as it’s kinetic, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a small group of reporters in his office this week.

Top competitors, Stewart said, are organizing their forces in this new information space and have developed doctrine to fight and win in the information age.

Russia views many facets of the information space — to include information operations, space/counterspace, cyber, cyber-enabled psychological operations and electronic warfare, to name a few — as critical to fighting and winning future conflicts, especially against the U.S., according to a recent and unclassified report on Russia’s military published by DIA.

“Moscow perceives the information domain as strategically decisive and critically important to control its domestic populace and influence adversary states. Information warfare is a key means of achieving its ambitions of becoming a dominant player on the world stage,” the report says. “Since at least 2010, the Russian military has prioritized the development of forces and means for what it terms ‘information confrontation,’ which is a holistic concept for ensuring information superiority, during peacetime and wartime. This concept includes control of the information content as well as the technical means for disseminating that content. Cyber operations are part of Russia’s attempts to control the threat environment.”

China, similarly, views information domination as critical and has taken concrete steps to better posture itself in this space.

Investments in so-called information capabilities serve a purpose for a more “informatized” military, according to the Defense Department‘s most recent annual report to Congress on China’s military developments. “The [People’s Liberation Army] conducts military exercises simulating these operations and likely views conventional and cyber operations as means of achieving information dominance,” the report says. “PLA writings suggest EW, cyberspace, deception, counterspace, and other operations during wartime could deny an adversary’s use of information.”

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Nations such as Russia and China have observed how the U.S. fights dating back to Desert Shield and have taken steps to organize and defeat the U.S.

Stewart noted that one of the most important fights in the technological space is in quantum computing and quantum encryption. Whoever wins this fight wins the game, he said, meaning that whoever gets there first can control the market.

Quantum encryption capability allows for one to more easily decrypt traditional encryption methods and make decryption for competitors nearly impossible. Stewart likened quantum encryption to spinning a coin on a flat surface, and in order to read the encrypted message the coin must be caught at just the right spot.

China is making significant advancements in this space with one of the most advanced capabilities in the world, he said, noting that the U.S. advantage is shrinking.

“[H]ow many of you own a Kodak camera? How many of you still use Kodak film?” Stewart asked the audience at the annual GEOINT Symposium in June. “I’m willing to bet it’s not many. Well, if I’d asked that question 20 years ago every hand would be in the air.”

Stewart’s point was that while Kodak dominated the market in photography and even helped invent the digital camera, bringing the first megapixel camera to market; yet the company “refused to completely embrace the digital future they helped create,” Stewart said, failing to bring its previous level of innovation to the next wave of technology. The intelligence community is currently facing its own “Kodak moment”, Stewart remarked, noting that if the IC doesn‘t address the issue, it will be left behind.

He added this week that the challenge for the DIA and the IC is reforming and maintaining the relentless focus on innovation. For the government, embracing disruption can be a challenge.

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has previously referred to innovation in the private sector as a small brush fire, in that if no one stamps it out, it will continue to burn. “I would describe innovation in the Defense Department as a forest fire: ‘Holy shit, we’re on fire, let’s put it out,’ ” Selva candidly admitted at the fiscal 2017 McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference in 2016, where he highlighted how the department is sometimes averse to change and disruption.

“If we form a hypothesis and build an experiment, you have to be willing to be wrong. Then we can discount that idea and move on to another one. My experience with commercial industry tells me that innovation in commercial industry is exactly that process,” he said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last year, adding that failure can be tolerated if done small and quickly.

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work spearheaded the so-called third offset, which essentially looks to ensure conventional deterrence through man-machine teaming and other means to offset military gains made by competitors of the U.S.

Russia and China now have battle networks — theaterwide battle networks, Work warned during a conference last year, that are approaching parity with the U.S. In order to strengthen conventional deterrence, the U.S. wants to make sure it can extend its advantage in that particular area, he said.

Work provided five examples of injecting artificial intelligence and autonomy into these grids: autonomous learning systems that use big data to crunch numbers in ways humans cannot; human-machine collaborative decision-making that provides fused information and visualization coupled with machine-to-machine communication; assisted human operations to allow humans to make more informed decisions and to include physical assistance such as exoskeletons, wearable electronics and disposable sensors; advanced manned-unmanned system teaming; and network-enabled cyber and EW, autonomous weapons, and high-speed weapons, all of which will be injected into these grids to impact performance.

“Our adversaries — all of them and potential adversaries — are modernizing at a rate that we were not accounting for and our Army acquisition process has to move at the speed to create that offset,” Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, who formerly served as deputy director for operations at the Army Rapid Capabilities Office and is now commanding the 10th Mountain Division, said during a panel discussion at the same conference.

In areas such as electronic warfare, Stewart orated a similar refrain from many top military leaders; in 16 years of fighting an adversary that the U.S. can dominate in every domain, the country has forgotten what it’s like to fight a peer competitor that can challenge it in every domain of war.

“We assume that we had [battlefield supremacy], and therefore we took actions inside the Army to cut our field artillery, to do away with EW inside the Army as a capability, and now we’re finding that those capabilities did not go away on our threat — enemy, adversaries — at the near-peer level. We’ve just been focusing on a different thing the last 15 years, and appropriately so,” Maj. Gen. Bo Dyess, acting director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters during an Association of the United States Army symposium in March.

Part of the thinking in publicly releasing the Russian study, aside from the fact customers asked for an unclassified version, was its importance to the American people and the notion that it’s hard for decision-makers to shape policy if only a few people know about something, Stewart said.

A similar report on China, to be rolled out in the same fashion as the Russia study, will be coming out soon, Stewart said, with one on North Korea and then Iran to follow.

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It seems there is some new claim to link Donald Trump and his business empire with “Russian organized crime” almost every day.

There are plenty of reasons to think that Trump’s business model is flawed to the point of being a pyramid scheme, and that his taste in buyers and investors is in the extreme.

But talk of his becoming an ally or instrument of organized crime misses the point.

There is real organized crime in Russia, just as there is everywhere. Some proper gangsters have, from time to time, shown up in these Trump tales.

One notorious old-school Russian criminal or “thief-within-the-code,” as the old underworld elite was called, even lived in the New York Trump Tower for a while.

But there is no evidence Trump and Vyacheslav “Yaponchik” Ivankov, ever met. And given that at the time Ivankov had no criminal record in the United States, there is a distinct limit to how big a deal one can make of this.

The real connection, it would seem, is that many dubious Russian figures who are in the United States illegally have bought into Trump properties. As with so much up-market real estate dealing, it is likely these deals are in part money laundering.

Trump certainly stands accused of building a property empire which has disproportionate exposure to questionable Russian cash. But that’s not quite the “smoking gun” so many yearn for.

First of all, Trump’s aesthetics — all gilt, no guilt — probably appealed to the 1990s generation of Russian nouveau riche. For them, no excess was excessive. Furthermore, communities often cluster, and as the “Trump brand” became known, others gravitated towards it.

More to the point, 1990s Russian money was by definition dirty, generated in a bare-knuckled era of gangster capitalism where the laws were still being rewritten and the market was whatever your muscle or connections made it.

Things have moved on, and there are genuinely quite reputable Russian companies and banks these days, but even they are usually built on money made in the days when all money was dirty.

This is how capitalism emerges, how generations slowly turn yesterday’s dirty practices into today’s historical foibles — think Lloyd’s underwriting slavery or America’s “robber barons.” Unpicking clean money from dirty in the Russian economy is no more possible than it is in the global economy.

So if you sell to Russians without caring too much who they are, or if you look for investments outside the handful of blue-chip Russian sources, what will you get?

A mix of a clean, gangster but mainly just grubby money, courtesy of what is still a rapacious, corrupt, capital-flighty, embezzlement-heavy, corrupt economy.

That said, the odds are that you’re dealing with Russian businessmen, not tattooed criminal gangsters.

Get beyond the street-level thuggery and the supply chains moving trafficked people and drugs to the lucrative Western markets and your modern “Russian organised crime” figure is likely an entrepreneur with a portfolio of assets from the dirty to the essentially clean.

He’ll be educated and solvent, connected to local and even national political circles and savvy enough to move his money around so that it is next to impossible to prove its criminal origins.

In this respect, they are not that different from so many investors from China, Africa or so many other parts of the world where economic opportunities have outpaced morality and governance. And they are not just buying into Trump properties, they are investing in central London penthouses, Caribbean mansions, Miami beachfront condos, and luxury yachts.

In the current feverish mood, in which many believe that opposing and decrying Trump is a patriotic duty, there is a risk that all this sounds like excusing him. However, I would suggest it is actually raising the rather more real and general problem.

However satisfying it might be to find proof that a tattooed Russian mobster carried a suitcase of blood-stained cash into Trump Tower and bought off the president-to-be, that seems rather unlikely.

Trump was ahead of the downward curve, driven by his desperate need to bail out an often-mismanaged property empire by looking for emerging market money, including from Russia.

There is no evidence yet that this has turned him into a pawn of a mythologized “Russian mafia” or the Kremlin, but that shouldn’t be the only point.

Instead, his business dealings hold up a depressingly accurate mirror to the worst-case scenarios of today’s transnational financial markets.

They also show the “business-is-business” values these markets embody, in which compliance too often simply means deniability, and in which everyone is willing to be a money laundry, so long as there has been a little pre-washing beforehand.

Trump’s sin, and his service, is to show us the dangers in unrestrained, globalized capitalism. Bigly.

Mark Galeotti is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinator of its Center for European Security.

The views and opinions expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the position of The Moscow Times.

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The Trump administration continues to deny that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, including hacking 21 state voter databases; the campaign/White House issued at least 20 blanket denials of meeting with Russians, now shown to be lies.

The evidence is overwhelming that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort knowingly conspired with Russia to alter the 2016 election. Trump Jr. was told explicitly that the June 9 meeting he accepted with several Russians was very sensitive because Russia was supporting his father.

His emails make the transactions clear: the Kremlin offered assistance, and subsequently left behind “compromising material” on Hillary Clinton; Trump Jr. willingly accepted it knowing it came from Russia and was intended to affect the election. The (eventual) quid pro quo involved “adoptions” (the Magnitsky Act), which imposed sanctions on 44 of Putin’s cronies linked to murder, corruption or cover-ups.

Besides the Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner meetings, Page, Flynn, and Sessions also met with Russian officials and lied about it.

The idea that these meetings took place without the knowledge and direction of Trump is laughable. Trump has consistently defended Russia, and denigrated his own intelligence community and the press, while impeding or obstructing investigations.

For his part, Trump had multiple private meetings with Putin at the Hamburg G20 meeting, with no Americans present. There was no American notetaker in the Oval Office meeting Trump had with Russians where he disclosed highly classified information. What else did Trump give away?

Why did Jared Kushner attempt to set up a secret back-channel communication with the Kremlin inside the Russian embassy to avoid detection by U.S. intelligence?

We already know that Roger Stone, a Trump campaign official, admitted to having contacts with Wikileaks, which the CIA director labelled a hostile intelligence service, (and which Trump professed to “love” over 140 times during the last 30 days of the campaign) and with Guccifer 2.0, a front for Russian military intelligence. Stone also betrayed his involvement by his foreknowledge that John Podesta’s email account would be hacked.

Several investigations are underway which should confirm who the culprits were and how they manipulated the elections.

What most Americans don’t understand is the connection between Putin, the KGB/FSB, and the Russian mob. Boris Yeltsin himself described Russia as “the biggest mafia state in the world.”

The connection dates back to the Communist Party’s rainy day slush fund — said to exceed $20 billion — in case Gorbachev’s reforms got out of control and they had to flee the country. The KGB was charged with exporting the money, which it subcontracted to the mob to launder and invest abroad.

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, Yeltsin abolished the Communist Party, leaving the KGB/mafia with all that money, which they used to buy real estate abroad and distressed enterprises in Russia as their own insurance policies.

When Putin succeeded Yeltsin as president, he endorsed Russian intelligence connections with the country’s mobsters and oligarchs, allowing them to operate freely as long as they served his personal interests. Multiple sources make clear that Putin and the FSB/KGB essentially control the Russian mob.

According to James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Company, some $1.3 trillion in illicit capital has been sent out of Russia since the 1990s, parked mostly in real estate, like Trump’s. In fact, Trump Jr. said in 2008 that most of the Trump money was coming from Russia.

The Guardian has uncovered elaborate ties between the Trump family and Russian money laundering in New York real estate (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering).

According to Craig Unger in The New Republic, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties over the past three decades. USA Today reported that “the president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.”

Unger cites multiple sources about hundreds of Trump units that were sold to “Russian-speakers” and concludes that, without the Russian mafia, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.

Trump is clearly running scared, desperate to stop the investigation; he fired Comey, he’s threatening to fire Mueller and is talking about presidential pardons, all intended to obstruct justice. As former Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller said: “Trump looks ‘super guilty.’”

Trump continues to claim the Russia connection is a “hoax,” but it’s gotten the Trump crime family in deep trouble.

Tom Maertens worked on Soviet and then Russian affairs for a dozen years, inside the State Department, at the U.S. Consulate General in Leningrad, and as Minister-Counselor for Science, Environment and Technology at U.S. Embassy Moscow. Sources for this article can be found in the online version at mankatofreepress.com

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US President Donald Trump accompanied by Senator Shelly Moore Capito arrive at Huntington tri-state airport for a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017.  Reuters picUS President Donald Trump accompanied by Senator Shelly Moore Capito arrive at Huntington tri-state airport for a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Aug 4 — Donald Trump described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a “total fabrication” yesterday amid reports that a special prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury to investigate the issue, a step toward possible criminal indictments.

“We didn’t win because of Russia. We won because of you,” Trump said at a campaign-style rally in West Virginia.

Trying to build support among his core supporters, he said his enemies were “trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly, demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution.”

“The reason why Democrats only talk about the totally made-up Russia story is because they have no message, no agenda, and no vision,” he said.

“The Russia story is total fabrication. It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics.”

His comments came after the Wall Street Journal revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election.

The newspaper, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported that the grand jury had begun its work in the US capital Washington “in recent weeks.”

The move is a sign that the sweeping federal investigation — which includes allegations that Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russia to tilt the election in the Republican’s favour — is gathering pace.

The establishment of a grand jury will allow Mueller — a former FBI director — to subpoena documents and get sworn testimony. It could well lead to criminal indictments.

“It’s a significant escalation of the process,” national security attorney Bradley Moss told AFP.

“You don’t impanel a grand jury unless your investigation has discovered enough evidence that you feel reflects a violation of at least one, if not more, criminal provisions,” he said.

“If you secure an indictment, your next step is to arrest the defendant.”

Presidential lawyer Ty Cobb said he was not aware that a grand jury had been convened.

“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said, adding that “the White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.”

“The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr Mueller.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was not likely the subject of the investigation.

“Former FBI director Jim Comey said three times the president is not under investigation and we have no reason to believe that has changed,” she said.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on the report.

‘Investigatory independence’

Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion, saying he is the victim of a political “witch hunt” and “fake news”.

But he has been forced to acknowledge that his eldest son, Donald Jr, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his then campaign advisor Paul Manafort did meet a Kremlin-connected lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is also said to be investigating Trump’s financial records unrelated to Russia or the election, CNN reported.

Trump has publicly warned Mueller that his financial dealings should be out of bounds and investigating them would cross a red line.

If called to testify before a grand jury, Trump would not be the first president to do so. Then president Bill Clinton was forced to give details about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, evidence that was used in his impeachment.

yesterday’s revelations will only fuel speculation that Trump may try to curb the investigation by firing Mueller.

Two US senators introduced a bipartisan bill yesterday to pre-empt that move by insulating Mueller.

The legislation, sponsored by Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Thom Tillis, would bar a president from directly firing the special counsel without a judicial review.

Under the bill, Mueller would be allowed to challenge his removal in court in the event he is fired without good cause.

“A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation’s system of check and balances,” Tillis said in a statement.

Coons added: “Ensuring that the special counsel cannot be removed improperly is critical to the integrity of his investigation.” — AFP

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  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.   REUTERS/Joshua RobertsRobert Mueller, right. Thomson ReutersRobert Mueller, the FBI’s special counsel, impaneled a grand jury in recent weeks to help him investigate Russia’s election interference.
  • The move signals the scope of the investigation is broadening, and the jury has already issued subpoenas.
  • Investigators have also seized on Trump’s financial ties to Russia as a potential avenue of investigation, according to CNN.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, has impaneled a grand jury, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The grand jury has been working for several weeks already, according to The Journal, and marks an escalation of the investigation into the election meddling and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign team was involved.

“It is a clear sign that this investigation is escalating, and it likely means we are going to see a parade of White House staffers and other Trump associates coming in and out of the courthouse in downtown Washington,” Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman under President Barack Obama, told Business Insider.

“While testimony is secret, you can’t hide who is coming in and out of that courthouse,” Miller said, “and it will put tremendous pressure on White House staffers who will be wondering what their friends and associates testified to behind closed doors.”

Reuters reported that the jury had already issued subpoenas related to the June 2016 meeting between Trump’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended the meeting.

A grand jury “serves as the mechanism by which” criminal charges are initiated, according to Alex Whiting, a former federal prosecutor, and it has the authority to subpoena documents and witnesses.

“In any complex or long-term criminal investigation, therefore, federal prosecutors will go to the grand jury to compel the production of documents or records,” Whiting wrote in May. “Or if they want to force witnesses to testify under oath, which a grand jury subpoena requires unless the witness has a valid privilege not to testify.”

Stephen Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas who specializes in national-security law, told The Journal that the grand jury was “a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel.”

Emily Pierce, who was a Justice Department official in the Obama administration, told Business Insider that impaneling a grand jury “does not necessarily mean Mueller will bring charges,” adding that “it certainly ups the ante for anyone who may be a target of this probe.”

Miller said the choice of venue for the grand jury was “notable,” too.

“Washington is where any obstruction-of-justice crimes that occurred in the White House would be appropriately venued,” he said.

Mueller reportedly expanded the investigation in May to include obstruction of justice, days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the Russia probe.

In June, Mueller took over the grand-jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lobbying work for a Turkish businessman, according to Reuters. And experts say Mueller appears to be widening his investigation into Trump’s associates by impaneling the second grand jury.

“While many people have focused on the potential actions of the president and whether he can face charges, I think that the lower-level folks who are reportedly targets have more to fear, given it is likely more difficult to indict a president than a campaign operative,” Pierce said.

Vladeck agreed.

“If there was already a grand jury in Alexandria looking at Flynn, there would be no need to reinvent the wheel for the same guy,” he told The Journal. “This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so.”

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said that impaneling a grand jury was “an early step, not a late step, in an investigation.”

“It means there is enough evidence to warrant serious investigation,” Mariotti wrote on Twitter. “But it does not mean that charges will be sought.”

The White House said in a statement attributed to Ty Cobb, the special counsel to the president, that it “favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.”

He continued: “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”

Whiting previously wrote that grand jury investigations “can last for months or even years, as prosecutors chase down evidentiary leads and amass the documentary and testimonial evidence.”

According to reports, Mueller has additionally expanded the investigation to examine Trump’s financial history and business dealings, and he recently added a 16th lawyer to his team of investigators: Greg Andres, a former Justice Department official who managed the department’s program targeting illegal foreign bribery.

Citing people familiar with the investigation, CNN reported on Thursday that “federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward.”

The investigators are apparently examining Trump Organization financial records and looking at who purchased Trump-branded real estate in the past six years, according to CNN. They’re also probing the backgrounds of people like the Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch Aras Agalarov, who helped bring Trump’s Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with a June 2016 meeting that included President Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law and a Russian lawyer, two sources told Reuters on Thursday, in a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is gathering pace.

The sources added that Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington to help investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Russia has loomed large over the first six months of the Trump presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia worked to tilt the presidential election in Trump’s favor. Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in May, is leading the probe, which also examines potential collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia.

Moscow denies any meddling and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign, while regularly denouncing the investigations as political witch hunts.

Mueller’s use of a grand jury could give him expansive tools to pursue evidence, including issuing subpoenas and compelling witnesses to testify. The impaneling of the grand jury was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.

A grand jury is a group of ordinary citizens who, working behind closed doors, considers evidence of potential criminal wrongdoing that a prosecutor is investigating and decides whether charges should be brought.

“This is a serious development in the Mueller investigation,” said Paul Callan, a former prosecutor.

“Given that Mueller inherited an investigation that began months ago, it would suggest that he has uncovered information pointing in the direction of criminal charges. But against whom is the real question.”

U.S. stocks and the dollar weakened following the news, while U.S. Treasury securities gained.

Damaging Information

News last month of the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who he was told had damaging information about his father’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, fueled questions about the campaign’s dealings with Moscow.

The Republican president has defended his son’s behavior, saying many people would have taken that meeting.

Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.

Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he was not aware that Mueller had started using a new grand jury.

“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly. … The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”

John Dowd, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, said: “With respect to the news of the grand jury, I can tell you President Trump is not under investigation.”

A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

Lawyers for Trump Jr. and Kushner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

One source briefed on the matter said Mueller was investigating whether, either at the meeting or afterward, anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign encouraged the Russians to start releasing material they had been collecting on the Clinton campaign since March 2016.

Another source familiar with the inquiry said that while the president himself was not now under investigation, Mueller’s investigation was seeking to determine whether he knew of the June 9 meeting in advance or was briefed on it afterward.

Additional reporting by Noeleen Walder, Jan Wolfe, Anthony Lin, Jonathan Stempel, Tom Hals, Julia Ainsley and Joel Schectman; Writing by Frances Kerry and Phil Stewart; Editing by Bill Trott and Peter Cooney

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Attorney General Jeff Sessions last weekend that his job was safe after Sessions endured several weeks of sharp public criticism from President Donald Trump, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Kelly, who was named chief of staff by Trump on Friday, phoned Sessions on Saturday to reassure him the White House wanted him to remain as head of the Justice Department, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The conversation was first reported by the Associated Press.

Kelly said Trump was still annoyed with Sessions’ decision in March to recuse himself from the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, but there had been “kind of a thaw” in Trump’s attitude toward him, according to the official.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

The Kremlin says it did not interfere in the election, and Trump has denied any collusion.

Last week, Trump assailed Sessions in a tweet as “very weak” and said he was “very disappointed” with his attorney general in a Wall Street Journal interview.

When asked at a news conference last week about Sessions’ future, Trump replied: “Time will tell. Time will tell.”

Republican lawmakers rallied to the defense of Sessions, a former U.S. senator from Alabama, and Trump has not mentioned him in tweets in recent days.

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In the months leading up to Election Day, Twitter and Facebook were the feeding grounds for viral “news” stories floating conspiracies and hoaxes, many aimed at spreading negative false claims about Hillary Clinton.

On Election Day, dozens of agents and analysts huddled at a command center arrayed with large monitoring screens at the FBI headquarters in Washington watching for security threats, according to multiple sources.

That included analysts monitoring cyber threats, after months of mounting Russian intrusions targeting every part of the US political system, from political parties to policy think-tanks to state election systems.

On this day, there was also a group of FBI cyber and counterintelligence analysts and investigators watching social media.

FBI analysts had identified social media user accounts behind stories, some based overseas, and the suspicion was that at least some were part of a Russian disinformation campaign, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

The FBI declined to comment for this story.

For the FBI, this was uncomfortable territory, given the First Amendment’s free speech protections even for fake news stories.

“We were right on the edge of Constitutional legality,” a person briefed on the investigation said. “We were monitoring news.”

As the hours ticked by on Election Day, teams at the FBI, Homeland Security Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence held conference calls every three hours with a team at the Situation Room in the White House to discuss possible problems, according to multiple sources.

Minor issues popped up in far-flung parts of the country, from Alaska to Georgia.

At the end of day, top officials exchanged congratulations for an election day that was completed without disruptions of the vote.

One Obama White House official responded to the messages of congratulations with the opposite view, saying the US government response to the Russian operation was “a failure of imagination.”

“Are you kidding?” that official recalled saying to others at the White House as they celebrated a successful election. “What they did worked!”

CNN’s Marshall Cohen and Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.

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DIA chief: US must avoid ‘Kodak moment’

More so now than ever, information is playing an outsized role in military capabilities and being rolled into conventional elements.

In 21st century warfare, war is cognitive as much as it’s kinetic, Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told a small group of reporters in his office this week.

Top competitors, Stewart said, are organizing their forces in this new information space and have developed doctrine to fight and win in the information age.

Russia views many facets of the information space — to include information operations, space/counterspace, cyber, cyber-enabled psychological operations and electronic warfare, to name a few — as critical to fighting and winning future conflicts, especially against the U.S., according to a recent and unclassified report on Russia’s military published by DIA.

“Moscow perceives the information domain as strategically decisive and critically important to control its domestic populace and influence adversary states. Information warfare is a key means of achieving its ambitions of becoming a dominant player on the world stage,” the report says. “Since at least 2010, the Russian military has prioritized the development of forces and means for what it terms ‘information confrontation,’ which is a holistic concept for ensuring information superiority, during peacetime and wartime. This concept includes control of the information content as well as the technical means for disseminating that content. Cyber operations are part of Russia’s attempts to control the threat environment.”

China, similarly, views information domination as critical and has taken concrete steps to better posture itself in this space.

Investments in so-called information capabilities serve a purpose for a more “informatized” military, according to the Defense Department‘s most recent annual report to Congress on China’s military developments. “The [People’s Liberation Army] conducts military exercises simulating these operations and likely views conventional and cyber operations as means of achieving information dominance,” the report says. “PLA writings suggest EW, cyberspace, deception, counterspace, and other operations during wartime could deny an adversary’s use of information.”

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Nations such as Russia and China have observed how the U.S. fights dating back to Desert Shield and have taken steps to organize and defeat the U.S.

Stewart noted that one of the most important fights in the technological space is in quantum computing and quantum encryption. Whoever wins this fight wins the game, he said, meaning that whoever gets there first can control the market.

Quantum encryption capability allows for one to more easily decrypt traditional encryption methods and make decryption for competitors nearly impossible. Stewart likened quantum encryption to spinning a coin on a flat surface, and in order to read the encrypted message the coin must be caught at just the right spot.

China is making significant advancements in this space with one of the most advanced capabilities in the world, he said, noting that the U.S. advantage is shrinking.

“[H]ow many of you own a Kodak camera? How many of you still use Kodak film?” Stewart asked the audience at the annual GEOINT Symposium in June. “I’m willing to bet it’s not many. Well, if I’d asked that question 20 years ago every hand would be in the air.”

Stewart’s point was that while Kodak dominated the market in photography and even helped invent the digital camera, bringing the first megapixel camera to market; yet the company “refused to completely embrace the digital future they helped create,” Stewart said, failing to bring its previous level of innovation to the next wave of technology. The intelligence community is currently facing its own “Kodak moment”, Stewart remarked, noting that if the IC doesn‘t address the issue, it will be left behind.

He added this week that the challenge for the DIA and the IC is reforming and maintaining the relentless focus on innovation. For the government, embracing disruption can be a challenge.

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has previously referred to innovation in the private sector as a small brush fire, in that if no one stamps it out, it will continue to burn. “I would describe innovation in the Defense Department as a forest fire: ‘Holy shit, we’re on fire, let’s put it out,’ ” Selva candidly admitted at the fiscal 2017 McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference in 2016, where he highlighted how the department is sometimes averse to change and disruption.

“If we form a hypothesis and build an experiment, you have to be willing to be wrong. Then we can discount that idea and move on to another one. My experience with commercial industry tells me that innovation in commercial industry is exactly that process,” he said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last year, adding that failure can be tolerated if done small and quickly.

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work spearheaded the so-called third offset, which essentially looks to ensure conventional deterrence through man-machine teaming and other means to offset military gains made by competitors of the U.S.

Russia and China now have battle networks — theaterwide battle networks, Work warned during a conference last year, that are approaching parity with the U.S. In order to strengthen conventional deterrence, the U.S. wants to make sure it can extend its advantage in that particular area, he said.

Work provided five examples of injecting artificial intelligence and autonomy into these grids: autonomous learning systems that use big data to crunch numbers in ways humans cannot; human-machine collaborative decision-making that provides fused information and visualization coupled with machine-to-machine communication; assisted human operations to allow humans to make more informed decisions and to include physical assistance such as exoskeletons, wearable electronics and disposable sensors; advanced manned-unmanned system teaming; and network-enabled cyber and EW, autonomous weapons, and high-speed weapons, all of which will be injected into these grids to impact performance.

“Our adversaries — all of them and potential adversaries — are modernizing at a rate that we were not accounting for and our Army acquisition process has to move at the speed to create that offset,” Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, who formerly served as deputy director for operations at the Army Rapid Capabilities Office and is now commanding the 10th Mountain Division, said during a panel discussion at the same conference.

In areas such as electronic warfare, Stewart orated a similar refrain from many top military leaders; in 16 years of fighting an adversary that the U.S. can dominate in every domain, the country has forgotten what it’s like to fight a peer competitor that can challenge it in every domain of war.

“We assume that we had [battlefield supremacy], and therefore we took actions inside the Army to cut our field artillery, to do away with EW inside the Army as a capability, and now we’re finding that those capabilities did not go away on our threat — enemy, adversaries — at the near-peer level. We’ve just been focusing on a different thing the last 15 years, and appropriately so,” Maj. Gen. Bo Dyess, acting director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters during an Association of the United States Army symposium in March.

Part of the thinking in publicly releasing the Russian study, aside from the fact customers asked for an unclassified version, was its importance to the American people and the notion that it’s hard for decision-makers to shape policy if only a few people know about something, Stewart said.

A similar report on China, to be rolled out in the same fashion as the Russia study, will be coming out soon, Stewart said, with one on North Korea and then Iran to follow.

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It seems there is some new claim to link Donald Trump and his business empire with “Russian organized crime” almost every day.

There are plenty of reasons to think that Trump’s business model is flawed to the point of being a pyramid scheme, and that his taste in buyers and investors is in the extreme.

But talk of his becoming an ally or instrument of organized crime misses the point.

There is real organized crime in Russia, just as there is everywhere. Some proper gangsters have, from time to time, shown up in these Trump tales.

One notorious old-school Russian criminal or “thief-within-the-code,” as the old underworld elite was called, even lived in the New York Trump Tower for a while.

But there is no evidence Trump and Vyacheslav “Yaponchik” Ivankov, ever met. And given that at the time Ivankov had no criminal record in the United States, there is a distinct limit to how big a deal one can make of this.

The real connection, it would seem, is that many dubious Russian figures who are in the United States illegally have bought into Trump properties. As with so much up-market real estate dealing, it is likely these deals are in part money laundering.

Trump certainly stands accused of building a property empire which has disproportionate exposure to questionable Russian cash. But that’s not quite the “smoking gun” so many yearn for.

First of all, Trump’s aesthetics — all gilt, no guilt — probably appealed to the 1990s generation of Russian nouveau riche. For them, no excess was excessive. Furthermore, communities often cluster, and as the “Trump brand” became known, others gravitated towards it.

More to the point, 1990s Russian money was by definition dirty, generated in a bare-knuckled era of gangster capitalism where the laws were still being rewritten and the market was whatever your muscle or connections made it.

Things have moved on, and there are genuinely quite reputable Russian companies and banks these days, but even they are usually built on money made in the days when all money was dirty.

This is how capitalism emerges, how generations slowly turn yesterday’s dirty practices into today’s historical foibles — think Lloyd’s underwriting slavery or America’s “robber barons.” Unpicking clean money from dirty in the Russian economy is no more possible than it is in the global economy.

So if you sell to Russians without caring too much who they are, or if you look for investments outside the handful of blue-chip Russian sources, what will you get?

A mix of a clean, gangster but mainly just grubby money, courtesy of what is still a rapacious, corrupt, capital-flighty, embezzlement-heavy, corrupt economy.

That said, the odds are that you’re dealing with Russian businessmen, not tattooed criminal gangsters.

Get beyond the street-level thuggery and the supply chains moving trafficked people and drugs to the lucrative Western markets and your modern “Russian organised crime” figure is likely an entrepreneur with a portfolio of assets from the dirty to the essentially clean.

He’ll be educated and solvent, connected to local and even national political circles and savvy enough to move his money around so that it is next to impossible to prove its criminal origins.

In this respect, they are not that different from so many investors from China, Africa or so many other parts of the world where economic opportunities have outpaced morality and governance. And they are not just buying into Trump properties, they are investing in central London penthouses, Caribbean mansions, Miami beachfront condos, and luxury yachts.

In the current feverish mood, in which many believe that opposing and decrying Trump is a patriotic duty, there is a risk that all this sounds like excusing him. However, I would suggest it is actually raising the rather more real and general problem.

However satisfying it might be to find proof that a tattooed Russian mobster carried a suitcase of blood-stained cash into Trump Tower and bought off the president-to-be, that seems rather unlikely.

Trump was ahead of the downward curve, driven by his desperate need to bail out an often-mismanaged property empire by looking for emerging market money, including from Russia.

There is no evidence yet that this has turned him into a pawn of a mythologized “Russian mafia” or the Kremlin, but that shouldn’t be the only point.

Instead, his business dealings hold up a depressingly accurate mirror to the worst-case scenarios of today’s transnational financial markets.

They also show the “business-is-business” values these markets embody, in which compliance too often simply means deniability, and in which everyone is willing to be a money laundry, so long as there has been a little pre-washing beforehand.

Trump’s sin, and his service, is to show us the dangers in unrestrained, globalized capitalism. Bigly.

Mark Galeotti is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinator of its Center for European Security.

The views and opinions expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the position of The Moscow Times.

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The Trump administration continues to deny that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, including hacking 21 state voter databases; the campaign/White House issued at least 20 blanket denials of meeting with Russians, now shown to be lies.

The evidence is overwhelming that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort knowingly conspired with Russia to alter the 2016 election. Trump Jr. was told explicitly that the June 9 meeting he accepted with several Russians was very sensitive because Russia was supporting his father.

His emails make the transactions clear: the Kremlin offered assistance, and subsequently left behind “compromising material” on Hillary Clinton; Trump Jr. willingly accepted it knowing it came from Russia and was intended to affect the election. The (eventual) quid pro quo involved “adoptions” (the Magnitsky Act), which imposed sanctions on 44 of Putin’s cronies linked to murder, corruption or cover-ups.

Besides the Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner meetings, Page, Flynn, and Sessions also met with Russian officials and lied about it.

The idea that these meetings took place without the knowledge and direction of Trump is laughable. Trump has consistently defended Russia, and denigrated his own intelligence community and the press, while impeding or obstructing investigations.

For his part, Trump had multiple private meetings with Putin at the Hamburg G20 meeting, with no Americans present. There was no American notetaker in the Oval Office meeting Trump had with Russians where he disclosed highly classified information. What else did Trump give away?

Why did Jared Kushner attempt to set up a secret back-channel communication with the Kremlin inside the Russian embassy to avoid detection by U.S. intelligence?

We already know that Roger Stone, a Trump campaign official, admitted to having contacts with Wikileaks, which the CIA director labelled a hostile intelligence service, (and which Trump professed to “love” over 140 times during the last 30 days of the campaign) and with Guccifer 2.0, a front for Russian military intelligence. Stone also betrayed his involvement by his foreknowledge that John Podesta’s email account would be hacked.

Several investigations are underway which should confirm who the culprits were and how they manipulated the elections.

What most Americans don’t understand is the connection between Putin, the KGB/FSB, and the Russian mob. Boris Yeltsin himself described Russia as “the biggest mafia state in the world.”

The connection dates back to the Communist Party’s rainy day slush fund — said to exceed $20 billion — in case Gorbachev’s reforms got out of control and they had to flee the country. The KGB was charged with exporting the money, which it subcontracted to the mob to launder and invest abroad.

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, Yeltsin abolished the Communist Party, leaving the KGB/mafia with all that money, which they used to buy real estate abroad and distressed enterprises in Russia as their own insurance policies.

When Putin succeeded Yeltsin as president, he endorsed Russian intelligence connections with the country’s mobsters and oligarchs, allowing them to operate freely as long as they served his personal interests. Multiple sources make clear that Putin and the FSB/KGB essentially control the Russian mob.

According to James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Company, some $1.3 trillion in illicit capital has been sent out of Russia since the 1990s, parked mostly in real estate, like Trump’s. In fact, Trump Jr. said in 2008 that most of the Trump money was coming from Russia.

The Guardian has uncovered elaborate ties between the Trump family and Russian money laundering in New York real estate (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering).

According to Craig Unger in The New Republic, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties over the past three decades. USA Today reported that “the president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.”

Unger cites multiple sources about hundreds of Trump units that were sold to “Russian-speakers” and concludes that, without the Russian mafia, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.

Trump is clearly running scared, desperate to stop the investigation; he fired Comey, he’s threatening to fire Mueller and is talking about presidential pardons, all intended to obstruct justice. As former Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller said: “Trump looks ‘super guilty.’”

Trump continues to claim the Russia connection is a “hoax,” but it’s gotten the Trump crime family in deep trouble.

Tom Maertens worked on Soviet and then Russian affairs for a dozen years, inside the State Department, at the U.S. Consulate General in Leningrad, and as Minister-Counselor for Science, Environment and Technology at U.S. Embassy Moscow. Sources for this article can be found in the online version at mankatofreepress.com

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US President Donald Trump accompanied by Senator Shelly Moore Capito arrive at Huntington tri-state airport for a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017. Reuters picUS President Donald Trump accompanied by Senator Shelly Moore Capito arrive at Huntington tri-state airport for a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, August 3, 2017. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Aug 4 — Donald Trump described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a “total fabrication” yesterday amid reports that a special prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury to investigate the issue, a step toward possible criminal indictments.

“We didn’t win because of Russia. We won because of you,” Trump said at a campaign-style rally in West Virginia.

Trying to build support among his core supporters, he said his enemies were “trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly, demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution.”

“The reason why Democrats only talk about the totally made-up Russia story is because they have no message, no agenda, and no vision,” he said.

“The Russia story is total fabrication. It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics.”

His comments came after the Wall Street Journal revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election.

The newspaper, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported that the grand jury had begun its work in the US capital Washington “in recent weeks.”

The move is a sign that the sweeping federal investigation — which includes allegations that Trump campaign officials coordinated with Russia to tilt the election in the Republican’s favour — is gathering pace.

The establishment of a grand jury will allow Mueller — a former FBI director — to subpoena documents and get sworn testimony. It could well lead to criminal indictments.

“It’s a significant escalation of the process,” national security attorney Bradley Moss told AFP.

“You don’t impanel a grand jury unless your investigation has discovered enough evidence that you feel reflects a violation of at least one, if not more, criminal provisions,” he said.

“If you secure an indictment, your next step is to arrest the defendant.”

Presidential lawyer Ty Cobb said he was not aware that a grand jury had been convened.

“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said, adding that “the White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.”

“The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr Mueller.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was not likely the subject of the investigation.

“Former FBI director Jim Comey said three times the president is not under investigation and we have no reason to believe that has changed,” she said.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores declined to comment on the report.

‘Investigatory independence’

Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion, saying he is the victim of a political “witch hunt” and “fake news”.

But he has been forced to acknowledge that his eldest son, Donald Jr, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his then campaign advisor Paul Manafort did meet a Kremlin-connected lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Mueller is also said to be investigating Trump’s financial records unrelated to Russia or the election, CNN reported.

Trump has publicly warned Mueller that his financial dealings should be out of bounds and investigating them would cross a red line.

If called to testify before a grand jury, Trump would not be the first president to do so. Then president Bill Clinton was forced to give details about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, evidence that was used in his impeachment.

yesterday’s revelations will only fuel speculation that Trump may try to curb the investigation by firing Mueller.

Two US senators introduced a bipartisan bill yesterday to pre-empt that move by insulating Mueller.

The legislation, sponsored by Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Thom Tillis, would bar a president from directly firing the special counsel without a judicial review.

Under the bill, Mueller would be allowed to challenge his removal in court in the event he is fired without good cause.

“A back-end judicial review process to prevent unmerited removals of special counsels not only helps to ensure their investigatory independence, but also reaffirms our nation’s system of check and balances,” Tillis said in a statement.

Coons added: “Ensuring that the special counsel cannot be removed improperly is critical to the integrity of his investigation.” — AFP

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  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller (R) departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsRobert Mueller, right. Thomson ReutersRobert Mueller, the FBI’s special counsel, impaneled a grand jury in recent weeks to help him investigate Russia’s election interference.
  • The move signals the scope of the investigation is broadening, and the jury has already issued subpoenas.
  • Investigators have also seized on Trump’s financial ties to Russia as a potential avenue of investigation, according to CNN.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, has impaneled a grand jury, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The grand jury has been working for several weeks already, according to The Journal, and marks an escalation of the investigation into the election meddling and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign team was involved.

“It is a clear sign that this investigation is escalating, and it likely means we are going to see a parade of White House staffers and other Trump associates coming in and out of the courthouse in downtown Washington,” Matthew Miller, a Justice Department spokesman under President Barack Obama, told Business Insider.

“While testimony is secret, you can’t hide who is coming in and out of that courthouse,” Miller said, “and it will put tremendous pressure on White House staffers who will be wondering what their friends and associates testified to behind closed doors.”

Reuters reported that the jury had already issued subpoenas related to the June 2016 meeting between Trump’s eldest son and a Russian lawyer with connections to the Kremlin. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended the meeting.

A grand jury “serves as the mechanism by which” criminal charges are initiated, according to Alex Whiting, a former federal prosecutor, and it has the authority to subpoena documents and witnesses.

“In any complex or long-term criminal investigation, therefore, federal prosecutors will go to the grand jury to compel the production of documents or records,” Whiting wrote in May. “Or if they want to force witnesses to testify under oath, which a grand jury subpoena requires unless the witness has a valid privilege not to testify.”

Stephen Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas who specializes in national-security law, told The Journal that the grand jury was “a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel.”

Emily Pierce, who was a Justice Department official in the Obama administration, told Business Insider that impaneling a grand jury “does not necessarily mean Mueller will bring charges,” adding that “it certainly ups the ante for anyone who may be a target of this probe.”

Miller said the choice of venue for the grand jury was “notable,” too.

“Washington is where any obstruction-of-justice crimes that occurred in the White House would be appropriately venued,” he said.

Mueller reportedly expanded the investigation in May to include obstruction of justice, days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the Russia probe.

In June, Mueller took over the grand-jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lobbying work for a Turkish businessman, according to Reuters. And experts say Mueller appears to be widening his investigation into Trump’s associates by impaneling the second grand jury.

“While many people have focused on the potential actions of the president and whether he can face charges, I think that the lower-level folks who are reportedly targets have more to fear, given it is likely more difficult to indict a president than a campaign operative,” Pierce said.

Vladeck agreed.

“If there was already a grand jury in Alexandria looking at Flynn, there would be no need to reinvent the wheel for the same guy,” he told The Journal. “This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so.”

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said that impaneling a grand jury was “an early step, not a late step, in an investigation.”

“It means there is enough evidence to warrant serious investigation,” Mariotti wrote on Twitter. “But it does not mean that charges will be sought.”

The White House said in a statement attributed to Ty Cobb, the special counsel to the president, that it “favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly.”

He continued: “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”

Whiting previously wrote that grand jury investigations “can last for months or even years, as prosecutors chase down evidentiary leads and amass the documentary and testimonial evidence.”

According to reports, Mueller has additionally expanded the investigation to examine Trump’s financial history and business dealings, and he recently added a 16th lawyer to his team of investigators: Greg Andres, a former Justice Department official who managed the department’s program targeting illegal foreign bribery.

Citing people familiar with the investigation, CNN reported on Thursday that “federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward.”

The investigators are apparently examining Trump Organization financial records and looking at who purchased Trump-branded real estate in the past six years, according to CNN. They’re also probing the backgrounds of people like the Russian-Azerbaijani oligarch Aras Agalarov, who helped bring Trump’s Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Grand jury subpoenas have been issued in connection with a June 2016 meeting that included President Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law and a Russian lawyer, two sources told Reuters on Thursday, in a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is gathering pace.

The sources added that Mueller had convened a grand jury in Washington to help investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Russia has loomed large over the first six months of the Trump presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia worked to tilt the presidential election in Trump’s favor. Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in May, is leading the probe, which also examines potential collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia.

Moscow denies any meddling and Trump denies any collusion by his campaign, while regularly denouncing the investigations as political witch hunts.

Mueller’s use of a grand jury could give him expansive tools to pursue evidence, including issuing subpoenas and compelling witnesses to testify. The impaneling of the grand jury was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesman for Mueller declined comment.

A grand jury is a group of ordinary citizens who, working behind closed doors, considers evidence of potential criminal wrongdoing that a prosecutor is investigating and decides whether charges should be brought.

“This is a serious development in the Mueller investigation,” said Paul Callan, a former prosecutor.

“Given that Mueller inherited an investigation that began months ago, it would suggest that he has uncovered information pointing in the direction of criminal charges. But against whom is the real question.”

U.S. stocks and the dollar weakened following the news, while U.S. Treasury securities gained.

Damaging Information

News last month of the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer who he was told had damaging information about his father’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, fueled questions about the campaign’s dealings with Moscow.

The Republican president has defended his son’s behavior, saying many people would have taken that meeting.

Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.

Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, said he was not aware that Mueller had started using a new grand jury.

“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly. … The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”

John Dowd, one of Trump’s personal lawyers, said: “With respect to the news of the grand jury, I can tell you President Trump is not under investigation.”

A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment.

Lawyers for Trump Jr. and Kushner did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

One source briefed on the matter said Mueller was investigating whether, either at the meeting or afterward, anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign encouraged the Russians to start releasing material they had been collecting on the Clinton campaign since March 2016.

Another source familiar with the inquiry said that while the president himself was not now under investigation, Mueller’s investigation was seeking to determine whether he knew of the June 9 meeting in advance or was briefed on it afterward.

Additional reporting by Noeleen Walder, Jan Wolfe, Anthony Lin, Jonathan Stempel, Tom Hals, Julia Ainsley and Joel Schectman; Writing by Frances Kerry and Phil Stewart; Editing by Bill Trott and Peter Cooney

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Attorney General Jeff Sessions last weekend that his job was safe after Sessions endured several weeks of sharp public criticism from President Donald Trump, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

Kelly, who was named chief of staff by Trump on Friday, phoned Sessions on Saturday to reassure him the White House wanted him to remain as head of the Justice Department, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The conversation was first reported by the Associated Press.

Kelly said Trump was still annoyed with Sessions’ decision in March to recuse himself from the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, but there had been “kind of a thaw” in Trump’s attitude toward him, according to the official.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

The Kremlin says it did not interfere in the election, and Trump has denied any collusion.

Last week, Trump assailed Sessions in a tweet as “very weak” and said he was “very disappointed” with his attorney general in a Wall Street Journal interview.

When asked at a news conference last week about Sessions’ future, Trump replied: “Time will tell. Time will tell.”

Republican lawmakers rallied to the defense of Sessions, a former U.S. senator from Alabama, and Trump has not mentioned him in tweets in recent days.

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They then employed a cover story — adoptions — to make it believable to the outside world that there was nothing amiss with the proposed meetings. They bolstered this idea by using cutouts, nonofficial Russians, for the actual meeting, enabling the Trump team to claim — truthfully — that there were no Russian government employees at the meeting and that it was just former business contacts of the Trump empire who were present.

When the Trump associates failed to do the right thing by informing the F.B.I., the Russians probably understood that they could take the next step toward a more conspiratorial relationship. They knew what bait to use and had a plan to reel in the fish once it bit.

While we don’t know for sure whether the email solicitation was part of an intelligence ploy, there are some clues. A month after the June meeting at Trump Tower, WikiLeaks, a veritable Russian front, released a dump of stolen D.N.C. emails. The candidate and campaign surrogates increasingly mouthed talking points that seemed taken directly from Russian propaganda outlets, such as that there had been a terrorist attack on a Turkish military base, when no such attack had occurred. Also, at this time United States intelligence reportedly received indications from European intelligence counterparts about odd meetings between Russians and Trump campaign representatives overseas.

Of course, to determine whether collusion occurred, we would have to know whether the Trump campaign continued to meet with Russian representatives subsequent to the June meeting. The early “courting” stage is almost always somewhat open and discoverable. Only after the Russian intelligence officer develops a level of control can the relationship be moved out of the public eye. John Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., recently testified, “Frequently, people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late.”

Even intelligence professionals who respect one another and who understand the Russians can and often do disagree. On the Trump collusion question, the difference of opinion comes down to this: Would the Russians use someone like Mr. Goldstone to approach the Trump campaign? Our friend and former colleague Daniel Hoffman argued in this paper that this is unlikely — that the Russians would have relied on trained agents. We respectfully disagree. We believe that the Russians might well have used Mr. Goldstone. We also believe the Russians would have seen very little downside to trying to recruit someone on the Trump team — a big fish. If the fish bit and they were able to reel it in, the email from Mr. Goldstone could remain hidden and, since it was from an acquaintance, would be deniable if found. (Exactly what the Trump team is doing now.)

If the fish didn’t take the bait, the Russians would always have had the option to weaponize the information later to embarrass the Trump team. In addition, if the Russians’ first objective was chaos and disruption, the best way to accomplish that would have been to have someone on the inside helping. It is unlikely that the Russians would not use all the traditional espionage tools available to them.

However, perhaps the most telling piece of information may be the most obvious. Donald Trump himself made numerous statements in support of Russia, Russian intelligence and WikiLeaks during the campaign. At the same time, Mr. Trump and his team have gone out of their way to hide contacts with Russians and lied to the public about it. Likewise, Mr. Trump has attacked those people and institutions that could get to the bottom of the affair. He fired his F.B.I. director James Comey, criticized and bullied his attorney general and deputy attorney general, denigrated the F.B.I. and the C.I.A., and assails the news media, labeling anything he dislikes “fake news.” Innocent people don’t tend to behave this way.

The overall Russian intent is clear: disruption of the United States political system and society, a goal that in the Russian view was best served by a Trump presidency. What remains to be determined is whether the Russians also attempted to suborn members of the Trump team in an effort to gain their cooperation. This is why the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, is so important. It is why the F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation, also quietly progressing in the background, is critical. Because while a Russian disruption operation is certainly plausible, it is not inconsistent with a much darker Russian goal: gaining an insider ally at the highest levels of the United States government.

In short, and regrettably, collusion is not off the table.

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In the statement to Congress, Mr. Trump said the bill “included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions.” Although he added that “I nevertheless expect to honor” the waiting periods, he did not commit to it. Moreover, he took issue with other provisions, saying only that he “will give careful and respectful consideration to the preferences expressed by the Congress.”

“This bill remains seriously flawed — particularly because it encroaches on the executive branch’s authority to negotiate,” Mr. Trump said in the separate statement to reporters. “Congress could not even negotiate a health care bill after seven years of talking. By limiting the executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people and will drive China, Russia and North Korea much closer together.”

“Yet despite its problems,” he added, “I am signing this bill for the sake of national unity. It represents the will of the American people to see Russia take steps to improve relations with the United States. We hope there will be cooperation between our two countries on major global issues so that these sanctions will no longer be necessary.”

Like Mr. Trump, who has offered no public comment or even a Twitter message about the Russian order to slash the number of United States Embassy workers, it appears that Mr. Putin has not completely given up on the idea of establishing closer relations. The Russian government took its retaliatory action before the president signed the bill so that it would be a response to Congress, not to Mr. Trump.

After Mr. Trump signed the measure on Wednesday, the Russian government reaction was mild. “De facto, this changes nothing,” said Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin press secretary, who was traveling with Mr. Putin in the Russian Far East, according to the Interfax news agency. “There is nothing new.”

He added that no new retaliation should be expected. “Countermeasures have already been taken,” he said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry attributed the sanctions to “Russophobic hysteria” and reserved the right to take action if it decided to. Vasily A. Nebenzya, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, said the law would do nothing to change Moscow’s policies. “Those who invented this bill, if they were thinking that they might change our policy, they were wrong,” he told reporters. “As history many times proved, they should have known better that we do not bend, we do not break.”

Dmitri A. Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, declared the “end to hope for the improvement of our relations” and mocked Mr. Trump for being forced to sign. “The Trump administration has demonstrated total impotence, handing over executive functions to Congress in the most humiliating way possible,” he wrote on Facebook. He added that “the American establishment has totally outplayed Trump” with the goal “to remove him from power.”

American lawmakers said the new law sent an important signal that Russia would be held to account for its election interference and aggression toward its neighbors. But the lawmakers expressed concern about whether Mr. Trump would try to sidestep the measure.

The president’s signing statement “demonstrates that Congress is going to need to keep a sharp eye on this administration’s implementation of this critical law and any actions it takes with respect to Ukraine,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic minority leader.

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and a prime driver behind the legislation, said, “I remain very concerned that this administration will seek to strike a deal with Moscow that is not in the national security interests of the United States.”

The Trump administration continues to send mixed messages about Russia.

Vice President Mike Pence, who has been visiting Eastern Europe in recent days to shore up allies nervous about an assertive Kremlin, told a group of Balkan prime ministers on Wednesday that Russia sought “to redraw international borders by force” and “undermine your democracies.”

“The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable for its actions, and we call on our European allies and friends to do the same,” he said in Montenegro, the latest Eastern European nation to join NATO. He noted that the president would sign the sanctions legislation.

“Let me be clear: The United States prefers a constructive relationship with Russia based on mutual cooperation and common interests,” Mr. Pence said. “But the president and our Congress are unified in our message to Russia: A better relationship and the lifting of sanctions will require Russia to reverse the actions and conduct that caused sanctions to be imposed in the first place.”

But just a day earlier, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson offered a somewhat different take, focusing on the potential for cooperation with Russia in fighting the Islamic State and finding a resolution to the civil war in Syria. Rather than sounding unified with Congress, Mr. Tillerson complained that lawmakers should not have passed the sanctions legislation.

“The action by the Congress to put these sanctions in place and the way they did, neither the president nor I are very happy about that,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “We were clear that we didn’t think it was going to be helpful to our efforts, but that’s the decision they made. They made it in a very overwhelming way. I think the president accepts that.”

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A social media data firm that worked for Donald Trump and which once claimed ties to a pro-Brexit campaign group is now reportedly working for Kenya’s incumbent president.

Cambridge Analytica’s mission statement is simple. On its website, the firm says it “uses data to change audience behaviour.” Most notably, the company was hired by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and has been given some credit for Trump’s electoral success.

The company purchases and compiles data on voters – including their browsing history, location data and Facebook likes. On its website, Cambridge Analytica claims to possess up to 5,000 data points on more than 230 million American voters. When combined with on-the-ground surveys, Cambridge Analytica can use this vast information bank to target key messages at relevant voters.

Now, Cambridge Analytica is working in Kenya, helping in the effort to re-elect President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On 10 May, The Star newspaper in Kenya reported that Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party had hired the firm, and a month later, the same newspaper reported that Cambridge Analytica was working from the seventh floor of the party’s headquarters in Nairobi.

Cambridge Analytica refused to comment on those reports to BBC Trending, but the global privacy-protection charity Privacy International confirmed that they had seen similar information to The Star, citing local sources, and said that Cambridge Analytica was being paid $6 million for its work in the country.

Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in Kenyan politics began in 2013, when the company worked for Kenyatta and The National Alliance – the forerunner of the Jubilee Party. During that year’s campaign, the company correlated online data with 47,000 on-the-ground surveys. According to the Cambridge Analytica website, this allowed the company to create a profile of the Kenyan electorate and come up with a campaign strategy “based on the electorate’s needs (jobs) and fears (tribal violence).” Kenyatta won the 2013 election.

Kenyans are among the most active social media users in Africa. The number of mobile phone users in the country shot up from 8 million in 2007 to 30 million in 2013, and 88% of the population can now access the internet through their phones.

Having served as Minister of Information and Communication from 2005 to 2013, Bitange Ndemo was one of the driving forces behind Kenya’s technological expansion. He told BBC Trending that social media plays a “key role” in the country’s political campaigns.

“It provides a fast way of responding to your opponent’s propaganda,” he said. “Plus, it is perhaps the only medium that can reach most young people.”

Tribal turmoil

At the same time, Kenya’s recent political history has been marred by violence. This reached a peak after the 2007 general election, when a contested result caused tribal divisions to erupt – 1,100 people were killed in the ensuing conflict, while 650,000 were displaced.

“Kenya is very tricky political terrain,” says Paul Goldsmith, an American researcher and writer who’s lived in Kenya for 40 years. “Cambridge Analytica might have access to surveys and other data, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into useful insights. There’s always something unpredictable during elections here. There’s always a curveball.”

“Western companies, charities and development experts tend to run into obstacles when they come to Africa,” Goldsmith says. “I would be surprised if Cambridge Analytica was any different.”

Tribal divisions continue to frame Kenyan politics. Each political party remains closely affiliated with a particular ethnic group. Though Kenyatta did not stand for president in 2007, he was accused of encouraging members of his native Kikuyu tribe to attack Luo tribesmen, who were represented in the election by Raila Odinga. The charge was taken to the International Criminal Court, but ultimately dismissed in December 2014 due to a lack of evidence. Odinga, who maintains that he was cheated out of victory in 2007, is standing against Kenyatta this time around.

During primary elections earlier this year, held to decide the candidates for each party, seven people were killed as rival groups accused each other of vote rigging. Earlier this week, a senior election official was reported dead, and a close colleague told the press that he had been tortured and murdered.

A spokesperson for Cambridge Analytica told Trending that the company is not involved in any negative advertising in Kenya, and that the company “has never advocated the exploitation of ethnic divisions in any country.”

Data harvesting

Cambridge Analytica’s presence in Kenya has prompted concerns about data protection. “Kenya does not currently have specific data protection legislation,” says Claire Lauterbach, a researcher at Privacy International. “This basically means that it’s unclear which agencies or companies can have access to individuals’ data, including sensitive information.”

Cambridge Analytica’s strategy involves the mass harvesting and analysis of voter data. Data protection campaigners are therefore concerned about what might happen to this data after the election.

The issue even worries former government ministers, including Bitange Ndemo, who says the government has failed to pass the data protection laws that he drafted when in office. “Somehow Parliament did not quite understand its importance,” he told Trending. “We need to protect personal data. The fears that data may be abused should be a concern to all.”

In response, Cambridge Analytica said that the company is not compiling individualised data profiles on Kenyan voters, and a spokesperson also stated that a data harvesting programme on the same scale as recent American campaigns is not possible in Kenya.

Cambridge Analytica is heavily funded by Robert Mercer, a US businessman who helped to fund Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and was a member of Trump’s transition team. Mercer is also a major donor to Breitbart News, the website that current White House chief strategist Steve Bannon ran before joining the Trump campaign, and Bannon was once on Cambridge Analytica’s board of directors.

Cambridge Analytica is currently being investigated by the UK’s privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), regarding its alleged use of analytics in the recent EU referendum campaign.

Following the Brexit vote, it was widely reported that Cambridge Analytica had assisted the unofficial Leave.EU campaign – affiliated with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and insurance tycoon Aaron Banks. Leave.EU’s former communications director, Andy Wigmore, told the Observer in February that Cambridge Analytica was “more than happy to help… we shared a lot of information.”

Banks, one of the founders of Leave.EU, has made contradictory statements about Cambridge Analytica’s role in the campaign on Twitter. At one point, in response to a story about the firm, Banks seemed to credit the company’s technology with advancing the Brexit cause:

However, he later said that Leave.EU did not enlist the company, because the Electoral Commission (EC) designated a different group as the official Leave campaign:

Cambridge Analytica now denies that it was ever involved in the EU referendum campaign, and has lodged a legal complaint against the Observer.

Kenya is not the only developing country election where Cambridge Analytica is now getting involved. Bloomberg News reported that the company is also conducting initial research in Mexico, in advance of that country’s presidential election in 2018.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia still runs a versatile spying campaign against the United States despite sanctions and daily publicity about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the top U.S. counter-intelligence official said in an interview.

William Evanina, the National Counterintelligence Executive, described a wide array of challenges his agency faces: hacking of government and industry secrets; industrial espionage; government employees and contractors who share secrets with the news media and groups such as WikiLeaks and foreign acquisition of strategic U.S. industries.

Evanina spoke to Reuters on Friday, the same day that Russia retaliated in Cold War-era style to a new round of U.S. sanctions by ordering Washington to cut diplomatic staff and said it was seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties. Russian President Vladimir Putin said 755 people would have to leave their jobs, although many will be Russian nationals.

Congress voted overwhelmingly last week to further punish Russia over U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow had used cyber warfare and other methods to meddle in the election, something Putin has repeatedly denied. Last December, then-President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, sanctioned Russian intelligence agencies and personnel, and evicted Russian officials from two diplomatic compounds in the United States.

Evanina said that losing the compounds was a “significant blow to the Russians. Significant. And I’m not even sure we … can measure it.”

He said, however, that U.S. agencies “have not seen a deterrence, or a drop – or an increase,” in Russian spying activity in the last year. “I can tell you, the FBI does not have less work.”

Still, Evanina acknowledged that in the tit-for-tat expulsions, the United States has more to lose than Moscow.

“We have a significantly … smaller footprint over there than they do here. It’s always going to be disproportionate.”

The United States has long pursued its own aggressive espionage and electronic surveillance operations against Russia and, before that, the Soviet Union. Russia’s cuts to U.S. personnel and property will shrink the diplomatic infrastructure that countries typically rely on to both conduct foreign affairs – and spy.

Evanina said Russian espionage strategy has shifted over the last five to seven years, no longer relying solely on intelligence officers formally employed by its spy agencies. Now, he said, it also involves dispatching businessmen, engineers and other travelers to the United States working as contractors for intelligence services.

Evanina declined to comment on U.S. investigations into Moscow’s election year activities and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials. Trump denies any collusion.

He said that in the past year, he has worked intensively with the U.S. private sector to protect critical infrastructure and supply chains from foreign threats. Evanina suggested that the United States could soon adopt more stringent reviews of foreign acquisitions that have national security implications.

Reuters reported on July 20 that the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has objected to at least nine acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign buyers so far this year, a historically high number that bodes poorly for China’s overseas buying spree.

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MOSCOW, July 24 (Reuters) – Russian wheat export prices were mixed last week after rallying for nine straight weeks due to concerns over a lack of high quality wheat and strengthening competition with France for wheat supplies to Egypt.

Black Sea prices for Russian wheat with 12.5 percent protein content and for August delivery were at US$196 a tonne on a free-on-board (FOB) basis at the end of last week, up $1 a tonne from a week earlier, IKAR agriculture consultancy said in a note.

“The quality of the crop is not better than a year ago, according to the preliminary data. It was not too good last year,” Dmitry Rylko, the head of IKAR, said.

Prices for wheat with 11.5 percent protein content were at $185 per tonne, down $3, due to rising supply, it added.

According to SovEcon, another Moscow-based consultancy, Russian wheat prices were also under pressure last week due to rising competition in the Egyptian wheat market.

Egypt is the world’s largest wheat importer and the largest buyer of Russian wheat. At the latest state tender, Egypt’s GASC bought 300,000 tonnes of wheat, including 120,000 tonnes of Russian wheat and 120,000 tonnes of Romanian wheat. It also purchased 60,000 tonnes of French wheat.

Russia has agreed to supply a large amount of wheat to the GASC in recent months, and once these contracts are fulfilled, Russian wheat prices may go down as the wheat crop in its southern regions – the main producing area for Russia’s Black Sea exports – is so far as high as a year ago, a trader said.

According to SovEcon, barley prices rose $3.5 to $167 per tonne. IKAR pegged them at $164 per tonne, up $2.

As of July 19, Russia had exported 1.1 million tonnes of grains since the start of the 2017-18 marketing season on July 1, 6.2 percent less than a year ago. That included 520,000 tonnes of wheat, down 37.8 percent from the same period a year ago.

Domestic prices for third-class wheat rose 150 roubles to 9,425 roubles ($158) a tonne in the European part of Russia on an ex-works basis, according to SovEcon. Ex-works supply does not include delivery costs.

Russia’s grain harvesting has been delayed by rainy weather in several regions this year.

Russian sunflower seed prices were stable at 19,525 roubles per tonne, SovEcon said, while domestic sunflower oil prices increased by 500 roubles to 44,000 roubles and export oil prices were up $10 to $735 per tonne.

Sunflower seeds have been sown on a record area of 7.9 million hectares, up 300,000 hectares from a year ago, SovEcon said.

IKAR’s white sugar price index for southern Russia rose to $702.4 a tonne last week from $697.9 a week earlier.

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» James Comey is writing a book — and we know he’s been keeping thorough notes – Washington Post
04/08/17 12:00 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post James Comey is writing a book — and we know he’s been keeping thorough notes Washington Post Looks like James B . Comey found another outlet for his diligent note-taking habit. The former FBI director just signed a deal w…

» Correspondence: NATO Enlargement—Was There a Promise?
04/08/17 11:58 from Saved Stories – None
Jul 28, 2017 Mark Kramer responds to Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson’s spring 2016 article, “Deal or No Deal? The End of the Cold War and the U.S. Offer to Limit NATO Expansion.”

» Can Israel Survive Without America?
04/08/17 11:58 from Saved Stories – None
Jul 31, 2017 The importance of the United States to Israel’s national security cannot be overstated. Washington is usually the first, and often the sole, port of call for strategic consultation – almost always the foremost one, and inevi…

» Dozens of Western ‘freelance fighters’ embedded with anti-ISIS forces in Syria
04/08/17 11:57 from Saved Stories – None
Dozens of Western European and American citizens are participating in the ongoing takeover of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Syria, despite being prohibited from doing so by their own governments, according to recent…

» CIA’s withdrawal from Syria could cause pro-US rebels to join Islamists, experts warn
04/08/17 11:56 from Saved Stories – None
The decision by the White House to terminate American support for rebels in war-torn Syria could backfire by causing the suddenly unemployed fighters to join jihadist organizations, according to experts.

» A Perfect Storm Is Brewing in U.S. Foreign Policy
04/08/17 11:55 from Saved Stories – None
There is a risk of creating a foreign policy cacophony that even the political squabbles in Washington won’t be able to drown out in the months to come.

» When U.S. Sanctions Backfire: Russia And Iran Partner Up In $2.5B Deal
04/08/17 11:55 from Saved Stories – None
US sanctions ramifications: Russia and Iran signed a $2.5 billion deal on Monday to start up a much-needed rail wagon production operation.

» Pentagon: 2 US Service Members Killed In Afghanistan Blast
04/08/17 11:55 from Saved Stories – None
Pentagon: A suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday left two American service members dead.

» Bipartisan bills unveiled to protect Mueller – Politico
04/08/17 11:51 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Bipartisan bills unveiled to protect Mueller Politico At the same time, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) joined 19 other GOP lawmakers last week calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint…

» Unpacking Cyber Terrorism
04/08/17 11:51 from Saved Stories – None
By: ISE Bloggers  May 31, 2016   The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) has always been focused on terrorism-related information sharing; with terrorist groups’ ever-increasing level of sophistication in their use of the Int…

» He Won Praise for Halting a Global Cyberattack. Then He Was Arrested. – New York Times
04/08/17 11:51 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times He Won Praise for Halting a Global Cyberattack. Then He Was Arrested. New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — A British security researcher, who became an internet hero after he was credited with stopping a malicious software attac…

» James Comey, Former F.B.I. Director, to Publish a Book Next Spring
04/08/17 11:50 from Saved Stories – None
The book will explore his role in investigations during his decades in government, including his time as F.B.I. director for the Trump administration.

» The Police State Trump Is Building Is Far More Destructive to American Democracy Than Any Collusion with Russia – AlterNet
04/08/17 11:50 from Saved Stories – None
AlterNet The Police State Trump Is Building Is Far More Destructive to American Democracy Than Any Collusion with Russia AlterNet Furthermore, the Trump administration wants to hire 15,000 more agents to throw into this chaos. According …

» Statement by FBI Director Christopher Wray – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
04/08/17 11:50 from Saved Stories – None
Statement by FBI Director Christopher Wray Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) It is the honor of a lifetime to serve as Director. I long ago grew to know and admire the FBI from my earliest days as a line prosecutor t…

» New FBI director tells agents: ‘You can count on me to stand with you’ – ABC News
04/08/17 11:50 from Saved Stories – None
Politico New FBI director tells agents: ‘You can count on me to stand with you’ ABC News Within minutes of being sworn in as the new director of the FBI today, Christopher Wray made a promise to his workforce: “You can count on me t…

» Chris Wray sworn in as FBI director – CNN
04/08/17 11:49 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Chris Wray sworn in as FBI director CNN Wray takes over the agency following the firing of former FBI director James Comey by President Donald Trump in May, amid the DOJ’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential …

» New FBI Director — FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
04/08/17 11:49 from Saved Stories – None
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) New FBI Director — FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) Christopher Wray was “I long ago grew to know and admire the FBI from my earliest days as a line prosecu…

» Former FBI Director James Comey gets book deal; plans to tell ‘unheard anecdotes’ – WCVB Boston
04/08/17 11:49 from Saved Stories – None
WCVB Boston Former FBI Director James Comey gets book deal; plans to tell ‘unheard anecdotes’ WCVB Boston James Comey inked a deal with Flatiron Books. Next spring, we’ll get to read the low-down on his career as FBI director. Advertisem…

» FBI officials warned they might have to testify against Trump: report – The Hill
04/08/17 11:49 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill FBI officials warned they might have to testify against Trump: report The Hill According to Vox, McCabe has told colleagues he himself could be a a witness in the investigation into whether Trump obstructed the FBI’s investigati…

» FBI arrested cyber expert who ended WannaCry attack: US Marshall Service – Reuters
04/08/17 11:49 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters FBI arrested cyber expert who ended WannaCry attack: US Marshall Service Reuters Marcus Hutchins, a British-based malware researcher who gained attention for detecting a “kill switch” that effectively disabled the Wanna…

» FBI Arrested Cyber Expert Who Ended WannaCry Attack: US Marshall Service – New York Times
04/08/17 11:48 from Saved Stories – None
FBI Arrested Cyber Expert Who Ended WannaCry Attack: US Marshall Service New York Times Marcus Hutchins, a British-based malware researcher who gained attention for detecting a “kill switch” that effectively disabled the WannaC…

» FBI arrests security expert who stopped WannaCry ransomware attack (Updated) – TNW
04/08/17 11:48 from Saved Stories – None
TNW FBI arrests security expert who stopped WannaCry ransomware attack (Updated) TNW At time of writing, Andrew Mabbitt of Fidus Security said he’d located MalwareTech in the FBI field office in Nevada, and was hoping to get him a lawyer…

» Becoming an Agent – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
04/08/17 11:48 from Saved Stories – None
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) Becoming an Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) This type of exercise is one of many that new agents face while learning tactical and law enforcement skills …

» Top FBI officials told they might have to testify against Trump: Report – Washington Examiner
04/08/17 11:48 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Examiner Top FBI officials told they might have to testify against Trump: Report Washington Examiner Top officials within the FBI were told by then-Acting Director Andrew McCabe that they should consider themselves as potentia…

» Wray to FBI: Our work must be driven by ‘the facts’ – KPRC Houston
04/08/17 11:46 from Saved Stories – None
KPRC Houston Wray to FBI : Our work must be driven by ‘the facts’ KPRC Houston WASHINGTON (CNN) – Newly sworn in FBI Director Christopher Wray gave an indication of the principles that would drive him in his new post, telling agents Wedn…

» DOJ Document Dump to ACLJ on Clinton Lynch Meeting: Comey FBI Lied, Media Collusion, Spin, and Illegality – American Center for Law and Justice
04/08/17 11:45 from Saved Stories – None
American Center for Law and Justice DOJ Document Dump to ACLJ on Clinton Lynch Meeting: Comey FBI Lied, Media Collusion, Spin, and Illegality American Center for Law and Justice We have just obtained hundreds of pages in our ongoing inve…

» Lima Charlie Media’Anastasia’ – romance and a heroine’s journey win audiences ov…
04/08/17 11:45 from Saved Stories – None
Lima Charlie Media ‘Anastasia’ – romance and a heroine’s journey win audiences over, NEW review from Rob Cain

» Marine Special Ops among 16 fatalities in C-130 crashFifteen Marines and a Navy …
04/08/17 11:44 from Saved Stories – None
Marine Special Ops among 16 fatalities in C-130 crash Fifteen Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed on July 10th when their KC-130T crashed in Mississippi, the deadliest crash for the USMC in over a decade.

» NEW: In May 2017 the U.S. Department of State released its FY 2018 International Affairs budget request for the State Department and USAID. The request slashed billions from the current budget in support of President Trump’s ‘America First’ vision. Capt. 
04/08/17 11:44 from Saved Stories – None
NEW: In May 2017 the U.S. Department of State released its FY 2018 International Affairs budget request for the State Department and USAID. The request slashed billions from the current budget in support of President Trump’s ‘America Fir…

» Post-Gaddafi just who are Libya’s major players? Insight & analysis http://ow.ly/ai6930dJVnn
04/08/17 11:44 from Saved Stories – None
Post-Gaddafi just who are Libya’s major players? Insight & analysis http://ow.ly/ai6930dJVnn Libya’s power struggle drives a nation into turmoil After the fall of Muammar Gaddafi Libya has descended into chaos as players vie for control …

» Lima Charlie News#GailForce Capt. Gail Harris reports from the Aspen Security Fo…
04/08/17 11:44 from Saved Stories – None
Lima Charlie News #GailForce Capt. Gail Harris reports from the Aspen Security Forum 2017 – the latest in NatSec

» NEW: Capt. Gail Harris reports from the #AspenSecurity Forum 2017 Day 3: former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Former CIA Director John Brennan, and Daniel Coats, the new Director of National Intelligence, discuss President Trump, Russia
04/08/17 11:43 from Saved Stories – None
NEW: Capt. Gail Harris reports from the #AspenSecurity Forum 2017 Day 3: former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Former CIA Director John Brennan, and Daniel Coats, the new Director of National Intelligence, discuss Presi…

» The quickly dwindling threat from the Islamic State will soon result in Western news consumers and security investments turning elsewhere. With the interests and resources gone, all that will remain is an ongoing civil war with staggering humanitarian cos
04/08/17 11:42 from Saved Stories – None
The quickly dwindling threat from the Islamic State will soon result in Western news consumers and security investments turning elsewhere. With the interests and resources gone, all that will remain is an ongoing civil war with staggerin…

» mikenov on Twitter: ‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/2…
04/08/17 11:31 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/2… Posted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 3:31pm mikenov on Twitter

» ‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare
04/08/17 11:31 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . DIA chief: US must avoid ‘ Kodak moment’ More so now than ever, information is playing an outsized role in military capabilities and being rolled into conventional elements. In 21st century warfare, war …

» Lt Gen Stewart – Google Search
04/08/17 11:31 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Lt Gen Stewart – Google News. ‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare C4ISR & Networks – 1 hour ago In 21st century warfare, war is cognitive as much as it’s kinetic, Lt . Gen . Vincent …

» Photo – Lt Gen Stewart welcomed the Marine Corps’ top enlisted leaders to DIA and shared his view of the “hand in hand” relationship between a Commander and his or her Senior Enlisted Leader. Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps #MarineCorps #USMC
04/08/17 11:30 from Saved Stories – None
Lt Gen Stewart welcomed the Marine Corps’ top enlisted leaders to DIA and shared his view of the “hand in hand” relationship between a Commander and his or her Senior Enlisted Leader. Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps #MarineCorps #USMC

» The U.S. Balance-of-Power Strategy in the Gulf is Collapsing. But It Never Had a Chance Anyway
04/08/17 11:29 from Saved Stories – None
Saudi soldiers fire artillery toward three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, on April 20, 2015.

» DIA Announces Industry Days for Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Experts
04/08/17 11:29 from Saved Stories – None
Defense Intelligence Agency’s Innovation Office announced its third Industry Day series set for Aug

» Russia Builds a Syrian Spetsnaz, Is Taking over Iran’s Shiite Militias
04/08/17 11:28 from Saved Stories – None
August 3, 2017, 8:03 PM (IDT) Moscow is taking over Iran’s Shiite militias and integrating them in the remodeled Syrian 5 th Assault Corps.

» Trump, Putin & Khamenei Set up Confused Policies for Mutual Deception
04/08/17 11:28 from Saved Stories – None
August 3, 2017, 8:03 PM (IDT) Their apparently muddled policies conceal attempts to deceive and disarm one another.

» Mueller convenes a criminal grand jury for Russia investigation
04/08/17 11:28 from Saved Stories – None
August 4, 2017, 7:42 AM (IDT) Special counsel Robert Mueller Thursday convened a criminal grand jury to question witnesses on oath for his probe of Russian interference in the US 2016 election. He is expected to call Donald Trump JR…

» Haro agrees to turn state evidence against former boss, PM Netanyahu
04/08/17 11:28 from Saved Stories – None
August 4, 2017, 4:43 PM (IDT) Ari Haro, former chief of staff of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, signed a deal Friday to testify in two probes ongoing against the prime minister concerning the receipt of improper gifts and negotiation…

» End of CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels – DefenseNews.com
04/08/17 11:27 from Saved Stories – None
DefenseNews.com End of CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels DefenseNews.com Defense News TV hosts a panel of experts to discuss President Trump’s decision to end the CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels. promo. Bringing back the draft? P…

» Syrian Rebels React To Trump Ending CIA Backing – NPR
04/08/17 11:27 from Saved Stories – None
Syrian Rebels React To Trump Ending CIA Backing NPR Email. August 2, 20175:01 AM ET. Heard on Morning Edition. Ruth Sherlock. The Trump administration’s ending of the CIA program to back Syrian rebels brings to a close a halting effort t…

» Analysis: Dropped by CIA, Syrian Rebels Could Join Jihadists – News Deeply
04/08/17 11:26 from Saved Stories – None
News Deeply Analysis: Dropped by CIA , Syrian Rebels Could Join Jihadists News Deeply The Trump administration’s decision to end a covert CIA program that provided arms and training to Syrian rebels may prompt the country’s battered oppo…

» The End of the CIA Program in Syria – Foreign Affairs
04/08/17 11:26 from Saved Stories – None
Foreign Affairs The End of the CIA Program in Syria Foreign Affairs On July 19, The Washington Post reported that the CIA was ending its covert support for rebels fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The program, …

» Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion. – New York Times
04/08/17 11:26 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion. New York Times We like to think of ourselves as fair-minded and knowledgeable, having between us many years of experience with the C.I.A. dealing with Russian intelligence services. It is …

» Under Trump, a Hollowed-Out Force in Syria Quickly Lost CIA Backing – New York Times
04/08/17 11:26 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times Under Trump, a Hollowed-Out Force in Syria Quickly Lost CIA Backing New York Times The shuttering of the C.I.A. program, one of the most expensive efforts During a White House briefing early last month, the C.I.A. director…

» CIA had doubts about Warren Commission’s findings in JFK assassination – New York Daily News
04/08/17 11:26 from Saved Stories – None
New York Daily News CIA had doubts about Warren Commission’s findings in JFK assassination New York Daily News The CIA questioned the official storyline of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in the years following the 35th President’s death…

» Trump Mocks Russia Investigation While in West Virginia: ‘A Total Fabrication’
04/08/17 11:24 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump at a rally Thursday night said the story of his campaign’s collusion with Russia is “a total fabrication.” Appearing in Huntington, W.Va., West Virginia, Trump said that Democrats only care about Russia because the…

» Sites and Blogs Review: NATOs Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying
04/08/17 11:22 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
NATOs Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying NATO is now an organization in desperate need of leadership, direction and, above all, a common cause. Is it time for a major reboot? Sites and Blogs Review

» Sites and Blogs Review: ‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare | NATOs Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying | Wray to FBI: Our work must be driven by ‘the facts’
04/08/17 11:22 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
‘Information’ is playing more outsized role in warfare Investments in so-called information capabilities serve a purpose for a more “informatized” military, according to the Defense Department‘s most recent annual report to C…

» mikenov on Twitter: NATO’s Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying inhomelandsecurity.com/nato-dilemma/
04/08/17 11:20 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
NATO’s Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying inhomelandsecurity.com/nato-dilemma/ Posted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 3:20pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: NATO’s Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying
04/08/17 11:20 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
NATO’s Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying NATO’s Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying NATO is now an organization in desperate need of leadership, direction and, above all, a common cause. Is it …

» NATO’s Dilemma: The Ties That Bind Nations Together Are Fraying
04/08/17 11:19 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. NATO is now an organization in desperate need of leadership, direction and, above all, a common cause. Is it time for a major reboot?

» Solving the Internal Problems of Afghanistan and Pakistan
04/08/17 11:03 from Saved Stories – None
President Trump must quickly deal with Afghanistan’s internal situation, and also develop a U.S. strategy for Pakistan.

» Defense to get historically high share of research budget
04/08/17 11:03 from Saved Stories – None
The Pentagon and other security agencies’ outsize consumption of federal research money would grow further under Republican plans, while nondefense research spending would drop, a new congressional report shows.

» Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump’s Calls Is So Dangerous
04/08/17 11:03 from Saved Stories – None
President Donald Trump talks with new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on June 27, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

» Marc Thiessen: Putin’s interference in our election clearly backfired – Salt Lake Tribune
04/08/17 11:01 from Saved Stories – None
Salt Lake Tribune Marc Thiessen: Putin’s interference in our election clearly backfired Salt Lake Tribune Marc Thiessen: Putin’s interference in our election clearly backfired. There has been no president this … With his interference i…

» Sites and Blogs Review: Saved and Shared Articles Review: Evidence shows Trump, businesses connected to Russia
04/08/17 11:00 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
News in Photos from mikenova (4 sites) WSJ.com: World News: Tensions Rise Ahead of Kenya’s Election as Mysterious Death Fuels Mistrust The gruesome murder of an election official, an explosion of fake news and the activities of sec…

» My View: Evidence shows Trump, businesses connected to Russia | Editorials: “When Putin succeeded Yeltsin as president, he endorsed Russian intelligence connections with the country’s mobsters and oligarchs, allowing them to operate freely as long as they
04/08/17 10:58 from Saved Stories – None
My View: Evidence shows Trump, businesses connected to Russia | Editorials by Tom Maertens Mankato Friday August 4th, 2017 at 8:03 AM Www.Mankatofreepress.Com – RSS Results In Opinion/Editorials Of Type Article 1 Share The Tru…

» What is a grand jury and how serious is it for Donald Trump?
04/08/17 10:57 from Saved Stories – None
Use of a grand jury to investigate links between Trump’s presidential team and Russia could be very serious. Here’s what you need to know about grand juries It has emerged that US special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in W…

» Trump attorney: Still no reason to believe he’s under investigation – The Hill
04/08/17 10:57 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill Trump attorney: Still no reason to believe he’s under investigation The Hill President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow says there is still no reason to believe that Trump is under investigation , despite the revelation tha…

» Trump is fighting with Congress over Russia sanctions. Putin is the real winner. – Vox
04/08/17 10:57 from Saved Stories – None
Vox Trump is fighting with Congress over Russia sanctions. Putin is the real winner. Vox It was one full day after Donald Trump signed a Russia sanctions bill passed by crushing majorities in the House and Senate, and he was still angry …

» Trump is not the enemy – Times-Enterprise
04/08/17 10:57 from Saved Stories – None
Trump is not the enemy Times-Enterprise Calling President Trump a narcissist and “childish” changes nothing. What is the goal of such language? Do the name-callers think he will become something other than what he is, absent a miraculous…

» Op-Ed: Why Trump will fire John Kelly too – Yahoo News
04/08/17 10:57 from Saved Stories – None
TIME Op-Ed: Why Trump will fire John Kelly too Yahoo News He will be pushed out because Trump, like his friend and advisor Rudy Giuliani , cannot tolerate anyone else getting the credit. In fact, if you want to get a preview of the ultim…

» Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Op-Ed: Why Trump will fire John Kelly too – Yahoo News
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
TIME Op-Ed: Why Trump will fire John Kelly too Yahoo News He will be pushed out because Trump, like his friend and advisor Rudy Giuliani , cannot tolerate anyone else getting the credit. In fact, if you want to get a preview of the ultim…

» Donald Trump is going on a 17-day vacation. Who cares? Except… – CNN
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
Money Magazine Donald Trump is going on a 17-day vacation. Who cares? Except… CNN Obama is about to embark on a 17 day vacation in his ‘native’ Hawaii, putting Secret Service away from families on Christmas. Aloha!,” Trump tweeted…

» Trump Seems To Think Granting Refugees Asylum Will Make Him Look ‘Awfully Bad’
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
During a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, President Donald Trump disparaged refugees and even said that going back on his word to keep them out of the United States would make him look “awfully bad.”

» Mr. Galeotti: Are you singing the Russian tune: softly, subtly, and for some time now? – “Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed)” – The Moscow Times
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
Mr. Galeotti: Are you singing the Russian tune: softly, subtly, and for some time now? Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed) Friday August 4th, 2017 at 9:00 AM 1 Share Gage Skidmore / Flickr It seems there is some ne…

» Democrats criticize the leaking of transcripts of Trump phone calls – CNN
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Democrats criticize the leaking of transcripts of Trump phone calls CNN According to a transcript published Thursday by The Washington Post, President Donald Trump boasted about his election victory, pressured his Mexican counterpart…

» Fox isn’t the only White House cable news ally. Meet the Christian Broadcasting Network. – Vox
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
Vox Fox isn’t the only White House cable news ally. Meet the Christian Broadcasting Network. Vox But that Trump’s administration is focusing on providing exclusive access to a single faith-based — and journalistically dubious — televisio…

» Trump Whips up Supporters Against Russia Probe – U.S. News & World Report
04/08/17 10:56 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump Whips up Supporters Against Russia Probe U.S. News & World Report Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington as part of an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia , …

» If Donald Trump were an immigrant, he’d probably be deported – Chicago Tribune
04/08/17 10:55 from Saved Stories – None
Chicago Tribune If Donald Trump were an immigrant, he’d probably be deported Chicago Tribune President Trump is pushing forward with his promise of a harder line on legal immigration, endorsing on Wednesday a Senate proposal to slash the…

» Trump keeps social media on-message during Kelly’s first week – CNN
04/08/17 10:55 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Trump keeps social media on-message during Kelly’s first week CNN While the @realDonaldTrump account offers a rare, unfiltered look into the mindset of the President, Trump’s early-morning social media musings have at times derailed …

» 9:48 AM 8/4/2017 – Mike Nova Tweeted
04/08/17 10:55 from Saved Stories – None
Mike Nova Retweeted The Hill   ✔@thehill Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” http://hill.cm/IP5iVXl  2h Mike Nova Retweeted POLITICO   ✔@politico Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care http://p…

» How Obama’s Weakness Encouraged Russian Election Meddling – The American Interest
04/08/17 10:55 from Saved Stories – None
The American Interest How Obama’s Weakness Encouraged Russian Election Meddling The American Interest In July of that year, just a little after Trump, Jr., held his meeting with the so-called Russian lobbyists in New York, an explosive v…

» The Russia investigation is getting serious — and President Trump is feeling the heat – Washington Post
04/08/17 10:55 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post The Russia investigation is getting serious — and President Trump is feeling the heat Washington Post What we have here are three separate tracks of investigation , any one of which could produce evidence of acts that are…

» TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion, a sign that Muellers probe is entering a new phase of increased intensity according to people familiar with 
04/08/17 10:54 from Saved Stories – None
TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION –  The Early Edition: August 4, 2017 A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion, a sign that Muellers probe is entering a new pha…

» Evangelical Leaders Backing Trump Are More Hypocritical, And More Dangerous, Than Ever
04/08/17 10:54 from Saved Stories – None
They’ve been waiting for an assault on LGBTQ rights. Trump is delivering.

» Trump talked about sending troops to battle ‘tough hombres’ in Mexico. Can he do that? – Washington Post
04/08/17 10:52 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post Trump talked about sending troops to battle ‘tough hombres’ in Mexico. Can he do that? Washington Post Now the countries share intelligence over illicit smuggling networks, Mexican officer liaisons share command space at …

» Donald Trump – Google News: Trump just won’t stop talking about Russia – CNN
04/08/17 10:52 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Trump just won’t stop talking about Russia CNN (CNN) There was a line of thinking in Washington this week that President Donald Trump might scale back his rhetoric on the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia, the result …

» Trump just quadrupled down on his Russia rhetoric – CNN
04/08/17 10:51 from Saved Stories – None
CNN Trump just quadrupled down on his Russia rhetoric CNN (CNN) There was a line of thinking in Washington this week that President Donald Trump might scale back his rhetoric on the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia, the …

» The Morning Email: Mueller Impanels A Grand Jury As The Russia Probe Heats Up
04/08/17 10:51 from Saved Stories – None
And other headlines for Friday, August 4, 2017.

» The Latest: Trump on Russia: ‘We Won. Move On’ – U.S. News & World Report
04/08/17 10:51 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report The Latest: Trump on Russia: ‘We Won. Move On’ U.S. News & World Report FILE – In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in th…

» President responds to news of grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV
04/08/17 10:51 from Saved Stories – None
New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV President responds to news of grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV One White House source told CNN’s Gloria Borger that the President’s lawyers were “highly…

» The Daily 202: Mueller impaneling a grand jury makes it more politically difficult for Trump to fire him – Washington Post
04/08/17 10:50 from Saved Stories – None
Washington Post The Daily 202: Mueller impaneling a grand jury makes it more politically difficult for Trump to fire him Washington Post THE BIG IDEA: Last night’s news that Robert S. Mueller III has begun using a grand jury in federal c…

» Michael Flynn files new financial form reporting ties to controversial data firm – Los Angeles Times
04/08/17 10:49 from Saved Stories – None
Los Angeles Times Michael Flynn files new financial form reporting ties to controversial data firm Los Angeles Times President Trump ‘s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, is revealing a brief advisory role with a firm relat…

» The Early Edition: August 4, 2017
04/08/17 09:55 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. TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by sp…

» Sites and Blogs Review: Web World Times – wwtimes.com – on The Web: Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims | Technology | The Guardian
04/08/17 09:54 from 1. My Blogs from mikenova (18 sites)
Source: Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims | Technology | The Guardian Web World Times – wwtimes.com – on The Web Sites and Blogs Review

» mikenov on Twitter: Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims theguardian.com/technology/201…
04/08/17 09:54 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims theguardian.com/technology/201… Posted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 1:54pm mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims
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Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims Briton who stopped WannaCry attack arrested over separate malware claims Marcus Hutchins arrested over his alleged role in creating Kronos malware targeting bank ac…

» Playing Defense – The Weekly Standard
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The Weekly Standard Playing Defense The Weekly Standard The saga has grown too complex to easily recount, but some highlights include Trump’s disparaging of the U.S. intelligence community and its leaders in an Oval Office meeting with R…

» Tom Maertens Mankato – Google Search
04/08/17 09:51 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from Tom Maertens Mankato – Google News. My View: Trump’s Russian ties evident Mankato Free Press – 1 hour ago The Trump administration continues to deny that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, including …

» trump, putin, mob – Google Search
04/08/17 09:50 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from trump, putin, mob – Google News. My View: Trump’s Russian ties evident Mankato Free Press – 1 hour ago What most Americans don’t understand is the connection between Putin , the KGB/FSB, and the Russian mo…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” hill.cm/IP5iVXl pic.twitter.com/ArBiLqIKcd
04/08/17 09:43 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” hill.cm/IP5iVXl pic.twitter.com/ArBiLqIKcd Posted by thehill on Friday, August 4th, 2017 11:36am Retweeted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 1:43pm 1464 likes, 720 retweets mikenov on Twitter

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted The Hill (@thehill):Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” https://t.co/0DIdsN4SRA https://t.co/ArBiLqIKcd
04/08/17 09:43 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted The Hill (@thehill): Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” https://t.co/0DIdsN4SRA https://t.co/ArBiLqIKcd The Hill on Twitter “Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” https://t.co/0DIdsN4SRA” FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care politi.co/2uphgSs pic.twitter.com/xyFKTPCemS
04/08/17 09:43 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care politi.co/2uphgSs pic.twitter.com/xyFKTPCemS Posted by politico on Friday, August 4th, 2017 2:28am Retweeted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 1:43pm 881 likes, 36…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted POLITICO (@politico):Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care https://t.co/mvsEJ6i1SW https://t.co/xyFKTPCemS
04/08/17 09:43 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted POLITICO (@politico): Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care https://t.co/mvsEJ6i1SW https://t.co/xyFKTPCemS POLITICO on Twitter “Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health car…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted The New Yorker (@NewYorker):Trump helped build a Baku hotel that appears to be a corrupt operation linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: https://t.co/MMVdPuT1PA https://t.co/64lbB9wlcp
04/08/17 09:43 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted The New Yorker (@NewYorker): Trump helped build a Baku hotel that appears to be a corrupt operation linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: https://t.co/MMVdPuT1PA https://t.co/64lbB9wlcp FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @NewYorker: Trump helped build a Baku hotel that appears to be a corrupt operation linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: https://t.co/MM…
04/08/17 09:43 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Trump helped build a Baku hotel that appears to be a corrupt operation linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: nyer.cm/eEurRzr pic.twitter.com/64lbB9wlcp Posted by NewYorker on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 10:14pm Retweeted by mikenov on Fri…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted The Hill (@thehill):JUST IN: Senate unanimously blocks Trump from making recess appointments https://t.co/HOsX7Rx79M https://t.co/Mw4lraZ9Gw
04/08/17 09:42 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted The Hill (@thehill): JUST IN: Senate unanimously blocks Trump from making recess appointments https://t.co/HOsX7Rx79M https://t.co/Mw4lraZ9Gw The Hill on Twitter “JUST IN: Senate unanimously blocks Trump from making recess appo…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: JUST IN: Senate unanimously blocks Trump from making recess appointments hill.cm/kPHlgpv pic.twitter.com/Mw4lraZ9Gw
04/08/17 09:42 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
JUST IN: Senate unanimously blocks Trump from making recess appointments hill.cm/kPHlgpv pic.twitter.com/Mw4lraZ9Gw Posted by thehill on Friday, August 4th, 2017 12:10am Retweeted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 1:42pm 11687 likes…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @YouTube: All the stages of crushing in one animation. 
04/08/17 09:42 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
All the stages of crushing in one animation.

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Video – Retweeted YouTube (@YouTube):All the stages of crushing in one animation.
04/08/17 09:42 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted YouTube (@YouTube): All the stages of crushing in one animation.

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @ABC: Dubai authorities says 82-floor high-rise “successfully evacuated” as firefighters try to bring blaze under control. https://t.co/…
04/08/17 09:41 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Dubai authorities says 82-floor high-rise “successfully evacuated” as firefighters try to bring blaze under control. abcn.ws/2vmI1LS https://t.co/Il7MJtAKaV Posted by ABC on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 10:32pm Retweeted by mikenov on Frid…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted ABC News (@ABC):Dubai authorities says 82-floor high-rise “successfully evacuated” as firefighters try to bring blaze under control. https://t.co/4ejfGyLP0s https://t.co/Il7MJtAKaV
04/08/17 09:41 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted ABC News (@ABC): Dubai authorities says 82-floor high-rise “successfully evacuated” as firefighters try to bring blaze under control. https://t.co/4ejfGyLP0s https://t.co/Il7MJtAKaV FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @CNNPolitics: BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigation is following the Trump-Russia money trail, sources tell CNN https://t.co/s7A3CjIV…
04/08/17 09:38 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigation is following the Trump-Russia money trail, sources tell CNN cnn.it/2u5m7sJ pic.twitter.com/HOxnZjLFk3 Posted by CNNPolitics on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 8:04pm Retweeted by mikenov on Friday, Aug…

» FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova: Retweeted CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics):BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigation is following the Trump-Russia money trail, sources tell CNN https://t.co/s7A3CjIVdk https://t.co/HOxnZjLFk3
04/08/17 09:38 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Retweeted CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics): BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigation is following the Trump-Russia money trail, sources tell CNN https://t.co/s7A3CjIVdk https://t.co/HOxnZjLFk3 FB-RSS feed for Mike Nova

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @thedailybeast: BREAKING: Mueller impanels D.C. grand jury in Russia probe thebea.st/2u5xm4k pic.twitter.com/nmxLk7mL4I
04/08/17 09:38 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
BREAKING: Mueller impanels D.C. grand jury in Russia probe thebea.st/2u5xm4k pic.twitter.com/nmxLk7mL4I Posted by thedailybeast on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 7:44pm Retweeted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 1:38pm 508 likes, 258 r…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @CNNPolitics: Support is gathering behind a bipartisan push to protect Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by Trump https://t.co…
04/08/17 09:38 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Support is gathering behind a bipartisan push to protect Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by Trump cnn.it/2u53qW0 pic.twitter.com/W9d3DPhDrR Posted by CNNPolitics on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 5:19pm Retweeted by mikenov on Fr…

» It Seems Like Trump Can’t Dance To The Russian Bear’s Tune Anymore. Or Can He? – The Moderate Voice
04/08/17 09:17 from Saved Stories – None
The Moderate Voice It Seems Like Trump Can’t Dance To The Russian Bear’s Tune Anymore. Or Can He? The Moderate Voice Putin thought he was doing a proklyatyy shtraf (damned fine) job of getting Trump to dance to the Russian bear’s tune by…

» Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed)
04/08/17 09:00 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story . Gage Skidmore / Flickr It seems there is some new claim to link Donald Trump and his business empire with “Russian organized crime” almost every day. There are plenty of reason…

» Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed) – The Moscow Times
04/08/17 08:59 from Saved Stories – None
The Moscow Times Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed) The Moscow Times And given that at the time Ivankov had no criminal record in the United States , there is a distinct limit to how big a deal one can make of this. The…

» Evidence Russian Operatives Discussed Paul Manafort Is Discovered By US Investigators – Bustle
04/08/17 08:59 from Saved Stories – None
Bustle Evidence Russian Operatives Discussed Paul Manafort Is Discovered By US Investigators Bustle Soon thereafter, both Manafort and Trump Jr. were subpoenaed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigatin…

» My View: Trump’s Russian ties evident – Mankato Free Press
04/08/17 08:58 from Saved Stories – None
My View: Trump’s Russian ties evident Mankato Free Press The evidence is overwhelming that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort knowingly conspired with Russia to alter the 2016 election. Trump Jr. was told explicitly that the June…

» mikenov on Twitter: Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case theguardian.com/us-news/2017/j…
04/08/17 08:27 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case theguardian.com/us-news/2017/j… Posted by mikenov on Friday, August 4th, 2017 12:27pm mikenov on Twitter

» My View: Evidence shows Trump, businesses connected to Russia | Editorials
04/08/17 08:03 from Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
mikenova shared this story from www.mankatofreepress.com – RSS Results in opinion/editorials of type article. The Trump administration continues to deny that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, including hacking 21 state voter datab…

» My View: Evidence shows Trump, businesses connected to Russia – Mankato Free Press
04/08/17 07:58 from Saved Stories – None
My View: Evidence shows Trump , businesses connected to Russia Mankato Free Press What most Americans don’t understand is the connection between Putin, the KGB/FSB, and the Russian mob . Boris Yeltsin himself described Russia as “the big…

» Lyons: Putin’s gamble on Trump is not paying off – Danville Commercial News
04/08/17 07:58 from Saved Stories – None
Lyons: Putin’s gamble on Trump is not paying off Danville Commercial News A good title for the entire Trump – Putin saga might be “The Naive and Sentimental Dictator.” Assuming, that is, that it all plays out as farce — certainly the dir…

» Trump Heads to NJ for Summer Vacation – U.S. News & World Report
04/08/17 07:58 from Saved Stories – None
U.S. News & World Report Trump Heads to NJ for Summer Vacation U.S. News & World Report President Donald Trump is heading to his posh Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Friday for a two-week summer break. And, as with his prede…

» Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked? – RealClearPolitics
04/08/17 07:57 from Saved Stories – None
RealClearPolitics Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked? RealClearPolitics In crafting the platform in Cleveland on which Donald Trump would run, America Firsters inflicted a major defeat on the War Party. The platform committee reject…

» Turnbull was standing by terms of US refugee deal in Trump call, Frydenberg says
04/08/17 07:57 from Saved Stories – None
Kevin Rudd believes leaked transcript will cause big problems for the prime minister and undermine his credibility Josh Frydenberg has rejected the suggestion that the transcript of the first conversation between Donald Trump and Malcolm…

» The Week the GOP Turned on Donald Trump – Daily Beast
04/08/17 07:57 from Saved Stories – None
Daily Beast The Week the GOP Turned on Donald Trump Daily Beast Now, what America really needs, to stand a chance of becoming a semi-functioning polity again, is for the Republicans to realize not just that Donald Trump is a dangerous ig…

» ‘Me’ time, off-Broadway style: a Trump musical – Quad-Cities Online
04/08/17 07:56 from Saved Stories – None
Quad-Cities Online ‘Me’ time, off-Broadway style: a Trump musical Quad-Cities Online NEW YORK — Out in the real world, Donald Trump was navigating meetings in France and Donald Trump Jr. was fielding questions about Russia. Inside a the…

» Trump rallies his base against Russia investigation – Politico
04/08/17 07:56 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Trump rallies his base against Russia investigation Politico The intelligence community has concluded that the Russian government interfered in the election to help Trump and harm Clinton. Mueller, along with three two congressi…

» Trump holds rally in West Virginia, dismisses Russia investigation – Fox5NY
04/08/17 07:56 from Saved Stories – None
Fox5NY Trump holds rally in West Virginia, dismisses Russia investigation Fox5NY President Trump held a rally in West Virginia dismissing the whole Russia investigation as reports surfaced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has convened…

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