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Manafort surrenders, Gates asked to turn himself in to Mueller, source says

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The charges against two top officials from President Donald Trump’s campaign signals a dramatic new phase of Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and members of Trump’s team as well as potential obstruction of justice and financial crimes.

A White House spokesman told CNN the Trump administration “may not have a response at all” regarding the charges.

Manafort, whose work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has attracted scrutiny from federal investigators, has previously denied financial wrongdoing regarding his Ukraine-related payments, his bank accounts in offshore tax shelters and his various real-estate transactions over the years. Gates, who has also denied wrongdoing, was Manafort’s longtime business associate in his lobbying firm before being tapped as his deputy on the Trump campaign.

They are the first two officials in Trump’s orbit charged in connection with the special counsel investigation, which is exploring whether Trump’s actions surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey amount to obstruction of justice. Mueller has taken a broad approach to his mandate that includes a focus on the financial dealings of Trump’s team.

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Before the indictment, the FBI in July executed a

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 with guns drawn at Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia, seizing financial and tax documents, including some that had already been provided to congressional investigators.

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CNN’s Joe Johns contributed to this report.

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WSJ.com: World News: Russian-Backed Facebook Accounts Organized Events on All Sides of Polarizing Issues

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Workers behind Russian-linked Facebook accounts helped organize or finance real-life events, often working directly with U.S. activists and playing both sides of the same hot-button issues.

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7:49 PM 10/29/2017 – Suggestibility, intelligence, voting behaviors, and the Cambridge Analytica’s targeted “psychographic” advertising 

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Suggestibility, intelligence, voting behaviors, and the Cambridge Analytica’s targeted “psychographic” advertising Suggestibility is correlated with intelligence negatively, meaning that less intelligent people are more suggestible. There always be the sufficient number of the suggestible subjects whose voting preferences can be influenced by the specially designed, still very much mysterious and unclear in all its aspects and effects, … Continue reading “7:49 PM 10/29/2017 – Suggestibility, intelligence, voting behaviors, and the Cambridge Analytica’s targeted “psychographic” advertising”

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How the hell did team Trump leapfrog team Clinton in the use of social media for campaigning? The answer, I think, dates back to a digital experiment from the 2014 election, and the broader trend toward experimentally-informed campaigns. Facebook was …

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How Facebook and Twitter Quietly Helped Trump Win

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If you made a list of the factors that landed Donald Trump in the White House, Trump campaign digital director Brad Parscale would put Facebook near the top. “Facebook now lets you get to places—and places possibly that you would never go with TV ads,” Parscale told CBS earlier this month. “Now, I can find, you know, 15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for. And, we took opportunities that I think the other side didn’t.” The relationship with Silicon Valley wasn’t one sided: as major tech companies face mounting criticism for allowing political disinformation to proliferate on their platforms, a new study suggests that employees at Facebook, Google, and Twitter also took on crucial roles within the Trump campaign, acting more like political strategists than on-site salespeople.

The collaboration allowed Team Trump to shore up its digital operations in a way that would have been difficult to accomplish on its own, according to Politico, which got an early look at the study. Embedded tech employees took on responsibilities such as targeting hard-to-reach voters and coming up with responses to probable lines of attack during debates. “Facebook, Twitter, and Google [went] beyond promoting their services and facilitating digital advertising buys,” the peer-reviewed paper concludes. The companies “actively [shaped] campaign communications through their close collaboration with political staffers.”

The Clinton campaign turned down the assistance, which Facebook, Google, and Twitter all offered to 2016 candidates free of charge. (One tech company employee in the study said her campaign “viewed us as vendors rather than consultants.”) The Trump campaign, on the other hand, used the “embeds” extensively during the general election. Ultimately, the work each company did for Trump—Google recommending geographically targeted ads, Twitter analyzing the success of tweet-based fundraising efforts, and Facebook identifying which pictures performed best on Instagram, for instance—helped close the gap between him and Clinton, experts cited in the study conclude.

The collaboration likely proved lucrative for all three companies. Online political-ad spending during the 2016 election totaled $1.4 billion—the Trump campaign spent $70 million on Facebook alone, making client services a valuable extension of Facebook’s ad product. The collaboration also conferred additional benefits, as Politico points out: national exposure, a testing ground for new features and products, and the chance to build a relationship with a candidate who might end up holding the regulatory reins once in office.

In the wake of Trump’s victory, Silicon Valley is facing difficult questions about that symbiotic relationship, and a potential regulatory reckoning. It also underscores a nearly universal truth about how the tech and media industries treated the 2016 presidential race: employees at Facebook and Twitter, among other companies in the overwhelmingly liberal Bay Area, never really expected Trump to win.

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The Trump campaign’s digital operations were overseen by Kushner. Now corroborating details are emerging. Facebook disclosed that Russian entitites had bought more than 3,000 politically charged ads estimated at $150,000 on its platform during key …

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[Cambridge Analytica] is not under investigation, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the company,” he said. Cambridge Analytica is a U.S. offshoot of its British parent company SCL Group that helped with Trump’s digital operation ahead of 
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How Facebook and Twitter Quietly Helped Trump Win – Vanity Fair

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Scrutiny mounts for Trump digital operation – The Hill

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Scrutiny on the digital side of President Trump’s 2016 campaign is mounting after revelations that the head of Cambridge Analytica, a data mining and analysis firm that worked for the campaign, contacted WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange about Democratic …
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Scrutiny on the digital side of President Trump’s 2016 campaign is mounting after revelations that the head of Cambridge Analytica, a data …

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Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Hits New Low, Poll Finds

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The latest NBC News/WSJ poll shows 58% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s performance as president.

Russia Uses Its Oil Giant, Rosneft, as a Foreign Policy Tool – New York Times

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The company, which Russia has long relied on to finance its government and social programs, has been pushing deeply into politically sensitive countries like Cuba, China, Egypt and Vietnam, as well as tumultuous places where American interests are at …

Here come those state-level charges against Jared Kushner that Donald Trump can’t pardon 

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Jared Kushner is facing enough legal trouble on the federal level that various pundits have mentioned his name as being among those who could be arrested tomorrow in relation to Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. That in turn has led to the question of whether Trump would try to pardon his son-in-law Kushner, in order to keep Kushner from cutting a deal against him. However, if that is Donald’s plan, a big monkey wrench has just been thrown into it.

Let’s hypothetically say that Jared Kushner is arrested tomorrow – or in a later round of Trump Russia arrests – on federal charges related to his secret meetings with the Russians during the campaign and transition period, and his subsequent failure to disclose those meetings on his White House security clearance forms. Let’s further say that Kushner then decides not to cut a deal, on the premise that Trump will pardon him anyway. The trouble: Kushner is suddenly facing the possibility of state level charges as well.

The Attorney General of Maryland is now investigating Jared Kushner’s family business for a number of serious alleged violations in the real estate field (link). That doesn’t mean that Kushner or anyone in his family is guilty. Nor does it mean that charges will be brought. But these investigations tend to lead to charges more often than not. If Kushner is hypothetically charged with state level crimes, Donald Trump can’t pardon those.

This could result in a situation where even if Donald Trump pardons Jared Kushner on all Russia-related federal charges, Kushner could still be facing potential jail time in Maryland – and Trump wouldn’t be able to get him off the hook for that. In the interest of the greater good, Maryland could offer to let Kushner off the hook if he flips on Trump on the federal level. It’s unclear if Special Counsel Robert Mueller is involved in the Maryland probe into Kushner.

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Israels submarine corps is a tiny force with a big open secret: in all likelihood, it is armed with nuclear weapons. The five Dolphin-class submarines represent an ace in the hole for Israel, the ultimate guarantor of the countrys security, ensuring that if attacked with nukes, the tiny nation can strike back in kind.

Israels first nuclear weapons were completed by the early 1970s, and deployed among both free-fall aircraft bombs and Jericho ballistic missiles. The 1991 Persian Gulf War, which saw Iraqi Scuds and Al Hussein ballistic missiles raining down on Israeli cities, led Tel Aviv to conclude that the country needed a true nuclear triad of air-, land- and sea-based nukes to give the countrys nuclear deterrent maximum flexibilityand survivability.

The most survivable arm of the nuclear triad is typically the sea-based one, consisting of nuclear-armed submarines. Submarines can disappear for weeks or even months, taking up a highly classified patrol route while waiting for orders to launch their missiles. This so-called second-strike capability is built on the principle of nuclear deterrence and ensures potential enemies will think twice before attacking, knowing Israels submarines will be available to carry out revenge attacks.

The first three submarines were authorized before the Gulf War, in 1988, though it is not clear they were built with nuclear weapons in mind. After years of delays construction began in Germany instead of the United States as originally planned, with German combat systems instead of American ones. Most importantly, the project went ahead with German financing; Berlin reportedly felt obliged to finance two of the submarines, and split the third as lax German nonproliferation enforcement had partly enabled Iraqs nuclear and chemical weapons program.

The first three submarines, DolphinLeviathan and Tekuma, were laid down in the early 1990s, but only entered service between 1999 and 2000. The submarines are 187 feet long, displace 1,720 tons submerged and have an operating depth of 1,148 feet. Sensors include the STN Atlas Elektronik CSU-90-1 sonar suite with the DBSQS-21D active and AN 5039A1 passive sonar systems. The Dolphin class also has PRS-3-15 passive ranging sonar and FAS-3-1 passive flank arrays.

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1:05 PM 10/25/2017 – The Common Link: The E-Curtain – Trump Investigations Report | Clinton Campaign and DNC Helped Fund ‘Steele Dossier’ – U.S. News & World Report

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The Russians want to build the new E-Curtain, prophylactically, to protect themselves from the evil Western influences. At least a part, if not all the Trump-Russia show-off operation might be an FSB counterintelligence endeavor, very aggressive, as is their tradition historically, and also outgrowing into the frank intelligence show-off “special operation”. And all this to demonstrate the dangers of the single Internet and to divide it into two separate informational bastions: pro-Russian and the rest. Very isolationist, narrow-minded, and very Russian in its mentality. These are the goals and purposes Of this new E-Curtain, which is impossible to impose unilaterally but only by mutual consent. Will never happen. M.N. – 10.25.17

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A sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum.

Questions:

  • Did they target their “key (attuned, worked on) voters” in the key areas, according to the polls information? 
  • Did they manipulate the opinion polls or their samples? 
  • Was the interference in Brexit vote a dress rehearsal for Trump vote?  

M.N. – 10.25.17 

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1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): putin won US 2016 election – Google News: I’m ‘sick and tired’ of how US views Russia, says CEO of Russia’s second-largest bank – CNBC
What Is Money-Laundering? And Why Does It Matter To Robert Mueller? – NPR
Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped. – New York Times
Trump’s Re-Election Edge Is Greatly Exaggerated – Bloomberg
Trump Plans To Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs For Russia Probes – LEX18 Lexington KY News
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – CNN
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – NBC Montana
Who is Tony Podesta? Russia Probe Investigating Brother of Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair – Newsweek
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11:00 AM 10/25/2017 – The E-Curtain | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion

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The Russians want to build the new E-Curtain, prophylactically, to protect themselves from the evil Western influences. At least a part, if not all the Trump-Russia show-off operation might be an FSB counterintelligence endeavor, very aggressive, as is their tradition historically, and also outgrowing into the frank intelligence show-off “special operation”. And all this to demonstrate the dangers of the single Internet and to divide it into two separate informational bastions: pro-Russian and the rest. Very isolationist, narrow-minded, and very Russian in its mentality. These are the goals and purposes Of this new E-Curtain, which is impossible to impose unilaterally but only by mutual consent. Will never happen. M.N. – 10.25.17

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2016 Presidential Election Investigation – Google News: MPs are reportedly going to demand Facebook reveals details of alleged Russian meddling in the Brexit vote – Business Insider
1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): putin won US 2016 election – Google News: I’m ‘sick and tired’ of how US views Russia, says CEO of Russia’s second-largest bank – CNBC
What Is Money-Laundering? And Why Does It Matter To Robert Mueller? – NPR
Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped. – New York Times
Trump’s Re-Election Edge Is Greatly Exaggerated – Bloomberg
Trump Plans To Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs For Russia Probes – LEX18 Lexington KY News
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – CNN
Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – NBC Montana
Who is Tony Podesta? Russia Probe Investigating Brother of Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair – Newsweek
Why Robert Mueller May Be the Last Hope to Link Trumpworld to Russia – Vanity Fair
Hillary’s Circle: John Podesta’s Brother is Being Investigated by the Special Counsel – Townhall
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The constantly evolving story of how the socialnetworking giant found … In an Oct. 2 blog post, Facebook said roughly 10 million people saw the …. Were the ads targeting the same audiences as Trump’s campaign? … to Cambridge Analytica, President Trump’s data-mining firm during the 2016 election.

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One alarmingly frank quote says: “SCL/Cambridge Analytica was not some …. She used to be Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), … of the last presidential race that saw Donald Trumpmove into the Whitehouse. … in many pies and strongly networked with other think-tanks and the media.
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11:49 AM 10/25/2017 – A common link a sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum… | Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion

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A sharp contrast to the opinion polls, pre-election, and pre-referendum.

Questions:

  • Did they target their “key (attuned, worked on) voters” in the key areas, according to the polls information? 
  • Did they manipulate the opinion polls or their samples? 
  • Was the interference in Brexit vote a dress rehearsal for Trump vote?  

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Why Robert Mueller May Be the Last Hope to Link Trumpworld to Russia

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House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff.

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As the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s victory fast approaches, any hope that the three congressional committees tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election will determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin—or will surface any substantive findings—has begun to dissipate amid staffing issues, partisan quibbles, and continued starts and stops. Even lawmakers have conceded that if any investigation will uncover a definitive conclusion, it will be Robert Mueller’s deepening F.B.I. probe. “There’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the collusion question during a recent interview. “He’s got the ability to use a grand jury. He’s got the ability to use the power of subpoena without question. And he’s got the ability to do a criminal investigation.”

The morass has been most evident among the House Intelligence Committee, where the partisan divide is, arguably, the deepest. Earlier this year, tensions between the panel’s chairman, Devin Nunes,and its ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, spilled into the open when it was revealed that Nunes received classified information from the White House, which he subsequently showed to Trump—a move that forced him to abdicate his leadership position. But the intelligence committee has struggled to get back on track. The New York Times reports that Democrats are frustrated with Nunes’s continued meddling in the probe. “Frankly, I have been doing everything I can to try to get us to do a credible investigation and to reach a common conclusion,” Schiff, who himself has drawn criticism for his frequent media appearances, said. “I view these things as obstacles that are in the way to overcome, and I am doing my best to overcome them almost daily.”

Nunes’s successors haven’t fared much better. Trey Gowdy, who along with K. Michael Conaway of Texas and Tom Rooney of Florida took control of the panel from Nunes, irked his Democratic counterparts when he said that Jared Kushner was in an “unwinnable” situation, suggesting he was being unfairly targeted. “Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” Gowdy, who rose to prominence during the Benghazi hearings, told the Times. “The notion that one side is playing the part of defense attorney and that the other side is just these white hat defenders of the truth is laughable.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has managed to maintain more amity between members. But while its chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner have projected a professionalism absent in the House, both lawmakers have expressed doubts that they will deliver a clear-cut conclusion. “At the end of the day, what we owe the American people is the truth,” Warner said during an interview on Thursday, the Times reports. “And if there’s something there, then they should know that. And if there’s not something there, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that.” Burr told reporters that they “hit a wall” in its investigation into the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and that any hope that the Senate investigation would surface criminal charges was misguided. “The special counsel is focused on criminal acts; we’re not focused on criminal acts,” he said. “If we find one, then they’re the first phone call we make.”

The third congressional committee investigating the Russian interference, the Judiciary Committee, has been similarly plagued by starts and stops in its probe. As the Times reports, its chairman Chuck Grassley agreed to dig into former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s ouster, among other angles of the Russian interference, but since interviewing Donald Trump Jr., the committee’s work has stalled. An earlier attempt by the panel to interview Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was derailed after Mueller’s team reportedly informed the longtime political operative that he would face an indictment, leading to the postponement of his hearing. (Manafort has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.)

That leaves the Justice Department to close the case, such as it is. Mueller’s investigation has continued apace, with NBC News reporting Monday that Tony Podesta (brother of longtime Clinton aide John Podesta) and his lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, are the latest subjects of the F.B.I. investigation. The Podesta Group worked on a campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a nonprofit tied to Manafort that sought to promote Ukrainian interests in the West. According to NBC News, the Podesta Group is under criminal investigation for potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under which individuals lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or political party must disclose their work to the Justice Department. (In a statement, a spokesperson for the firm said it is “cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times—and we did so in this case.”) Manafort has become a key figure in Mueller’s investigation, indicating either that that special prosecutor sees him as a lynchpin in the case, or as the Trumpworld insider most likely to flip and become a cooperating witness.

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Mueller’s Russia investigation: What to know

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As the probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election continues, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a key Democratic lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his lobbying firm are now a subject in Mueller’s investigations because of the Podesta Group’s work on Paul Manafort’s PR campaign for a Ukrainian group.

Manafort is President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who has found himself at the center of the investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election because of his financial dealings and lobbying work with Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials.

Despite some opposition to Mueller’s probe from Republicans, Trump apparently isn’t “discussing” firing him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mueller should be able to “do his job.”

Mueller, 73, reportedly impaneled a grand jury earlier in August as part of his examination. Read on for a brief rundown on his investigation so far.

Appointment

The Department of Justice announced the appointment of Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on May 17.

FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The appointment came after a growing cry – mostly from Democrats – mounted for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the probe. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

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Mueller led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties.

He has the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during his investigation, and he was given wide authority to investigate whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Mueller allegedly expanded the probe to include investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were “ridiculous” and said Mueller’s friendship with Comey was “very bothersome.”

Mueller has also reportedly taken over an ongoing investigation into Manafort’s financial dealings in Ukraine. The FBI executed a search warrant in August at the Virginia home of Manafort, who – prior to joining Trump’s campaign – worked with a Russia-backed Ukrainian president.

Staffing controversy

The Trump administration heavily criticized Mueller’s investigation as several of his attorneys on staff donated to Democratic campaigns, including to Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.

“They clearly wanted the other person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them in one way or another remains to be seen, but it is relevant information for people to have,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” in July.

Grand jury

Mueller kicked off August by reportedly impaneling a grand jury to investigate Russia’s influence – an indication that the probe is entering a new phase.

A grand jury gives prosecutors the ability to subpoena documents and gather on-the-record witness testimonies. Indictments can also be sought.

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Grand juries are common vehicles to gather evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

Trump’s comments

Trump has dismissed the allegations of collusion with Russia as a “fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one…”

– President Donald Trump

“I just hope 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,” Trump said at a rally in West Virginia earlier this year.

The president also warned Mueller to stay within certain boundaries as he investigates.

But Conway told Fox News that the Trump administration is not “discussing” firing Mueller and will cooperate with the investigation.

She contended that while the Russia probe is a “witch hunt” and “fake,” Trump “has not even discussed” nor is “discussing” sacking Mueller.

Trump and Mueller have also sent messages “back and forth,” according to Trump’s outside counsel. A spokesman for Mueller told Fox News that the messages have been “very professional.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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Россия передала Филиппинам крупную партию оружия и военной техники. Среди прочего, Филиппины получили пять тысяч автоматов Калашникова, миллион патронов и 20 армейских грузовиков, сообщает Manila Bulletin.

Оружие Россия, судя по всему, передала Маниле бесплатно. Издание охарактеризовало это, как “пожертвование”.

Церемония передачи, где присутствовал президент Филиппин Родриго Дутерте, состоялась порту Манилы на борту одного из российских кораблей. Как сообщается на сайте Минобороны РФ, это был большой противолодочный корабль “Адмирал Пантелеев” Тихоокеанского флота России.

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The Saudi Crown Prince Says the Kingdom Will Soon Return to a ‘Moderate Islam’ 

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Saudi Arabia has been “not normal” for the past 30 years and will soon return to a “moderate Islam” according to recent comments from the kingdom’s Crown Prince, who attributed the country’s adherence to hardline Islam to fallout from the Iranian revolution.

“What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia. What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East,” Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne told the Guardian Tuesday.

“After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world. Now is the time to get rid of it,” he continued.

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The crown prince’s comments are the latest indication of a softening in the values of Saudi Arabia, which gloms to a fiercely puritanical strain of Sunni Islam. They also coincide with his attempts to consolidate his authority and break with hardline clerics that have long held sway over the House of Saud. Last month, the Kingdom lifted a ban on women driving cars, according to local media. Authorities have also loosened guardianship rules that restrict women’s access to jobs, higher education and medical procedures

At an earlier investment summit in Riyadh, Salman remarked on the country’s young population. “We won’t waste 30 years of our life combating extremist thoughts, we will destroy them now and immediately,” he said, according to the Guardian.

Read more: Rex Tillerson Seeks Help From Arab Nations in the U.S. Effort to Isolate Iran

At the summit, Saudi touted proposals for a $500bn independent economic zone, an ambitious attempt to diversify the kingdom’s almost entirely oil dependent economy. The new economic zone will spill over Saudi’s borders into neighboring Jordan and Egypt and, according to the Guardian, include a tourist hub in which men and women will be allowed to mingle freely.

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Report: NATO Insufficiently Ready In Case Of Russian Attack – RFE/RLRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
NATORussia envoys to hold rare joint meeting in BrusselsThe Hindu
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Tiny Montana firm hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid

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Weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, nearly 80 percent of the island remains without power.

Typically, power companies rely on “mutual aid” agreements with other utilities following natural disasters — both Texas and Florida recently activated those agreements to help residents get power back.

But the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, has opted out and hired a tiny contracting firm from Montana instead.

“PREPA couldn’t afford it,” says David Ferris, a reporter for the industry publication E&E News. The agency is $9 billion in debt, and mutual aid agreements are expensive to repay.

Whitefish Energy saw an opening and signed a $300 million contract with PREPA last week.

“There were other companies offering to do the work,” says Ferris “but because of PREPA’s perilous financial situation, those other parties wouldn’t necessarily just jump in. But Whitefish was ready to.”

Whitefish is responsible for rebuilding “a major spine of the transmission system that will connect the southern part of the island, where most of the power plants are, to the northern part of the island where the capital is and where most of the power users are,” says Ferris.

PREPA’s decision to hire Whitefish Energy is unusual, and drawing some scrutiny. The for-profit company had just two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria made landfall, and is based in US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown in Montana.

“You have a small, untested power company going in to help a desperate, bankrupt utility,” says Ferris. “We simply don’t know what that’s going to look like or how long it’s going to take.”

To hear more from David Ferris about Whitefish Energy listen above.

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‘Trump Is Treason!’: Protester Throws Russian Flags At President

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A liberal activist infiltrated a press area outside a Senate GOP lunch.

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During his October 19 appearance at the Valdai Club, Russian President Vladimir Putin focused on the past to a disconcerting degree, reiterating Russia’s long-standing complaints about the US and exhibiting a conspiratorial mindset, but provided no 
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions from all countries to resume and will put in place stricter screening measures, the Wall Street Journal reported. The refugee program was put on hold this summer as part of the administration’s travel ban for a 120-day period that expires on Tuesday. The increased vetting measures will include more extensive collection of biographical data and investigation into applicants’ social media history.

Senator John McCain called for a new congressional authorization for the use of military force for U.S. military operations overseas, Politico reported. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said the recent deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger called into question the extent of U.S. military operations around the globe. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will testify at a Senate hearing on the authorization for the use of military force next week.

Pakistan’s prime minister pledged to support U.S. counterrorism efforts during a meeting on Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi affirmed Pakistan’s continued support for “the war against terror” and said the country had “produced results” in efforts against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The State Department warned Myanmar’s military leadership that it held them accountable for atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority, Reuters reported. A spokesperson for the State Department said on Monday it is considering targeted sanctions measures against officials that have facilitated human rights abuses. More than 600,000 Rohingya have left Myanmar as refugees since the crisis began.

Michael Cohen, a former attorney for President Trump, will speak with congressional investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, NBC News reported. In August, NPR reported that Cohen contacted Russian government officials to get assistance with a permit for a Trump real estate deal in Moscow.

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria denied striking Syrian-government held positions in Deir al-Zour city,according to Reuters reported.  Syrian state television accused the coalition of carrying out airstrikes that killed at least 14 people on Monday. A coalition spokesperson said its air forces had not conducted any strikes in the Syrian-government held parts of the city.

The Department of Justice will allow tech companies to alert their customers to law enforcement requests for their personal data, Ars Technica reported. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a memo last week that the department would drop its practice of requiring gag orders for companies that surrender customer data to legal authorities. In response, Microsoft dropped a lawsuit against the Department of Justice challenging the gag orders.

British lawmakers asked Facebook for information about Russia-linked advertisements on its platform during the Brexit vote and 2017 parliamentary elections, Reuters reported on Tuesday.  Damian Collins, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into false and misleading news stories, made the request as part of an effort to understand the impact of foreign actors on social media.

A military judge ordered the civilian defense team for Rahim al-Nashiri back to the military court after the lawyers quit last week over ethical conflicts, the Miami Herald reported. Judge Vance Spath contradicted military’s chief defense counsel Gen. John Baker’s order to dismiss the civilian members of al-Nashiri’s defense team. Baker had dismissed the lawyers after they brought up an ethical conflict of interest over a classified matter. Judge Spath ordered the attorneys to appear at the next court hearing in two weeks.

Iraqi militias launched an offensive against a Kurdish-held oil pipeline hub near the Turkish border on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Kurdish forces pledged to defend the area, which is a conduit for oil exports that provide vital revenue to the Kurdish Regional Government.

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce a bill that would require the FBI to obtain warrants to search data collected under the authority of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reported. Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul said their bill to reauthorize the intelligence community’s surveillance authorities under Section 702 would include more transparency and oversight mechanisms. It would allow individuals to more easily challenge surveillance in court and would expand the role of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Matthew Kahn analyzed the legislative history behind the 25th Amendment and its applications in cases of presidential disability.

Josh Blackman argued that the Hawaii District Court’s injunction against the most recent travel ban order does pass the “rational basis” test.

Vanessa Sauter posted a letter from a group of former national security officials urging the reauthorization of FISA Section 702 surveillance authorities.

Sabrina McCubbin summarized pre-trial motions in Smith v. Trump, a case challenging the application of the 2001 AUMF to the Islamic State.

Rick Ledgett argued that the only way for Kasperksy to regain users’ trust would be for it allow independent monitoring of all its anti-virus activities.

Matthew Kahn flagged a draft Section 702 reauthorization bill from the Senate intelligence committee.

Garrett Hinck described a strange sequence of events related to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and the Trump administration.

 

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Protester Throws Russian Flags At Trump As He Arrives For Capitol Hill Tax Lunch – NPR

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President Trump was met by a protester who threw Russian flags at him and chanted “Trump is treason!” as he arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Senate Republicans to pass tax cuts. While the president was entering the weekly GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, …
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Cambridge Analytica, Trump, and Brexit – Google Search

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British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters … It arose because although Cambridge Analytica is largely owned by Trump’s … help with regard to the French election or Brexit,” Dehaye said.

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Cambridge Analytica and Brexit – Google Search

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Late-night hosts blast Trump’s Fox interview: ‘He obviously has a terrible concussion’ 

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Comics including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers, addressed Trump’s call with the widow of a fallen soldier and the GOP’s tax reform plan

Late-night hosts on Monday discussed Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with congresswoman Frederica Wilson, the GOP’s plan for tax reform, and Trump’s false statement that he is allowing previously unreleased files about the JFK assassination to be made public.

“This weekend, the president sat down with Fox News host and salon haircut photo number seven, Maria Bartiromo, and Maria immediately held Trump’s feet to the fire to make sure they were nice and cozy,” began Stephen Colbert. The host then showed footage from Bartiromo’s interview with the president, in which she begins by crediting him for the stock market boom.

Related: Trevor Noah: ‘If you work for Trump, find a new job or stock up on adult diapers’

Related: Trump bickers with soldier’s widow over condolence call

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VOA Newscasts – October 24, 2017 

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Give us 5 minutes, and we’ll give you the world. Around the clock, Voice of America keeps you in touch with the latest news. We bring you reports from our correspondents and interviews with newsmakers from across the world.

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Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Review In Brief 

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Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Review In Brief

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10/24/2017 – This is the attempt to control and manage the electoral system, not just to undermine trust in it globalsecuritynews.org/2017/10/24/100… 

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Dems to Election Commission: Make Facebook Stop Foreign Trolls

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Russia’s Cyber Warfare Has Bigger Aims Than Electing Donald Trump

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Russia is meddling in the U.S. presidential election. From the email hack of the Democratic National Convention in July to the cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and recent reports of hacks at The New York Times and other media organizations, evidence is mounting that Moscow has launched a sophisticated effort to interfere with and disrupt the November elections.

But not for the reasons you might think. At first glance, it looks like Russia favors Donald Trump and wants to undermine Clinton. And why not? Trump is certainly the pro-Kremlin candidate. He has nice things to say about Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and even said he would be “looking into” recognizing Crimea as part of Russia. It would be easy to conclude, as some commentators have, that Putin wants to see Trump in the White House.

However, the truth isn’t quite that simple. As tempting as it is to see Russia as a partisan player on Trump’s side, the Kremlin’s goal isn’t to see a particular candidate win. The goal is much more insidious: to undermine American confidence in our political system. That is, the Kremlin’s real target is liberal democracy itself.

Whether Trump realizes it or not, he is nothing to Putin but a useful idiot in this larger effort.

Russian Cyberattacks Follow A Certain Ruthless Logic

To understand Russia’s long game, consider its methods. On Monday, Yahoo News reported the FBI discovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases, in Arizona and Illinois. The hacks prompted the FBI’s Cyber Division to issue a “flash” alert to state election officials across the country, warning them to enhance the security of their computer systems. Federal officials believe hackers managed to download the personal data of some 200,000 Illinois voters and introduce malicious software into Arizona’s voter registration system.

As with other high-profile cyberattacks this summer, this one shows signs of Russian state-sponsorship. According to Yahoo News, the FBI alert included eight IP addresses that were the source of the two attacks, and one of those addresses has surfaced before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums.

Just like the DNC and Clinton hacks, official sources confirmed this latest hack was authentic. Whatever emails or documents the Russians release through Wikileaks or other channels, everyone will know the leaked information is legitimate, not fabricated. The next logical step for Russians, having established the veracity of the information they leak, will be to introduce false and misleading information.

Disinformation Is A Weapon Of War

Injecting disinformation into the news cycle is a well-established tactic of Russian influence operations, hearkening back to Cold War programs the Soviets called “active measures,” in which secret agents would plant false news stories in the Western press. Disinformation of this kind has long been an important aspect of Russian military doctrine, the idea being that it’s easier, and cheaper, to persuade Russia’s enemies than to kill them. The difference now is that technology makes it possible to coordinate false information and flood news cycles and social media networks in ways that were impossible during the Cold War.

On Sunday, The New York Times published a detailed account of Russia’s sprawling and highly sophisticated disinformation campaigns underway across the globe. During recent public debates in Sweden about entering a military partnership with NATO, for example, social media was inundated with false information about what the partnership would entail, including wild claims that NATO would stockpile secret nuclear weapons on Swedish soil and it would have the authority to attack Russia from Sweden without the government’s approval.

None of it was true, but the sheer volume of social media echoing these claims was enough for them to seep into the mainstream news cycle. According to the Times report, when Sweden Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist traveled the country to promote the NATO pact, he repeatedly faced questions about the false claims.

Something similar happened during the recent coup attempt in Turkey, with a flood of Twitter posts claiming the U.S. airbase at Incirlik had been surrounded by thousands of armed police. The story didn’t gain the same traction as the anti-NATO narrative did in Sweden, but it demonstrates the extent to which Moscow is willing to employ Twitter trolls in coordination with official news channels like <a href=”http://RT.com” rel=”nofollow”>RT.com</a> and Sputnik, the two main state-controlled media outlets that publish in English, to advance false storylines and distorted information.

Soviet ‘Active Measures’ Are Back

Here in the United States, something similar has been underway for months, with suspiciously coordinated social media trolls shilling for Trump on Twitter, amplifying his anti-NATO and anti-Ukraine pronouncements. It took the mainstream media a while to catch on to this—conservative writers like Erick Erickson were writing about pro-Trump Russian troll farms back in April—but now it’s undeniable that Moscow is working on multiple fronts to disrupt our elections and give credence to Trump’s repeated claims that the election, like the entire politic system, is “rigged.”

The Russians have chosen their moment well. American confidence in public institutions is languishing at historic lows, while the vast majority of Americans report anger and frustration at the federal government. That lack of trust has helped propel Trump, a political outsider, to the top of the Republican Party ticket. It fueled the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders. Now Moscow is exploiting it in the service of a grand strategy, with far greater implications than a single U.S. presidential election.

After all, if Putin can convince Americans that liberal democracy is nothing but a sham, he will accomplish what no leader of the Soviet Union ever could. Decades after we thought it was over, Russia will have finally won the Cold War.

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Russian Propaganda Traced Back to Staten Island, New York

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Russia’s propaganda campaign targeting Americans was hosted, at least in part, on American soil.

A company owned by a man on Staten Island, New York, provided internet infrastructure services to DoNotShoot.Us, a Kremlin propaganda site that pretended to be a voice for victims of police shootings, a Daily Beast investigation has found.

Every website needs to be “hosted”—given an Internet Protocol address and space on a physical computer—in order to be publicly viewed. DoNotShoot.Us is a website run out of the Kremlin-backed “Russian troll farm,” according to two sources familiar with the website, both of whom independently identified it to The Daily Beast as a Russian propaganda account. It was hosted on a server with the IP address 107.181.161.172.

That IP address was owned by Greenfloid LLC, a company registered to New Yorker Sergey Kashyrin and two others. Other Russian propaganda sites, like BlackMattersUs.com, were also hosted on servers with IP addresses owned by Greenfloid. The company’s ties to Russian propaganda sites were first reported by ThinkProgress.

The web services company owns under 250 IP addresses, some of which resolve to Russian propaganda sites and other fake news operations. Others are sites that could not be hosted at other providers, like “xxxrape.net.” There’s also a Russian trinket site called “soviet-power.com.” (The IP address that pointed to DoNotShoot.Us now resolves to a botnet and phishing operation, and is currently owned by Total Server Solutions LLC.)

The use of a tiny, no-questions-asked hosting company run by a man living in New York shows the Kremlin-backed troll farm’s brazen use of Americans and American companies to conduct its disinformation campaign.

Over the past two months, Russia’s efforts to integrate Americans and U.S. communities into its vast propaganda campaigns has become clearer, as social media companies began shuttering accounts originating from Russia’s Internet Research Agency, or troll farm.

In September, The Daily Beast discovered that one of the troll accounts, “Being Patriotic,” organized 17 in-person rallies for Donald Trump on one day in Florida alone. Last week, BuzzFeed reported that unwitting Americans were used to amplify Russian social media accounts pretending to be a Black Lives Matter offshoot.

Now, it appears Russia’s influence campaign attempted to host that campaign within the United States.

DoNotShoot.Us purported to be a collection of stories about “outrageous police misconducts [sic], really valuable ones, but underrepresented by mass media” in an effort to to “improve the situation in the U.S.”

The site served as a de facto database of shootings by police across the U.S, with each entry accompanied by anti-police invective. (An entry for the assault of a man named Ross Flynn lists the “reported reason” for the incident as “resisting and evading arrest”—and the “real reason” as “cops don’t treat detained people as humans.”)

The site also features a list of petitions (No. 2 on the most popular list: “Stop Police Violence Against Pit Bulls, Justice For Mr. Brown”) and an archive of graphic videos that have since been pulled from the web.

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Greenfloid also hosted BlackMattersUs.com and other sites designed to impersonate African-American activists that have been identified as Russian troll accounts by independent Russian news agency RBC. BlackMattersUs.com claimed it was a “nonprofit news outlet” for the “African-American community in America,” but often used its page to smear Hillary Clinton and push Kremlin talking points.

While hosted in America, content for the sites was generated by paid staffers in St. Petersburg.

Former FBI agent Clint Watts, an expert on Russia’s propaganda campaign, said the Kremlin’s use of an American host is true to form.

“All of these placements are designed to create anonymity around the source and make it look authentic—like there’s real, grassroots support around the world for these interests,” Watts told The Daily Beast.

“You don’t want these to trace back to Russia, so you pick a believable community closest to your target. It’s not necessarily that they’re directed Russian agents, but they can go through Russian communities—witting or unwitting—outside of Russia.”

Quiet Neighborhood, Nasty Material

Sergey Kashyrin now lives in a quiet Staten Island neighborhood of bungalows, semi-detached homes, and cracked sidewalks just a few blocks from Midland beach. It is still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. When a reporter visited Monday morning, Kashyrin’s street was blocked off by road work signs and mud-caked tire tracks traced the roads. On nearly every block, construction crews were still at work repairing boarded up homes amid tall marsh grasses towering in overgrown yards.

In business filings, Kashyrin and the two other registrants of Greenfloid LLC all gave their address as a well-kept beige semi-detached house in the middle of a quiet block. It has a lush and green backyard, with a greenhouse and coop, and tall plants that peek out of the front-facing windows. The house, if not the block, seems to have avoided much of the devastation; across the street are wild lots where other homes once stood. Kashyrin wasn’t home, and a woman suggested a reporter call him.

Reached by phone, Kashyrin gave a string of answers, many of them contradictory. He initially said he didn’t want to talk about Greenfloid LLC. Then he said he was available to talk, and said that Greenfloid is part of the fight against Russian propaganda—nevermind the fact that his company hosted it.

Kashyrin next pivoted to say his service didn’t consciously provide hosting to the Russian trolls—despite evidence to the contrary—but instead unknowingly rented them virtual servers that they used to funnel traffic to a different hosting company in Russia. He declined to name the company. “We were not hosting those websites. The guys bought virtual servers, and they put the proxy,” Kashyrin said. “It just redirected to the original site in Russia.”

Such an arrangement would have the same effect as hosting, while slowing the troll websites and consuming needless bandwidth. But it’s conceivable the Russians used such a scheme to make it easier to quickly relocate the sites without having to copy their contents. It’s largely a distinction without a difference—Kashyrin’s firm was still serving the Russian propaganda through its servers and internet, even if the images and text were ultimately held in Russia as Kashyrin claims.

When asked why the company hosts so many fake news sites, often angled toward Russian interests, Kashyrin said that there are likely simply many customers “from there who are doing that.”

‘It’s Funny, Having Russian Propaganda’

One thing that’s clear, however: Greenfloid is more than just a stand-alone firm. Greenfloid is listed on the site of its Kharkiv, Ukraine-based parent company ITL as its North American division, and a number listed for Greenfloid dials into a Russian-language menu for ITL.

This isn’t the first time ITL has been called out over allegations its servers were used to host sites run by the Russian troll factory. It also hosted the website Whoiswhos.me, which revealed the identities and personal information of Russian opposition bloggers.

A number of Russian bloggers and activists had their names, photos, and personal information revealed on WhoisWhos. At least seven of them were physically assaulted, and some had their cars burned, the Russian news site Fontanka said in June 2016.

ITL was alerted and the site was taken offline, Fontanka reported. (Kashyrin said it was around the same time that Greenfloid banned proxies, disassociating itself from the two Russian sites. He declined to provide a link to the proxy ban policy because “it’s too late today.”) ITL also took down a separatenews site, registered at the same time as WhoisWhos, that reported on the Russian-backed war in Ukraine from a pro-Russian perspective. Fontanka said its investigation strongly suggested the sites were linked to the Russian troll factory because of the similarities, in style and content, to sites run by the group.

Russian hackers are also apparently happy with ITL’s service. On one popular Russian crime forum, a user wrote that ITL’s support team “does not ask anything,” and that users can pay in anonymous Bitcoin currency.

All the companies link back to Dmitry Deineka, a Ukrainian national who lives in the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

“I’m sorry, but we don’t give out information about our clients, that violates the NDA and company rules,” Deineka wrote to The Daily Beast by email. He denied that a “Russian troll factory” was among their clients.

Kashyrin added that intellectuals in Kharkiv, especially the IT crowd, dislike Putin and would not support his agenda.

“We never support Russian propaganda, because the headquarters of our company is in Ukraine,” he added.

But the explanation is hardly iron-clad. Residents of Kharkiv are predominantly Russian-speaking, and the city has been symbolically important to the Russian-backed separatist movement.

So Kashyrin pivoted again.

“It’s fun[ny], having Russian propaganda using Ukrainian company,” Kashyrin said, despite his claim moments earlier that he would never host Moscow’s agitprop. “It might be the reason these guys choose our company as the provider.”

ITL, an acronym that has different meanings including Integrated Technology Laboratory, is also registered as an LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In emails to The Daily Beast, Deineka compared his company’s services to those of Amazon, “only much smaller,” and said he couldn’t confirm whether it was used to host BlackMattersUS or DoNotShoot.Us even if he wanted to.

Deineka reiterated that he does not have the troll factory or its aliases listed among his clients. “If that name was in a client’s profile, we would have immediately denied him services,” Deineka said.

“Let me try to explain the technical question,” Deineka wrote. “We are not hosting providers who put sites up. We provide VDS (virtual dedicated server) services and can’t check, without interrupting our client’s server operations, what the user does.

“The user can host sites, can use the VDS as a proxy-server, and so on,” Deineka added. “We’re like Amazon WS (Web Services), only significantly smaller. We rent servers, we don’t host sites.”

Amazon Web Services does, in fact, allow customers to host websites, and ITL’s website says it offers “convenient and fast hosting for sites.”

‘Now I’ve Got My Face Plastered on the Site!’

BlackMattersUs.com, which was hosted by Greenfloid, was revealed to be a Russian troll site earlier this month by the independent Russian news organization RBC. It sometimes posted content supplied by social media followers like Porsche Kelly, a poet who emailed them her poem after following BlackMattersUS on Instagram.

She was surprised when told by a reporter last week that the site was operated by Russian trolls. An editor had promptly responded to her email, saying the site was always happy to share “thoughtful and powerful messages.”

“And now I’ve got my face plastered on the site!” Kelly said.

Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter have suspended social media pages related to the site.

But Greenfloid’s business continues. The most popular sites hosted by the companies are two MP3 downloading destinations and Bible.ru, which is a link to annotated bibles in Russian.

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As the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s victory fast approaches, any hope that the three congressional committees tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election will determine whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin—or will surface any substantive findings—has begun to dissipate amid staffing issues, partisan quibbles, and continued starts and stops. Even lawmakers have conceded that if any investigation will uncover a definitive conclusion, it will be Robert Mueller’s deepening F.B.I. probe. “There’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the collusion question during a recent interview. “He’s got the ability to use a grand jury. He’s got the ability to use the power of subpoena without question. And he’s got the ability to do a criminal investigation.”

The morass has been most evident among the House Intelligence Committee, where the partisan divide is, arguably, the deepest. Earlier this year, tensions between the panel’s chairman, Devin Nunes, and its ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff, spilled into the open when it was revealed that Nunes received classified information from the White House, which he subsequently showed to Trump—a move that forced him to abdicate his leadership position. But the intelligence committee has struggled to get back on track. The New York Times reports that Democrats are frustrated with Nunes’s continued meddling in the probe. “Frankly, I have been doing everything I can to try to get us to do a credible investigation and to reach a common conclusion,” Schiff, who himself has drawn criticism for his frequent media appearances, said. “I view these things as obstacles that are in the way to overcome, and I am doing my best to overcome them almost daily.”

Nunes’s successors haven’t fared much better. Trey Gowdy, who along with K. Michael Conaway of Texas and Tom Rooney of Florida took control of the panel from Nunes, irked his Democratic counterparts when he said that Jared Kushner was in an “unwinnable” situation, suggesting he was being unfairly targeted. “Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” Gowdy, who rose to prominence during the Benghazi hearings, told the Times. “The notion that one side is playing the part of defense attorney and that the other side is just these white hat defenders of the truth is laughable.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee has managed to maintain more amity between members. But while its chairman Richard Burr and ranking Democrat Mark Warner have projected a professionalism absent in the House, both lawmakers have expressed doubts that they will deliver a clear-cut conclusion. “At the end of the day, what we owe the American people is the truth,” Warner said during an interview on Thursday, the Times reports. “And if there’s something there, then they should know that. And if there’s not something there, I’ll be the first to acknowledge that.” Burr told reporters that they “hit a wall” in its investigation into the infamous dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, and that any hope that the Senate investigation would surface criminal charges was misguided. “The special counsel is focused on criminal acts; we’re not focused on criminal acts,” he said. “If we find one, then they’re the first phone call we make.”

The third congressional committee investigating the Russian interference, the Judiciary Committee, has been similarly plagued by starts and stops in its probe. As the Times reports, its chairman Chuck Grassley agreed to dig into former F.B.I. Director James Comey’s ouster, among other angles of the Russian interference, but since interviewing Donald Trump Jr., the committee’s work has stalled. An earlier attempt by the panel to interview Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was derailed after Mueller’s team reportedly informed the longtime political operative that he would face an indictment, leading to the postponement of his hearing. (Manafort has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.)

That leaves the Justice Department to close the case, such as it is. Mueller’s investigation has continued apace, with NBC News reporting Monday that Tony Podesta (brother of longtime Clinton aide John Podesta) and his lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, are the latest subjects of the F.B.I. investigation. The Podesta Group worked on a campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU), a nonprofit tied to Manafort that sought to promote Ukrainian interests in the West. According to NBC News, the Podesta Group is under criminal investigation for potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under which individuals lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or political party must disclose their work to the Justice Department. (In a statement, a spokesperson for the firm said it is “cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times—and we did so in this case.”) Manafort has become a key figure in Mueller’s investigation, indicating either that that special prosecutor sees him as a lynchpin in the case, or as the Trumpworld insider most likely to flip and become a cooperating witness.

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As the probe into Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election continues, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe has expanded to include a key Democratic lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, and his lobbying firm are now a subject in Mueller’s investigations because of the Podesta Group’s work on Paul Manafort’s PR campaign for a Ukrainian group.

Manafort is President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager who has found himself at the center of the investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election because of his financial dealings and lobbying work with Ukrainian and pro-Russian officials.

Despite some opposition to Mueller’s probe from Republicans, Trump apparently isn’t “discussing” firing him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mueller should be able to “do his job.”

Mueller, 73, reportedly impaneled a grand jury earlier in August as part of his examination. Read on for a brief rundown on his investigation so far.

Appointment

The Department of Justice announced the appointment of Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on May 17.

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The appointment came after a growing cry – mostly from Democrats – mounted for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the probe. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation.

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Mueller led the FBI through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties.

He has the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during his investigation, and he was given wide authority to investigate whether Trump or his associates colluded with the Kremlin to win the White House.

Mueller allegedly expanded the probe to include investigating Trump for obstruction of justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey earlier in May.

Trump told Fox News the claims that he obstructed justice were “ridiculous” and said Mueller’s friendship with Comey was “very bothersome.”

Mueller has also reportedly taken over an ongoing investigation into Manafort’s financial dealings in Ukraine. The FBI executed a search warrant in August at the Virginia home of Manafort, who – prior to joining Trump’s campaign – worked with a Russia-backed Ukrainian president.

Staffing controversy

The Trump administration heavily criticized Mueller’s investigation as several of his attorneys on staff donated to Democratic campaigns, including to Trump’s 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.

“They clearly wanted the other person to win. Now, whether that prejudices them in one way or another remains to be seen, but it is relevant information for people to have,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” in July.

Grand jury

Mueller kicked off August by reportedly impaneling a grand jury to investigate Russia’s influence – an indication that the probe is entering a new phase.

A grand jury gives prosecutors the ability to subpoena documents and gather on-the-record witness testimonies. Indictments can also be sought.

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Grand juries are common vehicles to gather evidence, though they do not suggest any criminal charges are near or will necessarily be sought.

Trump’s comments

Trump has dismissed the allegations of collusion with Russia as a “fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most of all demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”

“I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one…”

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“I just hope 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,” Trump said at a rally in West Virginia earlier this year.

The president also warned Mueller to stay within certain boundaries as he investigates.

But Conway told Fox News that the Trump administration is not “discussing” firing Mueller and will cooperate with the investigation.

She contended that while the Russia probe is a “witch hunt” and “fake,” Trump “has not even discussed” nor is “discussing” sacking Mueller.

Trump and Mueller have also sent messages “back and forth,” according to Trump’s outside counsel. A spokesman for Mueller told Fox News that the messages have been “very professional.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Россия передала Филиппинам крупную партию оружия и военной техники. Среди прочего, Филиппины получили пять тысяч автоматов Калашникова, миллион патронов и 20 армейских грузовиков, сообщает Manila Bulletin.

Оружие Россия, судя по всему, передала Маниле бесплатно. Издание охарактеризовало это, как “пожертвование”.

Церемония передачи, где присутствовал президент Филиппин Родриго Дутерте, состоялась порту Манилы на борту одного из российских кораблей. Как сообщается на сайте Минобороны РФ, это был большой противолодочный корабль “Адмирал Пантелеев” Тихоокеанского флота России.

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Saudi Arabia has been “not normal” for the past 30 years and will soon return to a “moderate Islam” according to recent comments from the kingdom’s Crown Prince, who attributed the country’s adherence to hardline Islam to fallout from the Iranian revolution.

“What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia. What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East,” Mohammed bin Salman, the heir to the Saudi throne told the Guardian Tuesday.

“After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world. Now is the time to get rid of it,” he continued.

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The crown prince’s comments are the latest indication of a softening in the values of Saudi Arabia, which gloms to a fiercely puritanical strain of Sunni Islam. They also coincide with his attempts to consolidate his authority and break with hardline clerics that have long held sway over the House of Saud. Last month, the Kingdom lifted a ban on women driving cars, according to local media. Authorities have also loosened guardianship rules that restrict women’s access to jobs, higher education and medical procedures

At an earlier investment summit in Riyadh, Salman remarked on the country’s young population. “We won’t waste 30 years of our life combating extremist thoughts, we will destroy them now and immediately,” he said, according to the Guardian.

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At the summit, Saudi touted proposals for a $500bn independent economic zone, an ambitious attempt to diversify the kingdom’s almost entirely oil dependent economy. The new economic zone will spill over Saudi’s borders into neighboring Jordan and Egypt and, according to the Guardian, include a tourist hub in which men and women will be allowed to mingle freely.

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Weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, nearly 80 percent of the island remains without power.

Typically, power companies rely on mutual aid agreements with other utilities following natural disasters  both Texas and Florida recently activated those agreements to help residents get power back.

But the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, has opted out and hired a tiny contracting firm from Montana instead.

PREPA couldn’t afford it, says David Ferris, a reporter for the industry publication E&E News. The agency is $9 billion in debt, and mutual aid agreements are expensive to repay.

Whitefish Energy saw an opening and signed a $300 million contract with PREPA last week.

There were other companies offering to do the work, says Ferris “but because of PREPAs perilous financial situation, those other parties wouldnt necessarily just jump in. But Whitefish was ready to.

Whitefish is responsible for rebuilding a major spine of the transmission system that will connect the southern part of the island, where most of the power plants are, to the northern part of the island where the capital is and where most of the power users are, says Ferris.

PREPAs decision to hire Whitefish Energy is unusual, and drawing some scrutiny. The for-profit company had just two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria made landfall, and is based in US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinkes hometown in Montana.

You have a small, untested power company going in to help a desperate, bankrupt utility, says Ferris. We simply don’t know what that’s going to look like or how long it’s going to take.

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The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions from all countries to resume and will put in place stricter screening measures, the Wall Street Journal reported. The refugee program was put on hold this summer as part of the administrations travel ban for a 120-day period that expires on Tuesday. The increased vetting measures will include more extensive collection of biographical data and investigation into applicants social media history.

Senator John McCain called for a new congressional authorization for the use of military force for U.S. military operations overseas, Politico reported. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said the recent deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger called into question the extent of U.S. military operations around the globe. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will testify at a Senate hearing on the authorization for the use of military force next week.

Pakistans prime minister pledged to support U.S. counterrorism efforts during a meeting on Tuesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi affirmed Pakistans continued support for the war against terror and said the country had produced results in efforts against Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The State Department warned Myanmars military leadership that it held them accountable for atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic minority, Reuters reported. A spokesperson for the State Department said on Monday it is considering targeted sanctions measures against officials that have facilitated human rights abuses. More than 600,000 Rohingya have left Myanmar as refugees since the crisis began.

Michael Cohen, a former attorney for President Trump, will speak with congressional investigators from the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, NBC News reported. In August, NPR reported that Cohen contacted Russian government officials to get assistance with a permit for a Trump real estate deal in Moscow.

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria denied striking Syrian-government held positions in Deir al-Zour city, according to Reuters reported.  Syrian state television accused the coalition of carrying out airstrikes that killed at least 14 people on Monday. A coalition spokesperson said its air forces had not conducted any strikes in the Syrian-government held parts of the city.

The Department of Justice will allow tech companies to alert their customers to law enforcement requests for their personal data, Ars Technica reported. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a memo last week that the department would drop its practice of requiring gag orders for companies that surrender customer data to legal authorities. In response, Microsoft dropped a lawsuit against the Department of Justice challenging the gag orders.

British lawmakers asked Facebook for information about Russia-linked advertisements on its platform during the Brexit vote and 2017 parliamentary elections, Reuters reported on Tuesday.  Damian Collins, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into false and misleading news stories, made the request as part of an effort to understand the impact of foreign actors on social media.

A military judge ordered the civilian defense team for Rahim al-Nashiri back to the military court after the lawyers quit last week over ethical conflicts, the Miami Herald reported. Judge Vance Spath contradicted militarys chief defense counsel Gen. John Bakers order to dismiss the civilian members of al-Nashiris defense team. Baker had dismissed the lawyers after they brought up an ethical conflict of interest over a classified matter. Judge Spath ordered the attorneys to appear at the next court hearing in two weeks.

Iraqi militias launched an offensive against a Kurdish-held oil pipeline hub near the Turkish border on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Kurdish forces pledged to defend the area, which is a conduit for oil exports that provide vital revenue to the Kurdish Regional Government.

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce a bill that would require the FBI to obtain warrants to search data collected under the authority of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reported. Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul said their bill to reauthorize the intelligence communitys surveillance authorities under Section 702 would include more transparency and oversight mechanisms. It would allow individuals to more easily challenge surveillance in court and would expand the role of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Matthew Kahn analyzed the legislative history behind the 25th Amendment and its applications in cases of presidential disability.

Josh Blackman argued that the Hawaii District Courts injunction against the most recent travel ban order does pass the rational basis test.

Vanessa Sauter posted a letter from a group of former national security officials urging the reauthorization of FISA Section 702 surveillance authorities.

Sabrina McCubbin summarized pre-trial motions in Smith v. Trump, a case challenging the application of the 2001 AUMF to the Islamic State.

Rick Ledgett argued that the only way for Kasperksy to regain users trust would be for it allow independent monitoring of all its anti-virus activities.

Matthew Kahn flagged a draft Section 702 reauthorization bill from the Senate intelligence committee.

Garrett Hinck described a strange sequence of events related to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui and the Trump administration.

 

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Political insider: Donald Trump and several others to be indicted in Trump-Russia probe

At this point we all instinctively know that the indictment phase of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is not too far off. We have further confirmation of this because Mueller’s team has informed one of the players in the scandal that he’s going to be indicted. At this point the big questions are how those indictments will come down, and who will get hit with them first.

One take on the indictment cycle comes from Jon Cooper, the chairman of the Democratic Coalition. Here’s his take: “My prediction is that Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, and Donald Trump will ALL be indicted in Mueller’s probe” (link). The first two names on the list don’t come as a shock to anyone. Manafort has been told he’s going to be indicted, and there’s a grand jury out on Flynn. The other three names would send shockwaves, for different reasons.

If Mueller goes so far as to indict Donald Trump’s son and son-in-law, he’ll be cutting straight into the belly of Trump’s presidency. Trump will face a no-win situation either way. If he begins trying to pardon his own family members, his presidency will instantly be finished in political terms and it’s not even clear that such pardons would stand up in court. If he doesn’t pardon them, he’ll have to sit back as they’re carved up by the legal system, even as the media treats it as the scandal of the century. But that’s nothing compared to the final name on the list: Trump’s own.

It’s never been constitutionally established whether or not a sitting president can be indicted, because it’s never been tried (Richard Nixon was named as an unindicted co-conspirator as he was being shoved out the door). Several legal scholars have argued that Mueller can indict Trump, while some believe that he can try Trump directly in a court of law, rather than having to let Congress handle the indictment. Some of those same scholars believe Trump cannot legally pardon himself.

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John McCain protects key Trump-Russia witness, after Donald Trump tried to put him in danger

Senator John McCain is now making more clear by the day that he plans to use his remaining time in politics to dismantle Donald Trump, piece by corrupt piece. Now that Trump is trying to make an example out of a key Trump-Russia witness by putting him in danger, in an apparent attempt at scaring other witnesses out of testifying, McCain has quickly and successfully back to protect the witness in question.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin conspired to target Bill Browder, a British citizen who testified before Congress that Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian government were colluding during the election. Putin put out an international arrest warrant which falsely accused Browder of a murder which Putin’s own people had committed. Trump then immediately revoked Browder’s visa, blocking Browder from boarding a flight to the United States. This left Browder in limbo, and potentially vulnerable to Putin’s tendency to murder his political adversaries.

Bill Browder went public with the scandal yesterday when he tweeted about it. That led John McCain to pair up with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin today to release a joint statement demanding that Department of Homeland Security immediately work to fix Browder’s visa (link). The statement also spelled out that Browder clearly did not commit the murder in question, and that Putin’s own people were responsible for it instead. Now that a bipartisan Senate effort is playing out in public to expose Trump’s Browder scandal, making it impossible for Trump to keep this under the radar. Sure enough, three hours after the statement was released, DHS reversed itself and allowed Browder into the country.

This comes just days after John McCain and Ben Cardin also paired up to expose Donald Trump’s refusal to implement the Russian sanctions that were included in a bill he signed this summer. Somewhere in between, Cardin also made an effort to get Ivanka Trump’s security clearance revoked. As we pointed out at the time, it appears McCain’s fingerprints are on that move as well

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Washington Free Beacon: Tony Podestas Democratic Lobbying Firm Subject of Criminal Investigation Led by Mueller

High-powered Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are subjects of a criminal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new report.

Mueller is looking into Podesta and his lobbying firm for potentially violating a federal disclosure lawcalled the Foreign Agents Registration Actfor groups who work on behalf of foreign governments, NBC News reports. The lobbyist has been influential in Democratic politics for years, and his brother, John, was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller is leading the federal investigation into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin in the 2016 election. The investigation into Podesta stemmed from a probe into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s finances.

According to NBC News sources, the Podesta Group was one of several firms to work on Manafort’s public relations campaign for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine:

The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort’s role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA.

Under FARA, people who lobby on behalf of foreign governments, leaders or political parties must file detailed disclosures about their spending and activities with the Justice Department. Willful failure to file the forms is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison, though such prosecutions are rare.

The Podesta Group filed a FARA registration for its work with ECMU only after the payments were reported by the media. Manafort’s firm also filed a FARA registration after media reports in June disclosed its work in Ukraine from 2012 through 2014.

The ECMU was reportedly backed by the Party of Regions, the pro-Russian and oligarch-funded Ukrainian political party for which Manafort worked as a consultant, and which paid his firm millions. Viktor Yanukovych of the Party of Regions, a Manafort client, was president of Ukraine during the ECMU campaign, which ran from 2012 to 2014. He fled the country in 2014.

The Podesta Group said in a statement that the firm “is cooperating fully with the Special Counsel’s office and has taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms timely compliance. In all of our client engagements, the Podesta Group conducts due diligence and consults with appropriate legal experts to ensure compliance with disclosure regulations at all times and we did so in this case.”

The Free Beacon reported last year on Tony Podesta failing to file legally required disclosures for his advocacy on behalf of a foreign government in discussions with his brother.

Tony emailed John in January of 2015 wondering if he would attend a meeting with the Indian ambassador to the United States. At the time, the Podesta Group was making $60,000 a month for its work on behalf of the Republic of India:

Tony Podesta sent his email regarding the Indian ambassador on Jan. 1, 2015. The Podesta Group’s Foreign Agent Registration Act disclosures list no contact with John Podesta on behalf of a foreign government client in either the second half of 2014 or the first half of 2015.

The latter supplemental does disclose contacts with other government officials on the Indian government’s behalf, including dozens of congressional offices and officials at the White House National Security Council, State Department, Commerce Department, and the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

The Podesta Group later admitted the previously undisclosed advocacy in paperwork received three days after Clinton lost to Trump in the 2016 election.

NBC News reported John Podesta is no longer affiliated with the Podesta Group and is not part of Mueller’s investigation.

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National Security: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan

Tillerson met with the Afghan president to reaffirm a U.S. commitment to winning the war against the Taliban.

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Stars and Stripes: Kaspersky Lab to open anti-virus software to outside review

The move comes a month after the U.S. government barred agencies from using the company’s anti-virus products, citing security concerns.

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James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, emerged from seclusion in recent days, appearing pensive and contemplative on a rural Iowa road and in a cornfield, based on photographs posted on his Twitter account.

Mr. Comey is writing a book about his experience in government. President Trump fired Mr. Comey dramatically in May, and Mr. Comey has since remained out of the public spotlight with the exception of an appearance before a congressional committee about his ouster.

Mr. Trump has offered shifting reasons for why he fired Mr. Comey, including over the F.B.I.’s continuing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and its handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The firing ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel, which has dogged the Trump presidency for months.

Mr. Comey’s Twitter account does not bear his name. Instead, he tweets under the name “Reinhold Niebuhr,” a late American theologian whom Mr. Comey studied and wrote a thesis on at the College of William & Mary, according to the university’s newspaper.

On Sunday, Mr. Comey posted a picture of a bird formation in a blue sky.

On Oct. 20, Mr. Comey posted a picture of what appeared to be him watching the sun peeking over the horizon in an Iowa cornfield.

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“Good to be back in Iowa,” Mr. Comey wrote.

Mr. Comey’s Twitter account was once private and he used the handle @projectexile7. He now posts using the name @FormerBu. Bu is F.B.I. lingo for “bureau.” A Twitter spokeswoman would not say whether the account was indeed Mr. Comey’s. But a friend of his, Benjamin Wittes, confirmed on Twitter that it was.

Unlike Mr. Trump, whose preferred form of communication is Twitter, Mr. Comey has not been prolific on the social media site.

Mr. Comey has tweeted six times since March 30, when he posted a link to the F.B.I.’s job website with a meme of Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy in the movie “Anchorman.” The meme quotes Burgundy interpreting his dog’s barking to say that the dog went to the bathroom in the refrigerator and ate a wheel of cheese, “Actually, I’m not even mad. That’s amazing,” Mr. Ferrell’s character says.

Mr. Comey has more than 40,000 followers, a number that grew throughout the day on Monday. He follows 29 users, including his literary agents.

On the same day as his maiden tweet, Mr. Comey would later tell Congress that the president called him that morning and described the Russia investigation as a “cloud” over his presidency.

Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey 41 days later.

Mr. Comey did not immediately respond to a message from The New York Times to his Twitter account.

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As the presidential election heated up in the spring of 2016, RT consistently featured negative stories about Mrs. Clinton, according to United States intelligence officials. That included claims of corruptionat her family foundation and ties to Islamic extremism, frequent coverage of emails stolen by Russian operatives from Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, and accusations that she was in poor physical and mental health.

“More than half of American adults say they watch YouTube, and younger viewers are moving to YouTube at staggering numbers,” said Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s exploitation of social media platforms based in the United States. “YouTube is a target-rich environment for any disinformation campaign — Russian or otherwise — that represents a long-term, next-generation challenge.”

Much like the Russian-controlled pages on Facebook, RT’s YouTube videos comply with YouTube’s community guidelines, which cover things like nudity, copyright violations and promoting violence against a group based on race or religion. But not propaganda.

YouTube carries “a wide variety of news channels” that represent “an array of viewpoints across the political spectrum,” said a spokesman for the company, Chris Dale.

RT’s reach on YouTube — 2.2 million subscribers, just slightly behind CNN — stemmed from a long and mutually beneficial relationship between the news channel and the video site, according to current and former RT employees and technology industry analysts.

YouTube had the vast audience and global reach that RT needed as it set out to become a worldwide alternative news source with influence and viewers beyond Russia’s own borders. RT has YouTube channels in a number of foreign languages including Arabic, Spanish, German, French and Chinese.

“RT management did view YouTube as hugely important to spreading content,” said Liz Wahl, a former correspondent in the United States for RT who quit on the air in 2014 over concerns that the network was whitewashing the Russian annexation of Crimea. “Traditional television ratings weren’t important because the aim was to get the messaging out through various digital and social platforms.”

The Russian channel was among the first news organizations to recognize YouTube’s power and developed content intended to perform well on the platform. RT uploads videos frequently, sprinkling in buzzy viral videos of disasters — plane crashestsunamis, a meteor strike — to earn likes and longer watch times, which YouTube’s algorithm rewards with better placement among search results and recommendations.

The viral videos, which were often borrowed from other sources, help to build up RT’s subscribers, and they became part of the Kremlin’s audience for more political content.

“People come for the click-bait material,” said Bret Schafer, an official at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan initiative of the German Marshall Fund, the Washington-based public policy research group. “And they eventually land on videos that the Kremlin wants them to see.”

While much of RT’s traffic stems from nonpolitical videos, the channel’s political and foreign affairs content ranks highly in many YouTube searches. Searches on topics on which the Kremlin is typically eager to promote its point of view — American intervention in Syria, the Ukrainian civil war or the rise of Germany’s far-right AfD party — will often turn up an RT video as one of the top results.

YouTube also provided RT with the kind of perks it reserved for big publishers, including custom backgrounds for its channel in the early days and a “check mark” that designated RT as a verified news source. Until recently, RT was also among a select group of news organizations included in Google’s “preferred” news lineup, granting them access to guaranteed revenue from premium advertisers. Those advertisers, in effect, subsidized Russia’s international propaganda arm.

Google dropped RT from the preferred lineup last month. Andrea Faville, a Google spokeswoman, said the decision was unrelated to the congressional inquiry, and that RT had been dropped as part of a “standard algorithmic update.” But Google also noted that it was not placing any other limits on RT: The channel could still sell regular ads on its videos and the status downgrade only applied in the United States. Google later clarified that RT was downgraded in other markets, but it would not say which ones.

Kirill Karnovich-Valua, RT’s deputy editor in chief, said the organization had not been informed of Google’s decision and it was puzzled about why it was dropped despite being “one of the most watched YouTube channels in the world.”

“This speaks to the unprecedented political pressure increasingly applied to all RT partners and relationships in a concerted effort to push our channel out of the U.S. market entirely, and by any means possible,” Mr. Karnovich-Valua wrote in an email.

Last month, RT said the Justice Department had demanded that a private company affiliated with RT America register as a “foreign agent” — a term that dates back to a law originally enacted in 1938 to deter Nazi propaganda. On Thursday, after the deadline set by American officials had passed, an RT spokeswoman said that the news organization was “doing everything possible for RT to avoid having to register.” Registration could impose voluminous disclosure requirements on RT, a particular burden for a media organization producing frequent content.

Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, responded in more forceful terms: Should the United States impose restrictions on Russian media, Mr. Putin said last week, Russian would act “symmetrically and quite swiftly.”

RT’s use of other technology platforms is also under investigation. Last month, officials at Twitter told a Senate Intelligence Committee that three RT accounts targeting an American audience — with a combined following of roughly six million users — had spent $274,100 to promote tweets in 2016.

But none of RT’s social media activities or its presence in cable and satellite TV lineups has delivered the impact of its YouTube channel. RT launched its YouTube page in March 2007, roughly four months after Google paid $1.65 billion for the fledgling video site. At the time, YouTube was better known for pirated content and videos of cute animals than news programming, but RT caught on quickly.

The Russian channel recruited talent from within the burgeoning world of YouTube-born media stars, people who had already shown a knack for creating viral or popular video content.

One RT contributor, the British blogger Graham Phillips, built a large following on YouTube with videos from Ukraine’s civil war, many of them critical of Ukraine’s central government. RT often featured Mr. Phillips and at one point employed him as a part-time freelancer before he was arrested and deported by Ukrainian authorities. His personal YouTube channel has earned more than 60 million views.

Another RT contributor, Lori Harfenist, began her career on public-access television in New York City, and eventually moved her self-produced show, “The Resident,” to YouTube. Ms. Harfenist was one of the platform’s first revenue-sharing partners, according to a biography on Ms. Harfenist’s personal website.

Ms. Harfenist was eventually recruited by RT, which began featuring her on segments with titles like “America is a Hypocrite.” During the presidential campaign, RT’s Twitter account promoted a video from her that claimed the existence of an anti-Semitic conspiracy involving Hillary Clinton, Google and the Illuminati. (She later claimed the segment was meant as satire.) Ms. Harfenist did not respond to emails and Facebook messages seeking comment.

Today, RT ranks among the top news channels on YouTube for views, subscribers and “engagement” such as comments or likes. The most-watched clips on RT are not political or anti-establishment videos, they are snackable content. A clip of a homeless man with a gifted voice for radio is the most popular video on RT, viewed 40 million times since it was uploaded six years ago.

Mr. Karnovich-Valua said RT’s primary aim is to provide an alternative point of view on current events so its audience can get a full picture of world events. “Where relevant, RT does present a Russian perspective on current events, but we don’t promote the Russian point of view, we explain it alongside with presenting others,” he said.

Some lawmakers, including Mr. Warner, have called for tighter regulation and disclosure requirements for political advertising on social media platforms. Yet RT’s embrace of YouTube shows how difficult it could be to limit foreign influence.

“It’s not a secret. It’s not rocket science, but they’re just doing it much better,” said Christoph Burseg, who runs VeeScore.com, an analytics and strategic consultancy that tracks YouTube use. “Unless YouTube decides to manually step in, they will continue to be very present. RT isn’t doing anything wrong, they’re just riding the algorithms.”

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At this point we all instinctively know that the indictment phase of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is not too far off. We have further confirmation of this because Mueller’s team has informed one of the players in the scandal that he’s going to be indicted. At this point the big questions are how those indictments will come down, and who will get hit with them first.

One take on the indictment cycle comes from Jon Cooper, the chairman of the Democratic Coalition. Here’s his take: “My prediction is that Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, and Donald Trump will ALL be indicted in Mueller’s probe” (link). The first two names on the list don’t come as a shock to anyone. Manafort has been told he’s going to be indicted, and there’s a grand jury out on Flynn. The other three names would send shockwaves, for different reasons.

If Mueller goes so far as to indict Donald Trump’s son and son-in-law, he’ll be cutting straight into the belly of Trump’s presidency. Trump will face a no-win situation either way. If he begins trying to pardon his own family members, his presidency will instantly be finished in political terms – and it’s not even clear that such pardons would stand up in court. If he doesn’t pardon them, he’ll have to sit back as they’re carved up by the legal system, even as the media treats it as the scandal of the century. But that’s nothing compared to the final name on the list: Trump’s own.

It’s never been constitutionally established whether or not a sitting president can be indicted, because it’s never been tried (Richard Nixon was named as an unindicted co-conspirator as he was being shoved out the door). Several legal scholars have argued that Mueller can indict Trump, while some believe that he can try Trump directly in a court of law, rather than having to let Congress handle the indictment. Some of those same scholars believe Trump cannot legally pardon himself.

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John McCain protects key Trump-Russia witness, after Donald Trump tried to put him in danger 

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Senator John McCain is now making more clear by the day that he plans to use his remaining time in politics to dismantle Donald Trump, piece by corrupt piece. Now that Trump is trying to make an example out of a key Trump-Russia witness by putting him in danger, in an apparent attempt at scaring other witnesses out of testifying, McCain has quickly and successfully back to protect the witness in question.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin conspired to target Bill Browder, a British citizen who testified before Congress that Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian government were colluding during the election. Putin put out an international arrest warrant which falsely accused Browder of a murder which Putin’s own people had committed. Trump then immediately revoked Browder’s visa, blocking Browder from boarding a flight to the United States. This left Browder in limbo, and potentially vulnerable to Putin’s tendency to murder his political adversaries.

Bill Browder went public with the scandal yesterday when he tweeted about it. That led John McCain to pair up with Democratic Senator Ben Cardin today to release a joint statement demanding that Department of Homeland Security immediately work to fix Browder’s visa (link). The statement also spelled out that Browder clearly did not commit the murder in question, and that Putin’s own people were responsible for it instead. Now that a bipartisan Senate effort is playing out in public to expose Trump’s Browder scandal, making it impossible for Trump to keep this under the radar. Sure enough, three hours after the statement was released, DHS reversed itself and allowed Browder into the country.

This comes just days after John McCain and Ben Cardin also paired up to expose Donald Trump’s refusal to implement the Russian sanctions that were included in a bill he signed this summer. Somewhere in between, Cardin also made an effort to get Ivanka Trump’s security clearance revoked. As we pointed out at the time, it appears McCain’s fingerprints are on that move as well

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The theory was first floated in a documentary broadcast on Russian state television last year, but widely brushed off as crude propaganda. It seemed aimed, as with many Russian disinformation campaigns, at muddying the waters around the issue without necessarily claiming to be credible.

It seems the prosecutors have been assembling the case since last year, but their activities came to light just this month when a lawyer representing Mr. Magnitsky’s family gained access to the court docket containing the information presented as evidence by the prosecutors.

“This is going on because my role in their troubles just seems to be escalating,” Mr. Browder said in a telephone interview, alluding to the sanctions. A Russian court has already convicted Mr. Browder in absentia of fraud in a case he called retaliation for his lobbying against the government of President Vladimir V. Putin.

“Basically, I’m their worst nightmare,” Mr. Browder said. “And their previous attempts to rein me in and get me back to Russia haven’t worked. It went from tax evasion, to more tax evasion, to fraud and libel, and now it is working its way up to murder.”

The case gained new prominence this summer after it emerged that a lawyer supporting the Russian government’s position had met during last year’s presidential election with the senior leadership of the Trump campaign, including the chairman, Paul J. Manafort, and Mr. Trump’s son and son-in-law.

The new accusation is made all the more sinister for its absurd and at times cartoonish details.

Prosecutors contend that Mr. Browder had colluded with an agent of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI6, “to cause the death of S. L. Magnitsky,” by persuading Russian prison doctors to withhold care.

The motive, according to what prosecutors said were intelligence intercepts, was to start a scandal, or “a significant news trigger to discredit the Russian Federation in the eyes of the international community.”

While they were about it, the prosecutors used the so-called intercepts, written in grammatically flawed English, to wrap into the plot two other Kremlin nemeses — Grigory A. Yavlinsky and Aleksei A. Navalny, prominent Russian opposition politicians. The supposed scheme was called Operation Quake.

The prosecutors say that Mr. Browder was assigned the code name Agent Solomon by Western intelligence, while Mr. Navalny was called Agent Freedom.

Referring to Agent Solomon, one filing recounts how he “was offered by proxies in the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service to arrange the termination of any medical services for Magnitsky.”

The measure that Mr. Browder campaigned for in the United States passed in 2012 as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act. It denied visas and blocked access to the American financial system for Russians deemed to have committed human rights abuses and avoided punishment at home, including those involved in the Magnitsky tax fraud case.

Mr. Putin, perceiving an intrusion into his country’s affairs, campaigned hard against the measure. When it passed, he retaliated by ending American adoptions of Russian children. The law became a prototype for the blacklisting of prominent Russians later applied in new sanctions laws during the Ukraine crisis.

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Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared … – Washington Post

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Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads …

Business InsiderOct 21, 2017
Facebook has turned over the more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads to Congress. An investigation conducted by the Russia news outlet RBC …
The Strange World of Russian ‘Trolls’
Consortium News19 hours ago
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Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?

New York MagazineOct 20, 2017
Part of the problem with assessing the effect of Russian ads is that Facebook itself sends mixed messages. According to the company, 10 …
Facebook Won’t Be Sent To The Gulag Over Russian Ads
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How to quit Facebook (if the time suck, Russian ads or political noise …

Recode21 hours ago
Maybe you’re unnerved by all the Russia stuff. I was an avid Facebook user for more than a decade. But due to a combination of the reasons …
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Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared …

Chicago TribuneOct 21, 2017
President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which leading lawmakers investigating …
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Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe …

The IndependentOct 21, 2017
… Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook ads … and Facebook after claims Russian-bought Facebook adverts were …
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10:31 AM 10/23/2017 – FBI News Review: Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? FBI should not have an http://fbinewsreview.org/2017/10/23/1031-am-10232017-fbi-news-review/ … 

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8:55 AM 10/23/2017 – TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: Bipartisan politics stands in the way of an effective…

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8:55 AM 10/23/2017 – TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: Bipartisan politics stands in the way of an effective investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election
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8:24 AM 10/23/2017 – Christopher Wray: New FBI Director Touts Importance of Partnerships With Local …

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8:43 AM 10/23/2017 – Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash – NYT | The Early…

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8:12 AM 10/23/2017 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: FBI, Did Russias Facebook Ads Actually Swing the …

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The Showboats – By Michael Novakhov

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FBI, Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? FBI should not have any problems answering this question trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… 

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