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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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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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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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Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election The Guardian

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The House Intelligence Committee will release Russia-linked Facebook ads run on its platform during the 2016 election, according to NBC News. Facebook has already released roughly 3,000ads linked to Russian operatives to congressional investigators.
House intel committee will release Russian-funded Facebook adsEngadget
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Donald Trump has gone on yet another Twitter tirade, this time attacking Hillary Clinton andFacebook after claims Russian-bought Facebook adverts were used to support his presidential campaign. Downplaying the significance of the ads, which many …
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Turning Tables in Magnitsky Case, Russia Accuses a Nemesis of Murder

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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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Congress is turning Russia investigations into a partisan mess

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) — The fate of Bowe Bergdahl — the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009 — now rests in the hands of a judge. A sentencing hearing for Bergdahl starts Monday at Fort …
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Donald Trump has gone on yet another Twitter tirade, this time attacking Hillary Clinton andFacebook after claims Russian-bought Facebook adverts were used to support his presidential campaign. Downplaying the significance of the ads, which many …
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with American ‘fake news’Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Facebook has turned over the more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads to Congress. An investigation conducted by the Russia news outlet RBC …
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President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which leading lawmakers investigating …
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… Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook ads … and Facebook after claims Russian-bought Facebook adverts were …
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President Trump is Correct About ‘Tiny Amount’ of Money Spent on …

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Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election …

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Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms … bought by fake American accounts and focused on swing states. … “Keep hearing about “tiny” amount of money spent on Facebook ads … dollars more on Presidential Election than I did,” the president wrote in another tweet.
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Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Reportedly Aimed for Swing States

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Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Reportedly Aimed for Swing States … U.S. election was specifically targeting swing states, according to a new report. … Facebook ads thought to emanate from Russia didnot target swing states.
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Political ads on Facebook have fueled controversy. They spread Russian propaganda and reportedly helped the Trump team suppress black support for Hillary … political action committee in targeting swing voters with scaremongering anti-refugee ads. … Facebook did not reply to requests for comment.
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With pressure on Facebook mounting in anticipation of general counsel Colin Stretch’s testimony in front of the House and Senate Intelligence …
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The Early Edition: October 23, 2017 

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

SYRIA

The defeat of Islamic State fighters in their de facto capital of Raqqa was a “critical breakthrough” in the worldwide campaign to defeat the militants and their “wicked ideology,” President Trump said Saturday, adding that the U.S. efforts would start to enter a new phase entailing support for “local security forces,” and measures to “de-escalate violence across Syria, and advance the conditions for lasting peace.” Reutersreports.  

The U.S.-led coalition bombed Raqqa “off the face of the earth” in their fight against the Islamic State militants, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said yesterday, comparing the scale of the destruction to that of Dresden in 1945 and accusing the West of hurrying to send financial aid to the city to cover up evidence of its crimes. The BBC reports.

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) seized Syria’s largest oil field from Islamic State militants yesterday, taking al-Omar – a key source of revenue for the terrorist group – in the Deir al-Zour province, where the S.D.F. and the pro-Syrian government forces are both competing to gain as much territory as possible. Benoit Faucon and Raja Abdulrahim report at the Wall Street Journal.

The S.D.F. are expected to step up efforts to drive out the Islamic State militants from their remaining positions in Deir al-Zour following their successful campaign in Raqqa, the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Ryan Dillon said yesterday, adding that the attack on al-Omar was a surprise assault intended to ensure the militants could not sabotage the oil field’s infrastructure. Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria report at the Washington Post.

The S.D.F.’s capture of the al-Omar oil field brings them closer to pro-government forces across a front line in Deir al-Zour, increasing the potential for a clash between U.S.-backed forces and the Russia- and Iran-backed Syrian army. Anne Barnard reports at the New York Times.

The Islamic State group’s oil production has been reduced to less than $4m per month from a peak of approximately $50m per month since the U.S.-led coalition began operations against the militants in 2014, according to a statement by the coalition yesterday. The AP reports.

The reconstruction of Syria offers the chance for allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to sign lucrative contracts, particularly Russia and Iran. Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian explains at Foreign Policy.

Iran and its allies have the opportunity to assert control following the defeat of the Islamic State in Raqqa last week and the Trump administration should devise a strategy that ensures the U.S. efforts in Syria are consolidated and not exploited by adversaries.  The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

IRAQ

The Iraqi government in Baghdad and the leadership of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (K.R.G.) have been engaged in a blame game, pointing to each other for firing the first shots last week in the oil-rich Kirkuk province and placing the U.S. in a difficult position between its two allies. David Zucchino explains at the New York Times.

Last month’s Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum has “backfired spectacularly,” exposing divisions in the Kurdish region and prompting a strong response from the Baghdad government. Loveday Morris explains at the Washington Post.

IRAN

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iranian-backed militia in Iraq’s Popular Mobilzation Forces to “go home” during a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Tillerson’s comments provoked an angry reaction from Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Paul Sonne and Margherita Stancati report at the Wall Street Journal.

“No party has the right to interfere in Iraqi matters,” a statement by the Iraqi Prime Minister’s office said today, pushing back at Tillerson’s comments about Iranian-backed militia groups and saying that the “Popular Mobilization are Iraqi Patriots.” Reuters reports.

Tillerson’s meeting with King Salman and Abadi was part of the Trump administration’s efforts to push back against Iranian influence in the region and to encourage greater partnership between Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Matthew Lee reports at the AP.

European firms conduct business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) “at great risk,” Rex Tillerson warned yesterday, sending a strong signal to European allies and others that the Trump administration seeks to reopen negotiations on the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement to include stricter provisions and that re-imposing sanctions against Iran would be a possibility. Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

The Palestinian militant Hamas group would maintain close ties to Iran, the deputy head of Hamas Saleh Aroruri was quoted as saying yesterday by the semi-official Mehr news agency. Reuters reports.

NORTH KOREA

“I will pursue decisive and strong diplomacy to tackle North Korea’s missile, nuclear and abduction issues,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed today, making the comments after decisively winning re-election yesterday, his victory signaling that Abe would likely continue to work closely with the U.S. and maintain a hard line on Pyongyang. Mari Yamaguchi reports at the AP.

Abe and Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea in a phone call, a deputy chief cabinet secretary said today. Reuters reports.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will discuss the North Korea threat with Asian allies during a week-long trip to region starting today. Phil Stewart reports at Reuters.

The State Department should immediately relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and correct historical mistakes by acknowledging that the U.S. cannot continue its dealings with Pyongyang based on flawed assumptions. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) writes at the New York Times.

Former President Jimmy Carter seeks to work with Trump over North Korea, Carter said in an interview with Maureen Dowd at the New York Times, also discussing other issues such as Trump’s policies in the Arab world and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

AFGHANISTAN

The C.I.A. is set to expand its role in Afghanistan to combat the Taliban, reflecting a more assertive role since the appointment of Director Mike Pompeo, and the efforts will be led by small counterterrorism pursuit teams. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Eric Schmitt and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.

Last week’s series of attacks in Afghanistan killed nearly 200 people, prompting questions about security and the ability of President Ashraf Ghani’s administration to prevent the Taliban from carrying out suicide attacks. Antonio Olivo and Sayed Salahuddin report at the Washington Post.

The PHILIPPINES

The fight against Islamic State-linked militants in the southern Philippine city of Marawi has “successfully concluded,” a spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said in a statement yesterday, separately the Philippines Defense Secretary added that there were no more militants in the city that was sieged five months ago. Jake Maxwell Watts reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis praised the Philippine army for its victory in Marawi, making the comments to reporters yesterday on the flight for his trip to Southeast Asia. Robert Burns reports at the AP.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Bipartisan politics stands in the way of an effective investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the three congressional committees looking at the issue have faced significant obstacles, with Republicans keen for the probes to conclude and Democrats keen to explore further questions. Nicholas Fandos explains at the New York Times.

The Trump campaign’s digital director Brad Parscale is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee tomorrow, Julie Bykowicz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

“We cannot force talks upon people who are not ready to talk,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday – referring to Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain’s isolation of Qatar on June 5 due to Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism and close ties to Iran – adding that he was not hopeful that Saudi Arabia would engage in dialogue to resolve the Gulf crisis. Al Jazeera reports.

The lack of a strategy for U.S. involvement in Middle East and Africa has caused concern in Congress and about the U.S.’s long-term counterterrorism goals, Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Diplomats hope that U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley’s visit to Ethiopia today would mark greater engagement with Africa. Michelle Nichols reports at Reuters.

Senators were surprised to learn that the U.S. has 1,000 troops in Niger, prompting questions about Congress’s role and whether it should have a vote on reauthorizing U.S. military involvement around the world as part of the war against terror. Betsy Woodruff explains at The Daily Beast.

The U.S. military has a presence in almost every country in the world and it is time to consider the deployments and whether there is any strategy that underpins this broad reach. The New York Times editorial board writes.

The top two contenders to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are Nikki Haley and C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo, Haley would likely by a more traditional and hawkish, whereas Pompeo would be more likely to align himself closer to the White House and the president. Josh Rogin provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

At least 16 Egyptian police officers were killed in an attack by militants on Friday, an initial claim of responsibility by the Islamist Hasm group was discounted by militancy experts and the Islamic State group may have been behind the attack. Declan Walsh and Nour Youssef report at the New York Times.

U.N.-hosted talks on the situation in Libya ended on Saturday with no discernible progress, the second round of talks, which lasted one month, attempted to reconcile the rival Libyan factions. Ulf Lasseing reports at Reuters.

Russian operatives sought access to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of her inner circle to gain influence, according to interviews and unsealed F.B.I. records. John Solomon and Alison Spann reveal the Russian campaign at the Hill.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been pursuing a more aggressive foreign policy but has been facing resistance, particularly from its neighbors. Jane Perlez explains Xi’s approach at the New York Times.

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Nine months into the Trump administration, any notion that Capitol Hill would provide a comprehensive, authoritative and bipartisan accounting of the extraordinary efforts of a hostile power to disrupt American democracy appears to be dwindling.

“Congressional investigations unfortunately are usually overtly political investigations, where it is to one side’s advantage to drag things out,” said Mr. Gowdy, who made his name in Congress as a fearsome investigator of Democrats. He added, “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.”

Instead, he said, he is looking to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, to conduct an apolitical investigation.

None of the challenges have thus far stopped the committees. And given the closed-door nature of their work, prominent new avenues of inquiry could always emerge, such as Russia’s use of social media to sow chaos and discord, capable of influencing the public discourse.

But all three are up against a ticking clock, with Republicans in both chambers eager to wrap up the investigations before too long.

Particularly in the House, partisan fighting is likely to undermine whatever conclusions the committee reaches. One lawmaker said the committee would probably produce two reports. The first, written by Republicans, is expected to forcefully say there is no proof that anyone around Mr. Trump worked with Russia to tip the election. A Democratic report will probably raise unanswered questions and say that the committee was never fully committed to answering them.

The panel has been on rocky ground for months, with much of the controversy surrounding the committee’s chairman, Representative Devin Nunes of California. Mr. Nunes was forced to step asidefrom leading the investigation in April after it was disclosed that he had received classified information from the White House that showed that Mr. Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.

Mr. Nunes handed control to three of the committee’s Republicans, Representatives K. Michael Conaway of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Mr. Gowdy. Mr. Conaway, a well-liked accountant, helped put the investigation back on track and has maintained a productive relationship with Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the panel’s top Democrat.

But Democrats say Mr. Nunes, whose signature is required to issue subpoenas, has continued to meddle around the edges of the investigation, driving Republican inquiries into who financed a dossier of unsubstantiated information on purported links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mr. Nunes, they say, is also participating in an investigation into the revealing of Trump associates caught up in American surveillance by Obama administration officials.

“Frankly, I have been doing everything I can to try to get us to do a credible investigation and to reach a common conclusion,” Mr. Schiff 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.”

A spokesman for Mr. Nunes did not reply to a request for comment.

Democrats were also incensed by Mr. Gowdy’s remarks to Mr. Kushner in July, which they said were representative of efforts by some Republicans to cut the investigation short. Shortly after the meeting, Mr. Schiff publicly accused Mr. Gowdy of playing defense attorney for the administration.

Republicans have returned the biting words, sharply criticizing Mr. Schiff, whose frequent television appearances irk them. Mr. Rooney used a vulgarity when he called Mr. Schiff’s comments about the Kushner interview nonsense. And Mr. Gowdy said on Friday that he had been compelled to weigh in by the Democrats’ repetitive and meandering questions — and that a transcript would show his own questions to have been appropriately aggressive.

The Republican said it had become clear where the committee was headed.

“Will our private conclusions be the same? Yes,” Mr. Gowdy said. “Will our public pronouncements be the same? No, of course not.”

“This is politics,” he added.

Across Capitol Hill, the tone has been different. The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, and its top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, have worked to project a collaborative rapport that committee members insist is real.

At a rare news conference this month, the two senators said they had already expended significant resources verifying the conclusions of America’s spy agencies about Russia’s efforts to meddle in the election and were now taking steps to better understand its use of social media campaigns and to investigate the collusion question.

“At the end of the day, what we owe the American people is the truth,” Mr. Warner said in an interview on Thursday. “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.”

But other committee members have sought to contain expectations. At the news conference, Mr. Burr said investigators had “hit a wall” in their work on the dossier, which holds some of the most salacious allegations of collusion, because its author, Christopher Steele, would not meet with the committee. Mr. Burr also said he did not have a mandate to look for criminal activity.

“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.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and a former chairwoman of the committee, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” this month that Mr. Mueller stood a much better chance of reaching a definitive conclusion about collusion than the committees did.

“There’s no proof yet that it’s happened, and I think that proof will likely come with Mr. Mueller’s investigation,” Ms. Feinstein said. “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.”

Both intelligence committees will also face questions about how much of what they find can be declassified and shared with the public. Mr. Burr said on Wednesday that his goal was to have the “meat of our business” done by late spring, in time for state governments to make changes to their voting systems before next year’s midterm elections. He said he would push to declassify the findings as much as possible.

The Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, has struggled to get a fledgling investigation off the ground. Ms. Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, and its chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, agreed this summer to begin investigating a cluster of topics related to the firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, including Mr. Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case and the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia.

Given its jurisdiction over the Justice Department, the panel is the best positioned on Capitol Hill to unravel the Comey saga, including possible obstruction of justice. But after a brief flurry of activity earlier this fall — including a closed-door interview with the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. — investigators reached an impasse in recent weeks, as Democrats and Republicans haggled over the next witnesses to call and documents to request.

Mr. Grassley has spent weeks negotiating with the Justice Department on the committee’s behalf to try to gain access to two key F.B.I. officials who worked closely with Mr. Comey, Carl Ghattas and James Rybicki. Hopes of interviewing Paul J. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, collapsed over the summer after prosecutors working for Mr. Mueller warned Mr. Manafort that they planned to seek criminal charges against him.

On Wednesday, Mr. Grassley unilaterally sent a flurry of letters requesting interviews with and information from current and former Justice Department officials, as well as Mr. Kushner and others involved in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer said to be offering incriminating information about Mrs. Clinton.

Senators said they were still hopeful that the committee would break through the logjam, but a deal had not been reached as of Friday.

“The American people deserve a public investigation,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, noting that the Judiciary Committee could work more publicly than the intelligence panels. “They deserve witnesses who will give an accounting in public under oath.”

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Washington Post The great dealmaker? Lawmakers find Trump to be an untrustworthy negotiator. Washington Post President Trump campaigned as one of the world’s greatest dealmakers, but after nine months of struggling to broker agreements, …

» The Daily 202: The corrosion of support for First Amendment principles started before Trump. He’s supercharged it. – Washington Post
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Washington Post The Daily 202: The corrosion of support for First Amendment principles started before Trump. He’s supercharged it. Washington Post THE BIG IDEA: Donald Trump celebrated Sunday that his campaign to delegitimize the free pr…

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» Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian-bought Facebook ads – The Independent
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The Independent Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton and ‘fake news’ amid probe into Russian -bought Facebook ads The Independent Donald Trump has gone on yet another Twitter tirade, this time attacking Hillary Clinton and Facebook after…

» House panel plans to release Russian ads that ran on Facebook, committee leaders say – CNBC
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CNBC House panel plans to release Russian ads that ran on Facebook , committee leaders say CNBC The House Intelligence Committee will release Russia -linked Facebook ads run on its platform during the 2016 election, according to NBC News…

» Russian Facebook Ads Make Targeting By User Data A Concern … – TIME
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TIME Russian Facebook Ads Make Targeting By User Data A Concern … TIME Targeted ads were supposed to make the web more relevant to people. But what happens when enemies, not advertisers, are the ones taking aim? Three More Trump/ Russi…

» ‘Small number’ of Russian Facebook election ad accounts used Messenger – Engadget
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Engadget ‘Small number’ of Russian Facebook election ad accounts used Messenger Engadget Marcus said that Facebook has since hired thousands of people to review ads and activities in elections around the world to make sure the Russian me…

» Can Congress Keep Russia Off Facebook? Bill Aims to Force Disclosure for Political Ads – Newsweek
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Newsweek Can Congress Keep Russia Off Facebook ? Bill Aims to Force Disclosure for Political Ads Newsweek Can Facebook be regulated in a way that ensures it won’t be manipulated by Russian government forces trying to affect American elec…

» Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/10/did-russias-facebook-ads-actually-swing-the-election.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t … via @selectall
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Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/10/did-russias-facebook-ads-actually-swing-the-election.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t … via @ …

» BREAKING: POTUS admits to role Russia’s Facebook ads played in campaign
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BREAKING: POTUS admits to role Russia’s Facebook ads played in campaign

» We still don’t know whether or not, and to what extent, Russia’s Facebook ads swung the election http://slct.al/2gs86Al
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We still don’t know whether or not, and to what extent, Russia’s Facebook ads swung the election http://slct.al/2gs86Al 

» Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/10/did-russias-facebook-ads-actually-swing-the-election.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-b … via @selectall
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» FBI, Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? FBI should not have any problems answering this question http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/23/936-am-10232017-fbi-did-russias-facebook-ads-actually-swing-the-election/ …
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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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» mikenov on Twitter: RT @WIRED: The committee investigating Russia’s election interference won’t release the ads, but says Facebook is free to https://t.co/X9nw…
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» 2:39 AM 10/23/2017 – Donald Trump’s Three Ring Circus – HuffPost
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2:39 AM 10/23/2017 – Donald Trump’s Three Ring Circus – HuffPost 2:39 AM 10/23/2017 – Donald Trump’s Three Ring Circus – HuffPost Donald Trump Jr goes off the delusional deep end as his father goes down in flames Trump News Review 1. Tru…

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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 TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION Bipartisan politics stands in the way of an ef…

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

» 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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The Showboats – By Michael Novakhov FBI News Review | The World News and Times – Information Management Service: Current World News | Reviews of media reports | Selected reading lists | Video and Audio News | News Topics RSS Feeds | News…

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» fbi statistics – Google Search
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Detroit Free Press FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) – Sep 25, 2017 The 2016 statistics show the estimated rate of violent crime was 386.3 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and the …

» fbi statistics underreporting of crimes by informants – Google Search
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FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorised … Gizmodo Australia – Sep 20, 2017 FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorised Informants … Otherwise, authorised informants may engage in criminal activity to maint…

» FBI Severely Underreported How Many Times It Authorised Informants To Break The Law
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This year, the FBI appears to for the first time have overlooked a reporting obligation established by the US Attorney General’s office, and in doing so, the bureau appears to have greatly low-balled the total number of times it authoris…

» James O’Keefe’s New York Times ‘Investigation’ Is an Exercise in Overwhelming Dishonesty
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James O’Keefe wants you to think that he’s a journalist. That the undercover videos shot for his Project Veritas are all that keep rampant liberalism from running roughshod over the republic. Freedom has manifold enemies, fro…

» Andrew Weissmann, Robert Mueller’s top prosecutor, known for hardball tactics
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FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was an assistant attorney general in 2004 when he heaped praise on an ambitious Mafia-tested prosecutor while promoting him to the top of the Justice Department ’s high-profile Enron task force. Mr….

» Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash
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Nine months into the Trump administration, any notion that Capitol Hill would provide a comprehensive, authoritative and bipartisan accounting of the extraordinary efforts of a hostile power to disrupt American democracy appears to be dw…

» The Early Edition: October 23, 2017
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Pouneh Ahari Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. SYRIA The defeat of Islamic State fighters in their de facto capital of Raqqa…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: New FBI Director Touts Importance of Partnerships With Local Police at IACP 2017 – Officer.com (press release) (blog)
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New FBI Director Touts Importance of Partnerships With Local Police at IACP 2017 Officer.com (press release) (blog) FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Phil…

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» FBI News Review: 10:12 AM 10/22/2017 – FBI: Did Russias Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?
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» james b. comey – Google News: James O’Keefe’s New York Times ‘Investigation’ Is an Exercise in Overwhelming Dishonesty – Newsweek
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Newsweek James O’Keefe’s New York Times ‘Investigation’ Is an Exercise in Overwhelming Dishonesty Newsweek O’Keefe lucked out in that Dudich is self-important and dishonest, claiming that former FBI Director James B . Comey is his godfat…

» The World Wide Times – wwtimes.com: 12:12 PM 10/22/2017: On “Khazarian Mafia”…
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11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”?  – Trump Investigations Report Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at 12:10 PM Trump Investigations Report 1 Share What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”? “Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America …

» The World Wide Times – wwtimes.com: 12:29 PM 10/22/2017 – All Recent Posts on G+
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» The World Wide Times – wwtimes.com: 1:57 PM 10/22/2017 – Graham: Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia
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» mueller – Google News: Trump says he hasn’t been asked to do Mueller interview – CNN
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CNN Trump says he hasn’t been asked to do Mueller interview CNN Despite a Politico report suggesting Trump’s legal team may offer Mueller an interview with Trump, the President said he hasn’t been asked. “I don’t know. Nobody’s aske…

» mueller – Google News: Christopher Wray, Robert Mueller’s top prosecutor, known for hardball tactics – Washington Times
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Christopher Wray, Robert Mueller’s top prosecutor, known for hardball tactics Washington Times Today, Mr. Weissmann stands as special counsel Robert Mueller’s top gun in a squadron of nearly 20 prosecutors and scores of FBI agents delvin…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: Christopher Wray, Robert Mueller’s top prosecutor, known for hardball tactics – Washington Times
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Christopher Wray , Robert Mueller’s top prosecutor, known for hardball tactics Washington Times FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was an assistant attorney general in 2004 when he heaped praise on an ambitious Mafia-tested prosecutor whil…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: FBI director’s speech targets mobile devices, access: ‘This is a huge, huge problem’ – PennLive.com
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PennLive.com FBI director’s speech targets mobile devices, access: ‘This is a huge, huge problem’ PennLive.com FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference Sunday, Oct. 22, 2…

» james b. comey – Google News: Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash – New York Times
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New York Times Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash New York Times Ms. Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, and its chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, agreed this summer to begin inves…

» FBI News Review: 5:45 PM 10/22/2017 – FBI director’s speech
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PennLive.com FBI director’s speech targets mobile devices, access: ‘This is a huge, huge problem’ PennLive.com In a wide-ranging speech to hundreds of police leaders from across the globe, Wray also touted the FBI’…

» 5:45 PM 10/22/2017 – FBI director’s speech
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PennLive.com FBI director’s speech targets mobile devices, access: ‘This is a huge, huge problem’ PennLive.com In a wide-ranging speech to hundreds of police leaders from across the globe, Wray also touted the FBI’…

» fbi – Google News: FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton – The Hill
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The Hill FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton The Hill For most of the 10 years, the ring of Russian spies that included Chapman and Murray acted as sleepers, spending a “great deal of time collecting in…

» fbi – Google News: Former FBI Director James Comey sparks 2020 rumors — here’s why – TheBlaze.com
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TheBlaze.com Former FBI Director James Comey sparks 2020 rumors — here’s why TheBlaze.com Former FBI Director James Comey sparks 2020 rumors — here’s why A Twitter account allegedly belonging to James Comey sparked 2020 interest last wee…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Las Vegas Sun
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FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption Las Vegas Sun PHILADELPHIA — The FBI hasn’t been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: Wray seeking to bring ‘calm and stability’ to FBI – CNN
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CNN Wray seeking to bring ‘calm and stability’ to FBI CNN Wray , who was handpicked by President Donald Trump in June after a month of scandal following the firing of the former FBI director, James Comey, did not mention his predecessor …

» fbi – Google News: ‘Mindhunter’ Cast on the FBI’s Obsession, Getting Personal, and the Moments That Most Got Under Their Skin – Variety
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Variety ‘Mindhunter’ Cast on the FBI’s Obsession, Getting Personal, and the Moments That Most Got Under Their Skin Variety Back in the 1970s, the focus of solving crimes was still very prominently on the “who” and the “what.” It was men …

» fbi – Google News: FBI Discovered Russian Spies Targeting Hillary Clinton When She Was Secretary of State – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast FBI Discovered Russian Spies Targeting Hillary Clinton When She Was Secretary of State Daily Beast Russian spies repeatedly tried to get close to Hillary Clinton in 2009 and 2010 when she was secretary of state, according to …

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: The Showboats – By Michael Novakhov
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» mikenov on Twitter: The Showboats fbinewsreview.org
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» fbi – Google News: Undercover: An FBI operative in disguise on 60 Minutes – CBS News
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CBS News Undercover: An FBI operative in disguise on 60 Minutes CBS News Tamer Elnoury – the bearded man in the video above – is dead. Well, not the man himself, but the FBI alias that Elnoury has used for several years has been retired,…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: Christopher Wray Seeking to Bring ‘Calm and Stability’ to FBI – FOX40
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FOX40 Christopher Wray Seeking to Bring ‘Calm and Stability’ to FBI FOX40 Two months into his tenure as director of the FBI, Christopher Wray said Sunday his immediate priority is to bring “a sense of calm and stability” to the bureau. “…

» Christopher Wray – Google News: Wray seeks to ‘steady the ship’ at FBI – The Hill
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The Hill Wray seeks to ‘steady the ship’ at FBI The Hill FBI Director Christopher Wray in a speech Sunday said his top priority since assuming his post in August is to usher in “a sense of calm and stability” to the bureau, CNN…

» mueller – Google News: Senate Probe Asks Whether Robert Mueller Alerted Obama Administration to Russian Bribery Scheme – Breitbart News
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Breitbart News Senate Probe Asks Whether Robert Mueller Alerted Obama Administration to Russian Bribery Scheme Breitbart News The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into the 2010 sale of U.S. uranium to Russia under then-Secretary of …

» fbi – Google News: FBI couldn’t access nearly 7000 devices because of encryption – The Denver Post
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The Denver Post FBI couldn’t access nearly 7000 devices because of encryption The Denver Post FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Philadelp…

» The World Wide Times – wwtimes.com: 3:04 AM 10/23/2017 – Donald Trump Attacks Mainstream Media While Downplaying Russian Election Ads on Facebook – Newsweek
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Donald Trump unleashes reckless, bizarre, traitorous Trump-Russia endgame by Bill Palmer Monday October 23rd, 2017 at 2:59 AM Palmer Report 1 Share It’s been clear to everyone involved that Donald Trump’s Russia scandal would take him do…

» FBI News Review: 3:05 AM 10/23/2017 – FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Washington Post
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Donald Trump unleashes reckless, bizarre, traitorous Trump-Russia endgame by Bill Palmer Monday October 23rd, 2017 at 2:59 AM Palmer Report 1 Share It’s been clear to everyone involved that Donald Trump’s Russia scandal would take him do…

» 3:05 AM 10/23/2017 – FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Washington Post
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Donald Trump unleashes reckless, bizarre, traitorous Trump-Russia endgame by Bill Palmer Monday October 23rd, 2017 at 2:59 AM Palmer Report 1 Share It’s been clear to everyone involved that Donald Trump’s Russia scandal would take him do…

» The World Wide Times – wwtimes.com: FBI cannot be trusted – Washington Times
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Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding Source: FBI cannot be trusted – Washington Times The World Wide Times – wwtimes.com

» mueller – Google News: Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta NBCNews.com WASHINGTON — Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller , three source…

» fbi – Google News: FBI agent reveals life infiltrating extremist groups in America – BBC News
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BBC News FBI agent reveals life infiltrating extremist groups in America BBC News An active FBI undercover agent has revealed details of his work infiltrating Islamic extremist groups. Tamer El-Noury – one of the agent’s many false ident…

» FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Las Vegas Sun
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FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption Las Vegas Sun “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime , child exploitation.” Th…

» Russia’s Election Hackers Use DC Cyber Warfare Conference as Bait – Daily Beast
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Daily Beast Russia’s Election Hackers Use DC Cyber Warfare Conference as Bait Daily Beast Paul Nakasone, who leads the U.S. Army Cyber Command, and Senator Martin Heinrich, a prominent Kremlin critic on the Senate Intelligence Committee’…

» W. on Trump – National Review
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National Review W. on Trump National Review This, so far, is the worst aspect of Trump’s presidency. There has been no budding authoritarianism and — although one may be emerging on trade — no meaningful ideological challenge to traditio…

» MARK MAYFIELD: Trump wants a win, no matter the cost – Tuscaloosa News
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Tuscaloosa News MARK MAYFIELD: Trump wants a win, no matter the cost Tuscaloosa News He is single-handedly turning the nation into one of the most distrusted, unpredictable and unreliable partners around the world — and at home, doing ev…

» Are We Any Closer to a National Popular Vote? – HuffPost
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HuffPost Are We Any Closer to a National Popular Vote? HuffPost During the 2016 presidential election , almost 60 percent of the nation’s voters cast a ballot according to the U.S. Vote Foundation. But that varied from state to state. In…

» More police officers per head now than fifty years ago, figures show – Telegraph.co.uk
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The Guardian More police officers per head now than fifty years ago, figures show Telegraph.co.uk The National Police Chief’s Council highlighted that the policeare dealing with different crimes now than 50 years ago. A spokesman said: &…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 3:05 AM 10/23/2017 – FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Washington Post
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» mikenov on Twitter: 3:05 AM 10/23/2017 – FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Washington Post fbinewsreview.org/2017/10/23/305…
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» Donald Trump unleashes reckless, bizarre, traitorous Trump-Russia endgame
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It’s been clear to everyone involved that Donald Trump’s Russia scandal would take him down eventually. It’ll end his presidency, and set him up for a brutal final few years of his life in which he faces one criminal tr…

» Jimmy Carter is playing Donald Trump like a fiddle
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President Jimmy Carter announced today that he believes the media is being harder on Donald Trump than it has been on past Presidents. This set off shockwaves, both because everyone knows Carter doesn’t actually believe that, and C…

» What Trump did to Kelly shows how far we have fallen – Washington Post
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Washington Post What Trump did to Kelly shows how far we have fallen Washington Post For all the talk about Trump being something other than a Republican, he always falls back on the party’s old ideas because he has none of his own beyon…

» The importance of freedom of the press to liberty – Hot Air
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Hot Air The importance of freedom of the press to liberty Hot Air President Vladimir Putin is an autocrat, and their country has never been seen as one which loves freedom and liberty. India is another example of a democracy which doesn’…

» The point McCain and Bush made is much bigger than Trump – Washington Post
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» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 2:39 AM 10/23/2017 – Donald Trump’s Three Ring Circus – HuffPost
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» Donald Trump Jr goes off the delusional deep end as his father goes down in flames
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Even as the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal breaches his inner circle, and his Niger scandal threatens to do just as much damage to him, some things don’t change – like the fact that Donald Trump Jr is really…

» Blues brothers Don Jr. and Eric Trump gamble on Mississippi tourism – Washington Post
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Washington Post Blues brothers Don Jr. and Eric Trump gamble on Mississippi tourism Washington Post President Trump’s hotel company, the New York-based managers of luxury properties and golf courses around the globe, seems an unlikely pr…

» Donald Trump’s Three Ring Circus – HuffPost
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Donald Trump’s Three Ring Circus HuffPost The Trump administration is a circus, but the question is whether its antics are an intentional sideshow or a byproduct of dysfunctionalism? The answer lies perhaps somewhere in between. But like…

» Mattis tries to unite fragmented Asean against China – Financial Times
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Financial Times Mattis tries to unite fragmented Asean against China Financial Times But even Mr Trump’s overtures to a man many abhor as a human rights abuser have at times been rebuffed. Mr Duterte, whose country still participates in …

» Trump’s Iran-deal move is all about restoring US credibility – New York Post
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New York Post Trump’s Iran-deal move is all about restoring US credibility New York Post Moscow viewed the move as an American attempt to establish a permanent presence in its sphere of influence . Vladimir Putin’s … America projected …

» Trump Is Still Treating the Federal Government Like He Owns It – New York Magazine
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New York Magazine Trump Is Still Treating the Federal Government Like He Owns It New York Magazine It is completely obvious that the intelligence community could not decide this one way or another. Russia aimed to help Trump by spreading…

» Commentary: Is history repeating itself? – Bennington Banner
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Commentary: Is history repeating itself? Bennington Banner Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, young reporters with the Washington Post (another media source described as “fake news” by Trump ), got lucky. The Watergate break-ins were initi…

» EXCLUSIVE: Podesta’s ‘Green Company’ Forced to Close Because Hillary Lost the Election – The Daily Caller
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EXCLUSIVE: Podesta’s ‘Green Company’ Forced to Close Because Hillary Lost the Election The Daily Caller Joule Unlimited, a secretive green energy company that appears to have placed a big bet hiring Democratic insider John Podesta to its…

» New York Officials Fear Closing of US Lab Combating Biological Threats – New York Times
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New York Times New York Officials Fear Closing of US Lab Combating Biological Threats New York Times The Trump administration has proposed closing a a New York-based laboratory as part of larger cuts it envisions for the Department of Ho…

» In Central America, gangs like MS-13 are bad – but corrupt politicians may be worse – The Edwardsville Intelligencer
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In Central America, gangs like MS-13 are bad – but corrupt politicians may be worse The Edwardsville Intelligencer As part of his anti-immigrant posturing, Donald Trump has zeroed in on the group, asserting on July 28 that, “We will find…

» Saudi ex-intel chief says Assad is the biggest terrorist, praises Trump’s harsh Iran stance – Fox News
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Fox News Saudi ex-intel chief says Assad is the biggest terrorist, praises Trump’s harsh Iran stance Fox News Former Saudi Chief of Intelligence and Ambassador to the U.S. and U.K. Prince Turki al-Faisal is cautioning the Trump team to c…

» New book reveals untold story of police chokehold victim Eric Garner – New York Daily News
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New York Daily News New book reveals untold story of police chokehold victim Eric Garner New York Daily News He made thousands of dollars from a market for out-of-state cigarettes after Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg raised taxes on…

» Byron York: Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing? – Washington Examiner
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Washington Examiner CNN Byron York: Is tone of Trump – Russia probe changing? Washington Examiner Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump – Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who…

» “This is a huge, huge problem”: FBI can’t access nearly 7K mobile devices – CBS News
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CBS News “This is a huge, huge problem”: FBI can’t access nearly 7K mobile devices CBS News “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organiz…

» “Huge problem:” FBI can’t access nearly 7000 devices due to encryption – fox6now.com
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fox6now.com “Huge problem:” FBI can’t access nearly 7000 devices due to encryption fox6now.com “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime , ch…

» The Yahoo With the Microphone – Esquire.com
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The Yahoo With the Microphone Esquire.com Donald Trump is le néant. There’s nothing there. No shame, no honor, no conscience, no knowledge, no curiosity, no decorum, no imagination, no wit, no grip, and no nous. Into this spotlessly empt…

» McCain hits Trump where it hurts, attacking ‘bone spur’ deferments in Vietnam – Washington Post
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Washington Post McCain hits Trump where it hurts, attacking ‘bone spur’ deferments in Vietnam Washington Post After a week in which President Trump endured not-so-veiled criticisms from his two predecessors as president and Sen. John McC…

» Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes – Topeka Capital Journal
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Topeka Capital Journal Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes Topeka Capital Journal Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides rela…

» John McCain Slams Wealthy Draft Dodgers In Apparent Swipe At Trump
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“If we’re going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

» FBI couldn’t access nearly 7000 devices because of encryption – The Denver Post
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The Denver Post FBI couldn’t access nearly 7000 devices because of encryption The Denver Post “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime , chi…

» FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Pocono Record
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Pocono Record FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption Pocono Record “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime , child exp…

» CIA reportedly expands campaign to hunt, kill Taliban in Afghanistan – Fox News
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Fox News CIA reportedly expands campaign to hunt, kill Taliban in Afghanistan Fox News The CIA in Afghanistan has previously been focused on combatting Al Qaeda and supporting the Afghanistan’s intelligence community or training the Afgh…

» Donald Trump just spitefully handed Michael Flynn every reason to flip on him
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Unless he’s managed to secretly flip on Donald Trump without anyone getting wind of it, Michael Flynn has remained remarkably loyal to Trump even as Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Congress have ripped his life – and his family …

» Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us’ – Local 10
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Local 10 Graham to Trump: ‘Go after Russia because they’re coming after us ‘ Local 10 Lindsey Graham called on President Donald Trump to “go after” Russia due to the threat he said it poses to U.S. elections . ” Russia is …

» FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption – Washington Post
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Washington Post FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption Washington Post PHILADELPHIA — The FBI hasn’t been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Di…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 5:45 PM 10/22/2017 – FBI director’s speech
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5:45 PM 10/22/2017 – FBI director’s speech PennLive.com FBI director’s speech targets mobile devices, access: ‘This is a huge, huge problem’ PennLive.com In a wide-ranging speech to hundreds of police leaders from across the globe, Wray …

» mikenov on Twitter: 5:45 PM 10/22/2017 – FBI director’s speech fbinewsreview.org/2017/10/22/545…
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» Armenian ally cannot be Baku’s strategic partner: interview – Eurasia Daily
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Eurasia Daily Armenian ally cannot be Baku’s strategic partner: interview Eurasia Daily The South Caucasus region has historically been in the zone of Russia’s geopolitical influence for the past two hundred years, and all Western diplom…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @ABCPolitics: Nearly half a million march through Barcelona amid escalating tension between Catalan independence movement and Spanish go…
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Nearly half a million march through Barcelona amid escalating tension between Catalan independence movement and Spanish government. https://t.co/2cnnZb3dmm Posted by ABCPolitics on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 7:29pm Retweeted by mikenov…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: Joint fundraiser by all five living former presidents raises $31 million for disaster relief hill.cm/l3XCWOl https://t…
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Joint fundraiser by all five living former presidents raises $31 million for disaster relief hill.cm/l3XCWOl pic.twitter.com/TrKqLRhEJU Posted by thehill on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 11:05pm Retweeted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22n…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: JUST IN: Joint fundraiser by all five living former presidents raises $31 million for disaster relief hill.cm/ISsxFqP…
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JUST IN: Joint fundraiser by all five living former presidents raises $31 million for disaster relief hill.cm/ISsxFqP pic.twitter.com/L0GzUwgdFZ Posted by thehill on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 10:05pm Retweeted by mikenov on Sunday, Oc…

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @CNNPolitics: All five former living US presidents are set to appear at a hurricane relief concert tonight cnn.it/2yZkmn8 https…
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All five former living US presidents are set to appear at a hurricane relief concert tonight cnn.it/2yZkmn8 pic.twitter.com/RRQd0Km0n1 Posted by CNNPolitics on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 5:16pm Retweeted by mikenov on Sunday, October 2…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 2:33 PM 10/22/2017 – Opinions: The Guardian view on the fall of Raqqa: as Isis loses, Iran wins | Editorial…
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» mikenov on Twitter: 2:33 PM 10/22/2017 – Opinions: The Guardian view on the fall of Raqqa: as Isis loses, Iran wins | Editorial webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/10/2…
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» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Opinions Review
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» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: THE “GERMAN HYPOTHESIS” OF THE “TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL”
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» mikenov on Twitter: THE “GERMAN HYPOTHESIS” OF THE “TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL” webworldtimes.com
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» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Graham: Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia
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» mikenov on Twitter: 1:57 PM 10/22/2017 – Graham: Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia wwtimes.com/2017/10/22/157…
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» Graham: Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com Graham: Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia NBCNews.com Graham: Trump Administration ‘Has a Blind Spot’ on Russia . Sun, Oct 22. In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says t…

» Catalonia, John Kelly, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing – New York Times
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New York Times Catalonia, John Kelly, Donald Trump : Your Weekend Briefing New York Times First, how did President Trump’s condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson go so far off the rails? Above, his coffin. The administrati…

» Trump’s Obsession With His Own Celebrity May Doom His Legacy – NBCNews.com
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NBCNews.com Trump’s Obsession With His Own Celebrity May Doom His Legacy NBCNews.com Donald Trump may be the most entertainment-driven president in American history. But he has a celebrity problem: his own. In many ways, Trump is not unl…

» Rep. Maxine Waters says she wants to ‘take out’ Trump – Fox News
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Fox News Rep. Maxine Waters says she wants to ‘take out’ Trump Fox News Waters has suggested several times in past months that Trump should be impeached, most recently over his argument that NFL players should stop kneeling for the natio…

» McConnell says he’s awaiting Trump guidance on health care – ABC News
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Reuters McConnell says he’s awaiting Trump guidance on health care ABC News Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday he’s willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if President Donald Trump makes clear he…

» ‘Frontline’ examines Putin’s hacking of 2016 election – Boston Herald
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Boston Herald ‘Frontline’ examines Putin’s hacking of 2016 election Boston Herald In Donald Trump , Putin found a presidential candidate he could admire — one who didn’t view the hacking as foreign meddling but who exploited and welcomed…

» Can Putin out-fox Trump in the Middle East? – The Jerusalem Post mobile website (blog)
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The Jerusalem Post mobile website (blog) Can Putin out-fox Trump in the Middle East? The Jerusalem Post mobile website (blog) Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on re-establishing Russia as a major force to be reckoned with, and …

» The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Muelle
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The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Muelle The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Mueller Surprising twist as Robert Mueller closes in on Donald Trump

» 1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): trump under federal investigation – Google News: Trump voting commission criticized for lack of transparency – PBS NewsHour
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PBS NewsHour Trump voting commission criticized for lack of transparency PBS NewsHour In August, the AP filed a records request with the commission under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The law specifies that agencies — including…

» A Presidential Bellwether Is Still Waiting to Start Winning Under Trump – New York Times
22/10/17 13:33 from Saved Stories – None
New York Times A Presidential Bellwether Is Still Waiting to Start Winning Under Trump New York Times Not at the Indiana Theater, a grand venue where thousands crammed in on May 1, 2016, to see Donald J. Trump , the candidate who vowed t…

» 1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): Donald Trump – Google News: Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problem—to him – Quartz
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Quartz Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problem—to him Quartz Donald Trump loves delegating. He has the secretary of defense deciding troop levels in Afghanistan, his daughter pinch-hitting at meetings, an…

» Trump claims news organizations have ‘lost cred’ – New York Post
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New York Post Trump claims news organizations have ‘lost cred’ New York Post President Trump said the media has “lost cred” and cited a survey from last week that shows nearly half of Americans believe news outlets make up stories abou…

» 12:29 PM 10/22/2017 – All Recent Posts on G+
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Posts on G+ from mikenova (2 sites) Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 11:23 AM 10/22/2017 What is the Khazarian Mafia (KM)? 11:23 AM 10/22/2017 What is th…

» 1:00 PM 10/22/2017
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Trump Investigations Report | Latest Posts Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (17 sites) The World Wide Times wwtimes.com: 12:29 PM 10/22/2017 All Recent Posts on G+ Posts on G+ from mikenova (2 sites) Public RSS-Feed of Mike…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 1:26 PM 10/22/2017 – Trump Investigations Report
22/10/17 13:30 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
1:26 PM 10/22/2017 – Trump Investigations Report Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (18 sites) Trump Investigations Report: 1:00 PM 10/22/2017 Saved Stories – Trump Investigations Report: AP report: Trump plans to help pay aides’ …

» mikenov on Twitter: 1:26 PM 10/22/2017 – Trump Investigations Report trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2…
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1:26 PM 10/22/2017 – Trump Investigations Report trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 5:29pm mikenov on Twitter

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 1:00 PM 10/22/2017
22/10/17 13:01 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
1:00 PM 10/22/2017 Trump Investigations Report | Latest Posts Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (17 sites) The World Wide Times wwtimes.com: 12:29 PM 10/22/2017 All Recent Posts on G+ Posts on G+ from mikenova (2 sites) Public RS…

» mikenov on Twitter: 1:00 PM 10/22/2017 trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2…
22/10/17 13:01 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
1:00 PM 10/22/2017 trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 5:01pm mikenov on Twitter

» How John Kelly Exposed Himself As Steve Bannon Lite
22/10/17 12:56 from Saved Stories – None
He’s proven himself to be an authoritarian and a true Trump soulmate.

» AP report: Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes – PBS NewsHour
22/10/17 12:55 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek AP report: Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes PBS NewsHour WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and ca…

» Is Trump Smart Enough To Reappoint Janet Yellen?
22/10/17 12:55 from Saved Stories – None
Trump is likely to give us a Wall Street guy to chair the Fed.

» McConnell Says GOP Senate Candidates Don’t Need to Commit to Him – Bloomberg
22/10/17 12:55 from Saved Stories – None
Bloomberg McConnell Says GOP Senate Candidates Don’t Need to Commit to Him Bloomberg McConnell also said the Republican agenda in the Senate is “one and the same” as Trump’s , and that’s what should drive the selection of Republican cand…

» Lindsey Graham: The Trump administration has ‘a blind spot on Russia I still can’t figure out’ – Business Insider
22/10/17 12:54 from Saved Stories – None
Business Insider Lindsey Graham: The Trump administration has ‘a blind spot on Russia I still can’t figure out’ Business Insider “I think that the Trump administration is slow when it comes to Russia ,” Graham said when asked w…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Recent Posts
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» mikenov on Twitter: Recent Posts wwtimes.com
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Recent Posts wwtimes.com Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 4:32pm mikenov on Twitter

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 12:16 PM 10/22/2017 – “Khazarian Mafia” and Trump Investigations
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12:16 PM 10/22/2017 – “Khazarian Mafia” and Trump Investigations Khazarian Mafia 11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”? – Trump Investigations Report Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at 12:10 PM Trump Investigations Report 1 …

» mikenov on Twitter: 12:16 PM 10/22/2017 – “Khazarian Mafia” and Trump Investigations theworldnewsandtimes.com/2017/10/22/121…
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12:16 PM 10/22/2017 – “Khazarian Mafia” and Trump Investigations theworldnewsandtimes.com/2017/10/22/121… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 4:17pm mikenov on Twitter

» mikenov on Twitter: 11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”?  trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2…
22/10/17 11:37 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”?  trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 3:37pm mikenov on Twitter

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”?
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11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”? What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”? “Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East …” – Khazarian Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror…

» Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage -statement
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By Stephanie Nebehay   Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday following an outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. …

» Former soccer star Kaladze becomes mayor of Georgia’s capital
22/10/17 11:17 from Saved Stories – None
By Margarita Antidze   Kakha Kaladze, a former defender for Italian club AC Milan, was elected mayor of Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, as the country’s ruling Georgian Dream party won a majority of seats in local counci…

» Khazarain Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror
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By Sajjad Shaukat Renowned historians agree that besides other causes, major cause of the French Revolution of 1789 was the class distinction between the privileged and the unprivileged, which rapidly increased under the reign of King Lo…

» Trump: Facebook was on Clinton’s side during election, not mine – The Hill
22/10/17 11:07 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill Trump: Facebook was on Clinton’s side during election , not mine The Hill A Facebook spokesperson said on Thursday the company’s general counsel will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence committees during hearings ex…

» 10:12 AM 10/22/2017 – FBI: Did Russias Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?
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FBI from mikenova (3 sites) 1. FBI from mikenova (15 sites): Andrew McCabe – Google News: A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear – Canada Free Press 1. FBI from mikenova (15 sites): fbi – Google News: Wisconsin inmate says f…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 10:12 AM 10/22/2017 – FBI: Did Russias Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?
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» mikenov on Twitter: 10:12 AM 10/22/2017 – FBI: Did Russias Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? fbinewsreview.org/2017/10/22/101…
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» mikenov on Twitter: Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? nymag.com/selectall/2017… via @selectall
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» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 10:07 AM 10/22/2017 – Michael German
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10:07 AM 10/22/2017 – Michael German Former FBI agent Michael German – Google Search Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at 9:56 AM 1 Share Former FBI agent Michael German – Google Search Sunday October 22nd, 2017 at 9:55 AM Former FBI Agent Micha…

» 1. Trump from mikenova (196 sites): former FBI agents power influence – Google News: A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear… – Canada Free Press
22/10/17 09:59 from Saved Stories – None
Canada Free Press A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear… Canada Free Press To better understand the Feds complete circle of influence , first we have Special Agent Aaron Rouse, who heads up ‘The Las Vegas Terrorist Attack’ investigation for …

» mikenov on Twitter: RT @naturesencore: @realDonaldTrump It has yet to sink into your very tiny brain that 100% of REAL Americans & the population of our allied…
22/10/17 08:27 from 1. My News Blogs from mikenova (2 sites)
@realDonaldTrump It has yet to sink into your very tiny brain that 100% of REAL Americans & the population of our allied countries think you’re a delusional jackass, undermining democracies on a global scale, & implementing Putin…

» Trumpism – Google News: 10 rules of Trumpism | Op-ed Columns | theet.com – The Exponent Telegram (press release)
22/10/17 04:23 from Saved Stories – None
10 rules of Trumpism | Op-ed Columns | theet.com The Exponent Telegram (press release) WASHINGTON — Forget the art of the deal. Nine months into his presidency, Donald Trump has closed no deals, artful or otherwise. So far, all we’ve see…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 4:16 AM 10/22/2017 – This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers…
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4:16 AM 10/22/2017 – This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers, which will address the dilemma… 5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential electio…

» mikenov on Twitter: 4:16 AM 10/22/2017 – This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers… trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2…
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4:16 AM 10/22/2017 – This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers… trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 8:17am mikenov on Twitter

» Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms – The Guardian
22/10/17 04:10 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian Tech giants face Congress as showdown over Russia election meddling looms The Guardian Nonetheless, momentum is building in Congress to start regulating and patrolling the open plains of social media . On Thursday, a biparti…

» trump electorate – Google News: Trump gives Democrats a lifeline – Bowling Green Daily News
22/10/17 04:09 from Saved Stories – None
Gears Of Biz Trump gives Democrats a lifeline Bowling Green Daily News Among its findings: President Donald Trump’s approval rating is at a dismal 37 percent, with his disapproval rating reaching 57 percent. It seems that core group, a t…

» Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News: We’re in a State of paralysis – Victor Paul Borg – Times of Malta
22/10/17 04:09 from Saved Stories – None
We’re in a State of paralysis – Victor Paul Borg Times of Malta Three major international newspapers – The Guardian, The New York Times and The Financial Times – penned strident editorials about the slaying and the wider political contex…

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election …
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5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome The impact of the presumed Russia’s (or any other) interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcom…

» mikenov on Twitter: 5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2…
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5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 8:06am mikenov on Twitter

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 3:05 AM 10/22/2017 – Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination
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3:05 AM 10/22/2017 – Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination Trump Investigations Report | Latest Posts Trump Investigations Report from mikenova (17 sites) Trump Investigations from mikenova (8 sites): 1. Trump from miken…

» mikenov on Twitter: 3:05 AM 10/22/2017 – Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2…
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3:05 AM 10/22/2017 – Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2017/10/2… Posted by mikenov on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 7:07am mikenov on Twitter

» Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination
22/10/17 03:02 from Saved Stories – None
More than 3,000 documents related to the 1963 shooting death have never been publicly released.

» Report: White House Rush-Sending Condolences To Gold Star Families
22/10/17 03:02 from Saved Stories – None
At least three families said they received express-shipped packages from the White House after Trump claimed he called “virtually everybody.”

» Trump Offers $430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides’ Legal Fees In Russian Probe
22/10/17 03:02 from Saved Stories – None
The funds ethical issues if associates have information about the president.

» Donald Trump’s 2012 Yankees Tweet Proves There Really Is A #TweetForEverything
22/10/17 03:02 from Saved Stories – None
Yes, even for Major League Baseball.

» cambridge analytica – Google News: Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained – Vox
22/10/17 03:01 from Saved Stories – None
Vox Cambridge Analytica , the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained Vox The Daily Beast reported last week that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking into a data analytics company call…

» cambridge analytica – Google News: Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter popularity? – Economic Times
22/10/17 03:01 from Saved Stories – None
Economic Times Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter popularity? Economic Times Rahul Gandhi’s ‘resurgence’ on social media also goes hand in hand with another news report claiming that the Congress had roped in Big Data analytics f…

» cambridge analytica – Google News: The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe – Newsday
22/10/17 03:00 from Saved Stories – None
Newsday The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe Newsday A spotlight shines anew on Cambridge Analytica , the company part-owned by the billionaire Mercers of Long Island that has been deeply involved in analyzing and mi…

» Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers – Politico
22/10/17 02:58 from Saved Stories – None
Politico Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers Politico President Donald Trump is committing at least $430,000 from his own wallet to help White House and former campaign staffers pay legal bills tied …

» Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes – USA TODAY
22/10/17 02:57 from Saved Stories – None
USA TODAY Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes USA TODAY WASHINGTON — President Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related…

» Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?
22/10/17 02:57 from Saved Stories – None
If you’re most worried about ads, you’re missing the bigger picture. Source: Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?

» 7:19 AM 10/21/2017 – A network of Russia- affiliated Twitter accounts attempted to fan the flames…
22/10/17 02:56 from Saved Stories – None
Russian propaganda on social media News Review: Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:53:28 +0200 Russian propaganda on social media News Review: Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Selected Articl…

» Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises – Reuters
22/10/17 02:56 from Saved Stories – None
Reuters Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises Reuters SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that if President Donald Trump is unpredictable, it is because his domestic opponent…

» Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’ – Newsweek
22/10/17 02:56 from Saved Stories – None
Newsweek Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump , Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’ Newsweek Putin , who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump’s favor, broke a …

» Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people – video – The Guardian
22/10/17 02:56 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people – video The Guardian Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said the US president, Donald Trump , should be respected because he has a democratic mandate. Speaking to an …

» Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect – WGN-TV
22/10/17 02:55 from Saved Stories – None
WGN-TV Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect WGN-TV RUSSIA — Russian president Vladimir Putin believes President Donald Trump is worthy of more respect from the American people, reports Russian new agency TASS. The state…

» Donald Trump launches desperate last ditch bid to prevent his advisers from flipping on him
22/10/17 02:55 from Saved Stories – None
At the end of a week which saw his own top former White House advisers Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus beginning to cooperate in the investigation against him, Donald Trump is now making a last ditch bid to prevent anyone else from flippi…

» 5:02 PM 10/20/2017 – Roles and Responsibilities for Defending the Nation from Cyber Attack — FBI
22/10/17 02:55 from Saved Stories – None
Roles and Responsibilities for Defending the Nation from Cyber Attack — FBI Friday October 20th, 2017 at 3:12 PM Testimony 1 Share Chairman McCain, Ranking Member Reed, and members of the committee, thank you for the invitation to provid…

» Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is
22/10/17 02:54 from Saved Stories – None
Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is The debate has been long-running: which of Donald Trump’s adult sons is the dumbest? Is it Eric Trump, who seems to know …

» Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” – then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin
22/10/17 02:54 from Saved Stories – None
Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” – then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” – then incoherently babbles about Putin Trump clearly needs …

» George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump – The Guardian
22/10/17 02:54 from Saved Stories – None
The Guardian George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump The Guardian The president has pointedly refused to accept the conclusion of the US intelligence agency that the Russians meddled in the 2016 election against …

» Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation – Law.com
22/10/17 02:53 from Saved Stories – None
Law.com Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation Law.com With the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees looking at Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election , couns…

» All five living former U.S. Presidents to make joint public appearance tonight
22/10/17 02:43 from Saved Stories – None
As major hurricanes began ravaging various regions of the United States and it became clear that the Donald Trump administration wasn’t going to come close to providing a proper disaster response, all five living former U.S. Presid…

» felix sater – Google News: But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’! – The Island.lk
22/10/17 02:42 from Saved Stories – None
But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’! The Island.lk “I mean, I’ve seen him a couple of times; I have met him,” Trump said, in a deposition in a court case involving Sater in 2013. And The New York Times quoted him as sayi…

» The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Mueller
22/10/17 02:42 from Saved Stories – None
Even as Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue to plow their way through Donald Trump’s inner circle in an attempt at pressuring Trump’s underlings to flip on him, another more surprising angle has emerged. The …

» Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers
22/10/17 02:39 from Saved Stories – None
President hails step toward lasting peace and political transition but advisers say militants remain a threat and Assad government newly strengthened Donald Trump on Saturday issued a statement on the Islamic State’s expulsion from Raqqa…

» Donald Trump goes berserk with bizarre Pee Pee Tape denial
22/10/17 02:39 from Saved Stories – None
Of all the things Donald Trump is worried about surfacing in his Trump-Russia scandal, he’s not the most worried about his treasonous election-rigging collusion or even his lifetime of financial crimes. Instead it’s the mythi…

» Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier – The Hill (blog)
22/10/17 02:39 from Saved Stories – None
The Hill (blog) Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier The Hill (blog) President Trump on Saturday renewed his criticism of the controversial dossier alleging that Moscow had compromising information on Trump during the 2016 …

» Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: 2:25 AM 10/22/2017 – The Sewer of Trumpism – TPM (blog) – Selected and Saved News Stories
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2:25 AM 10/22/2017 – The Sewer of Trumpism – TPM (blog) – Selected and Saved News Stories Selected and Saved News Stories – Trump Saved Stories – 1. Trump Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were tiny compared with U.S. fake news Trum…

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» mikenov on Twitter: Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Review In Brief worldwt.com
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» mikenov on Twitter: 3:02 PM 10/23/2017 – Recent Posts on G+  wwtimes.com/2017/10/23/302…
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» mikenov on Twitter: Dave Brubeck – The Essential youtu.be/7AYJOQ09PeU via @YouTube
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WSJ.com: World News: Myanmar Crisis Spurs U.N. Session, al Qaeda Threat

A push by the military that rules Myanmar alongside Aung San Suu Kyi to clear Rohingya villages and drive the Muslim ethnic group into Bangladesh drew the attention on Wednesday of two international organizations: the United Nations Security Council and al Qaeda.

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Hillary Clinton: Without the Comey letter, ‘the evidence shows I would have won’ – CNBC


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House Democrats drop a house on Michael Flynn

Yesterday, Michael Flynn once again refused a request from Congress to testify about his role in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. This was not entirely surprising he’s invoked the Fifth Amendment before but it had a sense of finality about it. I wrote last night that this opened the door for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to drop a house on him. Sure enough, the House Democrats just handed Mueller what he needs.

Congressmen Elijah Cummings and Eliot Engel have sent Robert Mueller evidence that Michael Flynn secretly tried to broker a $100 billion deal between Russia and Saudi Arabia, according to CNN (link). Newsweek first alleged the secret deal this summer (link), but now Congress has gathered enough evidence to prove that Flynn broke the law in the process. This evidence now hands Mueller a loaded weapon to use again Flynn, and he’ll do so in aggressive fashion.

As I wrote last night, don’t be shocked if Mueller has the FBI bust through Michael Flynn’s door, as he did to Paul Manafort, who wasn’t half this uncooperative. At this point Flynn is all but daring Mueller to have him arrested, suggesting that either he’s spitefully willing to go down with the ship, or he’s counting on a pardon from Donald Trump. So this may come down to Mueller’s ability to hit Flynn for his crimes in a way that Trump can’t pardon him.

There are two approaches to that. The first would be for Mueller to bring state level charges against Flynn, which can’t be pardoned. It’s been widely reported that Mueller is taking this approach with Manafort, who lives in New York, and has allegedly violated numerous state laws with his international financial dealings. Mueller would need to find relevant state level charges against Flynn or he could name Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator, which may legally prevent Trump from being able to pardon Flynn at all. Stay tuned.

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Trumps Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both Began During the Election, Evidence Suggests

Congressional investigators are reportedly exploring any connections between two deals brokered by Donald Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater which directly raised Russian interests. The timeline for one of these arrangements is potentially very different than what has been reported widely in the news media. Discussions of the two deals appear to have occurred closer together in time and discussion on both began during the presidential race. The timing is sure to raise the interest of investigators looking into possible links between Trump associates and Russian election interference.

The first arrangement involving Cohen and Sater was a proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow on terms that would be highly lucrative for Donald Trump. Those discussions reportedly began in September 2015 and led to Trump signing a 17-page letter of intent in late October 2015. Cohen said he discussed the project with Trump three times. The project went so far as to include soliciting building designs from architects and preliminary discussions about possible financing. According to Cohen, he personally decided to end the deal in late January 2016.

The second dealing with Cohen and Slater involved a back channel plan for handling Ukraine and Russia. Most all news outlets and analysis start the timeline for this plan in January 2017, but there is reason to believe it began much earlier.

The Ukrainian proposal has been called a peace plan by some, but that is a misnomer. The proposal involved unwinding Russian sanctions on favorable terms to Moscow, and the use of derogatory information against the current Ukrainian leadership. The idea was hatched by Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko, who told the Times that he received encouragement for his plans from Putins top aides. Discussing the terms of the proposal, Ukraines Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly said, Such ideas can be pitched or pushed through only by those openly or covertly representing Russian interests. Cohen reportedly hand delivered the Ukraine dossier to then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in the White House in the week before Flynns resignation.

The question is even if Cohen delivered the dossier in early 2017, when did the discussions of the Ukraine plan involving Cohen, Sater, and Artemenko begin?

The New York Times reported, it was late January when the three men associated with the proposed plan converged on the Loews Regency, a luxury hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan to discuss Artemenkos ideas. Cohen later acknowledged to Business insider that he met with Artemenko in New York to discuss the plan but said it was only under 10 minutes.

(Cohen has told many different and conflicting stories about the Ukraine dossier.)

The discussions between Artemenko, Sater, and Cohen began long before January 2017, according to Artemenko. In an interview with a Ukrainian news outlet, Artemenko said that he began discussions with Cohen and Sater at the time of the primaries, when no one believed that Trump would even be nominated. Talking Point Memo reported on this interview in February 2017 (see also Josh Marshalls assessment that the Ukrainian news outlet is a legitimate publication).

It would surely be significant for the special counsel and congressional investigations if Cohens discussions involving the Ukraine plan began during the presidential election season. It is even more significant if, indeed, the plan came with Russian backing, as Artemenko and Ambassador Chaly both suggest. Even Cohen, in explaining the reason he met with Artemenko in January saidArtemenko told him the proposal was acknowledged by Russian authorities would create world peace.

It would also be significant that both deals involved Cohen and Slater in this time period. If the discussions on the Ukraine plan occurred during the primaries, when no one believed that Trump would even be nominated, that would be much closer in time to the emails between Cohen and Sater on Trump Tower in Moscow. Those emails include Sater telling Cohen, I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.

If the Ukraine discussions began in early 2016, other parts of the timeline also become significant. Those include bringing Paul Manafort onto the campaign in March 2016, with his ties to Ukraine including his work on the behalf of  the same pro-Kremlin political groups to which Artemenko belongs. The Trump team then changedthe Republican party platform on Ukraine in July 2016, which they later denied. On July 30, Trump told ABC News George Stephanopoulos that he was open to recognizing Russias control of Crimea.

Finally, it is worth considering why exactly the deal involving Trump Tower in Moscow discontinued.

Cohen has insisted that the reasons for pursuing the deal and for abandoning it were unrelated to the campaign and involved purely business determinations. In a two-page statement to the House Intelligence Committee on August 28, 2017, Cohen said:

The Trump Tower Moscow proposal was not related in any way to Mr. Trumps presidential campaign.The decision to pursue the proposal initially, and later to abandon it, was unrelated to the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. Both I and the Trump Organization were evaluating this proposal and many others from solely a business standpoint, and rejected going forward on that basis.

Sater tells a different story. According to the New York Times: Sater said he had been working on a plan for a Trump Tower in Moscow one that he said had come to a halt because of Mr. Trumps presidential campaign. Sater also told Talking Points Memo: Once the campaign was really going-going, it was obvious there were going to be no deals internationally. Sater said, It didnt go through because obviously he became President. Saters statements suggest the plan may have only been temporarily suspended due to the campaign and would have potentially proceeded if Trump had not been elected.

The Ukraine project was different. The Trump team was able to shift the Republican party in the direction of the Kremlins interests on Ukraine during the campaign itself. Almost as soon as they came into office, Trumps team then  began unusual efforts to unwind Russian sanctions.

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Shuttered Facebook group linked to Russia organized anti-immigrant rallies across Texas – Business Insider


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Casey Michel, a journalist who has spent years tracing US secession movements to Russia, tracked the group’s activity throughout the election and determined it was more than just a platform for far-right Texas secessionists. Several signs pointed to 

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Mike Flynn’s Son Is Subject of Federal Russia Probe – NBCNews.com


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Trumps Moscow Tower and Back-Channel Ukraine Dossier: Both Began During the Election, Evidence Suggests

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Congressional investigators are reportedly exploring any connections between two deals brokered by Donald Trumps lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater which directly raised Russian interests. The timeline for one of these arrangements is potentially very different than what has been reported widely in the news media. Discussions of the two deals appear to have occurred closer together in time and discussion on both began during the presidential race. The timing is sure to raise the interest of investigators looking into possible links between Trump associates and Russian election interference.

The first arrangement involving Cohen and Sater was a proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow on terms that would be highly lucrative for Donald Trump. Those discussions reportedly began in September 2015 and led to Trump signing a 17-page letter of intent in late October 2015. Cohen said he discussed the project with Trump three times. The project went so far as to include soliciting building designs from architects and preliminary discussions about possible financing. According to Cohen, he personally decided to end the deal in late January 2016.

The second dealing with Cohen and Slater involved a back channel plan for handling Ukraine and Russia. Most all news outlets and analysis start the timeline for this plan in January 2017, but there is reason to believe it began much earlier.

The Ukrainian proposal has been called a peace plan by some, but that is a misnomer. The proposal involved unwinding Russian sanctions on favorable terms to Moscow, and the use of derogatory information against the current Ukrainian leadership. The idea was hatched by Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko, who told the Times that he received encouragement for his plans from Putins top aides. Discussing the terms of the proposal, Ukraines Ambassador to the United States, Valeriy Chaly said, Such ideas can be pitched or pushed through only by those openly or covertly representing Russian interests. Cohen reportedly hand delivered the Ukraine dossier to then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in the White House in the week before Flynns resignation.

The question is even if Cohen delivered the dossier in early 2017, when did the discussions of the Ukraine plan involving Cohen, Sater, and Artemenko begin?

The New York Times reported, it was late January when the three men associated with the proposed plan converged on the Loews Regency, a luxury hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan to discuss Artemenkos ideas. Cohen later acknowledged to Business insider that he met with Artemenko in New York to discuss the plan but said it was only “under 10 minutes.”

(Cohen has told many different and conflicting stories about the Ukraine dossier.)

The discussions between Artemenko, Sater, and Cohen began long before January 2017, according to Artemenko. In an interview with a Ukrainian news outlet, Artemenko said that he began discussions with Cohen and Sater at the time of the primaries, when no one believed that Trump would even be nominated. Talking Point Memo reported on this interview in February 2017 (see also Josh Marshalls assessment that the Ukrainian news outlet is a legitimate publication).

It would surely be significant for the special counsel and congressional investigations if Cohens discussions involving the Ukraine plan began during the presidential election season. It is even more significant if, indeed, the plan came with Russian backing, as Artemenko and Ambassador Chaly both suggest. Even Cohen, in explaining the reason he met with Artemenko in January said Artemenko told him the proposal “was acknowledged by Russian authorities would create world peace.

It would also be significant that both deals involved Cohen and Slater in this time period. If the discussions on the Ukraine plan occurred during “the primaries, when no one believed that Trump would even be nominated, that would be much closer in time to the emails between Cohen and Sater on Trump Tower in Moscow. Those emails include Sater telling Cohen, I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected. Buddy our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.

If the Ukraine discussions began in early 2016, other parts of the timeline also become significant. Those include bringing Paul Manafort onto the campaign in March 2016, with his ties to Ukraine including his work on the behalf of  the same pro-Kremlin political groups to which Artemenko belongs. The Trump team then changed the Republican party platform on Ukraine in July 2016, which they later denied. On July 30, Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he was open to recognizing Russia’s control of Crimea.

Finally, it is worth considering why exactly the deal involving Trump Tower in Moscow discontinued.

Cohen has insisted that the reasons for pursuing the deal and for abandoning it were unrelated to the campaign and involved purely business determinations. In a two-page statement to the House Intelligence Committee on August 28, 2017, Cohen said:

The Trump Tower Moscow proposal was not related in any way to Mr. Trumps presidential campaign.The decision to pursue the proposal initially, and later to abandon it, was unrelated to the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. Both I and the Trump Organization were evaluating this proposal and many others from solely a business standpoint, and rejected going forward on that basis.

Sater tells a different story. According to the New York Times: Sater “said he had been working on a plan for a Trump Tower in Moscow one that he said had come to a halt because of Mr. Trumps presidential campaign. Sater also told Talking Points Memo: Once the campaign was really going-going, it was obvious there were going to be no deals internationally. Sater said, It didnt go through because obviously he became President. Sater’s statements suggest the plan may have only been temporarily suspended due to the campaign and would have potentially proceeded if Trump had not been elected.

The Ukraine project was different. The Trump team was able to shift the Republican party in the direction of the Kremlin’s interests on Ukraine during the campaign itself. Almost as soon as they came into office, Trump’s team then began unusual efforts to unwind Russian sanctions.

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Q&A with Andy Wright on Flynn, Subpoenas and Privileged Information

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CNN reported Tuesday that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, has twice declined to comply with a subpoena to appear as a witness before the Senate intelligence committee. He first did so in May, and has more recently refused a second request from the committee, asserting his Fifth Amendment rights. The House Intelligence Committee has also subpoenaed him. In March, Flynn offered to testify before both committees in exchange for immunity from prosecution but neither committee took him up on the offer. More news about Flynn came Wednesday morning: House Democrats say they have evidence that he failed to disclose a trip he took to the Middle East to help broker a $100 billion deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia’s nuclear power agency when he reapplied for his security clearance in 2015, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, at the White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president’s spokeswoman, has accused former FBI  Director James Comey of various misdeeds each time shes taken the podium this week. On Monday, she said hed given false testimony” and accused him of “leaking privileged information to journalists.” When asked by a reporter if she was saying that Comey had perjured himself when testifying before Congress, she said, I think that’s something, probably, for [the Justice Department] to look at, not me.  I’m not an attorney. On Tuesday, she repeated the allegation that Comey leaked privileged government information, and took it a step further saying, His actions were improper and likely could have been illegal, but later she said, But I’m not here to ever direct DOJ into actions that they should take.

To try to make sense of the latest news, I turned to Just Security’s Andy Wright, my go-to expert on congressional investigations.

Q. How is Flynn able to refuse these congressional subpoenas?

A. Broadly speaking, Flynn may be able to resist a subpoena compelling him to offer testimony that is the subject of Flynns valid assertion of a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. It is clear that Flynn faces significant criminal exposure, especially for alleged false statements to FBI agents who interviewed him about the nature of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. Congress, like a court, has the ability to issue a subpoena to compel testimony. Also, like a court or a grand jury, Flynn may assert the Fifth Amendment in the face of compelled testimony in front of Congress. At that point, Congress can either grant use immunity under its statutory authorities, 18 USC 6002 and 18 USC 6005. No congressional committee has done so, so unless Flynn has waived privilege, evidence of which I have not seen, Congress cannot compel his testimony.

The distinction between a committees subpoena and a request for testimony is legally significant. Based on the media reporting Ive seen to date, I cant tell whether there was a second subpoena issued or whether the first subpoena is still driving the committee demands.

For more information on assertions of the Fifth in front of Congress, see pp. 25-36 of Congressional Due Process.  For more information on immunity grants, see pp. 31-32 of the Congressional Oversight Manual.

Q. Are there any further steps the Senate Intelligence Committee can take to compel him to testify?

A. First, Congress could offer him immunity. However, doing so could frustrate the parallel criminal investigation because it would require prosecutors to demonstrate they did not rely on any immunized testimony, even for leads derived therefrom, in any subsequent prosecution. The statutes require consultation with the Department of Justice, which here would be chiefly the Special Counsel.

Second, if the committee chair and colleagues rule that Flynn has waived privilege, they could seek to hold him in contempt of Congress. I have yet to see facts sufficient to support a ruling of waiver. The committee could insist that Flynn appear in order to assert the Fifth in person under oath, however I am of the general view that such a requirement is designed more for public shaming than to serve a legal purpose when counsel has represented Flynns intent to assert.

Q. Why hasnt the Senate Intelligence Committee held him in contempt yet?

A. The committee has not held Flynn in contempt because Flynn is acting within his constitutional right to remain silent when in legal jeopardy.

Q. Refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena doesnt look great. What do you think Flynns strategy is? Whats his cost-benefit analysis here?

A. There are lots of reasons to try to avoid asserting the Fifth Amendment in highly scrutinized and politicized cases such as the Russia investigations. While the privilege is designed to protect both the guilty and the innocent from prosecutorial overreach, it comes with great reputational damage in fact. In my best judgment as an observer, two things are informing Flynns strategy: (1) he faces a clear and present likelihood of indictment for at least a False Statements felony under 18 USC 1001. and (2) Flynn has already had his lawyer publicly signal his intent to assert the Fifth. Reputational damage has already been priced into Flynns defense teams calculations. At this point, the whole game for Flynn is avoiding conviction and jail time.

Q. Does Special Counsel Robert Mueller have tools to compel testimony not available to congressional investigators?

A. Like Congress, Mueller can offer immunity. Unlike Congress, however, a prosecutor also use charging decisions as leverage for testimony and or plea bargains. For example, lets say Muellers grand jury had probable cause to indict Flynn for, say, a Logan Act violation, three FARA criminal offenses, and two False Statement offenses. Mueller could offer to proceed with only a single felony count of False Statements in return for a guilty plea and a favorable sentencing recommendation predicated on substantial assistance to the government, including testimony before Congress and the Grand Jury.

Another interesting idea: During Watergate, Judge John Sirica used sentencing to leverage congressional testimony from several figures who were convicted in criminal trials but had used the Fifth Amendment as a shield against Congress. There is some doubt about whether that methodology is viable today, both in the context of the federal sentencing guidelines and more recent Fifth Amendment waiver cases, but it is worthy of contemplation.

Q. If Flynn did indeed take this trip and fail to disclose it on his security clearance form, is that significant?

A. An undisclosed effort to help broker a deal for Russian government entities is a huge revelation in the context of the Russia investigations. It could be significant legally as it relates to FARA, False Statements, or Espionage Act investigations. The legal significance for each would turn on the nature of Flynns role in the deal and his mental state about the failure to disclose.

Q. At this point, is it safe to say that Flynn has some serious criminal liability?

A. Flynn is in significant legal jeopardy of criminal prosecution.

Q. What is Huckabee Sanders talking about when she says Comey leaked privileged information? Was the information privileged? Even if it can be argued that it was, is this crime?

A. What Comey did appears to me to be no worse than former officials, like Robert Gates, disclosing Oval Office conversations in their books. I have been critical of that practice, but I do not believe it is illegal.

Presidential communications with senior advisers are presumptively amenable to an assertion of executive privilege by the president. In addition, the Executive Branch has significant confidentiality interests in open criminal investigation files, which have also at times been shielded by presidential assertions of executive privilege.

There are a couple of problems for the Huckabee Sanders argument here, however. First, it is not clear that Comeys conversations with President Trump, as reported, constituted advice in any traditional sense. In fact, it may have been evidence of criminal conduct by the president. Second, President Trump has not asserted executive privilege over those memos or Comeys testimony. The act of the presidents assertion of privilege itself has significance because it means the president thinks the threat posed by the information to the institution of the executive branch is worth internalizing the political costs of appearing to try to hide something. President Trump has not done so. Instead, his staff is trying to complain about leaks without onboarding the costs.

I do not see Comey facing any criminal liability for disclosures of unclassified material, even if it were the potential subject of an assertion of executive privilege. He may have violated a Department of Justice policy or regulation, but I would have to defer to subject matter experts on that.

Finally, like just about every single lawyer in America, I would strongly advise the White House staff to stop pundit-like commentary from the podium about an ongoing criminal investigation touching on the president and his associates. It is only worsening matters for the White House and the presidency as institutions.

Q. Is there any evidence that Comey gave false testimony? If he did, what are the consequences?

A. Any time two witness provide divergent and irreconcilable sworn testimony as to a material event, either one could be accused of perjury, which is a felony.  A prosecutor would need to come to the judgment that one of the actors is lying and there is sufficient evidence to mount a successful prosecution. The evidence would consist of the statements, documents, indications of motive, timelines, context, character, and so forth. Here, Comey has had a consistent story about his interactions with President Trump, one that he reportedly told to senior FBI officials in real time, and one that he documented with memoranda in real time, all of which occurred prior to his termination by the president. On the presidents side, there have been inconsistent, post-hoc rationales offered. What we havent seen, and Mueller will, is what other relevant witnesses say about these matters both on the White House staff and in the front office of the FBI. As to character, Comey has been accused of sanctimony but his truthfulness has not really come into question in the past. President Trump, however, has a long history of exaggeration and dishonesty. As for honesty, the Trump White House is made of glass and Huckabee Sanders ought not throw stones.

Q. Is it appropriate for the White House spokeswoman to be suggesting what the Department of Justice should be looking into?

A. No. It is wholly inappropriate for the White House to exert pressure as to investigative targets from the podium. We need evenhanded administration of justice. That means that the presidents constitutional duty to take care that laws be faithfully executed means that his White House staff should not politically interfere in criminal investigations, especially when it is self-serving to a president under investigation. I am currently 25 pages into a draft law review article called Justice Department Independence and White House Control that explains why in great detail.

Q. Are any of her comments relevant to Muellers obstruction of justice investigation?

A. Only at the margins. To the extent Huckabee Sanders makes representations about the truthfulness of the presidents account of events, Mueller may want to explore the basis of her knowledge.

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Central and Eastern Europe’s Crisis of Convergence

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Britain’s exit from the European Union will deprive Central and Eastern European governments of a key ally when

it comes to EU reform

. Like them, the United Kingdom sees the bloc as a trade association among countries not necessarily interested in developing supranational structures. London has been skeptical of proposals to federalize the European Union and has obtained multiple opt-outs from initiatives such as the euro or the passport-free Schengen area. For Poland and Hungary, a United Kingdom that defends these views from within the EU was a much more valuable ally than a country that is on its way out of the bloc and uncertain about its future.

In addition, the impact of the British referendum was so profound that most EU leaders now understand that they cannot remain immobile. In recent months, there has been a plethora of proposals for EU reform. Most are in an embryonic phase, and many will be watered down or shelved. But there is a common narrative that makes Central and Eastern Europe nervous. Most of the plans involve the eurozone, not the European Union as a whole. This makes sense, as the crisis of the past decade focused primarily on the currency union, and its members are particularly driven to solve its pending problems. But underneath this seemingly pragmatic view, there is a deeper message: The European Union is the eurozone, and the countries that do not use the euro are not as relevant as those that do.

This connects directly to the concept of a “

multi-speed Europe

,” a Continental bloc where some countries deepen their integration while others do not. The European Union already moves at different speeds because, for example, some countries use the euro while others don’t, and some countries take part in the Schengen Agreement while others don’t. But so far, the official goal of the European Union is that at some point all its member states will reach the same level of integration. If the European Union were to abandon its pledge of an “ever closer union,” the political and institutional environment on the Continent would be severely disrupted. It would mean that for first time the bloc is officially acknowledging the existence of first- and second-tier member states.

This is a worrisome prospect for Central and Eastern Europe. The region depends on the European Union for trade, investment, subsidies and, to some extent, security. The Czech Republic and Slovakia are intimately connected to the German economy. Poland and Romania see membership as a part of

their security strategy

, which consists of having as many international alliances as possible to deter Russian aggression. Should these countries opt out, or be excluded, from the next stage of Continental reform, some would have to rely on the United States for investment, protection or energy imports. But the White House may not be as interested in subsidizing Polish farmers or paying for Romania’s roads as Brussels is.

Since the end of the Cold War, peace and prosperity in Central and Eastern Europe were the result of a combination of close ties with the United States and of membership in the European Union and NATO. If any of these factors is removed from the equation, entire national strategies have to be revised. A point could be made that in the case of weaker ties between Central and Eastern Europe and the rest of the European Union, NATO membership could be enough to provide security to the region. But security is not only connected to the military. Over the past two decades, EU membership has meant more solid institutions, more transparent democracies and a stronger rule of law in the former Communist bloc. All of these reduce the room for Russian manipulation, especially when Moscow’s strategy is based on exploiting institutional shortcomings, not just on military intervention.

Difficult Choices Ahead

Slovakia and the Czech Republic have already suggested that they intend to remain as close as possible to the Continent’s biggest players. Their decisions are motivated by economic and historical reasons, because they are former members of the Holy Roman Empire that are intimately connected to the German economy. But the choice will be harder for Poland and Hungary, which are governed by nationalist forces that see the European Union’s federalist and post-national aspirations as a threat to their national sovereignty and identity.

Geopolitics suggests that Poland should want to remain as close as possible to Western Europe. The existence of Poland as a nation, located in the heart of the North European Plain and easy to invade, has been challenged traditionally by

Germany and Russia

, forcing Warsaw to seek as many foreign allies as possible. Germany is no longer an immediate threat, but Poland still feels an intense sense of urgency — more than its peers in the Visegrad Group — when it comes to Russia. And this is where Polish and Hungarian imperatives diverge, because Budapest does not perceive an external threat the way Warsaw does.

It is also possible that the nationalist governments in Warsaw and Budapest are only an exception and that sooner or later pro-European administrations could return to power. In fact, there have been large demonstrations against both governments in recent years. So far, the contradiction between criticizing the European Union and enjoying the benefits of membership has not led to any meaningful consequences in the rebel countries. As the prospect of weaker ties with the bloc becomes more real, voters could return to pro-EU leaders. But the more the nationalist rhetoric takes root in these countries, the harder it will be for them to change direction.

But Central and Eastern European countries are not the only ones facing strategic choices; dilemmas lie ahead for Western European countries as well. In recent weeks France has criticized Poland and Hungary, suggesting that

their participation is not essential

 for the next stage of EU reform. In addition, France and Austria have pledged to restrict the use of an EU program that allows Central and Eastern European nationals to find temporary jobs in Western Europe. EU officials, in turn, have threatened to suspend voting rights and even to cut funding for countries that fail to follow the bloc’s rules.

But enforcing these threats could fuel new waves of nationalism in the region. A weaker EU presence in Central and Eastern Europe could lead to illiberal and unstable states on the bloc’s eastern flank, creating political, economic and even security threats for the European Union. Such a scenario would profoundly worry Germany. The fate of the region may be a secondary concern for France, but Germany sees the area as its natural sphere of economic and political influence. In the coming debate on the future of Europe, Berlin will probably seek to be involved in the region as much as possible. This could come at the price of compromises and watered-down EU policies to accommodate the region.

Roadblocks to Reform

The question of whether Central and Eastern Europe will let go of the EU is intimately linked to the question of whether the EU will let go of the region. And, all things considered, a multi-speed Europe may never happen. As well as managing existing East-West tensions, EU reforms have to

overcome

 the grating relationships between Europe’s northern and southern members, which have different views of the bloc’s future. Regardless, the mere discussion of a reformed European Union is enough to trigger strategic discussions in Central and Eastern Europe. After all, this is a region where the fate of nations is often determined by events beyond their borders.

For the European Union, the main challenge will be to find a balance between countries that want to deepen cooperation on monetary, fiscal, defense and migration affairs and countries that are reluctant to give up their national sovereignty. Without the United Kingdom, the ability of Central and Eastern Europe countries to shape the negotiations will be heavily constrained, forcing those countries to make decisions that they have been able to avoid for two decades.

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Strategic coordination between Robert Mueller and Congress is paying off in Trump-Russia probe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Just Security: The Early Edition: August 11, 2017

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

NORTH KOREA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTH KOREA: MEDIA RESPONSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

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

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

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

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

RUSSIA

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

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

SOUTH CHINA SEA

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

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

SYRIA

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

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

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY

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

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

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trump Plans to Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But not everyone in the community is so sure.

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

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

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

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

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“Are there any Russians here?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But equally, it was clearly a significant step.

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

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

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

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

Russia: Eight missing in flooded diamond mine

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

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

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

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

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

One man was rescued on Saturday morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos Show Russian President Vladimir Putin on Vacation

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

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

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

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

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

Mueller seeks White House documents on Flynn, asks about secret

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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