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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Sebastian Rotella
Putin, Russian Hacks, Russia

US Considered Declaring Russia ‘State Sponsor Of Terror’

Instead, the Trump administration continued a longtime U.S. policy of treating Russia as a partner in fighting terrorism even as evidence of its misbehavior mounts.

May 22, 2018
John Bolton

Former Colleagues Warn Bolton Distorted Intelligence Data

Bolton, who was then the State Department’s undersecretary for arms control issues, included a warning about the Cuban threat in a draft of a speech and sent it around the department for the necessary clearance. A biological warfare analyst wrote back that Bolton’s proposed comments overstated what U.S. intelligence agencies really knew about the matter, and, as routinely happens, suggested some small changes.

March 31, 2018
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State Department Likely To Extend Cuts To U.S. Embassy In Cuba

Six months after the State Department pulled most of its diplomats from Havana because of mysterious incidents that injured 24 Americans, the Trump administration is poised to make the reductions permanent. The decision could affect U.S. intelligence, Cuban migration and support for Cuban human rights advocates.

March 3, 2018

Russian Politician Who Reportedly Sent Millions To NRA Has Long History In Spain

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica. As the Spanish police investigated the presence of a notorious Russian organized crime group on the resort island of Mallorca in 2012, they realized that a key figure described by some of the suspects as their “godfather” was a powerful Moscow politician: Alexander Torshin. Spanish prosecutors decided in the summer […]

January 20, 2018
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Truck Attacks: A Sign Of ISIS Weakness, But Hard To Stop

As ISIS loses territory on the battlefield, U.S. counterterror officials have been bracing for the sort of lone-actor vehicle assault that left eight people dead yesterday in lower Manhattan. The question that lingers for all of the world’s major cities is what more can be done to protect against such attacks.

November 2, 2017
Russian President Putin attends forum and answers media's questions

Russia’s Shadow-War In A Wary Europe

Nonetheless, Russian influence campaigns find a more welcoming political atmosphere in Europe than in the United States. After all, leftist parties in France, Italy and other nations had strong ideological and financial ties to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. There is also a pro-Russian tradition, often fomented by anti-Americanism, among some rightist and nationalist parties.

April 20, 2017
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Former ‘Border Czar’ Gives Real Facts About Immigration

Alan Bersin, who spent almost five years as President Clinton’s “border czar,” says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America.

February 14, 2017
Trump, Intelligence Community

Intelligence Officer: Trump’s Conflict With Spy Agencies Creates ‘Dangerous Moment’

In the short term, if the president just ignores the intelligence community that’s obviously extremely dangerous, because the decisions won’t be made based on the facts. But in the long run, you can actually have an impact on the intelligence community itself. So that a young person coming out of a graduate program decides instead of going to the CIA, I’m going to instead go to Goldman Sachs, and make a lot more money anyway.

January 16, 2017