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The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
RNC: Trump Supports Intel Community, Is Tougher on Russia Than Obama
Olivier Douliery-Pool/GettyAfter a week of statements, clarifications, and the use of a double negative in the aftermath of President Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Republican National Committee thinks that Trump supports the intelligence community and was tough on Russia by standing with Ukraine and NATO.

The Committee's talking points, reviewed by The Daily Beast, assert that the president "accepts the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia meddled in the 2016 election," despite Trump expressing the opposite sentiment during his press conference with Putin on Monday.

"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be..." Trump said while standing beside the Russian president in Helsinki. "So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."

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The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
Rob Reiner: President Trump Is a Russian ‘Asset' and ‘We Are in Dire Trouble'
Neilson Barnard/GettyRob Reiner doesn't mince words when describing our national state of affairs: "Never before in our country's history has the truth been more under attack, and the press under attack. Just yesterday, [Trump] called the press, again, the enemy of the people. That's the classic authoritarian playbook, right there. We're living in a time that's really crazy."

Such political outspokenness isn't uncommon for the 71-year-old director and actor, who's spent the past two years making his feelings well known about Donald Trump. Those sentiments can also be felt, just below the surface, in his new film Shock and Awe, which—as its title implies—is about the last time journalists were tasked with investigating a president's controversial conduct: the 2003 Iraq War. Focused on the efforts of real-life Knight Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay (Woody Harrelson) and Joe Galloway (James Marsden) to expose the Bush administration's deceptions about weapons of mass destruction, it's a saga of journalistic courage and integrity in the face of corrupt duplicity. Co-starring Jessica Biel, Milla Jovovich, Tommy Lee Jones and the filmmaker himself as Knight Ridder editor John Walcott, Reiner's righteous ripped-from-the-headlines drama plays like a kindred spirit to Tom McCarthy's Oscar-winning


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Washington Post PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Putin isn't welcome in Congress, Pelosi says
The House minority leader called the Russian leader a ‘tyrant' and said it was ‘beyond belief' that President Trump would invite him to Washington.

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BBC Talking PointJul 20, 2018
Theresa May says EU must 'evolve' its Brexit position
The UK and EU agree there should be no hard border post-Brexit, but are at odds on how to achieve it.

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CNN PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Republicans confirm Charlotte for site of 2020 convention
It's official: The 2020 Republican National Convention will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
Inside Steve Bannon's Right-Wing Foundation Planning to Hijack Europe
MARTIN DIVISEK/EPA-EFE/REX/ShutterstockLONDON—Steve Bannon plans to go toe-to-toe with George Soros and spark a right-wing revolution in Europe.

Trump's former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring.

The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research for a ragtag band of right-wingers who are surging all over Europe, in many cases without professional political structures or significant budgets.

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Reuters PoliticsJul 20, 2018
U.S. lawmakers cut anti-ZTE measure from defense bill
U.S. lawmakers cut measures from a defense bill that would have reinstated sanctions on China's ZTE Corp, abandoning an attempt to punish the company for illegally shipping U.S. products to Iran and North Korea.

CNN PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playboy model
President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, secretly made a recording of his conversation between himself and the future President discussing payments to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who has alleged an affair with Trump, The New York Times reported Friday.

CNN PoliticsJul 20, 2018
White House touts Kavanaugh's skills as a professor ... as well as his 'great hair'
A White House news release issued Friday morning touted praise for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his former law students on his prowess as a professor -- as well as his hair.

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Lawmakers cut anti-ZTE measure from must-pass bill: source
U.S. lawmakers who reached an agreement on a must-pass defense bill cut from the legislation a measure that would have made it harder for the president to undo sanctions slapped on China's ZTE Corp, a congressional source said on Friday.

The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
Seb Gorka in Talks to Be Salem Radio's New Host, as Network Plots a ‘Coup' Against Its Trump Critics
Mark Wilson/GettySalem Radio Network, a national right-wing news and talk radio operation that's home to prominent conservative voices such as Hugh Hewitt and Lou Dobbs, is looking to bring on Sebastian Gorka, the controversial, firebrand ex-Trump adviser, as one of its new hosts.

According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, the ousted White House official and Steve Bannon ally has been in talks with Salem, which recently approached him about joining their lineup as one of the daily on-air personalities. It is not clear if any deal has been inked or if Gorka has made a final decision yet. Salem did not immediately respond to requests for comment on this story.

When reached for comment by The Daily Beast on Friday early evening, Gorka would not say whether he will join the right-leaning media outfit. Instead, he berated the reporter for referring to him by his first name, "Sebastian," adding: "You don't fucking know me."

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CNN PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Trump team worries: Could Helsinki disaster strengthen Mueller's hand?
Donald Trump's legal team and close allies are increasingly concerned that the President's widely panned performance standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week could strengthen the hand of special counsel Robert Mueller at a critical time.

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Fox PoliticsJul 20, 2018
RNC members say Trump's Helsinki comments unlikely to affect midterm elections
Republican National Committee members appear unfazed by President Trump's controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing the backlash won't end up hurting the party in the midterms.

The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
Mueller Finally Solves Mysteries About Russia's ‘Fancy Bear' Hackers
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastWhen Robert Mueller's grand jury handed down an indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officers last week, one name in the 29-page document was instantly familiar to security experts who've been on the trail of one of the Internet's most notorious hacker groups.

Known variously as Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Pawn Storm, Strontium, Tsar Team, Sednit, and APT28, the Russian hackers that did the intrusions for the Kremlin's election interference campaign have been active for 12 years, breaching NATO, Obama's White House, a French television station, the World Anti-Doping Agency and countless NGOs, and militaries and civilian agencies in Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

For nearly as long, security researchers have been hot on Fancy Bear's tracks. Without Mueller's access to spy agency intel, the researchers know the hackers by their fruits —the methods they use, the maze of covert servers undergirding their campaigns, and, most of all, their code. Where some other state-sponsored attackers prefer off-the-shelf malware, Fancy Bear is known for mostly staying in-house, developing and continuously improving dozens of purpose-built tools. Whenever one of those programs gets captured in the wild, researchers pick it apart for new insights into the Fancy Bear's methods.



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CNN PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Trump-backing congressman doesn't want a 2nd Putin summit in Washington
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New York Times PoliticsJul 20, 2018
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CNN PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Pompeo says a second Trump-Putin meeting is 'all to the good'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a second meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin would be "all to the good."

Washington Post PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Ohio State has more than 100 firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by former athletic doctor
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Washington Post PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Russian firm indicted in special counsel probe cites Kavanaugh decision to argue that charge should be dismissed
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New York Times PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Trump Doubles Down on Russia. The Spies Shake Their Heads in Disbelief.
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BBC PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Labour accuses PM of 'blatantly untrue excuses' in chief whip pairing row
Theresa May insists her chief whip made an "honest mistake" when he told an MP to break a vote pact.

The Daily BeastJul 20, 2018
Revealed: China's Stealth Lobbying to Undercut a Pentagon Bill
GettyAs lawmakers from the House and Senate hammer out the details of a major defense spending bill, the Chinese government is quietly pushing Congress to remove language that it deems "negative" towards Beijing, The Daily Beast has learned.

Hong Lei, the consul general of the Chinese consulate in Chicago, sent a four-page letter dated June 26 to U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) objecting to nine sections in the House version of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including sections relating to missile defense exercises, Arctic policy, Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Chinese meddling in democracies, and Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes.

Hong also criticized the NDAA's designation of China as a U.S. "strategic competitor," saying that the term reflected a "cold-war and zero-sum game mentality," according to a copy of the letter reviewed by The Daily Beast.

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Fox PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Spicer harbored doubts about taking press secretary's job
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The Daily BeastJul 19, 2018
Poll: Half of Americans Think Trump Acted ‘Treasonous' in Helsinki
Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily BeastPresident Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his extraordinary performance at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki, dismissing the "many haters" who wanted to see "a boxing match."

Americans are far from convinced, according to a new Daily Beast/Ipsos poll.

Nearly half of the respondents (49 percent) said they agreed with assessments that Trump's performance at the summit could be described as "treasonous." That included 21 percent of Republican respondents. By contrast, a mere quarter (27 percent) of respondents disagreed with the assessment of treasonous behavior.

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The Daily BeastJul 19, 2018
‘You Are Either With Trump or You Are Against Him,' Says Bannon, as Putin Mayhem Tests President's Grip on GOP
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastOnce again, Donald Trump has crossed what had seemed an inviolable political line, and once again his former top strategist Steve Bannon says the party can either follow the new path he's blazing to be victory or be left behind.

Multiple West Wing officials who spoke to The Daily Beast this week, following the president's widely panned summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, compared the mood in the White House to that after other notoriously chaotic episodes of the Trump era. One source half-joked they'd been "triggered" into a flashback of the Charlottesville atrocity, when the president refused to unequivocally condemn violent Nazis.

The gloom was more pronounced outside the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue where GOP lawmakers and top party fundraisers fretted that the fallout of Helsinki—alongside the president's seeming penchant for damaging political drama—could undermine the party's hopes to retain control of the House.

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Department of Homeland Security NewsJun 06, 2018
Written testimony of I&A Under Secretary and OGC for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled "S. 2836, the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018: Countering Malicious Drones"
Release Date: June 6, 2018342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for inviting DHS to speak with you today. We appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) role in countering threats from small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in our National Airspace System (NAS).

Introduction First, we would like to thank the Committee for its attention to this issue and holding this hearing to highlight the critical importance of the interagency efforts to secure the national airspace. We would also specifically thank Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and the other members of this committee for introducing and cosponsoring a bill that would specifically address our equities in this area - this is a monumental step forward. With enactment of this proposal, Congress would reduce risks to public safety and national security, which will help to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the NAS and ensure that the United States remains a global leader in UAS innovation.

DHS continues to strongly support the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS integration efforts. As the safe integration of commercial and private UAS into the NAS continues, this technology also presents increasing security challenges that require a layered and parallel government security response from federal partners to protect the public from misuse of this technology. The misuse of this technology poses unique security challenges. Generally, examples of UAS-related t

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