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Washington Post PoliticsJul 21, 2018
Trump's Putin fallout: Inside the White House's tumultuous week of walk backs
For Trump and his White House, the days that followed the Helsinki summit amounted to an unofficial Walk Back Week.

Drudge ReportJul 21, 2018
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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.

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.

Drudge ReportJul 20, 2018
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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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Washington Post PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Former GOP House intelligence chair: 'Advantage Putin'
Top intelligence officials repeated sentiments about a Russian threat Friday.

Huffington Post PoliticsJul 20, 2018
Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bring A Joint Progressive Push To Kansas
The senator from Vermont and the young congressional nominee from NYC help campaign for House seat candidate Brent Welder and a leftward tilt in the Plains.

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
Ocasio-Cortez stumps in Kansas for progressive House candidates
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly minted progressive star from New York, hit the campaign trail in deep-red Kansas with Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats, to boost a pair of progressive House candidates Friday, hoping to pull off the next political upset.

Democracy NowJul 20, 2018
Migrant Children Detained in Shelters Being Drugged, Told Not to Hug, Forced to Bathe in Sinks
The Trump administration has less than a week to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children and parents separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under its "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as advocates say some migrant children have been released from federally contracted shelters with scabies and lice. In Illinois, officials are investigating the Chicago nonprofit Heartland Alliance over allegations it housed children separated from their parents at the border, with many of the children reportedly suffering abuse and neglect. We speak with Reveal reporter Aura Bogado, who has exposed a second office used by military contractor MVM to hold migrant children. This time, the children had to bathe in bathroom sinks.

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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CNN PoliticsJul 19, 2018
Democratic rep says Trump's invite to Putin 'ought to offend all of us'
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island says President Donald Trump's invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the White House is something that "ought to offend all of us."

Washington Post PoliticsJul 19, 2018
‘I don't know what happened in that meeting': Director of National Intelligence Coats says Trump-Putin summit details remain unknown
His comments came as the White House announced plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall.
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