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WASHINGTON | Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

WASHINGTON — A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms. It says the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought. The report was compiled with data … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

WASHINGTON | Trump’s new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, which are “deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage.” National security adviser John Bolton laid out the new strategy in remarks at … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

WASHINGTON | Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

WASHINGTON— Congressional leaders on Wednesday were digging in for a fight over government funding, a day after a combative White House meeting with President Donald Trump that seemed to raise the likelihood of a partial government shutdown. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was holding parts of the government “hostage to a petty campaign … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump, Democrats dig in for fight over border-wall funding

WASHINGTON | Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers’ grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month. The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar themes — online privacy, data protection and the danger of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies

WASHINGTON | Reading between the lines of Trump’s Oval Office tussle

WASHINGTON  — The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts? TRUMP: “One thing that I do have to say … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Reading between the lines of Trump’s Oval Office tussle

WASHINGTON | Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’

WASHINGTON  — Lawyers for Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an “uncharacteristic error in judgment.” The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which last week said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’

WASHINGTON | Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

WASHINGTON— Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s sentencing laws. McConnell’s decision comes after more than three years of overtures from a large, bipartisan group of senators who support the criminal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

WASHINGTON | Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election. Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations