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Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, met with a former intelligence official who advocates the unsupported idea that Russian intelligence services did not hack the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Intercept reported. Pompeo met with William Binney, a former NSA official turned critic, to discuss Binney’s paper arguing that a DNC insider committed the hack, not Russian spies. According to Binney, Pompeo told him Trump urged Pompeo to take the meeting.

Politico’s Cory Bennett wrote about one international accord the Trump administration is keeping: the U.S.-China cyber espionage agreement.

The Times’ Paul Mozer detailed how China uses Facebook to spread propaganda abroad.

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After his overseas trip, there may be nothing left for Donald Trump to come back to
Carter Page confesses, confirms key claim in Trump-Russia dossier
Michael Flynn is facing kidnapping charges, and Paul Manafort is facing murder charges
What if this is just an act and Carter Page is fooling us all?
Donald Trumps secret CIA plot to sabotage the Trump-Russia probe has been exposed, and its laughably inept
Donald Trump and Mike Pence just got their asses handed to them
“*Insider: Trump-Russia arrests have Jared Kushner panicking, and Ivanka Trumps life is in ruins
Robert Muellers ouster of Donald Trump just got twice as easy
Twenty-two new criminal charges emerge against seven new defendants in Donald Trumps Russia scandal
Russia investigators probe 2016 GOP platform fight – Politico
12 Months of Trump: Year since election brings economic boom, deepening divisions, probe politics – Fox News
The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial
Judge issues gag order in Manafort case – CNN
British PM woes continue
Christopher Wray – Google News: Gunman once fled mental health center, threatened superiors – 10TV
james b. comey – Google News: It’s been a year. How well is America’s constitutional democracy doing? – Washington Post
fbi – Google News: The FBI Can’t Open the Phone of the Texas Church Shooter Devin Kelley – Fortune
mueller – Google News: Tom Fitton: Mueller Probe Is ‘Fruit of the Poison Tree,’ Should Be Shut Down – Fox News Insider
The facts on mass shootings in the United States – PolitiFact
7:43 PM 11/7/2017 Mass Shootings Dont Have to Be Inevitable, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. M.N.
4:28 PM 11/7/2017 The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S., in my opinion M.N. | NYT Shows How Not to Analyze Mass-Shooting Data National Review
3:39 PM 11/7/2017 Interpretation update: Sutherland Springs Only Happens to Be in Texas, and it produces a lot of Joan Sutherlands
Britain will lose Nato clout if defence cuts continue, warns top US general – Telegraph.co.uk
by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of … – NATO HQ (press release)

 

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In a speech to South Korean lawmakers, President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to underestimate the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a portion of the address directed at Kim, Trump called for Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Heavy fog forced Trump to cancel a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, the New York Times reported.Trump then headed to China, arriving on Wednesday. He plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to increase economic pressure on Pyongyang, according to the Times. Xi opened Trumps visit by offering a series of business deals and a private tour of the Forbidden City, but Trump and Xi may struggle to find common ground on both trade and measures against North Korea, the Journal reported.

The Senate banking committee approved a bill that would impose harsh new sanctions on Chinese financial institutions assisting North Korea, Foreign Policy reported. The bipartisan legislation targets companies that help North Korea evade sanctions. Sen. Chris Van Hollen said it would put some real teeth in sanctions.

The European Unions foreign policy chief received assurances from U.S. lawmakers that they plan to comply with the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported. Federica Mogherini said congressional officials told her their intention is to keep the U.S. in the agreement.

Russia criticized a U.N. report that labeled the Syrian government as responsible for the April chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, the Times reported. Russias representative to the Security Council faulted U.N. investigators for not visiting the site of the attack. The U.S. and the United Kingdom supported the reports findings. Russia and the U.S. have circulated conflicting resolutions to extend the investigators mandate.

Spains constitutional court officially struck down Catalonias declaration of independence, according toReuters. The move formally ended the autonomous regions bid for separation from Spain.

Saudi Arabia expanded its crackdown on political corruption, targeting up to $800 billion of assets belonging to dozens of princes and businessmen, the Journal reported. The anti-corruption push has frozen the accounts of political opponents of the crown prince. Their seized assets may bring in billions to the Saudi government. Separately, Saudi airstrikes killed dozens of civilians in northern Yemen, including women and children, Al Jazeera reported. The strikes targeted Houthi rebel group villages.

Lebanons prime minister remained in Saudi Arabia, prolonging a political crisis in Beirut, the Journal reported. Saadi Hariri said he resigned his post on Sunday in Riyadh, but Lebanons president said he would not accept the resignation until Hariri returns freely to Beirut. Hariri visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday but then returned to Saudi Arabia. The leader of Hezbollah, one of Hariris political opponents, said he believed Saudi Arabia was holding Hariri against his will.

The Philippines halted construction on a small island in the South China Sea to avoid angering China,the Times reported. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered military construction on a sandbar in the Spratly Islands to cease after Chinese officials put pressure on the Philippines to stop its building efforts.

Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, met with a former intelligence official who advocates the unsupported idea that Russian intelligence services did not hack the Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Intercept reported. Pompeo met with William Binney, a former NSA official turned critic, to discuss Binneys paper arguing that a DNC insider committed the hack, not Russian spies. According to Binney, Pompeo told him Trump urged Pompeo to take the meeting.

Politicos Cory Bennett wrote about one international accord the Trump administration is keeping: the U.S.-China cyber espionage agreement.

The Times Paul Mozer detailed how China uses Facebook to spread propaganda abroad.

Politicos Josh Gerstein covered the released audio of George Papadopoulos July arraignment.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Paul Rosenzweig flagged the American Bar Associations newly released cybersecurity handbook for lawyers.

J. Dana Stuster updated the Middle East Ticker, covering the power play in Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans aggressive foreign policy moves.

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman, Adam Twardowski and Benjamin Wittes analyzed survey data on public confidence in the president and the military on specific national security issues.

Sarah Grant summarized military commissions hearings from last Thursday and Friday, covering the habeas petition for Brig. Gen. John Baker.

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Brian Reeves analyzed policy options for reconstructing the newly captured city of Raqqa.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the National Security Law Podcast, covering developments in the Mueller investigation, military commissions news, and the hybrid model of detainee interrogation and prosecution.

Vanessa Sauter posted the Lawfare Podcast, featuring a discussion between Benjamin Wittes and Susan Landau on her new book Listening In.

 

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After his overseas trip, there may be nothing left for Donald Trump to come back to

After his overseas trip, there may be nothing left for Donald Trump to come back toAfter his overseas trip, there may be nothing left for Donald Trump to come back to

Donald Trump’s world is crumbling by the day and he’s marooned overseas
Carter Page confesses, confirms key claim in Trump-Russia dossier

Carter Page confesses, confirms key claim in Trump-Russia dossierCarter Page confesses, confirms key claim in Trump-Russia dossier

If you’ve been waiting for the Rosneft deal to finally come into play in Trump-Russia, here it is
Michael Flynn is facing kidnapping charges, and Paul Manafort is facing murder charges

Michael Flynn is facing kidnapping charges, and Paul Manafort is facing murder chargesMichael Flynn is facing kidnapping charges, and Paul Manafort is facing murder charges

Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has found a whole new way to get ugly
What if this is just an act and Carter Page is fooling us all?

What if this is just an act and Carter Page is fooling us all?What if this is just an act and Carter Page is fooling us all?

What if there’s more to this “idiot” Carter Page than we think?
Donald Trumps secret CIA plot to sabotage the Trump-Russia probe has been exposed, and its laughably inept

Donald Trumps secret CIA plot to sabotage the Trump-Russia probe has been exposed, and its laughably ineptDonald Trumps secret CIA plot to sabotage the Trump-Russia probe has been exposed, and its laughably inept

If this is all Donald Trump has left up his sleeve, it’s all over for him
Donald Trump and Mike Pence just got their asses handed to them

Donald Trump and Mike Pence just got their asses handed to themDonald Trump and Mike Pence just got their asses handed to them

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are both screwed
“*Insider: Trump-Russia arrests have Jared Kushner panicking, and Ivanka Trumps life is in ruins

“*Insider: Trump-Russia arrests have Jared Kushner panicking, and Ivanka Trumps life is in ruinsInsider: Trump-Russia arrests have Jared Kushner panicking, and Ivanka Trumps life is in ruins

This is even uglier for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump than we imagined
Robert Muellers ouster of Donald Trump just got twice as easy

Robert Muellers ouster of Donald Trump just got twice as easyRobert Muellers ouster of Donald Trump just got twice as easy

Robert Mueller just scored big without lifting a finger
Twenty-two new criminal charges emerge against seven new defendants in Donald Trumps Russia scandal

Twenty-two new criminal charges emerge against seven new defendants in Donald Trumps Russia scandalTwenty-two new criminal charges emerge against seven new defendants in Donald Trumps Russia scandal

Robert Mueller is moving ahead at light speed
Russia investigators probe 2016 GOP platform fight – Politico
 


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Russia investigators probe 2016 GOP platform fight
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Now that year-old debate is getting fresh scrutiny from the ongoing investigations into how Moscow meddled in the 2016 election and whether any Trump aides were involved, including then-convention manager Paul Manafort. The president has repeatedly … 

12 Months of Trump: Year since election brings economic boom, deepening divisions, probe politics – Fox News
 


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12 Months of Trump: Year since election brings economic boom, deepening divisions, probe politics
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained nearly 29 percent since Election Day 2016. The S&P 500 is up 21 percent. After a rocky first quarter, economic growth also has picked up to around 3 percent under Trump, while the unemployment rate has …
Trump Tweeted About the 2016 Election More Than 260 Times Since Defeating Hillary Clinton One Year AgoNewsweek
The 2016 election ended a year ago, but no one, especially Trump, seems to have noticedMic
Trump’s obsession with proving he deserved to winPolitico
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The Guardian view on elections in the US: cause for (cautious) celebration | Editorial

Sizable victories for the Democrats in a series of races offer cheer after a year of Donald Trump. But the party should not feel too reassuredIt was the boost they needed. The jubilation of Democrats as they celebrated the results of Tuesdays elections owed much to the despair of one year before, when they learned that Donald Trump was on his way to the White House, as well as to the extraordinary events since, which have amplified his unfitness for the presidency and the extent of Russian meddling in his favour. Though his name was not on the ballot this time, he loomed large in voters minds. In Virginia and elsewhere, suburban, college-educated and minority voters surged to the polls to defeat Republicans in an anti-Trump vote.The Democrats scored hefty victories in gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, despite fears they could lose the latter, and grabbed a swath of seats in Virginias House of Delegates. They swept multiple mayoral races around the country and took control of the Washington state Senate. In Maine, voters approved an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.

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Judge issues gag order in Manafort case – CNN
 


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Judge issues gag order in Manafort case
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Washington (CNN) The federal judge overseeing the case against former Donald Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates has issued a gag order in the case. Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday said the order is necessary to limit the …
Judge issues gag order in Paul Manafort, Rick Gates money laundering caseUSA TODAY
Judge Issues Gag Order to Lawyers and Witnesses in Manafort CaseBloomberg
Judge Slaps Gag Order On Everyone Involved In Manafort-Gates CaseTPM
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British PM woes continue
 

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Theresa May smiles in the waxwork model of the British prime minister by Madame Tussauds, but in reality she’s struggling to hold her government together.

Among other pressures, May is losing major allies to the sexual harrassment scandals besieging Westminster.

One of her key aides, Damian Green, is under investigation into claims he had pornography on his office computers.

Last week, close ally Michael Fallon, the defence minister, was forced to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct
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Christopher Wray – Google News: Gunman once fled mental health center, threatened superiors – 10TV
 


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Director Christopher Wray said last month that in the first 11 months of the fiscal year, agents were unable to access the content inside more than 6,900 mobile devices, an issue he said stymies investigations. The FBI and other law enforcement 
Texas church shooter once escaped mental hospital, made threatsChannel NewsAsia
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james b. comey – Google News: It’s been a year. How well is America’s constitutional democracy doing? – Washington Post
 


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It’s been a year. How well is America’s constitutional democracy doing?
Washington Post
Trump’s most egregious move firing James BComey backfired badly. It led directly to Robert S. Mueller III being appointed to the special counsel position. Mueller is draining the swamp more effectively than Trump. As I type this, the off-year and more »

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fbi – Google News: The FBI Can’t Open the Phone of the Texas Church Shooter Devin Kelley – Fortune
 


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The FBI Can’t Open the Phone of the Texas Church Shooter Devin Kelley
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The FBI hopes a cell phone belonging to the gunman who killed 26 people in a Texas church might provide clues about the crime, but has run into a familiar problem: The agency can’t get around the phone’s password protection to unlock it. Special Agent …
The FBI has the Texas church shooter’s phone but can’t get inBusiness Insider
The FBI can’t unlock the Texas church shooter’s phoneEngadget
The FBI says it can’t access the Texas church shooter’s encrypted phoneThe Verge
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mueller – Google News: Tom Fitton: Mueller Probe Is ‘Fruit of the Poison Tree,’ Should Be Shut Down – Fox News Insider
 


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Tom Fitton: Mueller Probe Is ‘Fruit of the Poison Tree,’ Should Be Shut Down
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Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton reacted this morning to a new report about meetings between the co-founder of Fusion GPS and a Russian lawyer who made headlines over the summer after it was revealed that she had met with Donald Trump Jr.

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The facts on mass shootings in the United States – PolitiFact
 


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The facts on mass shootings in the United States
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Researchers at the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service defined “mass shooting” as “a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms, within one event, and in one or more locations in close proximity” in a 
No Matter How You Measure Them, Mass Shooting Deaths Are UpFiveThirtyEight
The men behind the US’s deadliest mass shootings have something in common and it’s not mental illnessBusiness Insider
Texas: Is domestic violence a common theme in mass shootings?BBC News
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7:43 PM 11/7/2017 Mass Shootings Dont Have to Be Inevitable, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. M.N.

“Mass Shootings Dont Have to Be Inevitable”, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. – M.N.  Mass Shootings Dont Have to Be Inevitable Tuesday November 7th, 2017 at 7:38 PM 1 Share Sound familiar? It does to American citizens who must regularly study these bloody rituals and be left by political … Continue reading“7:43 PM 11/7/2017 – “Mass Shootings Dont Have to Be Inevitable”, just like the New York Times does not have to pontificate all the time. – M.N. “
4:28 PM 11/7/2017 The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S., in my opinion M.N. | NYT Shows How Not to Analyze Mass-Shooting Data National Review

4:28 PM 11/7/2017 The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S.: In my opinion: If you admit as the hypothetical explanatory option the  hostile special intelligence operation nature of the mass killings, and it is impossible not to consider this scenario as an, if not the (in majority of cases) explanation, then all the sociological and … Continue reading“4:28 PM 11/7/2017 The Root Causes of Mass Shootings in the U.S., in my opinion – M.N. | NYT Shows How Not to Analyze Mass-Shooting Data – National Review”

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3:39 PM 11/7/2017 Interpretation update: Sutherland Springs Only Happens to Be in Texas, and it produces a lot of Joan Sutherlands

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Britain will lose Nato clout if defence cuts continue, warns top US general – Telegraph.co.uk
 


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Britain will lose Nato clout if defence cuts continue, warns top US general
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Britain risks losing its place at Nato’s top table if it continues military cuts, a senior US general has warned. Lt Gen Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, said the UK would be unable to keep up its international commitments if forces were 
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by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of … – NATO HQ (press release)
 

by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the the meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of …
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We have just had a very good meeting with the Defence Ministers of the NATO Allied countries. We took further decisions to continue NATO’s adaptation to the challenges we face. A key component of our adaptation is a robust and agile command structure.

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8:28 AM 11/8/2017 – Sorrow and Rage Influence American Politics

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The Early Edition: November 8, 2017
Trump’s ‘trial balloons’ test our commitment to freedom – CNN
Sorrow and Rage Influence American Politics – TeenVogue.com
Trump’s CIA director keeps doing controversial and suspiciously pro-Trump things – MyAJC
The CIA Director Met With a DNC Hack Conspiracy Theorist Because Trump Told Him To – Newsweek
Us vs them: the sinister techniques of ‘Othering’ and how to avoid them – The Guardian
Fact-checking Donald Trump on Guns in South Korea – Vanity Fair
Britain’s top cop warns the Met could lose ANOTHER 3000 officers as she says police are facing ‘unprecedented … – Daily Mail
FBI seeking to access Texas shooter’s phone – Daily Mail
Another incomplete ‘autopsy of explanation’ following latest mass shooting – Chicago Tribune
Pole Tomasz Piatek wins Reporters Without Borders award – Deutsche Welle
Pole wins Reporters Without Borders award – Deutsche Welle
Trump Pulled Out Of The TPP. Now He’s Trying To Win TPP Provisions In Asia.
What We’re Reading This Week – The New Yorker
The real question behind the Mueller indictments is unprecedented in US history – The Telegraph
Trump’s CIA director keeps doing controversial and suspiciously pro-Trump things – Washington Post
Year One of Donald Trump Brings Convulsion to Washington – U.S. News & World Report
Trump once again blind to Russian collusion – Sonoma State Star
Former Trump adviser Carter Page has a story that doesn’t always add up – BBC News
Government Of, By, And For The Plutocrats
New report suggests Trump may have lied about ties to mob-linked Russian businessman – Salon
Weinstein’s army of spies, Saudi situation, and eight other stories you might have missed – Quartz
All The Best Euphemisms Used By Journalists For ‘Sex Workers Peeing On Each Other’
He escaped from a mental health facility. And still bought an AR-15 – KSDK
Trump’s Contradictory Mental Health Policies

 

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The Early Edition: November 8, 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.

TRUMP ASIA TRIP

Do not underestimate us, and do not try us, President Trump said in a speech to the South Korean National Assembly today about the threat posed by North Korea, warning Pyongyang of the consequences of failing to halt its ballistic and nuclear weapons programs, but saying that we will offer a path to a much better future. Michael C. Bender reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer; they are putting your regime in grave danger, Trump also said about the Pyongyang regime, his speech taking a less belligerent line than his previous threats and taunts of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un but still emphasizing that the U.S. would tackle the rogue regime. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Mark Landler and Choe Sang-Hun report at the New York Times.

To those nations that choose to ignore this threat or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience, Trump said yesterday in an implicit warning to China and Russia about their approach to North Korea. Henry C. Jackson reports at POLITICO.

We dont care about what that mad dog may utter because weve already heard enough, North Korean officials said about Trump today, responding to his speech to the South Korean Assembly. Will Ripley and Joshua Berlinger report at CNN.

Russia has never supported a complete embargo on North Korea and U.S. attempts to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula through sanctions is extremely alarming, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today according to the R.I.A. news agency, Ryabkov adding that the crisis would be raised during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump this week. Reutersreporting.

The Senate Banking Committee yesterday approved new legislation to aid the Treasury Department in enforcing sanctions against Chinese banks that knowingly deal with North Korea, taking the steps following a similar bill that was passed in the House. Ian Talley reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Heavy fog prevented Trump from making a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea this morning, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in had supported Trump in his decision to go to the D.M.Z. according to a spokesperson for South Koreas presidential Blue House, and Trump had tried his best to make the trip. Michael C. Bender and Jonathan Cheng report at the Wall Street Journal.

The President and White House officials were frustrated by the fact that they could not visit the D.M.Z., Julie Hirschfield Davis provides an insight at the New York Times as a reporter meant to accompany the President on his trip.

Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping today and seek the help of Beijing to exert further pressure on North Korea, however there is concern that Trump would make trade concessions to China in order to achieve his aims. Mark Landler and Jane Perlez report at the New York Times.

Trump will dine in Chinas Forbidden City tonight, an honor that has not been granted to any U.S. President since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China, demonstrating the efforts Beijing has been going through to impress Trump and use flattery to their advantage. James Griffiths reports at CNN.

Live updates of Trumps Asia trip, his attempts to pressure North Korea, and todays meeting with Xi are provided by James Griffiths and Veronica Rocha at CNN.

Trumps meeting with Xi comes at a time when Xis position has been strengthened and Trump has been undermined by a series of domestic troubles. The meetings will focus on North Korea and trade and investment, which will have broader implications for U.S. interests in Asia and regional dynamics, Michael C. Bender, Jeremy Page and Eva Dou explain at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump is expected to still tweet during his visit to China despite the strict rules over internet use and censorship of online platforms, David Nakamura explains at the Washington Post.

Trumps repeated reference to the Indo-Pacific region during his Asia trip suggest a push toward a new dynamic that attempts to mitigate Chinas influence and promote India as a key counterweight to Beijing. Louis Nelson explains at POLITICO.

North Korean officials have signaled that they would be open to the possibility of discussions and Pyongyangs weapons program has been motivated by fears of regime-change; within this context, the potential for dialogue should be explored through talks about talks without preconditions instead of escalating rhetoric against North Korea. Suzanne DiMaggio and Joel S. Wit write at the New York Times.

President Moons recent actions suggest he is an unreliable friend to the U.S.: he has favored appeasing Kim Jong-un, has caved into pressure from Beijing in relation to the U.S.-made T.H.A.A.D. anti-missile defense system, and has agreed not to join the U.S.s regional missile-defense system, showing that Moons so-called balanced diplomacy is to the detriment of South Korea and U.S. security interests. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

YEMEN

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday blamed Iran for providing Yemens Houthi rebels with a ballistic missile that was fired toward the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis in violation of two U.N. resolutions, calling on the U.N. and international partners to hold the Iranian regime accountable for these violations. Al Jazeera reports.

The White House condemned the missile attack against Saudi Arabia by the Houthi rebels in a statement yesterday, saying that these missile systems were not present in Yemen before the conflict and calling on the U.N. to investigate Irans role in perpetuating the war in Yemen to advance its regional ambitions. Reuters reports.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least 30 Yemeni civilians yesterday in the Houthi rebel-controlled northern province of Hajjah, according to activists and local media, the claims have not been independently verified. Al Jazeera reports.

The Saudi-led coalitions blockade of Yemens air, sea and land ports is threatening millions of people and should be lifted immediately, the U.N. said yesterday, referring to a reported decision by Saudi Arabia at the weekend and warning that the measures would have an impact on the already dire humanitarian situation in the country. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The Houthi rebels have offered sanctuary to any member of the Al Saud family or any Saudi national that wants to flee oppression and persecution, an anonymous source close to the Houthi leadership said yesterday, referring to Saudi Arabias recent anti-corruption purge. Faisal Edroos reports at Al Jazeera.

SAUDI-IRAN RIVALRY

Why are you interfering with Lebanons internal affairs and governance? the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today on his website, criticizing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday from the Saudi capital of Riyadh, also pledging that Iran would support stability in Lebanon. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The E.U. and U.S. have expressed backing for the Lebanese government, taking a different line to Saudi Arabia which said that the Lebanese government now acts as a cover for the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group. Tom Perry reports at Reuters.

The decision of the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign suggests that Saudi Arabia and Iran are in a struggle for influence in Lebanon and engaged in regional power play. Hariri was a key ally of Saudi Arabia and accused Iran and Hezbollah of causing chaos in his resignation speech, while Iran has been supporting Hezbollah, who have gained significant influence within Lebanon. Linah Alsaafin and Farah Najjar explain at Al Jazeera.

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been taking bold steps to confront Irans expansionism, and his actions have consequences across the Middle East, possibly leading to more proxy battles, a struggle for influence over Lebanon and Syria, and changing dynamics as a consequence of the Saudi-led diplomatic isolation of Qatar. Aya Batrawy and Lee Keith explain at the AP.

An explanation of the recent escalation of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia is provided by Al Jazeera.

The recent events in Saudi Arabia amount to a slow-motion coup consolidating the power of bin Salman, who has opened a new front against Iran, has a misguided foreign policy, and has the potential to disrupt the internal politics of Lebanon. The Guardian editorial board writes.

Saudi Arabia has been taking an aggressive approach in the region, due to fears that Hezbollah and Iran have been gaining the advantage in light of the dwindling war in Syria and the impending post-Islamic State group era, the approach causing concern among diplomats that the changing dynamics in the region would lead to the Saudis pushing Israel to attack Lebanon as Hezbollah is deemed to hold the real power in the Beirut. Erika Solomon observes at the Financial Times.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel are united in their desire to halt Irans expansionism, it is possible that Bin Salman, Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been planning to confront Iran in one shape or form. Dov Zakheim writes at Foreign Policy.

Saudi Arabia has been in need of a shake-up, but where will Bin Salmans reforms and autocratic impulses lead to? Thomas L. Friedman provides an analysis at the New York Times, suggesting that a new basis for Saudi society would replace Wahhabism as a source of solidarity with a more secular Saudi nationalism, one that has anti-Iran/Persian Shiite tenor a strategy that is fraught with risk.

Bin Salmans reforms are making him a lot of enemies, including Saudi Arabias old guard, Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Frida Ghitis writes at CNN.

SYRIA

Russia yesterday denounced the report by the U.N. panel investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria, including the investigation into attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April which was blamed on Syrian President Bashar al-Assads regime, the Russian deputy ambassador to the U.N. saying that the report submitted by the panel in October was riddled with systemic deficiencies. Rick Gladstone reports at the New York Times.

The dispute over the report raises doubts about the possibility of the U.N. panel investigating the chemical weapons attacks having its mandate renewed, the mandate expires on Nov. 14 and the U.S. and Russia have circulated rival resolutions extending the panels work. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

Turkey today is a colonizer country, its forces on our soil are illegal, just as the American forces are on our soil illegally, a top adviser to Assad said yesterday, adding that Syria would deal with this issue. Reuters reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out four airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on November 3. Separately, partner forces conducted two strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Democratic lawmakers have been demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appear before committees to clarify their testimonies on connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.

The E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday that she had received clear indications that U.S. lawmakers plan to ensure the U.S. complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Arshad Mohammed reporting at Reuters.

A guide to the U.S.S. Cole trial being heard at Guantánamo Bay is provided by the Miami Herald.

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost $5.6tn since they began in 2001, according a study by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, marking a figure three times higher than the Pentagons own estimates. Gordon Lubold reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte intends to ask China about its plans in the disputed South China Sea during meetings in Vietnam, Duterte said today. Manuel Mogato reports at Reuters.

The F.B.I. has been unlock the phone of the gunman who fired on churchgoers in Texas on Sunday, with Special Agent Christopher Coombs telling reporters that their difficulty accessing information highlights the issues surrounding encryption. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Russia has warned that a reported plan by Ukraine to cut all diplomatic ties between the two countries would further deteriorate relations to the detriment of interests of Ukrainians and Russians. Reutersreports.

N.A.T.O. is planning a major new restricted to its command structures in light of Russias annexation of the Crimea in 2014, precipitating a shift toward collective defense in Europe. Michael Peel and David Bond report at the Financial Times.

The C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo has been meeting with a source who has pitched what the intelligence community basically regards as a conspiracy theory, pointing to the possible politicization of Pompeos job with a pro-Trump slant. Aaron Blake writes at the Washington Post.

The U.S. must devise a post-Islamic State strategy for the Middle East that includes a push for regionalism in Syria, long-term U.S. military presence and aid for Iraq, reining in Irans influence in Iraqi Kurdistan, compromise on the war in Yemen, encouragement of political and economic reform in other parts of the region, and investment in Jordan. Suzanne Maloney and Michael OHanlon write at the Wall Street Journal.

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