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Russia-NATO Cold War Leads Finland to Build Military 100 Years After Independence – Newsweek

President Trump’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating Amid Mueller Investigation, ‘Morning Joe’ Claims – Newsweek
The 7 facts (and 27 footnotes) that prove the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow – Macleans.ca
Trump Jr ‘had amnesia during testimony’ says US lawmaker – BBC News
The Latest: Director refutes Trump on FBI’s reputation – Bryan-College Station Eagle
FBI director defends agency amid Trump criticism – ABC News
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Donald Trump Jr sold out Donald Trump yesterday, and it wasnt by accident
Lavrov: US pressure on Russian diplomats and media is unacceptable – Reuters
Argentine judge issues arrest warrant for Cristina Kirchner over terror attack cover-up – Telegraph.co.uk
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Hes made a huge mistake! Don Jr takes the Gob role in the Trumps Arrested Development
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Russia-NATO Cold War Leads Finland to Build Military 100 Years After Independence – Newsweek


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Russia-NATO Cold War Leads Finland to Build Military 100 Years After Independence
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Throughout the Cold War, Finland attempted to balance the interests of both Western and Eastern factions, and renewed tensions across Europe have once again put the Nordic nation in the middle of a geopolitical struggle for influence. While Lindberg 

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President Trump’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating Amid Mueller Investigation, ‘Morning Joe’ Claims – Newsweek


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President Trump’s Mental Health Is Deteriorating Amid Mueller Investigation, ‘Morning Joe’ Claims
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On Wednesday, the president appeared to slur words during a speech announcing his decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The show’s contributors now question his physical fitness, saying they partly attributed Trump’s condition to 

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The 7 facts (and 27 footnotes) that prove the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow – Macleans.ca


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The 7 facts (and 27 footnotes) that prove the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow
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There is now no question Moscow offered to help the Trump campaign multiple times. Campaign advisor George Papadopoulos has testified high-level Russian officials offered him dirt on Clinton.[1] Someone who Donald Trump Jr believed was a Crown 

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Trump Jr ‘had amnesia during testimony’ says US lawmaker – BBC News


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Donald Trump Jr appeared to have “a very serious case of amnesia” during testimony to a congressional committee, a Democratic lawmaker has said. The US president’s eldest son testified before the US House Intelligence committee about Russia’s alleged 
Donald Trump Jr. is clamming up on Russia. Republicans may help him get away with it.Washington Post
Trump Jr. Won’t Provide Details of a Call With His FatherNew York Times
Trump Jr. Won’t Disclose Russia Talks with President Because Attorney-Client Privilege. Neither Trump Is a Lawyer.Slate Magazine
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The Latest: Director refutes Trump on FBI’s reputation
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… defending the nation’s top law enforcement agency against Trump’s attacks. He’s testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, where Democrats and Republicans are pushing him to respond to the president’s criticism. Wray said FBI employees “are 

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FBI Director Chris Wray says President Donald Trump has never gone outside the chain of command to communicate with him directly, and has never asked him to pledge his loyalty to him. Wray also says Trump has not spoken to him about special counsel 
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Russia-Trump: FBI chief Wray defends agency – BBC News


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In particular, the Republicans honed in on a former member of Mr Mueller’s team, Peter Strzok, a top FBI counterintelligence officer removed from the investigation this summer after the agency discovered he had written negative text messages about

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Donald Trump Jr sold out Donald Trump yesterday, and it wasnt by accident

Despite the contrasting manner in which they’re portrayed on Saturday Night Live, any real world measure of Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump reveals them to be equally stupid. The only difference is that Eric has been raised to believe he’s dumb, so he largely lays low, while Junior has been raised to believe he’s the smart one, so he arrogantly trips himself up on a regular basis. So when Junior sold out his own father during his congressional testimony yesterday, I initially assumed it was through sheer stupidity. Now I’m coming to believe otherwise.

I can see Donald Trump Jr being arrogantly stupid enough to try to invoke attorney-client privilege with regard to his conversations with his father, simply because one of them had an attorney in room at the time. He had no other possible excuse for refusing to reveal a conversation that could have incriminated himself and his father, so he went with whatever weak idea his attorneys came up for him. It’ll actually work in terms of buying him time, because the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee won’t hold him in contempt, even though Robert Mueller will eventually laugh him out of the building for it.

But here’s what I can’t get past. Donald Trump Jr voluntarily told the House Intel Committee that he informed Hope Hicks of his Russia meeting at Trump Tower. Even if Junior’s attorneys are as incompetent as those working for his father, they still would have explained to him beforehand that by incriminating Hicks, he was creating a direct path to incriminating his father. Mueller now knows that Junior told Hicks, and that Hicks told Senior. Mueller simply has to threaten Hicks with prison time, and she’ll flip on Senior. Then, voila, Mueller has proven that Donald Trump was in on the Russia conspiracy during the campaign.

I just can’t wrap my head around this having been a dumb mistake on Donald Trump Jr’s part. His attorneys had to have pointed out to him that he only had two choices. He could omit the part where he informed Hicks, and it would lead to him eventually being arrested for lying to investigators. Or he could tell the truth about having informed Hicks in order to protect himself legally, and give up his father in the process. Donald Trump Jr just sold out Donald Trump, and based on the logic involved, I don’t think it was by accident.

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Lavrov: US pressure on Russian diplomats and media is unacceptable – Reuters

Lavrov: US pressure on Russian diplomats and media is unacceptable
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson that U.S. pressure onRussian diplomats and media was unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. This includes recruitment attempts by 

Argentine judge issues arrest warrant for Cristina Kirchner over terror attack cover-up – Telegraph.co.uk


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Argentine judge issues arrest warrant for Cristina Kirchner over terror attack cover-up
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A crusading Argentine judge has ordered the arrest of the country’s former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on charges of treason against the fatherland, accusing her of covering up Iranian involvement in the country’s worst-ever terrorist
Argentina judge orders arrest of ex-president Kirchner over Iran terror cover-upThe Times of Israel

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How Congress can protect Mueller and head off a constitutional crisis – Washington Post


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President Trump’s increasingly hostile rhetoric toward special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his assault on the FBI (it’s in tatters, he falsely said) should raise concerns that he may contemplate firing Mueller. The Post reports: Several law 
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Top DOJ official demoted amid probe of contacts with Trump dossier firm – Fox News

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… the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the dossier. Later, a Justice 

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Hes made a huge mistake! Don Jr takes the Gob role in the Trumps Arrested Development

A dodgy property developer as patriarch? Check. A moronic oldest child desperate for his dads approval? Further proof that the Trump clan are kind of Bluth

Everyone now knows that Biff Tannen in Back to the Future Part II was inspired by Donald Trump, which is cool. But actually, focusing on the increasingly overwhelming parallels between the Trumps and the Bluth family from Arrested Development is pretty much the only way this faction of Lost in Showbiz is going to get through the next three years. After all, the Bluths have as their patriarch a dodgy property developer who does shady deals with international figures and causes chaos in the Middle East, and the family itself is made up of three morally corrupt sons and one blonde morally corrupt daughter. Give it up, Jonathan Franzen, theres no need to write the Great American Novel. An artistic endeavour that truly captures the American zeitgeist already exists and it is called Arrested Development (series one to three).

I used to think the most obvious overlap between the show and reality was the bullying, priapic and corrupt patresfamilias, George Bluth and Big Don. (Although I am crossing all digits that Jared Kushner, the perma-present son-in-law, will one day live his truth and join the Blue Man Group, where he belongs.) But it has become increasingly clear that the real parallel is between Gob and Don Jr, the oldest and most moronic children, still desperate for Daddys approval even though their 30th birthdays are but a distant memory. Although to be fair, not even Gob was so pathetic as to dress AS HIS FATHER for Halloween, as Donnie did this year. Gob looks at Donnie and thinks, Come on, man, have some dignity.

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Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 30 December 6, 2017) – Intelligence & Terrorism Information Center

Spotlight on Global Jihad (November 30 December 6, 2017)
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Russia has reportedly urged the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on individuals and organizations that trade withterrorists in cultural objects from Iraq and Syria. Russian Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya raised the 

Op-ed on Manafort’s work in Ukraine to be published – Kyiv Post – Reuters UK


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Op-ed on Manafort’s work in Ukraine to be published – Kyiv Post
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Bonner said Voloshyn claimed to have written the article and sent it to Manafort and the American’s longtime Russiancolleague, Konstantin Kilimnik, for fact-checking before submission. The newspaper will publish the article soon, with an editor’s note 

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FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agency – San Francisco Chronicle


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FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agency
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“He has said that, in the four months since becoming director, he has learned more about, and is even more impressed with, agents’ work ethic and commitment to the bureau’s mission,” said O’Connor, who issued his own impassioned defense of theFBI 
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Consider the human qualities that Trump values: strength, toughness, uncompromising authenticity, aggressiveness. These qualities index heroic masculinity, and he doesn’t like it when his men act like women. Yet the textures of the two figures trouble

FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agency – Boston Herald


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FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agency
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For some agents still reeling from Trump’s firing of the popular Comey, the episode cut to the heart of their deepest concern: whether a Trump-appointed FBI director would be able to stand up to a president who routinely lashes out at law enforcement 
Report: DOJ Reviewing More Than 10000 Text Messages Between Anti-Trump Mueller InvestigatorsThe Daily Caller
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Stephen Colbert Breaks Out A Ruthless New Impression Of Tongue-Tied Trump

The president had a hard time saying “United States.”

Jailed pro-Kurdish party leader’s trial opens in Turkey – SFGate


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Jailed pro-Kurdish party leader’s trial opens in Turkey
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) A trial against the imprisoned leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party on terror charges has opened in the Turkish capital. Prosecutors are seeking a total of 142 years in prison for Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chairman

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Trump copies Putin plan – Las Vegas Sun

Trump copies Putin plan
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An ardent fan of Putin, Donald Trump followed suit with a Twitter tirade against the First Amendment, with CNN specifically in his sights. The president is obsessed with fake news. The term fake means something not true or real.

To Trump, it means any news that he does not like. He ranted about how CNN did a poor job representing the U.S. on the world stage. It is the president’s job to represent the country to the world by telling the truth. The media cover many wars 

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‘The Daily Show’ Mocks Donald Trump For Not Having The Best Words

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UK terror arrests rise to record 400 in year as white suspects increase by 77% – The Independent


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UK terror arrests rise to record 400 in year as white suspects increase by 77%
The Independent 
 
Of those arrested in the year,
 69 per cent considered themselves to be of British or dual nationality. The number of arrests linked to international terrorism, involving foreign groups such as Isis, jumped from from 212 to 292. Those for domesticterrorism, with no connection to Under a third were prosecuted for committing a crime and more than a half were released without charge, with others freed on bail or facing 

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James Corden: This Donald Trump Speech Contains Our 3 Worst Nightmares

“Thank God he wasn’t naked.”

Nation and World briefs for December 7 – Hawaii Tribune Herald


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WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada 

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9:55 AM 12/7/2017 – Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over ‘worst type of betrayal’: Polish defence minister – thenews.pl |  The Early Edition: December 7, 2017|  Mike Flynn – Google News: Mike Flynn and the Russians: Was he reckless, greedy or hopelessly corrupt? – Salon

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Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over ‘worst type of betrayal’: Polish defence minister

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Paweł Kononczuk 07.12.2017 13:13

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has said that former heads of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) are suspected of “the worst type of betrayal a Pole can commit.”

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Photo: PAP/Rafał GuzDefence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz

Warsaw prosecutors are conducting a probe into suspicions that former heads of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service overstepped their powers, including allegations that they cooperated with a foreign country without the consent of the Polish prime minister.

‘Illegal cooperation with Russian spies’

“This is about fully conscious and illegal cooperation with Russian spies, about the worst type of betrayal a Pole can commit,” Macierewicz told public broadcaster TVP Info on Wednesday.

“We are dealing with people who have very serious allegations against them,” he added.

Asked if former Prime Minister Donald Tusk knew about cooperation between the SKW and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Macierewicz replied that “at some stage he certainly gained some knowledge.”

Macierewicz was speaking after Piotr Pytel, a former head of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service was detained on Wednesday.

Macierewicz said Pytel “is being charged in connection with illegal collaboration with the FSB.”

The FSB is Russia’s principal security agency and the main successor agency to the KGB.

Relations between Moscow and Warsaw are tense while Russian intelligence services are widely seen in Poland as hostile to this country.

After emerging from a prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, Pytel said he had refused to testify. He told reporters that the case against him was politically motivated.

Poland’s Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily reported last year that Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service and the FSB struck a deal in April 2010, just after the crash of a Polish presidential plane in western Russia, on cooperation regarding threats faced by either of the sides.

Gazeta Polska Codziennie reported that a former SKW head and Pytel, his successor, had been accused of overstepping their powers.

Tusk, now European Council head, in April appeared before prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness in a probe into suspected collaboration between Russian and Polish intelligence services.

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Before the start of business, Just Securityprovides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.TRUMP RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAELS CAPITALPresident Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Israel as the capital of Jerusalem and ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a speech yesterday, the president said it was a long overdue step to advance the peace process and added that the U.S. would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides. David M. Halbfinger, Mark Landler and Isabel Kershner report at the New York Times.While previous president have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver, Trump said, adding that we cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. David Nakamura reports at the Washington Post.

The presidents decision is an important step toward peace, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Trumps decision, however Palestinian officials denounced the decision and the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said that the move undermined efforts to achieve peace and meant that the U.S. could no longer be an honest broker in peace talks. Rory Jones reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital is a war declaration against Palestinians, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas militant group, Ismail Haniya, said in a speech in Gaza City today, calling for a new Intifada, or uprising, and saying that Trumps decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process. Al Jazeera reports.

Clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers broke out today following Trumps announcement, including at a checkpoint near Ramallah, at the border fence between Israel and Gaza, and in other places in the West Bank. Loveday Morris and Ruth Eglash report at the Washington Post.

Leaders across the world condemned Trumps decision, including some of the U.S.s traditional allies and leaders in the Arab and Muslim world. The BBC reports.

There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B, the U.N.-Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday in response to Trumps announcement, adding that he understood the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both, the E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said today, Reuters reporting.

Trumps decision amounted to throwing the region into a circle of fire, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said today, adding that the move disregarded U.N. resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem. The Hürriyet Daily News reports.

Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem constitutes a legitimate reason to target American forces in Iraq, the leader of a prominent Iranian-backed Iraqi militia group said in a statement today. Reutersreports.

I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition, Netanyahu said today, but did not say which countries have been contacted, Reutersreporting.

The White House was prepared to accept a temporary derailment of the peace process to fulfil Trumps campaign process, two senior White House officials said after the announcement, with one official explaining that we know there will be some short term pain, but think it will help in the long run. Elisa Labott and Jeremy Diamond report at CNN.

A full transcript and video of Trumps speech is provided by the New York Times.

It is not for the U.S. to decide who should control East Jerusalem, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday in response to a question about the issue. East Jerusalem is considered by many to be occupied Palestinian territory, Mallory Shelbourne reports at the Hill.

The U.N. Security Council will meet tomorrow to discuss Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem, diplomats said yesterday that the request for a meeting was made by eight members of the 15-member body. Michelle Nichols reports at Reuters.

While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response, a State Department document dated Dec. 6 said, revealing U.S. efforts to influence Israeli officials to temper their reaction to the news. Arshad Mohammed reveals at Reuters.

A taskforce was set up by the State Department to deal with the fallout from the Jerusalem announcement, revealing the threat to the safety of Americans, Josh Rogin explains at the Washington Post.

The precise location of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has important symbolic implications, and some consider the White Houses plan to move the embassy within three to four years as optimistic, Adam Taylor explains at the Washington Post.

The announcement was greeted with joy and outrage in Jerusalem, an Israeli police spokesperson said that the police were prepared for larger protests in the city tomorrow. Loveday and Ruth Eglash observe at the Washington Post.

The key takeaways from Trumps speech are provided by Barbara Plett Usher at the BBC.

Trump had been intent on moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem for months. Some senior administration officials, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, warned that the move would raise potential risks to U.S. interests in the region and undermine the prospect of an Israel-Palestine peace deal, while others, such as Vice President Mike Pence and Nikki Haley, were in support of the decision. Josh Dawsey, Missy Ryan and Karen DeYoung reveal at the Washington Post.

The presidents son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner pushed for the recognition of Jerusalem, he has been focused on achieving a peace deal in defiance of his critics and amid waning influence since the appointment of White House chief of staff John Kelly. Kushner has gambled that the Jerusalem announcement will pay off, however it could have serious implications in the Middle East, Annie Karni explains at POLITICO.

Arab leaders have deprioritized the Palestinian cause while they have been distracted by other troubles in the region, including the Arab Spring uprisings, wars in the Middle East, and the Saudi Arabia-Iran rivalry, meaning that the emotions following Trumps speech were as much of sadness and resignation as of anger and threats. Anne Barnard, Ben Hubbard and Declan Walsh explain at the New York Times.

The rationale for the decision was seemingly tied to Trumps psychology rather than diplomatic considerations, and it is hard to discern any substance in the Trump administrations strategy to achieve the ultimate deal between Israel and Palestine. Peter Beaumont and Julian Borger write at the Guardian.

The peace process was over long ago, Christopher Dickey writes at The Daily Beast, noting the changed dynamics since 1995 and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Countries have not recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital for good reason, the presidents decision has demonstrated that the Trump administration has been willing to pick sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict and exploded any residual notion that Washington can act as honest broker. The Financial Times editorial board writes.

Trumps decision was not as radical as his critics have portrayed, it reflected promises by numerous previous presidential candidates and was in accordance with Congresss 1995 act recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

Trumps speech did not acknowledge the majority-Arab East Jerusalem, was muted in his support for the two-state solution, and the motivation for his speech may in fact be an ideological desire to extend the reach of the culture war, consequently solidifying his support among American evangelicals and reinforcing his own brand of divisive politics. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

Trumps announcement has undermined the U.S.s moral authority, damaged the nascent relationship between Israel and Gulf Arab countries and played into the hand of extremists and terrorists in the region. Hussein Ibish writes at The Daily Beast.

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Trumps former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that one of the Trump administrations first acts would be to rip up economic sanctions against Russia, a whistle-blower revealed yesterday in a letter written to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Flynn has been under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt report at the New York Times.

Cummings asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Flynn, saying that the committee has credible allegations that Flynn sought to manipulate the course of international nuclear policy through the revelation that Flynn assured the associate that sanctions against Russia would be ripped up. Tom Hamburger reports at the Washington Post.

Gowdy said yesterday that his committee would not look into the whistleblowers allegations as the Oversight Committee is not investigating Russia, the House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) declined to say if they would investigate the matter. Manu Raju and Katelyn Polantz report at CNN.

Donald Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday and refused to provide details of a telephone conversation with his father earlier this year about how to handle the fallout from the revelations that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in July 2016, during the presidential campaign. Byron Tau reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump Jr. said the call with his father was protected under attorney-client privilege as lawyers for both men were on the call, the ranking Democrat on the committee Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) said that the presence of counsel does not make communications between father and son a privilege and that he would follow up with Trumps lawyer about the legal basis for refusing to disclose details of the call. Sharon LaFraniere and Nicholas Fandos report at the New York Times.

The founder of private military contractor Blackwater, Erik Prince, said that his meeting with Russian banker Kirill Dmitriev on Jan. 11 in the Seychelles had nothing to do with his support for the Trump campaign, according to a transcript released yesterday of his interview before the House Intelligence Committee. Prince said that the meeting with Dmitriev was informal and that the real purpose of the trip was to meet with Emirati officials, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska dropped his libel suit against the Associated Press, which alleged that the AP had falsely implied that he was paying Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for work advancing the Russian governments interests. Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 13 as part of the committees Russia investigation, Brett Samuels reports at the Hill.

The president and his allies have attacked Muellers investigation, highlighting possible bias in Muellers team and the F.B.I. in a possible attempt to discredit the special counsel and create the political support needed to dismiss him. Devlin Barrett and Sean Sullivan report at the Washington Post.

YEMEN

Trump yesterday called on Saudi Arabia to allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach Yemeni civilians, making the statement after the second consecutive night of Saudi airstrikes on Yemens capital of Sanaa and intermittent blockades on the country by the Saudi-led coalition. Max Bearak reports at the Washington Post.

A White House official said that Trumps statement on Yemen was not a retaliation for Saudi Arabias condemnation of Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that the statement was to do with a serious humanitarian issue in Yemen and the Saudis should and can do more. Steve Holland and Phil Stewart report at Reuters.

The Saudi-led coalition captured an area southwest of Sanaa, residents said today, marking the first significant gains by the coalition since the former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday. Reuters reports.

The death of Saleh has changed the dynamics of the war in Yemen, providing Saudi Arabia an opportunity to gain an advantage by bridging relations with Saleh supporters in opposition to the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Yaroslav Trofimov writes at the Wall Street Journal.

NORTH KOREA

The U.S.-South Korea large-scale military exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war an established fact, a spokesperson for North Koreas foreign ministry said today. Soyoung Kim and Heekyong Yang report at Reuters.

The U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman met with North Koreas vice foreign minister in Pyongyang yesterday and discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest, according to North Koreas K.C.N.A. news agency. Reuters reports.

A total of 49 countries violated U.N. sanctions on North Korea between March 2014 and September 2017, according to a report by a Washington-based think tank. Rishi Iyengar reports at CNN.

SYRIA

Approximately 2,000 U.S. troops are on the ground in Syria, the Defense Department acknowledged yesterday, a number four times greater than the figure provided a month ago. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

The updated figure does not reflect troops assigned to classified missions and some Special Operations personnel, Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon said yesterday, John Ismay reporting at the New York Times.

A delegation representing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is expected to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in U.N.-backed peace talks, according to Syrias state S.A.N.A. news agency, the delegation had walked out last week and returned to the Syrian capital of Damascus. Reuters reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 33 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between December 1 and December 3. [Central Command]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The Islamic State groups capacity to reach sympathizers around the world means that its ability to inspire attacks remains potent, the acting director of intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center, Lora Shiao, told senators yesterday. Doina Chiacu reporting at Reuters.

The Saudi merchant Mustafa al Hawasi said that he was very happy to have been able to support the brothers who carried out the 9/11 attack, former F.B.I. agent Abigail Perkins said of her 2007 interrogation of the former C.I.A. captive, describing the conversation in testimony meant to demonstrate that Hawasi is subject to trial before the Guantánamo Bay war court. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

The House yesterday voted against advancing articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, Ben Jacobs and Lauren Gambino report at the Guardian.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to visit Africa at the beginning of next year, amid speculation over his position and a plan to replace Tillerson with C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo. Reutersreports.

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Mike Flynn and the Russians: Was he reckless, greedy or hopelessly corrupt?
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… information for months at the behest of special counsel Robert Mueller. Free to tell the story now that Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI, Cummings said the committee Democrats had been approached last summer by a 
Flynn told former business associate that Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up,’ according to congressional witnessWashington Post
A Missing Piece Falls Into Place in the Saga of Michael FlynnThe Atlantic
Whistleblower: Flynn told colleague Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’CNN
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‘Clash of Cultures’ at Root of Alaska’s Health Disparities
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There are about 150,000 Alaska Natives using the Alaska Tribal Health System, according to the ANTHC report. With federal and state funding, the tribe-controlled health system operates 180 small community primary care centers, more than two dozen 
Top diplomat says Ukraine sticking point in US-Russia ties – ABC News
 

Top diplomat says Ukraine sticking point in US-Russia ties
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Tillerson’s assessment plays down other areas of dispute, particularly Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and FBI, have concluded the Kremlin interfered in the election in an effort to and more »
ANALYSIS – Trump, Brexit and Britain’s far-right – Anadolu Agency
 


Anadolu Agency
ANALYSIS – Trump, Brexit and Britain’s far-right
Anadolu Agency
On June 23, 2016, 52 percent of the U.K. electorate voted to leave the European Union. This was in part due to fears, stoked by far-right groups and the eurosceptic U.K. Independence Party, that Britain and its native, white culture would be greatly and more »
Tillerson: US, Russia could normalize ties but for Ukraine – KIRO Seattle
 


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Tillerson: US, Russia could normalize ties but for Ukraine
KIRO Seattle
“The issue that stands in the way is Ukraine,” Tillerson said. President Donald Trump campaigned on the need to improve ties with Russia, Tillerson said in Vienna, adding that “normalizing” the relationship was something the U.S. still “badly would 
Top Diplomat Says Ukraine Sticking Point in US-Russia Ties – U.S. News & World Report
 


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Top Diplomat Says Ukraine Sticking Point in US-Russia Ties
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VIENNA (AP) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship and that all other disputes were secondary. “The issue that stands in 
Tillerson takes tough line on Russia, open to peacekeepersReuters
Tillerson: Ukraine sticking point in USRussia tiesThe Detroit News
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US to maintain Russia sanctions until it withdraws from Ukraine, Tillerson says – CNN International
 


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US to maintain Russia sanctions until it withdraws from Ukraine, Tillerson says
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Washington (CNN) The United States will maintain sanctions against Russia until it returns full control of Crimea to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday. Speaking in front of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting of 
Trump’s attacks put new FBI director in tough spot – Seattle Times
 


Lawfare (blog)
Trump’s attacks put new FBI director in tough spot
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WASHINGTON (AP) Christopher Wray faces a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI: He must defend America’s top law enforcement agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk. The 
In Defense of Rosenstein’s and Wray’s Responses to Trump – LawfareLawfare (blog)
FBI Director Defends Agency After Trump Says It’s ‘In Tatters’: ‘Truly An Honor to Represent You’Mediaite
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The FBI’s constant bungling is an American embarrassment – The Hill
 


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The FBI’s constant bungling is an American embarrassment | TheHill 
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The actions of current and former FBI officials are making life easy for Kremlin propagandists, who no longer have to make stuff up and now just cut-and-paste news reports. The Kremlin material won’t be broadcast to American audiences but will be used 
Reps. Gaetz, Biggs: Hillary Clinton’s FBI special treatment must be …Fox News 
GOP Lawmakers Press for Investigation of FBI’s ‘Special Treatment’ of Hillary Clinton ProbeDaily Signal

Hillary Clinton Received ‘Break After Break From the FBI,’ Say House RepublicansNewsweek 
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5:23 PM 12/6/2017 FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens

Mike Novas Shared NewsLinks Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens Peter Strzok Photo: See First Image of the FBI Agent fbi criticism – Google Search How Nonpartisan and Independent Was the FBI’s Leadership in 2016? DANA MILBANK: Latest fallback: Who cares if Trump colluded with Russia? … Continue reading“5:23 PM 12/6/2017 – FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens”
5:46 PM 12/6/2017 The FBIs constant bungling is an American embarrassment | TheHill

FBI from mikenova (7 sites) Saved Stories – FBI: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – CNN 1. FBI from mikenova (16 sites): Christopher Wray – Google News: House conservatives ramp up accusations of bias against Trump in Russia probe – USA TODAY 1. FBI from mikenova (16 sites): Andrew McCabe – Google News: The … Continue reading“5:46 PM 12/6/2017 – The FBI’s constant bungling is an American embarrassment | TheHill”
Republicans express confidence in Robert Mueller probe as Trump fumes – Washington Examiner
 


Washington Examiner
Republicans express confidence in Robert Mueller probe as Trump fumes
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Republicans in Congress on Wednesday expressed confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by President Trump and his campaign, although pockets of skepticism are
It’s the obstruction of justice, stupid!CNN
Robert Mueller May Be Treading on Thin IceMother Jones
Pence allies worried he’ll be called to answer questions from Mueller: reportThe Hill
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FBI lacks ‘technical ability’ to crack most smartphone encryption – Washington Examiner
 


Washington Examiner
FBI lacks ‘technical ability’ to crack most smartphone encryption
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The FBI is struggling to decode private messages on phones and other mobile devices that could contain key criminal evidence, and the agency failed to access data more than half of the times it tried during the last fiscal year, FBI Director and more »
Liberals Have Turned The FBI Into A Disgrace – Townhall
 


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Liberals Have Turned The FBI Into A Disgrace
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Add this infamy to all the other crimes of the liberal establishment its poisonous influence has converted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in the eyes of the American people, from a proud institution dedicated to upholding the law into just 
FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agency – Las Vegas Sun
 


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FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agency
Las Vegas Sun
FBI director Christopher Wray speaks to reporters after a dedication ceremony for the new Atlanta Field Office building Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Atlanta. Associated Press. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 | 1 a.m.. WASHINGTON Christopher Wrayfaces a tough 
Trump’s attacks put new FBI director in tough spotSeattle Times
House conservatives ramp up accusations of bias against Trump in Russia probeUSA TODAY
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Trump, Russia And Beyond: 3 Tough Questions As FBI Director Heads To Congress – WMOT
 


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Trump, Russia And Beyond: 3 Tough Questions As FBI Director Heads To Congress
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Look for members of Congress to lean on Wray about all of this. “The House Judiciary Committee has an important responsibility to keep a watchful eye on the FBI to ensure it is fulfilling its missions and that it follows the facts wherever they lead 
FBI director tells staff to ‘expect — and welcome’ tough questionsCNN
President Trump lands on FBI as his latest target for blameNewsday
Senator foresees obstruction of justice caseWDBJ7
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FBI Director Faces Lawmakers – NPR
 

FBI Director Faces Lawmakers
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FBI Director Faces Lawmakers. Audio will be available later today. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. December 7, 20175:18 AM ET. Heard on Morning Edition · Carrie Johnson 2016 square · Carrie Johnson · Twitter. FBI Director Christopher Wrayappears and more »
FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify amid turbulence over Russia investigation – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify amid turbulence over Russia investigation
Los Angeles Times
Four days after President Trump tweeted that the FBI’s reputation was in tatters, the bureau’s new director, Christopher A.Wray, will testify before Congress for the first time Thursday. The House Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled to start at
FBI director heads to Hill after Trump’s attacks on agencyLas Vegas Sun 
Trump, Russia And Beyond: 3 Tough Questions As FBI Director Heads To CongressNPR

Director Defends FBI After Trump Says Bureau Is in ‘Tatters’New York Times 
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Gregg Jarrett: FBI Has Become “America’s Secret Police,” Mueller Using FBI As “Political Weapon” – RealClearPolitics
 


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Gregg Jarrett: FBI Has Become “America’s Secret Police,” Mueller Using FBI As “Political Weapon”
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FOX News’ Gregg Jarrett on Wednesday night said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become “America’s secret police” and that special counsel Robert Mueller is using the government entity as a “political weapon.” “The FBI is a shadow government now 
Feud Thwarts FBI-Backed Anticorruption Efforts in Ukraine – Wall Street Journal
 


Wall Street Journal
Feud Thwarts FBI-Backed Anticorruption Efforts in Ukraine
Wall Street Journal
Ukrainian anticorruption operatives, aided by agents from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, were closing in on an alleged criminal gang of government officials in November when the tables were suddenly turned. An undercover operative for the 
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Russia election: Putin to run again for president – BBC News
 


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Russia election: Putin to run again for president
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Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year’s election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. “I will put forward my candidacy for the post of 
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Chirps, hums and phantom noises how bizarre events in Cuba changed embassy workers’ brains – Washington Post
 


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Chirps, hums and phantom noises how bizarre events in Cuba changed embassy workers’ brains
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They would sometimes wake in the night to hear a disembodied chirping somewhere in the room, or a strange, low hum, or the sound of scraping metal. Sometimes they felt a phantom flutter of air pass by as they listened. Others in the room would often 
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