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The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it promised to preserve, and failed to protect the data as it told a federal court it had, Politico . According to recent court filings, the data destroyed were relevant to pending lawsuits facing the agency. Backup tapes from which this data might have been recovered were erased in 2009, 2011, and 2016 as part of a broader housecleaning effort aimed at making space for incoming information.

Following the start of a Turkish offensive in northwestern Syria over the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson jointly requested that Turkish forces exercise restraint against Kurdish fighters, The Wall Street Journal . Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disregarded the plea of his NATO allies, stating that he intends to stay in Syria until the business is done. This latest attack on the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds is part of Turkeys ongoing push to force the Kurds away from the countrys southern border.

Standing before the Knesset, Vice President Mike Pence announced today that the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem next year, The Wall Street Journal . Pences announcement comes at the end of his delayed trip to the Middle East, during which he met with the leaders of Jordan and Egypt. King Abdullah of Jordan, a close ally of the United States,  his displeasure to Pence over President Trumps decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel, a sentiment Americas European Union allies .

The FBI failed to retain the text messages exchanged between two senior Bureau officials involved in the investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, The Washington Post . In a congressional letter released over the weekend, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, pressed the FBI to explain in more detail why it failed to collect messages exchanged between December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. The Justice Departments inspector general is reviewing the text messages as part of an investigation into the FBIs handling of the Clinton email probe.

Although it cited the Department of Homeland Security as the source of its data, a recent Trump administration report on terrorism claiming that three-fourths of international terrorism convicts were immigrants did not include contributions from any DHS analysts, The Daily Beast . The office of Attorney General Jeff Sessions allegedly assembled the reports statistics. Some terrorism experts consider these statistics highly misleading and subsequently released studies of terrorism came to markedly different conclusions. Those who contest the reports statistics and critics of the Trump White House see this latest report as another attempt by the president to strengthen the case for his travel ban and wrongly associate immigrants with terror.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced today that the United States plans to send a team to Europe to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters . According to Tillerson, the officials plan to explore how the United States and its European allies can both improve the deal and counter Iranian activities in the Middle East. This diplomatic endeavor is the latest in the Trump administrations ongoing review of the Iran Deal.

ICYMI: This Weekend on Lawfare

Paul Rosenzweig  that the government shutdown is distracting America from addressing more pressing issues, such as Turkeys invasion of northern Syria.

Sabrina McCubbin  why the shutdown will not affect the Mueller investigation.

Audrey Alexander and William Braniff  that taking down terrorist-linked propaganda and accounts on the Internet is not enough to stop the propagandas effectiveness.

Quinta Jurecic  that we should view Rep. Devin Nuness classified memo on alleged government abuses as one more effort to distract from the Mueller investigation.

Shaun Walker, The Guardians Moscow correspondent,  his new book The Long Hangover: Putins New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past on the Lawfare Podcast.

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Today’s Headlines and Commentary
This Guy’s Got 2 Words For The President, And He’s Putting Them All Over D.C.
‘Unprecedented Russiaphobia’ Higher Now than Cold War: Russia FM – Newsweek
California couple accused of torturing their 13 children were wannabe swingers, relative says – New York Daily News
Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns – BBC News
Tillerson, U.K.’s Johnson Reiterate Call for Turkish-Kurdish Restraint
Trump’s ‘America First’ Message Is a Case of Rhetoric vs. Reality—So Far
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook admits social media can ‘corrode democracy’ – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Deutsche Bank Taking Legal Action Over Jared Kushner ‘Suspicious’ Funds Report; Company Slams ‘Crazy Allegations’ – Newsweek
Rudy Giuliani – Google News: A 13th anniversary look back on Melania and Donald Trump’s extravagant wedding – Kansas City Star

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