Global Security Newsletter // January 31

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January 31, 2019

1. My Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (12 sites): Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Can the FBI Investigate the President? – Twin Falls Times-News Trump Investigations – »   “2016 Presidential…
1. My Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (12 sites): Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Seth Meyers Explains Why Donald Trump Is A Pigeon All Saved Stories – 25 – Saved Stories – None   Donald…
mikenov on Twitter: Trump Investigations: Evangelicals’ Unwavering Support For Trump trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/evange…

1. My Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (12 sites): Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Can the FBI Investigate the President? – Twin Falls Times-News Trump Investigations – »   “2016 Presidential…

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Can the FBI Investigate the President? – Twin Falls Times-News Trump Investigations – »   “2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Other View: Can the FBI Investigate the President?
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1. My Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (12 sites): Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the PIXELMECHANICS ‘GPlusRSS-Webtool’ at http://gplusrss.com: Seth Meyers Explains Why Donald Trump Is A Pigeon All Saved Stories – 25 – Saved Stories – None   Donald…

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Seth Meyers Explains Why Donald Trump Is A Pigeon All Saved Stories – 25 – Saved Stories – None   Donald Trump: Seth Meyers Explains Why Donald Trump Is A Pigeon Trump Investigations: 11:08 AM 1/31/2019 – Just Security: The Early Edit…
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Trump Investigations: Evangelicals’ Unwavering Support For Trump trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/evange… Posted by mikenov on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 4:41pm
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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Former valet charged in brutal murder of Wisconsin nurse found frozen under vehicle in parking garage

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A former valet at a Wisconsin hospital has been charged in the shocking and brutal killing of a nurse practitioner who was discovered frozen and bleeding underneath a vehicle in a parking deck last week, officials revealed Tuesday.

FOX News

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): Reuters: World News: France says Venezuela’s Maduro ignoring calls for election

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France said on Wednesday that Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro appeared not to be heeding calls for new presidential elections and that European foreign ministers would discuss next steps in Bucharest on Thursday.

Reuters: World News

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): “russia ukraine” – Google News: UNIAN: General says Kyiv within Russia’s Iskander nuclear missiles reach – Kyiv Post

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UNIAN: General says Kyiv within Russia’s Iskander nuclear missiles reach  Kyiv Post

Former deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lt Gen (Reserve) Ihor Romanenko has told UNIAN that Kyiv is within the range of defeat …

“russia ukraine” – Google News

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The FBI News Review: FBI investigating underground tunnel leading to Chase bank in Florida – KRON4

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January 30, 2019
FBI investigating underground tunnel leading to Chase bank in Florida – KRON4
FBI Says Driver Wanted In Armored Truck Theft Captured In Connecticut – LEX18 Lexington KY News
FBI: Infamy, zeal for carnage inspired Vegas shooter – WNCT
Teen girl missing 2+ weeks from area near NC mountains, FBI says – WSPA.com
“Christopher Wray” – Google News: Trump Faults Spy Bosses As Break Widens Between What They Advise And What He Does – WAMU 88.5

FBI investigating underground tunnel leading to Chase bank in Florida – KRON4

KRON4
FBI investigating underground tunnel leading to Chase bank in Florida PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (KRON) – The FBI and local authorities are investigating an underground tunnel discovered in a street leading to a bank in Pembroke Pines, Florida. 
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FBI Says Driver Wanted In Armored Truck Theft Captured In Connecticut – LEX18 Lexington KY News

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FBI Says Driver Wanted In Armored Truck Theft Captured In Connecticut  LEX18 Lexington KY NewsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18/WAVE) – The FBI in Louisville announced Wednesday morning that a man wanted in connection to an armored truck robbery had …
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FBI: Infamy, zeal for carnage inspired Vegas shooter – WNCT

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Teen girl missing 2+ weeks from area near NC mountains, FBI says – WSPA.com

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“Christopher Wray” – Google News: Trump Faults Spy Bosses As Break Widens Between What They Advise And What He Does – WAMU 88.5

FBI from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites)
Trump Faults Spy Bosses As Break Widens Between What They Advise And What He Does  WAMU 88.5The president complained that his chiefs of the intelligence services were too “passive” and “naive” after a Senate hearing that underscored how often the White …
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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): 1. Podcasts in Russian from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): Аудионовости – Радио Свобода: Новости – 30 Январь, 2019

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Новости Радио Свобода: точность, оперативность, беспристрастность

Аудионовости – Радио Свобода

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): “Turkey and Russia” – Google News: For the Kremlin, Venezuela Is Not the Next Syria – New York Times

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For the Kremlin, Venezuela Is Not the Next Syria  New York Times

It is too far away and intervention would be too costly. Moscow will probably *content* itself with hurling insults at the U.S. from the sidelines.

“Turkey and Russia” – Google News

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Russia from Michael_Novakhov (114 sites): NYT > Europe: For the Kremlin, Venezuela Is Not the Next Syria

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It is too far away and intervention would be too costly. Moscow will probably content itself with hurling insults at the U.S. from the sidelines.

NYT > Europe

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Global Security Newsletter // January 30

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mikenov on Twitter: 12:49 PM 1/30/2019 – May Seeks to Renegotiate Brexit Deal With European Union trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/1249-p…
1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: EU Leaders Agree Theresa May’s Brexit Divorce Deal ‘Will Not Be Renegotiated’
1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Viral photo of Chicago inmates shoveling in freezing weather sparks outrage as jail offers explanation
1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Outrage as video shows Virginia abortion bill sponsor saying plan would allow termination up until birth
1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Binge drinking can rewrite your DNA, study claims

mikenov on Twitter: 12:49 PM 1/30/2019 – May Seeks to Renegotiate Brexit Deal With European Union trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/1249-p…

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12:49 PM 1/30/2019 – May Seeks to Renegotiate Brexit Deal With European Union trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/1249-p… Posted by mikenov on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 4:56pm
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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: EU Leaders Agree Theresa May’s Brexit Divorce Deal ‘Will Not Be Renegotiated’

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(BRUSSELS) — Leaders across the European Union offered a united chorus of “No” on Wednesday to Britain’s belated bid to negotiate changes to the Brexit divorce deal so Prime Minister Theresa May can win the backing of her Parliament.
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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Viral photo of Chicago inmates shoveling in freezing weather sparks outrage as jail offers explanation

Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites)
Bundled Chicagoans who aimed to stay inside heated homes or establishments Monday ahead of the polar vortex were shocked to see a handful of Cook County Jail inmates on the side of the road shoveling walkways — wearing nothing but orange jumpsuits as they worked tirelessly to clear snow.
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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Outrage as video shows Virginia abortion bill sponsor saying plan would allow termination up until birth

Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites)
Virginia Democrat Del. Kathy Tran is the sponsor of The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. (Kathyfordelegate.com) The abortion debate erupted anew this week after a video surfaced showing the Democratic sponsor of a Virginia abortion proposal acknowledging it could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth, for reasons including mental health.
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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Binge drinking can rewrite your DNA, study claims

Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites)
88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year, making it the third leading preventable cause of death behind only smoking and obesity; Dan Springer reports. Talk about a major buzzkill.
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12:22 PM 1/30/2019 – Intelligence Chiefs Expect More Cyberattacks Against US – BankInfoSecurity.com | Restore U.S. Human Rights Leadership!

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All Saved Stories – 25

Saved Stories – None 
“organized crime and intelligence” – Google News: Intelligence Chiefs Expect More Cyberattacks Against US – BankInfoSecurity.com
“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News: The Latest: Maduro says US wants Venezuela’s oil – Chron
Just Security: To Presidential Candidates Drafting Platforms: Restore U.S. Human Rights Leadership
Politics: The Technology 202: The shutdown is over, but companies trying to go public are still in limbo
Politics: Will Roger Stone flip on Trump? His answers about it are weird.
“trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Trump blasts intel chiefs for ‘wrong’ Iran assessment | TheHill – The Hill
10:06 AM 1/30/2019 – Lawmakers press for a full Russia probe report from Mueller – The Register Citizen | Just Security: The Early Edition: January 30, 2019 | Chris Christie rips Kushner’s dad: ‘One of the most loathsome, trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/1006-a…
Donald Trump: Eric Trump Urges Father To Declare National Emergency Over Border Wall Funding
Donald Trump: Comics Tackle Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial
Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump warns Americans not to travel to Venezuela – live updates
“Russian Intelligence services” – Google News: Trump says US intelligence services ‘naive,’ ‘wrong’ on Iran – Devdiscourse
“Russian Intelligence services” – Google News: Trump Tells His Intelligence Chiefs to ‘Go Back to School’ After Iran Report – The Daily Beast
Donald Trump: Twitter Erupts Over Donald Trump’s Latest Fearmongering: ‘The Boy Who Cried Caravan’
‘Naive’: President Trump disputes his own intelligence chiefs on Iran, North Korea – USA TODAY
“Putin Trump” – Google News: Trump had MORE one-on-one talks with Putin – Daily Mail
“Behind every great fortune lies a crime” – Google Search
Trump border wall isn’t an emergency, Pentagon tells Congress – Quartz
Brexit news: Theresa May is on a doomed mission to renegotiate Brexit – Vox.com
United States Warns Americans Not To Travel To Venezuela As Tensions Rise – NPR
Why Is Mueller Hiding Who Ultimately ‘Directed’ Roger Stone? – The Daily Beast
Venezuela CRISIS: Putin to CONFRONT Trump? Mystery Russian aircraft arrives in Caracas – Express.co.uk
Roger Stone faces a gag order. He has a plan to resist it. – POLITICO
Facebook Secretly Paid People To Install VPN That Spies On Them – HuffPost
Just Security: The Early Edition: January 30, 2019
Chris Christie rips Kushner’s dad: ‘One of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted’ – The Washington Post
Saved Stories – None 
“organized crime and intelligence” – Google News: Intelligence Chiefs Expect More Cyberattacks Against US – BankInfoSecurity.com

Intelligence Chiefs Expect More Cyberattacks Against US  BankInfoSecurity.comEfforts to exploit U.S. election security continue, and China, Russia, Iran and North Korea’s “cyber espionage, attack, and influence capabilities” pose.

 “organized crime and intelligence” – Google News

“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News: The Latest: Maduro says US wants Venezuela’s oil – Chron

The Latest: Maduro says US wants Venezuela’s oil  ChronCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):. 9:45 a.m.. Recommended Video. Created with Sketch. An Error …

 “Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News

Just Security: To Presidential Candidates Drafting Platforms: Restore U.S. Human Rights Leadership

As the number of candidates running for president rapidly expands, some of them undoubtedly are formulating their foreign policy goals. One important component of any platform, along with protecting national security and advancing America’s economic interests, should be to restore the United States’ commitment to promote human rights internationally. Doing so would enhance America’s global prestige and advance other U.S. foreign policy concerns.
This would be a stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. To the extent that there is a consistent theme in Trump’s approach to world affairs, it has been to heap praise on extreme nationalist leaders and dictators, including Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Viktor Orbán of Hungary, and Vladimir Putin of Russia. All the while, he expresses disdain for leaders like Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Germany’s Angela Merkel, who have taken strong stands for human rights.
The Trump administration’s withdrawal of recognition from Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela is a welcome exception, should it secure a peaceful transition in cooperation with democratic countries in the region.
The first step those seeking to defeat Trump in 2020 should take in devising an effective human rights policy is to restore the credibility of the United States as a proponent of the cause. This can be done only by addressing civil and human rights issues in the United States, which capture a great deal of attention in other countries.
The experience of President George W. Bush is instructive. Bush seemed committed to the promotion of human rights internationally, but his accomplishments in this area were negligible. His administration undercut its rhetoric and policy goals by putting into practice the very abuses it railed against, including the long-term detention of hundreds of men at Guantanamo without trials or even charges, and the torture of detainees at secret CIA prisons around the world. Those events and policies made it impossible to promote human rights and persuade other governments to take seriously American criticism of their human rights practices.
`Muslim Ban,’ Family Separation, Mass Incarceration
In the case of the Trump administration, its Muslim Ban and family-separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border have attracted a great deal of negative attention in other parts of the world. Major changes in these practices are needed if the United States is to be taken seriously when it speaks to other countries about their human rights abuses. A sustained and substantial effort to reduce mass incarceration also would demonstrate that the United States is intent on itself manifesting respect for human rights.
If the next president re-establishes U.S. credibility as an advocate for human rights, she or he could then focus on efforts to promote rights globally. The first thing to do is to stand up for freedom of the press. The imprisonment and killing of journalists not only violates journalists’ rights, but also does great damage to the freedoms of everyone else whose rights are threatened.
All of us need a free press to let the world know when we are under attack. Without a free press, we cannot get protection when we need it. Labeling journalists as “the enemy of the people” is an assault on everyone’s rights. Protecting journalists should be at the top of the agenda for an American human rights policy.
Second, the next president should take steps to mitigate the harm to civilians in armed conflicts. The United States should focus attention on the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs by the Assad regime in Syria; the indiscriminate attacks by Saudi air strikes and by the Houthi rebels in Yemen; the burning of Rohingya villages in Myanmar; and other such practices that kill and injure noncombatants. The victims of armed conflicts also include many women and girls, and also men and boys, who are the targets of sexual attacks by combatants.
The one place where victims can seek justice and accountability is the International Criminal Court. But the Trump administration is working to undercut the ICC. Last year, John Bolton, Trump’s national security advisor, delivered a speech trashing the ICC, calling it “ineffective, unaccountable…outright dangerous,” especially to the United States. Strengthening international mechanisms such as the ICC to hold accountable those who commit war crimes should be a high priority for the next president.
Third, a major focus of an international human rights policy should be the development of procedures for sharing the burden of caring humanely for and resettling large numbers of people forced to flee their own countries by armed conflict, persecution, or climate change. No single country can cope with this problem on its own. It requires global cooperation. In the absence of American leadership, however, it is hard to imagine that such cooperation is possible.
Countering Abuses by China and Russia
Finally, an American human rights policy should include specific measures to counter abuses by China and Russia. Under Xi Jinping, who has abolished term limits on his rule, China is reverting to its totalitarian past. The imprisonment of hundreds of human rights lawyers and the detention and forcible re-education of about a million members of the Uighur minority in remote western China are examples of what is happening under Xi’s rule.
As for Russia, under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, it not only violates the rights of its own citizens but also is responsible for severe abuses outside Russia’s borders, as in Ukraine and Syria. It will not be easy to devise a policy that has an impact on human rights abuses committed by Xi and Putin. Yet, a good beginning would be for the next U.S. president to use her or his unrivaled capacity to command world attention to speak out about these abuses.
What results might we expect to achieve by restoring America’s commitment to promoting human rights internationally? The honest answer is that our expectations should be modest. Dramatic consequences in the short-term are unlikely. Governments that commit gross abuse of human rights often ignore denunciations until it is evident that they will pay a price if they do not modify their practices.
Over time, other governments will make common cause with the United States in such efforts, and international institutions designed to promote rights for all of us would be substantially strengthened. What’s more, if the United States were again known not only for its military and economic power but also for the power that comes with a commitment to human rights for all, it would win our country many friends and incalculably bolster our global credibility and influence.
Though many governments today are led by xenophobic nationalists (and the concept of an open society is under assault in too many places, even here in the United States), in much of the world there is also a higher level of popular support for human rights norms such as freedom of expression, racial and gender equality, judicial fairness and independence, and individual dignity than ever before. If the next president of the United States commits to placing compliance with – and promotion of – these norms at the forefront of American foreign policy, it will serve the United States – and the rest of the world.

IMAGE: Activists holding placards rally in Manila on Jan. 25, 2019, against the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Children as young as 12 years old could be incarcerated under a bill backed by Philippine lawmakers that has been criticized by the UN and rights monitors. (Photo TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

 Just Security

Politics: The Technology 202: The shutdown is over, but companies trying to go public are still in limbo

And a second shutdown would put IPOs in jeopardy.

 Politics

Politics: Will Roger Stone flip on Trump? His answers about it are weird.

Stone keeps saying he won’t “bear false witness” against Trump, but that’s not quite the same as saying he won’t flip.

 Politics

“trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Trump blasts intel chiefs for ‘wrong’ Iran assessment | TheHill – The Hill

Trump blasts intel chiefs for ‘wrong’ Iran assessment | TheHill  The HillPresident Trump on Wednesday blasted top intelligence leaders for being “wrong” about their new assessment on Iran’s nuclear developments.

 “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News

10:06 AM 1/30/2019 – Lawmakers press for a full Russia probe report from Mueller – The Register Citizen | Just Security: The Early Edition: January 30, 2019 | Chris Christie rips Kushner’s dad: ‘One of the most loathsome, trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/1006-a…

10:06 AM 1/30/2019 – Lawmakers press for a full Russia probe report from Mueller – The Register Citizen | Just Security: The Early Edition: January 30, 2019 | Chris Christie rips Kushner’s dad: ‘One of the most loathsome,trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/01/1006-a…

Posted by mikenov on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 2:09pm
Donald Trump: Eric Trump Urges Father To Declare National Emergency Over Border Wall Funding

“That’s what people in this country want,” the president’s son told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

 Donald Trump

Donald Trump: Comics Tackle Donald Trump’s Climate Change Denial

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers tried to make sense of President Donald Trump’s latest tweet dismissing global warming.

 Donald Trump

Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump warns Americans not to travel to Venezuela – live updates

President Donald Trump has been active on Twitter this morning. In addition to giving a travel advisory that Americans should not go to Venezuela,

Maduro willing to negotiate with opposition in Venezuela following U.S. sanctions and the cutting off of oil revenues. Guaido is being targeted by Venezuelan Supreme Court. Massive protest expected today. Americans should not travel to Venezuela until further notice.
If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!

Good morning.
The congressional conference committee negotiating to avoid another second government shutdown has its first meeting today, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown will take another step towards a presidential bid with a “Dignity of Work” event tonight in Ohio and Donald Trump has warned Americans not to travel to Venezuela until further notice.
Continue reading…

 Donald Trump | The Guardian

“Russian Intelligence services” – Google News: Trump says US intelligence services ‘naive,’ ‘wrong’ on Iran – Devdiscourse

Trump says US intelligence services ‘naive,’ ‘wrong’ on Iran  DevdiscourseWashington, Jan 30 (AFP) President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked the US intelligence services as “naive” and “wrong” on the threat he says is posed …

 “Russian Intelligence services” – Google News

“Russian Intelligence services” – Google News: Trump Tells His Intelligence Chiefs to ‘Go Back to School’ After Iran Report – The Daily Beast

Trump Tells His Intelligence Chiefs to ‘Go Back to School’ After Iran Report  The Daily BeastPresident Donald Trump has told his intelligence services to “go back to school” after their annual threat assessment report contradicted the president by …

 “Russian Intelligence services” – Google News

Donald Trump: Twitter Erupts Over Donald Trump’s Latest Fearmongering: ‘The Boy Who Cried Caravan’

Twitter users chided Trump after he cited a segment from Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends.”

 Donald Trump

‘Naive’: President Trump disputes his own intelligence chiefs on Iran, North Korea – USA TODAY

‘Naive’: President Trump disputes his own intelligence chiefs on Iran, North Korea  USA TODAYWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump disputed the leaders of his intelligence services Wednesday with respect to Iran, North Korea, the Islamic State, and …
“Putin Trump” – Google News: Trump had MORE one-on-one talks with Putin – Daily Mail

Trump had MORE one-on-one talks with Putin  Daily MailPresident Donald Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin for about 15 minutes in Buenos Aires without a U.S. translator or government …

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United States Warns Americans Not To Travel To Venezuela As Tensions Rise  NPRThe State Department warned Americans on Tuesday not to travel to Venezuela, citing crime, civil unrest and the arbitrary detention of U.S. citizens. It came the …
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Venezuela CRISIS: Putin to CONFRONT Trump? Mystery Russian aircraft arrives in Caracas – Express.co.uk

  1. Venezuela CRISIS: Putin to CONFRONT Trump? Mystery Russian aircraft arrives in Caracas  Express.co.uk
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Roger Stone faces a gag order. He has a plan to resist it. – POLITICO

  1. Roger Stone faces a gag order. He has a plan to resist it.  POLITICO
  2. ‘I’m not going to do what Michael Cohen has done’: Roger Stone says cooperation comment ‘misconstrued’  USA TODAY
  3. The Peculiar Logic of the Trump Russia Scandal Deniers  New York Magazine
  4. Sean Hannity: If Roger Stone’s arrest is a sign of things to come, we’ve lost our country. Say goodbye.  Fox News
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Facebook Secretly Paid People To Install VPN That Spies On Them – HuffPost

Facebook Secretly Paid People To Install VPN That Spies On Them  HuffPostDesperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a …
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SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
U.S. spy chiefs yesterday broke with President Trump in their assessments of the threats posed by foreign powers including North Korea, Iran and Syria. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that China and Russia pose the most significant risks to the U.S., and are more aligned than they have been in decades as they target the 2020 presidential election and U.S. institutions to expand their global influence, David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes report at the New York Times.
“China … Russia … Iran … and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways,” Coats said, adding that the various powers use these methods “to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure.” Flanked by the directors of the C.I.A., F.B.I and National Security Agency, Coats warned the panel that “Moscow’s relationship with Beijing is closer than it’s been in many decades,” Reuters reports.
“We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities,” Coats told the Committee, adding that Pyongyang “is unlikely to completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as critical to regime survival.” Trump is due to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un late next month and as recently as last week maintained that the two sides are making progress in efforts to fully denuclearize the Korean peninsula, Rebecca Morin and Nahal Toosi report at POLITICO.
The officials offered “stark” warnings regarding the threats posed by Islamic State group (I.S.I.S.,) in contrast with Trump’s former declarations that the militant group has ben defeated. The report overseen by Coats and C.I.A. Director Gina Haspel argues that any lifting of pressure on the movement in Iraq and Syria could allow it to regroup; “the group will exploit any reduction in [counterterrorism] pressure to strengthen its clandestine presence and accelerate rebuilding key capabilities, such as media production and external operations,” the report states, adding that I.S.I.S. is still likely to try to attack the U.S., Jacqueline Thomsen reports at the Hill.
“Point by point … the country’s top intelligence leaders demolished some of the key national security claims Trump has made since he took office,” Ken Dilanian writes in an analysis of the developments at NBC.
We should be concerned about the proximity between Russia and China, Graham T. Allison and Dimitri K. Simes caution at the Wall Street Journal, writing that “a sound U.S. global strategy would combine greater realism in recognizing the threat of a Beijing-Moscow alliance … and greater imagination in creating a coalition of nations to meet it.
Change in leadership of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence offers opportunities for great reform.Daniel Schuman explains at Just Security.
HUAWEI
Two units of Chinese tech giant Huawei will be arraigned on Feb. 28 in Seattle on a 10-count indictment on charges they conspired to steal T-Mobile trade secrets, according to court filings yesterday. The Department of Justice (D.O.J.) alleges Device Co Ltd and Huawei Device U.S.A. Inc committed wire fraud and obstructed justice by stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile in order to test smartphones’ durability, Reuters reports.
A second indictment obtained by prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y. reveals excerpts from a file obtained from Huawei C.F.O Meng Wanzhou’s electronic device at J.F.K. airport. The file includes “suggested talking points” about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom Tech Co.; prosecutors allege that Skycom was a Huawei subsidiary operating in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, Dan Strumpf reports at the Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. has formally requested Meng’s extradition, officials in Canada announced yesterday. She appeared briefly in court yesterday and is set to return for another court date next week, Michael Burke reports at the Hill.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said yesterday he expects to see significant progress in trade talks with Beijing, adding that charges against Huawei are separate issues, and that’s a separate dialogue.” Mnuchin commented that “forced technology issues are part of trade discussions, but any issues as it relates to violations of U.S. law or U.S. sanctions are going through a separate track,” Reuters reports.
The outcome of the U.S.-Huawei fallout and the Meng extradition case will have huge implications for the world’s two largest economies, Jethro Mullen and Ben Westcott comment at CNN, in an analysis of why “the dispute will shape ties between Beijing and Washington for years to come and could make or break China’s aim to become a global technology power.”
TRUMP-RUSSIA
Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. Stone was arrested Friday morning having been indicted on one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of making false statements and one count of witness tampering, later released on a $250,000 signature bond, Aruna Viswanatha and Sadie Gurman report at the Wall Street Journal.
Stone said little during the 13-minute hearing, with his attorney entering Stone’s “not guilty” plea. Stone only addressed the court to say he understood the conditions of his release, which remain unchanged: he will not be allowed to contact potential witnesses in the case, his passport remains seized and his travel is restricted to his home in Florida, the D.C., Delaware, Maryland and Virginia area, and New York, Elisha Fieldstadt and Charlie Gile report at NBC.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday that he wants Mueller’s report to be as “open” as possible, telling reporters: “obviously I would like for as much as possible of the Mueller report to be open. I don’t know enough about Justice Department regulations to know what part of that, you know, might make sense not to be disclose … I think it ought to be as fully open and transparent, whatever the recommendation is, as possible,” Jordain Carney reports at the Hill.
An account of Stone’s hearing yesterday, picking up on many of the behavioral similarities between Stone and president, is provided by Dana Milbank at the Washington Post.
Stone claims his right to free speech has been compromised, but he would do well to remember that “threats to a witness with intent to influence or prevent testimony is not protected speech,” and “lying in testimony to and concealing documentary evidence from congressional committees is not protected speech,” Jennifer Daskal comments us at Just Security.
VENEZUELA
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government yesterday fought to keep its grip on power, opening an investigation into what it called the “violent acts” of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, freezing his assets and banning him from leaving the country. The announcement came just hours after the Trump administration announced that it had handed control of Venezuela’s bank accounts and property in the U.S. to Guaidó, hoping to give him the necessary tools to start governing, Ana Vanessa Herrero and Clifford Krauss report at the New York Times.
Maduro reiterated today that he is ready to hold talks with the opposition to resolve the escalating political crisis, making comments in an interview with Russian media broadcast today. Guaidó has rejected previous calls from Maduro for talks, labeling them invitations to a fake dialogue, and has demanded that the opposition receive guarantees that Maduro would implement any promises he made in talks, Thomas Grove reports at the Wall Street Journal.
Maduro told reporters he was grateful for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s economic and military help over the years,and asked for the Kremlin’s support to defend the Venezuelan leadership diplomatically. “Putin is giving us support on all levels and we have received it with much pleasure and gratitude,” Maduro commented, Reuters reports.
Maduro also accused President Trump of ordering neighboring Colombia’s government to kill him, but claimed he remains open to the possibility of talks with the U.S. leader as well as his domestic opposition, Reuters reports.
Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan yesterday would not say whether the Pentagon is considering sending 5,000 U.S. troops to Colombia. Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon that he had not discussed such a plan with national security adviser John Bolton, spotted Monday holding a yellow notepad in the White House briefing room that appeared to include the phrase “5,000 troops to Colombia,” Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.
The State Department yesterday warned Americans to travel to Venezuela, citing crime, civil unrest and the arbitrary detention of U.S. citizens. “Security forces have arbitrarily detained U.S. citizens for long periods,” the travel advisory stated, adding “Venezuelan authorities may not notify the U.S. Embassy of the detention of a U.S. citizen, and consular access to detainees may be denied or severely delayed,” Sasha Ingber reports at NPR.
Trump’s Venezuela sanctions could serve to undercut his Iran policy. Keith Johnson explains at Foreign Policy.
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is slated to use a foreign policy bill to break with President Trump over U.S. policy in Syria and Afghanistan, stating yesterday that he will offer an amendment that would warn against a “precipitous withdrawal” of troops from either country. Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell claimed that his proposal would “acknowledge the plain fact” that al Qaeda, Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and their affiliates “pose a serious threat to us here in home,” Jordain Carney reports at the Hill.
The Pentagon’s internal watchdog is set to investigate military refueling missions in the Middle East and Africa after the U.S. undercharged allies by $331 million for its support in the Yemeni conflict. The Department of Defense Inspector General announced yesterday that it will audit the energy reimbursement process for the Defense Logistics Agency – the body that purchases, stores and ships much of the U.S. military’s supplies, Joe Gould reports at DefenseNews.
The government of the Palestinian Authority tendered its resignation yesterday, in a move that reflected “rising public discontent” and the failure of efforts to reunite the West Bank and the Gaza Strip – currently controlled by the militant Palestinian Hamas group. Isabel Kershner reports at the New York Times.
The Pentagon suddenly adjourned a 9/11 pretrial hearing yesterday because the judge in the case had an undisclosed health emergency, defense lawyers announced yesterday. Court personnel declined to describe Marine Col. Keith Parrella health emergency, citing privacy; the abrupt recess has presented another stumbling block in the effort to try the five men accused of plotting al-Qaida’s Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.
The U.S. has slipped out of the top 20 countries thought to have the lowest levels of corruption, according to an annual report released yesterday by corruption watchdog Transparency International. Daniella Cheslow reports at NPR.

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The start of a new Congress wipes the slate clean for the House of Representatives, which must adopt new rules, establish new committees, and write new legislation. One major opportunity for reform is in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), which suffered grievously under the mismanagement of Rep. Devin Nunes and is now under the leadership of Rep. Adam Schiff.
Compared to the House, the investigations and oversight of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) have been seen by many as a more effective (if still imperfect) approach to handling sensitive national security topics. While the leadership of that committee deserves some credit, the work of that committee is greatly enhanced by how the committee is staffed. Each member of the Senate Intelligence Committee is provided a staff designee — a person that they hire and fire that receives the highest level of clearance and supports that member’s national security work. This is viewed as essential because that staffer represents the perspective of their employing senator, as compared to traditional committee staff who are ultimately responsible to the chair or ranking member of the committee.
Members of HPSCI have taken note. Back in 2016, eight Democratic committee members began pushing to have a member of their personal staff receive a high level of clearance — known as Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) — to support them in their work. While Members of Congress are permitted to have two of their personal office staffers receive Top Secret clearance, many briefings take place and documents are classified at the higher TS/SCI level, which means those staffers cannot assist their bosses on many matters.
Members of HPSCI must rely on committee staff to support them on highly classified matters, and those staff are hired by the chair and ranking member. No matter how professional, the staff have an inherent conflict of interest. Such concerns are heightened when the executive branch is in conflict with the committee and strives to undermine its authority.
A most economical approach would be to allow each member of that committee to identify a pre-existing member of their personal staff as appropriate to receive a TS/SCI clearance. The newspaper Roll Call described now-Chairman Schiff’s favorable response to this approach, saying the “idea is appealing and he is exploring it,” even while expressing the caveat that this would not automatically grant staff access.
The appropriate time for Rep. Schiff to formally adopt this policy is now. HPSCI has not yet held its organizational meeting for the 116th Congress, during which it adopts its committee rules. Nor has it made its formal request for funding for the committee, a proposal which will be made by the chair and ranking member on behalf of the committee in March. Rep. Schiff should propose this policy as part of his committee rules and include it in his funding proposal.
HPSCI isn’t the only committee where this conflict arises. A surprising number of committees have jurisdiction over matters that the executive branch has deemed classified. In fact, all members of Congress must be informed about and vote upon matters that concern matters the executive branch deems classified. With the investigation of foreign interference in the U.S. election coming to a head, and an increasing menu of national security-related issues before Congress, it is imperative that all members be able to review and understand matters that are highly classified. Because the documents to review can be voluminous and the briefings complex, all members must have a staffer they can rely upon to assist them with their review and to provide confidential counsel.
This is not a new issue. In 1978, CIA Director Stansfield Turner corresponded with House Speaker Tip O’Neill as part of an effort to decrease the number of congressional staff with TS/SCI clearances. At the time, 431 staffers had top clearances. The Speaker and CIA Director agreed on an arrangement where clearances were granted based upon a quota system for committees plus additional clearances for certain personal office staffers. Here is the crux of what CIA Director Stansfield wrote:

As you know, staff personnel of our Congressional oversight committees have been granted access to highly sensitive compartmented intelligence information. However, due to the broadening of interest in foreign intelligence within the Congress, access has been granted to staffs of other committees….
Where there is a clearly justifiable need, Members of Congress are given access to sensitive intelligence information. Personal staff of Members, however, are denied such access and I have reaffirmed that policy. The only exception, which I am initiating at this time, is to grant selected key staff members serving in the offices of the Leadership of the Congress access since their principals receive sensitive intelligence on a regular basis and require staff assistance. This will include designated personal staff members from the staffs of your offices, the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, and Majority and Minority Leaders of both the House and Senate. (emphasis added)

There can be no doubt that members of HPSCI “receive sensitive intelligence on a regular basis and require staff assistance,” which is the express basis upon which personal staff members of leadership are granted clearance.
In the course of those negotiations, the CIA Director of Security wrote “that the DoD should make every effort to reduce the number of clearances now credited to them… we must set an example within the Executive Branch before we can insist that the Legislative Branch reduce their clearances.” As readers here know, while Congress restrained the numbers of its personnel who could access this information, the number of clearances held by federal employees and contractors in the executive branch exploded. As of October 2017, 1,194,962 people had access to top secret information, of which roughly half are federal contractors. We do not know how many executive branch staff and contractors had access to TS/SCI material, but it likely is many multiples of the total number of people who work for Congress.
As described above, Senate staffers who individual support each member of the Intelligence Committee are granted TS/SCI clearance and are deemed “staff designees,” where they are paid by the committee even though they serve individual members of the committee. Some might suggest a similar arrangement could be worked out in the House. After all, the House Intelligence Committee received a 31% increase in funding in 2017, based in part on our arguments that it was woefully underfunded and lacked capacity to support its members. While appropriate, it is unlikely that the House would provide additional funds to add 22 staff members to the committee, especially when you look at committee funding levels across the board. Granting TS/SCI clearances for one personal office staffer for each member of the House Intelligence Committee is a reasonable first step.
Providing these clearances need not be expensive or time consuming. The Director of National Intelligence recently ordered agencies to accept security eligibility adjudications conducted by another agency in a policy called mandated reciprocity. To the extent that personal office staff already have clearances from service elsewhere in the government, those clearances should be accepted by Congress. It’s not unusual for HPSCI staff to be former spies.
Other committees that oversee highly classified matters should consider a similar approach to empower their members to have the individualized staff support they need. Moreover, the House of Representatives should keep public statistics on the total number of congressional staff that have clearances, the level of clearance they have, and how long it takes them to receive their clearances, just as the executive branch does for executive branch agencies.
Congress must have sufficient cleared staff to conduct oversight, and allowing 22 TS/SCI clearances to personal office staffers in the HPSCI is a good place to start.

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The top U.S. justice official has said that the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is nearing completion.
The comments January 28 by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker came just days after Mueller’s prosecutors indicted another close associate of President Donald Trump.
The arrest of that associate, Roger Stone, suggested that Mueller’s investigation still had some time to go, according to legal experts.
Speaking at a news conference in Washington, D.C., Whitaker said he had been “fully briefed” on Mueller’s probe.
“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker was appointed by Trump as head of the U.S. Justice Department in November after Trump’s first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, resigned.
Sessions normally would have overseen an extraordinary investigation like the one Mueller has been conducting since May 2017.
However, Sessions recused himself from the case, due to perceived conflicts, leaving the job to his deputy. Trump criticized Sessions repeatedly for that decision.
Whitaker, however, has not recused himself, despite Democrats’ pointing to past statements that they say showed bias.
Whitaker’s appointment is temporary; the U.S. Senate is scheduled to soon hold a vote on a permanent attorney general.
In all, Mueller’s investigation has resulted in charges against 34 people.
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HUAWEI
The Department of Justice (D.O.J.) yesterday announced criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and its affiliates, accusing the firm in two indictments of violating intellectual property law and lying about its compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. Huawei was charged with breaching confidentiality agreements with T-Mobile by photographing, measuring and stealing part of a T-Mobile-developed robot, as well as misleading banks about the its ties with Iranian affiliate Skycom, Matthew Choi reports at POLITICO.
The actions included charges against Huawei’s C.F.O. Meng Wanzhou, currently detained in Vancouver following a U.S. extradition request. Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker – flanked by the heads of several other cabinet agencies – said the U.S. will continue to seek Meng’s extradition, David E. Sanger, Katie Benner and Matthew Goldstein report at the New York Times.
U.S. officials have warned that China’s corporate pillaging of secrets represents a pre-eminent national- and economic-security threat, with some government estimates valuing the associated damage into the hundreds of billions of dollars in damages annually. “The criminal activity in this indictment goes back 10 years and goes all the way to the top of the company,” Whitaker commented, Kate O’Keeffe, ArunaViswanatha and Dustin Volz report at the Wall Street Journal.
China today hit back against the “political manipulations” behind the indictment. “For some time, the U.S. has used state power to discredit and crack down on specific Chinese companies in an attempt to strangle the enterprises’ legitimate and legal operations … there are strong political motivations and political manipulations behind the actions,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement attributed to spokesperson Geng Shuang, AFP reports.
Senior information and communications officer at the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (M.I.I.T.) Wen Ku described the indictments were “unfair and immoral,” making comments at a news briefing in Beijing. Reuters reports.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freedland commented yesterday that the country’s former ambassador to China John McCullum was fired because he expressed views contrary to the federal government’s position on Meng’s detention. Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have both stressed that the legal proceedings relating to Meng are not politically motivated; McCallum had told Chinese-language media in the Toronto area last week that the extradition of Meng to the U.S. “would not be a happy outcome,” Rob Gillies reports at the AP.
The U.S. has been concerned about Huawei’s state links since at least 2010, Dominic Rushe and Lily Kuo explain in an in-depth analysis of the developments at the Guardian.
Huawei has already taken a series of preemptive steps to defend itself against U.S. penalties. Louis Lucas and Emily Feng provide a breakdown at the Financial Times.
TRUMP-RUSSIA
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said yesterday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign is “close to being completed.” Whitaker claimed that he has been fully briefed about Mueller’s work and that he is looking forward to reviewing a final report, adding “I hope that we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible,” Philip Ewing reports at NPR.
Whitaker has previously condemned the Mueller investigation – a central contention for those who criticized his appointment. When asked at a D.O.J. news conference yesterday whether he maintained his concerns after being briefed on the report, Whitaker said: “I am comfortable that the decisions that were made are going to be reviewed either through the various means we have,” Matthew Choi reports at POLITICO.
President Trump’s nominee for attorney general William Barr told U.S. lawmakers that he has discussed the substance of Mueller’s investigation in broad terms with Vice President Mike Pence, although he has never spoken about it with the president. The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote today on whether to endorse Barr’s nomination and send it to the full Senate for a confirmation vote; in written answers to questions posed by committee members released yesterday, Barr said he has discussed the issue of recusing himself from overseeing Mueller’s with D.O.J. officials and that “if confirmed, I will consult with the Department’s career ethics officials, review the facts, and make a decision regarding my recusal from any matter in good faith,” Reuters reports.
President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is making changes to the composition of his criminal defense legal team, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis announced yesterday. Davis said in a statement that Cohen will no longer be represented by Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester, with Michael Monico and Barry Spevack newly appointed to represent Cohen in his work with Mueller’s office, federal prosecutors and congressional committees. “We look forward to helping Mr. Cohen fulfill what he has told us is his only mission – to tell the truth as he knows it and to turn the corner on his past life and taking ownership for his past mistakes by cooperating as best as he can with all governmental authorities in search of the truth,” Monico and Spevack commented in a joint statement, Jacqueline Thomas reports at the Hill.
Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone is set to appear in Washington D.C., federal court today. Stone was indicted last week on seven charges, including five counts of lying to Congress about his interactions regarding WikiLeaks, obstructing an official proceeding and witness tampering. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described rumors of a potential presidential pardon for Stone as “ridiculous,” although she did not rule out such a move. “I’m not going to talk about hypotheticals that are just ridiculous,” Sanders said, adding “I’m not aware of a conversation regarding [a pardon] or a need for it,” Rebecca Morin reports at POLITICO.
VENEZUELA
The U.S. yesterday announced sanctions against Venezuela’s state oil company P.D.V.S.A. in a coordinated effort with main opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó aiming “to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s power base.” The measures were presented as a way of preventing Maduro from raiding the coffers of his economically struggling country before he is replaced; “the purpose of sanctions is to change behavior,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House, AFP reports.
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton announced that $7bn of P.D.V.S.A. assets would be immediately blocked as a result of the sanctions while the company would also lose an estimated $11bn in export proceeds over the coming year. The sanctions – marking the U.S,’s toughest economic move against Maduro to date – come five days after Guaidó’s dramatic declaration sparked a political crisis in the country, Tom Phillips reports at the Guardian.
Bolton said yesterday that President Trump believes “all options are on the table” when it comes to Venezuela, including military action. In the minutes after the announcement, “eagle-eyed” reporters spotted cryptic jottings on Bolton’s notebook appearing to read: “Afghanistan -> Welcome the Talks,” and “5,000 troops to Colombia;”
when asked about Bolton’s notes, a White House spokesman reportedly replied: “as the President has said, all options are on the table,” The Daily Beast reports.
Bolton’s notes have raised further questions about the potential for military action in Venezuela, Eli Rosenberg and Dan Lamothe write at the Washington Post, commenting that “if enacted, the troop movement would mark a major escalation of U.S. involvement in South America, though it is unclear what exactly the service members’ roles would be.”
“The Western left does need to take a serious look at itself over Venezuela—not least because of what it says about the health of leftist elements that … are close to attaining real power,” James Bloodworth argues at Foreign Policy.
The only route to Maduro’s fall from power is desertion by the military, Omar Lugo comments at the Guardian.
AFGHANISTAN
The U.S. and the Taliban militant group have drafted the framework for a deal that could lay the ground for peace talks with the Afghanistan government, U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters in comments published yesterday. The comments mark the clearest signal yet from a U.S. official that talks between Washington and the militant group are progressing, sparking hopes of a breakthrough in the grinding 17-year conflict, Mujib Mashal reports at the New York Times.
A burst of activity culminated in an “unprecedented” six consecutive days of talks in Qatar last week, with both the U.S. and the Taliban claiming progress had been made. “We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out before it becomes an agreement,” Khalilzad was quoted as saying, after arriving in Kabul Sunday to update Afghan authorities on the talks, Al Jazeera reports.
Khalilzad told Afghan media that Washington and the Taliban “agreed to agreements in principle on a couple of very important issues,” adding that Afghans must “seize the opportunity,” according to comments released by the U.S. embassy in Kabul. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan described the talks as “encouraging,” Rahm Faiez reports at the AP.
“There could be much to celebrate in such an agreement … which may … perhaps … end America’s longest war,” Peter Bergen writes in an analysis of the developments at CNN, asking whether Trump’s negotiators have managed to pull off a “diplomatic coup.”
SYRIA
A suspected Islamic State group suicide attack on the governing council of insurgent-held Idlib in northwest Syria today killed one person and injured three others, U.K.-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has announced. The target was the National Salvation Government in Idlib city, linked to the jihadist Tahrir al-Sham alliance that controls much of the enclave in northwestern Syria, Reuters reports.
Iran yesterday struck economic and trade deals with Syria, as it expands its role there after assisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reclaim most of the country. Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri commented from Damascus that Tehran has reached “very important agreements on banking cooperation” with Syria, Reuters reports.
U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 575 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria between Dec. 30 and Jan. 12. [Central Command]
YEMEN
U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths has appealed to the country’s warring sides to withdraw their troops from the port city of Hodeidah, which serves as a lifeline for millions of starving Yemenis, after aid agencies warned conditions in the impoverished country are rapidly deteriorating. Griffiths, who arrived yesterday in the rebel-held capital Sanaa for his third trip to the country this month, said while there had been “changes in timelines” regarding both the proposed troop pullout and a prisoner swap, the “momentum is still there,” Al Jazeera reports.
The shelling of a camp for displaced people in Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah province killed eight civilians and wounded 30 others, the U.N. announced Sunday. Reuters reports.
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
U.N. Special Rapporteur on executions Agnes Callamard – currently on a week-long visit to Turkey to investigate the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi – will today meet Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, having met Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu yesterday. “We have made a request to the Saudi government for access to the consulate as well as meetings with Saudi authorities here … we’re waiting for their response,” Callamard told reporters today, Al Jazeera reports.
The Senate voted yesterday to advance legislation affirming the right of local and state governments to break ties with companies that boycott or divest from Israel, with Republicans attempting “to drive a wedge between the Democratic Party and its traditional allies in the American Jewish community,” Catie Edmonson reports at the New York Times.
A coordinated global cyber attack spread through malicious email could cause economic damages anywhere between $85 billion and $193 billion, a hypothetical scenario developed as a stress test for risk management has indicated. Reuters reports.
The U.S. Department of Energy has reportedly started manufacturing a new low-yield nuclear weapon designed to counter Russia. The National Nuclear Security Administration claims that production of the weapon, known as the W76-2, has begun at its Pantex Plant in the Texas Panhandle, Geoff Brumfiel reports at NPR.
The attorney for alleged architect of the 9/11 plot – Khalid Sheik Mohammed – yesterday threatened to refuse to participate in his client’s pretrial hearing this week, claiming that he was disturbed by the F.B.I. questioning a former 9/11 defense team paralegal at an Army base in Texas. Defense attorney David Nevin has suggested that the questioning by federal agents raised a new challenge to attorney-client confidentiality in the terrorism trial, Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.
The U.S. sought to derail Michelle Bachelet’s Bid for her role as U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Colum Lynch explains at Foreign Policy.
“The Trump administration is not prepared for a foreign policy crisis,” former deputy secretary of state Antony J. Blinken write in an Op-Ed at the New York Times.

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The death toll from Vale’s dam burst in the Brazilian town of Brumadinho rose to 84 people, and 276 were still unaccounted for, according to rescuers working at the site on Tuesday.

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Florida authorities determined that no charges would be filed following the deaths of three children who passed away earlier this month after getting stuck in a freezer while playing outside, the sheriff’s office said.

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European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU-UK divorce deal was not up for renegotiation after Britain’s parliament on Tuesday voted to replace the Irish “backstop” border arrangement contained in it with unspecified “alternative arrangements”.

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Trump Investigations Report: Donald Trump | The Guardian: Seth Meyers: ‘It’s not often that a single event sums up an entire presidency’

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Late-night hosts celebrated the shutdown of the government shutdown and examined Trump associate Roger Stone’s arrest

Late-night hosts interpreted the end of the government shutdown and the arrest of Roger Stone.

Related: Jimmy Kimmel on Trump’s ’embarrassing loss for our embarrassing president’

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Trump Investigations Report: “Trump liar” – Google News: President Trump Dismisses Tell-All Book as ‘Made up Stories’ – U.S. News & World Report

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President Trump Dismisses Tell-All Book as ‘Made up Stories’  U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is dismissing a tell-all book by a former White House aide as “made up stories and fiction.”

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