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‘Release the memo’ campaign aided by Russia-linked Twitter accounts

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., waves as he arrives for a closed-door GOP strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have begun promoting the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo. It’s a reference to a document written …

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Stormy Daniels, in InTouch interview, details Trump affair, Shark Week

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Matt Sayles/AP In a 2011 interview with the celebrity gossip magazine InTouch, porn star Stormy Daniels says she had a sexual encounter with then-businessman and reality-TV star Donald Trump.   InTouch published the full interview Friday following a report that one of Trump’s lawyers paid Daniels …

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US appears to be quietly preparing for nuclear war with North Korea

An EA-18G Growler launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf Thomson Reuters Despite the appearance of thawing tensions with North Korea, both Washington and Pyongyang have made several steps that suggest things could escalate soon. The US has quietly moved heavy firepower like nuclear …

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Russia’s newest frigate enters service amidst uncertainty

An Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate built by Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation United Shipbuilding Corporation Russia commissioned its newest frigate, Admiral Makarov, just before the end of 2017. The ship is an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate, but plans for the class’ full implementation are running into difficulty. The Russian Navy in currently reliant …

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Senate extends FISA Section 702 warrantless surveillance bill

The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. Patrick Semansky/AP The Senate voted 65-34 on extending a controversial warrantless-surveillance program. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure by the end of the week. Despite fierce opposition from a bipartisan group of privacy-minded lawmakers on Capitol Hill, …

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