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Why the Russia Fake News Scandal Hasn’t Touched Snapchat

October 16, 2017 Facebook’s Instagram has been ruthlessly copying features from Snapchat since the ephemeral messaging app rebuffed Facebook’s $3 billion-dollar takeover offer in 2013. But when it comes to what publishers and advertisers can publish on their platforms, Snapchat and Facebook couldn’t be more different. That helps explain why Facebook is being...

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The Woman Keeping Extremists From Trump Has Been Nominated To Keep the U.S. Safe

October 12, 2017 Kirstjen Nielsen, the White House’s deputy chief of staff, was nominated by US president Donald Trump to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday (Oct. 11). As secretary, Nielsen would command the massive federal agency tasked with keeping Americans safe from terrorism, and coping with natural disasters....

Washington Failed to Regulate Big Tech—And Now it’s About to Discover That It Can’t

October 3, 2017 Dystopian warnings abound that “winter is coming” for the tech industry, in the form of a new era of tough regulations and harsh oversight from Washington. Twitter and Facebook executives are being grilled by Congress over Russia’s use of their platforms to influence the US election. Consumer advocates are demanding...

What Facebook Told Congress Suggests its Russian Ad Problem Could Be Bigger Than it Looks

September 22, 2017 Earlier this month, Facebook admitted that Russian-linked ad buyers had spent $150,000 on US political ads during the 2016 election campaign. But there could have been more ads bought than that, according to people briefed in recent days on the company’s closed-door testimony to Congress. And those ads probably also...

Meet the Woman Who Warned About Russian Election Meddling Years Ago—and Got Death Threats

September 19, 2017 Calls for more transparency and regulation governing the content and advertising on Facebook are suddenly coming from both the right and the left in Washington, and are likely to increase as more information emerges about how the company earns nearly all of its almost $30 billion in annual revenue. The...

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Hurricane Harvey May Have Destroyed Trump’s Mexico Wall Before a Single Brick Is Laid

August 30, 2017 Rain is still falling on the US’s gulf coast as Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, hovers over Texas and Louisiana. Record-breaking flooding is expected to continue through the week, levees are crumbling, refineries are submerged, and thousands of stranded people may be need to be airlifted from hotels,...

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One of the Two Agencies That Probes Meddling in U.S. Elections is Broken

August 14, 2017 The by-now infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer in June 2016 has become a focus for the FBI’s probe into last year’s US election campaign. The agency has assembled a grand jury and issued subpoenas to examine evidence related to the meeting, which the president’s son,...

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Trump’s FBI Pick Testified That He’s Been 'Too Busy' To Learn About Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

July 12, 2017 All of Washington has been transfixed by the emails revealing that Donald Trump, Jr. took a meeting with a lawyer said to have ties to the Russian government to get dirt on Hillary Clinton during his father’s election campaign last year. All, that is, except—apparently—for Christopher Wray, US president Donald...

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Congressman Steve Scalise Shot When a Gunman Opened Fire During Baseball Practice

June 14, 2017 A US Congressman and three of his staff members were injured after a gunman opened fire on a baseball practice outside Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip and a Republican from Louisiana, was shot in the hip, Fox News reported, while one of his aides...

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What To Expect From Ex-FBI Director James Comey’s Senate Testimony About the Russia Probe

June 6, 2017 Ousted FBI director James Comey will publicly testify about the events that led up to his firing this Thursday morning, June 8, to a US Senate committee, and already US politics wonks and curious overseas observers alike are stocking up on the popcorn. “Comey mania about to take over Washington,”...