The Washington Post reports that Department of Justice officials are considering bringing criminal charges and seeking the arrest of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.
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Reuters reports that a pro-government Russian think tank fleshed out the strategy employed by the Kremlin to compromise the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Two confidential think tank documents obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies form the basis of these agencies’ and the Obama administration’s conclusions about the Russian government’s interference in the election.
Following revelations that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier had not been deployed toward North Korea last week, as the Trump administration claimed, the Wall Street Journal reports that the confusion over the aircraft carrier’s whereabouts has generated both “ridicule” and “wariness” in the region.
Following a visit to South Korea amidst high tensions over the looming crisis in North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Tokyo to reassure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States will work with its allies in the region to reach “a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” the AP writes
The looming showdown over North Korea is a “Cuban missile crisis in slow motion,” the New York Times reports.
Foreign Policy informs us that the sixth, and likely most powerful, test of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities in a decade is expected to occur as soon as this weekend, and the Trump administration is ratcheting up its rhetoric against the rogue state.
CNN reports that the United States has dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on what the Pentagon has claimed are ISIS tunnels, in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. This marks the first time that the bomb, known as a Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb, and nicknamed the “Mother of All Bombs,” has been used on the battlefield, and the military is currently assessing the damage. Army General John Nicholson, commander of U.S.
The Washington Post reports that the FBI obtained obtained a FISA warrant to monitor the communications of former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page as part of its ongoing investigation into possible links between Russia and the Trump c
The New York Times tells us that the White House accused the Russian government this afternoon of engaging in a cover-up of the chemical weapons attack last week by Syrian forces that prompted American airstrikes.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for two bombings against Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday. The Wall Street Journal reports that the attacks killed at least 47 people, just weeks before Pope Francis is slated to arrive in Egypt for the first time.