1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Insider fingers Donald Trump as a Russian asset


Riding the roller coaster of the inexhaustible hyperbole of horrors that is the news cycle since Donald Trump was “elected” the “president” must have inured us to the news of the merely “outrageously shocking.” It wouldn’t be hard to imagine, say, twenty years ago, how we would have responded had a former acting Director of the FBI labeled the President of the United States a Russian asset. Pick any year from back then and insert that as a story, and it would have dominated the headlines for months. Today it’s just another yawner, one of seven impossible things before breakfast.




But it’s true: former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week that it is possible that “President” Donald Trump is a Russian asset, and no matter how bad things get, that is an intrinsically shocking fact, once assimilated. That a man who is traditionally considered the leader of the free world could be, not merely favorably disposed to Russia for helping him win the election, but actually taking orders from its president, orders that are at best contraindicated and at worst lethal for a stable and healthy democracy is, in the vernacular of Trump’s own puppet master, a bolshoi scandal.




The official word from the White House was typical. Kellyanne Conway’s response to McCabe’s assertion was simply, “he’s a liar and a leaker.” A cheap shot, not merely in the usual sense of the phrase “cheap shot,” i.e., tawdry and low, but also in the sense of “inexpensive.” It cost Kellyanne nothing beyond a willingness to assassinate the man’s character. She didn’t feel the need to offer a single piece of evidence contradicting the intelligence that her boss is a Russian asset. Possibly because there is none.



McCabe is promoting his book, “The Threat,” which details his time at the bureau under Trump, and describes his version of interactions with top officials at the White House and Justice Department. The book was released Tuesday and became an overnight bestseller. It reveals that McCabe, like James Comey, was a man who always made detailed written notes immediately after important or controversial meetings, particularly meetings with Trump. His realtime impressions may prove valuable additions in the mounting criminal factual avalanche of evidence against Donald Trump.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Nancy Pelosi claps back at Donald Trump over Michael Cohen’s newly scheduled testimony

Tonight we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will supposedly be issuing his final report about Donald Trump next week. In what is surely not a coincidence, we’ve also learned tonight that Michael Cohen will be publicly testifying about Donald Trump for the House Oversight Committee next week. Now Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has entered the fray.


Palmer Report has been suggesting all along that while Donald Trump’s threats against Michael Cohen’s family were real, Cohen’s real reason for delaying his testimony was that Robert Mueller wanted him to wait a bit longer. This was seemingly confirmed by the reactions of House Democrats, who were just fine with Cohen using whatever excuse he wanted – Trump’s threats, his shoulder problem, you name it – for the delay.




But now suddenly Michael Cohen is showing no fear at all. Not only is he testifying next Wednesday, he’s doing it in front of live television cameras, meaning it’ll be one of the biggest spectacles in the history of American politics. Of course Donald Trump’s threats against Cohen are still a factor, and that’s where Pelosi is stepping in.




After the news broke, Speaker Pelosi tweeted this: “Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated.” Two things stand out here.



For one thing, Nancy Pelosi just broke the news that Michael Cohen will be testifying before the Oversight and Intel committees next week, meaning that everything truly is aligning against Donald Trump as we speak. More importantly, Pelosi is making clear to Trump that if he tries to make any further threats against Cohen’s family, she’ll find a way to make Trump pay for it. Intriguingly, Cohen quickly retweeted Pelosi’s tweet.



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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: Former FBI general counsel thought Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted until ‘pretty late’ in email investigation – Fox News

Former FBI general counsel thought Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted until ‘pretty late’ in email investigation  Fox News

The FBI’s top lawyer in 2016 thought Hillary Clinton and her team should have immediately realized they were mishandling “highly classified” information based …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Stunning details emerge about Michael Cohen’s public testimony next week against Donald Trump


Earlier this evening we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will supposedly drop the hammer on Donald Trump as soon as next week, and that Michael Cohen will definitely drop the hammer on Trump in public next week. Now we’re getting the details of just what all Cohen is set to reveal in front of the live television cameras, and it’s a doozy.




Michael Cohen will be testifying publicly before the House Oversight Committee next Wednesday, and privately before the House Intel Committee next Thursday. Both committees are controlled by the House Democrats. According to Andrew Desiderio of Politico, the agreed-upon topics for Cohen’s testimony will include things we saw coming, and things we didn’t see coming.




For instance, we now have confirmation that Michael Cohen will be testifying about Donald Trump’s illegal payoffs to silence his mistresses during the 2016 election. No surprise. But Cohen will also be testifying about Trump’s “compliance with tax laws.” That’s right, after all these years of trying to get our hands on Trump’s tax returns so we can see how he cheated, instead we’ll have Trump’s primary henchman simply announcing all the tax laws that he helped Trump break. There’s more.



Michael Cohen has also agreed to publicly testify next week about Donald Trump’s “business practices” which could include all of his criminal real estate projects, and “potentially fraudulent or inappropriate practices by the “Trump Foundation.” In addition, Cohen will reveal the full extent of Trump’s efforts to illegally intimidate Cohen out of testifying. Buckle up.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump reaches the end of the line


Right now Donald Trump probably thinks he’s winning. He just got William Barr confirmed as his new Attorney General, and just like magic, it’s being widely reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is suddenly “winding down” his investigation. We think TV pundits should fall through a trap door every time they use that idiotic phrase, because Mueller isn’t winding anything down; if he’s done it’s because he’s ready to drop the biggest hammer in history.




Donald Trump keeps betting on the wrong people. Just yesterday we learned that his entire reason for appointing Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was to have Whitaker put Geoffrey Berman in charge of the SDNY investigation, something that even an idiot like Whitaker knew wasn’t possible, because Berman had already recused himself from it.




Now Trump is betting on William Barr saving him, even though Barr seems way too smart to risk committing felony obstruction on Trump’s behalf, and Barr is an old friend of Mueller. That’s right, Trump is facing ouster and prison, and he only gets to take one more swing at saving himself, and he just placed his bet on Robert Mueller’s friend saving him from Robert Mueller. Trump really is that obtuse, it seems.



If Mueller is indeed finishing up next week, it’s because he’s been waiting for his friend William Barr to take office, because he knows that Barr will do the right thing and allow Mueller’s report to make it to the right hands. That’s when everything instantly goes off a cliff for Trump. He won’t be instantly ousted as the process plays out, but he’ll quickly start wishing someone would finish him off. If Mueller is finished, then Trump’s end of days is truly upon us.



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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal – The New York Times

Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal  The New York Times

An interim report from the House Oversight Committee paints a familiar picture of Trump associates skirting the law to curry favor with people who can make …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is about to eat Donald Trump’s kids alive

There are widespread reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be filing his final report about Donald Trump’s crime spree as early as next week. As Palmer Report has been pointing out from the start, Mueller came out of retirement for two years to bring to justice an illegitimate criminal President of the United States. He’s not going to simply turn in a book report and go home.

If Robert Mueller truly is calling it quits next week, it’s because he’s ready to swing a very large and very broad hammer. Let’s take a look at where we are thus far. Mueller has managed to take down essentially everyone who helped Donald Trump conspire with Russia to rig the election. The only two groups of people remaining are Trump and his family, and Trump’s obstruction of justice co-conspirators.


We have yet to see precisely what Mueller is planning to do with the White House folks who tried to help Donald Trump sabotage the investigation, but were not involved in the original Trump-Russia election plot. But these people can be indicted at any time, and in fact there could be sealed indictments against them already. More to the point, Donald Trump isn’t going to care all that much if, say, Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus get arrested next week.




But Donald Trump will go utterly berserk once his family members are indicted and arrested. One theory has been that Robert Mueller would destroy Trump’s family, thus making clear to Trump that he has no choice but to cut a resignation plea deal. Another theory has been that Mueller would have an easier time of taking Trump down first, and then circling back for his family after he’s no longer in a position to even try to pardon them (pardons wouldn’t fully work, but they would complicate things).




Let’s say it’s the latter, and Robert Mueller is planning to drop the hammer on Donald Trump next week. Mueller could use court filings to publicly release everything that Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, and other cooperators gave up on Trump, thus making clear to the public just how guilty Trump is, just as House Democrats use Mueller’s official report to begin the impeachment process. In such case, Mueller really could step off the stage next week.



Then, once Donald Trump is safely earmarked for ouster, Robert Mueller’s allies at places like SDNY could indict and arrest Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and any other Trump family members who have been exposed as criminals. This would ensure that they actually go down for their crimes, and that Donald Trump can’t magically bail them out. If Mueller really is finished next week, it means it’s time for Trump’s family to hurry up and get their pre-arrest affairs in order.



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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: Trump blocks Isis member from returning to US – live – The Guardian

Trump blocks Isis member from returning to US – live  The Guardian

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump criminal investigation” – Google News: Actor Jussie Smollett now a suspect in criminal investigation – CNN

Actor Jussie Smollett now a suspect in criminal investigation  CNN

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was “officially classified” a suspect in a criminal investigation Wednesday for allegedly filing a false police report, according to a …

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mikenov on Twitter: Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report theblaze.com/news/new-attor…

Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report theblaze.com/news/new-attor…


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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report


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New U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the end of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to CNN. This could come as soon as next week.

Here’s what we know

CNN cited “people familiar with the plans” who said that the Mueller report would be coming shortly. The exact date could depend on the timing of President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. NBC News had previously said that the investigation was likely to wrap up in the middle of February.

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, to oversee an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Rosenstein had taken over the investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on the grounds that he had been a Trump campaign surrogate. Rosenstein is expected to resign next month.

When Mueller’s investigation wraps up, he will submit a full report to the attorney general. In this report, Mueller will have to detail why he chose to prosecute (or not prosecute) each matter he investigated.

It’s not clear how much of that report will be released to the public or Congress, if any of it is released at all. During his confirmation hearings, Barr indicated that rather than release the report from Mueller directly, he might choose to instead release a report of his own summarizing Mueller’s findings.

What did the president say?

On Wednesday, Trump said that he would leave the decision of whether or not to release the report with Barr.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the investigation, calling it a waste of time and taxpayer money and a “hoax.”

While Mueller’s team has so far not revealed any information that could incriminate Trump, the investigation has led to convictions for multiple people connected to the president, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on charges unrelated to the campaign.

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“Trump – Russia Investigations” – Google News: Donald Trump’s extraordinary two-year war – Herald Sun

Donald Trump’s extraordinary two-year war  Herald Sun

US President Donald Trump has executed a vicious and sustained attack on those investigating him over two years, attacking his critics and forcing his circle to …

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“Trump and Russia” – Google News: Trump news – LIVE: President launches new attack on ‘enemy of the people’ media amid fresh claims over Saudi nuclear deal – The Independent

Trump news – LIVE: President launches new attack on ‘enemy of the people’ media amid fresh claims over Saudi nuclear deal  The Independent

Donald Trump asked his acting-attorney general Matthew Whitaker whether a counsel of his choosing could be put in charge of the investigation into “hush …

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Palmer Report: Robert Mueller has reached the finish line – or has he?

Speculation and rumor are running rampant that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be ending his investigation as soon as next week. For three days last week, the Office of Special Counsel employees were seen removing boxes and wheeling out a cart full of files from their office. Four of Mueller’s prosecutors have now resumed their former jobs at the Department of Justice, according to CNN, and his grand jury doesn’t seem to have convened since January 24th, the day it brought an indictment against Roger Stone. It’s all very curious. Major news stations are reporting that Mueller is about to issue his report.


So what’s happening here? We know Mueller extended his grand jury for six months at the beginning of January. That doesn’t sound like he’s ready to end the investigation. We know that he’s working in cooperation with several other jurisdictions, none of which seem to be wrapping up. We also know that Paul Manafort was cooperating with the Special Counsel before he screwed it up. Since cooperation is only sought when the subject has someone larger to implicate, we know the Yellow Brick Road doesn’t end at Manafort.




Dorothy’s journey doesn’t stop in the poppy field, nor in the dark woods. No, she goes all the way to the Emerald City. It is her destiny. Robert Mueller’s destiny is to finish his probe and in order to do that he will have first reviewed all the threats to his investigation and placed effective protections around it.




But wait, you say! What if there is actually no “there” there? What if all there is here is a little side corruption with Trump’s cohorts, and what if Trump is actually innocent of everything? Mueller’s report could say just that.



Possible. Not at all likely. Keep in mind the circumstantial evidence around Trump and his minions is mountainous and broad. And, despite what a lot of people believe, people get convicted all the time just on circumstantial evidence. Trump and his circle of grifters have their DNA spattered all over this mess and the one who truly understands that fact the most is Robert Mueller.
Another thing, let’s recall the many times the press has speculated that Mueller is ready to issue his report and be done with it. When Rudy Giuliani came onboard the Trump legal team in April of last year, he said the investigation would wind up in two weeks.



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House probe of Deutsche Bank and Trump should be taken seriously – American Banker

House probe of Deutsche Bank and Trump should be taken seriously  American Banker

Congressional investigations are often rushed affairs that fail to dig beneath the surface. But the hiring of a veteran investigator who has tangled with Deutsche …

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“elections 2016 russian ads on social media” – Google News: 2016 Trump campaign staffer files lawsuit over nondisclosure agreements – Axios

2016 Trump campaign staffer files lawsuit over nondisclosure agreements  Axios

Jessica Denson, a former staffer on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, filed a class action suit on Wednesday to annul every nondisclosure and …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Why we may not get all the answers from Mueller’s report – Daily Local News

Why we may not get all the answers from Mueller’s report  Daily Local News

Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Justice Department Preparing To Announce End Of Mueller’s Russia Probe: Report – Yahoo News

Justice Department Preparing To Announce End Of Mueller’s Russia Probe: Report  Yahoo News

An announcement that special counsel Robert Mueller is wrapping up the Russiaprobe may come in a matter of days, CNN reported Wednesday.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Teaching the Technical Aspects of Cybersecurity to Law and Policy Students: Come Join Our Team in Austin!

Tacos and sunshine. SXSW and a booming, tech-focused economy.  Barbeque and live music all over.  All that, plus a chance to work with a team that is kind, fun, and eager to innovate in the classroom and in policy-relevant writing.

What’s this all about? Well, when not writing for Lawfare or doing professor stuff, I’m the director of UT-Austin’s Robert Strauss Center, which is a cross-campus interdisciplinary unit that sponsors novel courses, policy-relevant writing, and high-impact events across a wide-range of topics.  Among other things, we have a rapidly-growing cybersecurity-focused program that emphasizes interdisciplinary cross-training: we want our law students to be literate with respect to technology and policy, we want the policy students to understand the law and technology, and we want the computer science and engineering students to understand law and policy (and other units too…I’m just mentioning those three to keep this brief!).  We are fortunate to have strong support from the Hewlett Foundation and its remarkable Cyber Initiative, and the program is expanding rapidly.  All of which brings me to my point: I’m looking to hire!

Specifically, I’m offering a generous (commensurate with experience) teaching-and-research fellowship in residence with the Strauss Center, with a one-year term but a possibility of renewal if it goes well for all concerned.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical foundation in computer and network security combined with a knack for translating that knowledge for law and policy grad students. Does that sound like you, or someone you know?  I’m open to hearing from anyone who likes the idea of helping law and policy students gain a degree of technical literacy (notice I did not say fluency!), and who also would be able to take energetic and creative advantage of the fellowship to engage in policy-relevant writing, take part in the broader life of our programs, mentor students, and whatever other ideas you might want to pitch.

Even if this is not your cup of tea, please spread the word to others who might be interested.  Diversity of all sorts is most welcome, of course, as are preliminary inquiries if you think you might apply but need to know something more. 

Deadline to apply:                          

FRIDAY MARCH 8th

Where to apply:

Just email me (rchesney@law.utexas.edu).

What should you submit:            

In the text of the email, tell me anything you’d like me to know about

(1) what you’d do, ideally, if given this chance;

(2) your qualifications;

(3) how this fits in with your career trajectory/goals (note that we have no preconceived notions regarding the amount of experience a person should have for this position; it could be very little or a whole lot); and

(4) a list of three recommenders (these should be people with whom you have worked who can speak with experience regarding qualities like collegiality, kindness, and communication skills).

Current weather in Austin:

Just thought I’d mention that today’s high will be 63, with clear blue skies.  Of course, I should add that this position does not require you to be in residence in the summer….

Ok, that’s it for now.  I am excited to hear from some of you!  Spread the word!!!

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: U.S.-China Trade Talks in Beijing Conclude Without Meaningful Progress on Structural Issues

Last week, American and Chinese officials held trade talks in Beijing over a five-day period. From Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, a lower-level American delegation, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, focused on “technical details” and on the question of enforcement of any possible trade agreement. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 saw high-level talks between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. President Xi Jinping met with Lighthizer and Mnuchin on Feb. 15 and noted that “important progress” had been made.

President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin both cast the Beijing trade talks as “productive.” Trump had previously indicated that he might be willing to let the March 1 deadline for a trade agreement “slide for a little while” if both sides made substantial progress. If Trump sticks with the deadline, however, the U.S. tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will rise from 10 to 25 percent.

Despite Trump’s optimism, negotiators in last week’s talks did not make serious progress on addressing structural issues such as intellectual property theft, Chinese subsidization of state-owned enterprises and forced technology transfer. Beijing has pledged to increase purchases of an array of U.S. goods—from semiconductors to energy products. Such moves could assuage Trump if he prioritizes reducing the bilateral trade deficit over structural reforms. Last month, Trump greeted news of Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans as a “fantastic sign of faith.” But, as several China analysts have argued, Trump’s focus on the bilateral trade deficit means that a “sustainable and long-term agreement on structural reform in China” could well slip through the cracks.

A side-by-side comparison of the official U.S. and Chinese statements on last week’s trade talks indicates that American and Chinese negotiators still have a slate of key issues to tackle. A statement from Chinese state media agency Xinhua on the trade talks proclaimed that the two sides “reached consensus on major issues and had specific discussions about a memorandum of understanding on bilateral economic and trade issues.” The White House statement, however, did not refer to a consensus, cautioning that “much work remains.”

On Saturday, Feb. 16, as Trump received a briefing on the trade talks at Mar-a-Lago, Vice President Pence delivered a fiery speech at the Munich Security Conference. Pence argued that “we cannot ensure the defense of the West if our allies grow dependent on the East,” singling out the “threat posed by Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies.” Pence’s uncompromising comments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warnings that the U.S. might have to decrease cooperation with European countries that continue to do business with Huawei.

This week, Lighthizer and Liu will lead their respective trade delegations into another round of high-level trade talks in Washington, D.C. Some have questioned whether the two sides will be able to reach an agreement without a personal meeting between Trump and Xi. What remains certain is that Trump’s optimism is but a small part of a complex picture. The lack of headway on resolving structural issues and an emerging multi-agency, bipartisan consensus that the U.S. needs to act tough on China could imperil Trump’s chances of getting to yes on a comprehensive agreement.

Trump Administration Puts Forward New AI Strategy

As competition in emerging technologies moves to the forefront of the U.S.-China relationship, observers have lamented that the U.S. government lags behind China in a strategic approach toward artificial intelligence (AI) research. The Trump administration is now attempting to correct course. On Feb. 11, Trump released an Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The order establishes AI as a federal research and development priority and creates a coordinated strategy under the American AI Initiative. This initiative will focus on five areas for U.S. leadership: technological breakthroughs, establishment of technical standards, training and skill development, promotion of “public trust and confidence” in new technologies, and an “environment that supports American AI research and innovation.” The order did not specify sources or amounts of funding. Precise numbers are difficult to determine on the U.S. government’s current AI budget across all agencies.

Competition with China appears to be an underlying theme of the new AI strategy, although neither the executive order nor an accompanying op-ed in Wired by Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios explicitly mentions the topic. The Wired op-ed stressed American commitments to human rights and privacy, explaining, “[W]e will win the race for AI, and we will do it without compromising our American values.” Meanwhile the executive order articulated the need “to protect the advantage of the United States in AI and technology critical to United States economic and national security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries.” In contrast, the Summary of the 2018 Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy, also released last week, noted the “significant investments in AI for military purposes” made by both China and Russia. The report highlighted AI applications in defense and the potential effect of AI on new capabilities.

The Chinese government is already spending heavily on AI research and development at the national and municipal levels. Exact figures have not been disclosed, but a recent report from the Center for a New American Security states that the budget “is clearly in the tens of billions of dollars,” including nearly $30 billion pledged for AI funds by the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin alone. According to the State Council’s Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan, the Chinese government aims to achieve “world-leading levels” in AI by 2030 and have core industries in the field be worth more than $150 billion. While the Chinese government is making considerable strides in AI research and investment, Chinese academics have also raised concerns about whether the technology could drive a Cold War-style arms race.

In Other News

  • The New York Times reported that cyber intrusions from China and Iran against U.S. companies and government agencies have been mounting. While commercial cyber espionage emanating from China had decreased somewhat during the later years of the Obama administration, recent targets have included companies such as GE Aviation, T-Mobile and Boeing. According to the Times, the deterioration in trade relations between the United States and China as well as the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement may have contributed to increasing tensions and resulted in an uptick in cyberattacks.
  • According to a Financial Times report, the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre believes there are ways to mitigate the risks associated with using Huawei for the construction of 5G mobile networks. This finding led some cybersecurity experts to wonder whether other nations would be reassured by the United Kingdom’s determination and adopt Huawei systems. Amidst the ongoing turmoil surrounding Huawei’s role in international 5G networks, the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, announced in an interview with the BBC on Feb. 18, “We still trust in the UK, and we hope that the UK will trust us even more …. Because if the US doesn’t trust us, then we will shift our investment from the US to the UK on an even bigger scale.”
  • The Chinese Communist Party is intensifying its efforts to use new media to improve the party’s image among millennials, according to the South China Morning Post. The report coincided with the launch of a new app called Study the Great Nation created by the party’s Propaganda Department, which provides a slew of content on Xi Jinping thought and government policies including quizzes, video and quotes. It has already become the most downloaded app in the Chinese Apple app store, although this may partially be attributable to party members being pressed to install the app. The app’s Chinese name, xuexiqiangguo (学习强国), is a pun off of the word for study and Xi Jinping’s surname.
  • New Zealand has raised concerns about the government’s decision to ban Huawei from constructing 5G mobile networks in the country may be harming relations more broadly, according to the Times. New Zealand and China have historically enjoyed strong relations in areas such as trade, tourism and student exchange. Earlier this month, Chinese officials abruptly canceled the launch of the 2019 New Zealand-China Year of Tourism. New Zealand-based exporters to China also cited “non-tariff impediments” as another sign that technology disputes could be spilling over into other forms of economic pressure. Meanwhile, Huawei recently launched an advertising campaign in the country with slogans such as “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand.”
  • A Dutch security researcher announced that a database used by facial recognition company SenseNets in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in western China, was available online without additional security. The database contained extensive details on more than 2.5 million users including names, ID card information, photographs and an accompanying list of users’ GPS coordinates. Use of facial recognition software to surveil Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim population has become a growing source of concern as repression in the region mounts. After the exposure, SenseNets secured its database.

Commentary

Following President Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies to support AI development, a number of analysts have addressed the security threats that China poses as well as the global security challenges that China itself faces. Amidst the backdrop of continued scrutiny of Huawei, many analysts have focused on technological competition between the United States and China. Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary of state for cyber and international communications, spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on “security risks to emerging 5G networks.” He warned that Chinese state practices “should give us pause about the way that country might use data in the future.” On Wired, Michael Kratsios, a top technology advisor to President Trump, argues that despite the challenges ahead, “we will win the race for AI, and we will do it without compromising our American values.”

On Lawfare, Colin Clarke and Mollie Saltskog address U.S.-China security questions in the Middle East, arguing that American withdrawal from Syria presents China with an opportunity. Beijing, they contend, will “fold yet another state outside its traditional sphere of influence into its economic and security paradigm.” Writing for the National Interest, the same authors highlight the security threats that could disrupt China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The Munich Security Conference also sparked wider discussion of China-related security issues. China rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal to join the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty; the Chinese state-sponsored Global Times argues that Merkel’s call was “inappropriate” and that China’s nuclear power is “far from … equal to those of the US.” And writing for the Washington Post’s Made by History series, James Clifton warns that China, “free to develop weapons that the United States and Russia cannot,” poses a “security concern for the Americans and Russians alike.” China has developed a large missile stockpile, an estimated 95 percent of which would be inconsistent with the INF Treaty, according to Admiral Harry Harris, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

Finally, in light of this week’s trade talks in Washington, a number of China watchers have weighed in on the future of U.S.-China relations. Gordon Chang provocatively argues that “disengagement is the only strategy with China that has not yet failed” and that the U.S. at some point will “disengage its economy from China’s.” Taking a more measured approach, a South China Morning Post (SCMP) op-ed by Wang Xiangwei suggests that “China is unlikely to accede to U.S. demands to stop providing subsidies … for favored industries.” Also writing in the SCMP, Zhang Lin similarly warns that “any trade deal will not be the end of hostilities between the two powers, but rather will be the end of the beginning of a prolonged rivalry.” Finally, in the Brookings Order from Chaos blog, Ryan Hass and Mira Rapp-Hooper identify seven key questions that the “China-facing policy community is now debating” and conclude that “there is not yet unanimity on the … objectives for U.S. strategy with China and in Asia.”

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: After 2 years, Mueller’s Russia probe may be near its end. CNN says DOJ preparing for report as early as next week – Greensboro News & Record

After 2 years, Mueller’s Russia probe may be near its end. CNN says DOJ preparing for report as early as next week  Greensboro News & Record

The Justice Department is preparing to announce as early as next week that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report is complete, according to people …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: US Justice Dept. Preparing to Announce End of Mueller Probe Next Week – Reports – UrduPoint News

US Justice Dept. Preparing to Announce End of Mueller Probe Next Week – Reports  UrduPoint News

US Attorney General Bill Barr is expected to announce as early as next week the completion of Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation, media …

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Cambridge Analytica from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): “cambridge analytica” – Google News: Facebook Cl A (FB) Stock Declined While Sentinel Trust Company Lba Cut Its Holding by $790,644; Cardinal Capital Management Stake In Parsley Energy (PE) Was Has Incr

Facebook Cl A (FB) Stock Declined While Sentinel Trust Company Lba Cut Its Holding by $790,644; Cardinal Capital Management Stake In Parsley Energy (PE) Was Has Increased  The Hi New Ulm

Sentinel Trust Company Lba decreased its stake in Facebook Inc Cl A (FB) by 10.6% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sentinel Trust …

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“elections 2016 russian ads on social media” – Google News: NYT publisher calls Trump’s attacks on the press “dangerous” – Axios

NYT publisher calls Trump’s attacks on the press “dangerous”  Axios

New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger responded to President Trump’s persistent attacks on the press, calling the phrase “enemy of the people,” …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: After surgery, Michael Cohen’s prison date postponed to May – 13WHAM-TV

After surgery, Michael Cohen’s prison date postponed to May  13WHAM-TV

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has agreed to postpone the start of ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s prison sentence by two months to May 6. New York Judge …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Report: DOJ Expects Completion of Mueller Report as Early as Next Week – Breitbart

Report: DOJ Expects Completion of Mueller Report as Early as Next Week  Breitbart

The Justice Department could announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into possible collusion between the …

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“trump putin” – Google News: White House panel to ‘question whether climate change is security threat’ – live – The Guardian

White House panel to ‘question whether climate change is security threat’ – live  The Guardian

Committee would advise Trump on the ‘scientific understanding of today’s climate’, according to National Security Council.

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US Puts off ‘Deal of Century’ Till After Israeli April Polls’ – Jared Kushner – Al-Bawaba

US Puts off ‘Deal of Century’ Till After Israeli April Polls’ – Jared Kushner  Al-Bawaba

The United States administration will reportedly unveil its so-called “Deal of the Century” after Israeli legislative elections are held on April 9th, according to …

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