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WaPo Rewarded for False News on Russian Threat, Deceiving the Public (Trevin)
Articles about Russia spreading “fake news” and attacking the US power grid were both quietly retracted after going massively viral, details The Intercept.
FBI Did Not Examine Hacked DNC Servers (Jimmy)
The FBI reportedly relied upon the third-party security company CrowdStrike for analysis. No US intelligence agency conducted a forensic examination of the servers according to an intelligence official.
Criminal Justice Reform Still Possible? (Dan)
2016 was supposed to be the year of bipartisan criminal justice reform. That is until hard-line law-and-order conservatives pushed back against massive establishment (and some grass roots) support. Despite the setback, Senate Justice Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is considering another push for reform.
Time to Spring Peltier, Says Ex-Prosecutor (Russ)
In a letter to Obama asking for clemency for Native American activist Leonard Peltier, the former US Attorney who prosecuted him says 40 years behind bars is enough. Peltier was convicted of the deaths of two FBI agents in a wild shoot-out at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Sanders Brings Poster-Sized Trump Tweet to Senate Floor (Reader John)
The Senator used the prop to remind the Senate of Trump’s 2015 promise not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.
Trump Planning to Revamp Intelligence Agencies (Jimmy)
The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are reportedly in Trump’s plan to downsize and restructure.
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