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16:04, 02 August 2018

Robert Mueller, QAnon, California Fire: Your Thursday Briefing


Robert Mueller, QAnon, California Fire: Your Thursday Briefing

Robert Mueller, QAnon, California Fire: Your Thursday Briefing

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Firefighters close to Redding, Calif., on Wednesday. A wildfire in the area that is just 35 percent contained is currently 1 of the most destructive fires in California&rsquos history.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Instances

By Chris Stanford

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Very good morning.

Right here&rsquos what you need to have to know:

Foreign lobbying and huge paydays

&bull Robert Mueller&rsquos investigation of the millions of dollars that are flowing into Washington from abroad could be as much a portion of his legacy as particular counsel as anything he may possibly unearth about Russian election interference.

The case of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager who is facing fraud charges, is one of several that have spotlighted foreign influence operations embedded in Washington, and the culture of lobbyists who get wealthy assisting foreign consumers impact policies and laws.

At Mr. Manafort&rsquos trial on Wednesday, Mr. Mueller&rsquos group detailed Mr. Manafort&rsquos lavish spending, including more than $900,000 in 5 years at a males&rsquos wear boutique in Manhattan. The judge, nevertheless, told prosecutors to concentrate on the alleged financial machinations that they claim created such a life style attainable.

The Vatican had previously mentioned that the death penalty was acceptable in rare instances.

&bull Separately, a coming report by a grand jury in Pennsylvania is anticipated to expose decades of mishandled sexual abuse situations in the church. Prior to its release, a bishop in Harrisburg ordered on Wednesday that the names of former bishops dating from the 1940s be removed from church buildings.

Putting Facebook to the test

&bull The social media giant disclosed this week a campaign to influence public opinion prior to the midterm elections, revealing that the people behind it are evolving their tactics to far better cloak their identities.

A single of our tech columnist writes: &ldquoAs the forces behind the accounts turn into tougher to detect, the organization is left to separate the ordinary rants and raves of reputable customers from coordinated, possibly state-backed attempts to sway public opinion.&rdquo

&bull We also spoke to a political activist whose experience shows how real men and women can get entangled with fake accounts and pages on Facebook &mdash and the often substantial consequences.

Peaceful election turns violent

&bull At least three men and women have been reported dead in Zimbabwe on Wednesday in the course of protests about the country&rsquos voting this week.

The election &mdash the 1st because the longtime president, Robert Mugabe, was ousted &mdash had been largely peaceful, but opposition supporters gathered in the capital, Harare, as early results recommended a victory for the governing party. Police officers fired reside ammunition to disperse them, and we have been on the ground to show what went wrong.

&bull The unrest on Wednesday was far reduce than the level reached in the country&rsquos 2008 elections.

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On Monday, Zimbabwe held an election that was intended to project stability and attract worldwide investors. By Wednesday, protesters and tanks have been dueling in the streets. Our video journalists were on the ground to speak to voters.Published On
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Listen to &lsquoThe Day-to-day&rsquo: The Strange Case of QAnon

A fringe on the internet movement makes a front-and-center appearance at a televised event for President Trump.

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There&rsquos always space for another chicken salad recipe.CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Instances
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This year&rsquos re-enactment included about 6,000 participants, down from the tens of thousands who turned out in the 1980s and &rsquo90s.CreditDaniel Arnold for The New York Times

&bull Ideal of late-night Tv

Samantha Bee addressed concerns that plastic guns created by a three-D printer could pass through safety undetected, even on Capitol Hill: &ldquoSneaking guns into Congress? Jesus, isn&rsquot it undesirable adequate that Ted Cruz manages to sneak in every single single day?&rdquo

&bull Quotation of the day

&ldquoWe don&rsquot convict people since they have a lot of cash and throw it about. The government is not going to prosecute men and women for wearing good clothes.&rdquo

&mdash Judge T.S. Ellis III, who is presiding more than the tax and bank fraud trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump&rsquos former campaign chairman, limiting prosecutors&rsquo descriptions of Mr. Manafort&rsquos lavish tastes.

&bull The Instances, in other words

Here&rsquos an image of these days&rsquos front page, and hyperlinks to our Opinion content material and crossword puzzles.

&bull What we&rsquore reading

Jennifer Jett, an editor based in Hong Kong, recommends this post in GQ: &ldquoOtto Warmbier, the American college student imprisoned in North Korea who died soon after his return house, was physically tortured although in custody, according to his parents and President Trump. But was he? This detailed investigation of Warmbier&rsquos experience asks what genuinely happened and what political objective his story served.&rdquo

Back Story

President Trump has so far made two Supreme Court nominations, which is about average. But some presidents didn&rsquot get to name any individual to the court.

No vacancies came up although Jimmy Carter was president from 1977 to 1981 (though he reportedly pressured Justice Thurgood Marshall to resign right after losing the 1980 election to Ronald Reagan). Critics of the Supreme Court have pointed to Mr. Carter&rsquos lack of nominees as a reason to impose term limits on the nine justices.

Published at Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:28:26 +0000


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