Author: Philip Ewing

'Chaos' Is At The Heart Of The Trump Camp's Defense. But It Can Cut Both Ways

NPR Enlarge this image Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits for the beginning of a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on November 14, 2017, on Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images Donald Trump’s campaign was frenzied and frantic, people at the top have said — descriptions that could be highly consequential for the White House and to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. For former campaign officials who’ve come into the administration, the descriptions of their work last year are meant not only to strengthen their denials regarding collusion with the Russian government...

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The Russia Investigations: Sessions Under Pressure; More Questions For Trump Aides

NPR Enlarge this image Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks about domestic security on Nov. 2 in New York. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images Last week in the Russia investigations: More pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, more details about Russia’s personal outreach to Trump campaign aides and more questions about Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians last year More questions for Jeff Sessions The bad news for Attorney General Jeff Sessions: He is due back on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to talk about the Russia imbroglio, this time before the House Judiciary Committee. The good...

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The Russia Investigations: D.C. Braces For More From Mueller; Ripple Effects Widen

NPR Enlarge this image DOJ special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images Last week in the Russia investigations: Mueller removes all doubt, the imbroglio apparently costs a man a government job and lots of talk — but no silver bullet — on digital interference. Mueller time How many more thunderbolts has Zeus in his quiver? Where might the next one strike? Who does the angry lightning-hurler have in his sights...

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Investigators Chase Missing Pieces Of Facebook, Twitter Role In Russian Mischief

NPR Enlarge this image In this photo taken Tuesday Feb. 3, 2015, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg answers questions during an interview at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Sandberg is in Washington on Capitol Hill this week meeting with lawmakers and investigators. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption toggle caption Eric Risberg/AP Shortly before Election Day last year, some helpful-looking posts began popping up on Twitter: No need to stand in line or even leave home, they said — just vote by text! The messages, some of which appeared to come from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, had versions in Spanish,...

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Facebook Surrenders Russian-Linked Influence Ads To Congress

NPR Enlarge this image Facebook has handed over ads linked to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images Updated at 3:26 p.m. EDT Facebook said on Monday it has given Congress thousands of ads linked with Russian influence operations in the United States and is tightening its policies to make such interference more difficult. “Many [of the ads] appear to amplify racial and social divisions,” it said. The social media giant confirmed that it discovered the ad sales earlier this year and gave copies to Justice Department special counsel...

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The Russia Investigations: Sens. Burr, Warner To Give Update; Spotlight On Twitter

NPR Enlarge this image Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C, (right) and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., listen during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 21 on Capitol Hill. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images Last week in the Russia investigations: Washington gears up for the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Twitter gets its turn in the barrel and states learn at last about the extent of last year’s attack. D.C. waits to hear from Burr and Warner Before we take a look back at the past week in the Russia...

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As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time

NPR Enlarge this image Twitter officials are expected to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators. Staffers want to know about the use of fake accounts, bots and trolls to influence the trends and topics on the social platform. Richard Drew/AP hide caption toggle caption Richard Drew/AP The presidential election is long past, but online attacks aimed at shaping the U.S. information environment have kept right on coming. This week brought a slate of fresh examples of ways in which users — some of them demonstrably Russian, others not — continue to try to use Facebook, Twitter and other platforms...

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5 Big Unanswered Questions About The Russia Investigations

NPR The Senate side of the Capitol building is shown on the last day of the summer session on Aug. 3. The Senate is scheduled to return from summer break on Sept. 5. Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Senate is long gone. The House? Splitsville. The president is at his golf club in New Jersey. Only the hardiest swamp creatures continue to scuttle in and out of the half-empty offices of late-August Washington, D.C. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, however, haven’t gone anywhere. His attorneys and investigators are using a federal grand jury to interview witnesses...

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