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The man who predicted the fake news crisis says something much worse is coming

Right before the 2016 election, Aviv Ovadya tried to warn us that something was very wrong with information on the internet. Now he's trying again, and this time what he sees coming is worse. The MIT-educated engineer went on a crusade in mid-2016 to alert tech companies that the information...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:18pm

What is an arms race?

On Tuesday, President Trump made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin to "congratulate" him on being the "winner" in the Russian presidential "elections," a move that drew criticism even from members of Trump's party. During a photo op in the afternoon, the...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:08pm

Why was Russia banned from the Olympics?

It’s official: North Korea’s going to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which means a lot of people might be wondering, wait, why was Russia banned from Olympics? After all, they’re not (currently) threatening other countries with nuclear weapons and engaging in constant saber rattling...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:30pm

Trump administration turned down major anti-meddling pact with Russia: Report

Last summer, Russia approached the United States with a sweeping pact not to meddle in each other's domestic affairs, an offer the Trump administration declined, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the offer in July, on the premise of...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:26pm

Here is why Russia is not competing at the 2018 Olympics

Russian athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will not be able to represent their country.  On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee due to the country's state-supported use of performance-...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:13pm

Trump campaign received email with subject line 'Kremlin Connection': Report

A National Rifle Association member sent an email to the Trump presidential campaign with the subject line "Kremlin Connection," saying he could arrange a back-channel meeting with Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reported on Sunday. “Putin is deadly...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:26pm

Multiple fake Trump sex tapes are being circulated, says former U.S. spy

On Thursday, Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that on a 2013 trip to Moscow, he rejected a Russian offer to have five women come to Trump's hotel room. That proffer of hospitality is one of the allegations in the Steele...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:53pm

Trump foreign aide claims he lied to FBI to protect president

Former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty lying to the FBI, has admitted he did it out of loyalty to President Trump. Papadopoulos, the foreign policy aide to President Trump admitted to misleading federal investigators about the relationships he had maintained between...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:40pm

Even Russian press says Trump did not 'Make America Great Again'

One year after the election, the Russian press has turned on President Trump. In Moscow last November, politicians toasted Trump's surprise victory and journalists speculated about a new, more solicitous era in U.S.-Russian relations. Today, they've significantly dialed back the fandom,...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

Michael Flynn followed, retweeted five accounts from same Russian troll farm before election

Fired Trump national-security adviser Michael Flynn followed five Twitter accounts from a Russian troll factory and pushed their messages right before the 2016 presidential election, the Daily Beast reported Thursday. On Wednesday, House investigators revealed the names of 2,750 accounts created...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:31pm

Russia reportedly used Pokémon Go to meddle in U.S. election

Russia used Pokémon Go and social media platforms to try and influence the 2016 presidential election. CNN reported Thursday that Russian election meddling used Facebook, Instagram Twitter, YouTube and the popular game Pokémon Go in ways to create friction in the United States before last...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:07pm

Trump's favorite way to dodge a question is an old Soviet trick

President Trump has a preferred technique for deflecting a question he doesn't want to answer. It was borrowed from the Russians. Asked about something, he'll answer the question with a question: "What about something else?" The technique was prominently observed in his jaw-...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 3:39pm

Facebook won't say if Russia targeted you during the presidential election, but they probably did

This week Facebook admitted that Russian trolls not only used the social network to disseminate anti-Clinton propaganda during the 2016 election, but also set up and publicized anti-Clinton rallies. This is a polar turnaround from Facebook's assertion earlier this year that they had no evidence...

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:53pm

Russia had sweeping plan to normalize relations early in Trump's term

Early in the Trump administration, Russia proposed a sweeping reset of the U.S.-Russian relationship, which would have normalized diplomatic, military and intelligence relations, according to a document provided to the State Department by a Russian diplomat. The document, delivered by the diplomat...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:14pm

Letter of intent to build Trump Tower Moscow: 'Help world peace and make a lot of money'

In October 2015, Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen received a letter of intent from a Russian businessman to develop Trump World Tower Moscow. The letter only needed Donald Trump's signature. "Dear Michael, Attached is the signed LOI (Letter of Intent) by Andrey Rozov....

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 4:18pm

World's pre-eminent spy novelist says he knows how Trump's demise will come

John LeCarre is perhaps the world’s greatest spy novelist, whose Cold War-era books about espionage were so inventive and detailed that they were studied by Russian spies and the CIA (to his everlasting regret). Today, the 85 year old is speaking out about what he believes is the impending...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 5:34pm

Trump era propaganda, disinformation attacks started early on social media: Report

Russian-driven propaganda and conspiracy theories have deeper roots and spread faster than thought throughout the U.S., and what once occupied the fringes of the internet is now solidly in the mainstream, having been embraced by the Trump administration, a university researcher has found. Mother...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 5:04pm

Morning Joe host said Trump's presidential run was ‘all a money-making scam’

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said on Tuesday's show that "Donald Trump never thought he was going to win the presidency," and that's why his personal attorney emailed Vladimir Putin's spokesperson during the presidential campaign to discuss a potential Trump Tower in...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 1:54pm

Here's what would happen if a nuclear bomb detonated over Midtown Manhattan

As rhetoric on both sides of the world mount, the threat of nuclear holocaust is heavily weighing on minds. CNN reported on Tuesday that it would only take 20 minutes for a nuclear missile to reach Hawaii from North Korea. What about here in New York City? “In general, from what I’ve...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:49pm

FBI raids home of Manafort, Trump ex-campaign chairman, in Russia investigation

The FBI reportedly raided the home of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort last month, seizing documents and other materials. Agents allegedly entered Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia before dawn on July 26 in connection with the special counsel...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 11:31am