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Dems release status report on Russia probe

Rep. Adam Schiff.
Rep. Adam Schiff. Photo: Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee Democrats, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, released their own status report on the committee's findings in the Russia investigation. The report highlights a partial list of key witnesses that the Committee has yet to contact or interview. The Dems announced that they plan to issue a full report detailing their findings soon.

Why it matters: The report adds that Republicans on the committee "refused to interview" key witnesses including Reince Priebus, Stephen Miller and Sean Spicer. Republicans announced on Monday that they found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Read the full report here.

Jonathan Swan 4 hours ago
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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

John Bolton
John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.

Erica Pandey 5 hours ago
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How China became a global power of espionage

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As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."