Feb 1, 2018

Warner concerned over rise in people exposed to Russian-linked tweets

Sen. Mark Warner (left) walks with a colleague. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Top Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner said Thursday he had “some concern” that Twitter had more than doubled the number of users it's notified about being exposed to the Russian election meddling campaign in 2016.

The other coast: Twitter said Wednesday that it notified 1.4 million people via email that they'd been exposed to Russian-linked election-related tweets. It had initially notified 677,775 people that they'd engaged with such content.

“I appreciate that Twitter continues to take steps to address this problem. I have some concern that these numbers continue to grow, but I think it is critical that Twitter — and the other social media platforms — be completely up front with their users about the extent of this attack.”
— Sen. Mark Warner

Why it matters: Warner has hammered Twitter before on its response to the Russia investigation. But Twitter is not alone is increasing the number of users it says were exposed. Late last year, Facebook dramatically increased the number of people it publicly acknowledged had been exposed to Russian accounts and content.

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A man in Buffalo, New York bled out of one ear and lay motionless on the ground after police pushed him backward at a protest. He was later taken to the hospital and appeared to be alert, per a local reporter on the scene. Officers arrested five people during the protests in Niagara Square, a Buffalo Police Department statement noted.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.