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U.S. intelligence says Russia sought to disrupt the 2016 and 2018 elections and sow discord. Regardless of what Robert Mueller does, Russia did it — and is still at it:
Russia is weaponizing technology not just to meddle in our elections, but to increase power on the global stage, Axios' David McCabe and Joe Uchill point out:
New evidence that the campaign is ongoing is included in a report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, and obtained by the WashPost:
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, told me the resulting investigations are "playing right into the hands of our enemies, particularly Russia."
Investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller:
Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia:
Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia:
Investigations by New York City, New York State and other state attorneys general:
And there's a mystery investigation from an unknown office:
Be smart: Garrett Graff for Axios readers ... Why the president should be worried after his Sunday tweet about "rats":
"Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use," AP's Mike Stobbe reports.
"After vaping and alcohol, the most common thing teens use is marijuana."
"More teens, however, are saying no to lots of other substances."
"One leading theory is that kids today are staying home and communicating on smartphones rather than hanging out and smoking, drinking or trying drugs."
"Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen 'justice' as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months," AP's Leanne Italie writes.
Other words with lookup spikes this year, per Merriam-Webster:
"Malaysian authorities filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs units and a former partner of the bank, Tim Leissner, in connection with the 1MDB financial scandal," per the Wall Street Journal.
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This year Facebook made a habit of waiting to disclose privacy issues to the public or, after damaging stories broke, failing to get ahead of questions it would inevitably face, Axios' David McCabe writes.
A new sweeping privacy law in Europe has been forcing Facebook to be more forthcoming about privacy-related scandals.
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In the latest sign of a global oil industry shifting on climate change, ConocoPhillips is now helping fund a multi-million dollar political advocacy campaign that's lobbying Congress for a tax on carbon emissions, writes Axios' Amy Harder.
Given the industry’s deep-pocketed influence with Republicans, this backing increases the odds Congress could eventually back the controversial policy.
What’s next: Climate change is sure to be a bigger focus for Congress next year with Democrats controlling the House.
"Sally Goebel was working in admissions at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania when an applicant submitted a moving essay about his mother’s death. He was admitted," the N.Y. Times Anemona Hartocollis writes.
"As college admissions become ever more competitive, with the most elite schools admitting only 4 percent or 5 percent of applicants, the pressure to exaggerate, embellish, lie and cheat on college applications has intensified, admissions officials say."
This evening, the Senate is scheduled to vote to open debate on criminal justice reform, and it's likely to pass later this week, USA Today's Eliza Collins and Deborah Barfield Berry write in a tick-tock of how we got here after decades of work by some advocates.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the most important change that provoked movement on the stalled effort was "Jared Kushner came to town."
Netflix movie blitz takes aim at Hollywood's heart ... "Until now, moviedom has been relatively protected from the digital forces that have reshaped the rest of media. Most films still arrive in the same way they have for decades: first in theaters, for an exclusive run of about 90 days, and then in homes," the N.Y. Times' Brooks Barnes reports.