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The Russian propaganda campaign to disrupt our elections and divide Americans went far beyond Google and Facebook, infiltrating and infecting everything from Pinterest to PayPal, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Every nook and cranny:
Between the lines: Some of the most eye-opening findings from the new reports are the ones that show how Russians exploited existing divisions around key moments or movements in the U.S. without being fully noticed at the time.
The big picture: The studies, commissioned by the Senate, follow other reports about ways repressive regimes, in places like Iran and Myanmar, also use social media to exploit existing divisions within vulnerable populations.
"[T]he 2016 election was the Pearl Harbor of the social media age: a singular act of aggression that ushered in an era of extended conflict," N.Y. Times tech columnist Kevin Roose writes:
"And Russia is just the beginning. Other countries, including Iran and China, have already demonstrated advanced capabilities for cyberwarfare, including influence operations waged over social media platforms."
President Trump's lawyers are negotiating with Robert Mueller's team over whether to provide additional written answers, Rudy Giuliani tells me.
Giuliani said that's the phase the conversation is in now: "They have the right to submit more questions to us. We have the right to say yes or no."
Giuliani said that during the campaign, he spent 12 to 18 hours a day with Trump for four to five months: "There's no way he was doing anything with Russians."
A surfer rides a wave at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, just outside San Francisco.
In the forthcoming New York Times Magazine, Jason Zengerle tells how Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will have investigations ready to roll by Jan. 3:
"With long-sought criminal justice bill expected to become law, [Jared] Kushner gets bipartisan credit for his role," the L.A. Times' Jennifer Haberkorn and Noah Bierman write on the front page:
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Amazon is caught in a surprise grassroots battle with local critics who are furious that it's been promised billions of taxpayer dollars to put jobs in New York, Arlington and Nashville, the winners of its search for a second headquarters, Axios' David McCabe and Erica Pandey write.
How Amazon's HQ2 choices are playing out around the country:
Amazon has responded to the criticisms by hiring more lobbying firepower in communities where it could face backlash.
New studies suggest that efforts to bring transparency to media — including attempts by journalists to publicly defend their work, media literacy campaigns, more transparent funding and improved fact-checking partnerships — have helped the media recover a bit of trust with the public after hitting an all-time low in 2016, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Stanley F. Druckenmiller, chairman and CEO of Duquesne Family Office, and Kevin Warsh, a former member of the Federal Reserve Board who is now a distinguished visiting fellow in economics at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, write in The Wall Street Journal that the Fed is poised to make a policy mistake: The governors should not raise rates tomorrow.
We believe the U.S. economy can sustain strong performance next year, but it can ill afford a major policy error, either from the Fed or the rest of the administration. Given recent economic and market developments, the Fed should cease — for now — its double-barreled blitz of higher interest rates and tighter liquidity.
The backdrop, from Bloomberg: "[W]ere policy makers to follow through with their widely expected hike Wednesday, it would be the first time since 1994 they tightened in this brutal a market."
Garrison Keillor, 76, is stepping back into the spotlight a year after Minnesota Public Radio cut ties with the former "A Prairie Home Companion" host over a sexual misconduct allegation, AP's Jeff Baenen reports from Fridley, Minn.
"Fans laughed ... and sang along throughout Sunday night’s two-hour show — the second of back-to-back, sold-out Keillor performances at Crooners, a jazz nightclub in a northern Minneapolis suburb not far from where Keillor grew up."
"For Keillor, it’s a much smaller audience than the millions of radio listeners he entertained on Saturday evenings during the heyday of 'Prairie Home.'"
"Two of a kind: China's first pet cloning service duplicates star pooch," Reuters' Joseph Campbell writes from Beijing: