Jan 1, 2018

Report: Australian ambassador told FBI about Papadopoulos claims

Australian ambassador to the U.S. Joe Hockey at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. Photo: Chris Usher / Getty

Australian ambassador to the U.S. Joe Hockey spoke to the FBI about the meeting between Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and High Commissioner to Britain Alexander Downer, in which Papadopoulos revealed that he knew that Russians had hacked Democrats' emails and had dirt on Hillary Clinton, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Why it matters: The ambassador considered Downer's revelations of Russian hacking important enough to contact the bureau. Now the Australian government is annoyed that Downer's identity has been revealed as the source of the information because of leaks from U.S. officials, according to the Morning Herald.

Go deeper: The New York Times first reported on the meeting between Papadopoulos and Downer.

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#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.

JPMorgan Chase to pull support for some fossil fuels

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

JPMorgan Chase said Monday that it won’t directly finance new oil and gas development in the Arctic and will significantly curtail its financing of the extraction and burning of coal.

Why it matters: JPMorgan is the world’s largest funder of fossil-fuel companies, according to a report by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). The announcement follows similar moves by other big banks and investment firms, including Goldman Sachs and BlackRock.