Judge skewers Manafort’s civil case challenging Mueller’s powers


A federal judge tore into all of the legal arguments that a lawyer for President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort made on Wednesday in his long-shot civil case to convince her that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has run amok and should be reined in.

Source: Judge skewers Manafort’s civil case challenging Mueller’s powers

Sinclair’s pro-Trump news is taking over local TV. See if they own your station. | Vox


The video, from Deadspin’s Timothy Burke, shows local anchors around the country reciting the same scripted lines that Sinclair provided.

They all say they are “concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.” It’s the local news version of Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson complaining that the “mainstream media” is lying to Americans.

But now it’s not just happening on one influential station; it’s an organized effort happening on hundreds of stations, all around the nation.

Source: Sinclair’s pro-Trump news is taking over local TV. See if they own your station. – Vox

Mueller asking Russian oligarchs about any donations to Trump campaign: report | TheHill


CNN reported Wednesday that Mueller’s team stopped two oligarchs during recent trips to the U.S. and made a voluntary document and interview request to a third Russian oligarch.

The network said the special counsel has intensified its focus on whether money flowed into the U.S. presidential race from Russia.

Source: Mueller asking Russian oligarchs about any donations to Trump campaign: report | TheHill

Amid Trump attacks, Amazon competes for lucrative DOD contract | TheHill


Even as the president hammers Amazon, federal defense officials are widely seen as likely to award the company a multi-billion dollar cloud-computing contract early next month.

The Department of Defense is finalizing the details of the contract during a public comment period, but has signaled that it will ask a single company to develop a new department-wide cloud computing system.

Source: Amid Trump attacks, Amazon competes for lucrative DOD contract | TheHill

Mayors look for opening in Democratic White House field | TheHill


At least three big city mayors are seen as possible candidates for president in what is shaping up as a wide-open Democratic primary in 2020.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are all seen as plausible candidates in a crowded primary field that is likely to reach double digits.

No one has ever made a direct jump to the White House from city hall, though there have been a few serious candidates — most recently former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Source: Mayors look for opening in Democratic White House field | TheHill

Lawmakers worry about a second Heartbleed | FCW


Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), respectively the chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, want information from Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin about the cybersecurity risks of open-source software.

“While the extent of OSS adoption clearly demonstrates the value that the ecosystem provides, its pervasiveness also creates widespread, distributed and common points of potential risk across organizations when OSS vulnerabilities are found,” they wrote.

The lawmakers also raised concerns over the ability of the “globally-located volunteers” who create and maintain OSS while balancing full-time employment and compensation challenges to quickly address vulnerabilities.

Source: Lawmakers worry about a second Heartbleed — FCW

India, Russia set to ink Rs 39,000-cr ($6B) air defence system deal in Oct | Hindustan Times


India is in talks with Russia to buy five advanced S-400 missile systems, capable of destroying jets, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a range of 400km.

Wide-ranging discussions on several military projects, including the proposed S-400 deal, took place between defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is currently in Moscow, and top Russian leaders such as Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and defence minister Sergei Shoigu, one of the officials cited in the first instance said.

Sitharaman’s visit also seeks to lay the groundwork for an upcoming multi-nation army drill that will see the armies of India, China and Pakistan carry out joint exercises for the first time under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) umbrella, the first official added.

Source: India, Russia set to ink Rs 39,000-cr air defence system deal in Oct | india news | Hindustan Times

Facebook says data leak hits 87 million users, widening privacy scandal


Facebook Inc said on Wednesday the personal information of up to 87 million users, mostly in the United States, may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million.

Source: Facebook says data leak hits 87 million users, widening privacy scandal

Russia’s ‘Satan 2’ and the new missile race


Since the end of the Cold War three decades ago, the U.S. military has been the undisputed leader when it comes to missiles and the technology to strike anywhere on the planet.

Suddenly, however, Washington faces a world where its greatest potential foes have made dramatic investments in long-range weapons.

For all the focus on North Korean rocket and warhead tests, Pyongyang has only really been catching up with technology more established nuclear superpowers acquired in the 1950s and 1960s.

Russia and China, in contrast, have pushed ahead with a new generation of weaponry. Both nations have focused on new land- and sea-launched nuclear-tipped missiles aimed at crossing continents.

Source: Commentary: Russia’s ‘Satan 2’ and the new missile race

Yellen gets post-Fed payday in private meetings with Wall St. elite


“I talked about the economy and general perspectives on monetary policy,” Yellen said late on Wednesday. She said she was paid but declined to say how much, and did not provide details.

The program included a question-and-answer session with more than 100 Jefferies clients, where according to the source she stuck close to the gradual rate-hike message that her successor, Jerome Powell, has also delivered since taking charge.

Cashing in after years in public service is a well-trodden path for policymakers and regulators, highlighting the demand among investors for any exclusive insights they can offer.

Yellen’s predecessor Ben Bernanke waited just over a month after leaving the Fed in 2014 before earning some $250,000 for a private talk in Abu Dhabi. He followed that up with similarly-priced private dinners with investors in New York, at which he predicted rates would remain low for a long time.

Source: Exclusive: Yellen gets post-Fed payday in private meetings with Wall St. elite