Mueller preparing endgame for Russia probe


The new information about the state of Mueller’s investigation comes during a pivotal week when the special counsel’s prosecutors are planning to file memos about three of their most high profile defendants — former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

A Flynn sentencing memo is due Tuesday, and memos about Manafort and Cohen are slated for Friday.

All three documents are expected to yield significant new details on what cooperation the three of them provided to the Russia investigation.

Source: Mueller preparing endgame for Russia probe

Trump-GOP rift grows over Saudis | TheHill

“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a pointed reference to statements by the president and other administration officials that there was no “smoking gun” linking the de facto Saudi ruler to Khashoggi’s slaying.

“You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi,” Graham added, using the crown prince’s initials.

Source: Trump-GOP rift grows over Saudis | TheHill

Michael Flynn: Key takeaways in Robert Mueller’s memo on cooperation


The 13-page document goes through the allegations posed against Flynn, including his lies to the FBI about contacts with Russia during the presidential transition, and all the work Flynn has done behind-the-scenes to help Mueller’s investigators in the year since taking a plea deal.

Flynn, President Donald Trump’s pick as National Security Advisor, is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18.

Source: Michael Flynn: Key takeaways in Robert Mueller’s memo on cooperation

It’s unethical to pretend Americans won’t feel the impact of climate change | TheHill

The Trump administration is implementing an unethical strategy to undermine the case for climate action, putting the public at risk to advance the short-term prospects of powerful industries, and it’s an incredible disservice to the country.

White House efforts to dismiss and sideline the science of the recent National Climate Assessment aren’t just frustrating to us as scientists — they’re deeply disturbing to us as engaged citizens. The Trump administration tried to bury the report, which they were legally mandated to issue, over a holiday weekend and discredit the scientific findings.

Source: It’s unethical to pretend Americans won’t feel the impact of climate change | TheHill

2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury


The flurry of subpoenas came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved a brisk schedule for discovery in the case alleging that foreign and domestic government spending at Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel amounts to gifts to the president in violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

Source: 2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury

Threats to Journalists Worldwide at a 10-Year High | Time


A new report has found that journalists face more danger than at any other time over the past 10 years, with 78 journalists killed and a further 326 imprisoned while doing their job or for their work in 2017.

Source: Report: Threats to Journalists Worldwide at a 10-Year High | Time

Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Memo Is Bad News for Donald Trump | Time


A year and three days since President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, Mueller filed two brief legal documents calling for him to spend no time in prison over it.

In the filings, Mueller, a decorated Marine veteran, pointedly noted that Flynn — unlike “every other person who has been charged” in the special counsel investigation — had a long record of military and public service, which made his initial lies to the government all the more confounding.

Source: Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Memo Is Bad News for Donald Trump | Time

Enabling: The First Of The Only Four Ways To Succeed As A CEO


A CEO who thinks of themselves as the top executive is doomed to failure.

The only four ways to succeed as a CEO are to act as chief enabler, enforcer, enroller or customer experience officer.

This is the final choice flowing from your overall strategic choice, which dictates your choice of culture, organization, how to operate and the CEO’s role.

The framework for “What It Takes To Accelerate Through A Strategic Inflection Point” is laid out in that earlier article. The main point is that you must align your culture, organization, operations and CEO’s real job around one of four strategies. The overall framework for CEOs’ focus is laid out in my article on Why Most CEOs Are Not Strategic Personally.

This current article will dig into what it means to be the chief enabler.

Source: Enabling: The First Of The Only Four Ways To Succeed As A CEO

Tunisia’s tough lesson for Mohammed bin Salman


The notion of a Tunisian “model” is a convenience for Western observers who still hope that all is not lost from the once heady optimism of the Arab Spring. It offers, however, little solace to Tunisians themselves, who sense—correctly—that their democracy remains imperfect.

Tunisians, who haven’t lived under the sheer brutality of Egyptian dictatorship or the collapsing state structures of Yemen, aren’t comparing themselves to those countries; they are comparing themselves—rightfully—to what they wish they could be.

In our conversations with young Tunisians, we have often pointed out that Tunisia, unlike its neighbors, is at least relatively democratic.

Source: Tunisia’s tough lesson for Mohammed bin Salman

Malevolent soft power, AI, and the threat to democracy


In the space of less than a decade, the world of social media has gone from being an enabler of to a threat to democracy.

While the internet can still mobilize large numbers of people to political action, it can also spew false information about candidates, suppress the vote, and affect the voter rolls and the election machinery of the state.

By 2016, social media had become a weapon against democracy as opposed to a tool for democracy. Unless we are vigilant, the new world of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to be an even more dangerous weapon in the years ahead.

Source: Malevolent soft power, AI, and the threat to democracy