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Senate Intelligence Heads Warn That Russian Election Meddling Continues 
The New York Times — Oct. 4, 2017
In a bipartisan statement, the Senate Intelligence Committee confirms Russia's efforts to subvert American democracy. The group warns that Russia's campaign did not stop at the 2016 election, and it will continue to threaten the United States until a serious, non-partisan effort forms to secure our institutions and electoral process against foreign interference.

Ideas  

The Philosophical Assault on Trumpism 
The New York Times — Oct. 3, 2017
Under its current leadership, the Republican Party has devolved into nativist populism. David Brooks argues that the best way to push back against this trend is to put forward a dynamic vision for America, to discard fear and division in favor of hope and unity, to break down barriers and let the strength of our ideas reanimate the American spirit.

Governance  

How Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment 
The New Yorker — Oct. 4, 2017
The Trump administration is no stranger to nepotism or corruption. The New Yorker reports that the first family — many members of which are now directly involved in government — share the president's ambivalence toward ethics and the rule of law.

The Supreme Court Takes Up a Major Gerrymandering Case 
The New Yorker — Oct. 3, 2017
Gerrymandering essentially allows politicians to pick their voters by drawing their own districts, contributing to an increase in political polarization and a decrease in the mechanisms of electoral accountability. A case currently before the Supreme Court may decide the constitutionality of gerrymandered electoral districts.

Russia  

New Manafort Emails Offer Stronger Evidence of a Quid Pro Quo with a Russian Oligarch 
Business Insider — Oct. 3, 2017
As more information comes out of the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia connections, scrutiny increases around Paul Manafort’s role. Manafort’s email correspondence shows a willingness to leverage his position as Trump’s campaign chairman in exchange for favor with Putin-aligned oligarchs.

Technology  

Google and Facebook Failed Us 
The Atlantic — Oct. 2, 2017
Major tech companies still struggle with the role they play in distributing fake news and misinformation. Blurring the line between fact and fiction may get more clicks, but it’s certainly not healthy for a democratic public discourse.




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