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U.S. Intel: Islamic State Still Commands Thousands of Jihadis in Middle East and Beyond

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. intelligence community (IC) leaders on Tuesday warned that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remains a menace to the United States, acknowledging that the terrorist group “still commands thousands of fighters” in Iraq and Syria and has expanded its jihadi “tentacles” beyond the Middle East and into various corners of the world “despite significant leadership and territorial losses.”

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U.S. Intelligence: China, Russia ‘More Aligned Than at Any Point’ in Decades

The strategic relationship between Russia and China, long marred by tensions and mutual suspicions, is “likely to strengthen” further in 2019 as both countries seek to upend the “liberal democratic model” across the globe and counter U.S. objectives, warned the U.S. intelligence community (IC) in its latest Worldwide Threat Assessment released on Tuesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) congratulates Russian President Vladimir Putin after presenting him with the Friendship Medal in the Great Hall of the People on June 8, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: We Use ‘Alternative Facts’ to Combat ‘Misinformation’ and ‘Fake News’

Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg said her company would present “alternative facts” to combat what she described as “misinformation” spread on Facebook’s digital platform. She offered her remarks during a Wednesday Senate Intelligence Committee hearing ostensibly examining “Russian interference in U.S. elections” in Washington, DC.

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Alleged Deep State Leaker James Wolfe Makes First Court Appearance

James Wolfe, the former Senate Intelligence Committee security director charged with lying about his contacts with a series of journalists – including his former paramour, New York Times reporter Ali Watkins – appeared in court Friday after his arrest late Thursday night.

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Chinese Phones Identified as Security Risk Sold at U.S. Military Bases

Stars & Stripes reports that smartphones made by the Chinese company Huawei are being sold to U.S. military personnel at exchanges on military bases in Germany. Defense officials explained that until Huawei products are explicitly banned by statute or regulation, they will remain available. A bill that would bar U.S. government contractors from using Huawei equipment is currently making its way through Congress.

The EU is looking at whether Google gives unfair prominence to its own apps such as maps or music streaming in deals with mobile manufacturers such as Samsung or Huawei

Dems Pushing to Expand Russia Probe into Trump’s Finances

Senate intelligence committee Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden (OR) wants the committee’s probe of Russian meddling to move into President Trump’s finances, despite opposition from Republican — and even Democratic — colleagues.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during his joint press conference with President Sauli Niinistö of the Republic of Finland, in the East Room of the White House, on Monday, August 28, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)