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Leaked video shows Google execs troubled by Trump election

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says that while the election was rife with rhetoric and division, people should have faith in the democratic process

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is among the executives seen talking about Donald Trump's presidential victory in one of the company's town hall meetings. Screenshot from Breitbart video


NSA leaker gets 5 years in jail under Trump crackdown

Aug 24, 2018 - 4:45 PM

It comes as the Trump administration ramps up pressure to deter the leaks of classified materials to journalists that have plagued it since last year

ELECTION. In this file photo, a man votes at a polling place at a high school in McLean, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Manafort conviction and Cohen plea boost Mueller probe

Aug 22, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Experts say every win counts for Robert Mueller, with a growing record of success making it more likely he will secure cooperation from future witnesses

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Michael Cohen, Trump fixer who pledged to 'take a bullet' for the president

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:47 AM

'I'm the guy who stops the leaks. I'm the guy who protects the president and the family. I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president,' Cohen says in a 2017 interview

MICHAEL COHEN. His once-deep loyalty to Donald Trump melted away when he stunningly implicated the US president in two felony crimes. AFP file photos

Paul Manafort: from Trump campaign to prison

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

What should have been his dream job ended up being his undoing

PAUL MANAFORT. Donald Trump's former campaign manager is convicted of 5 counts of making false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud, and one of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. AFP file photos

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen pleads guilty – and implicates president

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Michael Cohen says he paid sums of $130,000 and $150,000 each to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, acting at his boss's request, in a bid to buy their silence 'with the purpose of influencing the election'

ON FRAUD. Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Jury adjourns without verdict in Manafort trial

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

While Paul Manafort is not charged with any crimes related to his brief time as Donald Trump's campaign chairman, the trial is seen as an important test for the Mueller probe

ADJOURNED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Prosecutors focus on Manafort 'lies' as trial draws to a close

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Paul Manafort, a Republican political consultant and lobbyist, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud

PAUL MANAFORT. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. says Russia still carrying out 'pervasive' election meddling

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign from Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States,' says Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence

RUSSIA. US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 2, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Rudy Fariñas, Arroyo meets economic managers, Facebook cleanup | Midday wRap

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM

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Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of U.S. midterms

Aug 01, 2018 - 6:12 AM

The company says the actors have become 'more careful to cover their tracks,' and that they are 'well-funded adversaries who will never give up and are constantly changing tactics'

FACEBOOK. The company says it had shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a 'coordinated' attempt to sway public opinion on political issues ahead of November midterm elections, but cannot identify the source. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Former Trump campaign chief goes on trial for bank and tax fraud

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Paul Manafort is the first defendant to go to court to fight charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election

TRIAL. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

A hacker explains Russia's use of cyber warfare in 2016 U.S. election

Jul 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

'Everything about Hillary Clinton had to be negative and you really had to tear into her. It was all about the leaked email, the corruption scandals, and the fact that she is super rich,' says a former Russian troll


Ex-lawyer says Trump knew of 2016 meeting with Russians – report

Jul 27, 2018 - 11:35 AM

According to CNN and NBC, Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen claims he was present when Donald Jr told his father about the Russians' offer to meet, and Trump approved it

COHEN. This file photo taken on December 16, 2016 shows attorney Michael Cohen as he arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with US President Donald Trump in New York. File photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Trump aide's 'Russia ties' alleged in secret U.S. documents

Jul 22, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it believes Carter Page, a former foreign policy advisor to the campaign of Donald Trump 'has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government.'

RUSSIA TIES. In this file photo taken on November 01, 2017 showing Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

FBI chief insists: Russia meddled, whatever Putin and Trump say

Jul 19, 2018 - 12:51 PM

FBI director Christopher Wray says: 'The intelligence community's assessment has not changed. My view has not changed.'

THEY MEDDLED. In this file photo taken on June 18, 2018 FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump says he told Putin 'we can't have meddling' in U.S. vote

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:31 AM

The US president has been under bipartisan fire in Washington for failing to publicly confront Putin over the election interference at the press conference that followed their Helsinki talks

TOUGH. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Jul 17, 2018 - 2:17 PM

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Russian intelligence agents allegedly used Bitcoin in U.S. election hack

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'The use of bitcoin allowed the conspirators to avoid direct relationships with traditional financial institutions, allowing them to evade greater scrutiny of their identities and sources of funds,' the indictment reads


U.S. indicts Russian intel officers ahead of Trump-Putin meet

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The 29-page indictment accuses members of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU of carrying out 'large-scale cyber operations' to steal Clinton campaign and Democratic Party documents and emails

INDICTMENT. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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How a Macedonian town became a 'fake news' epicenter

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Violeta, a mother of two, explains of her side job writing fake news for websites by saying, 'When one is hungry, one doesn't have the luxury to think about democratic progress'

VELES, MACEDONIA. A person walks on a bridge in the city of Veles on June 12, 2018. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

FBI, Justice Dep't reject probe criticism at testy U.S. hearing

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:13 PM

'I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on any kind of witch hunt,' says FBI director Christopher Wray

RUSSIA PROBE. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) and FBI Director Christopher Wray (L) testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Tech didn't spot Russian interference during the last election. Now it's asking law enforcement for help.

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Tech companies say they need help from law enforcement because the private sector is not always aware of threats picked up on by intelligence agencies

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON

Trump rages at 'witch hunt' as Mueller probe enters year 2

May 18, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History,' US President Donald Trump says in a series of angry tweets to mark the anniversary

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russian oligarch questioned over Trump lawyer payments – report

May 09, 2018 - 8:32 AM

CNN reports that the payments were made after the election but while Michael Cohen was still Donald Trump's personal attorney

MICHAEL COHEN. US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen (C) leaves the US Courthouse in New York on April 26, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

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May 04, 2018 - 9:48 PM

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Trump admits reimbursing lawyer for porn star payoff

May 04, 2018 - 11:01 AM

But US President Donald Trump slams claims of an affair with Stormy Daniels as 'false and extortionist'

CONTROVERSIAL PAIR. This combination file pictures created on February 14, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, and adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels on January 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandel Ngan and Ethan Miller/AFP

Trump reimbursed lawyer for payment to porn star – Giuliani

May 03, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says the payment did not represent a campaign financing violation because it was 'not campaign money'

CONTROVERSIAL. Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels hosts a Super Bowl party at Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club on February 4, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Mueller questions for Trump probe possible obstruction – report

May 01, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The questions also show that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to find out what US President Donald Trump knew about links between members of his presidential campaign and Russia

RUSSIA PROBE. Since at least early this year, Robert Mueller has discussed the possibility of interviewing Donald Trump for the investigation. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Comey memos show Trump's obsession with Russia probe

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Trump 'said he was trying to run the country and the cloud of this Russia business was making that difficult,' FBI director James Comey writes in a memo on a conversation they had on March 30, 2017

Trump can fire Russia prosecutor Mueller, says White House

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:04 PM

After months of denying Mueller's removal is under consideration, the change in tone comes as President Donald Trump reacts furiously to an FBI raid of his private lawyer's offices

FIRE MUELLER? The White House says US President Donald Trump has the power to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Trump file photo by Don Emmert/AFP; Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Zuckerberg says Facebook will always offer a free version

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:36 AM

Zuckerberg's wording in his response to a US senator's question regarding their business model leaves open the possibility of a paid, ad-free version

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


Zuckerberg says Facebook in 'arms race' with Russia

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:23 AM

The Facebook CEO says that Russians exploiting their system will keep getting better, and Facebook will have to invest in getting better to keep up

BREACHED. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not a monopoly

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:10 AM

A US senator suggests that Facebook may be a monopoly – a claim that Zuckerberg rejects

GRILLING. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Zuckerberg apologizes to U.S. Congress over massive Facebook breach

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:49 AM

'If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore,' US Senator Bill Nelson tells the Facebook CEO in his first-ever US Congressional appearance

TESTIMONY. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Russia promises 'tough response' to U.S. sanctions

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Russia responds to the new US sanctions against their most influential oligarchs

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

Trump breaks silence, claims no knowledge of porn star payment

Apr 06, 2018 - 9:23 AM

After weeks of dodging questions about the alleged tryst, US President Donald Trump offers a flat 'no' when asked if he knew about the payment made in the final weeks of the 2016 election

CONTROVERSIAL PAIR. This combination file pictures created on February 14, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, and adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels on January 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandel Ngan and Ethan Miller/AFP

Psychographics: The behavioral analysis that helped Cambridge Analytica know voters' minds

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:54 AM

On the basis of 300 likes, Michal Kosinski’s model is able to predict someone’s personality profile with the same accuracy as a spouse

Making connections through tracking behavior. GarryKillian/Shutterstock

'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon kicks off New York governor campaign in Brooklyn

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The actress takes to the subway to meet minority voters in the poorest neighborhood of Brooklyn

Cynthia Nixon meets with people at the Bethesda Healing Center on March 20, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York at her first event since announcing that she’s running for governor of New York. Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on "Sex and the City," jumped into the race for New York governor March 19, 2018, unveiling a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business.The 51-year-old declared her candidacy with a two-minute campaign video posted on Twitter that showed her at home with her wife and children, riding the subway, taking one of her children to school and speaking at liberal political causes.  / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Trump congratulates Putin, summit on cards

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Although a spy attack has topped global headlines for weeks, it did not come up during the leaders' conversation, according to both the Kremlin and White House

REELECTION. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon joins New York governor race

Mar 20, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Nixon, known for her role as Miranda in the show, unveils a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 3, 2017 Nominee Cynthia Nixon attends the 2017 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket at the Sofitel Hotel in New York City. Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to international stardom as tough-talking lawyer Miranda on "Sex and the City," announced March 19, 2018 that she is running to become the governor of New York state. The 51-year-old actress announced her candidacy with a two-minute campaign video posted on her Twitter account that showed her at home with her wife and children, riding the subway, dropping her young child off at school and speaking at political events.  / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS

Cambridge Analytica denies data misuse amid UK regulator probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, says the source of the accusations – which it calls 'a former contractor' – is 'misrepresenting himself and the company'

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Facebook rocked by data privacy scandal as investigations loom

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar and Republican John Kennedy call for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress, along with the CEOs of Google and Twitter

SOCIAL MEDIA GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions for election meddling

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The move comes despite US President Donald Trump's repeated denial that Russia tried to tilt the election in his favor, fearing it could call his victory over Hillary Clinton into question

ELECTION MEDDLING. In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) The panel concurs with the judgment of US spy chiefs from January 2017 on the Russian interference, except with respect to President Vladimir Putin's alleged preference for candidate Donald Trump

'NO EVIDENCE.' A US House panel says they 'found no evidence of collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russians. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Putin 'couldn't care less' about U.S. election interference

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:18 AM

'Could anyone really believe that Russia, thousands of miles away... influenced the outcome of the election? Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?' Putin asks

CARE LESS. Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

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Trump vows to 'counteract' any Russia election meddling

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever.... But certainly there was meddling and probably from other countries and maybe other individuals,' says US President Donald Trump

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017.  File photo by Jim Watson/AFP