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Senate: Obama officials hamstrung by Russia election attack

The Obama administration was ill-prepared to handle and failed to respond effectively to Russian interference during the 2016 election, according to a bipartisan congressional report released Thursday. It noted officials …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Trump pays $2 million in damages ordered by judge over misuse of charity funds, according to New York attorney general

President Donald Trump has paid $2 million in court-ordered damages for misusing funds in a tax-exempt charity he controlled, the New York Attorney General said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses

Impeachment witnesses say Giuliani pursued political probes in Ukraine.


Putin says US ‘political dramas’ diverting focus from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’s pleased that the “political battles” in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Government claims Roger Stone ‘undermined’ Russia inquiry

Republican political operative Roger Stone undermined the effectiveness of the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by repeatedly and deliberately lying under oath to help Donald Trump’s …


Trump jokes about election meddling with Putin

With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia’s Vladimir Putin “Don’t meddle in the election” in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Jimmy Carter claims Russia won Trump the White House

Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday he believes President Donald Trump actually lost the 2016 election and is president only because of Russian interference.


Florida lawmakers push FBI to name counties hacked by Russia

Members of Florida’s congressional delegation said Thursday it was unacceptable that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will not publicly identify the two counties where Russian hackers gained …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

FBI chief: No evidence of illegal spying on Trump campaign

FBI Director Chris Wray said Tuesday that he does not consider court-approved FBI surveillance to be “spying” and said he has no evidence the FBI illegally monitored President Donald Trump’s …


Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Three Democratic electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018

States and feds unite on election security after ‘16 clashes

Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything …


Report: Trump commission did not find widespread voter fraud

The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday.


Official: Russian hackers targeted 2016 Montana election

Montana’s top elections official said Friday that Russian hackers unsuccessfully probed the state’s election systems for weaknesses in 2016, an acknowledgment that contradicts his staff’s previous comments that Montana was …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018

12 Russians indicted for meddling in 2016 U.S. election

Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin …


Report: Many 2016 voting sites lacked full disability access

Fewer than one in five polling places were fully accessible to voters with disabilities during the 2016 general election, a government report shows – a finding that has prompted federal …


Facebook stumbles with early effort to stamp out fake news

Facebook’s strategy to stamp out fake news is struggling. The company outsources the process to third-party fact checkers who can only tackle a small fraction of the bogus news that …


Spin Control: Study finds possible cases of ballot fraud, but not in the numbers Trump’s looking for

Numbers for fraudulent ballots appear pretty small, the number for “lost” jobs seem a bit large.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’

Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017

Russian-American lobbyist says he was in Trump son’s meeting

A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son, marking another shift in the account of a discussion that was billed as part of …


UPDATED: Sun., July 9, 2017

Trump: U.S. must work with Russia, move past election issues

President Donald Trump said Sunday that “it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia” after his lengthy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany. But he …


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

State election officials worry about 2018 election security

State election officials voiced doubt Saturday over whether adequate security measures can be adopted before 2018 elections to safeguard against the possibility of foreign government interfering in U.S. elections.


Defending against a cyberattack on democracy

Congressional campaigns rocked by Russian interference in the 2016 elections are trying to make sure that it never happens again.


Sessions hopes Russia probe ends `sooner rather than later’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a vote of confidence Friday to former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading an investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump …


Key Democrat agrees with Trump: Obama should have acted on hacks

Rep. Adam Schiff and President Donald Trump don’t agree on much about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, but they agree on this: former President Barack Obama should have …


Accused leaker shared harsh opinions on Trump before arrest

Before she was charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter, Reality Leigh Winner shared sometimes scathing opinions on President Donald Trump and his policies for the whole world …


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

Report suggests Russia hackers breached voting software firm

A newly released classified document says Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year’s presidential election. The government intelligence report suggests that the election-related …


Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in …


Independent probe was sorely needed

Who knows where this saga will lead today, but Rod Rosenstein made the right move in turning this over to an independent prosecutor.


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Senate asks Trump associates for details on Russian contacts

A Senate committee investigating Moscow’s interference in last year’s election has asked several of President Donald Trump associates to turn over information about possible contacts with Russian officials or businessmen. …


Report: 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in North Carolina

North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election – but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to …