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Pentagon, DHS considering designating fentanyl a WMD, memo says

Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo. The synthetic opioid, blamed in health surveys for surging drug overdose deaths in the United States, has for decades concerned national security officials because of its potential widespread lethality in terror attacks, and…MORE

What we learned watching Robert Mueller for 18 months

Editor’s Note: When special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the US election, CNN, like most news organizations, endeavored to learn what we could about the famously secretive team’s work. So, in addition to other newsgathering efforts, CNN had journalists who stood outside their offices. Journalists often call this a stakeout.…MORE

Prosecutors want Maria Butina to serve 18 months, exceeding expectations

Prosecutors have gone beyond previous expectations to ask for 18 months of jail time for Maria Butina in a case where they’ve alleged scandalous actions — and had to walk back some of them — yet still accuse the Russian woman of seeking to hurt the US in her work as a foreign agent. “Activities…MORE

Welcome to the post-Mueller presidency

Donald Trump’s presidency — or at least his first term — will be measured this way: Before the Mueller Report (BMR) and After the Mueller Report (AMR). BMR ran from the start of Trump’s presidency — when the FBI investigation that would become special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe was already underway — until this past…MORE

Fact check: Erik Prince’s public claims vs. the Mueller report

Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, makes a number of appearances in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Noted for his ties to the United Arab Emirates, Prince was a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump during the campaign and spent time around senior officials with the Trump transition team, including…MORE

9 countries and 3 US agencies to investigate initial 737 Max certification

Government officials from civil aviation authorities in nine countries, as well as members of the three US federal agencies, will investigate how the 737 Max airplane was initially certified, according to a release from the Federal Aviation Administration. The group, called the Joint Authorities Technical Review, will begin work on April 29, and will review…MORE

Mueller’s report leaves open possibility of post-White House criminal exposure for Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller abided by Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president can’t be indicted, but in preparing the detailed 448-page report, the long-time law enforcement official has teed up an investigation into obstruction that could outlive President Donald Trump’s time in the White House and his temporary immunity. In declining to reach a…MORE

How the Mueller investigation was hampered by encryption apps and disappearing messages

Robert Mueller and his team accumulated scores of communications over its nearly two year investigation — not just texts and emails, but also Apple iMessages, and messages from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Yet the special counsel’s investigation was hampered at times by some of the most commonly prescribed methods that privacy advocates say people should…MORE

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