WHAT CONSTITUTES REASONABLE MAINSTREAM OPINION… (Current Affairs)

Mensch is a British former Conservative MP and chick-lit author who these days spends most of her time on Twitter issuing frenzied denunciations of imagined armies of online “Putinbots.” She is—and this is no overstatement—one of the least credible people on the internet.

Jerry Brown takes international stage on nuclear danger: ‘We all ought to wake up’ (SacBee)

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking more than a year ago to the scientists who measure civilization’s proximity to global disaster, lamented that it’s difficult to talk about big problems such as the threat of climate change and the nuclear arms race.

PODCAST: Stephen F. Cohen Talks Russia Hacking On NPR

The House Intelligence Committee holds its first public hearing into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Will we soon know more about the Kremlin’s possible connections to the campaign? Professor Cohen is joined by Greg Feifer, former Moscow correspondent for NPR and Leon Aron of the neoconservative think tank AEI.

Russian bank tells DOJ mysterious Trump computer connections may have been hacker hoax (Circa)

The bank believes “these malicious attacks are designed to create the false impression that Alfa Bank has a secretive relationship with the Trump Organization,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State (Joshua Landis)

Russia and Iran want to divide ISIS territory between the Kurds and the Syrian government that is led by Asad. The United States should allow this to happen if it wants an exit strategy.

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