House panel finds US military compelled intel analysts to downplay ISIS threat – report

US military officials pressured lower-level analysts to downplay threats from Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in an intelligence report, a House Republican task force has found, sources told the Daily Beast.

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Putin meets Erdogan for 1st time since downing of Russian jet

Erdogan says talks with ‘friend’ Putin to start new page in Russia-Turkey relations

Turkish president Recep Tayip Ergodan is meeting with “his friend” Vladimir Putin in hopes of turning a fresh page in the two countries’ relations. It is their first meeting since Turkey downed a Russian bomber over Syria last November.

“Your visit, which comes amid a very complicated situation in Turkey, indicates that all of us want to revive our dialogue and restore relations for the sake of the Turkish and Russian peoples,” President Putin said, greeting Erdogan in St. Petersburg.

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Paul Ryan Faces Off With Paul Nehlen as Wisconsin Votes in Primary

What should have been a fairly routine primary challenge for House Speaker Paul Ryan has now become a symbol of Republican Party problems: A fight pitting the establishment against GOP rebels, and their controversial presidential nominee against Washington leadership.

Before last week, few people even knew — or cared — that Ryan’s primary for re-election was approaching. But when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he wasn’t ready to endorse Ryan and then praised his Republican challenger, Paul Nehlen, the political spotlight shined directly on Tuesday’s contest.

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Where the would-be vice presidents stand on cybersecurity

The cyber-battle between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine is pretty lopsided.

Aside from sound bites on Russia and hacking, where Clinton and Trump stand on cybersecurity issues is generally unclear. In fact, they’ve devoted little time to this crucial and urgent subject. Which is weird in light of the epic amount of hacking shenanigans this presidential race has compelled us to endure.

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20 absurd headlines from Trump’s week

(CNN)In most campaign seasons, the days following the conventions are counted on to provide a bit of a breather ahead of the sprint to Election Day. But 2016 is a different beast — and Donald Trump a unique candidate. This past week delivered a volume of political attacks, zingers, morality plays and controversies unseen in modern politics.

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Trump says Putin is ‘not going to go into Ukraine,’ despite Crimea

Washington (CNN) Donald Trump said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.

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