National Briefing – October 30, 2017

  • Boom goes the dynamite! Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have been told to surrender to federal authorities as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 election [New York Times].
  • Here’s how to game out what might happen from the charges stemming from Mueller’s investigation [Wired].
  • Republicans are desperate to change the focus away from the Russia investigation, so they’re turning to a familiar boogeyman, Hillary Clinton [New York Times].
  • Former intelligence chief James Clapper says Russia “succeeded beyond their wildest expectations” in meddling with the 2016 election, and he warns they’re going to do it again [Politico].
  • Republicans are already facing a setback on tax reform as a powerful industry lobby is already opposing the plan before it is made public [Washington Post].
  • Authorities in Puerto Rico are canceling a sketchy contract to rebuild the country’s electric infrastructure that was given to a small Montana company [Washington Post].
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani turned down a request to meet with President Donald Trump following his speech at the United Nations in September [Bloomberg].
  • Groups that run afoul of the FEC are simply not paying the fines that are levied against them [Politico].
  • Facebook is taking a stronger stance on identifying who paid for political ads ahead of their appearance before Congress this week to answer questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election [Recode].
  • The Navy is investigating whether two members of SEAL Team Six killed an Army Green Beret in Mali over the summer [ABC News].
  • Twitter permanently booted Trump supporter Roger Stone for a profanity-laced tirade against CNN’s Don Lemon [Recode].

On this day in history:

  • 1831 – Escaped slave Nat Turner is captured and arrested for leading the bloodiest slave rebellion in U.S. history.
  • 1864 – Helena, Montana is founded after prospectors discover gold at “Last Chance Gulch.”
  • 1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H.G. Wells’s “The War of the Worlds.”
  • 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves $1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Allied nations.
  • 1944 – Anne and Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they die from disease the following year.
  • 1974 – The “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Forman takes place in Kinshasha, Zaire.