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Our picksRussian propaganda in U.S.; U.S. missile defense falls short; Florida’s sinking feeling, and more

Published 14 September 2017
  • FBI investigating Russian propaganda radio station in D.C.
  • Russia’s Facebook fake news could have reached 70 million Americans
  • Facebook won’t reveal if Russia targeted you during the election
  • How Trump is ending the American era
  • The Trump administration’s big new anti-leak memo leaked last night
  • That sinking feeling
  • U.S. missile defense: Not as effective as we think
  • On White identity politics and American terrorism
  • South Korea is building an elite military unit with one mission: kill Kim Jong Un

FBI investigating Russian propaganda radio station in D.C. (Mark Hemingway, Weekly Standard)
Yahoo News reports the inquiry looks into whether Sputnik is acting in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Russia’s Facebook fake news could have reached 70 million Americans (Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen, and Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast)
Facebook acknowledged that Russian propagandists spent $100,000 on election ads. It neglected to mention how many millions of people those ads reached.

Facebook won’t reveal if Russia targeted you during the election (Ben Collins, Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast)
Facebook refused to commit to releasing the Kremlin-backed propaganda it uncovered. Users may never know if they were targeted during the election—or are still being targeted now.

How Trump is ending the American era (Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic)
For all the visible damage the president has done to the nation’s global standing, things are much worse below the surface.

The Trump administration’s big new anti-leak memo leaked last night (Matthew Yglesias, Vox)
Of course it did.

That sinking feeling (Nathalie Baptiste, The American Prospect)
Why is Miami—America’s most vulnerable metropolis to sea-level rise—having yet another beachfront development boom?

U.S. missile defense: Not as effective as we think (Scott Ritter, The American Conservative)
Can THAAD avoid the system failures of the first Gulf War?

On White identity politics and American terrorism(Kai Wright, The Nation)
We cannot move forward until white citizens claim their history.

South Korea is building an elite military unit with one mission: kill Kim Jong Un (Alex Ward, Vox)
They’re called the Spartan 3000.