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Our picksMilitary crime reporting; Kremlin invests in Facebook, Twitter; Cyber Geneva Convention, and more

Published 8 November 2017

· Will Texas massacre finally get military to improve its criminal reporting system?

· Kremlin-owned firms linked to major investments in Twitter and Facebook

· Russia investigators probe 2016 GOP platform fight

· Trump’s next immigration target: people living legally in US after disaster struck their countries

· The world needs a digital Geneva Convention to fight cyberattacks

· Trump is quietly surrendering to China on climate change

· Offshore trove exposes Trump-Russia links and piggy banks of the wealthiest 1 percent

Will Texas massacre finally get military to improve its criminal reporting system? (A. C. Thompson and T. Christian Miller, ProPublica)
The Air Force’s apparent failure to send the criminal records of the airman behind Sunday’s mass killings to civilian authorities allowed him to obtain guns. Such reporting failings are widespread and longstanding.

Kremlin-owned firms linked to major investments in Twitter and Facebook (Spencer Woodman, Reveal News)
A major investor in Twitter and Facebook had financial ties to two Russian government-owned firms known as vehicles for the Kremlin’s politically sensitive dealings, newly unearthed documents show.

Russia investigators probe 2016 GOP platform fight (Josh Meyer, Politico)
Congressional investigators have interviewed ex-Donald Trump aides about the campaign’s push to remove proposed language that called for giving weapons to Ukraine.

Trump’s next immigration target: people living legally in US after disaster struck their countries (Dara Lind and P. R. Lockhart, Vox)
Temporary Protected Status, and Trump’s attempts to pare it down, explained.

The world needs a digital Geneva Convention to fight cyberattacks (Scott Gilmore, Maclean’s)
The damage from cyberattacks is real, and the threat risks escalating into lethal conflicts

Trump is quietly surrendering to China on climate change (Geoff Dembicki, Vice)
The president’s climate inaction has frustrated the world, and allowed an economic rival to gain more power and influence.

Offshore trove exposes Trump-Russia links and piggy banks of the wealthiest 1 percent (Reveal)
A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum