Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions targeting Russian mercenary group

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Groupa Russian private mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraineas a significant transnational criminal organization, and imposed a slew of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The US Department of State concurrently announced a number of sanctions meant to “target … Read more

McCarthy officially denies Schiff and Swalwell seats on the House Intelligence Committee

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell sit on the House Intelligence Committee. “I appreciate the loyalty you have to your Democrat colleagues, and I acknowledge your efforts to have two Members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote … Read more

DOJ sues Google over its dominance in the online advertising market

CNN — The Justice Department and eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing the company of harming competition with its dominance in the online advertising market and calling for it to be broken up. The move marks the Biden administration’s first blockbuster antitrust case against a Big Tech company. The eight states joining the suit … Read more

Recently identified inflammatory disease VEXAS syndrome may be more common than thought, study suggests

CNN — David Adams spent half a decade fighting an illness he couldn’t name. He was in and out of the hospital several times a year. His inflamed joints made his hands feel like they had been squeezed into gloves – and he could no longer play his beloved classical and jazz guitars. He had … Read more

Russia’s Wagner’s brutal tactics in Ukraine revealed by intelligence report

Kyiv CNN — Wagner Group fighters have become the disposable infantry of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, but a Ukrainian military intelligence document obtained by CNN sets out how effective they have been around the city of Bakhmut – and how difficult they are to fight against. Wagner is a private military contractor run … Read more

Charles McGonigal: Former high-level FBI official charged in alleged schemes to help sanctioned Russian oligarch and conceal payments from ex-Albanian intelligence employee

New York CNN — The former head of counterintelligence for the FBI’s New York field office was charged in two separate indictments Monday for allegedly working with a sanctioned Russian oligarch after he retired and concealing hundreds of thousands of dollars he received from a former employee of an Albanian intelligence agency while he was … Read more

Davos: No recession after all? Business leaders more hopeful as China reopens

Davos, Switzerland CNN — Bullishness about the global economy has been in short supply among business leaders in recent months, with fears of recession clouding the outlook and restraining investment. Now, cautious optimism is peeking through. That’s thanks in large part to Chinawhose sudden removal of strict coronavirus restrictions late last year is expected to … Read more

Biden classified documents: The week everything changed for the White House

CNN — President Joe Biden began the new year with the political winds at his back. Amid the chaos of a fractured Republican majority trying to elect a House speaker, his administration was making a major public effort to show how the laws bolstering his ambitious political priorities were showing tangible results. Democrats had avoided … Read more

How Ukraine became a laboratory for western weapons and battlefield innovation

CNN — Last fall, as Ukraine won back large swaths of territory in a series of counterattacks, it pounded Russian forces with American-made artillery and rockets. Guiding some of that artillery was a homemade targeting system that Ukraine developed on the battlefield. A piece of Ukrainian-made software has turned readily available tablet computers and smartphones … Read more

Biden classified documents: 5 additional pages of classified material found at the president’s Wilmington residence

CNN — President Joe Biden’s aides found five additional pages of classified material at his personal residence in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier this week, the White House announced on Saturday. It’s the third time in less than a week that the White House has acknowledged classified material being found in a private space belonging to Biden. … Read more