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  • The House and Senate agree on a Russia sanctions bill over the Ukraine matter, while Democratic Representative says Crimea annexation a good thing.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter says he would pardon Edward Snowden if the law-breaker should ever be tried and convicted in a U.S. court. No surprise coming from the President whose CIA director, Stansfield Turner, argued for “ethical espionage.”
  • There are many in the House and Senate these days who advocate for the Turner model for the IC, an organization focused solely on technical collection and analysis and no more. Ironically, the Snowden case is a clear example of why the Turner-Carter approach is so wrong.
  • In defense of bulk surveillance. And, the Obama Administration passes the reform buck, to Congress.
  • While politicos and crats rumble, great to see three Virginia companies selected for the Mach37 cybersecurity accelerator.
  • How to buy an Ambassadorship
  • Harry Reid says “people are not educated how to use the internet”. And I’m certain a bill will be introduced to remedy that problem that folks like you and I will not understand either.
  • Larry Sabato‘s latest piece, well worth a read. If you’re a Democrat, you may want to take a pass.
  • Prominent California Democratic politicos embroiled in an arms-trafficking story … and, fraud, money laundering, corruption, and bribery.
  • Ebola is back.
  • Did the FBI keep counterterrorism evidence from Congressional oversight committee? Congress wants to know why they did not know.
  • Ending on a high note, Yleem Poblete (former Hill staffer and currently a fellow at the Catholic University of America) is moderating a panel this afternoon on Capitol Hill on the Ukraine matter. Four European Ambassadors will answer questions and present views. It’s open to the public. Take a look (Updated Room: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building @ 2:45 p.m.).
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