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Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Blockchain

U.S. Treasury Sanctions ‘Large-Scale’ Iran Counterfeiting Ring

Claims Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ran counterfeiting operations<p>WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on what the Treasury Department describes as a “large-scale” Iranian counterfeiting ring that it says is run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and …

South Asia

Using technology to fight crime

Advances in fields like artificial intelligence and behavioral analytics are helping us keep pace with ever-more resourceful criminals.<p>There are a …

Identity Theft

2016 Under Scrutiny: A Timeline Of Russia Connections

The first charges have been filed in the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election, and the court documents help make clearer the timeline of Russia-related events that took place during the presidential campaign.<p>Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, …

Donald Trump

These 13 Wire Transfers Are A Focus Of The FBI Probe Into Paul Manafort

BuzzFeed News has learned of a series of wire transfers, made by companies linked to Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, that federal officials deemed suspicious. Many of the wires went from offshore companies controlled by Manafort to American businesses.<p>The FBI's investigation …

Corruption

What Is Money Laundering? And Why Does It Matter To Robert Mueller?

When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced he was handing over the reins of the Justice Department's Russia investigation to a special counsel, he gave Robert Mueller the authority to look into "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."<p>It has become clear in …

Corruption

Antitrust Division Announces Fiscal Year Total in Criminal Fines Collected

The Department of Justice collected $1.861 billion in criminal fines and penalties resulting from Antitrust Division prosecutions in the fiscal year …

Antitrust Laws

U.S. Supreme Court: Whistleblower’s Disclosure of Sensitive Security Information is Protected Activity

Former Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Robert MacLean engaged in protected activity when he publicly disclosed Sensitive Security Information (SSI) …

U.S. Supreme Court

Trump’s pick for DHS chief was at center of Katrina disaster

On Aug 27, 2005, two days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, officials at the American Red Cross wrote to a top homeland security adviser at the White House, warning that the storm was likely to slam New Orleans as a major hurricane.<p>The message was sent to Kirstjen Nielsen, whose title was …

Homeland Security

White House Makes Hard-Line Demands for Any ‘Dreamers’ Deal

WASHINGTON — The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative …

Immigration

U.S. drug enforcement chief to step down from agency | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s acting director on Tuesday said that he will be leaving his post, two months after he criticized Republican President Donald Trump for telling law enforcement officers not to be “too nice” to suspects.<p>FILE PHOTO - U.S. Deputy Attorney General …

Donald Trump

Is Trump’s “Foreclosure King” in Over His Head?

The president’s legislative agenda is riding on a man with no legislative experience.<p>When <b>Donald Trump</b> was running for president, he vowed to pass a tax-reform bill the likes of which the country hadn’t seen for more than 30 years, which got a lot of people who wouldn’t otherwise be thrilled about …

Donald Trump

Continuing a fierce assault on 'sanctuary' policies, Sessions attacks California bill

In another shot in the ongoing battle over so-called sanctuary city policies, Atty. Gen.<p>Jeff Sessionson Tuesday attacked California’s new bill that affords some protections to undocumented immigrants across the state, calling it “unconscionable” and a threat to public safety.<p>Sessions, speaking in …

Immigration

Trump Signals End to DACA Protection for Immigrant Children

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling it an “amnesty-first approach” and urging Congress to pass a replacement before he begins phasing out its protections in six months.<p>As early as March, …

Immigration

Mueller, IRS join forces to probe Trump finances: report

Someone figured out a way to get President Trump’s tax returns.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller is teaming up with the IRS in his ongoing investigation …

Report: Mueller teaming up with IRS investigators for Trump-Russia probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with agents from the IRS's Criminal Investigations unit as part of his investigation into Russian meddling …

State high court rules license plate data are not secret police records

Data that law enforcement collects indiscriminately from license plate readers on millions of motorists are not police “investigative records” that …

FinCEN’s Revised GTOs Expand Real Estate Money Laundering Crackdown To Hawaii, Close “Wire Transfer” Loophole

This article is Part I of a series in which we address the U.S. government’s attempts to combat money laundering in real estate transactions. This …

Real Estate

The clock is ticking for Rex Tillerson

The problem is that America's top diplomat is not John Hay, Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, or Madeleine Albright. It's Rex Tillerson, and he is proving to be quite possibly the most ineffectual secretary of state since America's rise to global prominence in …

Fears grow that Trump could ignore Congress on spending

Lawmakers and activists see warning signs that Trump officials could cut budgets by leaving federal money unspent.<p>Lawmakers and activists are preparing for the possibility that President Donald Trump's administration, in its zeal to slash the federal budget, will take the rare step of deliberately …

Donald Trump

On MSNBC, terrorism expert criticizes Trump administration for cutting funding to counter white supremacist extremism

ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): Peter, you're an expert at what the government does to try to track these white supremacists group, but I do believe that …

Extremism

Legal Technology

Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits following FTC charges

News reports of Uber employees using "God View" got the feds' attention.<p>Uber has reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission to be subject to …

Privacy

Mueller Turns Up The Heat With Unusual Search Warrant In Russia Probe

Federal prosecutors have lots of ways to intensify pressure on the people they're investigating, from early morning FBI raids to leaning on relatives of those under government scrutiny.<p>But even by those measures, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in last year's presidential …

Donald Trump

Immigration appeals court throws out deportation order for man detained by ICE after dropping daughter off at school

An immigration appeals court this week threw out the final deportation order for Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, who was detained in late February minutes after he dropped his daughter off at school in Lincoln Heights.<p>His lawyer said the case will be kicked back to the local immigration court that …

Immigration

Rosenstein: Special counsel Mueller can investigate any crimes he uncovers in Russia probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said Sunday that the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is continuing apace, even as President Trump dismissed the probe as “a total fabrication.”<p>Rosenstein said special counsel Robert S. Mueller III can …

Donald Trump

Here’s every law Trump has signed in his first 200 days

Monday marks President Donald Trump's 200th day in office.<p>While the White House has consistently touted its legislative success in the face of "historic Democratic obstructionism," the administration has yet to fulfill any major legislative achievements, even with Republicans in control of both …

NAACP issues its first statewide travel advisory, for Missouri

<b>(CNN) —</b> The NAACP is sending a strong message to people of color traveling through Missouri: Go at your own risk.<p>The organization is circulating a travel advisory after the state passed a law that Missouri's NAACP conference says allows for legal discrimination. The warning cites several …

Justice

The Downsides of John Kelly's Ascension

It's not a signal that the president is preparing to moderate his White House—it's a signal he's going to the mattresses.<p>Donald Trump is not much of a man. He feels sorry for himself, he whines, he gropes women; he bullies the weak. He brags and he lies. As a young man, this self-proclaimed athlete …

Donald Trump