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We start with new details about Russia’s effort to influence the 2016 election, the sentencing today of Michael Flynn and the continued slump in the stock markets.
Russian influence campaign targeted African-Americans
Two reports published on Monday reveal new details about the Russian effort to sway American opinion before the 2016 presidential election. The research was commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
While “other distinct ethnic and religious groups were the focus of one or two Facebook pages or Instagram accounts,” one of the documents said, “the black community was targeted extensively with dozens.” Here are five takeaways from the reports.
The background: Russia’s influence campaign was directed by the Internet Research Agency, a St. Petersburg company owned by a close ally of President Vladimir Putin. More than a dozen of the company’s employees have been indicted as part of the investigation by Robert Mueller, the special counsel.
The details: The reports identified some of the most widely shared images and posts the Internet Research Agency created.
From Opinion: Russian interference is “a chronic, widespread and identifiable condition that we must now aggressively manage,” the leader of one of the research teams writes.
Michael Flynn, a former three-star general, has pleaded guilty.
Michael Flynn is expected to be sentenced today
President Trump’s first national security adviser is set to be sentenced today in the special counsel’s investigation of Russian election interference.
Mr. Flynn faces up to six months in prison for lying to federal investigators about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. But prosecutors have recommended little or no prison time because he has provided “substantial help” with inquiries.
The details: An F.B.I. document released on Monday outlines some of Mr. Flynn’s lies.
Notable: Mr. Trump has long blamed a “deep state” in the government for his troubles. A growing number of people accused of wrongdoing are now adopting that defense.
Stocks hit a new low for 2018
This is shaping up to be Wall Street’s worst year since the financial crisis a decade ago, with the S&P 500 down 4.8 percent since January.
Driven by economic uncertainty, the slump is likely to be followed by a Federal Reserve decision to raise interest rates on Wednesday. Such moves are traditionally viewed as having a negative effect on stock prices.
What’s next: Markets in Asia and Europe were down today, but Wall Street futures suggest that U.S. markets could open higher.
The impact: As the Fed pushes up borrowing costs, there is increasing concern that growth will slow and that the chances of entering a recession will grow.
The Yemeni fishing boat Amira, in the background, was attacked in August. Three fishermen were killed.
In Yemen, fishermen are also under fire
Outrage over the murder of the dissident Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives has drawn attention to the Saudi-led war in Yemen, where airstrikes have targeted weddings, funerals and a school bus. Thousands of civilians have died.
Our reporter found that the conflict is also unfolding at sea. In August and September, at least six Yemeni fishing boats were attacked, killing a total of 50 fishermen.
Though both sides in the conflict have carried out maritime attacks, experts said there was little doubt that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the violence against fishermen.
Yesterday: In an unusually strong statement, Saudi Arabia lashed out at the U.S. Senate for its…