“Traitor!” Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence – The New York Times

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.

Can Russia really derail Emmanuel Macron? – The Local

The motivation for Moscow to derail Macron’s campaign is simple.They would far rather see the anti-EU Marine Le Pen or François Fillon, both of whom are open admirers of Vladimir Putin, unlike Macron, who is openly pro-Europe, elected the next President of France.”They do not want a strong Europe, they want a weak Europe,” Macron’s spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said on Tuesday.The problem for Moscow is that ever since Fillon was struck down by fake job claims surrounding his wife, Macron has emerged as the favourite to win the election, beating Le Pen in  the second round runoff vote.’This is Putin’s plan to break up the EU’Macron’s team believe the increase in hostile reports and cyber attacks and the rise of the candidate in the polls is no coincidence. Moscow is getting jittery it seems.But so is Emmanuel Macron.His campaign chief Ferrand issued an appeal in French newspaper Le Monde on Tuesday.“We cannot let Russia de-stabilise the French presidential election,” read the title.“If these attacks succeed then the organisation of the EN Marche campaign would become very difficult, if not impossible,” said Ferrand.

Source: Can Russia really derail Emmanuel Macron? – The Local

Chinese students at Columbia University fight racism by explaining the meaning behind their names: Shanghaiist

“In the spirit of coming to harmonious terms with the incidents, I’d like to think that those who took our name tags only did so to learn our names by heart,” writes sophomore Yan Huhe from Hohot, Inner Mongolia in the Colombia Spectator.”I apologize once more for not having put up a pinyin-spelled name tag on my door earlier. I now have prepared plenty. Feel free to take one.”

Source: Chinese students at Columbia University fight racism by explaining the meaning behind their names: Shanghaiist