The US doesn't want a cyberwar “shitstorm” with Russia

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September 9, 2016 

The Obama administration is wary of publicly accusing Russia of meddling in the US election. North Korea says it has conducted another nuclear test. Serena Williams is out of the US Open and has lost her No. 1 ranking after a surprising defeat against Karolina Pliskova.

 

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The US really doesn’t want to deal with a cyberwar with Russia.

The Obama administration is wary of publicly accusing Russia of meddling in the US election, despite increasing pressure from within Washington, for fear of fanning public concerns over the security of the election and igniting a cycle of tit-for-tat cyberattacks, several US government officials told BuzzFeed News.

“Do you really want that shitstorm?” one US intelligence said. “I don’t think you do.”

Thanks to the nature of cyberattacks, it’s becoming increasingly hard to pinpoint just who carried one out, leaving the US less willing than ever to point fingers, an expert told BuzzFeed News.

US Senator Elizabeth Warren takes aim at ISDS, the secretive global super court exposed by BuzzFeed News.

“We’re a country that believes in rule of law,” she told BuzzFeed News following our explosive four-part investigation. “We’ve got a process that tries to bring some fairness in and some balance. ISDS is the exact opposite of that.” She laid out how the United States can — and must — dismantle the system.

You can read BuzzFeed News’ full investigation into the secretive global court here.

Elizabeth Warren
 

What you need to know about the Dakota oil pipeline and the Native Americans who are trying to stop it.  

A judge is set to issue a ruling on Friday that could continue, stop, or delay the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which when finished would transport millions of gallons of crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois each day. But Native Americans and environmentalists have slammed the project as a threat to sacred sites and nature.

The company behind the pipeline has framed it as an environmentally friendly alternative to transporting oil via trucks and trains. But Native Americans, especially the North Dakota-based Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with protesters and environmentalists, aren’t buying it.

The company behind the pipeline has framed it as an environmentally friendly alternative to transporting oil via trucks and trains. But Native Americans, especially the North Dakota-based Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with protesters and environmentalists, aren’t buying it. Andrew Cullen / Reuters

North Korea says it has conducted another nuclear test.

North Korea on Friday said it conducted a “nuclear warhead explosion” in response to US hostilities and international sanctions. A shallow 5.3-magnitude earthquake likely caused by an “explosion” was recorded near an area where nuclear tests have taken place in the past, although the US Geological Survey could not immediately confirm its exact cause.

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

US presidential election: This candidate doesn’t know what Aleppo — the city at the heart of the crisis in Syria — is. 

Meet Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and the 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate for president. Johnson asked “What is Aleppo?” when asked what he would do as president about the Syrian city.  

This is the precise moment Johnson realized he had no idea what the interviewer was talking about.

This is the precise moment Johnson realized he had no idea what the interviewer was talking about. Twitter: @Morning_Joe

A little extra election news

  • Hillary Clinton delivered a rebuke of Donald Trump’s national security credentials, saying, “Republicans are just in a terrible dilemma trying to support a fully unqualified nominee. I have no sympathy for them.”

  • Trump supporters in Ohio told BuzzFeed News that “Putin is probably a better president for his country, unlike our president, who is working against us.”

  • Fox News personality and radio host Sean Hannity’s shows have become an object of fascination, rage, and sometimes mockery. But he hasn’t changed. BuzzFeed News’ Rosie Gray profiled the polarizing figure.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

The voice missing from the Nate Parker rape case: the alleged victim’s.

Nate Parker — who wrote, directed, and is starring in The Birth of a Nation, a film about Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion — and his roommate Jean Celestin were charged with raping a fellow Pennsylvania State University student while she was blackout drunk in 1999. From actors to activists, everyone has something to say about it, but one voice has been missing: the alleged victim’s.

Despite the case’s sensational themes — campus rape, underage drinking, racial tension — the 2001 trial didn’t get much attention outside State College. Parker was acquitted. Celestin was found guilty of sexual assault but had his conviction overturned in 2005. The woman filed a civil suit (which also went largely unnoticed) a year later, accusing Penn State of failing to respond to harassment she endured after reporting the assault. In 2012, at age 30, she killed herself at a rehab facility, her brother revealed last month.

The controversy threatens to grab more headlines than Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, which screens at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. BuzzFeed News has published here — for the first time — the transcript of a phone call between the woman and Parker, in which he is livid over her rape allegation. Parker’s supporters seem to be wrestling with how to defend him while the woman is unable to defend herself.

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • Wells Fargo will pay $185 million in penalties after admitting its employees set up unauthorized credit and debit accounts for customers, even on occasion transferring money between the accounts without the customer’s knowledge and permission.

  • #LochteGate: Ryan Lochte has been officially suspended from swimming for 10 months. He’ll have to forfeit the $25,000 he won for winning Olympic gold and can’t join Team USA on its White House visit.

  • Shooting: A student at a western Texas high school shot a female classmate then killed herself.

  • Airbnb announced a new nondiscrimination policy after months of pressure from activists about racial bias and the social media campaign #AirbnbWhileBlack.

  • Serena Williams is out of the US Open and lost her No. 1 ranking after a surprising defeat against the Czech Karolina Pliskova.

  • Give me those ~carbs~: Our human obsession with carbs might have science behind it. What if we told you that humans might be drawn to carbs way before they’re baked to a golden brown, boiled al dente, or treated with sugar? It’s true. (Tears.)

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