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Breathtaking events in Russia, & my team & I have been up most of the night watching history unfold. While we’re still watching events in real time, a few things are clear:
First, Russians fighting Russians on Russian soil, which we haven’t seen since the 1991 coup attempt, is born directly from Russia’s failures in Ukraine. Military forces with clear plans, chain of command, & operational success don’t devolve into violence against themselves.
This is the clearest public confirmation of the folly of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. And remember: Wagner, a private military force, was brought into Ukraine & put on the frontlines because of the failures of Russia’s regular military.
This would be the equivalent of the U.S. military depending on an armed defense contractor, & that contractor then turning on U.S. leadership & marching to D.C. The weakness of the once-formidable Russian military is stunning.
This isn’t just a problem for Putin inside Russia – it calls into question whether Russia can withstand Ukraine’s summer offensive. Wagner led some of the small military victories in Ukraine, so this is a chance for Ukraine’s forces to further liberate their land – stay tuned.
Last, while any challenge to Putin’s dictatorship is historic, we should remember: Prigozhin & Wagner are not good guys coming to liberate Russia & make it a blooming democracy. Remember, Prigozhin troll farms & influence operations targeted U.S. elections in 2016.
U.S. posture at this stage should be watching events closely, assisting our Ukrainian allies in exploiting any battlefield opportunities, & staying flexible & alert at an unpredictable moment in history.

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Jun 9
In America, no one – even a former president – is above the law. And as a former national security official who held Top Secret security clearance my entire adult life, no one working in our defense or intel agencies would get away with mishandling classified info like this.
But President Trump will have his day in court like any other American, and I have faith in the rule of law metering out this case.
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The government’s efforts to fundamentally alter the judiciary are now having concrete consequences, threatening Israel’s stability, its security, and its democratic values.
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From South Lyon to Okemos, in recent months we’ve seen a major uptick in the number of hoax threats against schools. While the phenomenon isn’t new, the way these threats come in  & the rate at which misinformation & disinformation spread online has changed the game.
That’s why today we brought together superintendents from across the district for a briefing with the Detroit office of the FBI and state and federal prosecutors to talk about the threat landscape.
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2/ The relationship with the Gulf States has always been complicated & transactional, but this news considerably raises the stakes. U.S. policy has swung like a pendulum between Trump & Biden, but these countries have long-benefitted from our support for the last 60 years.
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