Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Meet the new hosts of CBC’s the National
“The CBC revealed Tuesday the four journalists who will serve as Peter Mansbridge’s replacements: public-broadcasting veterans Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Ian Hanomansing and Andrew Chang.
“After the announcement last year that the long-standing anchor of The National was stepping down, the flagship news program is said to be retooling, with plans to be more digital and modern in its coverage. The four journalists were on hand in Toronto for Tuesday’s news, with Arsenault and Barton suggesting they intend to continue reporting, along with their new duties.”
— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) August 1, 2017
2. Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer
“On the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany last month, President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign — a disclosure the advisers knew carried political and potentially legal peril.
“The strategy, the advisers agreed, should be for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement to get ahead of the story. They wanted to be truthful, so their account couldn’t be repudiated later if the full details emerged.
“But within hours, at the president’s direction, the plan changed.”
+1: Lawsuit alleges White House helped concoct Rich Hill conspiracy – CNN
3. Russia moves 100,000 troops near NATO borders for military drills
“The troops are conducting military maneuvers known as Zapad, Russian for ‘west,’ in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The drills will feature a reconstituted armored force named for a storied Soviet military unit, the First Guards Tank Army. Its establishment represents the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union that so much offensive power has been concentrated in a single command.”
4. Jagmeet Singh has raised more money than his NDP leadership rivals combined
“Singh raised $356,784 from 1,681 individual contributions, despite entering the race in mid-May, halfway through the reporting period that stretched from April 1 to June 30, 2017. That represents 60 per cent of all money raised by the four candidates for the NDP leadership in the quarter.”
– CBC News
5. ‘Anonymous’ browsing data can be easily exposed, researchers reveal
“A judge’s porn preferences and the medication used by a German MP were among the personal data uncovered by two German researchers who acquired the “anonymous” browsing habits of more than three million German citizens.
“‘What would you think,’ asked Svea Eckert, ‘if somebody showed up at your door saying: “Hey, I have your complete browsing history – every day, every hour, every minute, every click you did on the web for the last month?” How would you think we got it: some shady hacker? No. It was much easier: you can just buy it.'”