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The latest on Facebook ads, Trump Jr.’s testimony and the Russia investigation

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Facebook users will be warned before sharing a story that's actually fake news, the social media giant says. Bogus news site — such as these stories from "USA Daily News 24," a site that's registered in Veles, Macedonia, have been blamed for the spread of misinformation online. Raphael Satter/AP

The investigation into President Trump’s Administration’s ties to Russia isn’t losing traction.

As reported by NPR, Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled for a closed-door meeting with the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to discuss his father’s campaign contacts during the 2016 presidential race. The conversation will likely revolve around Trump Jr.’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.

In other news, The New York Times reported that Facebook ran $100,000 worth of divisive political ads during the presidential campaign which came from fake accounts connected to the Kremlin. The ads didn’t mention candidates in the race. Instead, they focused on issues such as race, gun control and immigration. Facebook disclosed the findings to Senate and White House intelligence committees. The news points to larger implications of how Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential campaign.

Libby Denkmann speaks to NPR’s Phil Ewing for the latest on a roundup of Trump-Russia investigation news.

Guest:

Phil Ewing, national security editor for NPR; he tweets @philewing

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