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1. Theresa May calls off key Brexit vote
British Prime Minister Theresa May delayed Tuesday’s key vote in Parliament on Brexit after she admitted the deal “would be rejected by a significant margin.”
May told members of Parliament she would seek “assurances” from the European Union this week over the deal’s backstop arrangement, but she continued to defend the withdrawal agreement, adding she believed she could secure a majority vote.
ABC News Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell tells us it’s been a long and painful process: “It’s easy to oppose something, but what do you put in its place?”
2. Schumer, Pelosi to meet with Trump
In 2017, when Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi went into the White House, they walked out with what they said was an agreement with President Donald Trump. That agreement never materialized after both sides accused the other of lying.
Federal prosecutors have alleged that Butina worked with a Russian government official to develop a covert influence operation, establishing contacts with conservative political operatives and the National Rifle Association to push Moscow’s agenda.
She’s scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
“If the federal prosecutors are right, and Maria Butina was in fact a foreign agent operating in the United States,” ABC News’ Aaron Katersky tells us, “it’s more evidence that the Russians were trying to make inroads through whatever political group they could.”
4. Detecting ‘deepfakes’
The president’s constant crowing, without evidence, of the proliferation of “fake news” may actually turn out to be nothing compared to the actual fake news contained within “deepfakes.”
“They’re worried that it could influence an election — that a video could get out there, a ‘deepfake,’ and all of a sudden people freak out and they change the way they vote,” ABC News’ Kyra Phillips tells us.