“As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media — many of them run by bots — to sow further political and social divisions in the United States.” American intelligence officials were unanimous in their determination that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. And as the NYT reports, they all agree that Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord.

+ Bloomberg: “US forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War.”