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Donald Trump says FBI memo 'totally vindicates me'

Donald Trump says FBI memo 'totally vindicates me' | 03 Feb 2018 | Donald Trump says a controversial memo alleging FBI surveillance abuse "totally vindicates" him but added the "Russian witch hunt goes on and on". He approved Friday's release of the congressional memo which claimed the FBI and Department of Justice were biased against him while investigating alleged collusion between his 2016 election campaign and Russia. The US President said the inquiry had found nothing and "collusion was dead". In the tweet posted on Saturday, he wrote: "This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. "But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. "Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!"

Justice Department says Mueller probe lawful

Justice Department says Mueller probe lawful | 03 Feb 2018 | The U.S. Justice Department has backed Special Counsel Robert Mueller over a lawsuit filed against him by Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and argued that the case should be dismissed. Manafort sued Mueller on Jan. 3, saying his office's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election exceeded its legal authority. The civil lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, accused Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, of exceeding his legal authority to "grant Mr. Mueller carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across."

Russian Su-25 jet downed in Syria, pilot killed - Defense Ministry

Russian Su-25 jet downed in Syria, pilot killed - Defense Ministry | 03 Feb 2018 | A Russian Su-25 jet has crashed in Idlib province in north-western Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed, adding that it was probably shot down by MANPAD. The pilot ejected but was killed by militants on the ground. Preliminary data showed the Su-25 plane was downed by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD), the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The attack took place when the jet was flying over the Idlib de-escalation zone on Saturday. The pilot parachuted down into the area controlled by Al-Nusra terrorist group, the statement said.

Disabled US Army veteran's service dog found shot in head, dumped near railroad tracks

Disabled US Army veteran's service dog found shot in head, dumped near railroad tracks | 02 Feb 2018 | A disabled Army veteran's service dog was found this week shot in the head and dumped by railroad tracks in Boone County, Ky. The dog, Gunner, had belonged to Bryan Vallandingham, a 14-year U.S. Army veteran in Richwood, Ky., who relied on the service animal for safety, Cincinnati's Fox 19 reported. Gunner would alert Vallandingham's family members whenever the disabled veteran was having a seizure. The family said Bryan wasn't doing well after learning of Gunner’s death, and has been having repeated seizures.

'A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that': Furious Trump says FBI and DOJ heads should roll as explosive memo is published

'A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that': Furious Trump says FBI and DOJ heads should roll as explosive memo is published | 02 Feb 2018 | President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he expects heads to roll at the Department of Justice after reviewing a classified memo alleging FBI misconduct. Trump said 'it's a disgrace what's happening in our country' as he formally announced his decision to declassify the document that quickly made its way into the hands of news outlets. 'A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that,' he added during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office. Asked directly if he wanted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gone, Trump would only say, 'You figure that one out.' CNN reported that Trump read the memo along with his advisors. According to a summary of the memo, it concludes former FBI deputy director McCabe confirmed that the bureau would not have sought a surveillance warrant without information in the dossier of information compiled by ex British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the Washington Examiner reported.

 

Regulator urges Tepco to release radioactive water from damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea

Regulator urges Tepco to release radioactive water from damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea | 11 Jan 2018 | A decision should be made sometime this year over whether to release into the sea water containing radioactive tritium from the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the chief of Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday, emphasizing it would pose no danger to human health. [!?!] "We will face a new challenge if a decision (about the release) is not made this year," Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa told Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto, referring to the more than 1 million tons of [radioactive] coolant water and groundwater that has accumulated at the crippled facility. Naraha is located close to the Fukushima No.1 plant.

Judge orders release of Las Vegas shooting autopsy reports; coroner refuses to comply

Judge orders release of Las Vegas shooting autopsy reports; coroner refuses to comply | 30 Jan 2018 | A District Court judge on Tuesday ordered the Clark County coroner's office to release the autopsy reports of Stephen Paddock and the 58 people he [allegedly] killed in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas massacre. But as of late Tuesday, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg had not complied with the order. He indicated he wouldn't release Paddock's autopsy report until it was "finalized." "I don't believe this is consistent with what the court ordered," said Las Vegas attorney Maggie McLetchie, who represents the Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Associated Press in their November action demanding the release of the reports.

House memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI's FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump

House memo states disputed dossier was key to FBI's FISA warrant to surveil members of Team Trump | 02 Jan 2018 | A much-hyped memo that shows alleged government surveillance abuse during the 2016 campaign has been released to the public and cites testimony from a high-ranking government official who says the FBI and DOJ would not have sought surveillance warrants to spy on a member of the Trump team without the infamous, Democratic-funded anti-Trump dossier. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released the memo Friday. The White House responded by saying the memo "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens."

Dow closes down more than 660 points

Dow closes down more than 660 points | 02 Feb 2018 | U.S. stocks slumped Friday, pulling down the Dow Jones industrial average by more than 660 points and placing the market on track for its worst week in two years. The Dow ended the day at 25,520.96, down 665.75 points or 2.54 percent. Investors have grown increasingly worried that a rapid rise in interest rates, spurred by higher inflation, could derail the market's strong and calm ride upward. And they're concerned the Federal Reserve will respond to higher inflation by raising interest rates more quickly than expected.

New FBI messages reveal agents sought way to evade federal record requirements

New FBI messages reveal agents sought way to evade federal record requirements | 01 Feb 2018 | There's an important but little-noticed subtext in the revelations about alleged FBI misconduct in the investigations into Hillary Clinton's email practices and Donald Trump's Russia associations. It's the light they shine on what has come to be routine obstruction of public records laws by federal officials. The records that federal agencies generate while in our employ aren't owned by faceless bureaucrats or political officials who can choose to withhold or disclose at their discretion and convenience. The records are owned by us: the public. That includes text messages.

Trump team setting up legal defense fund for Russia probe - report

Trump team setting up legal defense fund for Russia probe - report | 02 Feb 2018 | President Trump's campaign has reportedly hired a law firm to set up a legal defense fund for costs incurred by staffers ensnared by the special counsel investigation or other legal fees. A document from the Wiley Rein LLP law firm posted on the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website describes the "Patriot Legal Expense Fund," which would provide financial support to any individual who "was an employee, consultant, fundraiser or volunteer" of Trump's 2016 campaign. It's unclear how much money is currently in the fund or who runs it, but the Trump campaign made a payment of $10,000 to the Wiley Rein firm last year for "legal consulting," according to ABC News.

Republican memo: What you need to know about alleged FBI and DOJ abuses

Republican memo: What you need to know about alleged FBI and DOJ abuses | 02 Feb 2018 | The four-page memo compiled by the GOP Chair of the House Intelligence Committee accuses the FBI and DOJ under the Obama administration of securing a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign based on the notorious 'Steele dossier.' Declassified by President Donald Trump and published by the committee Friday over strong objections by Democrats, the DOJ and the FBI, the memo lays out the origins of the warrant to spy on Trump adviser, Carter Page, in the dossier funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign. The so-called Steele dossier "formed an essential part" of the FISA probable cause order obtained by the FBI from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) on October 21, 2016. The warrant was extended three times, also on the basis of the Steele dossier. [See also: 370598711 House Intelligence Committee Report on FISA Abuses.]

Read the full transcript of the GOP memo

Breaking: Read the full transcript of the GOP memo | 02 Feb 2018 | This is the 3.5-page memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. It is derived from the FBI's application for surveillance authority before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. The memo was released Friday after President Donald Trump decided to declassify it in full, White House spokesman Raj Shah.

Purpose:
This memorandum provides Members an update on significant facts relating to the Committee's ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abused related to the FISA process.

GOP-Nunes memo released alleging FBI cover-up [and FISA surveillance improprieties]

GOP-Nunes memo released alleging FBI cover-up [and FISA surveillance improprieties] | 02 Feb 2018 | The House Intelligence Committee on Friday made public a Republican memo that raises questions about the FBI surveillance of one of Donald Trump's campaign aides, acting after the president declassified the entire document, which he says shows the law enforcement agency was biased against him. The disclosure came despite the opposition of the FBI, which feared it would reveal investigative methods bias and illegalities, and the Justice [sic] Department. The three-and-a-half-page memo was prepared by the intelligence committee's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and is a critique of the FBI's application for surveillance authority that was presented to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.

Fighting the SJW Left with Professor Michael Rectenwald

Fighting the SJW Left with Professor Michael Rectenwald | 02 Feb 2018 | Doctor Michael Rectenwald is a professor of Global Liberal Studies at NYU [and CLG Founder]. Today he joins us for a discussion on his in-progress lawsuit against NYU, authoritarian PC culture and the future of Liberalism. You can peruse his work here and here.

Lethal radiation detected at Fukushima nuclear plant

Lethal radiation detected at Fukushima nuclear plant --42 sieverts per hour of radiation also detected outside foundations of reactor | 01 Feb 2018 | The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has released the results of its latest probe of the site. A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation. Experts say exposure to such radiation for about an hour would be fatal. Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, released the results on Thursday. The finding shows that nearly 7 years after the meltdowns, radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work.

GOP case: FBI probe based on tainted evidence linked to Clinton

GOP case: FBI probe based on tainted evidence linked to Clinton | 01 Feb 2018 | Congressional Republicans are seeking to make the case that the FBI's investigation into President Trump's campaign and possible collusion with Russia was based on flawed or politically tainted evidence connected to partisans loyal to Hillary Clinton. The House Intelligence Committee memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that is the talk of Washington will be at the center of the argument. The release of that four-page memo is expected as early as Friday. Another document -- an eight-page criminal referral filed with the Justice Department by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- is also part of the GOP case.

Up to 7,000 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan - Russian diplomat

Up to 7,000 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan - Russian diplomat | 01 Feb 2018 | Some 7,000 fighters and thousands of reservists of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS [but still I-CIA-SIS]) currently reside in Afghanistan, Russian special presidential envoy Zamir Kabulov said on Thursday. The Taliban fighters' number in Afghanistan currently stands at around 60,000 or 70,000, according to Kabulov, who is also director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department.

Trump expected to approve release of memo following redactions requested by intelligence officials

Trump expected to approve release of memo following redactions requested by intelligence officials [to cover their a**ses] | 01 Feb 2018 | President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial congressional memo alleging surveillance abuses [subversion of US democracy] by the FBI, after the White House agreed to some redactions at the bureau's request, but the document may not be made public before Friday, according to senior administration officials. The redactions were the result of a review of the memo's classified contents by White House and intelligence community officials. The memo, which has created a political firestorm, suggests that the early origins of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by born of political bias.

US uses 'routine' aerial incidents to stir up Russophobia, avoids dialog - Moscow

US uses 'routine' aerial incidents to stir up Russophobia, avoids dialog - Moscow | 01 Feb 2018 | The US deliberately "fusses" over ordinary plane encounters to accuse Moscow of aggression, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, responding to the latest incident over the Black Sea. Moscow notes Washington's "repeated attempts to make a fuss over what has in fact become routine episodes of escorting each other's planes," the ministry said in a statement. It regards this approach as nothing but a desire to "stir up Russophobic sentiments in the media and to accuse Russia of aggressive actions." ...Moscow and Washington signed an agreement - which particularly addresses and regulates such incidents - more than 30 years ago, the statement reminded. It went on to point out that Russia has repeatedly suggested further refining this document, but "the US side has always avoided professional dialog" on the matter.

Another US antiballistic missile test fails, officials say

Another US antiballistic missile test fails, officials say | 31 Jan 2018 | A test of an American missile defense system failed early Wednesday morning in Hawaii, two U.S. defense officials tell Fox News. It's the same type of antiballistic infrastructure the Pentagon depends on to shoot down intermediate-range North Korean ballistic missiles. It was the second failure of an SM-3 antiballistic missile interceptor since June. "We're now one for three," a U.S. official with knowledge of the test told Fox News...A spokesman from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency only would acknowledge a test took place, but refused to reveal the results.

Rep. Trey Gowdy to leave Congress, becoming latest high-profile committee chairman to retire

Rep. Trey Gowdy to leave Congress, becoming latest high-profile committee chairman to retire | 31 Jan 2018 | South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term, becoming the latest high-profile committee chairman to opt against re-election. Gowdy said in a statement. The former federal prosecutor was elected to Congress in 2010...The 53-year-old Gowdy, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been outspoken about the FBI's investigations into 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email practices, as well as the Russia probe involving President Trump and his aides. Most recently, he has been a proponent of publicly releasing the House Intelligence Committee memo on alleged government surveillance abuses.

'Deplorable' NYU prof slaps university, colleagues with lawsuit

'Deplorable' NYU prof slaps university, colleagues with lawsuit --The New York University professor made popular by his undercover 'Deplorable NYU prof' Twitter account is now suing his colleagues for defamation. | 31 Jan 2018 | The New York University professor [and CLG Founder] who launched an undercover Twitter account to attack identity politics on his campus is suing four colleagues and his school for defamation. Michael Rectenwald revealed in October that he was the professor behind the growing "Deplorable NYU Prof" account on Twitter, which claimed to expose the "viral identity politics of academia and its destruction of academic integrity." Rectenwald contends that "all hell broke loose" soon after, alleging in his lawsuit that he was unfairly forced to take a medical leave of absence, and that he was the subject of numerous "false" claims made in email threads among university staffers...Rectenwald told Campus Reform that the cumulative damage has nearly destroyed his academic future at NYU.

N. Korea would see blanket ban of oil supplies as declaration of war - Russian envoy

N. Korea would see blanket ban of oil supplies as declaration of war - Russian envoy | 31 Jan 2018 | Imposing a total ban on oil exports to North Korea would mean a full blockade and will be considered as a declaration of war by Pyongyang, Russia's ambassador to North Korea has cautioned. The UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved a new round of sanctions on the North in December last year, slashing the country's oil and petroleum imports. Russia's envoy to North Korea Alexander Matsegora warned against cutting oil supplies to the country any further.

Official: 2 Soldiers Killed in an Attack on Afghan Army Unit

Official: 2 Soldiers Killed in an Attack on Afghan Army Unit | 28 Jan 2018 | Insurgents attacked an Afghan army unit guarding a military academy in the capital Kabul on Monday, and at least two soldiers were killed and 10 others wounded, officials said. A suicide bomber first attacked the army unit responsible for providing security for the military academy, and the attack was followed by a gun battle in which two soldiers were killed, said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry. Waziri said at least 10 other soldiers were wounded in the attack carried out by five insurgents.

Death toll in Kabul bombing raised to 103

Death toll in Kabul bombing raised to 103 | 28 Jan 2018 | Afghan authorities have raised the death toll from Saturday's suicide bombing in Kabul to 103. The attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives and was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles. Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak provided the updated death toll Sunday, saying an additional 235 people were wounded in the attack. He said police were among those killed and wounded.

Trump pledges to 'make America great again for all Americans'

Trump pledges to 'make America great again for all Americans' | 30 Jan 2018 | President Donald Trump sought to infuse his maiden State of the Union address with an undercurrent of optimism, declaring Tuesday the nation was thriving a year after he took office. "Let us begin tonight by recognizing that the state of our union is strong because our people are strong," Trump said inside a crowded House chamber. "Together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America." "Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve," Trump said. "We have gone forward with a clear vision and a righteous mission -- to make America great again for all Americans," he said.

Read Joe Kennedy's full Democratic response to the State of the Union

Read Joe Kennedy's full Democratic response to the State of the Union | 30 Jan 22018 | Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III is delivering this year's Democratic response to the State of the Union. Read his remarks as prepared, or watch here.

State of the Union 2018: Read the full transcript

State of the Union 2018: Read the full transcript | 30 Jan 2018 | President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. Read the President's speech as prepared for delivery and released by the White House.

Trump signs executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open

Trump signs executive order to keep Guantanamo Bay prison open | 30 Jan 2018 | U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order announcing his intent to keep the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay open, the White House announced Tuesday. Trump made it clear during his 2016 campaign for president that he wanted to keep Guantanamo open...The order says the U.S. maintains the option to detain additional enemy combatants at the detention centre in Cuba, when necessary. It requires the defence secretary to recommend criteria for determining the fate of individuals captured by the United States in armed conflict, including sending them to Guantanamo Bay.

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