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'The real scandal': FBI informant report fuels Obama spying claims

'The real scandal': FBI informant report fuels Obama spying claims | 02 May 2019 | The FBI used a female informant to try to pry information from a Trump campaign adviser during the 2016 election season, The New York Times reported Thursday, fueling allegations that the Obama administration spied on a political opponent.The woman was deployed to meet with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign, at a London bar as part of the FBI's investigation into suspected coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, the newspaper reported. "There is a word for this in the English language: spying," said Brad Parscale, President Trump's campaign manager for the upcoming election.

3 alleged MS-13 gang members, illegally in U.S., indicted in Las Vegas murder case

3 alleged MS-13 gang members, illegally in U.S., indicted in Las Vegas murder case | 01 May 2019 | Three alleged MS-13 gang members were indicted Wednesday in connection with a kidnapping and murder in Las Vegas, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on Jose Luis Reynaldo Reyes-Castillo, 25, Miguel Torres-Escobar, 21, and David Arturo Perez-Manchame, 20. Reyes-Castillo and Torres-Escobar are citizens of El Salvador and Perez-Manchame is a citizen of Honduras. All of the defendants are illegally in the United States, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Officials: U.S. carrier group, bombers going to Mideast due to multiple 'Iran threats'

Officials: U.S. carrier group, bombers going to Mideast due to multiple 'Iran threats' --The commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, requested more assets to his area of responsibility. | 06 May 2019 | The U.S. military's decision to surge a carrier strike group and Air Force bombers to the Middle East was based on [alleged] Iranian threats to U.S. military forces and civilians at multiple locations in the region, according to U.S. officials and a defense official. Recent intelligence showed Iran and its proxies are repositioning forces and may be planning for attacks, both at land and at sea, the officials said. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved the request to redirect the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Persian Gulf and to move a bomber task force to the region...Dylan Williams, vice president of the J Street advocacy group, which has sharply criticized the administration's approach to Iran, said the White House appeared to be laying the ground for war.

Colorado school shooting: 1 student killed, 7 injured in Highlands Ranch; 2 suspects in custody

Colorado school shooting: 1 student killed, 7 injured in Highlands Ranch; 2 suspects in custody | 07 May 2019 | Two suspects entered a suburban Denver school Tuesday afternoon and shot eight students, one fatally, before they were apprehended following a struggle with law enforcement, according to local authorities. The deceased student has only been identified publicly as an 18-year-old male. The surviving victims, as young as 15 years old, were taken to three different hospitals, and at least three of them have already been discharged.

Don McGahn won't comply with House Democrats' subpoena

Don McGahn won't comply with House Democrats' subpoena | 07 May 2019 | Former White House Counsel Don McGahn is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, deferring to a last-minute instruction from the White House to disregard House Democrats' demands. William Burck, McGahn's attorney said that his client would defy the committee's subpoena for documents that were due by Tuesday as part of the panel's investigation into allegations that President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

Boeing knew about problems with the 737 Max the year before Lion Air crash and did nothing about them

Boeing knew about problems with the 737 Max the year before Lion Air crash and did nothing about them | 07 May 2019 | A new statement from Boeing indicates that the aerospace manufacturer knew about a problem with the 737 Max aircraft well before the deadly October 2018 Lion Air crash, but decided not to do anything about it. Boeing previously acknowledged that an alert system that was supposed to be a standard feature in the fleet "was not operable on all airplanes." But a statement released Sunday describes a troubling timeline that shows how long some at the company were aware of the problem before finally deciding to act.

Trump pardons ex-soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner

Trump pardons ex-soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner | 07 May 2019  | President Trump on Monday signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, to a former Army first lieutenant convicted of murdering an Iraqi prisoner. The White House released a statement announcing Trump's decision to pardon Michael Behenna, who was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years for shooting and killing Ali Mansur Mohamed. The move comes after repeated requests from Oklahoma's attorney general for Trump to pardon Behenna.

Biden's son under scrutiny for helping China spy on Muslims

Biden's son under scrutiny for helping China spy on Muslims | 04 May 2019 | The son of Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is under scrutiny for allegedly investing in a surveillance app used to spy on Muslims in China. Hunter Biden, son of the 2020 hopeful, backed an investment firm that designed the spying apparatus, according to a new report released a day after the Trump administration criticized China for mass detention of Muslims. The Intercept reported that Hunter's China-based investment firm, called Bohai Harvest RST, invested in the mobile app Face+++. The app was designed by the Chinese government to spy on its citizens, with heavy use reported in the western provinces to track the Uighurs, a Muslim minority.

Man sentenced to 16 years in prison for plot to blow up Chicago bar

Man sentenced to 16 years in prison for plot to blow up Chicago bar | 07 May 2019 | An Illinois man was sentenced on Monday to 16 years in prison for attempting to set off what he thought was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar in 2012, a federal prosecutor said. Adel Daoud, 25, of the Chicago suburb of Hillside, pleaded guilty in November while maintaining his innocence under the terms of an "Alford plea" to one count of attempting use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempting to destroy a building by means of an explosive, court documents showed.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denies House Dem's request for Trump's tax returns

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin denies House Dem's request for Trump's tax returns | 06 May 2019 | Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a letter Monday, denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal's request for President Trump's tax returns, saying the request lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose." "As you have recognized, the Committee's request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers," the letter read. Mnuchin told the Massachusetts Democrat he'd relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the department was "not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information."

Democrats schedule contempt markup for Barr over Mueller report

Democrats schedule contempt markup for Barr over Mueller report | 06 May 2019 | Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Monday took their first formal step toward holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, deepening a feud over special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The committee scheduled a markup of a contempt citation for Barr over his refusal to provide Mueller’s full report to Congress for this Wednesday morning, setting up an explosive week on Capitol Hill. The markup, slated for Wednesday at 10 a.m., comes after Democrats gave the Justice Department a deadline of 9 a.m. Monday to provide the report as well as the underlying evidence.

Trump says he will increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods

Trump says he will increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods | 05 May 2019 | President Trump on Sunday said tariffs on $200 billion of goods from China will rise to from 10 percent to 25 percent on Friday and threatened to to impose 25 percent tariffs on an additional $325 billion of Chinese goods "shortly." "For 10 months, China has been paying Tariffs to the USA of 25% on 50 Billion Dollars of High Tech, and 10% on 200 Billion Dollars of other goods," Trump tweeted. "These payments are partially responsible for our great economic results. The 10% will go up to 25% on Friday."

US sends carrier strike group to Central Command region to send 'message' to Iran - Bolton

US sends carrier strike group to Central Command region to send 'message' to Iran - Bolton | 06 May 2019 | The US is deploying a carrier strike group and bomber command force to the Middle East to send a "message" to Tehran, that any attack on US interests will be met by "unrelenting force," national security adviser John Bolton said. The move was criticized by European countries, who said that Tehran is adhering to the JCPoA nuclear agreement that Washington ditched last year. Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday that if fighting breaks out between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and US CENTCOM forces in the Persian gulf, it is Washington who would be held responsible.

US attempt to topple Venezuelan govt by force would lead to grave consequences - Lavrov

US attempt to topple Venezuelan govt by force would lead to grave consequences - Lavrov | 06 May 2019 | Washington's "irresponsible" plan to overthrow the Caracas government by force would result in a catastrophe, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned, calling on the US to stick to the international law on Venezuela. Lavrov denounced "an unprecedented campaign led by the US and aimed at toppling Venezuela's legitimate government." What Venezuela needs right now is political dialogue, not power grab attempts, the Russian minister said.

Trump taps Obama-era Border Patrol chief to take over ICE

Trump taps Obama-era Border Patrol chief to take over ICE | 05 May 2019 | President Trump announced Sunday that Mark Morgan, who led Border Patrol during the last few months of the Obama administration, is his choice for chief of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In his return to the Trump administration, Morgan will replace former acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello, who resigned earlier this month.

Republican senator calls for hearing on military intervention in Venezuela

Republican senator calls for hearing on military intervention in Venezuela | 04 May 2019 | Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) on Saturday called on leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing next week with Trump administration officials about a potential U.S. military intervention in Venezuela... "I am calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold immediate hearings with key members of the administration next week to discuss their plans for Venezuela and to explain any plans to deploy U.S. forces to the country," he added. National security adviser John Bolton this week has indicated support for military intervention in Venezuela.

Nadler threatens Barr with contempt in Mueller report request

Nadler threatens Barr with contempt in Mueller report request | 03 May 2019 | House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Justice indicating he is willing to move forward with holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress if the committee does not receive subpoenaed information on special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Nadler, who has subpoenaed the Justice Department for Mueller's full report and its underlying evidence, reiterated his demand for the report in its entirety and signaled he is willing to make some concessions in order to obtain certain files from the special counsel's investigation.

California Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

California Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns | 03 May 2019 | The California state Senate on Thursday approved a bill to require candidates appearing on the presidential primary ballot -- including President Trump -- to release five years' worth of income tax returns. The measure was approved in a 27-10 vote, according to The Associated Press. California, for the first time, will be one of the first states to hold its presidential primary in the 2020 cycle.

Ukrainian Embassy confirms DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016

Ukrainian Embassy confirms DNC contractor solicited Trump dirt in 2016 | 03 May 2019 | The boomerang from the Democratic Party’s failed attempt to connect Donald Trump to Russia's 2016 election meddling is picking up speed, and its flight path crosses right through Moscow's pesky neighbor, Ukraine. That is where there is growing evidence a foreign power was asked, and in some cases tried, to help Hillary Clinton. In its most detailed account yet, the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington says a Democratic National Committee (DNC) insider during the 2016 election solicited dirt on Donald Trump's campaign chairman and even tried to enlist the country's president to help.

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 amid worsening security situation

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 amid worsening security situation | 03 May 2019 | More than 1,000 people have died in two provinces of Congo in the second-worst outbreak of the Ebola virus recorded in modern times. The Congolese health ministry said Friday that 1,529 people had been infected in the outbreak, which is concentrated in two trading cities in North Kivu Province. Of those, 1,008 people have died, a mortality rate of nearly 66 percent. In just the last week, 132 new Ebola cases have been confirmed, the health ministry said.

Pig 'Ebola' Virus Sends Shock Waves Through Global Food Chain

Pig 'Ebola' Virus Sends Shock Waves Through Global Food Chain | 02 May 2019 | What started with a few dozen dead pigs in northeastern China is sending shock waves through the global food chain. Last August, a farm with fewer than 400 hogs on the outskirts of Shenyang was found to harbor African swine fever, the first ever occurrence of the contagious viral disease in the country with half the world's pigs. Forty-seven head had died, triggering emergency measures including mass culling and a blockade to stop the transportation of livestock...Nine months later, the contagion has spread nationwide, crossed borders to Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and bolstered meat markets globally.

Digital Dictatorship: Anyone Who Shares Infowars Content on Facebook Platforms Is Facing Potential Ban, Company Says

Digital Dictatorship: Anyone Who Shares Infowars Content on Facebook Platforms Is Facing Potential Ban, Company Says --Reacting to the ban, Laura Loomer told a reporter that she lived in a 'digital gulag' --Loomer also objected to being purged by 'Nazis in Silicon Valley' | 02 May 2019 | Bans of several anti-establishment figures on Facebook and Instagram has conservatives and moderates crying censorship and calling the measure "Orwellian" and a "digital gulag," while left-wing activists demanded more, and faster. Facebook announced on Thursday it was banning the accounts of InfoWars, Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, and Louis Farrakhan, calling them "extremists" and "dangerous." The ban applies to Facebook and Instagram, also owned by the Menlo Park-based company. Anyone who shares any Infowars content on Facebook platforms is facing a potential ban as well, the company said. Watson, an editor at Infowars, confirmed he had been banned, and said he was not given a reason, nor had he broken any rules. "In an authoritarian society controlled by a handful of Silicon Valley giants, all dissent must be purged," he tweeted.

F.B.I. Sent Spy Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016

F.B.I. Sent Spy Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016 | 02 May 2019 | The conversation at a London bar in September 2016 took a strange turn when the woman sitting across from George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser, asked a direct question: Was the Trump campaign working with Russia? The woman had set up the meeting to discuss foreign policy issues. But she was actually a government investigator spy posing as a research assistant, according to people familiar with the operation. The F.B.I. sent her to London as part of the counterintelligence inquiry opened that summer...The American government's affiliation with the woman, who said her name was Azra Turk, is one previously unreported detail of an operation that has become a political flash point in the face of accusations by President Trump and his allies that American law enforcement and intelligence officials spied on his campaign to undermine his electoral chances. Last year, he called it Spygate.

Facebook bans Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as 'dangerous'

Facebook bans Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as 'dangerous' | 02 May 2019 | Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who's notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as "dangerous" and said it will be purging them from its platforms. Jones and his media outlet InfoWars had previously been banned from Facebook in August 2018, but had maintained a presence on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. On Thursday, Jones and InfoWars will be barred from Instagram as well. Other people banned on Thursday included Paul Nehlen, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2016 and 2018, and right-wing media personalities Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson.

Nellie Ohr's 'Hi Honey' emails to DOJ about Russia collusion should alarm us all

Nellie Ohr's 'Hi Honey' emails to DOJ about Russia collusion should alarm us all | 01 May 2019 | A series of "Hi Honey" emails from [the FBI's] Nellie Ohr to her high-ranking federal prosecutor husband and his colleagues raise the prospect that Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research was being funneled into the Justice Department during the 2016 election through a back-door marital channel. Ohr has admitted to Congress that, during the 2016 presidential election, she worked for Fusion GPS -- the firm hired by Democratic nominee Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to perform political opposition research -- on a project specifically trying to connect Donald Trump and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to Russian organized crime. Now, 339 pages of emails from her private account to Department of Justice (DOJ) email accounts, have been released under a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch. And they are raising concerns among Republicans in Congress, who filed a criminal referral with the Justice Department on Wednesday night.

William Barr testifies on the Mueller report

William Barr testifies on the Mueller report | 01 May 2019 | (Updates) 10:52 a.m. EDT: Barr says he offered to let Mueller read that 4-page summary, but he declined --Attorney General William Barr said he gave special counsel Robert Mueller the opportunity to read his four-page memo to Congress -- which he said was not supposed to be a summary of the lengthy report -- but Mueller declined. "That's what we were trying to do: notify the people as to the bottom line conclusion. We were not trying to summarize the 410-page report. So I offered Bob Mueller the opportunity to review that letter before it went out and he declined," he said at today's hearing. Barr said he later received the letter from Mueller in which the special counsel expressed concerns about Barr's memo. "I asked him if he was suggesting that the March 24th letter was inaccurate and he said no, but that the press reporting had been inaccurate," Barr said. "But he was very clear with me that he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report."

Venezuela crisis: Defiant Maduro claims victory over Guaido coup

Venezuela crisis: Defiant Maduro claims victory over Guaido coup | 01 May 2019 | Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro says he has defeated an "attempted coup" by opposition leader [CIA/Deep State dirt-bag] Juan Guaidó. ...In a defiant TV address, President Maduro said Mr Guaidó had failed to turn the military against him. Mr Guaidó insists that Mr Maduro has lost control of the armed forces. The opposition leader  called for more streets protests on Wednesday.

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder jailed over bail breach

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder jailed over bail breach | 01 May 2019 | Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions. The 47-year-old was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act last month after his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy...In mitigation, Mark Summers QC said his client was "gripped" by fears of rendition to the US over the years because of his work with whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. "As threats rained down on him from America, they overshadowed everything," he said.

Julian Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in Prison and Still Faces U.S. Charges

Julian Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in Prison and Still Faces U.S. Charges | 01 May 2019 | A British court sentenced Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, to 50 weeks in prison on Wednesday for jumping bail when he took refuge in Ecuador's Embassy in London seven years ago. His complex legal travails are far from over: The United States is seeking Mr. Assange's extradition for prosecution there, and an initial hearing on that request is expected on Thursday. Officials in Sweden have left open the possibility that he could face criminal charges in that country, as well.

Venezuela's Maduro says military commanders have 'total loyalty' amid coup attempt

Venezuela's Maduro says military commanders have 'total loyalty' amid coup attempt | 30 April 2019 | All military commanders of Venezuela are loyal to the government, President Nicolas Maduro assured amid an attempted military coup, declared by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro, who is considered a 'usurper' by his challenger, said that he had spoken to all senior military officers of the country's armed forces, who assured him of their "total loyalty to the constitution and to the homeland." He called on his supporters to mobilize in the face of the latest attempt by Guaido to seize power in Caracas.

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