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McCabe seeks immunity for testimony in congressional hearing over FBI handling of Clinton email probe

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:37

McCabe seeks immunity for testimony in congressional hearing over FBI handling of Clinton email probe | 05 June 2018 | Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has requested the Senate Judiciary Committee provide him with immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying at an upcoming congressional hearing focused on how senior officials at the FBI and Justice Department handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, according to a letter obtained by CNN. "Under the terms of such a grant of use immunity, no testimony or other information provided by Mr. McCabe could be used against him in a criminal case," wrote Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, who has requested McCabe testify next week.
 

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Democrat Feinstein wins California US Senate primary

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 04:29

Democrat Feinstein wins California US Senate primary | 05 June 2018 | U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein cruised to first place in California's primary on Tuesday in her bid for a fifth full term in Washington. Feinstein's opponent hasn't yet been determined, but fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon, a state senator, is hoping to secure the second spot. Little-known Republican James Bradley is also in the running for second place. California sends the two highest vote getters to the November general election regardless of party.

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'Slow-moving flood of lava' claims hundreds of homes, fills Kapoho Bay

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 02:09

'Slow-moving flood of lava' claims hundreds of homes, fills Kapoho Bay | 05 June 2018 | A massive river of lava covered hundreds more homes overnight as it poured into the sea, filling all of Kapoho Bay and decimating entire neighborhoods. An early morning U.S. Geological Survey overflight confirmed that lava had completely filled Kapoho Bay, extending .7 miles from the coastline. To the south, lava has inundated most of the Vacationlands and is entered the water at a nearby series of tide pools. To the north, lava has covered all but a small portion of Kapoho Beach Lots.

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Venezuela charges Pompeo with leading coup d'etat

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:21

Venezuela charges Pompeo with leading coup d'etat | 04 June 2018 | The Venezuelan Foreign Minister accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday of leading a coup d'etat against the Caracas government. Jorge Arreaza, the Venezuelan official, promised to fight the "imperalists" to the North. He delivered the strong rebuke following Pompeo's calls for the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela from the hemispheric organization. Pompeo also called on allies to sanction and further isolate the government of Venezuelan leader leader Nicolás Maduro.

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U.S. appeals against ruling that Trump could not block Twitter followers

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 06:11

U.S. appeals against ruling that Trump could not block Twitter followers | 04 June 2018 | The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it would appeal against a federal judge’s ruling that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views, according to a court filing. Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer for the seven plaintiffs who sued, said the @realDonaldTrump account had unblocked the seven plaintiffs on Monday.

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Mueller says Manafort tried to tamper with witnesses, hide evidence

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 05:58

Mueller says Manafort tried to tamper with witnesses, hide evidence | 04 June 2018 | Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed in a court filing Monday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort tried to tamper with two potential witnesses in his upcoming trial while under house arrest. Prosecutors working for Mueller made the claim in a request that the judge overseeing the case revoke or revise an order for Manafort to be placed on pretrial release. They also said an associate of Manafort's tried to contact a potential witness more than once. According to documents filed in federal court in D.C., Manafort reached out to the would-be witnesses in February after a superseding indictment was unsealed.

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Supreme Court sides with baker in same-sex wedding cake case

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 05:25

Supreme Court sides with baker in same-sex wedding cake case | 04 June 2018 | The Supreme Court sided with the Colorado baker who refused to make a custom cake for a same-sex wedding in a narrow ruling on Monday. In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the free exercise clause of the Constitution when it ruled Jack Phillips had broken the state's public accommodations law in refusing to make a couple a custom cake even though he morally and religiously opposes same-sex marriage. In its majority ruling, the court said the laws and the Constitution can, and in some instances must, protect gay persons and couples in the exercise of their civil rights, but religious and philosophical objections to same-sex marriage are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression.

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Deep State-owned 'left' reveals its true colors: Koch brothers join #Resistance, launch campaign against Trump tariffs

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:35

Deep State-owned 'left' reveals its true colors: Koch brothers join #Resistance, launch campaign against Trump tariffs | 04 June 2018 | The billionaire Koch brothers are launching a campaign against President Donald Trump's tariffs and trade policies, denouncing them as bad for business. Industrialists Charles and David Koch will spread their message through Koch network group's Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity, and the LIBRE Initiative, they announced on Monday. The campaign will use ads, activists, lobbying and policy analysts, "all intended to transform the way Washington and the rest of the country consider and value trade with other nations." The Kochs' anti-tariff push has aligned them with the Democrats, who have spent years demonizing the brothers as the source of all evil.

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Sailor pardoned by Trump is SUING Obama and Comey for going easy on Hillary Clinton but sending him to prison after he photographed classified area of nuclear sub

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 04:10

Sailor pardoned by Trump is SUING Obama and Comey for going easy on Hillary Clinton but sending him to prison after he photographed classified area of nuclear sub --President Trump pardoned him this year but his life had largely been ruined as he was forced to work as a garbageman to feed his family --'There's a two-tier justice system and we want it to be corrected,' his lawyer says | 04 June 2018 | A former U.S. Navy seaman who spent a year in federal prison for photographing a classified area of a nuclear submarine plans to sue former President Barack Obama and fired FBI director James Comey for selectively prosecuting him. Donald Trump issued a presidential pardon this year to Kristian Saucier, whose lawyer Ronald Daigle told Fox News on Monday that the pending lawsuit will also name the Justice Department as a defendant. Daigle says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was given a free pass by avoiding prosecution for mishandling classified information on her infamous private email server. Saucier, 31, believes Comey and Obama should be held responsible for treating him unequally.

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62 dead as 'Volcano of Fire' erupts in Guatemala

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 03:25

62 dead as 'Volcano of Fire' erupts in Guatemala | 04 June 2018 | At least 62 people have died after Guatemala's "Volcano of Fire" erupted, spewing lava into a village and sending smoke and ash billowing into the sky. "There are injured, burned and dead people," said Sergio Cabanas, head of Guatemala's disaster agency Conred. He said four people had died when lava set a house on fire and two children were killed while standing on a bridge watching the eruption. The agency says two million people have been affected. Nearly 300 are believed to have been injured.

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Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 00:08

Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say | 04 June 2018 | The suspect linked to the recent shooting deaths of four professionals, including a prominent forensic psychiatrist involved in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation, in a three-day period was found dead in an Arizona hotel Monday, police said. Scottsdale and Phoenix police traced the suspect linked to the four murders to the Extended Stay Hotel on North 69th Street. Authorities heard several shots fired inside a hotel room as officers closed in. Police did not fire any shots. The suspect, who was not yet identified, was found dead from an apparent 'self-inflicted gunshot wound.' [Tying up loose ends? I wonder what the four victims were investigating, and who brought in the shooter?]

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Israel Planned to Attack Iran and Start a War, Former Spy Chief Says

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 03:28

Israel Planned to Attack Iran and Start a War, Former Spy Chief Says | 31 May 2018 | Israel planned to bomb Iran and initiate an all-out conflict in the Middle East, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former head of intelligence, who said he believed the move may have been illegal. Tamir Pardo, who served as head of Israeli spy agency Mossad from 2011 to 2016, told local investigative program Uvda in an interview set to air Thursday that Netanyahu instructed his military command in 2011 to prepare for a strike against longtime foe Iran, which Israel has accused of developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups abroad. Pardo said then-Israeli chief of staff Benny Gantz informed the prime minister that the armed forces would be ready within 15 days.

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Hawaii residents' final escape route cut off by lava from Kilauea volcano, officials say

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 21:09

Hawaii residents' final escape route cut off by lava from Kilauea volcano, officials say --At least 87 homes have been destroyed by the Kilauea volcano eruption | 03 June 2018 | Nearly a dozen people are stranded in an area cut off by lava following "vigorous eruptions" from the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii authorities announced Sunday. Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said they went through the neighborhood to warn residents this was their last chance to evacuate before their final escape route was cut off by lava. Authorities are planning to airlift people out if the lava spreads farther and endangers the dozen or so holdouts. Some said they were staying because they had nowhere else to go, officials said.

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Security Troops on US Nuclear Missile Base Took LSD

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 04:59

Security Troops on US Nuclear Missile Base Took LSD | 24 May 2018 | ...Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America's arsenal. Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press show they bought, distributed and used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming. A slipup on social media by one airman enabled investigators to crack the drug ring at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in March 2016, details of which are reported here for the first time. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution or both. The service members accused of involvement in the LSD ring were from the 90th Missile Wing, which operates one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 missiles that stand "on alert" 24/7 in underground silos scattered across the northern Great Plains.

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Paramedics asked six times to enter Parkland school where kids were dying; Broward Sheriff's Office said no

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 04:19

Paramedics asked six times to enter Parkland school where kids were dying; Broward Sheriff's Office said no | 01 June 2018 | During the Parkland school shooting, paramedics from Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department were desperate to go inside the building where students were wounded and dying. Michael McNally, deputy chief for Coral Springs fire-rescue, asked six times for permission to send in specialized teams of police officers and paramedics, according to an incident report he filed after the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 people dead. But every time McNally asked to deploy the two Rescue Task Force teams -- each made up of three paramedics and three to four law enforcement officers -- the Broward Sheriff's Office captain in charge of the scene, Jan Jordan, said no...Even after the [alleged] shooter had been arrested, the answer remained the same. [And, we know the deputies were told to stand down, as well. Now, am I deemed a 'conspiracy theorist' for asserting that it seems as if certain individuals/some agency wanted this shooting to proceed, with the goal of a maximum tragic outcome? Sorry, but I see no other logical conclusion.  --LRP]

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U.S. in Early Talks for Potential Summit Between Trump and Putin

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 01:27

U.S. in Early Talks for Potential Summit Between Trump and Putin | 01 June 2018 | The White House is planning for a potential summit between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, according to people familiar with the efforts, a meeting that would bring to the international stage one of the world’s most enigmatic political relationships. A senior administration official said Friday that Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, has been in Washington to help arrange a meeting between Messrs. Trump and Putin. The planning is still at an early stage, the official said, with the two nations needing to agree on a date and location.

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Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $17 million since Mueller's appointment

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 01:20

Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $17 million since Mueller's appointment | 01 June 2018 | Taxpayers have spent nearly $17 million on the Russia probe since Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the investigation last year, according to a new spending report released Thursday by the Justice Department. About $10 million was spent between October and March, the document states. That includes $4.5 million spent by Mueller's team and another $5.5 million spent by the Justice Department on other expenditures attributable to the investigations.

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Trump pushes ahead with metals tariffs against EU, Canada and Mexico

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 01:17

Trump pushes ahead with metals tariffs against EU, Canada and Mexico | 31 May 2018 | The United States on Thursday said it was pushing ahead with tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, setting the stage for a possible trade war with some of America's top allies. [Too bad about them! Americans need jobs.] Trump in March announced global tariffs of 25 percent on imports of steel, and 10 percent on aluminum, citing national security concerns, but has delayed enacting them for some countries, giving them time to offer concessions. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters in a telephone briefing that the tariffs would go into effect at midnight.

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U.S. adds 223,000 new jobs as unemployment falls to 18-year low in May

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 22:48

U.S. adds 223,000 new jobs as unemployment falls to 18-year low in May | 31 May 2018 | The numbers: The U.S. created a robust 223,000 new jobs in May to push unemployment down to an 18-year low of 3.8%, signaling that a nine-year-old economic expansion still has plenty of steam despite being one of the oldest ever. The increase in hiring -- the biggest in three months -- exceeded the 200,000 forecast of economists polled by MarketWatch. The unemployment rate fell again to the lowest level since April 2000 as more people found work. The last time the jobless rate was even lower was in 1969.

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Feds reportedly find surveillance tech near White House

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 21:51

Feds reportedly find surveillance tech near White House | 01 June 2018 | The feds discovered sophisticated surveillance devices that intercept cellphones near the White House and other sensitive locations in the DC area last year, a new report said Friday. A Department of Homeland Security probe discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last year, according to a letter from DHS to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on May 22, the Washington Post reported. DHS didn't say who was behind the cyber-snooping, but the discovery backs up a body of research that foreign intelligence agencies use sophisticated interception technology to spy on US officials.

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