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Grassley Memo Bombshell: Clinton Ally Fed Dirt to Trump Dossier Author Steele

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:08

Grassley Memo Bombshell: Clinton Ally Fed Dirt to Trump Dossier Author Steele | 05 Feb 2018 | A heavily redacted document released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday reveals that the former British spy who wrote the "dirty dossier" wrote an additional anti-Trump memo based on information collected by a Clinton ally. This revelation and others are in the unclassified version of the January 4, 2018, criminal referral memorandum written by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which targets dossier author Christopher Steele. The unclassified version states that someone associated with the Clintons joined forces with the Obama administration to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump. Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in a speech on the Senate floor on January 24 that he and Senator Graham had identified conflicting statements made by Steele, and that the discrepancies were "significant." According to the senators, the evidence suggests that either "Steele lied to the FBI about his contacts with the media (a violation of 18 USC 1001) -- or the FBI misrepresented Steele's statements."

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Julian Assange arrest warrant still stands, court rules

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:54

Julian Assange arrest warrant still stands, court rules | 06 Feb 2018 | A UK warrant to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still valid, a court has ruled. The warrant was issued in 2012 after Mr Assange failed to answer bail over sex assault claims in Sweden, now dropped. Lawyers for Mr Assange, who has been living in London's Ecuador embassy since then, argued the warrant had therefore "lost its purpose". His lawyers went on to argue against it on other grounds and the court will rule on 13 February. At Westminster Magistrates' Court, senior district judge and chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said, having considered the arguments, she was "not persuaded that the warrant should be withdrawn".

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Philippines: DOJ won't stop Public Attorney's Office autopsy of children who got vaccine

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:51

Philippines: DOJ won't stop Public Attorney's Office autopsy of children who got vaccine | 05 Feb 2018 | Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he will not stop the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) from conducting autopsies of children who are suspected to have died as a result for receiving shots of the anti[sic]-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. The Secretary reacted to the calls of Doctors for Public Welfare (DPW) which included former Department of Health (DOH) chief Esperanza Cabral who urged Aguirre to order a stop to the autopsies being conducted by the PAO. Aguirre has issued Department Order (DO) No. 792 dated December 12, 2017 which directed the PAO "to extend free legal assistance in civil, criminal and administrative cases to all possible victims of Dengvaxia [vaccine] related injuries, illnesses and deaths."

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Dow closes 567 points higher after crazy swings

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:23

Dow closes 567 points higher after crazy swings | 06 Feb 2018 | After two huge sell-offs in a row, U.S. stocks were all over the map on Tuesday...The Dow Jones industrial average opened with a big whoosh lower, then rallied all the way back. The Dow closed 567.02 points higher at 24,912.77 and rose as much as 600.48 points. At its session low it was down by 567.01 points. It traded in a range of 1,167.49 points.

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'White powdery substance' delivered to Assange at Ecuadorian embassy

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:12

Breaking: 'White powdery substance' delivered to Assange at Ecuadorian embassy | 06 Feb 2018 | WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was delivered a suspicious package at London's Ecuadorian embassy that contained a 'white powdery substance,' police confirmed on Tuesday night. Assange, who has been holed up in the embassy for the past five-and-a-half years, fearing he will be extradited to the United States to face trial for WikiLeaks' publication of classified US military and diplomatic documents in 2010, confirmed via Twitter he had received a suspicious package. Kensington and Chelsea police also confirmed that Assange had received a package and that they are investigating the incident.

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U.S. soldier found dead near German train station

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 21:04

U.S. soldier found dead near German train station | 06 Feb 2018 | United States and German authorities are investigating the death of an American soldier whose body was found near a train station in Bavaria, the U.S. Army said Tuesday. 1st Sgt. Nicholas S. Amsberry, 34, was serving in a nine-month deployment to Europe as part of Atlantic Resolve...His body was found in Parsberg, Germany, which is close to a military training center.

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Body of hero Russian Su-25 pilot retrieved from Syria and returned to Russia - MoD

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 19:45

Body of hero Russian Su-25 pilot retrieved from Syria and returned to Russia - MoD | 06 Feb 2018 | The body of Major Filipov, the Su-25 pilot shot down in Syria who then blew himself up with a grenade rather than be killed by militants, has been recovered and returned to Russia, the Defense Ministry said. "Russian military intelligence, in cooperation with its Turkish colleagues, has returned to Russia the body of pilot Major Roman Filipov, who heroically died in Syria on February 3," the Ministry said. The Su-25 attack jet piloted by Filipov was downed by militants over the Syrian province of Idlib on Saturday during a routine flight.

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Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:07

Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill | 06 Feb 2018 | A coalition of 44 groups is calling on Congress to pass a measure aimed at fighting high drug prices that has gained support from across the political spectrum. The letter is signed by groups that are often directly opposed to each other, such as the conservative group FreedomWorks and the liberal group Families USA. The bill, called the CREATES Act, has bipartisan cosponsors and is designed to increase competition and bring prices down by preventing branded drug companies from using delay tactics to prevent generic competitors from getting onto the market. It is a rare anti-drug pricing measure that has some momentum in Congress, and it could be included as a way to help pay for a coming budget deal.

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Arrest warrant upheld in Julian Assange case, new hearing on February 13

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:30

Arrest warrant upheld in Julian Assange case, new hearing on February 13 | 06 Feb 2018 | A British judge will rule on February 13 whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can have his arrest warrant, for breaching bail conditions, lifted on "public interest grounds." Judge Emma Arbuthnot had earlier rejected a bid by Assange, who is holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, to have an arrest warrant against him dropped on different grounds. According to Assange, only the first technical point of his legal challenge has failed. Judges will hear and decide on the other points on Tuesday afternoon, and if Assange wins any of them, the warrant falls.

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Sensitive Department of Homeland Security documents detailing how they would respond to an anthrax attack at the Super Bowl are left on a plane

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 05:28

Sensitive Department of Homeland Security documents detailing how they would respond to an anthrax attack at the Super Bowl are left on a plane | 05 Feb 2018 | Department of Homeland Security anti-terrorism response plans for the Super Bowl have been found left behind on an airplane. A CNN employee found the December 2017 after-action review of a simulated anthrax attack in Minneapolis, marked 'For Official Use Only', in the seat-back pocket of a commercial airplane. Due to the risk of a terrorist attack, the DHS gave the Super Bowl a Level 1 'special event assessment rating', the highest security designation available. The document's most sensitive contents are being withheld, and the report on finding it was was delayed until after the Super Bowl due to security concerns.

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'News directly from the CIA': Ex-director Brennan hired by NBC

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 04:32

Mega barf alert *and* gag me with a chainsaw: 'News directly from the CIA': Ex-director Brennan hired by NBC | 05 Feb 2018 | Former CIA Director John Brennan has been hired as a paid contributor by NBC and MSNBC, the media company announced. He led the agency from 2013 to early 2017, under President Barack Obama. Brennan's appointment comes amid the outcry over the memorandum released by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-California) alleging impropriety by the FBI and DOJ while investigating claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although Brennan previously lied to an NBC journalist about the CIA's attempts to thwart a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the agency's use of torture, that incident was apparently no deterrent to his appointment.

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Radiation leaks at Fukushima pose a global threat

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 04:13

Radiation leaks at Fukushima pose a global threat | 04 Feb 2018 | Lethal levels of radiation have been detected at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, seven years after its destruction by an earthquake and tsunami. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which is responsible for the plant clean-up, made the discovery in a reactor containment vessel last month. The energy firm found eight sieverts per hour of radiation, and 42 units were also detected outside its foundations. A sievert is defined by the International Commission on Radiological Protection as the probability of cancer induction and genetic damage from exposure to a dose of radiation. Experts told Japanese state broadcaster NHK World exposure to that volume of radiation for just an hour could kill, and another warned the leaks could lead to a "global" catastrophe if not tackled properly.

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Trump's Lawyers Want Him to Refuse an Interview in Russia Inquiry

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 02:43

Trump's Lawyers Want Him to Refuse an Interview in Russia Inquiry | 05 Feb 2018 | Lawyers for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to four people briefed on the matter, raising the specter of a monthslong court battle over whether the president must answer questions under oath. His lawyers are concerned that the president could be charged with lying to investigators. Their stance puts them at odds with Mr. Trump, who has said publicly and privately that he is eager to speak with Mr. Mueller as part of the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia's [alleged] election interference, and whether he obstructed justice. They are convinced that Mr. Mueller lacks the legal standing to question Mr. Trump about some of the matters he is investigating...

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House Intel votes to release Democratic rebuttal memo

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 01:47

House Intel votes to release Democratic rebuttal memo | 05 Feb 2018 | The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release a memo by the committee's Democrats that rebuts the GOP-authored memo published Friday. The vote on the Democrats' memo took place exactly one week the committee voted along party lines for the public release of a contentious memo on alleged surveillance abuses authored by staffers of Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California. House members have already had a chance to read the Democrats' memo.

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Dow drops 1,175, biggest-ever point drop

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:38

Dow drops 1,175, biggest-ever point drop | 05 Feb 2018 | The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 1,175 points, or 4.6 percent, erasing its gains for the year. The Dow's drop Monday was its biggest in terms of points, but it had a larger percentage drop as recently in 2011...At one point the Dow was down as much as 1,600 points. The Dow ended at 24,345.

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Police: Man accused of driving drunk, killing 2 men, including Colts player Edwin Jackson, was in country illegally

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 21:08

Police: Man accused of driving drunk, killing 2 men, including Colts player Edwin Jackson, was in country illegally | 05 Feb 2018 | The suspected drunk driver accused of killing two people, including Colts player Edwin Jackson, is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported two times, once in 2007 and again in 2009, according to Indiana State Police. Detectives have determined the driver of the Ford F-150 was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales. They say his given name is Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, and he is a citizen of Guatemala by birth. The two victims killed were identified as Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, of Atlanta, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54.

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Pentagon agency can't account for $800 million in spending - report

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:53

Pentagon agency can't account for $800 million in spending - report | 05 Feb 2018 | The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is reportedly not able to document hundreds of millions of dollars of money it spent. An internal audit by Ernst & Young finds the agency can't account for more than $800 million in construction projects, Politico reported. According to Politico, the audit raises concerns about how the Defense Department handles its $700 billion annual budget. [Oh, no. The last time similar information was revealed - September 10, 2001 - the Deep State dirt-bags carried out the 9/11 inside job the next day.]

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Senate documents show FBI trying to suppress release of new Trump dossier info

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:34

Senate documents show FBI trying to suppress release of new Trump dossier info | 05 Feb 2018 | Republican senators Charles Grassley (Iowa) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) on Monday released a letter they sent to the FBI asking that ex-British spy Christopher Steele be investigated for possible criminal violations. Steele authored the anti-Trump "dossier" that was full of false or unverified information, provided to the FBI and leaked to the press in 2016. The FBI secretly used the Steele dossier to convince a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to permit one of the most sensitive invasions of privacy against a U.S. citizen: electronic surveillance by the government. Top Obama and Trump officials signed four wiretap applications against Trump adviser Carter Page starting in fall of 2016 -- a month before the presidential election -- relying, in part, on the dossier.

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'US Stinger or Soviet Strela': Heat-seeking missile that downed Su-25 jet probed by Moscow

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 20:02

'US Stinger or Soviet Strela': Heat-seeking missile that downed Su-25 jet probed by Moscow | 05 Feb 2018 | A Russian Su-25 warplane was likely shot down by a heat-seeking missile, senior official Vladimir Shamanov said. As Syrian forces try to reach the crash site, Moscow has launched a probe into the origins of the fatal weapon. The existing evidence clearly indicates that the Russian Su-25 plane, shot down over Syria on Saturday, was hit by a heat-seeking missile, the head of the Russian lower house Defense Committee and former chief of airborne troops said. The exact type of man-portable air-defense (MANPAD) system used, however, could be only determined upon examining the remains of the plane, which crashed in a militant-controlled area.

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House Intelligence Committee to vote Monday on releasing Democrats' memo

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:55

House Intelligence Committee to vote Monday on releasing Democrats' memo | 04 Feb 2018 | The House Intelligence Committee on Monday will consider whether to declassify a Democratic memo that counters a recently released Republican-crafted document alleging bias within the Justice Department. The panel's Republicans have scheduled a meeting for Monday night, and a committee source said they anticipate that there will be a vote on releasing the Democratic rebuttal memo. If the committee approves releasing the Democratic memo, it will be sent to President Trump, who will then have to approve or object to its release. Some committee Republicans have expressed a willingness to declassify the Democratic memo and make it public, but not before it is vetted.

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