Fox News host refuses to listen to the Trump campaign's latest attack on BidenThu, 09 Jul 2020 14:06 | Business Insider
"Whoah," the host said after a Trump spokesman claimed Biden "coaxed children up onto his porch during quarantine" and "children love his leg hair."
New Flynn Notes: ‘FBI Leadership’ Decided Not to Provide Russian Call Transcripts to Flynn in InterviewFri, 10 Jul 2020 18:30 | National Review
Newly released documents in the Michael Flynn case include a January 2017 DOJ draft memo that states “FBI leadership” decided against showing Flynn transcripts of his calls with the Russian ambassador in the White House interview that led to his guilty plea.The DOJ document, dated January 30, 2017, along with a batch of handwritten notes from DOJ and FBI officials describing Flynn’s White House interview with former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI agent Joseph Pientka on January 24, 2017, shed further light on the FBI’s spontaneous interview with Flynn, who had just begun his role as national security adviser for President Trump.“FBI advised that based on this interview, they did not believe General Flynn was acting as an age of Russia,” the DOJ draft document, which is heavily redacted, states. “FBI also advised that although they recognized the statements were inconsistent with the FISA collection, they believed that Flynn believed what he was telling them. FBI did not confront Flynn with the communications during the interview.”The document explains that while the Bureau “prompted Flynn with language used during the call,” Flynn was not shown his actual words because of a decision “made by FBI leadership not to confront Flynn with the actual tech cuts.”The mentioning of “tech cuts” about the interview’s subject matter — Flynn’s December 2016 conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — adds further context to the questions over how Flynn’s calls were monitored in the first place. “Tech cuts” are commonly referred to as internal FBI documents that contain and describe FISA intelligence, suggesting that the FBI picked up Flynn’s calls through FISA surveillance. DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz has said his office found no evidence of a FISA application on Flynn, raising the possibility that Flynn's calls with Kislyak were picked up through FISA surveillance of the Russians.In texts between Strzok and then-DOJ lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, Strzok references the cuts that the Bureau had obtained of Flynn’s calls, saying that then-FBI Assistant Director Bill Priestap was concerned with “sharing” information on Flynn — dubbed Crossfire Razor, or “CR” for short — with the Obama White House.“He, like us, is concerned with over sharing,” Strzok texted Page on January 3, 2017, according to a transcript obtained by John Solomon. “Doesn’t want Clapper giving CR cuts to WH. All political, just shows our hand and potentially makes enemies.”In April, unsealed documents from the Flynn investigation showed that Flynn was investigated in a case predicated by the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe of the 2016 Trump campaign, but the Bureau moved to close the investigation on January 4, 2017 after an “absence of any derogatory information” about Flynn’s Russian contacts. Strzok then intervened to keep the case open, explaining that “7th floor involved” — referencing the floor in Bureau headquarters that houses senior FBI leadership.Transcripts of Flynn’s calls with Kislyak were released in May, showing that Flynn never mentioned “sanctions” and asked Russia not to “escalate” after the Obama administration sanctioned the Kremlin for election interference.Flynn released the documents in a Friday court filing after they were handed over to his defense team by the Justice Department this week. Flynn is currently locked in a battle with U.S. District Court judge Emmet Sullivan, who has so far refused to drop Flynn’s guilty plea despite the DOJ’s move to withdraw its case, citing previously undisclosed exculpatory information.“In short, there was no crime for many reasons,” Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell wrote of the new information. “These documents were known to exist at the highest levels of the Justice Department and by Special Counsel, yet they were hidden from the defense for three years.”On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered Powell and the DOJ to respond within 10 days to Judge Sullivan's Thursday "en banc" petition for Flynn's case to be heard by the full appeals court. A panel for the D.C. Circuit has already ruled that Sullivan must dismiss the case.
Police identify bodies found in suitcases on Seattle beach by teens recording TikTokFri, 10 Jul 2020 16:26 | Miami Herald
The bodies were found by a group of teenagers who were led to the beach by the Randonautic app.
Park Won-soon: Mayor of Seoul found dead after going missingFri, 10 Jul 2020 10:04 | BBC
Park Won-soon disappeared after reportedly leaving a message for his daughter, who raised the alarm.
U.S. has not yet decided how it will retaliate to France digital tax: MnuchinThu, 09 Jul 2020 10:42 | Reuters
The United States has not yet finalized a decision on how it will respond to France's digital tax, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday. Washington had been in talks with the European Union over the taxes on digital giants like Alphabet's Google, Amazon and Facebook, but Mnuchin called for a break in the negotiations in June.
Israel looked like a model for halting coronavirus. Here's how it 'lost its bearings.'Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:31 | NBC News
"It has been several weeks since Israel's compass for handling the pandemic has lost its bearings," wrote the public health director in her resignation.
Militants kill BJP politician Wasim Bari and his family in KashmirWed, 08 Jul 2020 22:58 | The Telegraph
A Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party politician was killed along with his brother and father in Indian administered Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. Wasim Bari, 38, and his family were attacked by militants at his residence in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday night. All three were shot at point-blank range and died on the way to hospital. Authorities have arrested all 11 police personnel who were guarding him for dereliction of duties. Mr Bari's residence is a few meters away from the police station. This is the first attack on BJP workers in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, when India stripped off the disputed region's autonomy. The killing of Mr Bari, who is survived by his wife and sister, has sent shock waves across political circles in Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack.
Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aidThu, 09 Jul 2020 16:02 | AFP
Displaced Syrians relying on humanitarian assistance voiced alarm Thursday after regime ally Russia tried to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country. The Russian motion at the UN Security Council was voted down, but a council resolution authorising aid deliveries through the Turkish border expires Friday.
Dr. Bernice King and Mayor Michael Tubbs on How Universal Basic Income Can Help Address the Racial Wealth GapThu, 09 Jul 2020 14:55 | Time
Dr. Bernice King and Stockton, Calif. Mayor Michael Tubbs discussed racial wealth gap and environmental injustice in a TIME 100 Talks panel
Letters to the Editor: Joe Biden is probably picking the 2024 Democratic nominee. Choose wiselyFri, 10 Jul 2020 06:00 | Los Angeles Times Opinion
Biden's pick for vice president could be the Democratic nominee in four years. That person must be able to win then.
Some Republican senators to skip national convention due to pandemicThu, 09 Jul 2020 12:19 | The Guardian
Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Chuck Grassley, the party’s oldest senator, among those who will not attend in-person event A handful of Republican senators have said they are not planning to attend the Republican national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, later this summer.That group includes the Republican party’s oldest senator, Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley, 86, told the Des Moines Register that he did not plan to attend “because of the virus situation”.It will be the first time in 40 years that Grassley will not attend the convention, where delegates are due to officially renominate Donald Trump as the Republican party’s candidate for president ahead of the November election.On Thursday the Kansas senator Pat Roberts, a Republican who is retiring, told reporters he is unlikely to attend as well. Roberts’ office did not respond to a request for comment by the Guardian.The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, the highest-ranking Republican in his chamber, was also asked about some of his colleagues not planning to go.“Well, it’s a challenging situation,” McConnell said. “A number of my colleagues have announced that they’re not going to attend and we’ll have to wait and see how things look in late August to determine whether or not we can safely convene.”Trump himself has expressed eagerness to host a convention even amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He wants to replicate the large roaring crowds he’s enjoyed at past rallies, despite warnings from health officials.Other senators who often clash with the president are not planning to attend. The Utah senator Mitt Romney and the Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, both of whom have split with the president on multiple occasions, are not going either, according to the Washington Post. The Post also reported that the Maine senator Susan Collins was not going to go to the event either. An aide noted to the paper that Collins does not go to conventions in years when she is running for re-election.The Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander also will not be attending.“Senator Alexander is an honorary chair of the Tennessee Trump campaign, but he will not be attending the convention because he believes the delegate spots should be reserved for those who have not had that privilege before as he has had,” Alexander’s spokesperson Ashton Davies said.Iowa’s other senator, Joni Ernst, said she was planning to attend but that could change.It is unclear if more senators will opt to skip the convention. Some of the senators who are passing on the convention have been the source of ire from Trump and worked to maintain a more moderate position within the GOP.But others who are not going, like Collins, also have to factor in tough re-election fights in states that do not vote reliably Republican. Ernst also is facing a serious re-election fight.Democrats have taken a more cautious approach in organizing their convention in August, where the former vice-president Joe Biden will be formally nominated as the party’s general election presidential candidate. Some of the convention will be held virtually and some of it will still be in person in Milwaukee. That move is meant to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.On Thursday the Washington Post reported that Republican party officials are considering hosting the convention outdoors. Trump, the Post reported, has been presented with the possibility of hosting the convention outside and will probably make a decision in the coming days.
Pisces Horoscope for Saturday, July 11, 2020
Some things happen for a reason. If you`re living with a choice that you made a while ago, it may be too late to go back now. Those on diets should ignore the sensuous lure of forbidden foods. Turn up your nose, drink another glass of water, and try to forget these seductive visions. Those who adamantly claim to be free in their own minds may find that a favorite fantasy is wearing out from being replayed too often. Partners enjoy a moment of raw honesty together. Certain thoughts, though dangerous, just have to be spoken.
You like excitement. You`re happy to claim your share of fun. The unexpected and unusual thrill you, especially when you`re prepared to use them for leverage. You have the power to change things, or to keep them exactly as you like them. Impulsive acts could lead to memorable adventures. Maybe you`ll change the way you look to express your energy. A new outfit or hairstyle suggests your shifting affiliation. If you`re part of a team or a movement, you get to play with others. Take their offers at face value. They`re probably here for the same reason that you`re here.
The Stars smile elsewhere. Conditions are rocky. If you plan to argue, fight or otherwise assert your will, you`ll stand alone. Does that mean what you think it means? If you know this power struggle, you know that answer. Whether you go out or stay home, be on your best behavior. It`s about common sense as well as safety. It would be just too embarrassing if a loved one suddenly took the wind out of your superior attitude. You`re prone to mistakes, just like everyone else. You can still try, but you`ll be luckier if you try on a different day.
Your thinking cap is on, and your notebook or handheld device is at the ready. You`re here to learn. You won`t go away until your appetite is satisfied. Maybe you`re in line for a hands-on demonstration. Maybe a lively discussion rages around you. Most conversations take on lives of their own, changing shape organically as various people enter or leave the room. Whatever you get out of this experience, you`re going to use it for something good. Synthesized ideas can be published under your own name, as long as you give credit where credit is due.
You feel like going over the top. What would happen if you just crept around the edge and then showed up on the other side, impeccably dressed and with every hair in place? If you want to make an outrageous gesture, do it with understatement and a straight face. Nobody is cooler than you are. Charming entertainment could happen at your home, but make sure that it`s clean before inviting people over. Your sunny mood works wonders, no matter what the weather. When others see the smile on your face, they can`t resist anything about you.
You have to stay active. You`d probably lose your mind if you sat still for too long. Whether or not there`s business afoot, you`ll probably pursue pleasure instead. In fact, with the Stars encouraging fun, it will be a component of whatever you do. You are, after all, the Lion, sleek and vibrant, always in search of your prey. Maybe that means you`re at the top of your game. If you really want this adventure to heat up, bring along your mate. And if this is about finding companionship, you`ll end up with someone beyond your wildest dreams.
Remember how you were talking about finally getting organized? This is the time to do something about it. In case the idea hadn`t resurfaced lately, you have a day to get used to it and make the necessary arrangements. Your recent life experience gives you the two basic categories for sorting: Useful and confusing. Separate everything into either of these piles, and you`re off to the perfect start. Another principle that you might employ is to begin at the center and work your way outward to the edge of what`s important. You`ll know when it`s time to quit.
As long as things are going well, you like looking forward. If there`s a problem, you`re in a solution-oriented mode. And if others can do the actual work instead of you getting your hands dirty, that`s even better. Whatever the situation, you`re always happy to share your visions of the future with loved ones. If it`s a bigger social situation than the immediate family or circle of friends, your grasp of the broader scope qualifies you as the de facto group leader. Consider hosting a meeting over dinner or drinks. This could be the
Chaos eats away at your order. Random, uncontrolled movements in the Universe seem to be the force driving your life these days. You wish you knew why, but even without that data, you have some idea of how to cope with it. Stay low to the ground, and maybe the worst of it will pass over your head. Hide out in cool or dark places, like basements, swimming pools or movie theaters. You could meet someone interesting, or be pleasantly distracted by events that have nothing to do with your personal issues. That has to be worth something.
Is this an award or a reward? They say that you earned what you`re getting, but it feels too much like a luxury to match up with anything that you did. Don`t put too much energy into wondering or protesting. Cheerfully accept your prize or upgrade and start using it in ways that match your mood. Travel in style, and watch people mistake you for some kind of celebrity. Maybe you`re no longer a legend in your own mind. Maybe that myth has leaked into your reality. Attitude alone makes a risky situation pay off. Are you lucky, or what?
Now you have to stop. The red flags are nothing new, but where did these walls come from? These boundaries never seemed important before. You just did the minimum, paid lip service and moved on. Now, though, everything else comes to a halt along with you. You look to coworkers, neighbors and passing strangers for answers. But at this point, they all seem more interested in accentuating differences than similarities. Be generous and forgiving. It`s the least you can do for them.
You`re an intellectual or emotional pit bull. Once you get your teeth into certain thoughts or feelings, you`re not letting go. Some would call this fixation. Others would say it`s inspiration. You`ll know by checking in with yourself how healthy it feels, and whether it`s helping you or getting in your way. To counterbalance this self-absorbed state, pay more attention to your friends. The people that you know and love remain a constant source of surprise. You could learn a lesson in spontaneity from them. Impulsive action just might bring new fire to a romance.