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Rosenstein lets Nunes, Gowdy review FBI memo that kick-started Russia probe

Rosenstein lets Nunes, Gowdy review FBI memo that kick-started Russia probe | 11 April 2018 | Facing legal action, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein allowed House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to view the FBI memo that instigated the bureau's counterintelligence investigation of contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign, Nunes confirmed on Wednesday. The meeting came a day after Nunes threatened to take legal action -- including contempt proceedings and impeachment -- against Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray for failing to produce a clean copy of the memo, known as an electronic communication or EC, that was responsive to an August 2017 committee subpoena. "Although the subpoenas issued by this Committee in August 2017 remain in effect, I’d like to thank Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for his cooperation today," Nunes responded.

US 'still assessing the intelligence' on alleged Syrian chemical attack, defense secretary says

US 'still assessing the intelligence' on alleged Syrian chemical attack, defense secretary says | 11 April 2018 | The U.S. and its allies are "still assessing the intelligence" needed to prove the Assad regime conducted a recent alleged chemical attack in Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Wednesday. When asked if he had seen enough evidence to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for last weekend's alleged chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma, Mattis said, “We are still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies. We’re still working on this," referring to France and the United Kingdom. His comments came before he went to the White House Wednesday afternoon for a meeting on Syria.

Bannon pitches White House on plan to cripple Mueller probe and protect Trump

Bannon pitches White House on plan to cripple Mueller probe and protect Trump | 11 April 2018 | Stephen K. Bannon, who was ousted as White House chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with some members of President Trump's circle, is pitching a plan to West Wing aides and congressional allies to cripple the federal probe into [alleged] Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to four people familiar with the discussions. The first step, these people say, would be for Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the work of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and in recent days signed off on a search warrant of Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. Bannon is also recommending the White House cease its cooperation with Mueller, reversing the policy of Trump's legal team to provide information to the special counsel's team and to allow staff members to sit for interviews...

Moscow to Trump: Are 'smart' missiles an attempt to destroy alleged chemical attack evidence in Syria?

Moscow to Trump: Are 'smart' missiles an attempt to destroy alleged chemical attack evidence in Syria? | 11 April 2018 | Responding to a threat from US President Donald Trump, who said Russia should prepare for "nice new and smart missiles" launched by America at Syria, Moscow said if the weapons were smart, they would target terrorists. "Smart missiles should fly towards terrorists, not [Syria's] lawful government, which has spent several years fighting against international terrorism on its territory," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in response to Trump's tweet on Wednesday. She added the US may be seeking to undermine an inspection by chemical weapons experts, who are planning to investigate on the ground in Syria after the alleged attack which sparked the current confrontation between Russia and the US.

Two ex-British ambassadors question claims that Assad ordered chemical attack as threat of war grows

Two ex-British ambassadors question claims that Assad ordered chemical attack as threat of war grows | 11 April 2018 | Ex-British ambassadors questioned claims that Assad is behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrians. Peter Ford and Craig Murray expressed doubt, urging the UK government not to rush into a war without proof. Former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, speaking during a heated interview on BBC Radio Scotland, believes that the reported chemical attack in Douma may not have been committed by Assad, contrary to claims by US President Donald Trump, among others...The comments from the two former ambassadors come as MPs from all the main political parties urge the UK prime minister to consult parliament before lending military support to the US and France, both of whom are discussing options to target Assad over the alleged chemical attack in Douma.

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election | 11 April 2018 | House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Deep State-Wis., announced Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election in November -- a move that ends a nearly two decade career in Congress and comes as the GOP girds for a tough fight to keep control of the House this year. Ryan said in a press conference after meeting with House lawmakers that his primary motivation was so he could spend more time with his wife and children, who he said he did not want to remember him as a "weekend Dad." The move ignites the race to potentially succeed Ryan should Republicans hold the House in November. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif are both mentioned as possibilities.

Eurocontrol warns airlines of possible missile strikes into Syria

Eurocontrol warns airlines of possible missile strikes into Syria --Air-to-ground and/or cruise missile threat-agency -- Exercise caution over eastern Mediterranean in next 72 hrs --Regulators told airlines to avoid Syrian airspace | 11 April 2018 | Pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol on Tuesday warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours. Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles could be used within that period and there was a possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment. U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies are discussing possible military action [against Syria].

Duma defense chief says Russia may respond with military force to US strike on Syria

Duma defense chief says Russia may respond with military force to US strike on Syria | 10 April 2018 | The head of the Duma defense committee and former commander of Russian airborne troops has said Moscow would take all measures, including military ones, in response to a possible US strike on government forces in Syria. "The double standard policy has overstepped all possible boundaries. At this point, the [pro-Putin parliamentary majority] United Russia party must responsibly state that we are going to take all political and diplomatic measures, and also military measures if such need arises," Vladimir Shamanov said on Tuesday before the State Duma plenary session. "Not a single unlawful action will be left without response," he added.

US Navy destroyer is now off Syrian coast with 60 Tomahawk missiles

US Navy destroyer is now off Syrian coast with 60 Tomahawk missiles | 10 April 2018 | A U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is now situated off the coast of Syria with 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles on board, CNN Turk has reported. The news comes just one day after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he won't "rule out anything right now" when it comes to launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in response to the suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians over the weekend. A Navy source confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the guided-missile destroyer completed a port call in Cyprus and "got underway in the eastern Mediterranean within range of Syria Monday." The Pentagon said the move was planned in advance.

US to Deploy Harry Truman Strike Group to Middle East Amid Syria Tensions

US to Deploy Harry Truman Strike Group to Middle East Amid Syria Tensions | 10 April 2018 | The move comes on the heels of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, which Moscow and Damascus have described as a provocation, while US President Donald Trump said would "be met forcefully." The US Navy announced that the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, currently stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, will head for a new deployment in the Middle East. The carrier, along with the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and destroyers USS Arleigh Burke, USS Bulkeley, USS Forrest Sherman and USS Farragut, will head out for its new designation on April 11. According to the US Navy, two more destroyers, the USS Jason Dunham and USS The Sullivans, will join the strike group later. It was also reported that the German frigate FGS Hessen will accompany the group during the first half of the deployment.

U.S. Presses Allies to Back a Military Strike on Syria

U.S. Presses Allies to Back a Military Strike on Syria --President Trump and aides confer with international counterparts as American and French guided-missile destroyers move within firing range of Syria | 10 April 2018 | The Trump administration worked Tuesday to rally international support for a possible military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for an alleged chemical-weapons attack, drawing initial backing from France, the U.K. and Saudi Arabia [Saudi Arabia aka the actual terrorists], all of whom vowed a forceful response. As President Donald Trump and top administration officials conferred with international counterparts, the U.S. and France positioned guided-missile destroyers within firing range of Syria. The expanding support for a unified response suggested that the U.S. and other nations could carry out a series of strikes more extensive than last year's [illegal] U.S. attack on a Syrian airfield.

White House: Trump believes he has power to fire Mueller

White House: Trump believes he has power to fire Mueller | 10 April 2018 | President Trump believes he has the power to fire Robert Mueller as special counsel leading the Russia probe, the White House said Tuesday. "He certainly believes that he has the power to do so," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding that Trump is not acting now to fire him. Sanders said Trump believes Mueller has "gone too far" after FBI agents executed a raid on the office of Trump's personal attorney in part based on a referral from the special counsel's office. "We've been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision," the spokeswoman said. Sanders's statement marks a shift in tone for the White House, which has said repeatedly for months that Trump has not discussed firing Mueller.

Zuckerberg confirms Facebook is working with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation

Zuckerberg confirms Facebook is working with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation | 10 April 2018 | Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed Tuesday that his company is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in its investigation into [alleged] Russian meddling in the 2016 election. When asked by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy while he testified on Capitol Hill whether Facebook had been served subpoenas for the special counsel, Zuckerberg responded "yes," but later clarified: "I am actually not aware of a subpoena. I'm aware that there may be, but we are working with them." When asked if his employees had been interviewed, he also responded yes, but added, "I have not."

Pentagon strips Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria troop numbers from web

Pentagon strips Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria troop numbers from web | 09 April 2018 | After months of review, the Pentagon has released a quarterly report of the number of troops serving overseas -- minus any data it previously reported about the number of service members deployed in combat. The Defense Manpower Data Center for years has reported quarterly the number of active duty, National Guard and Reserve forces assigned to each state and stationed at each country overseas. The Pentagon typically reports each quarter's data three months after the quarter ends. The December report, however, just had blank spaces where Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan figures used to be.

White Helmets 'Treat' Alleged Chemical Attack Victims Without Protective Gear

White Helmets 'Treat' Alleged Chemical Attack Victims Without Protective Gear | 09 April 2018 | The White Helmets, which claim to be an impartial NGO [but in actuality is a Deep State-backed terrorist group], saving civilians in war-torn Syria, have repeatedly been busted using false videos of their daily rescue operations. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, has published several clips and pictures, showing the alleged aftermath of the chemical attack in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. The volunteers have reported a widespread suffocation in the area, which led to 42 deaths; the footage, posted on Twitter, shows the alleged victims, including babies in diapers, breathing through oxygen masks. However, the rescuers appeared to be so focused on accusing President Bashar al-Assad of dropping a chemical bomb on Douma that they forgot to put on gas masks or protective suits themselves.

Tucker Carlson slams US foreign policy in no-holds-barred monologue on Syria

Tucker Carlson slams US foreign policy in no-holds-barred monologue on Syria | 10 April 2018 | As US leaders and mainstream media push for the nation to go to war in Syria, Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed so-called "geniuses" who claim to know the truth behind the alleged chemical attack. Speaking on his television show on Monday, Carlson spoke of the alleged attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma. However, he noted that while "genius" politicians, media, intelligence services, and think tanks seem to blame Syrian President Bashar Assad for the attack, they don't actually know what happened on the ground. "All the geniuses tell us that Assad killed those children, but do they really know that? Of course they don't really know that. They're making it up. They have no real idea what happened," Carlson said. "Actually both sides in the Syrian civil war possess chemical weapons," he said, noting that it wouldn't have benefited Assad to use chlorine gas, since his forces have been winning the war in Syria. He also discussed last year's sarin gas attack which the majority of US leaders also blamed on Assad. "But of course they were lying," he said, noting that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis admitted two months ago that there is still no proof that Assad used sarin last year. Carlson called the story "propaganda."

Confirmed: US retrains ISIS and ISIS-like jihadists in east Syria and re-brands them 'democratic forces'

Confirmed: US retrains ISIS and ISIS-like jihadists in east Syria and re-brands them 'democratic forces' | 13 Feb 2018 | Clear-cut evidence has emerged that the United States is retraining jihadist militants -- most of them surrendered ISIS members as well as fighters of other militant groups with an ideology similar to that of ISIS -- in east Syria and re-branding them as 'democratic forces.' After many, many months of complaints by Russian military and diplomatic authorities that US advisor forces in Syria's east were retraining ISIS and ISIS-like militants, a video released by the Deir Ezzor-based opposition media outlet Euphrates Post has confirmed it. The video is the centerpiece in a puzzle of otherwise vague information that has been leaked about US intelligence activities in east Syria over the last year.

Assad had no reason to launch chemical attack, unlike those who want US involvement - Ron Paul

Assad had no reason to launch chemical attack, unlike those who want US involvement - Ron Paul | 10 April 2018 | Washington and the US media seem to have no doubts about the Syrian government's complicity in the Douma incident despite the fact that those who want America to stay in Syria have far more solid motives, Ron Paul told RT. The assertion by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that Washington is "confident" that Syrian President Bashar Assad is culpable for the alleged chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma does not stand up to scrutiny, Ron Paul, former congressman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, told RT. "I don't know what they are confident about. They are confident in telling lies and hope people will believe it," he said.

Harvard to interrogate professors accused of 'microaggressions'

Harvard to interrogate professors accused of 'microaggressions' | 09 April 2018 | Harvard University will soon investigate professors accused of "microaggressions" after students reported being subjected to in-class "verbal or nonverbal slights/insults." Seven classes at the Harvard University School of Public Health have been "flagged for special attention and review" after each class drew three or more student reports of microaggressions, The Harvard Crimson reported Thursday. Eighty-five students responded "yes" to a question on whether they had experienced in-class microaggressions, according to data that school dean Nancy Turnbull provided exclusively to Crimson reporter Luke Vrotsos.

If CIA relocates Skripals in the US 'we may not see them again' - Russia's UN envoy

If CIA relocates Skripals in the US 'we may not see them again' - Russia's UN envoy | 10 April 2018 | Media reports that the US is ready to shelter the Skripals under new identities point to the CIA's role in the poisoning saga and mean they may now vanish for good, without providing key evidence, the Russian envoy to the UN said. Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's UN envoy, was commenting on the report by The Sunday Times that intelligence officials at MI6 have been discussing, with their American colleagues at the CIA, a potential resettlement of former Russian-UK double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who are now recovering from a poison attack that British authorities have blamed on Russia. The relocation scheme would include, according to a senior Whitehall source cited by The Times, both father and daughter being provided with new identities.

Trump blasts FBI raids on his lawyer as 'a disgraceful situation'

Trump blasts FBI raids on his lawyer as 'a disgraceful situation' | 09 April 2018 | President Donald Trump reacted angrily Monday after the FBI seized records from his longtime personal attorney, calling the law enforcement actions "disgraceful" and part of "an attack on our country." An attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said earlier Monday that federal investigators had executed a series of search warrants and seized records. Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said the actions were taken following a "referral" from special counsel Robert Mueller. "I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man," Trump told reporters at the White House. "It's a disgraceful situation. ...I've been saying it for a long time. I have this witch hunt constantly going on." "It's an attack on our country," Trump said.

Gov. Rick Scott announces Senate run in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott announces Senate run in Orlando | 09 April 2018 | Gov. Rick Scott announced his long-expected run for the U.S. Senate on Monday in an Orlando rally, setting the stage for a contentious and expensive battle against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. He kicked off his campaign by taking direct aim at Nelson, who was first elected to Senate in 2000, by calling for term limits for members of Congress. The race between the two-term governor and three-term senator promises to be a test of the popularity of President Donald Trump.

Arizona Supreme Court: No in-state tuition for DACA college students

Arizona Supreme Court: No in-state tuition for DACA college students | 09 April 2018 | Young immigrants with DACA status who want to attend college in their home state of Arizona will have to pay out-of-state rates. On Monday, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously sided with an Arizona Court of Appeals' ruling from last year stating that DACA students are not eligible for lower in-state tuition. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA,) young immigrants who have been brought to the state as children and qualify for DACA are legally allowed to work and study in the U.S. According to the Arizona Supreme Court ruling, the state's current laws don't allow colleges and universities to grant in-state tuition to students without permanent legal status.

No trace of chemical weapons at alleged attack site in Douma - Russian military

No trace of chemical weapons at alleged attack site in Douma - Russian military | 09 April 2018 | The Russian military has found no trace of chemical weapons use after searching parts of Syria's Douma allegedly targeted by an "attack." Photos of victims posted by the White Helmets [terrorist group] are fake, Russia's Defense Ministry said. Experts in radiological, chemical and biological warfare, as well as medics, on Monday inspected the parts of the Eastern Ghouta city of Douma, where an alleged chemical attack supposedly took place on Saturday, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement. The specialists "found no traces of the use of chemical agents" after searching the sites, the statement said. The center's medical specialists also visited a local hospital but found no patients that showed signs of chemical weapons poisoning.

Obama State Dept. used taxpayer dollars to fund George Soros group's political activities in Albania, watchdog group says

Looks like the US *interfered in foreign elections,* again: Obama State Dept. used taxpayer dollars to fund George Soros group's political activities in Albania, watchdog group says | 05 April 2018 | The Obama administration sent U.S. taxpayer funds to a group backed by billionaire George Soros to fund left-wing Deep State activities in Albania, a conservative watchdog group says. The group, Judicial Watch, obtained 32 pages of records from the Justice Department this week through a May 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID.) The new documents show USAID funds were sent through the agency's Civil Society Project to back Soros's "East West Management Institute" through USAID's "Justice for [All" campaign. USAID provided $8.8 million in 2016 to that campaign.

F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump's Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen, Seizing Privileged Communications

F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump's Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen, Seizing Privileged Communications | 09 April 2018 | The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics... Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen's lawyer, who called the search "completely inappropriate and unnecessary." The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller's investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York. "Today the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients," said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. "I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller."

Former aide to Gov. Rick Scott killed in boating accident

Former aide to Gov. Rick Scott killed in boating accident | 09 April 2018 | Jereima "Jeri" Bustamante, former Press Secretary for Florida Governor Rick Scott, has died in a boating accident, the Governor's office confirmed Monday. She was 33 years old. The Governor's office says Bustamante had also served as Press Secretary for Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera during the reelection campaign and assisted with Hispanic media outreach.

Russian MoD: Two Israeli Warplanes Attacked Syrian Airbase From Lebanon Airspace

Breaking: Russian MoD: Two Israeli Warplanes Attacked Syrian Airbase | 09 April 2018 | Israel has yet to confirm the information, while local media reports suggested that the IDF spy jet had been spotted in the area. The Russian Defense Ministry has stated that it had been two Israeli warplanes that had attacked a Syrian government T-4 airbase in the Homs province early on Monday. "On April 9, from 03:25 to 03:53 Moscow time, two Israeli Air Force F-15 jets, carried out an airstrike by two guided missiles on the T-4 airfield from the Lebanese territory and without entering Syria's airspace." According to the Russian military, the strikes were carried out from Lebanese airspace. Five out of eight strikes, carried out by the Israeli F-15 jets, were destroyed by Syrian air defenses, the ministry said.

Red Crescent Found No Trace of Chemical Weapons in Syria's Douma - Doctor

Red Crescent Found No Trace of Chemical Weapons in Syria's Douma - Doctor | 09 April 2018 | NATO states, including the US and Turkey, have accused Syrian authorities of using chemical weapons in a move, which has been slammed by Damascus, Moscow and Tehran as a pretext for airstrikes on the Syrian government forces. Syrian medical specialists have found no trace of chemical weapons having been used in Eastern Ghouta, a member of the Red Crescent, who worked for the last seven years at the central hospital of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, told journalists. "I have spent seven years working at the central hospital in Douma. At some point, our [hospital] received six people, who were allegedly suffering from respiratory problems. Following a medical examination, we did not find any problems at all, any traces of chemical agents," Saif al-Deen Hobiya, a member of the Red Crescent, said.

Google employees petition CEO to drop out of Pentagon AI project

Google employees petition CEO to drop out of Pentagon AI project | 04 April 2018 | Over 3,100 Google employees have signed a petition opposing the company's part in a Pentagon AI program. The letter asked CEO Sundar Pichai to pull Google out of the project, which harnesses artificial intelligence to analyze video and could improve drone targeting. Further, it urged him to establish and enforce a policy that kept the company or its subsidiaries from ever building "warfare technology." That could include a lot of things, but if this partnership is a baseline, said policy would include simply providing government agencies with Google's tech. Gizmodo broke the news last month that the company would lend AI TensorFlow programming kits to the Pentagon's Project Maven, and according to sources, employees were outraged that the government would use it to improve drone operations.

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