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  • Hanson: The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck

    04/26/2018 4:25:31 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 26th, 2018 | By Victor Davis Hanson
    The country is about to witness an investigatory train wreck. In one direction, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation train is looking for any conceivable thing that President Donald Trump’s campaign team might have done wrong in 2016. The oncoming train is slower but also larger. It involves congressional investigations, Department of Justice referrals and inspector general’s reports — mostly focused on improper or illegal FBI and DOJ behavior during the 2016 election. Why are the two now about to collide? By charging former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, Mueller emphasized that even the appearance of...
  • Olney: Giants should consider a Bumgarner blockbuster

    04/24/2018 2:33:15 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 24th, 2018 | Buster Olney
    The San Francisco Giants played according to the script of their front office on Monday night. Chris Stratton, who is quickly establishing himself as a reliable force in the rotation, threw well against the Nationals, and there was some power, this time from Mac Williamson, who clubbed a baseball to a spot right-handed hitters almost never reach in AT&T Park. But if there are not a lot more good days for the Giants before the July 31 trade deadline -- if they drift out of contention in the National League West -- then the team should do everything it can...
  • Brandon Belt sets record that is sure to make Rob Manfred upset

    04/22/2018 5:22:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | April 22nd, 2018 | Chris Cwik
    Since he took over as commissioner, Rob Manfred has made pace of play his biggest focus. He’s tried to implement new rules with the intention of speeding up every game. On Sunday, San Fransisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt threw a pretty large wrench into those plans. He set the record for the longest at-bat in Major League Baseball’s modern era. That’s right. Belt dragged out a 21-pitch at-bat against Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barria. That broke the previous record, which was set by Ricky Gutierrez, who turned in a 20-pitch at-bat against Bartolo Colón in 1998. As you...
  • US experts back marijuana-based drug for child seizures

    04/19/2018 6:06:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | April 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the group's recommendation, GW Pharmaceuticals' syrup would become the first drug derived from the cannabis plant to win federal approval in the U.S. The 13-member FDA panel voted unanimously in favor of the experimental medication made from a chemical found in cannabis - one that does not get users high. The panelists backed the drug based on three studies...
  • Giuliani joins Trump’s legal team, says he’ll quickly resolve Mueller’s probe

    04/19/2018 3:58:16 PM PDT · by Mariner · 101 replies
    The New York Post via MarketWatch ^ | April 19th, 2018 | Bob Fredericks
    <p>Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that he will join President Donald Trump’s legal team and hopes to bring an end to the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election meddling in “a week or two.”</p> <p>“I’m going to join the legal team to try to bring this to a resolution,” Giuliani told The Post.</p>
  • Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish 72 hours after use, research says

    04/19/2018 7:58:56 AM PDT · by Mariner · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19th, 2018 | By Mark Lieber
    (CNN)Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span (maybe that's why they call it "dope"?). But new research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic users. The meta-analysis, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, combines data from 69 previous studies that look at the effects of heavy cannabis use on cognitive functioning in adolescents and young adults. It found that those young people who identified as heavy marijuana users scored significantly lower than non-users in a variety of cognitive domains...
  • In Syria strikes, U.S. blurs red line for intervention

    04/15/2018 7:26:11 AM PDT · by Mariner · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15th, 2018 | Phil Stewart
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the latest U.S. missile strikes, President Donald Trump appears to have reset America’s red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons. What’s unclear is where that red line now stands. The United States said its strikes were a response to President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on April 7 that administration officials say employed chlorine and perhaps even sarin, a more deadly nerve agent. “A large body of information indicates that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council on...
  • 105 cruise missiles is hardly a major event

    04/14/2018 8:41:05 AM PDT · by Mariner · 166 replies
    My Fetid Mind | April 14th, 2018 | Mariner
    For all those who are steamed up over the strike in Syria, just remember HHS loses that much money in accounting errors every month. $100 million for 105 cruise missiles. As for their actual impact, 105 cruise missiles are no more a deterrent for Assad, nor provocation for Russia, than the 59 cruise missiles last year. It's apparent Russia turned off their S400 systems and let the US have a fireworks display. Nobody believes it changes anything in Syria. Or the calculus employed in Iran or Norklandia.
  • U.S. blames Syria government for gas attack, mulls aggressive strike

    04/13/2018 6:06:05 PM PDT · by Mariner · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13th, 2018 | Steve Holland, Michelle Nichols
    WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blamed the Syrian government for a deadly chemical weapons attack this month and slammed Russia for failing to stop its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, as U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to weigh a forceful military response. Trump is pressing for a more aggressive strike on Syria than U.S. military chiefs have recommended as he adopts a tougher stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials told Reuters. One senior official said Trump has asked his military to consider options that would include punishing Russia and Iran, Syria’s main foreign backers, in...
  • Exiting House Republicans See a ‘Big Wave Coming’ After Speaker Paul Ryan Calls It In

    04/12/2018 5:22:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 12th, 2018 | Matt Laslo
    Tears were shed in the closed-door Republican meeting Wednesday morning when House Speaker Paul Ryan formally announced his retirement. The sorrow spilled into the marble halls of the Capitol, giving the building the air of a funeral parlor throughout the day, but critics say that had more to do with the rotting corpse that is the contemporary GOP than with Ryan’s early departure. Still, most Republicans followed Ryan’s lead and tried to put on a happy face, arguing that his retirement had to do with his desire to spend time with his kids, not the dire odds facing the GOP...
  • Trump's incoherent, dangerous policy on Syria, as laid out in tweets

    04/11/2018 7:47:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 11th, 2018 | James Kitfield
    On Wednesday, a day of growing peril in a part of the world where Russian and American forces sometimes confront each other, the president who campaigned on never telegraphing his intensions to adversaries decided to taunt Russia with the threat of a missile attack. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,” President Trump tweeted Wednesday morning as an anxious world watched to see if the Syrian crisis will escalate out of control. “Get ready, Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart.’” President Trump’s tweets fly in the face of the norms...
  • Fleetwood Mac Fires Lindsey Buckingham

    04/09/2018 6:05:30 PM PDT · by Mariner · 96 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | April 9th, 2018 | Unattributed
    Fleetwood Mac has fired Lindsey Buckingham after a disagreement over the band's upcoming tour, Rolling Stone has confirmed. The band announced Monday that Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House will replace him. News of Buckingham's departure initially broke when former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Billy Burnette shared an April 4th tweet that has since been deleted, saying: "Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I'm not in." Rolling Stone has confirmed Buckingham's departure, though no specific tour dates have been announced. Fleetwood Mac issued a collective statement about the news, saying: "We are...
  • Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)

    04/09/2018 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 9th, 2018 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian air defenses may appear formidable as part of Moscow’s increasingly sophisticated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capability, but areas protected by these systems are far from impenetrable bubbles or 'Iron Domes’ as some analysts have called them. While it is true that a layered and integrated air defense may effectively render large swaths of airspace too costly—in terms of men and materiel—to attack using conventional fourth generation warplanes such as the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, these systems have an Achilles’ Heel. Russian air defenses will still struggle to effectively engage fifth-generation stealth aircraft such as...
  • Russia says Syria gas attack reports 'fabricated'

    04/08/2018 3:22:05 PM PDT · by Mariner · 73 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | April 8th, 2018 | Polina Ivanova
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday reports of a gas attack in Syria were bogus and any military action taken based on such "invented and fabricated excuses" could lead to severe consequences. "The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues. Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in Douma appeared yesterday," the ministry said in a statement.
  • Russia warns of 'most serious consequences' if US strikes Syria over alleged chemical attack

    04/08/2018 10:46:55 AM PDT · by Mariner · 141 replies
    ABC and GMA via Yahoo ^ | April 8th, 2018 | CONOR FINNEGAN and PATRICK REEVELL
    Russia is warning the U.S. against any “military intervention” in Syria over the government's alleged chemical attack against civilians this weekend, saying any such response would be “unacceptable” and lead to the “most serious consequences”. The foreign ministry in Moscow also says in a statement on its website that allegations of the chemical attack are “fabricated,” suggesting the claims were invented by rebel forces and the Syrian Civil Defense known as the White Helmets. “It is necessary to warn again that military intervention under invented and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where at the request of the lawful government there are...
  • Trump Testing China? President Gives Taiwan License to Buy American Submarines

    04/08/2018 8:21:49 AM PDT · by Mariner · 19 replies
    Newsweek via Yahoo ^ | April 8th, 2018 | Greg Price
    President Donald Trump’s administration approved the license necessary for American firms to sell Taiwan the technology needed to build its own submarines, while Trump continued his apparent trade war with China. Taiwan’s Central News Agency first reported the approval Saturday, according to Reuters, stating the Southeast Asian nation’s defense minister, Chen Chung-Chi, confirmed the State Department’s go-head. An unnamed State Department official told Reuters that its policy toward American-Taiwan defense trade was “consistent” with previous administrations. “Our longstanding policy on defense sales to Taiwan has been consistent across seven different U.S. administrations,” the official said. “This policy has contributed to...
  • US-China trade war fears escalate as threats ramp up

    04/06/2018 2:05:17 PM PDT · by Mariner · 12 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | April 6th, 2018 | Heather SCOTT
    Washington (AFP) - The escalating trade confrontation between Washington and Beijing threatened to boil over Friday after President Donald Trump lashed out again and China called on the European Union to join the battle, sending global stocks into the red. Trump remained defiant and argued the pain of the dispute will pay off in the end, while China said that his administration would only "shoot itself in the foot" if it didn't back down from the "extremely wrong" threats. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin acknowledged there was a risk of a trade war, but said the intention is to defend US...
  • Trump says ‘pain’ from China tariffs will make US ‘much stronger’

    04/06/2018 11:43:15 AM PDT · by Mariner · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 6th, 2018 | By John Bowden
    President Trump says in a new interview that tariffs targeting China over intellectual property theft could cause some "pain" in the U.S. economy, but promised that America would emerge stronger as a result. "I'm not saying there's not gonna be any pain," Trump said Friday in an interview with "Bernie & Sid in the Morning" on 77 WABC in New York City. He also acknowledged the initial reaction from markets is likely to be negative. They “could lose a little bit," he said. Dow Jones industrial average futures plummeted on Thursday after news broke that Trump has asked officials in...
  • China will not hesitate with 'major response' to new tariffs: Ministry of Commerce

    04/06/2018 8:18:07 AM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 6th, 2018 | Evelyn Cheng
    If the U.S. goes through with an additional $100 billion in tariffs, China will not hesitate to fight back and is already prepared to, the Ministry of Commerce said. "We will immediately fight back with a major response," the representative said during a Chinese-language briefing with reporters Friday in Beijing. "We have no other choice." "We feel America is very arrogant. They have taken a wrong action. The result is that they will hurt themselves. If they release the list of $100 billion tariffs, China is prepared. And will not hesitate," he added. U.S. President Donald Trump said late Thursday...
  • Trudeau sees high chance of NAFTA deal with US, Mexico

    04/05/2018 9:55:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 6 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | April 5th, 2018 | Unattributed
    Ottawa (AFP) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled Thursday he saw a strong chance of reaching a deal with the US and Mexico to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement. "We have a high chance of reaching a win-win-win deal for Canada, the United States and Mexico," Trudeau told reporters. "With the pressures of the elections in Mexico, and the US elections, if we could announce something at the Summit of the Americas, that would be great," he added, in reference to the April 13-14 gathering of regional leaders in Peru. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland headed to Washington...