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  • Russia, the NRA and Fake News

    03/23/2018 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Cent US News ^ | 03/23/2018 - 01:45 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Journalists propagate another wild tale from Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson. Washington in 2016 saw one of most audacious dirty tricks in political history: the Donald Trump -Russia collusion claim. Now it’s happening again—same partisans, same media; new conspiracy, new victims, including the National Rifle Association. Remember how the Trump-Russia trick played? Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to compile a dossier of salacious Trump allegations. The Fusion team delivered it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, then, when briefing reporters, cited the bureau’s interest to establish the document’s credibility. To this day the accusations in the dossier have...
  • [OPINION] UAE sweep exposes Turkish intelligence links to jihadists in Syria

    03/23/2018 7:10:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 3, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has aided, funded and armed jihadist groups in Syria for years, is troubled by the detention of a key operative in Dubai by United Arab Emirates security, most likely in cooperation with the Americans. The man who was picked from a Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai while having breakfast with his wife on Feb. 20, 2018 is Mehmet Ali Öztürk. He has been running logistical lines for jihadist groups, especially Turkmens and Chechens, in Syria, since 2011, when the Syrian crisis began. Öztürk is linked to Turkish spy agency the National Intelligence...
  • Erdogan to inaugurate nuclear power plant with 'friend' Putin

    03/23/2018 7:23:49 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 9 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | March 20-2018 | Art Khalidi
    RBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced that the construction of his country’s first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean province of Mersin would begin this year. “We are planning to lay the foundation for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant with my dear friend Mister Putin,” Erdogan told an audience during an energy conference at his Ankara palace. “In fact, I had the chance yesterday to talk with him on this issue over the phone,” the Turkish President said, highlighting a blossoming friendship with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin whom he called to congratulate...
  • Russia 'arming the Afghan Taliban', says US

    03/23/2018 6:20:46 AM PDT · by tlozo · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2018 | Justin Rowlatt
    Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he'd seen "destabilising activity by the Russians." He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but could not say in what quantity. Russia has denied such US allegations in the past, citing a lack of evidence... "We see a narrative that's being used that grossly exaggerates the number of Isis [Islamic State group] fighters here," Gen Nicholson told BBC News. "This narrative then is used as...
  • McMaster Worked For Foreign Think Tank Funded By China, Russia

    03/23/2018 4:32:14 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 38 replies ^ | 3/23/18 | Richard Pollock
    • Outgoing National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster worked for a foreign-based think tank for 11 years before assuming his post • The think tank has ties to Russia, China, the Uranium One deal and Bahrain • Career armed forces officers spoke out against the arrangement Outgoing National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster served for more than a decade as a consultant to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a foreign-based think-tank that has received funding from hostile foreign governments to include Russia and China, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation. The career soldier ended his employment...
  • Palestinian Arabs: Remove the Americans from Ramallah

    03/23/2018 1:05:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah. The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture. The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May, in time for Israel’s 70th Independence Day....
  • Saudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’

    03/23/2018 1:07:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | Karen D. Young
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Thursday it would be ‘‘really insane’’ for him to trade classified information with presidential son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, or try to use Kushner to promote Saudi aims within the Trump administration. Having that kind of relationship ‘‘will not help us’’ and does not exist, he said. Speaking in a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters, Mohammed denied U.S. media reports that he had claimed Kushner was ‘‘in his pocket,’’ or that he had sought or received a green light from Kushner, when the two met in Riyadh in October,...
  • Evan McMullin: President Donald Trump Is a ‘Domestic Enemy’

    02/15/2017 2:17:17 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/15/17 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former CIA operative and 2016 third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin took to Twitter and CNN on Wednesday to defend rogue intelligence agents who break the law to leak classified information, saying President Donald Trump “presents a threat to the country.” In response to President Trump’s tweets earlier Wednesday, in which he alleged that elements of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency were engaged in “Russia”-style political operations, McMullin tweeted: The obvious implication was that McMullin believes that intelligence and law enforcement agents are entitled to break the law based on their own views that the President of...
  • House leaders worry more meetings secretly recorded

    05/19/2017 4:44:51 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 44 replies
    Axios ^ | 5/18/2017 | Johnathon Swan
    House Republican leadership is agitated after the Washington Post published a transcript from a secret recording of one of the inner-sanctum conversations in the office of Speaker Paul Ryan. The transcript shows House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joking with his colleagues that then-candidate Trump and California Republican Dana Rohrabacher were both on the payroll of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The unknown is frustrating," said one senior GOP aide, referring to the possibility that this wasn't the only private leadership conversation that was secretly recorded. Keep reading 210 words Behind-the-scenes: House leadership sources have pored over the article and are privately...
  • Preparing For The Worst: Poland’s Military Modernization – Analysis

    03/22/2018 10:13:44 PM PDT · by tlozo · 6 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | March 23, 2018 | Felix K. Chang
    No one needs to remind Poland of the strategic dangers arising from its geography...During World War II, its mostly flat and open terrain made it particularly vulnerable to the mechanized armies of Germany and the Soviet Union. Today, Poland’s position is less tenuous, but still fraught. While its western and southern borders are anchored by friendly NATO countries, its eastern border abuts Russia’s military stronghold of Kaliningrad, Belarus (a close Russian ally), and Ukraine (a country riven by Russia). ...the last decade has seen the emergence of a militarily stronger and more aggressive Russia...reforms sought to streamline Russian combat units,...
  • Russia Report: Leaks “Potentially Endangered Lives” and “Damaged National Security”

    03/22/2018 9:22:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 4 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Chairman Nunes says report paves path to thwart future foreign election meddling House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has submitted the committees much anticipated fourteen month long Russia investigation report to the intelligence community Thursday for a declassification review so that a redacted version of the classified report can be made public, the committee said in a statement. The committee’s findings revealed that classified leaks alleging the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia dramatically increased after the election and some of those leaks “correlate to specific language found in the Intelligence Community Assessment,” which had not been released at...
  • GOP leaders launch internal review into leak

    05/29/2017 5:01:24 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/17 | SCOTT WONG
    House GOP leaders have launched an internal review into how someone secretly recorded and leaked audio of a private 2016 leadership meeting in which Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) jokes about how Russia is paying off President Trump. SNIP Leadership sources suspect the leaker is former CIA officer Evan McMullin, who attended the June 15 meeting in the Capitol in his capacity as a top policy aide to GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
  • ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer

    03/22/2018 4:37:47 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 22 March 2018 | Spencer Ackerman & Kevin Poulson
    Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft. That forensic determination has substantial implications for the criminal probe into potential collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. The Daily Beast has learned that the special counsel in that investigation, Robert Mueller, has taken over the probe into Guccifer and brought the FBI agents who worked to track the persona...
  • John Bolton on Ex-Spy Poisoning by Russia: Putin Is Saying, 'What Are You Gonna Do About It?'

    03/22/2018 5:41:59 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 2018 | America's Newsroom
    Bolton said the "blatant" attack in public reminds him of North Korea, "Moscow's friend," murdering Kim Jong Un's brother in the middle of an airport last year. "It's an act of defiance. It's saying to London and the other western capitals, 'what are you gonna do about it?' Well, I think there should be a very strong answer to that," he said, arguing the time has come for real "deterrence" that Vladimir Putin will understand. John Bolton said Thursday that the chemical poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England fits into the larger pattern of Russia...
  • House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress

    03/22/2018 4:56:03 PM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | bill gertz
    A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN. The committee's final report on the investigation was approved on Thursday and now awaits an intelligence agency review. Despite 472 days of investigation and thousands of witnesses, the committee stated in its list of final conclusions and recommendations that it found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump, his campaign aides, and Russia. "The committee found no evidence that meetings between Trump associates—including Jeff Sessions—and official representatives of the Russian government—including Ambassador Kislyak—reflected...
  • Trump attorney John Dowd resigns amid shake-up in president’s legal team

    03/22/2018 8:39:38 AM PDT · by bitt · 86 replies
    WAPO ^ | 3/22/2018 | Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Ashley Parker
    John Dowd, a personal attorney to President Trump, resigned his post Thursday amid a shake-up in the president’s legal team as Trump has sought more firepower to deal with the special counsel’s Russia investigation. The resignation came Thursday, according to three people familiar with the decision. Dowd declined to comment. Dowd’s departure was a largely mutual decision made after the president lost confidence in his ability to handle special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and Dowd became frustrated with Trump’s recent efforts to bring on new attorneys, they said. In recent weeks, Dowd clashed with the president, including an...
  • Lead Clinton investigator shot in the back twice, run over

    03/22/2018 10:16:41 AM PDT · by OPS4 · 184 replies
    The Horn ^ | March 22, 2018 | The Horn, Editorial Team
    Jack Burkman, the leader of the controversial investigation into the murder of former DNC staffer Seth Rich, was shot twice in the back and run over by a man who claimed to have worked as a special agent in the Department of Energy, authorities say. Burkman was attacked in the Rosslyn Marriott hotel parking garage in Washington, D.C. on Mar. 13, lured to the spot by promises of secret documents on the Clintons by an FBI whistleblower.
  • Putin's aggressive policies cost Russia 180,000 new births in 2017 alone

    03/22/2018 12:54:12 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 22 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | Mar 2018 | Andrey Illarionov
    Russia has had to pay a demographic price for Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine and Syria amounting to 180,000 children who would have been born save for Kremlin policies. According to Rosstat, Russian mothers gave birth to 203,000 babies fewer in 2017 than they had the year before, a decline of 10.7 percent. This year, they are on pace to give birth to 360,000 fewer than in 2017, a decline that matches those in the first post-Soviet years. Given that marriages did not decline in number but in fact rose last year, one has to ask: What has happened with...
  • IN GOD WE TRUST[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/22/2018 7:53:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Word of God ^ | 3-22-18 | bible
    I am about to teach the unteachable, in order to reach the unreachable . A dark cloud of my presence is about to descend upon the nation of "Trust in Me" and I shall take the coin from the fishes mouth in order to reveal to all mankind that my providence is true and faithful. Many nations are about to enter into the valley of The Reverential Fear of The Lord and discover I AM THEIR TRUE PROVIDER ! Catacombs of my glory shall rise up in the midst of my children of light and they shall manifest The fullness...
  • Erdogan impatient to charge ahead in Syria as Ankara sizes up Pompeo

    03/22/2018 4:40:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 20, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    It is not clear at this stage what effect President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state will have on Turkish-American ties, already strained over a number of seemingly intractable issues.What is clear, though, is that Ankara is rattled with Trump’s choice. The reason is a tweet by Pompeo during the coup attempt in July 2016 in which he likened Turkey, alongside Iran, to a “totalitarian Islamic dictatorship.” The implication of the tweet, which Pompeo later deleted, appeared to be that the attempted coup — which had still not failed at the time of the message — may have been an auspicious event. It only served to reinforce the...