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  • Trump Backs Off Public Release of Documents in Russia Probe

    09/21/2018 10:08:16 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 94 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/21/18 | Byron Tau
    WASHINGTON—President Trump postponed the declassification and release of sensitive documents related to the investigation into his campaign’s links to Russian election interference, saying the matter would go to the Justice Department’s internal watchdog for further investigation. In a Friday morning tweet, Mr. Trump said the inspector general of the Justice Department would “review these documents on an expedited basis,” backing away from a previously announced plan to make public a secret surveillance warrant and the text messages of top law-enforcement officials. “I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents. They agreed to release them but stated...
  • Russians Removing Hard Foreign Currency From Banks In Fear Of Devaluation

    09/21/2018 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 1 replies
    tsarizm.com ^ | 9/21/18 | L Todd Wood
    Russian citizens are starting to withdraw large amounts of hard, foreign currency in an attempt to protect themselves from a possible devaluation in the country’s currency, the ruble. Rumors have been circulating after certain officials declared that if the U.S. targets Russian banks with sanctions, depositors could possibly received rubles in exchange at the present exchange rate – meaning a devalued rate and a loss for investors. New data has shown that the falling ruble, fear of new sanctions and a rumored freeze of foreign currency deposits pushed Russians to withdraw large amounts from their bank accounts last month. Customers...
  • Russia, China embrace uneasily, aim for 'desirable world order'

    09/21/2018 9:19:24 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | September 20, 2014 | Elena Holodny
    "The president and I agree that since the beginning of this year, Russian-Chinese relations have been showing dynamic growth," Xi said. He announced that ties with his "close friend" Putin had "entered a new era of rapid development and are reaching a higher level." It was the third Xi-Putin meeting in four months, and the first time the Chinese president had attended the event in Vladivostok, which started in 2015 and encourages foreign investment. The growing rapport between the two countries has accelerated under President Donald Trump, whose policies have put greater pressure on both countries, according to Alexander Gabuev, a senior...
  • US imposes sanctions on China for buying Russian weapons

    09/21/2018 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 Sep 2018
    The US has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military over its purchasing of Russian military jets and surface-to-air missiles. It says such purchases contravene US sanctions on Moscow introduced over Russian actions in Ukraine and alleged interference in US politics. China recently bought 10 Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 missiles. Beijing has not joined in the sanctions imposed on Moscow by the US and its Western allies since 2014. Its forces took part in giant Russian war games held earlier this month.
  • News Summary At This Hour-Friday 9/21/2018

    09/21/2018 4:46:25 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/21/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump spoke at a campaign rally for the midterm elections in Las Vegas last night, urging everyone there to vote in November saying: "America is winning again, because we are putting America first again". Trump urged votes for Republicans saying: "We need to have more Republicans in office."...... There was a restitution hearing in Las Vegas yesterday in connection with the Bunkerville Standoff case for Todd Engel, convicted in May 2017 and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Engel came to the defense of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada in April 2014..... The latest from the lawyer for the...
  • US military welcomes Russian-Turkish DMZ agreement in Syria.....

    09/18/2018 10:42:36 AM PDT · by caww · 11 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 9/18/2018 | Jamie McIntyre
    The U.S. military Tuesday said it supported a plan to establish a demilitarized zone in northern Syria that would separate rebels in their last stronghold from advancing government forces. The agreement to create a buffer zone was worked out Monday in a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held in Sochi, Russia. Russia’s defense minister said that under the agreement, Syria would refrain from launching an offensive on Idlib Province, the last major rebel stronghold.
  • Why did Putin disregard his Turkish partner? (Turkey, Russia, Iran summit)

    09/10/2018 9:29:08 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 10, 2018 | Cengiz Candar
    The trilateral summit in Tehran between the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia was one of the most unusual parades of international diplomacy yet. It was televised live. Let’s remember the scenes: All who watched it saw how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blundered and how Russian President Vladimir Putin ridiculed him. Then it was a rare — if not unique — case of international diplomacy where a trilateral partnership considered detrimental to the interests of the West displayed signs of failure on a burning international issue.What has had the West — the transatlantic security system — worried for some time is NATO-member Turkey’s partnership...
  • Turkish-Russian ‘strategic partnership’ will be tested in Idlib

    08/25/2018 3:03:21 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 6 replies
    All of this diplomatic traffic is about the impending Syrian military operation into the Idlib province of Syria where around three million are living. The Syrian army, backed by Russia, is aiming to eliminate the jihadist terrorists, which have been controlling the province since early 2017. Turkey has 12 military outposts around Idlib, as part of a three-way agreement with Russia and Iran. Turkey has three main concerns: First, a large-scale operation without distinguishing civilians from terrorists can create a huge catastrophe. Second, it can kick another influx from Syria towards Turkey, complicating the already difficult refugee problem in the...
  • Erdoganist Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US officers at Turkey’s Incirlik Airbase

    08/03/2018 4:43:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 53 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | Aug 3, 2018 | SCF
    A group of pro-Erdoğan Turkish lawyers has applied to the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the arrest of members of the US military at İncirlik Airbase in Adana for their alleged cooperation with the Gülen movement, according to a report by the Cumhuriyet daily on Friday. According to the report, lawyers working for the the Association for Social Justice and Aid (Toplumsal Adalet ve Yardımlaşma Derneği in Turkish, or TAY-DER), a front NGO that was set up on June 15, 2016 and formally registered a month later with the support of senior government officials, including some in the judiciary...
  • Israel’s statement on downed Russian aircraft (downed by Syrian missiles)

    09/20/2018 7:16:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018, 12:15 | ANF NEWS DESK
    The Israeli army has stated that all intelligence on the Russian aircraft downed in Latakia on Monday will be shared with Moscow. The Israeli army statement said when the Syrian air defense systems fired the missiles that downed the Russian aircraft, Israeli Air Force had already returned to Israeli air field. The Israeli army argued that the incident had been caused by the Syrian air defense systems’ “extensive and inaccurate” fire. The statement said, “The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.” The Israeli...
  • FBI Memos Raise Deep Questions About Russia/Trump Intel Assessment

    09/20/2018 4:39:50 PM PDT · by bitt · 13 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 9/20/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    In newly obtained emails, bureau officials noted there was not enough intelligence to support the January 2017 findings by the CIA The FBI had concerns with the intelligence community’s (IC) January 2017 assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the presidential election with the specific intent of electing President Trump over Hillary Clinton. In newly obtained emails, bureau officials noted there was not enough intelligence to support the January 2017 findings by the CIA which concluded Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump, according to a numerous documents and text messages obtained by SaraACarter.com.
  • Republicans threaten to subpoena Nellie Ohr

    09/20/2018 2:42:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/18 | Olivia Beavers
    Conservative House Republicans are calling on their colleagues to subpoena Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, after a deal fell apart this week that would have led to her voluntary testimony. “Now that Nellie Ohr is not coming in it is time to subpoena her and get her in as soon as possible,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in an interview with The Hill. He called it “unfortunate” that Ohr would not come in as planned on Friday for a deposition. A Republican House Judiciary Committee aide separately told The Hill that the committee will use...
  • Putin on Downed Plane: On Second Thought, Maybe Israel Isn’t To Blame For “Tragic Chance Events”

    09/20/2018 1:09:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    One doesn’t often see a climbdown from Moscow, especially not from strongman Vladimir Putin, and even more so this fast. Yesterday, Russia’s defense spokesman spoke ominously of “the right to take appropriate measures against hostile actions by Israel” after Syrian air defense forces shot down a Russian surveillance plane. Now however, Putin has danced away from the threat, calling the downing the result of “tragic chance events”: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the downing of a Russian plane in Syria as the result of “tragic chance events,” appearing to dial back a rare flare-up in tensions with...
  • Russian Election Authorities Annul Results Of Fraud-Marred Regional Vote

    09/20/2018 6:18:56 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | September 20, 2018 | None listed
    Electoral authorities in Russia's Far Eastern Primorye region annulled the result of a disputed gubernatorial runoff vote, after the country's top election official said it was marred by "serious violations." A total of 12 members of Primorye's election commission on September 20 voted in favor of the annulment of the result of the closely contested vote in the region, where the Communist Party cried foul after the Kremlin-backed incumbent surged ahead at the end of the ballot count. One election commission member voted against the proposal. It is the first time a runoff has been annulled in Russia since 1996,...
  • News Summary At This Hour-Thursday 9/20/2018

    09/20/2018 5:17:51 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/20/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    President Donald Trump is taking his "Make America Great Again" mid-term election tour to Las Vegas today. The President is banking on his own personal popularity and persona to boost Republican candidates, even ones backed by those known for opposing his immigration policies like the "Cheap Labor Express" US Chamber of Commerce. In Nevada's race for governor there's a third force present with the candidacy of Ryan Bundy...... President Trump says: "I don't have an Attorney General".... An Israeli delegation is in Russia led by its air force chief to explain Israel's side of the Monday night incident in Syria...
  • Amir Tsarfati explains Monday nights strike on a Russian plane in Syria

    09/20/2018 2:19:00 AM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Sept. 19, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir had a partly erroneous video up earlier on Wednesday, which he has now taken down. The knowledge that he had at that time was partly wrong. This video is the situation according to more recent knowledge. The situation is quite serious in the Middle East right now. Everyone is trying hard to stay polite and calm, including Russia, but the situation has changed somewhat in the past few days. It's probably a good time to pray for Israel and for the Middle East in general and for the world. God is in charge, so never fear. Thank you for...
  • Putin dials back the rhetoric against Israel after downing of spy plane but still vows action

    09/19/2018 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 9 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/19/18 | USA Features
    Putin’s dialing down of the rhetoric is an effort to mask his intentions. He — Russia — still has the same foreign policy interests in Syria as he did before the plane was shot down, and those aren’t going to change anytime soon. When journalists asked him about the much more hostile statement of his Defense Ministry, which also vowed a retaliatory response, Putin stated clearly that it was “fully coordinated” with him (of course it was). He defined what ‘retaliatory’ meant. “The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in...
  • Flynn sentencing move spurs questions about duration of Mueller probe

    09/19/2018 9:51:25 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/19/18 | Morgan Chalfant
    Robert Mueller’s request that a federal judge move forward with sentencing for Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, has triggered new debate over the status of the special counsel’s investigation and the value of Flynn’s cooperation. Some observers interpreted the move, which followed months of delays in Flynn’s sentencing, as an indication that Mueller is unlikely to call Flynn to testify at any future trials that may arise from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.“It’s a sign that, perhaps, Flynn may not be critical to other pieces of Mueller’s investigation,” said Ron Hosko, a...
  • Dem strategist: 'Genuine concern' Russia will escalate interference efforts in 2018

    09/19/2018 8:22:04 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/19/2018 | Julia Manchester
    Democratic strategist Jennifer Holdsworth on Wednesday expressed concerns about possible Russian interference in the upcoming midterm elections, warning of the possibility of escalated meddling efforts. "I think that there is a genuine concern that there's going to be an elevation in the meddling," Holdsworth, chief revenue officer at targeting firm DSPolitical, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." "I freely admit that there has been no proof that there were actual votes changed in 2016, but look at what the Russians did get away with," she continued."When a criminal sees that they can get away with something, they're...
  • Politico Skips Real Reason Woodward's 'Fear' Flopped in Washington

    09/19/2018 4:44:04 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 19, 2018 | P.J. Gladnick
    Journalist Jeff Greenfield, writing in the September 17 Politico magazine, somehow can't figure out the real reason "Why Woodward's 'Fear' Flopped in Washington." Greenfield makes a light attempt to find out the reason for the flop but seems to be unable to see the all too obvious.  So let us join Greenfield as he stumbles around while ignoring the very large elephant in the room whose stink is something that liberals don't want to dwell on, which is that Woodward couldn't find evidence of Trump-Russia collusion: