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Warning issued over attacks on internet infrastructure

Warning issued over attacks on internet infrastructure | 22 Feb 2019 | Key parts of the internet infrastructure face large-scale attacks that threaten the global system of web traffic, the internet's address keeper warned Friday. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) declared after an emergency meeting "an ongoing and significant risk" to key parts of the infrastructure that affects the domains on which websites reside. "They are going after the internet infrastructure itself," ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad told AFP.

Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border

Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border | 22 Feb 2019 | The Pentagon announced Friday that it would direct an additional 1,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to install barbed wiring along existing border fences. Defense officials said at a news briefing that the total size of the U.S. deployment of troops to the southern border would reach 6,000 by March 1, with 140 miles of additional Concertina wiring to be installed. "Our numbers right now total are about 5,000. They'll increase to about 6,000 by March 1," a senior defense official said.

Putin orders immediate action to help 100 orcas and belugas held in cramped 'whale prison'

Putin orders immediate action to help 100 orcas and belugas held in cramped 'whale prison' | 22 Feb 2019 | Belugas and orcas being kept in a "whale prison" are still waiting to be freed months after their unfit habitat was discovered by Russian authorities. President Vladimir Putin has ordered that the case be resolved by March 1. Ninety belugas and 11 orcas held in tiny enclosures on Russia's Pacific Coast are still awaiting rescue after investigators learned about their inhumane conditions in November. As a result, the operators of the "prison," the Center for the Adaptation of Marine Mammals, located in a bay near the city of Nakhodka, have come under investigation - a process that has left the whales in limbo...Several whales have allegedly died in the enclosures.

Julian Assange on the move? WikiLeaks boss has been issued with a new Australian passport that means he could finally leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and go home

Julian Assange on the move? WikiLeaks boss has been issued with a new Australian passport that means he could finally leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and go home | 22 Feb 2019 | Julian Assange has been issued with a new Australian passport clearing the way for him to finally leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder has lived in the embassy in Knightsbridge since 2012 when Swedish authorities requested his extradition as a suspect in a rape case. The Australian denied their claims but refused to travel to Sweden to face them, saying it was part of a ruse to extradite him to the US due to his involvement in the leaking of a huge amount of classified documents in 2010. Swedish prosecutors announced in 2017 that they had closed the rape investigation and a new Australian passport clears the way for Mr Assange to end his political asylum.

NC state board votes for new election in 9th district after Harris calls for new race

NC state board votes for new election in 9th district after Harris calls for new race | 21 Feb 2019 | After a stunning reversal by Republican Mark Harris, North Carolina election officials Thursday unanimously ordered a new election in the 9th Congressional District, which has gained national attention as the last unresolved House race for the 2018 election. The state elections board's vote came after four days of testimony about what the board's staff called "a coordinated, unlawful, and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" in Bladen and Robeson counties. And it came less than an hour after a startling announcement by Harris, who had been fighting to have his apparent victory certified.

U.S. to leave 200 American 'peacekeepers' in Syria after pullout - White House

U.S. to leave 200 American 'peacekeepers' in Syria after pullout - White House | 21 Feb 2019 | The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday. President Donald Trump in December ordered a withdrawal of the 2,000 American troops in Syria on the defeat of the last remnants of the Islamic State militancy there. But he has been under pressure from some advisers [Deep State dirt-bags] to adjust his policy to ensure the protection of Kurdish forces [!?!] who supported the fight against Islamic State and who might now be threatened by Turkey.

Jussie Smollett Arrested by Chicago Police for 'Publicity Stunt' to Further His Career

Jussie Smollett Arrested by Chicago Police for 'Publicity Stunt' to Further His Career | 21 Feb 2019 | Empire star Jussie Smollett is in the custody of Chicago police. Smollett turned himself in early Thursday and is now under arrest on a Class 4 felony charge for falsifying a police report, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Jussie [Smollett] is under arrest and in custody of detectives," CPD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi announced Thursday morning, adding that a press briefing is expected shortly ahead of Smollett's court appearance. Wednesday, Smollett was formally classified as a suspect by police and subsequently charged.

Roger Stone cannot speak publicly about case, judge rules

Roger Stone cannot speak publicly about case, judge rules | 21 Feb 2019 | Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Thursday dramatically restricted Roger Stone's ability to speak publicly about his case after he published an Instagram post with what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun drawn behind her head. Stone may now not speak publicly about the investigation or the case or any participants in the investigation or the case. "Period," Jackson said. The development will in effect silence one of the most outspoken and politicized former advisers of President Donald Trump, as Stone fights against special counsel Robert Mueller in a case related to his interactions in 2016 with Russians and the Trump campaign.

NJ Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

NJ Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns | 21 Feb 2019 | The New Jersey state Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would keep presidential candidates off the state's 2020 ballot unless they release their tax returns. According to the Courier Post, the Democratic-controlled state Senate passed the measure along party lines in a 23-11 vote on Thursday, sending the bill to the Assembly committee and full legislature for a vote before it heads to the desk of Gov. Phil Murphy (D) for consideration. The controversial measure would deny candidates for president and vice president a spot on the state ballot if they do not publicly release five of their most recent tax returns at least 50 days before the general election in 2020.

Coast Guard officer accused of plotting to kill Democrats, journalists

Coast Guard officer accused of plotting to kill Democrats, journalists | 20 Feb 2019 | A U.S. Coast Guard officer has been arrested after federal investigators discovered a stockpile of illegal drugs and weapons in his home that they allege were part of a plot to commit acts of mass terrorism. Prosecutors say Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, who was arrested Friday, was intent on committing white-supremacist terror attacks. Though he was initially arrested on charges of illegal weapons and drug possession, a court filing says those charges are "the proverbial tip of the iceberg."

Actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report

Actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report | 20 Feb 2019 | "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him last month, a Chicago Police Department spokesman tweeted Wednesday night. Anthony Guglielmi said charges were approved by the Cook County State's Attorney Office and "Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest." Filing a false police report is disorderly conduct, according to Illinois code. A class 4 felony is punishable by one to three years, the code says.

FBI's top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it

FBI's top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it | 20 Feb 2019 | For most of the past three years, the FBI has tried to portray its top leadership as united behind ex-Director James Comey's decision not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for transmitting classified information over her insecure, private email server. Although in the end that may have been the case, we now are learning that Comey's top lawyer, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, initially believed Clinton deserved to face criminal charges, but was talked out of it "pretty late in the process." The revelation is contained in testimony Baker gave to House investigators last year. His testimony has not been publicly released, but I was permitted to review a transcript.

Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week

Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week | 20 Feb 2019 | Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller's 'Russia' investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans. The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation. The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change.

Covington Catholic teen sues Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post for $250 million saying the paper rushed to smear him as 'racist to advance its anti-Trump bias'

Covington Catholic teen sues Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post for $250 million saying the paper rushed to smear him as 'racist to advance its anti-Trump bias' | 19 Feb 2019 | The teen from Covington, Kentucky has sued the Washington Post for defamation, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky by Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, 16, seeks $250 million in damages, the amount that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid for the Post in 2013. The lawsuit claims that the newspaper 'wrongfully targeted and bullied' the teen to advance its bias against President Donald Trump because Sandmann is a white Catholic who wore a Make America Great Again souvenir cap on a school field trip to the March for Life pro-life rally in Washington, DC on January 18.

Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ

Trump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ | 19 Feb 2019 | President Trump on Tuesday announced his intention to nominate Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy Transportation secretary, to be the next deputy attorney general. If confirmed, Rosen would replace Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling. Rosenstein plans to leave the Department of Justice next month, according to the Washington Post. Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr, who was confirmed last week, chose Rosen as his deputy.

Federal government shares terror watchlist with over 1400 private groups - report

Federal government shares terror watchlist with over 1400 private groups - report --Government has previously denied disseminating list to private groups --Police at private universities, security staff at hospitals, and private correctional facilities are examples of groups who have access | 19 Feb 2019 | The federal government shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private groups, according to court papers reported on by the Associated Press. The AP reported Tuesday that Timothy Groh, the deputy director of the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), said in a written statement to a federal court that 1,441 private entities can access the watchlist, which is compiled by the TSC. Groh's statement came as part of a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, brought by Muslims who say they have been wrongly included on the list. Groh reportedly pointed to police at private universities, security staff at hospitals and private correctional facilities as examples of groups who have access.

Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign, No Longer an Underdog

Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign, No Longer an Underdog | 19 Feb 2019 | Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is giving it another go, launching a second campaign for the White House four years after surprising Democrats with a strong bid for the party's 2016 nomination. "We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the independent senator told Vermont Public Radio in an interview airing Tuesday morning. But this 2020 bid will undoubtedly be a very different presidential campaign than his quest for the Democratic nomination as an underdog in 2016. Sanders enters the race as a top contender who, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, tops most early polls, far outpacing other Democratic candidates in support and name identification.

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration | 18 Feb 2019 | The attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House's recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has "veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making." President Trump sarcastically had predicted the lawsuit last week. He's slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as "disgraceful" and politically biased. The litigation, brought before a federal trial court in the Northern District of California, seeks an injunction to prevent Trump from shifting billions of dollars from military construction to the border without explicit congressional approval.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein expected to leave Justice Department in mid-March

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein expected to leave Justice Department in mid-March | 28 Feb 2019 | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, according to a Justice Department official who spoke to CNN Monday. The official disputed the idea that the timing of Rosenstein's departure has anything to do with the latest revelations from former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, emphasizing that the plan was always that Rosenstein would help with the transition for his successor and then leave. CNN has previously reported that Rosenstein was planning to leave his post after Barr was confirmed.

'Shoot the president': School cancels assassination party game for kids after public outcry

'Shoot the president': School cancels assassination party game for kids after public outcry | 18 Feb 2019 | A school running a community arts center in Ohio was forced to stop advertising a party game where kids are instructed to 'eliminate' the president with toy guns, after it sparked national outrage. The game entitled 'President' had been advertised as a part of NERF gun-themed party organized by the Olmsted Performing Arts community center in Berea, a suburb of Cleveland. "There is one president with body guards. Everyone else tries to eliminate or shoot the president," read the description of the game on the center's website, since deleted.

'Long live Putin!' Haiti opposition protesters burn US flag, demand Russian intervention

'Long live Putin!' Haiti opposition protesters burn US flag, demand Russian intervention | 17 Feb 2019 | As the poorest Caribbean state descends into chaos caused by the corruption of its elites, protesters on the streets are calling for help from a man who has never set foot in the country - Vladimir Putin. "Down with Americans, long live Putin!" chanted around 200 demonstrators in the capital Port-au-Prince on Friday, some holding up printouts with the face of the Russian president. Protesters burned the American flag as criticism of the links between Washington and the unpopular government of President Jovenel Moise. They called Moise, elected in 2016, a US-installed puppet, who is surviving due to US reluctance to exert international pressure.

Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018

Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11,200,000,000 in profit for 2018 | 16 Feb 2019 | While some people have received some surprise tax bills when filing their returns, corporations continue to avoid paying tax -- thanks to a cocktail of tax credits, loopholes, and exemptions. According to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Amazon will pay nothing in federal income taxes for the second year in a row. Thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Amazon's federal tax responsibility is 21% (down from 35% in previous years). But with the help of tax breaks, according to corporate filings, Amazon won’t be paying a dime to Uncle Sam despite posting more than $11.2 billion in profits in 2018.

Former top FBI lawyer: 2 Trump cabinet officials were 'ready to support' 25th Amendment effort

Former top FBI lawyer: 2 Trump cabinet officials were 'ready to support' 25th Amendment effort | 17 Feb 21019 | Former top FBI lawyer James Baker, in closed-door testimony to Congress, detailed alleged discussions among senior officials at the Justice Department about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, claiming he was told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said two Trump Cabinet officials were "ready to support" such an effort. The testimony was delivered last fall to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees. Fox News has confirmed portions of the transcript. It provides additional insight into discussions that have returned to the spotlight in Washington as fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe revisits the matter during interviews promoting his forthcoming book.

Chicago Police Believe Jussie Smollett Paid Men to Stage Attack - Report

Chicago Police Believe Jussie Smollett Paid Men to Stage Attack - Report | 16 Feb 2019 | Chicago police believe actor Jussie Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to stage an assault on him last month, according to a Saturday report from CNN. Citing two sources close to the investigation, CNN reported that the brothers are "now cooperating fully with law enforcement." The men were released Friday after being arrested on Wednesday in connection with the case. The "Empire" actor told police that two men used racial and homophobic slurs and yelled, "this is MAGA country!" as they attacked him January 29. One of the men allegedly put a rope around his neck and poured a bleach-like chemical on the actor.

Mueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison

Mueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison | 15 Feb 2019 | Prosecutors working in special counsel Robert Mueller's office are recommending a federal judge in Virginia sentence President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to at least 19 years in prison. Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia last summer. Prosecutors have recommended that Manafort, 69, serve a sentence of 19.5 to more than 24 years in prison for the crimes. Mueller's office is also recommending a fine range of $50,000 to $24.4 million, a term of supervised release of up to five years, restitution in the amount of $24.8 million and forfeiture in the amount of $4.4 million.

BBC producer says hospital scenes after 2018 Douma 'chemical attack' were staged

BBC producer says hospital scenes after 2018 Douma 'chemical attack' were staged | 15 Feb 2019 | A BBC producer believes that scenes from a hospital in Syria's Douma, which ignited a media frenzy in 2018 after showing children allegedly suffering from chemicals, were staged...Mainstream media quickly picked up the horrific (but unverified) videos from a Douma hospital, where victims were treated after this "poison attack." That hospital scene was enough to assemble a UN emergency session and prompt the US-led 'coalition of the willing' to rain down dozens of missiles on Damascus and other locations. But Riam Dalati, a reputable BBC producer who has long reported from the Middle East, took the liberty of trying to sift through the fog of the Syrian war. He believes Assad forces did attack the town, but that the much-publicized hospital scenes were staged. Dalati tweeted Wednesday: "After almost 6 months of investigations, I can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged. No fatalities occurred in the hospital."

Judge issues gag order on Roger Stone, attorneys in Mueller case

Judge issues gag order on Roger Stone, attorneys in Mueller case | 15 Feb 2019 | A federal judge issued a gag order Friday in special counsel Robert Mueller's case against longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. In a four-page order, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson forbade attorneys for both Mueller and Stone from "making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case." Berman also said Stone is not allowed to speak about the case in or around the courthouse. She has not imposed additional restrictions on Stone but left the option open in the future.

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall

Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall | 15 Feb 2019 | President Trump declared a national emergency at the border on Friday to access billions of dollars to build a border wall that Congress refused to give him...In a televised announcement in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said he would sign the declaration to protect the country from the flow of drugs, criminals and illegal immigrants coming across the border from Mexico, which he characterized as a profound threat to national security. "We're going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we're going to do it one way or the other," he said. "It's an invasion," he added. "We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country."

Active Shooter at Henry Pratt Building in Aurora - Police

Breaking: Active Shooter at Henry Pratt Building in Aurora - Police --SWAT teams, ATF, FBI, 'dozens of police officers' are on the scene of an active shooting in Aurora --Line of emergency workers 'can be seen' --Four police officers have been shot (Media reports, wires) | 15 Feb 2019 | (Aurora, IL) Officers are responding to reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt building in Aurora, police confirmed by phone Friday afternoon. Police and SWAT teams were swarming the scene as of 2 p.m. Local schools are on soft lockdown, including West Aurora School District schools and Holy Angels Catholic School. Officials said, "No one will be allowed to leave or enter our buildings until the lockdown has been lifted." ABC is currently on the scene with a live chopper feed. ABC reported that shots could be heard from those on the ground.

Monsanto's Roundup raises cancer risk 41%, EPA-linked scientists find

Monsanto's Roundup raises cancer risk 41%, EPA-linked scientists find | 15 Feb 2019 | Monsanto's Roundup raises the risk of certain cancers in heavily-exposed individuals by an eye-popping 41 percent, according to a study by former EPA advisors that may influence a coming wave of legal actions against the company. Exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup dramatically increases a person's risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a new review of studies found, adding to the mounting pile of evidence against Monsanto's popular weed killer, now owned by Bayer. The meta-analysis, published in Mutation Research, analyzed the results of six earlier studies to find individuals with heavy exposure to the herbicide had a 41 percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma than those not exposed.

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