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Portland police declare rally a civil disturbance after protesters seen throwing projectiles

Portland police declare rally a civil disturbance after protesters seen throwing projectiles | 04 Aug 2018 | Rocks and bottles flew through the air in Portland, Oregon, Saturday afternoon as a self-described libertarian group clashed with antifa counter-protesters. Police in heavy riot gear declared Patriot Prayer's rally in downtown Portland a civil disturbance and ordered everyone to leave, The Oregonian reported, after demonstrators were seen hurling projectiles into the crowds. "There will be a significant law enforcement presence in the area of the demonstration due to past threats and acts of violence," Portland police wrote in a statement earlier Saturday afternoon.

FBI paid dossier author Christopher Steele, heavily redacted documents show

FBI paid dossier author Christopher Steele, heavily redacted documents show | 04 Aug 2018 | The FBI has released 70 pages of documents related to contacts with British spy Christopher Steele, author of the notorious Trump-Russia dossier. Though almost entirely whited out, the documents still show FBI paid Steele. The documents were released on Friday after the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued to get access to them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The release consists of fifteen FD-1023 source reports, thirteen FD-209a contact reports, eleven FD-794b payment requests, a FD-1040a document severing the bureau’s relationship with Steele, and a FD-1057 form showing Steele was "verbally admonished" by the FBI for an unspecified transgression.

Sea water used to cool Finland's Loviisa nuclear reactors has become too warm

Sea water used to cool Finland's Loviisa nuclear reactors has become too warm | 25 July 2018 | Finland’s Loviisa power plant, consisting of two reactors with a combined capacity of 1 gigawatt, had to reduce power by 170 megawatts on Wednesday as the sea water that is used to cool the reactors had become too warm, operator Fortum said. Because of the very warm temperatures the Nordic region is currently experiencing, the sea water that is collected to cool the Loviisa reactors is warmer and the water released is also warmer, at 32 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Releasing hot water back to the sea after cooling the reactors could be a hazard and if it exceeds 34 degrees Fortum said the reactors must be shut down due to regulations.

Venezuelan president Maduro targeted with drone bombs

Venezuelan president Maduro targeted with drone bombs | 05 Aug 2018 | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been targeted in an attempted attack during a televised public address, officials confirm. Several explosives-laden drones detonated as he was speaking at a military ceremony. Venezuela's Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez has confirmed that an attack on Maduro took place at the event. Several drones rigged with explosives went off close to the presidential box during the address. "All the investigations have indicated that (the explosions) were an attack on President Nicholas Maduro," Rodriguez told media.

National Archives denies Schumer request for Kavanaugh docs

National Archives denies Schumer request for Kavanaugh docs | 03 Aug 2018 | The National Archives denied Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request Friday for documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary under George W. Bush. The head of NARA, archivist David Ferriero, in a letter to Schumer, says the requests for certain sensitive documents for Kavanaugh's time as Bush staff secretary need to come from the Judiciary Committee's office, per longstanding precedent. The committee is at odds over the scope of documents from that period, the number of which could run into the hundreds of thousands.

DACA program should be fully restarted, federal judge rules

DACA program should be fully restarted, federal judge rules | 03 Aug 2018 | A federal judge on Friday ordered a total restart of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in a hit to the Trump administration. The administration last year announced its plan to phase out the program, which provides a level of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants, many of whom came to the U.S. as children. The order is not set to kick in right away, according to Politico, which notes that the government has until Aug. 23 to file a motion to appeal the ruling by U.S. District Judge John Bates. However, the judge denied a motion by the government to revise its earlier decision in April -- which determined that the Department of Homeland Security's decision to rescind DACA was "unlawful," according to court documents.

DC Metro considers using separate trains during 'Unite The Right' rally

DC Metro considers using separate trains during 'Unite The Right' rally | 03 Aug 2018 | Metro officials in Washington are reportedly considering providing separate trains for those attending the "Unite the Right" rally later this month. "We have groups clearly at odds with each other," said Jack Evans, chairman of the Metro board, according to NBC 4 Washington. "We'd like to keep the groups separate. We don't want incidents on Metro." Evans added that the idea would be to "maybe put all of one group on a train or a certain car on a train."

Yellowstone rangers track down and arrest Oregon man who was caught on camera harassing and taunting a bison

Yellowstone rangers track down and arrest Oregon man who was caught on camera harassing and taunting a bison --Yellowstone officials said in a statement that harassing wildlife is illegal | 03 Aug 2018 | The man [sociopath] seen in a now viral video taunting a bison crossing the street at Yellowstone National Park has been identified and arrested, park officials announced on Friday. Raymond Reinke, of Pendleton, Oregon, was taken into custody on Thursday night by Glacier National Park rangers following an incident at a hotel dining room. Authorities began looking for Reinke, 55, after a Facebook video surfaced of him beating his chest and yelling at a bison causing the animal to get agitated and charge at him.

Obstruction of justice bombshell will explode before midterms

Obstruction of justice bombshell will explode before midterms | 03 Aug 2018 | ...The odds are very high that special counsel Robert Mueller will offer a declarative public statement before the midterm elections, and very likely before Labor Day, that President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice. The Mueller declaration of obstruction of justice could be issued in the form of a letter to Congress and may or may not ultimately be issued in the form of an indictment if he believes that the Trump situation creates extraordinary circumstances that warrant his seeking approval for a formal indictment...In April, there were public reports that Mueller would ultimately release his findings in two stages, the first being obstruction of justice, which could be released in whatever form it takes this summer.

During active shooter drill, active shooter reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

During active shooter drill, active shooter reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base --Personnel told to shelter in place | 02 Aug 2018 | An Air Force base in Ohio said there was not an active shooter incident Thursday, just hours after authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed the base amid reports of a shooter its medical center. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said in a statement that someone called 911 during a training exercise that included an active shooter scenario at a separate location. The caller thought there was an incident occurring within the base hospital, sending security forces to the scene where they began searching the entire hospital, the statement said. While trying to get inside a locked door, a security team member shot his firearm to open the door, the statement said.

Eric Trump: Entire family has received 'white powder' in the mail

Eric Trump: Entire family has received 'white powder' in the mail | 02 Aug 2018 | President Trump's son Eric Trump on Thursday said that all the members of his family have had "white powder" mailed to their house. He said that his family has been a victim of anthrax scares while making and appearance on Fox News' "Hannity" saying, "We've all had white powder show up at our house." Host Sean Hannity asked President Trump's son if his family had been threatened. "I've been threatened," Eric Trump said. "Our family's been threatened. All of us. We've all had white powder show up at our house."

'Twitter interfering in elections on Dems' side' - Republican candidate banned over Stalin gif

'Twitter interfering in elections on Dems' side' - Republican candidate banned over Stalin gif | 01 Aug 2018 | Austin Petersen, a Republican candidate in the Missouri Senate primaries who was banned from Twitter after posting one of the social network's own images in an online debate, told RT that Twitter is a "threat to democracy." "Twitter is directly interfering with the election in the state of Missouri at the behest of a Democratic Super PAC that is working for my opponent Claire McCaskill," Petersen said ahead of the primary vote, scheduled for August 7. The former Libertarian presidential candidate was suspended from posting on Twitter, his main means of communicating with supporters, for 12 hours on Monday, after he responded to accusations of collusion with Russia with a GIF of Joseph Stalin saying "Off to Gulag now." The ironically-deployed GIF is frequently used in online debates, and is part of Twitter's own stock image database.

BBC accused of 'breaching code' by putting Assange critic in charge of special on WikiLeaks founder

BBC accused of 'breaching code' by putting Assange critic in charge of special on WikiLeaks founder | 01 Aug 2018 | BBC's Newsnight will air a special on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hosted by journalist [sic] John Sweeney, despite what the #FreeAssange campaign say are tweets in "clear breach" of the BBC objectivity standards by the journalist. "John Sweeney put in charge of tomorrow's Julian Assange special despite (because of?) malicious tweets in clear breach of BBC code," the #FreeAssange campaign tweeted. The campaign...published a list of tweets in which the BBC journalist repeatedly mocks and calls the Wikileaks founder a "Russian agent," a “Kremlin asset" and Vladimir Putin's most "useful idiot".

Expected star witness may not testify in Trump ex-aide Manafort's trial

Expected star witness may not testify in Trump ex-aide Manafort's trial | 01 Aug 2018 | U.S. prosecutors raised the possibility on Wednesday that an expected star witness may not testify against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, while Trump asked for an end to the Russia probe that led to the charges. On the second day of Manafort's trial, the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 14-month investigation of Russia's [alleged] role in the 2016 U.S. election, the judge also tried to rein in prosecutors in their description of Manafort's 'lavish' lifestyle. Manafort's consulting work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine that earned him $60 million also took the spotlight in testimony in federal court in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.

Korea remains: US finds one 'dog tag' among war dead returned by North Korea

Korea remains: US finds one 'dog tag' among war dead returned by North Korea | 01 Aug 2018 | North Korea has returned 55 boxes believed to contain the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War, but included just one military identification tag, US officials say. A forensic expert said initial tests showed the remains were "likely to be American". The boxes are en route from South Korea to Hawaii for extensive examination. On Wednesday, the US military held a repatriation ceremony at Osan air base in South Korea, where the boxes had arrived the previous week.

WikiLeaks: Australia Has 'Obligation' to Protect Julian Assange, Lawyer Says

WikiLeaks: Australia Has 'Obligation' to Protect Julian Assange, Lawyer Says | 01 Aug 2018 | Julian Assange is "homesick for Australia" and will need to be protected by the Malcolm Turnbull government if he is expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy, his lawyer has said. Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that Assange's welcome at the London embassy--where he has lived under political asylum since 2012--is coming to an end... Jennifer Robinson, Assange's legal representative in London, told Australian media Wednesday that the situation had become "untenable." She suggested that Australia should offer aid.

New by Michael Rectenwald, Springtime for Snowflakes!

New by Michael Rectenwald, Springtime for Snowflakes! | 01 Aug 2018 | Springtime for Snowflakes: 'Social Justice' and Its Postmodern Parentage is a daring and candid memoir. NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald - the notorious @AntiPCNYUProf - illuminates the obscurity of postmodern theory to track down the ideas and beliefs that spawned the contemporary social justice creed and movement.

Twin wildfires threaten 10,000 northern California homes

Twin wildfires threaten 10,000 northern California homes --The so-called Carr Fire that has burned more than 880 homes and killed six people has become the ninth most destructive wildfire in California history. | 31 July 2018 | Twin wildfires [Direct Energy Weapons-engendered destruction?] tearing through vineyards and brushy hills threatened some 10,000 homes on Tuesday in Northern California -- yet another front in the battle against the flames that have ravaged some of the state's most scenic areas. The two fires straddling Mendocino and Lake counties had burned seven homes along 116 square miles (300 sq km) of rural land. Fire crews were able to slow the spread of one of the blazes into populated areas and instead the fire pushed into the Mendocino National Forest.

Yosemite Valley to remain closed until at least Sunday, August 5

Yosemite Valley to remain closed until at least Sunday, August 5 | 31 July 2018 | The National Park Service has announced that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed until at least Sunday, August 5. The closure began July 25 because choking smoke from the Ferguson Fire had filled the iconic Yosemite Valley, creating unhealthy conditions. Firefighting operations had also limited access to Highway 41/Wawona Road. On Tuesday, park officials also announced that they had added the Hetch Hetchy Valley to the list of areas closed to the public.

NYU Professor: We're on the Verge of 'Completely Losing Our Culture'

NYU Professor: We're on the Verge of 'Completely Losing Our Culture' | 01 Aug 2018 | NYU professor [and CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald warns that western civilization is under siege from Maoist totalitarians and that we are on the verge of "completely losing our culture." In a blistering Facebook post, Rectenwald provided perhaps the most succinct summary of the threat facing the West ever written. "We're undergoing a Maoist-like Cultural Revolution -- with the power of the corporate mass media, corporate social media, the academy, most of corporate America, the deep state, the shadow government, and most of the legal apparatuses behind it." ...Rectenwald has faced the consequences for his forthright views before, being placed on paid leave [from NYU] back in October 2016 for starting a secret Twitter account in which he argued against safe spaces, trigger warnings and the policing of Halloween costumes.

Trump calls on Sessions to end Russia probe 'right now'

Trump calls on Sessions to end Russia probe 'right now' | 01 Aug 2018 | President Trump on Wednesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the Russia investigation, a significant escalation of his attacks against the long-running probe that has dogged his presidency. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further," Trump tweeted. The president also accused special counsel Robert Mueller of being "totally conflicted," adding that "his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA."

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens - report

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens - report | 01 Aug 2018 | Julian Assange, who has spent more than 2,230 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is expected to leave the building soon with his health deteriorating, sources say. This latest information about the WikiLeaks founder, who was already expected to leave the embassy "in the coming weeks," was broken Wednesday by Bloomberg which cited "two people with knowledge of the matter." The news agency reported that the whistleblower's health "has declined recently."

Tommy Robinson bailed after Court of Appeal win

Tommy Robinson bailed after Court of Appeal win | 01 Aug 2018 | Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson has been bailed after winning an appeal against a contempt of court finding. Robinson, 35, admitted the charge and received a 13-month jail term in May over footage he filmed outside Leeds Crown Court during a trial. At the Court of Appeal, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett ruled there had been technical flaws by the judge who jailed him and quashed the finding. Robinson's solicitors said everyone has the "right to a fair hearing".

Alex Jones touts 'the most banned information in the world'

Alex Jones touts 'the most banned information in the world' | 01 Aug 2018 | Until recently it seemed that Alex Jones, America's most popular conspiracy theorist, could say almost anything he liked and get away with it. [Yes, it's called 'free speech.'] The radio host and creator of the website InfoWars has claimed the US government co-ordinated the September 11 attacks and geo-engineers hurricanes, described chemical attacks in Syria as "false flag" operations and accused Russia probe Special Counsel Robert Mueller of covering up paedophilia...Along the way he has attracted millions of followers. Now Jones's ability to speak freely is coming under unprecedented pressure. He has been suspended by two social media platforms and is facing five defamation lawsuits...Facebook last week announced that it had suspended Jones's personal account for 30 days and was considering permanently banning him from the platform after he published four videos that breached its standards on bullying and hate speech.

U.S. judge halts 3-D printed gun blueprints hours before planned release

U.S. judge halts 3-D printed gun blueprints hours before planned release | 31 July 2018 | A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked the planned release of 3-D printed gun blueprints hours before they were set to hit the internet, siding with states that sued to halt publication of designs to make weapons that security screening may not detect. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle said the blueprints' publication could cause irreparable harm to U.S. citizens. The decision blocked a settlement President Donald Trump's administration had reached with a Texas-based company, which initially said it planned to put files online on Wednesday.

Manafort trial day one: 'Gates had his hand in the cookie jar'

Manafort trial day one: 'Gates had his hand in the cookie jar' | 31 July 2018 | Defense attorneys in the criminal trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, claimed the real culprit of fraud is Manafort's longtime business associate Rick Gates. "Gates had his hand in the cookie jar," Defense attorney Thomas Zehnle said during his 30-minute opening statement in which he accused Gates of embezzling from his former boss. Zehnle said Manafort put Gates in charges of his business and personal finances while he was half way around the world working on lucrative consulting contracts and Gates took advantage, "lining his own pockets."

Afghan migrant whose deportation was thwarted by 'hero' Swedish student was actually sentenced for assault

Afghan migrant whose deportation was thwarted by 'hero' Swedish student was actually sentenced for assault | 31 July 2018 | The Swedish student who was branded a "hero" and captured worldwide attention after she stopped the deportation of an Afghan migrant by refusing to sit down on a plane instead prevented the extradition of a man sentenced for assault and whose asylum application was rejected. Elin Ersson, a student at Gothenburg University, received fawning media coverage over her action earlier this month when she refused to take her seat on the plane until the 52-year-old Afghan deportee was released. She was successful and authorities weren't able to deport the man. However, Swedish Police confirmed to Fox News that the man whose deportation Ersson prevented had received a prison sentence in Sweden for assault.

333 passengers taken off plane at Orlando airport after bomb comment, fight, official says

333 passengers taken off plane at Orlando airport after bomb comment, fight, official says | 30 July 2018 | Hundreds of people were taken off a Norwegian Airlines plane on Sunday evening after three people were involved in a fight as it prepared to depart from Orlando International Airport, according to airport officials. The three people were taken off the plane and questioned by law enforcement officials, authorities said. The incident began at about 5:52 p.m. as the plane bound for London was about to close its doors and depart from gate 87. A male passenger was upset over the seating arrangement and made a comment regarding a bomb on board that was heard by another passenger, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Trump says he's ready to meet Iran's Rouhani 'any time' and with 'no preconditions'

Trump says he's ready to meet Iran's Rouhani 'any time' and with 'no preconditions' | 30 July 2018 | US President Donald Trump has said that he is willing to meet with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani with no preconditions. "Anytime they want," he told reporters: "If they want to meet, I'll meet." Trump made his comments while speaking to reporters after a White House meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti on Monday. "I would certainly meet with Iran, if they were ready to meet," he said. Trump added that he would "meet with anybody."

Jordan: If Rosenstein doesn't deliver, Meadows and I will force impeachment vote

Jordan: If Rosenstein doesn't deliver, Meadows and I will force impeachment vote | 29 July 2018 | Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said on Sunday that if the Department of Justice doesn't hand over documents that Congress has requested, he and other lawmakers will force a vote on the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "If they don't give us the information that we, as a separate and equal branch of government are entitled to have in order to get answers for the American people, then we will actually call to vote for the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein," Jordan said in an interview on AM 970 in New York. Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), leaders in the House Freedom Caucus, led a group of conservative lawmakers in filing articles of impeachment against Rosenstein on Wednesday.

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