Politics

Jailed Russian Hacker Claims He Left Data Signature Proving He Hacked The DNC On Kremlin’s Orders

McClatchy reports: A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion. In an interview with Russia’s RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further details about what ...

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RUSSIA: Senator Warns That Banning Cruelty To Animals Is A Slippery Slope To Approving LGBT Rights

The Moscow Times reports: A Russian senator has warned of the slippery slope that legislators risked taking by passing a law against animal cruelty. The Federation Council struck down a bill on Tuesday that sought to ban cruelty against animals used in the training of hunting dogs and birds. “We treat many western fads with humor, including political correctness, the ...

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POLL: 31% Say Trump Has Repealed Obamacare

The Economist reports: Last week, Trump claimed the tax bill — which has since been signed into law — “essentially” repeals the Affordable Care Act. The Republican bill to overhaul the tax system eliminates the fine Americans pay for foregoing health insurance, known as the individual mandate. Despite Trump’s claim, however, the bill doesn’t fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, ...

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Obama And Hillary Top 2017 Most-Admired List

Stand by for a screaming orange meltdown. Gallup reports: Americans once again are most likely to name Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as the man and woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years. The pair retain their titles this year, although by much narrower margins than in the past. Obama ...

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SRSLY: Russia Accuses US Of Election Meddling

Business Insider reports: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Tuesday accused the US of a “direct interference in our electoral process and internal affairs” following the State Department’s criticism of Russia’s decision to bar opposition leader Alexey Navalny from running in the upcoming presidential election against Vladimir Putin. “This State Department statement, which I’m sure will be repeated, is ...

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JERUSALEM: New Western Wall Train Station To Be Named For Trump After “Brave And Historic Decision”

The Jerusalem Post reports: A train station that will be built next to the Western Wall will be named after US President Donald Trump. The decision was made by Transportation Minister Israel Katz, who said: “The Western Wall is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and I decided to name the train station that leads to it after President ...

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Trump Administration Proposes Rolling Back Offshore Drilling Rules Imposed After 2010 Gulf Disaster

MarketWatch reports: Regulators in the Trump administration are proposing to roll back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a revision that would reduce the role of government in offshore oil production and return more responsibility to private companies. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, estimates its ...

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Obama Warns Of Divisive Social Media Use During Interview With Prince Harry (Doesn’t Mention Trump)

NBC News reports: In his first interview since leaving the White House in January, former President Barack Obama told Britain’s Prince Harry that the transition out of public office left him with a sense of ‘”serenity.” In the interview, which was light on political substance, Obama told listeners to BBC Radio’s flagship morning news program, Today, that the end of ...

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Sexual Assault Claim Filed Against Corey Lewandowski

Talking Points Memo reports: The DC Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday confirmed that Joy Villa, a singer who accused President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of slapping her butt at a Trump hotel party last month, filed a police report on Sunday regarding her allegations. Villa “disclosed she was the victim of a sexual assault,” according to a ...

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Trump Breaks Century-Old Tradition, Hosts No State Dinners, Instead Makes 100+ Visits To Own Properties

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump couldn’t stop talking about the red carpets, military parades and fancy dinners that were lavished upon him during state visits on his recent tour of Asia. “Magnificent,” he declared at one point on the trip. But Trump has yet to reciprocate, making him the first president in almost a century to close his ...

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US Announces “Significant Reduction” In UN Budget After Vote To Condemn Trump On Jerusalem Move

Via press release from Nikki Haley: Today, the United Nations agreed on a budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. ‎Among a host of other successes, the United States negotiated a reduction of over $285 million off the 2016-2017 final budget. In addition to these significant cost savings, we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key ...

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Trump Scales Back Fines On Abusive Nursing Homes

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury, part of a broader relaxation of regulations under the president. The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the ...

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Court Orders “Forcible” Soundproofing For Apartment Of Woman Who Won’t Stop Screaming About Obama

The New York Post reports: A Brooklyn judge has ordered a divorce lawyer into a padded room. The jurist ruled that the loudmouth lawyer has been terrorizing her neighbors at her ritzy condo building so much — blasting classical music and shrieking things such as “Obama is a murderer!” and “Rape!” around the clock — that her pad has to ...

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Adulteress Begins Role As US Ambassador To Vatican

Agence France-Presse reports: Callista Gingrich, wife of the former House speaker Newt Gingrich, today began her duties as the new US ambassador to the Vatican. Wearing a traditional black mantilla, she presented her credentials to Pope Francis at the Vatican before officially taking on her role. The appointment carries some controversy: she is the former speaker’s third wife, and had ...

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Sen. Jeff Flake Won’t Rule Out 2020 White House Bid

CNN reports: Sen. Jeff Flake says he isn’t ruling out a 2020 presidential run following his term in the Senate.  The Arizona Republican, who announced in October he would not be seeking re-election in 2018, told ABC’s “This Week” that he doesn’t have any formal plans to run for President following his time on Capitol Hill.  “I don’t rule anything ...

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Milestone In Ongoing Schneiderman Vs Trump Battle

The New York Times reports: Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, reached a milestone of sorts recently. By moving to sue the Federal Communications Commission over net neutrality this month, his office took its 100th legal or administrative action against the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. His lawyers have challenged Mr. Trump’s first, second and third travel bans and sued ...

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UTAH: Leading Newspaper Calls On GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch To Retire Over His “Utter Lack Of Integrity”

From the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune: The selection of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch as the 2017 Utahn of the Year has little to do with the fact that, after 42 years, he is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, that he has been a senator from Utah longer than three-fifths of the state’s population has been ...

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Julian Assange Vanishes (Temporarily) From Twitter

UPDATE: Aaaand he’s back. See the comments. CBS News reports: The official Twitter account of controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — @JulianAssange — isn’t showing up. It wasn’t clear whether the account was suspended or deleted by Twitter or Assange himself — or why or for how long. Twitter wasn’t commenting. The official Wikileaks Twitter account was still live but ...

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SCOTLAND: Trump Golf Course Loses Tax Break

The Scotsman reports: The Sunday Herald revealed that a change in the Scottish Government’s recent budget will remove Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire from a business rates relief scheme. Scotland’s Finance Secretary Derek Mackay introduced new measures in February to help businesses in the hospitality sector. The move was in response to growing pressure to intervene to help struggling restaurants ...

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Russia Warns US Over Providing Missiles To Ukraine

The Washington Post reports: Russian officials said Sunday that the U.S. decision to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to combat Russian-backed separatists will cause new bloodshed, as long-standing tensions between Washington and Moscow escalated over the four-year-old conflict. Moscow’s admonition came shortly after the State Department announced Friday evening that the United States will provide heavy armaments to Ukraine for ...

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