Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)The top attorney for the US House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local US attorney’s office …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Doctors Nagarwala, …

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who, in a …

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Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

April 19, 2017

… empire. Her lawyer, Jamie Gorelick noted that Ivanka resigned from running the business and put it in trust, adding, “Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business.” Unlike her father, Ivanka is subject to federal rules that prevent her from participating in matters in which she has a financial interest now that she works in the White House in an official capacity. Despite ethics experts raising red flags for months over conflicts of interest …

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What happens if Turkey changes its constitution

April 17, 2017

(CNN)Turkey voted Sunday on a referendum designed to hand the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers. official results have not yet been released, and the opposition promised to contest at least a third of the votes cast. But unofficial results from a state-run agency show Erdogan winning by a small margin, with 99.8% of the ballots counted. Here’s what stands to change in Turkey if the “yes” vote on the referendum becomes official. …

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

… not have contributed enough to the Belgian state coffers, for example. Then there are the EU agencies’ own regulations. A letter from a British official, circulating among the European civil service trade unions, is calling on the EU Commission to clarify whether it will apply or ignore the paragraph of the staff handbook that specifies that only citizens of an EU member state can be employed by the organisation. Related Topics Belgium Brexit More From this publisher : HERE …

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Some States, Cities Still Banning Government Travel To North Carolina

April 14, 2017

Although the NCAA ended its boycott against the state once a repeal bill was passed, many of the states and cities that banned nonessential official travel to North Carolina last year have decided the new bill doesnt adequately protect LGBTQ people. Californias law was enacted to ensure that, with limited exceptions, our taxpayer resources are not spent in states that authorize discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, the states attorney …

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Seriously?! Officer Appears To Stomp On Handcuffed Suspects Head

April 13, 2017

… with resisting arrest, obstructing official business, aggravated menacing, possession of controlled substances, and having weapons under disability. Really, we dont know enough yet, Jacobs said after stressing that the video captured only one angle. Still,she said,using force against handcuffed prisoners is an issue. Green had been walking with another man when he crossed paths with Rosen and fellow Officer Jason Bare, who were patrolling in an unmarked vehicle and wearing civilian …

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Trump’s saber-rattling is North Korea’s propaganda dream come true

April 13, 2017

… administrations have been attacking those countries who haven’t gotten nuclear weapons, and the Trump administration is no different from previous US governments in pinpointing those non-nuclear states,” a North Korean official told CNN. Pyongyang fears that if it was not nuclear armed, it would suffer the same fate as Syria and plunge into chaos and civil war. Relative calm South of the border, the situation is much different. On Tuesday, officials sought to reassure South …

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US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The US military and intelligence communityhas intercepted communicationsfeaturingSyrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN. The intercepts were part of an immediate review of all intelligence in the hours after the attack to confirm responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in an attack in northwestern Syria, which killed at least 70 people. US officials have said that there is “no …

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Rex Tillerson Will Get A Colder Russian Reception Than He’s Used To

April 12, 2017

… doing exactly that since they entered Syria in 2015, Itani said. There has been mixed messaging from the White House on how far the U.S. is willing to pursue military options for Syria, but no official has directly said the White House plans a large-scale intervention. Tillerson stated over the weekend that, beyond a punitive strike to deter chemical use, there was no change to the U.S. militarys posture on Syria. …

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Egyptians mourn, but do they understand?

April 11, 2017

… seek to incite violence against them. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The same churches damaged in Sunday’s bigoted terrorist attacks will be subject on Monday to the state’s bigoted laws on church building and renovations. Condolences won’t stop the next attack on Egypt’s churches, nor will they help undercut recruitment by terrorist organizations. Images of the Coptic Pope meeting with Sheikh Al Azhar, the highest ranking Muslim official in Egypt, will not …

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Trump signals he won’t press human rights ahead of key diplomatic week

April 3, 2017

… practices of previous administrations. “Our approach is to handle these types of sensitive issues in a private, more discrete way,” a White House official said Friday, previewing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the White House on Monday. “We believe it’s the most effective way to advance those issues to a favorable outcome.” Trump’s executive orders bad news for China Trump himself has pledged to …

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US-led coalition: 229 civilian deaths in strikes since 2014

April 2, 2017

(CNN)At a time of growing concern about civilian casualties in Iraq, the US-led coalition issued a report Saturday that says at least 229 civilians likely have been killed by coalition strikes there and in Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began nearly three years ago. The number could grow significantly if an investigation into airstrikes on a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq, in mid-March finds the operation unintentionally killed scores of residents. An senior Iraqi health official told CNN …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… — comes next. In subsequent days, it is revealed that Nunes was provided the information he rushed to the White House to share … by people working in the White House. The drama of March 22 was, it now appears, a bizarre charade. A US official confirmed to CNN on Friday that Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis, two National Security Council officials, are believed to have assisted Nunes, in some way, as he gathered the intelligence. Ellis, as it happens, had previously worked as …

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Tillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edge

March 22, 2017

Washington (CNN)The State Department scrambled Tuesday to suggest new dates for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers after his plan to skip the annual gathering — but travel to Russia — came to light. Tillerson’s decision to miss his first NATO meeting but visit Russia a week later plunged his department into damage control, frustrated allies and left analysts scratching their heads at an administration that once again is rubbing …

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Democrats Who Support Neil Gorsuch Will Pay A Price, Progressive Groups Warn

March 10, 2017

… the Senate is part of that resistance. Any Democrat, any elected official who is wondering whether the Supreme Court fight is a priority for the grassroots, needs to understand that the answer is an unequivocal yes, said Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn. With only 48 senators in their ranks, Democrats leverage is limited. Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer (D-N.Y.) has suggested hed demand at least 60 votes to confirm Gorsuch the number needed to break a filibuster. In his …

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