Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The bitter truth: "the media is a clueless pack of Millennials that knows “nothing.”" - White House Bribes Press With Doughnuts After Calling Them Stupid Rubes

White House Bribes Press With Doughnuts After Calling Them Stupid Rubes 

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White House officials Denis McDonough and Josh Earnest stopped by the press room on Wednesday with doughnuts as a peace offering after deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodestold the New York Times that the media is a clueless pack of Millennials that knows “nothing.”
The Hill reports:
“We appreciate what you do,” McDonough told media members, according to CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller.
“You should have brought Ben Rhodes,” a reporter responded.
McDonough and Earnest termed their visit “press appreciation day,” according to a pool reporter in attendance.
The White House is seeking to heal the damage done by a New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser.
Rhodes is quoted in the profile ridiculing the White House press corps as too naive to cover world events.
In the profile, Rhodes boasted about creating an “echo chamber” of Obama-friendly experts to help sell the Iran nuclear deal, and said the average reporter was 27 years old and only had experience covering presidential campaigns.
“They literally know nothing,” Rhodes said.
Earnest, in damage control mode, told reporters Monday that Rhodes likely would have phrased it differently if given another chance.

Turkey tells EU it will not change anti-terror laws

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BRUSSELS (AP) - Turkey has officially refused to change its anti-terror laws to satisfy European Union demands as part of its efforts to secure visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens.
Turkey's European Affairs Minister, Volkan Bozkir, said Wednesday "this change in an anti-terror law is completely impossible."
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan slams EU's demands in fight on terrorism 

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out Tuesday at what he said was pressure from European Union leaders for his nation to ease its anti-terrorism laws, claiming that Europe — unlike Turkey — is provides refuge for groups that support terrorists.
"European countries continue to be safe havens for the ...

Microsoft exec: No silver bullet to fight terror on internet

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A Microsoft executive told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that "there is no silver bullet that will stop terrorist use of the Internet."
     

$3M of opium seized from Minnesota women at Chicago airport

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CHICAGO (AP) - Customs officials seized nearly 70 pounds of opium from three Minnesota women arriving at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on a flight from Southeast Asia.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the three women arrived at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday on a flight from Laos, via Japan. ...

Migrant deal in question as Turkey refuses terror law change

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Turkey has officially refused to change its anti-terror laws to satisfy European Union demands as part of its efforts to secure visa-free travel to Europe for Turkish citizens, raising questions about the future of the EU's migrant deal with Ankara.
     
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Karabakh: A New Theater for Drone Wars?

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Serious renewed violence broke out between the armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan last month (April 2–5, 2016), with fighting in the separatist Azerbaijani region of Karabakh reaching levels not seen since the ceasefire of 1994. One the distinctive features of the recent escalation, which has come to be known as the “Four Day War,” was the extensive use of sophisticated military hardware, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, as well as for use in ground attacks. In fact, the Karabakh conflict may be the first-ever inter-state armed conflict in which drones have been deployed on specifically combat missions. While reports of downed enemy drones in and around Karabakh have been fairly commonplace in recent years, the deployment of UAVs to the so-called “Line of Contact” (LoC) received ample media coverage only after the recent fighting. Azerbaijan has downed three Armenian drones since the beginning of April, one of which was destroyed during the Four Day War (Trend, April 3), while two others were shot out of the sky in the following weeks (Azvision.az, April 7, Ann.az, April 19). Armenia claimed it had downed ten Azerbaijani UAVs during the four days of fighting, but only two cases were confirmed to date with video and photos (Ng.ru, April 22).
The first ever known combat use of a “kamikaze drone” also reportedly took place during the recent fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. On April 4, an online video surfaced showing a drone over Armenian positions in Karabakh that appeared to be an Israeli Aerospace Industries Harop (YouTube, April 4). According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, the drone hit a bus carrying volunteers from Armenia’s Sisian region to the battlefield, leaving seven dead and several wounded (Panarmenian, April 11). One of the wounded later died in the hospital, on April 21 (News.am, April 21).
According to Azerbaijani sources that have not been officially confirmed, the Harop launched six precise shots during the fighting, destroying targets such as the 2S3 Akatsiya artillery system, Armenian air defense units, an assembly point of soldiers, and a military runway at an airbase (Azeridefence.com, February 20).
Following the Harop deployment, Armenia voiced sharp protests to Israel over its supply of modern weaponry to Azerbaijan (Massispost.com, April 11). Meanwhile, Armenian Deputy Defense Minister David Tonoyan confirmed that Yerevan had also been offered advanced military hardware by Israel, including drones, but that they had turned down the offer (Armedia.am, April 11). Despite criticism by Armenia, Israel will reportedly continue delivering new drones to Azerbaijan based on previous contracts (Panarmenian, April 12).
The first reports of Azerbaijan’s drone acquisition date back to 2008–2009, when the country purchased a number of Israeli UAVs, such as the Hermes 450, Aerostar and Orbiter M (Haqqin.az, August 7, 2015). In 2009, a contract was signed with Israel on co-manufacturing and assembling drones in Azerbaijan (Ng.ru, April 22, 2016). Domestic production was launched in March 2011, when President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated Azad Systems, a joint venture between Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry and Israeli drone manufacturer Aeronautics Industries (News.az, March 11, 2011).
In October 2011, Azerbaijan signed a deal to license and domestically produce 60 Aerostar and Orbiter 2M drones. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Azerbaijan had acquired about 30 drones from Israeli firms Aeronautics Industries and Elbit Systems by the end of 2011, including at least 25 medium-sized Hermes 450 and Aerostar drones (Thegroundtruthproject.org, October 23, 2012). In 2012, Azerbaijan concluded another $1.6 billion arms deal with Israel to purchase UAVs as well as anti-aircraft and missile defense systems (Haaretz, February 26, 2012). According to Oxford Analytica, Azerbaijani purchases from Israel Aeronautics Industries in March 2012 reportedly included ten high altitude Heron TPs, one of the most advanced Israeli drones in service. As of 2012, purchases and production have netted Azerbaijan 50 or more UAVs that are similar in class, size and capabilities to the United States’ Predator- and Reaper-type drones—the key components of the US drone strike campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen (Thegroundtruthproject.org, October 23, 2012). According to SIPRI, between 2010 and 2014, Azerbaijan was the fifth-largest importer of unmanned aircraft in the world, and Israel was Azerbaijan’s top supplier (News.az, March 17, 2015).
Azerbaijan currently operates Hermes 450, Aerostar, Orbiter M, Harop, ThunderB and Heron TP type drones. Two of them, the Hermes 450 and Heron TP, could be armed with air-to-surface missiles. Together with the Harop, they can be used for ground-attack missions, most importantly for suppressing enemy air defenses in the event of the resumption of full-scale war.
Armenia’s UAV program is quite modest in comparison. The country claimed it had started indigenous drone production in 2011 (Azatutyun.am, June 20, 2011). The Krunk, the first locally manufactured drone, was displayed on September 21, 2011, during a military parade in Yerevan (Panarmenian, October 3, 2013). Armenia also imported drones from Russia, its traditional arms supplier. According to Russian drone manufacturer Ptero, it sold four E5 drones to Armenia in 2012 (News.az, December 29, 2012). In 2014, local company Instigate Robotics acquired government permission to launch drone production in Armenia (News.am, January 30, 2014). In April 2015, at an arms show in Erebuni airport, Armenia demonstrated its domestically produced X-55 drones, which are very similar in appearance and characteristics to Russian Ptero drones (Ng.ru, April 22).
Currently, Armenia has domestically produced Krunks, Bazes and X55s, and imported Ptero drones, all of which are relatively low-tech UAVs with limited capabilities in terms of speed, flight altitude, endurance and operational range. None of them can be armed for ground-attack missions.
If the 1991–1994 war was fought with mostly insurgent tactics, a possible new war in Karabakh promises to be a conflict of modern weaponry, in which having a technological edge over the enemy and effectively deploying sophisticated military hardware could be crucial in defining the outcome of operations. Drone deployment is one of those fields where Azerbaijan currently has an ostensible edge over its rival. Although Azerbaijan was the major employer of drones in the recent fighting, the relatively higher “casualty rate” among Armenian UAVs could be explained by their technological inferiority. Azerbaijan’s economic capabilities (the country’s $4.8 billion military spending for 2015 dwarfed Armenia’s $447 million military budget—Bloomberg, April 6) have enabled it to create a much larger and technologically superior drone fleet. Azerbaijan also seems to be better at mastering the effective deployment of UAVs in actual combat, as proven by the increasing precision of its strikes on enemy positions and improved operational command in the battlefield.
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Never-ending 'gun show': US gov't sent $2bn in military gear to cops since '06 - RT

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Never-ending 'gun show': US gov't sent $2bn in military gear to cops since '06
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Even small police departments are being armed with surplus military gear from the Department of Defense's 1033 program, shows the report, compiled by the transparency advocacy group Open the Books. Since 2006, more than 83,000 M16 and M14 rifles ...

Turkish military killed over 1,300 ISIS fighters, chief of staff claims

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May 11, 2016, 8:02 PM (IDT)
The Turkish military's chief of staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, said Wednesday that the country's army had killed at least 1,300 ISIS fighters in battles against them in Syria and Iraq and destroyed positions, buildings, weapons and tanks of the organization. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan previously claimed that his country's forces had killed about 3,000 ISIS fighters, saying no country had fought the terrorist organization as Turkey had done.

A massive joint military exercise between the US and this tiny country has Russia peeved - Business Insider

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A massive joint military exercise between the US and this tiny country has Russia peeved
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ReutersParatroopers jump out of a plane during an opening ceremony of U.S. led joint militaryexercise "Noble Partner 2016" in Vaziani, Georgia, May 11, 2016. The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and Britain on ...
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A massive joint military exercise between the US and this tiny country has Russia peeved - Business Insider

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A massive joint military exercise between the US and this tiny country has Russia peeved
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ReutersParatroopers jump out of a plane during an opening ceremony of U.S. led joint militaryexercise "Noble Partner 2016" in Vaziani, Georgia, May 11, 2016. The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and Britain on ...

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FBI Tracking Nearly 800 ISIS-Related Cases Across US, FBI Director Says - ABC News

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FBI Tracking Nearly 800 ISIS-Related Cases Across US, FBI Director Says
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Of the nearly 1,000 FBI cases across the country looking at people who may have been radicalized at various levels, about 80 percent of them are tied to ISIS, FBI Director James Comey told reporters today. And while the number of Americans looking to ...

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Federal, state lawmakers move to curb police use of cellphone trackers - Christian Science Monitor

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Federal, state lawmakers move to curb police use of cellphone trackers
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To use the devices, the Times reported, state and local law enforcement agencies must sign a nondisclosure agreement with the Harris Corporation that is overseen by the FBI. Police departments have gone as far as concealing the use of cell site ...

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Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants Against Russian Officials Accused of Organized Crime Links

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Reports on May 3 revealed that the Spanish National High Court’s Central Investigative Court Number Five issued a series of international arrest warrants against 12 Russian citizens, including some figures considered close to President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, among them Nikolay Aulov, the deputy chief of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service. The court case, presided over by Justice José De La Mata, follows Spain’s 2008 Operation “Troika,” which had targeted the “Tambovskaya” and “Malyshevskaya” Russian mafia clans (Elmundo.es, May 3).
The alleged head of the Tambovskaya mafia clan, Gennadios Petrov, was arrested by the Spanish Civil Guard, in 2008, in Calvià (Majorca, Balearic Islands), following an investigation utilizing extensive phone taps over the course of 2007–2008. Some of the intercepted conversations were between Petrov and Aulov. Others featured Petrov and Igor Sobolevski, a former top official in Russia’s Office of the Attorney General, considered “one of the most wanted” by the Spanish judiciary. This prompted investigators to conclude that both Aulov and Sobolevski had been corrupted and were at the service of Petrov’s organization (Diariodemallorca.es, May 6, 2011). According to Justice De La Mata, Sobolevsky informed Petrov “about security forces actions against organized crime” (Elmundo.es, May 3).
In his January 22 court decree, De La Mata alleges that Aulov has a “tight relationship” with Petrov, securing for him and his entourage “licenses and concessions” from “Russia’s highest administrative instances” in exchange for money or favors (Larazon.es, May 3). Petrov obtained certain jobs for Aulov, according to the court decree, using his “relations with his country’s political spheres” (Actuali.cat, May 4).
In 2011, Petrov’s defense attorney asked the court to interrogate both Aulov and Sobolevski, and the petition was accepted on appeal on May 4, 2011, despite opposition from the public prosecutor’s office. The National High Court considered the interrogations “fundamental for the right to defense of the accused” and sent Russian authorities a request for international judicial assistance with an attached questionnaire (Diariodemallorca.es, May 6, 2011).
But Moscow rejected the request, and on October 19, 2015, Spain’s Anti-Corruption and Organized Crime Division of the Office of the Attorney General put forward a 250-page document detailing its charges. This document contained an extensive list of Russian former and current public officials accused of being part of Petrov’s network (Abc.es, October 20, 2015). In June 2015, public prosecutors delivered to the court a 452-page report arguing that this network “keeps strong links with Russia’s economic, political, judicial and police power in Russia, as well as with members of international organized crime for the achievement of joint projects,” adding that “[Petrov’s network] achieved a clear penetration of his country’s state structures.” According to the Prosecutors’ Office, the 27 accused, together with other people that had not been located, constitute a “criminal community” settled in Spain from 1996. From their base in the country they “have been controlling the criminal activities of their respective groups, which they lead in their countries of origin,” committing crimes including “murder, arms trafficking, extortion, fraud, influence peddling, [and] drug trafficking,” with the resulting “huge financial returns […] channeled to Spain.” Prosecutors consider the Tambovskaya and Malyhevskaya mafias to be tightly connected, “with a clear division of tasks,” whose “core criminal” activities in Spain consist of “introduction of capital and indiscriminate subversion of corporate and business law” involving “tax evasion.” The main leaders, according to the Prosecutors’ Office, are Petrov, Alexander Malyshev, Sergei Kouzmine, and Vitali Izgilov (tried and found guilty in Spain, and expelled from the country), each having “his own sphere” and lieutenants, but all acting with “full coordination” (Abc.es, June 2, 2015).
Petrov was arrested in Majorca, where his mafia network reportedly laundered 50 million euros ($57 million). But the geographical scope of its activities was much wider. For example, the mayor of Lloret de Mar, in Catalonia’s Costa Brava, was found guilty, in November 2015, of corruption and of having been bribed by Petrov, who was also sentenced, in connection with a real estate project in the town. The then-mayor, Xavier Crespo, received, among other “gifts,” a watch and a free trip to Moscow (Diariodemallorca.es, June 4, 2015; Vilaweb.cat, November 6, 2015).
Police Colonel General Nikolay Aulov was appointed deputy director of the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation in June 2008, while remaining the chief executive of the Operational-Investigative Department. The Federal Drug Control Service reacted harshly to reports of the recent Spanish arrest warrant, labeling it “surprisingly unprofessional” given that the decision had been taken “on the basis of telephone conversations” without the “proper phonoscopic examination.” Aulov’s agency further argued that the arrest warrant “is not legal, but political—the next step in the implementation of a political order to discredit officials of the Russian Federation” (Interfax via LNR News, accessed May 11).
On March 14, 2016, United Russia lawmaker Vladislav Reznik’s attorney, Alexandr Gofshtein, said that he had appealed against the international arrest warrant targeting his client and his wife, who are accused of money laundering in this case. Gofshtein claimed that the case was “clearly political” and based on “fabrications” and “manipulations,” complaining about the lack of any evidence against Reznik and the “astronomical” 133-million-euro ($151 million) bail. He also asserted that, based on WikiLeaks revelations, Spanish anti-corruption Public Prosecutor José Grinda González “agreed his procedural decisions with US authorities, with the goal of discrediting, at all costs, Russian authorities and some of the country’s representatives.” The Duma also defended Reznik, who is deputy chair of its financial markets committee, with Deputy Speaker and United Russia Secretary General Serguei Neverov stating: “I believe this situation […] like the doping scandals and other groundless accusations against Russian high officials, to be nothing else than a renewed attempt by Western governments to tarnish our country” (Lavanguardia.com, March 14).
Russian-Spanish relations have been reasonably good over the last few years, with Madrid regularly providing key logistical support for the Russian Navy at its African exclave of Ceuta, near Gibraltar, despite growing tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Moscow caused by the Ukraine war (see EDM, September 3, 2015). When, in November 2013, Spanish judges issued an arrest warrant against some Chinese leaders in a human rights case, this prompted Spain’s government to push forward new legislation seriously restricting the judicial branch’s territorial jurisdiction (Elperiodico.com, November 16, 2015). It remains to be seen whether Moscow will successfully apply similar pressure on Madrid in this case—perhaps using the Spanish corporations Talgo, Iberdrola, and Repsol, which remain active in Russia, as bargaining chips.
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CDC labs repeatedly faced secret sanctions for mishandling bioterror germs

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A laboratory operated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is among the handful of facilities that have secretly had their permits suspended in recent years for serious safety violations while working with bioterror pathogens, according to documents obtained by USA Today after winning a Freedom of Information Act appeal.
     

Comey rebuffs Clinton claim FBI only conducting 'security inquiry' on emails - Fox News

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Comey rebuffs Clinton claim FBI only conducting 'security inquiry' on emails
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Hillary Clinton for months has downplayed the FBI investigation into her private email server and practices as a mere “security inquiry.” But when asked Wednesday by Fox News about Clinton's characterization of the bureau's probe, FBI Director James ...
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FBI investigating allegations around Russian doping scandal - CBS News

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FBI investigating allegations around Russian doping scandal
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FBI investigating allegations around Russian doping scandal. Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov. 60 Minutes. Comment; Share; Tweet; Stumble; Email. CBS News has learned that the FBI is investigating allegations surrounding the Russian doping scandal, ...
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A New Air Force One for Trump or Clinton is on the Way

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The Air Force on Tuesday gave Boeing the green light to start submitting design proposals for the new presidential aircraft that will likely shuttle either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton around the world.
       
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Clinton Spokesman Has to Address FBI investigation, UFOs in MSNBC Interview 

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Hillary Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon had to address critical issues to her campaign on Wednesday, including the ongoing FBI investigation into Clinton’s home-brewed email server and her interest in UFOs.
“And just for the record has there been now any contact from the FBI to representatives for Secretary Clinton for an interview?” asked MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Any contact or any scheduling or anything else on that issue?”
There have been recent reports stating that the FBI will be in contact with Clinton shortly. They have already interviewed her aides.
“Look, this is an ongoing process, it’s a fluid process,” Fallon said. “It’s one where Hillary Clinton indicated last August, almost a year ago now, that she would be willing to come in and participate and sit down for an interview to answer any questions they have. I think that right now they’re focusing on talking to other aides that worked at the State Department. But at whatever point they indicate that they’re willing and ready to speak to Hillary Clinton, she’ll be there and she’ll be happy to answer their questions.”
Mitchell clarified by making sure that this has not yet happened, in which Fallon said to his knowledge, the FBI has not reached out yet.
“And I want to ask you about Hillary Clinton’s answers on UFOs,” Mitchell said. “She’s saying that she, barring any threats to national security, would open up government files on UFOs and she is now being declared the first E.T. candidate. She said that as president she would release this information. What do we not know about Hillary Clinton and her attitude towards UFOs?”
Fallon responded to the UFO issue by stressing that this is an issue that seems to be important to Americans. He said that her stance on this topic of interest shows a willingness and commitment to “running an open administration.”
“Well, Andrea, I think that this is obviously an area that is of interest to many Americans, including our own campaign chairman, John Podesta, who has been very interested in these issues for many years,” Fallon explained. “I think that said, the ‘Times’ article was written somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I’m not sure that this is going to be contemplated in the Democratic platform in Philadelphia this summer. But, certainly it’s an issue that is a curiosity to many Americans. I think it’s just another way she will be committed to running an open administration.”
The New York Times previously wrote about Clinton’s interest in UFOs:
“You know, there’s a new name,” Mrs. Clinton said in the March appearance. “It’s unexplained aerial phenomenon,” she said. “U.A.P. That’s the latest nomenclature.”
Known for her grasp of policy, Mrs. Clinton has spoken at length in her presidential campaign on topics as diverse as Alzheimer’s research and military tensions in the South China Sea. But it is her unusual knowledge about extraterrestrials that has struck a small but committed cohort of voters.
“Hillary has embraced this issue with an absolutely unprecedented level of interest in American politics,” said Joseph G. Buchman, who has spent decades calling for government transparency about extraterrestrials.
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When asked about extraterrestrials in an interview with The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire last year, Mrs. Clinton promised to “get to the bottom of it.”
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The Early Edition: May 11, 2016 - Just Security

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The Early Edition: May 11, 2016
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Joseph Dunford Jr.'s previous criticism of the order, though he has not specified what the officials must do. [Miami Herald's .... The US can't fix the Middle East, according to James Clapperdirector of national intelligence, endorsing President ...

FBI Director Expects More Litigation Over Access to Personal Devices - Fortune

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FBI Director Expects More Litigation Over Access to Personal Devices
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FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday there will be more U.S. government litigation over accessing electronic devices and said encryption is “essential tradecraft” of terrorist groups, such as Islamic State. Comey indicated that the debate ...
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$1.91 Trillion: Government Collects Record-High Taxes in First 7 Months of FY 2016 

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Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1.91 trillion in the first seven months of fiscal year 2016, but the federal government still ran a $354 billion deficit during that time, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement.
Treasury receipts include tax revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and other miscellaneous items.
In the first seven months of 2016, which included the months of October, November, December, January, February, March and April, the amount of taxes collected by the federal government outpaced the first seven months of all previous fiscal years, even after adjusting for inflation. The 2016 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, 2015, and runs through Sept. 30, 2016.
The federal government collected $1,914,651,000,000 in the first seven months of fiscal year 2016. Most of the $1.91 trillion came from individual income taxes, which comprised almost half of that total, totaling $940 billion.
One year ago, the government collected $1.90 trillion in inflation-adjusted revenues in the first seven months of fiscal year 2015. The Treasury Department has been tracking these data on its websitesince 1998. In that fiscal year, the federal government collected $1.49 trillion in inflation-adjusted revenue in the first seven months of that fiscal year. This means that since 1998, tax revenues have increased 28 percent.
Although the federal government brought in a record of approximately $1.91 trillion in revenue in the first half of fiscal 2016, according to the Treasury, it also spent approximately $2.27 trillion, leaving a deficit of approximately $354 billion.

DOD report: Special Operations Command bought hand-launched drones that failed tests

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U.S. Special Operations Command bought dozens of hand-launched drones that failed military tests and may not be able to meet mission requirements in the harsh environments they were designed for, according to a newly released report from the Defense Department's inspector general.
     

FBI director: No 'external deadline' for investigation involving Clinton emails - Washington Post

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FBI director: No 'external deadline' for investigation involving Clinton emails
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FBI Director James BComey said Wednesday that he is not letting political events dictate a deadline for completing the bureau's investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information involving Democratic presidential front-runner ...

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Director Comey Honors Law Enforcement Officers in National Police Week Message 

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In anticipation of National Police Week—which officially begins Sunday, May 15, 2016—Director James Comey released a video message to personally express his gratitude for the brave men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Seven goats escape from Kentucky parade, sparking 24-hour chase - YouTube

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Published on May 9, 2016
What was supposed to be an opening ceremony for a farmer's market in Kentucky over the weekend turned into a 24-hour chase for a group of goats.
Organisers in the city of Covington planned to walk seven goats at Goebal Park for a Pamplona-inspired "Running of the Goats".
The parade of goats was to mark the grand opening of a local farmer's market.
A group of 40 people had signed up to be a human barrier around the goats but the animals immediately made a run for it and escaped.
All of the goats were eventually caught and returned but two goats did spend the night inside the park until they were caught the next day.

Decision time for FBI on Clinton | TheHill 

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The FBI investigation of her emails appears to have entered the final stages.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Puts a Face on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis – The New York Times 

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The Treasury secretary’s visit to San Juan was intended to dramatize the stakes as the territory faces a financial collapse and the spread of the Zika virus.

European missile shield marks milestone as new threats emerge – News – Stripes 

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The United States on Thursday will move a step closer to establishing a missile shield over Europe at a time when new threats are emerging that could curb its utility.

Strongman Vladimir Putin falls during ice hockey game in Russia’s Sochi 

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