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Conway slams media in wake of Comey's firing - The Hill
James Comey: Out of a job, but still in the public eye - Washington Post
James Clapper has had enough of Donald Trumps crap, rips into him on Sunday morning shows
Author says no #FakeNews: Eric Trump said Russians financed golf courses - Charlotte Observer
How bad is the Russia scandal? Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for scapegoating Jeff Sessions
James Comey in 2014: FBI Needs to be 'Independent' From 'Political Forces in the Executive Branch' - Mediaite
Donald Trump recorded conversations with rivals and reporters. Of course he recorded James Comey.
Former FBI official says promotion of interim director is 'disgraceful' - New York Post
Who will be the next FBI director? Here are the odds - FOX43.com
Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns - BBC News
Political chaos in Washington is a return on investment for Moscow - Washington Post
Comey in 2014: FBI needs "independence" from politics - CBS News
Rex Tillerson Says Russia Meddled In US Election
How Al-Nusra Front Split From Islamic State? OpEd
CIA spy penetration worse than presumed - Anza Valley Outlook
Macron is sworn in as France's president | DW English
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Syrian army sends reinforcements toward border with Iraq: rebels
Comey sacking: Trump urged to hand over any tapes
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Emmanuel Macron sworn in as president of a divided France - Washington Post
President Putin shows off his musical talents on the piano in China
Russia Investigation News: Clapper Says US Institutions Under Attack From President [VIDEO] - International Business Times

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Conway slams media in wake of Comey's firing - The Hill


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Conway slams media in wake of Comey's firing
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway slammed the media on Sunday for its coverage in the wake of FBI Director James Comey's firing. Conway criticized members of the press corps for live tweeting the White House press briefings during an ...

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James Comey: Out of a job, but still in the public eye - Washington Post


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James Comey: Out of a job, but still in the public eye
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When James B. Comey woke up on Tuesday, he was the director of the FBI, leading an effort to determine whether President Trump's campaign may have colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. By the end of that day, Comey was out ...
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James Clapper has had enough of Donald Trumps crap, rips into him on Sunday morning shows

Here’s the remarkable thing about recently retired Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: throughout all of his recent testimony in Trump-Russia hearings, it’s been difficult to figure out whether he might be a Democrat or a Republican. He doesn’t play either side; he merely provides intel and analysis. It helps explain why Presidents of both parties have relied on him heavily for decades. But now he’s had enough of Trump’s crap.
Trump’s abrupt firing this week of FBI Director James Comey, which he’s since admitted was an attempt at making the investigation into his Russia scandal go away, seems to have been the breaking point for James Clapper. He took to multiple Sunday morning talk shows today to call out what Trump is now doing. When he appeared on CNN State of the Union this morning, he asserted that “our institutions are under assault internally” and then clarified that by “internally” he meant by Donald Trump.
Clapper also appeared on ABC this morning and asserted that Russia is celebrating over what Donald Trump is now doing to the United States and its system of democracy. These kinds of words may sound muted in comparison to the kind of partisan rhetoric often heard on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. But then that’s what makes it stand out: Clapper is decidedly not a partisan. He’s simply no longer willing to keep quiet.
Despite having been retired since November an thus able to say anything he wants that isn’t classified or damaging to an ongoing investigation, James Clapper has largely kept himself out of the fray. He’s testified as requested, and he’s been thorough in assessing the things he’s been asked about during hearings. But as of now, as evidenced by his words on television this morning, Clapper has had enough of Trump’s crap. It’s enough to make you wonder how much more vocal he may now become.
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Author says no #FakeNews: Eric Trump said Russians financed golf courses - Charlotte Observer


Author says no #FakeNews: Eric Trump said Russians financed golf courses
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A longtime journalist and author said Sunday he remains steadfast in whatDonald Trump's son Eric told him on a Lake Norman golf course in 2013: that the Trumps relied on Russian backers to finance their golf courses. Eric Trump went on Twitter last ...

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How bad is the Russia scandal? Donald Trump is laying the groundwork for scapegoating Jeff Sessions

Donald Trump selected most of his cabinet members with the goal of either insulating himself from the Russia scandal or returning favors, making it the most corrupt cabinet of the modern era. It also sets things up so they’re naturally unlikely to turn against him and vice versa. But it makes you wonder just how much trouble Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in, and how badly Trump needs a Russia scapegoat, when you read what Trump just leaked about Sessions.
Going back as far as the spring of 2016, then-Senator Jeff Sessions already seemed to be coordinating the Donald Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. Sessions was at the meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And as Palmer Report pieced together back in March, it was Sessions who first introduced Trump to Russian tool Carter Page (link). Trump rather obviously installed Sessions as the Attorney General in the hope that it would hamper the Justice Department’s ability to pursue the Trump-Russia scandal.
But Sessions blew that by lying under oath about Russia during his confirmation hearings, forcing him to recuse himself from the investigation, making him far less useful of a backstop for Trump. And this week Sessions blew it even worse for himself by getting involved with the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Now here come the leaks about Sessions, which have rather obviously been planted (directly or indirectly) by Trump himself:
Take a look at these two passages buried near the bottom of a new Axios article: “Trump has two complaints about Cabinet members: Either they’re tooting their own horns too much, or they’re insufficiently effusive in praising him as a brilliant diplomat, etc” and “Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a big announcement about increasing prison sentences, at the same time that Jared [Kushner] is working on criminal-justice reform” (link). This isn’t difficult to see through.
While Kushner has taken on an absurdly outsized role within Trump’s White House, he doesn’t share Trump’s desire for the spotlight and the external glory. The idea that Kushner would be jealous of Sessions holding a press conference, or that Trump would be jealous on Kushner’s behalf, doesn’t hold water. And yet here we have Trump planting a leak about Sessions being in trouble for stepping on Kushner’s toes.
Jeff Sessions sloppily blew it badly by getting involved in the firing of FBI Director James Comey after he had already recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation that Comey was leading. Sessions has directly exposed himself to obstruction of justice charges. Trump’s handlers have surely advised him that Sessions is now a legal liability. And as a result we see this leak about how Sessions is suddenly in the doghouse for some other unrelated reason. This feels like Trump is publicly distancing himself from Sessions now, by any excuse necessary, as a way of laying the groundwork for later scapegoating Sessions on Russia. That way he can point back to these earlier “problems” and say that Sessions wasn’t really his guy to begin with. This is demented, but it’s how Trump thinks.
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James Comey in 2014: FBI Needs to be 'Independent' From 'Political Forces in the Executive Branch' - Mediaite


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James Comey in 2014: FBI Needs to be 'Independent' From 'Political Forces in the Executive Branch'
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60 Minutes began their Sunday night program by revisiting an interview that James Comey gave three years before President Trump fired him as head of the FBI. Comey's dismissal rocked the political world last week, and the development became extremely ...

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Donald Trump recorded conversations with rivals and reporters. Of course he recorded James Comey.

After Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week, he publicly threatened him by suggesting he had secretly recorded their conversations. Comey then called Trump’s bluff by saying that he hopes there are recordings (link). But based on Trump’s decades long track record, it sure sounds like those recordings really do exist.
There’s a new piece in the Wall Street Journal which quotes various current and former Donald Trump employees as either claiming that they either know Trump tapes every conversation he ever had, or claiming that they never saw any evidence he was taping anyone. (link). But the real tale of the tapes comes from two specific examples cites in the WSJ piece, both buried near the bottom.
In one example, amid a legal dispute between Donald Trump and a rival casino magnate, Trump was able to produce a recording of the relevant conversation between the two of them on demand. This points to Trump having secretly taped all of his conversations with that particular rival, and almost assuredly, all of his conversations with everyone he considers rivals. In the other example, Trump told a Wall Street Journal reporter that he was taping their in-person interview, and then at the end, he revealed that he’d had a phone capable of recording hidden under a newspaper.
We know that Donald Trump sees the media as his rivals, so it’s not a surprise that he would be recording them just as he’s been recording his business rivals. The ultimate question here is whether Trump saw FBI Director James Comey as a potential rival whom he wasn’t sure he could trust. Considering how much smoke had surfaced publicly about the FBI’s Russia investigation before Trump even took office, of course Trump didn’t fully Comey. Which in turn means that of course he recorded their conversations. And now he’s going to have to end up turning over those tapes under Congressional subpoena.
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Former FBI official says promotion of interim director is 'disgraceful' - New York Post


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Former FBI official says promotion of interim director is 'disgraceful'
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Former top FBI official James Kallstrom said on Sunday that it's disgraceful that Andrew McCabe is the acting director of the agency despite his wife's cozy relationship to Hillary Clinton operatives. It's actually disgraceful, Kallstrom, the ...
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Who will be the next FBI director? Here are the odds - FOX43.com


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Who will be the next FBI director? Here are the odds
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LAS VEGAS If you just can't avoid all the political noise coming out of Washington, D.C., these days, then perhaps you can at least be entertained by it. That's what the folks at BetOnline.com are thinking, as the website posted odds on who will be ...

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Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns - BBC News


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Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns
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Cyber-attacks that have hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft says. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments have caused "widespread damage".
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Political chaos in Washington is a return on investment for Moscow - Washington Post


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Political chaos in Washington is a return on investment for Moscow
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James RClapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence, offered a similar assessment in Senate testimony last week, even before Comey was dismissed, saying that Moscow must look on the election and its aftermath with a great deal of ...

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Comey in 2014: FBI needs "independence" from politics - CBS News


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Comey in 2014: FBI needs "independence" from politics
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Long before President Trump fired him this week, long before he felt "mildly nauseous" over the idea he may have swayed the 2016 presidential election, former F.B.I. director James Comey spoke with 60 Minutes. It was 2014. Comey had been America's top ...
Comey in 2014: FBI must 'maintain independence from political forces'The Hill

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Rex Tillerson Says Russia Meddled In US Election

(RFE/RL) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it is clear that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential election, and that Washington and Moscow will not be able to restart with “a clean slate.”
Tillerson’s comments in a May 14 television interview with NBC follow Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Washington last week that included a meeting with President Donald Trump.
Tillerson echoed his earlier statements on bilateral ties, saying relations had fallen to “an all-time low point since the end of the Cold War, with a very low level of trust.”
He added, however, that this state of relations “is not healthy for the world.”
Relations between the two sides remain tense over Moscow’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, its backing of separatists in Ukraine, the Syrian civil war, and other issues.
The Trump administration has not budged on the issue of U.S. sanctions targeting Russia over Ukraine, though Trump indicated during his campaign last year that he would consider lifting the punitive measures.
“I think it’s important to understand we’re not trying to start with a clean slate,” Tillerson said.
U.S. intelligence has also accused the Kremlin of directing a hacking and influence campaign aimed at helping Trump, who says he wants to improve ties with Moscow, defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election.
The Kremlin denies it interfered in the election. After voicing skepticism about the allegations, Trump has since said he believes Russia was behind the hacking campaign targeting Democrats but that it had no impact on the outcome of the vote.
Tillerson told NBC that Russian interference in the election was “well documented.”
“I don’t think there’s any question that the Russians were playing around in our electoral processes,” he said.
He added, however, that it was “inconclusive” whether this had any impact on the election.
Trump’s presidency has been dogged by the Russian-meddling allegations and investigations by the FBI and congressional committees about contacts between his associates and Russian officials.
Trump has accused the news media and his political opponents of seeking to undermine his presidency with what he has called a “fake” Russia story.
How Al-Nusra Front Split From Islamic State? OpEd

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, Islamic State and al-Nusra Front (currently Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, JFS) were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front is led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in January 2012.
Thus, the current al-Nusra Front is only a splinter group of Islamic State which split from its parent organization in April 2013 over a dispute between the leaders of the two organizations.
In March 2011, protests began in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the following months, violence between demonstrators and security forces led to a gradual militarization of the conflict. In August 2011, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was based in Iraq, began sending Syrian and Iraqi jihadists experienced in guerilla warfare across the border into Syria to establish an organization inside the country.
Led by a Syrian known as Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the group began to recruit fighters and establish cells throughout the country. On 23 January 2012, the group announced its formation as Jabhat al-Nusra.
In April 2013, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio statement in which he announced that al-Nusra Front had been established, financed and supported by the Islamic State of Iraq. Al-Baghdadi declared that the two groups were merging under the name “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” The leader of al-Nusra Front, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, issued a statement denying the merger and complaining that neither he nor anyone else in al-Nusra’s leadership had been consulted about it.
Al-Qaeda Central’s leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, tried to mediate the dispute between al-Baghdadi and al-Julani but eventually, in October 2013, he endorsed al-Nusra Front as the official franchise of al-Qaeda Central in Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, however, defied the nominal authority of al-Qaeda Central and declared himself as the caliph of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Keeping this background in mind, it becomes amply clear that a single militant organization operated in Syria and Iraq under the leadership of al-Baghdadi until April 2013, which chose the banner of al-Nusra Front, and that the current emir of the subsequent breakaway faction of al-Nusra Front, al-Julani, was actually al-Baghdadi’s deputy in Syria.
Thus, the Islamic State operated in Syria since August 2011 under the designation of al-Nusra Front and it subsequently changed its name to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in April 2013, after which it overran al-Raqqa in the summer of 2013, then it captured parts of Deir el-Zor and fought battles against the alliance of Kurds and the Syrian regime in al-Hasakah. And in January 2014 it overran Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in Iraq and reached the zenith of its power when it captured Mosul in June 2014.
Moreover, many biased political commentators of the mainstream media deliberately try to muddle the reality in order to link the emergence of Islamic State to the ill-conceived invasion of Iraq by the Bush Administration in 2003. Their motive behind this chicanery is to absolve the Obama Administration’s policy of nurturing militants against the Syrian regime, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war until June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul and the Obama Administration made a volte-face on its previous policy of indiscriminate support to Syrian opposition and declared a war against a faction of Syrian opposition: that is, the Islamic State.
Additionally, such Syria “experts” also try to find the roots of Islamic State in al-Qaeda in Iraq; however, the insurgency in Iraq died down after “the Iraq surge” of 2007. Al-Qaeda in Iraq became an impotent organization after the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June 2006, and the subsequent surge of troops in Iraq by the Bush Administration.
The re-eruption of insurgency in Iraq has been the spillover effect of nurturing militants in Syria against the Assad regime, when the Islamic State overran Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in January 2014 and subsequently captured Mosul in June 2014. The borders between Syria and Iraq are quite porous and it’s impossible to contain the flow of militants and arms between the two countries. The Obama Administration’s policy of providing money, arms and training to Syrian militants in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan was bound to backfire sooner or later.
Regarding the rebranding of al-Julani’s Nusra Front to “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” in July 2016 and supposed severing of ties with al-Qaeda Central, it’s only a nominal difference because al-Nusra Front never had any organizational and operational ties with al-Qaeda Central and even their ideologies are poles apart.
Al-Qaeda Central is basically a transnational terrorist organization, while al-Nusra Front mostly has regional ambitions limited only to fighting the Assad regime in Syria and its ideology is anti-Shi’a and sectarian. In fact, al-Nusra Front has not only received medical aid and material support from Israel, but some of its operations against the Shi’a-dominated Assad regime in southern Syria were fully coordinated with Israel’s air force.
The purpose behind the rebranding of al-Nusra Front to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and supposed severing of ties with al-Qaeda Central was to legitimize itself and to make it easier for its patrons to send money and arms. The US blacklisted al-Nusra Front in December 2012 and pressurized Saudi Arabia and Turkey to ban it too. Although al-Nusra Front’s name has been in the list of proscribed organizations of Saudi Arabia and Turkey since 2014, but it has kept receiving money and arms from the Gulf Arab States.
Notwithstanding, excluding the western Mediterranean coast and the adjacent major urban centers controlled by the Syrian regime and the Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, I would divide the Syrian theater of proxy wars into three separate and distinct zones of influence:
Firstly, the northern and northwestern zone along the Syria-Turkey border, in and around Aleppo and Idlib, which is under the influence of Turkey and Qatar. Both these countries share the ideology of Muslim Brotherhood and they provide money, training and arms to Sunni Arab jihadist organizations, such as al-Tawhid Brigade, Nour al-Din Zenki Brigade and Ahrar al-Sham, in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey in collaboration with CIA’s MOM (a Turkish acronym for military operations center).
Secondly, the southern zone of influence along the Syria-Jordan border, in Daraa and Quneitra and as far away as Homs and Damascus. It is controlled by the Saudi-Jordanian camp and they provide money, weapons and training to the Salafist militant groups, such as al-Nusra Front and the Southern Front of the so-called “moderate” Free Syria Army (FSA) in Daraa and Quneitra, and Jaysh al-Islam in the suburbs of Damascus.
Their military strategy is directed by a Military Operations Center (MOC) and training camps located in the border regions of Jordan. Here, let me clarify that this distinction is quite overlapping and heuristic, at best, because al-Nusra’s jihadists have taken part in battles as far away as Idlib and Aleppo.
And finally, the eastern zone of influence along the Syria-Iraq border, in al-Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, which has been controlled by a relatively maverick Iraq-based jihadist outfit, the Islamic State, though it had received funding and weapons from Turkey and the Gulf Arab States before it turned rogue and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq.
Thus, leaving the Mediterranean coast and Syria’s border with Lebanon, the Baathist and Shi’a-dominated Syrian regime has been surrounded from all three sides by hostile Sunni forces: Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood in the north, Jordan and the Salafists of the Gulf Arab States in the south and the Sunni Arab-majority regions of Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in the east.
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CIA spy penetration worse than presumed
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Macron is sworn in as France's president | DW English

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Emmanuel Macron has been sworn in as France's new president. In his first address, Macron emphasized the country's commitment to the EU and its values. He also stressed the need to overcome divisions in French society.
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Trump surprised at backlash from Comey firing

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President Trump thought his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey would be "very popular" and was surprised at the backlash in the days that followed. CNN's Athena Jones has more.
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PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode May 14, 2017

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On this edition for Sunday, May 14, international condemnation follows North Korea's missile launch, and a growing number of conservative Republican voices are calling for action on climate change. Later, learn what's behind America's rising maternal mortality rate. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.
Syrian army sends reinforcements toward border with Iraq: rebels

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army aided by Iranian-backed militias was moving troops to a desert region near its border with Iraq and Jordan just as U.S. backed rebels are consolidating control in an area from which Islamic State militants had recently pulled out, rebel sources and commanders said on Monday.
  
Comey sacking: Trump urged to hand over any tapes

Rival US lawmakers press the president on whether conversations with James Comey were taped.
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PARIS First-time politician Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated Sunday as France's president, facing the difficult task of transforming electoral success into political strength in a society beset by unemployment and divided by anger. The solemn ...

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Sunday U.S. institutions are under assault not only by the Russians but by President Donald Trump as well. Clapper said he found the firing of FBI Director James Comey very disturbing, in ...

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About 100 armed men attacked a group of journalists and robbed them of their equipment in the troubled southern state of Guerrero, Mexican authorities and media reports said Sunday. La Jornada newspaper said two of its employees were among the seven accosted while covering a security operation in San Miguel Totolapan on Saturday. They were traveling in two SUVs when they were intercepted by the gunmen and relieved of cameras, cellphones, personal effects and one of the vehicles. The...

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What We’re Losing in James Comey

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When someone behaves this way in the run-up to a presidential election on a politically sensitive matter, like Hillary Clinton’s private email server, in a fashion that departs from normal Justice Department policy, it drives people crazy for good reason. But this is the same attribute on which those of us concerned about the Russia connections have been counting. We want an investigation that’s going to give us answers and that’s going to show its work. We want progress reports and details, and we want them sooner rather than later. In the world of President Trump, we really want people who aren’t going to lie. We want people who can sit in front of a congressional committee for hours and, however mad they may make us, never give us reason to doubt that they are telling the truth as they see it.
Second, Mr. Comey has an unfailing instinct to fall on every grenade. This is a highly unusual trait in Washington, a town where lots of people dodge responsibility for everything. Bill Clinton has a private meeting on a plane with the attorney general? Mr. Comey will step up to conclude and disclose the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails. New information comes to light right before an election? Mr. Comey will take the heat for informing Congress.
Some people may frame this instinct negatively, as showboating or preening or overstepping. Others may frame it positively, as taking responsibility. But it’s clearly a rare instinct in Washington. When one person has an instinct to fall on grenades and everyone else has an instinct to flee from them, it’s not surprising when that one person ends up dealing with all the explosives.
Here’s the problem: When you remove that person, who is left to take responsibility? It’s certainly not Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general (and the new head of the Russia investigation), who recommended Mr. Comey’s firing. Without Mr. Comey, Washington is sorely lacking a person willing to ensure that the Russia matter is investigated properly, that the F.B.I. is protected from politics and that if political appointees in the Justice Department pass the buck, there’s at least someone who will not. Mr. Comey may have had a tendency to lurch for the buck across the table, but his departure leaves us with leadership that will do anything to avoid handling it.
Third, Mr. Comey is genuinely fixated on independence and doing the right thing. In 2004, when he was deputy attorney general, he stood up to President George W. Bush over the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping program. He stood up to Mrs. Clinton, too, when he rekindled an investigation of her, even though everyone expected her to be elected president a few weeks later and thus be in a position to fire him. He has stood up to Mr. Trump.
Mr. Comey is often criticized for an obsession with his own rectitude. And it’s certainly true that when a damn-the-torpedoes decision backfires, the result is explosive. That’s what happened last year when Mr. Comey made a judgment about how to proceed in the Clinton email affair — and then Mr. Trump unexpectedly won. It understandably makes people angry when Mr. Comey responds, as he recently did in congressional testimony, that he doesn’t think considering the political consequences of his action would have been proper and that even knowing what he now knows, he would act the same way again.
But that same insistence on standing up to power and doing what is right irrespective of consequences is the main thing since Jan. 20 that has stood between President Trump and impunity. Whatever you think of Mr. Comey’s judgment, he will do what he believes to be right, whomever it might help or hurt politically and whatever damage it might do to him and his reputation. Who else can you say that about?
This constellation of human traits has virtues and vices, and the two are intertwined. But I do think we’re going to miss those very features of Mr. Comey that so many Americans have come to hate over the past year. And it is, I believe, those very features that led Mr. Trump to fire the F.B.I. director.
Because at the end of the day, Americans need someone to count on to tell the truth (even if a bit too much of it and at the wrong moment), who will take responsibility as others duck it (even if that sometimes looks self-centered and preening) and who will do the right thing as he sees it whatever the cost (even if the cost to himself and the country is terrible). If you’re President Trump, there’s nothing scarier than such a person.
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Extremism, jobs, Europe — challenges facing France’s Macron

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Newly inaugurated, France’s youngest president faces the daunting task of reuniting a divided nation riven by anxieties about terrorism, chronic unemployment, immigration and France’s relationship with the rest of Europe. Here are a few challenges facing Emmanuel Macron after his swearing-in Sunday:





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Emmanuel Macron sworn in as president of a divided France

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The centrist newcomer who embraces a borderless European Union faces steep challenges in his bid to defuse a populist threat.





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May 14, 2017

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A look at the best news photos from around the world.

Stalin Portrait Goes Up At Moscow Metro Station

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A portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has been raised at a Moscow metro station in celebration of the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Russian capital’s underground transport network.

How a woman in England tracks civilian deaths in Syria, one bomb at a time 

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Airstrikes are killing civilians in Syria and Iraq, and Airwars is collecting the evidence.





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Tillerson: Trump Concerned About Moving Embassy to Jerusalem 

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump's is concerned about how moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would affect the Mideast peace process. "I think it'll be informed, again, by the parties that are involved in those talks and most certainly...whether Israel views it as being helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction," Tillerson told NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

More Syrian Rebels Abandon Territory Near Damascus

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At least 1,500 Syrian rebels and their families abandoned another long-held district just outside of Damascus on Sunday, as the army of President Bashar al-Assad and its allies push to seize full control of the capital and surrounding areas for the first time in nearly five years. State media and witnesses said the evacuation began at dawn, less than a day after government forces captured the Qaboun district, and just days after hundreds of other beleaguered rebel fighters and their...

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Hourly News Summary: NPR News: 05-14-2017 7PM ET 

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NPR News: 05-14-2017 7PM ET



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Macron is sworn in as France's president | DW English - YouTube

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Published on May 14, 2017
Emmanuel Macron has been sworn in as France's new president. In his first address, Macron emphasized the country's commitment to the EU and its values. He also stressed the need to overcome divisions in French society.
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Tapper: The real reasons Trump fired Comey - YouTube

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Published on May 10, 2017
CNN's Jake Tapper says one of the reasons President Donald Trump fired James Comey was that the former FBI director would not give him assurance of personal loyalty.

Trump surprised at backlash from Comey firing - YouTube

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Published on May 14, 2017
President Trump thought his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey would be "very popular" and was surprised at the backlash in the days that followed. CNN's Athena Jones has more.

President white hot with anger yelling at the TV. Is Trump's mood affecting his presidency? - YouTube

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Trump INTERVIEW with lester holt nbc news 5/11/2017 James Comey Firing, Mike Flynn Agent - YouTube

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Trump INTERVIEW with lester holt nbc news 5/11/2017 James Comey Firing, Mike Flynn Agent and russian connections questions asked by lester hol
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Hourly News Summary: NPR News: 05-14-2017 5PM ET 

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NPR News: 05-14-2017 5PM ET



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The White House: "The Russians tricked us" Pictures of Trump smiling with Russia's top Spy - YouTube

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Published on May 11, 2017

Putin plays piano at Xi Jinping’s residence during forum in Beijing 

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Russia’s president didn’t fritter away his time ahead of a meeting with his Chinese counterpart at a high-profile forum in Beijing. Known for his keen interest in music, Vladimir Putin played the unofficial anthems of Moscow and St. Petersburg on a piano.
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