Tag: US news

Gates tells Mueller of Trump campaign deal with Israel’s Psy-Group for 2016 “social media manipulation”

[PHOTO: Psy Group’s headquarters in Israel, via] Former Donald Trump presidential campaign aide Rick Gates is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, and has provided info on a firm in the Middle East that is reported to have worked with the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. election. This isn’t the first time […]

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Border Patrol union deletes 2012 anti-border wall web page that argued walls waste taxpayer money

A union that represents agents for the U.S. Border Patrol deleted a 2012 page from their website that said building walls or fences along the U.S./Mexico border to stop desperate migrants would be “wasting taxpayer money.” VICE’s Motherboard reports that the deleted web page was originally posted in 2012. It carried an argument against walls […]

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After Comey firing, FBI began investigating if Trump was working for Russia

“Officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests” You don’t read a headline like this one very often in a lifetime. A late-Friday bombshell of a story from the New York Times tonight says President Donald Trump’s actions freaked […]

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Lou Dobbs: Trump should ‘declare a national emergency and simply sweep aside the recalcitrant left’

On Fox News tonight, unofficial Trump spokesperson and noted racist Lou Dobbs went full fascist. Lou Dobbs said on tonight’s broadcast that President Donald Trump has to “declare a national emergency, and simply sweep aside the recalcitrant left in this country,” because “They have obstructed, resisted and subverted for far too long.” LOU DOBBS (HOST): […]

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Sears chairman Eddie Lampert submits new $5 billion bid to save doomed retailer

Could this be the eleventh-hour bid that saves Sears from liquidation? Good news for fans of the 126-year-old iconic American retail brand. Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert today submitted a new and increased bid to take over the company — “roughly $5 billion,” Reuters reports Wednesday evening. Lampert’s bid earlier this week was rejected. […]

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Joshua Tree National Park to close because Trump’s shutdown led to damage

Trump’s government shutdown, now on day 17 and counting, has led to the closure of Joshua Tree National Park. The park announced today, Tuesday January 8, that it will temporarily close “effective 8 am on Thursday, January 10, to allow park staff to address sanitation, safety, and resource protection issues in the park that have […]

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FCC closed due to government shutdown, Ajit Pai won’t be at CES

Federal Communications Commission DA 19-10 DA 19-10Released: January 2, 2019 IMPACT OF POTENTIAL LAPSE IN FUNDING ON COMMISSION OPERATIONS In the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, the Commission will suspend most operations in the middle of the day on Thursday, January 3, 2019. During a lapse in funding, the Network […]

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U.S. Strategic Command tweets nuclear war joke on New Year’s Eve

Happy nuke year, everyone! Man, the Trump administration’s recklessness really makes people feel like they can just say whatever they want with no consequences. Apparently, Donald Trump’s penchant for reckless tweets is contagious, and has spread to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), which is part of the Department of Defense. “#TimesSquare tradition rings in the […]

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Detaining immigrants is big business

Here’s who is getting rich off Trump’s immigrant detention camps. A new Daily Beast investigation reveals new details about just how lucrative the business of detaining immigrant asylum-seekers in the United States has become. “In 2018 alone, for-profit immigration detention was a nearly $1 billion industry underwritten by taxpayers and beset by problems that include […]

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Nick Ayers says NOPE: Trump pick to replace John Kelly will not be new WH chief of staff

Smart guy. Has 6-year-old triplets. Knows a shitshow when he smells one. Nick Ayers, who is currently Vice President Mike Pence’s Chief of Staff, will NOT become the next Next White House Chief of Staff. NEWS — Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers Won’t Be Next White House Staff Chief — Sources https://t.co/MFh95DTwBJ — Michael […]

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Mississippi Senate runoff: Openly racist Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) defeats Mike Espy (D)

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has defeated Democrat Mike Espy in the Mississippi Senate race. This brings the Senate count to 53 (R) — 47 (D). Mississippi, Goddam. The state just elected an openly white supremacist supporter of Donald Trump who unapologetically cracked a lynching joke about her Black and Democratic opponent. From the Washington Post’s backgrounder […]

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Climate change is fueling wildfires, warns National Climate Assessment

Climate change is why California is burning, and thousands of its citizens displaced, injured, or killed by the wildfires that spread with never-before-seen intensity. Says who? The just-released U.S. National Climate Assessment, which Donald Trump’s own administration released, but which the president seems to believe is a work of fiction. The 2018 National Climate Assessment […]

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Mueller says Manafort violated his plea deal by lying to investigators

Breaking News: Robert Mueller says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea deal by lying to investigators. Paul Manafort and Donald Trump thinking they’re going to outmaneuver Robert Mueller: pic.twitter.com/HhSZjntb3c — Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) November 27, 2018 Federal investigators wrote in a court filing [which you can read here in PDF] that Manafort’s […]

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Mareli Miniutti gets restraining order against Michael Avenatti, claims he was violent

Things are not looking good for Michael Avenatti. His ex-girlfriend Mareli Miniutti says he violently dragged her out of bed and called her a ‘f–king bitch.’ Mareli Miniutti, 24, is described as an “aspiring actress” by CNN. A Los Angeles judge today granted Miniutti a restraining order against celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, whom she claims […]

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#ProtectMueller protests demand justice, “Trump is not above the law.” (Video, Photos)

Take it to the streets, America. The investigation into Trump’s corruption and likely criminality must not be stopped. Thousands of Americans from Florida to California gathered to defend Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the system of justice he represents. Below, photos and video from the events, shared live. The #ProtectMueller crowd keeps growing! pic.twitter.com/7KvYY0fL5t — […]

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Lira rallies as Turkey pledges spending cuts to avoid IMF bailout

Turkey’s finance minister sparked a recovery in the lira after he addressed thousands of international investors, pledging to protect beleaguered local banks and cut public spending to prevent the country defaulting on its loans. Berat Albayrak, who has faced criticism for failing to tackle the country’s growing financial crisis, spoke to around 6,000 investors on […]

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US bosses now earn 312 times the average worker’s wage, figures show

The chief executives of America’s top 350 companies earned 312 times more than their workers on average last year, according to a new report published Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute. The rise came after the bosses of America’s largest companies got an average pay rise of 17.6% in 2017, taking home an average of […]

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Turkish lira rallies as Qatar makes $15bn loan pledge

Turkey’s beleagured currency has bounced back from record lows after Qatar pledged to shore up the banking sector’s shaky finances with loans worth $15bn (£11.8bn). A week after a diplomatic spat with the US sent the lira into a tailspin, the agreement with Qatar was calculated to help Turkey avoid having to ask the International […]

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Erdoğan says Turkey will boycott US electronic products

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Turkey will boycott electronic products from the US, as he issued another defiant response to sanctions imposed in a dispute over the detention of an American evangelical pastor. The US measures have accelerated a currency crisis in Turkey, though the lira rallied slightly on Tuesday from a low of seven […]

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Trump misunderstanding over prisoner fuelled lira crisis – Ankara sources

The currency plunge imperilling Turkey’s economy has been fuelled by a standoff between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the fate of a Turkish woman detained in Israel whose freedom the US president brokered, and an American pastor held in Turkey whose release he demands in return, officials in Ankara have claimed. Turkish leaders […]

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Global markets braced for hectic trading as Turkish crisis unfolds

Global markets are braced for another hectic day of trading amid Turkey’s unfolding economic crisis after the country’s currency, the lira, plunged 20% to record lows on Friday. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president, remained defiant over the weekend, accusing foreign interests of waging an economic war against Turkey and pledging trade measures to reduce reliance […]

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