Russiaa s back, bigger and badder than ever

Back in March 2014, with Russian-speaking forces patrolling the streets of Crimea, until then a part of the sovereign country of Ukraine, I wrote an article arguing that, "We have entered a new Cold War." Fast-forward to this surreal moment in American - and global - history, and it appears that Vladimir Putin's Russia is handily winning this Cold War 2.0. This is no longer a battle between Communism and capitalism/democracy.

Obama to preserve his copy of CIA a Torture Reporta

President Barack Obama is archiving his copy of the entire so-called Senate Torture Report, it was disclosed Monday, suggesting the study of CIA interrogations used in secret overseas prisons would be made public in 2028. Obama provided notice of his plan to make the 6,700-page report part of the presidential record to some in Congress in a letter from his counsel W. Neil Eggleston dated Friday - two days after lawyers for the alleged Sept.

Miamia s federal police monitor says communication will get better

The independent monitor tasked with assessing Miami's compliance with a federal policing agreement indicated Monday that she believes the city's police department is on the right track, and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice pledged to improve communication with the public. Jane Castor, former police chief of Tampa, told a civilian oversight board created as part of the Miami Police Department's agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that she expects the department will fully comply with the compact before a 2020 deadline.

Controversial anti-Semitism bill dies in House

The House of Representatives ended this congressional session without taking action on a bill targeting campus anti-Semitism, a measure that had been backed by mainstream Jewish groups, criticized by civil libertarians and passed unanimously by the Senate on Dec. 1. Rep. Bob Goodlatte , chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, did not advance the bill through his committee, a congressional staffer told JTA. Congress formally ends its session on Monday afternoon, but the session is pro forma and most members are already back in their districts for a Christmas break.

Trump invites trouble if he keeps businesses: ethics experts

Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he's in office - but he's not going to sell it off. If he follows through, he will shatter a presidential precedent on conflicts, and ethics experts say he will open the door to investigations and lawsuits that could hobble his administration.

Law officers ask Obama for help policing pipeline protests

A dozen law enforcement officials in North Dakota are imploring President Barack Obama in a letter to send federal officers to help local police during protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline, citing costs, fatigue and a growing fear of vigilante justice. The officials asked Obama for 100 Border Patrol agents and members of the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group, along with an unspecified amount of financial assistance, saying they've been "completely and utterly abandoned" by the federal government.

Conway: Trump won’t interfere with Capitol Hill investigations into Russia hacking

Donald Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway outlined Thursday, August 18, 2016 her vision of the campaign's strategy for the final stretch of the presidential race, vowing to "sharpen the message" and "win the argument every day" while... Donald Trump's new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway outlined Thursday, August 18, 2016 her vision of the campaign's strategy for the final stretch of the presidential race, vowing to "sharpen the message" and "win the argument every day" while... Donald Trump's campaign manager insisted Friday that the candidate no longer questions President Barack Obama's birthplace, though Trump himself remains silent on the issue.

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Democratic ex-Congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to ten years in prison after he paid off illegal $1m loan with fraud and racketeering - and even took an $18,000 bribe to lobby Barack Obama Daily Mail (UK), by James Wilkinson

Sen. Casey calls for federal investigation intoCDC emails on Legionnaires outbreak

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said today he will ask for a formal federal inquiry into how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handled its investigation of the 2012 Legionnaires' outbreak at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, following publication of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's two-part series that raised questions about possible bias by federal officials. "It is of great concern to me and should be to anyone interested in this that there could be bias in the CDC's results in this investigation" of the Pittsburgh VA Legionnaires' outbreak, Mr. Casey said.

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In early November Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told reporter John Pilger in an exclusive interview that it wasn't Russia who hacked into the DNC and Clinton staff emails. Assange went on to say he "felt sorry" for Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s criticism of Russia hacking claim could haunt him

Donald Trump held firm Monday to his skepticism of the huge intelligence apparatus he's about to inherit, doubting anew the CIA conclusion that Russia tried to hack its way into tipping the U.S. election his way. Trump emphasized that he does not accept the conclusion that the Kremlin tried to disrupt the election in his favour, an idea he dismissed as "ridiculous" over the weekend.

Trump says he will announce his secretary of state pick on Tuesday


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"I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning," Trump said in a tweet Monday night. However, selecting Tillerson to the nation's top diplomatic position could arouse anger among some lawmakers, who may attempt to block the nomination.

Aaron Schock pleads not guilty to federal charges Updated at

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to two dozen federal charges alleging he misused public money, lied about it and failed to file correct tax returns. During a 45-minute hearing that focused mostly on conditions for his bond, Schock, 35, said little except "Yes, your honor" or "No, your honor" to several questions by U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough, who will be presiding over the case.

Ex-Illinois US Rep. Schock pleads not guilty to funds misuse


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Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, who just two years ago was the future face of the Republican Party, pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to charges that he misused government and campaign money for personal use. The 35-year-old Republican from Peoria pronounced his plea and gave short answers to questions by U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough, who set a trial date of Feb. 7. Appearing calm and dressed in a dark suit with thin stripes, the one-time formidable fundraiser and rising GOP star faces federal corruption charges alleging he used his position to spend lavishly on travel, World Series and Super Bowl tickets and other amenities of an extravagant lifestyle.

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In picking Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donald Trump has chosen an orthopedic surgeon who in his congressional career, has loyally promoted the interests of the medical profession - its freedom and importantly, its financial interests. A conservative representing Georgia's 6th District, Price sponsored a 2015 bill that would restrict efforts to reduce doctor payments for medical services.

Lawsuit challenges new Texas rules over fetal remains

In this July 13, 2013 file photo, abortion rights advocates, left, protest in the State Capitol as anti-abortion rights supporters pass them in Austin, Texas. A coalition of national advocacy groups sued Texas on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, seeking to block Texas' soon-to-be-implemented rules mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains.

Jonathan Bernstein: There’s nothing Teflon about Trump

Donald Trump won the election. That's a fact. But since then, Trump, his supporters and even some pundits are making various claims about his victory that aren't true, starting with his Orwellian assertions to have won in a landslide or even recording "one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history".

Sen. Casey calls for federal investigation into CDC emails on Legionnaires’ outbreak

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said today he will ask for a formal federal inquiry into how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handled its investigation of the 2012 Legionnaires' outbreak at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, following publication of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's two-part series that raised questions about possible bias by federal officials. "It is of great concern to me and should be to anyone interested in this that there could be bias in the CDC's results in this investigation" of the Pittsburgh VA Legionnaires' outbreak, Mr. Casey said.

Is there an opportunity?

Some Israelis and their overseas supporters are celebrating what they see as an opportunity to firm up the fuzzy relationship between Israel and settlements in the West Bank. Some go further, and see a chance to absorb the West Bank, somehow without granting its Arab residents Israeli citizenship.

Taking Wing: Back to Baja

I seldom experience dA jA vu in my aerial life, though it lurks around every corner of my ground-bound existence. Enough changes from flight to flight to find something fresh in every airborne encounter, and the shift in perspective makes even old haunts seem entirely foreign when seen from above.

Ohio inmate loses appeal to block 2nd attempt at execution

This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Romell Broom, whose 2009 botched execution was called off after two hours. The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a condemned Ohio killer who said the state should not get a second chance to put him to death after he survived a botched execution.

Now Trump gives Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn the job as his top economic adviser

Cohn will also be the director of the National Economic Council, according to a memo sent out by the Trump transition team This nomination comes after Trump selected a 17-year veteran of the Wall Street mega-bank to head his treasury department Another member of the Goldman Sachs team was officially offered a Trump administration job, with the transition team announcing today that Gary Cohn, the bank's president and COO, would become Donald Trump's top economic adviser. Cohn will be the assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic, a release from the transition team said.

The Latest: Goldman Sachs exec is pick for economics post


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Cohn will serve as director of the National Economic Council, heading a department with a key role in policymaking. The post does not require Senate confirmation.

US Court of Appeals: States and counties can ban GMO crops despite federal laws

The entire organic community of the United States just won a massive victory that many may not yet even realize. Even though the DARK Act was passed by Obama and some Senate goons to prohibit labeling of GMOs nationwide, the US Court of Appeals just passed a law that enables states and counties to completely ban genetically engineered crops from ever being planted in the first place.

Trump Team’s Energy Questions Stir Fears of Retaliation Against Civil Servants

Friday's revelation that the Trump transition team had sent a 74-item questionnaire to Energy Department employees asking about their work on climate change has prompted warnings of possible civil service law violations from lawmakers. The Trump request, first reported by Bloomberg and Politico , is also being monitored by science associations and the Senior Executives Association.

Trump’s lawyers intervene in lawsuit to free electors


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Lawyers for President-elect Donald Trump on Monday filed documents to become involved in a lawsuit by two Democratic electors trying to be freed of Colorado's requirement that they vote for the winner of the state's popular vote. A federal judge will hear arguments in the case Monday afternoon.

Repealing Itself? Only Four of 24 Obamacare Exchanges Remain Open

Only four of the original 24 Obamacare health co-ops remain standing after Maryland's co-op announced Dec. 8 it was suspending the sale of individual health insurance policies, the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has found. With the near-collapse of Maryland's co-op - called Evergreen Health - at least 989,000 individuals nationwide have lost their health insurance coverage when the nonprofit co-ops stopped selling insurance to customers, according to TheDCNF's tally.

These Two Indicators Will Tell You When ‘Trump Trades’ Are Over an hour ago

At the heart of the major market moves since Nov. 8 lies a simple belief: upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump will reflate the U.S. economy. Despite the magnitude of some of the moves in currencies and bond yields, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Head of Rates and Currency Research David Woo doesn't think the markets have adequately adjusted to how the macroeconomic backdrop will shift under the new administration.

Here’s Where Obama Is Going To Set Up Shop After Leaving The White House

President Barack Obama rented office space in Washington, D.C. Monday to be used after he leaves the White House in January 2017. Barack Obama attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 1, 2016 Two sources told The Washington Post that Obama will lease space in the World Wildlife Fund headquarters, located at 1250 24th Street NW.

Supreme Court rejects death row appeals

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from death row inmates in four states that raised different questions about the fairness of capital punishment. Justice Stephen Breyer, commenting on two of those cases, repeated his call for the court to take up the constitutionality of the death penalty.

Supreme Court leaves $1B NFL concussion settlement in place

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected challenges to the estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, clearing the way for payouts to begin to those who have been diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions. The settlement covers more than 20,000 retired NFL players for the next 65 years.

The Latest: Hollande pleads for Aleppo cease-fire

A dozen law enforcement officials in North Dakota are imploring President Barack Obama to send federal officers to help control protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. The Smithsonian says the National Portrait Gallery will put up a photo portrait of President-elect Donald Trump a week before the inauguration.

Ex-Philadelphia congressman gets 10 years for corruption

Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 17 to 21 years for the former Pennsylvania congre... A dozen law enforcement officials in North Dakota are imploring President Barack Obama to send federal officers to help control protests against the Dakota Access pipeline. A dozen law enforcement officials in North Dakota are imploring President Barack Obama to send federal officers to help control protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

U.S. Senate To Probe Alleged Russian Hacking To Help Trump Win Presidency

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has announced an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into a CIA assessment that Russia's government used hackers to try to help Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the presidency. Speaking to reporters on December 12, McConnell said "Russians are not our friends" and condemned possible Russian hacking into computers of the Democratic National Committee and other "U.S. political organizations."

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Smithsonian to Display Trump Portrait Ahead of Inauguration

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Top GOP leader: Senate to probe reports of Russia hacking

The top Senate Republican said Monday that Congress will investigate a CIA assessment that Russia interfered in the November election on behalf of Donald Trump, an intelligence conclusion that the incoming commander in chief has called "ridiculous." Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that an inquiry would be conducted by the Senate intelligence panel.

Report: Immigrants held in detention centers nationwide lack ability to make phone calls

Border Patrol agents escort a group of undocumented immigrants into custody on May 20, 2013 near the U.S.-Mexico border in Havana, Texas [AFP] Many Americans are worried about the fate of immigrants under President-elect Donald Trump. However, thousands of lawful permanent residents and undocumented immigrants are rounded up each day under the current administration and locked up in detention centers across the country.

Experts debate gun control in New York State

For the second installment of the "You Defend It Debate Series," representatives from the largest organizations in New York advocating for and against stricter gun laws squared off in Old University Union. The event, held Tuesday, was hosted by the Binghamton University Speech and Debate Team along with Defend It Inc., a local debate organization.

Supreme Court rejects death row appeals

In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, people stand on the steps of the Supreme Court at sunset in Washington. Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife.

Internet Sales Tax Clash Turned Away by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Colorado law that imposes reporting requirements on internet retailers in an effort to get customers to pay the sales taxes they owe. The justices Monday turned away an appeal by a retail-industry trade group that challenged the measure as violating the U.S. Constitution.

Al Gore’s new climate change movie arrives just in time

The Sundance Film Festival will open in January with a new climate-change movie from Al Gore - and the timing, unfortunately, could not be better. Paramount Pictures and Participant Media announced on Saturday that the follow-up to the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth - in which film-maker Davis Guggenheim documented Gore's travelling slideshow on global warming - will follow the former vice-president as he travels around the world exploring advances and challenges in the fight against climate change.

Tillerson choice for State Department raises questions of corporate vs. national interest

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston, Texas April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Daniel Kramer/File Photo The central question facing Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Rex Tillerson if he becomes U.S. secretary of state is whether a lifelong oil man with close ties to Russia can pivot from advancing corporate interests to serving the national interest.

Arkansas Supreme Court rules that same-sex parents’ names…

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled late last week that birth certificates for children of same-sex couples will not be allowed to list the names of both parents. According to Reiters , the ruling puts an end to the fairly brief amount of time that same-sex couples were allowed the same parental rights as the children of heterosexual couples.

Obama Orders Investigation Into Election-Related Hacking Attacks

President Barack Obama has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct an investigation into hacking attacks related to the U.S. election and issue a report before he leaves office next month, White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco said. The report, which will be provided to Congress but not necessarily made public, will examine what impact hacking by Russia may have had on the election last month, Monaco said Friday at a breakfast in Washington hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

No, Big Data Didn’t Win the U.S. Election

One of the most enjoyable parts of the fallout from a big political upset is the victory dance of those who claim they brought it about. In the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory, a legend is being built around London-based Cambridge Analytica, which advised Trump's campaign using "big data" -- one of the most magical phrases in tech.

Ron Paul: War On “Fake News” Is War On Free Speech


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A major threat to liberty is the assault on the right to discuss political issues, seek out alternative information sources, and promote dissenting ideas and causes such as non-interventionism in foreign and domestic affairs. If this ongoing assault on free speech succeeds, then all of our liberties are endangered.

YouTuber Zoella reveals that she has been accused of LYING about her anxiety

Model, 32, claims her MIT-grad hedge-funder boyfriend, 29, offered her $75,000 to abort her baby girl and called her 'disgusting white trash' when she decided to keep the child Fashion designer boyfriend of 'Catwoman' Jocelyn Wildenstein is arrested after the socialite claims he assaulted and robbed her just days after she was charged for clawing his face This is what happens to your body when you don't wash your sheets every week Newspaper refuses Vietnam veteran's dying wish to have his obituary say he is 'not a murderer' and 'not a baby killer' after he was criticized for his role in the war Missing North Carolina girl who disappeared aged 15 more than five years ago is found living in Ohio after assuming a false identity Palymra falls to ISIS once more: Terror group reclaim ancient city after gathering 4,000 militants to lay seige and overthrow Assad's men El Chapo's henchmen dug TWO ... (more)

Bolton makes extraordinary claim that hacking may be a ‘false flag’ by Obama administration

John Bolton, a former UN ambassador reportedly being considered for deputy secretary of state in the Trump administration, said Sunday that reports of Russian interference in the presidential election may be a "false flag" conjured up by the Obama administration. In an interview with Eric Shawn of Fox News , Bolton claimed the Obama administration had "politicized" intelligence and suggested there may have been a hidden motive behind the CIA's finding that Russians hacked computer networks belonging to the Democratic and Republican National Committees.

Donald Trump: I’ll solve the Dakota Access pipeline question

If it's not "solved" by the time he's scheduled to take office in January, the U.S. president-elect vowed quick action on the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in early December said it would not approve an easement for further construction on the pipeline to bridge Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

Trump: Russian hacking claims – ridiculous’

Donald Trump on Sunday called a recent CIA assessment of Russian hacking "ridiculous" and says he's not interested in getting daily intelligence briefings - an unprecedented public dismissal by a president-elect of the nation's massive and sophisticated intelligence apparatus. Trump's remarks come as key congressional Republicans joined Democrats in demanding a bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin's activities and questioned consideration of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson - who has close business ties with Moscow - as head of the State Department.

Businesses see key ally coming to White House

Yet much of corporate America appears to view Trump not as an adversary but as a powerful friend. For all his bullying stance toward some companies, businesses have been cheered by his vows to slash taxes and soften Obama-era rules that were designed to protect workers, the environment and the financial system and by his choices to lead the Labor Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

We must know if Russia tipped the U.S. presidential election | Editorial

Just 27 days ago, in what was essentially a Paul Revere midnight ride through cyberspace, the director of the National Security Agency announced that the United States is Russia's play toy. "There shouldn't be any doubts in anybody's mind: This was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily," Admiral Michael Rogers said of hacked material released throughout the 2016 campaign.

Syrian troops say they control 98 percent of eastern Aleppo

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Extreme Storms Will Be a Lot More Frequent as Climate Warms

The number of heavy downpours in much of the U.S. could increase five-fold by the end of the century, causing flash floods, mudslides and ruining crops, climate researchers predicted Monday. People need to start getting ready for these catastrophic storms now, because most places aren't prepared to handle such extreme weather, the team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research said.

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Young immigrants who live illegally in the country and are traveling abroad... . In this photo taken Dec. 1, 2016, Nancy Lopez-Ramirez, 20, from Mexico, discusses her travel plans at City College of New York.

Japan denies Chinese claim of dangerous fighter-jet conduct

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Between festivities, visit My Social Security

The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it family gatherings and familiar traditions. As you bustle about from place to place, sharing turkey dinners and catching up with loved ones, there's one errand you can avoid - a visit to the Social Security office.

National parks may raise seniors’ fees

The price of a lifetime pass for seniors to national parks could quadruple as Congress considers establishing a fund to finance "signature" projects and programs to enhance the National Park System. Legislation is pending in the Senate after House passage of H.R. 4680 by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, which would establish the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund.

Israeli Air Force prepares to receive first two F-35 fighters

More than 13 years after Israel first signed on to the F-35 program, the Israeli Air Force is about to receive its first two F-35I "Adir" Lightning II stealth fighters, which are slated to land in Israel Monday afternoon. The pair of fighters represent Israel's first fifth-generation fighter aircraft, and the first stealth aircraft incorporated into the Israeli Air Force.

CBS to Netanyahu: ‘Is Israel inching toward an anti-American Middle East bloc?’

US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the notion that Israel is entering an "anti-American bloc" in a high-stakes interview Sunday night with Lesley Stahl of CBS's 60 Minutes : Lesley Stahl: "You have a friendship with Mr. Putin, and a friendship with China.

Police expecting military gear

HAGERSTOWN, Md. If President-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments.