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Putin is the first head of state the North Korean leader is meeting after the failed Hanoi summit with the US. #Russia #NorthKorea #AsiaPacific #Europe #KimJongUn #VladimirPutin


 
Kim Jong-un meets Vladimir Putin for first time at Vladivostok summit #NorthKorea #Russia #VladimirPutin #KimJong-un #Nuclearweapons #AsiaPacific #Worldnews #Europe


 
Kim Jong-un arrives in Vladivostok by train for Putin summit #NorthKorea #AsiaPacific #Worldnews #Russia #Europe #KimJong-un #VladimirPutin


 
North Korean leader to meet Russian president with discussions on economy, denuclearisation likely to be on the agenda. #NorthKorea #KimJongUn #VladimirPutin #AsiaPacific #Russia #Europe


 
North Korean leader to meet Russian president with discussions on economy, denuclearisation likely to be on the agenda. #NorthKorea #KimJongUn #VladimirPutin #AsiaPacific #Russia #Europe


 
The summit is the first between Putin and the North Korean leader and will focus on nuclear issue on Korean Peninsula. #NorthKorea #KimJongUn #Russia #VladimirPutin #AsiaPacific #UnitedStates


 
North Korean leader expected to seek Russian president’s support over western sanctions

Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin are expected to hold talks on an island in the far east of Russia this week in the first meeting between the two world leaders.

The North Korean leader is expected to travel by armoured train to the city of Vladivostok as early as Wednesday, where he will meet the Russian president on the island campus of Far Eastern University under heavy security. #KimJong-un #VladimirPutin #NorthKorea #Russia #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews


 

«Donald Trump is cancer», opines husband to Kellyanne Conway, George Conway

That’s especially damning because the ultimate issue shouldn’t be — and isn’t — whether the president committed a criminal act. As I wrote not long ago, Americans should expect far more than merely that their president not be provably a criminal. In fact, the Constitution demands it.

Trump tried to “limit the scope of the investigation.” He tried to discourage witnesses from cooperating with the government through “suggestions of possible future pardons.” He engaged in “direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony.” A fair reading of the special counsel’s narrative is that “the likely effect” of these acts was “to intimidate witnesses or to alter their testimony,” with the result that “the justice system’s integrity [was]threatened.” Page after page, act after act, Mueller’s report describes a
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Trump's approval rate decreases by five points, hitting all-time low

Only 39 percent of voters surveyed in the new poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, approve of the job Drumpf is doing as president. That is down from 44 percent last week and ties Drumpf’s lowest-ever approval rating in POLITICO/Morning Consult polling — a 39 percent rating in mid-August 2017, in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Only 34 percent of voters believe Congress should begin impeachment proceedings to remove the president from office, down from 39 percent in January. Nearly half, 48 percent, say Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings.

Most notably, independents are split, 39 percent to 37 percent, on whether Congress should keep investigating — but just 31 percent of independents support beginning impeachment proceedings, compared with 44 percent who oppose impeachment.

But many voters appear confused about what Mueller found in his report. Two in 10, 20 percent, say Mueller found tha
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The Mueller report couldn't be in worse shape, the PDF association claims

It was produced on April 17th on “probably a typical office network copier/printer,” and it uses lossy compression “more appropriate to photographs than to text.” The Justice Department might have gotten a high-quality PDF from Mueller, printed it, and re-scanned it, or Mueller might have delivered a paper report that the department scanned and released

Badly redacted searchable PDFs have occasionally revealed embarrassing secrets. A court filing in a Facebook lawsuit left text selectable under some hastily drawn black bars, and the Proud Boys extremist organization accidentally revealed its leadership with the same technique. Professional redaction software can prevent this, however, and the PDF Association post notes that an untagged and unsearchable PDF could violate the Justice Department’s accessibility rules for people with disabilities.

Since this is the PDF Association, there’s a detailed explanation about why th
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How Trump tried to obstruct justice from investigating his relations to Russia

Drumpf has never hidden his hostility toward what he’s styled a “witch hunt” carried out by partisan and venal prosecutors. But many of the president’s efforts to fight back were made public for the first time on Thursday, and all of them appear to have been aimed at allaying Russia-related press scrutiny and federal investigations.

Over and over, Drumpf pressed underlings to pass messages to those who might damage him and to exert influence over investigations, often without success. At one point, in July 2017, Drumpf gave instructions to his former campaign manager, a private citizen running a lobbying firm, for firing his attorney general. Those instructions were ignored.

“Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia thing is over,” Drumpf declared, prompting laughter from the former U.S. attorney. Christie told the president that Russia would still be hanging over him on Valentine’s Day 2018, and that Flynn was goi
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Russia and the US both rejected to support truce in Libya

The United States gave no reason for its position on the draft resolution, which would also call on countries with influence over the warring parties to ensure compliance and for unconditional humanitarian aid access in Libya, which has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

The U.S. reluctance to support Security Council action is in contrast to Washington’s earlier public opposition to Haftar’s offensive, which began while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Tripoli.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then said in a statement on April 7 that “we have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital.”

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Moscow's announcement comes after Pyongyang slams US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, claims new missile test conducted. #Russia #NorthKorea #VladimirPutin #KimJongUn #Europe #AsiaPacific


 
Kim Jong-un to meet Putin for first time in Russia's far east #KimJong-un #NorthKorea #VladimirPutin #Russia #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews #Nuclearweapons #UKnews


 
We Need to Talk About Putin and Putin v the People review – a gut-level patriot #Politicsbooks #Books #Culture #Foreignpolicy #Politics #Russia #Europe #Worldnews #VladimirPutin


 

While everyone's waiting for Mueller's report, everything depends on Bill Barr

1. The Hive

_“We’ve lived through so many big developments in the story that it’s hard to be fazed by any of it.” Said another, “It could end up being pretty revelatory, or it could end up being a recap of stuff that’s mostly been reported.” A third concurred, “We’re all curious to see how much of our reporting drove Mueller, as opposed to vice versa. It’s sort of a scorecard to see how much of the reporting was right, and how much of it was wrong.”__

“I think we’ve gotta see how much is redacted, because we could end up being very unsatisfied,” a fourth source told me. “High on my list are 1) to what extent did Barr’s letter accurately and completely represent the report? 2) How did Mueller come to the conclusion that he couldn’t come to a conclusion on
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Former border guard Frode Berg to request pardon from Vladimir Putin

A Russian court has jailed a Norwegian man for 14 years after finding him guilty of spying on nuclear submarines in a verdict that could strain ties between Moscow and its Nato-member neighbour.

Frode Berg, a 63-year-old retired former guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in Moscow in December 2017 and tried behind closed doors earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty to charges of espionage on behalf of Norway. #Russia #Norway #Espionage #Europe #Worldnews #VladimirPutin


 

Kremlin confirms preparations on RUS-DPRK summit

On Sunday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported the North Korean leader would travel to Vladivostok as early as next week. The Russian president is due in Beijing for high-level meetings in 26-27 April, and followed that a summit could happen in the days immediately before.

“Kim wants gradual sanctions relief in exchange for limited denuclearisation moves,” said the former diplomat and foreign relations expert Vladimir Frolov.

A meeting between the two leaders has long been touted. Some had speculated it would happen at Russia’s flagship Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last September. Then the meeting did not materialise, and instead Kim stayed in Pyongyang, some 500m from the Russian port city, for national Foundation Day celebrations.
Just a question beside the article itself: Does it feel to you the same that when you open the page, it is full of advertisements, that you can hardly see the article, caught in a gauntlet of flashy... show more


 

ICE deportees improperly medicated, watchdogs claim

Giselle says her father languished there for three months without his diabetes medication. Now, she says, the guards give it to him at odd times during the day and night. And, she says, ICE agents took his eyeglasses so he can't read legal documents or write letters.

The facility — run by a federal contractor, GEO Group, a for-profit company based in Boca Raton, Fla., that runs private prisons — has a troubled past. During an unannounced visit last year, federal inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General found "nooses" made out of bedsheets in 15 out of 20 cells. The inspectors found that guards overlooked the nooses even though a detainee had died by suicide using a bedsheet in 2017 and several others had attempted suicide using a similar method. The government audit concluded GEO Group guards improperly handcuffed and shackled detainees, unnecessarily placed detainees in solitary confinement and failed to provide adequate medical care.
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A FAQ on the Mueller Report

The fact of the interference itself had been long established, and last month Attorney General William Barr told Congress that Mueller did not find that Drumpf's campaign was involved with it.

Democrats say they can't be sure Barr isn't providing political cover for Drumpf, pointing to skepticism he voiced about Mueller's inquiry before he was nominated to be attorney general. Drumpf's opponents say they can't be sure what to make of Mueller's findings until they see the findings firsthand.

No. Barr told members of Congress that he has been working with the special counsel's office to redact four kinds of information.
First, grand jury material, which is secret under the law. Second, foreign intelligence that could compromise the sources and methods from which it originated, which American spies want to protect.

The FBI and Justice Department conducted surveillance of Drumpf's campaign in 2016 as they investigated the election interference. What Republicans have charged sin
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Russia says it wants to help establish peace in CAR, but others believe it may exploit resources and cause instability. #Russia #CentralAfricanRepublic #Military #HumanRights #Africa #Security #VladimirPutin #War&Conflict


 

The Mueller investigation's aftermath will be tremendous

Though seemingly unrelated, the two cases, legal experts say, showcase how threads from the Mueller probe could continue to yield new evidence and even more charges for months, if not years, to come — tied to everything from Russian interference in the 2016 election to the hush-money payment scheme Donald Drumpf’s campaign designed to help sway the last White House race, from the fundraising for Drumpf’s 2017 inauguration to unregistered foreign lobbyists working in the U.S.
Ugh...
Still, Miller said he does expect other U.S. prosecutors will try to question Assange on the Russian hackings that upended the 2016 American presidential election. “But they probably assume he’s not likely to be cooperative, and if he is, they can bring a case through another office,” he said.

The charges against Craig are tied to work he did preparing a report for the Ukrainian government that was intended to be used by Paul Manafort, the former D
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Fmr. counsel to Obama and Clinton expected to be indicted in Mueller-related probe

Craig had prepared a report concerning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's jailing of one of his political opponents, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The report was meant to be used by President Donald Drumpf's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who had been lobbying for Yanukovych at the time, to defend the former president. Craig would be the first current or former Democratic official to be indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation, which ended last month.

"Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government's stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion," the statement said.

#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice #Espionage #TrumpCampaign #Democrats #BlueWave #ForeignSurveillanceAct #FISA #Appropriation


 

Sen. Dems demand AG William Barr to withdraw espionage allegations

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of "perpetuating conspiracy theories" during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled to discuss the department's budget but ultimately was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of "perpetuating conspiracy theories" during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled to discuss the department's budget but ultimately was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Barr told senators on Wednesday that he was looking into the FBI's investigation of members of Drumpf's campaign and that he believes "spying" took place.
Please highlight that he believes it, meaning he has no ground on this allegation. Therefore, he rather spreads a conspiracy theory, although we, on the other hand, didn't h... show more


 

We should be expected to hear why the Trump-Russia investigation was started in the first place

Barr told senators that “I think spying did occur” in the Drumpf-Russia investigation conducted by (among others) the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The question,” Barr elaborated, “is whether it was adequately predicated.” Because “spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he explained that he would undertake an internal review, focusing on what the original rationale was for the spying.
Did he also emphasise on what evidental ground he had to believe that spying did occur on the Trump campaign? I mean, he possesses the Mueller report as one of the only people in the political circus (beside (fmr.) Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Mueller and his team. Trump, as he said, could read the report, but didn't, because he's a semi- to illiterate who struggles to read a full page without losing concentration immediately). Maybe he has got more information on... show more


 

Whales held captive to be released after public outrage

Images of the 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales, kept in enclosures in a bay near the Sea of Japan port of Nakhodka, first appeared after they were caught last summer by firms which planned to sell them to marine parks or aquariums in China.

But although the Kremlin agreed that the whales were held in cruel conditions, it said it was difficult to release them into the wild without harming them.

A special rehabilitation facility for whales would be set up under the agreement, with conditions as close as possible to their natural environment. Any whales in the Sea of Japan that were hurt or got into trouble could be treated there, said Kozhemyako.

#Russia #Whale #Maritime #MaritimeWildlife #News #Captivity #Environment #Environmentalism #Kremlin #Putin #VladimirPutin


 

On the Mueller report and Trump's tax returns

1. The Hill:

Today, Ranking Member Collins called for Special Counsel Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary. I fully agree. Special Counsel Mueller should come before the Committee to answer questions in public about his 22 month investigation into President Drumpf and his associates. 1/2
"In order to ask Special Counsel Mueller the right questions, the Committee must receive the Special Counsel’s full report and hear from Attorney General Barr about that report on May 2. We look forward to hearing from Mr. Mueller at the appropriate time," Nadler added.

2. Stars & Stripes:

In a series of tweets, Drumpf — who until recently ha
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The Israeli prime minister has worked hard to grow his political bromance with the presidents of Russia and the US. #Israel #MiddleEast #Russia #DonaldTrump #VladimirPutin #UnitedStates


 

Stop circumventing my orderly process, ye crooked Democrat!

The Department of Justice said in its response to a transparency group's Freedom of Information Act complaint that the court shouldn't "circumvent this orderly process" of Attorney General William Barr's plan to release a redacted version of the report in the coming weeks.

Justice Department lawyers even note that the timing of Barr's planned release of a redacted version of the report is well before politically charged dates, such as Barr's possible testimony to Congress in May, and the 2020 primaries and general election.

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WA/DC conservatives cautious about anonymous Mueller employee criticism on Barr summary

Like the Times, the Post’s article doesn’t directly quote or even paraphrase members of Mueller's team. Rather, the article attributes its findings to “people familiar with the matter,” “two people familiar with their reactions,” and “people familiar with their responses.”
The usual terms that are used for sources who would like to not be named directly regarding their safety and any consequences that could follow subsequent to their whistleblowing of inconvenient information, or however you would like to call this kind of information.
I'm going to wait until someone goes on the record or provides evidence to back up what these unnamed “government officials” suggest. That's based on the press' lousy track record of such anonymous Mueller bombshells, which previously guaranteed prosecutions or even impeachment.
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Palestinian militant group cooperated with Israeli secret service to return an IDF soldier's dead body

Based in Syria and headed by Ahmad Jibril, PFLP-GC is an offshoot of the PFLP and is violently opposed to any peace with the Jewish State. The group was involved in dozens of deadly attacks against IDF troops in southern Lebanon and Israeli civilians during the 1970s and 1980s.
Damn, I hate those counterproductive militant groups, they are standing in the way for a peace process. They remind me of the Tory party within the Brexit negotiations, just without the deadly attacks against the opposition.
IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis on Wednesday refused to say which country helped find Baumel’s remains, saying only that a “third-party” was involved. But on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s troops along with Syrian forces located Baumel’s body.

Jerusalem likely asked Moscow to have militants on the ground familiar with the rumors of where they were buried do t
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The two leaders reportedly discussed events in Syria just days before Netanyahu runs for re-election. #VladimirPutin #BenjaminNetanyahu #Russia #Israel #MiddleEast


 

Mueller staff say Barr's summary was relativising in favour of Trump

Some of the investigators believe Barr should have included more information and details from the 400-page report in the summary released at the end of last month.
Does it actually matter? I mean, once the report is disclosed to both the public and Congress, we will all see what the report really says. No-one actually believed that Barr said the whole truth about what can be found in the report, you could even tell by the comparison to more than 400 pages altogether and a four-pages summary. Every book of half the length required more than four pages to properly summarise the content. Barr's defense of Trump was weak, barely exonerating.
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On the NATO's 70th anniversary

1. CGTN America:

The U.S. Congress invited Jens Stoltenberg to demonstrate its unwavering support for NATO amid rising tensions with Russia over the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty aimed at preventing a nuclear confrontation.

“We do not want a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War. But we must not be naive. An agreement that is only respected by one side will not keep us safe,” said Jens Stoltenberg the NATO Secretary-General.

Drumpf’s individual relationship with NATO has been turbulent, partly because he wants closer relations with Russia, though his administration is pressuring fellow NATO member Turkey to drop an arms purchase from Moscow.

2. Foreign Policy:

As policymaker
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Transatlantic relationships in jeopardy and president playing on citizens’ fears, warns ex-diplomat William Burns

A former US state department adviser to five previous American presidents says that Donald Trump’s narcissistic unilateralism is doing Vladimir Putin’s work for him by widening the fissure between the US and Europe over climate change, Iran, Brexit and Nato.

The former adviser, William Burns, warned today that the corrosive damage to the transatlantic relationships might never be repaired, and described Trump being uninterested in those alliances at a time when China was “rising'” and Russia “resurging”, as criminal. #DonaldTrump #USnews #UKnews #VladimirPutin #Nato #Europe #Russia #Iran #Brexit #Tradeanddevelopment


 
Als ein Zeichen des Aufbruchs wird das erste Mercedes-Benz-Werk in Russland gefeiert. Aber trotz der Feststimmung bei der Werkseröffnung können die Feiernden nicht über die vielen Probleme hinwegsehen. #Mercedes #Ford #VladimirPutin #PeterAltmaier #DieterZetsche


 

When will Trump critics admit they're wrong? When the report was disclosed

Does such an ineffective stunt not play sweetly into the man’s manipulative hands? How does this help media in their ongoing death struggle for influence, relevance and financial stability in a turbulent era of change? Or the country, for that matter?
This quote, combined with the previous sentence of more then 300 newspapers simultaneously publishing columns and what-not critical of Trump were all prepared, so that they would all come at once. But this simply did not happen, or at least, it is unknown to the public whether there were any conspiratorial meetings that took place and led to this strange coincidence. Sometimes, you are unable to write something positive of a man becaues there is nothing positive left about him, or on him. Trump didn't do himself a favour when he constantly behaved like a five-year old with a temper tantrum, attacking not only the free press but also the opposition. Shortly after the Mueller report was handed over to Mr. Barr, he almo... show more


 

The Rights and Wrongs of subpoenaing for the full Mueller Report

Congressional Democrats are right to demand the full report – but they are wrong to ask the attorney general to violate the law. Instead, they should learn from the lessons of Watergate and the example of Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and House Judiciary Chair Peter Rodino. They should demand the full report but only for their own use. They should use it as a road map for their own investigation. And they should not wait.

Per Haldeman, all Chairman Nadler needs is a subpoena. He should not wait. He should get his hands on the report and all the underlying evidence — as his predecessor Rodino did — and start his investigative work. And he needs to do so now, in anticipation of a court battle.

Congressional Democrats should accept this imperfect result. There are good reasons why grand jury proceedings and intelligence activities are generally shielded from full public view — to promote candor, stealth and speed, and to protect both the inn
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Head of House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D - NYC) permits subpoena for Mueller Report

The House Judiciary Committee will also vote to authorize subpoenas for five former White House staffers — Don McGahn, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus and Ann Donaldson — whom Nadler says may have received documents from the White House relevant to the special counsel's probe and the committee's investigation that would waive executive privilege.

"We require the report, first, because Congress, not the attorney general, has a duty under the Constitution to determine whether wrongdoing has occurred. The special counsel declined to make a 'traditional prosecutorial judgment' on the question of obstruction, but it is not the attorney general's job to step in and substitute his judgment for the special counsel's."

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Eternally acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney claims that Mueller meant to tell AG Barr to rule on Trump's obstruction of justice

“What you saw here is simply Mueller saying, ‘You know what? I’m going to let Barr call this one,’” Mulvaney said, discussing the final report on Mueller’s 22-month probe with host Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”

“When you do an investigation like this, there’s typically two outcomes — either criminal indictments come down or it just quietly goes away. These types of investigations are not designed to exonerate people.”
Trump really only hires people who overly simplify an actually complicated system, or who mess it all up so that an entire country has to feel ashamed of those who are paid much more than they should be, because they behave like mentally deranged simpleton who could be outsmarted by four-graders with a stable C-.
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US media reflect on their role in promoting the Russiagate conspiracy theory. Plus, revisiting Ethiopia's media scene. #Media #UnitedStates #MuellerProbe #DonaldTrump #VladimirPutin #Russia #USElections2016 #US&Canada


 

Two thirds of the US-American people want the full Mueller report to be released

Only about a third of Americans believe, from what they've seen or heard about the Mueller investigation so far, that President Drumpf is clear of any wrongdoing. But they are split on how far Democrats should go in investigating him going forward.

At the same time, 56 percent said Mueller conducted a fair investigation, and 51 percent said they were satisfied with it. That included 52 percent of independents who said they were satisfied with the investigation. It's one of the rare questions in the first two years of the Drumpf presidency in which a majority of independents sided with Republicans instead of Democrats on a subject.

In this poll, Drumpf's approval rating is 42 percent. That's up slightly (but within the margin of error) from January, when it was 39 percent and unchanged from December.

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Russia threatens to shut down VPN servers to remove access to Telegram

Russia’s strict Internet laws require search engines to delete some results, messaging services to share encryption keys with law enforcement, and social-media networks to store users' personal data on servers within the country.

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on March 28 that it had asked the owners of 10 VPN services to join a state information technology system that contains a registry of banned websites.

The Internet censor said that it had sent notifications to NordVPN, Hide My Ass!, Hola VPN, Openvpn, VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, Kaspersky Secure Connection, and VPN Unlimited.

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On Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's rise and fall

At a time when virtually everyone in American political life was associated either with Team Red or Team Blue, Rosenstein appeared to be one of the few figures with bipartisan bona fides.

Rosenstein drafted a letter recommending that Drumpf terminate Comey for the FBI chief’s mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email inquiry. It was perhaps a plausible cover story—if only Drumpf could stick to the script.

The letter lent a veneer of legitimacy to Drumpf’s firing of Comey—a move that, when its true motives were laid bare, looked to many like a textbook example of obstruction of justice. Perhaps it did not occur to Rosenstein that others would see his letter as the primary element in a not-so-elaborate cover-up, and that Rosenstein might be making himself an accessory to a crime.

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US not amused about Russia sending troops to Venezuela


If I'm not mistaken, Putin was a strong supporter of the Maduro regime, so it's no surprise Russia sent troops to join the Venezuelan military. Of course the US dislike this move because they think they were the only country to send out peace Corp.s to improve their global reputation, while Trump told the world that he was to send the troops back home. Now, if there is no-one else to support Guaidó, Russia is goign to enter the stage. It's simple as that, there was a vacuum to be filled.
It’s not entirely clear why they’ve arrived now, although some fear they’ve come to help Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro fend off a US-led attempt to depose him. While Russia has in the past sent a few advisers to Venezuela, 100 is more than normal, CBS News reported.

“Were Venezuela ever to fall from the Russian orbit, it would be very painful for the Kremlin,” Vladimir Rouvinski, an expert on Russia-Venezuela relations at Colombia’s University o
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On Trump's response to Barr's letter

Shortly after Barr released his summary letter, President Drumpf tweeted, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” This is a deeply troubling response and one that should give every American pause. What is the public to make of the president’s claim, on the one hand, that the Mueller report offers “complete and total exoneration” of collusion with Russian and his consistent claim for nearly two years, on the other hand, that the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt,” “hoax” and “illegal”? These two positions are utterly unreconcilable.

_The president simply cannot have it both ways. He cannot reasonably claim that the investigation is illegitimate and that its findings are legitimate. Only one of these things can be true.__
Tell it to him, not to us. We all know that he distorts reality as it pleases to him. He's a liar, a cheater, a con man, an immature manbaby.
_The president re
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On the Mueller report's outcome

1. KTXS:

Rudy Giuliani, one of President Drumpf’s personal attorneys, told host Eric Bolling the president’s legal team was “very, very pleased” with the outcome. Giuliani, who served as a surrogate during Drumpf’s campaign said “nothing could be more absurd” than the allegation that Drumpf was working with Russia in 2016.

President Drumpf said Monday it would not bother him if the full report is released, but he is leaving the decision up to Barr. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Tuesday Barr expects to have some version of Mueller’s report available to the public within weeks, but the White House may make redactions citing executive privilege.
Why make redactions on something that wouldn't hurt the president if released in full length? Just wondering, regarding the com... show more


 
Full House approval would give William Barr 14 days to turn over records, communications concerning FBI probes of Trump. #UnitedStates #MuellerProbe #DonaldTrump #Russia #VladimirPutin #US&Canada


 

Opinion piece on the Mueller report's summary, provided by AG William Barr


That wasn't exactly the impact his long-awaited and confidential report had on the rest of official Washington. On a balmy spring Sunday, as Attorney General William Barr delivered the "principal conclusions" of the report to Congress, Republicans declared the president vindicated, and some Democrats found themselves on the defensive.

"It was a complete and total exoneration," Drumpf told reporters just before he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "No collusion, no obstruction."

"This case is closed," House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California declared in a statement, a theme the GOP is likely to hammer. "It is time we move on for the good of the nation."
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