Former CIA director says Russia could 'have something' on Trump

Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Trump’s decision to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his reelection shows that Trump is “afraid of the president of Russia” — and that Moscow may have compromising information about the U.S. leader.

  • Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence before three-year prison term was to begin
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    Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence before three-year prison term was to begin

    President Trump on Friday commuted the three-year prison sentence for Republican operative Roger Stone, who was to report to a federal prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. In a statement released Friday night, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Stone's prison sentence “unjust.” “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” McEnany said in the statement.

  • Turn off your air conditioning, experts say after WHO shifts stance on airborne coronavirus
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    Turn off your air conditioning, experts say after WHO shifts stance on airborne coronavirus

    Air conditioning units that recirculate the same air in a room should be switched off or only used with open windows, experts have urged, amid mounting concern around the role of airborne transmission to spread Covid-19. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, a fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering, said there were two types of air conditioning units - ones that take air in from outside and expel it out again, or those that recirculate the same air. Guidance from the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers, which Dr Fitzgerald helped draw up, warns that split air conditioning units that do not have a “dedicated source of outside air supply into a room… could be responsible for recirculating and spreading airborne viral particles into the path of socially distanced users”.

  • 2 officers killed in shootout in south Texas border town
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    2 officers killed in shootout in south Texas border town

    Two police officers were shot and killed Saturday in a South Texas border town after reportedly responding to a disturbance call, authorities said. The McAllen police officers were shot on the south side of the city and transported to an area hospital, said Lt. Christopher Olivarez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. “We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City," McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told The (McAllen) Monitor.

  • Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram’ just four years later
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    Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram’ just four years later

    The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal. Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill. The hunter, who prompted a worldwide outpouring of fury when he targeted Cecil five years ago, was identified as one of two men in a photo with the dead Altai argali – the largest wild sheep in the world.

  • The Best Smart Technology for Your Socially Distanced Summer
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    The Best Smart Technology for Your Socially Distanced Summer

    From a sleek electric bike to a theater-quality projector, these new products will make staying home this summer that much more enjoyable Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • ‘Tell us why.’ Restaurants protest Miami-Dade mayor’s latest dining room shutdown
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    ‘Tell us why.’ Restaurants protest Miami-Dade mayor’s latest dining room shutdown

    Dozens of independent Miami restaurant owners closed their shops and showed up downtown Friday to protest the recent Miami-Dade County order that shut their restaurant dining rooms. Carrying signs with slogans like, “no science, no closures,” the hastily unified group of small business owners demanded that County Mayor Carlos Gimenez produce data — from contact tracers or otherwise — that showed a recent spike in Miami-Dade COVID-19 infections could be tracked to restaurants. Restaurant owners say they have been singled out, while the mayor's order, which went into effect July 9, allows gyms, construction sites and office spaces to stay open.

  • New Flynn Notes: ‘FBI Leadership’ Decided Not to Provide Russian Call Transcripts to Flynn in Interview
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    New Flynn Notes: ‘FBI Leadership’ Decided Not to Provide Russian Call Transcripts to Flynn in Interview

    Newly released documents in the Michael Flynn case include a January 2017 DOJ draft memo that states “FBI leadership” decided against showing Flynn transcripts of his calls with the Russian ambassador in the White House interview that led to his guilty plea. The DOJ document, dated January 30, 2017 — along with a batch of handwritten notes from DOJ and FBI officials describing Flynn's White House interview with former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI agent Joseph Pientka on January 24, 2017 — shed further light on the FBI's spontaneous interview with Flynn, who had just begun his role as national-security adviser for President Trump.

  • Seoul mayor takes own life after sexual harassment allegations
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    Seoul mayor takes own life after sexual harassment allegations

    The mayor of Seoul, a contender to be South Korea's next president and a former human rights lawyer, took his own life a day after he was accused of sexual harassment, authorities said Friday. Park Won-soon, whose body was recovered on a mountain in the capital, is by far the most high-profile politician to be implicated in a harassment case in South Korea, a highly patriarchal society where the #MeToo movement has led to the fall of scores of prominent men in multiple fields. Park offered a general apology in a suicide note -- handwritten with ink and brush -- found at his official residence and released by city authorities.

  • A revival of ultrafast supersonic passenger jet travel is inching closer to reality – take a look at the prototype debuting in October
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    A revival of ultrafast supersonic passenger jet travel is inching closer to reality – take a look at the prototype debuting in October

    Boom Supersonic Aircraft start-up Boom Supersonic is one step closer to bringing back supersonic passenger travel with its flagship Overture jet. The Overture's prototype and demonstrator, the XB-1, will be unveiled in October and plans to take to the skies in 2021. If the XB-1 has a successful test flight program, the Overture could fly within the next 10 years, bringing back supersonic travel to the public.

  • The Lincoln Project's 'Never Trump' ads expertly troll a president who never fails to take the bait
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    The Lincoln Project's 'Never Trump' ads expertly troll a president who never fails to take the bait

    A political campaign built around making videos designed to bait the president of the United States into overreacting would almost certainly have been a total waste of time at any other moment under any other commander in chief. But Donald Trump is unlike any other president. And so for the Lincoln Project, which was created by a group of anti-Trump Republican political operatives last December, that means there is a logic to being a metaphorical fly buzzing around the president's head.

  • Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victory
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    Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victory

    Russia's intelligence services have 'stepped up' their war on free media, carrying out a series of operations designed to intimidate journalists in the wake of Vladimir Putin's controversial referendum victory last week. In an unprecedented case for post-Soviet Russia, prominent defence reporter Ivan Safronov was seized outside his home on Tuesday morning by secret service agents and arrested on suspicion of treason. Last week's overwhelming approval of constitutional amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to stay in office at least until 2036 was hailed by the Kremlin as a “triumph.”

  • Five Guys employees were fired for refusing to serve police officers in Alabama, as tension mounts between service workers and law enforcement
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    Five Guys employees were fired for refusing to serve police officers in Alabama, as tension mounts between service workers and law enforcement

    Hollis Johnson Employees of a Five Guys restaurant in Daphne, Alabama were fired for refusing to serve a group of police officers earlier this week, the company confirmed in a Facebook post. "As we uphold our commitment to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers, please know that the actions and sentiments of a few employees in Daphne, AL do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee," the post read. The incident is the latest in a series of recent confrontations between restaurant workers and police officers amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.

  • Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show
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    Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

    A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — swept within Mercury's orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even bigger debris tail.

  • Nile Dam row: Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power
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    Nile Dam row: Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power

    The recent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Ethiopia's huge hydro-electric plant, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd), straddling the Blue Nile, was held by teleconference. The Gerd, which sits on the Nile's main tributary, is upstream of Egypt and has the potential to control the flow of water that the country almost entirely relies on. Using similar language, Ethiopia's UN ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie countered: "For Ethiopia, accessing and utilising its water resources is not a matter of choice, but of existential necessity."

  • Botswana gets first test results on elephant deaths
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    Botswana gets first test results on elephant deaths

    Botswana received its first test results on Friday (July 10) to find out why hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously. Authorities said they will share their findings next week, when they get more results from samples sent to South Africa. Wildlife officials want to determine what has killed the elephants about two months after the first bodies were found.

  • U.S. records more than 66,000 new coronavirus cases in record spike
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    U.S. records more than 66,000 new coronavirus cases in record spike

    The United States recorded its highest one-day spike in new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as hospitals in some hotspots approach capacity. The U.S. single-day record of more than 66,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday broke the previous record, set Thursday, by about 3,000 cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. The latest confirmed infections add to the nearly 3.2 million cases recorded nationwide since January.

  • Fourth day of virus protests in Serbia
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    Fourth day of virus protests in Serbia

    The protests were held as the Balkan nation announced a record daily death toll from COVID-19. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said earlier Friday the Balkan state recorded 18 fatalities and 386 new cases over 24 hours in what she described as a "dramatic increase". At the same time, Brnabic condemned as "irresponsible" protests held in Belgrade and other cities on Thursday, after demonstrations in the capital on the previous two days had spilled over into violence.

  • Dr. Fauci gave a blunt assessment of how the US is handling the coronavirus pandemic: Not great
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    Dr. Fauci gave a blunt assessment of how the US is handling the coronavirus pandemic: Not great

    Al Drago/Getty Images Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the "striking" transmission efficiency of the coronavirus has created the "perfect storm." "Not to be hyperbolic about it — it really is the perfect storm and [an] infectious disease and public health person's worst nightmare," Fauci said at an event hosted by the news website The Hill. Some states and the US as a whole are seeing record-high daily surges in confirmed coronavirus cases as the country once again grapples with a response to COVID-19 outbreaks following an unprecedented shutdown a few months ago.

  • Trump still struggling to articulate his agenda for a second term
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    Trump still struggling to articulate his agenda for a second term

    During a Fox News town hall in Wisconsin late last month, President Trump was asked by host Sean Hannity to name his top priority items for a second term. Trump gave a meandering reply about now having the “experience” of being president and living in Washington, D.C. (“Now I know everybody,” he said), then quickly pivoted to the tell-all book by his former national security adviser John Bolton — all without laying out a single policy idea or plan. The answer frustrated Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who criticized Hannity for not making Trump focus.

  • Dutch government to file suit against Russia over downing of MH17
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    Dutch government to file suit against Russia over downing of MH17

    The Dutch government on Friday said it would file a suit against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights over the downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago. "The submission is a new step in our efforts to establish truth, justice and accountability", Dutch Foreign minister Stef Blok said in a letter to parliament. Blok said his government would give the court all its information on MH17, thereby supporting the individual applications already submitted by the victims' next of kin.

  • The first federal execution in 17 years of a white supremacist killer was postponed because the coronavirus stopped the victims' family attending
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    The first federal execution in 17 years of a white supremacist killer was postponed because the coronavirus stopped the victims' family attending

    Daniel Lewis Lee was due to be executed on Monday for the 1996 killing of a family-of-three in Arkansas. Three of the victims' family members filed a lawsuit last week, asking for the execution to be delayed because traveling to attend would be dangerous due to the coronavirus. The Justice Department immediately filed an appeal to have the execution go on as scheduled, but there has been no ruling on that so far.

  • Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian
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    Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law. The report presented by Agnes Callamard to the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Thursday chronicled events around the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the legal implications of his killing as part of a broader look on the use of drone strikes.

  • Woman makes history by joining the elite Green Berets in the US
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    Woman makes history by joining the elite Green Berets in the US

    The elite Green Berets regiment has appointed a woman to join its ranks for the first time in its 68-year history. An enlisted soldier and a member of the National Guard, the woman, who has not been named, completed her training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Women have served in special operations for some years.

  • Outdoor Dinging Decor That's Sure to Bring Joy to Any Table 
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    Outdoor Dinging Decor That's Sure to Bring Joy to Any Table 

    Cheerful furnishings in citrine bring smiles to the outdoor table Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 'This is not the summer for a spontaneous road trip': The case for canceling your vacation
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    'This is not the summer for a spontaneous road trip': The case for canceling your vacation

    It's time to cancel your summer vacation. "People should stay the (expletive) home," says Cassandra Marcella Metzger, a travel designer based in Washington, D.C., who makes her living tailoring trips for clients. Oh, I know: a travel agent and a travel columnist telling you not to travel is straight-up blasphemy!