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Don’t Worry, The Military At The Border Is Ignoring The White House

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:13

In a truly shocking and unprecedented turn of events, the White House authorized the use of “lethal force” at the Mexican border, per a cabinet order signed on Wednesday by Chief of Staff John Kelly, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated that the military police at the border don’t even have weapons. “There is no armed element going on,” Mattis told reporters on Wednesday, according to the BBC.

Trump May Move Ahead With Plans To Make Asylum Seekers Wait In Mexico: Report

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 00:28

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil a plan that would force asylum

Iran Burns Trump With ‘Rake’ Jab: ‘Perhaps We’re Also Responsible For California Fires’

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 23:16

Iran's foreign minister took a swipe at President Donald Trump in a barbed

California's Camp Fire Death Toll Rises To 83 While Nearly 600 People Remain Missing

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 23:07

The death toll from Northern California's Camp fire now stands at 83 following

Igor Korobov, head of Russian spy agency accused over Salisbury attack, dies aged 63 after 'serious illness'

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:35

The head of Russian military intelligence, which is accused of orchestrating the Salisbury Novichok attack, has died. Igor Korobov died on Wednesday after "a serious and long illness," Russian news agencies reported, citing the defence ministry. The 63-year-old GRU Chief's death comes after a series of embarrassments for the secretive organisation, for which he was reportedly berated by President Vladimir Putin. Mr Putin reportedly gave Mr Korobov a personal dressing down last month for the bungled operation to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russian journalist Sergey Kanev, who writes for an investigative group funded by Putin foe and former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, reported that Mr Korobov fell ill after the meeting with Mr Putin. Evgeny Buzhinsky, a former Russian general, dismissed allegations of foul play. Commenting on suggestions that Mr Korobov's death was untimely, he told the BBC: "No you are completely wrong. It was a long, long struggle against a very bad disease ... In Russia no one is suspicious, believe me." The defence ministry called General Korobov, who ran the spy agency since 2016, "a wonderful person, a faithful son of Russia and a patriot of his homeland." It did not give further details about his death. Gen Korobov had worked in military intelligence since 1985. In 2016, Mr Putin made him head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - also known as the GRU. He took over from Gen Igor Sergun, who died of a heart attack at the age of the 58.  Michael Carpenter, a Russia adviser for Barack Obama's administration, tweeted on Thursday: "His predecessor died in 2016 of a heart attack. Life expectancy for incumbents of this job is pretty low, but then so is the median life expectancy in Russia." At a glance | GRU Gen Korobov was sanctioned along with other GRU officers by the United States for activities that "undermine cybersecurity on behalf of the Russian government." The West has blamed the GRU for a string of brazen attacks. Britain has accused it of attempting to poison Mr Skripal and his daughter with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury. The botched assassination attempt led to the death of Dawn Sturgess, who, along with partner Charlie Rowley, fell ill after handling a container contaminated with the nerve agent in June. The Netherlands believes the agency has tried to hack the global chemical weapons watchdog, and US intelligence agencies said GRU was behind attempts to hack the 2016 US presidential election. Russia denies all the allegations. But the GRU has also suffered humiliation after the UK revealed the identities of the suspects behind the Skripal poisonings. The agents accused of carrying out the poisoning were named as Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, Dutch and British authorities also exposed the identities of the four Russian GRU operators who took part in the bungled operation to hack the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).  Four GRU operatives were caught trying to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons after Salisbury Credit: Ministerie van Defensie The four Russian spies had in their possession laptops and mobile phones holding damning proof of the cyber hacking operations of its notorious Unit 26165, also known as “GRU 85 Main Special Service Center”. One of them even had a taxi receipt showing he had been picked up from the rear entrance of Unit 26165’s headquarters when he went to the airport.  There was fresh embarrassment when further database research  revealed 305 other individuals thought to be working for the Russian intelligence agency. At the time, Bob Seely, the Tory MP who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, described the lapses that led to the identity of the GRU spies being exposed as "extraordinarily unprofessional".  "It shows that subversion is probably beyond their professional capability - they can't even cover their tracks in the most basic of ways. It is very sloppy and makes President Putin look foolish," he added. The GRU has been at the forefront of several of the most controversial Russian intelligence operations in recent years.  As well as the brazen hacks, its agents were accused of a failed attempt to mount a coup in Montenegro in 2016, and its special forces are deeply involved in Russia's semi-covert wars in Ukraine and Syria. 

Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker more than $1.2 million

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before joining the Justice Department, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker earned more than $1.2 million from a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors, according to the nonprofit's tax filings. Whitaker's earnings represented a sizable chunk of the charity's revenue.

US troops limited to batons on Mexico border

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:12

US troops stationed on the border with Mexico ahead of the expected arrival of a Central American migrant caravans can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, Defense Minister Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. The White House has given almost 5,800 troops posted along the frontier guidance that they can come to the aid of any Customs and Border Protection agents who come under attack, Mattis told reporters. In all, some 8,000 migrants are currently crossing Mexico in several caravans, according to the Mexican interior ministry.

Far-Right Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer Banned From Twitter After Attacking Muslim Congresswoman

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 20:02

Far-right figure Laura Loomer was banned by Twitter on Wednesday after attacking newly elected Democratic representative Ilhan Omar. According to Loomer, she was banned by the social media site after tweeting about the Minnesota politician. “Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate ‘women, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar?” Loomer wrote.

Trump's Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 18:59

The president plans to spend the holiday at Mar-A-Lago.

Colts Neck Fire: Brother Charged With Arson, More Details Emerge About Quadruple Homicide

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:59

The brother of the man who was found dead outside his Colts Neck home yesterday has been charged with aggravated arson. Paul J. Caneiro, 51, was arrested and placed into custody at Monmouth County jail for attempting to burn down his own house in Ocean Township, New Jersey. According to USA Today, Paul Caneiro allegedly tried to burn down his Tilton Drive home “using gasoline and igniting the gasoline causing the residence to catch fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.” None of his family were reported injured as a result of the blaze.

‘Email Is The Key To Prosecuting Just About Everyone,’ Ivanka Trump Wrote In Her Book

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:58

“My friend Andrew Cuomo, New York’s great attorney general, tells me that email is the key to prosecuting just about everyone these days,” Ivanka Trump wrote in her 2009 self-help book The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, according to Raw Story. “People can be so incredibly slapdash with their electronic messages, as if they were some modern version of smoke signals that can disappear without a trace.”

Donald Trump Lashes Out At Chief Justice John Roberts Over Immigration Rulings

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:16

President Donald Trump lashed out at Chief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday

Chief justice responds to Trump's judiciary criticism

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:27

John Roberts defends an independent judiciary, The New York Times reports that Trump wanted to prosecute Clinton and Comey, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi cuts a deal in an attempt to become House speaker.

Trump's whitewashing of brutal Saudi killing denounced by both parties

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:11

The president puts a price on moral values, and members of Congress aren't happy about it.

CDC says U.S. abortion rate plunged in decade ending 2015

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:52

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that statistics for 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, show the abortion rate was 11.8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. Teens aged 15 to 19 experienced a greater decrease than older women, with the rate falling 54 percent from 2006 to 2015, the CDC said. "This decrease in abortion rate was greater than the decreases for women in any older age group," the CDC said in a statement.

Meet the 5 Best Smith & Wesson Handguns Ever Made

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:11

What would you choose? 

5 Times Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Critiqued The Mueller Investigation On CNN

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 14:03

Before Matt Whitaker was tapped to replace his boss, former Attorney General

AP Explains: The hunt for missing, dead in California fire

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 13:47

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Given the size and scope of the devastation after a deadly wildfire swept Northern California, experts say the search to find the missing and identify victims could take months.