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Two reviews of Trump-Russia probe to have opposite conclusions: official testifies

Two reviews of Trump-Russia probe to have opposite conclusions: official testifiesTwo separate U.S. Department of Justice reviews are likely to reach opposite conclusions about whether the FBI investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign had sufficient cause to look into any ties with Russia, an official watchdog told Congress on Wednesday. ….. Read More.REUTERS – Politics | Politics & GovernmentWed, December 11, 201922 hours ago


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On Discord With the Boys Scalping Harry Styles Tickets

On Discord With the Boys Scalping Harry Styles TicketsThe moment that Harry Styles announced he would play a one-night-only album-release show at Los Angeles’ historic venue The Forum this December, the question was obvious: Would anyone survive the emotional turmoil of attempting to purchase a ticket to this concert?Admission would be a mere $25, a gesture of goodwill to Styles’s fans. But to get into the show’s presale—the best chance of getting a ticket—fans would also have to buy merch or preorder a physical copy of Styles’s upcoming album, wait for a unique code, and jockey for a spot in a digital line of thousands of people, without any real clue how the order of the line was decided.Preparing to pull off an improbable feat, Styles’s fans were crushingly supportive of one another, praying in public for their “mutuals” to get good spots on the floor of the arena, offering…


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DOJ Watchdog Says He’s Still Investigating How FBI Agents Helped Trump in 2016

DOJ Watchdog Says He’s Still Investigating How FBI Agents Helped Trump in 2016The Justice Department’s internal watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, confirmed Wednesday that he is continuing to investigate FBI leaks that took place during the 2016 campaign that were motivated by anti-Hillary Clinton sentiment. Horowitz testified before a Senate panel on his report on the origins of the FBI’s investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. While Horowitz did not find any anti-Trump bias in the inquiry’s launch, Trump has claimed the investigation was improperly opened in an attempt to hinder his presidential campaign. At the hearing, Republican lawmakers continued to push that mantle, while Democrats, meanwhile, highlighted an issue the public still doesn’t fully understand: How a faction of the FBI was involved in politically-motivated activity targeting their party’s 2016 presidential nominee. During the 2016 election, the FBI’s New York field office was a hotbed of…


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This Is Not Where Nancy Pelosi Wanted to Be

This Is Not Where Nancy Pelosi Wanted to BeHer mournful countenance made it clear. Nancy Pelosi has at last found herself just where she never wanted to be: leading an impeachment of President Donald Trump that has drawn nary an ounce of bipartisan backing in Congress, has fixed-in-place public support around 50 percent, and seems all but certain to end in acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Pelosi also seems to have wound up just where she expected to be, and with the full House poised for an impeachment vote by Christmas, she seems resigned to her fate.“Our democracy is what is at stake,” the House speaker said yesterday as she ordered House committee chairs to begin drafting articles of impeachment—her words measured, her tone somber, her reluctance palpable in the high-minded language of the nation’s founders in which she couched her case. “The president leaves us no choice but…


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Trump Abused His Power, but a Hasty Impeachment Will Undermine That Point

Trump Abused His Power, but a Hasty Impeachment Will Undermine That PointDespite all the speculation about statutes that Donald Trump might have violated in his dealings with Ukraine, the two articles of impeachment unveiled yesterday are conspicuously lacking in specific criminal allegations. Instead, the articles allege that the president abused his powers by pressuring Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically and that he improperly obstructed a congressional investigation of that abuse. To my mind, there is compelling evidence that he did both of those things. Unfortunately, the record is not as complete as it could have been, as George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley pointed out during his congressional testimony last week. The gaps in the case against Trump are big enough that his supporters can and will dismiss impeachment as a purely partisan exercise without losing any sleep about the broader issues at stake. There…


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FAA Chief To Appear Before Congress Concerning 737 Max Crashes

FAA Chief To Appear Before Congress Concerning 737 Max CrashesThe aviation world looked to the FAA as the regulatory gold standard, but that changed after the two crashes. The FAA’s leader will answer questions Wednesday about the agency’s role in those crashes. ….. Read More.NPR – Politics | Politics & GovernmentWed, December 11, 20191 day ago


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