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Comey Memo Has Trump White House in Tailspin

Mr Trump responded by once again denying any links to Moscow, but the appointment of a special counsel with sweeping powers dramatically raises the stakes in a crisis threatening to paralyse his presidency. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday mocked US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump inappropriately shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats invol... [Full Article...]

John Cornyn Withdraws Name From FBI Director Search

And in a curious development, he lacked the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is pushing for Judge Merrick Garland to replace Comey. Others being considered for the role include Alice Fisher, a white-collar defence lawyer who previously led the Justice Department's criminal division, and Michael Garcia, a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals who previously served as th... [Full Article...]

Trump may have discussed ISIS laptop threat with Russians

Trump may have discussed ISIS laptop threat with Russians President Trump and top White House officials defended his conversations with Russian officials Tuesday, while lashing out at anonymous sources who relayed the sensitive information to reporters. Even though the White House insists that sources and methods were not revealed, a source says, "You don't have to specifically reveal the source to compromise the source". [Full Article...]

McCain Compares Trump Scandals to Watergate

McCain Compares Trump Scandals to Watergate Comey", the White House said . Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in immediately after Nixon's departure. Richard Nixon is laughing in his grave. It's good to be put in the same sentence as Roosevelt (Teddy or Franklin), Reagan, Eisenhower and, in some circles, Andrew Jackson, but not Nixon. I do not doubt that Trump is in fact doing this like Nixon did to have recordings to use against p... [Full Article...]

Times Square crash victim was 18-year-old Michigan woman

Navy records show he spent two months in a military prison in Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 2013 but do not specify why. They don't indicate why. Terrorism isn't suspected in the crash. The driver made it three blocks before slamming into barriers. He says the driver was "just mowing down people". [Full Article...]

Microsoft Releases Windows Ransomware Patch, Blasts NSA for Malware Stockpile

Microsoft Releases Windows Ransomware Patch, Blasts NSA for Malware Stockpile Smith also noted that Microsoft had issued a patch for the vulnerability in the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol exploited by WannaCry on March 14. "Despite appearing to be criminal activity meant to raise money, it appears that less than $70,000 has been paid in ransoms and we are not aware of payments that have led to any data recovery". [Full Article...]

Chelsea Manning Is Free From Prison and Posting On Instagram

January 17, 2017: Days before leaving office, Obama grants clemency to Manning. An Army spokeswoman says Manning remains subject to the military's criminal code until her discharge from the Army. Manning, 29, was released from the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, at about 2:00am (local time), according to a brief statement released by the US Army. [Full Article...]

Macron Taps Republican Le Maire for French Finance Ministry

In 2014, Le Drian wrote in a statement that France "requests that Israel" minimize any harm to civilians in its attacks on Hamas. One of Macron's aides welcomed his appointment as "a good move", telling AFP it would help him "break the right". [Full Article...]

House oversight chair seeks Comey memos on Trump

House oversight chair seeks Comey memos on Trump They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only made a decision to take notes about Trump. McMaster also indicated that Trump could not have revealed sensitive sources or methods. The President's statement comes as stories continue to flood the news on the President's 2016 presidential campaign and allegations of collusion w... [Full Article...]

'We must follow the facts where they lead' - Ryan

'We must follow the facts where they lead' - Ryan May 17, 2017 . Ryan said Congress "can't deal with speculation and innuendo" and must gather all relevant information before "rushing to judgment" on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey . Speaking at a commencement ceremony for the USA coast guard in CT, a defiant Mr Trump said that "no politician in history. has been treated worse or more unfairly" than he had, adding t... [Full Article...]

UK Labour's main union backer can't see party winning election

UK Labour's main union backer can't see party winning election The Unite leader suggested winning 200 seats - almost 30 fewer than in 2015 - would be a "successful" result for United Kingdom leader Jeremy Corbyn. Responding to the Tory claims about Labour's manifesto spending plans, election coordinator Andrew Gwynne said: "This is absolute rubbish from the Tories and yet another wholly cynical ploy to try and avoid scrutiny of their own spending plans". [Full Article...]

Salvador Sobral of Portugal wins 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kiev

Salvador Sobral of Portugal wins 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kiev Third was Moldova's SunStroke Project with a raucous song called "Hey, Mamma". The previous best Portuguese Eurovision ranking was 6th place, back in 1996. Russian Federation is one of Eurovision's heavy hitters, tied with Sweden for the most top-five finishes this century. This year's contestant however, Yuliya Samoylova, was banned from competing by Ukraine because she had toured in Crimea... [Full Article...]

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation

Trump denies telling Comey to back off Flynn investigation President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not ask FBI Director James Comey to end his investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Trump has tried to distance himself from Manafort with a variation of "new phone, who dat?", pretending that he barely had a cup of coffee with the campaign before being replaced by Kellyanne Conway ... [Full Article...]

Senate demands Comey memos and Trump tapes as probes ramp up

Trump left the White House early today to head to CT where he was scheduled to give the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. At a press conference Wednesday, US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan declared "we need the facts" and recommended a further investigation into recent matters regarding the US presidency as part of an "an obligation to carry out our oversight, regardless of w... [Full Article...]

Parties suspend campaigning in Wales after Rhodri Morgan's death

Parties suspend campaigning in Wales after Rhodri Morgan's death He is survived by his wife, Julie and three children. In a statement announcing its "great sadness" at his death, the Church in Wales said: "We are particularly grateful for his commitment to interfaith relations". "Honest condolences to Julie and the family". The Labour politician was a "towering figure", former Welsh secretary Lord Hain said . Plaid Cymru said: "We are suspending elec... [Full Article...]

Trump, Netanyahu spoke via phone amid talk of intelligence leak

This is President Trump's first diplomatic trip outside of the United States, where he will also visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem . Trump had said during his campaign he would move the U.S. Meeting Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington in the Oval Office last week, Trump shared intelligence about an Islamic State threat involving laptops carried on airplanes, according to ... [Full Article...]

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw blanks Giants over seven innings

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw blanks Giants over seven innings Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double in the first and Yasiel Puig singled in a pair of runs in the sixth as the Dodgers jumped on Johnny Cueto (4-3), who lost for the first time at home this season. Kershaw allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time in 2017 as the Dodgers snapped their three-game skid and ended the Giants' season-best five-game winning streak. [Full Article...]

Comey declines to testify before Senate committee

Comey declines to testify before Senate committee The president also got in on the act of contradicting his own communications team's messaging, telling NBC News that had already made a decision to dismiss Comey when he met on Monday with the top two officials from the Justice Department. Sessions forwarded the letter to Trump, recommending he remove Comey: "Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in... [Full Article...]

Israel releases record of Trump-Netanyahu meeting

US top officials warned US President Donald Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on his upcoming visit to the region, for fear that it could ruin the peace process, CNN reported on Tuesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and President Donald Trump at a joint news conference Wednesday at the White House. "It would advance it by fixing a historic wrong and s... [Full Article...]

NZ to work with Japan on TPP

NZ to work with Japan on TPP New Zealand, one of the four members of the original TPP, has taken "an active role in talking to the other 10 countries to test their will and interest in moving forward with TPP 11" since the USA pulled out, English said. Australia has reportedly suggested the patent period on biological pharmaceuticals - a key factor for the United States - be cut from eight to five years. [Full Article...]

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