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    Today, 03:49 PM
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general is now conducting an investigation into classification issues concerning the "Comey memos" leaked to the New York Times by former FBI Director James Comey. Sources tell the Wall St. Journal that at least two of the memos which Comey leaked to his "good friend," Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, contained information that officials now consider classified - prompting the review by the Office of the Inspector General, headed by Michael Horowitz. Of those two memos, Mr. Comey himself redacted elements of one that he knew to be classified to protect secrets before he handed the documents over to his friend. He determined at the time that another memo contained no classified information, but after he left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bureau officials upgraded it to “confidential,” the lowest level of classification. -WSJ Comey told Congressional investigators that he considered the memos to be personal rather than government documents. The memos - leaked through Richman, were a major catalyst in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US election. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/comey-memos-probed-doj-classified-info-leaks
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    Today, 03:47 PM
    After Venezuela, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands prudently repatriated a substantial portion (if not all) of their physical gold held at the NY Fed or other western central banks in recent years, this morning Turkey also announced that it has decided to repatriate all its gold stored in the US Federal Reserve and deliver it to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, according to reports in Turkey's Yeni Safak. It won't be the first time Turkey has asked the NY Fed to ship the country's gold back: in recent years, Turkey repatriated 220 tons of gold from abroad, of which 28.7 tons was brought back from the US last year. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-20/turkey-will-repatriate-all-gold-us-attempt-ditch-dollar
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    Today, 03:45 PM
    In response to the Comey memos, Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) fired off a scathing rebuke, in which they made it abundantly clear that the Mueller investigation is a farce based on yet another example of the FBI using a flimsy document to launch a politically motivated investigation. "These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not," begins the joint statement, which goes on to completely dress down the FBI and James Comey: Former Director Comey's memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.
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    Today, 03:13 PM
    OPEC and non-OPEC producers could reconsider the size of the production cuts they agreed in December 2016 and “ease the cuts,” Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak told TASS during today’s meeting of the partners in Jeddah. “We will monitor the market situation over the next two months,” Novak said, “and we will assess it when we meet again in June. The deal will continue until the end of the year but in June we might discuss the question of reducing the cut quotas over that period.” Once again, the Russian Energy Minister is providing some counter-pressure to its partner Saudi Arabia’s upbeat attitude about the future of the cut deal by hinting that not everything is set in stone, and that the cuts might not continue indefinitely regardless of how much Riyadh wants higher oil prices. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Oil-Prices-Fall-As-Russia-Reconsiders-Production-Cuts.html
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    Today, 03:11 PM
    The number of oil rigs in the United States increased by 5 this week, for a total of 820 active oil wells in the U.S.—a figure that is 132 more rigs than this time last year. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Oil-Prices-Tumble-As-Rig-Count-Climbs-Again.html
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    Today, 03:09 PM
    U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that oil prices are “artificially very high” and “will not be accepted”, the day after the price of oil reached its highest level since the end of 2014. President Trump tweeted early on Friday: “Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!” The tweet came a day after oil prices reached end-2014 highs, with WTI Crude nearing $70 a barrel early on Thursday, following another drop in U.S. inventories and talk of Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing for oil prices as high as $100 a barrel. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Trump-Slams-OPEC-For-Manipulating-Oil-Prices.html
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    Today, 03:07 PM
    If you want to catch a glimpse of the horrific, dystopian implications of socialized medicine, you need not skim through a science fiction novel. Simply look overseas to Europe, where yet another sick child has been sentenced to death by a U.K. death panel. First Charlie Gard and now this. Little Alfie Evans was put into a coma by a mysterious brain condition that doctors still have not been able to diagnose. Doctors at Alder Hey hospital in London have decided that Alfie will never get better and his life is no longer worth living. His parents disagree. Much like the Charlie Gard case, Alfie's parents are not seeking to force the doctors at Alder Hey to perform medical procedures they do not want to perform. Rather, they want only to take their boy back into their own custody and transfer him to a Vatican hospital. But the London hospital refuses to give the child back to his parents, and the courts have sided with the hospital. They will not let Alfie leave. It is in his best interest to die, they say. More at: https://www.dailywire.com/news/29685/walsh-uk-courts-sentence-another-baby-death-again-matt-walsh?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=idealmedia&utm_campaign=dailywire.com&utm_term=68731&utm_content=1
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    Today, 03:03 PM
    Good news for marijuana lovers on 4/20, a counterculture holiday celebrating marijuana. When California began selling legal recreational marijuana in January, buyers were paying twice as much as they would have when the drug was illegal. But consumers can expect marijuana to get much cheaper over the next year. The cost of a gram of marijuana in that state could drop by half over the next 6 to 12 months, based on time lines in other states that have legalized the drug, according to an analysis of price data from cannabis analytics platform Headset. More at: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-price-of-weed-in-california-could-be-cut-in-half-by-legalization-2018-01-04
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    Ex–FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe plans to file lawsuits for defamation, wrongful termination and other claims, his lawyer said Friday. Attorney Michael Bromwich said McCabe’s legal team was still working out when they plan to file the suits, and that they “want these to be solid. We’ll file when we’re ready,” Axios reported. Bromwich accused McCabe’s opponents, including President Trump, of “continuing slander,” although he did not specify whom the suits would target. “We’ve never seen anything like this before. It does damage not only to Andy McCabe individually but also to the FBI as an institution,” he said. More at: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/mccabe-lawyer-says-fired-fbi-deputy-director-plans-lawsuits-over-termination-2018-04-20?mod=fark Bring it on, moron.
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    Today, 02:49 PM
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce on Friday a new policy that could help avoid costly legal battles over companies violating pollution standards in the oil and gas industry, by encouraging them to self-report and fix violations rather than wait for EPA to conduct investigations, The Hill reports, citing an EPA source with knowledge of the plan. The head of the office of enforcement of EPA, Susan Bodine, plans to announce the policy—which is not yet finalized—at an event in Dallas today. EPA’s new policy will be focused on giving oil and gas firms more flexibility if they elect to self-audit their emissions and report violations, The Hill quoted the EPA employee as saying. The new policy is expected to be launched as a pilot program at first, focusing only on providing oil and gas companies with more audit alternatives, first only for recently acquired firms audited by their new owner. One flexibility for the oil and gas industry that EPA is mulling over is to extend the period of time that companies will have to fix their pollution after having reported the violation to EPA. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/EPA-Set-To-Unveil-More-Flexible-Rules-For-Oil-And-Gas-Industry.html
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    Today, 01:53 PM
    A federal judge raised concerns on Thursday about the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's authority in the Russia investigation, according to Politico. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson raised questions about whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election gives Mueller more authority than what the Department of Justice (DOJ) typically allows. The concerns came up during a hearing in the criminal case involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Manafort's defense attorney, Kevin Downing, argued that Rosenstein's authorization for a special counsel to investigate collusion in the 2016 election is at odds with what the DOJ permits and that it exceeds his authority. According to Downing, a special counsel must be told of the "specific factual matter" in his or her mandate. Manafort's legal team has also said that Mueller has exceeded the authority he has been given by Rosenstein in the investigation. Downing said that Mueller's legal authority to file cases has been undermined because of the issues surrounding his appointment. "I don't know how they can violate these regulations and we can still be here and it doesn't matter," Downing said at the hearing. "It doesn't make any sense." More at: http://www.businessinsider.com/muellers-authority-in-russia-probe-federal-judge-2018-4
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    Today, 01:50 PM
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend's airstrikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-says-told-u-where-153625419.html
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    Today, 01:50 PM
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend's airstrikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/russia-says-told-u-where-153625419.html
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    Today, 01:47 PM
    Woman sucked out of Southwest plane window 'was wearing seatbelt'https://www.yahoo.com/news/woman-sucked-southwest-plane-window-091215213.html
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    Today, 01:27 PM
    Мы все русские боты
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    Today, 01:22 PM
    The Democratic Party on Friday filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against Trump campaign officials, the Russian government and WikiLeaks alleging a widespread conspiracy to tilt the 2016 election in Donald Trump's favor. Calling it an “all-out assault on our democracy,” the Democratic National Committee filed the civil suit in federal district court in Manhattan. The suit amounts to another legal broadside related to the 2016 race, on top of the special counsel's ongoing Russia probe and the FBI raid on Trump's personal attorney last week. "The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the Presidency," the suit states. It claims that Trump campaign officials worked in tandem with the Russian government and its military spy agency to bring down Hillary Clinton by hacking into the computer networks of the DNC and spreading stolen material. “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez in a statement, calling the alleged collusion “an act of unprecedented treachery.” More at: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/20/democratic-party-files-federal-lawsuit-alleging-conspiracy-by-trump-campaign-russia-wikileaks-to-disrupt-2016-presidential-election.html
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    Today, 01:19 PM
    Мы все русские боты
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    Today, 01:33 AM
    Just one day after the beleaguered US territory suffered another island-wide blackout, Reuters reports that Puerto Rico's power company has restored power to more than 1.1 million homes and businesses. The Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA) says that it is working to provide power to the less than 30 percent of customers still without power. The latest blackout was reportedly caused by an excavator that accidentally took out a transmission line between power plants in Puerto Rican cities Salinas and Guayama. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/puerto-rico-restores-70-percent-193600662.html
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    Qatari forces participated in the final day of Gulf Shield joint military exercises in Saudi Arabia, in what appears to be a form of compromise after an almost yearlong diplomatic crisis, Reuters reported April 19. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/saudi-arabia-qatari-forces-participate-joint-military-exercises-jubail
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    The Romanian government confirmed it will transfer its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post reported April 19. The decision makes Romania the second country after Guatemala to mimic U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, which is expected to take place May 14. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/israel-romania-relocate-embassy-tel-aviv-jerusalem
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    Evidence that humans can genetically adapt to diving has been identified for the first time in a new study. The evidence suggests that the Bajau, a people group indigenous to parts of Indonesia, have genetically enlarged spleens which enable them to free dive to depths of up to 70m. It has previously been hypothesised that the spleen plays an important role in enabling humans to free dive for prolonged periods but the relationship between spleen size and dive capacity has never before been examined in humans at the genetic level. The findings, which are being published in the research journal Cell, could also have medical implications in relation to the condition known as Acute Hypoxia, which can cause complications in emergency medical care. For over 1000 years the Bajau people, known as 'Sea Nomads', have travelled the Southeast Asian seas in houseboats and collected food by free diving with spears. Now settled around the islands of Indonesia, they are renowned throughout the region for their extraordinary breath-holding abilities. Members of the Bajau can dive up to 70m with nothing more than a set of weights and a pair of wooden goggles. As they never dive competitively it is uncertain exactly how long the Bajau can remain underwater, but one of them told researcher Melissa Ilardo that he had once dived for 13 minutes consecutively. Ilardo, first author on the paper, suspected that the Bajau could have genetically adapted spleens as a result of their marine hunter-gatherer lifestyle, based on findings in other mammals. "There's not a lot of information out there about human spleens in terms of physiology and genetics," she said, "but we know that deep diving seals, like the Weddell seal, have disproportionately large spleens. I thought that if selection acted on the seals to give them larger spleens, it could potentially do the same in humans." The spleen plays a central role in prolonging free diving time as it forms part of what is known as the human dive response. When the human body is submerged under cold water, even for brief amounts of time, this response is triggered as a method of assisting the body to survive in an oxygen-deprived environment. The heart rate slows down, blood vessels in the extremities shrink to preserve blood for vital organs, and the spleen contracts. This contraction of the spleen creates an oxygen boost by ejecting oxygenated red blood cells into circulation and has been found to provide up to a 9% increase in oxygen, thereby prolonging dive time. More at: https://phys.org/news/2018-04-genetic-humans.html
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Because you always act that way?
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    Have we wasted enough time on this distraction yet?
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    The father of Imran Awan - a longtime IT aide from Pakistan who made "unauthorized access" to the House computer network - reportedly transferred a USB drive to the former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, alleges the father's ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas. Minhas told the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) - which traveled to Pakistan to interview those involved - that Haji Ashraf Awan, Imran Awan's father, had been giving information to Rehman Malik - former head of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and current senator. Malik was appointed to Interior Minister in early 2008, only to step down in 2013 after he lost a Supreme Court hearing over holding dual UK citizenship. Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.” Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when a “USB given to Rehman Malik by Imran’s father, my brother Abdul Razzaq was with his father.” -DCNF “After Imran’s father deliver (sic) USB to Rehman Malik, four Pakistani agents were with his father 24-hour on duty to protect him,” he said - however Minhas did not say what was on the USB. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/imran-awans-father-transferred-usb-drive-ex-head-pakistani-intel-agency
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    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    Soros' Open Society Foundation Closing Budapest Office, Moving To Berlinhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/another-victory-orban-soross-open-society-foundation-closes-budapest-office
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    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    President Trump's national security adviser John Bolton met with Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov at the White House on Thursday. The two men met Thursday afternoon and discussed how to improve ties between the U.S. and Russia, according to the release from the White House. The meeting was Bolton's first with a top Russian official since being named as former national security adviser H.R. McMaster's replacement. According to the release, Bolton expressed his desire for a closer relationship with Russia's government but warned that any mending of ties would have to be preceded by alleviating "our concerns regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the reckless use of a chemical weapon in the United Kingdom, and the situations in Ukraine and Syria." The meeting between Bolton and Antonov comes amid Trump's refusal to levy additional sanctions on Moscow over Russia's alleged involvement in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy on British soil. More at: http://thehill.com/policy/internatio...cuss-ties-with
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    In an attempt to ease the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War, on Thursday the head of Russia’s military general staff and NATO’s supreme allied commander held a rare face-to-face meeting. U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti and Russia's Chief of Staff, Valery Gerasimov met in Baku, Azerbaijan, less than a week after the United States, Britain and France staged missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by the forces of Russia president-ally Bashar al-Assad. In separate statements, NATO and the Russian defense ministry said the meeting discussed military exercises and troop movements, as both sides accuse the other of risky deployments in the Baltic states and eastern Europe. Scaparrotti and Gerasimov discussed “questions concerning NATO and Russian military activity in the European region”, the Russian defense ministry said. Meanwhile, NATO said the meeting "focused on issues related to military posture and exercises" - which Reuters translated as defense parlance for how to avoid military accidents that might lead to war. “The two military leaders used the ... channel to foster predictability and transparency” NATO added. The Russian side said the pair also talked about the seven-year-long civil war in Syria, where Moscow and the West back opposing sides, and combating Islamic militants. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/top-nato-russia-generals-hold-rare-face-face-meeting
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    In an attempt to ease the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War, on Thursday the head of Russia’s military general staff and NATO’s supreme allied commander held a rare face-to-face meeting. U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti and Russia's Chief of Staff, Valery Gerasimov met in Baku, Azerbaijan, less than a week after the United States, Britain and France staged missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack by the forces of Russia president-ally Bashar al-Assad. In separate statements, NATO and the Russian defense ministry said the meeting discussed military exercises and troop movements, as both sides accuse the other of risky deployments in the Baltic states and eastern Europe. Scaparrotti and Gerasimov discussed “questions concerning NATO and Russian military activity in the European region”, the Russian defense ministry said. Meanwhile, NATO said the meeting "focused on issues related to military posture and exercises" - which Reuters translated as defense parlance for how to avoid military accidents that might lead to war. “The two military leaders used the ... channel to foster predictability and transparency” NATO added. The Russian side said the pair also talked about the seven-year-long civil war in Syria, where Moscow and the West back opposing sides, and combating Islamic militants. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/top-nato-russia-generals-hold-rare-face-face-meeting
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    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    DOJ Inspector General Refers McCabe For Criminal Chargeshttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-19/doj-inspector-general-refers-mccabe-criminal-charges
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