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    Today, 05:10 AM
    Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 US election - documents WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies https://en.riss.ru/], after the election. The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office. The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals. It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said. A second institute document, drafted in October and distributed in the same way, warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said. The current and former U.S. officials spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the Russian documents’ classified status. They declined to discuss how the United States obtained them. U.S. intelligence agencies also declined to comment on them. Putin has denied interfering in the U.S. election. Putin’s spokesman and the Russian institute did not respond to requests for comment. The documents were central to the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia mounted a “fake news” campaign and launched cyber attacks against Democratic Party groups and Clinton's campaign, the current and former officials said. “Putin had the objective in mind all along, and he asked the institute to draw him a road map,” said one of the sources, a former senior U.S. intelligence official. Trump has said Russia’s activities had no impact on the outcome of the race. Ongoing congressional and FBI investigations into Russian interference have so far produced no public evidence that Trump associates colluded with the Russian effort to change the outcome of the election. Four of the officials said the approach outlined in the June strategy paper was a broadening of an effort the Putin administration launched in March 2016. That month the Kremlin instructed state-backed media outlets, including international platforms Russia Today and Sputnik news agency, to start producing positive reports on Trump’s quest for the U.S. presidency, the officials said. Russia Today did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesperson for Sputnik dismissed the assertions by the U.S. officials that it participated in a Kremlin campaign as an “absolute pack of lies.” “And by the way, it's not the first pack of lies we're hearing from 'sources in U.S. official circles'," the spokesperson said in an email. Russia Today and Sputnik published anti-Clinton stories while pro-Kremlin bloggers prepared a Twitter campaign calling into question the fairness of an anticipated Clinton victory, according to a report by U.S. intelligence agencies on Russian interference in the election made public in January. http://bit.ly/2kMiKSA] Russia Today’s most popular Clinton video - “How 100% of the 2015 Clintons’ ‘charity’ went to ... themselves” - accumulated 9 millions views on social media, according to the January report. "]http://bit.ly/2os8wIt] The report said Russia Today and Sputnik “consistently cast president elect-Trump as the target of unfair coverage from traditional media outlets." The report said the agencies did not assess whether Moscow’s effort had swung the outcome of the race in Trump’s favor, because American intelligence agencies do not “analyze U.S. political processes or U.S. public opinion.” http://bit.ly/2kMiKSA] CYBER ATTACKS Neither of the Russian institute documents mentioned the release of hacked Democratic Party emails to interfere with the U.S. election, according to four of the officials. The officials said the hacking was a covert intelligence operation run separately out of the Kremlin. The overt propaganda and covert hacking efforts reinforced each other, according to the officials. Both Russia Today and Sputnik heavily promoted the release of the hacked Democratic Party emails, which often contained embarrassing details. Five of the U.S. officials described the institute as the Kremlin’s in-house foreign policy think tank. The institute’s director when the documents were written, Leonid Reshetnikov, rose to the rank of lieutenant general during a 33-year-career in Russia’s foreign intelligence service, according to the institute’s website http://bit.ly/2oVhiCF]. After Reshetnikov retired from the institute in January, Putin named as his replacement Mikhail Fradkov. The institute says he served as the director of Russia’s foreign intelligence service from 2007 to 2016. http://bit.ly/2os4tvz] Reuters was unable to determine if either man was directly involved in the drafting of the documents. Reshetnikov’s office referred questions to the Russian institute. On its website, the Russian institute describes itself as providing “expert appraisals,” “recommendations,” and “analytical materials” to the Russian president’s office, cabinet, National Security Council, ministries and parliament. "]http://bit.ly/2pCBGpR] On Jan. 31, the websites of Putin’s office http://bit.ly/2os9wMr] and the institute http://bit.ly/2oLn9Kd] posted a picture and transcript of Reshetnikov and his successor Fradkov meeting with Putin in the Kremlin. Putin thanked Reshetnikov for his service and told Fradkov he wanted the institute to provide objective information and analysis. “We did our best for nearly eight years to implement your foreign policy concept,” Reshetnikov told Putin. “The policy of Russia and the policy of the President of Russia have been the cornerstone of our operation.”
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    Today, 04:38 AM
    For those who are military ignoramus (like Donaldof)... Everyone should read John Kelly's speech about 2 Marines in the path of a truck bomb In 2010, then-Lt. Gen. John Kelly — who now serves as Secretary of Homeland Security — told their story to a packed house just four days after he had lost his own son, Robert, to combat in Afghanistan. He spoke of the 9/11 attacks, the enemy that America was fighting, and praised the brave men and women who had volunteered to go overseas since then. Then he moved to the remarkable story of these two Marines, which he told the crowd, showed the "quality of steel in their backs." Here's what he said: Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour. Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman. The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq. A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way—perhaps 60-70 yards in length—and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms. When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer. I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured ... some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.” “No sane man.” “They saved us all.” What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ ... let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop...the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe ... because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty ... into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you. Folks, had Donaldof Trumpler not dodge the Vietnam Conflict not one, not two, but three separate times, he may have learned something about the military, it is not about you, but it is about the man on your left and your right, and the one guarding your six and your twelve.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
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    Yesterday, 07:15 PM
    By Bill Robinson “If we are going to conduct espionage in the future, we are going to have to make some changes in the relationship between the intelligence community and the public it serves.” –Michael Hayden, CIA Director 2005-2009. Espionage is our friend when protecting Americans and our national security. Espionage when used on American citizens, especially those running against the incumbent president, his surrogate and political party in an election, becomes immoral, illegal and criminally prosecutable. It is my prediction that when the full truth is outed about President Donald Trump’s “wiretapping” tweet, quite a few people—Democrats—will be going to jail. The president knew what he was doing. How were the Democrats, Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama able to spy on their opponent Donald Trump? My sources tell me they had no integrity and had done it before; here I reference the IRS scandal and despicable Iran Deal. They had done it many times before. Kimberley Strassel of the WSJ wrote a column on March 30, 2017 with the headline, “What Devin Nunes Knows: Team Obama was broadly spying on the incoming administration.” Strassel is correct. Monica Crowley stated on March 31 on Hannity on Fox News that the Obama surveillance of Trump could “make Watergate look like a picnic.” Crowley is right. This is bigger than Watergate. A crescendo of water is rising. Soon, the dam will break. My sources tell me there was a clear conspiracy to spy on the Trump camp to steal the presidency. It was Hillary, Barack, Biden (in his own insane way), Jarett, Rice, Rhodes, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Podesta, Brazile, Mook, Palmieri, Wasserman-Schultz and other similar deviant political operatives who were working overtime to steal the election. NOT Trump colluding with Russia. What’s Been Going On? In the days following Trump’s earth-shattering election, I started receiving calls from contacts in the Obama government. High-echelon staffers at State, Justice, the FBI especially, as well as the DNC and Obama White House were telling me of a “whitewash” in full swing. They were sick and tired of carrying water for what they said was “a totally corrupt president and Democratic Party.” The FBI sources I had were particularly angry with James Comey and told me he “was in the DNC bag.” It seemed the whistleblowers had had enough. READ ALL here:
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    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country, including the battle to liberate Mosul. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 02:09 AM
    Oh Lord..what a retard you are.....Are you such an idiot as much as Donaldof is?...don't you realize that you have no point at all ? Dude....since you are so mentally deficient and obviously you have issues either with reading or with remembering....yes, I see a doctor every 90 days,....courtesy of the VA (and your tax payments).... you are not the first one to ask that dumb question and I think you won't be the last.... I don't care if you laugh or not, and sure as hell I don't care a bit about your ignorant thoughts at all.....I am still here, I am still posting my opinions, and that is all that matters.....let me laugh with you too by the way.... ;) ;) See, below is you when someone says something about your boy Donaldof...
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    Yesterday, 01:52 AM
    LOL numnuts, it's not about my nuts/balls, or Trump's nuts/balls, my point is that you have none!!! :) You need help, please see a doctor. WTF has changed in your life regarding his first 100 days in office? What, your 401K portfolio up? No f'n retards blowing up the US like in France/Germany? You are a fool...the forum jester...and we laugh again at your act :)
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    Yesterday, 12:50 AM
    By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* Even if it were true that Sumerians built the first airport at Nasiriyah in 5000 BC, as Iraqi Transport Minister Kazem Finjan claimed in October, they would be shocked at the state of Iraqi aviation today. While Kazem said Iraq’s early settlers used the airport as a base for exploring space, allegedly even discovering Pluto, Iraqis today would be happy to discover planes at their local airport. The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority announced April 12 that a number of the country’s airports will be rehabilitated, but as critics have pointed out, one small problem remains: There are not enough planes to serve them. After Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait in August*1990, the international community imposed an*air embargo and other sanctions on the country, which were lifted in 2003 after the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein. Provincial and local governments, in an effort*to catch up with developments in the global transport sector, sought to*establish*airports in every city, but with little apparent consideration*given to providing*the airports with the required equipment, including planes. The building spree included airports in*Erbil*and Sulaimaniyah*(2005), Najaf (2008) and*Dahuk (2012). On March 6, the*Dhi Qar airport in Nasiriyah began*weekly flights to Baghdad.*Meanwhile, other Iraqi cities are also looking to establish air connections. A year ago, the Babil governorate signed a*memorandum of understanding*with a French company for an international airport.*A*cornerstone for an international*airport at*Karbala*was laid in January, and on*April 6 another was*laid in Kut. On March 12, the Transport*Ministry confirmed that it will turn the military airport at*Diwaniyah*into*a civil facility.*Mosul’s airport is reportedly slated for rehabilitation after the city’s liberation from the Islamic State. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 AM
    This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of*Iraq Business News. It was a strange way for the Basra orthopaedic doctor to find out he was dead. “One of my patients came to see me for a routine check-up, something he does every two months, and he was surprised to see me – because I was still alive,” the doctor told NIQASH. The patient had been waylaid by one of Basra’s medical brokers, salesmen who are paid by clinics in Basra to bring patients into their surgeries. The brokers – called dallaloun by the locals – wait at junctions where there are pharmacies, doctors’ surgeries and labs. They speak to passers-by and recommend the services of a doctor, who eventually pays them a cut for bringing a new patient to the clinic. The business is pressured and sometimes their sales methods are dodgy. That’s what happened to the orthopaedic doctor in question. “One of the brokers told my patient that I had died and offered to take him elsewhere,” continues the orthopaedist, who had actually been on holiday overseas; he wanted to remain anonymous because he feared for his safety if the brokers found out he was telling tales. “But my patient wanted to check this so he went to the hospital where I also work and was told that I was not dead.” The doctor says this phenomenon of the brokers doesn’t happen elsewhere, it is unique to Basra. Most of the medical brokers work in the Aziziyah neighbourhood in Basra, where there are a lot of medical service providers and much foot traffic. The brokers will tell potential patients all kinds of stories: The clinic has moved. The doctor is a bad doctor and inefficient, or dangerous. They may say the doctor has retired or they will garnish a doctor’s CV, saying that the person also works as a specialist at a local hospital. Or that the doctor works for a medical committee that grants sick leave to government staff. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 AM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 32 strikes consisting of 80 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed seven ISIS wellheads, five oil tankers and five oil processing equipment items. Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed two bunkers, an ISIS wellhead and a front-end loader. Near Raqqa, five strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions. Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a command-and-control node and an ISIS staging area. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 52 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIS-held building and a mortar system. Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a weapons cache, a tactical vehicle and an anti-aircraft artillery system. Near Fallujah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit. Near Mosul, six strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed 11 rocket-propelled grenade systems, seven fighting positions, six vehicle bombs, five mortar systems, three vehicle bomb-making facilities, a weapons cache, a medium machine gun and an ISIS staging area; damaged 11 ISIS supply routes, four fighting positions; and suppressed two mortar teams and ISIS tactical unit. Near Rawah, a strike destroyed four weapons caches, a vehicle bomb and a bunker. Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed a front-end loader. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-21-2017, 08:33 PM
    It looks like House Democrats just won a big victory in the Trump-Russia investigation The House Intelligence Committee said on Friday that it had invited three former officials with knowledge of Russia's interference in the US election to testify in an open hearing in May, over a month after the committee's chairman first scrapped the session. "Yesterday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent two letters related to its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign," Emily Hytha, a spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Mike Conaway, said on Friday. "The first letter was sent to FBI Director James Comey and National Security Advisor Admiral Mike Rogers, inviting them to appear at a closed hearing on May 2, 2017," Hytha said. "The second letter was sent to former CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates inviting them to appear at an open hearing to be scheduled after May 2nd." The letters appear to mark the end of an impasse that emerged late last month, when the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes, accused Democrats of not signing a letter inviting Comey to testify before the committee in a closed session. Democrats said they did not support substituting an open hearing with a closed one and had been pushing to reschedule the open session with Yates, Brennan, and Clapper that Nunes had scrapped. "The chairman requested that in lieu of a public hearing we have a closed hearing with James Comey and Mike Rogers," Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who sits on the committee, told Business Insider late last month. "I did not support having one substitute for another." In the end, the committee agreed to hold both the closed session with Comey and Rogers that Republicans wanted and the open hearing with Yates, Brennan, and Clapper that Democrats advocated. The compromise is arguably a bigger victory for the Democrats, however, who have been eager to publicly question Yates about her knowledge of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia. Yates was fired as acting attorney general after refusing to enforce Trump's first executive order on immigration in late January. Earlier that month, she reportedly traveled to the White House to warn Trump administration officials that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Interest in Yates' testimony grew even more last month after The Washington Post reported that the White House had tried to prevent her from testifying publicly. The White House has denied the charge. Brennan has also come back into the spotlight recently amid reports that he established a counterintelligence task force last summer to examine whether the Trump campaign had improper contact with the Kremlin. The investigation was based on intelligence that was handed to the CIA by foreign intelligence agencies beginning in late 2015, The Guardian reported earlier this month. Clapper's testimony, meanwhile, will be of interest to those who feel that Trump's Russia ties have been overblown. The former director of national intelligence told MSNBC's Chuck Todd in early March that he had seen "no evidence" of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Nunes a few weeks ago stepped aside from the committee's investigation into Trump's ties to Russia. He handed the probe over to Conaway in early April amid questions about his ability to lead an unbiased investigation. Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team, came under intense scrutiny last month for his decision to bypass the rest of his committee and brief Trump on classified executive-branch documents that he said showed that members of Trump's transition team had been swept up in government surveillance. Reports have said he obtained those documents from White House officials — despite Nunes' earlier claims that he got them from an intelligence source — fueling speculation that administration officials had orchestrated the stunt to distract the press from Comey's revelation that the FBI was investigating whether various Trump associates had ties to Russia. The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, criticized Nunes for bypassing the committee, calling on him to either share the documents with his colleagues or recuse himself. "I don't know how to conduct a credible investigation if you have even one person, let alone the chairman, of a committee saying, 'I've seen evidence, but I won't share it with anyone else,'" Schiff told CNN late last month. "We can't conduct an investigation this way. That's not sustainable. It's not credible."
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    04-21-2017, 08:31 PM
    Politics House Committee Restarts Probe of Russia's Election Meddling The House Intelligence Committee is stepping up its probe into Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election, seeking testimony from five key witnesses including FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers. Both have been asked to testify in a closed hearing on May 2, according to a statement Friday from the panel. In addition, the committee asked three former officials from President Barack Obama’s administration -- CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates -- to testify publicly at an unspecified later date. The planned hearings reflect that a probe that ran aground is now resuming after the committee’s chairman was forced to recuse himself. But partisan differences persist: Democrats want to focus on the finding of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the election to help Donald Trump win, while some Republicans agree with Trump that the real issue is whether Obama’s administration spied on Trump’s campaign and leaked what they found. Comey already delivered explosive public testimony to the House committee in March, when he confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether there was collaboration between Trump ’s associates and Russia during the presidential campaign. He also testified that there’s no evidence to support the president’s allegation that Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year. More from Bloomberg.com: Trump Says He Wants Obamacare Bill and to Keep Government Running Chairman’s RecusalThe invitations to current and former officials came two weeks after Representative Devin Nunes, the committee’s chairman, recused himself from the probe. He came under criticism for his handling of classified material, obtained from White House officials, that he said showed Obama administration officials “unmasked” the identities of people close to Trump who were mentioned in legal surveillance of foreign individuals. Rather than share the information with other committee members, the California Republican held a press conference and then returned to the White House to brief Trump. The top Democrat on the committee, Adam Schiff of California, had demanded Nunes step aside from the investigation, saying Nunes had compromised the integrity of the committee’s work. Now, Republican Representative Mike Conaway of Texas is leading the Russia inquiry while the House ethics committee examines complaints that Nunes made unauthorized disclosures about the classified information. Republican members Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Tom Rooney of Florida -- both former prosecutors -- have been preparing to question witnesses. In the Senate, Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee say they trust each other and are proceeding with their own investigation into Russian meddling, including the hacking and release of Democratic emails and possible collaboration.
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    04-21-2017, 08:24 PM
    What's Going On with Donald Trump's Fading Tan? An Investigation Angry Creamsicle. Cheeto Jesus. Decomposing Jack-o-Lantern. These nicknames have two things in common. They're not particularly kind, and they all take aim at Donald Trump's infamous love for tanning, which-thanks to his long history in the public eye-is relatively easy to track. We'll start with Trump in 1986, looking decidedly un-oranged: Almost a decade later, hints of his tan future started to emerge. By the mid-aughts, Trump's skin and hair were *almost* the same color: By the time he was campaigning for president, he'd reached peak orange. Here he is on the campaign trail in 2015: Trump's apparent addiction to spray tanning became a favorite target for comedians and detractors, and as recently as January he was still looking, well, not *not* orange. More recently, however, Trump has been looking considerably less citrus-y. There's a lot about Donald Trump that we can never understand or unpack, but this? This seems doable. So let's dig deep into an investigation of what appears to be Trump's breakup with his spray tan. To get to the bottom of things, we reached out to an expert who's worked with Trump personally-Cleveland-based makeup artist Jason Kelly, who handled Trump's look (and a slew of other prominent Republicans) at the 2016 Republican National Convention. While Trump arrived at the RNC with most of his hair and (very minimal) makeup done, Kelly put on finishing touches to get him camera-ready-which gave him an up-close and personal look at the POTUS' complexion. Are you sitting down? Because Kelly's expert opinion about Trump's spray tan habit is almost guaranteed to surprise you. Trump might *never* have had a spray tan addiction to begin with. "He didn't have any liquid or cream foundation on, or spray tan actually," Kelly reveals, explaining that the key to spotting a spray tan is all in the knuckles (or elbows/knees/anywhere the body bends), where you'll see creases that give the tan away. "The newer ones nowadays are a lot better, but I have an eye for it and I can spot it a mile away." What's more, Kelly reports that the orange tone we see in pictures might be more a result of lighting than of Trump's tanning routine. "When I met him, he didn't really look orange at all," Kelly explains. "Not the way he did in all the previous pictures I had seen when I was doing my homework." But Trump *has* changed his tanning routine recently, in a very public way. While Kelly doesn't think Trump was spray tanning (at least not leading up to the RNC), he does think the POTUS frequented tanning beds-as evidenced by the light rings around his eyes that are a dead giveaway for goggle use. "I could tell he definitely does the tanning bed-or some sort of tanning with some sort of light-because he has that abrupt contrast around his eyes where they wear those goggles," Kelly says, adding that we're probably noticing a more natural complexion on Trump nowadays because his tanning habits have changed. Instead of soaking up artificial light, he's getting the real thing...out on the golf course. Guess that means at least one not objectively terrible thing that has come out of Trump's frequent travel to Florida, right?
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 08:21 PM
    You are damn right about that....that "guy" is not like you....you see, you may...may....have nuts.....that guy you are referring to and talking about...which obviously it is me....have balls....and big ones too..... Just so you know..... ;) :)
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  • Wolverine's Avatar
    04-21-2017, 02:19 PM
    http://disobedientmedia.com/the-watergate-style-break-in-that-covered-up-shocking-wave-of-clinton-state-department-scandals/ The Watergate Style Break-In That Covered Up Shocking Wave Of Clinton State Department Scandals The U.S. Government Failed To Appoint An Inspector General For Five Years Hillary Clinton was appointed to her position as Secretary of State on January 21, 2009, serving until February 1, 2013. From January 16, 2008 to September 30, 2013, the Obama administration had failed to appoint an Inspector General for the Department of State (DS). This led some lawmakers to question DS as to why the agency’s top watchdog position, tasked with investigating the practices of roughly 260 embassies worldwide, had been left empty for more than five years, creating the longest such vacancy in the history of any federal agency. This led Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) to write a letter to then Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that he urge the President to nominate a permanent Inspector General for the Department of State as soon as possible. Because DS lacked an Inspector General, Harold W. Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General, was appointed the interim Inspector General of the State Department. Geisel would remain in this position for the next five years, until June 2013. In 2013, it was first reported that the Clinton State Department had called off eight separate internal investigations into alleged misconduct by the diplomatic corps during the time that there was no appointed inspector general. Of these eight quashed investigations, the one which has found its way back into the limelight, as a result of the media’s complete blackout of President Trump’s human trafficking busts, is that of the former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd detailed these allegations in a video report from early June of 2013. much, much MORE
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    04-21-2017, 01:59 AM
    Good read, but unfortunately it won't kick the guy who wants to be a millionaire in the nuts...he doesn't have any :)
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 11:04 AM
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Iraq for equipment for two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions. The estimated cost is $295.6 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2017. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of the equipment necessary to fully outfit two full Peshmerga Regional Brigades of light infantry, as well as the equipment necessary to outfit two artillery battalions that will ultimately provide support to those regional brigades. These artillery battalions and infantry brigades will operate under the Kurdistan Regional Governments Ministry of Peshmerga (KRG MOP) with the concurrence of the central government. Requested equipment includes the following: (4,400) M16A4 rifles; (46) M2 50 caliber machine guns; (186) M240B machine guns; (36) M1151 HMMWVs (pictured); (77) M1151 up-armored HMMWVs; (12) 3 Kilowatt Tactical Quiet Generator sets; body armor, helmets, and other Organization Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE); small arms and associated accessories including tripods, cleaning kits, magazines, and mounts; mortar systems and associated equipment; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) detection and protective equipment; dismounted and mounted radio systems; commercial navigation equipment including compasses, binoculars, and Geospatial Position System (GPS) limited to the Standard Positioning System (SPS); M1142 HMMWVs; medical equipment; Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP); cargo and transportation equipment, including light tactical vehicles, medium tactical vehicles, water trucks, fuel trucks, and ambulances; (36) refurbished M119A2 105mm howitzers; spare parts, training and associated equipment related to the mentioned vehicles and artillery systems. The total estimated program cost is $295.6 million. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States, by supporting Iraq’s capacity to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Iraq will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There are a number of contractors involved in this effort, including but not limited to AM General, Oshkosh Defense, Navistar Defense, Harris Radio, and Colt Corporation. (Source: DSCA) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 11:04 AM
    By John Lee. Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, has received a copy of the credentials of the new Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi. The new Ambassador described the two countries as “friends and brothers“, adding, “we should do our best to improve ties between the two countries.” “Iran wants an advanced, powerful, secure and integrated Iraq and given this policy Iran will stand by Iraq under any condition,” the Iranian ambassador said. (Sources: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRNA, Fars News) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 11:04 AM
    Iraqi security forces are close to recapturing western Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Operation Inherent Resolve ground forces commander said today. The Iraqi forces, with coalition support, are making significant progress every day in the increasingly tough fight for Iraq’s second-largest city, Army Maj. Gen. Joseph M. Martin told Pentagon reporters via video conference from Baghdad. Martin, the commanding general of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command Operation Inherent Resolve, highlighted the Iraqi forces’ strength and resolve. “They continue to improve their capability and demonstrate a level of professionalism that makes me proud to serve with them,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time before they liberate the rest of Mosul and defeat ISIS in Iraq.” ISIS’s capability and cohesion as an organization are weakening, and the terrorists are under pressure throughout Iraq, Martin said. “ISIS is reeling from defeat after defeat across the country,” he added. “Their leadership has fled, and their days are numbered.” The Iraqi forces and their coalition partners are committed to the fight, Martin stressed. “We understand that a safer Iraq, a more stable Iraq, means a more stable region, and a more stable region means we’re safer back home,” Martin said. ISIS Using ‘Inhumane Tactics’ The terrorists have indiscriminately attacked innocent civilians, and are using increasingly inhumane measures to terrorize, injure and kill residents, the general said. Those brutal tactics include hostage-taking and using improvised explosive devices, mortars and rockets against the population, Martin explained. ISIS has targeted residents trying to escape the violence, killing hundreds of civilians are killed each week, with evidence showing that number is increasing, Martin said. “The coalition will not abandon our commitment to the Iraqi partners because of ISIS’s inhumane tactics of exploiting the population and destroying as much of Mosul as possible,” he said. The longer the fight continues in western Mosul, the more the civilians will suffer at the hands of a brutal enemy, Martin said, adding, “This is why ISIS must be defeated quickly.” Tough Fight Remains The enemy is surrounded, Martin pointed out. Foreign fighters, unable to blend into the population, have nowhere to go and can either surrender or die, he said. “What’s left is a tough fight through some very complicated terrain that will require a significant amount of tenacity and commitment,” Martin said. “But I assure you, the Iraqi security forces are up to that task — and I also assure you that we’ll be there to advise, assist and enable them as they do it.” Life Returning to Normal in Eastern Mosul In previously liberated eastern Mosul, residents are resuming their lives, Martin told reporters, with essential services being established, the government working to improve the quality of life, and more than 250,000 children returning to more than 320 reopened schools. “Through coordinated efforts with the government of Iraq, the U.N. and along with humanitarian partners, Mosul’s residents are on track to a sense of normalcy that existed prior to the brutal rule of ISIS in the city,” he said. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 11:04 AM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, conducting 33 strikes consisting of 124 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three ISIS oil equipment materials, an ISIS vehicle and an ISIS wellhead. Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes destroyed five ISIS barges and five ISIS wellheads. Near Raqqa, eight strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three vehicle-borne bombs, two fighting positions, two command-and-control nodes, an ISIS bridge, an anti-air artillery system and a weapons cache; and suppressed a mortar team and an ISIS tactical unit. Near Tabqah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed two fighting positions and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 96 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Mosul, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed 11 fighting positions, six rocket-propelled grenade systems, five anti-air artillery systems, four medium machine guns, four vehicle-borne bombs, a weapons cache, a front-end loader, an ISIS vehicle and a command-and-control node; and suppressed four fighting positions, four ISIS supply routes and four ISIS tactical units. Near Qaim, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a dump truck. Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an anti-air artillery system. Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed an ISIS bunker. Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed a weapons cache. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 11:04 AM
    By John Lee. The*Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)*has reported that 37 banks and 11 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Thurrsday. A total of $168,067,601 sold at a price of 1184 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar. (Source: Central Bank of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • 40plus's Avatar
    04-20-2017, 01:12 AM
    https://spectator.org/confirmed-john-brennan-colluded-with-foreign-spies-to-defeat-trump/ CONFIRMED: John Brennan colluded with foreign spies in attempt to defeat Trump. A good read.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    04-19-2017, 08:38 PM
    Former Trump adviser on discussing sanctions with the Russians: 'I can't definitively say' it never came up Carter Page, an early foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, on Thursday said he "can't definitively say" the issue of US sanctions on Russia "was never raised by anyone" while he was in Moscow last July. Page's conversations with Russian officials last summer have come under scrutiny since an unverified dossier about Trump's alleged ties to Russia named Page as a liaison between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the election. The dossier said Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state oil company, offered Page and his associates the brokerage of a 19% stake in the company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia. The dossier says the offer was made in July, when Page was in Moscow giving a speech at the Higher Economic School. Page's trips to Moscow and contact with at least one Russian official last year are now reportedly under FBI investigation, and The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, warrant last summer to monitor his communications. Page — an energy consultant who worked with the Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom and later founded his own firm, Global Energy Capital, in 2011 — told Business Insider on Thursday that "there were never ever any negotiations or promises whatsoever by me" to Russian officials, "as per my conversation with Jake and in contrast to the false allegations in the Dodgy Dossier." Page told CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday that he "never said" anything about Trump being willing to lift sanctions on Russia if he won the election. But on Thursday morning, he appeared to shift his story after some pressing by ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "I mean, topics may have come ... I don't remember — we'll see what comes out in this FISA transcript," Page said, moments after saying that he "absolutely" never discussed with anyone in Russia that Trump would be open to lifting sanctions. "I don't recall every single word that I ever said," Page added. "But what you're saying is it's possible that you may have discussed the easing of sanctions with the Russians," Stephanopoulos said. "Something may have come up ... I have no recollection, and there is nothing specifically that I would have done that would have given people that impression," Page replied. Page told Business Insider later that there was "no shift" in his story. The US's sanctions on Russia "is a major issue in the Russian economy, for average individuals on the street even if it has had minimal impact on the senior people that have been directly targeted," Page said. "I can't definitively say it was never raised by anyone as mentioned this morning."
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    04-19-2017, 08:35 PM
    Politics We just got a huge sign that the US intelligence community believes the Trump dossier is legitimate The FBI reportedly used the explosive, unverified dossier detailing President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia to bolster its case for a warrant that would allow it to surveil Carter Page, an early foreign-policy adviser to Trump's campaign. It's a key signal that the FBI had enough confidence in the validity of the document to work to corroborate it and present it in court. The FBI has been using the dossier as a "roadmap" for its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election since last year, the BBC's Paul Wood reported last month. The document itself was not central to the bureau's argument before a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that Page could have been acting as an agent of Russia, according to CNN. But the raw intelligence contained in the 35-page collection of memos — written by the former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, who spent 20 years spying for MI6 in Moscow — apparently helped the FBI convince the court that Page could be acting as an agent of a foreign power. Some experts have accused the FBI of having political motivations for entering the document into evidence. Others are skeptical that the bureau would have needed to use the dossier at all to bolster its case against Page, an energy consultant turned foreign-policy adviser. Page was already on the FBI's radar because of his ties to a Russian spy who had posed as a UN attaché in New York City in 2013. A former senior intelligence officer, who requested anonymity to discuss the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process candidly, told Business Insider on Wednesday that using this kind of raw intelligence to build a case for a FISA order was "not uncommon." "Bear in mind that what one must do in the FISC is to persuade a judge that there is probable cause to believe that someone is the agent of a foreign power," the officer said. That probable cause is laid out in a "declaration," he added, which is the "new federal term for an affidavit." The declaration is then "generally signed by the agency head" — in this case, FBI Director James Comey — "and cites the evidence that has been obtained" by the relevant agency. According to officials who spoke to The Washington Post, the FBI's declaration to the FISC "laid out investigators' basis for believing that Page was an agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow." The dossier, parts of which have been corroborated by the US intelligence community, alleges that Page was a liaison between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the campaign. It also alleges that while in Moscow in July, Page and his associates were offered the brokerage of a 19% stake in Russia's state oil company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia. While the evidence put forward in declarations is "usually obtained from an intercept, it need not be," according to the former intelligence officer. "The evidence need not be of the quality that would be admitted into a trial." The bar for obtaining a FISA order is fairly low. But evidence cited in declarations must still be corroborated through an agency's investigations before it is submitted to the court, officials familiar with the matter told CNN. Steve Slick, a former CIA operations officer and National Security Council official, told Business Insider that applications for a FISA order were likely to "include material that is less than 100% certain or subject to challenge." For the application to be approved, however, as it was in Page's case, the FISC judge and the reviewing officials at the Department of Justice would have needed to be "satisfied" that the application, as a whole, had a "sufficient factual basis," Slick said. Page was brought onto the Trump campaign in the spring of 2016 by Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, reports have said. He has denied the allegations against him, calling them an "illegal" form of "retribution" for a speech he gave at the New Economic School in Moscow in July, in which he slammed the US for a "hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change." That trip to Moscow — which Lewandowski approved — raised new red flags at the FBI. The bureau sought and obtained the FISA order shortly after. Page told Business Insider recently that he thought the FISA requests were "unjustified." But the government's application for the FISA order has been renewed more than once, and there were contacts Page had with Russian intelligence officials that he did not disclose, according to The Post.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    04-19-2017, 08:32 PM
    Wolvie....are you a man?....seriously ??
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    04-19-2017, 11:05 AM
    The State Company for Glass and Refractories Industry (SCG&R) State Company for Glass and Ceramic Industries (SCGCI)], part of Iraq’s Ministry of Industry and Minerals (MIM), has announced an investment opportunity, sharing in management and production, according to investment Iraqi Law (No.22 of 1997 article 15 /III ) to moderate, increasing capacities, and improve*quality for following factories:- Rehabilitation & Operation of sheet glass factory. Rehabilitation & Operation of pharmaceutical Bottles factory. Rehabilitation & Operation of Ceramic wall Tile factory. Rehabilitation & Operation of Ceramic floor Tile factory. Rehabilitation & Operation of Ceramic Sanitary Ware factory. More information here. (Source: National Investment Commission) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-19-2017, 11:05 AM
    By John Lee. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its forecast GDP growth for Iraq from 0.5 per cent to a contraction of 3.1 per cent this year, due to the oil production cuts agreed within OPEC. Forecasts for 2018 and 2019 are 2.6 percent and 1.6 percent growth respectively. Consumer price inflation is expected to run at a steady 2 percent per annum over the coming three years. (Sources: IMF, The National) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    04-19-2017, 11:05 AM
    As fighting continues in west Mosul, humanitarian partners continue to respond to rising displacement and provide basic assistance to families in newly accessible areas, where conditions allow. Where access inside west Mosul city allows humanitarian partners to reach civilians, displaced families are provided with ready-to-eat food rations. Resident or returning families in the area are provided dry food rations . Almost 62,000 people in 14 west Mosul neighbourhoods have received ready-to-eat food rations to date; 64,000 people in eleven west Mosul neighbourhoods have received dry food rations. West Mosul has been cut off from its main supply route since November 2016, and remains largely inaccessible to humanitarian actors. In western Mosul city, many neighbourhoods face chronic water shortages, with many people drinking untreated water. Humanitarians are concerned over an increased number of displaced children arriving from western Mosul with diarrhoea. Shortages of clean drinking water have likely been exacerbated by ISIL’s recent attacks on the Badush water treatment plant, western Mosul’s largest functioning treatment plant. Ensuring water treatment and sewage treatment facilities in Mosul are operational remains a top priority for humanitarian partners. Approximately 500,000 people live in ISIL-controlled areas of west Mosul. Iraqi authorities also estimate that some 150,000 civilians reside in 28 currently accessible neighbourhoods of western Mosul. Since the start of military operations to retake Mosul six months ago, nearly half a million people have been displaced from their homes. “The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering,”*said Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande. “Our worst case scenario when the fighting started was that up to one million civilians may flee Mosul. Already, more than 493,000 people have left, leaving almost everything behind,” said Ms. Grande. To date, emergency response packages (of ready-to-eat food, water, hygiene and dignity kits) have been distributed to cover the immediate needs of more than two million people since the fighting began in late October. Front-line organizations have been providing food, water, shelter, emergency kits, medical support and psycho-social services – to both families who have fled and families who have stayed. Closure of the Tigris bridge Current high water levels of the Tigris have left several bridges in the Mosul area impassable for vehicles, preventing displaced people from relocating to camps and emergency sites on the eastern bank, where the majority of space is available. Aid distributions in some camps and emergency sites have already been affected, as suppliers are unable to reach them. One bridge at Nimrod re-opened today for civilian traffic and use by humanitarians, however a key bridge at Qayyarah is likely to take 2-3 days to be repaired. The impact of bridge closures on distributions and camp construction work is therefore likely to continue. (Source: OCHA) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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