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Officials Abused Classification to Shape Russia Narrative, Ex-Intel Chief Says

Government officials buried parts of the story about the investigation of the Trump campaign beneath the veil of classification in order to conceal what really happened from the American people, according to former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell. Grenell, who had completed his term as the acting head of the intelligence community, told radio show host Mark Levin that government elites in Washington routinely “overclassify” official records in order to protect reputations. “Certain parts of investigation were tamped down through classification and edited through classification, and then the public misses the whole story. They only see part of it, on purpose,” Grenell said on May 27. “It angers me, because what happens is you take information and you weaponize it, and its an elite thing where you keep the information in the back, and you pretend like the public doesnt need it. This is a problem. We cant overclassify things just to protect reputations.” Durin..

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A Chorus of US Lawmakers Call for Immediate Investigation into George Floyd Killing

U.S. lawmakers have called for a federal investigation into the death of Mr. George Floyd, echoing the Presidents orders to the Department of Justice and FBI. Many lawmakers made public statements condemning the brutal death of Floyd and called on the DOJ to investigate the exact circumstances. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said that public outrage should fuel justice and bring about an end to racism. “No Americans should fear enmity and harm from those sworn to protect us. The death of George Floyd must not be in vain: Our shock and outrage must grow into collective determination to extinguish forever such racist abuse,” Romney said Thursday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in a statement said the actions of the police officer involved was not warranted by the circumstances presented in the video. “It must be stopped, and those—whatever their profession, whatever their motivation—must be held accountable for actions unjustified by circumstances or fact. What happened to Geor..

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Pelosi Hasnt Been Tested for the CCP Virus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) revealed she has not been tested for the CCP virus, despite several members of Congress testing positive over the past two months. Pelosi, 80, told reporters on Thursday she has not been administered the test and has spent much of her time in the Capitol in recent weeks. The longtime Democrat, who is second in line to the presidency after Vice President Mike Pence, added that she decided to forgo a test due to a nationwide shortage of testing. She also has not experienced symptoms. “For a while there were a scarcity of tests,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday when she was asked about being tested. “We didnt want to be first in line, when so many people who had symptoms and had justifications for it.” Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) tested positive for the virus in late March. Photos showed the two standing near one another at an event in Washington. “I said to the doctor, should I be having a test? He said no, you dont have any symptoms, and yo..

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FEC Commissioner Disputes Trumps Charge That Voting by Mail Leads to Fraud

A Federal Election Commission (FEC) commissioner disputed President Donald Trumps charge that voting by mail leads to fraud. Labeling the notion that voting by mail causes fraud a “conspiracy theory,” Obama-appointed commissioner Ellen Weintraub wrote in a series of social media posts that vote-by-mail has expanded across the country with little negative effect. She cited a slew of news articles and opinions from journalists. She also pointed to a 2012 report from the Voting Rights Project that found 491 cases of absentee ballot fraud between 2000 and 2012 and a paper (pdf) from Lorraine Minnite, a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, that argued most instances of whats described as voter fraud are actually “simple mistakes by election officials or voters.” A third reference was made to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York Universitys School of Law, which said in an analysis it was “debunking the voter fraud myth.” Weintraub, a Democrat, is one of doze..

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GOP Senators Urge Trump Not to Restrict Foreign Worker Visas Amid Pandemic

Nine Republican senators have urged President Donald Trump not to suspend certain categories of work visas during the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that temporary foreign labor is important to both the survival of small businesses hurt by the pandemic and for a quick economic recovery. “Guest workers are needed to boost American business, not take American jobs,” the GOP lawmakers said in a May 27 letter (pdf), which calls on the Trump administration not to suspend the issuance of H-2B and H-2A visas, among other measures. These include a request for exemptions for employers operating in critical infrastructure industries and provisions allowing any businesses to apply for an exemption from a foreign worker restriction if they can show that their operations would suffer “irreparable harm (permanent and severe financial loss) if unable to employ the non-immigrant worker in the United States.” The Trump administration in April suspended the issuance of additional H-2B seasonal guest work..

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Economic Recovery Key to Trumps Victory in November

WASHINGTON—The state of the economy is a paramount issue in driving electoral outcomes, and, as the nation shifts from relief to recovery, President Donald Trumps reelection odds depend very much on a successful relaunch of the U.S. economy, according to political strategists. Trump forecasts a “tremendous comeback” as states gradually ease their lockdown measures and open their economies. He bets that his reopening guidelines to the states will help create a speedy recovery without causing a new wave of virus infections. Early this month, his campaign launched a new ad, titled “American Comeback,” positioning the presidents 2020 re-election bid around an economic revival. Up until March, it looked like Trump was on his way to an easy victory in November. Then the economy went from the best to the worst in just a few weeks and his reelection chances started to look shakier. “It will depend on how the public sees things, not only with the progress against the disease, but also with ..

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Biden Plans to Announce Running Mate Around August 1

Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans on announcing his choice for a running mate around Aug. 1. Biden revealed the plan during a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday evening. The 77-year-old, who has said he wants to choose a woman who is younger than him, said the four-person panel he established to vet potential running mates is now deciding on “the basic cut.” “Were in the process of deciding the basic cut about whether or not they really want it. Are they comfortable? Theyve asked a lot of questions,” Biden said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and Cynthia Hogan, Bidens former counsel, are leading the vetting process. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) said they were vetted by Bidens team. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who vied for the presidential nomination, was reportedly asked to undergo a formal vetting, and Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) reportedly agreed to ..

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US Attorney John Bash Tapped to Probe Unmasking Requests Before and After 2016 Election

Attorney General William Barr tapped a U.S. attorney from Texas to review the litany of unmasking requests made by officials in the late stages of the Obama administration and the early days of the Trump administration. U.S. Attorney John Bash was directed to review certain aspects of unmasking in a spinoff from the probe U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting into the origins of the investigation into Donald Trumps campaign. “Unmasking inherently isnt wrong, but certainly, the frequency, the motivation and the reasoning behind unmasking can be problematic, and when youre looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation—like John Durhams investigation—looking specifically at who was unmasking whom, can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events,” Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said late Wednesday during an appearance on Fox Newss “Hannity.” Unmasking, or deanonymizing the identity of a U.S. citizen in intelligence reports, was used ..

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Zuckerberg Criticizes Twitter for Adding Warning Labels to Trumps Posts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday criticized Twitters decision to apply a warning label on one of President Donald Trumps posts on the social media platform. Zuckerberg told Fox Newss “The Daily Briefing” that privately-owned digital platforms should not act as the “arbiter of truth,” after Twitter added fact-checking labels on the presidents posts for the first time on Tuesday. “We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg said in the interview with the news outlet which is scheduled to be aired in full on Thursday. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldnt be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he added. “Private companies probably shouldnt be, especially these platform companies, shouldnt be in the position of doing that.” His comments come after the president accused Twitter of election interference and of having a “clear political bias.” The platform added the labels to the presidents tweets which expressed concer..

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House Pulls Vote on FISA Reauthorization Bill After Trump Threatens Veto

The House of Representatives canceled its plans on Wednesday to vote on the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) after President Donald Trump threatened to veto the bill, and Republican leaders and top liberal Democrats said they would oppose it. House Democratic leaders abruptly adjourned Wednesday evening, saying that a vote on the bill would not take place as expected, hours after saying there would be a vote. It is unclear whether or when a vote on the bill might be rescheduled, or if the House would skip a vote and try to negotiate with the Senate on a final compromise. The House will be in session on Thursday and the legislation is listed for “possible consideration,” reported The Hill. Trump threatened to veto the bill on early Wednesday, writing on Twitter, “If the FISA Bill is passed tonight on the House floor, I will quickly VETO it.” “Our Country has just suffered through the greatest political crime in its history,” he added. “The massive ..

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