1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Palmer Report: William Barr’s clown show crashes and burns

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For the past few weeks, Donald Trump’s handpicked Attorney General William Barr has been willing to destroy his own reputation by lying about the Mueller report, as some kind of perverse tradeoff for the newfound power that Trump has given him at the Department of Justice. Barr was a forgotten has-been and now he’s back in the saddle, so hey, what’s the big deal if he has to go down in history as a villain? But now Barr has taken his clown show to an entirely different place.



We’re still about an hour away from William Barr’s scheduled press conference about the Mueller report. There’s no telling just how stupid this spectacle will be, particularly considering that Barr will be performing for an audience of one, and that audience of one is an addled narcissistic sociopath. But this will be more than just Barr smashing the remaining pieces of his reputation into a fine powder for all to see.



Today is the day that Barr sends himself to prison, and then gambles that he somehow won’t arrive at his cell. The groundwork was already laid thanks to yesterday’s New York Times report that Barr’s DOJ and Trump’s White House have been working together for weeks on how to roll out the redacted Mueller report. Considering that Trump is the subject of the underlying investigation, this is textbook obstruction of justice. It’s a felony, and it comes with a multiyear prison sentence.


William Barr is obviously not going to prison while Donald Trump is still president. But what happens in two years or less, when Trump is no longer president? If a Democrat comes in and appoints a legitimate Attorney General, the DOJ will have to indict Barr and send him to prison. Barr is close to seventy years old. Why is he willing to die in prison for Donald Trump? Is Barr counting Trump pardoning him on the way out the door? Or is Barr so drunk with his newfound power, he doesn’t realize or care that he’s setting the rest of his life on fire?



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The Casino Urbanism of Atlantic City, in Pictures  CityLab

Brian Rose’s new book uses the deeply troubled New Jersey city as a window into how a developer-turned-president operates.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): Just Security: The Early Edition: April 18, 2019

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

The Department of Justice (D.O.J.) plans to release a lightly redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report today, which will provide a detailed insight into the allegations of obstruction facing the president, according to people familiar with the matter. The D.O.J. has already briefed the White House on the general details of the report, which will allegedly reveal that Mueller decided he could not come to a conclusion on the question of obstruction because it was difficult to determine Trump’s intent and because some of his actions could be interpreted innocently, Matt Zapotosky, Carol D. Leonnig , Rosalind S. Helderman and Devlin Barrett report at the Washington Post.

Attorney General William Barr will answer questions about the report at a press conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. EDT today, with Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller nearly two years ago and oversaw his work, also present. Barr is expected to provide an overview of the report and address “process questions” relating to it, according to a senior D.O.J. official. Sadie Gurman reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The D.O.J. will not deliver the redacted version of the report to Congress until after Barr’s press conference, according to a Democratic aide. The aide said lawmakers on Capitol Hill would receive the report at 11 a.m., Jacqueline Thomsen and Brandon Conradis report at the Hill.

House Democrats responded angrily yesterday to the plans for a press conference, accusing the D.O.J. of trying to spin the report’s contents and insulate the president. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Claif.) sent a message on Twitter arguing that Barr had “thrown out his credibility & the DOJ’s independence with his single-minded effort to protect @realDonaldTrump above all else,” adding “the American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin,” Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney report at POLITICO.

The D.O.J. plans to provide key members of Congress with a more complete version of the report than what will be made public today, prosecutors told a federal judge yesterday. The plan was disclosed in a court filing in the case against long-time Trump confidant Roger Stone, Katelyn Polantz reports at CNN.

“I haven’t read it but it’s just wholly unnecessary,” Trump attorney John Dowd commented regarding the forthcoming report, projecting that its publication may spell trouble for the president.  “You just don’t need it … it’s pure mischief,” Dowd added, The Daily Beast reports.

An account of the behind-the-scenes discussions between D.O.J. and White House officials, and the “paranoia” amongst top Trump aides, is provided by Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos and Katie Benner at the New York Times.

A separate Russia probe headed by D.O.J. inspector general Michael Horowitz could land as soon as next month, and is expected to take aim at the dossier provided by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele that contained salacious information about the president. One former U.S. official left an interview with Horowitz with the impression that the Inspector General’s final report “is going to try and deeply undermine” Steele, Natasha Bertrand reports at POLITICO.

TRUMP-RUSSIA: OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Primers for the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report are provided by Sharon LaFraniere at the New York Times and Amy Mckinnon & Elias Groll at Foreign Policy.

“As always … Trump will act as his own communications director and public relations crisis manager,” Nancy Cook writes at POLITICO, projecting how the White House will likely handle the report’s release, noting: “already he’s distilled the message down to a simple Twitter statement, before he’s seen the report: “No Collusion – No Obstruction!”

Although Attorney General William Barr’ “is essentially asking Congress and the public to take him at his word that his redactions will be proper,” there is cause to be skeptical about Barr’s judgment, the Washington Post editorial board comments, arguing that “there may be no satisfying end to this national saga until an independent referee steps in to sort out the controversy.”

The Mueller report is likely to unearth presidential behavior that – although legal – is nonetheless reprehensible, John Neffinger comments at NBC, writing: “no matter how much the president crows that he’s been vindicated, remember how much we didn’t need Mueller to reveal, and how frighteningly little Republicans seem to care”

“Those who oppose Trump and value our institutions will see that even this limited release of the Mueller report is one more battle in a long war,” Rick Wilson comments at The Daily Beast.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday supervised the test-firing of a new “tactical” weapon with a “powerful warhead,” state media outlet K.C.N.A. reported today, marking the first test of its kind since denuclearization talks with Washington stalled. The test marks an acceleration in tensions, just weeks after a summit between Kim and U.S. President Trump in Hanoi collapsed without agreement, AFP reports.

“The completion of the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power” of the North Korean army, Kim was quoted as saying. The exact class of weapon tested is not known, but “tactical” implies a short-range weapon, as opposed to the long-range ballistic missiles that have been seen as a threat to the U.S., the Guardian reports.

The test was reportedly “conducted in various modes of firing at different targets,” with K.C.N.A. also reporting that Kim “guided the test-fire.” The announcement comes a day after U.S. monitor the Center for Strategic and International Studies reported that activity had been detected at North Korea’s main nuclear site, Al Jazeera reports.

Pyongyang has attempted to intensify pressure on the U.S. by demanding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is removed from nuclear negotiations. A senior North Korean diplomat today accused Pompeo of “reckless remarks” that had undermined talks between Kim and Trump, urging his replacement as the U.S. point man, Seyoon Kim, Youkyung Lee , and Justin Sink report at Bloomberg.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner yesterday urged a group of ambassadors to keep an “open mind” about the president’s upcoming Middle East peace proposal and said it will require compromises from both sides, according to a source familiar with his remarks. Kushner said the peace plan is to be unveiled after Israel forms a governing coalition following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, reportedly adding “we will all have to look for reasonable compromises that will make peace achievable,” Reuters reports.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin yesterday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially kick-starting a process expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks, the AP reports.

YEMEN

Yemens Iran-aligned Houthi rebels yesterday lambasted President Trump’s veto of the Congressional War Powers resolution that would have directed him to end support for the Saudi-led war in the country, claiming that the veto served as proof that Washington is behind the conflict. Houthi spokesperson Mohammed Abdelsalam sent a message on Twitter claiming that Trump’s decision “proves that the United States is not only involved in the war on Yemen but also was behind the decision to go to war,” adding that “others followed that decision and execute the wishes and ambitions of the United States,” in a reference to Saudi Arabia and its allies. AFP reports.

An account of the devastation and loss at the key Yemeni port city of Hodeidah is provided by Karl Schembri in Hodeidah and Rod Austin at the Guardian.

LIBYA

Fighting near the Libyan capital of Tripoli has killed some 205 people, including 18 civilians, and wounded 913 in the last two weeks, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reported today. The capital has been subject to a two-week offensive by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces from the east of the country, Reuters reports.

Shells slammed into a densely-populated district of Tripoli late on Tuesday, in violence condemned “in the strongest terms” by the head of the U.N. Mission in the country, the U.N. News Centre reports.

CYBERSECURITY, TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY

Tech giant Facebook has admitted that it collected up to 1.5 million users email contacts without their consent, in the latest privacy fallout embroiling the firm. Daniel Shane reports at CNN Business.

Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei offered Berlin a “no-spy agreement” to address security concerns over the company’s involvement in constructing Germany’s next-generation 5G mobile infrastructure, German magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported yesterday. Reuters reports.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 52 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria between March 24 and April 6 [Central Command]

Saudi Arabia will host the 15th annual G.20 Leaders’ Summit on November 21 and 22, 2020 in its capital Riyadh, Saudi press agency (S.P.A.) reported yesterday. Reuters reports.

President Trump may perversely be rewarded for making little progress on his top priority” of immigration, Janan Ganesh comments at the Financial Times.

Transgender students will be banned from attending the U.S. Naval Academy following the new Pentagon policy that prevents them from joining the military, according to USA Today. The school — which currently accepts transgender students —will implement the new directive in 2020, The Daily Beast reports.

The U.S. is now classed as a “problematic” country for journalists to work in, ranking below countries such as Romania, Chile, and Botswana in Reporters Without Borders’ (R.W.B.) annual World Press Freedom Index. Jim Waterson reports at the Guardian.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Foreign Correspondent: Can Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Get a Fair Trial? – Progressive.org

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Foreign Correspondent: Can Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Get a Fair Trial?  Progressive.org

I’m sure he’s going to get a kangaroo court. I don’t see the government allowing Assange to put on a vigorous defense.”

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“Manafort” – Google News: Whats you need to know about the Mueller report release – Chicago Daily Herald

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Whats you need to know about the Mueller report release  Chicago Daily Herald

Here’s an overview of Thursday’s release, that covers the basic whos, whats, whens and whys for a framework for understanding a complex document and a …

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: The case against Julian Assange is a clear threat to journalism – Columbia Journalism Review

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The case against Julian Assange is a clear threat to journalism  Columbia Journalism Review

As the imminent release of the (no doubt heavily redacted) Mueller report continues to suck all the oxygen out of the US media industry, other important news …

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Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica scandal  Herdon Gazette

Washington DC’s top prosecutor is suing Facebook in the first significant US move to punish the firm for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Cambridge Analytica from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): “cambridge analytica” – Google News: Cambridge Analytica to be Liquidated and May Now Die With Its Secrets – The Daily Beast

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Cambridge Analytica to be Liquidated and May Now Die With Its Secrets  The Daily Beast

Campaigners wanted to keep the company alive for an investigation.

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Cambridge Analytica from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): “cambridge analytica” – Google News: 5 things to know for April 18: Mueller report, North Korea, Columbine, St. Patrick’s – CNN

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5 things to know for April 18: Mueller report, North Korea, Columbine, St. Patrick’s  CNN

(CNN) Where can you find the world’s tallest indoor waterfall? An airport in Singapore, of course. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out …

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Open Barr?, Cravath Copies, Clueless Firms: The Morning Minute – Law.com

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Open Barr?, Cravath Copies, Clueless Firms: The Morning Minute  Law.com

REPORT RELEASE – U.S. Attorney General William Barr is expected today to release a redacted version of Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on Russian …

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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Kushner: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Will Be Revealed After Ramadan – CBN News

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Kushner: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Will Be Revealed After Ramadan  CBN News

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told a group of ambassadors Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan will be …

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Advisers to Putin, Trump discuss Russia-US ties in Moscow, summit issue not raised  RT

Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov has held a meeting with special assistant to the US President, Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the US National …

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: If that what you wanted, then that’s what you got: see my Facebook pages. Who attacked, hacked, and vandalized my site “http://fbinewsreview.org/”?! The site is fixed. And you will get more. Michael Novakhov – 5:23 AM

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: Russia’s FSB, GRU should be recognized as terrorist organizations, – official – 112 International

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Russia’s FSB, GRU should be recognized as terrorist organizations, – official  112 International

The Security *Service* of Ukraine exposed the number of the crimes of these organizations committed in the territory of Ukraine. 12:24, 18 April 2019. obozrevatel.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (196 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: Russia’s FSB, GRU should be recognized terrorist organizations: Ukraine NSDC secretary – UNIAN

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Russia’s FSB, GRU should be recognized terrorist organizations: Ukraine NSDC secretary  UNIAN

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has said Russia’s Federal Security *Service* (FSB) and the Main …

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Trump adviser visits Moscow for Kremlin talks  Reuters

Fiona Hill, an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, visited Moscow this week and discussed bilateral relations with Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov, Kremlin …

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Here is exactly how and when the Mueller report is going to be released  Business Insider

Business Insider – Attorney General William Barr will give his interpretation of the report at a conference, and Congress will get CDs of the report before it is …

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Mueller Report Release May Shed More Light On Russia Election Interference  NPR

The Mueller probe found that Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. David Greene talks to Laura Rosenberger of the Alliance for Securing …

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Putin: West disrespecting voters’ choices of Trump and Brexit  Herdon Gazette

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has accused the UK and US political classes of “disrespecting” the public by questioning the Brexit referendum and.

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Turchynov: Russia’s Security Service and General Staff should be recognized as terrorist organizations  Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news

The Federal Security *Service* and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation should be recognized as the terrorist …

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Trading data: the risks and rewards  ITProPortal

Products, software and services are more interconnected than ever, but how can businesses use this to their advantage?

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US slides down global press freedom rankings amid warning of ‘climate of fear’ for journalists  KBZK Bozeman News

Journalists are battling a rising tide of hatred, violence and persecution around the world, an international watchdog has warned, as authoritarian regimes clamp …

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