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Thursday, December 12, 2019

U.S. negotiators have reached the terms of a phase-one trade deal with China that now awaits President Donald Trump's approval, according to people briefed on the plans, Bloomberg News reports.

A fire broke out on Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, injuring as many as 12 crew members, in the latest mishap to plague the Soviet-built vessel.

The blaze started in the ship's power plant while the vessel was moored at the Arctic port of Murmansk for an overhaul. The fire spread to an area of as much as 600 square meters (6,500 square feet), Russian media reports said.

Fox News host Chris Wallace delivered a vehement critique of President Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of engaging in the most "direct sustained assault" on the free press in U.S. history, The Guardian reports.

Why it matters: Wallace's comments come amid a schism between Fox News' daytime anchors, who have largely stuck to straight news reporting, and primetime opinion hosts, who tend to fervently defend the president.

NEW YORK " American perception towards prescription drugs and more natural health solutions appears to be undergoing a significant shift. According to a survey of 2,000 Americans, half have used a natural remedy to treat an ailment over prescription medication. Read more

After years of freaking out every time anyone pointed out that the things he are doing are Hitler-ish Trump decides to portray himself instead as Thanos, The super-evil genocidal warlord of the Marvel Comic Universe. With a snap of his fingers the Democrats are destroyed.

Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill say local police who do not enforce gun control measures likely to pass in Virginia should face prosecution and even threats of the National Guard. After November's Virginia Legislature elections that led to Democrats taking control of both chambers, the gun control legislation proposed by some Democrats moved forward, including universal background checks, an "assault weapons" ban, and a red flag law.

Federal Aviation Administration officials Wednesday tried to defend the decisions they made after a 737 Max jet crashed in Indonesia last year. But in a Senate hearing, it was revealed they predicted a second malfunction was likely. Sadly, they were right, and the Max has been grounded ever since the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash in March. Senators demanded to know why the FAA didn't do more after the first 737 Max crash last October. They pointed to internal FAA analysis, done just days after the crash, predicting another emergency incident was likely within the next 10 months, due to the plane's troubled anti-stall system, known as MCAS. Read more

Inspector General Michael Horowitz's long-awaited report on the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation is a textbook account of confirmation bias that should raise disturbing questions about the adequacy of the FISA process. The heart of the report deals with the Carter Page FISA application, and documents a progression that ought to sound familiar to anyone who's studied the history of the intelligence community: An investigation begins with a kernel of reasonable suspicion, and facts are marshaled to support a theory. Read more

Democratic presidential candidate Julin Castro jabbed at Immigration and Customs Enforcement for tweeting about Human Rights Day, advising the agency to get rid of its social media account. The agency's Twitter post read: "ICE honors Human Rights Day." It also included a link to a news release in which the Assistant Director for National Security David Shaw said that the agency "will not allow the United States to be a safe haven for those who violate human rights." Earlier this year, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that the conditions in which migrants were being held in the United States may violate international law. News reports about migrant detention centers highlighted inadequate access to food, water and hygiene products. Several outlets also described how children were forced to sleep on concrete floors with the lights on.

Monday's split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department's inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI's handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump's campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States. The facts of both dramas were clear to objective viewers: In the one instance, there's conclusive and surprisingly consistent evidence that President Trump pushed Ukraine to concoct dirt on a domestic political rival to affect the 2020 presidential election, and in the other, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the FBI was proper to investigate Trump's dealings with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. Read more

It was 8.27am when computers picked up a "slow-moving blob" entering the no-fly zone over Washington DC, triggering a full-scale crisis. Read more

The great debate about whether the FBI spied on the Trump campaign continues. The question is why there is still any argument. The newly-released report from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz shows that by any definition the FBI did indeed spy. The proof is in the details of the report. In addition to the much-discussed wiretap of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Horowitz discussed the bureau's use of what is called a CHS -- a confidential human source, or, in more common terms, an informant, and a UCE -- an undercover employee, or a secret agent, to gather information from at least three targets in the Trump campaign. One was Page, another was George Papadopoulos, also a member of the advisory team, and the third was an unnamed "high-level Trump campaign official who was not a subject of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation." Read more

Clinton allegedly was recorded by Russia in the 1990s, allowing Russia to learn of the affair before American officials. A reference to the Clinton intercept was redacted from the Mueller report to protect "personal privacy," but sources told the Washington Examiner that the context makes clear what was blacked out. According to the report, Center for the National Interest President Dimitri Simes sent Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner a 2016 email with recommended talking points to counter Hillary Clinton's Russia attacks. The email referenced "a well-documented story of highly questionable connections" between Bill Clinton and Russia. Read more

"The litany of problems with the Carter Page surveillance applications demonstrates how the secrecy shrouding the government's one-sided FISA approval process breeds abuse," said Hina Shamsi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. "The concerns the inspector general identifies apply to intrusive investigations of others, including especially Muslims, and far better safeguards against abuse are necessary." Read more

The Pentagon has recently opened up to The Black Vault about the rumored "secret UFO Program," known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program or AATIP. Read more

The profound damage President Trump has inflicted on our liberties can be measured by widespread complacency in the face of his administration's escalating attacks on the rule of law, our public servants and the truth itself. Read more

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