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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The biggest news of all, though, would be if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to use the court's last public session on Monday to announce his retirement.
To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy's departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court.


On Thursday evening, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a potentially explosive report involving an investigation of a Russian investment fund with potential ties to several associates of President Donald Trump. Read more


U.S. President Donald Trump was elected vowing to get tough on "radical Islamic terrorism." He has tried to implement a travel ban barring people from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. and has tweeted frequently about Islamist terrorist attacks around the world. On Thursday, a new report claimed the president has his facts muddled.

A joint project by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a nonprofit media center, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting has found that within the past nine years, right-wing extremists plotted or carried out nearly twice as many terrorist attacks as Islamist extremists. Of the 115 right-wing incidents, police only foiled 35 percent. Compare this to the 63 Islamist terrorism cases, where police foiled 76 percent of the planned attacks.


Nina Skye, a 21-year-old porn actress who taught at an undisclosed Christian preschool, was fired after administrators learned of her career in the porn industry.

Last month, Skye had gone public with Fox 11 to tell her story of her two lives as a teacher and a porn star. Unable to make ends meet as a teacher alone, Skye said working in porn allowed her to make sex a hobby and make some fast cash, earning $2,500 in her first sex scene. Read more


While in Russia, Stephen Colbert sent a tweet to President Donald Trump and announced he was considering a White House run.

"I am here to announce that I am considering a run for President in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself," Colbert said on the Russian late-night show Evening Urgant on Friday. Read more


Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.

Russian authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption before permitting the products to be imported and sold in the country. The requests, which have increased since 2014, are ostensibly done to ensure foreign spy agencies have not hidden any "backdoors" that would allow them to burrow into Russian systems.

But those inspections also provide the Russians an opportunity to find vulnerabilities in the products' source code - instructions that control the basic operations of computer equipment - current and former U.S. officials and security experts said. Read more


Trump late Friday appeared to acknowledge Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election while seizing on a new report to criticize his predecessor.

Trump mentioned "election meddling by Russia" in a tweet slamming former President Barack Obama's administration for doing "nothing" about Russia's interference before the election.

Trump has long dismissed inquiries into Russia's attempts to interfere in the election despite the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that they did so in an effort to help elect Trump. Read more


John Walker Lindh, the 'American Taliban' AKA Detainee #001 captured in Afghanistan in 2001, is set to be released from prison.

In leaked correspondence from prison, the ‘American Taliban' refuses to renounce terrorism, says he wants to move to Ireland. Read more


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday. Read more


It's not seriously disputed by anyone in a position of authority in the U.S. government -- apart from the president himself -- that Donald Trump holds his high office in considerable part because a foreign spy agency helped place him there. So now what?

Business as usual? How would that work? It obviously cannot. And in fact, it is not. Read more


Meet Rehan Munir. He's a 26-year-old med school grad from Pakistan who also happens to be a model.

Munir told HuffPost he hopes to do rotations in various hospitals across the U.S. to gain experience. He's currently looking for housing in New York City, though ― a search he called "quite the ride." Read more


A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.

Rendon announced late Friday afternoon that the bill, SB 562 by state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would not advance to a policy hearing in his house, dampening the measure's prospect for swift passage this year.

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Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs.

Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016, according to data recently released by the state's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump's lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.


Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the Sept. 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community.

That hasn't stopped President Donald Trump and his associates from repeatedly trying to draw unflattering attention to their relationship, insinuating a personal bond they suggest could disqualify Mueller from credibly serving as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation.

Most recently, in a Fox News television interview that aired Friday, Trump claimed Mueller was "very, very good friends with Comey, which is bothersome."


Six convicts are getting their sentences shortened after saving a guard who collapsed on duty last Monday in Polk County, Georgia.

The deputy,... collapsed during a work detail at a local cemetery with six inmates who he'd grown to know well from working alongside for seven hours a day, five days a week, reported NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA.

"I started coughing spells, and every time I got those, I'd get hotter," the deputy told the station. "It was just harder to keep up... I just finally went down after a couple of minutes doing that."

As soon as the officer dropped, the six inmates he was overseeing came to his aid. They removed the officer's outer bulletproof vest to help cool him off and took his phone to call 911, according to a statement released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday.

"None of my guys ran," the deputy told WXIA. "None of them did anything they shouldn't have done." Read more


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