Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans: The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time.

The guidelines are designed "in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people," CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The new rules were released amid continued public discomfort over the government's surveillance powers, an issue that gained prominence following revelations in 2013 by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) secretly collected the communications data of millions of ordinary Americans.

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Exit stage left: Lights go out on Biden as he talks of US ‘leadership’ in Davos speech (VIDEO) — RT Viral

Exit stage left: Lights go out on Biden as he talks of US ‘leadership’ in Davos speech (VIDEO) — RT Viral: It may have just been coincidence, or perhaps something more symbolic, but whatever it was, Joe Biden saw the lights go out on him as he mentioned US “leadership” during his last major speech as vice president, in Davos, Switzerland.

"We are going to retain our position of leadership," Biden was telling the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, when the lights on stage began to dim.

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Exit stage left: Lights go out on Biden as he talks of US ‘leadership’ in Davos speech (VIDEO) — RT Viral

Exit stage left: Lights go out on Biden as he talks of US ‘leadership’ in Davos speech (VIDEO) — RT Viral: It may have just been coincidence, or perhaps something more symbolic, but whatever it was, Joe Biden saw the lights go out on him as he mentioned US “leadership” during his last major speech as vice president, in Davos, Switzerland.

"We are going to retain our position of leadership," Biden was telling the audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, when the lights on stage began to dim.

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So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

News from The Associated Press: Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV.

But at times, his answers seemed aimed at an audience of one: the man who will replace him at noon Friday.

Obama gently chided Donald Trump's suggestion that the U.S. might end its sanctions on Russia over Ukraine in exchange for nuclear stockpile reductions, saying it was in America's interest to make sure "we don't confuse why these sanctions have been imposed with a whole set of other issues."

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Watch the ‘Sycophantic’ W.H. Press Corps Shower Obama with Adulation in Final Presser :: Grabien News

Watch the ‘Sycophantic’ W.H. Press Corps Shower Obama with Adulation in Final Presser :: Grabien News: President Obama began his final press conference on a surprising note. Despite “not liking all of the stories you’ve filed,” he told the gathered White House press corps, it’s you’re duty to ask “tough questions” and not be “sycophants.”

Too bad reporters were apparently not paying attention.

What followed was one softball after another, with rhetorical foot massages sandwiched between.

“Thank you, Mr. President” each reporter began.

“It’s been an honor,” said another, before literally making the "call me" expression while pointing at her cellphone.

A reporter for The Blade, Chris Johnson, used his opportunity to ask the president a question to instead list a series of LGBT “accomplishments” Obama enjoyed during his tenure — before setting the president up to attack Trump.

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Comeback queen? Hillary rumors won't go away

Comeback queen? Hillary rumors won't go away: The prospect of a Hillary Clinton comeback after her shock loss to Donald Trump could hardly be less certain, but in New York where she is revered, plenty of people dream of her running for mayor.

Her public appearances since the election have been largely confined to walks in the woods close to her Chappaqua home, where she is photographed in minimal make-up by neighbors mourning her defeat and repelled by the president-elect.

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50 below recorded in Interior as cold snap settles on Alaska - Alaska Dispatch News

50 below recorded in Interior as cold snap settles on Alaska - Alaska Dispatch News: Fairbanks and Anchorage woke up Wednesday to an early taste of an expected cold snap this week, as temperatures plunged to 50 degrees below zero in some areas of the Interior.

The National Weather Service office in Fairbanks issued special weather statements Wednesday morning for the eastern Interior and western Interior warning of similar temperatures in valleys across the region and rising to only about 20 below on hilltops or in coastal areas.

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George H.W. Bush to Trump: Doctor says going to inauguration could 'put me six feet under' - POLITICO

George H.W. Bush to Trump: Doctor says going to inauguration could 'put me six feet under' - POLITICO: Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife could end up “six feet under” if they sit outside for Donald Trump’s inauguration this week, the former president wrote the president-elect in a personal letter.

“Barbara and I are so sorry we can’t be there for your Inauguration on January 20th,” the former president wrote in a note dated Jan. 10. “My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under. Same for Barbara. So I guess we’re stuck in Texas.”

Outgoing President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have said they will attend Trump’s swearing-in on Friday.

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Latest Developments in #DisruptJ20 Plot to Shutdown Presidential Inauguration - YouTube

Latest Developments in #DisruptJ20 Plot to Shutdown Presidential Inauguration - YouTube

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Supreme Court ruling TUESDAY on if MPs must vote on Brexit | Daily Mail Online

Supreme Court ruling TUESDAY on if MPs must vote on Brexit | Daily Mail Online: The Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether Theresa May can trigger Brexit without a vote by MPs.

The eagerly awaited judgement could throw a major spanner in the works of the Prime Minister's timetable for triggering our departure from the EU by the end of March.

The case, spearheaded by businesswoman and former model Gina Miller, centres on whether Article 50 can be invoked using executive powers.

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May’s Brexit speech mocked in Europe's newspapers | Daily Mail Online

May’s Brexit speech mocked in Europe's newspapers | Daily Mail Online: Theresa May set out her priorities as she negotiates the UK's exit from the EU
Said on Tuesday that Britain would establish its own free trade deals
Britain will impose limits on immigration from the continent, she revealed
Europe's newspapers reacted with disappointment to her 'hard Brexit' plans

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Russia tests its new 'Sickle' intercontinental missile | Daily Mail Online

Russia tests its new 'Sickle' intercontinental missile | Daily Mail Online: Topol-M blasted off from Plesetsk's launch site in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia
It reportedly hit a target in Kamchatka peninsula some 3,750 miles to the east
Launch comes amid heightened tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West

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Davos elites struggle for answers as Trump era dawns | Daily Mail Online

Davos elites struggle for answers as Trump era dawns | Daily Mail Online: The World Economic Forum is being held this week in Davos, Switzerland
Xi Jinping will be the first Chinese leader ever to attend the annual get-together
But the CEOs, bankers and politicians are flummoxed by the rise of 'populism'
Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump have shocked mainstream politicians

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Surgeons perform selfies with patient who later died | Daily Mail Online

Surgeons perform selfies with patient who later died | Daily Mail Online: Gino Pucciarelli from Perugia underwent routine surgery to cure sleep apnoea
Two surgeons posed for a selfie moments after they completed the operation
The 48-year-old architect was released from hospital a day after the surgery
He was later rushed back to hospital after his condition deteriorated and died

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Migrants converting to Christianity in Germany misquoted | Daily Mail Online

Migrants converting to Christianity in Germany misquoted | Daily Mail Online: Berlin pastor Gottfried Martens has baptised unprecedented amount of migrants
But says recent changes mean Iranian and Afghani asylum-seekers are rejected
'Almost exclusively Muslim translators deliberately stick the knife in,' he wrote
Final asylum decision is made by someone 'who has never met the migrants'
Their decision is based on reports compiled by the Muslim translators
If asylum seekers' words have been misquoted it makes asylum claim seem false

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Socialist International: Socialist Venezuela Is a 'Failed State' - Breitbart

Socialist International: Socialist Venezuela Is a 'Failed State' - Breitbart: Socialist International has issued a statement condemning the socialist government of Venezuela for keeping political prisoners, collapsing the nation’s economy, and generally “reflect[ing] the characteristics of a failed state.”

The scathing new missive begins by observing that “the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela is becoming increasingly serious and urgent for millions of its inhabitants,” and it warns that Venezuelans can no longer “rely on the protection of the institutions which do not respond to the many emergencies that afflict the Venezuelan people and which reflect the characteristics of a failed state.”

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Socialist International - Progressive Politics For A Fairer World

Socialist International - Progressive Politics For A Fairer World: As 2017 begins, it is more evident than ever that the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela is becoming increasingly serious and urgent for millions of its inhabitants, and the international community cannot remain indifferent or absent in face of the critical circumstances of a nation which, thanks to the efforts of a whole generation some decades ago, was able to rise up and follow the path to democracy.

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Socialist International: Socialist Venezuela Is a 'Failed State' - Breitbart

Socialist International: Socialist Venezuela Is a 'Failed State' - Breitbart: Socialist International has issued a statement condemning the socialist government of Venezuela for keeping political prisoners, collapsing the nation’s economy, and generally “reflect[ing] the characteristics of a failed state.”

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Report: Orlando Jihadi's Wife Facing Life for Knowingly Aiding Islamic State - Breitbart

Report: Orlando Jihadi's Wife Facing Life for Knowingly Aiding Islamic State - Breitbart: The wife of Orlando jihadist Omar Mateen, Noor Salman, may spend life in prison on charges of aiding and abetting her husband’s support for the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) while misleading the FBI, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.

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Obama Frees Chelsea Manning and 273 More Criminals - Breitbart

Obama Frees Chelsea Manning and 273 More Criminals - Breitbart: President Barack Obama announced his plan to free Chelsea Manning (who changed his name from Bradley) after leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks and being sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crimes.

Once in prison, Manning went on a hunger strike to demand sex change surgery in prison, which was granted by officials at the cost of American taxpayers.

Obama included Manning on a list of prisoner commutations announced late Tuesday afternoon, allowing him to be set free on May 17, 2017.

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Chelsea Handler: 'Let's Teach the Predator-in-Chief a Lesson'

Chelsea Handler: 'Let's Teach the Predator-in-Chief a Lesson': Talk show host Chelsea Handler has vowed to fight what she called a “right-wing political assault” on Obamacare and abortion giant Planned Parenthood as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office this week.

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 Professional Activists Are Behind ‘Chaos’ Plot Targeting Trump Inauguration  

 Professional Activists Are Behind ‘Chaos’ Plot Targeting Trump Inauguration  : While the protest movement plotting to disrupt President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is largely attempting to portray itself as grassroots, in actuality professional left-wing activists are leading the charge.

A main protest coalition group calls itself DisruptJ20. The organization’s website does not say much about who is behind the group. DisruptJ20 “rejects all forms of domination and oppression, particularly those based on racism, poverty, gender and sexuality, organizes by consensus, and embraces a diversity of tactics,” the site reads.

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Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House - Breitbart

Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House - Breitbart: They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.

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Fake News from CNN: Legal Expert Says Schumer's Attacks on Trump's Pick to Head HHS 'Are Entirely About Politics'

Fake News from CNN: Legal Expert Says Schumer's Attacks on Trump's Pick to Head HHS 'Are Entirely About Politics': The Presidential Transition Team called a CNN story about Dr. Tom Price (R-GA) “junk reporting” and late Tuesday requested “that CNN retract this blatantly false story,” noting that the network failed to accurately report all the facts.

Though the term “fake news,” which President-elect Trump used in a news conference last week to describe CNN’s reporting, was not specifically used, it is clear the Presidential Transition Team considers this latest story from CNN yet another report from that network to which those words also apply.

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Here are the Democrats Who are Skipping Trump's Inauguration - Breitbart

Here are the Democrats Who are Skipping Trump's Inauguration - Breitbart: The majority of them are from the deep blue state of California.

According to Roll Call, Democrats who are planning to skip Trump’s historic swearing-in ceremony include Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Don Beyer (D-VA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ted Liu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), John Conyers (D-MI), Mark Desaulnier (D-CA), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jos Serrano (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Katherine Clark (D-MA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Karen Bass (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MI), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Al Green (D-TX), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), John Yarmouth (D-KY), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), Darren Sotto (D-FL), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), Alma Adams (D-N.C.), Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR).

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Obama scores poorly in working with Congress on legislation - Washington Times

Obama scores poorly in working with Congress on legislation - Washington Times: President Obama oversaw the deepest legislative malaise in modern political history, according to the Washington Times Legislative Index, which captures his struggles to find ways to work with a Congress that ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile toward him.

Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law — less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled less business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index.

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Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House

Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House: They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it's their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.

There's a mass exodus underway this week at the White House. As Obama holds his last news conference Wednesday, his staff is busy packing up their offices and turning in their BlackBerrys. For some who joined Obama's team right out of college, it's the end of the only professional experience they've ever known.

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Davos Elite Searches for Fixes to Save Its System From Populists - Bloomberg

Davos Elite Searches for Fixes to Save Its System From Populists - Bloomberg: The great and the good of Davos agree they have a problem with populism. Finding a solution is the hard part.

On the second day of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss Alps, delegates disagreed on how best to address the upending of the western political order, a debate made doubly urgent by the string of elections in Europe this year where anti-establishment parties could gain more ground.

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Joe Biden's final speech at Davos

Joe Biden's final speech at Davos: Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces.

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