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Macron says France will deport all criminal undocumented migrantsMacron says France will deport all criminal undocumented migrants
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to follow through on the "radical" immigration reform promised prior to his election, with all undocumented migrants convicted of a crime to be deported. In his first televised interview since taking office, Macron also staunchly defended his record in power. "We're taking care of the France where things aren't going well," Macron said on Sunday, as cited by the AFP. "I'm doing what I said I would do during the election campaign." Immigration reform featured prominently in Macron's election manifesto, with a draft update of migration law in France expected in spring 2018. However, Macron has experienced a dip in his overall approval rating, fuelling speculation that his tough rhetoric on immigration is designed to court members of France's far-right voter base.
Time for justice: First Nations go to court seeking increase of $4 treaty annuity payments that have remained stagnant since 1874Time for justice: First Nations go to court seeking increase of $4 treaty annuity payments that have remained stagnant since 1874
When the fur-trader-turned-politician William Benjamin Robinson pulled up to the shores of the river that links Lake Superior and Lake Huron in 1850, his mission was clear: he was to gain access to as much of the vast territory around him as possible. Acting on behalf of Queen Victoria, Robinson soon launched into formal negotiations with the indigenous people who lived in what would later become north-eastern Ontario in Canada. Robinson treated with nearly two dozen communities whose connection to the land stretched back millennia. Few of them could read, write or speak English fluently, but the two sides eventually struck a deal: in exchange for access to more than 35,700 square miles of land, Robinson offered hunting and fishing rights - and an annual payment equivalent to C$2 (£1.20/$1.60) per person each year. In 1874, the payment was increased to C$4 a year. Since then, it has remained stagnant. Now, 167 years after the Robinson Huron Treaty was signed, the document - and its original intent - is at the heart of a landmark legal challenge playing out in Ontario.
Media silent as gov't uses Vegas shooting to push bill allowing warrantless searchesMedia silent as gov't uses Vegas shooting to push bill allowing warrantless searches
The media blackout is blatantly evident as the government prepares to pass another All-American titled bill that strips away liberty with no accountability. As the mainstream media provides relentless coverage of the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood sex scandal, there is one major piece of legislation it is ignoring, and if passed, it will have massive repercussions for all Americans. More than 40 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, have joined together to condemn the USA Liberty Act, a trendy name for a dangerous bill that reauthorizes and creates additional loopholes for Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the coalition noted that one of the most obvious problems with the USA Liberty Act is that it fails to address concerns with the "backdoor search loophole," which allows the government to"conduct warrantless searches for the information of individuals who are not targets of Section 702, including U.S. citizens and residents." "The USA Liberty Act departs from the recommendation made by the President's Review Group on Surveillance, appropriations amendments that have previously passed the House, and urgings of civil society organizations, which would have required a probable cause warrant prior to searching the Section 702 database for information about a U.S. citizen or resident absent narrow exceptions. As written, it raises several concerns. First, the bill's most glaring deficiency is that it does not require a warrant to access content in cases where the primary purpose is to return foreign intelligence. This is an exception that threatens to swallow the rule." Not surprisingly, the USA Liberty Act claims that it will "better protect Americans' privacy" by requiring the government to have "a legitimate national security purpose" before searching an individual's database. Then when they do have that purpose established, they will be required to "obtain a court order based on probable cause to look at the content of communications, except when lives or safety are threatened, or a previous probable cause-based court order or warrant has been granted." However, as The Free Thought Project previously reported, what the USA Liberty Act does not advertise is the fact that the FBI's "legitimate national security purpose" could be justified by just about any reason the agency chooses to give, and agents will only need supervisory authority in order to search Americans' metadata. As the coalition noted in its letter, "the bill's current language leaves room for the government to conduct queries and access content for law enforcement purposes without a warrant," which should be considered a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. "The current language does not make clear that the government must have a warrant to access content for law enforcement searches where the purpose may not be to specifically obtain evidence of a crime, or in cases where there may be a dual foreign intelligence and criminal purpose. As such, the bill could still permit the government to conduct queries and access content without a warrant in cases involving criminal investigations and prosecutions." The coalition also criticized the USA Liberty Act's broad consent and emergency exceptions, noting that, "the emergency provision does not parallel analogous provisions in FISA and require imminence or that the government go back to the FISA court for a warrant after beginning the emergency surveillance." While the government claims the purpose of FISA is to allow surveillance on the communications of foreign targets who were suspected terrorists, it should be noted that the law has been used to spy on the communications of innocent Americans-despite the practice being ruled illegal-and any reauthorization of the law will only allow the practice to continue under the guise of "preventing terrorism." When the USA Patriot Act was passed in 2001, and the USA Freedom Act was passed in 2015, the U.S. government used fear-based propaganda disguised in the form of All-American titled legislation, which was spread without contest by the mainstream media. Section 702 is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017, which means that Americans will likely see the same game come into play as the government prepares to pass the USA Liberty Act-a bill that is the opposite of its namesake.
NASA: Ion thruster breaks power, propulsion recordsNASA: Ion thruster breaks power, propulsion records
NASA's newest ion thruster has broken previous records of generating maximum power and propulsion in its latest test, suggesting the technology may become the future of deep space exploration. The X3 thruster is being developed by researchers at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the US Air Force and NASA. The group has been working on the technology since 2009. They first developed a two-channel thruster, the X2, before the more powerful X3 was created. The X3 thruster team said it broke records of generating maximum power output during recent testing at the Glenn Research Center of NASA in Ohio. Project lead Alec Gallimore said the thruster generated 5.4 N of thrust, the highest value of thrust recorded using a plasma thruster. "We have shown that X3 can operate at over 100 kW of power," Gallimore told Space.com. "It operated at a huge range of power from 5 kW to 102 kW, with electrical current of up to 260 amperes. It generated 5.4 Newtons of thrust, which is the highest level of thrust achieved by any plasma thruster to date." The X3 thruster is a Hall thruster, a type of system that uses a stream of ions to propel a spacecraft and expels plasma (a cloud of charged particles) to generate thrust. This allows for greater speeds than a traditional chemical propulsion rocket, and greater efficiency, as they require less propellant and can go about 10 times further on the same amount of fuel. "You can think of electric propulsion as having 10 times the miles per gallon compared to chemical propulsion," Gallimore said.
Powerful Hurricane Ophelia heads for Ireland - UpdatesPowerful Hurricane Ophelia heads for Ireland - Updates
Hurricane Ophelia picked up pace as it marched toward Ireland, where it's forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rains this week. Ophelia weakened from a Category 3 to a Category 2 hurricane early Sunday, with sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (105 mph). But the storm accelerated on its way to the British Isles and was moving quickly northeast at 56 kilometers per hour (35 mph). "Preparations to protect lives and property should be rushed to completion by this afternoon," the National Hurricane Center warned in its Sunday 5 a.m ET (10 a.m. Dublin time) advisory. The center said Ophelia gale force winds were expected in southern Ireland by early Monday, spreading gradually north across the country during the day. Hurricane-force winds are forecast to arrive by Monday afternoon, spreading inland into Monday night. "Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30% stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be even greater," the center said. Ophelia is also forecast to produce 2 to 3 inches of rain with isolated totals nearing 4 inches through Tuesday across western Ireland and Scotland." A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves," the center warned.
Oil price collapse: OPEC countries out $1 trillionOil price collapse: OPEC countries out $1 trillion
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has lost over $1 trillion since the oil prices more than halved since mid-2014. "Over the past two years, we saw not only a drop in investment in the sector but also a decrease in oil revenues. Collectively, OPEC countries lost more than $1 trillion," OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said Sunday in Kuwait. According to Barkindo, oil demand will grow at a "healthy pace" over the next five years, as renewables are expanding at a high pace. OPEC predicts oil demand will increase an average 1.2 million barrels a day until 2022 and slow to 300,000 barrels a day in 2035 to 2040. By 2040, the share of fossil fuels will drop to about 75 percent, OPEC predicts.
Plane infestation: Mother and daughter ravaged by bedbugs on British Airways flight from VancouverPlane infestation: Mother and daughter ravaged by bedbugs on British Airways flight from Vancouver
A MUM has hit out at British Airways claiming she and her daughter, 7, were left bleeding after being ravaged by BED BUGS during a flight to London Heathrow. Heather Szilagyi, 38, told how she saw the critters crawling out from behind her in-flight TV frames and food tray during the journey. Although she discreetly flagged the issue to cabin crew, she said they were unable to re-seat her, her fiance Eric Neilson and her daughter Molly Reid, 7. She told The Sun Online the experience has ruined their trip after they spent hours washing themselves, their clothes and tending to their sores. Heather, from Vancouver, Canada, said: "It's been really frustrating, this has been horrible and its really ruined our trip." The incident occurred while the trio were aboard a BA flight departing Vancouver on Monday night.
Malta investigative journalist assassinated in possible Gladio B opMalta investigative journalist assassinated in possible Gladio B op
Updated 9.50pm Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed this afternoon in a powerful car bomb blast that left her vehicle in several pieces in Bidnija. The powerful explosion rocked Triq il-Bidnija at around 3pm and left debris from the Peugeot 108 car strewn across the road and in a nearby field, just a short distance away from Ms Caruana Galizia's home. Police said the body, which they declined to confirm as belonging to Ms Caruana Galizia, was blasted out of the car with the explosion's force. One of Ms Caruana Galizia's three sons was reportedly among the first to arrive at the scene, having rushed out of the family home after hearing an explosion. Family members, including Ms Caruana Galizia's husband, sons and siblings arrived shortly afterwards. According to TVM, Ms Caruana Galizia - an outspoken journalist who had no qualms about writing critically of her subjects - had filed a police report 15 days ago saying she was being threatened.
Seven injured, one person missing after oil platform explodes on Lake Pontchartrain, LASeven injured, one person missing after oil platform explodes on Lake Pontchartrain, LA
A platform exploded in Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday evening (Oct. 15) near St. Charles Parish and north Kenner, according to Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor. Seven people were injured in the explosion, according to Kenner Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Kriss Fortunato, and authorities believe an eighth person is still missing. Search and rescue operations were ongoing Sunday at about 10:15 p.m. Rescue boats are being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch at the end of Williams Boulevard, McGregor said, and authorities asked that residents avoid the area as much as possible. Five of those injured were taken to the University Medical Center and two to East Jefferson General Hospital, according to Mike Guillot, director of East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services. The five who were brought to UMC "have blast type injuries and burns" and are in critical condition, he said, and the two at East Jefferson are stable.
Trump goes full retard for Israel against IranTrump goes full retard for Israel against Iran
I won't even bother discussing the substance of what Trump had to say today because what he said deserves no such attention. I will quickly mention that yesterday Trump pulled the US out of UNESCO on behalf of Israeli interests. Today he basically announced a tepid, possibly hot, war on Iran. I am tempted to say "so what else is new?". In fact, nothing, nothing at all. This topic, the AngloZionist plans of war against Iran, has been what made me write my very first post on my newly created blog 10 years ago. Today, I want to reproduce that post in full. Here it is:
Rose McGowan destroys ex Weinstein lawyer Lisa Bloom - says she offered her $millions to shut up about her rapeRose McGowan destroys ex Weinstein lawyer Lisa Bloom - says she offered her $millions to shut up about her rape
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lisa Bloom. Lisa Bloom. Your very name makes my stomach clench with a stressed tightness that takes my breath away. As does your mercenary act of depravity. Did you think of how it would affect victims to see you champion a rapist? How it felt to those you once "fought for," for them to know that you used them. You remember them right? They were the victims of assaults, women you'd previously helped. You lied to those hurt women and hid your true character. You wanted a shortcut to fame. You sold your book to be made into a mini-series, where you'd be the next Erin Brokovich, right? But your avarice has taken you down. And I am glad. You cannot spin your gaslighting web on us, the public, and have it remove TRUTH.
New Yorker's Weinstein expose: Multiple accounts of assault, rape - UPDATESNew Yorker's Weinstein expose: Multiple accounts of assault, rape - UPDATES
1. Since the establishment of the first studios a century ago, there have been few movie executives as dominant, or as domineering, as Harvey Weinstein. As the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company, he helped to reinvent the model for independent films, with movies such as "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," "The English Patient," "Pulp Fiction," "The Crying Game," "Shakespeare in Love," and "The King's Speech." Beyond Hollywood, he has exercised his influence as a prolific fund-raiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Weinstein combined a keen eye for promising scripts, directors, and actors with a bullying, even threatening, style of doing business, inspiring both fear and gratitude. His movies have earned more than three hundred Oscar nominations, and, at the annual awards ceremonies, he has been thanked more than almost anyone else in movie history, just after Steven Spielberg and right before God.
Ukraine erects monument to nationalist icon Petliura who failed to prevent anti-Jewish pogromsUkraine erects monument to nationalist icon Petliura who failed to prevent anti-Jewish pogroms
A monument to Symon Petliura, who fought for Ukrainian independence after the 1917 Russian Revolution, and under whose leadership thousands of Jews were killed in pogroms, has been opened in the city of Vinnitsa in western Ukraine. The sculpture was erected in the courtyard of the building that formerly hosted the Ministry of Post and Telegraph of the self-proclaimed Ukrainian People's Republic, which was headed by Petliura in 1917-1921. The Ukrainian nationalist icon is portrayed sitting on a bench with a map of the country in his hands. The Vinnitsa authorities unveiled the monument on Saturday, when the country marked the Defender of Ukraine Day - a new holiday ordered by President Petro Poroshenko in 2014.
Jury to decide Senator Menendez's fate in corruption & bribery trialJury to decide Senator Menendez's fate in corruption & bribery trial
The judge overseeing the corruption case involving US Senator Bob Menendez said he won't dismiss any of the charges against the New Jersey Democrat. Menendez is facing 12 federal charges, including bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors say that Menendez accepted free flights on a private jet and other gifts from a wealthy Florida doctor in exchange for lobbying the government on his friend's behalf and securing improper Medicare reimbursements. On Monday, US District Judge William Walls rejected the defense lawyers' motion to drop the charges. Menendez's defense team argued the charges did not meet the narrow definition of bribery established by the 2016 US Supreme Court ruling that reversed the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
Spain detains Catalan separatist leaders amid sedition investigationSpain detains Catalan separatist leaders amid sedition investigation
Spain's High Court has remanded two leaders of a Catalan separatist organization on suspicion of sedition. The prosecution alleges them to be the key figures in organizing the recent independence referendum, which was deemed illegal by Madrid. The leader of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Sanchez, and Jordi Cuixart of the Omnium Cultural group were jailed on Monday after questioning.The two men will not be allowed to post bail and remain in custody. The Catalan regional police chief, Maj. Josep Lluis Trapero, and colleague Lt. Teresa Laplana were also questioned on Monday, but unlike the Catalan independence activists they have avoided jail. The police officials, however, were forced to give up their passports and have to appear in court every two weeks.
Collapse of global warming deception triggers an avalanche of revisionismCollapse of global warming deception triggers an avalanche of revisionism
We will see an increasing number of people changing their positions on global warming as the global warming ship sinks. It will take various forms including; articles appearing that subtly shift previously held positions; reevaluation of data; or finding new evidence that allows a change and perhaps worst of all those who say they knew the science was wrong all along but did not consider it important to speak out; dredging up a sentence or two from their writings that they claim showed they knew. The level of inventiveness will astonish as rats desert the sinking ship.
A hidden public health epidemic: The psychological toll of natural disastersA hidden public health epidemic: The psychological toll of natural disasters
Long after a big hurricane blows through, its effects hammer the mental-health system. Brandi Wagner thought she had survived Hurricane Katrina. She hung tough while the storm's 125-mph winds pummeled her home, and powered through two months of sleeping in a sweltering camper outside the city with her boyfriend's mother. It was later, after the storm waters had receded and Wagner went back to New Orleans to rebuild her home and her life that she fell apart. "I didn't think it was the storm at first. I didn't really know what was happening to me," Wagner, now 48, recalls. "We could see the waterline on houses, and rooftop signs with 'please help us,' and that big X where dead bodies were found. I started sobbing and couldn't stop. I was crying all the time, just really losing it."
The US experiment in freedom is failingThe US experiment in freedom is failing
"Every day I ask myself the same question: How can this be happening in America? How can people like these be in charge of our country? If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I'd think I was having a hallucination."-Philip Roth, novelist It is easy to be distracted right now by the circus politics that have dominated the news headlines for the past year, but don't be distracted. Don't be fooled, not even a little, no matter how tempting it seems to just take a peek. We're being subjected to the oldest con game in the books, the magician's sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst. This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls. What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. We are being ruled by a government of scoundrels, spies, thugs, thieves, gangsters, ruffians, rapists, extortionists, bounty hunters, battle-ready warriors and cold-blooded killers who communicate using a language of force and oppression. Our nation of sheep has, as was foretold, given rise to a government of wolves. The U.S. government now poses the greatest threat to our freedoms. More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun violence and organized crime, even more than the perceived threat posed by any single politician, the U.S. government remains a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us. This has been true of virtually every occupant of the White House in recent years. Unfortunately, nothing has changed for the better since Donald Trump ascended to the Oval Office. Indeed, Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other's throats, because as long as we're busy fighting each other, we'll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form. As American satirist H.L. Mencken predicted almost a century ago: "All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre - the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." In other words, nothing has changed, folks. The facts speak for themselves.
British Christian printer refuses to make business cards for trans customer... both accused of discriminationBritish Christian printer refuses to make business cards for trans customer... both accused of discrimination
A transgender-diversity consultant was left "gobsmacked" after a devout Christian printer turned down her order for business cards, saying he did not want to promote a cause that might harm fellow believers Joanne Lockwood sought the promotional material for her firm SEE Change Happen, which offers companies advice on equality, diversity and inclusion, the Times reports. Nigel Williams, a married father of three based in Southampton, refused to take the contract because it would "make pressure worse" on Christians who he believes are being forced to accept transgender people in society. He wrote to her in an email: "The new model of diversity is used (or misused) to marginalize (or indeed discriminate against) Christians in their workplaces and other parts of society if they do not subscribe to it. "Although I am quite sure you have no intention of marginalizing Christians it would weigh heavily upon me if through my own work I was to make pressure worse for fellow Christians."
Russia's economy continues to climb as foreign investments double in 2017Russia's economy continues to climb as foreign investments double in 2017
Russian economy's revival has led to increased foreign investments in the country, said Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin at a meeting of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council held by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "The volume of foreign direct investment more than doubled in the first half of the year, compared with the same period of 2016," said Medvedev, without specifying the amount. Investments by foreign companies that are members of the Council exceeded $165 billion since its formation [in 1994 - Ed.], according to the prime minister.
Looking lives: How our visual memories are madeLooking lives: How our visual memories are made
Meeting a young Syrian refugee inspires Mark Cousins to imagine how different our defining images can be We have work lives and love lives, but we also have looking lives. If we're lucky enough to have eyesight, an inner photo album accrues throughout our lives. On its pages are the sunsets we've seen, the dead bodies, and many other defining images - these are the visual shocks and pleasures which help us understand and read emotion. In a refugee camp in Calais last year, I played football with a young teenage boy from Syria. We had no common language, but we had a laugh as we played. Afterwards I wondered what he had seen in his life so far.
Project Blue Book: The controversy continuesProject Blue Book: The controversy continues
In 1969, the U.S. Air Force closed down their "Project Blue Book" investigation of "Unidentified Flying Objects" by claiming their evaluations of more than 12,000 sightings had not yielded a single instance where a UFO had ever posed a threat to national security, nor demonstrated technology "beyond the range of present day scientific knowledge", nor been categorized as extraterrestrial. Headquartered at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio where legend long suggests recovered salvage from the 1947 Roswell incident was taken for further research and development, all of the project's declassified records were allegedly transferred to the National Archives and Records Service. But did the Air Force really shut down the project, or just move it into a private sphere where the public could be kept at arm's length? A handful of government documents have slipped out over the years pointing to the latter scenario. A look back at Project Blue Book is insightful here, for knowledge of how the project evolved remains relevant to modern assessments as well as the effort to gauge what current high-level insiders might know. Historical information indicates that the Army Air Force took serious attention to UFOs when reports of "foo fighters" started coming in from pilots during World War II. Further sightings at military installations in 1947 led to classified orders that UFO reports be sent to division offices at Wright-Patterson Air Field where General Nathan Twining was selected to oversee any type of evaluation.
Netanyahu's ability to pull Trump's stringsNetanyahu's ability to pull Trump's strings
In the final presidential debate of 2016, Hillary Clinton famously called Donald Trump the "puppet" of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But what's increasingly clear is that Trump has a more typical puppet master for a U.S. politician - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Since Sept. 18, when the two men met in New York around the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu has been pulling Trump's strings on almost every foreign policy issue. Arguably, the puppet/puppeteer relationship began much earlier, but I've been told that Trump bridled early on at Netanyahu's control and even showed a few signs of rebellion. For instance, Trump initially resisted Netanyahu's demand for a deeper U.S. commitment in Syria by ordering the shutdown of the CIA operation supporting anti-government rebels, along with the Trump administration's statement that U.S. policy no longer sought "regime change" in Damascus. Immediately after that announcement, Netanyahu had some success in getting Trump to reverse direction and fire 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base on April 6. The attack followed what one intelligence source told me was a staged chemical weapons incident by Al Qaeda operatives in the rebel-controlled town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, possibly using sarin delivered via drone from a Saudi/Israeli special operations base in Jordan. Yet, although apparently duped by the subterfuge into the missile strike, Trump still balked at a complete reversal of his Syrian policy.
Trumpology: The power of Donald Trump's positive thinkingTrumpology: The power of Donald Trump's positive thinking
Donald Trump is a self-help apostle. He always has tried to create his own reality by saying what he wants to be true. Where many see failure, Trump sees only success, and expresses it out loud, again and again. "We have the votes" to pass a new health care bill, he said last month even though he and Republicans didn't then and still don't. "We get an A-plus," he said last week of his and his administration's response to the devastating recent hurricanes as others doled out withering reviews. "I've had just about the most legislation passed of any president, in a nine-month period, that's ever served," he said this week in an interview with Forbes, contradicting objective metrics and repeating his frequent and dubious assertion of unprecedented success throughout the first year of his first term as president. The reality is that Trump is in a rut. His legislative agenda is floundering. His approval ratings are historically low. He's raging privately while engaging in noisy, internecine squabbles. He's increasingly isolated. And yet his fact-flouting declarations of positivity continue unabated. For Trump, though, these statements are not issues of right or wrong or true or false. They are something much more elemental. They are a direct result of the closest thing the stubborn, ideologically malleable celebrity businessman turned most powerful person on the planet has ever had to a devout religious faith. This is not his mother's flinty Scottish Presbyterianism but Norman Vincent Peale's "power of positive thinking," the utterly American belief in self above all else and the conviction that thoughts can be causative, that basic assertion can lead to actual achievement.
How Washington and ISIS colludeHow Washington and ISIS collude
It is now clear that the unexpected counterattack that ISIS militants launched near the Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra, forcing Russia's air group deployed in Syria to take urgent measures to repel it, that almost overran positions occupied by Syrian forces was staged by the US and its Kurdish SDF allies along with a number of local Sunni tribes. As for the death of Russian General Valery Asapov who was struck dead during enemy shelling at his C2 post, it's curious that the shot that murdered this high-profile Russian officer was made with such deadly precision. There's no chance that one could land such a shot without access to satellite and air photos. It's hardly a secret that the Islamic State (ISIS) has no access to this level of reconnaissance assets, but Washington does. Moreover, a detachment up to 6.000 militants could not approach Deir ez-Zor from the southeast unnoticed. Such a force would be inevitably detected by US-coalition aircraft and satellites. But Washington appear to have been indifferent in transferring this information to the Russian military command, since the United States was pursuing several goals other than fighting ISIS, including: to ensure that pro-US Kurdish forces would be able to occupy vast oil fields near Deir ez-Zor; to disrupt the crossing of Syrian army troops to the east bank of the Euphrates via a pontoon bridge built by Russian military engineers and; to undermine the prestige of Russia's President Vladimir Putin and the forces he commands on the eve of the 2-year anniversary of the arrival of the Russian air group to Syria. However, Washington hasn't simply assisted ISIS by concealing reports about the movements of their forces to Deir Ez-Zor, but also struck a deal with Sunni tribes ensuring that ISIS can cross their lands unreported and unopposed.
Assange describes Clinton as 'cold creepiness' after she dubs Wikileaks a 'Russian intel subsidiary'Assange describes Clinton as 'cold creepiness' after she dubs Wikileaks a 'Russian intel subsidiary'
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused Hillary Clinton of "constant lying," after the former US presidential candidate told Australia's ABC TV that his organization was just a "subsidiary of Russian intelligence." There is "something wrong with Hillary Clinton," Assange tweeted. "It is not just her constant lying," he wrote on Monday. "It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement. "Something much darker rides along with it. A cold creepiness rarely seen." Hillary Clinton claimed in an interview with the ABC's Four Corners program that Assange colluded with the Russian government in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election. "Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," she said. "WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence." Clinton claimed that in a bid to disrupt the election and derail her presidential campaign, Assange teamed up with none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I think that their intention, coming from the very top with Putin, was to hurt me and to help [then-presidential hopeful Donald] Trump," she said. "Our intelligence community and other observers of Russia and Putin have said he held a grudge against me because as secretary of state, I stood up against some of his actions, his authoritarianism," Clinton said. "If he's such a martyr of free speech, why doesn't WikiLeaks ever publish anything coming out of Russia? You don't see damaging, negative information coming out about the Kremlin on WikiLeaks," she added.
Lavrov: Washington unable to stick to agreementsLavrov: Washington unable to stick to agreements
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused Washington of an inability to build bridges and stick to agreements. The US unilaterally slapped sanctions on North Korea and may now pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, Lavrov said. "Two years ago, an agreement was reached on the Iranian nuclear program, which was approved by the UN Security Council. The whole world welcomed it. Now Washington is pulling out of the agreement. This is again a problem of deal-making being part of foreign policy values," Lavrov said, speaking at a panel discussion called 'Global Politics and its Agenda: How to protect peace' at the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi. He said the situation with North Korea, which is often compared to that of Iran, speaks for itself. "Back in 2005, an agreement was reached on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, and all sides began to implement this agreement, but just in a few weeks' time Washington introduced - without securing approval of anyone else - unilateral sanctions, began to chase some bank in Macau, which conducted some operations with North Korea. Instead of trying to make things clearer, they immediately slapped sanctions [on Pyongyang]," the foreign minister said. "I do not justify North Korea," Lavrov added. "Pyongyang behaves defiantly, grossly violating all resolutions of the UN Security Council." Last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned Donald Trump's refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move posed a threat to international security. Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Foreign Ministry's Department on Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, told Interfax that Washington's actions only served to reinforce the belief of other countries that there was "no sense in negotiations" with the US, as any international agreement, even those backed by the UN Security Council, could be "easily terminated."
Victory for Duterte: Leading ISIS commanders killed, Philippines on verge of total success in MarawiVictory for Duterte: Leading ISIS commanders killed, Philippines on verge of total success in Marawi
President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to place Mindanao under martial law has been vindicated. ISIS is now days away from annihilation in Philippines. After nearly six months of fighting, the ISIS aligned Maute Group is on the verge of total elimination in southern Philippines. Since May of this year, Maute terrorists pledged their allegiance to ISIS and began a brutal siege of the city of Marawi on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Crucially, the siege started while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Many have linked the timing as being symbolic of forces which seek to prevent Duterte's geo-political pivot away from Washington and closer to both Beijing and Moscow. Since then, the tide has turned in the Battle of Marawi and now it is said that less than 50 terrorists continue to lay siege to an increasingly small part of the city.
Tehran's plan, should US withdraw from nuclear deal, is one Washington 'will regret'Tehran's plan, should US withdraw from nuclear deal, is one Washington 'will regret'
Tehran has a detailed plan of action in case Washington backs out of the nuclear deal, Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said, adding that the US "will regret" the decision. "We have a plan... We've recently approved in parliament what we should do given the Americans undertake certain steps," Larijani told reporters Monday on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in St. Petersburg. "We will take steps so that the Americans will regret it." Iran considers a number of different scenarios, Larjani added, without providing further details. US President Donald Trump has decided not to certify the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal was originally signed in 2015 by the 'P5+1' group of the UN Security Council (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US) and the European Union. Trump, however, stopped short of breaking the US part of the deal altogether, and instead expressed a need to fix what he described as flaws in the agreement. "We'll see what happens over the next short period of time and I can [cancel the deal] instantaneously," Trump told reporters, when asked why he chose not to withdraw from the deal immediately.
Putin signs restrictions decree on N. Korea as Pyongyang delegation arrives in St. PetersburgPutin signs restrictions decree on N. Korea as Pyongyang delegation arrives in St. Petersburg
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a UN Security Council resolution. The decree specifically refers to the UN Security Council resolution on restrictions imposed against North Korea in November 2016. The document, spanning almost 40 pages, specifies certain punitive measures that were introduced in 2007. It also refers to 11 North Korean individuals, who have been linked with the country's nuclear program. The move comes as a North Korean delegation arrived in St. Petersburg for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) assembly. On Monday, the EU also adopted a new range of sanctions against Pyongyang, which are designed to punish the North for its "continued and accelerated nuclear- and ballistic-missile programs." The decision taken on Monday made changes to penalties that were introduced earlier in response to the North Korean ballistic launches. These prohibited the import, sale or transfer of petroleum by the state, as well as transactions involving crude oil to Pyongyang. The fresh range of restrictions also extends to the transfer of funds.
'Hungry bear' crisis leaves two people dead in the far east of Russia'Hungry bear' crisis leaves two people dead in the far east of Russia
Two people have been killed by bears in Russia's far east as increasingly large numbers of the animals are approaching humans due to a lack of food sources. Authorities on Sakhalin Island last week said 83 bears had to be shot dead because they were hostile. That figure is nearly three times higher than last year. "This has never happened before," a forestry worker told Agence France-Presse, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media. "There are not enough fish, berries, nuts," he said, adding that overfishing of salmon was partly to blame. "There should not have been any fishing nets installed at all this summer, there are so little fish, but they installed them anyway," he said.
Russia expects Syrian anti-terror mission to be nearing completionRussia expects Syrian anti-terror mission to be nearing completion
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has commented on the results of the Moscow's operation in Syria aimed to support the government's fight against terrorists amid the ongoing operation in the Deir ez-Zor province. Russian Defense Minister has said that the Russian military campaign in Syria "is about to be completed." Shoigu said at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman that he wants to discuss "several issues that require urgent solutions and discussion of the prospects for further development of the situation in Syria."
The Soros Open Society group funds study of white working-class voters to try and figure out Killary's election disasterThe Soros Open Society group funds study of white working-class voters to try and figure out Killary's election disaster
A recently-released research study sheds light on the values of white working-class voters in the United States and the reasons these voters strongly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Three researchers from three different universities authored the study, titled "White Working-Class Views on Belonging, Change, Identity and Immigration." Open Society Foundations, a network of political organizations controlled by left-wing billionaire George Soros, funded the study. The trio of researchers conducted the study by visiting a handful of places between August 2016 and March 2017: Birmingham, Alabama; Dayton, Ohio; Tacoma, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; and - for some reason - the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The researchers spoke candidly with over 400 people who identify as members of the white working class. Here is what they found:
7 injured, 1 missing in Louisiana after an oil rig caught fire and exploded (PHOTOS, VIDEO)7 injured, 1 missing in Louisiana after an oil rig caught fire and exploded (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Several people have been injured and at least one remains missing after an oil rig caught fire and exploded in Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, local authorities said. "Several people have been rescued from the active fire on the rig," Jefferson Parish spokesman Antwan Harris said. While there were "a lot of injuries," according to Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor, no deaths have been reported. At least seven people have been injured and one is missing.
Disabled children suffer 150% rise in verbal, physical & online abuse in 2yrsDisabled children suffer 150% rise in verbal, physical & online abuse in 2yrs
Hate crimes against disabled children including verbal, physical and online abuse have risen nearly 150 percent in two years, new figures suggest. Figures obtained from police forces by the BBC under freedom of information rules reveal that there were 450 such incidents reported last year, up from 181 in 2015. Only 29 of the 45 forces across the country provided full responses to the request, meaning that the actual number of reported incidents is likely to be much higher. Amanda Batten of the Disabled Children's Partnership told the BBC: "Families often feel like they can't go into busy public spaces or post images on social media for fear of being publicly shamed or having to be submitted to people telling them that their child must lack quality of life because of their disability.
German town filled with refugees: "Who is integrating whom?"German town filled with refugees: "Who is integrating whom?"
Late this summer, Nadine Langer took her six-year old to her first day at school. The girl was one of two German children in her class, she said, amid 20, mostly Syrian, refugees. "I am not against foreigners," said Ms. Langer, 41. "But there is a point where we have to wonder who is integrating whom." Germany's 2015 refugee crisis has largely disappeared from the headlines. But in this and other midsize towns, it is continuing to unfold, putting communities under stress, pressuring local coffers and feeding concerns about safety, jobs and the quality of education. Some 140,000 asylum seekers have entered Germany so far this year-a sharp drop from the 1.2 million who arrived in the past two years. But in places such as Salzgitter there is a sense that the government, having housed and fed the newcomers, is failing in the longer-term effort to integrate them in German society. This unease, pollsters say, boosted the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany at last month's election, making it the first far-right party to enter parliament in half a century. This shock means immigration will loom large when Chancellor Angela Merkel kicks off negotiations on Wednesday to form a three-party ruling coalition.
Being friends with Russia can be deadly: The CIA plan to assassinate Greek PM KaramanlisBeing friends with Russia can be deadly: The CIA plan to assassinate Greek PM Karamanlis
"However, the intruders didn't quite make it to murdering the PM. They did, however, keep a close eye on him." "In that very secret document an episode is described, when Russian spies met with the conspirators face-to-face." Last Monday the main Russian TV news channel, Vesti, ran a sensational investigative piece on the main evening news alleging that back in 2009 Russian Intelligence uncovered a plot by the CIA to remove then prime minister Kostas Karmamanlis from office, and assassinate him if necessary, for his support of Russia, in particular the South Stream gas pipeline to Europe. Part of the plot involved orchestrating street violence by infiltrating political parties - color revolution tactics. The story could be straight out of an episode from Homeland - here is the full transcript to the segment. The video is captioned in English:
New fears Bali's Mount Agung could erupt at any moment as volcanic activity soars and magma rises to the surfaceNew fears Bali's Mount Agung could erupt at any moment as volcanic activity soars and magma rises to the surface
There are fresh fears that Bali's Mount Agung could erupt after the volcano reached peak earthquake activity today. Up to 1,000 tremors have been recorded in the area each day, with the frequent movements indicating a flow of magma towards the surface, Perth Now reports. It comes as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Sunday, causing evacuations and spewing ash half a kilometre into the air. The activity at Mount Agung is being closely monitored by airlines, with travel to Bali expected to be severely affected should an eruption occur. An emergency operations centre has been set up at Bali's International Airport, with travel insurance companies also imposing restrictions on policies in the wake of the warnings.
Mount Sinabung spews clouds of ash and prepares to erupt as authorities plan for emergency evacuations in IndonesiaMount Sinabung spews clouds of ash and prepares to erupt as authorities plan for emergency evacuations in Indonesia
A huge volcano in Indonesia erupted on Sunday, spewing hot ash into the air. Thousands were evacuated after Mount Sinabung in Karo, Indonesia, started erupting and spewing ash half a kilometre into the air. The volcano began erupting in 2010 after lying dormant for four centuries. A large eruption in May 2016 killed seven people.
Conniving Deep State starts campaign to associate Harvey Weinstein's sexual crimes to TrumpConniving Deep State starts campaign to associate Harvey Weinstein's sexual crimes to Trump
Never letting a good scandal go to waste, the Deep State is using the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal to push for a Trump impeachment. After Hillary Clinton blew her dog whistle last week trying to connect Trump to Weinstein's decades of sexual abuse (forgetting her hubby Bill's very own rapist past), the Deep State has sprung into action to begin the campaign to lump POTUS Trump into the "sexual predator" bucket with Weinstein, Bill Clinton and all of hollywood. The one difference is while liberal elites get a free pass for their sexual abuse (because while their actions were disgusting, their heart was in the right place), conservatives receive no such courtesy.
Experts say some Dead Sea Scrolls displayed at DC Museum of the Bible are fakesExperts say some Dead Sea Scrolls displayed at DC Museum of the Bible are fakes
Are the Dead Sea Scrolls historical documents or collectible items? How you answer that question may determine how you feel about new revelations that fragments of scrolls in private collections that their owners have paid millions for are probably fakes ... well-made forgeries, but fakes nonetheless. One of the victims of these frauds is the Museum of the Bible, which is scheduled to open in Washington DC in November 2017. In a new article in Dead Sea Discoveries by paleographer and Dead Sea Scrolls expert, Dr. Kipp Davis, many of the "scrolls" to be displayed in that facility are questionable at best, fakes at worst. Forgeries have been a problem with the Dead Sea Scrolls since the first ones were found in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds in a cave near what is now known as the Qumran site. Eventually, 11 (some say 12) caves were found housing some 900 manuscripts and up to 50,000 fragments in forms ranging from full scrolls to minute pieces. As they contain the contents of the Hebrew Bible, competition between scholars and collectors to possess the scrolls was immediately fierce, costly and fraught with frauds. Eventually, carbon dating of the leather they were written on eliminated fakes that weren't around 2,000 years old.
Will there be renaissance of macro investment?Will there be renaissance of macro investment?
The petrodollar system is being undermined by exponential growth in technology and shifting geopolitics. Coming: a paradigm shift. In the summer of 1974, Treasury Secretary William Simon traveled to Saudi Arabia and secretly struck a momentous deal with the kingdom. The U.S. agreed to purchase oil from Saudi Arabia, provide weapons, and in essence guarantee the preservation of Saudi oil wells, the monarchy, and the sovereignty of the kingdom. In return, the kingdom agreed to invest the dollar proceeds of its oil sales in U.S. Treasuries, basically financing America's future federal expenditures. Soon, other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries followed suit, and the U.S. dollar became the standard by which oil was to be traded internationally. For Saudi Arabia, the deal made perfect sense, not only by protecting the regime but also by providing a safe, liquid market in which to invest its enormous oil-sale proceeds, known as petrodollars. The U.S. benefited, as well, by neutralizing oil as an economic weapon. The agreement enabled the U.S. to print dollars with little adverse effect on interest rates, thereby facilitating consistent U.S. economic growth over the subsequent decades. An important consequence was that oil-importing nations would be required to hold large amounts of U.S. dollars in reserve in order to purchase oil, underpinning dollar demand. This essentially guaranteed a strong dollar and low U.S. interest rates for a generation. Given this backdrop, one can better understand many subsequent U.S. foreign-policy moves involving the Middle East and other oil-producing regions.
California passes legislation requiring pet stores to sell rescue animalsCalifornia passes legislation requiring pet stores to sell rescue animals
California has passed legislation making it the first state to require pet stores to sell rescue animals. Governor Jerry Brown signed bill Assembly Bill 485 into law on Friday, forcing animal stores to transition to selling rescue animals starting in 2019. Animals like cats, dogs and rabbits must come from shelters or adoption centers in a bid to stamp out mass breeding of animals in so-called "puppy mills." "This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course, but also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters," Democratic assemblyman and co-author of the bill, Patrick O'Donnell, said in a statement.
La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands hit by hundreds of earthquakes in 15 hoursLa Palma volcano in the Canary Islands hit by hundreds of earthquakes in 15 hours
A shock map has been released by Spanish authorities showing where the tremors hit in the area surrounding the deadly Cumbre Vieja. There were 44 earthquakes recorded up to 2.1 magnitude hit between Friday at 1.52pm and Saturday to 4.17am. But experts believe the total number, including ones too small to be located, within the seismic storm was 352. The quakes follow another seismic storm the weekend before. which saw around 50 tremors in three days, between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter Scale.
Scientists witness of gravitational waves and light from colliding of two neutron starsScientists witness of gravitational waves and light from colliding of two neutron stars
The team of scientists from the LIGO and Virgo observatories have confirmed they witnessed both gravitational waves and light coming from the collision of two neutron stars, definitively proving Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Hundreds of scientists from 70 observatories on all seven continents - as well as an additional seven space-based laboratories - combined their resources and expertise to analyze the signal detected on August 17 this year. "As these neutron stars spiraled together, they emitted gravitational waves that were detectable for about 100 seconds; when they collided, a flash of light in the form of gamma rays was emitted and seen on Earth about two seconds after the gravitational waves," the researchers wrote in a press release. The scientific community, using some of the most sensitive machines ever built by humankind, managed to determine that the two dense, dead stars were 200 miles apart before they merged just 100 seconds later, producing ripples in the fabric of space time. "It is tremendously exciting to experience a rare event that transforms our understanding of the workings of the universe,"says France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds LIGO.
Yanis Varoufakis on his new book, the iniquity of capitalism, Assange and the European political crisisYanis Varoufakis on his new book, the iniquity of capitalism, Assange and the European political crisis
Greece's former finance minister on talking politics with his 12-year-old daughter, Europe's capitalist crisis, and his fears for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange The economist Yanis Varoufakis was the finance minister in Greece for six tumultuous months in 2015, before resigning from the Syriza government. Last year he launched the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25). He is also the author of several books. His latest is Talking to My Daughter About the Economy. Your new book, explaining the history and iniquity of capitalism, is addressed to your 12-year-old daughter, Xenia. What did she think of it? My daughter is my worst critic, so even if she likes something I do or write she is very averse to complimenting me. In this context her words of encouragement were the best I could have hoped for. Something like: "Not too bad."
Russian cabinet member says Russia to launch state-controlled "Crypto-Ruble"Russian cabinet member says Russia to launch state-controlled "Crypto-Ruble"
Russian media are reporting that Minister of Communications Nikolay Nikiforov is saying that Russia will issue its own blockchain currency, dubbed the 'CryptoRuble'. Nikiferov is Minister of Communications, a powerful post in the Russian Federation, and is in charge of government policy on all things related to the internet. He was the youngest man ever to become a minister in Russia (the equivalent of a cabinet member), at the age of 29 in 2012. He is now 35. His whole career has been in the internet sector. Russia is the unchallenged champion in producing the world's best programmers, many of whom work in Silicon Valley, and due to this natural advantage it has a head start on blockchain technologies, which it is embracing at a far faster pace than other governments, seeing them as a way to break away from dependence on the US dollar. This interest in crypto-currencies is in part blowback from US and EU sanctions, which have had the opposite effect than what the US and EU intended.
Syrians discover more Israeli-made weapons in liberated ISIS territorySyrians discover more Israeli-made weapons in liberated ISIS territory
Syrian Forces have discovered dozens of Israeli-made arms, ammunition and telecommunication devices, while searching through ISIS dens in the countrysides of Homs and Hama provinces. Among discovered arms and equipment, there were some artillery pieces, around 800 mortar shells, a machine gun equipped with 10 thousand bullets, in addition to several rounds of bullets made for 17 mm, 14,5 mm and 30 mm machine guns, as well as an RPG, 3 RPG launchers and a whole bunch of telecommunication devices. A great number of items discovered turned out to be of Israeli origin. The discoveries were made while the Syrian Army was searching through and combing the areas that were recently liberated from ISIS terrorists, in particularly Jeb Al Jarrah, a village located north of Qaryatayn, and in the southern countryside of the town of Salamiyeh in Hama province.
Man arrested after abusing stepdaughter, keeping her captive for 19 years as his "wife"Man arrested after abusing stepdaughter, keeping her captive for 19 years as his "wife"
An Oklahoma man accused of holding his stepdaughter captive for nearly two decades and repeatedly raping her has been arrested, according to the district attorney in the case. Henri Michele Piette, 62, is accused of keeping his stepdaughter captive for 19 years after "marrying" her when she was around 11 years old, according to court documents provided to Fox News. His other children told investigators that he began sexually assaulting Rosalynn McGinnis when she was very young, the court documents said. McGinnis was repeatedly raped, stabbed, choked until unconscious, shot and beaten with baseball bats while she was allegedly held captive by Piette, the Oklahoman reported. Investigators said McGinnis was taken from a school in Poteau, Okla., by Piette's son in 1997 after her mother had left Piette, allegedly because he abused her. McGinnis was then introduced to Piette's other children as "their new mother," an FBI agent said, according to the Oklahoman. Piette moved around the US and Mexico with McGinnis, but to make it seem as though they were still in Oklahoma, Piette would drive the young girl to the Sooner State to mail letters, court documents alleged. In June 2016, McGinnis, now 33, was able to escape from a tent in rural Mexico with eight of her nine children, she told People. She went to a US embassy and was able to be brought back to America with her children, according to court documents.
Mueller lawyers ask judge to block release of Comey memos on Trump conversationsMueller lawyers ask judge to block release of Comey memos on Trump conversations
Government lawyers want a federal judge to block the release of memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with President Trump, claiming that disclosing the documents would be "detrimental" to an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential campaign as well as an ongoing obstruction of justice probe. The attorneys made the argument in a court filing submitted late Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed for the Comey memos by several news organizations, including The Daily Caller News Foundation, CNN, and USA Today. The lawsuit sought the release of all of the memos that Comey wrote following his encounters with President Trump. Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9, has testified that he wrote the memos following in-person meetings and phone conversations with Trump.