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Suspicious packages sent to military facilities, congresswoman

Police are investigating a “suspicious brown substance” found in an envelope sent to the office of a congresswoman in New Hampshire. Separately, the FBI is examining suspicious packages delivered to US military facilities. The package arrived at the office of Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in Dover on Monday afternoon. Staff alerted the police as soon as they opened it. READ ...

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Scale of anti-Russia frenzy proves Skripal case was only pretext – Russia’s US embassy

The smoothly coordinated and broad effort that led to the biggest collective expulsion of Russian diplomats in history was likely premeditated, the Russian ambassador to the US has said. The Salisbury incident was just a trigger. Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, has his doubts about Washington’s justification behind the expulsion of dozens of the Russian diplomatic staff. The ...

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Jimmy Carter says Trump’s NSC adviser choice Bolton is ‘disaster for our country’

The 39th US President has slammed Donald Trump’s pick of Bush-era war hawk John Bolton to lead the National Security Council. The effects of the move, which has sparked a lot of criticism, could be disastrous, Jimmy Carter said. The 93-year-old former President has echoed the concerns of Democratic lawmakers that have been sounding the alarm over Trump’s decision to ...

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Entangling alliances or scoring at home? Why US went out of its way with Russian diplomat expulsions

The decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats suggests that President Donald Trump is either following the siren call of ‘entangling alliances,’ or taking the lead in escalating the conflict with Moscow to appease domestic critics. Not only did Trump’s order affect more than twice as many diplomats as the March 14 move by London, it accounts for more than half ...

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US abusing its rights as host country by expelling Russian diplomats at UN – Russia’s UN envoy

Washington has abused its power as the host of the UN headquarters when it moved to expel 12 staffers from Russia’s mission at the UN, Moscow’s envoy Vassily Nebenzia said. He called the decision an “extremely unfriendly” step. “The expulsion of Russian diplomats as well as other recent unfriendly steps, such as restriction of access to Russian diplomatic property, visa ...

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Rope-a-dope: Senate Republican leader proposes bill to legalize hemp

No one tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but hemp – the industrial variety of cannabis – may soon be removed from the federal list of controlled substances, courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell (R-Kentucky) announced a bill on Monday that would legalize the growing of hemp as an agricultural product. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would legalize ...

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Retired intelligence operatives ask Trump to reverse Haspel CIA nomination

A group of former US intelligence officers has urged President Donald Trump to rescind his nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director, citing concerns over her alleged role in human rights abuses and her destruction of evidence. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity includes former CIA, NSA, FBI and Army operatives. In a memorandum to the president, the group claims Haspel’s ...

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Cambridge Analytica formally accused of violating US election laws

Cambridge Analytica, the British firm at the center of the Facebook data mining scandal, has been accused of violating US election laws in new legal complaints filed by government watchdog Common Cause. The watchdog group has filed legal complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Department of Justice, accusing Cambridge Analytica of violating federal laws which prohibit foreigners ...

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Clinton should respect all Americans, not just ones who voted for her – senator

Hillary Clinton should be more careful in how she describes Americans who voted for President Donald Trump, said US Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), who is facing a tough race in Trump territory. Clinton faced a backlash earlier this month for describing states that voted for Trump as “backwards” and boasting that she had won in the places that are more ...

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Trump’s spending bill signature alienates conservatives

Conservatives have hit out at President Donald Trump for signing the $ 1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, which significantly increased military spending but failed to fund Trump’s Mexican border wall. The bill allocated $ 700 billion to the Department of Defense, a $ 61 billion hike since last year, and the largest military spending increase in 15 years. Trump’s wall, ...

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