The Real Steele: The Ex-MI6 Spy Looms Large in the New DOJ Reportand a Big Best Seller

In a much anticipated Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz exonerated the FBI from allegations of abuse of power and political bias against the Trump campaign during its initial investigation of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The dossiers allegations also propelled the FBI to intensify its Russia probe, which was already under way. Yes, we're talking about that dossier. It was never intended to go public in its raw form, which Steele long ago conceded might only be 70 percent accurate. And when it did hit the media, published by BuzzFeed in January 2017 days before Trumps inauguration, many headlines focused on an allegation by Steeles sources that Trump had hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed the Obamas had …

Joe Biden’s old-guy machismo is a serious flaw but also what voters love about him | Ross Barkan

Biden was praised for his aggressive brawling with Paul Ryan during the 2012 vice-presidential debates On Thursday, Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner for president, video of world leaders mocking him, which was enthusiastically praised by the liberal political class may have seemed like a grievous blow, it was an inadvertent reminder of why Trump won in the first place. Demonizing global elites was always Trumps calling card; a farmer in Iowa or a laid-off factory worker in Michigan doesnt necessarily care if the French laugh at us. Trump won a Republican primary in part by ridiculing a rival, Jeb Bush, for being related to the president who started the Iraq war. Biden enthusiastically supported that foreign intervention, the most catastrophic …

Schumer calls out Trump’s ‘fictions’ and Fox’s ‘known liars’

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. — “The president conjures fictions, buys into baseless conspiracy theories told by known liars on Fox News or somewhere else, and then anyone who contradicts him earns his scorn…” — “Here in the Senate, certain members of the grand old party are forming their own conspiracy caucus.” He again invoked Fox, saying some of the theories are spread there, and then picked up by senators… — Regarding Trumpworld’s defense of his conduct vis a vis Ukraine: “They try to create a shiny object, a diversion, and, unfortunately, too many of the news media — on the right …

British voters are terrified of US companies privatizing the NHS. They should be | Astra Taylor

The US healthcare machine raked in $100bn last year and CEOs are salivating at the money they could extract from British patients As has been widely reported, if the Conservatives win the British election, a potential trade deal with the United States could put vital parts of the NHS remarked. NHS or anything else everything will be on the table, absolutely. Those of us across the pond are horrified on the UKs behalf. Dont let Trump and his cronies carve up the NHS. Vote and fight as if your life depends on it because it does. A jaw-dropping Americans say a friend or family member died because they were unable to afford medical treatment. Thats what it means for the …

Why is this top Democrat absent from the fight against toxic pollution in Cancer Alley?

Louisiana congressman Cedric Richmond has taken hundreds of thousands of oil, gas and chemical dollars but is accused of failing to help his constituents On a crisp autumn day in Washington last month, Mary Hampton and Robert Taylor entered Cedric Richmonds office hoping their federal representative would take the time to listen. The two had travelled 1,000 miles from Reserve, a town in southern Louisiana where, according to US government science, the risk of cancer is the highest in the country due to airborne toxins emitted by a nearby chemical plant. of a compound named chloroprene, listed by the US government as a likely carcinogen. Box Richmond, the 46-year-old congressman, has represented the residents of Reserve, and most of the …

Move to share art prize sparked outrage. Why winning is out of fashion

London (CNN)You get a prize! You get a prize! Everybody gets a prize! So what’s the problem? This sharing is all a bit of harmless goodwill, right? A bold new way of approaching prizes, and a more sophisticated manner in which to critique art? Not even close. According to some corners of the internet, if you’re not furiously angry at the Turner Prize’s decision, you may well be a snowflake. “Nonsense!” screamed some after the Turner Prize’s decision was announced. “Political correctness gone mad!” chuntered others. The Telegraph asked whether the “baffling” result was “just a virtue signal for the snowflake era,” successfully hitting bingo on the culture wars trigger words sheet. “What is the point of a prize that …

Neil challenges PM to ‘oven-ready’ interview

Image caption “Oven-ready and set to grill” is the Metro’s take on Neil’s monologue after he interviewed Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Thursday. Mr Johnson is the only leader of a major party not to have faced a half-hour primetime BBC One grilling. Image caption The Times leads on four former Brexit Party politicians who are urging voters to back the Conservatives in the general election. MEPs Annunziata Rees-Mogg, Lance Forman and Lucy Harries quit on Thursday, while MEP John Longworth lost the party whip on Wednesday. Nigel Farage has accused the group of plotting against him since Mr Johnson was elected, the paper says. Image caption The Daily Telegraph splashes with a submission by the Jewish Labour Movement …

Twitter Wants To Know WTF Is Going On With Nikki Haley’s Confederate Flag Comments

John Lamparski/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images These Tweets About Nikki Haley’s Confederate Flag Comments Ask, “WTF?” By Madhuri Sathish Dec 6, 2019 In 2015, then-Gov. Nikki Haley called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse after a white shooter killed nine black people at a South Carolina church. The shooting and its aftermath prompted new debate about the flag, after it came out that the shooter had previously posed with the Confederate flag. At the time, Haley acknowledged that the flag is “a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past” for many people in South Carolina. In a new interview released this week, however, she weighed in again and Haley’s comments about the Confederate flag …

Kamala Harris drops out of presidential racekilling a top 2020 meme

In an abruptbut not entirely unexpected moveSen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) dropped out of the 2020 Democratic primary on Tuesday. Over the weekend, the New York Times published an article about an unmoored and directionless campaign run by Harris, which sparked speculation about whether shed leave the race. Today, she made it official. To my supporters, it is with deep regretbut also with deep gratitudethat I am suspending my campaign today. But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.https://t.co/92Hk7DHHbR — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019 Harris was unable to make inroads in election polls, and despite some breakout moments, had …

Netflix’s ‘The Confession Killer’ is a devastating and well-built portrait of a con artist

Henry Lee Lucas may be the most infamous con artist in history. The troubled West Virginia native confessed to killing hundreds of people in the early 1980s, possibly totaling up to 600 victimsmostly women. Lucas became mainstream news as the grisly particulars of each death attracted the attention of local and national media and Texas law enforcement alike. The confessions helped bring closure to hundreds of family members of the slain. The only problem was that hardly any of it was true. Netflixs newest true-crime docuseries, The Confession Killer, delves into the confessions and the seedy nature of Lucas peculiar relationship with law enforcement, specifically with the Texas Rangers. Directed by Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham, the excellent five-episode series …

Fresh intelligence points to Iranian threat against US forces and interests in Middle East, officials say

(CNN)There is fresh intelligence of a potential Iranian threat against US forces and interests in the Middle East, according to several US defense and administration officials. The head of US military operations in the Middle East recently signaled the US expects some kind of Iranian action in response to the US sanctions and pressure campaign that is trying to get the regime to abandon its nuclear program. “I would expect that if we look at the past three or four months, it’s possible they will do something that is irresponsible. It’s possible that they’ll lash out at their neighbors,” Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, told an audience in Bahrain at the time. “It is not going …

The year that tech went dark

New York (CNN)The team at Pinterest felt it had to go dark to do right by its users. Pinterest officially introduced the dark mode option in late September, joining a design trend that has swept across many of the most popular apps throughout 2019. While some version of this option has been around for years — early computer terminals even offered green text on black backgrounds — Apple (AAPL) helped kick off a wave of renewed interest in it by bringing the feature to iPhones this year. Instagram and Gmail have also rolled out dark mode options and Facebook (FB) brought dark mode to desktop users. For Silicon Valley, the shift to dark mode — however minor it might seem …

Devin Nunes faces criticism after House Dems release impeachment report

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is facing criticism after House Democrats released an impeachment report on Tuesday outlining conversations he had with many people entangled in it. The report, which outlines many of the things House Democrats believe lay the groundwork for impeaching President Donald Trump, shows a web of phone conversations between Nunes, Rudy Giuliani, and businessman Lev Parnas, among others. Parnas, an associate of Giuliani, allegedly worked with him to try and influence Ukraine to investigate Biden, according to the Washington Post. Parnas was also indicted in October on campaign finance charges. He has pleaded not guilty. The phone calls, as CNN notes, were made in April as columns were published …

Trump is hanging over every aspect of the Democratic presidential contest

Mt. Vernon, Iowa (CNN)He may not be on the Democratic ballot, but the 2020 presidential candidate wielding the most influence over the party’s remarkably unsettled primary fight is President Donald Trump. In conversations with two dozen voters across Iowa this week, the President’s name came up again and again as Democrats weigh their choices and search for the candidate they believe is the most electable. It was always Trump’s intention to play a central role in the Democratic primary. And now, he is. Even among unabashedly proud liberals, Trump is shaping decisions. What voters are saying “I identify as a Democratic socialist. Progressive politics speak to me and that’s what I prefer, but I also understand that I am not …

The Clarence Thomas myth that refuses to die

(CNN)It’s the horror movie villain that won’t die, the pop song you can’t get out of your head, the out-of-town guest that just won’t leave. It’s the notion that black people despise Clarence Thomas because he’s a conservative. It’s not only a myth but a con. Here’s why it matters now. We are about to hear a lot about, and from, the only black member of the US Supreme Court. A new Thomas biography, “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas,” is generating buzz. A new PBS documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” comes out next year. And a Washington Post writer recently dedicated an entire column to Thomas, calling him “an American hero.” It’s all adding up to …