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|How is Chris Cuomo still on the air at CNN?|
|[NYPOST] Is there a bigger joke in broadcast news than Chris Cuomo?|
Now, he says, he cannot cover his brother, Gov. , because it’s a conflict of interest. You don’t say? Apparently no such conflict arose when Chris constantly hosted his brother during the height of the pandemic, tastelessly turning his nightly news show into "The Cuomo Brothers Variety Hour."
The governor took time out of his busy schedule — consisting of daily ego baths dressed up as s and writing a book about leadership while allegedly sexually harassing at least one young employee and eugenically shunting old people with COVID into nursing homes and certain death — to answer hard-hitting questions and accusations such as these, posed by little brother Chris:
"No matter how hard you’re working, there’s always time to call Mom. She wants to hear from you."
"You know that what people are saying about how you look really can’t be accurate, so it must be hard for you to make sense of what is real and what is true now. I feel for you."
"Now I’ve seen you referred to a little bit recently as the LuvGuv and I’m wondering if that’s bleeding into your demeanor at all and making you a little soft on the president?"
"Do you think you are an attractive person now because you’re single and ready to mingle?" (Those last two haven’t aged well at all.)
This unethical coverage, by the way, was cheered on by the mass media: The "Today" show, Oprahmag.com, NBC News, USA Today — to name a few — heartily endorsed it.
"That is one thing the Cuomo brothers do: They love one other," media columnist Ben Smith wrote last April. "On March 30, the day a Navy hospital ship arrived in New York, they said, ’I love you,’ twice each, in quick succession."
This reads more like a soggy diary entry written by a teenage girl.
The same day Smith’s column ran, April 5, 2020, the Times reported that new state data showed 4,183 people had died in New York nursing homes from COVID.
Not that Chris Cuomo asked his brother about that.
Nor has been on top of Gov. Cuomo’s latest scandal, the three credible allegations of sexual harassment against him.
And so many on the left still wonder why the mainstream media is mistrusted — 33 percent of Americans having "none at all," according to a recent Gallup poll.
"Obviously I love you as a brother," Chris told Andrew on his show last June. "Obviously I’ll never be objective."
Imagine: A CNN anchor just admitted on-air what we all knew — he could not do his job, but would continue to do it anyway!
Seriously, what does Chris Cuomo have on Jeff Zucker? Why does he still have this job? I realize this may be a hypothetical given Brian Williams, that other puffed-up fabulist, is back on MSNBC, but still — Chris Cuomo, reported annual salary $6 million, is a special case.
Lest we forget his self-indulgent chronicles once he tested positive for COVID (according to his own self-report), then roaming around the Hamptons without a mask and calling a local who spotted him a "jackass loser fat-tire biker"; later faking his emergence from basement quarantine on CNN; spanked by management of his NYC building for repeatedly entering, exiting and riding the elevator without a mask, and — as Page Six reported last December — flexing his muscles and admiring himself in that same mirrored elevator.
Ron Burgundy doesn’t come close to Chris Cuomo.
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|Woodward appraises DOJ inspector general uncovering FBI's FISA 'glorious mistake'|
|[Washington Examiner] From one investigator to another, Bob Woodward told Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz he was impressed with his "amazing discovery" of the FBI's missteps in its use of surveillance powers during the inquiry into ties between former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.|
Although they hail from completely different spheres, the pair offered a window into how journalism can be quite similar to the work of an independent government watchdog during a virtual discussion hosted by Harvard Law School earlier this month.
Multiple times during the hourlong conversation, moderated by professor Jack Goldsmith, the two looked back at Horowitz's high-profile review completed in December 2019 that criticized the FBI for relying on British ex-spy Christopher Steele's dossier in obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and became a road map for special counsel John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation.
|DRC: Italian ambassador killed by non-jihadi Hutu rebels|
More on this story from yesterday, which has been moved to Page 3: Non-WoT.[AnNahar] 's ambassador to the was among three people killed on Monday when a U.N. convoy was ambushed in the country's troubled east, an attack the government blamed on a Rwandan Hutu rebel group.
Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Program (WFP) convoy came under gunfire near Goma while he was on a field trip, a senior diplomatic source said in Kinshasa.
The Italian government confirmed Attanasio's death and said an Italian policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, as well as a driver it did not identify, had also died.
The DRC's interior ministry, in a statement, blamed the attack on "members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)," a Rwandan Hutu rebel group that has plagued the region for more than a quarter of a century.
The DRC's army said its troops were searching the area for the assailants.
- TROUBLED REGION -
A vast country the size of continental western Europe, the DRC is grappling with numerous conflicts, especially in its remote, mineral-rich east.
Scores of militias roam the four eastern provinces, many of them a legacy of wars in the 1990s that sucked in countries around central-southern Africa and claimed millions of lives.
According to a US monitor, the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), 122 s were active in North and South Kivu, Ituri and Tanganyika provinces last year. More than 2,000 , according to UN figures issued last week.
Monday's attack occurred north of the North Kivu capital of Goma, in Nyiaragongo Territory -- an area where the FDLR is one of a number of s.
Some of the founders of the FDLR were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis but also Hutu moderates, were slaughtered by the Hutu majority.
The group is opposed to the current Rwandan government but has not launched any large-scale offensive in Rwanda since 2001.
In April last year, the FDLR was blamed for killing 12 rangers in the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO-listed wildlife reserve that is home to critically-endangered mountain gorillas.
Another group in the area north of Goma is a Congolese Tutsi group also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army, which took Goma in 2012-2013.
The WFP said Attanasio had been with it on a fact-finding mission.
"The delegation was travelling from Goma to visit a WFP school feeding program in Rutshuru when the incident took place," it said in a statement.
"The attack... occurred on a road that had previously been cleared for travel without security escorts," it said.
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|Plaintiffs drop federal suit in Kyle Rittenhouse case|
Rittenhouse, 18, of Antioch, Ill., is accused of killing two men and severely injuring a third during the August protests that occurred in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer. He has pleaded not guilty, arguing that he fired in self-defense.
The suit, filed in September, had sought to use Reconstruction-era federal law inspired by the rise of the Ku Klux Klan to seek damages from: Rittenhouse; the Kenosha Guard militia and its “commander” Kevin Mathewson; the Boogaloo Bois, a far-right, antigovernmental organization; and a West Bend man who identified himself to the media as a member of the Boogaloo Bois and said he was in Kenosha during the August protests.
The suit alleged that Facebook was negligent in allowing Mathewson and the Kenosha Guard to put out a call for militia members to come to the city, and alleged that the defendants had conspired to violate their civil rights.
Plaintiffs in the suit included Hannah Gittings, the girlfriend of Silver Lake resident Anthony Huber,
Jason Flores-Williams, the attorney for the plaintiffs, filed a notice of dismissal with prejudice this week. Being dismissed with prejudice means it was dismissed permanently and will not be refiled. The notice does not give an explanation for withdrawing the suit. “In concluding the case we have agreed to no comment,” Flores-Williams said in an email.
Earlier, Flores-Williams and the attorney he originally worked with on the suit had a public spat over the case, with attorney Jennifer Sirrine withdrawing. In her motion to withdraw, Sirrine accused Flores-Williams of harassing and underpaying her. In that filing, Sirrine wrote that Gittings and another of the plaintiffs emailed her saying they wanted to end their attorney-client relationship due to “broken trust.”
Other possible suits in the Rittenhouse case are still pending. Earlier this month, attorneys for Huber’s family and Gaige Grosskreutz, 26,
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|Twenty days of infamy: the January 2017 red flags the FBI blew past on Russia collusion|
|[Just the News] From its earliest moments, the FBI's Russia collusion probe was always fraught with warning signs.|
Agents were told Christopher Steele provided faulty information, had likely been compromised by Russian intel disinformation, wanted to defeat Donald Trump, had leaked to the media and was being paid by Hillary Clinton, who herself might be carrying out an epic dirty political trick to vilify Trump with false information to distract from her own scandals.
Those intelligence reports alone should have given agents pause. The fact that Steele had been terminated by the FBI as an informant for leaking also should have weighed heavily.
But if ever there were red lights screaming for the FBI to end the counterintelligence probe, they were flashing during a harrowing 20-day window in January 2017 as Barack Obama was leaving office and Trump was coming in.
Between Jan. 4, 2017 and Jan. 24, 2017, nearly every major assumption of the FBI's Russia collusion theory was gutted, according to recently declassified evidence reviewed by Just the News.
Months of investigating Trump adviser Mike Flynn had turned up "no derogatory information," and agents recommended shutting down that part of the inquiry after concluding Flynn wasn't aiding Moscow. Two separate informant recordings of Trump adviser Carter Page — the target of an ongoing FISA warrant — produced stunning evidence of innocence.
U.S. intelligence had concluded a key allegation in the Steele dossier was Russian disinformation. And Steele's primary sub-source — whom the FBI assessed was likely tied to Russian intelligence — discounted much of the information attributed to him in the dossier. Even Director James Comey was telling colleagues there wasn't much corroborated in the dossier.
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|Islamic State cell exposed outside Kyiv (Photo, video)|
|[Unian.info] During raids, security operatives seized a batch of explosives, grenade launchers, cash foreign currency, bank cards, and ledgers with records of financial transfers to Syria.|
The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has exposed an alleged branch of the Islamic State (IS) international terrorist organization operating in Kyiv region.
The branch leader is wanted by one of the Eastern European countries for participating in Syria hostilities, as reported by the SBU press center.
In 2019, using forged documents, he arrived in Ukraine where he set up a group whose members were all foreign nationals
"The operatives found that the group had been engaged in forging Ukraine and Russia passports and legalize in the country migrants from the Middle East and Central Asia. The investigation believes some of them are active IS members," the SBU said.
As tasked by the leaders of the international terrorist organization, they were supposed to "lay low" in Ukraine to evade being brought to responsibility for the crimes committed, the SBU added. The suspects had also been distributing extremist literature among potential supporters.
As part of the intercepted correspondence, the culprits "discussed returning to Syria to take part in hostilities," the report says.
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|Re-post, still no update - Three weeks after Trump declassified Russia memos, most aren't released|
|[Just The News] More than two weeks after Donald Trump officially declassified the evidence, the vast majority of documents detailing FBI and Justice Department failures in the now-discredited Russia collusion investigation remain out of public view in a delay that has thwarted the former president's goal of sweeping transparency.|
Multiple officials tell Just the News that the documents yet to be released include:
Just the News was able to obtain about 15% of the thousands of pages of declassified documents, from a hodgepodge network of White House officials who worked on the declassification, law enforcement and intelligence officials who got their own versions of the declassified documents, and members of Congress who were given copies of some memos in the final days of the Trump presidency.
Just the News has posted all of those documents, which include explosive revelations like:
The remaining documents, according to sources who have seen them, provide more details showing just how far the FBI went to deceive the FISA judges in an effort to keep surveilling Page and that the FBI's true target for surveillance was the larger Trump campaign.
For instance, an August 2016 tasking document for Halper, one of the informants, made clear the FBI's real focus of the investigation was to determine whether "anyone in the Trump campaign is in a position to have received information either directly or indirectly from the Russian Federation regarding the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton," according to a source who took verbatim notes from one of the documents.
Those documents also show Halper was asked to potentially contact or monitor Trump campaign figures far beyond Page and George Papadopoulos, the two figures publicly acknowledged in the past.
Among the names that show up in the FBI's operational plan are former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, former Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis and eventual White House adviser Peter Navarro, according to sources interviewed by Just the News.
The less redacted FISA warrants show, according to sources, that as the FBI failed to develop any evidence that Page was working for Russia — and in fact had worked as an asset for the CIA — it offered the FISA court unusual justifications for continuing to spy on him, including that he espoused foreign policy views deemed favorable to Russia and might be writing a book, two clearly First Amendment-protected activities.
Also, the internal messages between senior FBI officials on the Russia probe, according to the sources, reveal that McCabe had direct contact with reporters from major news organizations like the New York Times and CNN even as his deputies, like Strzok, viewed the Russia reporting of those organizations as significantly flawed.
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|FBI's desperate pretext to keep spying on Carter Page: He might write a book!|
|[Just the News] Nine months into a relentless effort to spy on Carter Page with the most awesome surveillance tools the U.S. possesses, the FBI had no proof the former Trump adviser had colluded with Russia to hijack the 2016 election.|
In fact, the bureau hid from the FISA court the fact that it knew Page was actually a U.S. asset who had helped the CIA and that in a secret recording with an informant he had denied all the core allegations against him with significant proof.
But it wanted to keep spying on its target for another three months. So what did the FBI cough up to the FISA judge to keep up its surveillance and its now-debunked claim that Page might be a Russian agent of influence?
The FBI actually argued that Page's lawful exercise of his First Amendment rights — he was giving media interviews and considering writing a book — might be proof he was carrying out a Russian plot, according to a newly declassified version of the final FISA warrant reviewed by Just the News.
"The FBI also notes that Page continues to be active in meeting with media outlets to promote his theories of how U.S. foreign policy should be adjusted with regard to Russia and also to refute claims of his involvement with Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election," the once top-secret FISA application read on page 57.
"The FBI believes that Page may have been instructed by Russian officials to aggressively deny, especially in the media, any Russian involvement with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The FBI believes this approach is important because, from the Russian government's point of view, it continues to keep the controversy of the election in front of the American and world medium, which has the effect of undermining the integrity of the US electoral process and weakening the effectiveness of the current US administration.
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|Loser Americans : Video: LIVE Prison Riot – Inmates Taking Over Jail, Start Fire|
|[RedStateNation] A video just surfaced this morning from the St. Louis Justice Center where a prison riot has kicked off.|
A group of inmates were seen gathered at the shattered windows of an upper floor of the jail about 6:30 a.m. They broke adjacent windows and threw chairs and other debris to the sidewalk below on Tucker Boulevard.
The group of about 115 prisoners threw items out of broken windows and started a small fire inside the jail, Long said. They also flooded floors and clogged toilets, according to the Post-Dispatch.