The Hill

Trump Blames Obama For Russian Hoax

President Trump on Sunday blamed his predecessor for the response to Russian election interference in 2016, which he appeared to call “a big hoax.”

“So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election,” Trump tweeted. “Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign?”

“Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!”

 

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Branson Duck Boat Company Warned Of Dangers Prior To Fatal Voyage

BRANSON, Mo. –  Mechanical inspector Steven Paul said Sunday he warned the company operating the now-capsized duck boat in Missouri about massive design flaws and dangerous safety issues almost a year before Thursday’s tragic accident that killed 17 people and injured seven others.

“My first thought was I was thankful that me and my family weren’t on the ducks,” he told Fox News in a telephone interview. “My second thought was, ‘Oh man, I probably inspected that boat.'”

Paul, who served in the U.S. Army for 6 years as a diesel mechanic before opening Test Drive Technologies in 2009, told Fox he was hired by Ripley Entertainment last year to inspect 24 duck boats. The Florida-based company had been interested in buying the businesses and wanted an assessment.

“My inspection was so they had the opportunity to know what they were buying before the sale was final,” Paul said.

 

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP file

FBI Releases Carter Page FISA Warrant

The FBI on Saturday made public redacted documents related to the electronic surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who was at the center of a controversy over how the FBI sought the secretive warrant.

The documents released Saturday appear to discount claims made by some Republicans that the FBI failed to properly disclose sources of information used to seek the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant, and it shows that authorities used other sources of information besides the Steele “dossier” in the application, which was granted by a judge.

The warrant, which is heavily redacted in several areas, was released on Saturday following Freedom of Information Act litigation launched by The New York Times and other media organizations and it was released with the approval of a judge.

The warrant contains many previously reported allegations about Page and his interactions with Russian interests. Page spent a few months advising the campaign of President Donald Trump.

 

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Fox News

Terrorist From Pakistan Gets To Keep American Citizenship Upon Release

A federal judge ruled against stripping away the U.S. citizenship of a convicted terrorist tied to a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, citing a lack of evidence to prove that the status had been granted based on misrepresentations.

Iyman Faris, 49, was sentenced in 2003 for aiding and abetting al-Qaida by scoping out the iconic New York bridge as a part of a plot to cut through the cables supporting the structure. He had met with Osam bin Laden in Afghanistan and worked with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Faris is set to be released on Dec. 23, 2020, but a court filing last year in a U.S. District Court argued that Faris lied on immigration papers and that his terrorist affiliations demonstrated a lack of commitment to the Constitution.

Originally born in Pakistan, Faris became a citizen in 1999. He worked as a truck driver in Ohio and was married to an American woman.

 

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Fox News

Trump Says Cohen Taping Payment To Mistress Convo “Inconceivable”

President Trump on Saturday described former lawyer Michael Cohen’s taping of a private conversation between them as “totally unheard of & perhaps illegal,” but he reassured supporters that he has done nothing wrong.

Trump did not mention Cohen by name but appeared to be responding to reports that Cohen recorded a conversation with him in September 2016 in which they discussed possible payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal — who claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The New York Times first reported that the FBI seized the recording during the raid earlier this year on Cohen’s office as part of an investigation into the former Trump lawyer’s payments to women to shut down stories about his client leading up to the 2016 election — a practice known as “catch-and-kill.” Fox News has confirmed the details of the tape.

On Saturday, Trump appeared to slam both the FBI raid and Cohen’s behavior as “inconceivable.”

 

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Rogelio V. Solis, AP

Food Poisoning At McDonalds Has Affected 163 People Nationwide

The number of people sickened by tainted McDonald’s salads has jumped to 163 in 10 states, and three of the victims have been hospitalized. The fast-food chain said it has removed the lettuce blend from Fresh Express’ Streamwood, Illinois, facility and replaced it with a new supply.

The number of people sickened by tainted McDonald’s salads has jumped to 163 in 10 states. Three of the victims have been hospitalized.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the problem is caused by the Cyclospora parasite that is transmitted in foods contaminated with fecal matter.

 

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Fox News

Trump On Tape Discussing Hush Money To Playboy Model

Attorney Michael Cohen recorded a conversation with President Trump before the election in which they discussed possible payments to a former Playboy model who claimed she slept with Trump, a source familiar with the investigation confirmed to Fox News.

The New York Times first reported that the FBI seized the recording during a raid earlier this year on Cohen’s office as part of an investigation into the former Trump lawyer’s payments to women to shut down stories about his client leading up to the 2016 election — a practice known as “catch-and-kill.”

Fox News has confirmed the details of the tape.

 

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Fox News

Ohio Restaurant Cancels Church Discount Due To Atheist Complaints

Starters Cafe in Ohio ends promotion offering discount to parishioners after a secular organization cried foul.

A seemingly harmless discount to parishioners who wanted a good meal after church backfired on a Ohio restaurant after a secular organization cried foul.

The owners of the Starters Cafe in Cheviot, Ohio, offered a 10-percent discount to those who presented that morning’s church bulletin at Sunday brunch.

“What we did was make an offer on social media to give a 10-percent discount to anyone that gave a church bulletin to us on Sunday for brunch,” Justin Watson said to WKRC.

 

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NBC News

Duck Boat Capsizes , Killing 17 In Missouri

The death toll from a capsized duck boat that sank Thursday night during a thunderstorm on a Missouri lake has jumped to 17, according to officials.

Children are among the dead, although authorities have not provided an exact breakdown of the victims.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader announced Friday morning that the number of fatalities had risen to 17 after the bodies of four people who had been missing were recovered. Seven people were being treated at a hospital, one with severe injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the sheriff’s office added.

Severe thunderstorms generating winds of up to 60 mph moved through the area when the Ride the Ducks boat encountered trouble around 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET), reported NBC affiliate KYTV of Springfield.

 

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The Hill

Trump Says Obama Was A “Patsy” For Russia

President Trump blasted former President Obama as a “patsy for Russia” in a new interview released Thursday.

Trump claimed in an interview with CNBC that he has been “far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years, maybe ever.”

“Look at the sanctions I put on, look at the diplomats I threw out. … Nobody else did what I’ve done,” Trump said.

“Obama didn’t do it. Obama was a patsy for Russia, he was a total patsy,” he continued.

Trump referenced a 2012 statement by Obama, when he was caught on a hot mic telling then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would “have more flexibility” after the 2012 presidential election to negotiate with Russia on missile defense.

Trump called Obama’s comments “stupid,” adding, “nobody does a big deal about that.”

“Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia’s positive not a negative,” Trump said. “Now, that being said, if that doesn’t work out I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had — the worst he’s ever had.”

 

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Fox News

Army Unveils New Machine Gun With Blast Power Of A Tank

Defense Specialist Allison Barrie has a first look at the Army’s new machine gun, which is made to be lighter, shoot farther, and pack the power of an M1 Abrams tank in the palm of soldiers’ hands.

The Army’s new weapon will look like a light machine gun, but will put M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank-style blasting power literally at the fingertips of U.S. soldiers.

The new light machine gun will weigh less — and yet shoot farther. It should make U.S. soldiers even more lethal and enhance their speed and mobility while improving their safety in future combat.

The Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) may replace about 80,000 SAWs (the M249 squad automatic weapon). The well-known and loved M249 SAWs were already beasts — now the Army’s light machine gun is going to get even more powerful.

Armed with the NGSARs, soldiers will have the confidence of knowing the new weapon can be relied on for stopping power against sophisticated adversaries who arrive to fight in advanced body armor.

 

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ESPN

Miami Dolphins To Suspend Players For Anthem Protest

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem reportedly could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week.

The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine, or both.

 

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