Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that any American — neither on the Trump campaign or otherwise — conspired with the Russian government or its operatives to interfere in the 2016 election, Attorney General William Barr announced Thursday.
Mr. Barr said Mr. Mueller’s 22-month probe found Russia did indeed try to meddle, but didn’t get help from Americans.
“We now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign, or the knowing assistance of any other American: for that matter,” Mr. Barr said at a press conference to describe the findings in a nearly 400-page report.
Mr. Mueller investigated not only direct efforts by Russian officials, but also the social media disinformation campaign, including the stealing and release of Democratic campaign emails, and cleared everyone in the Trump campaign orbit of wrongdoing.
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'Event of very weighty significance': North Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon
North Korea on Wednesday tested a powerful new “tactical guided weapon,” according to state-run media in Pyongyang, boasting that the missile will dramatically increase the country’s “combat power” and ability to defend itself from attack.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was on hand to watch the test, which appears to have involved a non-nuclear weapon. State-run media did not reveal detail on the weapon other than to say it marked “an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.”
Energy Secretary Rick Perry Planning to Leave Administration
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to leave the Trump administration, but his departure is not imminent, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.
"There is no truth that Secretary Perry is departing the Administration any time soon. He is happy where he is serving President Trump and leading the Department of Energy," department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in response to new first reported by Bloomberg News.
Perry, a former governor of Texas who has taken a leading role in President Donald Trump's policy of boosting energy production, has been finalizing his departure, the source said.
President Trump speaks at White House event amid Mueller report release
Hatred of journalists turning to violence, watchdog warns
Hatred of journalists whipped up by populist and authoritarian leaders is degenerating into violence across the world, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Thursday.
And the number of countries where journalists can work safely is plummeting, its annual World Press Freedom Index revealed.
Political leaders' hostility towards the media "has incited increasingly frequent acts of violence that have fuelled an unprecedented level of fear and danger for journalists," the report added.
U.S. Intelligence Institutionally Politicized Toward Democrats
Former CIA analyst says agencies dominated by liberals
The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have become bastions of political liberals and the pro-Democratic Party views of intelligence personnel have increased under President Donald Trump, according to a journal article by a former CIA analyst.
John Gentry, who spent 12 years as a CIA analyst, criticized former senior intelligence leaders, including CIA Director John Brenan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former deputy CIA director Michael Morell, along with former analyst Paul Pillar, for breaking decades-long prohibitions of publicly airing their liberal political views in attacking Trump.
The institutional bias outlined in a lengthy article in the quarterly International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence risks undermining the role of intelligence in support of government leaders charged with making policy decisions.
Increasing presence of homeless people seeking shelter at SFO airport
San Francisco is struggling with a surge of homeless people seeking shelter inside San Francisco International Airport.
San Francisco International Airport welcomes the world to the City by the Bay, but the airport said homeless people have discovered the airport as a temporary shelter; especially in the early morning hours after the last BART train has pulled into the airport. An airport official said they're working on a short term and long-term solution
Officials said their contacts with homeless people has surged; the airport already working to get them move along.
Time-lapse shots of Notre-Dame spire may offer clues on blaze
A time lapse camera installed just hours before Monday's devastating blaze at Notre-Dame de Paris may contain vital clues as to what caused the inferno, a French scaffolding company working at the cathedral said on Thursday.
Europe Echafaudage was one of five companies contracted to restore the landmark spire, which was timber-framed and towered 295 feet (90 metres), shaping the skyline along the Seine river. The burning spire collapsed in the blaze, crashing through the Cathedral's ceiling.
The camera is now in the hands of investigators.
Things that can't go on forever, don't
Economist Herbert Stein’s old adage — “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop” — still holds.
Take illegal immigration.
There are currently somewhere from 11 million to 15 million immigrants living in the United States without legal authorization. Last month, nearly 100,000 people were apprehended or turned away while trying to illegally cross the southern border. Some experts suggest that at least that number made it across without arrest. At that rate, the United States would be gaining a fairly large city of undocumented arrivals each month.
The next war in Iraq
ISIS is defeated in Iraq, but the root causes that allowed many Sunni Iraqis to support that group of religious fanatics remain.
If those festering problems are not addressed, there will be another insurgency that — if not controlled — could lead to regional conflict. The governing elites of the Shiite majority have doubled down on the repression of the less than 30 percent of the population that is Sunni. The Shiites may not realize it as yet, but those Sunni grievances are a ticking time bomb.
ISIS will continue to attempt to wage a guerrilla war, but its chances of posing a serious threat to Iraq are minimal. An insurgency needs three things to be successful.