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Twitter announces the first person to get 100 million followers

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Steve Bannon provided retroactive ethics waiver to run Breitbart on taxpayer dime

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A White House ethics waiver that allows chief strategist Steve Bannon to talk to his former employer Breitbart News is “problematic,” the top federal ethics official said in a letter Tuesday.

President Donald Trump’s appointees are required to sign an ethics pledge saying they’ll avoid particular matters involving former employees for two years. But the waiver, one of several pertaining to its staff members that the White House released May 31, allows staffers to “participate in communications and meetings with news organizations regarding broad policy matters.”

The unsigned, undated waiver could be applied retroactively -- essentially allowing staff members who violated an ethics pledge to avoid disciplinary action, wrote Walter Shaub, the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics.

Bannon ran Breitbart, a conservative media site, before he joined Trump’s campaign in 2016. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

OGE doesn’t know whether there were any violations of the ethics pledge based on communications with news agencies -- by Bannon or anyone else, Shaub wrote in a June 13 letter responding to inquiries from four Democratic senators. The agency is preparing a full report about waivers Trump’s administration has granted, he said.

“As part of preparing that report, OGE will follow up with the White House and other agencies to request additional information, including whether they are aware of any violations of the ethics pledge,” Shaub wrote.

Overall, federal disclosures show that the Trump administration has issued 14 waivers for White House staff members, along with waivers or partial releases from ethics rules for at least 10 executive-branch officials across five agencies.
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Economy emerges as bright spot for Trump

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The economy is emerging as a bright spot for President Trump as he struggles to move his congressional agenda amid a series of controversies.

The S&P 500 is up more than 12 percent since Election Day, unemployment has reached a 16-year low and economic growth in the coming year is expected to reach 2.3 percent, more robust growth than the 1.6 percent it grew in 2016.

Trump sought to play up his handling of the economy again on Friday at an event to end a week meant to highlight his efforts on legislation to fund new infrastructure projects across the country.

“We are here to think big, to act boldly, and to rise above the petty partisan squabbling of Washington, D.C. We are here to take action. It’s time to start building in our country, with American workers and with American iron and aluminum and steel,” Trump said in a speech at the Department of Transportation.

Trump has often gotten in his own way when it comes to publicizing his handling of the economy.

This was supposed to be the administration’s “infrastructure week,” but it was almost entirely overshadowed by the appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey at the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Cont.)
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Detroit, MI | A 17-year-old teenager is now lying in critical condition at the Detroit Medical Center after he was believed to be attempting a holdup at the Detroit Liberty Bank and was shot at twelve times by police officers.

Jamal Freeman was brutally beaten by six police officers after trying to flee the scene until he surrendered and was arrested six blocks away report officials.

The 17-year-old, that miraculously survived the salvo of gun shots, currently lies in an artificially induced comatic state and has now officially been cleared of all charges of bank robbery.

Camera footage showed that the young man was apparently in full erection while waiting in line and thus confused the bank teller in thinking he was concealing a weapon in his pants.
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Russia took USA on sight.

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The Ministry of defence terminated the Memorandum on safety of flights over Syria.

The defense Ministry will stoped communicating with the Pentagon in the framework of the Memorandum on the prevention of incidents and ensure the safety of aviation operations in Syria. The decision Russia made after the U.S. military aircraft the shot down a Syrian fighter-bomber su-22 in the sky of Raqqa. In Washington said that the plane was shot down in self-defense, as the Syrian army attacked positions of the US-backed Alliance SDF.

However, as stated in the defense Ministry, the command of the coalition forces don't warned the Russian colleagues about the operations on the existing channel of communication between the American air base al-Udeid air base in Qatar and the Russian base Hamim in the Syrian Latakia.

The defense Ministry called the incident a "military aggression" and promised to monitor any aircraft and drones in Syria.
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Russia Renewed Unused Trump Trademarks in 2016

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>Amid a broadening investigation of Russian contacts with his associates and his own role in trying to stop it, President Trump fired off another angry tweet this past week repeating his assertion that he has no business interests in Russia.

>But while no Trump Tower graces the Moscow skyline, the Russian authorities recently made sure that another piece of valuable property — the intellectual kind — bearing the same name remained safely in Mr. Trump’s portfolio.

>Last year, while hacking Democrats’ emails and working to undermine the American presidential election, the Russian government also granted extensions to six trademarks for Mr. Trump that had been set to expire. The Trump trademarks, originally obtained between 1996 and 2007 for hotels and branding deals that never materialized, each had terms that were coming to an end in 2016.

>Despite their inactivity, the Trump Organization sought extensions for the trademarks from Rospatent, the Russian government agency in charge of intellectual property. In a series of approvals starting in April 2016 and ending in December, Rospatent granted new 10-year terms for the trademarks, the agency’s records show.

>Four of the approvals were officially registered on Nov. 8 — Election Day in the United States.

>Under normal circumstances, renewing trademarks in Russia is generally a routine matter, and there is nothing to suggest from the few public records available that Mr. Trump was shown favoritism. Still, extensions are not guaranteed and can be subject to challenge — particularly if, as in this case, the trademarks went unused for years, according to interviews with a half-dozen lawyers specializing in intellectual property law.
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Trump's makes radical reversal on immigration; neither Fox News nor Breitbart covers it

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The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday night that the Trump administration would maintain an Obama-era program providing protection to undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children by their parents -- but it's unlikely those who consume the news through conservative media outlets have a clue.

>The news that President Donald Trump had decided not to deliver on a key campaign promise, at least for the moment, was covered widely by traditional media outlets such as CNN and the Washington Post. The New York Times deemed the announcement important enough to send out a push alert to its readers.

>But the announcement did not seem to rate with Trump's immigration hardline allies in the conservative press. The story was nowhere to be found on the the front pages of Breitbart or the Drudge Report. did not appear to cover it on its home page either.
"If we're not covering it, we deserve to be hammered," one Breitbart staffer told CNN on Friday afternoon.

>On the campaign trail, Trump promised he would "immediately terminate" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Barack Obama enacted through executive action. The program protects approximately 750,000 so-called "Dreamers."

>"Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation -- that is what it means to have laws and to have a country," Trump said, for instance, during one August speech in Phoenix.
Historically, outlets like Breitbart and the Drudge Report have taken hardline positions on immigration and strongly criticized politicians who have sought to grant "amnesty" to individuals in the country illegally. Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have been lambasted by the sites in the past for showing even a hint of willingness to compromise with Democrats on the issue.
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Trump recycles charity money back into his business

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6 crackers kilt

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>>“Most of the victims were shot in the head; some were shot multiple times,” Demings said. He added that eight other people in the building were not injured.

Neumann, 45, who was discharged from the Army in 1999, killed himself before deputies approached.
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