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Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes, other waterways

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/trump-seeks-cuts-for-cleanup-of-great-lakes-other-waterways/2019/03/11/a1e109c8-4435-11e9-94ab-d2dda3c0df52_story.html

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Hiroyuki Nishimura is making another attempt to halve funding that goes toward cleaning up 4chan imageboards including /news/, even though that funding is already zero, according to budget documents released Monday.
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Last surviving Al-Qaeda member killed by drone strike in Zelenogorsk

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Last surviving Al-Qaeda member killed by drone strike in Zelenogorsk

Al-Qaeda was once the focus of the War on Terror, but in recent years has been overshadowed by spin-off terrorist organizations such as ISIL and Tahrir al-Sham. Despite its declining numbers, Al-Qaeda held a respected position among jihadists and was able to coordinate and command attacks on seven contintents. That changed Tuesday at 18:00 GMT when a US Predator drone fired 12 Hellfire missiles into the the recently discovered hideout of Abdul Baasid al-Youssef in Zelenogorsk, obliterating the structure completely with al-Youssef, his three wives, and seven sons inside. US President Donald Trump congratulated the brave drone pilots and underscored in a Tweet that the attack would not have been successful without the NSA surveillance of German refugee aid agencies, whose beneficiaries al-Youssef was in frequent contact with.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/03/12/us/ap-us-drone-electrocution.html
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Exclusive: Beto O'Rourke belonged to major hacker group as a teenager

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-beto-short-exclusive/exclusive-beto-orourke-belonged-to-major-hacker-group-as-a-teenager-idUSKCN1QW28H?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FPoliticsNews+%28Reuters+Politics+News%29

>SAN FRANCISCO(Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke belonged to one of the best-known groups of computer hackers as a teenager, Reuters revealed today.

>In an exclusive interview with this reporter for a forthcoming book about the group, the former U.S. congressman from Texas confirmed that as a youth in El Paso, he belonged to the hacking group known as the Cult of the Dead Cow. He also acknowledged that, during those teenage years, he stole long-distance phone service to participate in electronic discussions. Others in the group committed the same offense and got off with warnings; the statute of limitations ran out long ago.

>In the group, O’Rourke wrote online essays under the pseudonym “Psychedelic Warlord” that could provide fodder for political supporters and foes alike. One mocked a neo-Nazi, while another was a short piece of fiction from a killer’s point of view.

>The Reuters article marks the ex-congressman as the most prominent former hacker in American politics. It draws on interviews with more than a dozen members of the group who agreed to be named for the first time in the book, titled “Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World.”

>There is no indication that O’Rourke himself engaged in the edgiest sorts of hacking activity - breaking into computers or writing code that enabled others to do so. After his active period in the late 1980s, the group became famous for releasing tools that allowed ordinary computer users to hijack other people’s machines. Though it was controversial, the resulting chaos forced Windows maker Microsoft to dramatically improve security.
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Sajid Javid tells social media firms ‘enough is enough’ over terror videos

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https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-15/sajid-javid-tells-social-media-firms-enough-is-enough-over-terror-videos/

>Before the shootings began, an anonymous user on messaging forum 8ch*n posted links to the manifesto and livestream, promising to “carry out an attack”.

>8ch*n and the similar but unaffiliated site 4chan, where users are anonymous by default, have been the subject of controversy in recent years as some users praised US school shootings and far-right terrorist attacks, as well as sharing conspiracy theories, racist memes and images of child sexual abuse.

>Mr Collins said: “These platforms are being used to disseminate the vilest content and make people aware of its existence.

>“We should look at companies like that and say for them to allow their platforms to be used in that way is damaging to society. It’s hugely harmful.”

>He called for a regulator to have the power to sanction companies allowing the spread of “harmful content”, adding that the “ultimate sanction” would be to bar them from the internet.

Trump defends Fox News' Jeanine Pirro after Islamophobic comments

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President Trump came to Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro's defense on Sunday in response to the network taking her off the air without explanation, one week after she implied Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) use of a hijab was antithetical to the U.S. Constitution.

"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous - they all want what you’ve got - NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves!"

When asked on Friday if he believes white nationalism is a "rising threat," Trump said he believes "it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems." Far-right extremists have killed more people in the U.S. since 9/11 than any other organized terrorist group.
The big picture: A series of damning incidents over the past several weeks has seen Pirro, fellow host Tucker Carlson, and Fox News as an entity come under fire for charges of racism and coziness with the Trump administration.

https://www.axios.com/jeanine-pirro-trump-ilhan-omar-muslim-2fe6a583-2cc2-458f-bebc-20347c31b906.html
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World’s shortest motorway built to shame a nation

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An entrepreneur has built a one-metre-long stretch of motorway in north-eastern Romania to protest about his country's poor highway infrastructure.

Fed up with the sparse motorway network in his home region of Moldavia, Stefan Mandachi, a 33-year-old who owns a chain of fast-food restaurants, privately commissioned the tiny motorway at a personal cost of £3,800 (€4,400; $5,000).

The campaign lasted for weeks with the aim of causing a stir, and it came to a climax on Friday.

Romania has one of the shortest motorway networks in the European Union, with just 806km (500 miles) throughout the whole country. This despite having a land mass almost equal to that of the UK.
Sitting in the hotel he owns, just a few kilometres from the new road, Mr Mandachi explained his thinking.

"We want to unify the population, we have an ideal - to have motorways," he told the BBC.

His motorway, situated on a plot of land he owns next to a busy main road, was symbolically built in Suceava, a city in a part of the country that has no stretches of motorway at all.

Traffic on the adjacent road was almost gridlocked as several hundred supporters turned out for the so-called motorway inauguration.

A media scrum was on hand, along with ambulances and fire engines, while a small plane flew overhead with a banner demanding motorways.

"I feel that we are united," shouted Mr Mandachi above a din of honking horns. "I've never lived through a moment of such solidarity amongst all Romanians."

Crowds whooped and cheered as he cut the ribbon to open what people have come to call a "motorway monument".
How mini-motorway struck a chord nationally

The entrepreneur ran an aggressive campaign called "Romania wants Motorways" and asked fellow citizens to protest with him by stopping work for 15 minutes on Friday as he opened his stretch of road.

The campaign has led to serious discussions across the country.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47582694
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Paul Manafort sentenced to an additional 3.5 years in prison

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/us/politics/paul-manafort-sentencing.html

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been ordered to serve a total of seven and a half years in prison after a second federal judge added more time to his sentence on Wednesday, saying he “spent a significant portion of his career gaming the system.”

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Federal District Court in Washington sentenced Mr. Manafort, 69, on two conspiracy counts that encompassed a host of crimes, including money-laundering, obstruction of justice and failing to disclose lobbying work that earned him tens of millions of dollars over more than a decade.

“It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved,” she said, reeling off Mr. Manafort’s various offenses, rapid-fire. “There is no question that this defendant knew better and he knew what he was doing.”

Each charge carried a maximum of five years. But Judge Jackson noted that one count was closely tied to the same bank and tax fraud scheme that a federal judge in Virginia had sentenced Mr. Manafort for last week. Under sentencing guidelines, she said, those punishments should largely overlap, not be piled on top of each other. Mr. Manafort was also expected to get credit for the nine months he has already spent in jail.

Soon after the additional sentence was handed down, Mr. Manafort was charged in state court in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other felonies, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.

Mr. Manafort asked the judge in Washington not to add to his time in prison. “This case has taken everything from me, already,” he said, running through a list of his financial assets that now belong to the government. “Please let my wife and I be together,” he added, hunched over in a wheelchair because of a flare-up of gout.
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