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Trump Russia dossier key claim ‘verified’

Thursday 30th of March 2017 09:51:43 PM

The BBC has learned that US officials “verified” a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump’s election – that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy. (BBC)

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Russian banker who met with Jared Kushner has ties to Putin

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 04:14:08 PM

The Russian bank chairman Sergey Gorkov’s meeting with Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, will be scrutinized by congressional investigators probing links between Trump associates and the Russian government. Gorkov is chairman of VneshEconomBank, or VEB, a Russian development agency that has been under US sanctions since July 2014. He was appointed to his job by Russian President Vladimir Putin after eight years at Russia’s biggest state-owned commercial bank.(CNN)

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McCain: Nunes has ‘a lot of explaining to do’

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 04:10:56 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) needs to explain his visit to White House grounds one day before briefing President Trump on surveillance affecting his transition team.

“I think there needs to be a lot of explaining to do,” McCain told “CBS This Morning.” “I’ve been around for quite a while and I’ve never heard of such thing.” (The Hill)

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Graham: Nunes should reveal surveillance source

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 04:09:36 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that if Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) does not disclose the source behind his claim that the Obama administration inadvertently collected surveillance on members of President Trump’s transition team, then he is unfit to chair the House Intelligence Committee.

“If he’s not willing to tell the Democrats and Republicans on the committee who he met with and what he was told, then I think he’s lost his ability to lead,” Graham said on NBC’s “Today” show. (The Hill)

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White House, Nunes blocked ex-acting AG from testifying

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 04:06:46 PM

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) canceled a hearing on Russia where former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was to testify the same day the White House voiced objections to him about her planned testimony. (The Hill)

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Mar-a-Lago can’t release visitor logs — because it doesn’t keep them

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 04:04:49 PM

Visitors at Trump’s ‘Winter White House don’t have to submit to the kinds of rigorous background checks required if they’d been entering the White House in Washington. And there were no weapon screenings or bomb-sniffing dogs checking vehicles of the sort that have long been routine at public restaurants or other places where the president or first lady is present. People can go to the resort even when the Trump family is there, gaining access to the president without any record. (Via Politico)

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Trump takes biggest swing yet at Obama climate legacy

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 03:59:14 PM

President Donald Trump will direct the federal government on Tuesday to begin dismantling his predecessor’s most significant climate change policies, with a sweeping directive telling agencies to stop trying to reduce the carbon pollution of electric utilities, oil and gas drillers and coal miners. (Politico)

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Icahn Raises Ethics Flags With Dual Roles as Investor and Trump Adviser

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 03:42:51 PM

Since Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, was named by President Trump as a special adviser on regulatory matters, he has been busy working behind the scenes to try to revamp an obscure Environmental Protection Agency rule that governs the way corn-based ethanol is mixed into gasoline nationwide. (NYT)

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Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With Russians

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 03:41:00 PM

Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials. (NYT)

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White House to States: Shield the Undocumented and Lose Police Funding

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 03:39:17 PM

The Trump administration, signaling its intent to toughen enforcement of immigration laws across the country, threatened on Monday to withhold or revoke law enforcement funding from states, cities and localities that block the police or sheriffs from telling federal authorities about undocumented immigrants in their custody. (NY Times)

House Democrats Ask Devin Nunes to Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 03:36:41 PM

Top House Democrats on Monday called on the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to recuse himself from the panel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, thrusting the entire inquiry into jeopardy amid what they described as mounting evidence he was too close to President Trump to be impartial. (NY Times)

Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted

Friday 24th of March 2017 11:08:09 AM

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes met and brief’s Donald Trump whereas holding the information from the other members of the committee. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, cast doubt on Nunes’ claims in a fiery statement and blasted the chairman for not first sharing the information with him or other committee members. “The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House, because he cannot do both,” Schiff said at a news conference Wednesday. (Politico)

TRUMP ISSUES ULTIMATUM: Pass this bill or Obamacare stays

Friday 24th of March 2017 12:32:24 AM

President Donald Trump is giving House Republicans an ultimatum: Pass the American Health Care Act on Friday, or Obamacare stays. Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Budget and Management director, made clear to Republicans on Thursday night that Trump wants a vote Friday and that he is done negotiating on the bill to overhaul healthcare. If it is not passed, the president will move on from the bill, reports said. (Business Insider)

RNC ‘worked’ with Ex-Russian Spy to Dig Up Dirt on Hillary Clinton

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 11:50:40 PM

As the general election was taking shape last summer, the Republican National Committee initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired Central Intelligence Agency officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy. (Politico)

Republicans attack Internet privacy of American citizens

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 10:00:09 PM

The Senate voted Thursday to make it easier for internet service providers to share sensitive information about their customers, a first step in overturning landmark privacy rules that consumer advocates and Democratic lawmakers view as crucial protections in the digital age. The vote was passed along party lines, 50-48, with all but two Republicans voting in favor of the repeal and every Democrat voting against it. Two Republican Senators did not vote. (BuzzFeed)

FBI has no info to support Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped him

Monday 20th of March 2017 04:34:26 PM

#Wiretapping

FBI has no info on Trump being wiretapped by the Obama administration

1: FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump’s tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama (Washington Post)
FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday said there is “no information” that supports President Trump’s claims that his predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election campaign. “I have no information that supports those tweets,’’ said Comey, testifying at the House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,’’ and agents found nothing to support those claims, he said.

March 20 (2017): Trump Probed

Monday 20th of March 2017 03:07:41 PM

Here is your daily update on a single page.

Trump-Russia Ties

FBI director Comey played a big role in Clinton’s defeat as just a few weeks ahead of the voting he. However, he has been silent about any investigation into Trump-Russia tie. Today he is being grilled by the Congress to disclose whether FBI is looking into Trump-Russia ties. Here are some major updates.

1: Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion (Politico)
FBI Director James Comey confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday that the FBI is investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

2: Trump tweets ahead of Comey hearing: Dems pushing ‘Russia story’ (The Hill)
President Trump early Monday slammed the idea that his White House campaign colluded with Russia in a flurry of tweets sent hours before FBI Director James Comey appears before a House panel investigating Moscow’s influence in November’s election. Trump said Democrats “pushed the Russian story” to cover up for Hillary Clinton’s poorly run presidential campaign.

3: Trump’s tweet this morning (Twitter)
Trump Tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”

#Wiretapping

FBI has no info on Trump being wiretapped by the Obama administration

5: FBI Director Comey: Justice Dept. has no information that supports Trump’s tweets alleging he was wiretapped by Obama (Washington Post)
FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday said there is “no information” that supports President Trump’s claims that his predecessor ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the election campaign. “I have no information that supports those tweets,’’ said Comey, testifying at the House Intelligence Committee’s first public hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,’’ and agents found nothing to support those claims, he said.

FBI confirms they are investigating Trump-Russia ties

Monday 20th of March 2017 02:47:23 PM

#Trump-Russia Ties

FBI director Comey played a big role in Clinton’s defeat as just a few weeks ahead of the voting he. However, he has been silent about any investigation into Trump-Russia tie. Today he is being grilled by the Congress to disclose whether FBI is looking into Trump-Russia ties. Here are some major updates.

1: Comey confirms FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion (Politico)
FBI Director James Comey confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday that the FBI is investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, including possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

2: Trump tweets ahead of Comey hearing: Dems pushing ‘Russia story’ (The Hill)
President Trump early Monday slammed the idea that his White House campaign colluded with Russia in a flurry of tweets sent hours before FBI Director James Comey appears before a House panel investigating Moscow’s influence in November’s election. Trump said Democrats “pushed the Russian story” to cover up for Hillary Clinton’s poorly run presidential campaign.

3: Trump’s tweet this morning (Twitter)
Trump Tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”

Judges continue to block Trump’s muslim ban (Travel Ban)

Monday 20th of March 2017 01:44:20 AM

1: Hawaii judge declines to narrow travel ban injunction (Politico)
A federal judge in Hawaii who issued a temporary restraining order against key parts of President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban last week has turned down a Justice Department request to narrow the injunction.

In a ruling Sunday. U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson rejected a federal government motion asking the judge to limit his injunction to the portion of the travel ban executive order that restricts travel to the U.S. by citizens of six majority-Muslim countries.

There ‘never was’ evidence of a wiretap at Trump Tower

Sunday 19th of March 2017 06:30:14 PM

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday there “never was” evidence that former President Barack Obama — or anyone else — wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“If you take the president literally, it didn’t happen,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, there never was, and the information on Friday continues to lead us in that direction.” (Politico)

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GNOME/GTK News

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Containers News

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Ubuntu 17.04: Unity's swan song?

For the most part, not much has changed on Ubuntu's Desktop edition in the past year. Unity 7 has more or less remained the same while work was progressing on the next version of the desktop, Unity 8. However, now that both desktops are being retired in favour of the GNOME desktop, running Ubuntu 17.04 feels a bit strange. This week I was running software that has probably reached the end of its life and this version of Ubuntu will only be supported for nine months. I could probably get the same desktop experience and most of the same hardware support running Ubuntu 16.04 and get security updates through to 2021 in the bargain. In short, I don't think Ubuntu 17.04 offers users anything significant over last year's 16.04 LTS release and it will be retired sooner. That being said, I could not help but be a little wistful about using Unity 7 again. Even though it has been about a year since I last used Unity, I quickly fell back into the routine and I was once more reminded how pleasant it can be to use Unity. The desktop is geared almost perfectly to my workflow and the controls are set up in a way that reduces my mouse usage to almost nothing. I find Unity a very comfortable desktop to use, especially when application menus have been moved from the top panel to inside their own windows. While there are some projects trying to carry on development of Unity, this release of Ubuntu feels like Unity's swan song and I have greatly enjoyed using the desktop this week. While there is not much new in Ubuntu 17.04, the release is pretty solid. Apart from the confusion that may arise from having three different package managers, I found Ubuntu to be capable, fairly newcomer friendly and stable. Everything worked well for me, at least on physical hardware. Unity is a bit slow to use in a virtual machine, but the distribution worked smoothly on my desktop computer. Read more