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Emails show 2016 links among Steele, Ohr, Simpson — with Russian oligarch in background (Washington Examiner)

Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch’s behalf, in the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as the Trump dossier. The emails show Steele and Ohr were in frequent contact, that they intermingled talk about Steele’s research and the oligarch’s affairs, and that Glenn Simpson, head of the dirt-digging group Fusion GPS that hired Steele to compile the dossier, was also part of the ongoing conversation.

The emails, given to Congress by the Justice Department, began on Jan . 12, 2016, when Steele sent Ohr a New Year’s greeting. Steele brought up the case of Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska (referred to in various emails as both OD and OVD), who was at the time seeking a visa to attend an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in the United States. Years earlier, the U.S. revoked Deripaska’s visa, reportedly on the basis of suspected involvement with Russian organized crime. Deripaska was close to Paul Manafort, the short-term Trump campaign chairman now on trial for financial crimes, and this year was sanctioned in the wake of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. [Read More]

Permit approved for Unite the Right DC rally (The Hill)

The National Park Service (NPS) has issued the official permits for the white nationalist rally and a counterprotest that will take place in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

“Permits were issued this morning for Jason Kessler and ANSWER Coalition and will be posted on the National Park Service Freedom of Information Act website as soon as the [Freedom of Information Act] officer has reviewed them and applied any necessary redactions,” said Mike Litterst, the chief of communications for the NPS, in a release Thursday.

The agency initially approved an application in June submitted by Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of last year’s Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., but waited until Thursday to issue the official permit for the self-styled “white civil rights rally” because it was finalizing a security plan with law enforcement agencies. [Read More]

Handling Kids’ Privacy: I’d Read My Child’s Diary, Would You? (Parenting)

I have written a diary since I was in the first grade. Although back then, it was a composition notebook decorated with Lisa Frank stickers. And my family has always known that I kept one. My brother never snooped. My parents turned a blind eye. Heck, even the dog didn’t sniff it.

But then there was my New York Italian grandmother. She lived in the apartment above our house—specifically, above my room—and being nosy came as natural to her as breathing.

When I was 19 years old, I brought my first serious boyfriend home to meet my family, and I brought my diary with me. On that night, she took it upon herself to read my journal while we were out at dinner. My college journal. So you can imagine the stories that were in that juicy little nugget. [Read More]



Oklahoma’s wretched record on wrongful convictions (Michelle Malkin)

“Frontier justice” costs too many citizens of all races, creeds, and backgrounds their freedom and their lives. In the old days of the Wild West, vigilantes worked outside the judicial system to punish rivals regardless of their guilt or innocence. Today, outlaws operate inside the bureaucracy to secure criminal convictions at all costs.

Oklahoma — the notorious home of “Hang ‘Em High” executions — stands out for its decades of trampling due process, subverting public disclosure, perpetuating forensic junk science, manufacturing false accusations and enabling official misconduct.

Since 1993, 35 wrongfully convicted Oklahomans have been officially exonerated, according to the National Registry of Exonerations; 15 inmates have been freed in the past decade. Almost half of the state’s exonerees had been convicted of murder; 17 percent for sexual assault. The reign of prosecutorial terror and forensic error by the late Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macyand rogue Oklahoma City police department crime lab analyst Joyce Gilchrist resulted in at least 11 wrongful convictions, according to the Innocence Project. Those victims included: [Read More]

Trump wants Space Force up and running by 2020 (Washington Examiner)

The Trump administration will ask Congress to establish a sixth branch of the military defend U.S. satellites and counter adversaries in space fulfilling the President Trump’s vision of a Space Force, which he announced in June and wants up and running two years from now.

“The time has come to establish the United States Space Force,” declared Vice President Mike Pence in a speech in the Pentagon’s subterranean auditorium, packed with military members including all the senior leaders of the Air Force, which now has responsibility for space defense.

While acknowledging that “creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process,” Pence nevertheless announced an ambitious goal of launching the proposed U.S. Department of the Space Force by 2020. [Read More]

Done Right, Trump’s Space Force Would Put the U.S. on Top (Heritage Foundation)

President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon on Monday to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military—the fifth within the Department of Defense—to be known as the Space Force.

That direction may have surprised some, but evidence suggests his announcement caught neither the secretary of defense nor the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff unaware—and that Trump made the directive with the benefit of study.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act directed the deputy secretary of defense to conduct a review of the organizational and management structure of our nation’s space security components. The Department of Defense delivered an interim report to Congress on March 1. [Read More]

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