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Surely at this late stage Tony Blair can be convicted of some offence for his lying behaviour while he was Prime Minister.

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Jon Schwarz reports for The Intercept:

TOPSHOT - Emergency response vehicles are parked at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has yet to say anything about Monday’s heinous, nihilistic suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. According to current reporting, the attack has been claimed by ISIS and was carried out by a 22-year-old man born in Manchester to Libyan refugees.

But when Blair does speak, we can be certain he won’t mention one key fact: Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq led by the U.S. and U.K., he was forcefully and repeatedly warned by Britain’s intelligence services that it would lead toexactly this type of terrorist attack — and he concealed these warnings from the British people, instead claiming the war would reduce the risk of terrorism.

We know this because of the Chilcot Report, the seven-year-long British investigation of the Iraq War released in 2016. The report declassifies numerous internal government documents that…

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An increasing number of lawmakers’ encounters with constituents, even in deep-red districts, have gotten ugly.

Source: Republicans fearing for their safety as anger, threats mount | TheHill


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Of all the ways to measure Trump, judging him as a chief executive would seem to be fairest.

Source: Would You Let Trump Run Your Company? – Bloomberg


The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.

Source: Justice Department appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor for Russia probe – Chicago Tribune


Source: Trump sees nothing wrong with forcing federal employees to take a personal loyalty oath


The very real danger here is that the ‘shoot from the hip’ and reckless Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to our country’s national security.

Trump is ignorant, undisciplined. You know he consults no one. Trump thinks he knows it all. Trump is placing our country and the people in our intelligence community who are tasked to protect it at serious risk.

US Officials know this quite well, hence these leaks.

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Hubris and rank amateurism are killing President Trump when it comes to his Russia problem. And that’s the most charitable explanation.

Needless to say, sharing information with the Russian government that isn’t even being shared with allies is a big blunder. Trump has broad authority to declassify information, so he was probably within his rights to talk about it. But this is something that can credibly be described as Trump doing damage to the fight against the Islamic State with his loose lips.

Source: US Officials on Trump: very reckless, and doesn’t grasp the gravity of the things he’s dealing with


On Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Bears Ears National Monument, where he showed surprising disrespect towards an indigenous woman, an organizer from the non-profit PANDOS, who was trying to ask him about his failure to meet with Native American leaders. (Video below.) It came across as patronizing and sexist, yet one more example of a federal official marginalizing American Indian voices. I have sent the following letter to Secretary Zinke in protest.

 

Source: A letter to the Trump official who instructed a Native woman to “be nice”


One former senior White House official said Trump’s loose lips on intel could cause a “ripple effect.”

Source: Will U.S. Intelligence Partners Trust Trump Anymore? | Foreign Policy


U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended having disclosed information to senior Russian officials last week, saying he had an “absolute right” to do so and had shared facts to get Moscow to step up its fight against the Islamic State militant group.

The president took to Twitter to counter a torrent of criticism, including from his fellow Republicans, after reports that during a White House meeting he had revealed highly classified information about a planned Islamic State operation.

 

Source: Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to share facts with Russians | Reuters

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