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Intelligence whistleblowers face a dangerous path to Congress

Intelligence whistleblowers face a dangerous path to CongressOne of the most perplexing questions for outsiders about the Trump whistleblower is if the complaint was so urgent, why didn’t the whistleblower go straight to Congress?



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Netanyahu's Dangerous Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against HBO Show 'Our Boys'

Netanyahu's Dangerous Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against HBO Show 'Our Boys'Israel's Prime Minister turned on HBO show 'Our Boys' in his hunt for enemies. That's bad for real efforts against anti-Semitism.



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AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern

AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new patternThe assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia’s vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that’s emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who launched them. Beginning in May with the still-unclaimed explosions that damaged oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, the region has seen its energy infrastructure repeatedly targeted. “Iran can count on public skepticism to afford it some deniability under any circumstances, but an attack of this magnitude stands a much greater chance of provoking very severe diplomatic and military consequences,” warned Michael Knights, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.



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Hurricane Dorian Is Barely Moving at All. Here's Why That Makes it Especially Dangerous

Hurricane Dorian Is Barely Moving at All. Here's Why That Makes it Especially DangerousDorian packs winds of over 150 miles an hour, but the storm itself is crawling along



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Hurricane Dorian: ‘Extremely dangerous’ storm kills five in Bahamas as Donald Trump plays golf

Hurricane Dorian: ‘Extremely dangerous’ storm kills five in Bahamas as Donald Trump plays golfFive people have been killed by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, the nation’s prime minister has revealed, as Donald Trump spent part of the day playing golf.As the Category 4 storm pummelled the Bahamas with 233kph (145mph) winds, triggering huge damage and massive flooding, Hubert Minnis said at least five people had been killed and that more than 20 had been injured.



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Hurricane Dorian upgraded to ‘extremely dangerous’ storm as it nears Florida and Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian upgraded to ‘extremely dangerous’ storm as it nears Florida and BahamasHurricane Dorian has ratcheted up to an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm as it slowly makes its way to the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida.Millions of people in the Bahamas and Florida, including the state’s Walt Disney World and NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, may soon be finding themselves in the crosshairs of the hurricane.



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Justice Department Inspector General Blasts Comey: ‘Set a Dangerous Example’ by Leaking Memos About Trump

Justice Department Inspector General Blasts Comey: ‘Set a Dangerous Example’ by Leaking Memos About TrumpREUTERSThe Justice Department’s Inspector General has found that former FBI Director James Comey broke internal rules by sharing his memos on conversations with President Donald Trump with people outside the FBI. The Inspector General said in a report released Thursday that Comey set a dangerous example for FBI employees by disseminating a memo in order to put pressure on then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel after Trump fired Comey in May 2017.“[E]ven when these employees believe that their most strongly-held personal convictions might be served by an unauthorized disclosure, the FBI depends on them not to disclose sensitive information,” the report said. “Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.” The report also said that the Justice Department, after reviewing the inspector general’s findings, decided against prosecuting comey over the memos. The decision may disappoint Trump, who once retweeted a meme showing Comey behind bars, and reportedly told the former White House counsel he wanted to prosecute the ex-FBI director.The report found no evidence that Comey or his lawyer shared classified material with reporters—a finding the former FBI director immediately cheered on Twitter. “I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice,” he wrote.In the early months of the Trump presidency, Comey had multiple conversations with the president about the Russia probe that he memorialized. In one of those conversations, Trump pressured him to go easy on Michael Flynn, the ex-national security adviser who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador. Comey shared the memo with his lawyer, who then shared it with The New York Times. Comey has drawn blistering criticism from both Democrats and Republicans in the years since the 2016 election season. When he made a public statement on July 5, 2016, criticizing Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email to do government business, Republicans cheered. But Democrats, irate, lambasted him for sharing derogatory information discovered in the course of a criminal investigation about someone who was not charged with a crime. Comey also shared additional information with Congress about the FBI’s scrutiny of Clinton’s email server in the weeks before Election Day. Clinton’s campaign argued that those revelations caused a decisive downturn in her support and handed the election to Trump.All that endeared Comey to the right, but it didn’t last.At the same time that it was scrutinizing Clinton’s emails, the FBI was also running a counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Comey confirmed the existence of the probe in congressional testimony on March 20, 2017.“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts,” he said. “As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”Those two sentences really ticked off Trump. A few weeks later, on May 9, he fired the FBI director. The White House cited a memo Rosenstein had written about Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation as grounds for his firing. But Rosenstein’s memo didn’t actually call for him to be dismissed. And days later, Trump told NBC News’s Lester Holt that he’d actually canned Comey because of the Russia probe. “I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story,’” Trump said. Comey’s firing set off a panic at Justice Department headquarters. And on May 17, Rosenstein named Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the probe. Mueller’s work concluded this past spring.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Man found with mummified remains called dangerous to society

Man found with mummified remains called dangerous to societyProsecutors called a New Jersey man “dangerous to society” after pieces of a human body were found in his closet, including a head, part of an arm, and a torso dressed in a necktie and suit jacket. Robert Williams, of Newark, pleaded not guilty Monday to desecrating human remains and separate charges of child sexual abuse. Police initially went to Williams’ home to investigate allegations he abused a 12- to 13-year-old boy over several months, but when they searched the apartment they found an altar and mummified human remains that had apparently been used in religious ceremonies, according to prosecutors.



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A Violent Turn in Hong Kong Protests Marks a Dangerous New Phase

A Violent Turn in Hong Kong Protests Marks a Dangerous New PhaseSparked by a proposed bill that would allow suspected criminals to face trial in China, protests in Hong Kong have turned violent.



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US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of MexicoThe U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. DHS says it anticipates the first asylum seekers will be sent back to Mexico starting Friday.



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