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Newt Gingrich says slavery needs to be put 'in context,' calls 1619 project a 'lie'

Newt Gingrich says slavery needs to be put 'in context,' calls 1619 project a 'lie'"There were several hundred thousand white Americans who died in the Civil War in order to free the slaves," Gingrich argued.



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Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?

Secret Russia weapon project: gamechanger or PR stunt?A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin’s bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race. Western experts have linked the blast at the Nyonoksa test site on August 8, which caused a sharp spike in local radiation levels, to the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile first revealed by Putin in 2018. The Kremlin has, however, not confirmed that the accident was linked to the Burevestnik project and the identity of the missile that exploded remains uncertain.



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Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied for Russian-backed Ky. project

Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied for Russian-backed Ky. projectTwo former top staffers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and the Treasury Department for the development of a new Kentucky aluminum mill backed by the Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to a new lobbying disclosure.



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Kenyan finance minister arrested on corruption charges over mega dam project

Kenyan finance minister arrested on corruption charges over mega dam projectKenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich and other treasury officials were arrested on Monday on corruption and fraud charges over a multi-million dollar project to build two mega dams, police said. Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji had ordered the arrest and prosecution of Rotich and 27 other top officials on charges of fraud, abuse of office and financial misconduct in the latest scandal to rock graft-wracked Kenya. Mr Rotich, his principal secretary and the chief executive of Kenya's environmental authority then presented themselves to the police. Mr Haji claimed the conception, procurement and payment processes for the dam project – part of a bid to improve water supply in the drought-prone country – was "riddled with irregularities". The arrests are part of a drive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to combat corruption in the poverty-plagued country, which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars disappear due to fraud.  A string of top officials have been charged since last year, when a damning report from the auditor general showed that the government could not account for $ 400 million (£321m) in public funds.  But it is unprecedented for a sitting minister to be arrested for corruption.  Detailing the charges, the chief prosecutor pointed to the awarding of the contract to Italian firm CMC di Ravenna in a manner that he said flouted proper procurement procedures, and despite financial woes that forced the company into liquidation and had led to it failing complete three other mega-dam projects. According to the contract, the project was to cost a total of $ 450 million (£361m), but the treasury had increased this amount by $ 164 million "without regard to performance or works," said Mr Haji. Some $ 180 million has already been paid out, with little construction to show for it, while a further $ 6 million was supposedly spent on resettlement but without the acquisition of any land. "Under the guise of carrying out legitimate commercial transactions, colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well-choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions, Mr Haji said.  Mr Rotich has previously denied any wrongdoing, as has CMC di Ravenna.



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US officials inaugurated 'fake' archaeology project: senior Palestinian

US officials inaugurated 'fake' archaeology project: senior PalestinianA senior Palestinian official Monday condemned the participation of US envoys in an event linked to Israeli settlers and scoffed at their account that it was for a new archaeology project. US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and White House adviser Jason Greenblatt were among US officials attending the event organised by the City of David Foundation on Sunday night in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem. Palestinians and anti-occupation activists see it as another attempt by Israel to cement its control over predominantly Palestinian east Jerusalem.



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After Apple terminates AirPower project, here are some wireless charging pad alternatives

After Apple terminates AirPower project, here are some wireless charging pad alternativesTwo years since Apple's wireless charging pad, the AirPower, was announced, the project was officially abandoned due to excessive heating, the brand confirmed last week; for those of you who were looking forward to the now-cancelled launch, here are five product substitutions you can use for your iPhone (or any other Qi-compatible device.)



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Trump Tower in Moscow: Why did the project end and why does the Mueller investigation care so much?

Trump Tower in Moscow: Why did the project end and why does the Mueller investigation care so much?An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Kremlin’s role in the 2016 US election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal that Donald Trump pursued while running for president despite denying at the time any links to Russia. The special counsel has revealed in court filings numerous details about the project, which never came to fruition. Further information has come from Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer who was instrumental in the negotiations, in congressional testimony and in his guilty plea to a charge of lying to Congress about the project.



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Michael Cohen: Trump did not ‘directly’ tell me to lie to Congress about Moscow project

Michael Cohen: Trump did not ‘directly’ tell me to lie to Congress about Moscow projectMichael Cohen provided a detailed account of a crucial and disputed element of his business dealings with President Trump in his testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Cohen, who was Trump’s longtime personal attorney and an executive at the president’s real estate company up until he took office, said Trump did not explicitly tell him to lie to Congress about the scope of their efforts to build a skyscraper in Moscow.



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Derailed? Feds plan to cancel nearly $1B for California's high-speed rail project

Derailed? Feds plan to cancel nearly $  1B for California's high-speed rail projectFederal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory wrote Tuesday to state officials that the administration was canceling its grant agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and halting $ 928.6 million in future grant payments it was expected to make to fund the project through 2022.



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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's side project: Bashing Iran, in Poland

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's side project: Bashing Iran, in PolandPresident Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani talks tough on Iran while in Poland. He's likely being paid to do it.



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