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AP: Sanders Wins N. Dakota Caucuses

Source: Associated Press


Jun. 7, 2016 9:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota vote. (all times Eastern):

9:42 p.m.

Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential caucuses in North Dakota.

The senator from Vermont and his rival Hillary Clinton now each claim a win for the night, with four contests yet to be determined.

Read more: http://elections.ap.org/content/latest-sanders-wins-democratic-caucuses-north-dakota

Sanders Says Democratic Convention Will be Contested

Source: Associated Press

Sanders says Democratic convention will be contested
JUN. 4, 2016 2:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Sanders says that the Democratic National Convention will be contested, predicting that neither he, nor his rival Hillary Clinton, will have enough pledged delegates after the primary season ends.

Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles Saturday, just three days ahead of California's crucial primary, the Vermont senator said that the winner of the Democratic nomination will rely on superdelegates to reach the magic number.

Sanders said it is "not accurate" for the media to lump delegates and superdelegates together, saying that the two play a separate but important role in the Democratic electoral process.

He called the nomination process "deeply flawed," adding that whether he wins the nomination or not, he will do everything he can to change it.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/c64ea5574266427f9fa7b5519a687bee

Report: New Documents Show Snowden Tried to Alert NSA of Surveillance Concerns Before Going Public

@BreakingNews: Report: New documents show Ed Snowden tried to alert NSA of surveillance concerns before going public - VICE News https://t.co/kFPjHXpb7a/s/3BOb


Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal

By Jason Leopold, Marcy Wheeler, and Ky Henderson

June 4, 2016 | 1:35 pm
On the morning of May 29, 2014, an overcast Thursday in Washington, DC, the general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Robert Litt, wrote an email to high-level officials at the National Security Agency and the White House.

The topic: what to do about Edward Snowden.

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Hundreds of internal NSA documents, declassified and released to VICE News in response to our long-running Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, reveal now for the first time that not only was the truth about the "single email" more complex and nuanced than the NSA disclosed to the public, but that Snowden had a face-to-face interaction with one of the people involved in responding to that email. The documents, made up of emails, talking points, and various records — many of them heavily redacted — contain insight into the NSA's interaction with the media, new details about Snowden's work, and an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the efforts by the NSA, the White House, and Feinstein to discredit Snowden.

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United States Signals Intelligence Directive 18 (USSID 18) encompasses rules by which the NSA is supposed to abide in order to protect the privacy of the communications of people in the United States. Snowden was taking this and other training courses in Maryland while working to transition from a Sysadmin to an analyst position. Referring to a slide from the training program that seemed to indicate federal statutes and presidential Executive Orders (EOs) carry equal legal weight, Snowden wrote, "this does not seem correct, as it seems to imply Executive Orders have the same precedence as law. My understanding is that EOs may be superseded by federal statute, but EOs may not override statute."


My god, he sounds like a kindergartener...

"He's been a very bad judge. He's been very unfair."

- Donald Trump on the Trump University case

Obama Arrives in Hiroshima (First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Since Bombing in 1945)

Source: CNN

Obama arrives in Hiroshima to stress 'very real risk' of nuclear weapons

Posted: May 27, 2016 3:08 AM EDT
Updated: May 27, 2016 3:38 AM EDT

By Kevin Liptak, Will Ripley and James Griffiths CNN

HIROSHIMA (CNN) -- President Obama's Air Force One has landed at Iwakuni Marine Air Station, ahead of a historic visit to Hiroshima, the first by a sitting U.S. President to the site of the world's first atomic bombing.

"This afternoon I will visit Hiroshima," Obama said at the base.

"This is an opportunity to honor the memory of all those who were lost in World War II. It's a chance to pursue peace and security, a world where nuclear weapons would no longer be necessary. And it's a testament to how even the most painful divides can be bridged."

The president, who is not expected to apologize for the American action to hasten the end of World War II, previously said he would stress the "very real risks" of nuclear weapons.

Read more: http://www.abc-7.com/story/32079231/obama-arrives-in-hiroshima-to-stress-very-real-risk-of-nuclear-weapons

Bill Cosby Ordered to Stand Trial in Sex Assault Case

Source: Associated Press

Cosby Ordered to Stand Trial in Sex Assault Case

Update at 1:02 PM

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on Bill Cosby's preliminary hearing in his Pennsylvania sex-assault case (all times local):
1 p.m.

Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in the lone criminal case lodged amid dozens of accusations that he molested women.

The 78-year-old actor faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the accuser while she was impaired, unconscious or could not give consent.

Cosby insists their sexual encounter at his home was consensual and that she never told him to stop.

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District Judge Elizabeth McHugh found probable cause he was involved in a crime. The judge heard portions of accuser Andrea Constand's police statement read in court.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-latest-bill-cosby-is-in-courthouse-for-key-hearing/2016/05/24/b69465a8-21b1-11e6-b944-52f7b1793dae_story.html

Officer Acquitted in Freddie Grey Case

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Baltimore officer acquitted of assault, other charges in arrest of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

The Latest: Officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case

MAY. 23, 2016 11:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the trial for an officer charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody (all times local):

11 a.m.

A Baltimore police officer has been acquitted of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died a week after he was critically injured in police custody.

A judge found Officer Edward Nero not guilty of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The judge announced his verdict on Monday.

Nero was one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the case. He waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead to argue his case before Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d5f6a756cb354c2dbc4ed6c1b5fa1c34/latest-officer-acquitted-freddie-gray-case

NBC News & The Intercept: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Deceive & Destroy Reputations



Glenn Greenwald
Feb. 24 2014, 6:25 p.m.

One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:

Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”:


Robert Reich: Wasserman Schultz "Insider Politics Run Amok"

From his Facebook page:

Apparently Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, doesn’t care if she alienates Bernie followers. The Sanders campaign had been hoping for a significant role at the Democratic convention, but Wasserman Schultz has picked 75 members of the convention’s key committees -- rules, credentials and platform – and accepted only 3 of Bernie’s choices, failing to acknowledge the proportion of the vote Bernie has won in the primaries and caucuses. Negotiations with the DNC have failed to add any additional Bernie picks to any of the standing committees. Worse yet, she’s named as chairs Hillary backers known for their harsh criticism of Bernie (among them Barnie Frank, as co-chair of the influential Rules Committee).

This is insider politics run amok, at the very time and in the very election that insider politics is disdained – and at the very moment it’s vitally important to unite the Democratic Party. How Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC be so obtuse?

What do you think?

OMG. Trump. Cinco de Mayo. And Samantha Bee's Takedown!


Donald Trump Posts Pic Of Taco Bowl For Cinco De Mayo: 'I Love Hispanics!'

Katherine Krueger
MAY 05, 2016

Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, celebrated Cinco de Mayo Thursday with a Tex-Mex taco bowl in New York.

"I love Hispanics!" Trump posted to social media, with a photo of the billionaire hunched over a barely-touched taco bowl purportedly from the Trump Tower Grill.

A recent Gallup poll found nearly 80 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump.


"The best taco bowls are made by hardworking immigrants who don't like being called rapists by a rich prick. I love inauthentic Mexican food!"

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