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Hmmm....The Latest: Ex-Sen. Levin offers documents in Russia probes

Former Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is providing information to special counsel Robert Mueller and Senate intelligence investigators about Ike Kaveladze, a man with Russian business ties who attended a 2016 meeting with senior Trump officials.

Levin has called Kaveladze a “poster child” for using hidden ownership of American corporations to launder money.

Levin investigated the practice in 2000 as the top Democrat on the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In a letter to Mueller and the Senate intelligence panel Wednesday, he provides documents he released at the time.

He also notes that the panel subpoenaed wire transfer records of bank accounts established by Kaveladze and that the committee should still have them in its archives.


Why Are Jared and Ivanka Partying in the Hamptons With Chuck Schumer?

Amy Wilentz on the international jet-setting class that transcends partisan politics.
By Jon Wiener

Jon Wiener: Jared Kushner has serious legal problems stemming from the Russia investigations, but they have not prevented him from going out.

Amy Wilentz: Jared and Ivanka went to a party given by Lally Weymouth on July 4th weekend in the Hamptons. Lally Weymouth is a socialite, but she’s also the senior associate editor of The Washington Post, because of nepotism. Her mother was the editor and publisher of The Washington Post: Katherine Graham. Republicans were there: In addition to Ivanka and Jared, Kellyanne Conway, and David Koch of the Koch brothers. Also Dina Powell, the deputy national-security adviser in the Trump White House. On the other hand, Chuck Schumer was also there, along with top Democratic funders George Soros and Stephen Spielberg. Various members of the global financial community were also there—all at this party, sipping champagne together, side by side—making you wonder who’s running the world.

JW: But we are told that the Democrats and Republicans have never been farther apart, that we have the most polarizing president in history, that there’s been a complete breakdown of bipartisanship in Washington, DC.

AW: I call this sort of event “biparty-san.” This is the supra-national elite at work. I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, and I’m not one, but they do what they do because it’s in their interest. And their interests transcend the divisions in Congress. They’re beyond patriotism and nationalism; they’re functioning in another world, a bigger world. The Trumps are a part of this because they run a real-estate conglomerate that has global interests. The Russian oligarchs are also part of this. They’ve known each other for a long time. A person like Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and the rest of the crew, is attached to many of these influential supra-national figures in Russia. I think that’s why Don Jr., having grown up in that kind of world, doesn’t even understand what it means to have Russians offer you a thing of value like information on Hillary Clinton.


State Department head of diplomatic security resigns

Source: Washington Post

The head of the State Department’s diplomatic security bureau has resigned and will leave his post on Thursday, leaving the two top positions vacant for the foreseeable future in the bureau in charge of embassy security around the world.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Bill Miller announced his resignation and retirement from the State Department on July 19 in a note to staff, which I obtained. His last day of service will be July 27. Miller has been the top official in the Diplomatic Security Service since January, when the Senate-confirmed assistant secretary Gregory Starr was asked to resign.

Starr had been singled out by Republicans during the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Starr was asked to resign after President Trump’s inauguration, along with a host of other senior State Department officials. This is common at the beginning of a new administration, although traditionally officials are not pushed out until replacements are found.

Miller, whose official title was principal deputy assistant secretary of state and director of the Diplomatic Security Service, resigned voluntarily and was not asked to resign or fired, a senior State Department official told me. He has been a member of the Diplomatic Security Service since 1987.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/07/26/state-department-head-of-diplomatic-security-resigns/

Thousands sign petition to replace confederate monument with Snooty the manatee memorial

By Samantha Putterman, Times Staff Writer

BRADENTON — The South Florida Museum aquarium remains closed Monday and tributes continue to pour in following the shocking death of Snooty, the beloved manatee who captured the hearts of generations.

Social media lit up with tributes and an online petition is urging Manatee County legislators to replace a Confederate monument with a statue honoring Snooty, the oldest known manatee in captivity who was found dead Sunday morning having just celebrated his 69th birthday on Friday.

Museum officials say Snooty was stuck underwater in an area used to access plumbing after a hatch blocking off the area had come loose. An investigation into Snooty's death is ongoing.

Support for Snooty flooded the internet in the wake of his death.



On a Boat? Cannabis Is Still Illegal, US Coast Guard Says

Planning on grabbing a vape pen for an afternoon on the water? Rolling a joint for your next fishing trip? Thinking of floating the river with an infused soda in hand? Think again. According to the US Coast Guard, it remains illegal to consume while on a boat in US waters—even if you’re in a state that has legalized cannabis.

State laws around the plant might have changed, District 13 (Seattle) Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi told Leafly, but federal law still prohibits the production, distribution, possession, and consumption of cannabis.

That’s true on land, too—cannabis remains illegal under federal law. But in many legal states, you’re more likely to run into a federal agent on a boat than on the sidewalk.

“The Coast Guard enforces federal laws within all navigable waters of the U.S. along with federal partners operating under guidance from the Department of Justice,” Flockerzi said. “If you are boating on open water in Washington State, you come under the jurisdiction of both Washington State and federal law, which is enforced by the Coast Guard.”



Dem lawmaker: Impotent leader Trump using transgender fears to score political points

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday tore into President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, saying the president is an “impotent leader” using fear of the transgender community “to score political points.”

“Banning any qualified person from serving their country, because of who they are is both discriminatory and bad national security policy,” Gallego said in a series of tweets.

The Arizona lawmaker, an Iraq War veteran, added that Trump will “never understand complex military needs” because he doesn’t have the “experience or intellectual capacity to learn.”



Warren goes to Lincoln Memorial after ObamaCare repeal vote to 'replenish my soul'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) paid a visit to the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday, saying she needed to “replenish” her soul hours after the Senate approved a procedural vote for repealing ObamaCare.

"I needed to replenish my soul tonight," Warren tweeted, alongside a photo of herself and her husband at the memorial.

The Senate on Tuesday afternoon voted to begin debate on an ObamaCare repeal plan. Shortly before the vote, Warren issued a warning about the bill and urged people to speak up and fight back.

"This is not a drill. This is the real thing," she said in the video.


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