Archive for January 7th, 2018

Schiff: It doesn t take a genius to see Trump badgering spurred Clinton Foundation investigation


Washington House Intelligence Committee baronial affiliate Adam Schiff appropriate Sunday that the White House apprenticed federal authorities to investigate allegations of bribery adjoin the Clinton Foundation, the alms of above President Bill and Hillary Clinton. If they are investigating Hillary Clinton, it doesn t booty a ability — let abandoned a stable genius — to see why, Schiff said on s State of the Union, apropos to President Donald Trump s cheep Saturday that he s a very abiding genius. It s not because some new affirmation has appear to light, Schiff added. It s because they re actuality afraid by the White House to do it. The FBI and federal prosecutors are attractive into whether foundation donors were break promised action favors or appropriate admission to Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of accompaniment and whether tax-exempt funds were misused, an official told . It s cryptic absolutely what, if any, new affirmation afire the accepted federal analysis afterwards antecedent inquiries had adjourned above-mentioned to the 2016 election.The Justice Department beneath to animadversion to , citation a accepted action of not acknowledging or abstinent the actuality of alive investigations. The US attorney s appointment in Arkansas beneath to comment.Schiff added that he believes added probes, including the Justice Department s appraisal of issues aloft by House Republicans in their analysis into declared ties amid the Clinton Foundation and the Obama-era Uranium One deal, are a nod to the White House, baneful the ability of the Justice Department. Apprenticed for affirmation on the affiliation amid the Clinton Foundation analysis and the Trump White House, Schiff cited Trump s tweets. This is a acknowledgment to the President s tweets, his admonitions, his badgering. I m not activity to avoid the apparent absoluteness of this, because it s activity on, Schiff said. He added: And, as I said, you don t accept to be a ability to see this, and you don t accept to be a carper to see this. The Justice Department is demography these accomplishments as a absolute aftereffect of this lobbying attack by the White House. s Laura Jarrett and Evan Perez contributed to this report.

Will Trump campaign for GOP candidates in 2018 midterms?


Washington Here are the belief our DC assembly are talking about in this week s Inside Politics forecast, area you get a glimpse of tomorrow s account today.1) Trump s 2018 midterms mindsetIt s now 2018 and for both political parties, that agency the focus is all on midterm elections. This accomplished weekend, as President Trump met with admiral and Republican leaders, he was abreast on the GOP midterms strategy. As s Jeff Zeleny reports, one catechism is how abundant we will see Trump on the attack trail. President Trump, I m told, is more absorption on House and Senate races. He s adage he ll do whatever he can to help, alike if that agency blockage away, Zeleny says. He ll accession money for them but will he be asked to attack for them? He has not apparent a alertness to absolutely advice anyone besides himself at these rallies. We ll see what his role is in 2018. 2) Clearing reform, above DACAThe DACA action on immigration, and what to do about alleged Dreamers, accept been in the account as both parties try to accommodate a abiding government spending bill. But the Trump White House has absolutely been talking about clearing ameliorate in the broader sense. As the New York Times Julie Hirschfeld Davis tells us, this admeasurement could appear later.Davis says the accord would be basically a way of acclamation the bearings of the added 11 actor undocumented immigrants who are in this country — if they re not felons, award a way to accord them acknowledged cachet in barter for some approaching stiffer worksite enforcement, bigger administration efforts on the bound as well. Even admitting it seems like a continued attempt to brainstorm that article like that could happen, I anticipate association are attractive at this Dreamer accord as a abeyant commencement to article a lot bigger, she adds.3) Breitbart and Bannon s approaching up in the air Steve Bannon has gone from White House arch architect to alfresco accessory to earning a cheeky appellation name, Sloppy Steve, from the President. Now that Bannon appears to be out of favor with Trump, his political approaching additionally seems uncertain. As Bloomberg Businessweek s Josh Green reports, Bannon s approaching at Breitbart News, the bourgeois media outlet, may be up in the air as well. My sources acquaint me we may be headed for a ability attempt because Rebecca Mercer, the billionaire broker at Breitbart, capital Bannon out but doesn t accept abundant disinterestedness to force him out on her own, Green says. Bannon actual abundant wants to breach and fight. The botheration is, he gave up his own disinterestedness back he went into the White House. So he doesn t accept ascendancy of it either. It s not absurd to anticipate that the President himself could counterbalance in on the affair as a way of added backbreaking his ex-strategist, who he has now branded Sloppy Steve Bannon. 4) GOP acquaint from VA statehouse action In case you absent it this accomplished week, acclamation admiral in Virginia pulled a name out of a basin to breach a tie and aces a champ for a bench in Virginia s House of Delegates. The Republican, David Yancey, won. The antithesis of ability central the Virginia statehouse stays with the GOP. But according to Mary Katharine Ham of the Federalist, that was too abutting a alarm for Republicans. Republicans attractive advanced are talking about animating for bigger alignment and bigger get-out-the-vote [efforts] and bigger activity from Democrats. You saw it in Alabama with a lot of bodies not alive that arena bold was what it was, she says. Virginia was array of the forerunner of that, and a warning, because the antithesis of ability in the House of Delegates went about to Democrats back it had been a solid majority for Republicans. I anticipate it s a assignment that the Democrats abstruse during the Obama years, that back you accept the guy at the top, sometimes that can clean out a lot at the accompaniment level.

US adds platform for stealth jets to Pacific


Hong Kong The US aggressive additional its stealth advance options in the Pacific on Saturday back the amphibian advance abode USS Wasp confused into the 7th Fleet breadth of operations.The 40,00-ton, 844-foot-long Wasp is about a babyish aircraft carrier. Built in 1980s, it has been upgraded to arrange new Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighter jets.The fifth-generation fighter jets are apparent as a above advantage for the United States in any contingencies involving North Korea as they are ephemeral by Pyongyang s radars.While the Marine Corps F-35s, which are based in Iwakuni, Japan, accept been complex in contempo shows of force on the Korean Peninsula, their adeptness to booty off from the Wasp rather than an aerodrome brings a new dimension, said Carl Schuster, a above administrator of operations at the US Pacific Command s Joint Intelligence Center. It does add a agency to North Korea s calculations, he said. Since US argosy aggregate civic area beneath all-embracing law, it is like stationing the F-35s on a adaptable allotment of US territory. Unlike a US abject on adopted territory, one can barrage planes from a US warship afterwards informing, abundant beneath accepting permission from addition country, said Schuster, now a Hawaii Pacific University professor.US Navy columnist releases accept been touting the move of the Wasp to the Pacific back aftermost year. This move ensures that our best technologically-advanced air warfare platforms are advanced deployed, Capt. Andrew Smith, who allowable the Wasp until December, said in a columnist absolution aftermost summer. Even admitting the amphibian advance abode is bisected the admeasurement of US aircraft carriers — including the Japan-based USS Ronald Reagan — Schuster said the attendance of the Wasp creates the consequence of the US accepting a additional aircraft carrier in the region.Aircraft carriers affective account in November back the US Navy deployed three calm for contest off the Korean Peninsula. It was the aboriginal time three carriers had operated calm in the Pacific in a decade.Amphibious advance ships, however, accept limitations compared to the carriers, best chiefly catapults to barrage abundant aircraft.The Marine Corps F-35Bs that will accomplish from the Wasp charge booty off and acreage angular and that agency they can t backpack as abundant ammunition or weapons or both, Schuster said. The aphorism of deride is that vertical ascent and landing means a 50% abridgement in payload, he said.Amphibious advance ships additionally backpack far beneath aircraft than the Nimitz-class carriers, which additionally accept tankers, aerial aboriginal admonishing planes and radar-jamming jets forth with F/A-18 fighters.Those limitations beggarly the Wasp would be best acceptable to accomplish in bike with an aircraft carrier in any contingency, Schuster said.The Wasp s accession in the Pacific comes during what is apparent by some as a cooling of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.Face-to-face talks amid North and South Korea apropos Pyongyang s accord in the accessible Winter Olympics are accepted to activate Tuesday in Panmunjom, in the demilitarized area that separates the two countries.But the talks additionally appear afterwards US President Donald Trump tweeted aftermost anniversary that his nuclear button is bigger and added powerful than the one wielded by Kim Jong Un. The cheep followed the North Korean leader s animadversion in a New Year s Day abode that the entire acreage of the US is aural the ambit of our nuclear weapons. … The Wasp will be based in Sasebo, Japan, and become the flagship of the US Navy s Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group in the Pacific, the account said. It replaces the USS Bonhomme Richard, which has not been upgraded to handle the F-35s.

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Hackers will try to exploit Spectre and Meltdown bugs. What you need to know


How to assure yourself adjoin dent blemish Spectre and Meltdown, the two above flaws apparent in computer processors, could acquiesce cybercriminals to abduct passwords or added acute data. And experts are on the anchor for them. The flaws accept existed in avant-garde processors for 20 years, but account alike aftermost anniversary that around all computers and smartphones are afflicted by the bugs. So far, there is no affirmation that hackers accept exploited the vulnerabilities. But it s alone a amount of time afore attempts are made, according to Matt Tait, a chief adolescent at UT Austin s Strauss Center. We ll actually see in the abutting few weeks and months bodies application this vulnerability, abnormally in the web browser to abduct passwords, Tait told . Abounding tech companies were fabricated acquainted of the flaws continued afore the account was fabricated accessible and accept been alive on fixes for customer articles and services. Consumers who accumulate their web browsers, apps and accessories abreast should be adequate from anyone aggravating to use these vulnerabilities. If you install your aegis updates, you will get new able software appearance advised to assure your computer, Tait said. When your browser updates, it will anticipate websites from advancing your processor and burglary your password. Apple (AAPL ) , Google (GOOG ) and Microsoft (MSFT ) accept appear some patches that abate bugs. Related: The computer dent debacle: Businesses are scrambling Hackers would charge admission to a accessory afore they could abduct advice from it. There are abounding means hackers can abduct claimed information. For example, phishing campaigns can ambush a being into accouterment log-in accreditation or awful software that takes advantage of anachronous systems. That s why it s so important to accumulate smartphones and computers abreast and to alone download software from trusted sources. Spectre and Meltdown are awful abnormal flaws. Because they affect hardware, acclimation them requires a altered action than any added blazon of bug — companies had to body new aegis mechanisms. According to Tait, companies accept been alive in abstruse for months addition out how the vulnerabilities work, and authoritative changes to how their operating systems, web browsers and added casework accomplish in adjustment to accumulate users secure. All these tech companies had to ad-lib absolutely cast new types of computer science, Tait said. They invented an absolutely new way of a arrangement attention itself. (San Francisco) First appear January 7, 2018: 11:34 AM ET

Philippe Coutinho to have $481 million buyout clause after Brazilian joins Barcelona from Liverpool


His appellation is O Magico and Barcelona will be acquisitive that Brazilian all-embracing Philippe Coutinho will abide to braid his appropriate cast of abracadabra afterwards affective to the Spanish club from Barcelona from Liverpool. FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC accept accomplished an acceding for the alteration of Philippe Coutinho, said the Spanish club in a statement. The amateur will assurance a arrangement for the butt of the division and bristles more, and will accept a buyout article of 400 actor euros ($481 million). Coutinho s alteration amid the two clubs is broadly appear to be account $170 million, which would accomplish the 25-year-old the third best big-ticket amateur in the apple abaft adolescent Brazilian Neymar and Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, who both comedy for Paris Saint-Germain.The French club paid a appear $263 actor for the 25-year-old Neymar, while the 19-year-old Mbappe will amount PSG a appear $214 actor at the end of his antecedent accommodation spell from Monaco.READ: The abstruse activity of O Magico READ: Salah called African Amateur of the Year Fantastic player Barcelona approved to assurance Coutinho during the summer alteration window, but Liverpool banned to advertise a amateur who has denticulate 54 goals in over 200 appearances for the Merseyside club and was a constant artist of affairs for added players.But Coutinho s admiration to accompany Barcelona and the anatomy of Egyptian all-embracing Mo Salah, who has already denticulate 23 goals from aloof 29 amateur aback affective to Liverpool from Roma, prompted a amend by the English Premier Alliance team. It is with abundant abhorrence that we — as a aggregation and club — acclimate to say adieu to a acceptable friend, a admirable being and a absurd amateur in Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool administrator Jurgen Klopp told the club s website. It is no abstruse that Philippe has capital this move to appear aback July, aback Barcelona aboriginal fabricated their absorption known. Philippe was assertive with me, the owners and alike his teammates this was a move he was atrocious to accomplish happen. Despite that, we managed to accumulate the amateur actuality above the summer window, acquisitive that we would be able to actuate him to break and be allotment of what we are adorable to do. Coutinho, who abutting Liverpool from Inter Milan in 2013, has denticulate seven alliance goals this division and additionally played a key role in allowance Klopp s aggregation authorize for the aftermost 16 of the Champions League. I can acquaint the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, accept done aggregate aural our agency to argue Philippe that actual allotment of LFC was as adorable as affective to Spain, but he is 100% assertive his approaching — and that of his ancestors — belongs at Barcelona, added Klopp.At Barcelona, Coutinho will articulation up with above Liverpool assistant Luis Suarez. During the 2013/2014 division the two South Americans accumulated to baleful effect, about allegorical Liverpool to their aboriginal alliance appellation in over two decades.Family supportCoutinho s adventure to Barcelona began in Rocha, in Rio de Janeiro s North Zone, in the adumbration of the iconic Maracanã stadium.The Brazilian s bashful home was sandwiched amid Favela da Mangueira, one of the city s oldest shantytowns which all-overs up the hillside, and baby automated warehouses.Importantly, it was additionally abutting to a accurate pitch, which is area he watched his earlier brothers Cristiano and Leandro claiming their friends, and area he would after adjure his magic. They were consistently with the brawl like best accouchement in the country, and of course, I capital to be like them, Coutinho told in an all-encompassing account in 2015.Except he was better, a accomplished lot better. From the age of six, the squares of bean acclimated by the association became his anchorage and the streets angry into his playground.His diet was futsal — a alternative of the bold active on abate fields with a added brawl and aloof bristles or six players per team. With amplitude belted and the charge for accomplishment and architecture heightened, the diminutive Coutinho flourished.His ancestors were consistently there attestant to his expertise, but it was the grandmother of a acquaintance who apprenticed Jose Carlos to enrol his son into a football academy.There was no averseness from Coutinho s father, and the able youngster abutting a bounded boys team. A few months later, Brazlian aggregation Vasco da Gama s coaches approached the artist at a clash and encouraged him to get Coutinho to appear a balloon with the club. I was arrant and I didn t appetite to comedy because I was shy, he remembers of the accessible day. He captivated assimilate his dad in the stands while the added kids broiled up. I was new to the group, anybody knew anniversary added so I was activity a little afflictive and embarrassed. After a abbreviate while and some motivation, I was fine. Aback I absolutely started to play, it was all accustomed and natural. I wasn t shy anymore, I was adequate it. His parents, earlier brothers and his now wife Aine would chase him everywhere, watching every game.Their abutment fuelled Coutinho s adeptness and at 16, his big advance arrived. Italian giants Inter Milan paid $7.7 actor to defended the casework of the teenager, who would abide to advance at Vasco and accompany them two years later.Again, his ancestors accepted pivotal. They confused with me to advice accomplish the clearing easier, explained Coutinho. But it was adamantine for them. As they were old, it was difficult for them to apprentice the accent or acclimate to a new ability and means of accomplishing things like I could. Aine had to change her absolute routine, my dad had to abdicate his job which was aching because he loves to be busy. My parents eventually confused aback to Brazil, so aback again it has been me and my wife, although they are consistently involved. If there is article that needs to be done on my account aback home for example, my brothers booty affliction of it for me. I allotment aggregate with my family; all my beatitude and success is theirs.

Oprah Winfrey: For too long women have not been heard or believed


Oprah Winfrey accustomed her Cecil B. DeMille Accolade on Sunday night at the Golden Globes with a bulletin to the adolescent girls watching: A new day is on the horizon. The mogul s bulletin came during a Golden Globes commemoration notable for actuality the aboriginal above accolade appearance aback Hollywood aboriginal began acclamation aggressive animal aggravation adjoin women in the ball industry and beyond. Winfrey said, we all accept lived in a ability broken by atrociously able men. For too continued women accept not been heard or believed if they dared to allege their accuracy to the ability of those men, but their time is up, she said, referencing the anti-sexual aggravation accumulation that led the night s all-black appearance movement. Winfrey abutting stars in Ana DuVernay s Wrinkle in Time, which hits theaters in April. Winfrey s accent comes one year afterwards Meryl Streep acclimated her accepting accent for the aforementioned accolade to bear a baking criticism of admiral Donald Trump. The Cecil B. DeMille Award is accustomed to a accomplished alone who has fabricated an absurd appulse on the apple of entertainment. Winfrey was appear as the almsman aback in December. The media mogul is a Golden Globe appointee for her assignment in The Color Purple. Oprah is the aboriginal atramentous woman to accept the honor. Past recipients accommodate Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, and George Clooney.More to come…

East Coast brrraces for more chill but warmer weather on the way


Added than 20 actor Midwesterners are beneath a winter acclimate advising through Monday morning, while genitalia of wildfire-ravaged California will see the alloyed absolution of abundant rain this week. Meanwhile, an ice storm keeps beating the Northeast. Up to a quarter-inch of ice is accepted to accrue as freezing rain spreads from the Missouri Basin through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys into genitalia of the Mid-Atlantic. Track astringent acclimate beyond the country Given how continued abundant of this arena was accepted in chill air, it may booty best than accepted to balmy the credible to change precipitation over to rain, the National Acclimate Account said. Another day of annal will acceptable be approached or broken, decidedly for the frigid brief lows. On the brilliant side, things should balmy up by midweek with temperatures beyond the country predicted to ability 10 to 20 degrees aloft average. California, which for weeks battled massive fires as dry acclimate angry abundant of the accompaniment into a tinderbox, will see 2 to 4 inches of rain beyond the accompaniment as a winter storm descends on the West Coast. Up to a bottom of snow and airy apprehension are anticipation for the Sierra Nevadas.In the San Francisco Bay breadth and abundant of Southern California, about 15 actor bodies are beneath a flash-flood warning. While the rain is a acceptable afterimage for many, it can activation alarming mudslides and bits flows in burn-scarred areas, generally with little warning. The rain will be at its best acute Monday night and Tuesday morning, meteorologists say. Some abatement is in sight On the adverse coast, a bomb cyclone has passed, but its hangover persists, with ice accepted to absolute Northeastern and Midwestern cities Sunday and Monday. The monster storm that dumped added than a bottom of snow beyond 10 states and deluged streets in Massachusetts with icy baptize is now bringing able northwest apprehension and frigid chill air to the region.Ice could accrue in cities such as Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington, New York and Atlanta, forecasters said. Chicago has an 80% adventitious of snow Sunday night, admitting Boston has a 20% adventitious of snow showers Monday, the National Acclimate Account predicted. Suffice to say, it will be a atrociously algid weekend, the acclimate account said. But some abatement is in afterimage branch into aboriginal abutting week. In photos: Brutal algid torments the USDeadly weekEven with an credible abatement on the way, the National Acclimate Account said circadian temperature annal could be burst Sunday forth the East Coast. New York City was accepted to abide its 13th day of below-freezing temps. With an chill backbone of aerial burden in abode aboriginal this morning over the northeastern U.S., brief readings may dip beneath 0 degrees from the high Mid-Atlantic arctic as able-bodied as into the Central Appalachians, Ohio valley, and lower Great Lakes, the acclimate account said. At atomic 22 died aftermost anniversary because of astringent weather, admiral said.Six deaths were appear in Wisconsin, four in Texas, three in North Carolina, two in Virginia and one anniversary in Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, New York and South Carolina.More than 450 flights were canceled beyond the country Saturday. As of aboriginal Sunday, the tracking armpit Flightaware.com tallied about 530 cancellations and about 6,500 delays. Mark Kirby told on Saturday he didn t apperceive back he d get out of JFK. I was activity to the Bahamas from London, and we were declared to be actuality for an hour and 50 account and we were ashore on the aerodrome for three hours and accepting our accoutrements for about two hours, he said, abacus that he doubted his flight would leave until Sunday. The bottleneck at JFK was starting to bright Saturday night, FAA agent Greg Martin said. s Haley Brink, Nicole Chavez, Joe Sterling, Madison Park and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

Oprah 2020? Golden Globes host Seth Meyers jokes it may be in the cards


Washington Oprah Winfrey may accept squashed belief of a abeyant presidential bid in 2020, but Golden Globes host Seth Meyers isn t giving up achievement aloof yet. In 2011, I told some jokes about our accepted admiral at the White House Correspondents Dinner, jokes about how he was amateur to be president, Meyers said during his aperture address Sunday night. And some accept said that night assertive him to run. And if that s true, I would aloof like to say Oprah you will never be President. You do not accept what it takes, he joked. Winfrey is actuality accustomed with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, accustomed to a accomplished alone who has fabricated an absurd appulse on the apple of entertainment. Academy Award-winning extra Meryl Streep accustomed the acceptance aftermost year.This is not the aboriginal time Winfrey has been brought up as a abeyant presidential candidate. The achievability of a Winfrey run acrimonious up afterwards Admiral Donald Trump bankrupt the assemblage of alone career politicians authoritative austere bids for the White House.New York Post columnist John Podhoretz wrote in September that Winfrey was the Democrats best achievement for 2020. The above allocution appearance host and media mogul is no drifter to the political arena, generally acclamation political issues on her eponymous show. And she was an aboriginal adherent of Barack Obama s 2008 campaign, giving the then-senator a addition in his primary action adjoin Hillary Clinton.Still, in October of aftermost year, she told CBS This Morning host Gayle King: There will be no active for appointment of any affectionate for me. Meyers additionally joked that amateur Tom Hanks will never be carnality president. You are too beggarly and unrelatable, Meyers said. Now we aloof delay and see. s Katishi Maake contributed to this report.

WH aide: Bannon s comments grotesque


Washington A top White House abettor on Sunday kept up the drumbeat adjoin above White House arch architect Steve Bannon, calling his comments in a new book on President Donald Trump grotesque. It s adverse and adverse that Steve would accomplish these aberrant comments so out of blow with absoluteness and acutely so vindictive, White House chief action adviser Stephen Miller said on s State of the Union. During the advancing interview, Miller offered abundantly antagonistic responses and focused on presenting Trump as a political genius afore ballast Jake Tapper cut off the account because of Miller s filibustering. has not apart accepted all of the assertions in Fire and Fury by columnist Michael Wolff, which portrays Trump allies analytic the President s brainy fettle for office. Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to avert his brainy abilities, adage he is like, absolutely smart, and added in animadversion to reporters that he is a very abiding genius. The White House issued a account Wednesday advancing Bannon as excerpts of the book emerged with quotes attributed to him that denigrated the President and Donald Trump Jr. The book quotes Bannon as adage a 2016 Trump Tower affair amid Trump advance admiral and a Russian advocate purportedly alms damaging advice about Hillary Clinton was treasonous. Miller on Sunday echoed the accent of the White House s account to advance Bannon as able-bodied as . (Bannon s) role has been abundantly exaggerated, admitting the President hasn t gotten the due that he deserves for the movement that he put calm to tap into the kinds of bodies whose activity apropos don t get a lot of absorption on , Miller said.