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How Did the FBI Lose Five Months of Text
Messages Between Two Trump-Hating Employees?

Weekly Standard, by Andrew Egger

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/23/2018 4:51:00 AM

You’ve got to feel for Robert Mueller. The man overseeing the special investigation into Russian election meddling is by all accounts a non-partisan straight shooter, the model image of a public-minded civil servant. Drafted to lead politically polarizing investigation, working under the beady eyes of distrustful congressional Republicans, Mueller has striven to keep his team’s conduct as unimpeachable as possible by bringing on some of America’s sharpest legal minds to check his own work and keeping public comments to a minimum. Imagine how Mueller feels, then, to have to answer so frequently for the partisans and incompetents surrounding him. The special counsel’s biggest


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 1/23/2018 5:08:44 AM     (No. 11519377)

Oh, BS. Mueller and his team are thugs who likely will be implicated in the take-down Trump scheme if these remaining texts can be found. For heavens´ sake, Mueller even covered up firing Strzok from months ago. The others have been too careful to get caught - yet. I don´t find that behavior the least bit that of a "straight shooter".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy, 1/23/2018 5:10:04 AM     (No. 11519380)

Lose ´em??? They didn´t!!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pchristopher, 1/23/2018 5:15:21 AM     (No. 11519382)

Lose?! Seriously?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: greggojo, 1/23/2018 5:28:37 AM     (No. 11519386)

Mueller is hardly the straight shooter that Egger describes. If you haven´t read this stunning expose of the most famously aggressive attorney that Mueller hired, here it is:


imo, Andrew Weissmann is both evil and dangerous. He should not be trusted to wield any government power.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 1/23/2018 5:43:17 AM     (No. 11519388)

They are not lost. They will be provided to Congress. Remember the Lois Lerner´s e-mails that were said to be lost and then showed up. Same will happen here.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 1/23/2018 6:26:33 AM     (No. 11519405)

A ´server´ doesn´t lose texts between ONLY two people, it would have lost millions of them between everyone that the unit served and jeopardized many ongoing investigations. They are lying. The wireless carrier the FBI uses
probably has records of the messages. Is there no one on D>C> with I.T. capabilities to bring this farce to thee public ? D.C. stands for Den of Corruption.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: valinva, 1/23/2018 6:35:31 AM     (No. 11519413)

Breaking news! They just found the missing texts! They were in the same drawer with the missing 18 minutes of Nixon´s tapes.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GrandmaP, 1/23/2018 6:39:09 AM     (No. 11519418)

If the NSA collects raw data for all communications, certainly those missing texts reside somewhere within their database?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 1/23/2018 6:40:20 AM     (No. 11519421)

Democrats, going all the way back to the missing Rose Law Firm billing records, have had a real problem keep track of stuff.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: uno, 1/23/2018 6:46:05 AM     (No. 11519427)

They were destroyed, not "lost".

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Reply 11 - Posted by: govlawyer, 1/23/2018 7:01:04 AM     (No. 11519432)

If you believe that they´re lost, I have some waterfront property I´d love to sell you....we can go see it at low tide.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 1/23/2018 7:05:51 AM     (No. 11519437)

It´s not hard for an insider to know how to game the system, especially when there is a sympathetic "small group" to help out.

Besides the dems have been disappearing evidence for decades. They KNOW they can get away with it. This is another part of the Russia, Russia, Russia game. It was misdirection to gave them time to "handle" the evidence against them. They were sloppy and caught flat footed by Trump´s win. They thought under Hillary, no one would care to look at any evidence. They had to scramble to clean things up.

If the DOJ and FBI were smart and serious, they would put ANYONE suspicious on paid leave and suspend ALL access to department personnel and information systems. This is very BAD stuff and deserves a big response.

I hope there is still enough evidence to convict these clowns and the judge takes the "disappeared" evidence into account. They deserve a MAXIMUM sentence.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/23/2018 7:06:55 AM     (No. 11519439)

Excellent point, #6. Mueller should be fired for incompetence for "losing" data that could affect thousands of other investigations as well.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: fed-up, 1/23/2018 7:07:53 AM     (No. 11519444)

The opening paragraph was enough for me. "Beady eyed Republicans?! Come on WS, your partisanship is showing just a touch.

But hey.. the FBI should be getting good at this "losing" or I would say hiding important incriminating evidence. This makes me furious. Sessions should fire Ray for not firing McCabe. And as for the dirty lovers, and the others in the FBI and the DOJ should be put on administrative leave until a trial. And Mueller should be shut down. Or at this point suspended, until facts show this was a calculated witch hunt against Trump.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: strike3, 1/23/2018 7:22:56 AM     (No. 11519461)

All private corporations are required by law to keep emails pertaining to an investigation for seven years. It´s a felony to delete them.

If the government doesn´t have this same rule I would be very surprised. As usual, there are those above the law. Imagine how many late nights those people spent deleting all of those emails. The server backups have them or don´t they do that either? It´s time for a major housecleaning.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/23/2018 7:31:06 AM     (No. 11519470)

Get the people who are known to have been in the thick of this out of government offices. With their track record they should have been escorted out the door immediately when this all came to light. Put them on UNPAID leave until the case can be built, but get them out of the building. There’s no telling the mischief they are up to. The real world does not work this way. When you have been found to be guilty of wrongdoing against the company, you’re outta there. Why is the government so darn paralyzed and unable to make the most common sense decisions?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: rolfnader, 1/23/2018 7:40:47 AM     (No. 11519478)

Yeah, I remember how every article started out praising the honesty and integrity of James Comey, too. Many of us fell for it. Right up until 7/5/16.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/23/2018 7:42:53 AM     (No. 11519483)

The dog ate them?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: IDestroyObamasGoons, 1/23/2018 7:46:43 AM     (No. 11519489)

From the article:

"...citing “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”

My translation of this is:

The problem was we didn´t incorporate the native object-relational mapping, which is what was attracting the distributed ledgers. Then we had to setacetus on the system´s left-hand frannistan. That´s what did it."

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/23/2018 7:55:32 AM     (No. 11519498)

I´ve known and worked with some very high powered investigators. I´ve done some pretty good investigations myself. Here is one thing they will all tell you right up front; There is no such thing as a convenient coincidence. In fact, almost none of the investigators I have known believe in coincidences at all.

Now, why is that? We all know there really are strange coincidences. But, when there is a progression in any crime, investigators are highly suspicious when two really odd ball things happen at the same time in it. To them it is like two meteorites crashing at the same time into the same spot. Sure, it "can" happen. It just does not happen.

In this situation, the FBI, as far as I know, has never lost important communication this way. They are absolute experts at this end of the game- such a flub is highly unlikely. So, what are the chances such an unlikely flub would happen exactly at the most critical timing in this fiasco of a crime? See? Not possible. Thus any investigator will operate from the angle that it was deliberate.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bubby, 1/23/2018 8:06:16 AM     (No. 11519516)

Does Bleachbit have an application for cellphones? It´s called obstruction of justice exactly what Mueller that "non-partisan straight shooter, the model image of a public-minded civil servant" (extreme sarcasm!!!) is trying to falsely charge President Trump with! The corruption in the DOJ/FBI runs deep and far!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: congar, 1/23/2018 8:07:55 AM     (No. 11519517)

It’s the new Washington DC mantra: lose files that may put you in prison and only keep those that make you look good, if any. It works every time. 

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Reply 23 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/23/2018 8:19:58 AM     (No. 11519528)

They weren´t lost they were ´Deleted´ because they were too specific about who did what.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/23/2018 8:50:05 AM     (No. 11519562)

#23 has it right. Define the difference between "deleted" and "lost." The former implies INTENT, doesn´t it?
And therein ALWAYS lies the rub.
Q: Did you intentionally delete those files?
A: No, I didn´t intentionally delete those files, but I do agree they were lost.
Try proving INTENT. Nearly impossible and everyone knows it. You can´t prove what was going on in someone´s head at any given moment. You can say you know and they can say you´re wrong. Good luck with that.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 1/23/2018 9:34:35 AM     (No. 11519601)

There are times when losing or destroying something incriminating is the only choice one has. It doesn´t matter how incompetent or guilty it makes you look.....the alternative of the truth being known is far far worse. Hillary made that choice on the wiped server. Murderers destroy evidence by burning down a house all the time.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 1/23/2018 9:35:46 AM     (No. 11519603)

Just ask the Russians again, right?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Texas544, 1/23/2018 9:50:41 AM     (No. 11519611)

Why does Lucianne editorial comments call this a "screwup". Its not a screwup, its a blatant crime to destroy evidence, which Democrats seem to do on a routine basis. Someone should go to jail for this alone.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Arby, 1/23/2018 10:01:04 AM     (No. 11519620)

"Lose" them? They doubtless destroyed them.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: bobgray2, 1/23/2018 10:09:04 AM     (No. 11519630)

It is impossible to lose text messages between just 2 individuals due to “misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”. If that actually occurred, if would have effected far more information than just 400 text messages. That calls into question everything else that resided in the FBI´s database. If I were a defense attorney defending a client being charged by the FBI, I would be doing high fives right now, because they have just admitted on record that there are serious flaws in their handling of evidence.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: nevernaught, 1/23/2018 10:13:02 AM     (No. 11519637)

Let me see if I can figure out the totals... Add these Emails to Hillary´s and others and the total number is around 80,000. Why aren´t these people in jail?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Mulhaven, 1/23/2018 10:24:13 AM     (No. 11519653)

"Mueller has striven to keep his team’s conduct as unimpeachable as possible by bringing on some of America’s sharpest legal minds ... to have to answer so frequently for the partisans and incompetents surrounding him"

Enough said

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Daria, 1/23/2018 10:30:01 AM     (No. 11519664)

Maybe they´re on thumb drive underneath the table where Hillary found her Rose Law Firm records...

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Reply 33 - Posted by: zek, 1/23/2018 11:29:40 AM     (No. 11519752)

#25, That was my thought also. Better for a country to not believe you than a judge and jury. These guys would have never pulled out the tired old excuse of losing the texts. They had to get rid of the info because it is way more damaging to them than losing reputations.

Please, please call your congressman and ask them to release the FISA memo. 202-224-3121.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: dvc, 1/23/2018 11:44:19 AM     (No. 11519773)

I am sure that if you asked a skilled IT tech how to make your phone fail to interface properly with the central system, he could quickly figure a way to have your version of software be magically incompatible with the system, and not report any problems.

I want to know: How many other FBI phones did this at the same time?

Go to NSA and get them.
Go to the phone providers and get them.

NOW, before those copies are erased!

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Reply 35 - Posted by: steveW, 1/23/2018 11:48:22 AM     (No. 11519780)

Democrats have learned through experience that they can get away with literally anything. We are about to find out if that is still true.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: JimBob, 1/23/2018 11:48:23 AM     (No. 11519781)

SO MANY good responses!


From the (Biased) article:
"by all accounts a non-partisan straight shooter, the model image of a public-minded civil servant"..... "Mueller has striven to keep his team’s conduct as unimpeachable as possible by bringing on some of America’s sharpest legal minds to check his own work"

Yeah, and from what I have read, EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM was a HILDEBEAST DONOR.

We should have been more suspicious of Mueller when he was first suggested as special council, when the crooked media were singing his praises. The FIX was in, even then..... and the Media KNEW it.
Mueller and Comey go WAY back together.
I have also read that all of this bunch AND Rosenstien were up to their eyeballs in the ´Uranium One´ crooked deal, so Ros selected Mueller to help keep THAT hidden also.

Those text messages were not ´lost´, they were destroyed, as best as the perps could do.
The ´Rats have done this over and over..... HildeBeast and the Rose Law Firm, Lois Lerner & Co. in the ´IRS Tea Party Targeting´ scandal, and several other times that I don´t right now recall.

Seems to me that the HildeBeast & team are doing their best to ´Run Out the Clock´ on her illegal activites as Sec. of State.
Five Years is the magic number, as I understand.

Over on Conservative Treehouse, the writer ´Sundance´ explained one day that all these ´FISA Warrents´ and ´702 files´ are not asking permission to listen in in REAL TIME, they are asking permission to QUERY the NSA DATABASE of EXISTING RECORDS- texts, emails, ´phone calls, etc.

If he is correct on this, it´s
Time for the NSA to COUGH IT UP!
.... oh and ALL of HildeBeast´s 33,000 ´Lost´ emails too!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/23/2018 12:24:17 PM     (No. 11519822)

Well if Republicans has been anywhere nearby they already would have opened an obstruction of justice investigation.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/23/2018 2:41:06 PM     (No. 11519997)

Fake excuses. The service provider for those phones and text messsges are stored in their system. Sessions can order a search warrant or subpoena or what ever legal request is needed for them to be made available. The notion that these things are gone for ever with no trace is complete bull Twinkie.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 1/23/2018 5:47:46 PM     (No. 11520167)

Another dopey article from the never Trumpers at the Weekly Standard. Another reason we do no longer subscribe.

Mueller non-partisan? Unimpeachable staff? I was the number two person in a truly non-partisan government agency. I know what one looks likes and operates and Mueller´s team ain´t it and never was.

That said, if this loss of Strook/Struck and Lil´ Lisa´s emails was due to a computer glitch or a misconfiguration or certainly a roll out issue, Strook/Struck and Lil´ Lisa wouldn´t be the only two people at the agency to be affected. There would have been many, many more people and data affected. I´m sure if this was a legitimate glitch, the FBI would have said something like "staff including the director lost data during that period, not just Lil´ Lisa and Strook/Struck." But, no such statement every was issued. If it did, I missed it.

Mueller is a partisan hack, whose much vaulted reputation is being shredded. Good bye Bobby.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: DustDevil31, 1/23/2018 7:38:12 PM     (No. 11520262)

Lying liars and the lies they sell.
The emails are stashed where Hillary his the 900 fib giles before they showed up in the White House.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer fumed Tuesday over the Trump administration´s "outrageous" decision to exclude Democrats from an upcoming meeting in which Justice Department officials will give House Republicans documents related to the FBI´s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Republican lawmakers had been demanding DOJ release the classified documents for months. “The only thing more outrageous than this meeting occurring at all is the fact that it’s now partisan,” the New York Democrat said. “It is crystal clear that Chairman Nunes’ intent is to interfere with the investigation, and Speaker Ryan is allowing it to

James Clapper in New Book: "Of
Course" The Russians "Swung
The Election To A Trump Win"

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Real Clear Politics, by Tim Hains    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/23/2018 3:35:53 PM     Post Reply
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper writes in his new book, "Facts and Fears" that he has "no doubt" the Russian influence campaign swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. MSNBC´s Rachel Maddow read a short excerpt from the book, available now, ahead of an interview with Clapper Tuesday night. "As a private citizen, I had no doubt they influence at least some voters. Looking at the savvy ways Russians targeted specific user groups -- for instance, buying advertisements on Facebook promoting Clinton´s support of the Black Lives Matter movement and ensuring those ads ran only on the pages of

Publix grocery in Charleston
censored ´Summa Cum
Laude´ on graduation cake

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Washington Post, by Amver Ferguson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 5/22/2018 6:01:19 PM     Post Reply
Saturday was Jacob Kosinski´s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.79 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude. His mother, Cara Koscinski organized a graduation party for her 18-year-old son. For the occasion, she ordered a cake online from her nearest grocery store, Publix, which lets customers build their own cakes complete with a customized inscription, which they enter into a little message box. Carefully, she typed in the message she wanted on the cake: "Congrats Jacob!

NFL is ´considering 15-yard penalties for
teams who kneel during the national anthem´

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Agence France-Presse*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/23/2018 2:34:08 AM     Post Reply
NFL club owners are considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday. According to a story on the magazine´s website, owners set aside three hours to talk about the anthem issue, which President Donald Trump elevated into a major controversy last year. Ideas to handle players kneeling during the anthem included allowing home teams to decide if players should be out of the locker room during the pre-game playing of The Star-Spangled Banner or not.If players are on the sideline, then 15-yard

Trump ordered to stop
blocking people on Twitter

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New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/23/2018 2:17:15 PM     Post Reply
President Trump cannot block people from his @realDonaldTrump account just because he doesn’t like their political views, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Doing so violates their First Amendment right to free speech because Twitter is a “public forum,” Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in a landmark ruling that could change how public officials use Twitter. “We reject the defendants’ contentions that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the President’s personal First Amendment interests supersede those of plaintiffs,” the judge wrote in her 75-page ?decision. The judge stopped short,

Dancing surgeon accused of
leaving patient brain-damaged

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The Sun [UK], by Guy Birchall    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 5/23/2018 4:19:39 PM     Post Reply
A plastic surgeon who filmed herself singing and dancing around the operating table as she performed procedures was accused of leaving a patient with “catastrophic” brain damage. Dr. Windell Davis Boutte uploaded over 20 clips of herself prancing around next to patients while singing along to hip-hop tunes. She even sliced someone open for the camera as “Cut It” by O.T. Genasis blared out in the background. Icilma Cornelius suffered heart failure after being pushed into having a pre-wedding tummy tuck at Boutte’s clinic in Lilburn, Georgia, in February 2016, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The 55-year-old’s heart stopped

Clint Walker Dies: TV’s ‘Cheyenne’ Star &
One Of The Dirty Dozen Was 90

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Deadline Hollywood, by Erik Pedersen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/22/2018 6:33:43 PM     Post Reply
Clint Walker, the hulking star of TV’s Cheyenne who also appeared in such classic films as The Ten Commandment and The Dirty Dozen, died Monday. He was 90. Walker’s daughter Valerie told TMZ that the family believes he died from a heart problem. Walker was best known for playing Cheyenne Bodie, the strapping, brooding, mean title drifter in the 1955-63 ABC Western Cheyenne. Roaming from town to town and job to job in the post-Civil War West. The series did a slow build, breaking into the year-end Primetime Top 25 at No. 12 in its third season, where it peaked

Boy Scouts to provide condoms
at upcoming World Jamboree

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Washington Times, by Bradford Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/23/2018 11:17:34 AM     Post Reply
The Boy Scouts will reportedly provide condoms at the upcoming World Scout Jamboree. The World Organization of Scouting Movement handbook requires the host organization to “ensure that condoms are readily and easily accessible for all participants and [International Service Team staff] at a number of locations on the site.” The 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia from July 21 to Aug. 1. The theme is “Unlock a New World.” The World Jamboree is an official World Organization of the Scout Movement event. The Boy Scouts are co-hosting this year’s program with two other scouting organizations, Scouts

NFL Players´ Association
criticizes new league policy on
kneeling during national anthem

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Avery Anapol    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/23/2018 1:20:07 PM     Post Reply
The NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA) on Wednesday criticized the league for its new national anthem policy. In a statement, the union said it would review the new policy and “challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.” The union accused the league of contradicting its previous statements, and of ignoring players’ wishes in developing the new policy, which instructs that all team and league personnel should stand for the national anthem. “The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy,’” the union said in a statement. “NFL players have

Clapper: FBI was not spying on Trump
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Politico, by Mel Leonor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/22/2018 6:45:47 PM     Post Reply
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that the FBI was not at any point spying on the Trump campaign. “They were not. They were spying — a term I don´t particularly like — on what the Russians were doing," Clapper said during an appearance on The View to promote his new book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From A Life In Intelligence.” The FBI, Clapper said, was simply trying to answer the question, "Were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage and influence?" Clapper´s comments came shortly after the Justice Department, under pressure

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