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Kushner: Mueller Probe Worse for U.S. Than ‘a Few Facebook Ads’ From Russia

Kushner: Mueller Probe Worse for U.S. Than ‘a Few Facebook Ads’ From RussiaJared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, on Tuesday claimed that the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been “way more harmful to our country” than any Russian meddling in the 2016 election.“I thought the whole thing was nonsense to be honest,” Kushner said of the two-year investigation, which concluded with the release of a 448-page report released last week. “It’s been very, very thoroughly investigated.”The findings, submitted to Congress by Attorney General William Barr, detailed Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election in support of Trump, in addition to at least ten potential instances of obstruction of justice by the president.Despite the embarrassing—and potentially criminal—details plainly described in the report, Kushner said at the TIME 100 Summit in New York that he believes the investigation has “been just a big distraction for the country.” “You look at Russia did: buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent. It’s a terrible thing, but I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple Facebook ads,” Kushner continued. “If you look at the magnitude of what they did and what they accomplished, the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful to our country.”Of course, Russia’s interference in the U.S. election wasn’t just “a couple Facebook ads,” as Kushner dismissively characterized it. The Mueller report described how Russia’s efforts to undermine the election “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations.” And beyond using social-media platforms to sow discord, Russian operatives engaged in cyber-espionage.TIME senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett, who interviewed Kushner at the Tuesday event, said as much: “Well, it was a lot more than Facebook ads. There were Russian operatives organizing real events during the campaign, so it had a real-world impact on their social-media campaign.”“Not only that,” Bennett added, “but Russia was actively hacking and stealing documents that they then systematically released at certain key points during the campaign. One of the biggest things I think that doesn’t sit well with the public is: Why didn’t the trump campaign openly say ‘Russia, we don’t need your help. We don’t want your help. Please stop.’”Kushner replied: “The one thing the Mueller report was conclusive on is that there was no coordination or collusion with the Trump campaign [and Russia]. Everything the president’s been saying and I’ve been saying for two years has been fully authenticated.”The TIME 100 Summit, which showcases several of the magazine’s picks for its 2019 list of the most influential people in the world, will also feature an interview with Trump’s nemesis, Hillary Clinton, whose campaign emails were among those stolen by Russian operatives.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here

POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 11:53 AM

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countriesCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 300 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 2:09 PM

Armed militia on US border 'training to kill Hillary Clinton, George Soros and Barack Obama'

Armed militia on US border 'training to kill Hillary Clinton, George Soros and Barack Obama'The head of a far-right New Mexico militia group known for detaining undocumented families at gunpoint has been accused of claiming to train a group to assassinate Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and billionaire Democratic donor George Soros.The accusations follow after Larry Mitchell Hopkins, a 69-year-old who lives in a borer town near El Paso, was arrested on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition. He had previously been convicted in 2006 on charges and firearm possession.The FBI now claims that Mr Hopkins told witnesses during a 2017 investigation that his militia was planning to assassinate the three Democratic figures, according to Reuters.Mr Hopkins’ militia group is called the United Constitutional Patriots, which has a Facebook page claiming it is composed of “Americans that believe in the constitution and the rights of every American that will stand up for there[sic] rights in unity and help keep America safe”.The group detained some 200 migrants as they crossed the US-Mexico border last week seeking asylum. Many of those detained by the militia were reportedly Central Americans, according to the New York Times.The group is said to have detained some 5,600 migrants in the past 60 days alone.The group that Mr Hopkins leads in southern New Mexico is one of many militia groups that have been operating on the US-Mexico border for years, with the stated goal of stopping or slowing illegal US immigration flows.Civil rights groups and immigrant advocates have criticised the tactics, and claim that these militia groups illegally detain migrants and kidnap them by impersonating law enforcement.Allegra Love, the executive director of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, a group that provides free legal services to immigrants, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the militias are outrageous.“We don’t need citizens confronting them at gunpoint,” Ms Love said, referring to migrants seeking asylum in the United States and coming from violent nations like Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 1:20 PM

38 dogs found in home of woman accused of dumping puppies in trash bin

38 dogs found in home of woman accused of dumping puppies in trash binSeven puppies were found in a plastic bag outside Napa Auto Parts store in 90 degree heat.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 8:25 PM

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restoration

Serbia pledges 1 million euros for Notre-Dame restorationSerbia on Monday said it will donate one million euros to help restore Notre-Dame Cathedral, after pro-government tabloids said the fire was "God's punishment" to France. The gift comes after two tabloids, Alo and Informer, said the blaze was divine retribution after Kosovo's flag was displayed inside the cathedral during World War I centennial commemorations in Paris last year. Serbia does not recognise the independence of Kosovo, a former southern province that broke away in a 1998-99 war.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 9:07 AM

Prince Harry reveals hidden passion for photography as he shares Instagram pictures of his travels

Prince Harry reveals hidden passion for photography as he shares Instagram pictures of his travelsHe has travelled the world in the line of royal duty, taking in the planet’s most spectacular scenery in a lifetime of overseas tours, charity trips and private holidays. All the while, the Duke of Sussex has been recording the sights on camera, he has disclosed, as he shares a series of photographs from his previously-unknown hobby. The Duke, who is expected to increase his focus on conservation work in the coming years, has released eight pictures on Instagram as he and the Duchess urge the public to “learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home”. In a 351-word caption marking earthday, the Duke and Duchess told their 4.9m social media fans: “Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but everyday.” Fans have noted that the Sussexes are increasingly embracing their ability to control the release of “unseen” pictures on Instagram to highlight their work, writing in-depth captions about charities and detailing previous endeavours behind-the-scenes. View this post on Instagram Today is earthday - an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and continue to safeguard our planet, our home. The above, Their Royal Highnesses in Rotorua, New Zealand. Of the 170 different species originally planted in the early 1900’s, only a handful of species, including these majestic Redwoods, remain today. Next, we invite you to scroll through a series of 8 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex©️DOS sharing his environmental POV including: Africa’s Unicorn, the rhino. These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things! They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us. A critical ecosystem, Botswana’s Okavango Delta sustains millions of people and an abundance of wildlife. Huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system; the ash kills the fish as the flood comes in and the trees that don’t burn become next year’s kindling. Desert lions are critically endangered due partly to human wildlife conflict, habitat encroachment and climate change. 96% of mammals on our �� are either livestock or humans, meaning only 4% remaining are wild animals. Orca and Humpback whale populations are recovering in Norway thanks to the protection of their fisheries. Proof that fishing sustainably can benefit us all. Roughly 3/4 of Guyana is forested, its forests are highly diverse with 1,263 known species of wildlife and 6,409 species of plants. Many countries continue to try and deforest there for the global demand for timber. We all now know the damage plastics are causing to our oceans. Micro plastics are also ending up in our food source, creating not just environmental problems for our planet but medical problems for ourselves too. When a fenced area passes its carrying capacity for elephants, they start to encroach into farmland causing havoc for communities. Here @AfricanParksNetwork relocated 500 Elephants to another park within Malawi to reduce the pressure on human wildlife conflict and create more dispersed tourism. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but everyday earthday A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:54am PDT Their most recent Instagram post - the 14th since they launched @SussexRoyal on April 2nd - told followers: “We invite you to scroll through a series of 9 photos taken by The Duke of Sussex sharing his environmental POV [point of view].” The Duke has hitherto kept his photography hobby largely under wraps. During an autumn tour of Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand, he allowed the Kensington Palace social media account to share a handful of personal photographs and videos taken during the course of the trip. An artistic shot of Botswana’s Okavango Delta Credit: Duke of Sussex He has now issued a series of eight images taken as he has flown around the world to Botswana, Guyana, Norway, Malawi and beyond, shot in private moments during his tours, charity trips or leisure time. Today's message, which was posted at 3pm BST and 10am for their American audience, outlined the eight different scenes chosen by the Duke beginning with the animal they called the “African Unicorn” - better known as the rhino. Prince Harry's visit to Norway Credit: Duke of Sussex “These magnificent animals have survived ice ages and giant crocodiles, amongst other things!” the couple said. “They have adapted to earth’s changing climate continually for over 30 million years. Yet here we are in 2019 where their biggest threat is us.” Other pictures included the forest of Guyana, where Prince Harry went on tour in 2017, the orca and humpback whales of Norway, and an elephant in Malawi with a helicopter flying in the background. One image showed plastics pollution on a pebble beach, another showed a close-up on a desert lion’s eyeball, and a particularly artistic shot captured two feathers in front of a sunset in Botswana’s Okavango Delta where “huge bush fires, predominantly started by humans, are altering the entire river system”. Members of the modern Royal Family have long taken their own record of trips, from the watercolour sketches commissioned by Queen Victoria and Albert to the official artist the Prince of Wales likes to take on tour. The Queen has often been seen with a camera capturing personal memories, and the Duchess of Cambridge has shared some of her efforts with the world in the select birthday pictures of her children. Plastic pollution, as photographed by Prince Harry Credit: Duke of Sussex More unusually, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now choosing to delight fans with greater regular insight into their personal lives, using Instagram to share their own pictures and carefully handpicked information. Earlier this month, they used the medium to reveal that the then-Meghan Markle undertook elephant conservation work with Prince Harry when they were dating in 2017. 'The viewer feels like they are almost present' By Lee Martin, Telegraph senior picture editor The Duke of Sussex certainly shows promise as a photographer. He avoids many of the pitfalls fallen into by amateurs – and some pros. With a good eye for the compositional tricks of the trade, he above all ensures he does not bore us by shooting only from eye-level. A black-and-white picture of a rhino is his best shot, in my opinion, using a number of techniques to produce a powerful image. Psychologically, the effect of the low-angle shot is that it makes the subject look strong and powerful. It is also shot close-up, which makes the viewer feel they are almost present. Following the work of African Parks Network in Malawi Credit: @sussexroyal He also employs one of my favourite tricks: if you were to draw a line from the horn to the feet it would be diagonal, creating points of interest and giving the image depth. It’s the ambiguity I love. What is going on? Is the rhino resting, is it hurt, is it simply caught in a moment on the move? The photo leaves room for interpretation, making it all the more rewarding for the viewer. Sunrise and sunsets are viewed by some as a photographic cliché. The Duke just about avoids that in his Okavango Delta shot by using the feather to frame the sun. The desert lion is another favourite. How often do we get to look into the eye of a big cat? A long lens and imagination does the trick. And there’s that use of the diagonal again. The Duke is compelling us to look at the world in a different way. It is, of course, impossible to really compare the chalk and cheese of environmental and portrait photograph. In my opinion, the only real failure from our royal photographers is the Duke’s picture from Norway. Do not chop a whale in half.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 1:46 PM

Iran and Pakistan to form rapid reaction force at border: Rouhani

Iran and Pakistan to form rapid reaction force at border: RouhaniIran and Pakistan will form a joint quick reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday during a televised news conference with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khan arrived in Iran on Sunday to discuss security and regional issues, Iranian state TV reported, a day after Islamabad urged Tehran to act against militants behind killings in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 12:11 PM

Warren’s College-Loan Plan Is a Subsidy for the Comfortable Class

Warren’s College-Loan Plan Is a Subsidy for the Comfortable ClassThe U.S. government would forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for people in households earning less than $100,000 per year, with smaller debt forgiveness for annual incomes up to $250,000. A household with $160,000 of income gets $30,000 of debt forgiven, for example.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 7:00 AM

Newly Released Sketch of Delphi Suspect Was Drawn Days After Murders, Source Says

Newly Released Sketch of Delphi Suspect Was Drawn Days After Murders, Source SaysThe newly released sketch in the deaths of two Delphi girls isn`t actually new at all, it was drawn just days after the murders in 2017.

POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 11:38 PM

The 2020 Jaguar XE in Photos

The 2020 Jaguar XE in Photos

POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 2:47 PM

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