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FEMA's Brock Long under investigation for misuse of government cars

FEMA's Brock Long charged with misuse of funds

FEMA administrator Brock Long is the target of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation into whether he misused government vehicles during his commutes to North Carolina from Washington, according to three people familiar with the matter, including current and former administration officials.

The actions by Long, the U.S. government’s lead disaster official as the country braces for Hurricane Florence, have been called into question by the inspector general over whether taxpayers have inappropriately footed the bill for his travel, an issue that has tripped up a number of current and former top Trump administration officials.

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[Idiot] Trump contradicts Puerto Rico's toll, says 3,000 didn't die from hurricanes

Idiot Trump denies report of Puerto Rico hurricane deathsThough Puerto Rico's official estimate indicates otherwise, President Donald Trump said he doesn't believe thousands in the territory died because of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Instead, Trump said, Democrats inflated the number to make him look bad. He said after he visited the island last year, the death toll was no greater than 18 and as time passed, "it did not go up by much."

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Baseball tickets? Gambling debts? Democrats dig for answers from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Brett kavanaugh peppered with questionsSenate Democrats are demanding written answers from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to more than 1,000 questions following a four-day confirmation hearing last week that elicited more heat than light.

The queries go beyond the law to policy, politics and Kavanaugh's personal life, including his finances and potential benefactors. Several senators sought details on the federal appeals court judge's debt-fueled purchase of baseball tickets and asked if he has been a gambler.

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It's not just FEMA: ICE quietly got an extra $200 million

200 million take from other agencies for ICEAs a potentially catastrophic hurricane bears down on the East Coast of the US, the shifting of $10 million from FEMA's operating budget to fund immigration detention and deportations is drawing condemnation from Democrats.
But that's a drop in the bucket.
The Trump administration this summer quietly redirected $200 million from all over the Department of Homeland Security to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, despite repeated congressional warnings of ICE's "lack of fiscal discipline" and "unsustainable" spending.
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Rightwing Australian politicians attack girl, 9, over anthem protest

9 year old protests omission of indigenous peopleA nine-year-old Australian schoolgirl has been targeted for condemnation by prominent rightwing politicians after she refused to stand during a rendition of the national anthem, arguing that it airbrushes Indigenous peoples from the country’s history.

Harper Nielsen’s parents said they were proud of her for the protest, which earned her a detention – and reportedly the threat of suspension from school.

But the child was attacked by politicians, including her state senator, Pauline Hanson, the leader of the rightwing One Nation party.

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Russian pleads guilty in U.S. to operating Kelihos botnet

Russian hacker pleads guilty in USA Russian man pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. federal court in Connecticut to criminal hacking charges stemming from his operation of the Kelihos botnet, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

Peter Yuryevich Levashov, 38, used the Kelihos botnet - a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers - to harvest login credentials, distribute bulk spam emails, and install ransomware and other malicious software, the department said.

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Manafort seeking plea deal with special counsel that would avoid cooperation ahead of second trial

Manafort seeking plea deal before second trialFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been in ongoing negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office over a potential plea agreement, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

The discussions, which have picked up steam in the last several weeks, come ahead of Manafort’s second trial, which is slated to begin later this month in federal court in Washington, D.C.

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‘60 Minutes’ Chief Jeff Fager Ousted Amid Allegations Of Inappropriate Conduct

Jeff Fager removed from CBS 60 minutesCBS Corp. has terminated “60 Minutes” producer Jeff Fager’s contract following a bombshell New Yorker article that accused the “60 Minutes” executive producer of sexual harassment.

Fager’s departure comes days after CBS announced the departure of its former CEO and chairman, Les Moonves, not long after two New Yorker articles detailed accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

Six former employees told The New Yorker that Fager would touch employees inappropriately while inebriated at company events, including an incident in which Fager allegedly commented on an associate producer’s breasts and then became “belligerent” when she refused his drunken advances. Fager denied the allegations to The New Yorker in an article that was published online in July.

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Feds Probing ‘Suspicious’ Money Transfers Made After Trump Tower Meeting: Report

Trump Tower meeting and money transfers

The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history: a flashpoint for allegations of collusion, the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son, countless hair-on-fire tweets, and boundless speculation by the press.

But secret documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News reveal a previously undisclosed aspect of the meeting: a complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok, and a small office park in New Jersey.

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