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State Department to offer early retirement buyouts: report

Tillerson offers buyouts to eviscerat the State Department

The State Department is reportedly prepared to extend buyouts of $25,000 to diplomats and other employees who want to retire early.

The New York Times on Saturday reported that the State Department will give the buyouts to the first 641 personnel who say they will depart by the month of April.

The proposed buyouts would be on a voluntary basis, the report notes, and come as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks to slash the number of State Department personnel by 8 percent.

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For almost 200 Inauguration Day protesters, legal battle is only beginning

200 inugural protesters still face trial

On Inauguration Day in Washington, anarchists and activists tore through the streets for 16 blocks, tossing bricks at police officers, setting trash cans and a limousine on fire and smashing windows, all in opposition to the new commander in chief.

Six officers had to be hospitalized and more than $100,000 in damage was done, resulting in 234 people being arrested or charged with a crime —  among them an oncologist nurse, a UPS driver and a full-time nanny.

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Judge again dismisses Clinton email suits

Clinton email request nixed by judge again

A federal judge has dismissed — for a second time — a pair of lawsuits seeking to force the State Department to do more to recover former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

The new ruling from U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg could irritate President Donald Trump, who is said to have been fuming in recent weeks over reports that the State Department is still processing a backlog of tens of thousands of Clinton emails the FBI came across during its investigation into whether Clinton or her aides broke the law by exchanging information deemed classified. Trump has also complained publicly that the Justice Department has failed to to dig into Clinton's email use.

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Mueller probing alleged Flynn plan to deliver cleric to Turkey

Flynn role in capturing Turkish cleric probed by MuellerSpecial counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was involved in an alleged plan to seize a Muslim cleric and deliver him to Turkey in exchange for millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Under the plan, Flynn, who was fired by Trump after just 24 days in the job, and his son, Michael Flynn Jr, were to receive up to $15 million for forcibly removing Fethullah Gulen from his U.S. home and delivering him to the Turkish government, people familiar with the investigation told the Journal.

The alleged plan emerged during Mueller’s wider investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any collusion by the Trump campaign.

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Top Trump aide Miller interviewed in Mueller's probe

Stephen Miller interviewed in Russia probe

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian influence over the 2016 election, CNN reported Thursday.

Miller is the highest-ranking current member of the Trump administration to be interviewed in Mueller’s investigation, signaling the probe is closing in on the White House.

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Ex-Trump bodyguard testifies Russian operative offered to 'send five women' to future President's hotel room

Schiller talks about Russian offer of 5 woman to Trump at Miss UniverseA former Trump bodyguard told members of Congress that a Russian operative offered to "send five women" to Donald Trump's Moscow hotel room after a 2013 business meeting, but the Trump camp turned the offer down.

According to NBC News, the pitch came after a meeting in preparation for the Miss Universe Pageant, which was held in Russia that year.

Longtime Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller shared the story as part of his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Moscow meddling in the 2016 election.

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Russian Twitter trolls diverted attention from Trump's 'Access Hollywood' comments

Russian trolls used Twitter to divert viewers from Trump Access Hollywood tapeTwitter accounts linked to Russian agents sought to draw attention away from President Trump's crude comments to "Access Hollywood" late in last year's campaign and  focus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton, according to an Associated Press analysis.

After The Washington Post released a 2005 recording of Trump boasting about groping and kissing women without their permission, Russian-backed Twitter accounts promoted the release of hacked emails from Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and criticized the media for reporting on the so-called "Access Hollywood" tapes, the analysis shows.

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