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They tried to get Trump to care about right-wing terrorism. He ignored them.


Elizabeth Neumann spent March 13 and 14 of 2019 at a conference in the picturesque Spanish port city of Málaga. The topic: terrorism. Western leaders were deeply worried about the dangers foreign terrorist fighters traveling back from places like Iraq, Libya and Syria would pose to their home countries. And that’s what Neumann expected to dominate the two-day event.

Neumann was DHS’s assistant secretary for threat prevention and security policy at the time, handling counterterrorism work from the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters. In Málaga, a history-drenched resort town on Spain’s Costa del Sol that once marked the fault line between the Muslim and Christian worlds, she and her counterparts from scores of countries spent long hours talking about the terrorism threats that concerned them most. After a while, she began to see a pattern: Though concerns about instability in the Middle East dominated most public discussions on counterterrorism, about 80 percent of the leaders at the conference ranked far-right extremism among their top concerns.


Two P.R. Experts at F.D.A. Have Been Ousted After Blood Plasma Fiasco

FDA : two PR experts ousted after plasma fiasco

Two senior public relations experts advising the Food and Drug Administration have been ousted from their positions after fumbled communications about a blood plasma treatment for Covid-19. President Trump and the head of the F.D.A. had erroneously boasted on the eve of the Republican National Convention that the treatment sharply lowered mortality from the disease.

On Friday, the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, removed Emily Miller, the agency’s chief spokeswoman. The White House had installed Ms. Miller, who had previously worked in communications for the re-election campaign of Senator Ted Cruz and as a journalist for One America News, the conservative cable network, in this post just 11 days ago.

Dr. Hahn notified senior leadership at the F.D.A. on Friday that Ms. Miller would no longer be the official spokeswoman for the agency, and that he would be appointing someone to replace her in an interim capacity. Ms. Miller could not be reached for comment.



Twitter takes down Eric Trump tweet after UNC Tar Heels complain about use of video

Twitter takes down Eric Trump postTwitter has removed a post from the official account of Eric Trump, president Donald Trump's son, that displayed the president's face superimposed over North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball coach Roy Williams. The faces of other close supporters of the president were also pasted over former Tar Heels players.

"We are profoundly disappointed that political messaging would be made using video without permission that shows our players, coach and uniforms from inside our team’s locker room celebration," UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said in an emailed statement to the Charlotte News & Observer on Thursday.


Activists gather for another March on Washington, 57 years later

march on WashingtonFriday's March on Washington has kicked off with emphatic calls for police reform, justice reform and voter action, 57 years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech echoed from the same spot on the National Mall.

Participants gathering at the Lincoln Memorial for the event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and joined by King's son Martin Luther King III, are expected to include families of Black people slain or severely injured in police encounters, including George Floyd and Jacob Blake.
"We will meet the moment. We will work toward healing (and) justice ... like our lives depend on it, because they do," US Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts, told crowds late Friday.



Intel officials contradict Trump on voting by mail

Intel official contradict Trump on vote by mail

The intelligence community has seen no evidence that foreign powers intend to manipulate mail-in voting in the 2020 election, senior Trump administration officials said Wednesday, undercutting a claim by President Donald Trump that such fraud “will be the scandal of our times.”

“We have no information or intelligence that any nation-state threat actor is engaging in any activity to undermine the mail-in vote or ballots,” said a top official with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, who joined other senior intel community officials from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI to brief media on the status of foreign election threats. They spoke with reporters on condition they not be named.

Trump has repeatedly and groundlessly asserted that mail-in ballots will be subject to widespread fraud, driving doubts about the security of the election as a slew of states have ramped up mail-in voting access amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Melania Trump taped making derogatory remarks about Donald and Ivanka – report

Melania taped making derogatory remarks about Donald and ivanka

Melania Trump will speak at the Republican national convention on Tuesday night, in the shadow of an extraordinary report that she was taped making derogatory comments about her husband’s adult children and even Donald Trump himself.

On Monday the media reporter Yashar Ali cited unnamed sources in reporting that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend and adviser, “taped the first lady” and plans to share the remarks in her book.

They include “harsh comments about Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter and a senior adviser”, Ali wrote.

Melania & Me is out on 1 September.


'It is just so wrong': Mike Pompeo under fire for speaking to RNC from Middle East

Pompeo in IsraelSecretary of State Mike Pompeo will dive into politically fraught waters Tuesday when he addresses the Republican National Convention – breaking diplomatic protocol and perhaps the State Department's own policy on engaging in partisan political activity.

Pompeo's remarks will be recorded and piped in from the Middle East, where he's traveling on official State Department business. The State Department refused to say where Pompeo would tape his remarks, but a CNN photo appeared to show him on the roof of the historic King David Jerusalem Hotel, surrounded by TV equipment.

"It's unprecedented and it's, in my judgment, inappropriate," said Aaron David Miller,  a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Miller worked for a half-dozen former secretaries of state from both parties, from George Schultz to Colin Powell.


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