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Attorney General Nominee Promises to Allow Mueller to Finish His Work - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, promised on Monday that he would allow the special counsel to continue his investigation, seeking to allay Democrats’ fears that he might shut down the inquiry.
“It is in the best interest of everyone — the president, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people — that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work,” Mr. Barr said in written testimony that he plans to deliver on Tuesday at the start of his two-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The country needs a credible resolution of these issues,” he added. “If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation.”
But Mr. Barr’s written statement also included a subtle caveat, limiting his assurances about the investigation to issues under his control: “I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision,” he wrote.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  nytimes  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
5 hours ago by rgl7194
Meet the 52 Places Traveler for 2019
“I’m ready to embrace all the uncertainty that comes with an opportunity like this and see where it takes me.”
NYTimes  travel 
2 days ago by thomas.kochi
Trump Tweets Lengthy Attack on F.B.I. Over Inquiry Into Possible Aid to Russia - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday unleashed an extended assault on the F.B.I. and the special counsel’s investigation, knitting together a comprehensive alternative story in which he had been framed by disgraced “losers” at the bureau’s highest levels.
In a two-hour span starting at 7 a.m., the president made a series of false claims on Twitter about his adversaries and the events surrounding the inquiry. He was responding to a report in The New York Times that, after he fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director in 2017, the bureau began investigating whether the president had acted on behalf of Russia.
In his tweets, the president accused Hillary Clinton, without evidence, of breaking the law by lying to the F.B.I. He claimed that Mr. Comey was corrupt and best friends with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. He said Mr. Mueller was employing a team of Democrats — another misleading assertion — bent on taking him down.
trump  russia  FBI  gov2.0  politics  corruption  conspiracy  nytimes  twitter 
3 days ago by rgl7194
F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.
The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
trump  russia  FBI  gov2.0  politics  corruption  conspiracy  nytimes 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest and most influential supporters held aloft smartphones to capture the Trumps’ first dance following the inauguration.
Serhiy Kivalov, a Ukrainian lawmaker known for pro-Russian initiatives, took photos of the dance, as well as of his coveted tickets and passes to the soiree where it took place, the Liberty Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, posting them on Facebook and declaring that “it was an honor” to attend.
He was one of at least a dozen Ukrainian political and business figures who made their way to Washington for the inauguration, several of whom attended the Liberty Ball. Most had more on their dance cards than just parties.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  nytimes  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  ukraine 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Capernaum’ Review: A Heartbreaking and Defiant Look at a Boy’s Life in Beirut
“Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki’s hectic and heartbreaking new film, borrows its name from an ancient city condemned to hell, according to the Book of Matthew, by Jesus himself. The word has since become a synonym for chaos, and modern Beirut as captured by Ms. Labaki’s camera is a teeming vision of the inferno, a place without peace, mercy or order.Does Zain’s goodness arise from childish innocence or a magically saintly disposition? In al Rafeea, a Syrian refugee with no training as an actor, Labaki has found a performer who renders such questions moot. This is a matter less of authenticity than of charisma. His charm and magnetism amount to a kind of moral authority. You don’t just root for Zain or believe in him: You trust him.Rahil sees that. Jonas does too. And “Capernaum,” a sprawling tale wrenched from real life, goes beyond the conventions of documentary or realism into a mode of representation that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.
NYTimes  movies  Lebanon  filmmakers 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Lawyer, Agrees to Testify to Congress - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, said on Thursday that he had agreed to testify before a House committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his work for Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cohen’s decision to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7 sets the stage for a blockbuster public hearing that threatens to further damage the president’s image and could clarify the depth of his legal woes. Mr. Cohen, a consigliere to Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer and presidential candidate as well as informally when he was president, was privy to the machinations of Mr. Trump’s inner circle and to key moments under scrutiny by both the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and federal prosecutors in New York.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  nytimes 
4 days ago by rgl7194
20 Best TV Dramas Since The Sopranos
The West Wing
Because they say joy cometh in the morning.
The Shield
Because it defined the modern antihero cop.
The Wire
Because, indeed.
Battlestar Galactica
Because it reduced humanity to its essentials.
Because it knew the border between civilization and savagery was porous, and patrolled by opportunists.
Because at its best, it was the most fun you could have watching TV.
Veronica Mars
Because tough and vulnerable never went together so well.
Grey’s Anatomy
Because we all need our “person.”
Friday Night Lights
Because it had clear eyes and a full heart.
Mad Men
Because the sleekest surfaces can mask the deepest wounds.
Breaking Bad
Because on some level, we all want to be the one who knocks.
The Good Wife
Because it turned a victim cliché into a treatise on power.
Adventure Time
Because it made magic.
Because it knew that being good is hard work.
The Americans
Because it made even the unsexy (read: realistic) details of espionage — and marriage — thrilling.
Because it understood patience.
Because it pondered the big questions without feeling ponderous.
Because it redefined what a TV family could be.
Jane the Virgin
Because its loving sendup of telenovelas paired shocking plot twists with political bite.
Because it pushes TV’s boundaries through keen observation and inventive absurdism.
NYTimes  Television  Narratology  Storytelling 
4 days ago by dbourn
What Is Glitter?
A manipulation of humans’ inherent desire for fresh water. An intangible light effect made physical. Mostly plastic, and often from New Jersey. Disposable by design but, it turns out, not literally disposable. A way to make long winter nights slightly brighter, despite the offshore presence of Germans. An object in which the inside of a potato chip bag meets the aurora borealis.
glitter  manufacturing  NewJersey  article  nytimes 
5 days ago by NightOwlCity

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