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  • Five Chinese map apps ordered to stop obtaining irrelevant personal data

    07/21/2018 6:34:53 PM PDT · by vannrox · 3 replies
    China Daily ^ | 18JUL18 | editorial staff
    Three dominant Chinese map app companies announced recently they’d put a stop to requiring users to share unnecessary personal information primarily around text messages and contact lists, a privacy issue revealed in a 2018 report regarding privacy concerns on mobile map apps. The report, by Shanghai Consumer Council released on July 18, revealed that five map mobile apps, including AutoNavi, Baidu Map and Tencent Map, all seek to solicit sensitive personal data from users considered irrelevant for the apps to perform. In response, the three companies said they’d release new versions that removed requests for collecting users’ irrelevant personal information,...
  • Bernie Sanders says Trump "sold the American people out" in Putin summit

    07/21/2018 5:57:05 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 67 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 21 JULY 2018 | CBS NEWS
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said President Trump "sold the American people out" last week in Helsinki, Finland, during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Vermont senator made the remarks in a joint interview with breakout Democratic Party star and candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The interview will air Sunday morning on CBS News' "Face the Nation." Asked whether Mr. Trump should withdraw an invitation to Putin for a second meeting in Washington this fall, Sanders said it's "hard to comment on anything that Trump says because he could change his mind tomorrow."
  • Between the Lubyanka rock and the Langley hard place

    07/21/2018 5:37:10 PM PDT · by WWII_Historian · 2 replies
    Gary Gindler Chronicles ^ | July 21, 2018 | Gary Gindler
    Putin’s condition for Americans interrogating Russian operatives would be that Russian interrogators would also be able to come to America with the privilege of interrogating American operatives. At the same time, Putin said that some U.S. intelligence agents were involved in the transfer of $400 million from Russia to Hillary Clinton’s campaign (the next day Putin corrected a slip of the tongue – thousands, not millions of dollars). The unprecedented arrival of Russian investigators to America and interrogation of secret agents of the FBI or the CIA is what Obama’s Deep State has in fact achieved. Trump was not ready...
  • Trump And Iran

    07/21/2018 5:29:00 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 8 replies ^ | 7/21/18 | Nikoo Amini
    The Iranian regime is used to saber rattling. This comes naturally to a regime that has sat at the negotiation table for more than three decades signing deals with other countries while failing to keep its promises, broken promises that have gone unpunished. Now in the current status quo, Iran’s saber rattling is a front for its bewilderment in terms of which policy to follow to prolong its life... This is an analysis piece...
  • Top intel official says he meant no disrespect to Trump

    07/21/2018 3:58:40 PM PDT · by McGruff · 69 replies
    AP ^ | July 21, 2018 | ZEKE MILLER
    The top U.S. intelligence official said Saturday he meant no disrespect to President Donald Trump in a televised interview discussing the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not intended to be critical of the president’s decision to invite Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year. “Some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live interview,” Coats said. “My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize...
  • Pompeo, Haley call out China, Russia for helping North Korea violate sanctions

    07/21/2018 3:57:50 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | July 20, 2018 | Conor Finnegan
    The U.S. is calling out China and Russia for helping North Korea violate United Nations sanctions as the regime smuggles in more oil than is allowed. The illegal transfers are now disrupting the U.S. talks with North Korea and its push for the regime to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Pompeo traveled to New York Friday to join Haley for a meeting with the U.N. Security Council representatives, including Chinese and Russian representatives, for what Haley called "frank talk." "We put pressure today...
  • Russian Soldiers Begin Drills Near Afghanistan Border

    07/21/2018 3:38:14 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Edwin Mora
    Thousands of troops from Russia and the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan recently participated in joint military exercises along the Afghanistan border to prepare against possible spillover violence from the northern Afghan provinces where the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are fueling deteriorating security conditions, Khaama Press (KP) reported Thursday. U.S. and Afghan defense officials have accused Russia of lending support to the Afghan Taliban, which has been fighting a war against U.S.-NATO-led forces since 2001. Now, it appears the terrorist group is threatening Central Asian countries like Tajikistan with close ties to Russia that border Afghanistan. KP reveals,...
  • How to Take on China's Navy: America Could Deploy Diesel Submarines

    07/21/2018 3:20:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 21st, 2018 | by James Holmes
    In other words, if Beijing wants to deny U.S. forces access to the theater , U.S. and Japanese commanders should reply in kind. They can deploy submarines along the first island chain to fight in concert with surface forces, detachments of missile-armed land troops, and shore-based tactical aircraft. "Underway on nuclear power ", radioed the skipper of USS Nautilus in 1955, after taking history's first nuclear-powered attack submarine to sea for the first time. Nautilus's maiden cruise left an indelible imprint on the navy. Her success, cheered on by the likes of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the godfather of naval nuclear...
  • Iran supreme leader says 'obvious mistake' to negotiate with U.S.: website

    07/21/2018 1:20:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 21, 2018 7:53 AM | Dubai newsroom
    … “The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail,” Khamenei said in a meeting with Foreign Ministry officials, adding that negotiations with Washington would be an “obvious mistake”, according to his official website. …
  • Weekly Update: Big Win For Clean Elections

    07/21/2018 9:42:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 20, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Victory: Consent Decree Requires Kentucky to Clean Up Election Rolls The ATF Is Still Stonewalling on Reclassification of AR-15 Ammunition Soros-Front Group Blasts Judicial Watch for Exposing Its Marxist Guerilla Ties Victory: Consent Decree Requires Kentucky to Clean Up Election Rolls We have taken the lead nationwide in defending state voter ID laws and other commonsense election integrity measures, filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court and in several circuit courts of appeal and trial courts. We supported North Carolina’s implementation of its election integrity reform laws, most recently filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court in March 2017....
  • Hillary Hit With Fresh Evidence Of Hidden Collusion – Could Now Face An Official Charge

    07/21/2018 9:26:50 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 82 replies
    Red Right Videos ^ | 7/21/18 | Tori McNabb
    The non-profit Coolidge Reagan Foundation on Thursday filed a Federal Election Complaint against Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee, their law firm Perkins Coie, and Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy that authored the “pee dossier,” for violating campaign finance laws. The non-profit charged that those parties hid payments made to and received by Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele to produce the dossier, in violation of finance laws. Democrats have accused the Trump administration of colluding with foreigners when in reality it was the Democrats who colluded with foreigners, the non-profit charged. “For over a year, Democratic officials...
  • Pentagon sending $200 million in nonlethal aid to Ukraine in move expected to rile Moscow

    07/21/2018 8:54:19 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Pentagon announced Friday it would send $200 million in nonlethal military aid to Ukraine -- a move likely to anger Moscow. The American military hardware being shipped to Ukraine includes “secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment." Secretary of Defense James Mattis is also asking that Congress sign a waiver that would allow the U.S. to sell weapons to countries that also purchase arms from Russia. The idea is to make sure U.S. sanctions don’t push allies into the arms of Russia. “Russia should suffer consequences for its aggressive, destabilizing behavior and its illegal occupation of...
  • At Helsinki, Trump Undermined Our Power-Abusing Intelligence Agencies, Not America

    07/21/2018 8:46:20 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 20, 2018 | Willis Krumholz
    During President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked him about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump — as he has done many times before — responded with an answer that cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment of massive Russian election-interference. (Snip) Naturally, all hell broke loose in America’s elite political and media circles. Tom Nichols, a sometime Federalist contributor, said Trump threatened the very safety of America in saying he doubted his intelligence agencies. A group of liberal law professors, who naturally have an affinity toward bending the...
  • GOP to White House: End summit mystery

    07/21/2018 8:25:07 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/21/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use his one-on-one meeting with President Trump in Helsinki to drive a wedge between NATO allies by claiming secret side deals with the United States. Congressional Republicans are urging the White House to get ahead of the Kremlin by defining what was and wasn’t agreed to. What was said between the two leaders, they admit, remains a disconcerting mystery. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says he has “no idea” what Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov meant when he said...
  • Colombia asked Trump to urge end to Russian support for Venezuela

    07/21/2018 7:24:23 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Colombia Reports ^ | July 16, 2018 | Adriaan Alsema
    Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos asked his American counterpart Donald Trump to urge Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop supporting Venezuela’s government. Santos took to Twitter on Saturday to ask Trump to address Russia’s support for the authoritarian government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The governments of both Colombia and the United States fiercely oppose Maduro. Russia, however, has been accused of helping Venezuela evade sanctions imposed by Washington DC. Furthermore, Venezuela’s military appears to have received thousands of Russian surface-to-air missiles, according to news agency Reuters. “To contribute to the crisis in Venezuela I am asking President Trump to...
  • Top CIA expert: China waging a quiet 'cold war' against US

    07/21/2018 7:07:15 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/21/18 | John Bowden
    China is working around the globe to undermine American interests and supplant the United States as the world's leading superpower, a top CIA expert warned Friday. Michael Collins, deputy assistant director at CIA’s East Asia mission center, said at the Aspen Security Forum that China's actions to build man-made islands in the South China Sea – to spur territorial growth and allow for annexation of the islands – were akin to "the Crimea of the East," referring to Russia's 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian region. “I would argue...that what they’re waging against us is fundamentally a cold war — a...
  • Russian firm in election meddling case cites [] Brett Kavanaugh in bid to drop charges

    07/21/2018 6:43:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 20, 2018 | Kevin Breuninger
    •Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian firm accused by special counsel Robert Mueller of illegally interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, cites decisions from President Trump's new Supreme Court pick to argue that the charges against it should be dropped. •Judge Brett Kavanaugh warned the government in a 2011 court decision that if it wants to charge foreigners with violating laws about political contributions, then it must prove that those foreign nationals were aware of the laws being broken. •"The Special Counsel attempts to create a make-believe crime that is in fact no crime at all," a lawyer for...
  • 4 Texans among 24 defendants sentenced in call center scam

    07/21/2018 6:43:06 AM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | July 20, 2018 | cbs
    Investigators say they frequently impersonated officials from the IRS in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the United States... Four Texans among 24 defendants were sentenced for their part in a massive India-based call center fraud and money laundering scam. The U.S. Department of Justice says the group defrauded thousands of U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars. All were sentenced in Houston this week.
  • Desert Storm Memorial To Be Built on National Mall, Honoring Fallen American Heroes

    07/21/2018 5:38:07 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | June 23, 2018 | Jack Davis
    A federal panel on Thursday cleared the way for a memorial to be built along the National Mall honoring the American service members who fought in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Pending final approvals, the National Desert Storm War Memorial would be built at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue, not far from Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial, Military Times reported. “These men and women who went to Desert Shield, Desert Storm put their lives on the line for this country, and they deserve to be placed next to my brothers and sisters...
  • Salvini to Form Populist Grand Alliance Ahead of 2019 European Parliament Elections

    07/21/2018 5:11:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has announced his intention to form a grand alliance of populists from across Europe ahead of next year’s European Union parliamentary elections. The populist leader of the League (Lega), which formed an anti-establishment coalition earlier this year with the Five Star Movement (M5S), made his comments on Friday, saying that he wanted to unite the populist parties to challenge the establishment parliamentary groups, Kronen Zeitung reports. “I want to unite the parties that will form the new majority in the European Parliament, the parties in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, and Germany,” Salvini said. The...