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U.S. Displays Weaponry It Says Proves Iran’s Influence
Latest Talks on Syrian Peace End With No Progress
Vatican Urged to Dump Clergy Celibacy Rules, End Secret Confessions for Pedophiles
EU Puts the Ball in Britain’s Court on Trade
U.S. Army Study Finds Flaws With Military’s Pivotal Assault on Mosul
New U.S.-Backed Force Leads Terrorism Fight in Bangladesh
Russian Ex-Economy Minister Is Found Guilty of Taking a Bribe
FBI stands for FOOLS, BUNGLERS, IDIOTS. And how about it?
7:12 AM 12/15/2017 After Months Of Withering Criticism, Trump Prepares To Visit FBI NPR
Republicans are worried about the integrity of Mueller’s team. That’s overblown. – Washington Post
Mueller needs to make a change – Washington Post
Justice Department defends Russia probe from GOP claims of FBI political bias – PBS NewsHour
Report: CIA Captured Putin’s ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016 … – Daily Beast
Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ – The Hill
FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’ – The Independent
Scarborough: House conservative thinks Americans ‘stupid enough’ to believe Mueller team is anti-Trump – The Hill
Grassley Says He Has Confidence in Mueller But Wants Transparency – Bloomberg
The course correction Mueller must make – Dallas News
Senate Republicans try to shield Mueller from criticism of his Russia probe – Washington Post
Report: FBI Staff Also Bashed Bernie Sanders, Chelsea Clinton – Daily Beast
Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest – The Hill
What happens when the commander in chief won’t defend America – Washington Post

 

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A look at the best news photos from around the world.

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A look at the best news photos from around the world.

U.S. Displays Weaponry It Says Proves Iran’s Influence

The U.S. for the first time publicly displayed what officials said were Iranian-made missiles, drones and other weaponry as proof of Tehrans growing military influence in the Middle East.

Latest Talks on Syrian Peace End With No Progress

The latest round of Syrian peace talks ended with no progress toward a political settlement and no pause in government offensives against opposition-held areas.

Vatican Urged to Dump Clergy Celibacy Rules, End Secret Confessions for Pedophiles

An Australian investigation into decades of child sexual abuse, involving tens of thousands of victims, called for sweeping changes in the Catholic church and other organizations, including making celibacy voluntary for clergy and forcing ministers to report abuse concerns that come to light through confession.

EU Puts the Ball in Britain’s Court on Trade

European leaders called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to spell out what her government wants from a future trade agreement in order to begin serious negotiations on the issue by March.

U.S. Army Study Finds Flaws With Military’s Pivotal Assault on Mosul

American military units that participated in the decisive battle for Mosul against the Islamic State were hampered by difficulties in sharing battlefield imagery and often had different understandings of what was happening on the battlefield, according to a new study.

New U.S.-Backed Force Leads Terrorism Fight in Bangladesh

The botched terror attack in New York this week has created a fresh test for a new counterterrorism force tackling a growing U.S. concern: international extremism in Bangladesh, home of the suspect.

Russian Ex-Economy Minister Is Found Guilty of Taking a Bribe

A Russian court found a former economy minister guilty of taking a $2 million bribe in a trial that has cast a spotlight on infighting among elites and the power of the countrys oil czar.

FBI stands for FOOLS, BUNGLERS, IDIOTS. And how about it?

FBI stands for FOOLS, BUNGLERS, IDIOTS. And how about it? Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) December 15, 2017
7:12 AM 12/15/2017 After Months Of Withering Criticism, Trump Prepares To Visit FBI NPR

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Republicans are worried about the integrity of Mueller’s team. That’s overblown. – Washington Post


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Republicans are worried about the integrity of Mueller’s team. That’s overblown.
Washington Post
Then there is Peter Strzok, an FBI agent removed from Mr. Mueller’s probe after the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General discovered that Mr. Strzok had sent text messages critical of Mr. Trump while investigating Ms. Clinton’s use of a 
Trump attorneys seek special counsel to look into Justice Department links to firm behind dossierUSA TODAY
The Wife Of DOJ Official Demoted For Meeting With Trump Dossier Author Worked For Fusion GPS, The Firm Hillary …Townhall
Wife of demoted DOJ official worked for firm behind anti-Trump dossierFox News
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Mueller needs to make a change – Washington Post


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Mueller needs to make a change
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Mueller’s investigation was triggered when former FBI director James BComey, no fan of the president who dismissed him, leaked a memo of a meeting with President Trump. Comey admitted hoping this revelation would lead to appointment of a special 
Rod Rosenstein defends Russia probe after anti-Trump text messages released, denies ‘witch hunt’Baltimore Sun (blog)
Senior Justice Department official rejects Republican complaints about Russia investigationLos Angeles Times
Dana Milbank: Trump partisans attack America from withinTulsa World
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Justice Department defends Russia probe from GOP claims of FBI political bias – PBS NewsHour


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Justice Department defends Russia probe from GOP claims of FBI political bias
PBS NewsHour
The deputy attorney general defended Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation on Wednesday against GOP charges that the probe is a partisan “witch hunt” against President Trump. House members pointed to text messages by a top FBI official about Trump as a 
Republicans say FBI officials’ texts show anti-Trump bias on Mueller teamBBC News 
Rosenstein defends Mueller as GOP lawmakers raise questions of bias in Russia probeWashington Post

We Now Know FBI Agents Privately Called Trump an ‘Idiot,’ But Not Why That’s RelevantNew York Magazine 
The FBI’s Trump ‘Insurance’Wall Street Journal
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Report: CIA Captured Putin’s ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016 … – Daily Beast


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Report: CIA Captured Putin’s ‘Specific Instructions’ to Hack the 2016  Election 
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When Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James B. B. Comey all went to see Donald Trump together during the presidential transition, they told him conclusively that they had captured Putin’s  
Trump and Pence were warned in January that CIA had proof Putin directed election hacks: reportRaw Story

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Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ – The Hill


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Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’
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… hits back at Trump: The FBI’s reputation is not in ‘tatters’ MORE on Thursday warned congressional CongressionalRepublicans not to make any moves to remove special counsel Robert Mueller, saying such an attempt will not be tolerated. Speaking on behalf of  
Eric Holder: Any Move to Oust Mueller Won’t Be ToleratedNewsmax

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FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’ – The Independent


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FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’
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Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign described him with insults like “idiot” and “loathsome human” in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of 

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Scarborough: House conservative thinks Americans ‘stupid enough’ to believe Mueller team is anti-Trump – The Hill


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Scarborough: House conservative thinks Americans ‘stupid enough’ to believe Mueller team is anti-Trump
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Jordan said to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a Judiciary hearing on Wednesday that he thinks “the public trust in this whole thing is gone,” referring to the Mueller investigation into possible Russia collusion with Trump associates 

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Grassley Says He Has Confidence in Mueller But Wants Transparency – Bloomberg


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Grassley Says He Has Confidence in Mueller But Wants Transparency
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday he retains confidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller even after learning that members of his team probing allegations of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia exchanged text 

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The course correction Mueller must make – Dallas News


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The course correction Mueller must make
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As special counsel Robert Mueller explores possible Trump campaign collusion in Russia’s election interference, is he running an impartial investigation? That this is a fair question to ask is itself troubling. Our justice system strives to avoid the 

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Senate Republicans try to shield Mueller from criticism of his Russia probe – Washington Post


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Senate Republicans try to shield Mueller from criticism of his Russia probe
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Senate Republicans are scrambling to shield special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from mounting GOP fury about new evidence that members of his team were biased against President Trump, as factions of the party charge that his entire investigation is  
House Republicans Try to Turn the Tables on the Mueller ProbeThe Nation.
 
DOJ fuels doubts about integrity of Mueller probePolitico

Justice Dept. Official Defends Mueller as Republicans Try to Discredit HimNew York Times 
Politics and the Mueller probeBaltimore Sun
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Mueller, FBI face crisis in public confidenceThe Hill
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Report: FBI Staff Also Bashed Bernie Sanders, Chelsea Clinton – Daily Beast


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Report: FBI Staff Also Bashed Bernie Sanders, Chelsea Clinton
Daily Beast
The two FBI employees who’ve come under fire for having bashed President Donald Trump in private text messages also reportedly went after liberal figures including former Attorney General Eric Holder, Chelsea Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT  
DOJ rejects charges over release of FBI agent’s text messagesABC News
Conservative watchdog head: Do we need to shut down the FBI?The Hill
FACT CHECK: Did The FBI Become A ‘KGB-Type Operation’ Under Obama?Newsweek
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FBI agents involved in Russia investigation called Donald Trump an ‘idiot’The Independent
‘BUSTED’: These journos may have just TORPEDOED media/Dem narrative about FBI textsTwitchy

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Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest – The Hill


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Poll: 54 percent say Mueller has conflict of interest
The Hill
While Mueller is not universally known outside of Washington, he still has a positive favorability rating, with 34 percent viewing him favorably against 31 percent unfavorable, according to the poll. A Washington Post-ABC poll in early November found 

What happens when the commander in chief won’t defend America – Washington Post


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What happens when the commander in chief won’t defend America
Washington Post
… the president won’t or can’t defend the Constitution and the country, as his oath requires. If he cannot absorb or even listen to facts because it is so soul-crushing, then he’s no longer defending the United States. That will cause, or perhaps may 

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