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Colorado wild animal sanctuary euthanizes ALL its animals

Daily Mail - 34 min 56 sec ago
The Lion's Gate Sanctuary put down its three lions, three tigers and five bears on April 20 after local county commissioners denied their request to move about 20 miles from its site in Denver.

Elon Musk's robot army revealed in leaked pictures

Daily Mail - 36 min 2 sec ago
A Reddit user claiming to work for robot making company Kuka posted the images of 467 robots being delivered to the car-making firm, which will form the basis of the Model 3 production line.

House GOP leaders search for votes to pass Obamacare repeal (John Bresnahan/Politico)

Memeorandum - 36 min 44 sec ago

John Bresnahan / Politico:
House GOP leaders search for votes to pass Obamacare repeal  —  House Republican leaders are scouring for votes Thursday to pass their newly reconfigured Obamacare replacement plan — but they're still coming up short.  —  Though they've locked down the support of the most recalcitrant conservatives …

In Ann Coulter's Speech Battle, Signs That Conservatives Are Emboldened (Jeremy W. Peters/New York Times)

Memeorandum - 36 min 44 sec ago

Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Ann Coulter's Speech Battle, Signs That Conservatives Are Emboldened  —  Without uttering a word to students at the University of California, Berkeley, Ann Coulter on Wednesday made herself the latest cause célèbre in the rapidly escalating effort by conservatives to fight liberals …

Elon Musk's Boring Company reveal first tunneling machine

Daily Mail - 36 min 51 sec ago
An instagram user believed to be a SpaceX employee has tweeted a picture of what appears to be the firm's first tunneling machine, which was later removed from his account.

NJ father 'killed son to please his teenage girlfriend'

Daily Mail - 38 min 33 sec ago
David Creato, 23, is accused of murdering his three-year-old son Brendan and dumping his body by a river in Haddon Township, New Jersey, on October 12, 2015.

House committee: Pentagon warned Flynn to get approval before accepting foreign money a year prior to Russia speech

Hot Air - 40 min 40 sec ago

Flynn’s lawyer claimed a few days ago that he notified DIA, his former agency, before he went to Moscow in 2015 and received nearly $35,000 for an appearance from RT. That’s not what the Pentagon’s records say, though, per House Oversight Committee member Elijah Cummings. They have no record of Flynn informing them of the RT payment. And Flynn can’t plead ignorance of the law: The Committee has another document, this one from 2014, in which DIA warned Flynn explicitly that he’d need permission in order to accept payments from a foreign government. That’s due to our old friend the Emoluments Clause, which, under the DIA’s interpretation, bars receipt of “consulting fees, gifts, travel expenses, honoraria, or salary” by a retired military officer without approval. (The Emoluments Clause specifies congressional approval but Congress has ceded its authority to approve payments received by military members to the secretaries of Defense and State.)

So why didn’t Flynn seek approval before the RT event? Did he maybe suspect that banking a few rubles to sit next to Vladimir Putin at the RT dinner might not have gone over well at DIA?

“These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, in a statement. “Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents.”…

“I honestly don’t understand why the White House is covering up for Michael Flynn,” Cummings said. “I don’t get it, after the President fired him for lying — they should be bending over backwards to help us. It does not make any sense and it makes the American people think they have something to hide. There is a paper trail that the White House does not want our committee to follow it.”

The oddest thing about this is that it’s not news that Flynn received money for the RT appearance. He admitted to it in an interview last August, although he didn’t disclose the amount. Why would he try to conceal it from DIA only to chatter about it on the record a year later to the Washington Post?

Because Flynn publicly acknowledged the payment long before election day, the Trump transition team and later the Trump White House had plenty of notice that there might be an issue here. Presumably that’s why Cummings is so eager to see the White House’s records on Flynn and possibly why the White House is reluctant to share them. Ed speculated on Tuesday, when Cummings and Jason Chaffetz revealed that they’d similarly seen no disclosures by Flynn of the foreign lobbying money he got from Turkey, that Trump might be withholding documents as a matter of executive privilege. It’s not that he’s trying to suppress something embarrassing about Flynn (e.g., that he also neglected to inform the White House of his lobbying work), in other words, but that he’s trying to set a precedent early in his term that Congress shouldn’t expect to get executive-branch records on demand in its investigations. Maybe, though, the reason they’re sitting on the records is less principled and more political — namely, the records might show that the transition team did have an inkling that Flynn hadn’t properly disclosed his payments and they … went ahead and made him national security advisor anyway.

That would help explain the lingering mystery of why so many top people in the Trump White House, from Priebus to Kushner to Bannon to Trump himself, seemed to be looking for a pretext to push Flynn out as soon as possible. The stated reason for his resignation, that he misled Mike Pence about his phone call with the Russian ambassador, was a flimsy excuse. It could be that the White House found out about the concealed payments but maybe too late in the transition process to drop Flynn as NSA without causing huge embarrassment to the incoming administration and angering Trump’s populist base. They may have realized that the dirt would come out eventually, though, and that it would cause them a major headache when it did — why was the national security advisor hiding foreign money from the Pentagon? — so they started looking around immediately for other reasons to force his resignation. When the Kislyak matter arose, they seized the opportunity. In fact, I’ll repeat a pet theory I floated once before: Maybe the source for WaPo’s famous expose of Flynn’s call with Kislyak weren’t just treacherous members of the “deep state” but people in the Trump White House too. Remember, the White House knew about Flynn’s phone call with Kislyak courtesy of Sally Yates weeks before it was revealed publicly in the Post. If they wanted Flynn out early because they saw this non-disclosure scandal cloud on the horizon, they might have dropped a dime on him themselves.

If so, it would answer Cummings’s question in the second clip as to why the White House would be covering for Flynn when they’ve already fired him for lying. Answer: Because they might have hired him knowing he was a liar, which would open up all sorts of questions. Like, why would you hire a guy like that in the first place to be national security advisor, of all things?


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New York study finds brainwaves sync up with people around

Daily Mail - 42 min 31 sec ago
Researchers from New York University and Utrecht University looked at the brains of 12 high school students during their biology class.

Woman plans to sue Delta after man assaulted her on flight

Daily Mail - 45 min 27 sec ago
Christopher Finkley, 41, was convicted last month of assault and indecent exposure following the incident on a Delta flight from Myrtle Beach to Detroit in July last year.

Sean Spicer hangs himself in new episode of The Simpsons

Daily Mail - 51 min 13 sec ago
A short from the episode was released on the show's Twitter account on Wednesday and brutally parodies the key members of the president's administration to mark his first 100 days in office.

Verizon invests in self-driving vehicle startup Renovo Auto

UPI - 51 min 26 sec ago
Verizon invested in the autonomous vehicle startup Renovo Auto, a company founded in 2010 and best known for converting a DeLorean into a self-driving car.

Trump invites kids to the White House

Daily Mail - 52 min 33 sec ago
President Trump was the 'special guest' at the White House's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, greeting several dozen youngsters outside the West Wing.

Michael Flynn Is Under Investigation Over Foreign Payment Accusations

Newsy - 53 min 45 sec ago

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has another investigation to worry about. This time, he's being investigated by the Defense Department's inspector general.

The probe, launched earlier this month, was revealed in a letter released Thursday by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.

Cummings also released a 2014 letter from the Defense Intelligence Agency to Flynn. It specifically told Flynn he would need congressional approval before accepting payments from a foreign government.

SEE MORE: Mike Flynn Isn't Getting Immunity From Prosecution — At Least Not Yet

The news comes just two days after Cummings and House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz said Flynn might have broken the law when accepting payment from Russian state-run broadcaster RT TV.

Flynn received over $33,000 for a speech he gave for RT in 2015. And in March, he retroactively filed as a foreign agent for more than $500,000 worth of lobbying work he and his firm did for Turkey.

Flynn left the national security adviser position in February — less than a month on the job. He was fired after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about discussions he had with Russian officials.

Parents cook up treat to teach their toddler to crawl 

Daily Mail - 53 min 55 sec ago
How do you get a lazy baby to crawl? Shane and Samantha Nauss, from Dartmouth, Canada, filmed their son Cash lying stationary on a playmat, until a huge slice of pizza is put in front of him.

Mayor of Salem posts picture of a ghostly face lamppost 

Daily Mail - 54 min 55 sec ago
Kim Driscoll, mayor of Salem, caused a stir on social media when she spotted what appeared to be a photogenic phantom lurking in a lamppost in her city.

Watch Hercules beetle pupa inside its ‘alien-like’ cocoon

Daily Mail - 56 min 25 sec ago
It may look like a creature not of this world, but the Hercules beetle pupa in a video shared by a Japanese insect enthusiast is growing its exoskeleton inside of an 'alien-like' cocoon.

Anti-Semitic politician tricks opponents into funding him

Daily Mail - 58 min 39 sec ago
Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a city council hopeful in New York, bragged that he was behind a GoFundMe page which collected almost $6,000 in donations from people who oppose him.

Iran bans female footballer for ditching hijab on holiday

Daily Mail - 59 min 4 sec ago
Shiva Amini was on holiday when she took part in a kick-about with a group of men and Iranian officials waded through her social media accounts to find a picture of her playing in a pair of shorts.

Bodies of Virginia sisters found in submerged car

Daily Mail - 1 hour 1 min ago
Michaela Woodson, 16, and sister Tyauna, 14, were killed in yesterday's tragedy in Cumberland County, Virginia.

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