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After false missile alarm, Ige couldn't log on to Twitter (Kevin Dayton/Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 46 min ago

Kevin Dayton / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
After false missile alarm, Ige couldn't log on to Twitter  —  Gov. David Ige told reporters today that part of the delay in notifying the public that the Jan. 13 ballistic missile alert was a false alarm was that he did not know his Twitter account password.

Pregnant Kate Middleton wears a blue maternity dress

Daily Mail - 3 hours 47 min ago
Kate, 36, is visiting Roe Green Junior School, Kingsbury, north-west London to launch a free website called Mentally Healthy Schools to help primary school teachers support pupils.

Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 California rapes

TownHall - 3 hours 47 min ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally used his job as an Uber driver to target intoxicated young women and was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims, California prosecutors said.Alfonso Alarcon-N

Tabasco, 19th century comic opera, for New Orleans 300th

TownHall - 3 hours 48 min ago
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Love, hate and hot sauce are themes of a 19th century comic opera being produced this week as a kickoff to New Orleans' 300th anniversary. It's also the 150th anniversary for Tabasco sauce and the New Orleans Opera's 75th."Tab

Glow Recipes creates new sell out watermelon product

Daily Mail - 3 hours 49 min ago
After its watermelon based face mask caused a frenzy among beauty fans, Korean brand Glow Recipe has unveiled a new moisturiser that's 90% watermelons - and it's sold out on pre-orders alone.

Facebook has just invented new unit of time the 'flick'

Daily Mail - 3 hours 50 min ago
Flicks aim to give CGI artists and code writers the tools to make sure videos in apps run smoothly. The new unit of time was unveiled by Facebook's California-based subsidiary Oculus VR.

Hawaii governor: Lost login delayed missile correction

Daily Mail - 3 hours 51 min ago
David Ige, governor of Hawaii, said he knew within two minutes of the alert being sent out that it was fake, but it took him 15 minutes more to tell the public because he could not log in to Twitter.

Worgan family who all have dwarfism are Instagram hit

Daily Mail - 3 hours 51 min ago
Charli Worgan, 27 – who is just 4ft 2in – has thousands of followers on her social media. The images show the couple, from Sydney, Australia, won't allow their dwarfism to hold them back.

Serena Williams hub went to Improv Comedy Club drive class

Daily Mail - 3 hours 51 min ago
Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian completed a driver's education class for a speeding ticket he received in Florida in October using a comedy traffic school website.

Nightclub boss accused of murdering wife

Daily Mail - 3 hours 52 min ago
Former Carlisle nightclub tycoon Tom Foster, 75, has been charged with the murder of his wife of 35 years Donie Vanitzian at their home in Los Angeles.

Prince William shares lessons Diana taught about charity

Daily Mail - 3 hours 53 min ago
Prince William, 35, sported noticeably thicker hair as he spoke at a charity event in London today - less than a week after debuting a closely-shaven style at a public engagement.

Stunning entries in Outdoor Photographer of the Year comp

Daily Mail - 3 hours 55 min ago
The Outdoor Photographer of the Year contest is running for a seventh year, and has received 18,000 entries from photographers from around the globe in several categories.

Story of assassin who killed 115 on orders of Kim Jong-il

Daily Mail - 3 hours 56 min ago
Kim Hyon Hui was one of two agents behind the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858 from Baghdad to Seoul on 29 November 1987. She has told how she carried out her lethal act.

Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert sooner because he didn't know his Twitter password (Travis M. Andrews/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 56 min ago

Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert sooner because he didn't know his Twitter password  —  Minutes after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a missile alert at 8:07 a.m. on Jan. 13 — terrifying residents and visitors across the state — some officials …

'Fake news. I'm coming to gun you all down': Mich. man accused of making threatening calls to CNN (Kyle Swenson/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 3 hours 56 min ago

Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
'Fake news.  I'm coming to gun you all down': Mich. man accused of making threatening calls to CNN  —  On Jan. 9, an operator in Atlanta manning the public contact number for CNN received a phone call.  According to a federal arrest affidavit unsealed Monday, the male caller launched into a threat.

Teacher strips naked on elementary school playground

Daily Mail - 4 hours 40 sec ago
The unidentified teacher took his clothes off at Carthay Center Elementary School in Los Angeles on Friday in front of shocked second and fifth grade students.

China to build sub to touch deepest point in ocean by 2020

Daily Mail - 4 hours 2 min ago
The submersible is being built by a team of scientists at the Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, as a part of China's effort to become a maritime global power.

Princess Eugenie's pre-engagement bootcamp revealed

Daily Mail - 4 hours 4 min ago
The 27-year-old gallery director has been sporting a very toned figure of late, after embarking on a dedicated fitness regime that sees her get up every day at 6.45AM so she can start exercising by 7AM.

Sessions: We’ll “leave no stone unturned” in finding the Strzok-Page texts

Hot Air - 4 hours 5 min ago

All 50,000 of them? That’s how many texts the FBI apparently “lost” in their retention system during the period of time in which agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page carried on an extramarital affair — and might have injected partisan bias into the probe of Russian interference in the election. The bureau previously turned over 375 messages to congressional investigators, but when the panels asked for a broader range of messages, the FBI discovered that the messages had been deleted.

Jeff Sessions pledged to “leave no stone unturned” in getting those texts back, while Donald Trump continued to slam the FBI for its performance issues:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions promises to "leave no stone unturned" to find missing text messages tied to the Russia investigation. Republicans say the texts may show bias by the FBI's Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who once worked for special counsel Robert Mueller pic.twitter.com/IlVVQm1Vwt

— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 23, 2018

The Justice Department’s inspector general is investigating why the FBI did not retain text messages for five months, including those exchanged by two senior officials involved in the probes of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said late Monday that he has spoken to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz about the missing text messages and that “a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred” and determine whether the missing text messages can be recovered.

“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said in a statement.

Sessions also warned of “appropriate legal disciplinary action” if the messages were purposefully deleted. That would be obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, crimes that the FBI has no hesitancy in establishing when interrogating suspects and material witnesses in their own investigations. Usually, these kinds of systemic issues are created by incompetence, but this seems awfully coincidental and at the same time unusually beneficial to both the FBI and the two agents. It still may well be an unrelated systems management issue, but the bureau will bear a heavy burden in convincing people if that’s their conclusion.

House Republicans Trey Gowdy and John Ratcliffe aren’t biting on the “coincidence” theory. They want to know more about Strzok’s “secret society” comment in the text messages that they do have:

Reps. Trey Gowdy and John Ratcliffe join FNC’s Martha McCallum to talk about another newly released text message between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. This time, Strzok implies a “secret society” of federal agents worked to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

“It is possible these text messages that are missing, perhaps they really were lost. Perhaps it is another strange coincidence,” Ratcliffe said. “It is harder and harder for us to explain one strange coincidence after another.”

“We know that Strzok and Page had an intense anti-Trump bias,” he said. “And that’s OK, so long as they check it at the door and do their job. We learned today in the thousands of text messages we have reviewed, that perhaps they may not have done that. We know about this ‘insurance policy’ that was referenced trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.”

Ratcliffe continued: “We learned today about information that in the immediate aftermath of his election, there may have been a ‘secret society’ of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI, to include Page and Strzok, working against him. I’m not saying that actually happened, but when folks speak in those terms, they need to come forward to explain the context.”

About the “secret society,” Gowdy said: “You have this insurance policy in Spring 2016, and then the day after the election, what they really didn’t want to have happen, there is a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these supposed to be fact-centric FBI agents saying, ‘Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society.’ So I’m going to want to know what secret society you are talking about, because you’re supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the electoral college. So yeah — I’m going to want to know.”

How tough will it be to find these messages? The FBI claims that the Samsung 5 had an issue with retention on the devices themselves, but the transmission of those messages would create more records to find. If the texts got sent over commercial cellular phone networks, one would think it would be fairly easy to restore them. Thanks to the PATRIOT Act and other regulatory issues, cellular companies have kept lengthy archives of both call and text records. Law enforcement routinely works with cellular companies to retrieve messages that have been deleted off of phones either used during or incidental to crimes; this should be no different.

If they can’t retrieve the messages, what then? For one, it will cast a long shadow over the FBI’s work during the summer of 2016 and their motives in seeking the FISA warrant that began the Russia-collusion hypothesis. Thanks to the texts already seen from Strzok and Page, the appearance of partisanship has already been established, so a failure to produce the rest of their messages will at the very least look like a cover-up, even if it isn’t. Second, it might force Congress to yank Robert Mueller’s chain and demand to see what he’s discovered about the Strzok-Page element in the case.

Third and most critically, the suspicion that the FBI destroyed evidence might make it impossible for Mueller to seek criminal convictions with any evidence connected to that FISA warrant, no matter how indirectly the charges are tied to it. It’s the kind of misconduct that ends prosecutions, and Mueller understands that well enough. Any criminal defense attorney would seize on that fact alone to undermine the FBI’s investigation (and by extension Mueller’s) as hopelessly corrupt — and at the moment, that’s not an unreasonable conclusion.

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