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A massive iceberg twice the size of Washington, D.C., just broke off of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica

Antarctica glacier juste brokee off

An iceberg that's twice the size of Washington, D.C., just broke off of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica, scientists reported this week.

"The Pine Island glacier recently spawned an iceberg over (115 square miles) that very quickly shattered into pieces," the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a statement.

The Pine Island glacier "is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica," according to NASA. Along with the nearby Thwaites glacier, the two glaciers contain "enough vulnerable ice to raise global sea level by 1.2 meters (4 feet)," NASA said.

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Hope Hicks returning to Trump White House as senior adviser

Hope Hicks returns to WH

Hope Hicks, formerly President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest serving aide, is expected to return to the administration in the coming weeks, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

Hicks, who departed in early 2018, will return in the coming weeks as a senior adviser reporting to Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. Her official title will be counselor to the president.

Since her departure, she has served as the head of communications for the Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, among other entities owned by Rupert Murdoch.

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US, Syrian and Russian forces involved in deadly checkpoint clash

US Syrian and Russian troops in skirmishOne man was killed when US troops in north-east Syria returned fire after their convoy came under attack near a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.

At one point in the standoff, a Russian army convoy also arrived at the scene in an apparent attempt to mediate the rare confrontation involving US and Syrian fighters.

A Pentagon spokesman said US-led coalition forces were conducting a patrol near the town of Qamishli when they encountered a checkpoint occupied by pro-government forces.

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White supremacist propaganda in US more than doubled in 2019, report finds

White supremecist propaganda more than doubled in 2019

Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, according to a new report, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda material has more than doubled.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism reported 2,713 cases of circulated propaganda by white supremacist groups, including flyers, posters and banners, compared with 1,214 cases in 2018.

The printed propaganda distributed by white supremacist organizations includes material that directly spreads messages of discrimination against Jews, LGBTQ+ people and other minority communities – but also items with their prejudice obscured by a focus on gauzier pro-America imagery.

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Pentagon officially mum on Trump's suggestion Vindman could face disciplinary action

Ugly pig president

After President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he imagined the U.S. military will look into taking disciplinary actions against Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, after he was reassigned to the Army last week from the National Security Council, the Pentagon on Wednesday was not saying if the star witness in the Trump impeachment hearings will face any such action.

But a U.S. official told ABC News that neither the Army nor the Defense Department is investigating Vindman.

"That's going to be up to the military. We'll have to see, but if you look at what happened I mean, they're going to certainly I would imagine take a look at that," Trump had said on Tuesday.

TVNL Comment:  Dream on big baby president.  Should Lt. Col Vindman have lied under oath or refuse a Congressional subpoena? That's what Trump believes in his fantasy life where everyone is loyal to him.

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Trump's revenge: He officially withdraws nomination of ex-US attorney from Treasury post

Trump's revengeGeorges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump is withdrawing his nomination for former U.S. attorney for D.C. Jessie Liu to serve as the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, a top position overseeing economic sanctions, according to two sources with direct knowledge.

The big picture: Liu was confirmed in September 2017 to lead the largest U.S. attorney's office in the country, overseeing a number of politically charged prosecutions that included the case against Trump associates Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and other spinoffs from the Mueller investigation.

  • Liu stepped down from the U.S. attorney's office last month after Trump announced his intention to nominate her to the Treasury position in December 2019.

Barr to testify before House Judiciary panel

Barr to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Attorney General William Barr has agreed to give testimony before the House Judiciary Committee next month amid  growing questions over the administration's alleged interference in the case of a close ally of President Trump.

Democrats on the panel released a letter Wednesday confirming Barr’s March 31 appearance, saying they are concerned the agency has become politicized under his watch.

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Dad Ran a Sex Cult Out of Daughter’s Sarah Lawrence Dorm, Feds Say

Sarah Lawrence U

The father of a former student at New York’s elite Sarah Lawrence College has been charged with starting a sex cult in his daughter’s dorm room, eventually forcing one woman into prostitution and holding a knife to a male victim’s throat until he confessed to a crime he didn’t do, authorities said Tuesday.

Lawrence Ray, 60, faces nine federal charges, including sex trafficking, extortion, and forced labor for allegedly subjecting “his victims to sexual and psychological manipulation and physical abuse,” and laundering about $1 million from five different victims under the guise of self-help. One of the victims, identified in the indictment as Female Victim-2, was present at his New Jersey residence at the time of his arrest, authorities said.

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Lindsey Graham shuts down calls to investigate DOJ's Roger Stone reversal

Linday Graham shuts down probe of DOJ

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has little interest in investigating the Justice Department’s abrupt reversal on a sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone — rebuffing a Democratic demand sparked by President Donald Trump’s attacks on the federal prosecutors in the case.

Graham, a staunch Trump ally, said Wednesday he did not intend to bring Attorney General William Barr in for testimony aside from the committee’s general oversight of the Justice Department. And while Senate Republicans broadly criticized Trump’s Twitter forays into the case, they said further investigation was not warranted — dismissing Democrats’ calls for congressional action over allegations of politically motivated favoritism.

TVNL Comment: Every time you think they've reached the lowest of the low, they sink to an even lower level.  Wake up, America.  They're stealing our democracy.

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