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McCain hammers Tillerson in NYT op-ed

John McCainSen. John McCain slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a New York Times op-ed published Monday morning, accusing the nation’s chief diplomat of adopting a foreign policy that abandons both U.S. values and victims of oppression around the world.

McCain’s op-ed came in response to remarks Tillerson delivered last week to State Department employees, in which he said that “in some circumstances if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can’t achieve our national security goals.”

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Sally Yates Recounts Warning Trump Team Michael Flynn Could Be Blackmailed By Russia

Sally Yates at Congressional hearingIn prepared remarks, Yates said she was limited about what she could discuss because her “duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did when I led the department.” Yates also said she was “not authorized generally to discuss deliberations within DOJ or more broadly in the Executive Branch, particularly on matters that may be the subject of ongoing investigations.”

But she said Russian efforts to undermine the democratic process “pose a serious threat to all Americans.”

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NBC: Flynn never completed CIA background check for Trump White House job

Flynn never completed CIA vettingFormer national security adviser Michael Flynn never completed the required background check with the CIA for his position in the Trump administration, NBC News reported Monday.

Flynn had a security clearance from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which was renewed in April 2016. But in January, when he became White House national security adviser, he was required to fill out a new security clearance form to be vetted by the FBI and the CIA, two officials told NBC News.

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Appeals court set to hear arguments on Trump's revised travel ban

Travel Ban 2 back in courtPresident Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from six countries faces its latest legal test on Monday before a federal appeals court in Virginia.

The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear an hour of oral arguments in the Trump administration's appeal of a March 16 ruling by Maryland-based federal judge Theodore Chuang.

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New device turns dirty air into energy

Device takes dirty air and turns it into energyA team of Belgian scientists have developed a new device capable of generating power while cleaning polluted air.

The device, which must be exposed to sunlight to function, features two chambers separated by a single membrane. The air is cleaned on one side, while contaminants are converted into hydrogen gas on the other.

"This hydrogen gas can be stored and used later as fuel, as is already being done in some hydrogen buses, for example," Sammy Verbruggen, a professor at the University of Antwerp, said in a news release.

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Netanyahu's cabinet seeks to downgrade status of Arabic

Netanyahu seeks to downplay Arabic languageIsraeli ministers have approved a controversial bill that will downgrade Arabic as an official language and define the country as the "national home of the Jewish people".

The Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday that if the bill were to become law, Arabic would no longer be an official language and would instead be defined as having special status.

In the bill, Hebrew is defined as the "national language", which would become part of the country's so-called basic law, which is similar to a constitution, it said. The legislation still has to go through further drafting by the justice ministry and pass several votes in parliament.

TVNL Comment: Israeli Arabs make up 20% of the population.  Arabic has always been an official language....until now.  Democracy?  Yeah, right.

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Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn, Say Officials

Obama warned Trump about FlynnFormer President Obama warned President Donald Trump against hiring Mike Flynn as his national security adviser, three former Obama administration officials tell NBC News.

The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.

The revelation comes on a day that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is expected to testify that Flynn misled the White House about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

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Macron wins French presidency by decisive margin over Le Pen

Macron winsThe pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a decisive victory over the far-right Marine Le Pen that his supporters hailed as holding back the tide of populism.

Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%, according to initial projections from early counts.

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Eric Trump in 2014: 'We have all the funding we need out of Russia'

Eric TrumpPresident Trump’s son, Eric, once told a golf writer that funding for Trump golf courses come from Russia, that writer recounted in a new interview.

James Dodson during an interview Friday with Boston’s WBUR described meeting Donald Trump in 2014 and being invited to play golf at the Trump National Golf Club Charlotte.

He said asked Donald Trump how he was paying for his courses, and the now-president “sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million,” Dodson said in the interview

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