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Conservative Free Beacon originally funded firm that created Trump-Russia dossier

Conservative group first funded dossier creation

Representatives for the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online news site, informed congressional investigators Friday the outlet had originally funded the research firm that created the salacious dossier containing allegations of ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian operatives, the publication said in a statement.

The firm, Fusion GPS — which has been entwined in federal and congressional probes into Russian election interference in 2016 — was retained by the Free Beacon during the 2016 elections "to provide research on multiple candidates in the Republican presidential primary," Free Beacon editor and chief Matthew Continetti and chairman Michael Goldfarb said in the statement.


Pharmaceutical Founder Arrested In Alleged Nationwide Opioid Scheme

John Kapoor

On the same day President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, the co-founder of a prominent opioid medication manufacturer has been arrested on fraud and racketeering charges. John Kapoor, former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, has been charged with conspiring to push the company's signature drug for unacceptable uses through a series of bribes and kickbacks.

Subsys, as the drug is known, transmits the extremely powerful narcotic fentanyl in spray form, allowing it to be placed beneath the tongue for fast, potent pain relief. It is meant only for treating cancer patients suffering from severe pain.


Here's What's In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract

Here's what's in that 4399M Whitefish contract

Last week, a tiny company in Montana called Whitefish Energy Holdings announced that it had been given a $300 million contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to help restore electricity on the island, which was severely damaged last month by Hurricane Maria. As we reported, that deal was met with surprise and suspicion from many: The project is enormous, and Whitefish is a two-year-old firm that until recently had just two full-time employees.

The full text of the Whitefish contract is now publicly available, so all of its terms can finally be assessed. The reporter Yanira Hernández Cabiya at Caribbean Business attained the contract and published it online.


7 new findings from the latest JFK files

JFK assassination files: 7 new things

President Donald Trump on Thursday didn't release all of the files about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy — but he did make public more than 2,800 pages of documents.

The ones Trump did release, which partially fulfills a decades-old law calling for the release of the files from the National Archives, contain a rich trove of previously sealed information. Collectively, they deepen what's known about one of the most haunting and mysterious events in American history. The documents released Thursday night include fresh insights into shooter Lee Harvey Oswald's motives, how the FBI reacted to the shooting and Oswald's interactions with Soviet intelligence officers.


Corporate penalties have plunged at SEC since Trump took office

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton

Publicly traded companies have been hit with fewer and much less costly penalties by the Securities and Exchange Commission since Donald Trump became president.

From February through September, the agency, now headed by Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton, collected $127 million in corporate civil penalties in 15 cases, according to a POLITICO review of SEC data. That compares with $702 million in 43 cases from February through September 2016.


Capitol Hill’s sexual harassment policy ‘toothless,’ ‘a joke’

Rep. Jackie Speier calls Capitol Hill protestion of women a joke

Two female lawmakers and several congressional staffers are calling for an overhaul of Capitol Hill’s policies on sexual harassment, citing a culture of tolerance in a workplace long known as a boys’ club.

The sexual harassment scandals involving major Hollywood and media figures are focusing new attention on Congress’ procedures, which critics say are woefully inadequate for deterring bad behavior in an institution filled with powerful men and young aides trying to advance their careers. Each congressional office operates as its own small, tightly controlled fiefdom with its own rules and procedures, which makes it that much harder to come forward.


Talking Points Brought to Trump Tower Meeting Were Shared With Kremlin

Russian talking points at Trump Tower meeting shared with kremlinThe Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016 who offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton shared the allegations with Russia's prosecutor general in the months prior, according to The New York Times.

Natalia Veselnitskaya discussed her research with Yuri Chaika even though she has repeatedly claimed that the information emerged as a result of her own digging, the report noted.


Under Trump, Made in America Is Losing Out to Russian Steel

Russian steel undercutting US companies:  Buy America was a stuntFour days after his inauguration, Donald Trump signed a handful of executive memos to advance the Keystone XL pipeline and revive the U.S. steel industry.

He invited builder TransCanada Corp. to reapply for a permit denied by Barack Obama and ordered up fast-track rules forcing not only Keystone but also all new U.S. pipelines to be made from American steel. “From now on, we’re going to be making pipeline in the United States,” he said.


After Iran shock, nervous Europe girds for next Trump salvo

Macron and Merkel - and other European leaders worry about TrumpFollowing Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal this month, shaken European capitals are asking themselves what the U.S. president will do next.

Diplomats have sketched scenarios they fear could plunge transatlantic relations into crisis: a trade war, military conflict over North Korea, or the collapse of a Cold War-era arms treaty. They wonder if their post-war alliance can survive if any of them come true.


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