(Zero Hedge) Vladimir Putin made a bombshell claim during Monday’s joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, Finland, when the Russian President said some $400 million in illegally earned profits was funneled to the Clinton campaign by associates of American-born British financier Bill Browder – at one time the largest foreign portfolio investors in Russia. The scheme involved members of the U.S. intelligence community, said Putin, who he said “accompanied and guided these transactions.”
(Elliott Gabriel) While the White House’s frenzied anti-Iran campaign has entailed unprecedented attempts to twist the arms of the United States’ traditional European allies, the pressure may be backfiring – a reality made all the more clear by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claims that Europe’s three major powers plan to continue trade ties with Iran without the use of the U.S. dollar.
(Michael Bastasch) President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers forced back into prison in 2016 to serve out the rest of the mandatory minimum sentence required under an anti-terrorism law.
(Jessica Corbett) After President Donald Trump dragged out announcing his nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, “relishing the suspense,” the president finally revealed D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his selection on Monday night, and progressive groups vowed to maintain pressure on Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans to fight the appointment.
(Whitney Webb) Speculation is mounting that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is seeking to make a “comeback” and challenge Donald Trump a second time in the next U.S. presidential election of 2020. Rumors of another Clinton campaign in the works comes amid the former candidate’s recent uptick in public appearances and fund-raising appeals.
(Justin Deschamps) The following article offers a rather conclusive perspective on the alleged insider Q Anon and their call for freeing countries. It is not my contention or belief that the Q Anon is pushing a pro-war agenda, although it is possible. I frankly think that the author of this article is taking a myopic view.
(Elliott Gabriel) MintPress speaks with legal expert and law professor Ryan Alford, who warns that hidden within the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Trump administration’s “Muslim travel ban” is a massive power giveaway to the executive branch that allows any president to order the mass detention of American citizens without worrying about a challenge from the courts.
(Zero Hedge) Suicide is exploding in America – and the increase isn’t confined to celebrities like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Suicide rates have risen by an astonishing 30% since 1999, with suicidal people citing relationship stress, financial difficulties and other issues as the underlying cause.
(Carey Wedler) On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to legalize hemp, an industrial crop that has been banned for decades.
(Jessica Corbett) “The government can no longer claim that just using technology like your cellphones means you’ve given up your Fourth Amendment rights,” says the ACLU. “This is huge.”
(Jessica Corbett) Millionaires and billionaires own nearly half of all the world’s personal wealth, which reached $201.9 trillion last year, according to a new report from Boston Consulting Group.
(Jake Johnson) After weeks of evasions and outright lies aimed at avoiding responsibility for the torture he has inflicted upon immigrant families, President Donald Trump finally admitted in an off-the-rails speech on Tuesday that the thousands of family separations that have taken place on his watch are a direct consequence of his administration’s decision to prosecute parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
(Carey Wedler) A group of parents in Minnesota called Stop CPS From Legally Kidnapping Children has filed a request in federal court to “shut down the state’s child protection services, stop serial abuse of families and overturn the unconstitutional laws by which the agency operates,”according to a press release published Tuesday.
(Jason Ditz) The historic Trump-Kim summit is just hours away, and both leaders have arrived in Singapore. Kim arrived on an Air China plane Sunday afternoon local time, and Trump arrived just hours later at Paya Lebar Air Base.
(Darius Shahtahmasebi) As the world grapples with Facebook’s numerous data breaches, along with the revelation that Google holds a lot more of our personal data than Facebook does, one Seattle-based entrepreneur recently launched a new social media platform called TopTopic, which allows users to actually generate income from their content while also respecting users’ privacy.