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NYT Retracts Claim That ’17 US Intelligence Agencies’ Verified Russian DNC Email Hack

The Daily Sheeple - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:24

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The New York Times has retracted its claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies agreed that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic emails in an effort to influence the 2016 election in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump.

The Times issued a correction after repeating the claim in a story bearing the headline “Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies” on June 25.

In the piece, NYT political correspondent Maggie Haberman wrote that Trump still refused to “to acknowledge a basic fact agreed upon by 17 American intelligence agencies that he now oversees: Russia orchestrated the attacks, and did it to help get him elected.”

A correction was added to the online version of the story Thursday, noting: “The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”

Critics were quick to label the Times ‘fake news’ while others took issue with the classification of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), an oversight body, as an intelligence agency.

Along with the CIA, FBI, and NSA, the remaining US intelligence agencies include the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Military Intelligence Corps, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Department of Energy.

The ‘17 agencies’ claim appears to have been first made by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the third and final debate with Trump ahead of the election last year.

“We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election,” Clinton said in the October 19 debate. “I find that deeply disturbing.”

Clinton is said to have based her assertion on a joint statement issued by the Office of the DNI, the body overseeing all 17 agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security earlier that month.

“The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” the statement read.

Former DNI chief James Clapper testified before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on May 8, saying that the “special intelligence community assessment” was produced by analysts “hand-picked” from the CIA, NSA, and FBI.

Meanwhile, Clinton repeated the claim again at a tech conference in California as recently as May 31.

“Read the declassified report by the intelligence community that came out in early January,” she said. “Seventeen agencies, all in agreement… they concluded with ‘high confidence’ that the Russians ran an extensive information war against my campaign.”

However, the report she cited outlines in the beginning that it is “an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA), which draws on intelligence information collected and disseminated by those three agencies.”

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Canadian police dept. urges public to use ‘preferred pronouns.’ But public is having none of it.

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:19

A Canadian police department encouraged the public to ask others what their “preferred pronouns” are — and took it a step further by publishing a “Handy Guide to Pronouns” — in a Twitter post Wednesday.

Seems that sometime Friday morning the tweet was deleted, but TheBlaze got screenshots:

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The chart provided by the police in Halton — which is just south of Toronto — included tips for using newfangled pronouns such as “ze-hir-hir,” “ze-zem-zir” and “ey-eir-em” in sentences. (You know, in case you’re ever in the mood to observe that “Ze went to the store to buy hirself a hat. I saw him wearing hir hat today,” as one example notes.)

While the tweet didn’t note consequences for failing to use preferred pronouns, it comes after the Canadian Senate passed bill C-16, which would prohibit discrimination against transgenders and protect them against hate speech and hate crimes, the Globe and Mail reported.

But just exactly what constitutes “discrimination” and “hate speech” has many folks worried about free speech disappearing. The bill still must be approved by the governor general before becoming law.

As for the folks who got an eyeful of the tweet from Halton police, a number of them seemed none too pleased with its message:

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CNBC editor: Reporters must remember readers aren’t ‘as stupid as we think they are’

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:04

The editor-in-chief of CNBC is encouraging those in the media to stick to the facts and acknowledge when they don’t know something because readers “are not as ignorant, as stupid as we think they are.”

Nikhil Deogun, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of CNBC, shared his thoughts at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado Wednesday, during a discussion about the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump.

His answer was prompted by a question about conformation bias from Yahoo! news anchor Katie Couric, who moderated the panel, which also included The Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker, Time editor Nancy Gibbs, and USA Today editor Joanne Lipman.

“Consumers are increasingly gravitating toward outlets that basically tell them what they want to hear, reinforce their beliefs,” Couric said. “A friend of mine said, ‘They’re seeking affirmation, not information.’ So given that, how do you restore trust in the media writ large if people are so divided about which media outlets are actually fair and accurate?”

In his response, Deogun warned against holding different people to different standards in reporting — a reality he called a “trap” in today’s political climate. Ultimately, he said the goal for the press corps should be to just “stick to the facts.”

“I think sometimes there’s too much of a tendency to interpret a fact to a degree that it goes into opinion,” Deogun said. “And I think part of our job is to — again — remind ourselves that our … readers, viewers, users, are not as ignorant, as stupid as we think they are.

“I think part of that is to be more transparent,” he continued. “Part of that is to be more forthcoming about what we know and what we don’t know.”

Deogun concluded by highlighting the importance of reporters telling readers not just what they know, but what they also don’t know.

The CNBC editor’s remarks come as the relationship between the news media and the White House is particularly strained. On Tuesday, the Trump administration held its first on-camera briefing in one week.

During the question-and-answer session, helmed by principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Playboy reporter Brian Karem lambasted the administration for constantly blaming “fake news” and mainstream media bias for the troubles it’s faced.

“You’re inflaming everyone right here, right now with those words,” Karem told Sanders. “[Y]ou have been elected to serve for four years at least — there’s no option other than that. We’re here to ask you questions. You’re here to provide the answers.”

Sanders, for her part, disagreed with Karem’s assertion and blamed reporters’ “dishonesty” for the rocky relationship between the the press corps and the White House.

Watch: Man Wanted for Purse-Snatching Takes Police on Wild Car Chase

The Daily Sheeple - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 08:35

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A man wanted for a string of purse thefts took police on a wild car chase from Kentucky to Indiana on Thursday.

News helicopters recorded the dramatic pursuit, which lasted at least 45-minutes.

The chase began in Louisville, Kentucky, after officers noticed the truck matched that of a man wanted for stealing purses from women at gas stations, reports WDRB – and once the pursuit started, it continued right across state lines into neighboring Indiana.

This video shows 41 minutes of the chase and its dramatic conclusion…

The lengthy chase came to an end when the suspect, identified as Robert G. Ellis II, ran over police spike strips before his truck was rammed by a police cruiser.

In the video footage, a Louisville Metro Police Department Officer and an Indiana State police trooper are seen hitting Ellis.

A spokesman for Indiana State police said it’s difficult to comment on the situation not knowing the exact details on whether or not the suspect was armed with a weapon or resisting arrest, reports WLKY:

“I cannot see the suspect that’s on the ground, I do not know what the suspect is doing. I do know we have several officers that are trying to take that person into custody. But, I can tell you this, if there were any improprieties by the Indiana state police trooper our superiors will review that video and that trooper will be held accountable for it. Again, if that happened we will stand responsible for anything that happens that any of our troopers could possibly do, we’ll stand responsible for that,” Indiana State police Sgt. Jerry Goodin said.

LMPD is investigating the situation to see if proper procedures and protocols were followed.

Police say they found at least a dozen purses in Ellis’s truck.

Ellis was hospitalized in Floyd County for injuries sustained in the incident, but remains in Indiana State Police custody. He was charged with fleeing and resisting law enforcement.

It’s not yet known if he will face charges in Kentucky, reports RT.

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US-backed Syrian forces surround Raqqa, tighten noose around ISIS

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 08:28

Syrian forces backed by the United States have seized all major roadways into the Islamic State de-facto capital of Raqqa in Syria, signaling a nearly completed siege on the terrorist stronghold, U.S. officials said Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

According AP reports, a spokesman from the U.S.-led coalition said Syrian Democratic Forces now control all high-speed routes into Raqqa from the south. The SDF fighters, led by Kurdish forces, have been advancing into Raqqa from the east, north, and west since May.

The campaign to take the city, which began in earnest on June 6, has resulted in the coalition destroying all the bridges over the Euphrates River and taking control of the two dams that remain as the only crossing points over the river, according to U.S.-led coalition spokesman Col. Joe Scrocca. It is estimated that 2,500 ISIS fighters remain in the city.

“South of the Euphrates River, the SDF now control all high-speed routes into Raqqa,” Scrocca said, adding that moving in toward the Euphrates from the east would have Raqqa wholly surrounded, as was the plan from the beginning.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an SDF unit has been capturing villages across the Euphrates in the Kasret al-Faraj area.

“IS has no other choice now but to surrender or fight to the end,” Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said.

The Islamic State seized Raqqa in July 2014, making it the terrorist faction’s de-facto headquarters. Surrounding the city figuratively cuts the head off the snake and denies escape routes to the secondary ISIS stronghold in Deir el-Zour, south of Raqqa.

On Wednesday, coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon said that a “steady stream” of Islamic State leaders are abandoning their forces as they attempt to escape from the oncoming coalition troops, some “successfully.”

Despite the progress coalition forces are making, Scrocca warns that the fight to take Raqqa has just begun and that there is still much fighting to be done within the city itself.

This news comes on the heels of a Friday report from CNN that Iraqi forces captured the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a “caliphate” three years ago, launching a brutal campaign to eliminate the borders of the surrounding areas to form one state under ISIS rule.

Recently, footage from the fighting on the front lines to retake Raqqa surfaced, showing a female Kurdish sharpshooter from the coalition narrowly avoiding being shot by an ISIS sniper.

Man allegedly tries to rob a 7-Eleven — but likely didn’t count on a clerk with a gun

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 07:12

A 7-Eleven store clerk shot a robbery suspect last weekend, a source told WAVY-TV, leaving the man in critical condition.

Virginia Beach Police told the station they were called to a reported robbery at the convenience store at 1:06 a.m. Saturday — and when police arrived they found suspect Davin McClenney with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, WAVY reported.

McClenney was charged with two counts of robbery and wearing a mask in public, the station said, adding that 7-Eleven management said they couldn’t comment on the case.

Turns out McClenney was arrested three other times for robberies, WAVY said, noting that he pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery in 2006.

He also was charged after a home invasion in July 2016, spent several months in jail ,and then was allowed to bond out in December, the station reported.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s office told WAVY it argued against McClenney bonding out but the judge nevertheless granted it.

McClenney was scheduled to go to trial on the charges in August, the station said.

Father-son duo choke and shoot kidnapper during attempted robbery

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 06:58

A kidnapper and would-be robber met his end at the hands of a DeKalb County, Georgia, father-and-son duo who choked and shot the suspect multiple times early Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Roy Farrell, 39, and his 16-year-old son, whose name was not given, were at their apartment building when the suspect approached the son, who was outside their home, and asked for marijuana. When the teen said he didn’t have any, the suspect told him to ask his father for a cigarette.

As Farrell was getting a cigarette for the man, the suspect pulled a gun, aimed it at the son’s head, and demanded Farrell’s wallet. Seemingly unprovoked, Farrell told the robber where he banked, police said.

According to Lt. Shane Stanfield of the DeKalb Police Department, the suspect forced Farrell to drive the trio to an ATM at SunTrust Bank on Interstate 20 at Panola Road and to back into a parking space.

The suspect reportedly put down his gun for a moment, at which point Farrell grabbed it and ordered his son to choke the criminal. The son obeyed, and as he was choking the robber, Farrell shot the man five times.

Stanfield said a witness was getting money from the SunTrust ATM when she saw Farrell’s vehicle back into the space and became suspicious. She saw the struggle and, upon hearing the gunfire, ran to a nearby Burger King where she called for help.

Police found the criminal, whose identity they have not released, dead on arrival.

Police deemed the incident a “justifiable shooting,” according to DeKalb Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell, and do not expect to file any charges against Farrell. The father and son were questioned by police and released afterward.

According to the AJC, this is the second justifiable shooting in the Atlanta area reported in the past week. The first occurred Monday when Malik Hyatt of Decatur, Georgia, shot and killed an attempted robber who was kicking in his front door at the KRC Vista Apartments.

Former special forces operative says this Bible verse helped him save a girl from ISIS

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 05:30

In a truly inspiring interview Thursday with Fox News’ Heather Childers, former U.S. Special Forces operative David Eubank shared how God gave him the strength to save an Iraqi girl while under fire from ISIS terrorists. He recalled a verse from the Bible that helped him find the courage he needed.

“Iraqi forces battle the last ISIS fighters in Mosul hundreds of people in Iraq’s second largest city remain without food, without water, with many of those families who can’t get out of the city trying to survive shooting and shelling,” Childers explained.

“One aid worker risk[ed] his life in heavy sniper fire, to rescue a little girl,” Childers said. “And the man who made that dramatic rescue is David Eubank, he’s a former U.S. Special Forces operative turned aid worker.”

“So take us back to that moment,” she asked, “this was a five year old or six year old little girl?”

“Yes, ma’am,” Eubank answered, “that was on June the 2nd. But before that, we’d seen ISIS steadily killing more and more people. And June the 1st was about a hundred people tried to cross that road and got shot. I found at least seventy bodies.”

“And we thought they were all dead,” he continued, “but on the morning of June the 2nd we saw there was still living, back up against the wall where ISIS couldn’t shoot them, and so we prayed, ‘God help us! How do we help these people?'”

“And you’ve said it was a Bible verse that actually made you able to run into that gunfire.” she asked.

“Yes, ma’am,” he replied, “and that’s John 15:13, ‘greater love hath no man than this — that he lay down his life for his friends.’ And I thought that little girl could be my girl.”

“And so I prayed,” he continued, “the Americans and the Iraqis worked together, the Americans dropped smoke right in front of us, the Iraqis gave us a tank. And my team, a guy from Burma named ‘Monkey’ who did the filming, Sky, and Ephram, and a man from Syria who’s a translator ran behind. And when we got to that point, it looked like you were gonna die – crossing that tank out in the open.”

“But I thought, ‘If I die right now, my wife and kids will understand it’s for the love of that girl.’ And that’s why I did it,” he concluded.

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Eubank explained that his family was in Iraq with him to help with families dealing with the war.

“This is what we feel God has for us,” he said, “the best we can give our kids. My kids feel like it’s useful. We try to keep them out of the direct fighting. But if a family’s there, we can be there, because we’re all worth the same amount to God, which is everything.”

Eubank said the little girl was doing much better, despite the horrific trauma of having had to hide from ISIS while clutching to her dead mother for two days. Eubank said his wife and another Iraqi family took care of the child for a few weeks after she was rescued.

The video of Eubank’s inspiring heroics went immediately viral on social media. Eubank provides updates from his missions at his social media account at @DaveEubankFBR.

After the capture of a destroyed mosque in the heart of ISIS' capital of Mosul, the Iraqi government declared victory over the terrorist group in Iraq on Thursday. The capture of the 850-year-old mosque is considered a huge symbolic victory to Iraqis, even though it was destroyed by ISIS fighters. While the Iraqi government appears to be sure of its victory, there is still fighting in areas of Mosul populated by civilians. Between 15 and 20 thousand noncombatants are trapped in the Old Mosul neighborhood.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski publish scathing rebuke of Trump’s taunting tweets

The Blaze - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 05:05

The media firestorm over President Donald Trump’s tweets continued into Friday morning as the targets of his ire, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi, published a scathing retort in the Washington Post.

“President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal,” it read. “America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president.”

They went on to accuse White House staff members of threatening them with a damaging article in the National Enquirer that could be prevented if they begged the president for help. Many noted that the gossip magazine appeared to publish very favorable articles about then-candidate Trump during the presidential campaign. The MSNBC hosts said they did not respond to the threat.

They also claimed that Trump’s version of their dinner in December was “laughable,” and offered their own account. They said it was Trump who was requesting their company, not the other way around, and that they rejected his offer to spend New Year’s Eve at Mar-A-Lago, his resort in Florida.

They denied that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” as the president claimed, and wrote that she had never had any face-lift operations at all.

The response decried his treatment of women, noting a pattern of previous behavior. “It is disturbing that the president of the United States keeps up his unrelenting assault on women,” they wrote. “From his menstruation musings about Megyn Kelly, to his fat-shaming treatment of a former Miss Universe, to his braggadocio claims about grabbing women’s genitalia, the 45th president is setting the poorest of standards for our children.”

They concluded with the assertion that his staff members had often expressed worry about his “erratic behavior.”

While many Republicans decried the insults Trump lobbed from his Twitter account, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained a defiant tone when scolded by members of the press Thursday. “When the President gets hit, he’s going to hit harder,” she explained, “as he did today.”

The tweets remain on the president’s official account.

Brzezinski also posted an image on her social media account intended to mock Trump over the size of his hands, a favored joke among critics of the president.

Some of the president’s stalwart allies came to his defense, including talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh, who provided more alleged details about the dinner at Mar-A-Lago, and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who said the couple were as “evil” as CNN. 

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show Morning Joe.

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