Freedom of Information

Yemen to probe alleged interrogation abuses by UAE, US

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's internationally-recognized government on Saturday ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing …

Middle East

Trump Asks 'Why No Action?' Amid Questions About Obama's Response To Russian Meddling

President Trump took to Twitter to question his predecessor's judgment and actions — at the end of a week characterized by a steady drumbeat of questions about how and when the Obama administration chose to respond to Russian interference in the 2016 election.<p>"Why no action?," the president asked …

Government

The FCC’s independent chair is getting too cozy with the White House, critics say

<b>Correction:</b> <i>An earlier version of this story suggested that Pai was in the same room as Trump. In fact, he attended a breakout session with other meeting members in a different building.</i><p>Much of the media coverage surrounding President Trump's meetings with tech industry executives this week has …

Ajit Pai

Trump border wall misses start date

The Trump administration has yet to award contracts to build prototypes of a U.S.-Mexico border wall even though construction was originally pegged …

San Diego

My Company Tried Slack For Two Years. This Is Why We Quit.

This remote company decided real-time communication was holding it back. So it built a new tool from the ground up.<p>Three years ago, our remote company joined Slack. Until then, we had relied on a mix of email and an internal tool called Wedoist for all our communication. But our steadily growing …

Collaboration

Trump Aides Respond to His Latest Conspiracy Tweets: ‘FML.’

As in, ‘f*ck my life.’<p>After a cascading series of controversies created in large part by Donald Trump’s Twitter account, the president took to his preferred medium again on Thursday to float another conspiracy theory: the Oval Office itself could be under surveillance.<p>Trump ended speculation on …

Donald Trump

Friday's Mini-Report, 6.23.17

Today’s edition of quick hits:<p>* A great report: “In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely …

Donald Trump

Real life UFO 'X Files' released to the public by the Government

The truth IS out there...<p>The National Archives has released 15 Ministry of Defence UFO files.<p>But a press officer for the organisation has confirmed …

UFOs

Club Drugs May Be Inside Your Sanderson Farms ‘100% Natural’ Chicken

Your all-natural breast fillets might be coming from a bird that secretly clubbed all night to EDM. According to a new lawsuit filed by …

Agriculture

As Sen. Burr hides the torture report, the US can’t learn from its mistakes

Tuesday’s New York Times article, “Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal Interrogations,” reminds us of what Sen. Richard Burr would like us to …

Government

Just 150 seconds to decide the fate of a school

Major decisions about the future of schools are expected to be made in as little as 150 seconds, documents obtained by <i>Tes</i> have revealed.<p>An analysis …

Education

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating federal records law

Updated 06/22/2017 11:01 AM EDT<p>Two watchdog groups filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his office on Thursday alleging that the White House is failing to adhere to federal records law by communicating via confidential applications like Signal and deleting some of the president’s …

The White House

President Trump is being sued for deleting official emails because we have learned nothing

I voted for the meteor<p>After what felt like years of hammering Hillary Clinton for failing to adhere to federal email transparency policies, you might think politicians would take pains not to make the same mistake. But now, the White House has been accused of just that.<p>This morning, the nonprofit …

Rights & Freedoms

Susan Rice records intelligence committee wants are locked in Obama archive

House intelligence committee sources say career officials at the National Security Council are slow-walking the delivery of subpoenaed records on …

Government

Boys protest school's dress code by donning skirts

7:57 p.m. ET<p>The Philadelphia 76ers selected University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz as the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. The Sixers …

Preet Bharara

Army busts another general for improper relationship with woman

The Army has demoted the former commander of the 1st Infantry Division for having “an inappropriate relationship” with a junior officer, the latest in a string of episodes in which Army generals have landed in trouble for personal misconduct.<p>Wayne W. Grigsby Jr., who also served as the commander of …

Veterans

Lock Them Up!

Posted: Jun 22, 2017 9:36 AM<p>NEW YORK — Lock them up!<p>James Comey, Loretta Lynch, and the Clintons should do time for their crimes. So should the …

Government

Dead Drop: June 23

<b>OPEN SECRETS:</b> Don’t schedule any meetings with top Brazilian officials if you have anything to hide. The New York Times this week reported on a small …

U.S. Army

The public deserves to see the Comey memos

<b>(CNN) —</b> CNN, The New York Times and USA Today have filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits in federal court to compel the FBI and the Department of Justice to release former FBI Director James Comey's memos on his conversations with President Donald Trump.<p>On May 16, 2017, CNN submitted an FOIA …

Surveillance

A Bunch Of CIA Staff Got Fired For Stealing Snacks From Vending Machines

Several CIA contractors were kicked out of the agency for stealing more than $3,000 in snacks from vending machines, according to official documents newly obtained by BuzzFeed News.<p>The thefts took place starting in the fall of 2012 and continued through March 2013, according to a declassified …

Rights & Freedoms

Texas Group That Fueled Trump Voter Fraud Claim Scales Back 2016 Election Audit

“As it stands, we do not have the funding to do what we want to do."<p>by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune<p>The Houston-based organization that fueled President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that “millions” of people voted illegally in the 2016 election says it’s scaling back its effort to …

Government

Grassley embraces oversight role in Trump-Russia probe

In a POLITICO interview, the Senate Judiciary chairman sends the strongest signal yet that he’ll investigate obstruction of justice.<p>In 1984, a junior Republican senator named Chuck Grassley infuriated his party elders by slapping a contempt of Congress citation on Ronald Reagan’s attorney general …

Politics

Nepal authorities ask Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda to recall 6 products

Nepal's Department of Drug Administration on Wednesday asked Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda to immediately recall six medical products as they were …

Ayurveda

Father accused of being careless with gun son used to shoot himself

Five people, plus several juveniles, face charges in connection to the teen's death.

Crime

AI Is a Game-Changer in the Fight Against Hunger and Poverty. Here's Why

Scientists around the world are harnessing AI's data-mining ability in the fight against poverty.<p>For good or bad, artificial intelligence has become ubiquitous.<p>Thanks to AI, Amazon recommends items based on your browsing and purchase history. Facebook presents you with targeted ads after crawling …

Agriculture

Toronto councillor seeks answers on fire safety transparency

A Toronto city councillor is “concerned” by the lack of transparency around fire inspections and is looking for answers.Councillor Josh Matlow plans …

Canadian News

Ousted Michigan State football staffer asked for prospect list while suspended, school says

EAST LANSING -- Former Michigan State football staffer Curtis Blackwell asked a student employee of the football program to provide him with a list …

College & University

Public Data Is More Important Than Ever–And Now It’s Easier To Find

The data mining start-up Enigma is launching a redesigned site that makes vast troves of open data easier to search and analyze.<p>Public data, in theory, is meant to be accessible to everyone. But in practice, even finding it can be near impossible, to say nothing of figuring out what to do with it …

Big Data

Democrats Seek Records On Jared Kushner As Administration Tries To Stifle Oversight

<b>Updated at 5:52 p.m. ET</b><p>Democrats on the House Oversight Committee want to see White House records on the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his security clearance and his access to classified information.<p>In a letter to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the oversight panel's 18 …

Congressional Committees

Lawmakers intensify negotiations in pursuit of key Trump-related banking records

Senate investigators have been locked in a quiet showdown with the Trump administration over records that they believe could help expose possible …

Donald Trump