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fbi agent charged with lying about oregon refuge shooting: report

an fbi agent has been charged with making false statements to investigators probing the fatal shooting of an armed protester who took part in standoff last year at a federal wildlife refuge in oregon, court documents showed on wednesday. joseph astarita was charged in an indictment handed down in u....





moscow preparing to take ‘retaliatory measures’ against us over seizures of diplomatic compounds

the kremlin is preparing measures to retaliate against the u.s. for the seizure of two russian diplomatic compounds in the u.s. last december by the obama administration, said reuters on wednesday. russian foreign ministry spokeswoman maria zakharova said, “retaliatory measures are being prepa...





donald trump’s laptop ban shifts from airports to airlines

the department of homeland security is replacing the trump administration ban on laptops from certain airports with a policy that would allow laptop bans by airline, regardless of airport. dhs secretary john kelly made the announcement, but offered few details on the major shift in air travel policy...





‘have they lost their minds?’: torture-defending bush aide calls gop healthcare bill ‘morally reprehensible’

the latest detractor of the senate gop’s obamacare replacement bill is, as noted by vox, a president george w. bush-era speechwriter who once wrote an op-ed defending waterboarding as an interrogation tactic. “paying for a massive tax cut for the wealthy with cuts to health care for the most v...





inmate dead after shooting deputy in escape attempt at nashville clinic

an inmate is dead and a deputy sheriff injured after a firefight at a medical clinic in 100 oaks mall at the campus of vanderbilt university in nashville, tennessee on wednesday. nashville’s wsmv reported that the deputy was escorting the inmate to an appointment at the vanderbilt outpatient c...





senate intelligence committee will get comey memos detailing possible obstruction of justice by trump: report

sen. richard burr (r-nc), chairman of the senate intelligence committee, revealed on wednesday that his committee will receive memos written by former fbi director james comey detailing conversations with president donald trump. burr confirmed to politico that he had been given assurances that the m...





far-right group buys boat to disrupt migrant rescues

an anti-immigrant, far-right group in europe wants to disrupt rescue missions and try to prevent migrants from reaching the continent. defend europe, whose members classify themselves as “identitarians” who want to protect europe’s “identity” from immigration, raised money to...





trump’s lawyer in russia probe is now himself facing investigations in two states

according to the guardian, the attorney generals of new york and north carolina are investigating president donald trump’s lawyer jay sekulow for alleged misappropriation of funds from one of his charities. the investigations by north carolina attorney general josh stein and new york attorney ...





fbi agent charged with lying about oregon refuge shooting: report

an fbi agent has been charged with making false statements to investigators probing the fatal shooting of one of the armed protesters who took over a federal wildlife refuge in oregon last year, the oregonian newspaper reported on wednesday.the agent, who was not identified by the oregonian, was exp...





extremists have fallen in love with oklahoma city bomber timothy mcveigh

to most americans, timothy mcveigh is the perpetrator of the worst act of domestic terrorism in u.s. history, a murderer whose 1995 bombing of a federal building in oklahoma city took the lives of 168 innocents, children included. but on the extremist fringes of society (mostly affiliated with the f...





a guide to ‘game of thrones’ season 7 cameos starring noah syndergaard and conor mcgregor

the wait for game of thrones season 7 is nearly over and soon cersei, daenerys and jon snow will be back on our screens for the emmy award-winning fantasy drama’s penultimate season. but this season, executive producers david benioff and d.b. weiss also are bringing in some other famous faces. seaso...





here’s why james o’keefe’s undercover video attacking cnn and van jones is a big nothing-burger

james o’keefe’s right-wing activist group has released another video this week that purportedly shows cnn’s own on-air talent believes the trump-russia scandal is a media-concocted hoax. the first video, released by project veritas on tuesday, shows cnn medical producer john bonifi...





‘we had a great day yesterday’: sarah huckabee sanders claims health care failure is a white house victory

white house deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders on wednesday dismissed the senate’s failure to pass a health care bill, calling it a “great day” for the white house. sanders began wednesday’s white house briefing, which the press was banned from covering live, by gi...





ohio judge gives teens book report as punishment for accidentally shooting someone in the face

according to the associated press, an enterprising ohio judge hopes to teach two 19-year-olds a lesson by making them write book reports on world war ii and vietnam as punishment for accidentally shooting someone during target practice. stark county judge frank forchione sentenced jonas rohr and kyl...





watchdog group reports nikki haley to special counsel for ‘breaking federal law’

a prominent government watchdog group filed an official complaint tuesday alleging ambassador nikki haley broke federal law. “citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington respectfully requests that the office of special counsel investigate whether united states ambassador to the united...





paddington bear creator michael bond dead at 91

london (dpa) – children’s writer michael bond, the creator of the hugely popular paddington bear books, has died aged 91, his publisher said on wednesday. bond died at home on tuesday following a short illness, publisher hapercollins said. “published by harpercollins for almost 60 ...





republicans no longer fear ‘paper tiger’ trump as his approval rating continues to plummet

president donald trump’s threats just don’t carry much weight with congressional republicans, who privately admit he’s a lightweight. trump has been unable to rally his fellow republicans behind health care, which passed the house but remains in doubt in the senate, and other major...





trump’s fire-breathing lawyer wimps out in threat against comey — here’s why that’s no surprise

on wednesday, bloomberg news said that president donald trump’s attorney marc kasowitz delayed filing his complaint with the office of the inspector general (oig) against fired fbi director james comey. this fits a pattern of bellicose but ultimately empty talk from kasowitz, who has threatene...





‘this can’t be real’: chilling 911 call reveals father’s raw emotion after fatally shooting daughter

newly released audio of a 911 call shows a panicked father’s shocked reaction to accidentally shooting his 9-year-old daughter. the chicago tribune has posted an audio recording of 33-year-old eric scott hummel of hobart, indiana, calling 911 on june 10 and telling authorities that he accident...





‘the president grabbed vaginas!’ cnn panel on trump’s ogling of woman reporter goes off the rails

earlier this week, president donald trump interrupted his call with irish prime minster leo varadkar to ogle female reporter who happened to be in the oval office. “she has a nice smile on her face,” trump told varadkar of irish reporter caitríona perry, who was in the oval office filmin...