4:18 PM 4/10/2019 – Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party Concedes Defeat to Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s Election

World – TIME: Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party Concedes Defeat to Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s Election 

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(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s Blue and White party leaders are conceding defeat in Israel’s election, saying they will work against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the opposition.
Yair Lapid, the party’s No. 2 figure, told a press conference Wednesday that though his party “did not win in this round, I respect the voters.” He said his party will “embitter” Netanyahu’s life from the opposition.
The Blue and White party, headed by former army chief of staff Benny Gantz, drew even with Netanyahu’s Likud party, but the incumbent prime minister is poised to form a government with his larger bloc of religious and nationalist allies.
Gantz says his party has “founded a true alternative rule to Netanyahu.”
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Senate Republicans push White House to stop purge at Homeland Security 

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Some GOP senators remain concerned that Trump’s anger will lead to more firings of DHS officials, leaving the department with key leadership posts unfilled.

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Watch live.: Attorney General Barr faces Senate after end of Mueller probe – Washington Post

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  2. Justice Department Examining Origins of Probe Into Trump Campaign’s Possible Ties to Russia  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Barr defends administration’s efforts to overturn ObamaCare in court | TheHill  The Hill
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See a black hole for the first time in a historic image from the Event Horizon Telescope – The Washington Post

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See a black hole for the first time in a historic image from the Event Horizon Telescope  The Washington Post

Scientists have finally captured the first direct image of a supermassive black hole. The highly anticipated cosmic portrait belongs to the black hole at the center …

Khashoggi’s son comments on financial compensation by rulers – Fox News

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Rand Paul to Pompeo: You do not have ‘permission’ for war with Iran – POLITICO

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The Google Assistant can now finally manage your G Suite Calendar – TechCrunch

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  3. Google Assistant now works with your G Suite work calendar  GeekWire
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Bags Of Cash, Armed Guards And Wary Banks: The Edgy Life Of A Cannabis Company CFO – NPR

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Bags Of Cash, Armed Guards And Wary Banks: The Edgy Life Of A Cannabis Company CFO  NPR

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Is the FBI capable of handling the counterintelligence matters? – by Michael Novakhov

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Is the FBI capable of handling the counterintelligence matters, in its present structure, and as a matter of personnel selection, their education, training, and the FBI’s institutional culture? The record does not look impressive.
Is there something structurally wrong? Would the new forms of the workforce organization be helpful? Should the Counterintelligence Services and Forces be grouped directly under the ODNI, and it’s central apparatus, and in greater collaboration with other related services? What should be the strategic directions? Rethinking, reconceptualization and the reorganization might be the more healthy alternatives to the present structure, which appears to be largely dysfunctional, for a number of reasons, still not formulated, analyzed, and comprehended properly. 
“Critics claim that the FBI’s law-enforcement structure is inadequate for twenty first century counterintelligence realities and should be replaced by a separate service staffed by counterintelligence officers, presumably with no law-enforcement powers.”
“The need for proactive and preventive approach, combined with a lesser visibility and a lesser emphasis on the formal law enforcement functions as compared with the counterintelligence functions proper, was advocated by the researchers:
“The third quality essential to counterintelligence operation is a preventive disposition. As Christopher Andrew has noted, a counterintelligence organization may be better evaluated by preventing spies from gaining any foothold than by the number of spies caught.(343) MI5 has always aimed to prevent threats from materializing. This is most evident in the Service’s
penchant for running double agents in general and in the Double Cross System in specific. Having double agents in place within target organizations can prevent any success on the part of
that organization and the strategic deception on D-Day obviated the bulk of Nazi forces and prevented countless allied casualties. The FBI’s most notable cases of preventive counterintelligence or counter-terrorism operation are more recent, particularly after Director Mueller’s concerted drive to push the Bureau in this direction.(344) The Bureau’s rise to the
challenge posed by terrorism will absolutely require it to become more preventive because the FBI cannot wait for terrorists to be successful before they apprehend them.
Finally, and most crucially, the Bureau must become more preventive and proactive in contrast to its established preference for reactive law enforcement.(345) This quality is at the heart of counterintelligence and counter-terrorism and will absolutely be the most difficult change for the
Bureau. If the FBI can make this cultural shift, it will be able to prevent and counter intelligence and terrorist threats just as well as any other organization, including MI5.”
And this is not to say that the MI5 is any more successful in its counterintelligence efforts (recently) than the FBI. 
By the way, and interestingly enough, the Russian Counterintelligence Services, starting from their very inception in 1920-s and the “Operation Trust“, emphasized and practiced the sophisticated and aggressive proactive and preventive approach, it was the matter of the very survival for them. It looks that their counterintelligence operations outgrew and expanded into the intelligence operations proper. The recent events might be the confirmation of this thesis, just like the recent expansion of the FSB mandate into the foreign activities and operations. 
How far will this approach take them eventually, and how successful it will be in the present circumstances, is very much the open question, projected into the future. This approach is the result and function of their deep historical insecurity. But it is quite effective apparently, and it should be studied, understood and comprehended, and reciprocated with the comprehensive multiplications. The resources are there, the resolve and will are needed, the qualities that apparently are lacking lately, after the ill-conceived and the counterproductive euphoria of 1990-s. 
Do catch their arrows and send them back to them, with the overwhelming force and the well thought out strategic determination.
Michael Novakhov 
11.13.17 
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Russia’s Election Meddling Is Another American Intelligence Failure – The New Yorker
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Authorities investigating stairwell collapse at San Diego gym that injured nearly two dozen children
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James B. Comey, called a liar and leaker by Trump, tweets a quote about truth and justice – The Washington Post
Trump voters were motivated by racism, not economic anxiety : The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Bulgaria’s Richest Man or Mafia Kingpin? Possibly Both | Provocateurs
How Spains Fight Against Gangsters Revealed Russian Power Networks
17 Signs of Trump Team Collusion with Russia – PlanetSave.com
7:10 PM 11/12/2017 Trump Backs U.S. Intelligence
VOA Newscasts – November 12, 2017
PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Nov. 12, 2017 – YouTube
Trump travels to Vietnam and shakes hands with Putin – YouTube
Donald Trump: Former Top Intelligence Chiefs: Trump Being ‘Played’ By Putin

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To add some comments to this very good and straightforward article, in my humble opinion. This situation is further complicated by the strong suspicions that a certain, pro-Trump faction of the FBI‘s upper echelons, possibly represented by Kallstrom (reportedly, Trump’s old childhood friend), and the Giuliani circles, reportedly very close to the New York branch of the FBI, might have been a prominent part of this conspiracy against the U.S., or the so called FBI NY branch cabal, or according to  Sidney Blumenthal: “Cabal Of Right-Wing FBI Agents” who “Took Down Hillary In A “Coup D’Etat”. Both of them, Kallstrom and Giuliani,  apparently, and again, reportedly, and assumingly, aspired to lead the FBI after Trump’s win. 
The statistical effects of the October 28 Letter | Federal Bureau of Investigation - NYTThe statistical effects of the October 28 Letter | Federal Bureau of Investigation - NYT
It is also my suspicion that the FBI engineered the Abedin – Weiner email affair as their sexual-political “sting operation”, which is an old, familiar and the favorite trick in both their own and Mr. Putin’s political toolboxes.  In these circumstances, the question that logically and inevitably arises, is: What was the degree of cooperation between them and the Russians? This is the big and the important question, and it has to be addressed and answered. This affair led to the October 28, 2016 Letter, which in the opinion of the pollsters, now broadly accepted, did decide the outcome of the elections.
The question about how the hundreds of thousands of emails (650,000) ended up on Abedin – Weiner laptop, remain essentially unanswered. Who planted them there and with whose help? If you get the wind that there might have been a covert or overt collusion between the Russians and the FBI, it would be hard to accuse you of the lack of logic in your thinking. Naturally, the next set of questions that inevitably arise, is the degree of infiltration and penetration of the FBI by the Russians and the others, who worked hard on this for many years. They do have a sad history in this regard, illustrated recently by this account
Mr. Mueller’s Investigation proceeds at its pace and seems to be rather deep and comprehensive, and I think and hope that he and his team will address these issues in their customary and expected depth, and will not cover up the FBI’s possible wrongdoings if any are discovered, and/or confirmed; although some observers expressed their strongly worded doubts on this account.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That what we need if we really want to recover and to understand what happened, starting from 1990-s, and encompassing both the 9/11, 2001 and The Elections 2016. These two epochal events do seem to be the connecting links of the same mysterious chain, as the author suggests, and as was noted by many others, of the writing and thinking public, on this subject. 
Michael Novakhov
11.13.17 
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“After weeks/months of the Hillary campaign bashing Trump for “irresponsibly” questioning the legitimacy of the election process, Clinton-insider, Sid Blumenthal, is apparently making the media rounds in Europe attributing her loss to a “coup d’etat” organized by “a cabal of right-wing agents of the FBI in the New York office attached to Rudy Giuliani.”   
“It was the result of a cabal of right-wing agents of the FBI in the New York office attached to Rudy Giuliani, who was a member of Trump’s campaign.”
“I think it’s not unfair to call it a coup.  Yeah, a coup d’etat.”
Of course, Blumenthal is well known within Clinton world for his wild conspiracy theories as John Podesta pointed out he is “lost in his own web of conspiracies.”
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Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
Russia’s Election Meddling Is Another American Intelligence Failure – The New Yorker
Russias Election Meddling Was Another U.S. Intelligence Failure
5:21 AM 11/13/2017 A freak accident or the premeditated act for the sake of sending the symbolic message?
Trump Cozies Up To Duterte, Ignores Human Rights Questions
children staircase – Google Search
Authorities investigating stairwell collapse at San Diego gym that injured nearly two dozen children
PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Nov. 12, 2017
James B. Comey, called a liar and leaker by Trump, tweets a quote about truth and justice – The Washington Post
Trump voters were motivated by racism, not economic anxiety : The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Bulgaria’s Richest Man or Mafia Kingpin? Possibly Both | Provocateurs
How Spains Fight Against Gangsters Revealed Russian Power Networks
17 Signs of Trump Team Collusion with Russia – PlanetSave.com
7:10 PM 11/12/2017 Trump Backs U.S. Intelligence
VOA Newscasts – November 12, 2017
PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Nov. 12, 2017 – YouTube
Trump travels to Vietnam and shakes hands with Putin – YouTube
Donald Trump: Former Top Intelligence Chiefs: Trump Being ‘Played’ By Putin
1:58 PM 11/12/2017 Ex-Intel Heads Respond As Trump Muddles
Just Security: Who in Their Right Mind Would Believe Putin?
organized crime and intelligence – Google News: Lincoln’s spy: How Pinkerton laid the foundation for the CIA and FBI – Salon
Ex-Intel Heads Respond As Trump Muddles Message On Russian Influence In Election : The Two-Way : NPR
putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Ex-Intel Heads Respond As Trump Muddles Message On Russian Influence In Election – NPR
putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Clapper: Downplaying Russia threat a ‘peril’ to US – CNN
Mueller Immediately Closes Investigation After Hearing Putin Proclaim His Innocence – The New Yorker (satire)
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Donald Trump: William Barr: ‘I Think Spying Did Occur’ On Trump Campaign During 2016 Election

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The attorney general plans to review whether the Justice Department’s alleged actions were “adequately predicated.”

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Netanyahu victory in Israel’s election means the end of illusions about a Palestinian state | Trudy Rubin – Philly.com

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Netanyahu victory in Israel’s election means the end of illusions about a Palestinian state | Trudy Rubin  Philly.com

Forget Kushner’s peace plan: With Trump’s help, Israel is now headed towards a one-state solution in which Arabs outnumber Jews.
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The Debate Over Trump’s Tax Returns 

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The Debate Over Trump’s Tax Returns

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Congress has the authority to obtain the president’s tax returns — whether or not he chooses to make them public, argues Brennan Center’s Rudy Mehrbani.

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RT @CNNPolitics: Sen. Bernie Sanders declines to say when he will release his tax returns cnn.it/2K8b1zD pic.twitter.com/PsihT0GaVE 

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