Clinton advisors are now confirming what Donald Trump has said all along: There is no evidence his campaign cooperated with Russians during the 2016 election.
Michael Morell, a former two-time acting CIA director for President Obama, who was expected to be Clinton’s pick to head the agency, told the intelligence web site Cipher Brief there’s no evidence Trump and associates colluded with Russians during the election, and denounced a dossier written by a former British intelligence officer who claimed there is, NBC News reports.
Morell said former British officer Christopher Steele paid Russian sources he interviewed through intermediaries to compile the dossier, which makes what’s contained in the document highly suspect.
“On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all,” Morell said.
“There’s no little campfire, there’s no candle, there’s no spark,” he continued. “And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”...
A scam-artist posing as an "Italian businessman" managed to trick a left-wing activist who was desperate to take down Trump into handing over $9,000 for blatantly forged documents claiming to show Exxon bribed Trump to appoint him Secretary of State.
In the third week of January, an Israeli named Yoni Ariel flew from Tel Aviv to Rome carrying $9,000 in cash on a secret mission to bring down Donald Trump.
There, he met with an Italian businessman. Seated at a table toward the rear of a cafe, away from the street where they might attract unwanted attention, Ariel recalled, he handed over the cash. In exchange he was given a copy of a potentially explosive set of documents.
Its 35 pages told the story of a $1.6 billion wire transfer from petroleum giant ExxonMobil to a European office of a Chinese mining company, which a day later transferred 1.4 billion euros to the Trump Organization, the privately held conglomerate founded by President Trump.
The transfers appeared to have taken place in mid-June, at the exact same time that Exxon's then chief executive, Rex Tillerson, was in St. Petersburg at an economic forum, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also attended. Less than six months later, President-elect Trump -- victor in an election that the US intelligence community said the Russian government had interfered with -- nominated Tillerson to be his secretary of state.
Google is going full social justice mode and enlisting a 10,000 strong "army" to flag search results deemed "upsetting" or "offensive."
Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results.
"We're explicitly avoiding the term 'fake news,' because we think it is too vague," said Paul Haahr, one of Google's senior engineers who is involved with search quality. "Demonstrably inaccurate information, however, we want to target."
You can see in their guide this is a demonstrably false statement and they specifically told their army to flag websites which could be considered "upsetting" or "offensive."
The effort revolves around Google's quality raters, over 10,000 contractors that Google uses worldwide to evaluate search results. These raters are given actual searches to conduct, drawn from real searches that Google sees. They then rate pages that appear in the top results as to how good those seem as answers.
...Quality raters use a set of guidelines that are nearly 200 pages long, instructing them on how to assess website quality and whether the results they review meet the needs of those who might search for particular queries.
Those guidelines have been updated with an entirely new section about "Upsetting-Offensive" content that covers a new flag that's been added for raters to use. Until now, pages could not be flagged by raters with this designation....
A Veterans Affairs hospital in Florida sensationally removed portrait photos of President Trump and Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin after Republican congressman and Army veteran Brian Mast demanded they be installed.
Accompanied by a group of local veterans, Mast brought portraits of Trump and Shulkin to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center only for them to be removed hours later by management staff at the hospital.
The photos were removed because management, "could not authenticate the photos and they have to follow protocol," according to Fox News.
A VA spokeswoman later said that the Congressman's actions were "inappropriate" and that the portraits needed to come from the VA's central office. No explanation was given for why the portraits hadn't been installed anyway almost two months after President Trump's inauguration....