Who is Bill Browder and What Does He Represent?
Lee has an ongoing Twitter thread with a lot of information about Bill Browder: who he is and what he’s doing.
We’re also in the process of putting together a longer page on Browder and his associates at Populist.TV.
Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
Egypt has raised the death toll in a mosque attack to 305 who were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack in recent history. At least 27 of the victims were children. The Egyptian military launched airstrikes against the group responsible for the attack.
There is confusion over who will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) which is tasked with regulating banks and other financial institutions. Director Richard Cordray stepped down on Friday, making the Deputy the acting director until a new one is confirmed. Hours later President Trump appointed his budget director Mick Mulvaney, who once called the group a joke and co-sponsored a plan to dismantle it.
President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn may be moving toward cooperating with the Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn’s lawyers are ending communications with Trump’s legal team. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced his charges in the investigation last month, including the indictments of former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates.
In El Paso, TX funeral services are planned for today for Rogelio Martinez, the Border Patrol Agent who was killed nearly a week ago. The FBI is investigating amid speculation about the incident that also left a fellow agent injured. Investigators are treating it as a potential assault but are not ruling out other scenarios.
The UN Migration Agency is calling the Mediterranean Sea the world’s deadliest border where more than 33,000 migrants have drowned crossing into Europe over the past 17 years. They’ve warned that closing routes through Turkey and Greece has pushed asylum seekers to try and cross the Sea.
In Soccer, Barcelona fans are resting easy today as Lionel Messi signed a new contract for 4 more years after speculation he would leave Barcelona.
The Navy has identified 3 missing sailors the day after calling off an extensive search in the Pacific. They are Lt. Steven Combs, Airman Matthew Chialastri and Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso. The investigation is focusing on a rare dual engine failure. The number of US troops killed in non-combat plane crashes this year has skyrocketed by over 100% compared to this time a year ago.
Egypt is retaliating for yesterday’s terror attack at a mosque as government warplanes are hitting militant hideouts. At least 305 people were killed in the mosque attack.
Lawmakers will return to Washington with a long to-do list. The priority for Republicans is tax-reform and President Trump will make his pitch in person to Senate Republicans next week. Congress must also approve a spending bill to avoid government shutdown. Also on the agenda is a program that provides healthcare to 9 million kids; funding for that expired in September.
President Trump is once again at odds with the media. He sent a tweet saying Time Magazine had told him he was probably going to be named their person of the year and that they wanted to do a photo shoot of him ahead of time. He said he told them, “Probably is no good” and he took a pass. But Time tweeted later that the President was wrong about how they choose person of the year and it doesn’t comment or announce its choice until the issue is published.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also has a bone to pick with members of the media after posting a picture of a chocolate pecan pie she says she baked. 1 member of the media tweeted back saying, “show it to us on a table.”
Arkansas couple, Justin and Jordan Garten, who dined a lot at Olive Garden plan to name their 1st child after the restaurant chain. The baby girl will be named Olivia Garten. After announcing the name in a Twitter post, Justin said they’ve been contacted by Olive Garden’s corporate office which plans to send Olivia a special care package. She is due December 6th.
A volcano has erupted for the 2nd time in a week on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali. Since September, about 25,000 people who call the island home have been under evacuated orders.
A militant attack on a mosque in Egypt has killed more than 300 people. Egypt’s armed forces have launched airstrikes on those they believe are responsible. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi promised to respond with an iron fist.
Bangladesh says Rohingya Muslim refugees who go back to Myanmar will have to live in tent free camps at 1st because most of their villages have been burned down. The UN has already warned of the dangers of returning them to confinement in ghettos.
The Saudi led coalition has eased a blockade of Yemen where millions of people are threatened by famine. Flights carrying workers and medicines have been allowed to land for the 1st time in nearly 3 weeks.
Pakistani officials say a police officer has been killed in a battle between security forces and Islamists who have been blocking a key road in the capital Islamabad for weeks. The hardline Islamists want the law minister to be sacked for omitting reference to the Prophet Muhammad in an electoral oath.
Zimbabwe’s former finance minister has appeared in court in Harari charged with corruption. his lawyers said he had to be treated in a hospital for injuries he sustained during a week in military detention.
Chinese police have detained a 22-year-old female teacher on suspicion of carrying out abuse at a nursery school in Beijing. Officers are investigating accusations that children at the Kindergarten were pricked with needles, fed pills, and stripped naked.
Japan has opened its 1st venue for the 2020 Sumer Olympics in Tokyo, which will host badminton and fencing events is being seen as a public relations boost for organizers who’ve been beset with problems.
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