The 8 best things from Dwyane Wade’s extremely fun farewell game

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Wade went out in style, with loved ones around him. You couldn’t write a better ending for a better person.

Dwyane Wade put up a triple double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the final game of his career against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. It was a fitting end to a Hall of Fame resumé, the icing on the cake of the one of the best shooting guards to ever play the game.

But as good as Wade was on the floor, the moments and people that accompanied his final NBA game were even better. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul each came out to support their friend in his farewell game. So did Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union, and every Heat fan alive in New York City. It set the scene for an incredible game with off-the-court moments that could go down as one of the best career-ending games ever.

The outfit

I mean, come on.

Reuniting with the Banana Boat Crew

LeBron couldn’t make it to Miami for when Chris Bosh got his jersey retired, but he made 100 percent sure he was able to travel to New York for Wade’s final game. So did Melo and Chris Paul. They greeted him on the court before the game.

Gabrielle Union shot t-shirts out of the cannon

I mean…. wouldn’t you?


No, seriously. Wouldn’t you?

Both Nets and Heat fans joined in “Paul Pierce sucks!” chants

It’s rare when fanbases come together to boo a common enemy. Nets fans had their own relationship with Pierce, after the franchise mortgaged its future for him, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in the Billy King era years ago. Heat fans, among others, didn’t appreciate when Pierce said on real-life live television that he had a better career than Wade.

“You give me Shaq, you give me LeBron. I’d be sitting on five of six championships,” he said.

So the two sides joined together bashing Pierce in Wade’s final game. How fitting.

Melo had his moment

Melo sat court-side with LeBron and Chris Paul, and a loose ball bounced his way. So he took a dribble to the corner and pump-faked a three. Fans were begging for him to shoot, but he chose not to.

This tweet was especially savage:

LeBron videobombed Wade after the game

LOOK AT THIS FACE!

The banana boat crew celebrated the triple double

Melo, Paul and James knew Wade was one assist shy of a triple double. So when he got it — appropriately a dime to Heat lifer Udonis Haslem — they went crazy.

Wade says his goodbyes

This video just speaks for itself.

So does this one:


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Dirk Nowitzki shed tears before the final game of his NBA career

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A fitting end to an unbelievable journey.

In the final game of his Hall of Fame NBA career, Dirk Nowitzki shed a tear. The emotional Nowitzki played his last game on the road in San Antonio, and the Spurs’ video tribute sent the Mavericks legend into disbelief.

Nowitzki’s farewell tour lasted all season. Fans, players, coaches and entire franchises paid tribute to one of the greatest to ever set foot on an NBA floor. Nowitzki didn’t want to admit this was his last season. He would listen to his body, he repeated, and would make the decision at the end of the year.

But before the second-to-last game of the season, Nowitzki came clean. He’d spent his entire career with one franchise, guiding them to an NBA championship in 2011 and decades worth of immensely competitive basketball during his tenure. This year has been surreal. It’s the end of everything he’s known, and the beginning of his next chapter — whatever he decides it to be.

This was the last game of a sure fire Hall of Fame career. And what a way to go out.


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Donald Trump’s Day of the Long Knives

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In what was at the time justified as a preemptive strike against a possible coup, in the summer of 1934, Adolf Hitler ordered the murder of Ernst Röhm and several of his “brownshirt” lieutenants. The net effect of this purge was to rein in the more thuggish elements of Hitler’s regime and consolidate his power. It largely worked and the evening of 30 June, 1934 became known as the “Night of the Long Knives,” in commemoration of those brutal murders.

With Donald Trump ordering the termination of Kirstjen Nielsen and Service Director Randolph Alles, and with other DHS and ICE personnel also on their way out, it’s ironic in light of reflected history that Trump was motivated to take these actions because the personnel he’s purging, though thuggish in their own right, have not, by his lights, been sufficiently thuggish enough. Even so it might not be out of line to call Monday, the eighth of April, and events immediately following, the “Day of the Long Knives,” as a memorialization.

With John Kelly gone, Josef Goebbels lookalike and White House cockroach in residence Stephen Miller is the Svengali currently holding the lion’s share of Trump’s strings. Miller’s well-known toxic views on immigration (it was he who made sport of the “New Colossus,” poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty) are quickly becoming Trump’s too. These days it may even turn out to be dangerous in Trumpland to despise, with substandard zeal, immigrants and asylum seekers. Look for Insufficient Hate to become a fireable offense in the Trump White House soon.

I do not believe that history repeats itself, per se. I do believe, however, that certain identifiable patterns do recur. So apart from yet another tired Hitler dig on Donald Trump, and obvious comparisons of Trump sycophant and lapdog Stephen Miller with Josef Goebbels, what can be achieved by rechristening the eighth of April, 2019, the “Day of the Long Knives”? Only this. During Adolf Hitler’s second year of his rise to power, Hitler never once held in his mortal hands the power to destroy all life on Earth. In fact, he never did. Donald Trump holds two weapons of clear and present danger to the future survival of the human race: the largest nuclear arsenal ever assembled, and a complete disregard for the science of global climate change.

So let’s never lose sight of this chilling reality. Adolf Hitler, with far fewer weapons of far lesser power, and wielding the same simple, inimical bigotry that Donald Trump wields every day, still managed to massacre millions of innocent people, and very nearly destroyed the world. If christening Trump’s latest act of hate-inspired xenophobia the “Day of the Long Knives” reminds you of Trump’s potential to destroy us all, then I see it as a good thing. We need to stay scared.

Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.


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Kristine Anigwe, the best rebounder in the draft, is headed to the Connecticut Sun

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The Cal center put up a 30-30 game in her senior season.

Kristine Anigwe is the WNBA Draft’s most dominant rebounder and now is headed to the Connecticut Sun as the No. 9 overall pick. The Cal senior has nearly every school record imaginable on lock — scoring, rebounding, first 30-30 game — but her physical prowess under the rim is her biggest strand-out trait that should translate to the next level.

Anigwe’s name blew up two years ago when she scored 50 points in a game on 19-of-23 shooting with 14 rebounds, and she’s been producing at ridiculous levels ever since. In 33 games this season, she’s had double-doubles in 32 of them. Yep, almost every single one, including 20 rebounds or more eight times. That includes her 32-point, 30-rebound night in a road win over Washington State. Her numbers are outrageous, and it’s all the more impressive considering she didn’t start playing basketball until she was 13 years old.

Anigwe had a bit of a late start to the game. Born in London, she only started playing basketball in seventh grade, long after she’d moved to the U.S.

“When I was younger, my mom didn’t really know about basketball,” Anigwe told SB Nation. “She had to learn a lot about sports in general, she grew up watching tennis and soccer. Being Nigerian, soccer is really popular in our culture and basketball wasn’t really a strong sport. People didn’t really know how to play or know what it was.”

That hasn’t held her back a bit, despite not taking basketball seriously until her sophomore year in high school.

Why Sun fans should be excited about Anigwe

She claims rebounding was never her specialty, but that’s hard to believe. Anigwe’s grown into the world’s best rebounder. According to Her Hoops Stats, she rebounded 26.5 percent of all possible boards during her time on the floor, the best in the nation. That included 34.4 percent of all defensive rebounds, which is 0.9 percent better than the best men’s college basketball rebounder. She owns the paint.

Anigwe’s a rebounding offensive genius, but her defense is stellar, too. She plays both ends of the court, finishing in the paint on offense and protecting it on defense. The 6’4 big blocked nearly two shots per game (1.7), which ranks 63rd in the nation. She was named the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year in a year despite the conference being stacked with talent. Fellow conference standouts Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon and Alanna Smith of Stanford are expected to be first-round picks in this year’s draft.

Ivan Rabb, a former Cal men’s basketball player who’s now an NBA forward for the Memphis Grizzlies, shared a court with Anigwe for two years. He told SB Nation, “every time I was in the gym, she was there at night.” Rabb pinpointed rebounding as one of Anigwe’s biggest strengths, but also highlighted a lesser talked about part of her game: stretching the floor.

She doesn’t shoot from range often by way of a Cal system that thrives when she’s crashing the boards, but she is plenty capable. This year she’s taken a career-most 23 attempts from behind the arc and sunk seven of them.

Why Sun fans should be nervous about Anigwe

Anigwe’s the ultimate scorer and rebounder, but she might take some adjusting on a team that isn’t centered around her production scoring. At 3.3 turnovers per game and just one assist per game, she fell outside the top 3,000 in turnovers-to-assist ratio, per Her Hoops Stats. With just a 7.2 percent assist rate, she finished outside the top 2,500.

Anigwe took 17 shots per game as the featured star on her team. The next-most prolific shooter Cal has, Kianna Smith, took just nine. But Anigwe will have to readjust at the next level, where she won’t be the best scorer on her team right away. If she can figure out how to contribute to winning beyond scoring, she could be a star in the W.

Get to know Kristine Anigwe

Pregame warmup song: “I like listening to gospel music. I don’t like to get too hyped up before the game. I try to calm down.”

Most Used App: “Instagram honestly. I don’t use social media that much, but if I’m on my phone I’m on Instagram.”

Cats or Dogs? Which kind?: Dogs. I like small dogs. They’re reliable and always there for you.

Favorite meme?


If you didn’t play basketball, what would you want to make a career doing: “I would want to be a sports psychiatrist, helping people find their true self like a life coach. When I was younger I wanted to be a broadcaster because I wanted to help people see their true selves. You don’t see a lot of African-American women on TV. That motivates and inspires you to do that, so I want to do that and help people behind the scenes.”


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Alanna Smith is the shot-blocking, sharpshooting big for the Mercury

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The Australia native is ready to have a huge influence in the WNBA.

Alanna Smith is the 2019 draft’s shot-blocking, sharpshooting 6’3 big who should make herself an immediate influence in the league. After being selected No. 8 overall by the Phoenix Mercury, she should have a chance to do that. The Australian native traveled a long way from home to play at Stanford, where she blossomed into the team’s leading scorer at 19 per game. She also averaged nine rebounds and two blocks.

Smith has professional experience already, having played in the FIBA World Cup for Australia in 2018. Her team, coached by Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello, finished second to the United States with Smith scoring 10 points on five shots in the title game. She saw defense and found success against Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, and Nneka Ogwumike, among other world elites. Smith valued her experience teaming up with the WNBA’s leading scorer Liz Cambage and others, but she also learned where she needs to improve.

“I think I need to work on ball-handling and perimeter skills if I want to be a better player,” Smith told SB Nation. “I don’t want to be just a post player. I want to expand my game a little more.”

Smith’s ability to play a hybrid position is what’s driven her draft stock as she’s become one of the most prolific three-point shooters her size.

Why Mercury fans should be excited about Smith

For any team with a need for a big who can space the floor, Smith is the perfect fit. She has the tools to play in the low post if she needs, but thrives around the perimeter where she can knock home threes. At 5.7 attempts, she ranks just outside the top 200 in the nation despite her 6’3 size, and she’s shooting nearly 40 percent from distance. That’s fantastic. It’s something she’s really worked on.

“I think I naturally have a quick release,” Smith said. “In Australia, when I was younger, we used to do drills where you’d have to get your shot off really quick or you’d get blocked. We’d play against guys a lot.”

Smith says she doesn’t want to be held to just playing the power forward spot, though. She’s a great rebounder (in the 97th percentile on the defensive end) and an outstanding shot-blocker — at 2.2 per game, she ranks No. 37 in the country. She’s an intimidating inside presence, and her blocks are a highlight reel in themselves.

“A lot of people look at the ball when they’re blocking shots, which is important as people pump-fake and throw you off,” Smith said. “But if you not only look at the ball, but incorporate the whole play into their body, their eyes, you can kind of tell when they’re going to get their shots off.

“I hate being scored on, so if I can block your shot, I’m going to do it.”

Why Mercury fans should be nervous about Smith

With the ball in her hands so much, Smith is turnover-prone. She averaged 2.5 per game her senior season, which is a number you’d expect from a true guard rather than a big. Smith often struggled with foul trouble, too, averaging 2.8 per game. Those missteps are correctable in the right setting, especially as her role is reduced as a rookie.

Smith’s draft selection will also go as high or low as general managers value a big who prefers to step beyond the arc. In any setting, she’s absolutely a high-level contributor at the next level. The question that will define her career is what else she can add to be a team’s star.

Get to know Alanna Smith

Favorite pregame song? “Right now we’ve been listening to Future’s ‘March Madness.’” [Smith spoke with SB Nation before Stanford’s opening game of the tournament.]

Who is your favorite WNBA and NBA player and why? “My favorite player in the W is my girl Liz Cambage. She’s such a base. She’s unstoppable. I remember playing with her and watching her get a rebound, take it full court, pull-up jumper. Make it. Who’s 6’8 and can do that?

In the NBA, I’d have to say Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. The crazy skillset he has is very impressive.”

Favorite Liz Cambage moment? My favorite Liz moment … gosh, there’s a lot of them. My favorite one is when she had this tea that had affirmations on the tea bag, and we’d do our daily tea affirmations. Her reading those out at breakfast … it was nice to be affirmed from the day. Especially from Liz.

It was a lot of like ‘Believe it and you can do it,’ just dumb, but it was funny on a tea bag. Like my tea bag is telling me I can achieve my dreams.

Most used app on your phone? “Probably Instagram.”

Cats or Dogs? “Which kind? Dogs. Big dogs.”

What’s your favorite meme?

(After several attempts to describe this over the phone and then realizing I couldn’t see her hand motions, I think Smith means this one.)


If you didn’t play basketball, what would you want to make a career doing? “I’m really interested in reality TV. I’d like to have my own show. I think I have an interesting life and people would want to watch it. Probably just like an everyday life with cameras in my house. I have nothing to hide.”


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Arike Ogunbowale is taking her star power to the Dallas Wings

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She’s ready to take her success from the NCAA tournament straight to the WNBA.

Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale is explaining some of the ways that her life has changed since she hit The Shot.

“I just get a lot of stuff in my DMs that clearly I’d never have gotten before last year,” she says.

If you didn’t see The Shot — the buzzer-beater that made last year’s NCAA women’s tournament one of the most thrilling in history and won Notre Dame its second title — when it happened, you’ve almost certainly seen it since. Ogunbowale’s bucket is in just about every single commercial for this year’s NCAA women’s tournament, commercials currently in heavy rotation on ESPN.

“A lot of people won’t be able to say that they kind of became one of the faces of women’s basketball in college,” Ogunbowale says as she prepares for a return to the Final Four amid next to insurmountable expectations for a showstopping performance. “I mean, I think that’s pretty cool — It’s really an honor and a blessing to be in that position.”

Ogunbowale’s performance in the 2018 women’s Final Four put her in the national spotlight in a way few women’s basketball players at any level ever see: she went on Ellen, and spent part of her offseason competing on Dancing With The Stars. Most of the time, it’s tough to find women basketball players on TV at all, much less hamming it up with celebrities on network television. But it wasn’t just that Ogunbowale hit two consecutive buzzer-beaters — it was the way she hit them, with fearless style and unapologetic swagger, pointing at her forearm after the ball swished through the net to indicate the ice in her veins. And it was the fact that she hit them that way while being a woman — a fact she readily acknowledges.

“Watching our Final Four, people were really shocked that girl’s basketball could be that exciting,” says Ogunbowale. “I’m kind of glad it had such close games — they brought a lot of attention. People are realizing that the women’s game needs more coverage. Throughout the year, there are so many close games and overtime games and competitive games that they don’t show on TV just because they think it’s just women’s basketball. But that’s not actually a fact.”

Her experience in the spotlight has made Ogunbowale ready to be an ambassador for the WNBA — but the thing that anyone who’s watched her play knows is her game is a marquee event even without her ability to argue its merits. She averages 22 points per game, leading the way for Notre Dame. “I just really have a scorer’s mentality,” she says. “I want to get to the basket.” The way she gets to the basket is what makes her so fun to watch: she’s lightning-quick in transition, but if she runs into traffic Ogunbowale shoots regardless — even if she’s practically flat on her back. Most of the time, it goes in.

As Ogunbowale goes pro, the big question is how her flashy style will translate when she’s grinding it out as a rookie. But her reputation, her attitude, and her willingness to advocate for the women’s game will make her an asset to the league the second she gets drafted.

“I already know there are a lot of challenges, especially with the hate that women’s basketball and the WNBA get,” she says. “That’s something that hopefully I’ll be able to use my platform to help with. I know that’s going to be a challenge to get the respect and equality that we need. But also, it’s basketball — I’m just gonna have fun.”

Get to know Arike Ogunbowale:

Pregame warmup song: “‘Every Season’ by Roddy Ricch”

Favorite WNBA/NBA player: “Maya Moore. I like how she can just score really anywhere. She’s a strong guard, she can score in the post, she has a good midrange pull up, she can shoot the three, she can pass. I think she can really do everything.

“Kobe [Bryant] all around, but that’s actively playing, Russell Westbrook. He’s just a killer — he’s at 110 percent at all times. He wants to really dominate anyone that’s in front of him, he doesn’t care. I just love his mentality and how he plays.”

Most used app: “Twitter. I read a lot of threads and stuff — people are hilarious. I wouldn’t say I tweet a lot, but I read people’s tweets. I love that people can retweet, because I see stuff that I never would otherwise.”

Cats or dogs: Dogs. I have a goldendoodle named Kobe.

Non-basketball career: Play soccer.


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Katie Lou Samuelson is a perfect fit for the Chicago Sky

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The 6’3 sharpshooter can do a little bit of everything.

Katie Lou Samuelson is the WNBA Draft’s most deadly three-point shooter, and now headed to the Chicago Sky as the No. 4 overall pick in the WNBA draft. The 6’3 guard/forward is able to get her shot off in an instant, create for others, and use her size to snag boards down low. She has all of the talent to become a WNBA all-star.

When “Lou” gets on a roll, the game can get out of control quickly as one drained three leads to another and another. She locks into zones of relentless confidence where she launches shots that are slightly off-balance or contested and it won’t even matter. In March 2017, she became the second college basketball player to ever drain 10-of-10 three-point shots, as Andre Smith did the same for George Mason nine years earlier.

Samuelson could start in the WNBA today.

Why Sky fans should be excited about Samuelson

With the W changing to a more three-point-oriented league each season, Samuelson’s skills blend perfectly. At 6’3, she’s on the taller end of wings, which should only help her launch an already-speedy shot from deep. In four years at UConn, she’s averaging 41 percent from deep, and 84 percent from the foul line. Her jumper is elite.

Lou is more than a shooter, though. From the wing, Samuelson is a great passer, able to find players in the low post and cutting to the basket. She may never play a traditional guard’s role, and the system she’s placed in might dictate her early passing success, but in college, she’s averaging three assists per night over her entire career.

Samuelson has also become a significantly better rebounder as a senior. With fewer elite bigs on Connecticut’s roster, she’s stepped up, averaging three more rebounds than the year prior with seven. Her rebound rate jumped more than two percent over that span.

Why Sky fans should be nervous about Samuelson

Samuelson has been hit with an injury that’s cost her playing time in three of her four seasons. In her freshman year she broke a bone in her foot in the Final Four that saw her miss the championship game. After missing five games due to several ankle tweaks in her junior year, she needed surgery after the season. And this season, Samuelson missed four games due to back spasms.

It isn’t clear if any of these injuries are worrisome in the longterm, but it’s notable for any teams using a first-round pick on the UConn great.

If she’s able to keep healthy, Samuelson should, at worst, be an OK starter. Few have ever been able to shoot like she has at the collegiate level, and her height, shot mechanics and high free-throw percentage all suggest that will translate in the pros. Samuelson should join the ever-growing Connecticut elite of the W.


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Teaira McCowan is a true center ready to take over the Indiana Fever

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The double-double machine was the No. 3 overall pick in the WNBA draft.

If Teaira McCowan doesn’t get a double-double, something is amiss. The 6’7 center, who was selected No. 3 overall by the Indiana Fever averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds (the second most in the nation), and 2.5 blocks per game. When things are going right, she can draw all the defenders to her so that teammates can score, or grab their rebounds and bat cleanup — or just toss up layups over almost everyone’s head. She can mostly out-rebound entire teams on her own. This is exactly what the Indiana Fever need.

In short, McCowan is the kind of player who appears specifically tailored for the WNBA hardwood. But it didn’t necessarily come easily — like so many people of extra-impressive height, when she was growing up in Brenham, Texas, McCowan started playing basketball more or less as a matter of course, not thanks to extraordinary passion for the sport. When she arrived at Mississippi State, she was tall and strong, but almost completely raw.

“Coming in my freshman year, I was average for a post player,” McCowan told 24/7 Sports. “When I got here, I didn’t know a lot of the terminology. [Mississippi State assistant coach Johnnie Harris] took a lot of time out of her schedule to make sure that I knew all of the fundamental things and I was mastering the skills she was trying to teach.”

That extra time and increased knowledge paid off.

”She’s the most improved player I’ve ever coached from where she was when she got here to where she is now,” Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer told ESPN recently. “Her growth, on and off the court, and her development as a basketball player. She’s taught me patience. She’s emotional like her head coach, and I have a real appreciation for her because of that.”

Now, along with her obvious size advantage, McCowan has made herself indispensable as both a scorer and a facilitator. She’s a true center, but her efficiency — second best in the nation at 1.25 points per play — makes her a tantalizing prospect for the Fever. An AP poll of WNBA coaches and GMs named her the top WNBA prospect of the 2019 draft back in January, presumably betting on the fact that as much as she’s progressed so far in Vic Schaefer’s program, she’ll learn and develop even more at the pro level.


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WNBA draft 2019 order: Full list of pick selections from Nos. 1 to 36

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Notre Dame guard Jackie Young was drafted first by Las Vegas

The 2019 WNBA Draft is here, and it’s time for 36 of the best players from around the world to find their new home on a professional roster. For the third year in a row, the Las Vegas Aces have the top pick, and the up-and-coming team used that pick to Notre Dame’s Jackie Young to its roster. The scoring guard forms a star-studded backcourt tandem with Kelsey Plum and Kayla McBride, with all-star A’ja Wilson in the post.

The rest of the draft is up the air. Centers Kalani Brown from Baylor and Teaira McCowan are expected to be the top choices among the bigs, Louisville guard Asia Durr and Notre Dame scoring guard Arike Ogunbowale is should hear their names called early, and UConn’s duo, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson will likely both go in the first round, too.

SB Nation’s latest mock draft can be seen here.

The draft could be a big day for trades, too. Dallas Wings MVP runner-up, Liz Cambage, requested a trade in January, and teams are still vying for her talents. Could she find a new home on Wednesday?

Anything’s possible.

2019 WNBA Draft results

First Round

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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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Dana Priest – Google Search
Dana Priest | The New Yorker
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

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4:33 PM 5/7/2017 - Recent Posts: WATCH: Comey admits FBI investigating leaks to Giuliani and Trump team
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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Is the FBI capable of handling the counterintelligence matters? – by Michael Novakhov

fbi-future

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 
Links

FBI and Counterintelligence – 11.14.17

Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
Dana Priest – Google Search
Dana Priest | The New Yorker
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

Election – 2016 Meddling:

FBI, Russia, and other players

Reviews
4:33 PM 5/7/2017 - Recent Posts: WATCH: Comey admits FBI investigating leaks to Giuliani and Trump team
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 
Quote: 
“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.”
Links

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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)
Saved Stories – 1. Trump: Ex-intelligence chiefs: Trump is being played by Putin and US is in ‘peril’

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In the future, we’re all probably gonna have to pay a little extra to watch all of the games

On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced a new digital rights agreement with ESPN. Beyond giving ESPN the rights to the Big 12 championship game every year until 2024, this new agreement also moves some Big 12 inventory to ESPN+, a paid subscription service.

All of the Big 12’s men’s basketball games that weren’t already on an ESPN network — plus a slew of non-revenue sports, spring football games, and some actual football games — will now be on ESPN+.

One big takeaway: this is the first time a significant amount of a power conference’s inventory is moving behind a paywall.

If you’re a fan of a non-power school, this isn’t new. The American just signed a big new TV deal that will move lots of their football and basketball games to ESPN+, and all sorts of MAC, Sun Belt, etc. games have been on streaming platforms over the last few years. Almost every non-power basketball conference has some ESPN+ presence.

But if you’re a fan of a power conference school, almost all of your football or men’s basketball games could be found on conventional TV, even if on a conference network or a local-only channel (Kansas games were sometimes on Spectrum Sports Kansas City, for example, and Kansas State had its own service). Every so often, a basketball game might end up on BTN+ or SEC Network+, but generally not several a season, especially if you live in-market.

Is this a good thing? Well, it depends.

If you’re a big basketball fan who already subscribed to ESPN+, this is great. You’re going to get to stream more games featuring really good teams.

If you’re a fan of non-revenue sports, this is probably a great thing too, as you’ll have an improved tech solution to watching baseball, wrestling, volleyball, and other sports.

And obviously, if you’re a university athletic department, this is great. You’re getting more money (SBJ reported the new digital rights deal bumps up the Big 12’s ESPN deal to $22 million annually, although the Big 12 told the Kansas City Star that number wasn’t accurate), and some of your sports get a better platform.

But I’m guessing you’re not a university athletic department.

If you were counting on going to a bar to watch Bowling Green-Kansas State or every Texas Tech basketball game, this might not be so great for you, as it isn’t totally clear how streaming options for bars or restaurants might work (this is one of the reasons UConn isn’t thrilled about the AAC TV deal).

And if you were hoping a post-cable world would be simpler, well, that’s probably not going to happen. To legally watch everything, fans will probably need to pay for multiple services.

Don’t be surprised if this happens even more in the future.

Right now, the Big 12, American, Conference USA, MAC, Sun Belt, Missouri Valley, Ivy League, and others have some events on ESPN+.

The Mountain West’s ESPN/CBS contract expires after the 2019-2020 season. Should the MWC reach an agreement with ESPN, some inventory will probably move to the service. I’d assume that if BYU football signs a new deal with ESPN, at least one annual game will end up on ESPN+ as well.

The other power conferences have TV deals that expire later in the 2020s, but if fans are paying to watch Big 12 events behind a paywall, other power conferences could consider similar moves.

If you were hoping to have everything you’d want in one simple package, you might be left wanting. But hey, at least you’ll be able to watch TCU baseball on your phone a little easier, if you want.


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“puerto rico economy” – Google News: Farmers need disaster assistance – Fence Post

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In 2018 and 2019 U.S. farmers and ranchers nationwide weathered several major disasters including wildfires, a volcanic eruption, two Category 4 hurricanes, …

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Opinion | Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020

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TEL AVIV — It was a referendum on him and he nailed it. Nobody can take that away from Benjamin Netanyahu. This summer, in his fifth term, he will surpass David Ben-Gurion as the longest-serving Israeli prime minister. Enough said.

His victory contains a warning for any Democrat still imagining that the 2020 election will bring an easy victory over Donald Trump. The Netanyahu playbook will be President Trump’s next year. Gather nationalist and religious voters in your camp, add in a strong economy, dose with fear, sprinkle with strongman appeal, inject a dash of racism and victory is yours — whatever indictments are looming.

It’s not that this could happen. It will happen, absent some decisive factor to upend the logic of it. Netanyahu is savvier than Trump, but they share a shrewd assessment of how to control and manipulate the politics of spectacle, as well as a fierce determination to stay out of jail. They campaign ugly.

Exactly a century ago, Ben-Gurion said, “Everyone sees the difficulty of relations between Jews and Arabs, but not everyone sees there is no solution to that question.” Netanyahu’s solution is by now clear. He is a true believer in Greater Israel and will not give up one inch of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. There will be no Palestinian state on his watch. Period.

Many Israelis, weary of the chimera of a two-state peace, thank him for that — as they thank him for a strong economy, Trump’s support and a sense of stability. Netanyahu is a formidable politician adept in using hate and fear, the strongest currency in contemporary politics.

His victory was personal but it was also structural. Israel now has a structural majority of the right. This will almost certainly enable Netanyahu to form a right-wing government, even though his Likud party appeared tied with the Blue and White party of his upstart challenger, Benny Gantz, each winning 35 seats.

The Gantz performance was remarkable. It demonstrated the deep disquiet of liberal Israel over Netanyahu the King. But in the end Gantz took more votes from the left — the Labor Party and Meretz — than from the right. As Avi Scharf, editor of the English edition of the liberal daily Haaretz, put it to me, “Israel’s founding left is totally obliterated.”

The structural majority of the right is composed of the ultra-Orthodox, the settler movement, Mizrahi Jews of North African and Middle Eastern descent, nationalists of various stripes and Russian immigrants like the one who recently told my friend Shlomo Avineri, a political scientist, “I don’t want to live under Putin, but I want my leader to be like Putin.”

Netanyahu never passes up a photo-op with Vladimir Putin, any more than he does with Trump. “A different league,” one of his campaign ads said. Netanyahu was able to project presence among the superpowers. His base loved it. Trump’s base loves him, unswervingly. The president is not structurally assured of victory in 2020, but he is structurally within sight of it.

That Netanyahu is facing indictment on bribery and other charges proved no obstacle to Likud increasing its seats to 35 from 30 in 2015. In the near term, Israeli politics — and its democracy — will hinge on Netanyahu’s attempts to secure immunity from prosecution while in office. He may make acquiescence to such legislation a condition for coalition partners joining the government. It will not be pretty.

“We could see a coup d’état against democracy, something very dangerous,” Tom Segev, a prominent historian, told me.

For now, Israelis seem prepared to shrug. The not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper conclusion to the Mueller report reinforced a feeling that the cloud of corruption that has hung around Netanyahu for years should not be taken as proof of it.

In the longer term, Israeli politics will turn to the question of annexation. At the last minute, to shore up the right, Netanyahu promised to start annexing the West Bank if he won another term. The United Right and other extreme parties will not let him forget it.

Still, there is no reason to take Netanyahu at his word. He made himself kosher with the Obama administration through his Bar Ilan speech of a decade ago supporting a Palestinian state, only to do nothing to favor one and everything to block one.

Annexation could see the same fate because it’s problematic. Netanyahu is happiest in the gray zone where Israel controls millions of Palestinians without having to confront the question of whether they vote or are granted Israeli citizenship. He does not want to jeopardize good relations with Egypt and the Saudis. He’s quite happy with a Palestinian Authority in the West Bank that once saw itself in the role of leading the way to a Palestinian state but has become the feeble enabler of Israel’s gray-zone domination.

Netanyahu’s annexation decision may hinge in the end on the long-incubated Trump plan for Israel-Palestine. It’s said to exist. Maybe it really does. God knows. The fact that strong pushback from the United States on partial annexation is no longer assured says it all: The rightist nationalist wave has yet to crest.

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WIPR: Se anticipan aguaceros al noroeste de la isla

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Se esperan aguaceros moderados a localmente fuertes a través del cuadrante noroeste de Puerto Rico en la tarde.

Las temperaturas máximas del día se esperan que estén en los medios 80 grados a alrededor de los 90 grados a través de las áreas bajas y en los altos 70 grados a los medios 80 grados a través de las áreas más altas.

El viento estará del sureste a alrededor de 10 a 15 millas por hora con variaciones en la dirección del viento por la brisa marina y ráfagas ocasionales.

A través de las aguas locales, se espera que el oleaje de dos a cinco pies continúe por los próximos días. El viento estará del sureste de 10 a 15 nudos, excepto en las aguas costeras del norte de Puerto Rico donde el viento alcanzará los 20 nudos esta noche. Aquí, los operadores de embarcaciones pequeñas deben ejercer precaución.

Existe riesgo moderado de corrientes marinas para la costa norte y sureste de Puerto Rico y algunas playas de Vieques y Culebra.

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