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FBI Officials Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign
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FBI Official’s Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign – National Review

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FBI Official’s Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign  National Review

Deputy assistant director Jonathan Moffa’s testimony, which has been obtained exclusively by National Review, suggests there was more going on than has yet …


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Ex-FBI Official: Trump Gave Putin ‘Green Light’ to Meddle in 2020 Election – The Daily Beast

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Ex-FBI Official: Trump Gave Putin ‘Green Light’ to Meddle in 2020 Election  The Daily Beast

‘It’s troubling to think the president is finding comfort in our adversary,’ former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said on MSNBC.


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Inside Chiney Ogwumike’s chaotic first 5 days with the LA Sparks

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Ogwumike is a WNBA All-Star, and a full-time NBA analyst for ESPN. Her latest task? Moving out of her apartment and across the country without missing a beat.

Chiney Ogwumike walked off her noon SportsCenter set and retreated to the green room where she keeps her belongings, like she would any other Saturday during the NBA playoffs. She’d just finished debating if Russell Westbrook needed to relinquish his alpha dog role to Thunder teammate Paul George (yes, according to Ogwumike). She was finishing up her first job as an NBA analyst for ESPN, and almost ready head to her second as a WNBA All-Star for the Connecticut Sun.

But when she glanced down at her phone to see a flurry of missed calls from her agent, she knew this day would be different. She’d just been traded across the country to the L.A. Sparks, reuniting her with her older sister, Nneka. Oh yeah, and she had 48 hours to move out of her place in Connecticut.

Ogwumike is used to hectic, high-stress days. She, like most other players in the WNBA, works a second job to earn money year-round. Most play basketball for 11 months out of the year, both overseas and in the states, but the wear-and-tear both mentally and physically is, at times, too much. The league’s MVP, Breanna Stewart, tore her Achilles last month in Russia, and she’s far from the first to suffer a major injury abroad.

“I realized that maybe I’m not built to play 24/7,” Ogwumike, who’s suffered two major injuries overseas, told SB Nation. “Maybe I need to give myself time to recover and rest and find a career outside of basketball that can support me while I still compete in the WNBA.”

Heading into Saturday’s broadcast, Ogwumike knew that at any moment she could be traded before the WNBA season tipped off in late May. She’d asked out of Connecticut in February after her name was involved in trade rumors, Ogwumike and her agent told The Day’s Mike DiMauro. Her two-job life could’ve been made that much more complicated if she landed in a city without an ESPN headquarters. Sun head coach Curt Miller, according to DiMauro, said that “our understanding is that Chiney would be willing to move to ESPN full time and walk away from her WNBA career.”

But Ogwumike didn’t think the trade would happen while she was on set. And she definitely didn’t think that the trade would spit her into the limelight like no women’s basketball player before her.

In the NBA, when trades break, they disrupt the news cycle. But in the WNBA, there’s little precedent for that type of pandemonium. The league doesn’t yet attract the same level of attention as the men’s league, and star-studded trades like Ogwumike’s rarely happen due to team-friendly CBA rules that keep stars at home without much say for seven seasons.

After receiving the news, she talked on the phone to her former coach, Miller, and Sparks general manager Penny Toler. When she was done, she received a pleasant surprise. There were three missed calls from her ESPN colleague, NBA super reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ogwumike’s first thought was that Woj was about to share NBA news that hadn’t yet surfaced. She was still on set, after all.

“Is this happening?” Woj asked.

“What do you mean? What’s the NBA news?” Ogwumike replied.

“No. Did you get traded?” Woj said.

Ogwumike, an expert on camera, had hoped to announce her own trade via her social media platforms and give Connecticut a hearty farewell. But Wojnarowski, who’s amassed nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, went on to break the deal, which sent the All-Star to L.A. in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick.

It was only the second bit of WNBA transactional news the world-famous reporter had ever announced, the first being the signing of Ogwumike’s new head coach and former NBA player, Derek Fisher. Instantly, everyone knew that the Sparks had just locked in a fifth All-Star (including former MVP Candace Parker) and solidified a super team. They quickly became WNBA title favorites. And Ogwumike’s phone started flooding some more.

“I felt like I was in the center of a hurricane,” Ogwumike said.

As part of her two-job routine, Ogwumike wakes up around 3 a.m. to make an hour-long drive from her WNBA-provided apartment to ESPN headquarters. At 5 a.m., she preps for four SportsCenter shows — three from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and another at noon. Hair and makeup is at 6 a.m. She then leaves ESPN around 2:30 p.m. for three hours of workouts to keep her body in playing shape. Then it’s nap time before the NBA playoffs start at night, which on the East Coast, could end after 1 a.m. Throughout the games, she dissects film and sends snippets for her producers to prepare for her next early morning show. Rinse, repeat.

Ogwumike handled a pre-planned whirlwind for an entire year, but even for her, the attention after the trade was a lot.

For five days life was a blur as she maintained that same round-the-clock schedule. She was given the day off Sunday, one day after the trade, to pack with the help of one of her best friends, who also helped her separate the things she needed in L.A. from what could wait behind in Connecticut. Then on Monday, she was right back to work, calling movers in after one set, and renting storage lockers after the next. On Tuesday, she sent her car to get shipped 2,800 miles, coast-to-coast, in between 9 and 10 a.m. SportsCenter shows. And then, on Wednesday, after sleeping in a hotel, mere hours before her 2 p.m. flight to L.A., she was asked on to Stephen A. Smith’s and Max Kellerman’s First Take to debate with the industry’s most controversial and passionate figures.

“In TV,” Ogwumike explained, “one split second losing your train of thought, you feel like the world is going to end. You all of a sudden become self conscious like, ‘all these people are watching and I have no idea what I’m doing.’” But she held her own, and even earned hard-to-get warm compliments from Stephen A.

Nearly one year to the date from when she embarked on her full-time journey with ESPN, Ogwumike has gotten a full experience, to say the least. But this season, she’ll be able to breathe a bit easier. Her place in L.A. is within walking distance to both of her jobs — at Staples Center and ESPN’s HQ. But even more importantly to her, she’ll be able to compete with her sister Nneka again, just like they did a decade ago at Stanford.

“The first thing I told her when all this happened is that ‘I want to win a championship with you.’ It would be the highest moment of my life.”


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Chewbacca, Nielsen Ratings, Nelson Mandela, Don McGahn, Shawn Mendes, Turner Prize, LGBT Sandwich: HOT LINKS

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FOR AN HOUR. Trump and Putin discussed Mueller Report, Don McGahn, more….

TRUMP’S TAXES. California Senate passes bill requiring taxes from candidates in order to appear on ballot: “The state Senate voted 27-10 on Thursday to require anyone appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot to publicly release five years’ worth of income tax returns. The proposal is in response to Trump, who bucked 40 years of tradition by refusing to release his tax returns prior to his election in 2016.”

MCGAHN. Trump really, really doesn’t want the former White House counsel in front of Congress: “I would say it’s done,” Trump told Fox News.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. The star of the new movie is getting a CGI makeover after everyone mocked his look.

NIELSEN RATINGS. LGBT households now counted: “From our clients’ perspective, this is incredibly valuable,” said Rachel Lowenstein, an associate director of Invention Plus, a unit of the media agency Mindshare. “Look at how much L.G.B.T.Q. couples make in terms of their household income. From a disposable-income and consumer-spending standpoint, they are a lucrative audience.”

RIP CHEWBACCA. Peter Mayhew dead.

ROBBEN ISLAND. Nelson Mandela drawing of his prison door sells for $112K in New York. ‘”The Cell Door, Robben Island” – completed in 2002 by the Nobel peace laureate – exceeded the top end of the estimated range provided by Bonhams, which put its value at $60 000 to $90 000.’

BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME. New image from Hubble telescope is mosaic of the distant universe.

ON THE RAG. This week on the gay magazines.

RUSHED TO HOSPITAL. Kelly Clarkson had an appendectomy after hosting the Billboard Music Awards.

60 MINUTES. Oprah left the news magazine after they made her say her name with less emotion.

IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU. Shawn Mendes is flaunting his massive biceps in his new video.

TURNER PRIZE. International art prize drops Stagecoach as partner after backlash over anti-LGBTQ chairman: ‘Turner Contemporary revealed Stagecoach, a British bus company, as its main partner on Wednesday, but was met by an immediate backlash over the past actions and comments of its chairman, Brian Souter (pictured above).Souter, a Scottish millionaire, funded an unsuccessful campaign in 2000 to preserve Britain’s infamous Section 28 — a law that prohibited the “promotion” of homosexuality by local authorities, and banned schools from teaching the “acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”‘

LGBT SANDWICH. New sandwich from Marks & Spencer met with cringes.

FRIDAY FLASH. Leaon Gordon.

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Putin tells Trump that Mueller probe went from ‘mountain to mouse’ – Washington Times

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Putin tells Trump that Mueller probe went from ‘mountain to mouse’  Washington Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin joked with President Trump Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between Moscow …


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Trump, Putin discuss nuclear weapons, Venezuela, Mueller report – Yahoo News

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Trump, Putin discuss nuclear weapons, Venezuela, Mueller report  Yahoo News

President Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday about nuclear weapons agreements, the conflict in Venezuela, North …


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Russia has secretly installed nuke missiles in Venezuela, US politician claims in chilling echo of Cuban – The Sun

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Russia has secretly installed nuke missiles in Venezuela, US politician claims in chilling echo of Cuban  The Sun

Republican Mario Diaz-Balart said move is a direct threat to the ‘national security’ of the United States.


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MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: A truck driver is charged with 4 counts of vehicular homicide and 36 other counts in a fatal pileup near Denver CNN trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/p/all-saved-st… #TrumpInvestigations #Trump #trumprussia #impeachtrump #FBI #senate #congress #democrats #mueller #MuellerReport #Politics #FactCheck #Barr

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A truck driver is charged with 4 counts of vehicular homicide and 36 other counts in a fatal pileup near Denver CNN
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A truck driver is charged with 4 counts of vehicular homicide and 36 other counts in a fatal pileup near Denver – CNN

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MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: Cohen to prison Monday. Ex-officials say the ‘rat’ should watch his back. NBC News trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/p/all-saved-st… #TrumpInvestigations #Trump #trumprussia #impeachtrump #FBI #senate #congress #democrats #mueller #MuellerReport #Politics #FactCheck #Barr #BarrsBaby #Twitterocracy pic.twitter.com/qHlnL3c7Hb

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Cohen to prison Monday. Ex-officials say the ‘rat’ should watch his back. NBC News
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mikenov on Twitter: Cohen to prison Monday. Ex-officials say the ‘rat’ should watch his back. – NBC News (Top stories -…) michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/cohen-to…

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Cohen to prison Monday. Ex-officials say the ‘rat’ should watch his back. – NBC News (Top stories -…) michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/cohen-to…


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Cohen to prison Monday. Ex-officials say the ‘rat’ should watch his back. – NBC News

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Hymn To Apollo: An Exhibition

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    Hymn To Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes Institute for the Study of the Ancient World New York University, March 6–June 2, 2019 THERE IS much truth to the adage “everything old is new again,” as demonstrated by the exquisite exhibit Hymn To Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes at NYU’s […]

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MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: Trump and Putin spoke by phone, discussed Mueller report CNN trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com #TrumpInvestigations #Trump #trumprussia #impeachtrump #FBI #senate #congress #democrats #mueller #MuellerReport #Politics #FactCheck #Barr #BarrsBaby #Twitterocracy #Facebook #Russia pic.twitter.com/NjLozOeYmI

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Trump and Putin spoke by phone, discussed Mueller report CNN
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mikenov on Twitter: Trump and Putin spoke by phone, discussed Mueller report – CNN (Top stories -…) michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/trump-an…

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Trump and Putin spoke by phone, discussed Mueller report – CNN (Top stories -…) michael_novakhov.newsblur.com/story/trump-an…


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Trump and Putin spoke by phone, discussed Mueller report – CNN

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