Former CIA officer Jerry Lee sentenced to 19 years for handing U.S. info to China

Today, a federal judge sentenced former CIA officer Jerry Lee to 19 years in prison. He was convicted of gathering United States defense information and other sensitive information, and handing it over to agents for the government of China. Read the rest

UPDATED: Tony Robbins accused of sexually assaulting high schooler at summer camp

UPDATE: Here is an email I received from Tony Robbins' representative moments after I published this blog post about the Buzzfeed News story. I have appended Mr. Robbins' full statement, and that of his representative Jennifer Connelly, below. -- Xeni Jardin

Connelly, Jennifer 11:23 AM

Dear Xeni,

I represent Mr. Robbins and just saw your story which repeats the false story that BuzzFeed just published. While we appreciate you linking to Mr. Robbins’ Medium article, we respectfully ask that you also include my full media statement, or at the very least link to it.

I have to say I am confused as to why you would republish fake and false news before even reaching out to us for comment? Don’t we deserve the opportunity to comment before you just run with tabloid false news?

This is not ethical journalism and I respectfully request a response from you and your editor. Your headline does not reflect the truth and that is offensive and not credible journalism.

We respectfully request that you run my statement below in full.

Please confirm.

Thank you

Here is my statement

Here is Mr. Robbins statement.

Original blog post follows.

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is accused of sexually assaulting a high schooler at a summer camp, report Buzzfeed's Katie Baker and Jane Bradley in an extensively investigated story just out today. Read the rest

Donald Trump had undisclosed dinner with Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel at White House, Facebook confirms

Facebook today confirmed what has long been rumored: Donald Trump hosted a dinner which was not disclosed to the public in October 2019 with Mark Zuckerberg and Peter Thiel, at the White House. Read the rest

Secret Service spent over $250,000 at Trump properties in first half of 2017 alone

A single Trump golf outing brought Trump's club $28,800 in Secret Service spending. Read the rest

Fiona Hill, 11: 'She put the fire out with her hands, and finished the test.'

Pretty amazing pull quote from this New York Times profile of Dr. Fiona Hill, former top US diplomat in Ukraine, who testified today in the impeachment hearings against Donald Trump. Read the rest

Trump tax requirement for primary run knocked down in California

Bad news for transparency and for foes of Trump. Read the rest

Trump Impeachment tweet-watch: 'I WANT NOTHING', Rudy Giuliani runs his mouth

Well, old Donald sure has got himself into a mighty fine pickle. Read the rest

No one entered Jeffrey Epstein's cell the night he died

There are interesting details in today's federal criminal indictments against two jail guards at the Manhattan jail where pedophile and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died. Read the rest

‘It’s Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please’

Devin Nunes is such an idiot. Read the rest

You will fail.

CNN political correspondent Abby Phillip was among the first to share a provocative tidbit of Washington gossip on Twitter today. Read the rest

Microsoft hires former AG Eric Holder to audit facial recognition tech used on West Bank

Microsoft is hiring former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder to provide legal window dressing for their AnyVision technology, which the company says complies with the ethical principles stipulated during the facial recognition company's Series A. Read the rest

Donald Trump comments on Roger Stone conviction

Well this is awkward.

Donald Trump, a very normal and innocent President of the United States, just tweeted:

So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?....

LOL.

Who is next?

PREVIOUSLY ON BOING BOING:

Roger Stone, you've been THUNDERSTRUCK Read the rest

Amazon unhappy Microsoft won $10 billion 'war cloud' Pentagon contract

Donald Trump has long made a sport of mocking Amazon founder and Washington Post newspaper owner Jeff Bezos, and Jeff Bezos is well aware of this. Read the rest

Putin: Russia hopes Trump will visit Moscow for Victory Day ('May Day')

“It would be the right (thing). But it’s not up to us to decide,” Putin said.

Kentucky atheist can get ‘IM GOD’ license plate, US court rules

A federal court ruled today that an atheist gentleman from Kentucky should be permitted to get a personalized license plate from the state with the phrase “IM GOD” on it. The man is committed to his cause -- this only took three years of legal fighting. Read the rest

Fox News: Today's impeachment testimony was "very damaging to the President"

Chris Wallace of Fox News was impressed with Ambassador William Taylor's testimony in today's impeachment hearings:

"William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president. First of all, as you pointed out, he took very copious notes at almost every conversation... I think very nonpolitical. He went out of his way to talk about what he knew, what he was specifically testament to. The only thing he talked about was a strong feeling that it was in the U.S. national security interests to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia. But he certainly wasn't taking any partisan position."

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WATCH: Trump Impeachment Hearings, William Taylor and George Kent testify before House Intelligence

#ImpeachmentHearings have begun. Let loose the bowels of trumpian treason. Read the rest

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