Four or more top U.S. national security officials were so upset by Donald Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukraine for Joe Biden dirt that they spoke to a White House lawyer with their concerns “both before and immediately after President Trump’s July 25 call with that country’s president,” the Washington Post reports tonight citing “U.S. officials and other people familiar with the matter.” Read the rest
Apple can't seem to figure out how to kowtow to China without losing face in the US. Read the rest
The approvals show "President Trump's eagerness to give the Saudis anything they want," said Sen.Tim Kaine (D-VA)
The administration of Donald Trump is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on May 12-14, says the U.S. State Department.
What could they possibly be planning to discuss? Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and winning the 2020 election, my top guesses. Read the rest
Anyone else getting Iraq déjà vu?
Military coup supported by Trump admin appears under way in Venezuela.
Police report finding 7 cigarette butts in the charred ashes.
Dems fight for unredacted report's release
The admitted agent for Russia was connected with the NRA and pro-Trump U.S. political groups.
U.S. Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave “six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia,” Reuters reports, based on a copy of a document seen by reporters on Wednesday. Read the rest
Reuters reports that all lights were out across many regions of Venezuela including much of the capital city of Caracas on Monday. Read the rest
A couple who tested the effects of the poison ricin on their hamster have been charged by the government of Germany with plotting a terrorist attack. Read the rest
In Sweden, officers of the Swedish Security Service have arrested a person who worked “in a high-technology sector” and is believed by investigators to be a Russian agent. Read the rest
In China, technology firms are working with the government to push voice and facial recognition to help pigs, many of which have been dying from a swine disease that's sweeping the country. Read the rest
Jeremy Corbyn favors a public vote to ”prevent a damaging Tory Brexit.”
“The Chinese authorities turned to a Massachusetts company and a prominent Yale researcher as they built an enormous system of surveillance and control.”
This is a heck of a story about how genetic surveillance, powered by American know-how, is being used to oppress the Muslim minority Uighur population and others in China, from the New York Times. Read the rest