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Trump lashes out over ‘phony’ dossier claims

Trump lashes out over ‘phony’ dossier claims.....»»

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Trump lashes out over 'phony' Russia dossier claims

Trump lashes out over 'phony' Russia dossier claims.....»»

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Trump lashes out over ‘phony’ Russia dossier claims

Trump lashes out over ‘phony’ Russia dossier claims.....»»

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Sacked FBI chief criticizes Trump’s ‘lies’ in testimony

Sacked FBI chief criticizes Trump’s ‘lies’ in testimony.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 9th, 2017

Trump asked me to let Flynn investigation go – CNN News

Fired FBI Director James Comey aimed a dagger blow at Donald Trump Wednesday, saying the President had demanded his loyalty, pressed him to drop a probe into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and repeatedly pressured him to publicly declare that he was not under investigation. Comey magnified the political crisis engulfing the White House by releasing his opening statement ahead of a blockbuster appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The dramatic document sketched a stunningly detailed account of Comey's intimate meetings with the President, included direct quotes from Trump and revealed the former FBI chief's discomfort with the President's behavior. The testimony appeared to bolster the case of Trump critics who believe that the President may have obstructed justice and abused his power in his dealings with Comey, who he later fired. Comey said that Trump asked him to drop FBI investigations into Flynn centering on his calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition, which eventually led to his dismissal as national security adviser after it emerged he had lied about the conversations to Vice President Mike Pence. Interactive: The many paths from Trump to Russia He wrote that Trump said: &'8220;'I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.&'8221; &'8220;I replied only that 'he is a good guy.'&'8221; Comey wrote, describing a private meeting with Trump in the Oval Office on February 14, then added: &'8220;I did not say I would 'let this go.'&'8221; The exchange took place after a meeting between Trump and senior intelligence and homeland security officials, after which the President asked to speak to the FBI Director alone. Comey said in his testimony that he understood the President to be requesting that he drop the investigation into Flynn, who had resigned the day before. But he says he did not understand Trump to be referring to the wider Russia investigation. &'8220;Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI's role as an independent investigative agency.&'8221; Trump critics contended that this encounter appears to be tantamount to an inappropriate pressure on the FBI by the President, an allegation that if proven could have dire consequences for Trump's presidency itself. Comey's account of this encounter conflicts with Trump's own statements. At a press conference on May 18, the President was asked whether he had asked the FBI Director to pull the plug on the Flynn component of the Russia investigation. &'8220;No, No, next question,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;There is a criminal investigation going on of one of the President's top associations &' he gets fired, he is under under investigation and the President brings in the FBI Director and says 'please stop your investigation,'&'8221; said CNN's senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. &'8220;If that isn't obstruction of justice, I don't know what is,&'8221; Toobin said. But Trump's defenders were quick to seize on the document as well, arguing that it supported Trump's claims that the former FBI chief had told him three times that he was not personally being investigated in the Russia probe. Comey wrote in his testimony that he twice told Trump he was not being investigated once before the inauguration and once when he was President and also said that he had told congressional leaders that the FBI was not &'8220;personally investigating President Trump.&'8221; Trump's camp argued that fact vindicated the President and sought to use it to sweep away the Russia questions that have been clouding his White House ever since the inauguration. &'8220;The President is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russian probe,&'8221; said Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal attorney. &'8220;The President feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda.&'8221; Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN, &'8220;Comey's statement released today needs to be carefully scrutinized as his testimony claims the president was concerned about the dossier.&'8221; The Republican Party also singled out the same helpful passages of Comey's testimony. &'8220;President Trump was right,&'8221; said Republican National Committee Chairwoman McDaniel. &'8220;Director Comey's statement reconfirmed what the president has been saying all along &'8212; he was never under investigation,&'8221; McDaniel said in a statement that did not mention the other aspects of Comey's testimony. The testimony was posted without notice on the website of the Senate Intelligence Committee, instantly electrifying Washington, which has been on edge for days ahead of Comey's planned testimony. The dramatic intervention was classic Comey: the towering FBI chief, branded a &'8220;showboat&'8221; by Trump, has a reputation for theatrical public coups, and his move will only intensify the anticipation for his appearance on Thursday. &'8220;The President feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda.&'8221; Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN, &'8220;Comey's statement released today needs to be carefully scrutinized as his testimony claims the president was concerned about the dossier.&'8221; The Republican Party also singled out the same helpful passages of Comey's testimony. &'8220;President Trump was right,&'8221; said Republican National Committee Chairwoman McDaniel. &'8220;Director Comey's statement reconfirmed what the president has been saying all along &'8212; he was never under investigation,&'8221; McDaniel said in a statement that did not mention the other aspects of Comey's testimony. The testimony was posted without notice on the website of the Senate Intelligence Committee, instantly electrifying Washington, [&'].....»»

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IS claims its ‘lonewolf soldiers’ staged Resorts World attack

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Paglinawan is a product of volleyball royalty

“Volleyball runs in our blood.” Or so claims Berlin Paglinawan, the 26-year-old, six-foot-one utility spiker of the Sta. Elena Construction Wrecking Balls, in Filipino.     Consider these facts:  He is a nephew of Liza Paglinawan, the deceased setter of the national team that snatched the country’s last gold in women’s volleyball in the Southeast Asia Games (SEAG) under the mentorship of coach Emil Lontoc. Aster Paglinawan, his mom, followed her sister’s footsteps and had been a member of the Philippine Youth team many, many years ago.     The more renowned of the Paglinawan sisters started Berlin in volleyball rather late when his nephew was already in fourth year high school in Colegio de Sta. Ana. “Binugbog ako ng tita ko sa training, sa ball handling, receive, dig, palo,” he recalls with fondness. “Kahit pagod na pagod na ako dahil pinagte-train pa rin niya ako sa isang military team, magse-session pa rin kami. One-on-one, ganyan. Ball handling ulit, receive, dig, palo. Kahit lawit na ang dila ko sige pa rin si tita nang pag-eensayo sa akin.” Her aunt must have been a brilliant trainer for after Berlin’s high school graduation, he was already competent enough to make the varsity team of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws. After donning the green and yellow jersey in the UAAP for only a year, he joined the Tamaraws’ volleyball exodus to National University, which at the time was rebuilding its sports program with deep funding from its new owner, Henry Sy of SM. He did his mom and aunt proud by playing a stellar role in the Bulldogs’ back-to-back UAAP championships during his three years under NU coach Dante Alinsunurin, who had noted and encouraged Berlin’s natural court leadership and who, he says, had advised him to carry it over to the teams he’d play for next. His 2015 debut in a commercial league, in the now defunct Sports Vision-organized Spikers’ Turf, saw him suit up for Cagayan Valley, which disbanded later in the same year. He played next for PLDT Home Ultera, and from 2016 till the present he was with Sta. Elena, Champion Infinity, and back with the former. Though already tested with two UAAP titles tucked under his belt, Berlin says he still had to try out to earn back his spot with the Wrecking Balls, who made quick work of Phil. Army in straight sets last Saturday to join early qualifiers Air Force and Cignal in the semifinals of the maiden season of the Premier V League, another offering of Sports Vision with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball. Wrecking Balls coach Arnold Laniog, who gave College of St. Benilde its first NCAA crown last season, is profuse with his praises for his team captain. “Not only is Berlin a consistently prolific scorer, he is also an effective court general who will hold the team together when they seem to be folding up, who will doggedly raise their spirits when the odds are down.” In four games by the Wrecking Balls, Berlin scored 11 points against Café Lupe, 16 against Air Force, only eight against their only loss so far to Instituto Estetico Manila, and 13 against Army for a healthy average of 12 points per game. Every now and then stories about Berlin’s fondness for booze and late, late nights would crop up as told and retold by partners and friends of his former Bulldogs teammates. Whether the stories are true or not, it is clear that he gives everything he has every time he plays. Take it from coach Laniog. Berlin, he adds, is the kind of player every team would be proud to have. “Laging buwis-buhay kung maglaro ang bata, ibababag ang katawan hanggang sa kahuli-hulihang puntos, manalo o matalo.” Teammate Ace Mandani describes Berlin as a funnyman, his jokes and punch lines, he adds, never failing to tickle the funny bone of whomever he tells them with precise timing. Let me end this story by saying that the player with the ‘bad-boy’ image and who is crazy over his five-year-old son Jansen Jacob, always leads his team’s prayer before and after a game. Amen. .....»»

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‘Bad Germans’ And Other Trump Blunders

‘Bad Germans’ And Other Trump Blunders.....»»

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‘Trump asked to drop investigation of Flynn’

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Media warn of ‘Trump risk’

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‘Do not test Trump’s resolve’

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Trump hails EU for ‘good job’ in uniting

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Trump hikes pressure on global trade ‘cheats’

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‘Trump is not my president’

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All-Star Weekend Q&A: Stephen Curry

NBA.ph joined several other international journalists in an online teleconference, powered by Cisco. Here was our conversation with Golden State Warrior, two-time MVP, and Western Conference All-Star Stephen Curry em>(some portions of the interview have been edited for clarity)  /em> strong>Q: /strong> You got four guys [Warriors] in the All-Star lineup this year. How do you think that’s going to work in terms of chemistry during the game?  strong>A: /strong> Oh it definitely helps to have that many familiar faces. And also our coaching staff, I’m sure our coach [Steve Kerr, will run] the same plays we run during the year. Myself, Klay [Thompson], Draymond [Green] and KD [Kevin Durant] will know exactly where to be on the floor. It just allows us to have a little bit more fun. We have four guys representing our team and our teammates so we’re going to enjoy it to the fullest. Hopefully all four of us get out on the floor at the same time.  strong>Q: /strong> With the Golden State Warriors and KD, you guys are definitely one of the favorites to win the title. Is there a lot of pressure? Also, you’ve been very vocal, speaking out about [US President] Donald Trump. Do you encourage others to do the same? strong>A: /strong> First question, there’s no added pressure for us since we’ve been on this championship run two straight years. Each year is different. First year, we had the best record in the NBA as we were going into the Playoffs, I dunno if we were favored or not, but we had the best record, [so] you’re expected to win, and we obviously did. Last year, after 73 wins, things didn’t go our way. We felt a bit of pressure and expectations from outside the locker room, which was a new thing for us to deal with. This year, everything’s brand new, but with the same goal in mind. I like where we are mentally. I can focus on doing everything we can to win the championship. Second question, I encourage basketball players, my family, staff, anybody in any walk of life, to speak their minds, use whatever platform they have to evoke change and just say what you believe in. Whether people believe in me or not, that’s the beauty of the conversation. I think everybody asks us players what we think because I think they value what we think. There’s going to be people that fall in line and don’t, but that comes with the territory, but I definitely encourage everybody to not be afraid to speak what they believe and what’s on their mind.  strong>Q: /strong> Can you tell us the adjustments you had to make, playing with KD? strong>A: /strong> Early in the year it was more, as a point guard, I was worried about everyone getting their shots, understanding the flow of the game. And that distracted a little bit from just being myself and playing my game. There was a certain point where I understood if I’m just aggressive and I play the way I play and have energy, the team will feed off of that. KD and Klay and Draymond and all the other guys can still have a big impact on the game.  It’s a learning process when you add a super talented scorer like KD, but I think we’re figuring it out. strong>Q: /strong>We were talking about you adjusting to KD. Where do you think you guys are as a team in terms of chemistry. Would you say you are 60-70 percent of your potential? strong>A: /strong> If you look at the eye test, where we were game one against San Antonio, to the Christmas Day game versus Cleveland, to the game in OKC, for example, I think we’re obviously a much better team. We’re playing with a much better flow and rhythm and consistency. The biggest test for us and as we finish out the regular season, we want to continue to get better with each game. The beauty of it is we don’t have to worry about chasing 73 [wins]. We can really have players focus on getting better as we go into the Playoffs.  strong>Q: /strong> Besides adding KD to the lineup, what have you done differently this season? strong>A: /strong>Our identity is the same. So all the things that we do day-in and day-out, practice habits, our attitude in the locker room, all that’s the same. We have the same teamwork, the same leadership. The biggest thing, like what I was talking about before, is when you’re not taking about 73 wins and chasing that record, there’s more of an emphasis on how you’re playing as opposed to just winning games.  Because you don’t want to create bad habits, you don’t want to just sweep things under the rug, just because you’re winning. If we’re holding ourselves to a championship mentality, that’s the real difference this season. It’s all about how we’re playing. Each game, whether we can say we got better tonight, versus did we win or not, because we’re chasing that 73 number. strong>Q: /strong>How do you make sure Draymond’s temperament doesn’t harm the team? And who do you think is the biggest threat out in the West?  strong>A: /strong>I’m not worried about Draymond at all. To even say that sounds negative. His passion for the game and what he brings to our team from a leadership standpoint and as a consistent presence on the floor, he wouldn’t be the player he is without that kind of stuff. You might see, you know, ‘conversations’ I call them, on the floor during games where we’re trying to get better and challenge each other. All that’s what winning teams do. He’s a part of that culture. We love everything about Draymond and what he brings to us. And whether I gotta get in front of him while he’s yelling at the refs, we’ll take that every once in a while. You name the top teams in the Western Conference standings behind us, San Antonio, Houston, the Clippers, Memphis, all the way down the list. We’re going to have to beat three really good teams to get to the Finals. We understand that, but we have to focus on ourselves each step of the way so that you’re ready for the moment.  .....»»

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‘Big C’ claims 56K Pinoys each year

‘Big C’ claims 56K Pinoys each year.....»»

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‘Dump Trump,’ say Filipino protesters

‘Dump Trump,’ say Filipino protesters.....»»

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Why Trump can t just say ‘you’re fired’ to this official

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Trump lashes out at ‘phony’ dossier

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Trump says Russia dossier was phony stuff from his opponents

Trump says Russia dossier was phony stuff from his opponents.....»»

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