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Government advising New Jersey town on ferry service to Kushner resort

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Long Branch city and transit officials working to get more funds for pier and ferry service to resort co-owned by Kushner

The federal government has been advising a beach town on the Jersey Shore on plans to build a pier and start a ferry service that would speed New Yorkers to the doorstep of a resort co-owned by Jared Kushner.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/09/government-advising-new-jersey-town-on-ferry-service-to-kushner-resort

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Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media as Anti-Muslim Rioting Flares

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McConnell denies that he slowed Obama’s 2016 Russia response

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday pushed back at Democratic charges that he single-handedly diluted a bipartisan push in September 2016 for states to safeguard their election systems from Russian disruption.

McConnell addressed the issue two days after Denis McDonough, who served as then-President Barack Obama’s chief of staff at the time, charged that the GOP leader slow-walked bipartisan negotiations on how congressional leaders should weigh in on the threat of Moscow’s cyber-meddling in the 2016 election.

McConnell told reporters that he had no regrets about the volume of the warning that state election officials received about the threat of Russian interference in 2016.

“I’m perfectly comfortable with the steps that were taken back then,” he said.

McDonough offered a far different perspective on Sunday, telling “Meet the Press” that the joint statement congressional leaders issued weeks before the election “took over three weeks” to craft. “It was dramatically watered down,” McDonough said, attributing the effort solely to McConnell.

Former Vice President Joe Biden in January made a similar accusation about McConnell’s role in January, saying that McConnell “wanted no part of having a bipartisan commitment that we would say essentially, ‘Russia’s doing this. Stop.’… This was all about the political play.”

Seeming to acknowledge Biden’s remarks, the Kentucky Republican on Tuesday described McDonough’s comments as “the same old thing they’ve been saying for weeks.”

McConnell spokesman Don Stewart pointed to a July op-ed by McDonough that described the Obama administration’s call for a bipartisan statement against election meddling as “ultimately successful.”

Obama’s aides had “asked for a letter about election security — not Russia,” Stewart said by email, adding that McDonough’s op-ed relates his request for “DEMOCRATS not to do a public statement about Russia during this same time period. Give me a break.”

McDonough wrote in the Post that he “asked two Democrats to withhold a public statement on the matter mainly to avoid politicizing the issue,” in part “because we were extremely concerned that the perception of partisan motives would undermine Americans’ confidence in the vote and make state authorities more reluctant to cooperate.”

While Democrats continue to hammer the Trump administration for not doing more to punish Russia for its documented meddling in the 2016 election to benefit Trump’s election, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Senate Armed Services Committee members on Tuesday that new sanctions targeting Russian involvement in cyber-meddling would be “coming soon,” perhaps within days.

Nolan McCaskill contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/06/mitch-mcconnell-russia-obama-2016-election-response-441319

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FBI Is Reportedly Investigating Ivanka Trump’s Business Deal in Vancouver

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Kim Dotcom warns of ‘invisible spy war’ & deep state interference

Preview Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has accused the largest tech and internet companies in the US, including Google and Facebook, of being “in bed with the deep state.” This development, he contends, was initiated by the Democrats.
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Source: https://www.rt.com/usa/420034-kim-dotcom-twitter-deep-state/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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Jared Kushner: security clearance change ends direct access to top secret intelligence

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  • President’s son-in-law notified of downgrading of access on Friday
  • Trump has authority to share classified information as he sees fit

Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded, according to reports on Tuesday, leaving the senior adviser and son-in-law to Donald Trump without direct access to top secret intelligence and sensitive documents that include the president’s daily brief.

Kushner was notified of the downgrade in a memo on Friday, along with other White House aides who had access to the highest-level interim clearances, Politico and others reported on Tuesday.

Kushner and the aides previously held what is known as Top Secret/SCI-level clearances, which provided them with unfettered access to classified information and some of the country’s most guarded secrets.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/27/jared-kushner-security-clearance-downgrade-secret-classified-information