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The U.S. and Qatar signed a preliminary agreement for the sale of dozens of Boeing Co. F-15 fighter jets to the Persian Gulf monarchy, in a transaction that risks further ensnaring the Trump administration in an escalating dispute between leading Arab countries.

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Investigators for the special counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election will soon speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

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Members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogans security detail are to face misdemeanor and felony counts in an attack on protesters in Washington last month.

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Eurasia Review: Domestic Terrorism In The Age Of Trump OpEd

By Peter Montgomery*

Harassment, intimidation, and physical violence against religious and ethnic minorities is on the rise. And some experts worry the Trump administration is making things worse.

The attack on a Portland commuter train by a knife-wielding white nationalist who was screaming anti-Muslim insults overshadowed other recent crimes apparently motivated by bigotry including a machete attack against a black man in California and the killing of a Native American man by the driver of a pickup truck who was terrorizing a group of picnicking friends.

Just outside Washington, D.C. recently, an African American student on the verge of graduating from college was murdered by a white student who was reportedly a member of an online alt-Reich group. Nooses have been placed in a number of prominent locations, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Southern Poverty Law Center documented almost 900 reports of harassment and intimidation in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. Many harassers invoked Trumps name during assaults, the SPLC reported, making it clear that the outbreak of hate stemmed in large part from his electoral success.

Similarly, the Anti-Defamation League reported that anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Theres also been a surge in violent attacks on Indian Americans and Sikhs, sometimes by people mistakenly identifying them as Muslims or Arabs.

Whats going on?

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Violence motivated by bigotry obviously didnt begin with Trump. But theres no question that Trumps rise has inflamed racial resentments and unleashed something dangerous. His campaign excited white nationalists, beginning with his first speech vilifying Mexican immigrants and continuing with his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

Trumps suggestion that the Indiana-born Judge Gonzalo Curiel couldnt rule fairly because of his familys Mexican origins sent a signal: Real, trustworthy Americans are white. Trumps close alliance with some conservative Christian leaders sends another signal: Real Americans are Christians.

Some hateful people take these signals as permission to openly express and act on bigotries that were previously understood to be unacceptable.

Indeed, by putting Steve Bannon in senior campaign and White House positions, Trump made it clear that promoting bigotry is no bar to service in his administration. Bannons leadership of a right-wing website was praised by a prominent neo-Nazi leader for making the site hardcore.

These signals were amplified by the appointment of Jeff Sessions, a Voting Rights Act critic and promoter of anti-immigrant policies, to be U.S. attorney general.

In the face of a growing bipartisan consensus on criminal justice reform, Sessions is trying to take the country in the opposite direction, pushing aggressively for mass incarceration and undermining previous Justice Department efforts to hold police accountable for racially motivated violence.

Arlie Perliger, a Massachusetts professor who works with West Points Combating Terrorism Center, argues that right-wing violence grounded in white supremacist ideology should be treated as domestic terrorism.

But the Trump budget proposal released in May zeroes out funding for a Homeland Security program that gives grants to communities to counter violent extremism. Reuters reported that the administration has also frozen $10 million in grants that had already been allocated.

Generations of Americans have struggled and continue to struggle to make liberty and justice for all a reality in our increasingly diverse society. But with Trump as their leader, opponents of pluralism are demanding a return to some undefined period when America was great.

Theyre at war with what America has been becoming. And while the Trump administration may give proof to the axiom that truth is the first casualty of war, its sadly not the last.

*Peter Montgomery is a senior fellow at People For the American Way. Distributed by OtherWords.org.

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Stars and Stripes: UPS gunman who killed 3 had filed overtime grievances

A United Parcel Service driver who opened fire during a meeting with co-workers had filed a grievance that he was working excessive overtime and appeared to specifically go after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself.

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Voice of America: Inside Amazon Reserve, High-end Chocolate Thrives With Forest

With a cigarette in one hand and a muddy machete in the other, Brazilian grandmother Maria Nobre de Oliveira thinks high-end chocolate will help end the epidemic of deforestation ravaging Amazon communities like hers. Her community of a few dozen residents live in hand-built wooden houses with no electricity or running water in the world’s largest rainforest, more than six hours by river boat from the nearest town in Brazil’s southwestern Amazonas State. Residents in isolated Amazon settlements say they have few opportunities to make a living other than clearing land to raise cattle part of the reason why Amazon deforestation rates in Brazil shot up 29 percent last year after years of decline. As well as villagers clearing land to feed themselves, large ranchers and speculators have been trying to invade the Arapixi nature reserve where Oliveira lives to cut down trees, an official with Brazil’s environment ministry said. But residents of the reserve have new ally to help them protect the trees chocolate. “This is virgin forest,” Oliveira, 62, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as residents used long poles to knock cocoa beans the base ingredient for chocolate from the reserve’s trees. “Some guys came to cut the trees down a while back but we told them to get lost,” Oliveira said, as other farmers carried fresh cocoa beans to dry in the sun. “If we had let them, we wouldn’t have an income source … cocoa helps us protect the forest.” Farmers in the nature reserve work with a local cooperative in Boca do Acre that manages the sale and export of the cocoa. Finding a balance Finding a balance between employment for local people and protecting Amazonian forests has long stumped policymakers. Every minute, forests larger than two football fields are felled in the Amazon, according to the former director of Brazil’s forestry service. Brazilian officials say projects like the cocoa co-op are helping residents make a living from the land while moving away from deforestation. “These cocoa projects come from the community, we are a partner with them,” said Abilio Ikeziri, an official at Brazil’s environment ministry, responsible for protected areas. The income also helps locals keep the ranchers and land scammers out of the reserve, Ikeziri said. “I am the only [official] responsible for looking after 1.5 million hectares (15,000 km sq) of land it is impossible [without local help],” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Communities living in the reserve and making a living from sustainably harvesting plants like cocoa that grow naturally makes it easier for over-stretched officials to defend the land from speculators, the official said. Cooperative solutions In the Arapixi reserve, residents used to harvest cocoa for their own consumption and began selling it to a cooperative 10 years ago. Last year they exported more than 10 tonnes of natural cocoa to Europe which earned the co-op about 130,000 reis ($39,000), a decline from previous years due to poor weather. Once it arrives in Germany the cocoa is refined into high-end, environmentally certified chocolate. Based in the Amazon river port of Boca do Acre the co-op employs more than 400 people, including a dozen in Dona Oliveira’s community, said manager Jose Geraldo Tranin. “Before we launched the co-op, many people were deforesting land for cattle,” Tranin told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the co-op’s sparse one room office in Boca do Acre. “Now people know cocoa will generate some income so they are preserving the forest.” With help from German social entrepreneurs who provided money to buy boats and other capital for the co-operative to get started, reserve residents like Oliveira were given training in cocoa production and tools to better harvest and transport the crop. “The co-op wants to expand, so that is good for us,” said 52-year-old farmer Jose Freitas, taking a break from racking cocoa beans over a metal grate in the sun. Backed by research Residents can earn up to 1,200 reais ($365) per month in the busy season preparing the beans for export – a decent salary in a region beset by poverty – although it means working seven days per week. “We can buy more food now,” Freitas said. “I could even afford to make the trip to the hospital.” For European consumers, their chocolate is branded as “wild cocoa of Amazonas.” The project has had a clear impact on forest preservation in Arapixi compared to similar Amazon reserves, said Francidalva Oliveira de Souza, a researcher at the State University of Amazonas studying the project. “Deforestation has been decreasing in this reserve,” Souza told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. “This sort of project could be expanded to help preserve other areas and help residents earn an income.”

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Voice of America: What is Known About US Probes of Russian Meddling in 2016 Election

U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit President Donald Trump. Law enforcement agencies and congressional committees are investigating Russian meddling and possible collusion with members of Trump’s campaign. Here is what is publicly known and not known: How did the investigations begin? Former President Barack Obama ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to assess whether Russia tried to intervene in the election after a cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee in July 2016 and the publication of thousands of hacked personal emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager in the month before the Nov. 8 election. Obama told intelligence officials to deliver a report on possible foreign interference before he left the White House in January 2017. What did the intelligence agencies find? The Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency concluded in a report declassified in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system but to affect the outcome. The agencies said Putin and the Russian government had a clear preference for Trump to win the White House. Putin’s associates hacked information, paid social media “trolls” and backed efforts by Russian government agencies and state-funded media to sway public opinion, the agencies said. The report stopped short of assessing whether Russia succeeded in swaying the election result. Putin and other Russian officials have repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election. How many U.S. investigations are there into Russian election meddling? Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on March 20 that the FBI was investigating Moscow’s role in the election, including possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. The Justice Department announced on May 17 that it had appointed Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to lead an independent Russia probe. Mueller would, if the evidence merits, work in tandem with the FBI to handle any related criminal prosecutions.In addition, there are multiple committees in the Senate and House of Representatives investigating various aspects of Russian election meddling. What has Trump said about Russia’s role in the election? He has not taken a clear public position. At a July 2016 news conference, Trump addressed an FBI probe into Clinton’s use of a private email system when she was secretary of state and emails that had possibly been deleted by saying: “I will tell you this, Russia: if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” He subsequently dismissed reports, including from U.S. intelligence officials, that Russia had attempted to intervene in the election on his behalf. The first time Trump said he accepted the findings of the intelligence agencies was at a Jan. 11 news conference ahead of his inauguration. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Trump said, although he added: “It could have been others also.” Trump said in May that China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the election, offering no evidence and countering the view of intelligence officials. Trump has made clear on multiple occasions he believes the Russia investigations have run their course and should be closed. “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” he wrote on Twitter on May 8. On May 30, Trump tweeted: “Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News.” Did the FBI probe continue after Comey’s dismissal? There is no evidence that the FBI ended or paused its investigation after Comey’s departure. Andrew McCabe, who is leading the agency as acting director, promised the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey’s firing would not affect the investigation and that he will notify the committee of any attempt to delay or derail it. Trump on June 6 chose former U.S. Justice Department official Christopher Wray, who represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal, to be the next FBI director. Wray will need Senate confirmation. Why was Comey fired? The White House cited a May 9 letter to Trump from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that attached a memo from Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on “Restoring Confidence in the FBI” that recommended Comey’s dismissal. Rosenstein’s memo said Comey erred in July 2016 by announcing the FBI had been examining Clinton’s use of a private email server and that the case should be closed without prosecution. Rosenstein’s view was that Comey’s decision to make a public statement broke with longstanding FBI precedent andshould have been handled by the then-U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch. Trump called Comey a “showboat” and “grandstander” in an interview with NBC News on May 11, saying that he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s recommendation. Was Comey’s firing related to the FBI’s Russia probe? Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believes his dismissal was directly related to the FBI’s Russia probe. “I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation, was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he decided to fire me because of that,” Comey said in his June 8 testimony. Trump asked Comey to end the agency’s investigation of Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, and also to make some sort of public statement that he was not personally under investigation in order to clear “the cloud” hanging over his presidency, according Comey’s testimony. Comey said he found it concerning that Trump would ask him to drop the agency’s probe of Flynn and declined to state publicly that Trump himself was not under investigation, in part because it would create a “duty to correct” if that changed. “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” Trump told Comey at a Jan. 27 dinner, according to Comey. Less than a week before he was fired, Comey told a congressional panel that it made him “mildly nauseous” that he may have affected the outcome of the election by publicly re-opening and then re-closing the Clinton email probe days before the election. In an unorthodox move, Great America Alliance, an offshoot of a pro-Trump super PAC devoted to promoting the White House agenda, developed a television ad called “Showboat” to air as Comey testified. The ad claims Comey was “consumed with election meddling” at the expense of fighting terrorism. Has there been any fallout for Trump associates over contacts with Russia before, during or after the election campaign? Flynn was fired in February. The White House said he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the contacts he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, before Trump took office. On May 9, federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas seeking business records from people who worked with Flynn when he was a private citizen. On May 10, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued the first subpoena in its Russia investigation, demanding documents from Flynn. He provided the first batch on June 6. Sessions had to recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related probes at the Justice Department because he had not told Congress of his own contacts with Kislyak in 2016. Rosenstein is handling matters related to Russia and it is he who appointed Mueller as special counsel. Is Trump himself under investigation? Mueller’s probe has expanded to include examining whether Trump obstructed justice by attempting to curtail the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling, the Washington Post reported on June 14. In the short letter Trump sent to Comey dismissing him from the FBI, he had thanked Comey for informing him that he was not under investigation. Comey has confirmed that Trump was not personally under investigation at any point before his dismissal from the FBI. The Post reported the scope of the probe expanded to include Trump shortly after Comey’s dismissal, citing government officials. Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, denied Trump ever told Comey he needed and expected his loyalty.

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Iranian Patrol Boat Shined Laser On U.S. Helicopter Over Strait Of Hormuz: Pentagon

An Iranian naval patrol boat shined a laser at a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter flying over the Strait of Hormuz in what U.S. officials said was an unsafe encounter.

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U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice by trying to quash part of an FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and then firing the FBI director, the Washington Post reported on June 14.

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Voice of America: Left-Wing Labour Surge in Britain Takes Inspiration From US, France

As the political instability in Britain continues, pollsters say last weeks election appears to have marked a watershed moment. Young people voted in big numbers with some estimates suggesting turnout soared from 44 percent in 2015 to as much as 72 percent this year and most voted for the left-wing Labour party. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the southern city of Brighton, activists say they have taken inspiration from other political movements across the globe.

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Voice of America: Reports: Special Counsel Investigating Trump for Possible Obstruction of Justice

The special counsel investigating Russia’s influence on last year’s U.S. elections and possible links to the campaign of President Donald Trump has expanded to include looking at whether the president has obstructed justice. The revelation came late Wednesday in articles published by the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, based on accounts of people familiar with the investigation. The newspapers said special counsel Robert Mueller plans to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. According to the Post and Wall Street Journal reports, Ledgett wrote a memo describing a phone call Trump made to Coats in which the president asked Coats to publicly say his campaign did not collude with Russia. The Post further said Trump made a similar request in a phone call to Rogers. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s personal attorney said, “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.” The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, criticized the Post story as an “unfounded accusation.” “There’s still no evidence of obstruction, and current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there’s been no effort to impede the investigation in any way,” she said in a statement. In May, Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, saying “this Russia thing” was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation’s top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI’s probe into Russia’s meddling. About a week later, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead his own probe. Comey testified before a Senate panel last week that Trump spoke privately with him several times, including by telephone and at a meeting in Trump’s office in the White House.  Comey said he believed Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of the president’s former national security adviser, and that White House officials spread “lies, plain and simple” to cover up the reason for his dismissal. “I know that I was fired because something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was putting pressure” on Trump, Comey testified. The president’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, told reporters immediately after the Senate hearing that Trump “never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone.”

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Voice of America: Kushner Company Drops Tax Break Request in New Jersey

The real estate firm owned by the family of Jared Kushner has withdrawn a request for a big tax break for one its buildings in Jersey City, New Jersey, the latest setback for the company in the area.   The Kushner Cos. sent a letter withdrawing its application for a 30-year break from city taxes for a planned two-tower project in the struggling Journal Square section of the city, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said Wednesday. Opponents of the tax breaks marched downtown earlier this year and the citys mayor recently came out against the Kushner request.   Jared Kushner was CEO of the family company before stepping down to become a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. Committed to area   Kushner Cos. spokesman James Yolles said the company is committed to the much-needed investment in that area of the city.   The loss of the tax break is the latest blow for the company in a city where it is major real estate developer.   The 79-story building, One Journal Square, gained attention last month after Jared Kushners sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, mentioned her brother in a presentation in Beijing where she had hoped to attract Chinese investors in the building. Marketing material noted the celebrity status of her family.   Government ethics experts blasted the family for what they said was an attempt to profit off Jared Kushners position in Washington, and the Kushner Cos. canceled upcoming investor presentations in the country.   The company said Meyer wasnt trying to use her White House ties to attract investors. EB-5 visa program   The Kushner family is seeking 300 wealthy Chinese to invest a total of $150 million in One Journal Square. The family was trying to raise money through the EB-5 visa program that grants temporary U.S. residency to wealthy foreigners in exchange for investments of at least $500,000 in certain U.S. projects   The company also is in danger of losing another tax break for the building. The shared office space firm WeWork recently pulled out as anchor tenant. That has put in doubt a state tax break tied to WeWork.   Another project is off, too. The Kushner Cos. once considered bidding to develop a 95-acre industrial site along the Hackensack River in the city for housing, called Bayfront. Last month, it was revealed the family had withdrawn from those plans last year.   The Kusnher Cos. has said politics had nothing to do with its decision to withdraw from Bayfront, and that economics of the deal drove the move.   As for One Journal Square, company spokesman Yolles said the project will provide 4,000 construction jobs and $180 million in tax revenue for the city over 30 years. Tax breaks an issue   Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat, is running for re-election this fall, and tax breaks to developers have become a major issue.   Unlike neighboring Hoboken, Jersey City has granted dozens of tax breaks in recent years. Fulop had campaigned to reform the practice, but critics say he has done little.   Another Kushner property in the city overlooking the Hudson River got a five-year tax break soon after Fulop was elected mayor. That 50-story building has licensed the Trump name and is called Trump Bay Street. The building was also partly financed with EB-5 visa money from abroad.   The Kushner family owns or manages 20,000 apartments, 13 million square feet of office space and industrial properties in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois.

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FOX News: Scalise shot: What the Virginia attack should teach us – the Second Amendment is not the problem, in fact it can save lives
(47) The Best of Shostakovich – YouTube
(46) Bill Evans – California Here I Come (1967 Album) – YouTube
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National Security: Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

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Mueller is interviewing senior intelligence officials as Russia probe widens.

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Voice of America: Multiple Victims at UPS Center Shooting in San Francisco

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A shooting Wednesday at a sprawling UPS warehouse and customer service center in San Francisco sent multiple victims to a hospital, officials said.   Brent Andrew, spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, said the hospital had received the victims, but he did not know exactly how many people or their conditions.   San Francisco police confirmed a shooting at the facility in the Potrero Hill neighborhood but didn’t release information on injuries or the shooter.   Auto shop owner Robert Kim said he heard about five to eight rapid gunshots. The next thing he knew, he said, there’s a mob of UPS drivers running down the street screaming shooter, shooter.   Uniformed UPS employees were led out in a line by officers next to a highway. They walked away calmly with emergency vehicles nearby and gathered nearby outside a restaurant.   The shooting led to a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning for the surrounding area.   The building is on the eastern edge of San Francisco, about 2.5 miles from downtown San Francisco. Police are advising people to avoid the area.

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Witnesses describe the scene of the shooting that injured Representative Steve Scalise and others Wednesday morning. President Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders made statements.

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Europe: At the London inferno: Someone is jumping!

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Children pounded on windows high above the street. Then they were gone behind a curtain of smoke.

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NYT > Home Page: The London Fire: What We Know

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A blaze consumed the 24-story Grenfell Tower, killing at least six people. The cause is under investigation, but here is whats known.

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Stars and Stripes: What the Comey hearing confirmed about Washington

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It was the kind of empty spectacle Americans are used to from Washington, entertaining perhaps in a gossipy sort of way, but signifying and changing nothing.

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DEBKAFile: Perpetrator of suburban DC assault on congressmen shot dead

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The gunman who carried out Wednesday’s mass shooting outside Washington has been identified by multiple law enforcement souces as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, a resident of Illinois. He allegedly used an M4 rifle in the attack on Republican congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game. Hodgkinson, who was shot and subdued by the congressmen’s security detail, later died at a hospital. There has not been confirmation of any motive for the assault. Hodgkinson’s Facebook page, which shows a banner image of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, contains strong criticism of Republican congressmen and President Donald Trump. A message posted by Hodgkinson on March 22 says “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

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FOX News: Scalise shot: What the Virginia attack should teach us – the Second Amendment is not the problem, in fact it can save lives

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Within the whirlwind of the news cycle the anti-Second Amendment refrain has already begun.

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(47) The Best of Shostakovich – YouTube

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The Best of Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 — 9 August 1975)
Part II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc7Rp…

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the USSR (from 1962 until his death).
After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music.

Shostakovich’s orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His piano works include two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music; especially well known is The Second Waltz, Op. 99, music to the film The First Echelon (1955–1956)

(0:00) Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43: Moderato con moto
(8:45) Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: Moderato
(24:16) Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47: Allegro non troppo
(35:47) Symphony No. 7 in C major (Leningrad), Op. 60: Memories, Moderato (poco allegretto)
(46:16) Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (Stalingrad): Allegro non troppo
(53:00) Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93: Andante
(1:05:17) Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 (The Year 1905): Palace Square: adagio
(1:20:44) Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op. 141: Adagio – allegretto – adagio – allegretto
(1:34:41) Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67: Andante – Moderato
(1:41:55) Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67: Allegretto
(1:52:19) Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, trumpet & strings, in C minor, Op. 35: Lento
(1:59:35) Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102: Allegro
(2:06:56) Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 Passacaglia, andante, cadenza
(2:25:16) Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107: Allegretto
(2:31:32) Chamber Symphony in F major, Op. 73a
(2:39:51) Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2: Dance No. 1
(2:42:52) Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 2: March
(2:46:02) Quintet for piano & strings in G minor, Op. 57: Scherzo: Allegretto
(2:49:28) Sonata for piano No. 2 in B minor, Op. 61: Allegretto
(2:57:00) String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110: Largo
(3:01:34) String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122: Introduction (andantino)
(3:03:49) String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122: Recitativo (adagio)
(3:05:09) String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor, Op. 144: Elegy (adagio)
(3:17:31) Hamlet, suite from the film score, Op.116a (assembled by Atovmyan): Prelude
(3:19:53) Overture on Russian and Khirghiz Folksongs, for orchestra, Op. 115

(46) Bill Evans – California Here I Come (1967 Album) – YouTube

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California Here I Come is a live album by jazz pianist Bill Evans. It was recorded in 1967, but not released on Verve until 1982 as a double LP. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Album charts in 1983 and was reissued on CD in 2004. The pieces were recorded at the legendary Village Vanguard, where Evans had previously recorded the sets appeared on the highly influential Waltz for Debby and Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

Personnel: Bill Evans (p) Eddie Gómez (bs) Philly Joe Jones (dr)
Released: 1982
Recorded: August 17–18, 1967 Village Vanguard, New York City
Label: Verve VE2-2545
Producer: Helen Keane

0:00 “California, Here I Come” (DeSylva, Jolson, Meyer)
5:34 “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” (Van Heusen, Burke)
8:59 “Turn Out the Stars” (Bill Evans)
14:50 “Stella by Starlight” (Washington, Young)
18:55 “You’re Gonna Hear From Me” (Previn, Previn)
23:52 “In a Sentimental Mood” (Ellington, Mills, Kurtz)
27:44 “G Waltz” (Evans)
32:21 “On Green Dolphin Street” (Kaper, Washington)
37:15 “Gone With the Wind” (Herb Magidson, Wrubel)
43:05 “If You Could See Me Now” (Dameron, Sigman)
46:47 “Alfie” (Bacharach, David)
51:54 “Very Early” (Evans)
56:43 “‘Round Midnight” (Monk, Williams)
1:02:50 “Emily” (Mandel, Mercer)
1:08:06 “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)” (Barris, Koehler, Billy Moll)

Philly Joe Jones was a member of the Bill Evans Trio for a short time in 1967 but none of his recordings with the pianist were released at the time. This two-LP set from 1982 features the pair (along with bassist Eddie Gomez who had recently started his own longtime association with Evans) in superb form. Jones consistently lit a fire under the pianist and, even though Bill Evans was never just an introspective ballad pianist (which became his stereotype), he does play with some unaccustomed ferocity on several of these selections. The 71 minutes of music feature strong versions of three of Evans’ originals (including “Turn Out the Stars”) plus a dozen standards, highlighted by “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” “Gone With the Wind” and the unlikely “California Here I Come.” Well worth searching for. In September 2004, Verve reissued the album in a limited edition, 24-bit remastered CD. Where the original disc sounded thin in places — as it is a live recording — the remastered version sounds consistently full and warm throughout.

(46) Bill Evans – You’re Gonna Hear From Me (1969 Album) – YouTube

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You’re Gonna Hear From Me is a live album by jazz pianist Bill Evans with Eddie Gómez and Marty Morell recorded at the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen in 1969 but not released until the 1980s on the Milestone label. The same concert also produced the album Jazzhouse.

Personnel: Bill Evans (p) Eddie Gómez (bs) Marty Morrell (dr)
Released: 1988
Recorded: November 24, 1969 at the Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark
Label: Milestone M 9164
Producer: Helen Keane

0:00 “You’re Gonna Hear From Me” (Dory Previn, André Previn)
3:07 “‘Round Midnight” (Thelonious Monk)
9:33 “Waltz for Debby”
15:04 “Nardis” (Miles Davis)
24:06 “Time Remembered”
29:11 “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)” (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley)
35:37 “Emily” (Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer)
40:39 “Love Is Here to Stay” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
44:36 “Someday My Prince Will Come” (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey)

This CD reissue is the companion to Jazzhouse, for both were recorded on the same night at the Montmartre in Copenhagen. Evans’ regular trio of the time (which included bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell) is in exuberant form performing before an enthusiastic crowd. In addition to versions of his famous “Waltz for Debby” and “Time Remembered,” Evans plays seven of his favorite standards, including “You’re Gonna Hear from Me,” “Nardis,” and “Emily.” An excellent all-around set that was not originally released until 1988.

(46) Report: Suspect in Scalise shooting identified – YouTube

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Government official tells the Associated Press that the suspect is 66-year-old Illinois man named James T. Hodgkinson

Robert Mueller Chooses His Investigatory Dream Team

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President Donald Trump had almost certainly never heard the name Aaron Zebley before the announcement that the former FBI agent was joining the special counsel investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia. But to those who have followed the arc of the bureau during the past twenty years, Zebley’s is a name that underscores just how far-reaching and dogged—and potentially long—the probe will likely be.

Just ask Steve Gaudin’s ex-girlfriend.

She wasn’t at all happy when Zebley, her boyfriend’s FBI partner, called at 3 am one morning in August 1999. Despite all of Gaudin’s international travel, chasing al Qaeda long before the terrorist group was a household name, he and his girlfriend had managed to settle down in New York City and carve out a life together in between his overseas terrorist hunts. The couple was even looking forward to an imminent, albeit brief, summer vacation.

But then came the call from Zebley.

“I’ve found Ali Mandela,” Zebley said, excitedly. Mandela, the fugitive terrorist suspected of helping execute the previous year’s bombings of US embassies in East Africa, appeared to still be on the continent, he told Gaudin. Somewhere in South Africa. They had to leave immediately.

Angry at yet another sleepless night—and vacation—ruined by the bureau’s demands, Gaudin’s girlfriend gave him some advice: Don’t bother coming back.

But that was just the way it was for the elite agents on one of the FBI’s most storied squads. Nothing could come between them and their search for justice.

The details of that trip—and the subsequent capture of one of America’s most wanted terrorists by Zebley and Gaudin—help illuminate the makeup of the special counsel team that former FBI director Robert Mueller is assembling. It’s a team that contains some of the nation’s top investigators and leading experts on seemingly every aspect of the potential investigation—from specific crimes like money laundering and campaign finance violations to understanding how to navigate both sprawling globe-spanning cases and the complex local dynamics of Washington power politics.

Meet Mueller’s Roster

As Mueller begins investigating Russia’s interference in last year’s election and its possible links to Donald Trump’s campaign, he is quietly recruiting lawyers and staff to the team. And in recent days, Trump associates have stepped up criticism of Mueller and his team—including a report, quickly rejected by the White House, that Trump is considering firing Mueller before he even gets started.

Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, Newt Gingrich blasted Mueller and his still-forming team. “These are bad people,” Newt Gingrich told George Stephanopoulos. “I’m very dubious of the team.”

But that criticism flies in the face of widespread, bipartisan acclaim for the team. In fact, just a day earlier, on the same program, former Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr praised Mueller at length. “I don’t think there’s a legitimate concern about Bob Mueller,” Starr said, explaining that the former FBI director was “honest as the day is long.”

From the list of hires, it’s clear, in fact, that Mueller is recruiting perhaps the most high-powered and experienced team of investigators ever assembled by the Justice Department. His team began with three lawyers who also quickly left WilmerHale, the law firm where Mueller has also worked since he left the FBI in 2013—Zebley, James Quarles III, and Jeannie Rhee.

The rapid recruitment of Quarles attracted immediate attention: A famed litigator who was an assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate investigation, Quarles specialized in campaign finance research for the Watergate task force, which surely will be an area of focus for Mueller’s investigation. (The FBI has been serving subpoenas regarding the finances of campaign adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, both of whom have retroactively registered as foreign agents, admitting that they were paid by foreign governments during the period when they were also advising Trump.) In more recent years, Quarles has risen through the law firm’s ranks to run its DC office, and is an experienced manager. In granting him the firm’s top recognition in 2007, one of his colleagues said that Quarles “represents precisely the values that should define us culturally and reputationally: He is an excellent lawyer, he is an extraordinary hard worker, he is the ultimate team player, and he treats everyone with respect and collegiality.”

It’s a team that’s not just a paper office tiger but one with deep experience investigating crime around the world.

More recently, Mueller has recruited Andrew Weissmann, his one-time general counsel at the FBI and a long-time adviser who once led the Justice Department’s fraud unit. In the early 2000s, Weissmann also oversaw the Enron Task Force, the storied Justice Department unit that investigated the complex machinations of the failed energy giant. (The task force’s team of prosecutors was so well-respected that they went on to dominate the Justice Department’s top ranks for the better part of a decade, including former officials like White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler, assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell, and acting assistant attorney general Matthew Friedrich.)

Then Mueller added Michael Dreeben, who has worked for years in the Justice Department’s solicitor general’s office, which argues the government’s cases before the Supreme Court. “Dreeben is 1 of the top legal & appellate minds at DOJ in modern times,” tweeted Preet Bharara, the former top Manhattan federal prosecutor. Walter Dellinger, an accomplished law professor at Duke and former acting solicitor general, went one step further, telling The Washington Post, “Michael is the most brilliant and most knowledgeable federal criminal lawyer in America—period.” Writing on the Lawfare blog, Paul Rosenzweig recalled watching Deeban argue a Supreme Court case—one of more than a hundred he’s done—without a single note, and also concluded, “He is quite possibly the best criminal appellate lawyer in America (at least on the government’s side). That Mueller has sought his assistance attests both to the seriousness of his effort and the depth of the intellectual bench he is building.”

Also, while the Special Counsel’s office has yet to make any formal announcements about Mueller’s team, it appears he has recruited an experienced Justice Department trial attorney, Lisa Page, a little-known figure outside the halls of Main Justice but one whose résumé boasts intriguing hints about where Mueller’s Russia investigation might lead. Page has deep experience with money laundering and organized crime cases, including investigations where she’s partnered with an FBI task force in Budapest, Hungary, that focuses on eastern European organized crime. That Budapest task force helped put together the still-unfolding money laundering case against Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a one-time business partner of Manafort.

But despite the other more high-profile names, it’s the career of Zebley, a dogged FBI agent turned prosecutor turned confidant, that perhaps best points to how Mueller intends to run his new investigation: With absolute tenacity and strong central leadership from Mueller himself. It’s a team that’s not just a paper office tiger but one with deep experience investigating crime around the world.

Tenacious Z

Zebley, who has worked alongside Mueller since their departure from the Hoover Building in 2013, attended the College of William & Mary—James Comey’s alma mater—and went on to the University of Virginia’s law school, a prime feeder school for federal prosecutors, including Mueller himself. Zebley then started with the FBI on I-49, one of its most storied squads and part of the small group of agents in New York who were chasing Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda before September 11th.

I-49 was tasked with investigating the twin bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, known within the Bureau as KENBOM and TANBOM; each agent on the squad was assigned a specific suspect. Zebley, one of the squad’s youngest agents, pursued Ali Mandela, a man whose nickname referred to his resemblance to a younger Nelson Mandela.

When Gaudin and Zebley got to South Africa in the summer of 1999, they almost immediately realized the news wasn’t good. The suspect they assumed to be Ali Mandela in fact wasn’t him. Nevertheless, Gaudin and Zebley found themselves in a small conference room in Cape Town with the FBI’s South African liaison and officers from the country’s immigration and refugee asylum service, who insisted that the visiting FBI guests at least review some immigration records while they were there.

The South Africans pulled out boxes stuffed with immigration cards and dumped them on the table. Gaudin and Zebley groaned and agreed to peruse the cards before their evening flight back to the States. Miraculously, the second card Gaudin picked up to examine bore fruit.

“Zeb, where do I know this name from? Who is Zahran Nasser Maulid?” Gaudin asked, holding up the picture with the name written across the top.

“That’s KKM!” Zebley almost shouted.

“Who the fuck is KKM?” a South African official asked. “That’s not your guy.”

“What’s going on here?” the FBI’s liaison asked, also confused.

Gaudin and Zebley pulled the South African aside—they realized they were onto something big, and couldn’t risk a leak. “Who do you trust? This is important.”

Just months earlier, the agents had discovered that Khalfan Khamis Mohamed—the man the FBI suspected of assembling the bomb used in Tanzania—had used the name Maulid as an alias to get a Tanzanian passport. The South African police officer shooed a few people from the room and assembled five officers, four men and one woman. “These people, these are the best. What’s going on? Who’s KKM? I thought we were looking for Ali Mandela.”

“No, you don’t understand,” Gaudin said, holding up the picture. “This guy is Khalfan Khamis Mohamed. There’s already an indictment for him—he’s one of the bombers. If we can get him, there’s a $5 million reward on his head.”

Gaudin called back to the New York Field Office and told his bosses that the two agents had stumbled upon one of the country’s most wanted terrorists. And they even had a plan to arrest him.

The South African immigration services explained that every 42 days, like clockwork, Mohamed had to come back to the refugee office to get his visa renewed. As long as he wasn’t scared off, there was no reason to think he wouldn’t walk right into the FBI’s arms if they were patient. A small team of backup FBI agents was dispatched to South Africa, and they settled in to wait.

Working undercover, Zebley and Gaudin waited at the immigration facility, with Gaudin posing as a South African colonel. Refugees seeking asylum queued each morning, and in typical bureaucratic fashion, not everyone got his or her visa stamped. Latecomers were turned away, forced to return some other day or risk arrest if the authorities found that they’d overstayed their visas. Tensions ran high in the queue, with the crowd becoming more frantic as the day wore on and hopes of getting visas successfully renewed dwindled. One afternoon, Zebley and Gaudin watched in horror as the authorities wheeled out a fire hose and blasted the crowd to keep it under control.

The two agents realized that, given the line’s chaos, the only practical thing to do was somehow to get to the applicants early: They had to streamline the refugee office’s visa renewal process if they hoped to capture KKM. The team hatched a plan. Gaudin, dressed in his full colonel’s uniform, complete with epaulets and medals, and looking vaguely like a character from a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, went out each morning with a basket to collect the refugees’ immigration cards. Then all the cards were brought inside and stamped. The refugees waited peacefully outside for their documents, which were returned in the afternoon. This meant not only that the FBI had a first, calm look at the documents but also that the South Africans suddenly had a much more efficient mechanism for processing immigration claims.

Their system worked smoothly— a little too smoothly, actually. The crowds got larger as word spread in the refugee community that a new policy meant everyone was getting a stamp. No more wasted days! The head of refugee services, who had no idea that an American FBI team was operating undercover in his agency, asked to meet this innovative new colonel who had so streamlined and revolutionized his agency’s process. Gaudin, nervous that he’d blow the whole operation, was summoned and thanked for his contribution. “We haven’t had to use the fire hose all week,” the head of refugee services announced, without any idea of Gaudin’s real identity.

The weeks ticked by as KKM’s 42 -day deadline approached. Finally, the last day arrived: October 5, 1999. The small team of FBI agents and South African immigration officers stationed themselves strategically around the building. Zebley and other agents positioned themselves in cars around the corner.

Gaudin went out with his basket. After weeks of the dulling routine, he searched each refugee’s face with renewed enthusiasm, his energy mounting as he worked his way down the line. KKM was here somewhere. Yet Gaudin made it to the end of the morning line without any luck.

Then came a shout from his South African partner at the front door of the office: “Steve, the boss wants to see you.”

“Not now. I’m busy.”

“No, Steve, the boss really needs you. You need to come right now.”

Walking inside, dejected, Gaudin boarded the elevator and found himself standing just inches away from Khalfan Khamis Mohamed. Sully, the South African officer, had seen the terrorist suspect walk up to the end of the line and, unaware of the new policy that ensured everyone a stamp, turn away after mentally calculating that he was unlikely to reach the front of the line that day. The officer had approached him and, thinking quickly, quietly told Mohamed that for some money he would take him to the head of the line and get him a stamp. The Tanzanian bomb maker happily forked over a few hundred rand—after all, getting the stamp that day meant he wouldn’t have to miss another day at the Burger World franchise where he had worked since the attack. The South African officer then led him up to the front and sent his partner to grab the FBI agent.

As the elevator ascended, Gaudin cracked a joke about how he was probably in trouble and was being summoned to the boss’s office. The group disembarked on the top floor, still laughing. The two South African police officers went first, KKM second, and Gaudin brought up the rear, the police acting as casually as they could. Ten feet passed. Twenty feet passed. Gaudin, last in the line, was getting nervous. The building was cavernous; if KKM got spooked and escaped down a hallway or made it to a stairwell, it was possible that they would never see him again. Finally Gaudin’s anxiety overcame him. He broke into a full sprint and slammed into the bomber from behind, his arms encircling KKM and pinning his arms. The two men dropped hard, like a linebacker sacking a quarterback in a high school football game.

Gaudin handcuffed the dazed and confused suspect and rolled him over, growling, “FBI. Don’t even bother telling me you’re not KKM.” Zebley and the other agents pounded up the stairs and into the hallway, with South African officers close behind. The agents hustled the terrorist down to the basement, into a waiting car, and off to the airport for the long flight to the United States. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 2001.

By that point, Zebley had thought he was done with counterterrorism. He transferred off the counterterrorism squad on September 10, 2001, heading to work criminal cases.

The transfer lasted exactly one day.

Mueller’s Right-Hand Man

Within days of the devastating attack, the brand-new FBI director—Robert Mueller, who had started only on September 4th—decided to centralize the investigation into the September 11th attacks at the Bureau’s headquarters in Washington, an all but unprecedented move to lead an operational case from the Hoover Building itself.

While Mueller didn’t personally lead the PENTTBOM case, the decision to centralize it at headquarters—where he could see it, touch it, and have investigators be instantly available for questions—marked a significant departure from the FBI’s tradition of allowing field offices wide independence on investigations. It also underscored Mueller’s understanding that high-profile, politically sensitive investigations required a tactile, hands-on approach. It is a model that Mueller will likely carry forward into his role as special counsel in the Russia investigation, ensuring that he’s always personally involved even as he delegates threads of the case to experienced investigators like Quarles and Zebley, who was one of the first agents the FBI assigned to the PENTTBOM case in Washington.

On that PENTTBOM case, Zebley was so steeped in the intricacies of the 9/11 attacks that the Justice Department turned to him as the courtroom witness in 2006 to testify that, if Zacarias Moussaoui—the so-called 20th hijacker who was arrested in August 2001—cooperated and allowed his belongings to be searched sooner, the FBI could have likely unraveled the 9/11 plot before it was executed.

Zebley told the courtroom and jurors that the FBI could have used information in Moussaoui’s possession, including phone records and money transfers, to identify and draw links between 11 of the 19 hijackers who participated in the 9/11 attacks. One of the defense attorneys asked Zebley if the FBI could have used that information to stop the attacks.

“We’ll never know, right?” the defense attorney asked.

“Correct,” Zebley replied.

In the years that followed, Zebley rose to become a special counselor to Mueller himself, and after Mueller’s ten-year term as FBI director had been extended for an additional two years by a special act of Congress, Zebley took over as his chief of staff. He also later worked in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, which oversees counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases, like the one into Russia’s election meddling.

In every instance, their investigations have been textbook examples of sober, patient, thorough exploration.

Zebley followed Mueller to WilmerHale in 2014, where Mueller has built a steady practice as the respected voice beyond reproach that organizations turn to when they need sensitive internal investigations. He served as Mueller’s right hand during major investigations, including one that Mueller led into the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident in 2014, and ones into more recent crises like Takata’s deadly airbags and VW’s emissions scandal.

In every instance, their investigations have been textbook examples of sober, patient, thorough exploration. Zebley helped lead the way through the political minefield of the NFL investigation, even as it ultimately and unexpectedly concluded—after a fruitless search of emails, telephone calls, and in-person interviews—that the NFL headquarters had never received a video of Rice’s assault. In the straightforward language that is Mueller’s trademark, the investigation was scathing in its conclusion that the NFL erred in its handling: “The NFL should have done more with the information it had,” the so-called “Mueller report” concluded, “and should have taken additional steps to obtain all available information about the February 15 incident.”

Now, though, Zebley and Mueller—as well as Quarles and the rest of the investigators—will face perhaps their biggest challenge yet, one that will return Zebley to his element as a tireless investigator, pursuing the Russia investigation with all the patience and doggedness of his years-long hunt for al Qaeda suspects across the globe.

Journalist Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) can be reached at <a href=”mailto:garrett.graff@gmail.com”>garrett.graff@gmail.com</a>. He is the author of The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI.

WSJ.com: World News: White House Hands Say Over Afghan Troop Levels to Military

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The decision averts a looming presidential troop decision, officials say, and clear the way for the military to intensify its fight against the Taliban and Islamic State extremists in the region.

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Washington Free Beacon: Brooks Recounts Alexandria Shooting: It Is Hard to Contain the Emotions

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) was on-deck when a shooting broke out at a baseball practice for Republican congressman Wednesday morning that wounded several people.

Among the injured was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.), and Brooks had difficulty containing himself as he described the shooting to CNN’s “New Day.” He told them semiautomatic fire began to ring out during practice, and he realized it was an active shooting situation.

“I see a rifle, and I see a little bit of a body and then I hear another bam and I realize theres still an active shooter. At the same time I hear Steve Scalise over at second base scream he was shot,” he said.

The shooting occurred in Alexandria, Virginia’s Del Ray neighborhood. Brooks estimated the assailant and Capitol Police exchanged 50 to 100 shots. Police said the gunman had been taken into custody.

Five people were medically transferred from the scene, although it is unclear how many of them were shot. Brooks said he believed five people were shot, however. No fatalities have been reported.

Alexandria Police say “5 people were transported medically from the scene” following shooting at a baseball practice

Brooks said Scalise crawled into the outfield leaving a “trail of blood” 10 to 15 yards long, and he helped put pressure on Scalise’s wound. He also described helping put pressure on a congressional staffer’s leg wound to minimize blood loss.

Brooks praised the law enforcement response to the shooting, describing one wounded officer who came over to tend to Scalise’s wound.

“It is hard to contain the emotions. My adrenaline is raging, and of course it’s never easy to take when you see people around you getting shot, and you don’t have a weapon yourself so you are not in a position where you can help defend,” he said. “So you’re pretty helpless.”

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