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US Government shutdown threatens nuclear stealth bomber production amid WW3 fears

The US Government is set to shutdown in just hours after the Senate failed to pass a vital federal funding bill, meaning many services will stop and employees will go unpaid until a solution can be passed. The Senate has failed to gain the 60 “yes” votes it needed to pass the bill in the US Senate leaving the government without funding. The freeze will begin at midnight (EST) in Washington DC (5am GMT). Matthew Donovan, the Under Secretary of the Air Force, on Thursday warned that if the US…

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US Government shutdown would HALT military operations official warns as deadline looms

GETTY Jim Mattis said that a government shutdown would heavily impact military operations The US Government has until midnight on Friday to reach a deal on federal spending. If no deal is made it will be forced to go into shutdown until an agreement is made. A procedural vote on budget bill set for 3am GMT (10 pm local Washington DC time) according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Jim Mattis said: ”Our maintenance activities will pretty much shut down. “Over 50 percent, altogether of my civilian workforce will be…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t regret firing James Damore – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Google CEO says ‘I don’t regret’ firing author of diversity… Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about diversity and Silicon Valley in San Francisco on Friday.  Kim White/MSNBC Onetime Google engineer James Damore wrote a contentious 3,300-word memo in August that argued the gender gap in Silicon Valley is largely due to women and men being “biologically” different. Days later Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired Damore saying the engineer violated company rules. A firestorm followed. Damore went on a media tour saying he…

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Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated – CNET

Twitter said Friday that Russian meddling ahead of the 2016 presidential election was more widespread than it initially estimated and it pledged to let users of the service know if they were exposed to propaganda associated with a Kremlin-linked troll farm.  Twitter says it found more Russian interference than it originally estimated.  Getty Images The social network said it had identified 3,814 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which was the seat of the Russian propaganda effort. In October, Twitter executives testified in front of Congress that it had…

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CIA China turncoat Lee may have compromised U.S. spies in Russia too

The arrest last week of a former CIA officer suspected of spying for China exposed one of the most significant intelligence breaches in American history. But the damage is even worse than first reported, sources familiar with the matter tell NBC News. A secret FBI–CIA task force investigating the case concluded that the Chinese government penetrated the CIA’s method clandestine communication with its spies, using that knowledge to arrest and execute at least 20 CIA informants, according to multiple current and former government officials. American officials suspect China then shared…

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Russia investigation: An eventful week, and what happens next

New details emerged this week in the broadening investigation into alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Among developments: • The cofounder of the firm that produced the so-called Trump dossier told members of Congress in November that he suspected a number of Trump real estate deals may have been a vehicle for Russian money laundering operations. Glenn Simpson voiced his suspicions in a 165-page transcript released to the public on Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee. He was asked if he had discovered “evidence” of…

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Right-wing demand to ‘Release the Memo’ endorsed by Russian bots, trolls

WASHINGTON — The latest attempt by some Republicans in Congress to discredit the Trump-Russia investigation has been embraced by Russian bots and trolls on social media. At issue is a classified memo written by House GOP staffers that purports to describe abuses in FBI surveillance practices, but has been denounced by Democratic lawmakers as deeply misleading. House Republicans have described the revelations in the memo as “worse than Watergate,” and are demanding its release. The story is getting major coverage by right-leaning news organizations, including Fox News, Breitbart, the Washington…

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Atlas V rocket launch live stream: How to watch online – What time is the launch TONIGHT?

What time is the Atlas V launch?  The rocket is due to blast off at 12.48am GMT (19:48 ET) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida.  The launch was due to take place yesterday but was abandoned due to technical difficulties.  The United Launch Alliance (ULA), who operate the Atlas rockets, tweeted last night: “Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission was scrubbed today due to a ground issue associated with the booster liquid oxygen system.” How to watch the Atlas V rocket launch…

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Smuggling gang SMASHED after years of bringing Iraq migrants to UK in near-freezing trucks

SOLARPIX These international smugglers were bringing immigrants into the UK in refrigerated lorries Entire families with young children including babies would spend up to two days hidden in the backs of the HGVs at temperatures just above freezing point. The operation which led to six arrests this week in the cities of Valencia and Bilbao followed the discovery of 16 illegal immigrants last year in the back of three lorries bound for Britain. Six members of the same Iraqi family, including four children, were discovered in the back of a…

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NEW terror threat: Fleeing ISIS jihadis being recruited by al-Qaeda

Security sources said a recruitment campaign started last summer before ISIS suffered huge losses in its last few remaining strongholds. They said al-Qaeda militants in Algeria persuaded 10 members of a small cell to switch allegiance while similar moves have been taking place in Syria since September. There is also intelligence suggesting ISIS fighters have been recruited by senior al-Qaeda officers in North Africa and Yemen while in Afghanistan extremists are thought to be re-joining the Taliban. Some analysts fear ISIS will respond by using its global network of allied…

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