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How the Pentagon Got Inside ISIS’ Chemical Weapons Operation—and Ended It. The commanding officer, a Peshmerga colonel named Sabri, cautiously inspected the debris with a few of his aides.

How the Pentagon Got Inside ISIS’ Chemical Weapons Operation—and Ended It

The men discovered that the metal tanks in the truck’s rear had blown clear of the vehicle when it exploded and landed haphazardly in the dirt. Some of the containers were leaking the same pale-green smoke the men had seen earlier. All around the leaking tanks the soil and grass bore a yellow coating, as though someone had spilled a jar of watery paint. A few men who ventured close to the damaged tanks detected a pungent odor and immediately fell ill. Sabri could offer his men no protection other than surgical masks, which were useless, so he moved everyone back and radioed for help. Steve Linick fired: Inspectors general, explained by a former inspector general. Late Friday night, President Donald Trump fired State Department Inspector General Steve Linick.

Steve Linick fired: Inspectors general, explained by a former inspector general

It was the fourth abrupt dismissal of an inspector general in about as many weeks, and the latest case in which Trump claimed he’d lost confidence in the IG when it very much seemed like something else was going on. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed recommending that Trump fire Linick. That’s an important detail, because it seems Linick — who, as inspector general, was in charge of oversight at the State Department — might have been zeroing in on Pompeo himself, including the secretary’s alleged use of a political appointee to run his personal errands.

Linick was also reportedly probing the administration’s $8 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, which sidestepped Congress. Congressional Democrats are now investigating Linick’s firing. But Linick is not the first IG to go. Trump had “lost confidence” in Atkinson, too. Here’s How Facebook Should Really Handle Alex Jones. Free speech took a whacking Thursday as Facebook cited its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations” to ban such figures as Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos and several other extremists from the site.

Here’s How Facebook Should Really Handle Alex Jones

They were purged from Facebook-owned Instagram, and their affiliated fan pages will also be shuttered in what the Wall Street Journal called the company’s “most sweeping” action “yet against online provocateurs.” Facebook was within its rights to evict the accounts, even if they’ve done nothing criminal. How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World. The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson’s Archives, by Robert A. Caro. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father.

President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. But The Times’s investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Mr. Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day. Much of this money came to Mr. These maneuvers met with little resistance from the Internal Revenue Service, The Times found. The Trumps paid a total of $52.2 million, or about 5 percent, tax records show. The president declined repeated requests over several weeks to comment for this article.

Mr. Robert Mercer’s Secret Adventure as a New Mexico Cop. Robert Mercer probably would have flown into Roswell.

Robert Mercer’s Secret Adventure as a New Mexico Cop

From there—1,800 miles from home—he would’ve traveled south through the high desert plains of southeast New Mexico, flat as a tortilla, past abandoned homesteads and irrigation machines moving in slow circles. His phone reception would’ve gotten spotty when he turned left off Highway 285. Inside The Fight For The Soul Of Kaspersky Lab. My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror. I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown with the federal government that I had been trying to avoid for more than seven years.

My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror

The Obama administration was demanding that I reveal the confidential sources I had relied on for a chapter about a botched CIA operation in my 2006 book, “State of War.” I had also written about the CIA operation for the New York Times, but the paper’s editors had suppressed the story at the government’s request. It wasn’t the only time they had done so. 1 A Marketplace of Secrets Bundled against the freezing wind, my lawyers and I were about to reach the courthouse door when two news photographers launched into a perp-walk shoot. As I walked past the photographers into the courthouse that morning in January 2015, I saw a group of reporters, some of whom I knew personally. My lawyers and I took over a cramped conference room just outside the courtroom of U.S.

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