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Wife: Ex-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Is Dead
Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes passed away Thursday morning, as reported by The Drudge Report. In a statement, the ex-media mogul’s wife Elizabeth Ailes wrote: “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.”
READ IT AT The Drudge Report  
Trump: Where Was Special Counsel for Hillary and Obama?
President Trump fired off a series of tweets in which he called the investigation into his campaign’s links with Russia “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” He posted, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic] appointed!” His furious response overturned the White House’s spin effort, which claimed that he was reacting calmly to the announcement of a special counsel. A New York Times report published early Thursday described an account of Trump’s initial response to the news. Just 30 minutes before the rest of the world knew, the White House was informed the Justice Department would be appointing a special counsel—with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said to be one of the only advisers who wanted to put up a fight. According to the Times, Kushner, who had urged Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey, suggested a “counterattack” after the announcement. When Trump was informed at 5:35 p.m., and his team, including Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Communications Director Michael Dubke, Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, longtime aide Hope Hicks, Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway, and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon were all summoned to his office, the Times reports. Nearly everyone, except Kushner, suggested that Trump take a conciliatory stance and publicly accept Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision. In the end, the White House released a statement declaring the president’s innocence and its hope for a quick investigation.
READ IT AT The New York Times  
Trump Campaign Had 18 Undisclosed Contacts With Russians
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, along with other advisers to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, were in contact with Russians in at least 18 calls or emails during the last seven months of the election, according to records now under review by the FBI and congressional investigators. Reuters reports that at least six of the contacts were phone calls between Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and Trump advisers—including Flynn. The news agency reports the interactions between Kislyak and Flynn increased during Trump’s transition period, while the two men allegedly planned a method of communication between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump, which could bypass national-security bureaucracy in the U.S.—both sides, according to Reuters, considered such bureaucracy hostile to improved relations. Those with knowledge of the contacts, who described them to Reuters, said there was not yet any evidence of collusion or wrongdoing in the records.
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Brazilian President Accused of Bribery Coverup
One of the biggest newspapers in Brazil, O Globo, is reporting that there is an alleged coverup scheme involving President Michel Temer and the jailed former speaker of its lower house of congress. However, the publication is not saying how it obtained the information in question. The report alleges that executives from JBS, the world’s largest meat-packing company, have submitted a tape to Brazil’s supreme court of a recording of Temer approving payment to Eduardo Cunha, who played a leading role in the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff. The allegations are just the latest news in Operation Carwash, a massive corruption probe in Brazil that has implicated business and political elites. According to a Brazil-based correspondent from Globe and Mail, Temer has denied the allegations.
READ IT AT Bloomberg Politics  
Women With Advanced Breast Cancer Are Surviving Longer
Women of all ages who are diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer in the United States are surviving longer, according to a new study published Thursday. Lead author Angela Mariotto, of the National Cancer Institute, said the findings were largely due to better treatments, including a drug called Herceptin, which lengthens the lives of women with aggressive breast cancers. It was approved in the late 1990s. The study results showed the five-year survival rate among women under 50 years old who were diagnosed with advanced disease doubled from 18 percent in the mid-1990s to 36 percent between 2005 and 2012. Among those with Stage 4 cancer, the study reports five-year survival rates rose by 4 percent from 1990 to 2000, and by 17 percent between 2000 and 2010, with projections of an increase by a third by 2020. More than 154,000 American women are estimated to be living with cancer that has spread beyond the breast.
READ IT AT Washington Post  
Report: Flynn Stopped Military Plan Turkey Opposed
Just weeks before he was fired as President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn reportedly opposed a Pentagon plan that the Turkish government didn’t like—while accepting payments of more than $500,000 to represent the interests of that same government. Shortly before Trump took office, Susan Rice, then-President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had consulted Flynn and members of Trump’s team about a plan to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State terror group with the help of Syrian Kurdish forces. The plan would have been executed when Trump was in office, so Obama’s team wanted Flynn’s approval. Flynn’s decision was to hold off, McClatchy News reported, citing timelines of meetings distributed by Congress. He provided no explanation for his decision, which happened to conform to the wishes of the Turkish government, which, it was later learned, was benefiting from his lobbying work. Lawmakers are now questioning whether Flynn made that decision at the behest of a foreign government, with some going so far as to ask whether it constitutes treason, McClatchy reported. While Trump eventually approved the military plan, Flynn’s decision 10 days before Trump took office delayed the operation by several months. Long after he was fired amid scrutiny over his contact with Russian officials, Flynn continues to be a headache to the Trump administration, with new questions arising Wednesday after a report said Trump’s team was aware Flynn was under federal investigation for his Turkish lobbying long before the president’s inauguration.
READ IT AT McClatchy  
Report: Chelsea Manning to Do Vogue Photo Spread
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U.S. Complains to Turkey Over Violence at D.C. Protests
The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it was “concerned by the violent incidents” near the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., a day earlier, confirming reports that Turkish security personnel were involved in attacks on protesters. At least 11 people were injured in clashes after demonstrators protesting against Recep Tayyip Erdogan say they were ambushed by men they said were the Turkish president’s bodyguards. Police said Wednesday that they have arrested two people in connection with the violence, though it was not clear whether the individuals had any connection to Turkish authorities. The Turkish Embassy said the protesters had initiated the violence by provoking Turkish citizens who were expressing support for Erdogan. A State Department spokesman condemned the incident “involving protesters and Turkish security personnel.” “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest,” the State Department said. “We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said. A State Department official cited by CNN said the men who carried out the attack were thought to be a blend of Turkish Embassy staff and Erdogan’s security detail.
READ IT AT The New York Times  
Report: Trump Team Was Aware Flynn Was Under Investigation
According to a report in The New York Times, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn informed Donald Trump’s presidential transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation. The purported warning came about a month after the Justice Department notified Flynn of the inquiry, which is said to be focused on his alleged secret work as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign. Flynn’s disclosure was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, reportedly on Jan. 4. After Flynn was dismissed from the White House, following just 24 days on the job, President Trump reportedly tried to get FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation. Comey was then fired on May 9. The White House declined to comment to the Times on whether officials there had known about Flynn’s legal troubles before the inauguration.
READ IT AT The New York Times  
10. R.I.P.
Man Dies After Falling Over Railing at Wrigley Field
A baseball fan died Wednesday after he fell over the railing at Wrigley Field in Chicago while trying to exit the ballpark. The 42-year-old, who has not been identified, fell at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and hit his head. He was taken to a hospital and died the following afternoon from his injuries. “The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time,” the Chicago Cubs said in a statement Wednesday.
READ IT AT ABC 7 Chicago  
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