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An Intramural Republican Fight Breaks Out Over the C.I.A. Director’s Fate

first_imgWASHINGTON — Internal Republican divisions over the fate of Gina Haspel’s tenure as C.I.A. director have come tumbling into view as some Senate leaders showed support while President Trump’s allies pushed for her ouster, in part over the agency’s role in disseminating the whistle-blower complaint that prompted impeachment, according to current and former administration officials.For weeks, Mr. Trump has been mulling whether to fire Ms. Haspel, the agency’s first female director. Despite Mr. Trump’s refusal to accept his election loss, people close to him understand that his time in office is limited and the window to remove her is dwindling.- Advertisement – Some officials and presidential allies believe that Ms. Haspel failed to do enough to stop the whistle-blower’s complaints about Mr. Trump’s July 2019 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, which prompted impeachment, from moving forward. Others have also grown frustrated with her opposition to declassifying documents related to Russia’s 2016 election interference.White House aides are divided over Ms. Haspel’s removal. Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, opposes it, though other officials are pushing for her dismissal, the officials said. Allies of the president have had “a real issue of trust” with Ms. Haspel for more than a year, a senior administration official said. Ms. Haspel’s congressional allies noted that she is a cabinet official and has a responsibility to answer questions from lawmakers conducting oversight of the intelligence agencies.Tensions over Ms. Haspel’s fate intensified this week after Mr. Trump ordered a string of firings at the Pentagon that began with the ouster of Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Monday and continued on Tuesday with the removal of other key Pentagon officials, including the head of intelligence and the leader of the influential policy apparatus. The White House then installed loyalists in top defense posts. Top Republicans came subtly to Ms. Haspel’s defense on Tuesday. Senator Mitch McConnell invited her for a conspicuous meeting in his office.That prompted Arthur Schwartz, an informal adviser to Donald Trump Jr., to accuse top Republicans of trying to manipulate Mr. Trump into keeping Ms. Haspel, who Mr. Schwartz said “undermines Trump and subverts his agenda at every turn.” Making reference to Ms. Haspel’s previous clandestine work overseas managing C.I.A. informants, Mr. Schwartz said Republicans “are getting played by a master case officer.”Senator John Cornyn of Texas responded on Twitter, saying intelligence should not be partisan and is “about preserving impartial, nonpartisan information necessary to inform policy makers.”That invited a response from Donald Trump Jr., who asked whether the senators had discussed Ms. Haspel with members of the administration. “Or,” he concluded in an apparent swipe at Ms. Haspel, “are you just taking a trained liar’s word for it on everything?”Some of Mr. Trump’s allies believe the Russia documents they wanted declassified include information that will undermine established facts about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. But others are skeptical the documents will change the understanding of what happened in 2016. Outside investigators who reviewed intelligence gathered at the time for a bipartisan Senate report released this year backed the conclusion that Russia favored Mr. Trump in that election.No decision on whether to declassify the documents has been made. But the ultimate authority to declassify them does not rest with Ms. Haspel. Mr. Ratcliffe or Mr. Trump could ultimately decide to release them, with or without Ms. Haspel’s blessing. The C.I.A. declined to comment.- Advertisement – Though Ms. Haspel had no direct role in the impeachment inquiry, it was prompted by a C.I.A. officer who made an anonymous and indirect complaint to the agency’s general counsel, then filed a whistle-blower complaint to the inspector general of the intelligence community.Mr. Trump has acted against people he has perceived as aiding the impeachment inquiry. After the Senate acquitted the president this year, he fired Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified in the inquiry, and Michael K. Atkinson, the inspector general who investigated the whistle-blower complaint. The White House also effectively blocked the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the National Security Council aide who was the primary witness in the impeachment hearing, leading to his retirement.White House officials who favor Ms. Haspel’s ouster believe she has been insubordinate to John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, and boxed in the White House on the debate over whether to declassify Russia documents by sharing her concerns with Congress, the senior official said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Cricket News DDCA cancels Virat Kohli felicitation ceremony in wake of Pulwama terror attack

first_imgThe Pulwama terror attack resulted in calls for the Indian cricket team to boycott the game against Manchester at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be played in Old Trafford, Manchester on June 16. Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly called for ending all sporting ties with Pakistan while Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly called for the game to be played. Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai has called for the complete isolation of Pakistan while Rahul Johri, the CEO of BCCI, wrote a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) calling for nations to severe all ties with nations that support terrorism. The five-match ODI series is evenly poised heading into the decider in Delhi. India won the Hyderabad ODI by six wickets and held their nerve to clinch the Nagpur ODI by eight runs. Australia withstood a brilliant onslaught from Virat Kohli who scored his 41st century as they won the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs. In the same game, before the start of the match, the Indian cricket team wore army-style caps tio pay tribute to the armed forces. In the Mohali ODI, Australia achieved the highest successful chase by a visiting team in an ODI in India as they chased down 359 to win the match by four wickets.   Virat Kohli scored his 41st century in the Ranchi ODI against Australia.Australia chased down 359 in Mohali, the highest by a visiting team in ODIs against India.The five-match series is evenly poised at 2-2. New Delhi: Before the start of the series-deciding Delhi ODI between India and Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association had plans to felicitate Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli. Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli had contributed immensely for the Indian cricket team and the DDCA decided to felicitate the three ‘Delhi legends’ ahead of the Australia ODI. However, the plan has been shelved in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 CRPF Jawans on February 14. Speaking to PTI, DDCA president Rajat Sharma explained the rationale behind canceling the felicitation event. “We had plans of felicitating Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli but we decided against it since BCCI is also not having an opening ceremony of the IPL.We have also decided to donate Rs 10 lakh to Delhi Police’s Martyrs Fund. As of now, 90 percent of the tickets that was put on public sale has been sold out,” Sharma said. In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, BCCI decided to call off the IPL opening ceremony but also decided to donate the entire budget of the event for the welfare of the families of the martyrs. The terror attack resulted in plenty of anger and it was cricket which was targeted. State associations in Punjab, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh removed pictures of Pakistan cricket players while the Cricket Club of India covered a portrait of Imran Khan, the former Pakistan team skipper who is now the current Prime Minister of the country.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Who is the toughest opponent 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has ever faced?

first_imgJuventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has played in some of the toughest leagues in the world and against some of the best defenders.Given the successes he has attained over the course of his career, it’s understandable for defenders to want to play their very best against him.Ronaldo has had to endure a number of very tough matches but his encounters with one particular player stand out for him.The forward named former Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole as the most difficult opponent he’s faced.Ronaldo and Cole faced off while the English defender was at Arsenal and when he moved to Chelsea in tense encounters.Speaking to Coach Mag, Ronaldo said Ashley Cole did not ease the pressure on him any time they faced each other.“Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole, he does not give you a second to breathe,” he said. “He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle. You knew it would never be an easy game.”On Monday, Ronaldo scored his 50th goal in the Italian Serie A to take Juventus a step closer to the title.Ronaldo has now scored 30 goals this season and has now become the first player ever to score at least 50 league goals in England (Man Utd), Spain (Real Madrid) and Italy (Juventus).He has also won five Ballon d’Or awards.last_img read more

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Ja Rules: Morant, the Memphis rookie, is too much for sluggish Clippers | Whicker

first_img Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ “The most impressive thing about Ja is that he just gets better steadily,” said Taylor Jenkins, whom you may or may not know is the Memphis coach. “He’s probably now at the top of the scouting report. He really dives into how teams are covering him.”And yet only three years ago Temetrius Jamel Morant was just a phone-book name in South Carolina, discovered by a Murray State assistant coach who was seeking another player at a camp and noticed Morant tearing it up 3-on-3. The NBA scouts came for the dunking and the slick passing but they stayed for the savvy.Earlier this week Morant was 10th among West guards in All-Star voting.“I was speechless,” he said. “But otherwise I’m just trying to be Ja.”Big names don’t have to be long. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Clippers (25-12), who don’t like these 12:30 starts, will try to have lunch without losing it Sunday against the Knicks.“I just try to stay with what I do, control the pace, never get rushed or anything,” Morant said. “I’m just really looking for my teammates, not worrying about who’s defending me, just taking whatever they give me.”Morant had two turnovers in his 29:35 on court and was 6-for-6 from 2-point range. The Clippers played a lot of zone against him, but he also ran into Robinson, Mo Harkless, Landry Shamet and Kawhi Leonard at various times.L.A. had chopped nine points off the Grizzlies’ 25-point lead when Morant slowed down the dance, used a pick-and-roll and instantly found Jaren Jackson flashing for a dunk. Two free throws and three assists later, Morant had Memphis up by 21.“He’s going to be a great player,” Rivers said. “Or is, already, I love his tempo, just love it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Rivers played back when point guards set up the buffet. Now a lot of them eat. The leading assist man in the NBA is 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds and named LeBron James. Steph Curry and Damien Lillard get their assists, but normally they’re trying to pass the ball into nylon strands.Morant is averaging nearly three more assists and nearly four-and-a-half more points than any other rookie.“The point guards all used to be facilitators, just trying to run the team,” Rivers said. “This generation, you have facilitators and scorers, and some just want to score.“We don’t have a true point guard. As a coach you have to decide whether you want to run a point guard system. Ours definitely is not. Our turnovers are a little bit up this year. I hope we can do something about it but I’m not sure we can.”It must be noted that neither Patrick Beverley nor Paul George were around to corral Morant on Saturday. The Clippers responded with a team concept that guarded nobody, surrendered the loose ball wars and, on the other end, had only 20 assists. Rivers bluntly said the preseason NBA favorites “don’t have an identity right now” and hadn’t played a praiseworthy game since Christmas Day against the Lakers.Meanwhile, Memphis showed why the NBA has such appeal. It is one of several teams that has a load of talented players and still can’t surface. Morant, Crowder, Jackson, rookie Brandon Clarke, backup guard Tyus Jones and shooter Dillon Brooks form what would be a significant nucleus if not for all the stocked teams ahead of them. But they are worth monitoring.This is what happens when a league hasn’t expanded in 15 years. It is why the Lakers deserve hat-tips for going unbeaten, so far, against sub-.500 teams. They have dodged the kind of scratchy nights, and days, that the Clippers suffered Saturday.Related Articles PreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, right, works for a loose ball next to Memphis Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Memphis’ Ja Morant dunks against the Clippers during the first half Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant (12) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers’ Jerome Robinson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMemphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant (12) misses on a dunk attempt as Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, right, dribbles past Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr., right, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard (2) drive to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder, top left, Dillon Brooks (24) Jaren Jackson Jr., right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, right, works for a loose ball next to Memphis Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Memphis’ Ja Morant dunks against the Clippers during the first half Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 7Memphis’ Ja Morant dunks against the Clippers during the first half Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Saturday illustrated the need for a point guard, and also the point of guarding.Ja Morant, the second pick in the 2019 draft from Murray State, did not live up to his highlights. That’s a compliment. He did rise for a dunk when he got past Jerome Robinson in transition, but generally he made the book plays, the ones that do no harm.Morant still had 22 points and nine assists for a 14-22 team, one that the Clippers invited into Staples Center with instructions to make itself comfortable. The Grizzlies did so, to the tune of a 40-point first quarter and a 140-114 party.In fact Memphis put Lawler’s Law to the test by scoring its 100th point in the final minute of the third quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Jae Crowder (plus-39 for the game) and another by USC alum DeAnthony Melton made it 104-80 at the buzzer, and wise fans booed. With four minutes to go Doc Rivers sent in the Agua Caliente G-League loaners. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

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Post your FREE garage sales for this weekend

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Maria · 270 weeks ago Garage sale at 1301 east fourth. Storage clean out, clothes, sizes nb to 16 (girls). Shoes, rabbit cage, lots of misc. Rain or shine. Come on by and take a look. Friday 9 am till? Sat 9 am till ? June 12 and 13, Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Maria moyer · 270 weeks ago Garage sale at 1301 eat fourth, storage shed clean out. Lots of misc, come on by and take a look.. Friday 12 and Saturday the 13, 9 am till ? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Roise Bernard · 269 weeks ago 301 N Young Caldwell, Ks June 12 5p.m. to ?, June 13th 7:30a.m. to noon. Inside sale, rain or shine. House full of treasurers, antiques, glassware, cook stove, decorations for every holiday, cookware, room full of books from 1920 copyrights up to present–many Christian books, Antique Pump Organ in excellent condition, Vintage and Collectibles and much, much more. Come bundle and make an offer. We’re ready to wheel & deal!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 269 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Happy bargain selling and hunting!Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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