Comey is new to Twitter, but he’s already gotten the hang of its most snarky feature

Former FBI director James Comey made his Twitter presence publicly known in recent months and is a master at blasting out subtweets. Comey frequently tweets out quotes about truth and justice after President Donald Trump attacks the Russia investigation, the FBI, and the US intelligence community as a whole. Former FBI director James Comey hasn’t been a public presence on Twitter for long, but he’s already a pro at using one of its key features — the subtweet. Comey was overseeing the FBI’s Russia investigation when President Donald Trump fired him in May. Though the White House initially said Comey had been dismissed because of the way he handled the… Read More

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The Pentagon spent $22 million on a shadowy program to investigate UFOs

The Pentagon has acknowledged, for the first time, the existence of a program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The program is tasked with investigating UFOs and their potential threats. The government cut off funding for the program in 2012 after just 5 years, but it wasn’t completely shut down. The official in charge of the program resigned in October. From 2008 through 2011, the Pentagon secretly spent $22 million on a little-known program to research and investigate the threats posed by unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, the New York Times reported on Saturday. This is the first time the Pentagon has acknowledged the existence of the program. The… Read More

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A party founded by former Nazis forms a government in Austria

FILE – In this May 20, 2016 file photo Norbert Hofer candidate for presidential elections of Austria’s Freedom Party, FPOE, and Heinz-Christian Strache, from left, head of Austria’s Freedom Party, FPOE, look out at supporters during the final election campaign event in Vienna. Austrians are choosing Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 between a moderate and a populist for president _ and both candidates are hoping to exploit the Trump effect in the first European Union nation facing such a choice since the U.S election. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file) (Credit: AP) Putting a capstone on a year in which currents of jingoism and xenophobia swept across the Western world, the far-right Austrian… Read More

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US Naval Academy discovers 150 year-old battle flags taken from Kim Jong Un’s ancestors

The US Naval Academy just discovered a bloody link to the history of North Korea’s Kim dynasty. In the 1870s, the US captured forts in Korea and took flags that belonged to a direct ancestor of Kim. The Kims have hated and been violent towards the US for more than a century, and the flags found by the academy testify to the difficult history. The US Naval Academy just made a startling discovery recalling the violent past between the US and North Korea’s Kim dynasty while moving around some old war memorabilia. When reshuffling some old war trophies in the academy’s Mahan Hall, staff found old Korean battle standards in… Read More

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Trump bans CDC from using words like “transgender”

(Credit: Getty/Shutterstock/Salon) Leaving a meeting of top officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, a CDC analyst in attendance who spoke anonymously to reporters described being briefed on a Trump administration dictum of “forbidden words” that the public health agency was told not to use in any official capacity in documents. Both the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune reported on having spoken to the analyst who was briefed on the list of “forbidden words.” According to the Post, the forbidden list included the words “diversity,” “entitlement,” “evidence-based,” “fetus,” “science-based,” “transgender,” and “vulnerable.” The Post reported that Alison Kelly, a CDC official who led the meeting,… Read More

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