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Breaking: Up to 9 injured in Colonial Pipeline explosion in Shelby County – whnt.com


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HELENA, Ala. – New developments on the Shelby County gas line explosion in Helena Monday afternoon. Colonial Pipline subcontractors were working on the gas pipeline trying to flush out one of the lines when it exploded, Shelby County Sheriff Maj. Ken Burchfield confirmed. AL.com reports Colonial has now shut down both pipelines running through the area.

“The fire will not be out any time soon,” Burchfield added.

According to WIAT, several cleanup units are on the scene. Birmingham fire is providing foam. Eight to nine people were injured in the explosion and some are believed to be severely burned.

Gov. Robert Bentley said the explosion happened about a mile west of the spot where the pipeline burst last month. That rupture led to gasoline shortages across the South.

In addition to the injured victims, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said there’s a possibility that two workers are still missing. The heat from the blaze, he said, is hindering the search for them. Flames are still reaching about 50 feet in the air.

AL.com says according to radio reports, at least 10 acres are on fire.

Colonial Pipeline says in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after an explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham.  The Georgia-based company said in the brief statement Monday evening that its top priorities are the health and safety of its work crews at the scene and protecting the public. The company’s statement did not address how Monday’s explosion might affect the availability of gasoline and said more information would be released as it becomes available.

The explosion is about five miles west from a recent Colonial Pipeline gasoline leak.

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If Kris Bryant really is back like he showed in World Series Game 5, so are the Cubs – CBSSports.com


CHICAGO — Welcome back, Kris Bryant.

Throughout the Chicago Cubs‘ march to this World Series, Bryant had been a constant: a 24-year-old wunderkind and burgeoning MVP who despite his age was the keystone of a Chicago offense as potent as any in baseball.

This regular season, only his second in the big leagues, saw Bryant put up a slash of .292/.385/.554 while hitting 39 home runs, logging 102 runs batted in and scoring 112 runs. He was nothing short of spectacular, and he kept it going as the Cubs romped through the playoffs. He hit .333 in the NLDS and NLCS, doubling five times, adding a homer, six RBI and five runs. He was great — as expected by the Cubs, and absolutely necessary to their success.

Until the World Series.

The Cubs entered Game 5 of their World Series showdown with the Cleveland Indians in a 3-1 hole for a lot of reasons, but Bryant was a big one. Whatever the issue — statistical anomaly, the pressure of the moment, some of both — he had gone from one of the game’s most dangerous hitters to a man lost at the plate and beyond it.

He was 1 for 14 against Cleveland pitching entering Sunday night’s must-win game. His on-base percentage in the World Series was a brutal .235. He had struck out in five of his 17 at bats, and he had crossed home plate only once. Runs batted in? Not a one.

He was also awful on defense. His two throwing errors in Game 4 were painful to watch and the extension of just how severely the Cubs’ most important player — and the National League’s likely Most Valuable Player — had regressed.

Then came the bottom of the fourth inning in the Cubs’ 3-2 win Sunday at Wrigley.

Kris Bryant hit a pivotal home run to keep the Cubs alive in this World Series. USATSI

Bryant stepped to the plate, and you can forgive those fans who moaned it was damned-past time that this guy do something. Which Bryant did, driving a ball on a line to left-center as part of the Cubs’ crucial, season-saving three-run fourth inning. Bryant’s blast didn’t just help extend the series. It sent it back to Cleveland with the Indians leading 3-2 but the Cubs’ most important player having found his groove.

Baseball is a funny game, and sometimes it just takes one swing of the bat for a player to find himself, and a team to ride that shifting self-confidence and momentum. In the Cubs’ NLCS series agains the Los Angeles Dodgers, slugger Anthony Rizzo was — like Bryant here in the World Series — a disaster at the plate.

Entering Game 4 of the NLCS, with the Dodgers leading the series 2-1, Rizzo was a big part of the problem: He was hitting a paltry 2 for 26, and he didn’t have a single RBI. Then he whacked his own home run and, voila, the Cubs went on to win the game, that series and reclaim their second-best hitter. The old Rizzo returned.

It is hard to win a World Series, harder still if you’re the Chicago Cubs, and it can feel impossible if your best player vanishes during your first shot at a championship in 71 years.

But if Bryant is back, so, too, are the Cubs’ chances, however slim it feels trying to be only the third team in baseball history to come back from a 3-1 World Series deficit by winning their last two games on the road.

Bryant went 1 for 3 on Sunday, hit the homer, stole a base and was able to throw to first base without it becoming a defensive crisis.

If he’s back, so are the Cubs.

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WikiLeaks releases latest batch of #PodestaEmails from Clinton campaign chair – RT


WikiLeaks has published its 24th batch of emails from the hacked account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.

The organization has released more than 39,000 emails from Podesta’s account and has pledged to bring the total number up to 50,000 before the November 8 election.

Among the revelations from Sunday’s tranche of leaked emails was the Clinton campaign team’s suspicions that the House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman, Republican Trey Gowdy, was selectively leaking information from the committee.

READ MORE: ‘A very different kind of warfare’: Clinton team on Benghazi committee leaks in #PodestaEmails

Other emails released Sunday included a conversation between Podesta and Chelsea Clinton on ‘compromised’ technology during visits to China, while another chain of emails offered insight into Podesta’s own doubts on Hillary Clinton’s chances of securing the Democratic nomination.

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Avoiding media ‘gaggle’

An email from The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky dated May 21, 2015 explains the Clinton campaign’s months-long avoidance of press conferences.

“What I would suggest avoiding is a format where she walks up to the gaggle, with questions virtually shouted and microphones thrust in her face, that looks like a perp walk,” Budowsky wrote to Podesta. “And minimize the podium style news conference whenever possible.”

He suggested a “conversational format” where Clinton would sit at a table with a score of reporters instead.

“He can be annoying, but this actually makes sense to me,” Podesta wrote, forwarding the message to Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake.

“It is definitely something we want to try,” Schake replied, adding that after Iowa and New Hampshire, Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said “we need to find a better avail [sic] set up that isn’t so awful for HRC.”

Weiner worries

Future Clinton staffers were aware of problems with Anthony Weiner as early as 2011, an email from Monday’s WikiLeaks release shows.

“Oof,” Palmieri wrote to Podesta and Tanden – all of whom worked at the Center for American Progress at the time – on June 10, 2011, forwarding a Fox News story about police in Delaware questioning Weiner about messaging a 17-year-old girl.

WATCH MORE: Weiner sexting scandal enters election

‘As much fun as the FBI’

Among Monday’s revelations was an email exchange from January 2009, as Podesta was finalizing his work at Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team (PTT). Ahead of his return to CAP, the organization’s General Counsel Debbie Fine sent out some questions to sort out the potential conflicts of interest.

“You are as much fun as dealing with the FBI,” Podesta replied. “Why don’t you tell me what you want the answers to those questions to be.”

“ouch. wow, i’m not sure which i feel more – the hurt of that comment or the shock at having the opportunity to shape the outcome,” Fine replied.

The experience does not seem to have soured Fine’s professional relationship with Podesta, though. She is currently listed as deputy general counsel for special projects and research at Hillary for America.

‘Feels consistent’

On November 4, 2015, senior campaign adviser Karen Finney put out a call for an op-ed that would promote Clinton to the African-American community ahead of a MSNBC forum in South Carolina.

After many iterations, Kristina Costa proposed an introduction (co-authored by main Clinton speechwriter Dan Schwerin) saying that Clinton went into public service “to tear down the barriers that hold people back from developing their talents and achieving their dreams.”

“My only concern is we keep rewriting the reason why she started in a public service. Isn’t this the third variation on this?” asked pollster Joel Benenson.

“We’ve used this language in a number of places, feels consistent,” replied Finney.

WikiLeaks emails have also revealed that many communications purporting to come directly from Clinton – such as tweets signed with “-H” and blog posts – are actually written by committee. One example from Monday’s batch is the making of a March 12, 2016 Medium post about HIV and AIDS.

Clinton’s remarks praising Nancy Reagan at the former first lady’s funeral raised eyebrows in the LGBT community, and Clinton’s staff went into full damage control mode. Dozens of staffers were involved in proposing a blog post that would pivot away from Clinton’s words to “something else – maybe… celebrating the people who really did start a national conversation on AIDS,” in the words of Teddy Goff, which turned out to be the subtitle of the Medium article.

Starting with LGBT outreach coordinator Dominic Lowell, the thread eventually involved Christina Reynolds, Xochitl Hinojosa, Kristina Schake, Dennis Cheng, Robby Mook, Jake Sullivan, and the eventual authors, Megan Rooney and Lauren Peterson.

Rooney and Peterson are credited with “great work” and a “pretty amazing” article (Schwerin), and Palmieri seconding that with “Praise, Jesus!”

“Whatever we did to send our LGBT talking points to folks has really worked, they are popping up everywhere on the supporter Facebook groups,” chimes in another staffer, Jessica Morales Rocketto.

‘Seems shady’

In May 2015, when longtime Clinton partisan David Brock announced he was spinning off Correct the Record into a separate superpac to work closely with the Clinton campaign, Podesta’s associates at the Center for American Progress were doubtful.

“This makes zero sense to me,” ThinkProgress editor Judd Legum wrote to CAP President Neera Tanden, in an email headlined simply “Why?”

“I’m not their biggest fan,” Tanden replied, “But this does seem shady.”

“Brock $ machine!” Podesta fired back.

“That’s fine,” said Tanden. “But skirting if not violating law doesn’t help her.”

Though federal law explicitly prohibits superpacs from coordinating with individual campaigns, Brock argued that the ban applied only to paid political advertising, citing a 2006 Federal Election Commission “internet exemption” that ruled free online content does not count as campaign expenditures.

 

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Trump Blasts Social Sites For Not Trending Clinton Emails – MediaPost Communications


After excoriating newspapers and broadcast TV news for being so biased and so unfair, Donald Trump is widening his repertoire of grievance with the addition of a new target, social media, which according to him is also so biased and so unfair.

Trump, or at least his Twitter account, took issue with the big social media sites for allegedly failing to highlight reports that the FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information in emails in their “trending” sections over the weekend.

In his familiar telegraphic style, Trump tweeted: “Wow, Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton. Very dishonest media!” The tweet may have been prompted by a post on the news and opinion blog Zero Hedge making the same observation (the post also noted alleged omissions by Buzzfeed and Snapchat).

This isn’t the first time the social networks have been accused of political bias. Earlier this year former Facebook employees who worked as “news curators” claimed they were ordered to suppress news of interest to conservative readers by removing it from the trending news feed. The curators said they removed conservative news despite its popularity as reflected in organic growth. Facebook denied that there was any political bias in its trending news section but later moved to reduce human input in these decisions by relying more on algorithms.

More recently, it was revealed that some Facebook employees argued in favor of removing some of Donald Trump’s posts on grounds they constituted “hate speech,” but were ultimately overruled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Meanwhile, conservative activists and bloggers have accused Twitter of political bias due to its decision to ban conservative provocateurs like Milo Yiannopoulos and James O’Keefe. Many conservative pundits also claim that Twitter engages in “shadow banning,” in which it simply doesn’t display their tweets to followers in order to suppress unwelcome opinions.

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Okla. slaying suspect Michael Dale Vance killed in shootout – New York Daily News


Wanted murder suspect Michael Dale Vance was fatally shot following a week-long manhunt that ended late Sunday after police said he gunned down another Oklahoma cop.

“The manhunt is over,” wrote Ellis County Sheriff Shane Booth in a Facebook post. “Unfortunately one officer was shot and he is one of my best friends.”

The 38-year-old from Chandler opened fire on Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander after the law man unknowingly stopped Vance along a rural and dark highway. He did not realize the driver dragging a chain behind his vehicle was wanted by local and federal authorities.

He was fatally shot 30 minutes later by an Oklahoma state trooper near Leedey.

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Vance was accused of shooting two police officers and nearly decapitating two relatives found dead during last week’s violence. 

“He’s going to be fine,” Booth told the Daily News of Sander, his friend and former college roommate at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The suspect fled the shooting but was caught in the web of at least 100 police officers combing at least 15 miles for a suspicious camper that matched Vance’s description.

“It just looks like he was hiding out by a creek and set himself up a campsite,” Booth said.

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A farmer stumbled upon Vance near his property, according to KOCO-TV, also not realizing he was the man at the center of a statewide manhunt, and “scared him off.”

Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander, pictured, was shot in the left arm and shoulder while confronting Michael Dale Vance late Sunday. 

Dewey County Sheriff Clay Sander, pictured, was shot in the left arm and shoulder while confronting Michael Dale Vance late Sunday. 

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“It was a shock to them,” Booth added.

Police also found bloody rags at the makeshift campsite, the Tulsa television station reported.

Days into the manhunt with no sign of the runaway killer, investigators initially believed Vance may have died from an infection. He suffered at least one gunshot wound to the torso during an Oct. 23 gun battle that wounded two Wellston police officers.

“He fell to the ground again, laid there for a few minutes, got back up. The firefight was on again,” recalled Wellston Officer Jim Hampton, who was shot in the foot during the mayhem.

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Michael Dale Vance’s uncle and aunt, Robert and Valeri Wilkson, were found dead inside their Oklahoma mobile home on Oct. 23. 

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Vance’s slain aunt and uncle, Robert and Valeri Wilkson, were found nearly decapitated hours later inside their mobile home in Luther.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Wellston described the attacks as a “rage killing.”

A vehicle that matched the description of a gray Mitsubishi Eclipse stolen during a carjacking in Sayre was also spotted at the campsite but it was gone by the time authorities arrived.

Vance, who was wanted on murder charges, pledged to kill again with a hit list shared in a disturbing Facebook video while on the run.

The potential targets were connected to a sexual assault case where Vance was accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl.  

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Browns baffled by Jets RBs: 'Breaking so many tackles' – New York Post


CLEVELAND — Matt Forte’s smile said just as much as his words did.

“This,” the Jets’ featured running back, “is what this offense can look like when it’s working at its best. And the possibilities are endless.”

Forte and Bilal Powell powered the Jets’ 31-28 win over the hapless Browns, and it fueled a spurt of 24 unanswered points that helped bring the Jets back from a 20-7 halftime deficit.

Powell may have given the Jets the biggest boost of the day. They’d let the Browns take an early 10-0 lead, and early in the second quarter the Jets faced a third-and-10 from the Browns’ 35-yard line. Ryan Fitzpatrick saw something at the line — and during film study this week — and checked to a run.

Powell responded with a remarkable 35-yard touchdown dash that immediately brought the Jets back into the game and set the tone for how they would later take it over.

“Having a great running day is always like a best friend for a quarterback to be able to run the ball like that,” Fitzpatrick said of Forte (who finished with 82 yards) and Powell (who had 76), and of the fact the Jets outgained the Browns on the ground 171-68. “The touchdown run by Bilal was awesome, just the way they were playing us, how we blocked great up front.”

Of course, it helps to be playing against the worst team in the league, too.

“They were breaking so many tackles,” Cleveland defensive back Joe Haden said. “In the first half we did a good job, if one man missed the second the third guy made the play. But in the second half we just missed those tackles. Our pursuit wasn’t as good as it was in the first half.”

Forte also had a critical play that all but turned the game permanently in the Jets’ direction. The Jets had already cut the Browns to 20-14 when they faced a fourth-and-1 from the Browns’ 4-yard line. Todd Bowles called timeout — “We came here to win,” he said by way of explanation later — and he called Forte’s number.

Forte took the handoff, and when the sliver of daylight appeared his eyes grew wide.

“It’s an instinct thing,” he said. “You see the hole. And then you’d better hit it.”

He hit it. He got the yard. And he bulled his way for the three after that to reach the end zone and give the Jets the lead for good, 21-20.

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Hillary Clinton's latest email controversy, what we know – PolitiFact


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters following a campaign rally at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters following a campaign rally at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. (Getty)

It seemed the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server reached a standstill in July after FBI Director James Comey said she should not be prosecuted.

But a letter Comey sent to Congress Oct. 28 has thrust Clinton’s questionable email setup back into the headlines, with just over a week to go until Election Day.

The letter said that the FBI may have found new emails relevant to its probe into the private email server that Clinton used while secretary of state. The FBI plans to review these new emails to see if they contain classified information.

What are the facts of the case? We have 11 questions (and answers) to get you up to speed on the latest developments. We’ll add to this list as more information becomes available. If you have specific questions you want answered, email us at truthometer@politifact.com.

What did the letter from Comey say?

Comey’s three-paragraph letter said the FBI found, while investigating a different case, emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the Clinton email investigation. The FBI plans to examine the emails to see if they are relevant to the investigation and whether they contain classified information.

What didn’t the letter say?

There’s a lot the brief letter doesn’t say: where the FBI found these additional emails, whether Clinton sent or received any of them, what the emails say and whether they are significant. The FBI has not provided additional information.

The Clinton campaign says Comey’s letter is against Justice Department protocols and policies about discussing an ongoing investigation so close to an election. Is that true?

This claim is Mostly True. The Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, prohibits its employees from interfering with elections. That policy generally has included being sensitive about what information is released about pending or active investigations in the days and weeks leading up to the election.

However, there is no hard and fast rule, and an expert told PolitiFact that Comey has the ability to exercise his judgment based on the facts as he knows them.

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Clinton also said the letter from FBI Director Comey only went to Republicans. Is that true?

Clinton’s claim is False. The letter was addressed at the top to the chairmen of various congressional committees, who are all currently Republican. But the second page of the letter indicates that Comey also circulated the letter to ranking Democrats on those committees, as well. Clinton’s campaign said she misspoke.

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Did the FBI “reopen” the Clinton email investigation?

Some say yes, others (including the Clinton campaign) say no. Neither Comey’s letter to Congress nor a subsequent memo he sent to FBI employees specifies whether the case is “reopened.”

“I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation,” Comey wrote to Congress.

Comey told Congress in July, when he made the recommendation not to pursue criminal charges against anyone involved in the Clinton email setup, that the investigation was closed. He reiterated that point in September testimony before Congress.

At that September congressional hearing, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, asked Comey if he would “reopen the Clinton investigation if you discovered new information that was both relevant and substantial.”

“I don’t think we can answer that in the abstract,” Comey said. “What we can say is if any investigation of people have new and substantial information, we’d like to see it so we can make an evaluation.”

Are these different emails than the ones we were talking about in the summer?

This is unclear. It’s possible the emails the FBI uncovered are duplicates of what the FBI already has. Or, they could be irrelevant. It’s unclear how much Comey himself knows about the emails at this point.  

How is Anthony Weiner connected?

Unnamed law enforcement officials have told journalists that FBI agents found the emails on a laptop seized from former New York congressman Anthony Weiner while investigating sexually explicit text messages Weiner allegedly exchanged with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner is married to Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin, though they are currently separated.

Why did FBI Director Comey recommend against charging Clinton in July?

Comey said the Justice Department shouldn’t prosecute Clinton because there isn’t enough evidence that she intentionally mishandled classified information. FBI investigators didn’t find vast quantities of exposed classified material, and they also did not turn up evidence that Clinton intended to be disloyal to the United States or that she intended to obstruct justice.

However, he called Clinton’s email setup “extremely careless.”

How many classified emails did Clinton send on her private server?

Of the tens of thousands of emails the FBI reviewed, 81 email chains found on Clinton’s private servers included classified information, as determined by various U.S. intelligence agencies, according to a FBI report released Sept. 2. Just three email chains included some sort of marking that indicated they were classified. About 2,000 emails have been retroactively classified, meaning they were not classified at the time they were sent.

Comey has said Clinton should have recognized by the topic of discussion that some of these emails did not belong on a non-classified system, given that 36 of these email chains had “secret” information and eight had “top secret” information.

Republicans have said Clinton deleted 33,000 emails from her private server. Is that true?

Clinton conducted work and personal business on her private email server. In December 2014, Clinton’s lawyers combed through the server in order to provide the State Department with her work-related emails, ultimately turning over about 30,000 emails. The campaign deleted the remaining 33,000, saying they were personal in nature.

However, the FBI investigation did find several thousand emails among those deleted that were work-related and should have been turned over. Comey said, though, that the investigation “found no evidence that any of the additional work-related emails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them.”

Is it against the law for a government employee to use private email for government business?

No law specifically bans government employees from using private email. But federal regulations require agencies to promptly preserve records of agency activity. For example, State Department policy requires that all day-to-day operations are to be conducted on the official State Department information channel. Clinton never once used this system.

The FBI investigation has to do with whether Clinton mishandled classified information by taking it outside of an approved government system, which could be a crime. Clinton has said she viewed classified information in hard copy in her office, and she used other secure channels when traveling.

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Report: FBI Still Hasn't Obtained a Warrant to View Abedin Emails – PJ Media


Report: FBI Still Hasn’t Obtained a Warrant to View Abedin Emails

Yahoo News is reporting that as of Saturday night, the FBI is still in negotiations with the Justice Department to obtain a warrant to view Huma Abedin’s emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop and iPhone.

FBI Director James Comey wrote in his letter to Congress on Friday that the emails were “pertinent” to their investigation despite the fact he and his agents had never seen the contents of the emails.

When FBI Director James Comey wrote his bombshell letter to Congress on Friday about newly discovered emails that were potentially “pertinent” to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, agents had not been able to review any of the material, because the bureau had not yet gotten a search warrant to read them, three government officials who have been briefed on the probe told Yahoo News.

At the time Comey wrote the letter, “he had no idea what was in the content of the emails,” one of the officials said, referring to recently discovered emails that were found on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Weiner is under investigation for allegedly sending illicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.

As of Saturday night, the FBI was still in talks with the Justice Department about obtaining a warrant that would allow agency officials to read any of the newly discovered Abedin emails, and therefore was still in the dark about whether they include any classified material that the bureau has not already seen.

“We do not have a warrant,” a senior law enforcement official said. “Discussions are under way [between the FBI and the Justice Department] as to the best way to move forward.”

That Comey and other senior FBI officials were not aware of what was in the emails — and whether they contained any material the FBI had not already obtained — is important because Donald Trump’s campaign and Republicans in Congress have suggested that the FBI director would not have written his letter unless he had been made aware of significant new emails that might justify reopening the investigation into the Clinton server.

But a message that Comey wrote to all FBI agents Friday seeking to explain his decision to write the controversial letter strongly hinted that investigators did not not yet have legal authority establishing “probable cause” to review the content of Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s electronic devices.

In that message, Comey told agents that he had only been briefed on Thursday about the matter and that the “recommendation” of investigators was “with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case.”

Comey approved the recommendation to seek judicial access to the material that day, he wrote.

“Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them,” he told agents.

So how did Comey know the emails were “pertinent” to congressional investigations without anyone at the FBI seeing them? One line of speculation involves the grand jury currently sitting in New York City deliberating whether to indict Anthony Weiner for sexting a 15-year-old girl. Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, had issued warrants for all of Weiner’s devices and may have stumbled across thousands of Abedin emails. Realizing that some of them were “pertinent” to the FBI investigation, he possibly gave the bureau a heads-up and turned the devices over to the Department of Justice. Agents, the speculation goes, then informed Comey last Thursday of the find, which led to Comey’s letter to Congress on Friday.

If Bharara’s office knows the contents of some of those emails, they aren’t saying.

I find it interesting that the bureau is “in talks” with the Justice Department about getting a warrant so they can view the emails. Is there resistance from DoJ to getting a warrant due to the publicized anger from officials at Comey’s letter to Congress?

It could be that Justice will trump up some reason why the FBI shouldn’t be able to view any of the emails until the criminal trial against Weiner is concluded. That would not only get back at Comey for his disobedience but also protect Hillary Clinton until after the election.

The wheels of justice are grinding slowly indeed.

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Saudi busts cell targeting World Cup football match – Aljazeera.com


Saudi Arabia has arrested eight people suspected of planning separate attacks targeting security forces and a World Cup qualifying football match.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said on Sunday authorities foiled the plots and dismantled two “terrorist” cells.

Four of those detained were Saudis who had allegedly received instructions from an ISIL leader in Syria to kill security officers in the Shaqra district, north of the capital Riyadh, it said, adding all suspects had confessed.

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The ministry said the second plot involved a car bombing at the football match between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at a stadium in the city of Jeddah on October 11.

It said two Pakistanis, a Syrian and a Sudanese national were arrested over that plot. It was not immediately clear if the bomb plot involved ISIL as well.

In another statement, the interior ministry published a list of nine suspects – eight Saudis and a Bahraini – wanted for their alleged involvement in “terrorist” acts in the eastern provinces of Qatif and Dammam, home to most of the kingdom’s Shia minority population.

The suspects were allegedly involved in attacks against civilians and members of the security forces, the statement said.

It urged the suspects to surrender and offered financial rewards for those who could provide information leading to their arrests.


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Since 2014, Saudi security forces have grappled with sporadic attacks by adherents to ISIL, which is based in Iraq and Syria, and say they have arrested hundreds of its members.

Local Saudi affiliates of ISIL have carried out several deadly shootings and bombings in the kingdom. Many of the attacks have targeted security personnel and Shia Muslim mosques.

ISIL has been hostile to the Gulf Arab monarchies and appears to be trying to stoke Sunni-Shia sectarian confrontation in Arabian peninsula countries to destabilise and ultimately overthrow them.

Authorities arrested 19 people, including 12 Pakistanis, in connection with three suicide bombings on July 4, including one near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, in which four people died.

ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called for attacks against Saudi Arabia, which belongs to the US-led coalition bombing his fighters in Syria and Iraq.

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Source: Agencies

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