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Pentagon report: Russia working with Taliban and others to expedite US withdrawal from Afghanistan

  • A US official previously told CNN that the intelligence assessment on the Russian bounty program was backed up by "several pieces of information" that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian military intelligence unit -- the GRU -- to pay bounties to kill US soldiers, including interrogation of Taliban detainees and electronic eavesdropping.
  • However those negotiations have yet to begin despite the US fulfilling its commitment on troop reductions and Wednesday's Pentagon report said that the Taliban continue to maintain links with elements of al Qaeda.
  • Yet despite the apparent Taliban failures to fully adhere to the agreement, US officials told CNN last week that the Trump administration is finalizing plans to further substantially reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan, likely constraining the US military's ability to train and advice its local Afghan allies.

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A family was injured after their boat collided with a whale off the coast of Alaska

  • The family was in a 22-foot aluminum skiff just off the shore going 20 to 25 miles per hour when a humpback whale surfaced in front of the moving boat on Saturday, Assistant Chief Travis Mead, of the Capital City Fire Rescue, told CNN.
  • Mead confirmed that whale collisions happen, but do not get reported very often.
  • The last time he remembers someone having to be transported due to a whale incident was 10 to 12 years ago when a humpback fully breached on top of a boat.
  • The NOAA said this is a good time to remind boaters to watch out for whales, and to keep a mandated 100 yard distance away for the health and safety of the animals and the humans.

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Former Intelligence officials scoff at White House denials that Trump wasn't briefed on Russia bounty

  • But a US official familiar with the latest information told CNN on Monday that intelligence about the Russian bounty was included in the President's Daily Briefing (PDB) sometime in the spring.
  • On Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany repeatedly told reporters that the assessment on Russia did not reach Trump's desk because there is "no consensus" among US spy agencies and that intelligence must be verified before it is presented to the President.
  • A current administration official also said that some members of the US intelligence community feel "abandoned" by the Trump administration, particularly when it comes to Afghanistan, where the administration continues to pursue a peace deal with the Taliban.
  • Pressed Monday on whether the information was included in the PDB, McEnany said only that Trump "was not personally briefed," insisting that the intelligence never reached him due to "dissent" within the intelligence community.

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Trump's self-defeating resistance to mask wearing says it all

  • His dogged stance, mimicked by supporters, undercuts efforts by public health officials to stop the summer resurgence of coronavirus.
  • Ever since, as the pandemic has surged and ebbed and surged again, Trump has had one chance after another to heed the recommendations of public health officials and tell Americans to wear masks to reduce viral spread.
  • Trump's deferential Vice President Mike Pence has begun wearing masks in some public appearances.
  • Trump-friendly Republican governors in the Sunbelt, who earlier followed the President's call to re-open their economies before public health officials considered it safe, have been shaken by rising infection among their constituents.
  • Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida still won't require mask-wearing in public as cases hit record levels, but he let local governments do so.
  • Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, continues to resist mandatory statewide mask-wearing, but now praises local officials for requiring them at businesses.

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Ex-National Security officials question Trump Russian bounty denial - Business Insider

  • In a statement Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that neither President Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed on the intelligence.
  • But former national security officials question the plausibility of the denial and say that even if true, it exposes huge failings in the Trump administration.
  • Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, said that even if the denial were true, and the intelligence never made its way to the president, it would signal the incompetence of the Trump administration.
  • Asha Rangappa, a former CIA agent who works as an analyst for CNN, questioned why John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, had not been fired if it was accurate that the president had not been apprised about the threat to the lives of US forces from an international adversary.

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Ex-National Security officials question Trump Russian bounty denial - Business Insider

  • In a statement Saturday evening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that neither President Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed on the intelligence.
  • But former national security officials question the plausibility of the denial and say that even if true, it exposes huge failings in the Trump administration.
  • Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, said that even if the denial were true, and the intelligence never made its way to the president, it would signal the incompetence of the Trump administration.
  • Asha Rangappa, a former CIA agent who works as an analyst for CNN, questioned why John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, had not been fired if it was accurate that the president had not been apprised about the threat to the lives of US forces from an international adversary.

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William Perry Pendley to be nominated to lead land management agency

  • A CNN investigation last year uncovered comments from Pendley that were critical of science, climate change and environmentalism.
  • In 2019, he said concerns about climate change come from "kooks" who are "preaching fear." If confirmed, Pendley would head an agency with wide authority over fossil fuel extraction on federal land.
  • Because of the long-standing vacancy in the top Bureau of Land Management post, Pendley has effectively led the agency since he was appointed deputy director last year.
  • Pendley's leadership of the bureau is currently under challenge by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, a pro-watchdog and whistleblower legal group that has taken on the Trump administration.
  • The CNN investigation showed that Pendley criticized environmentalism in a 1992 speech delivered several years after he left the Reagan administration's Interior Department.
  • The Bureau of Land Management oversees more federal land than any other agency.

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