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Dog sitting, dry cleaning and food runs: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife criticised for ‘inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars’ in new report

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reported desire to have the State Department’s inspector general fired has raised questions over potential ethics violations and abuse of power, but little has been known about the involvement of his wife, who is not a federal employee. An investigation published in Politico Magazine sheds […]
Dog sitting, dry cleaning and food runs: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife criticised for ‘inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars’ in new report
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Trump’s not just ‘playing’ dictator anymore

So-called constitutional conservatives used to be terrified of federal government intrusions into local municipalities. Then came President Donald Trump, who can do no wrong in the eyes of his obedient supporters: Orange Man Good. Trump’s deployment of federal agents in “Democrat” cities to enforce local laws is sadly within the […]
Trump’s not just ‘playing’ dictator anymore
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The Trump administration is calling the presence of federal agents in Portland ‘Operation Diligent Valor,’ treating it like the invasion of a foreign country

The mission of federal agents in Portland sent to respond to ongoing unrest in the city resembles a US military operation in a foreign country. The agents have been seen wearing military-style attire and are part of a mission that’s been dubbed “Operation Diligent Valor.” The Pentagon, members of Congress, […]
The Trump administration is calling the presence of federal agents in Portland ‘Operation Diligent Valor,’ treating it like the invasion of a foreign country
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A new Trump campaign ad depicting a police officer being attacked by protesters is actually a 2014 photo of pro-democracy protests in Ukraine

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign released a new Facebook ad with an image of a group of protesters attacking a police officer alongside the words “public safety vs chaos & violence.” But that photo is actually from a pro-democracy protest in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2014. The photographer, Mstyslav Chernov, confirmed […]
A new Trump campaign ad depicting a police officer being attacked by protesters is actually a 2014 photo of pro-democracy protests in Ukraine
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This is how democracy dies

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “What happened in Portland over the weekend, it was not only unlawful and unconstitutional, it’s just plain wrong … Sending armed, untrained police into the streets wearing fatigues without the knowledge […]
This is how democracy dies
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From Portland to Atlanta, mayors write letter condemning Trump’s unilateral deployment of ‘paramilitary-type forces into our cities’

Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon, sent a letter Monday to two Trump administration officials opposing the deployment of federal forces in his city. The letter was cosigned by the mayors of Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, and Washington, DC. “Unilaterally deploying these paramilitary-type forces into our cities is wholly […]
From Portland to Atlanta, mayors write letter condemning Trump’s unilateral deployment of ‘paramilitary-type forces into our cities’
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‘I don’t need invitations’: Homeland Security chief says he has authority to deploy more feds to shut down protests across the US

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said his department has the authority to provide security for federal buildings in any state amid the ongoing protests. State leaders have condemned the deployment of federal agents to quell the protests, setting up a looming legal showdown over states’ rights and federal overreach. […]
‘I don’t need invitations’: Homeland Security chief says he has authority to deploy more feds to shut down protests across the US
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Trump suggests he’ll send federal agents to other major US cities, saying they have done a ‘fantastic job’ in Portland

President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at plans to send federal agents to other major US cities amid mounting criticism over their presence in Portland. Federal officers in military garb have reportedly been driving around downtown Portland in unmarked vans and detaining protesters without explanation. Democratic lawmakers and local leaders […]
Trump suggests he’ll send federal agents to other major US cities, saying they have done a ‘fantastic job’ in Portland
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Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin have targeted coronavirus vaccine research facilities in the US, the UK, and Canada, according to security officials

Kremlin-linked Russian hackers have launched cyberattacks to try to steal research from organisations developing coronavirus vaccines, UK security officials said on Thursday. The allegations were released in coordination with the US’s and Canada’s security agencies. The hacking group – known as APT29, Cosy Bear, or the Dukes – has previously […]
Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin have targeted coronavirus vaccine research facilities in the US, the UK, and Canada, according to security officials
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Chinese state media says the UK must suffer a ‘public and painful’ retaliation for its decision to ban Huawei 5G and become ‘America’s dupe’

The UK must suffer a “public and painful’ retaliation for its decision to ban Huawei from its 5G network, Chinese state media said on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the UK’s decision would “come at a cost” to Britain, while describing the country as “America’s dupe.” […]
Chinese state media says the UK must suffer a ‘public and painful’ retaliation for its decision to ban Huawei 5G and become ‘America’s dupe’
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Apple appeared to exclude an app for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy election from the App Store, giving a glimpse of the censorship residents could expect under China

Apple appeared to stop an online-voting app used by Hong Kong pro-democracy election organisers from going live. The organisers had planned to use PopVote in last Sunday’s primary election to choose pro-democracy candidates to run in September’s legislative elections. Apple initially rejected the app over coding issues, which were later […]
Apple appeared to exclude an app for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy election from the App Store, giving a glimpse of the censorship residents could expect under China
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600,000 people in Hong Kong turned out to vote in primaries for pro-democracy parties. Now China says they could have all broken the draconian new security law.

Six hundred thousand people in Hong Kong turned out on Sunday to choose which pro-democracy candidates should run in September’s legislative election. But on Monday, China said the primary voters and the vote itself may have violated its new draconian national security law, imposed on the city on June 30. […]
600,000 people in Hong Kong turned out to vote in primaries for pro-democracy parties. Now China says they could have all broken the draconian new security law.
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A US research lab with nearly $2 billion in government funding is hacking smart devices at the border and studying ‘human odor signatures’ to interrogate criminal suspects

A secretive research lab called Mitre Corporation has existed in the US since the late 1950s and is receiving nearly $US2 billion a year in funding, per a Forbes report published Monday. Among its projects are developing systems for infiltrating connected devices at the border to hinder illegal crossings, studying […]
A US research lab with nearly $2 billion in government funding is hacking smart devices at the border and studying ‘human odor signatures’ to interrogate criminal suspects
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The US Navy announced its first Black female fighter pilot in its history

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle will become the first Black female tactical fighter pilot in US Navy history, the chief of Naval Air Training announced in a tweet on Thursday. Swegle, a native of Virginia, has been stationed at Redhawks of Training Squadron 21 in Kingsville, Texas, according to Stars and […]
The US Navy announced its first Black female fighter pilot in its history
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Japan is ‘shocked’ and furious at the US after a major coronavirus outbreak at 2 Marine bases in Okinawa — and says the US is not taking the virus seriously

Japanese authorities say they are “shocked” after a significant coronavirus outbreak at two US Marine bases in the country. 61 Marines have been infected with the virus in recent days, spread across two bases in Okinawa prefecture, home to about 26,000 US service personnel. “We now have strong doubts that […]
Japan is ‘shocked’ and furious at the US after a major coronavirus outbreak at 2 Marine bases in Okinawa — and says the US is not taking the virus seriously
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People who claim to be the only ‘real’ Americans are the worst Americans

Beware the person who claims to know who’s a “real” American and who’s not. Especially Trump and Tucker Carlson – who for some reason think demonstrating patriotism involves honouring traitorous losers and calling a Purple Heart recipient a “coward.” Real Americans are atheists and evangelicals, they’re immigrants and the children […]
People who claim to be the only ‘real’ Americans are the worst Americans
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth calls President Trump and Tucker Carlson ‘insecure men’ who have no idea what ‘true patriotism’ means

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth responded in a column to Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s heated monologues in which he questioned her patriotism. In an opinion column titled “Tucker Carlson Doesn’t Know What Patriotism Is,” Duckworth accused Carlson of disingenuously conflating her previous remarks. Also attacking President Donald Trump, she said […]
Sen. Tammy Duckworth calls President Trump and Tucker Carlson ‘insecure men’ who have no idea what ‘true patriotism’ means
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Trump says he’ll wear a mask to Walter Reed Hospital

“If I’m with soldiers – I don’t want to spread anything,” President Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday. “A lot of it is you spreading, not them spreading.” The president is set to visit Walter Reed Hospital on Friday. Public health experts and some Republicans have urged Trump […]
Trump says he’ll wear a mask to Walter Reed Hospital
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she will block military promotions until Trump’s defence secretary explains the ‘disgraceful situation’ that led Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to retire

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she would continue to block over 1,000 senior military promotions until Pentagon leaders explain the “disgraceful situation” that saw key impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman retire from the military Wednesday. Vindman’s lawyer said he decided to retire in response to a White House “campaign […]
Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she will block military promotions until Trump’s defence secretary explains the ‘disgraceful situation’ that led Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to retire
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FBI head calls China ‘the greatest long-term threat’ to the US and alleges Chinese plots to steal US data and forcibly repatriate its citizens

FBI Director Christopher Wray has called China “the greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality.” Wray said during remarks on Tuesday that China had “brazenly violated well-settled norms and the rule of law” by attempting to force its citizens to return home […]
FBI head calls China ‘the greatest long-term threat’ to the US and alleges Chinese plots to steal US data and forcibly repatriate its citizens
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A missile packed with swords won’t end the US’s war on terror

The US has started using the R9X missile, which is packed with blades, against targets in the ongoing war on terror. The R9X represents an innovation, as its blades allow it to have lethal effect within a limited area and avoid the damage caused by a normal explosion. But a […]
A missile packed with swords won’t end the US’s war on terror
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Here’s how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and TikTok are reacting to Hong Kong’s harsh new national security law

Last week, China unilaterally passed an overarching new national security law in Hong Kong that experts say further erodes the semiautonomous city’s waning freedoms. The legislation criminalizes what China deems subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country. Those charged with the most severe offences – like undermining the Chinese […]
Here’s how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and TikTok are reacting to Hong Kong’s harsh new national security law
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ICE says international students taking online courses have to transfer or leave the US, as dozens of schools shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19

International college students taking online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer be allowed to stay in the US on a student visa, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday. According to ICE, foreigners on student visas were temporarily allowed to take online courses during […]
ICE says international students taking online courses have to transfer or leave the US, as dozens of schools shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19
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Trump’s White House press secretary invoked the ‘Armenian genocide,’ but the US government has never officially recognised it and this could anger Turkey

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany referenced an “Armenian genocide memorial” during Monday’s press briefing as a site that was recently vandalised, going against the US government’s official position on atrocities that took place during World War I. It’s widely agreed by historians that 1.5 million Armenians were killed in […]
Trump’s White House press secretary invoked the ‘Armenian genocide,’ but the US government has never officially recognised it and this could anger Turkey
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Israel’s prime minister wants to annex parts of the West Bank, a controversial scheme encouraged by Trump but hated by everyone else. Here’s what his plan is.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed annexing a significant portion of the West Bank, a disputed landlocked territory both Israelis and Palestinians assert claims to. In recent discussions, Netanyahu has reportedly floated the idea of annexing 30% of the West Bank, along with other options including “a more symbolic […]
Israel’s prime minister wants to annex parts of the West Bank, a controversial scheme encouraged by Trump but hated by everyone else. Here’s what his plan is.
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European diplomats believe Joe Biden will repair the damage done by Trump to America’s broken alliance with Europe

European diplomats and foreign policy experts say that a Joe Biden presidency would restore the United States’ strained alliances with Europe. Donald Trump’s presidency has put relations between the US and its closest allies under severe stress. The president’s attacks on international institutions and his dislike for multilateral action have […]
European diplomats believe Joe Biden will repair the damage done by Trump to America’s broken alliance with Europe
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Anti-racism protesters who campaign to take down statues want to ‘overthrow the American Revolution,’ says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech

President Donald Trump said that people who want to tear down or remove statues want to “overthrow the American Revolution” and to “end America.” Black Lives Matter protests have revived long-running debates about statues around the US glorifying Confederate generals and slave owners. At his Fourth of July speech at […]
Anti-racism protesters who campaign to take down statues want to ‘overthrow the American Revolution,’ says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech
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An Iranian nuclear facility was apparently sabotaged, and a mysterious dissident group called the Homeland Cheetahs claimed responsibility

An important Iranian nuclear facility was damaged in a fire on Thursday that appears to have been the result of sabotage. A previously unknown group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs, apparently a dissident group, claimed responsibility for the incident. The incident, which happened at Iran’s largest uranium-enrichment facility, occurred amid […]
An Iranian nuclear facility was apparently sabotaged, and a mysterious dissident group called the Homeland Cheetahs claimed responsibility
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Former US ambassador to Russia says Trump ‘always sides with Putin’ after the president said the Russian bounty intelligence is ‘Fake News’

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested intelligence on a suspected Russian bounty plot was “Fake News,” prompting sharp criticism from a former US ambassador to Russia. “He always sides with Putin; never with his own intelligence officers or soldiers,” Michael McFaul, the top US diplomat in Moscow from 2012 to […]
Former US ambassador to Russia says Trump ‘always sides with Putin’ after the president said the Russian bounty intelligence is ‘Fake News’
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The Air Force’s F-35 fleet in Alaska just doubled in size

The fleet of F-35A stealth fighters at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, doubling with the arrival of three jets on June 25. Another 48 F-35As are scheduled to arrive by December 2021, make Alaska the state with the highest concentration of combat-coded, fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
The Air Force’s F-35 fleet in Alaska just doubled in size
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The UK must hit back against China’s ‘bullying diplomacy,’ a new report warns

Britain should drop its friendly approach to China and hit back against the country’s ‘bullying diplomacy,’ according to a new report. Charles Parton warned that Britain’s current strategy of emphasising the ‘golden era”‘of relations between China and the UK is now ‘discredited.’ It comes as China on Tuesday formally adopted […]
The UK must hit back against China’s ‘bullying diplomacy,’ a new report warns
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Merkel ally says dealing with Trump has been difficult and warns of a breakdown in Germany’s relationship with the US

There are “worries” in Berlin about the deterioration in Germany’s relationship with the US, a senior ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. Germany’s ambassador to the UK, Andreas Michaelis said that Germany’s relationship with the Trump administration is “certainly not easy.” Michaelis was critical of Trump’s approach to China, […]
Merkel ally says dealing with Trump has been difficult and warns of a breakdown in Germany’s relationship with the US
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Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are disbanding and deleting their social-media accounts hours after China passed a sweeping national security law

Activists in Hong Kong are deleting anti-China content from their social-media accounts and disbanding political organisations in the wake of a new national security law. China on Tuesday passed legislation giving it sweeping new powers to crack down on dissent as it sees fit in Hong Kong. Four major pro-democracy […]
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are disbanding and deleting their social-media accounts hours after China passed a sweeping national security law