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Saudi Lobbyists Recruiting Veterans to Kill 9/11 Lawsuit (Jeff C.)
Saudi Arabia is recruiting well-meaning U.S. military veterans into its campaign to eviscerate a recently-passed law allowing 9/11 families to sue the monarchy for its alleged role in facilitating the attacks.
US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela’s ‘Drug Kingpin’ Vice President (Trevin)
For an alleged role in “international drug trafficking,” Vice President Tareck El Aissami will not be able to have financial dealings with Americans, and his American assets will be frozen.
Electronic Musician Moby Says he has Inside Info on Trump (Trevin)
Claims Trump is being blackmailed by Putin, and is preparing for war with Russian ally, Iran.
Top US General: Several Thousand More Troops Needed in Afghanistan (Jimmy)
Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, told Congress last Thursday that several thousand more troops would be needed in the country.
Hamas Appoints Hardliner as Leader (Dan)
Hamas recently appointed Yehya Sinwar to control the Gaza Strip. This new role comes as relations deteriorate over Israel’s move to retroactively annex settlements and all but ordained new era of US-Israel cooperation with the Trump administration.
Trump Administration Delivers Secret CIA Torture Report to Federal Court (Jimmy)
A copy of the still classified 6,700-page Senate report on CIA torture during the Bush administration was finally delivered to the judiciary last Friday.
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