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CA Professor Placed on Leave for ‘Trump Must Hang’ Tweet (Trevin)
Fresno State University history lecturer and researcher, Lars Maischak, has been given the spring semester off with pay after Breitbart News reported the offending post. He told the Fresno Bee that it felt “cathartic, at the time,” but “to treat Twitter as of no more consequence than a journal was a poor decision.”
Homeland Security Secretary’s Dark View of the World (Dan)
John Kelly believes the US is a nation “under attack” and at the highest threat since 9/11. While describing border security, Kelly alluded to Dante’s version of Hell. Leaves one to wonder what we should be prepared for.
American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving End of the World (Jimmy)
“Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook the Trump administration will reach for if it stumbles into a nuclear war,” writes Marc Ambinder.
White House to Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret (Jimmy)
In the interests of “national security,” President Trump has decided not release White House visitor logs, drawing sharp criticism from government watchdog groups.
FBI and CIA Investigating ‘Traitor’ as Wikileaks Source (Dan)
According to a CBS report, the CIA and FBI are targeting an employee who leaked “thousands” of documents in March 2017. This is what likely became Wikileaks’ “Vault 7” release.