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India's strategic partnership with US will be central to times ahead, says Ambassador Sandhu

Times of India - USA -

As India approaches the 75th year of its Independence, it relentlessly peruses the process of nation-building, the expansion of individual liberty, and of economic and political empowerment, a top Indian diplomat has said, reaffirming that the strength of India's strategic partnership with the US will be central to the times ahead.

Nets Suppress Yates Testimony: Comey Went ‘Rogue’ in Flynn Case

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In yet another example of the broadcast networks covering up the degree of corruption in the Russia investigation, neither ABC, CBS, nor NBC saw fit to cover the Wednesday testimony of former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In her tele-hearing, Yates admitted to Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that disgraced and fired FBI Director James Comey went “rogue” in the investigation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Instead of reporting on Yates’s shocking testimony, all three networks boasted how former Vice President Joe Biden decided to give his convention speech from the safety of his basement in Delaware. In stark contrast, Fox News Channel’s The Story and correspondent Gillian Turner weren’t afraid to inform viewers of what Yates said. “Chairman Lindsey Graham dove in headfirst, grilling Sally Yates about that now-infamous Oval Office meeting with President Obama and FBI Director James Comey on January 5, 2017,” Turner noted before playing this soundbite of Graham getting Yates to spill about Comey: GRAHAM: Did Comey go rogue? YATES: You could use that term, yes. GRAHAM: Finally. “That wasn't the only criticism Yates had for Comey,” Turner added. “She claims he blindsided her by failing to share information about Michael Flynn, a key figure in Crossfire Hurricane and his conversations with the Russian ambassador.”     And according to Yates, “This was the first I had heard of the calls between Flynn and Kislyak. I was really surprised....I was frankly irritated with Director Comey.” The former Deputy AG also argued that they had a legitimate reason to investigate Flynn, because he was allegedly undermining President Obama. “In a boost for committee Republicans, Yates confirmed the Steele dossier, a key piece of evidence used to approve a 2016 FISA warrant for Carter Page was deeply flawed,” Turner reported. And again, the “W” went to Graham: YATES: If I had known it contained incorrect information I certainly wouldn’t have signed. GRAHAM: And do you agree with me it did contain incorrect information? YATES: I know that now based on the Horowitz report. This was a repeat of what happened late last year when these same networks blacked out how Comey conceded the FBI had deceived the FISA courts with their warrant applications. In wrapping up her report, Turner hinted that viewers should look forward to more such hearings because, “Chairman Graham has the authority to summon dozens more witnesses over the coming weeks and months.” This network suppression of the Yates hearing occurred the same evening as their cover-up of Biden’s latest racist comments. These two examples were the prefect evidence to prove that the media were protecting Biden’s candidacy while making sure President Trump received no benefit from the truth. This suppression of the truth was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Fisher Investments on ABC, HomeAdviser on CBS, and Allstate on NBC. Their contact information is linked if you want to tell them about what they’re funding. CBS Evening News has also asked that people text anchor Norah O’Donnell at this number: (202) 217-1107. The transcript is below, click "expand" to read: Fox News Channel’s The Story August 5, 2020 7:30:11 p.m. Eastern SANDRA SMITH: Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates facing a grilling today from the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee trying to get to the bottom of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Yates was pressed over her time in the Obama administration, FISA warrants, the interview of Michael Flynn, and even her opinion of President Trump. [Cuts to video] SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA): You don't like Donald Trump, do you? SALLY YATES: I don't like – I don’t respect the manner in which he has carried out the presidency. KENNEDY: Okay. You despise Donald Trump, don't you? YATES: No, I don't despise anyone, Senator. [Cuts back to live] SMITH: For his part, the President weighing in earlier, tweeting in part, quote, "Sally Yates has zero credibility." Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner has this story, from Washington. [Cuts to video] GILLIAN TURNER: Chairman Lindsey Graham dove in headfirst, grilling Sally Yates about that now-infamous Oval Office meeting with President Obama and FBI Director James Comey on January 5, 2017. SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Did Comey go rogue? YATES: You could use that term, yes. GRAHAM: Finally. TURNER: That wasn't the only criticism Yates had for Comey. She claims he blindsided her by failing to share information about Michael Flynn, a key figure in Crossfire Hurricane and his conversations with the Russian ambassador. YATES: This was the first I had heard of the calls between Flynn and Kislyak. I was really surprised. [Transition] I was frankly irritated with Director Comey. TURNER: Yates claim Comey never offered a full explanation and she saved her harshest criticism for Flynn himself, accusing him of neutering President Obama's foreign policy towards Russia, and insisting that the FBI was right to interrogate him. YATES: What we were about was that he was undercutting Obama policy and then he was covering it up. TURNER: But it was the tale of two hearings. Democrats and Republicans failing to agree even on what they were supposed to be investigating. SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): The Mueller investigation uncovered more than 120 contacts between the Trump campaign and individuals linked to Russia. Revealing that the Trump campaign knew about, welcomed, and expected it would benefit electorally from Russia's interference. TURNER: In a boost for committee Republicans, Yates confirmed the Steele dossier, a key piece of evidence used to approve a 2016 FISA warrant for Carter Page was deeply flawed. YATES: If I had known it contained incorrect information I certainly wouldn’t have signed. GRAHAM: And do you agree with me it did contain incorrect information? YATES: I know that now based on the Horowitz report. [Cuts back to live] TURNER: Looking ahead, sources here on Capitol Hill say to expect more Crossfire Hurricane hearings. Chairman Graham has the authority to summon dozens more witnesses over the coming weeks and months. Sandra. SMITH: Gillian, thank you.

Twitter says Trump campaign posts blocked over virus claim

Times of India -

In an interview with TOI, Suresh Raina, who was named the brand ambassador of WTF Sports along with Harmanpreet Kaur, spoke about the need to keep a clear mind ahead of the IPL.UAE weather would be a challenge. We will have to see how the wicket holds in the hot conditions. But the best thing is you won't have logistical problems. It is 45 minutes from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and 40 minutes from Dubai to Sharjah.

Too Bad, So Sad: NYT Triggered by Conservative Serving as Pence Pool Reporter

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On Wednesday, New York Times White House correspondent and MSNBC contributor Annie Karni sounded the alarm, expressing dismay about the state of press freedoms because....The Daily Signal served as the pool outlet for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Tampa? And that’s not a typo. Karni actually wrote a 705-word meltdown about how Daily Signal executive editor, Heritage Foundation VP of communications, and CNS News alum Rob Bluey flew on Air Force Two. But wait, there’s more! Karni admitted that Bluey’s reports contained “nothing openly partisan,” he only went because no one else had taken the spot, and it “was not the first time someone representing Daily Signal served as a pool reporter” for the President or Vice President. Not surprisingly, liberal journalists threw fits when Bluey’s colleague Fred Lucas (another CNS News alum) filled in. Nonetheless, “Member of Conservative Think Tank Takes On Reporter Duties on Air Force Two” took readers into this supposedly awful, new world (click “expand”): WASHINGTON — When Vice President Mike Pence traveled to an event in Florida on Wednesday, he was not accompanied on his plane by a member of the White House press corps, as is typically the case. Instead, seated on Air Force Two in a space normally reserved for a White House reporter was the vice president for communications at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that has helped the Trump administration fill jobs throughout the government and influenced policy decisions. The foundation official, Robert B. Bluey, is also the executive editor of The Daily Signal, a news site run by the foundation to offer conservative commentary and analysis. On Wednesday, he joined Mr. Pence, who spoke at a “Faith in America” event in Clearwater. Mr. Bluey filled the role of the pool reporter, one of the journalists who travel with the president or the vice president, filing reports on their movements and activities throughout the day, and providing the rest of the White House press corps with a first cut of any news of the day. The White House has increasingly nurtured relationships with conservative news outlets, including One America News Network, an organization that has been granted special permission to send a reporter to the briefing room despite restrictions put in effect by the White House Correspondents’ Association to keep reporters safe during the coronavirus pandemic. And the administration has long elevated niche outlets that cover it more favorably, while the president has systematically cast doubt on mainstream news organizations by referring to them as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” The horror! Between Karni, her colleagues, and liberal media defenders like Brian Stelter, chances are slim to none that they would see any issue if this were a reporter for outlets like the Daily Kos, Huffington Post, The Nation, The Root, or the Washington Blade (an LGBTQ paper). And in that last graph of the excerpt, Karni spilled 88 words talking about completely unrelated topics to the Daily Signal: One America News Network, OANN’s seating at White House briefings, and Trump’s use of the phrase “enemy of the people.” Furthermore, the two outlets are different on the basis of the Daily Signal being connected to the Heritage Foundation whereas OANN is its own entity. Talk about a lack of focus, Annie! Karni griped that Bluey doesn’t “cover the White House” even though he’s “been part of the White House Correspondents’ Association since 2016” and, by his own admission, Daily Signal reporters “maintain strong editorial standards and practices to ensure our credibility as a news outlet.” After noting that “[t]here was nothing openly partisan about Mr. Bluey’s pool reports,” Karni ominously declared that Bluey’s work of journalism was “as much a story about covering the Trump administration during the pandemic as it is about partisanship in the news media.” Oh, why would that be, Annie? Thankfully, she gave away the game in the next few sentences (click “expand”): There is often a clamor to cover the Trump show and travel aboard Air Force One, where the president often walks to the back of the plane and sometimes breaks news to the small group of reporters traveling with him. Filling seats to cover Mr. Pence, who does not make news by design, is often a tougher sell. And it has only become more difficult to find reporters willing to travel with him when it also means taking on a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus. Multiple members of the White House press corps who have been reporting from the White House or traveling with the president have tested positive for the virus. The White House Correspondents’ Association put out a call for reporters earlier in the week seeking a volunteer to cover Mr. Pence’s day trip to Florida as part of the pool. When the organization was unable to fill the slot, Mr. Pence’s office chose the print pooler instead, according to someone familiar with the process. And when she asked Pence’s office for comment, communications director Katie Miller spit fire, telling the liberal hack that her team “has been working with local reporters and specialty outlets to ensure that all outlets have the ability and access to cover the vice president’s events...Are you worried about conservative bias in the media?” Predictably, a number of liberal journalists commented on, liked, quote-tweeted, retweeted, or tweeted Karni’s story to petulantly kvetch and moan like Mean Girls. They included: Kevin Baron (Defense One), John Harwood (CNN), Joshua Holland (The Nation), Andrew Howard (Arizona State’s State Press), Ben Jacobs (New York Magazine), Josh Mankiewicz (NBC), Meridith McGraw (Politico), Brian Rhoads (South China Morning Post), Nick Riccardi (AP), Debra Saunders (Las Vegas Review-Journal), Stelter, Dan Sweeney (South Florida Sun Sentinel), Neil Vigdor (New York Times), Tom Weber (Time magazine), Adam Weinstein (New Republic), and Adam Wren (Politico Magazine).

US offers US$10 million reward for 2020 election interference information

South China Morning Post USA -

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday offered a US$10 million reward aimed at preventing foreign interference in the November election, as the State Department accused Russia of waging an increasingly sophisticated disinformation campaign.The reward marks one of the most public signs that members of President Donald Trump’s administration are taking election meddling seriously, despite anger by Trump himself over findings that Russia has assisted him.Pompeo pointed to efforts by …

Facebook, Twitter Censor Fox News Video of Trump Talking Kids and Coronavirus

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Both Twitter and Facebook acted quickly Wednesday night to remove a video of President Trump speaking on Fox News about the coronavirus’ effects on children. The social media sites said the content violated their policies on COVID-19 misinformation. On Wednesday morning, President Trump called into Fox & Friends and said “schools should open” because children are “almost” or “virtually” immune to the coronavirus. A clip of the segment was later posted to President Trump's personal Facebook page and to @TeamTrump, the official Twitter account for the Trump campaign, which the president retweeted from his personal account @realDonaldTrump. Then the two social media giants took action censoring the video, with a Twitter spokeswoman citing a “violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation,” while a Facebook spokesman specified, “This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.” According to The Washington Post, the tweet was hidden from view and @TeamTrump will not be allowed to tweet again until it deletes the offending tweet. The Post originally reported that it was the President's account they had taken action against, but it was quickly refuted by Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio, who previously worked for Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). Talk about a revolving door with former Harris staffer telling the public what is and isn't disinformation. Meanwhile, Twitter allows Iran's Supreme Leader Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei to call for Israel’s violent destruction and keeps allowing noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan back on the platform. For more context, here’s what Trump said in full during the Fox & Friends clip, as reported by Variety: “My view is the schools should open. This thing’s going away. It will go away like things go away. And my view is that schools should be open. If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say, definitely — but almost immune from this disease. So few, they’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this… They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem… They are virtually immune from this problem.” The Trump campaign defended the President’s comments and the video. “The President was stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus. Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction," Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary for Trump's reelection campaign, said in a statement to USA Today. "Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.” And yet the Big Tech companies have taken it upon themselves to arbitrate the truth during this heated election season and it's clear which side they're on. Just a few weeks ago, Facebook censored a Trump post about mail-in voting and Twitter likely won't censor a deceptively edited Joe Biden ad.

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