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NHL Commissioner: We will not tolerate abusive behavior

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Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the NHL will work swiftly to make changes to better deal with personnel conduct issues in the wake of incidents that surfaced in recent weeks.

Speaking at the end of the first day of the Board of Governors meeting at the Inn at Spanish Bay resort in Pebble Beach, Bettman told reporters that NHL personnel will be required to attend mandatory counseling regarding racism and anti-bullying. Bettman also talked about the formation of a hotline for people to call to report any such incidents.

“Inclusion and diversity are not simply buzz words. They are foundational principles of the NHL,” Bettman said. “Our message is unequivocal: We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind.”

Bettman’s comments were his first publicly since former NHL player Akim Aliu alleged that former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters previously directed racial slurs toward him while in the minor leagues a decade ago. Peters, who has also been accused of physical abuse while coaching Carolina, resigned following the accusations by Aliu.

While Bettman said that the NHL is conducting its own review of the Peters-Aliu situation, the commissioner made it clear that there will be zero tolerance from the league moving forward.

To that end, Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Board of Governors about a multi-point plan designed to curb any further issues while allowing coaches to still do their job.

“Professionalism and respect have been important to this league but it is now a particularly important time to discuss it because everyone is entitled to a respectful workplace,” Bettman said.

Included in the proposed plan:

● Teams will be required to immediately report any incidents of inappropriate behavior by club personnel that has been brought to their attention. Failure to do so will result in “severe discipline,” according to Bettman.

● Swift and severe punishment for those involved in any future or past incidents that are brought to the NHL’s attention.

● A mandatory annual counseling program that all NHL coaches, assistant coaches, minor league coaches, general managers and assistant general managers must attend. The program, which will be created by professionals in the field outside of the NHL, will focus on consciousness-raising, education and training on diversity and inclusion. The players association and coaches association will be consulted in the formation of the program as well.

● The formation of a disciplinary counsel that will be run under the direction of NHL executive vice-president Kim Davis.

Bettman also spoke about the possibility of creating a hotline for people to call to report incidents of abuse, racism or other things that might fall into a ‘grey area’ as Bettman referred to it.

“We understand the critical importance that no one is retaliated against for raising a concern or participating in an investigation. I guarantee we will take all reports seriously and follow up,” Bettman said.

Aliu accused Peters of using racial slurs while the two were with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League from 2008-10.

Bettman said he spoke with the Board of Governors regarding the code of conduct plan and received full support.

“As one of the preeminent professional sports leagues in the world and as the preeminent hockey league in the world, we recognize and embrace our role in setting an example,” Bettman said. “We now are obviously aware of conduct that was and is unacceptable. Whether it happened 10 years ago or last week, the answer must be the same: It is unacceptable.”

The NHL is continuing to investigate the Aliu allegations as well as those made by former Carolina players that Peters physically abused them while coaching the Hurricanes. Aliu on Monday said he was encouraged Bettman is willing to embrace changes.

“Now the hard work begins of focusing on specifics and implementing policy that will make this part more diverse, safer and accountable,” Aliu said in a statement on Twitter. “We have to ensure that future generations of hockey players do not face the barriers and racism that I have throughout my career.”

Ron Francis, general manager for the Seattle expansion team, held the same job with Carolina during the alleged physical abuse and has said that he told former owner Peter Karmanos about the allegations. Karmanos, in a subsequent interview, claimed he was unaware of any incidents regarding Peters.

“There seems to be some confusion between statements by Peter Karmanos and Ron Francis, which I still need to sort out,” Bettman said. “However I am fairly clear that none of this has anything to do with Carolina under (current owner) Tom Dundon who was among the first to call me when Peters’ conduct came to light.”

Bettman said that he believes most NHL coaches conduct themselves appropriately but believes it’s critical to have a program in place to prevent issues from getting out of hand.

“Not everyone will approve of every coach’s methods,” Bettman said. “However there are lines that cannot be crossed. Clearly, physical abuse and racial and homophobic language cross the line.”

Bettman said that he and Daly were updated on the situation regarding current Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford. Crawford has been accused of physical abuse by former player Sean Avery during the 2006-07 season when both were with the Los Angeles Kings. Bettman said the league is deferring to the club’s investigation on the matter.

The NHL expects to put their plans in motion as quickly as possible.

“We want to have a program that is meaningful and effective and is done in the right way,” Bettman said.

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Same as Olympics: Tokyo Paralympic ticket demand tops supply

When it comes to tickets, next year’s Tokyo Paralympics will be just like the Olympics: There’s more demand than there are tickets.

“The interest is there and we are absolutely delighted,” International Paralympic President Andrew Parsons told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday. “It shows clearly that the appetite for the Paralympic Games is there — in Tokyo and in Japan.”

Parsons said there were 3.1 million tickets requested earlier this year in the first lottery phase. This exceeds the 2.3 million available. About 600,000 tickets were awarded in the first lottery, and another lottery is set for early next year.

Tokyo organizers allowed Parsons to release the demand figure on Tuesday. Organizers have yet to specify the level of demand for Olympic tickets, which is at least 10 times over supply and maybe more.

The scarcity has angered some fans and the general public, and is a sensitive topic for organizers who also face pressure for tickets from sponsors, international federations, national Olympic committees, and authorized ticket re-sellers.

“The Paralympic athletes will be competing in packed stadiums, which is absolutely fantastic for the message we want to send to the world,” Parsons said.

London is the benchmark for the Paralympics with 2.7 million tickets sold. Tokyo would far surpass that if there were greater stadium capacity. Parsons said there were are no plans for this.

Tokyo organizers on Thursday are widely expected to announce that the Paralympic marathons will stay in Tokyo. Olympic marathons were moved out of Tokyo to the cooler northern city of Sapporo. The Paralympics will probably avoid the heat, opening 2 1/2 weeks after the Olympics close.

All Paralympic marathons are set for the closing day — Sept. 6, 2020 — which will mark the end of Tokyo’s seven years of preparations.

The Tokyo Olympics run July 24-Aug. 9, followed by the Paralympics opening on Aug. 25.

“The marathon is a moment when we’d like to see a big celebration for people who didn’t get a ticket but can come and be part of the last event of this journey,” Parsons said.

The marathons are a non-ticket event and should draw large crowds to the streets.

The Paralympics issued a blanket ban on Russian athletes in the 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, but allowed selected Russians to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Parsons said he still believes the blanket ban was the “right decision.”

On Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency slapped Russian with a four-year ban that includes next year’s Olympics and Paralympics. Parsons declined to comment, saying he’d wait until after an expected appeal by Russia to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Then we will be able to react according too that decision,” Parsons said.

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Sens. Scott, Daines & Braun: Congress keeps failing to pass a budget – Punish members for not doing their job

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Coming up with a budget is the most basic duty of Congress. It’s something every family, every business and most states are required to do every year.

But the past 40 years, Congress has only successfully done its job four times — the last time was 1996. Instead of doing its job, Congress cuts corners and regularly passes short-term spending bills – called continuing resolutions, or CRs – that just keep government funded at existing levels.

The result is that no reforms to government programs, even programs that we know don’t work, are allowed to even be voted on. Our military is unable to make strategic investments and is even forced to invest in programs it doesn’t want anymore, since a CR only authorizes existing spending. And most importantly, our national debt continues to climb, unhindered by the political courage it takes to change course.

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The process is broken, and politicians are to blame.

We come from the business world. In business, you create a budget. You control the rate of spending. You make sure to invest in priorities that strengthen your company’s future. And employees know that if they don’t do their work, then they don’t get paid.

Why should it be any different for Congress?

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Just this year, we had the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Air traffic controllers, members of the Coast Guard, and fire safety officials worked without pay, while the politicians who control and pass the budget continued to receive their paychecks.

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Following the bipartisan, bicameral budget deal in July, when Congress agreed to the broad outlines of spending levels, Congress continues to debate how to allocate the money. Indecision and ineffectiveness don’t work in business, and certainly don’t work for taxpayers. But sadly, that’s what they’ve come to expect from Congress.

The American people deserve better.

Here’s our proposal. It is very simple. Members of Congress should not be paid if they don’t pass a budget. Period. If Congress can’t do its most basic task, then members of Congress shouldn’t get a paycheck.

Not only is this common sense, it’s moving through Congress with bipartisan support. It was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in June, and is included as part of the End Government Shutdowns Act.

Passing a budget is the best opportunity for Congress to lay out its fiscal vision for our nation. It allows us to reevaluate spending, decide what programs to fund, and consider how to reduce our national debt, which currently stands at over $23 trillion.

The current system is broken. No one takes responsibility and there are no consequences. That should change.

Withholding paychecks from members of Congress who fail to pass a budget is an important step to prevent government shutdowns, which hurt the economy and millions of everyday Americans. But it’s also an important step to promote fiscal responsibility.

Some critics will say that “No Budget, No Pay” is an unrealistic proposal, or that it simply can’t be done. They’re wrong – it’s been done before. The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 passed Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by the president. The applicable provisions were temporary and have since expired, but we were left a successful blueprint.

Other critics will say that our proposal makes it harder for people who aren’t independently wealthy to run for office. That’s a bunch of baloney. Members of Congress make $174,000 per year. All we’re asking them to do is the most basic function of government – pass a budget. It’s not complicated. And we think the average American would agree.

If you’re a member of Congress – rich or poor – and you don’t believe that Congress can or should pass a budget every year, then go home. Quit. There are lots of other competent people who can have your job.

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As senators on Capitol Hill, we represent the citizens of our states. When they don’t do their job, there are consequences. It’s time we make Washington just a little bit more like the real world.

Let’s pass “No Budget, No Pay.”

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Sen. Steve Daines is a Republican representing Montana and Sen. Mike Braun is a Republican representing Indiana in the U.S. Senate.

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Ohio State’s Chase Young wins Nagurski Award

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young won the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top college defensive player on Monday night.

Young was the nation’s most dominant player on defense this season, recording 16 1/2 sacks and forcing six fumbles in 10 games for the Buckeyes. His best game came against then-No. 13 Wisconsin when he had four sacks and two forced fumbles in a 38-7 victory.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Young joins a list of former Nagurski Award winners that includes Aaron Donald, Warren Sapp, Luke Kuechly, Terrell Suggs and Champ Bailey.

“It’s such an honor to come in here and see all of the great players that have won this award, and have a chance to put my name in that category with some of the all-time great college football players,” Young said. “It’s definitely amazing.”

Young received the award Monday night at a banquet sponsored annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day was on hand for the announcement as the event’s keynote speaker.

He praised Young for putting up “ridiculous” statistics this season, and helping his team to an undefeated season so far. Second-ranked Ohio State plays No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28, with the winner advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

“I knew that he was certainly capable of a season like this,” Day said. “You see him in practice every day, and you see guys make a big jump from year two to year three in college. And he made a big jump just in total production. And, he didn’t play in a whole bunch of games in terms of the second half and he missed a couple of games. When he was on the field, his production was just off the charts.”

Young dedicated the award to his grandfather, Carl Robinson, who passed away when he was in middle school.

“If he was to see everything I have done this season, he would probably have a heart attack,” Young said. “He would be ecstatic and probably be at a loss for words. We were always close. He would teach me how to make stuff and how to fix stuff and show me off to some of his old school friends. We used to do everything together, almost like a second dad.”

Young is also up for the Heisman Trophy, an award that normally goes to offensive players.

He said his goal this season was to prove that he plays hard every play.

“I’m going to make mistakes, but if you are going 100 miles per hour you might make up for those mistakes,” Young said.

Young said his future NFL team will get a player who is willing and eager to learn.

“I’m going to be a dude who works hard, is not going say too much and just go about his business,” Young said.

Day said Young has a chance to go down as one of the all-time greats, like many of the former Nagurski Award winners.

“Yeah, he’s definitely the most dominant defensive player in the country,” Day said. “When you have that type production in a limited amount of snaps, I just think that it is unbelievable.”

Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown, Georgia safety J.R. Reed, Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. were the other finalists for the award.

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NHL Commissioner: We will not tolerate abusive behavior

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Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the NHL will work swiftly to make changes to better deal with personnel conduct issues in the wake of incidents that surfaced in recent weeks.

Speaking at the end of the first day of the Board of Governors meeting at the Inn at Spanish Bay resort in Pebble Beach, Bettman told reporters that NHL personnel will be required to attend mandatory counseling regarding racism and anti-bullying. Bettman also talked about the formation of a hotline for people to call to report any such incidents.

“Inclusion and diversity are not simply buzz words. They are foundational principles of the NHL,” Bettman said. “Our message is unequivocal: We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind.”

Bettman’s comments were his first publicly since former NHL player Akim Aliu alleged that former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters previously directed racial slurs toward him while in the minor leagues a decade ago. Peters, who has also been accused of physical abuse while coaching Carolina, resigned following the accusations by Aliu.

While Bettman said that the NHL is conducting its own review of the Peters-Aliu situation, the commissioner made it clear that there will be zero tolerance from the league moving forward.

To that end, Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Board of Governors about a multi-point plan designed to curb any further issues while allowing coaches to still do their job.

“Professionalism and respect have been important to this league but it is now a particularly important time to discuss it because everyone is entitled to a respectful workplace,” Bettman said.

Included in the proposed plan:

● Teams will be required to immediately report any incidents of inappropriate behavior by club personnel that has been brought to their attention. Failure to do so will result in “severe discipline,” according to Bettman.

● Swift and severe punishment for those involved in any future or past incidents that are brought to the NHL’s attention.

● A mandatory annual counseling program that all NHL coaches, assistant coaches, minor league coaches, general managers and assistant general managers must attend. The program, which will be created by professionals in the field outside of the NHL, will focus on consciousness-raising, education and training on diversity and inclusion. The players association and coaches association will be consulted in the formation of the program as well.

● The formation of a disciplinary counsel that will be run under the direction of NHL executive vice-president Kim Davis.

Bettman also spoke about the possibility of creating a hotline for people to call to report incidents of abuse, racism or other things that might fall into a ‘grey area’ as Bettman referred to it.

“We understand the critical importance that no one is retaliated against for raising a concern or participating in an investigation. I guarantee we will take all reports seriously and follow up,” Bettman said.

Aliu accused Peters of using racial slurs while the two were with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League from 2008-10.

Bettman said he spoke with the Board of Governors regarding the code of conduct plan and received full support.

“As one of the preeminent professional sports leagues in the world and as the preeminent hockey league in the world, we recognize and embrace our role in setting an example,” Bettman said. “We now are obviously aware of conduct that was and is unacceptable. Whether it happened 10 years ago or last week, the answer must be the same: It is unacceptable.”

The NHL is continuing to investigate the Aliu allegations as well as those made by former Carolina players that Peters physically abused them while coaching the Hurricanes. Aliu on Monday said he was encouraged Bettman is willing to embrace changes.

“Now the hard work begins of focusing on specifics and implementing policy that will make this part more diverse, safer and accountable,” Aliu said in a statement on Twitter. “We have to ensure that future generations of hockey players do not face the barriers and racism that I have throughout my career.”

Ron Francis, general manager for the Seattle expansion team, held the same job with Carolina during the alleged physical abuse and has said that he told former owner Peter Karmanos about the allegations. Karmanos, in a subsequent interview, claimed he was unaware of any incidents regarding Peters.

“There seems to be some confusion between statements by Peter Karmanos and Ron Francis, which I still need to sort out,” Bettman said. “However I am fairly clear that none of this has anything to do with Carolina under (current owner) Tom Dundon who was among the first to call me when Peters’ conduct came to light.”

Bettman said that he believes most NHL coaches conduct themselves appropriately but believes it’s critical to have a program in place to prevent issues from getting out of hand.

“Not everyone will approve of every coach’s methods,” Bettman said. “However there are lines that cannot be crossed. Clearly, physical abuse and racial and homophobic language cross the line.”

Bettman said that he and Daly were updated on the situation regarding current Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford. Crawford has been accused of physical abuse by former player Sean Avery during the 2006-07 season when both were with the Los Angeles Kings. Bettman said the league is deferring to the club’s investigation on the matter.

The NHL expects to put their plans in motion as quickly as possible.

“We want to have a program that is meaningful and effective and is done in the right way,” Bettman said.

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Also on the Rundown: The recent shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla. has put the spotlight on the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program. The shooter, a 21-year-old Saudi Air Force pilot, was participating in the program before he shot and killed three people. There are now growing concerns about the program and allowing foreign nationals on our military bases. FOX News military analyst Col. David Hunt discusses the purpose of IMET and how this shooting could impact its future.

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75-foot wave recorded off California during last month’s ‘bomb cyclone’

A 75-foot-tall wave was recorded last month about 20 miles off the coast of California while the region was being hit with the “bomb cyclone.”

On average, waves near the Cape Mendocino buoy usually average about 10 feet, SFGate.com reported. But on Nov. 26, the average height was about 43 feet tall. The largest wave—which occurred in the evening hours—was 75 feet.

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James Behrens, the manager for Scripp’s Coastal Data Information Program, told the website that a wave of that size to occur so close to land is extremely rare.

“The only other station in the network that measured a wave this large is deployed 800 miles off the coast of Washington,” he said.

The  “bomb cyclone” hit northern California and southern Oregon during one of the busiest travel times of the year. The storm brought powerful wind gusts and larger-than-normal waves along the coast.

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A “bomb cyclone” forms when air pressure drops by 24 millibars or more in a 24-hour period.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Gregg Jarrett: IG report reveals FBI misconduct and abuses in anti-Trump probe of Russia collusion hoax

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It turns out that the most revealing aspect of the long-awaited Justice Department’s inspector general’s report on the origins of the Russia collusion hoax comes from Attorney General William Barr’s damning assessment of it.

In unmistakably terse language, Barr denounced “a small group of now-former FBI officials” for their “misconduct,” “malfeasance and misfeasance,” and “clear abuse of the FISA process.”

Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz, issued a 476-page report Monday that broadly examined: (1) how and why the FBI initiated an investigation of candidate Donald Trump and his campaign in July 2016; and (2) the decision to seek a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil a Trump campaign associate.

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As to the first action, Barr concluded that the IG report “makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken.”

In plain terms, Barr is convinced that the FBI was wrong to investigate Trump and his campaign, because the evidence was conspicuously deficient. Barr noted that the FBI “pushed forward” with its investigation even in the face of “consistently exculpatory” evidence.

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As to the second action, Barr condemned those same FBI officials who “misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.”

The FBI relied on Christopher Steele as its major source for information presented to the FISA Court. The ex-British spy had assembled his unverified “dossier” of hearsay information from supposed sources that were largely anonymous.

The FBI knew Steele was unreliable, yet the bureau vouched for him as credible. Evidence was concealed and the FISA Court was deceived.

Barr announced that current FBI Director Christopher Wray will implement a “comprehensive set of proposed reforms” to ensure that such egregious abuse never happens again. Wray agreed, telling ABC News that FBI officials “failed to follow our policies, neglected to exercise appropriate diligence, or fell short of the standard of conduct and performance that we expect of all our employees.”  

The attorney general’s skeptical view of the IG report was shared by John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut specially appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.

Durham revealed that “last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

Durham pointed out that the IG’s investigation was limited to the Justice Department. In contrast, Durham has greater investigative authority and has developed “information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside the U.S.” Horowitz readily acknowledged this on the very first page of his report.

Barr’s harsh criticism of the FBI stands in stark contrast to the findings offered by the inspector general.

Although Horowitz identified at least 17 significant errors of omission in the FBI’s application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, Horowitz opined that the warrant application was “properly predicated.” That is impossible, given the sheer volume of mistakes –and Barr surely knows it. 

Horowitz also stated: “We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision.” Of course he didn’t. No one is foolish enough to confess to biased decision-making or reduce it to writing.

What’s baffling is how the IG seems to have blindly accepted the stories peddled by former FBI officials like Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and General Counsel James Baker – not to mention Steele himself. Horowitz wrote that it was not his role “to second-guess discretionary judgments.” Then why did he examine them? 

Nonetheless, there are some stunning revelations in the report that should trouble all Americans about how easy it is for the FBI to open an investigation of anyone and convince a FISA judge to permit court-sanctioned surveillance.

Lies and deception were the key. The FBI relied almost exclusively on Steele’s uncorroborated “dossier,” despite Comey’s public statements to the contrary. The IG found numerous instances in which the court was given “inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported” information.

For example, the FISA Court was never told that the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for Steele to put together his “dossier” – a major omission that clearly should erode the credibility of Steele’s report.

The court was also never told that Steele had lied in the past and had serious problems with his credibility and “poor judgment;” that Steele’s primary sub-source was a “boaster” known to embellish and who later cast doubt on the “dossier”; nor that Steele had a known bias against Trump and was “desperate that he not get elected.”

The sub-source was interviewed by the FBI three times in 2017, advising agents that Steele had misstated or exaggerated his information, which came from “word of mouth and hearsay” over beers. Some of the statements had been made in jest and were just “rumors and speculation,” the unidentified sub-source said.

None of this was disclosed to the FISA Court. Instead, the FBI assured the court that the sub-source was truthful, suggesting that his information was all corroborated – when the FBI knew it was not.

In addition, the court was never told that a top FBI lawyer doctored evidence to create a false and negative impression of Carter Page that was then used for one of the FISA warrants.

There was never any credible evidence that Donald Trump was a Russian asset or that his campaign had engaged in a criminal “collusion” conspiracy with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 presidential election

The FISA Court was also never told that a Yahoo News article cited as an independent source also came from Steele. Nor was the court told that evidence was uncorroborated and the sub-source information was unverified.

Further, the FISA Court was never made aware of exculpatory evidence that Page had previously helped the U.S. government; nor was the court told of multiple exculpatory statements by Page gathered by an undercover informant.

These are some – but not all – of the 17 material deceptions identified in the IG report that were made by the FBI to a succession of FISA judges over the course of four warrant applications to spy on Page. The facts were manipulated to mislead the court. Even after Steele was fired by the FBI for leaking and lying about it, the bureau continued to rely on him as its source.

These are not mere “performance failures,” as the IG describes them. Collectively, they constitute a deliberate and successful effort to violate Page’s civil liberties and constitutional rights. The misuse of power was knowing and purposeful.

The FBI brazenly told the FISA Court that Page was a spy. The bureau knew he was not. This was rampant, unconscionable abuse of the rule of law. Despite Horowitz’s claims, the FBI invented probable cause where none existed. The true target was Donald Trump.

Horowitz also accepted without question the FBI’s explanation that the opening of its investigation of Trump on July 31, 2016, was justified because campaign adviser George Papadopoulos heard a rumor that Russians were in possession of Hillary Clinton’s emails and might use them during the campaign. Yet, it is not a crime to hear a rumor or even pass it along.

Under FBI regulations, a formal investigation can only be initiated if there is a reasonable basis to believe that a crime has been (or will be) committed.

Additionally, there must be specific “articulable facts” in support of that crime. Here, neither were present. This leaves a largely phony “dossier” as the only remaining evidence. Absent verification that the FBI never secured, it was no evidence at all.

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This is likely the reason that both Durham and Barr have refused to accept the IG’s conclusion that the original investigation of candidate Trump and his campaign was justified. With greater investigative authority than Horowitz and the power to compel witnesses through grand jury subpoenas, they may already have developed actionable evidence of lawlessness and corruption.

There was never any credible evidence that Donald Trump was a Russian asset or that his campaign had engaged in a criminal “collusion” conspiracy with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 presidential election. This claim was a pernicious lie and the dirtiest political trick ever perpetrated.

I was, as Trump called it, a hoax and a witch hunt. Yet, for more than two years Americans were told by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., countless other Democrats and the mainstream media mob that it was all true. Until the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller said it was not.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will question Horowitz at a public hearing Wednesday. After reading the IG report, Graham called the FBI’s actions a “criminal enterprise” that ran off the rails.

Graham is now armed with 476 pages of proof.

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Gunman opens fire inside Czech hospital, kills at least 4

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At least four people were killed in a shooting Tuesday morning in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic, officials said.

Two others were seriously injured.

Officials say the shooter is at large. The shooting happened Tuesday morning in the University hospital in the city of Ostrava, located 220 miles east of Prague. The Sun, a British newspaper, reported that patients have been evacuated from the building.

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Jan Hamacek, the country’s interior minister, told CT24: “There is a regional police intervention unit and a rapid deployment unit” deployed at the scene.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Florida teen jailed after allegedly stabbing boyfriend in hospital bed with surgical scissors: report

An 18-year-old St. Petersburg, Fla., woman will contest a felony charge after police say she stabbed her boyfriend with a pair of surgical scissors while he lay in a hospital bed, a report Tuesday said.

Taniea D. Sherrod faces a single charge of aggravated battery with a weapon after the alleged Nov. 19 incident at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Sherrod’s unidentified boyfriend was lying in a hospital bed with Sherrod at his side when an argument ensued concerning “suspected infidelity,” police said.

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Tania D. Sherrod, 18, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was arrested on Dec. 4 for a Nov. 19 incident in which she is charged with stabbing her boyfriend multiple times as he lay in a hospital bed. (Pinellas County Jail)

She became “irate” when her boyfriend would not permit her see his phone, the Times reported. As the argument continued, Sherrod “picked up a pair of surgical scissors in the hospital room and began stabbing her boyfriend in the right thigh causing multiple puncture wounds,” the police report said.

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There was no indication why the boyfriend was in the hospital.

Sherrod was arrested on Dec. 4 and booked in the Pinellas County jail on a felony charge of aggravated domestic battery with a deadly weapon. She was being held Monday in lieu of $15,000 bail, the Times reported.

A written plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf.

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