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There’s a tiny, bright magnetar photobombing our galaxy’s supermassive black hole

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There’s a bright magnetar photobombing the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, frustrating astronomers’ efforts to study the black hole — called Sagittarius A* — using X-ray telescopes.

SagA* is the nearest known supermassive black hole to Earth. And while it’s far smaller, quieter and dimmer than the recently imaged black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, it still represents one of the best opportunities astronomers have for understanding how black holes behave and interact with their surrounding environments. But back in 2013, a magnetar — an ultradense star (also called a neutron star) wrapped in powerful magnetic fields — between SagA* and Earth lit up, and ever since has been messing with efforts to observe the black hole using X-ray telescopes.

“We think of this as maybe a shattering of the neutron star surface, or some really violent event on the neutron star that causes it to get very, very bright and then fade slowly over time,” said Daryl Haggard, a physicist at McGill University in Montreal who studies SagA* and the galactic center. [3 Huge Questions the Black Hole Image Didn’t Answer]

Magnetars are tiny objects, part of a class of stars often comparable in size to Manhattan island. Before the little star lit up, it didn’t give any sign that it was even there.

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In 2013, that changed. At the time, Haggard was part of a team observing SagA* using X-ray telescope data to see how the black hole would interact with G2 — a big, gassy object that was due to pass very close to the black hole. Black holes don’t emit any light, but the hot gas orbiting just outside their event horizons does. SagA*’s surrounding cloud usually glows only faintly, but researchers hoped that as G2 crashed through it the result would be some interesting X-ray flashes.

Then, on April 24 of 2013, a cascade of surprising data started coming in from their telescopes. The first telescope to notice the sudden change was Swift, an orbital NASA telescope.

“We were watching the supermassive black hole, trying to pick up a little bit of a signature in the X-ray wavelengths from this interaction, and then BANG, the magnetar went off,” she told Live Science, clapping her hands together for emphasis.

There was a bright flash of X-ray light. At first, astronomers thought they were seeing some new and unprecedented behavior from the black hole, possibly a massive flare, Haggard said. Most X-ray observatories don’t have the resolution to distinguish between two objects, especially with the magnetar flaring that brightly.

The two objects are quite far apart in physical space, about 2 trillion miles (3.2 trillion kilometers), or a third of a light-year. Telescopes regularly see other, closer stars around the black hole as distinct objects. But it happens to be that SagA* and the magnetar (named SGR 1745-2900) are angled such that from the perspective of Earth they’re nearly on top of one another, just 2.4 arcseconds apart in the sky. (The whole sky is 1,296,000 arcseconds around.)

Most X-ray observatories see them as pretty much a single object, Haggard said.

“Initially, the big excitement was, ‘Holy cow, SagA* just went nuts!’ It would have been the brightest flare we’d ever seen from the supermassive black hole,” she said, referring to the flare of X-ray light.

But on April 26, 2013, NuSTAR, another NASA orbital X-ray telescope, picked up something funny in the bright flare: a sort of ticking, pulsing quality to the light, with peaks every 3.76 seconds. That’s not the sort of behavior they would expect from the gas clouds around a black hole, even in its most excited state, Haggard said. [9 Ideas About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind]

Three days later, on April 29, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the sharpest telescope of its kind in space, resolved the image well enough to see that there were in fact two X-ray sources: the bright, flickering new light, and the comparatively dimmer glow of the gas around a quiescent SagA*.

As a team of observers reported in The Astrophysical Journal in May of that year, that pulsing was characteristic of a bright point on a rapidly spinning star pointing toward and away from Earth like a sped-up lighthouse. Astrophysicists realized they were seeing a magnetar.

“Depending on your perspective, it was either a complete pain or a completely awesome new discovery,” Haggard said.

Over time, the magnetar’s glow has faded, albeit more slowly than is typical. These days, Haggard said, it’s about equal in X-ray brightness to the glow of the black hole’s surrounding hot gas, allowing Chandra to more easily distinguish the two. Still, she said, they look a bit like the two headlights of a car that are so far away they’ve started to blend into one. It’s not easy for even Chandra to tell which X-ray photons are coming from the hot gas around the black hole, and which from the magnetar.

For observers of the galactic center, Haggard said, this sort of issue is typical. There’s such a dense, bright cloud of hot material in the area, she said, that any observation requires carefully sorting out good data from junk. The magnetar has become just one more frustration for SagA* observers to deal with.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Drugs found on Montenegro military training ship

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Montenegro’s defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a navy training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece.

The ministry says the military police searched the Jadran, or the Adriatic, early Friday after learning that certain criminal gangs were planning to use it to smuggle drugs.

According to a statement from the ministry, dozens of kilograms (pounds) of suspected drugs were found during the search at the Tivat harbor and legal proceedings are underway.

The ship has been at the center of a dispute between the small Balkan country and neighboring Croatia, which claims ownership to it following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

It was not immediately clear when the 86-year-old ship will set off on the planned training trip with 42 students.

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Sean Hannity: The Russia hoax was the biggest con job in U.S. history – but equal justice is coming

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For 2 1/2 years, you — we, the American people — have been the victims of the biggest con job in American history. Every second, every hour, every day, the Democrats, the hate-Trump media mob perpetrated a lie. Every time they said Russia, Russia, Russia, collusion, collusion, they were smearing, besmirching and slandering a duly-elected president of the United States and trying to undo an election.

The hate-Trump media spread unbelievable conspiracy theories and lies. They betrayed their audience. They don’t care at all about the truth.

Just look at what they did to Covington High School student Nicholas Sandmann. They tried to destroy a 16-year-old kid with nothing but baseless lies. They didn’t make one phone call to try and confirm the story. They just make it up and they bludgeon a 16-year-old kid just for wearing a MAGA hat.That’s how much these people in the media, in the Democratic Party, hate Trump.

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Now, there was no basic research in the case of Jussie Smollett. If the narrative works to bash Trump, use it. Don’t forget the “I believers” when it came to Justice Kavanaugh, or when they set out to destroy, go back to Richard Jewell, the Duke lacrosse kids, the students at the center of the fake UVA rape case, the Cambridge police smear, the Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, who was guilty by the media accusation. Or the Baltimore police — same thing, guilt by accusation.

By the way, on every one of those cases, we were right, they were wrong. And we saw it over and over again on Trump. And where are the apologies today after the release of the Mueller report? Where are the retractions? Where are the corrections? Nowhere to be found. Just the opposite. They are now doubling-down on hysteria and reckless reporting. They are now obsessed with obstruction.

If Mueller could, he and his partners and team of Democratic donors and Hillary lovers, would have found crimes. But now, with zero introspection, no self-reflection, no apology, it’s just on like it never happened in the mainstream media. Let’s go to the next pack of lies, the next round of breathless reporting, the next manufactured scandal to destroy Trump. It’s a psychotic rage in every so-called newsroom in America, all while ignoring simultaneously what is the biggest story in their careers and lifetime because of their blind adherence to rigid left-wing loving Hillary ideology.

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So, it’s no shock that just as we predicted yesterday, the media mob and their echo chamber, they are back in action with one last full on hysterical freak-out over the Mueller investigation after the president was cleared of collusion.

Remember this: If the president wanted to sink the special counsel investigation, he had Article 2 authority under the Constitution. He could have personally fired Robert Mueller or anyone else for that matter. But the president did not fire Mueller or Rosenstein or Weissmann or Jeannie Rhee, or any other Clinton donors and allies investigating this sham, this campaign. The president took no action to impede the prosecution of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn or Paul Manafort or George Papadopoulos or anyone else.

And as we stated earlier, the president engaged in an unprecedented level of cooperation with the special counsel and above all else, there was no underlying crime. None.

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But now, equal justice is coming. Pay close attention because what is about to play out here in front of America in the coming days, weeks, and months. The Clinton e-mail investigation is now being probed by Sen. Lindsey Graham because the fix was in. That investigation was rigged. Criminal referrals for the Deep State operatives that tried to help to elect Hillary Clinton by giving her a pass on a crime she committed are coming from Rep. Devin Nunes.

And there will be much more. For all of you Democrats who claimed to love transparency, well, buckle up. You’re about to get what you’ve been wishing for. And it won’t paint a pretty picture, in any way, of your friends in the Deep State.

Adapted from Sean Hannity’s monologue from “Hannity” on April 18, 2019.

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Mueller report ignites new Dem battle over impeachment

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Just a month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unequivocally stated her opposition to impeachment proceedings against President Trump, the Robert Mueller report has reignited the debate inside her caucus.

“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted, announcing she’ll sign onto Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s, D-Mich., resolution urging the House Judiciary Committee to probe whether Trump committed impeachment-level offenses.

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The sprawling and detailed Mueller report released Thursday, while effectively clearing the president and his associates on the Russia collusion charge central to the probe, outlined a series of Trump actions that were investigated as part of the obstruction-of-justice inquiry. Mueller did not reach a determination on that issue, but provided a cornucopia of dramatic anecdotes showing the president trying to curtail the special counsel investigation.

Among them, the report said he directed then-White House Counsel Don McGahn in June 2017 to tell the acting attorney general that Mueller “must be removed.” McGahn refused.

Trump himself maintained he had broad authority, as his allies dismissed suggestions any of this amounted to obstruction of justice.

“I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!” Trump tweeted late Thursday.

But a key passage in the report also was seen as a signal to Congress that lawmakers could take up the issue next, even though Attorney General Bill Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was no obstruction case.

The report said: “Under applicable Supreme Court precedent, the Constitution does not categorically and permanently immunize a President for obstructing justice through the use of his Article II powers. The separation-of-powers doctrine authorizes Congress to protect official proceedings, including those of courts and grand juries, from corrupt, obstructive acts regardless of their source. … The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.”

The report also stated: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. However, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, speaking Friday on “Fox & Friends,” dismissed that line: “He doesn’t have to prove his innocence … when can you prove a negative?”

But while the Mueller report marked the end of the two-year probe, it was seen as a starting point for some congressional Democrats eager to take up the obstruction issue. The big question is whether senior Democrats long nervous about calls for impeachment could at some point go along with the push – even if it risks a political backlash going into 2020.

PELOSI ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO TRUMP IMPEACHMENT

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., did not rule out impeachment proceedings on Thursday.

In a written statement responding to the report, Nadler said: “The Special Counsel made clear that he did not exonerate the President. The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said the acts described in the report “whether they are criminal or not, are deeply alarming in the president of the United States. And it’s clear that special counsel Mueller wanted the Congress to consider the repercussions and the consequences.”

Schiff, a California Democrat, said, “If the special counsel, as he made clear, had found evidence exonerating the president, he would have said so. He did not. He left that issue to the Congress of the United States.”

Pelosi’s view will be key. She said in an interview last month she’s opposed to impeachment, calling the process “divisive” and adding, “He’s just not worth it.”

In the wake of the report, she wrote in a letter to colleagues that the caucus has scheduled a conference call for Monday to discuss next steps, while saying the Mueller report “appears to directly undercut” Barr’s conclusion that Trump did not obstruct justice.

“Congress will not be silent,” she vowed.

Republicans sought to portray Democrats as unwilling to let go of the idea that Trump colluded with Russia to swing the election. “What you’re seeing is unprecedented desperation from the left,” tweeted Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a top Trump ally. “There was no collusion. It’s over.”

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two MS-13 gang members previously deported re-arrested trying to enter US

Two members of the Mara-Salvatrucha – or MS-13 – gang were snatched trying to re-enter the United States illegally in Arizona.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents patrolling a remote canyon area west of Nogales encountered 30-year-old Joel Santos-Funes after he entered the U.S. from Mexico early Monday morning.

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Joel Santos-Funes, 30, was arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. in Arizona. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Agents discovered that Santos-Funes – a Honduran national – was a member of MS-13 gang who had been previously deported after taking his fingerprints.

YUMA, ARIZONA MAYOR DECLARES EMERGENCY OVER MIGRANT SITUATION

The next day, on Tuesday, agents in Casa Grande apprehended 39-year-old Deyly Turcios-Giron, just west of Tucson. Turcios-Giron is also from Honduras.

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Deyly Turcios-Giron, a 37-year-old MS-13 member, was arrested trying to re-enter the U.S. illegally. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

CBP said both men have extensive immigration violation histories, including a 2013 criminal conviction for drug smuggling against Turcios-Giron.

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Officials said the two men will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations.

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Lori Loughlin’s friends don’t like husband Mossimo Giannulli, think he ‘concocted’ scam: report

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Lori Loughlin’s friends are reportedly blaming her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, for getting her involved in the ongoing college admissions scandal that could see them both go to prison for decades.

The couple pleaded not guilty to money laundering and mail fraud. The charges stem from their alleged involvement in the nationwide scam that demonstrated the lengths wealthy, status-seeking parents will go in order to secure their child a spot at a coveted university.

LORI LOUGHLIN HAD AN ‘OBSESSION’ WITH USC LEADING UP TO COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

While their plea may make them seem like a united front, sources tell Us Weekly that Loughlin’s friends aren’t the biggest fans of her second husband. They reportedly even go as far as to blame him as the mastermind behind the whole debacle.

“Everyone feels bad for her,” a source told the outlet. “They think the situation was something concocted by her husband.”

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The source adds that Mossimo, who has been married to the former “Fuller House” star for 21 years, was never a favorite among her friend group.

LORI LOUGHLIN’S HUSBAND MOSSIMO GIANNULLI NEVER ENROLLED IN USC, TOOK PARENTS’ TUITION CASH

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of spending $500,000 each on daughters Isabella and YouTube star Olivia Jade to make it look like they were recruits on the University of Southern California’s crew, despite never rowing in the sport.

The girls’ statuses are reportedly on hold at USC amid an internal investigation. If convicted, Loughlin and Giannulli face up to 40 years in jail.

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News of her friends’ alleged dislike of her husband comes shortly after another bad look for Giannulli. A 2016 interview resurfaced in which Giannulli, 55, admitted that he never actually enrolled at USC. Instead, he used the tuition money from his parents to get his fashion business off the ground while living in a campus fraternity house.

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New York Post: Mainstream media doubles down on Trump conspiracies

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Mainstream media coverage of the Russia-collusion story has been dead wrong for two years, yet the effort to smear President Trump continues — even after Thursday’s release of the Mueller report.

You’d expect that contrite reporters would explicitly inform the public that the president had been “exonerated.”

GUTFELD ON THE MEDIA MELTDOWN OVER THE MUELLER REPORT

Wrong. Take The New York Times, for example. On Thursday, it ran Trump’s quote, “I am f–ked,” quoting the words Trump told former Attorney General Jeff Sessions when the president learned a special counsel had been appointed.

But it spelled out that expletive, rather than use dashes. And it followed a sentence claiming Trump was “seized by paranoia” about what the probe might unearth, making it sound as if Trump was contending that prosecutors were sure to find wrongdoing, when in fact the Mueller report concluded that Trump was talking about the political implications of such an investigation.

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Cops burn bad parking job with coloring book lesson on staying inside the lines

All you really need to know you learned in kindergarten…including how to park a car.

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At least that’s the philosophy of one Southlake, Tex., police officer who came up with an original way to teach a lesson to someone who parked a pickup across two spaces.

The Ram truck was over the line and encroaching on a handicapped spot, so the artistic officer drew a coloring book style page with an outline of the department’s badge that read:

“We noticed you had a little trouble staying in the lines when you parked next to a handicapped space … Maybe if you practice coloring our patch and staying in the lines here, it could help you avoid citations in the future?”

In a Facebook post with photos of the truck and note, the Department of Public Safety said it tries to avoid “snark and sass … but sometimes our fair citizens make it hard.”

“Let this graphic be an attention grabbing example so we don’t have to end up going to FedEx Kinko’s and making like thousands of copies of these,” it also advised.

It appears the driver got off with the colorless warning for the minor infraction, which could have been fined $200.

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Drug trafficking keeping Maduro in power in Venezuela, analysts say

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It has been more than three months since the U.S. accelerated its onslaught of economic sanctions on Venezuela, coupled with the back of a new interim President – heightening official expectation that the Nicolas Maduro-led regime would crumble.

Only the socialist dictatorship has failed to fall. While there an array of factors to blame, analysts are pointing to illicit trafficking rings as a fundamental Maduro lifeline.

“The Venezuelan military forces has become a narco-criminal, armed organization. Most of the top and mid-commanders are deeply involved in corruption, drug operations, and serious human rights abuses,” Johan Obdola, president of Latin America-focused global intelligence and security firm IOSI, told Fox News, noting that cartel-led, massive drug operations continue to spawn the country keeping the top echelon well-fed and financed. “Small pro-regime policing agencies and military units across the nation conduct these criminal operations centered on drug trafficking, kidnapping, and robbery to survive the crisis.”

Kevin Ivers, Vice President and Latin America expert at public policy firm DCI Group, pointed out that years ago, the elite of the Venezuelan military was put in charge of the core elements of the domestic economy, such as the importation and distribution of food and consumer goods.

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In this Feb. 14, 2019 file photo, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (​​​​​​​AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

“This has encouraged corruption and profiteering that has made key elements of the military part of what can be called the regime’s ‘mafia,’ and this has extended beyond consumer goods to drug trafficking,” he explained. “Maduro has also spent years systematically splintering the military into factions and playing them off each other to make it difficult for them to unite against him.”

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Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, concurred that many in the upper echelons receive a cut from the regime’s illicit trafficking network – from drugs to food and medicine racketeering.

“There aren’t enough incentives (for military leaders) to leave and disincentives to stay to tip the balance, especially at the top,” he noted.

Indeed, military defections – once considered key to Maduro’s expulsion –  have dipped from 80 to 100 per day earlier this year to just two or three, according to the Washington Post. And of those, very few have come from the highest ranks and thus failed to generate a game-changing ripple effect.

“There were no key defections, roughly 500 members of the military without any real commanders. In a 110,000 military it had no impact,” explained Carlos Ponce, a senior fellow, and director of Latin America Programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. “There was no real analysis of the military structure and the breaking points.”

Ponce said that former leader Hugo Chavez intentionally dismembered the lines of command to avoid a coup d’état while he was in power. He also pointed out that those who did make the leap have been paying the price.

“The commanders and high-ranking officials allegedly caught in anti-Maduro meetings have been tortured and their families isolated from any social or food program,” Ponce noted. “So there is a disincentive for anyone who showed discontent with the regime – jail or torture and abandonment to their families.”

Maduro’s reign is also being held together by external players. The U.S estimates that more than 20,000 Cuban agents alone are now planted within the Venezuelan military and law enforcement, presiding over internal operations and the movements of the top brass.

“Maduro relies heavily on foreigners to prop up his regime – Cuba, Russia, and Iran. They have a vested economic and political interest in ensuring he succeeds. Economically, to ensure that it is they that control the largest proven oil reserves in the world,” said John Wood, analyst and author of ‘Russia, the Asymmetric Threat to the United States.’ “Politically, to render the U.S. visibly impotent in its own backyard and thereby lay the groundwork for building a viable military threat to the USA in its own hemisphere.”

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Eight-year-old Franyelis feeds her baby brother Joneiber as their mother Francibel Contreras holds a bowl of scrambled eggs and rice, at a soup kitchen in the Petare slum, Caracas, Venezuela. Contreras brings her three malnourished children to the soup kitchen in the dangerous hillside slum where they scoop in spoonfuls of food in what could be their only meal of the day. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Obdola also underscored that the Cubans have “established an intense regional intelligence and surveillance operation” in bordering areas and in countries that support regime change in Venezuela.

“This operation is intense and mostly in Colombia, Brazil and other nearby nations where a very unique gathering of spies, intelligence and even terrorist operations are very active,” he said.

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But the U.S., which has vowed to refurbish the rule of law and bring about new leadership in Venezuela, is yet to dramatically change its strategy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that “all options” are on the table when it comes to Venezuela, insisting that the strategy is “not just an American strategy” but the “Venezuelan’s people’s strategy.”

“Sometimes people think Maduro is winning, and yet he’s handed over all his power to the Cubans, to the Russians,” Pompeo told the Voice of America Spanish. “This is weakness from Maduro. And so this weakness will ultimately lead to his departure, and democracy and prosperity will be restored in Venezuela.”

He has also taken aim at China’s role in standing by Maduro financially, mandating that their role is prolonging the protracted crisis in Venezuela.

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Once awash will oil wealth and deemed the richest country in Latin America, Venezuela has been beleaguered by an economic crisis since 2015 which has since spiraled into a grave humanitarian catastrophe and prompted the exodus of almost four million into now overburdened neighboring nations. Maduro has consistently blamed the U.S. for purporting to wage “economic war,” but has largely denied that there are mass problems.

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On the ground in the poverty-plagued Venezuela, it’s a mix of exasperation and desperation with the vast majority continuing to push for change and turn to the U.S. for support as time rolls on.

“There is more room for applying sanctions,” Ivers added. “Anything that cuts off the regime’s ability to generate cash, that disrupts its flow of contraband goods and drug trafficking finances, and increases the pressure of possible prosecution of senior military and regime figures for crimes against humanity or other criminal acts, will bring the regime closer to the negotiating table to seek an end to the conflict.”

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George Papadopoulos ‘shocked’ Mueller report told truth that he was ‘illicitly targeted’ over Israel ties

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Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos told “Fox and Friends” Friday morning that he was “shocked” Robert Mueller accurately described why he was “illicitly targeted” and reiterated the report’s findings that there was no collusion.

“I was actually really impressed and quite frankly shocked that Bob Mueller told the truth about why I was illicitly targeted and it really had nothing to do with Russia. It had to do with my ties to Israel,” Papadopoulos said.

“I was actually really impressed and quite frankly shocked that Bob Mueller told the truth about why I was illicitly targeted and it really had nothing to do with Russia. It had to do with my ties to Israel.”

— George Papadopoulos

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“Now, this is why this is really important. Because if I was targeted for my ties to Israel, and I had all these various spies approaching me while I was just joining the campaign and they were discussing Israel with me,” he continued. “

“I think that’s very disturbing and probably is going to reveal quite frankly how this entire investigation started.”

Papadopoulos went on to respond to mainstream media outlets and media figures such as CNN’s Jim Acosta who pointed to his case, for which he was sentenced to 12 days in prison for making false statements to federal prosecutors, as the evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

“There was no collusion and of course I wasn’t colluding because I have never met a Russian official in my entire life. Let alone on the campaign or the transition team,” Papadopoulos said.

“There was no collusion and of course I wasn’t colluding because I have never met a Russian official in my entire life. Let alone on the campaign or the transition team.”

— George Papadopoulos

“Quite comically the guy at the epicenter of this fake collusion story Joseph Mifsud was outed yesterday by the Italians living next to the U.S. Embassy for the last year,” he added, referring to Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud who Papadopoulos claimed told him in an April 2016 meeting that the Russians had “dirt” that could damage Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

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It has long been suggested – in court documents filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, by Democrats on Capitol Hill and in the media – that Mifsud was connected to Russian intelligence, though others insist that he more closely associated with Western governments and their intelligence agencies, a view shared by Papadopoulos.

“Quite frankly, I don’t think anybody is buying that this guy was some Russian intermediary or Russian spy trying to collude with me. Quite frankly, even people like Rudy Giuliani are going public and stating that he was probably part of some sort of setup,” he said.

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“That’s why my case is so fascinating and important moving forward, like I stated because there was targeting of me for my ties to Israel which attracted all of these spies and two who was running these guys and where did it come from?

“Was it the Obama administration? Was it the head of the U.K. Government? We’ll have to find out.”

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