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Is Papadopoulos key to how bad probe will get for Trump?

first_imgThat’s because while Manafort and Gates sure look like they’re going to jail, as of yet they aren’t cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.George Papadopoulos is, which means that he likely has information that will lead Mueller closer to the heart of the case.Papadopoulos was a junior foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.In August we learned that he had tried to set up meetings between Trump officials – and even Trump himself – with representatives of the Russian government.At the time, his suggestion was characterized as having been rejected by other Trump officials as inappropriate while Trump was still a candidate and not yet president.But now that we’ve seen the details of Papadopoulos’ plea, it sure looks like that wasn’t the whole story.Papadopoulos has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhile the biggest news of the day is the indictments Robert Mueller has handed down against former President Donald Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Monday he also released a plea bargain with a heretofore minor figure in the Russia scandal by the name of George.And that could actually be the day’s biggest news. “I think it’s a fair conclusion to think that he has information that is valuable in the prosecution of others,” McQuade says.“You would only offer that cooperation if you’ve sat down with him and learned that he has information that is of value.”And that appears to be what is happening: in return for what will likely be a reduced sentence, Papadopoulos has agreed to sing.As the letter laying out the terms of the plea agreement says, “The Government agrees to bring to the Court’s attention at sentencing the defendant’s efforts to cooperate with the Government, on the condition that your client continues to respond and provide information regarding any and all matters as to which the Government deems relevant.”Who does Papadopoulos have information on? We don’t know.The plea document mentions his discussions (his efforts to set up a meeting with the Russians) with people who are referred to as “Senior Policy Adviser,” “Campaign Supervisor,” and “High-Ranking Campaign Official,” but we don’t know who that is. Then there’s this:“On or about May 4, 2016, the Russian MFA Connection sent an email (the ‘May 4 MFA Email’) to defendant PAPADOPOULOS and the Professor that stated: ‘I have just talked to my colleagues from the MFA. The[y] are open for cooperation. One of the options is to make a meeting for you at the North America Desk, if you are in Moscow.’ Defendant PAPADOPOULOS responded that he was ‘[g]lad the MFA is interested.’ Defendant PAPADOPOULOS forwarded the May 4 MFA Email to the High-Ranking Campaign Official, adding: ‘What do you think? Is this something we want to move forward with?’ The next day, on or about May 5, 2016, defendant PAPADOPOULOS had a phone call with the Campaign Supervisor, and then forwarded the May 4 MFA Email to him, adding to the top of the email: ‘Russia updates.’” This exchange happened not long before Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner had their infamous meeting with representatives of the Russian government who purportedly had damaging information on Clinton to offer.Given that context, it seems rather unlikely that Papadopoulos would not have mentioned the possibility that the Russians had of “dirt” on Clinton contained in “thousands of emails.”But we don’t yet know for sure.What we do know is that the prosecutors believe that Papadopoulos’ information will be valuable to them in building a case against others. Paul Manafort, on the other hand, is not cooperating – at least not yet.“The fact that he was indicted suggests to me that pre-indictment he said ‘No, I don’t want to cooperate.’ I’m sure they presented him with the opportunity,” says McQuade.It’s a common tactic to hand down one set of indictments and then offer a defendant the chance to start cooperating, since if he doesn’t they’ll keep investigating, and who knows what else they’ll find.“I think that’s quite possible, that there are additional potential charges against Manafort, and he could still cooperate,” McQuade said.center_img Specifically, he falsely claimed that they had occurred before he joined the campaign in March 2016.He had communication with a professor who had contacts in the Russian government; this professor told him that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”The professor introduced him to a female Russian national who was supposedly Vladimir Putin’s niece (it turned out she wasn’t), and to someone who supposedly had connections in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).Based on those conversations, Papadopoulos pressed the campaign to set up meetings with the Russians, a suggestion that never came to fruition.So what does this have to do with the larger case? I spoke this morning with Barbara McQuade, a professor at the University of Michigan law school who is a former U.S. Attorney and has worked extensively in criminal and national security cases.I asked: If Papadopoulos was just some low-level nobody tossing around ideas that were rejected by the campaign’s higher-ups, why would Mueller offer him a plea deal that is contingent on his cooperation?Doesn’t that suggest that he has information that can be used to build a case against someone more important than him? If Manfort is going to flip, there are only so many people he could flip on, who are actually closer to the center of whatever happened than he was.That could include Jared Kushner, perhaps Donald Trump Jr., and of course President Trump himself.But right now, Papadopoulos is the one who is providing Mueller an entry into the heart of the Trump campaign and its relationship to Russia.Which is why McQuade says, “That one, because of its relevance to that larger question, strikes me as maybe the more important development today.” And this is just getting started.Paul Waldman is a contributor to The Washington Post Plum Line blog, and a senior writer at The American Prospect.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Tenants should follow these top tips to protect themselves

first_imgRenters need to make sure they are protected.Last week I was greeted with the horrific news that one of the properties our office manages was on-fire and the fire brigade and police were in attendance.Ripping across town my immediate thoughts, as you would expect, were with the lives of the tenants and their pets.I was relived when I arrived to discover the tenants were not home, their pets were safe and no one was hurt.It was a steep learning curve. I have never dealt with a fire of this magnitude and the lessons over the last week have been many.The biggest reminder was obviously the importance of insurance, regular maintenance and smoke alarm monitoring.This property had been regularly serviced and it was the smoke alarms that alerted the neighbours to the drama. There was no outstanding maintenance and the owner had adequate insurance.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoBut here are the two lessons. Unfortunately the tenant didn’t have contents insurance and in these circumstances the owner has to cover the expenses in relation to the building and the tenant has to protect their contents. It is essential that owners and tenants have adequate insurance.It is also a good reminder about another thing that is the tenant’s responsibility during a lease – which could end p being very costly.Many tenants are surprised to know that unreported maintenance can became a cost borne by the tenant.For example, if you notice a leak and don’t report it and the leak causes more damage which could have been avoided, then the tenant could be liable for the costs.My top 3 tips for tenants to ensure maximum protection during a lease are:· Complete your entry report within 3 days of receiving it noting any discrepancies. Ensure you get an acknowledgment that you returned it in time· Get contents insurance· Report all maintenance itemslast_img read more

Women Conceived With Donor Eggs, Sperm Speak Out

first_imgThe Christian Post 4 August 2018Family First Comment: Katy Faust, founder and president of the children’s rights organization Them Before Us, said in an interview with CP on Friday that the practice of donor conception is, “quite simply, the commodification of children … and every Christian needs to stand against it.” And the reason why is because it separates the child from both biological parents, she said. “Not because of a crisis or tragedy such as in adoption, but rather the willful violation of a child’s fundamental right to be known and loved by both their mother and father … simply because an adult wants something.”Women who were conceived with donor eggs and sperm are speaking about their journey and shock of finding out their biological parents are not who they thought they were.A video released last week on the YouTube channel of We Are Donor Conceived, an organization that began in 2016 “where donor conceived people can share their stories with each other and the general public in order to inspire greater understanding about the unique challenges we face.”The video features several women sharing their experiences of discovering that they were deceived about their genes. The women do not identify themselves by name.“When I found out the truth about my origins I was disgusted. I couldn’t look in the mirror. I didn’t want to see myself. I didn’t want to see my body. I didn’t want to hear my name. There was a huge question mark and I didn’t know where I had come from,” one of the women in the video explained.Another said that when she found out she started screaming repeatedly: “What! What!” She was in disbelief that half of what she believed was her family tree was gone.“To realize that I was only half-related to my sister was pretty painful,” she said, noting that at the same time it was validating to know the truth as she didn’t look like her family members and was sometimes asked growing up if she was adopted.READ MORE: read more

January 4, 2018 Police Blotter

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White line edging on I-74 today

first_imgBatesville, IN–Crews will re-stripe the white edge line along I-74 EB from west of New Point (Exit 143) to S.R. 101/Sunman/Milan (Exit 156) starting today at  10 a.m. Please use caution in the area. Attenuator trucks will be present.last_img

Cole completes Roma move

first_img It read: “AS Roma have acquired Ashley Cole’s playing registration on a two-year deal which expires on June 30, 2016. “The agreement also gives the club the right to extend the contract into a further season.” Cole flew to the Italian capital earlier on Monday, with Roma posting a photo on their official Twitter feed, with the message: “Welcome to Rome, Ashley!” The full-back subsequently underwent a medical before travelling to Roma’s Trigoria headquarters to sign a contract that will reportedly net him 4.6million euros (£3.65million) in wages. Cole left Arsenal in May 2000 as part of a deal which saw William Gallas join the Gunners, and spent eight seasons with Chelsea, during which he won the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and four FA Cups. He earned 107 England caps but announced his retirement from international football ahead of the World Cup after he was left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the finals in Brazil. At Roma his mission will be to boost the fortunes of a side that improved from sixth to second place in Serie A following Rudi Garcia’s appointment as coach last summer. Champions League football will return to the Stadio Olimpico later this year. The Giallorossi led the table in the early part of the 2013-14 campaign after winning 10 consecutive games but results dropped off, allowing Juventus to overhaul them and clinch a third straight title. Press Association Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole has completed his switch to Roma. Cole was the second new arrival at Trigoria on Monday, with Fenerbahce midfielder Salih Ucan joining on a one-year loan. Roma will pay the Turkish club 4.75million euros (£3.8million) to have the player next season and can extend the loan for a second campaign at no further cost. They will then have the option to purchase the player in the summer of 2016 for an additional 11million euros (£8.75million). Cole later tweeted: “Will never forget my time in England was a pleasure, but now onto a new challenge.” The 33-year-old left-back, a free agent following his release by the Blues earlier this summer, had been linked with a number of teams both in the Barclays Premier League and in Europe. A statement on the Serie A club’s official website confirmed Cole had signed a two-year contract. last_img read more

Cricket News Saha to undergo shoulder surgery in Manchester: BCCI

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Wriddhiman Saha will undergo a surgery on his shoulder in Manchester at the end of July or beginning of August, the BCCI confirmed on Saturday amid speculations that the Test wicketkeeper’s problem was compounded by a “bungled” rehabilitation programme at the NCA. “Wriddhiman Saha has sustained a posterosuperior labral tear. He will undergo surgery on his shoulder in Manchester at the end of July or the 1st week of August,” the board said in a statement.  “The labral repair surgery will be done by Dr. Lennard Funk in Manchester, UK. The entire course of treatment and consultation that was carried out at the NCA was performed in co-ordination with the India Team management and the GM of Operations,” it added. Saha was not picked for the upcoming Test series against England but the Board did not reveal the full extent of his fitness problems.Also Read | Disgraced David Warner make roaring comeback to cricket  The BCCI said in its defence, “The entire course of treatment and consultation that was carried out at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) was performed in co-ordination with the India Team management and the GM of Operations.”  The BCCI has posted a timeline on its website, explaining the nature of Saha’s injury and further course of action.  The 33-year-old Bengal stumper reported to the NCA after the South Africa tour in January. Various experts prescribed him ultrasound guided injections, which he had taken. A BCCI official recently admitted that Saha had long recovered from a thumb fracture sustained during the IPL.  As per the BCCI timeline, an appointment was then fixed with Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, orthopaedic surgeon at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, on July 6.Read More | MS Dhoni set to RETIRE after England series? “Pardiwala opined that another steroid injection would assist Saha’s recovery. He also stated that should the injury not respond to the injection, then surgery would be necessary. “Post the injection, after observation and rehabilitation for five days, when his condition had not improved, he was declared unfit on the 13th of July and the India team management was informed of the same,” the BCCI stated. last_img read more

Badgers off to best start ever

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoComing off two road victories against then-No. 11 Minnesota and unranked Iowa, the Wisconsin volleyball team remained unbeaten in Big Ten play and moved up one spot to eighth in the country.”We had a very good weekend on the road at Minnesota and Iowa,” head coach Pete Waite said during his Monday press conference. “Minnesota was a very big match because it separated us and put us in a tie with Penn State for the lead in the Big Ten. We took care of business at Iowa. It was very good.”With the victories, the Badgers now own an impressive 11-match road winning streak — and 13 matches overall — with the only loss coming in their first road match of the year to BYU. Wisconsin was also able to accomplish something it has not done since 2001 this past weekend — win at Minnesota.”The team has been handling [road games] really well,” Waite said. “Back from the European trip, all through the five weeks away, it has been perfect for this upperclassmen, senior-led group. It is just the way we planned it.”At 16-1, the Badgers are off to the best start in the program’s history. Their 8-0 conference record is also the second best start in conference play. Only the 2001 Big Ten championship team started better at 11-0.”This is where we hoped to be, especially in the Big Ten season,” Waite said. “Leading up to this weekend, we wanted to be undefeated with a shot at Penn State to get them on our home court and hopefully have the kind of match like we did last year here.”Wack wins awardFor the second time this season, a Badger was named the Big Ten defensive Player of the Week.After averaging 6.1 digs per game this past weekend, senior libero Jocelyn Wack received her first career weekly honor.”When Jo Wack came into our program, she changed our program,” Waite said. “[She] made it much better defensively and took us to the next level.”In the first match of the weekend against rival Minnesota, Wack led all players with 26 digs. In the process she broke an 18-year school record for digs in a three-game match. Lisa Boyd previously set the record with 24 digs in 1989.The next night against Iowa, Wack again led the team with 17 digs.”Watching her play this season, I know I will miss her dearly next year,” Waite said. “She quietly gets the job done and keeps us in a lot of matches. She plays her best in big matches, so I expect even more this weekend.”Now with 1,919 career digs, Wack needs only 2 more digs to become the all-time dig leader at Wisconsin. With just 81 more digs, Wack would also become just the second player in Big Ten history to amass more than 2,000 career digs.Badgers ranked 6tth h in RPIThe first RPI ranking of the season came out last week, and the Badgers were ranked No. 6.”Obviously we would love to get in those top four spots,” Waite said of his team’s RPI ranking. “You can’t tell the team too much about that kind of thing. They know how important these matches are this weekend, and they take care of the Big Ten one match at the time. If they do that they have a good shot at one of those top four spots.”However, with a couple of losses in the top 10 this weekend, Wisconsin will have a shot to move into the top four and better its position for the NCAA tournament seeding.”I like where we sit right now,” Waite said. “There was a shake up in the top 10 this weekend. Some teams lost to unranked teams, so that could hurt them in the RPI, which could help us.”Badgers spike cancerBesides playing for the Big Ten lead against No. 2 Penn State Sunday, Wisconsin will also provide its efforts to “spike cancer.”Teaming up with American Transmission Company, Coca-Cola and Susan G. Koman, Wisconsin will donate $0.50 for every fan in attendance to the Madison affiliate of the Susan G. Koman Foundation.”The Penn State match is going to be fantastic just like it was last year,” Waite said. “We are expecting a huge crowd, and we are hoping to fill the Field House.”The Badgers will also have two honorary coaches for the match. Breast cancer survivors Lisa Powell, a program assistant in the UW football program and Marilyn Bielema, mother of head football coach Brett Bielema, will join the team on the bench Sunday.”I’ll have to ask Brett to see if [Marilyn Bielema] is up for a big pregame speech for us,” Waite said.last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Now, USC needs to earn its place

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanAs the USC men’s basketball team prepares to begin play in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament against Oregon State on Thursday, it must do so knowing that a loss could put their NCAA Tournament hopes in jeopardy. And that would be an embarrassment.It is true that head coach Andy Enfield has had to deal with a lot this season. The expectations were high right off the bat, with a No. 10 preseason ranking and some giving the Trojans a shot at making the Final Four. With all of their key upperclassmen returning and several NBA prospects on the roster, this was supposed to be the year that USC jumped from a program with simple March Madness goals to one with national championship aspirations.But now, after a slew of controversies — replete with involvement in an FBI sting that resulted in the departure of De’Anthony Melton and the firing of associate coach Tony Bland — and untimely injuries, the Trojans find themselves in the same position as last season: fortunate just to be included in the 68-team field.As it stands, the Trojans are projected by most to be part of the tournament. Their odds, though, are far from guaranteed after a disappointing loss to UCLA on Saturday at the Galen Center. The loss epitomized the season for USC: The Trojans had control of the game and should have won it, but could not close the deal. A win would have probably locked down a spot. Now, they’ll have to earn one in the conference tournament.Consensus is that USC will need at least two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament to satisfy the committee. There is a new format this year to choose teams for the tournament, a format that splits a team’s wins into four quadrants that vary based on difficulty and whether the win came on the road or at home, with Quadrant 1 wins being the most valuable. It will take up too much space to explain the system, but just know this: USC could use a few more Quadrant 1 wins on its resume.This is why the team will need at least two wins in the Pac-12 Tournament. Beating Oregon State will do little to move the needle. USC should hope that Utah reaches the semifinals so that a win would give the Trojans another Quadrant 1 win. The Trojans already beat Utah this year on the road, and they’ll be playing at a neutral site this time. If the stars align and USC beats Utah, they should be in decent shape. From there, a victory in the Pac-12 Championship, which would guarantee a spot in the tournament, would be the cherry on top.What happened to USC’s basketball team this season is similar to what happened to the football team in that both only have themselves to blame for their troubles, yet were victims of a supposedly weak Pac-12. In football, the Trojans were passed over for a spot in the College Football Playoff despite having the same amount of losses as Ohio State. But they were docked for posting “easy” wins against bad teams in their own conference. The Pac-12 also does not have the best reputation in basketball. Of the 12 teams, only two — Arizona and USC — have much of a national profile, and both are entangled in the aforementioned FBI investigation. The Trojans notched a 12-6 record in conference play and finished second in the conference for their highest finish since 2002, but that won’t do much considering the committee will not put a team’s conference ranking into consideration when selecting tournament teams.Enfield belabored that point, telling reporters after Saturday’s loss that “sometimes common sense has to prevail.”That’s a fair argument. But this team cannot make excuses if it ends up on the wrong side of the bubble on Selection Sunday. Despite the scandals, the injuries and whatever else went wrong this season, there were very winnable games that were lost, very simple steps that could have been taken to secure a tournament spot long before Thursday.Instead, USC’s postseason future is uncertain. And for a team with this much preseason hype, making the tournament is the very least it can do to salvage this year.Eric He is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Whicker: Give Lakers’ Lonzo Ball room to breathe, and then we’ll see

first_imgThere were plentiful reasons to see the Lakers and Clippers Monday at Staples Center, but only one issue.It was the Daily Tracking Poll for Lonzo Ball.Overrated? Underrated? The next All-Star lock? The next Andrew Goudelock?Threat? Menace? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNo trip downcourt goes without evaluation for Ball. No opinion is modulated, or moderated. Nothing he does is out of bounds, except for the occasional hunk of basalt he throws up there from the 3-point line.The truth is that the Lakers and Ball are both a work in progress, with everyone involved wanting to see more of both.And Ball is going through nothing unusual for a guy who was romping up and down for Chino Hills in 60-point wins two years ago, and running the show at UCLA last season.Ball is fitting right in with the rest of the struggling one-and-dones who regularly lead off the NBA draft. It isn’t his fault, or theirs, that the NBA brains insist on drafting players who should be serving their apprenticeship somewhere else, like Europe maybe.In the 2017 draft, 10 of the first 11 picks were college freshmen, and nine of the first 10 college players. Ball came into the Clippers’ game averaging 33.3 minutes and shooting 31.5 percent from the floor. He also has two triple-doubles. The Lakers don’t always run their offense through him, stationing him on the side at times while Brandon Ingram, last year’s one-and-done, takes over. Still, to say Ball will either be an All-Star or a sad footnote is woefully premature. The Lakers had to take him with the No. 2 pick and had to start him. They just hope he didn’t hit the Rookie Wall before the mortar dried.None of Ball’s one-and-done classmates are revolutionizing basketball in the NBA. Boston’s Jayson Tatum is coming the closest, shooting 49.2 percent, but he’s part of the best team in the Eastern Conference. Whatever he does will not be the proximate cause of the Celtics winning or losing. That matters.The same can’t be said for Dennis Smith of Dallas, who is shooting 38.2 percent and playing 25.6 minutes a game. Or Lauri Markkanen of Chicago, who plays just over 30 minutes and has seemed comfortable, for the most part. Kentucky yearlings Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are still searching for traction.Ben Simmons of Philadelphia is the runaway leader for Rookie of the Year at the moment and he played only one year at LSU. But he was a one-and-undone, idled by injury last season, in which he gained another year on the calendar and lots of intel on how the NBA conducts itself. Besides, Simmons might have succeeded without that prep season. Some guys, such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker, don’t need the orientation.As Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game, they are the exceptions.“I don’t think Lonzo will be good, I think he’ll be great,” Rivers said. “His passing is contagious and it’s not a disease a lot of people have in this league.“But it’s hard for those guys who are playing against grown men, and grown men who know all the tricks of the trade. I remember when I was a rookie. I thought I was faster than everybody else, and they were all going so slow, and I still couldn’t catch up to what was going on. It’s going to take a while. But this will be known as a great draft five years from now.”Kyle Kuzma, the best Lakers’ rookie and a late first-round pick, was a three-year player at Utah. Rivers got excited when he saw Kuzma at rookie camp, and says the Lakers brain trust benefited from not seeing him before.“Magic (Johnson) and Rob (Pelinka) were new,” Rivers said. “All the scouts had all this baggage from his (Kuzma’s) college days. I really think that worked to the Lakers’ advantage.”Last year’s All-Rookie team included not one player who had jumped directly from college the year before. And the one-and-done mania might have caused Gonzaga’s Zach Collins and Creighton’s Justin Patton to make decisions they can’t take back. Collins is playing minimally for Portland, and Patton, with Minnesota, broke his foot in the NBA Summer League. North Carolina’s Tony Bradley and Indiana’s Ike Anigbogu are also at the end of benches in Utah and Indiana.Last year’s Rookie of the Year was Malcolm Brogdon, a four-year player from Virginia who was a second-round pick. He, too, was able to make his mistakes without worldwide scolding, and he came on as the season continued.The best hope for Ball is that he isn’t as judgmental as his world is.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more