September 8, 2017

Posted by orrinj at 8:16 PM


Russia claims 'Islamic State' group leaders killed in Syria airstrike  (Deutsche-Welle, 9/08/17)

Russia's Ministry of Defense said on Friday four prominent leaders of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) group have been killed in an airstrike outside the city of Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria.

Posted by orrinj at 7:15 PM


Mueller gives White House names of 6 aides he expects to question in Russia probe (Carol D. Leonnig, Rosalind S. Helderman and Ashley Parker September 8, 2017, Washington Post)

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has alerted the White House that his team will probably seek to interview six top current and former advisers to President Trump who were witnesses to several episodes relevant to the investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the request.

Mueller's interest in the aides, including trusted adviser Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus, reflects how the probe that has dogged Trump's presidency is starting to penetrate a closer circle of aides around the president.

Each of the six advisers was privy to important internal discussions that have drawn the interest of Mueller's investigators, including his decision in May to fire FBI Director James B. Comey and the White House's initial inaction following warnings that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had withheld information from the public about his private discussions in December with Russia's ambassador to the United States, according to people familiar with the probe.

Posted by orrinj at 3:38 PM


Braves apologize for playing 'Rock You Like a Hurricane' during series against Marlins (Ted Berg, September 8, 2017,

The Atlanta Braves have been known to playfully troll opposing players and teams with music choices at their home stadium, but an innocent mistake in Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins crossed the line: With Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida, the SunTrust Park P.A. system played the Scorpions' horrible 1984 anthem Rock You Like a Hurricane between innings.