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Janet Napolitano slams Drudge: ‘He’s just wrong’

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano Tuesday laughed off attacks on her by The Drudge Report, saying that the conservative website was “just wrong” to suggest the government was overreaching in its efforts to keep Americans safe.

“I have my own nickname,” Napolitano told Politico’s Mike Allen. “It’s kind of a deal. You know that you’ve made it when you get your own nickname.”

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“I think my nickname is ‘Big Sis.’ And I don’t think [Matt Drudge] means it kindly, actually,” she added. “I think what he means is we are watching too much — kind of an Orwellian view. And he’s just wrong — he’s just wrong.”

The DHS secretary explained that her department’s privacy office took great care to prevent government overreaching.

“Madam Secretary, what I thought you were going to say — and why I really perked up — I thought you had a nickname for him,” Allen noted.

“Maybe,” Napolitano replied, laughing. “No, I think we should try to keep our discussion at a high level.”

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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report

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On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.

"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."

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FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon

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A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.

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Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.

Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.

A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.

"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.

"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.

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