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REVEALED: Michael Flynn would have required additional vetting under Trump than what Spicer claimed Obama did

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Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn’s position as the National Security Advisor would have required additional vetting for his top secret clearance, but it’s unclear if President Donald Trump’s administration did it.

Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer blamed former President Barack Obama’s administration for giving a security clearance to Flynn but Flynn’s top clearance was revoked when he was “allowed to retire” in 2014. Any additional access would have come at the request of Trump or never happened at all.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto reported that Flynn was warned to stop taking foreign money, but he didn’t. He also revealed that Flynn would have received additional vetting in his new position.

“The most senior national security officials go through additional vetting when they take positions in the White House,” Sciutto said. “That the responsibility of the new administration. The Trump administration.”

If Spicer was correct and the Trump administration didn’t vet Flynn because he had been vetted under Obama in 2015 it reveals either incompetence or culpability. If Flynn was vetted it raises questions as to why the Trump administration found it acceptable for Flynn to break the rules and possibly even the law.

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The Pentagon announced this week that it’ll do additional probes into Flynn.


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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down wheelie-popping black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a black teenager, struck his bicycle and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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