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Mike Flynn got an Israeli intelligence file on Obama on his last day as national security adviser

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It’s been nearly 18 months since Michael Flynn left the White House, but revelations about the disgraced former national security adviser continue to show the depth of his role in the Trump administration.

In a New Yorker article about Israel’s use of President Donald Trump to further its political ends in the Middle East, reporter Adam Entous described a peculiar anecdote that he later clarified on Twitter involving the controversial ex-adviser.

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“On February 13, 2017, the day that Michael Flynn was forced out as national-security adviser, [Israel’s US ambassador] Ron Dermer went to the White House to try to arrange for Trump to sign secret documents, as other Presidents had done, which the Israelis saw as an American commitment not to ask them to give up their undeclared nuclear arsenal,” the report noted. “He asked to meet privately with Flynn. Aides told Dermer that he could not dictate whom he wanted to meet with. (It turned out that Flynn had urgent business to attend to: writing his resignation letter.)”

Earlier in the report, Entous wrote more generally about the intelligence summary that Israelis wanted to give to the White House.

“A few weeks after Trump’s Inauguration, Dermer and other Israeli officials visited the White House to share a summary of Israel’s intelligence documenting the alleged role of Obama Administration officials in the settlements resolution,” the report read. “The Israelis also provided the Americans, through ‘intelligence channels,’ with some of their underlying intelligence reports on the U.S. role.”

On Twitter, Entous reported that Israel provided the intelligence to Flynn on his last day as national security adviser. The following day, Flynn was ousted amid growing controversy surrounding his contacts with Russian officials.

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Entous also noted in his report that in spite of Israel’s role as a “client state” of the US, “Israeli officials said that their intelligence on the Obama Administration’s alleged activities was not based on direct spying on the Americans.”

“The United States spies on Israel, but Israel claims that it doesn’t spy on the United States,” the report continued. “U.S. officials dispute that claim and consider Israel to be one of the United States’ biggest counterintelligence threats.”

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‘I’ll be darned!’ Rick Perry — who oversees US nukes — fooled by Instagram hoax

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Energy secretary Rick Perry, who oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal, fell for an Instagram hoax, along with several celebrities.

The poorly worded "legal" notice is similar to viral hoaxes that have circulated for years on Facebook, which owns Instagram, warning that the social media company will make all its users' photos and messages public.

Instagram isn't changing its privacy policy, according to its chief executive Adam Mosseri.

If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true - learn more here: https://t.co/Qy102zMQCm

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Has anything changed since Burning Man’s sex assault and labor issues were exposed?

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The last weekend in August marks the start of Burning Man, a week-long, festival in the Nevada desert consisting of freewheeling performance art, fanciful costumes, and a lot of drugs. The anarchic party with more than 50,000 attendees constitutes a pilgrimage for many attendees, lured by the promise of leaving the “default world” behind in exchange for a transformative or even spiritual experience.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Truckers are facing a ‘bloodbath’ in their industry — and it’s turning many in the pro-Trump group against him: report

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The political trends in trucking are not insignificant. According to the American Trucking Associations, there were an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in 2018. RTS Financial has found that there are 7.4 million jobs total “tied to the trucking industry.” And Business Insider reported that nearly 90 percent of truckers are registered voters, higher than the general population.

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