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‘Pissed off’ Mike Pompeo’s war against leakers gets leaked to the press

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Donald Trump’s new secretary of state is going to war with people leaking stories to the press — a claim that was itself leaked to the press on Friday.

Axios reported Friday that officials inside the State Department say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has enlisted the help of department spokesperson Heather Nauert to crack down on leakers. Some State staffers, Axios noted, feel the move is “heavy-handed” and “unwarranted.”

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One such leak to the website includes a meeting Nauert held about department leaks after the Associated Press confirmed rumors that the leader of a special unit overseeing Islamic State created during the Obama administration was to remain employed at State.

Details about the meeting included that Pompeo was “pissed off” about stories leaked by department officials, including the AP’s story on IS special envoy Brett McGurk and “another about slow-rolling Palestinian funding.” The report also noted the department is interviewing “suspected leakers.”

Another of Axios’ sources broke with the department’s conceit that such details are “classified” — or are even leaks at all.

“It’s not leaks; it’s not classified info.It’s reporters confirming what they got from overseas sources,” the source told Axios. “If you’re going to do it, don’t do it in a meeting about leaks that promptly leaks.

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“They didn’t learn their lesson when the White House did this?” the source continued.

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Holocaust survivor’s son rips Netanyahu ‘shill’ Trump: ‘Opposing Israel’s right-wing government isn’t anti-semitic — you are’

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Hey Donald Trump, apparently you want to mix it up with me, son of a Holocaust survivor because I don’t agree that Israel—another sovereign nation—should be able to act as an oppressive occupier of Arab-owned land.

I’m not impressed with your offensive but limp, stupid statements about “Jewish Democrats” all because you think it plays well with your re-election campaign. You want a piece of me, bring it. You have done enough to piss me off.

Even given an extra day of reporter questions to suggest that you had missteps in accusing Jewish Democrats who don’t back the kowtowing policies of right-leaning Benjamin Netanyahu to remain as Israeli prime minister, you doubled down.

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A corporate land and water grab is happening in Utah — and the Trump administration isn’t doing anything to stop it

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Citadel Ruins at Bears Ears

A company wants to mine sand in southern Utah about 10 miles from Zion National Park to use for fracking and has signed contracts to buy more than 391 million gallons of water a year from a nearby city and a water district.

Environmental groups and an animal sanctuary are trying to block improvements to an 0.81-mile unpaved Utah county road in Kane County about 10 miles northwest of Kanab, Utah, on federal land that the business, Southern Red Sands LLC, would need to operate. The Bureau of Land Management is considering the request.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance said the project “will likely have significant, negative environmental impacts.” An endangered snail found only in the Grand Canyon and in small ponds near the proposed mine could be harmed.

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Trump is either descending into madness — or intentionally undermining American national security

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Whenever Donald Trump says or tweets a remark that embarrasses our country before the world, conventional analysis suggests that it is yet another consequence of his infantile narcissism. So we were told again when the president of the United States insulted Denmark, one of the founding nations of NATO and a dedicated American ally, by canceling his scheduled trip to meet with the Danish prime minister -- supposedly because she had deemed his scheme to buy Greenland "absurd," which, of course, it is.

He originally requested to visit Denmark, which made his abrupt, petulant cancelation all the more insulting to the Danes. The usual anonymous sources explained that he had other reasons to break the date, such as his aversion to flying overseas and his aversion to Barack Obama, who is also scheduled to visit Denmark next month.

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