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A ‘damning’ Mueller report on Russian collusion could be publicly released on Friday: national security expert

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A national security expert predicted amid reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report investigation is coming to a close that a “damning” report on Russia collusion may be submitted as early as Friday.

Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler noted in her Wednesday post that NBC News and CNN have both reported that sources close to the Justice Department said Attorney General Bill Barr is slated to announce the end of Mueller’s investigation as early as next week.

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“When most people think of ‘the Mueller report,'” Wheeler wrote, they think of the confidential, legally-required report he must submit to the attorney general at the conclusion of his investigation explaining his findings and methodology.

Though it’s unclear whether the final report submitted to Barr will ever see the light of day, another “report” is slated to be released by the week’s end — and will likely be public.

“Both Mueller and the defense have to submit a sentencing memo in Paul Manafort’s DC case Friday,” the national security expert noted.

“This sentencing memo presents an opportunity for Mueller to ‘report’ what they’ve found — at least with respect to all the criminal actions they know Manafort committed, including those he lied about while he was supposed to be cooperating — without anyone at DOJ or the White House suppressing the most damning bits,” Wheeler wrote.

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“DOJ won’t be able to weigh in because a sentencing memo is not a major action requiring an urgent memo to the Attorney General,” she wrote, adding that because Matthew Whitaker is no longer acting AG, “the White House will get no advance warning” because he’s not “reporting it up the chain.”

Mueller will have the opportunity to answer a number of outstanding questions about Manafort, including details about his “sleazy influence peddling,” his role in the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016, more information about his relationship to alleged Russian operative Konstantin Kilimnik and whether Trump offered to pardon him in exchange for his silence.

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‘Resistance’ liberals love the FBI and CIA — but history says they don’t love you back

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A freaky moment recently transpired on television. In a nonfiction adaptation of “American Horror Story,” Bill Maher, nominally a member of the liberal “Resistance,” led his audience and guests in applauding and paying tribute to the FBI and CIA. To her credit, panelist (and rival talk-show host) Krystal Ball remained stoic, refusing to bring her hands together or smile. But even she allowed the moment to pass without noting the obvious: The CIA and the FBI are two of the most anti-democratic and violent forces in the history of our country.

Maher’s weird and historically illiterate “tribute” to two organizations with endless résumés of human rights violations, political persecution of dissidents and overseas coups directed at democratic governments — not to mention stunning failure at the principal tasks of their mission — punctuated his declaration of gratitude for “our safety” since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The comedian and commentator then tried to dress this right-wing, jingoistic bromide in progressive drag by reminding the crowd that President Trump has “disrespected” both agencies.

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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