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#5 G.O.P. Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trump Plays the Shutdown CardG.O.P. Faces Another Midterm Threat as Trump Plays the Shutdown Card

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#6 Giuliani is wrong about Cohen’s value as a witness

In April, Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, called Michael Cohen — Trump's former personal attorney — a "good man." In May, Giuliani called Cohen an "honest, honorable lawyer."

Now, Giuliani calls Cohen an "incredible liar" who has "been lying for years" and has a "tremendous motive to lie now." Giuliani doesn't see "how [Cohen] has any credibility."

Another statement was less insulting but among the most disingenuous: Giuliani called Cohen "the kind of witness who can really destroy a whole case."

He's also exactly the kind of cooperating witness who could make a case and one Giuliani gladly would have embraced when he was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Rudy Giuliani knows, as a former top prosecutor, that often the only witnesses to crimes are the criminals themselves (PDF). As a prolific prosecutor of the Mafia, Giuliani knows that organized crime leaders use underlings to carry out their will. To take down criminal organizations, it is necessary to turn criminals at the bottom against those at the top.

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#7 MH370 investigators say they cannot rule out ‘unlawful interference’

Investigators probing the MH370 mystery today said they cannot rule out the possibility it was hijacked as they released a 400-page report into the disappearance of the doomed flight.

Officials said the plane, which went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 on board had diverted from its flight path manually rather than due to a mechanical fault while 'interference by a third party' could not be excluded. 

But angry families of those on board remain without definitive answers to one of aviation's greatest mysteries after experts said they are still unable to say why exactly the Boeing 777 disappeared. 

Years of investigations have found no firm evidence as to what happened to the Malaysia Airlines plane.

This morning, families of missing passengers said the Malaysian government's final report on the aircraft had no new findings and officials said they were 'unable to determine the real reason for the disappearance'.

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#8 Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years

Federal air marshals have for years been quietly monitoring small numbers of U.S. air passengers and reporting on in-flight behavior considered suspicious, even if those individuals have no known terrorism links, the Transportation Security Administration said on Sunday.

Under a sensitive, previously undisclosed program called “Quiet Skies,” the TSA has since 2010 tasked marshals to identify passengers who raise flags because of travel histories or other factors and conduct secret observations of their actions — including behavior as common as sweating heavily or using the restroom repeatedly — as they fly between U.S. destinations. 

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The Boston Globe first revealed the existence of the Quiet Skies program on Sunday. In response to questions, TSA spokesman James O. Gregory offered more details of the program’s origins and goals, comparing it to other law enforcement activities that ask officers to closely monitor individuals or areas vulnerable to crime.

“We are no different than the cop on the corner who is placed there because there is an increased possibility that something might happen,” Gregory said. “When you’re in a tube at 30,000 feet . . . it makes sense to put someone there.”

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