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JUST GETTING STARTED: Trump Says FBI Attorney’s Guilty Plea ‘the Beginning’ of FISA Abuse Fallout Hannity

President Trump weighed-in Friday on a former FBI attorney’s plan to plead guilty to charges he made false statements during the agency’s Russia-FISA scandal; calling the move “just the beginning” of a long process. “That’s just the beginning, I would imagine. This… what happened should never happen again,” Trump said at a White House briefing Friday afternoon. “You’ll be hearing more.”. “The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third ... Full story

South Africa crime rate plummets during lockdown

Image caption The police force has attributed the drop in crime to a controversial alcohol ban. Crime in South Africa dropped by up to 40% during the first three months of its lockdown, official figures show. The police minister said most types of crimes went down between April and June - including sexual assault and arson. He added that a controversial alcohol ban during the coronavirus lockdown had helped, but that attacks on liquor stores ... Full story

Dolly Parton: 'Of course black lives matter!'

US country music star Dolly Parton has come out in support of Black Lives Matter, in a rare comment on politics. She told Billboard Magazine: "Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!". With a broad fan base that spans the right and the left, the singer generally eschews political subjects. Her comments come amid a nationwide reckoning on race that has impacted all of US society, including country music. Although Ms ... Full story

Exclusive: China ramps up U.S. oil purchases ahead of trade deal review - sources

NEW YORK/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil shipments to China will rise sharply in coming weeks, U.S. traders and shipbrokers and Chinese importers said, as the world’s top economies gear up to review a January deal after a prolonged trade war. FILE PHOTO: A seagoing barge is loaded with crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale formation at the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, April 10, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Abate. Chinese state-owned oil firms have ... Full story

Poland offers new support for Belarus civil society, media

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will seek to support its neighbour Belarus by opening its borders and labour market while providing financial support to civil society after a violent crackdown on post-election protests, the Polish prime minister said on Friday, A demonstrator shouts during a march in solidarity with Belarusian people after results of presidential election, outside the Belarusian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, August 14, 2020. ... Full story

Opinion covid-19. The rest of us don’t have that luxury. Washington Post

Congress, I get it. You’re tired. You wanted to go on recess. You’re talking about coming back in September to finish your negotiations when you have to pass a spending bill. Well, we’re all tired — nurses and doctors and other health-care workers. Public health officials. The nation’s slowly growing contact-tracing team , now 50,000 strong. School principals and superintendents who are making the hardest decisions of their lives. Kids who ... Full story

Lawyer who took on Chevron in Ecuador is disbarred in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steven Donziger, the American lawyer who spent more than two decades suing Chevron Corp over pollution in the Ecuadorian rain forest, has been disbarred in New York by a state appeals court. FILE PHOTO: Attorney Steven Donziger speaks with reporters outside the United States Court of Appeals in New York City April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo. Nine years ago, Donziger had won a $9.5 billion judgment against ... Full story

U.S. prosecutors probe ex-NASA official, Boeing over space contract: sources

WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether NASA’s former head of human spaceflight gave Boeing Co ( BA.N ) improper guidance during a lucrative lunar-lander contract competition, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: The Department of Justice (DOJ) logo is pictured on a wall in New York December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri. The Justice Department has sent ... Full story

Berkshire slashes Wells Fargo, JPMorgan stakes; adds Barrick Gold

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc ( BRKa.N ) said on Friday it has sold shares of some of the largest U.S. banks, slashing its stakes in Wells Fargo & Co ( WFC.N ) and JPMorgan Chase & Co ( JPM.N ) and exiting an investment in Goldman Sachs Group Inc ( GS.N ). FILE PHOTO: Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett walks through the exhibit hall as shareholders gather to hear from the billionaire investor at Berkshire Hathaway ... Full story

Russian doctors wary of rapidly approved COVID-19 vaccine, survey shows

FILE PHOTO: A handout photo provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) shows samples of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, in Moscow, Russia August 6, 2020. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)/Handout via REUTERS. MOSCOW (Reuters) - A majority of Russian doctors would not feel comfortable being injected with Russia’s new COVID-19 ... Full story