White House Considers Revoking Security Clearances; Tsarnaev Lawyers Want Death Penalty Tossed
By: BillOReilly.com StaffJuly 24, 2018
Here is the Daily Briefing for Tuesday, July 24, where we round up the day's biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.


White House Considers Revoking Security Clearances

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on congressional calls for former CIA Director John Brennan to lose his security. Sanders was asked Monday during the press briefing if the president will “call for the removal of former director Brennan’s security clearance.” Sanders said not only is the White House looking at stripping Brennan’s security clearance, they are looking at stripping the clearances of a wide range of officials. “Not only is the president looking to take away Brennan’s security clearance, he is also looking into the clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice, and McCabe,” Sanders said.


Tsarnaev Lawyers Want Death Penalty Tossed

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have flagged roughly 30 issues they plan to raise when he appeals his death sentence, according to a recent legal filing. Tsarnaev’s lawyers requested that the Aug. 20 deadline for filing their highly anticipated brief be pushed back to Nov. 18, citing their ongoing analysis of some 10,000 pages of transcripts in the case. Tsarnaev, 25, was convicted in 2015 for his role in the April 2013 Marathon bombings, which killed three people including an 8-year-old boy and wounded more than 260 others. He was sentenced to death and is currently incarcerated at a federal supermax prison in Colorado.


Cuomo Pardons Ex-Felons to Avoid Deportation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned seven people who had faced deportation because of crimes committed years ago. The Democrat announced the pardons on Monday, saying the state must protect its residents as the federal government wages what he calls an un-American assault on immigrants. The pardons are intended to prevent deportation or at least make it harder for federal immigration officials to proceed with the process. The governor's office says the seven people pardoned all turned their lives around following minor criminal convictions years ago. The list includes a 57-year-old man who was convicted of drug possession and intoxicated driving nearly 20 years ago and a 53-year-old man battling cancer who now faces deportation because of a 7-year-old conviction for attempted drug sales.


Poll: 56% Call Democrats Out of Step with Americans

A majority of respondents in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of registered voters said Democratic congressional candidates are out of step with most Americans. Asked whether Democratic candidates' approaches to the issues "are generally in the mainstream of most Americans' thinking, or are generally out of step with most Americans' thinking," 56 percent said they are "out of step" and just one-third said they are "in the mainstream." These figures are a marked swing from July 2016, when only 42 percent of respondents said Democratic congressional candidates were out of step and 48 percent said they were in the mainstream.


Feds Have 12 Audio Tapes Seized in Cohen Raid

Manhattan federal prosecutors now have 12 audio files seized in a raid on President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, including a 2016 chat between Cohen and Trump about hush money payments to an ex-Playboy model, according to the Post. Manhattan federal prosecutors on Monday received a dozen taped conversations involving Cohen on Monday, according to a court filing. Among the tapes turned over is a secretly recorded chat Cohen made between him and Trump two months before the presidential election, discussing payments to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to a person with knowledge of the tapes. The 1998 “Playmate of the Year” claims she had a 10-month affair with Trump more than a decade ago.


NFL, Players Association Freeze Anthem Rules Amid Talks

The NFL's two-month-old national anthem policy is on hold. After it was reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy, the league and the players union issued a joint statement saying the two sides are talking things out. "The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing," the statement read. "The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness, and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation."


First Lady Going on Road for ‘Be Best’ Children’s Campaign

First Lady Melania Trump is going on the road to promote her “Be Best” campaign to help children. The first lady planned to advocate for her campaign Tuesday in Tennessee during a visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville on what will be her first domestic trip to highlight the initiative. Mrs. Trump was to participate in a discussion about babies born addicted to drugs, tour a neonatal intensive care unit and visit with patients. A week after the first lady announced the initiative she was hospitalized for kidney surgery. The first lady did promote “Be Best,” which focuses on children’s well-being, social media use, and opioid abuse when she accompanied the president to London this month. She has also discussed it during surprise visits in the Washington area, including an unannounced visit to Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center in Washington last week.


Senator Orrin Hatch Tells Google: I'm Not Dead and Here's the Proof

Senator Orrin Hatch’s office had a surprising moment on Monday when they discovered the 84-year-old was listed by Google as having died in September 2017. Luckily, the senator and his team appeared to take the news of his untimely death well posting several messages to Google including one of the politician alive and well, reading the daily newspaper. “Hi @Google We might need to talk,” read a tweet from the senator’s office sharing a screenshot of the Google information, before throwing out a number of tweets offering proof of life for the Republican politician.


Wildfire in Greece Kills at Least 50 People

Wildfires raged through seaside resorts near the Greek capital, torching homes, cars and forests and killing at least 50 people, authorities said, raising the death toll Tuesday after finding 26 bodies believed to be family members huddled together, some of them hugging. Many tourists and residents fled toward the coastline to escape the ferocious flames and choking smoke. Authorities evacuated more than 700 people by sea overnight, said Merchant Marine deputy minister Nektarios Santorinios, whose ministry is in charge of the coast guard. But some didn’t make it to the beach. The head of Greece’s Red Cross, Nikos Oikonomopoulos, told Skai television that a Red Cross rescue team reported finding the 26 bodies in a compound northeast of Athens. In all, the death toll stood at 50 by Tuesday morning, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said.


Red Wine Could Have Radioactive Particles

If your favorite California red wine was made any time after 2011, it may contain trace amounts of radioactive particles — from a nuclear disaster in Japan. In a recent study, French nuclear physicists reported that they tested 18 bottles of rosé and cabernet sauvignon from the years 2009 to 2012 and found radioactive traces from the disaster, according to the study and The New York Times. The levels of contamination in bottles of rosé were lower than in red wines. However, the contamination level was still “extremely low.” The California Department of Public Health said in a statement to The New York Times that “there were no health and safety concerns to California residents.”


Tweets You Might Have Missed!

@LannyDavis, July 23: “Latest news @MichaelCohen212 tapes of conversations are being released by @realDonaldTrump & his legal team who own and waived the privilege. Will @RudyGiuliani call these tapes “exculpatory” again? As I noted before, the tapes will speak for themselves – spin can’t change facts.”


@RealDonaldTrump, July 24: “Countries that have treated us unfairly on trade for years are all coming to Washington to negotiate. This should have taken place many years ago but, as the saying goes, better late than never!”

@RealDonaldTrump, July 24: “Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. It’s as simple as that - and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the ‘piggy bank’ that’s being robbed. All will be Great!”


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