Con Ed, Michael Cohen, House Dems: 3 Stories You Should Read 12/28/2018
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In the category of: It’s about to be a whole different Universe in DC
A recent committee job posting reviewed by CNN asked for legislative counsels with a variety of expertise: “criminal law, immigration law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, commercial and administrative law (including antitrust and bankruptcy), or oversight work.”
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee needs lawyers, too, posting jobs for “executive branch investigative counsel.”
The advertisements give a window into the Democratic recruiting that’s ramped up ahead of the party gaining subpoena power for the first time in eight years when it takes over the House in January.
In the category of: Back to the Steele Dossier
If true, one of the most explosive parts of the Steele dossier might be confirmed. Is the pee tape next?
According to the latest McClatchy report, Cohen appeared to have briefly turned on his phone while in Prague, allowing foreign intelligence to track his whereabouts as he traveled through Europe. An Eastern European intelligence agency also reportedly overheard Russians discussing Cohen’s presence in Prague, according to two sources familiar with the information.
Jan Neumann, a former Russian intelligence agent, told McClatchy that Cohen’s entire trip could have been traced: “You can monitor and control cell phones in Europe same as you do it here in U.S.,” he said. “As long as the battery is physically located in the phone, even when it’s turned off, the mobile phone’s approximate location can be detected and tracked. Any attempt to use an app, to get mail, send texts, connect to a Wi-Fi network, your phone and your location will be detected.”
In the category of: It’s not supposed to look that way.
The sky was lit up in shades of blue visible as far as Manhattan and New Jersey. The tremors shook buildings and rattled windows, sending people running into the streets.
Residents reported temporary power outages.
Con Edison said Friday morning that all major transmission lines had been restored.
The incident temporarily closed LaGuardia Airport in Queens. No flights took off between 9:22 and 10:23 p.m. ET, according to FlightAware, a flight-tracking data company.
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