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Trump urges Republicans to block bills that extend FISA provisions



Trump urges Republicans to block bills that extend FISA provisions

President Trump on Tuesday urged Republicans to oppose laws that extend the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Oversight Act, citing violations of the law against his 2016 campaign.

“I hope all Republican Members choose NOT in FISA until our country is able to determine how and why the biggest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in US history took place!” Trump write on Twitter.

Trump’s call to action is a boon for privacy advocates on both sides, who for years have faced narrow defeats on measures to hold government oversight. But with Republicans in the minority in the House of Representatives, they will need support from left-wing Democrats who also want to change the bill passed by the Senate. If the bill is changed, it will return to the Senate.

The bill was negotiated in part by Attorney General Bill Barr and endorsed the Senate 80-16 this month after the senators refused by one vote to protect US internet search records from collecting without securities. With 59 votes support and a supporter, Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, was absent, the provision failed.

Last week, Trump told The Post during a press conference on Capitol Hill that during the Senate negotiations, “I deliberately said so [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch [McConnell], you go and do what you want. “

But Trump added: “There is nothing more abused than Trump … so I will study it very much.”

On Tuesday, before Trump urged Republican opposition, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in response to a question from The Post at a press conference, “Whatever FISA thinks about presidents, they are real, they are private, and they must be considered when we move forward to reauthorize this valuable tool. “

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Trump faces pressure that is divided in the Republican Party. Some allies, including Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, hoped Trump would block the bill, although Paul said he did not have much hope after discussing the issue with Trump.

“I think he is sympathetic to the idea that we need more reform but basically we don’t have a voice,” Paul said last week. “I think he should [veto the bill], but I don’t think he will. “

It is unclear whether Trump’s request for further review of violations of his campaign will take a more specific form. The Senate Judiciary Committee led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has reviewed the Russian FBI investigation, although Graham has opposed Trump’s call to call former President Barack Obama as a witness.

On Tuesday, Trump swore in the new national intelligence director, former Rep. Texas John Ratcliffe. In one of his last acts, outgoing intelligence director Ric Grenell declared a transcript from former Trump advisor Michael Flynn in a December 2016 call with then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to FBI agents including Peter Strzok about the summons, although he argues that he did not intentionally lie and the Department of Justice has moved to dismiss the case without finding a valid reason to interview Flynn.

Trump’s defenders specifically refused to “unmask” Flynn’s identity under FISA by Obama administration officials, as well as the FBI withholding information from the FISA court in an application to oversee Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carter Page.

An investigation by special advisor Robert Mueller finally found no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

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FISA became law after Watergate controlled government oversight. This sets out surveillance for surveillance of suspected spies and terrorists, but privacy advocates say it is not enough. In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the FISA court routinely approved the collection of records of domestic telephone calls from telephone companies, which Congress ended in 2015.

Delayed law reform requires the attorney general to sign the oversight of government officials, and open the door for additional outside expert testimony before the FISA court, where only government lawyers are generally represented.

Paul said last week the pending bill would allow authorities to use FISA to “investigate the presidential election, which is a terrible, terrible injustice, and we must try to prevent it.”

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Who is Paulo Bento, the Portuguese coach from South Korea who coached Cruzeiro?



The coach commanded the Portuguese national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and left the South Korean national team after being eliminated in Qatar.

Portuguese coach Paulo Bento qualified South Korea for the playoffs of the World Cup, something the team had not achieved since 2010, when the South Korean team reached the 1/8 finals of this championship. But 4-1 rout against Brazil as a result, shortened the path of the Asian team, as well as put an end to the work of Paulo Sousa in the national team.

Paulo Bento started his career as a coach with the youth team of Sporting Clube Portugal in 2004. At the club, he commanded the youth team for two seasons, winning the junior national tournament in his first year. Incidentally, the coach took over the first team shortly after he announced his retirement as a player.

Given his prominence in the youth categories, Paulo was chosen to replace José Peseiro, who was eliminated in European competition, in the professional team of Sporting CP for the 2005 season./2006.

Professionally, Bento was runner-up for four seasons in a row in the Portuguese Championship. Despite this, the coach won two Portuguese Cups and two Candido de Oliveira Super Cups. On November 6, 2009, the coach resigned.

Having distinguished himself at Sporting, Paulo Bento was announced as Portugal’s coach on 21 September 2010 after the World Cup in South Africa, where the then-champion Spain was selected in the round of 16.


In qualifying, the coach managed to show good results in the first games, plus, of course, take Portugal to the semi-finals of Euro 2012, taking off from Spain on penalties. Having stood out in competitions, the coach extended the contract until Euro 2016.

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However, after losing to Albania in qualifying for Euro 2016, the coach could not resist and was fired in September 2014. The unsuccessful campaign at the World Cup of the same year in Brazil also affected.

After the Portugal national team, Paulo Bento returned to Brazil in May 2016, but this time to coach the Cruzeiro club. With a contract until December 2017, the coach made his debut in the second round of the Brasileirão the same year.

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However, Bento only lasted 17 matches in power with six wins, three draws and eight losses, leaving the team in second-to-last place in the tournament.

On 11 August 2016, the coach was announced as the new commander of Olympiacos, Greece, where he remained until 6 March 2017, winning the Greek title. Following this, Paulo Bento was announced as Chongqing Dangdai of China leading the team for only 15 matches.

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On August 16, 2018, Paulo Bento was announced as the new coach of South Korea following the departure of Shin Tae-yong, who lost in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

As part of the South Korean national team, the coach has 55 wins, 12 draws and eight losses, having won the East Asian Cup title and classified the team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. After being knocked out against Brazil in the 1/8 finals, the Portuguese announced his retirement from the national team.

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Pioli ‘pulls’ Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese ‘must make a dash’



Pioli 'pulls' Leao by the ears and says the Portuguese 'must make a dash'

FROMTefano Pioli, Milan coach, gave an interview on the Italian radio program Sky Calcio Club on Sunday in which he talked about Rafael Leao’s participation in the 2022 Mundial, a test in which the Portuguese striker was a replacement for Fernando Santos. ‘, indicating that he has been talking to his player over the past few days.

“If we talk? They have an obligation to call me at the end of the game. He is happy because Portugal is doing well. It is clear that he would like to play more. I can take advantage of this for a contract extension,” said Pioli, who also spoke about the Portuguese’s renewal process.

“He is fine with us and management and Rafael are talking. We are waiting for good news,” the Transalpine coach fired.

Looking at his player’s short playing time at this 2022 World Cup, Pioli admitted that Rafael Leau would like to have more playing time for the national team, but hinted that the Portuguese striker is not unhappy.

“If he plays a little? It’s hard to judge because Portugal has a very high quality team. Rafael is happy because Portugal is having a good World Cup, but there is a lot of quality and competitiveness in the attacking sector of the Portuguese team. “, – stressed the coach of the Italian, who also left a small warning to Rafael Leau.

“When you see him in training, you immediately understand that he has incredible potential. He has technique and speed that few others have. Over the course of a period, he had to develop and adapt to the reality at Milan, where the pressure is different from what he is. he was in Lille. It took time, but his potential to become a great player was always there. But he still needs to make the leap to become a champion because he can be even more decisive in the opponent’s zone,” he stressed.

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“If you think about Rafael from two years ago, he has made tremendous progress. He’s missing a few things, but he’s smart and approachable. I can give him all the ideas he wants, but his talent must be left free. should improve his heading, given his physique,” he concluded.

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Portugal, nuts and the Portuguese consumer: a successful trilogy



Portugal, nuts and the Portuguese consumer: a successful trilogy

Nuts have become part of a limited group of Portuguese agri-food sectors that manage to achieve much-desired food self-sufficiency. In the case of almonds it is 170% and in the case of chestnuts it is 116% in relation to the national consumption.

The value of Portuguese agricultural production in 2021 was 9.6 billion euros, representing a growth rate of 14.6% compared to 2020, and therefore it is fair to say that dried fruits today, with a production of 80,000 tons and exports reaching 100 million euros contributed. to this success.

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