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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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