Amazon under federal investigation over Iran-linked sales, including to person on terrorism list

Under federal investigation for possibly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran, Amazon has admitted to selling consumer goods to at least one person on the government’s black list of people and entities associated with terrorism. In its quarterly financial report filed July 28, the Seattle e-commerce giant revealed that it had sold about $300 worth of consumer goods to someone designated under Executive Order 13224, which covers people and entities believed to be terrorists or supporters of terrorism. A February regulatory filing from Amazon noted another sale or group of sales to a person covered under that counter-terrorism order, amounting to $1,300. It was unclear whether that customer was the same as the person mentioned in the latest filing, or whether the person or people named in the executive order are linked to Iran.

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http://www.siliconbeat.com/2017/07/28/amazon-under-federal-investigation-over-iran-linked-sales-including-to-person-on-anti-terror-list/

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Analysis: Can a president at war with both Republicans and Democrats govern?

From the start of his unconventional campaign two years ago, Trump has been more of a populist than a Republican, from his combative style to his protectionist stance on trade. His ability to reach voters drawn by his personal appeal rather than his party affiliation has been a source of political strength and possibility in a nation where allegiance to both Republicans and Democrats has eroded.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/30/analysis-can-president-without-party-govern/523535001/

Venezuela: more than 8 million grant government more power

AP account You are following AP Top News Sports Entertainment Oddities Travel Technology Lifestyle Business U.S. News Health Science International News Politics Add more topics Trending Donald Trump New York Crime Russia Shootings North Carolina Michael Pence Florida Fires Alabama Caracas International News Venezuela Latin America Caribbean Nicolas Maduro Constitutions AP Top News Venezuela: more than 8 million grant government more power By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Today https://apnews.com/2c4a82f24baf407fb22322f2c96c4470 Link copied! CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted Sunday to create a constitutional assembly endowing President Nicolas Maduro’s ruling socialist party with virtually unlimited powers — a report more than double the estimates of independent experts and opposition leaders who met the announcement with fury and derision. National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena announced just before midnight that turnout was 41.53 percent, or 8,089,320 people. Members of the opposition said they believed between 2 million and 3 million people voted and one well-respected independent analysis put the number at 3.6 million.

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https://apnews.com/2c4a82f24baf407fb22322f2c96c4470/Venezuelans-appear-to-abstain-from-government-vote

Low energy LED lightbulbs could be giving us all headaches | Daily Mail Online

Energy-saving lightbulbs could be giving us all headaches as they flicker too much. LED bulbs can bring on feelings of dizziness and pain within just 20 minutes of switching them on, an expert has warned. Professor Arnold Wilkins, professor of psychology at the University of Essex, said the flickering of the unpopular lights is stronger than for traditional lightbulbs. While fluorescent lights, such as those in offices, dim by around 35 per cent with every flicker, LED lights dim by 100 per cent. It means they effectively turn off and on again hundreds of times every second. This can cause headaches by disrupting movement control of the eyes, forcing the brain to work harder. Flickering LED bulbs could double the chances of suffering a headache, based on previous research.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4739766/Low-energy-LED-lightbulbs-giving-HEADACHES.html

Saudi Arabia says that calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister called what he said was Qatar’s demand for an internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday, but Qatar said it never made such a call. “Qatar’s demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom,” Adel al-Jubeir was quoted saying on Al Arabiya’s website.

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https://ca.news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-says-calls-internationalization-holy-sites-declaration-141740362.html

ISIS fighter’s wife reveals plight of teenage brides | Daily Mail Online

Physics student Islam Mitat was a bright young woman with the world at her feet. Aged 20, the pretty, fashion-obsessed brunette had been married for three months when her British husband, Ahmed, told her that he had a surprise for her. He said he was applying for papers that would allow her to live in the UK. Mitat was overjoyed. She couldn’t wait to start a new life with 25-year-old Ahmed, the polite, charming businessman she’d met on a dating website and who had visited her home in Morocco to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4743216/ISIS-fighter-s-wife-reveals-plight-teenage-brides.html

Next Up for GOP Congress: Raising the Debt Ceiling – WSJ

Republicans are leaving town for an August recess after a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When they return in September, they’ll have just 12 working days to avert another big problem. In a letter to lawmakers Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the federal borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, needed to be raised by Sept. 29 or the government risked running out of money to pay its bills. The Treasury Department has been employing cash-conservation measures since March, when borrowing hit the formal ceiling of nearly $20 trillion. Those measures are expected to run out in early to mid-October. When they do, the government won’t have money to pay interest on debt, write Social Security checks or make millions of other routine payments, unless it can tap credit markets for borrowing to raise additional cash. Missing payments could send financial markets in a tailspin.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/next-up-for-gop-congress-raising-the-debt-ceiling-1501433026

Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests | TheHill

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed. “We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats. The letter was provided to The Hill from a source in the intelligence community.

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http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/344226-intelligence-chairman-accuses-obama-aides-of-hundreds-of-unmasking

Majority of civilian oversight body wants L.A. County sheriff to stop flying drone – LA Times

The aircraft was unveiled by the Sheriff’s Department in January and has been deployed four times, mostly in search-and-rescue missions. The department has said the 20-inch-long unmanned aircraft system, which cost $10,000, would strictly be used in high-risk tactical operations — such as fires, bomb detection and hostage situations — and not for surveillance.

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sheriff-drones-20170727-story.html

Steve Bannon has a shadow press office. It may violate federal law. | Center for Public Integrity

The unorthodox setup means Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, is potentially violating the Antideficiency Act, which provides that federal employees “may not accept voluntary services for [the] government or employ personal services exceeding that authorized by law.” The revelations about Preate’s work are the latest controversy to embroil the White House Communications Office, which is reeling from a series of high-profile resignations, firings and leadership changes in recent days.

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https://www.publicintegrity.org/2017/07/27/21014/steve-bannon-has-shadow-press-office-it-may-violate-federal-law