Former CIA director Michael Hayden believes the intelligence community is facing greater challenges than before, including from within our own government. His new book, "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies," argues that a number of forces – including the Trump White House – make the work of intelligence officers harder but more important than ever. Appearing on "CBS This Morning" Monday, the retired Air Force general who ran the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005, and led the CIA under President George W. Bush and through the start of the Obama administration, was asked whether he believed South Korea's claim that the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was now prepared to give up its nuclear program under certain conditions. "Look, I want to be hopeful, [but] the profession demands me to be realistic," Hayden said. "We have been pretty much at this exact spot three other times under three other … [Read more...] about Former CIA director Hayden: Objective reality “doesn’t seem to be compelling” for Trump
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Sandra Bernhard is not your ordinary woman, or stand-up comic – or ordinary anything.Soon, you can see the caustic comedian on the rebooted television hit “Roseanne,” returning to her role as Nancy, the hipster lesbian. But there’s no need to wait; she’ll be at The American Theatre in Hampton on Saturday.Putting Sandra Bernhard on Main Street in Phoebus is a bit like putting a shark in a goldfish bowl. And this shark has teeth. She bit me three decades ago at the Orpheum Theater in New York. Not literally, but, well, read on.The Sandy I talked to by phone the other day was mellower, at least by her standards. She said her show will not in any way be political. Of course, this was just a couple of weeks after she denounced all Caucasian women who voted for the current president of the United States as (1) incapable of thinking for themselves, (2) dominated by their husbands, or (3) intimidated by the intelligence of Hillary Clinton.She’s always had a … [Read more...] about You can count on Sandra Bernhard to be unpredictable; show is Saturday in Hampton
Opinion Mark Armstrong in action at the Colchester Half Marathon. Picture: Sussex Sport Photography Sussex Sport Photography.com 2018 If you don’t listen to your body then there are likely to be consequences, as Mark Armstrong is finding out I’ve been greedy in more ways than one recently. For a start, a large part of my paternity leave was spent eating cake with the justification that I needed the sugar to cope with the broken sleep that inevitably comes with a newborn. But coupled with this, I’ve been struggling to let go of the training regime in the run-up to the Colchester Half Marathon last month. The start of the year was all geared to running a half marathon and Neil Featherby’s programme ensured that I peaked at just the right time to knock more than nine minutes off my personal best. The difficulty is I just can’t let it go. I’m struggling to loosen my grip on the relatively intense training and the fitness I built up over the past few … [Read more...] about Running column: The post event blues are real for Mark Armstrong…and why is rest such a dirty word to runners?
"I lost everything. I lost my health. I became diabetic, addicted to alcohol and suffered from depression," she tells The Local. "I had two daughters aged six and eight years old and I basically had a nervous breakdown.I lost my relationship with my partner. I couldn't take care of my children and I can't tell you how upsetting that was to me." Belinda Mullinix (pictured in centre below with her two daughters) believes the accountant, the property owner and the barmaid who sued her for lost wages, who were all British expats, were all in on the stitch up. For Helen Wood the impact of losing their savings to a rogue tradesman was similarly distressing. "I felt so guilty. I was heartbroken and it still upsets me," says Helen, who lost over €11,000. "We had worked so hard for that money. And it was like someone had held us up at gunpoint and stolen our life savings." "There was anger and embarrassment. I thought I had done the right thing and I was ashamed of what had … [Read more...] about How foreigners in France fall victim to being conned by fellow expats
Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. In an early morning tweet exactly one year and 77 days into his presidency, Donald Trump on Sunday finally criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin by name.Story Continued Below It took a chemical weapons attack in Syria by Putin’s ally (“Animal Assad,” in Trumpian twitter-speak) and gruesome pictures of dead children to prompt the criticism. But the belated rebuke of Putin was short and cryptic enough that it seemed to underscore the strange mystery of why Trump, while allowing his government to pursue an increasingly confrontational series of policies aimed at countering Russia, has never publicly disavowed his oft-stated admiration for the strongman leader who ordered his spies to intervene in the U.S. election on Trump’s behalf. Tweet or no tweet, as Trump now contemplates a retaliatory strike on Putin’s Syrian partner, it’s more clear than ever that Russia … [Read more...] about Trump vs Putin? Time to Be ‘Scared’