*Comey Asked for Money for Russia Probe Days Before Dismissal
Recently fired FBI Director James Comey asked just days ago for a significant increase in money and personnel for a probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election, The New York Times reports. Comey had a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, during which he asked for the expanded resources. Rosenstein wrote the Department of Justice memo that was cited in the decision to fire Comey, which was announced by the White House on Tuesday evening. Comey had also reportedly briefed members of Congress on his request before he was dismissed. According to a spokeswoman, the DOJ denies the report.
*Putin: Trump Fired Comey in ‘Accordance With His Law’
Russian President Vladimir Putin told CBS News on Wednesday in Moscow that President Donald Trump “is acting in accordance with his competence, in accordance with his law” in response to a question about the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Putin said the firing would not affect U.S.-Russian relations. “We had nothing to do with it,” Putin said. —- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBhO1M4wtv0
*Gitmo Inmate to Testify on Torture
Guantánamo detainee Abu Zubaydah is expected to testify Wednesday on the prolonged torture he says he was subjected to at CIA black sites. The testimony is a precursor to his long-delayed trial for war-crimes charges connected to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The pretrial hearing has been organized under the military commission system. Zubaydah, also known as Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, is just one of five Guantánamo inmates who will be heard at the impending trial. During his hearing, he will address the dispute over conditions at Gitmo’s Camp 7, the highest-security branch at the military prison where “high-value detainees” like Zubaydah—and others who stand accused of organizing the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—are held. The 46-year-old Palestinian, who wears an eye patch after a “disputed” incident during his CIA captivity in Thailand, has not been seen in public since his arrest 15 years ago in Pakistan. He was once believed to be al Qaeda’s third-ranking leader, but that assessment was found to be exaggerated. Other aspects of his torture are not dispute, including that he endured at least 80 rounds of waterboarding in one month and was kept inside a coffin-size box without clothes.
*Spicer Hid From Reporters in White House Bushes
Sean Spicer hid in the bushes to avoid reporters for “several minutes” Tuesday night after FBI Director James Comey was unexpectedly fired, The Washington Post reports. Spicer emerged from the shrubbery and only agreed to answer questions as long as he wasn’t being filmed. Spicer then denied President Trump’s involvement in the decision to fire Comey, saying he only did so at the behest of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Other than that, Spicer deferred to the Department of Justice on most questions, including whether Sessions was involved and why Trump didn’t fire Comey weeks or months earlier. Spicer also claimed there is no need for a special prosecutor to continue the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government in interfering in the presidential election. “There is clearly at this point no evidence of a reason to do that,” Spicer said. “You have a system that’s working.”
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*Dr. Jay Grossman, Brentwood Dentist, Responds to Dental Anxiety Statistics
It is estimated that 15% of Americans, which is nearly 40,000,000 people, suffer from dental anxiety. Odontophobia (the correct medical term) is a serious condition that increases the sufferer’s risk of gum gingivitis, tooth decay and oral cancer, simply because they avoid going to the dentist unless it’s absolutely neccessary – and a proportion of these, who are known as dentally phobic, never go at all, choosing to endure the pain of cavities and chipped or broken teeth rather than take their chances in the dentist’s chair. Dr. Jay GrossmanDDS (http://www.drjaydds.com/) of Concierge Dentistry in Brentwood, California, is deeply concerned about this public phenomenon and is working to educate the world on the importance of regularly visiting their dentist. “Just like any fear, concern, or anxiety, there are solutions.” Dr. Grossman says, “however, the solutions will require an action by the patient to either seek professional help to deal with their anxiety, or communicate their concern to the dentist and allow and trust the dentist to provide various modalities of anxiety reducing procedures such as nitrous oxide, Oral Conscrious Sedation, or IV sedation.” Dr. Grossman has already taken steps to alleviate symptoms of Odontophobia by offering “sleep dentistry” to his patients. At his practice, his board-certified anesthesiologist delivers safe, comfortable sedation to customers so they can get all their dental work done painlessly in a single visit. “The bottom line,” Dr. Grossman goes on to say, “is that there is a solution! And, it will require the patient to be courageous and deal effectively with their anxiety.
*CNN: Subpoenas Issued to Flynn Associates
According to a report by CNN, federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. They are seeking business records as part of a larger probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The news came hours after PresidentDonald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The subpoenas, which were issued in recent weeks, according to CNN, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014. Investigators have reportedly been looking into possible wrongdoing in the way in which Flynn handled disclosures about payments from clients tied to Russia and Turkey.
*Phil Liberatore, CPA, Responds to Sweeping Tax Reform
On April 26th, 2017, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin andGary Cohn, Mr. Trump’s Director of National Economic Council, rolled out the President’s proposal on tax. Phil Liberatore (http://www.liberatorecpa.com) is optimistic to see a significant number of these proposed changes, considering this is the largest potential overhaul of the US Tax Code in over 30 years, post Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “In our view, the most monumental, proposed changes in the tax code are reducing the current seven tax brackets down to three brackets, with reduced brackets of 10%, 25% and 35%,” says Liberatore. “Also proposed is a reduction of the corporate tax rate, down to 15% from 35 %, as well as a repeal of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) and Estate Tax.” According to Phil, the overall goals of this sweeping tax reform are to accomplish the following: “1. Simplification of the tax code
2. Lower tax rates to provide tax relief for American Families (especially the middle class)
3. Lower business taxes to increase business activity in the US
4. Grow the national economy and stimulate job growth
“The proposal has a long way to go before becoming law,” says Liberatore, “but this is a first step along the path to reforming the tax system.: Liberatore and his team at Liberatore CPA will be closely monitoring the direction of this far-reaching, proposed legislation and will provide updates as they become available.
*LBN-VIDEO LINK: The revealing TV interview show — “Without Notes” with M. Zuhdi Jasser M.D. – Episode 2: The American Dream ——https://youtu.be/xjCOe2TTw6U
*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1775 – The Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.” – Honore de Balzac — www.TheExcelCommunity.com
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