Ex-CIA Director Hayden: Russia election meddling was ?most successful covert operation in history?
Trump Team Grasping to Undercut Mueller Probe
Walter Dellinger, former assistant attorney general and acting solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about some of the excuses the Donald Trump team is trying out in search of a pretext for firing Robert Mueller as special counsel.
Ohio treasurer and Senate candidate takes on Anti-Defamation League over far-right ?witch hunt?
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a candidate in next year?s Republican Senate primary, sided Thursday with two prominent right-wing nationalist commentators over the Anti-Defamation League, which put them on a watch list of what it called ?alt-lite? figures.
U.S. warship crew found likely at fault in June collision: official
The crew of the USS Fitzgerald was likely at fault in the warship's collision with a Philippine cargo ship in June and had not been paying attention to their surroundings, according to initial findings in an investigation, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the USS Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. The collision tore a gash below the Fitzgerald's waterline, killing seven sailors in what was the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.
Surreal! Salvador Dali's moustache remains intact, embalmer reveals after exhumation
Salvador Dalí?s famous moustache remains in a perfect state, witnesses to the surrealist artist?s exhumation for DNA testing have revealed. Narcís Bardalet, Dalí?s embalmer, said that upon opening his crypt, the body was found to be exactly as it was when it was interred 28 years ago. The handlebars of his moustache were still ?marking (the time of) 10 past 10? as he wished, he said. Workers bring a casket to the Dali Theatre Museum Credit: Manu Fernandez/AP ?His moustache remains intact, marking 10 past 10, as he desired,? Mr Bardalet told local television. ?It?s a miracle. Dalí will be with us for a long time?. The Spanish master was raised from his tomb in his hometown of Figueres late on Thursday night in a highly controversial operation to settle a paternity claim from a TV fortune teller that she is his secret lovechild. Pilar Abel poses for the media upon her arrival to the Toxicology National Institute to undergo a DNA test, in Madrid earlier this month Credit: EFE via EPA Pilar Abel, 61, also from Figueres, has for more than a decade been fighting to prove she is Dalí?s daughter, claiming to have learned from her mother and grandmother at the age of eight that she was the product of an affair with the married artist. Despite being dismissed by many as a fraud, Ms Abel in June won a court order to exhume Dalí?s body, a Madrid judge ruling there was no other way to settle the claim. Salvador Dalí?s moustache was an iconic trademark of his appearance Credit: AFP/Getty The artist?s two tibias have been extracted as well as nails and teeth, and will now be taken to Madrid for testing before being replaced to preserve the integrity of the body, Lluís Peñuelas, secretary of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, said. Just 15 people were present at the exhumation Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty He stressed that the Foundation, which administers Dalí?s estate, regards the exhumation as ?completely inappropriate? and Ms Abel?s claim as "baseless". The exhumation was far from simple. Cranes were installed to lift the one and a half ton tombstone from Dalí?s crypt, which lies beneath the stage in the artist?s self-designed Theatre-Museum. Workers take scaffolding inside the Theatre-Museum Dali to be used in the exhumation Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP The operation took place under the cover of night, with media banned and tarpaulins placed over the top of the building to prevent drones spying from overhead. Just 15 people were present and all phones and cameras were prohibited to prevent images leaking out. The exhumation took place at the Theatre-Museum Dali in Figueras Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Marta Felip, the mayor of Figueres, said it was ?grotesque? that the fortune teller?s claim had been taken so far. She said the results would be known in the first week of September, and said that if Ms Abel was found not to be the artist?s daughter, the Foundation and the local government would be seeking to recover their considerable costs. Tourists visit the tomb of Salvador Dali at the Theatre-Museum Dali following the exhumation Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP But if Ms Abel is proved right, she could be entitled to a 25 percent share of Dalí's considerable estate. That will open up another legal battle with the Foundation and the Spanish state, to which he left his works. "The question of tracing any inheritance will be a difficult one," Michael Mylonas QC of London barristers' chambers Serjeants? Inn told The Telegraph, suggesting that the Foundation "must be feeling some heat". Ms Abel told the Telegraph that she was unconcerned by the criticisms, and dismissed the Dalí Foundation?s questioning of the court order as ?pathetic?. ?I am very happy because at last it?s going to come to light, and this means a lot, it doesn?t matter to me what the Foundation says,? she said. She insisted that she was not motivated by any potential inheritance but by a desire to know who she was. ?It?s about my identity, and nothing else,? said Ms Abel, adding that the first thing she would do if the test came out positive was change her name. But then, she acknowledged, ?probably I am going to ask for what is mine?. The fortune teller, who for eight years hosted a tarot card reading show on local television, claimed that the visionary Dalí was the source of her powers. ?I have had this gift since I was little, and where else can it come from? It can?t be from anyone else but him.? Ms Abel said she believed the artist knew she was his child, relating an encounter told to her by her mother Antonia, who has given her blessing to the paternity suit. Her mother was pushing her in a pram when the pair ran into Dalí; he allegedly patted her head and remarked ?So this is my daughter Pilar, eh??. Ms Abel had crossed paths with him again as a teenager, and the pair had exchanged ?looks that were more than looks?, she said. Shrugging off suggestions of an unseemly spectacle, the fortune teller said she was happy to have put Dalí back in the news. ?It is what I wanted, to lift him up again. He deserves it. A great genius, a great person, and a great painter.?
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Teacher convicted of having sex with her student suing teenage boy for defamation
A 36-year-old teacher convicted of having sex with a person under the legal age of consent in California is suing the student she slept with for defamation. Tara Stumph, who is currently serving a 180 day sentence for having sex with a 16-year-old student, says that statements made by the young man hurt her reputation and her career. Stumph was named alongside her former employer, the Lucia Mar School District, in the lawsuit brought against her by her victim?s family.
Man Fatally Stabs Dog That Sided With Girlfriend in Arguments: Cops
The many indignities of Sean Spicer
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned his post Friday after six months and one half day on the job, surviving almost weekly predictions of his imminent departure at the hands of one or another of the president?s aides and advisers. The final indignity appeared to be Trump?s hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director, which became public shortly before.