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After Venezuela Kerfuffle, Russia Eyes Military Base in Caribbean

Is our long dormant Cold War with Russia about to heat up once again?

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With the US and Russia entangled in a bizarre web of worldwide tension, all eyes have been on the provocations that have become the staple of Moscow’s foreign policy.

Over the course of the last few years, the Russian military has been spending an inordinate amount of time harassing US military vessels of all stripes.  Whether its buzzing our warships abroad, or intercepting our aircraft in international airspace, Moscow has made a habit of being a dangerous nuisance to American servicemen and women.

Now, after the Trump administration pressured the Kremlin to remove two nuclear bombers from Venezuela, Russia has announced plans to bring a military presence back to the Western Hemisphere…this time even nearer to the American soil.

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Russia has decided to develop a long-term military presence in the Caribbean in conjunction with the socialist nation of Venezuela, on one of its islands in the Caribbean Sea. The move seems to be a response to the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The recent flights of Russian Tu-160 long-range nuclear bombers are part of this effort.

“According to military envoys, Russian authorities have made a decision (and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not object) to deploy strategic aircraft to one of Venezuela’s islands in the Caribbean Sea, which has a naval base and a military airfield. Ten years ago, Russian experts and Armed Forces commanders had already visited the island of La Orchila, located 200 kilometers northeast of Caracas. Venezuelan laws prohibit the setup of military bases in the country, but a temporary deployment of warplanes is possible,” reported Russian state news agency TASS.

The move comes at a time when global observers are growing increasingly concerned about the possibility of a newly invigorated Cold War between the two nuclear superpowers.

 

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Public Trust in Mueller Probe Plummets in New Polling

This is BAD NEWS for Mr. Mueller, who’s longstanding and widespread investigation may or may not be nearing an end.

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For months upon months, the American people have been wearing a rather large albatross around their figurative neck.

For you see, in the shadows of Capitol Hill lurks Robert Mueller:  The Special Counsel tasked, originally, with finding evidence of collusion between the 2016 Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government.

So far, this boogeyman of the GOP has done little but annoy some of the outer fringes of Trump’s former inner-circle, and in no connection to Russia, the Kremlin, or Vladimir Putin yet.  This has led a great many Americans to cast their own doubts on the Mueller probe, wondering instead if this is all but a “witch hunt”, out to gather any and all dirt necessary to keep President Trump from winning reelection.

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New polling suggests that more and more Americans are finding themselves in this world of doubt.

Amid signs that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference may be near its conclusion, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds that trust in Mueller has eroded and half of Americans now agree with President Trump’s contention that he has been the victim of a “witch hunt.”

Support for the House of Representatives to seriously consider impeaching the president has dropped since last October by 10 percentage points, to 28 percent.

Despite that, the survey shows a nation that remains skeptical of Trump’s honesty and deeply divided by his leadership. A 52 percent majority say they have little or no trust in the president’s denials that his 2016 campaign colluded with Moscow in the election that put him in the Oval Office.

But here’s the kicker…

What’s more, Trump’s relentless attacks on Mueller and his inquiry have taken a toll on the special counsel’s credibility. Now, 28 percent say they have a lot of trust in the former FBI director’s investigation to be fair and accurate. That’s the lowest level to date, and down five points since December.

There are conflicting reports as to the status of Mueller’s investigation, with dueling tales of crescendo and climax appearing nearly daily in the news.

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DNA Evidence Has Unmasked Jack The Ripper, Once and For All

It looks as though police were hot on the trail of The Ripper in 1888, but they couldn’t seal the deal.

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There are some mysteries that the human race may never truly get to the bottom of, and that’s okay.

It’s these ethereal wonderments that add a little spooky spice to our lives.  Everyone has a ghost story, a lot of folks think they’ve seen UFO’s, and how many times have you heard a song on the radio just after thinking about it?

Pop culture is full of these mysteries as well; The Bermuda Triangle, the alleged UFO crash at Roswell, and others have been fascinating people all over the world for ages.

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Now it seems as though one of England’s most sinister mysteries has been solved.

A blood-covered shawl found at one of the murder scenes is believed to contain DNA from both butchered victim Catherine Eddowes and the world’s most infamous serial killer.

Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University conducted genetic tests on the sample long-thought to have belonged to the Ripper himself, who they now believe to be Pole Aaron Kosminski.

The process used was painstaking, but for the sake of accuracy.

“We describe for the first time systematic, molecular level analysis of the only surviving physical evidence linked to the Jack the Ripper murders,” the authors  wrote in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

This is also the second time that Kosminski was scientifically linked to the shawl by DNA.
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