President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in New York on Jan. 11, 2017. The man behind the sensational story concerning information the Russian government had supposedly collected about Donald Trump is a former British intelligence operative and was a longtime intelligence source for the U.S. government who had assisted the FBI during an investigation into corruption by FIFA, the world soccer association, according to sources familiar with the matter. The operative — identified today by the Wall Street Journal as Christopher Steele, a former Russian operations officer for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency — had worked as a consultant for the FBI’s Eurasian organized crime section, helping to develop information about ties between suspected Russian gangsters and FIFA, said one of the sources, who is directly familiar with Steele’s work.
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, a Russian dissident now living in exile in the United States, warned today that the world could be what he called “entering a very dark ages” unless President-elect Donald Trump reverses course and stands up to Vladimir Putin. In an interview with Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff, Kasparov said that Putin and his top aides, including Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, are eagerly anticipating Trump’s presidency because they believe he will cut a “grand bargain” with Russia that will expand its sphere of influence. “They are all waiting for Trump,” Kasparov said.
This spring, Donald Trump could be forced to take the witness stand in a federal courtroom in San Diego, where he is being accused of running a financial fraud.
One of Wall Street’s most controversial traders — a hedge fund kingpin whose firm paid a $1.8 billion fine three years ago after pleading guilty to violating insider trading laws — is the main financier behind a pro-Chris Christie super pac attack ad deriding a GOP rival for his ties to Wall Street. The attack ad on Christie rival John Kasich, skewering the Ohio governor for once being a “Wall Street banker,” blanketed the airwaves in New Hampshire this morning.
Saudi human rights activist Samar Badawi was arrested in Jidda Tuesday morning and taken, along with her 2-year-old daughter, to a police station for questioning over postings she made on the Twitter account of her imprisoned husband, a human rights lawyer.
Orlando Bosch in custody after his arraignment in Hartford, Conn., in 1965, and Jeb Bush in 1988. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Bettmann/Corbis, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)
American businessman Sheldon Adelson with his wife, Miriam Adelson, center, during a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. soldier Bradley Manning (left) leaving a military court facility on July 30, 2013, in Fort Meade, Md., and an undated photo courtesy of the U.S. Army showing Chelsea Manning.
Hillary Clinton got off unscathed on the central issue that has dogged her campaign for months. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, prompting the former secretary of state to shake his hand in what will likely be one of the more memorable moments of the Democratic debate. Clinton deftly handled the inevitable questions, using her emails as a vehicle to bash her tormentors on the Benghazi panel: “This committee is an arm of the Republican National Committee,” she said.
With polls showing Hillary Clinton's campaign may not be the juggernaut it was once assumed to be and a growing number of Democratic operatives promoting the Draft Biden movement, the vice president may be close to making one more run for the Democratic nomination.
So far, little is known about who is behind four super-PACs affiliated with Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential run. But sources familiar with the arrangement identified two kep players, both with close ties to Cruz.