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  • ISIS propaganda video celebrating Brussels attacks uses Trump’s voice and photo
    Michael Isikoff

    ISIS propaganda video celebrating Brussels attacks uses Trump’s voice and photo

    A pro-Islamic State media group has released a video that celebrates the Brussels terror attacks and features an image and the voice of Donald Trump. The video, which runs just over nine minutes, opens with images of the bombings and quickly cuts to a photo of Trump next to footage of a fiery scene from the aftermath of the attacks. “Brussels was one of the great cities– one of the most beautiful cites of the world 20 years ago – and safe,“ the voice of Trump can be heard saying in audio lifted from a phone interview he gave this week.

  • U.S. officials believe more terrorists tied to Brussels attack are at large, plotting new strikes
    Michael Isikoff

    U.S. officials believe more terrorists tied to Brussels attack are at large, plotting new strikes

    A warning that Belgium remains under threat of “serious and imminent attack” came as U.S. and Western intelligence officials investigate a coordinated attack they believe was likely triggered by the Friday arrest of Salah Abdeslam.

  • Lawyers in Trump U. fraud suit push for June trial
    Michael Isikoff

    Lawyers in Trump U. fraud suit push for June trial

    The lawyers suing Donald Trump for fraud over Trump University are now pushing for a trial in the case to start as early as June — a time which, if granted, could complicate the Republican frontrunner’s plans on the eve of this July’s GOP convention. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Rachel Jensen, also cited newly unsealed excerpts from a deposition Trump gave last December.

  • ISIS committing ‘genocide’ against minorities, U.S. declares
    Michael Isikoff

    ISIS committing ‘genocide’ against minorities, U.S. declares

    Kerry has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline. Secretary John Kerry today formally declared the Islamic State to be perpetrators of “genocide” against ethnic minorities in Middle East, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, capping a months long internal debate within the Obama administration about how to address the atrocities committed by the terror group. “We must recognize what Daesh [the Arabic name for the Islamic State] is doing to its victims,” Kerry said, speaking from the State Department podium.

  • Major Kasich backer embroiled in sex-slave suit
    Michael Isikoff

    Major Kasich backer embroiled in sex-slave suit

    The statement from the pro-Kasich New Day for America was made in response to an inquiry from Yahoo News about the lurid allegations in a lawsuit filed by Amber Laurel Baptiste, which prompted Goguen’s employer, Sequoia Capital, to oust him last weekend. “Upon learning of these allegations, New Day For America decided we will donate Michael Goguen’s contribution in its entirety to organizations committed to ending human trafficking,” Connie Wehrkamp, a spokeswoman for the super-PAC, said in an email at 5:10 p.m.

  • Trump campaign violence goes back a long way
    Michael Isikoff

    Trump campaign violence goes back a long way

    Donald Trump is defending himself against a lawsuit stemming from a confrontation between a demonstrator and the billionaire businessman’s chief bodyguard, after a series of ugly clashes at his rallies.

  • Trump challenged over ties to mob-linked gambler with ugly past
    Michael Isikoff

    Trump challenged over ties to mob-linked gambler with ugly past

    Robert LiButti, top left, and Donald Trump, right. The daughter of a reputed New Jersey mob figure says her late father had a longtime relationship with Donald Trump that included gambling millions of dollars at one of his casinos, flying on his helicopter and partying aboard his private yacht. In 1991, Trump first faced questions about his dealings with Robert LiButti, a plump, balding and nationally famous horse breeder with an explosive temper who would later be banned from New Jersey casinos for his ties to Mafia boss John Gotti.

  • Trump U. suit: Donald can’t identify his ‘hand-picked’ faculty
    Michael Isikoff

    Trump U. suit: Donald can’t identify his ‘hand-picked’ faculty

    Donald Trump acknowledged in two recent sworn depositions that he did not “hand-pick” any of the instructors at Trump University — one of whom was a convicted felon, according to new court filings in the case.

  • Trump plays the victim card against Hispanic judge
    Michael Isikoff

    Trump plays the victim card against Hispanic judge

    Donald Trump said he may ask the judge overseeing the upcoming Trump University trial to recuse himself because he is Hispanic and therefore biased against him.

  • ‘Trump University’ fraud claims surface in campaign
    Michael Isikoff

    ‘Trump University’ fraud claims surface in campaign

    Donald Trump’s legal troubles from "Trump University" became a major issue, with Marco Rubio citing it as evidence the Republican frontrunner is a “con artist.”

  • Kerry weighs ‘genocide’ label for Islamic State
    Michael Isikoff

    Kerry weighs ‘genocide’ label for Islamic State

    John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill, Feb. 24, 2016. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled today that he plans to decide soon whether to formally accuse the Islamic State of genocide amid what sources describe as an intense debate within the Obama administration about how such a declaration should be worded and what it might mean for U.S. strategy against the terrorist group. “None of us have ever seen anything like it in our lifetimes,” Kerry said during a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday about beheadings and atrocities committed by the Islamic State.

  • With GOP nomination looming, Trump is slated to take witness stand in fraud trial
    Michael Isikoff

    With GOP nomination looming, Trump is slated to take witness stand in fraud trial

    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.

  • Wall St. money talks, but voters aren’t listening
    Michael Isikoff

    Wall St. money talks, but voters aren’t listening

    (Photo Illustration: Yahoo News, photos: AP, Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

  • Rubio campaign cries foul over last-minute Cruz mailer
    Michael Isikoff

    Rubio campaign cries foul over last-minute Cruz mailer

    Before the South Carolina primary, the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz sent out controversial mailers showing rival Sen. Marco Rubio’s face morphing into Obama's.

  • Trump is accused of financially threatening woman during secret deposition
    Michael Isikoff

    Trump is accused of financially threatening woman during secret deposition

    Donald Trump, embroiled in a long-running legal battle with former students of his defunct Trump University, has been accused in recently filed court papers of threatening to financially ruin the woman who is a lead plaintiff in the suit.

  • NSA chief: ‘Paris would not have happened’ without encrypted apps
    Michael Isikoff

    NSA chief: ‘Paris would not have happened’ without encrypted apps

    National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers warns that encryption is making it “much more difficult” for the agency to intercept the communications of terrorist groups like the Islamic State, citing November’s Paris attacks as a case where his agency was left in the dark because the perpetrators used new technologies to disguise their communications.

  • The Wall Street kingpin behind the attack on Kasich’s ties to Wall Street
    Michael Isikoff

    The Wall Street kingpin behind the attack on Kasich’s ties to Wall Street

    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.

  • Facebook vs. ISIS: Inside the tech giant’s antiterror strategy
    Michael Isikoff

    Facebook vs. ISIS: Inside the tech giant’s antiterror strategy

    Facebook, under pressure to crack down on Islamic State militants using its network, has quietly ramped up its efforts to block terrorist messages and videos in what some experts say is a potentially significant move by the Silicon Valley giant in the U.S. government’s battle against the terror group’s propaganda and recruitment efforts. In an rare interview with Yahoo News, Monica Bickert, a former federal prosecutor who serves as Facebook’s top content cop, provided the company’s most detailed accounting yet of its efforts to identify and remove terrorist material from its site. As described by Bickert, Facebook has set up what amounts to its own counterterrorism squad, with at least five offices around the world and scores of specialists fluent in several dozen languages.

  • How an investigation into Planned Parenthood boomeranged against its accusers
    Michael Isikoff

    How an investigation into Planned Parenthood boomeranged against its accusers

    Two phony California driver's licenses helped turned a Texas criminal investigation of Planned Parenthood into the indictment of the two antiabortion activists who made the videos.

  • Saudis release human rights activist arrested Tuesday
    Michael Isikoff

    Saudis release human rights activist arrested Tuesday

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First lady Michelle Obama (L) congratulate Samar Badawi of Saudi Arabia during the State Department’s 2012 International Women of Courage Award winners ceremony in Washington March 8, 2012. Saudi Arabia released a well-known human rights activists from custody Wednesday morning, hours after a top U.S. State Department official criticized her arrest to Yahoo News and called for charges against her to be dropped. Samar Badawi, who had been given an International Women of Courage Award by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012, had been arrested in Jidda Tuesday on charges relating to her management of her imprisoned husband’s Twitter account.

  • Saudis arrest activist who got ‘courage’ award from Clinton
    Michael Isikoff

    Saudis arrest activist who got ‘courage’ award from Clinton

    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.

  • How Obama pulled the trigger on gun control
    Michael Isikoff

    How Obama pulled the trigger on gun control

    President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the White House in January about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. It is a subject that the president has spoken about with uncommon passion in recent days: He denounced what he called “the gun lobby’s lies” during a televised forum on the subject.

  • Obama blamed for failing to prevent Shiite cleric’s death
    Michael Isikoff

    Obama blamed for failing to prevent Shiite cleric’s death

    Mohammed al-Nimr, brother of the Shiite cleric executed by the Saudis. (Photo: AFP)

  • Documents shed new light on Jeb Bush’s role in freeing a Cuban terrorist
    Michael Isikoff

    Documents shed new light on Jeb Bush’s role in freeing a Cuban terrorist

    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)

  • Millions at stake, the ‘Adelson primary’ is neck and neck
    Michael Isikoff

    Millions at stake, the ‘Adelson primary’ is neck and neck

    American businessman Sheldon Adelson with his wife, Miriam Adelson, center, during a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)