New York City Fire Department engines that responded to reports of a fire at the One World Trade Center tower drive down a street on August 8, 2012 in New York, that turned out to be a false alarm. Dozens of New York firefighters rushed to the World Trade Center skyscraper early Wednesday after a member of the public mistook welding for a fire. Initial reports from the New York Fire Department suggested a minor blaze on the 88th floor of One World Trade Center, the centerpiece in the project to replace the Twin Towers destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A spokesman told AFP the fire was brought under control in less than an hour.
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There are some famously dumb 911 calls, and then there are straight-up awful ones. Calling in fake emergencies in order to empty out firehouses to steal cash from absent firefighters — as the FDNY’s Joseph Keene allegedly did — definitely counts as the latter. Police eventually traced the calls to Keene’s cell phone, and he was caught on video entering a Queens firehouse, the New York Post reports. So, actually, it would appear that his fake calls were dumb, awful, and not worth it, as he now likely stands to lose his job over the thefts, which only brought in around$2,000.
Intelligence community sources are pushing back a DNI official’s claim that Russia was trying to help Trump get re-elected
The US intelligence community has assessed that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election and has separately assessed that Russia views Trump as a leader they can work with. But the US does not have evidence that Russia’s interference this cycle is aimed at reelecting Trump, the officials said.
“The intelligence doesn’t say that,” one senior national security official told CNN. “A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that. It’s more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker.” …
One intelligence official said that [DNI official Shelby] Pierson’s characterization of the intelligence was “misleading” and a national security official said Pierson failed to provide the “nuance” needed to accurately convey the US intelligence conclusions.
Trump’s NSA is apparently denying Russia’s support for Trump while attacking Sanders
National security adviser Robert O’Brien tells ABC in interview to air tomorrow that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Russia seeking to help Trump. Asked whether Russia might be helping Sanders, he says reports could be credible. “That’s no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.”
Concerns linger as some [caucus] volunteers say they haven’t received hands-on training with the iPads the party purchased to help tabulate results. Other volunteers are worried about executing the caucus’ new voting alignment system, which includes the extra complication of adding early-vote totals to day-of results — a step that even Iowa, with all its problems, didn’t have to deal with.
Multiple presidential campaigns are anxious that the state party won’t finish tabulating the enormous number of early votes by Saturday — and they want more transparency on how those votes will be divvied up to individual precincts.
Finally, there are signs the state party is worried about unflattering internal details about the caucus being divulged. On Thursday night, the Nevada Democratic Party sent an email to volunteer precinct chairs in rural areas asking them to sign a non-disclosure agreement and simultaneously offering a stipend.
Well-funded social media campaign, or bot network?
The Bloomberg campaign broke the rules with its paid social media blitz, says Twitter. It just suspended 70 accounts, some belonging to campaign employees who were copy-pasting messages. Scoop from @suhaunah and me. https://t.co/M065RB0Ogm
CNN: The Nevada State Democratic Party is asking site leaders to sign non-disclosure agreements, according to one volunteer who had planned to help with Saturday’s caucuses but quit because he didn’t want to sign the document.
Johnny McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the US government who are believed to be anti-Trump, per 3 sources familiar w meeting. https://t.co/l6Kj8wdT9F
After Trump says he’s considering him for DNI, Doug Collins says no thanks: “This is not a job that interests me at this time it’s not one that I would accept, because I’m running a Senate race down here in Georgia,” he says on Fox Biz