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Controversial Steele dossier back in spotlight after Mueller report’s release

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report now out in the open, attention is likely to return in coming weeks to the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele -- a dossier whose more sensational claims were not substantiated by Mueller's team.

The dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, sent shockwaves through the country and the halls of power in D.C. when it was published in January 2017, complete with lurid tales of a sex tape featuring prostitutes that the Russian government was said to be holding over President Trump's head.


But despite an intensive two-year investigation, Mueller’s team found no evidence of any such tape. It also said it didn’t have evidence of another claim in the dossier that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague.

The New York Times, in a lengthy article on the Steele dossier's current standing, noted that there is no evidence in the Mueller report on a number of claims: “DNC moles, Romanian hackers, Russian pensioners -- or years of Trump-Putin intelligence trafficking.” But a lawyer for Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned the dossier, told The Times that the Mueller probe backed up “the core reporting” in the Steele memos -- including that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed “a covert operation” to have Trump elected.

Now, with a redacted version of Mueller’s report public and pressure building for the release of an unredacted version, attention is set to turn toward the investigation by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who confirmed at a panel discussion in March that his office is continuing to review potential surveillance abuses by the FBI. That review began last March, and Fox News was told last month that it's nearing completion.

At the heart of the controversy over the Steele dossier is not just how reliable its contents were, but also what role it played in the FBI’s application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Horowitz has said he will address the question of whether the FBI followed all "legal requirements" when applying for that warrant.

Politico reported Wednesday that Horowitz's team has been “intensely focused on gauging Steele’s credibility as a source” for the FBI. One official told the outlet that he had the impression that the IG report “is going to try and deeply undermine” Steele.

Republicans in Congress have long focused on the dossier, claiming that it formed the origins of what became Mueller's Russia investigation. They and the president have noted in particular the dossier's funding by the DNC and Clinton campaign.


"You can't have the FBI using one party's opposition research document to launch an investigation and spy on the other party's campaign," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday.

On Thursday, California Republican Devin Nunes told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the report shows that the dossier also formed part of the memo that established the scope of the special counsel’s investigation.

“On Carter Page and [former Trump campaign chairman] Paul Manafort, that information came from political opponents, the Clinton campaign fed right into the FBI, directed to the special counsel to go investigate what was in the infamous Steele dossier,” Nunes said. “That is the only thing of relevance that was in today's 450-page report.”

According to Politico, Steele intends to rebut the IG’s characterizations in the form of a rare public statement, but he has declined to be interviewed -- citing the potential impropriety of his involvement in an internal Justice Department investigation as a foreign national.

The Times, meanwhile, reports that Steele made it clear to associates in 2017 that he considered the dossier to be raw intelligence -- a starting point for further investigation.


The IG probe isn’t the only investigation where the Steele dossier may face scrutiny. Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers that he intends to review FBI and DOJ conduct during the formative days of the Russia investigation -- where the Steele dossier played a role.

Trump, meanwhile, has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the origins of the Russian probe, and has promised to “turn the tables” and investigate the investigators -- which could include closer scrutiny of the role that Steele's infamous dossier played.

Fox News' Gregg Re and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

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Scaramucci says Pelosi is ‘the smartest person’ amid Democratic calls for impeachment

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noting her smarts in resisting pressure to impeach the president after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.

"I think the smartest person is actually Speaker Pelosi," he told "Fox and Friends" on Friday. Scaramucci said that while he understood Democrats tried to use the impeachment issue to raise money off of their base's anger, it would be a bad strategy going into the 2020 elections.

He said that Democrats should, instead, focus on finding a candidate who could beat President Trump. Though Trump has a good shot at winning in 2020, Scaramucci commented, Sanders was a "formidable" opponent and even the president admitted that on the campaign trail.

Sanders, who has led the declared Democratic candidates in polling, has received mixed reactions from his own party. Earlier this week, former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina predicted Sanders wouldn't be able to pull off a victory.


Sanders has called for further investigation after the Mueller report but reportedly ignored questions about impeachment. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., another 2020 hopeful, officially called for impeachment this week and pushed back on the suggestion that Democrats should table the issue for political reasons.

“I know people say this is politically charged and we shouldn’t go there, and that there is an election coming up, but there are some things that are bigger than politics,” she said.

Pelosi, however, has repeatedly quashed the idea and said Trump wasn't "worth" the effort required for an impeachment battle.


"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it," she said in an interview published in March.

While other progressives have signed onto impeachment efforts, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif. indicated Pelosi ultimately had the power to make that decision. "There's only one person who matters: Nancy Pelosi. She sets the agenda for House Democrats," he told Fox News on Friday.

Source: Fox News Politics

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Welcome for migrants cools in Mexican town weary of caravans

Central American migrants eat mangoes for breakfast as they walk during their journey towards the United States, in Mapastepec
Central American migrants eat mangoes for breakfast as they walk during their journey towards the United States, in Mapastepec, Mexico April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

April 20, 2019

By Jose Cortes

MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) – So many migrants have stopped in the southern Mexican town of Mapastepec in recent months that longstanding public sympathy for Central Americans traveling northward is starting to wane.

Hundreds of migrants have been camped out for weeks in Mapastepec, where locals say six migrant caravans have arrived since last Easter. By far the biggest was a group of thousands in October that drew the anger of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Ana Gabriela Galvan, a local resident who helped to provide food to migrants in the October caravan, told Reuters the small town in the impoverished state of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala, felt overwhelmed by the number of Central Americans.

“It’s really bad, because they’re pouring onto our land,” she said, noting that some locals were reluctant to leave their homes. “They ask for money, and if you offer food, they don’t want it; they want money and sometimes you don’t have any.”

Following a surge in apprehensions of Central Americans trying to enter the United States, Trump last month threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if the Mexican government did not stop illegal immigration right away.

The administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has stepped up migrant detentions and tightened access to humanitarian visas, slowing the flow of caravans north and leaving hundreds of people in Mapastepec.

The humanitarian visas allow migrants to stay temporarily and get jobs. The documents also make it easier for them to travel through the country or seek longer residence.

According to government social development agency Coneval, Chiapas in 2015 had the highest poverty rate of Mexico’s 32 regions, at 72.5 percent. Some 20,000 people live in Mapastepec, the seat of a municipality of the same name where poverty levels were fractionally higher than the state average in 2015.

A month ago, a large knot of migrants began forming in Mapastepec when the National Migration Institute closed its main office in the nearby city of Tapachula. The closure prompted hundreds to travel north to the sweltering town on the Pacific coast where the agency has a smaller outpost.

Since then, bedraggled groups of men, women and children have been staying in and around a local sports stadium, hoping to be issued humanitarian visas.

Central Americans today make up the bulk of undocumented migrants arrested on the U.S. border.

Southern Mexico has long sent thousands of migrants north and support for them has traditionally been strong there. Concentrations of Central American migrants on Mexico’s northern border caused tensions in the city of Tijuana when caravans arrived late last year.


Recent studies show that while Mexicans still have sympathy for migrants, many are concerned that Mexico will not be able to cope with the arrival of thousands of people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador fleeing violence and poverty at home.

A survey of around 500 adults in February by the Center of Public Opinion at the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) found that 83 percent of respondents believed the Central American migrants could cause problems for Mexico.

Rising crime, increased poverty and a decline in social services were the top risks identified by the poll.

Offered a binary choice on what should be done, 62 percent of those polled said Mexico should be stricter with migrants entering its territory. The other 38 percent said Mexico should help to develop Central America, as Lopez Obrador argues.

The study did not publish a margin of error.

Jesus Salvador Quintana, a senior official at the National Human Rights Commission, said in Mapastepec the body had noticed a decrease in assistance from the public but urged people to keep helping the migrants on their often arduous journeys.

“There are children, pregnant women, whole families that sometimes need this humanitarian aid,” he told Reuters.

Anabel Quintero, a young Honduran mother in Mapastepec, said when her caravan passed through the nearby town of Huixtla some shops closed rather than sell to migrants seeking medicine for sick children.

“It’s a bad feeling,” she said. “They told us they didn’t want us sleeping in the park, and we had to leave.”

Residents of Mapastepec are also running out of patience.

Street vendor Brenda Marisol Ballesteros told Reuters it was time for authorities to move the migrants onward.

“Why?,” she said. “Because things are in a real mess.”

(Additional reporting by Roberto Ramirez in Huixtla; Editing by Dave Graham and Cynthia Osterman)

Source: OANN

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White House releases snaps of Trump golfing with Rush Limbaugh

The White House released photographs of President Trump’s Friday golf outing with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

The snapped showed a smiling Trump posing with Limbaugh on the golf course at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., near his Mar-a-Lago club. Another photo captured Trump and Limbaugh posing with professional golfer Lexi Thompson on the green.


President Trump and Rush Limbaugh pose at the Trump International Golf Course on Friday, April 19, 2019.

President Trump and Rush Limbaugh pose at the Trump International Golf Course on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

On Friday, the White House announced Trump, who is in Florida for the Easter weekend, would be playing golf at his club after some early morning rain had cleared. The White House said Limbaugh “and a couple of friends” would be joining him.


Trump’s golf outing came one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report was released to the public. The report did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia, but it did reveal an array of controversial actions by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry. The 448-page report described numerous cases where Trump discouraged witnesses from cooperating with prosecutors and prodded aides to mislead the public on his behalf to hamper the Russia probe he feared would cripple his presidency.

President Trump poses with professional golfer Lexi Thompson and radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, April 19, 2019.

President Trump poses with professional golfer Lexi Thompson and radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

On Thursday, Limbaugh said on his radio program that the investigation was “bogus from the beginning." Limbaugh has criticized the investigation before. During an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” the radio host called the Russia investigation “a manufactured coup” against Trump. 

On Saturday, Trump lashed out at the investigation.


President Trump with conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, April 19, 2019.

President Trump with conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, April 19, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

“Despite the fact that the Mueller Report should not have been authorized in the first place & was written as nastily as possible by 13 (18) Angry Democrats who were Trump haters, including highly conflicted Bob Mueller himself, the end result is No Collusion, No Obstruction!” Trump tweeted.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

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Pop singer Adele parts with husband

FILE PHOTO: Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: Singer Adele arrives at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

April 20, 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – British pop singer Adele and her husband have separated, her representatives said on Saturday.

One of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, Adele and water charity executive Simon Konecki met in 2011. They had a son a year later, and married in 2016.

“Adele and her partner have separated. They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment,” a spokesman for Adele said in a statement.

Adele Adkins, 30, shot to fame in 2008 with her debut album ’19’, lauded for its combination of soulful vocals and confessional lyrics.

Her last album, ’25’, released in 2015, broke U.S. and British records by becoming the fastest-selling album of all time. She became the first person in the history of the Grammy awards to win the top three awards twice.

U.S. media reported in March this year that Adele had visited a recording studio in New York, raising speculation that a new album would surface soon.

(Writing by Andy Bruce, Editing by William Maclean)

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Jim Jordan: American people want accountability for people who started Russia investigation

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called on Saturday for Congress to look into the origins of the Russia investigation, which he said started on a "false premise."

Jordan, who serves as ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News' Neil Cavuto that Americans sensed Washington had a double standard that allowed elected officials to avoid punishment for wrongdoing.

"They do want people who launched this investigation, on a false premise, they do want them held accountable," he said on "Cavuto Live."


He pointed to the infamous Steele dossier which informed the FBI's suspicions surrounding President Donald Trump and the Russian government.

"You can't have the FBI using one party's opposition research document to launch an investigation and spy on the other party's campaign," he said.

"We know that took place and we do need to get to the bottom of that because it's never supposed to happen in this country." Jordan was referring to former President Barack Obama's administration surveilling then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 campaign out of its concern over potential ties to Russia.


Special counsel Robert Mueller's report, released on Thursday, stopped short of formally accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government. Justice Department leadership also said there wasn't enough evidence to accuse Trump and his associates of either collusion or obstruction of justice.

But Democrats like Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., who serves on the House's investigatory committees, thought the report contained enough troubling information to continue probing the president's conduct. Swalwell, while appearing on Fox News on Friday, said the Obama administration didn't owe the Trump campaign an apology because Mueller's report showed suspcioius behavior and "laid out a multiplicity of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians."


Democratic leadership has signaled the Russia controversy was far from over as Trump declared victory and some speculated the issue could hurt Democrats' chances in the 2020 election. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has already subpoenaed the unredacted version of Mueller's report and some in his party, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pushed impeachment.

While Democrats go on offense, Republicans like Jordan could leverage that focus to attack Democrats for their involvement with the dossier. Jordan, however, indicated that his party wanted to focus on issues like immigration which a Fox News poll showed as the top concern among registered voters. The Mueller investigation didn't rank among the top five issues in that poll.

Source: Fox News Politics

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Former Olympic champion Kiprop gets four-year doping ban

FILE PHOTO - Asbel Kiprop of Kenya reacts after winning the men's 1500 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing
FILE PHOTO - Asbel Kiprop of Kenya reacts after winning the men's 1500 metres final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

April 20, 2019

(Reuters) – Kenya’s former Olympic 1500 meters champion Asbel Kiprop has been handed a four-year ban for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who also won three world championship golds, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) in November 2017.

Kiprop had argued his urine sample, which was taken out of competition, could have been tampered with by his testers, who had tipped him off about their visit and taken a payment from him.

But the AIU, an independent body managing all doping-related matters, said they were satisfied that there had been no interference.

“The panel is aware that its order will interrupt, and may even terminate, the athlete’s sporting career and cast a shadow over his impressive competitive record,” it said in a statement.

“But in its opinion the laboratory results viewed in the context of the evidential record and the regulatory framework unit admit of no other conclusion than the case against the athlete is convincingly made out.”

Kiprop was awarded the 1500m gold medal from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after original winner Rashid Ramzi tested positive for doping. Kiprop won his three world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Tony Lawrence)

Source: OANN

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UCP leader Jason Kenney reacts at his election night headquarters in Calgary
United Conservative Party (UCP) leader Jason Kenney reacts at his provincial election night headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

April 17, 2019

By Nia Williams

Calgary, Alberta (Reuters) – A right-leaning, pro-energy party won a landslide victory in Canada’s main oil-producing province of Alberta late on Tuesday, signaling momentum may be building against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau months ahead of a federal election in October.

The United Conservative Party (UCP) trounced the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) government by tapping into frustration over the economy and a struggling oil and gas industry.

“Alberta is open for business!” UCP leader Jason Kenney said in a victory speech in Calgary on Tuesday.

Kenney’s supporters, many wearing cowboy hats, roared when he drove directly into the venue in his blue campaign pickup truck emblazoned with the slogan, “Alberta Strong & Free.”

Kenney, who had dominated in polls ahead of the vote, promised to defend Albertans against Trudeau and the federal government who, he said, were taking advantage of the province and its oil and gas.

The vote comes at a challenging time for Trudeau, who has been mired in a relentless scandal over alleged interference in a corporate corruption case that has led to the resignations of two Cabinet members and his top advisor.

The scandal has cost the prime minister his lead over rival Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, polls show.

Kenney’s victory also appeared to signal a conservative shift in the country ahead of the national vote. Alberta is the third major province to have picked a right-leaning premier over the past year, following Ontario and Quebec.

Results of the vote, with the count nearly complete, showed the UCP had won 63 out of 87 seats in the provincial legislature.

Shares of major energy companies climbed in early afternoon trading, with the Toronto Stock Exchange energy index up 1.2%. Suncor Energy was up 1.2% at C$44.47, Cenovus Energy surged 2.8% to C$13.53, and Canadian Natural Resources Limited was up 2.5% at C$41.51.

“To many of our fellow oil and gas workers who are out of work, underemployed, or otherwise without hope, it feels like spring has returned to Alberta,” said Mark Scholz, chief executive of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers also welcomed the UCP win. Chief Executive Tim McMillan said Alberta now had an opportunity to lure back investors that left the province during the last few years.


Kenney has promised to champion Alberta’s energy industry and step up the fight to get new oil export pipelines built, but he will face the same dependence on fluctuating oil prices that previous Alberta governments have faced.

“This is a pretty clear mandate for the UCP. Now we have to see if Jason Kenney can live up to his promises, especially in reviving the economy,” said Andy Knight, professor of political science at the University of Alberta.

“He’s going to face some of the same challenges that (Alberta NDP premier) Rachel Notley had.”

Notley’s government introduced a carbon tax to help cut emissions of greenhouse gases in 2015, when Trudeau took power, a measure Kenney has promised to scrap.

However, such a move by Kenney could be countered by federal government measures. Earlier this month, Trudeau imposed a carbon tax in four provinces that do not have plans to tackle global warming, and has made clear he would do the same for Alberta if needed.

Kenney has blamed Trudeau for a lack of progress on new oil export pipelines, including the Trans Mountain expansion that will triple the amount of crude reaching the Pacific Coast from Alberta’s oil sands.

The federal government bought the project from Kinder Morgan in August 2018 to ensure it gets built, and will announce next month whether it still thinks the expansion is in the public interest. The project also faces fierce opposition from environmentalists and indigenous groups.

“The world needs more Canadian energy,” Kenney said during his speech as his supporters chanted: “Build that pipe!”

(Reporting by Nia Williams; editing by Steve Scherer and Bernadette Baum)

Source: OANN

More than two dozen progressive groups have asked the House Oversight and Judiciary committees to examine whether Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury during his Senate confirmation hearings last fall.

A letter addressed to the panels Thursday from groups including the Women’s March, UltraViolet, the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee contends that “many issues went unresolved during last year’s confirmation process, when Senate Republicans jettisoned all procedural norms and abandoned any sense of fairness, and they must be investigated.”


The issues identified by the groups include “whether he [Kavanaugh] sexually assaulted the women who credibly accused him of doing so [and] whether he lied about his financial debt and how it was repaid; and whether he is ultimately fit to be a justice on the Supreme Court.”

The “financial debt” refers to reports following Kavanaugh’s nomination that he racked up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt buying Washington Nationals season tickets for himself and friends, as well as for home improvements. Kavanaugh and the White House said the debts were paid off or fell below the legal reporting limit after Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for the baseball tickets, an explanation the groups said “simply makes no sense … The White House’s involvement in trying to explain it [the debt] away only heightens the need for further investigation and public answers.”

The debate over Kavanaugh’s confirmation was rocked by sexual assault allegations dating back to his days in high school and college in the 1980s. Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations in a dramatic appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27. Following a brief delay to accommodate a supplemental FBI investigation into the claims, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the full Senate on Oct. 6.


In December, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Judicial Council dismissed 83 ethics complaints against Kavanaugh dating back more than a decade to his confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In dismissing the complaints, Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich wrote that while “the allegations in the complaint are serious,” they could not be reviewed because they were filed under a federal law that does not apply to Supreme Court justices. The council dismissed 20 legal appeals involving the complaints last month.

Ahead of Kavanaugh’s confirmation in October, then-House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told ABC News’ “This Week” that lawmakers “would have to investigate any credible allegations … of perjury and other things that haven’t been properly looked into before.”


Following November’s midterm elections, The Federalist reported that Nadler was overheard discussing the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh in a phone conversation on an Amtrak train to Washington.

“The worst-case scenario — or best case depending on your point of view — you prove he committed perjury, about a terrible subject and the Judicial Conference recommends you impeach him. So the president appoints someone just as bad,” Nadler reportedly said, adding that there was “a real indication that Kavanaugh committed perjury” during his confirmation hearings.

Source: Fox News Politics

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., is expected to announce his candidacy for president within a week, Axios is reporting.

The website said he was spotted in his hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts taping for a presidential announcement. The website attributed the information to a “source close to Moulton.”

Moulton, a former Marine who served in Iraq, is expected to focus his campaign on foreign policy, national security and defense, according to Axios.

“Seth has said he’s seriously thinking about running and will announce his decision by the end of the month,” Matt Corridoni, a Moulton aide, said.

Meanwhile, the Boston Herald reported that Moulton, who has suggested repeatedly over the past three months that he may run for president, has only $722,000 in his congressional campaign account. He has raised roughly $207,000 since January.

Source: NewsMax Politics

FILE PHOTO - Yzerman, general manager of Tampa Bay Lightning, speaks to media before Commissioner Bettman announces end of labor negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA in New York
FILE PHOTO – Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, speaks to media before Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the end of labor negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players Association (NHLPA) in New York, January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

April 20, 2019

Steve Yzerman is coming home to become general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, the franchise announced on Friday.

The hiring of the former Detroit star also marked the end of Ken Holland’s 22-year stint as general manager. Holland signed a multiyear deal to become the club’s senior vice president.

Yzerman, 53, spent his entire 22-year Hall of Fame playing career with the Red Wings. He served 20 years as team captain and scored 692 goals and 1,063 assists (1,755 points) during a 1,514-game career that ended in 2006. He played on three Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit. Now he is taking over a team that has missed the playoffs in three straight seasons.

“I’m extremely excited to be back in Detroit with the Red Wings,” Yzerman said during a press conference. “This city, Red Wing fans, the state of Michigan were incredibly supportive of me throughout the ups and downs of my playing career. I am very excited to return to the organization and join the Red Wings again and with our goal of getting the team back in contention for Stanley Cups and the championship that has come to be expected in Detroit.”

–T.J. Oshie will be out indefinitely after suffering an upper-body injury in Thursday’s playoff game, Washington Capitals coach Todd Reirden announced.

A hit from Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele sent Oshie headfirst into the boards, and he left the ice holding his arm and shoulder.

Reirden said Oshie won’t play in Game 5 on Saturday and that the team would know more about a timetable for his return after Oshie saw the doctor on Friday. To take his place on the roster, the Capitals recalled right winger Devante Smith-Pelly from the AHL’s Hershey Bears.

–The New York Islanders will continue their quest for the Stanley Cup without defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced.

Boychuk was injured Tuesday when he blocked a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson in the second period of the Islanders’ Game 4 win to sweep the series.

Boychuk, 35, had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 74 regular-season games during his fifth season with the Islanders.

–The Philadelphia Flyers joined the New York Yankees in choosing to no longer play the 1939 Kate Smith recording of “God Bless America” during home games, the team announced.

The team is also covering up a statue of the singer outside the arena.

“We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization,” the Flyers said in a statement, according to CNN. “As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

–Field Level Media

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Dems and the fake news media are struggling to come to grips with the release of the FBI Special Counsel’s report, which found no collusion between President Trump and Russia!

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