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Speaker #NancyPelosi told Democrats on Saturday she’ll rebuff any efforts by the #JusticeDepartment to reveal details of special counsel #RobertMueller's findings in a highly classified setting - a tactic she warned could be employed to shield the report's conclusions from the public. Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers she worried the Justice Department would seek to disclose Mueller's conclusions to the so-called Gang of Eight - the top #Democrats and #Republicans in the House and Senate - which handles the nation’s most sensitive secrets. The substance of Gang of Eight briefings are heavily guarded.

Pelosi said it was her belief that the findings of the report should be unclassified, a consistent theme from Democrats who said they wanted Attorney General #WilliamBarr to share virtually every scrap of paper connected to the Mueller report with Congress. Democrats repeatedly compared their demands for transparency to Republican efforts to obtain intricate details of the FBI’s handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. GOP lawmakers succeeded in obtaining thousands of FBI officials’ text messages connected to the Clinton probe, as well as agent notes, internal emails and thousands of files.


#WorldEconomy #AmericanPolitics #POTUS45 #Politics #AmericanPoliticians #RepublicanParty #TrumpAdministration #TrumpOrganisation #DemocraticParty
Pelosi tells Dems she'll reject highly classified briefing on Mueller findings
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/23/pelosi-mueller-report-1233317
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Cave Creek Nepean (Woodhouse Canyon)

For fun. Woodhouse Creek enters a deep canyon through the long cave seen in this picture. A long exposure picks out color detail on the walls, including greenery where sun penetrates. This can become a raging torrent after rain in the catchment above.

More pics at: www.SilentTheory.net
[The web site has been rewritten pending the G+ close down, and ported to a secure domain. I would welcome any comments about the site as it develops over the next couple of weeks. I have turned comments 'on' at the site, as it attracts very little spam. ]
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Hortensia – Hydrangea

This photo is part of a new blog on my website: Full screen flowers
https://anjawessels.photography/full-screen-flowers/

CAMERA: Canon EOS 80D/650D
LENS: Canon EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

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#photography #flowers #floral #Spring #colorful #colors #Hortensia #Hydrangea
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Still falls the Rain

Title from the poem of the same name by Edith Sitwell

April 2nd will be the last day of G+, I'll be here 'till the end, but if you want to find me elsewhere you can get in touch via my website or follow me on Instagram.

#googleplussunsetting #gplussunsetting hashtags created by +Ellie Kennard

If you're looking for somewhere new, our new lifeboat is afloat:

https://www.tipua.com


https://www.chrissutton.com

https://www.instagram.com/oldshakey/

#CelebrateCountdown a hashtag started by adventurer and friend - +Peter Quinton
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#Italy is set to enter into a landmark economic cooperation with #China, making Rome the first of the elite #G7 group to officially join Beijing's vision to expand its footprint across the globe. Chinese President #XiJinping is set to arrive Friday (Mar 22) in Rome, where he and Italian Prime Minister #GiuseppeConte are widely expected to sign a memorandum of understanding on Italy's participation in the #BeltandRoadInitiative (BRI). The ambitious plan has already seen billions of dollars invested in various international projects, many of them involving expensive infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia. But Xi has long sought to take his signature project into a skeptical West.

The #US and the European Union have been deeply critical of China's growing economic presence worldwide, accusing the country of using investment as a means of pushing its own political agenda. Italy's apparent decision to sign onto #BRI would come amid staunch Western pressure, but according to Jacob Shapiro from Geopolitical Future, he U.S. has opted for political posturing rather than offering real alternatives.


#WorldEconomy #Economy #Geopolitics #Diplomacy #Politics #ForeignPolicy #InternationalRelations #ForeignRelations #EconomicRelations #EconomicCooperation #ItalianEconomy #EuropeanEconomy #Europe #EU #UnitedStates #BRI
CHINA AND ITALY TO ONCE AGAIN BE UNITED BY SILK ROAD THAT U.S. IS STRUGGLING TO BLOCK
https://www.newsweek.com/china-italy-silk-road-us-stop-1371180
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Google+ Events and Birthdays removed from Google Calendar

To keep seeing your friends' birthdays make sure you have them in your Google Contacts!

See what's changed:
https://youtu.be/UBsNCxD3SOw

#plusonly
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Nature has provided us with countless nutrients that help cure, heal, nourish and nurture our body. Here, take a look at 16 foods that have incredibly amazing healing properties.

https://medmd.org/16-healing-foods/

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#China’s close relationship with #Brazil could be under threat after the right-wing president of #LatinAmerica’s largest economy spoke of his desire for 'a new era of closer ties' with the #UnitedStates. China loomed large during #JairBolsonaro’s visit to Washington this week, with his #US counterpart Donald #Trump keen to find a new ally to counter Beijing’s rising global influence amid an ongoing trade war and escalating geopolitical rivalry with the Asian giant.

While Bolsonaro said his visit to Washington was a success with 'important advances achieved in the economic, security and foreign policy areas', Trump’s national security adviser, #JohnBolton, hailed Brazil as a major ally and a strategic partner on #Venezuela, #Iran and China. Since 2003, China, which is Brazil’s top trading partner, has invested US$124bn in the South American country, mostly in the oil, mining and energy sectors. China also accounted for almost 28% of Brazil’s exports in 2018, while two-way trade between them in 2017 totalled US$75bn, according to Reuters.


#WorldEconomy #Economy #Geopolitics #Diplomacy #Politics #ForeignPolicy #InternationalRelations #ForeignRelations #EconomicRelations #EconomicCooperation #BrazilianEconomy #ChineseEconomy #LatAm #SouthAmerica #TrumpAdministration
Should China be worried about Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s bromance with Donald Trump?
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3002734/should-china-be-worried-about-brazilian-president-jair
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Reflections at Sunset in Florida

Be sure to follow my Flickr, IG, or Blog before G+ closes in two weeks
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildernessphotographer/
IG: @wildernessphotographer
Blog: https://www.wildernessphotographer.net/
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First Congress threatened to cut off federal funds to universities using components made by telecom giant #Huawei. Next came a classified FBI briefing last fall for University of California research chiefs about foreign espionage threats. Then in January the US government charged the Chinese firm with bank fraud, violating US sanctions against Iran and theft of trade secrets. Berkeley is among a growing number of American universities, including such research powerhouses as Stanford, MIT and UC San Diego, that have begun to cut off ties with Huawei.

The moves come in response to warnings from US law enforcement agencies that Huawei can't be trusted and could secretly do Beijing's bidding, whether by spying or sabotage. Moreover, the #Trumpadministration wants to restrain Huawei - the world's largest telecom equipment maker - from expanding its grip on development of critical #5G infrastructure, the next-generation wireless networking system that experts believe will transform connectivity for self-driving cars, factory automation and many other applications.


#WorldEconomy #Protectionism #America #Globalisation #GlobalTrade #TradeWars #EconomicRisk #Economy #TradePolicy #InternationalTrade #TradeTariffs #Politics #Geopolitics #InternationalRelations #USA #GlobalTradeWar #EconomicColdWar #UnitedStates #AmericanEconomy #Trump #Technology #TechCompanies #TechWar
Major US research unis are cutting ties with Huawei
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/major-us-research-unis-are-cutting-ties-with-huawei-20190322-p516f9.html
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Join us today for a Google+ farewell walk in Berlin

3pm, U-Bahnhof Hansaplatz, Berlin

#PartyAtTheEndofG+
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Zion Canyon and Looking up in the Trees

G+ is closing in 2 weeks :-( Be sure to follow my Flickr, IG, or Blog
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildernessphotographer/
IG: @wildernessphotographer
Blog: https://www.wildernessphotographer.net/
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Fall of Giants Wadbilliga National Park
Celebration: countdown 5

A giant once stole three girls swimming in a pool at the top of these falls. One of the girls called all the birds in the sky to help free them, and a multitude of birds came and threw the giant's head to the ground. The giant's head may still be seen at the foot of these falls. Look closely, and you will see the tears falling from his eye.

The Giant was not alone. Look and see the other giants all around us. When they torment, remember the birds. Turn to the sky and call them with all your breath.

This is the Tuross River at the Wadbilliga near the sunken forests of the Duea. It drops about 200m (600') and is one of the most remote falls safely accessible to bushwalkers.

Image: I have processed a slightly wider image (for printing as one of the images in a 'brutal art' exhibition). This is a wider angle version. I chose a soft 'ink and watercolor' approach to pick out each of the rocks in the scene (working with a black and white image before washing color back into the image).

Celebrate: Thank you. To celebrate what we all achieved on G+, i am publishing the 50 most viewed posts in this collection (with 450m views) until shutdown. This is a reprocessed scene of this fall (5th most viewed).

#CelebrateCountdown (please feel free to use this hashtag to celebrate your own favorite posts)
This platform has been great for photographers and writers. For more Australian photography, please check out my friend +Chris Sutton. Or check the b&w of
+madelene jeffery, the Scottish rambles of +shonie Hutter or the adventures of +Monique Helfrich.

Looking for a different social media site (one without the hate speech)? Check out the artist/photographer/friends social media site at www.tipua.com
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With spring well on its way, I thought I'd share with y'all this cozy transitional look. Layers are vital this time of year, but we can still start incorporating a few lighter colors that are fitting for the season! http://www.fallingforautumn.com/2019/03/springtime-scarf.html
Springtime Scarf
Springtime Scarf
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If your device supports 3D Touch, simply force-press on a grayed-out app to activate a context menu, and tap on the “Prioritize Download” option.
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Tourists watching the sunset at the White Rock Pier in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Photographed from White Rock Beach looking west across Boundary Bay towards the mountains on Vancouver Island.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/white-rock-pier-after-sunset/

Sadly, G+ is almost gone. After it leaves you can find me here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrussellphoto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRussellPhotography/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrussell33/
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Sumatraanse tijger - Sumatran tiger 2

A photo I edited wit: Artistic Photo Template V2
More digital art here: Action time!
https://anjawessels.photography/action-time/

CAMERA: Canon EOS 80D/650D
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#photography #animal #zoo #tiger #BurgersZoo #Digitalart #photoshop
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So This is Making America Great Again?
Check out which bases in foreign countries are being considered for school and child care cuts. Then look at the Alaskan air base with no room for a school with 240 children additional. These are political targets. In Arizona McSally reports there should not be any such cuts. But we know who she’s a big fan of.

Trump's border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids
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A woodland walk in spring

Today is the spring equinox and while I haven't been able to photograph as much over the past few weeks as I would have liked, the days are getting longer and warmer.

Time again to venture on an epic photography tour in Ireland.
A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods
panoramicireland.com
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