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Mariners reach an agreement with free agent right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio

“Multiple sources have confirmed that the Mariners have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio on a 2-year contract pending a physical” writes Ryan Divish for seattletimes.com. It never came to fruition, but they were competing with the Mariners on the free agent market to sign Nicasio.Like teams do with many veterans, the Pirates placed Nicasio on revocable trade waivers after the July 31 trade deadline.The average annual value of $8.5 million per season puts Nicasio in the same range as other free agent middle relievers that have agreed…

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‘He was thrown to the wolves’: Former FBI agents defend Mueller team investigator at the center of controversy

“And he took a shot at Mueller’s investigation, questioning “the magnitude of insider bias” that exists on his team” writes Natasha Bertrand for businessinsider.com. Former FBI counterintelligence agent Asha Rangappa made a similar point in an interview earlier this week.”I think Comey did more damage than he realized or intended by how he handled things last year,” said former FBI counterintelligence agent Scott Olson.”I think Pete did what he was asked to do, and then he was thrown to the wolves,” said the former counterintelligence agent who requested anonymity to…

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CAA agent accused of offering sex in exchange for access to directors and a Hollywood star

“As more talent agencies find themselves drawn into the wave of Hollywood sex scandals, a prominent agent at Creative Artists Agency is facing accusations that he offered an actor sex in exchange for access to directors and a movie star” writes David Ng for latimes.com. A few days later, they exchanged more text messages, with Hudson asking if Rose would be interested in three-way sex. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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Russia probably has more undercover ‘sleeper’ agents in the West now than during the Cold War

“In the mid-1980s, researchers estimated that the KGB’s First Chief Directorate unit operated 200 “illegal” agents, and the GRU, separately, another 150″ writes Jim Edwards for businessinsider.com. The answer is that the mere ability to place foreign agents inside another country is an end in itself.A banker or travel agent may be just that – or they may also be intelligence officers or assets (the latter willing or coerced).”Historically, it’s been exceedingly rare for ‘illegal’ Russian intelligence officers themselves to penetrate foreign governments generally.The Chapman spy ring was run by…

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A House Republican presented a ‘political test’ to the FBI director that left observers stunned

“The notion that FBI agents could be subject to political tests from another branch of government unnerved several observers and former employees” writes Natasha Bertrand for businessinsider.com. A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee left several observers stunned on Thursday when he read off a list of names of agents to the FBI director and asked him to disclose their political biases. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Schools, coaches push for adoption of strengthened agent law

“RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Coaches, college athletics officials and several agents are supporting an effort to strengthen laws that regulate sports agent conduct” reports foxsports.com. The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), an organization that works to standardize state laws, approved the revised act in 2015 to update the original version created in 2000. Source: foxsports.com Share This:

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As relievers begin to move, history suggests the Nationals should bid with caution

“The free agent relief market is an unpredictable place, and the Nationals have not been perfect in identifying its gems” reports washingtonpost.com. This year’s free agent class contains several relievers similar to those the Nationals have signed to little avail over the last three seasons.The run on free agent relievers might have begun Monday, when the Rangers reportedly agreed to a multiyear deal with left-hander Mike Minor, who will actually be a starter for them, but who’s counting?. Over the last three seasons, the Nationals have gotten -.2 WAR from…

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FBI agent assigned to Russia investigation removed after anti-Trump texts

“The development involving Strzok could revive claims by Trump that the Russia investigation is politically motivated” writes Kevin Johnson for thedailyjournal.com. The content of the communications was not immediately disclosed. “Immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel’s Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said Saturday.WASHINGTON — A senior FBI agent was removed from the staff of Russia special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year after Justice Department investigators began reviewing whether the agent exchanged messages critical of President Trump, federal authorities said Saturday. Source: thedailyjournal.com…

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FBI fires agent from Mueller probe over anti-Trump texts

“Strzok had a key role in the Clinton investigation, reports said” reports nypost.com. An FBI investigator was fired from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collision between the President Trump’s campaign and Russia this summer after he exchanged anti-Trump texts with a bureau lawyer with whom he was having an affair, said news reports. Source: nypost.com Share This:

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