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⇒Linked articles in bold purple
◆ While ISIS is taking all the incoming, Al Qaeda is quietly rebuilding, says counter-terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman (Cipher Brief)
◆ FBI, DOJ professionals “dismayed and disgusted” at political decision “from the top” not to indict Clinton and her aides. From the beginning, I have said that FBI professionals would leak if they thought the Hillary investigation was cooked. Now, that’s exactly what we are hearing, even though the FBI took the rare step of making agents sign non-disclosure agreements. These leaks tell a sordid story. Reporting an exclusive for Fox News, Malia Zimmerman and Adam Housley write that career FBI agents and DOJ attorneys are, in the agents’ own words, “dismayed and disgusted.”
The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long probe telling FoxNews.com that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged.
“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” said the source, whose identity and role in the case has been verified by FoxNews.com. —Malia Zimmerman and Adam Housley, Fox News
◆ The US economy was expected to surge in the second half of 2016. That is not happening. Gary Halbert comments:
A few months ago, there was broad optimism that the US economy would shift into a higher gear in the second half of this year. I never bought into it. Now, forecasters are revising their optimistic estimates downward, as it increasingly looks like the economy will disappoint yet again.
The Treasury Department quietly reported last week that the national debt increased by $1.4 trillion in fiscal year 2016 which ended on September 30, the third largest annual increase in history. –Gary Halbert
◆ Rising threats from Russia push Sweden and Finland (non-members of NATO) closer to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its defense umbrella. (Atlantic Council)
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Robert Lieber for the Al Qaeda story