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19 August 2017 15:10 (South Africa)
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While you were sleeping: 2 August 2017

  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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By EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO
Migrants look at a police dog during a police operation in the Central Railway Station to carry out security checks on migrants and to combat lawlessness, in Milan, Italy, 01 August 2017. Italian police had been carrying several security checks in the area since a migrant stabbed a police officer outside the station.

Wray enters the FBI fray, Trump interefered in Russian statement with Junior, and Prince Philip begins retirement.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

“It's alright to have a good opinion of yourself, but we Americans are so smug with our cockiness, we somehow feel that just because we are Americans, we can whip our weight in wildcats.” 
Ernie Pyle

 

New information shows a Gupta web was spun around the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown. But was it a trap for a target or a cocoon for an ally? 

 
 
 

Wray enters the FBI Fray

Christopher Wray was voted in as the FBI's new director, three months after President Donald Trump fired his predecessor James Comey. Wray was voted in by a unanimous senate, and vowed to "resign" rather than bow to political pressure. The way things are heading in the White House, that pressure may well be a question of when, not if.

 

White House admits Trump-son interference

The White House conceded on Tuesday night that President Trump had "weighed in" on Donald Junior's statement on his meeting with a Russian lawyer. While apologists may argue that this is a simple father-son conversation, critics highlighted how the interference by dad casts doubt as to his "ignorance" about the 2016 meeting. That, and just whether Trump had nothing else more important to do as leader of the free world.

 

NFL to join marijuana research

The National Football League is hoping to join its players union in researching the use of marijuana in player pain management. The move could see a step back from punishing players for using marijuana, especially for pain relief. Depending on its findings, a joint NFL/union report could well pave the way for other sports to begin considering its use in medical cases.

 

Prince Philip begins retirement

Hold on to your corgies, life is slowing down for the Queen's husband. Prince Philip will officially begin his retirement today, aged 96. Since Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, the Prince has attended over 22,000 public engagements and delivered over 5,500 speeches. Some of these were made famous for his typically-blunt jokes or off-colour remarks. With Prince William taking the reins, don't expect such scarlet remarks anytime soon.

 
 

IN NUMBERS

4

The number of weeks a Scotsman was hungover for after drinking 60 pints.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Young Princess Diana had a guinea pig called Peanuts.

Today in 1934 Adolf Hitler becomes Führer following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.

 

 
 

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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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