Just two years after Special Agent Jay S. Tabb Jr. was assigned to lead Seattle’s FBI Field Office, he is leaving to serve as the executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch in Washington, D.C. Tabb was selected by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray to oversee national-security investigations and intelligence operations at the agency’s headquarters later this year. Tabb will be in charge of investigations into counterintelligence and weapons-of-mass-destruction cases, according to a release from the FBI. In a statement, Tabb said, “the two years I have spent with the FBI’s Seattle Field Office have been among the best in my career.” In 2016, when Tabb was first assigned as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle division, he held meetings to try to reassure leaders of Seattle’s immigrant communities in the wake of threats from the Trump administration to target Muslims as potential terrorists and deport more … [Read more...] about Head of Seattle’s FBI division promoted to national-security post in Washington, D.C.
Shannon Heupel Montgomery Advertiser Published 3:38 PM EDT Sep 14, 2018 Bill Traylor sat on the streets of Montgomery and told his life’s story with his aged hands. They were likely rough and worn. He was born into slavery around 1853 on a cotton plantation between the towns of Pleasant Hill and Benton. When freed, he still labored for years as a tenant farmer before moving to Montgomery at about age 74. As an elderly black man in pre-civil rights Montgomery, those hands found a new artistic labor, creating images on whatever scraps of paper he could find, mostly discarded cardboard. The self-taught artist imagined scenes from his youth — people, animals and buildings — and put them on paper. He saw the changes for African-Americans in the Montgomery of his present, and used those as well. "The images tell a number of stories, especially when the works come together and those stories are allowed to cohere in their groups,” … [Read more...] about Bill Traylor: From slave to Montgomery artist, a life’s work on exhibit in D.C.
U.S. Hurricane Florence The hurricane that was threatening the Eastern coast of the United States for days made landfall Friday morning as a Category 1 storm. The eye of Hurricane Florence reached Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina—its first point of landfall—at about 7:40 EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center. Through its formation, Florence reached several different categories on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, which is used to classify storm strengths. But even though the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it made landfall, its threats—especially of flooding—were still severe. Rain remains one of the major threats. The areas that could see the most rainfall are North and South Carolina, and parts of Georgia and Virginia. Through the weekend and into early next week, the rain could even reach Tennessee, Kentucky and possibly West Virginia as the storm travels inland, according to the National Hurricane Center's Friday … [Read more...] about Hurricane Florence Flooding Map: Watches, Warnings Issued for North and South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
You can get the D.C. Memo delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Sign up here. This week in Washington, President Trump truthered the impact of Hurricane Maria, solemnly commemorated September 11th, and endorsed a Minnesota congressional candidate. Congress worked to avert a government shutdown and pretended not to read Trump’s tweets. This week in Washington Greetings from Washington, which looks like it will be spared any major effects from incoming monster Hurricane Florence — unlike the Carolinas and Georgia, which are bracing for the storm of a lifetime. With federal authorities preparing for what looks to be the fourth devastating hurricane to hit the U.S. in two years, President Donald Trump thought it would be a good idea this week to relitigate his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria, which wrecked Puerto Rico a year ago. Nearly 3,000 Puerto Ricans died in the months following the storm due to widespread power outages and poor distribution of vital … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: President makes dubious claim on Twitter
Paul Manafort has reached a deal with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to plead guilty ahead of his criminal trial in Washington, D.C., where he was slated to appear Friday. Manafort’s reported guilty plea comes a month after an Eastern Virginia jury found him guilty on eight charges related to tax evasion and bank loan fraud in August. The former Trump campaign chairman is a crucial link in Mueller’s probe to uncover any illicit dealings between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. Manafort was one of three Trump campaign officials — along with the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law Jared Kushner — who met with Russian nationals in June 2016 after they had been promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. Manafort’s lawyers and the special counsel are expected to announce the plea deal at an 11 a.m. plea agreement hearing Friday, according to the special counsel’s office. [Read the superseding criminal information … [Read more...] about Manafort Strikes Deal with Special Counsel Ahead of D.C. Trial