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The Weinstein Co. is no more. Last week, the production studio finalized its deal to sell to Lantern Entertainment which paid $289 million to acquire TWC, its three unreleased films and a library of 270 movies. On July 11, in preparation for the Lantern deal, TWC fired its remaining 70 employees, two-thirds of whom were hired back by Lantern to work under the new banner. Lantern is still currently working out of the old TWC offices in New York and Los Angeles,

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“The only way they’re learning about what was said in that closed-door meeting is through NSA reporting, top-secret code-word reporting, about what the Russians say was said in that meeting. The top-secret Special Collection Service specializes in tapping adversaries’ communications on the fly, including those of Putin’s entourage at last week’s summit in Helsinki. Special Collection Service scooped up not only Putin’s readout of the two-hour meeting, but what the Kremlin’s top spymasters really think about it
The one critical piece of intelligence they need the most — a word-by-word account of what Trump and Putin said during their private meeting — officials appear to be flying somewhat blind when it comes to fulfilling their most important mission of helping U.S. policymakers figure out what comes next. Maybe they have it, too.

Did  Special Collection hear what the oligarchs said during the 2016 campaign?   Putin?

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On Tuesday (Jul 17), a decades-old deal with the United States which allows Japan to reprocess plutonium was renewed, but the pact can be terminated by either side with just six months’ notice.

Spent fuel from nuclear reactors is reprocessed to extract uranium and plutonium, which is then recycled into fuel called mixed oxide, or MOX, for use in both conventional nuclear reactors and fast-breeder reactors.Most reprocessing is currently done overseas, mainly in France, and Japan has struggled with technical problems at the new facility.
The country’s Atomic Energy Commission reportedly plans a self-imposed cap on the reserve, which now stands at 10 tonnes inside the country, with another 37 tonnes in Britain and France for reprocessing.
“Japan appears be caught up in the idea that in an emergency it can produce nuclear weapons with its reprocessing technology,” said Hideyuji Ban, co-director of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Centre, an anti-nuclear NGO.

 

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Rokkasho plant in Aomori Prefecture, a key pillar of the country’s nuclear fuel recycling policy