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This is why they call it the long season.

On the 4th of July, the Yankees were cruising along at a near .700 pace and had folks talking about possibly their greatest season ever. Then came five losses in their next nine games including two out of three at home to the lowly Reds along with the loss of Luis Severino to a lat injury — and suddenly doubts have arisen as to whether the Yankees do have the right stuff to make it back to the World Series for the first time since 2009.

But honestly, did anyone really think the Yankees were going to go through an entire season without any injuries to their starting rotation? Or that Clay Holmes was going to go through an entire season without one bad outing? It’s a long season. And with Severino down, presumably for at least a month, and Nestor Cortes having already surpassed his career season-most innings total, and Jameson Taillon having watched his ERA balloon from 2.30 on June 1 to 4.01, speculation has renewed that they will be in the market for a starting pitcher. In particular, the Reds’ Luis Castillo, who showed definitively he’s not bothered by New York when he held the Yankees hitless for 5 1/3 innings in the Bronx Thursday night.

But the Reds, who’ve been blistered by their fans for trading away all their best players last winter, are going to have to get a haul for Castillo, at least one and maybe two top prospects, especially since he can’t be a free agent until 2024. Now if George Steinbrenner were still alive, I believe that Oswald Peraza would be playing shortstop for the Reds right after the All-Star break and Castillo would be following Gerrit Cole in the Yankees’ second-half rotation. But Hal Steinbrenner is very protective of the Yankee farm system and has made the point on many occasions that, unlike his impulsive dad, he doesn’t favor trading away his top prospects. Great as Castillo has pitched this year, I’m told there are also reservations among the Yankee high command about him missing the first five weeks of the season with a shoulder issue.

What Brian Cashman and the rest of the Yankee hierarchy have to be asking themselves right now is: Are we better than the Astros? And if not, what do we have to do to be better, short of trading away any of our top prospects? With Domingo German coming back after the All-Star break, Clarke Schmidt pitching well at Triple-A and Severino presumably fully recovered by mid-August, Cashman probably feels he can address whatever starting pitching issues he has from within and there is no need for panic.

But like almost every other contender, the Yankees could always use another back-end reliever and perhaps an extra left-handed outfield bat to replace Joey Gallo. Even though he’s a rental, the Royals are said to be asking for a top prospect for Andrew Benintendi. A better bet is Arizona’s 34-year-old David Peralta, who’s also a rental and has 11 homers this year but wouldn’t cost that much. In any case, putting Peraza, Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez aside, Cashman still has plenty of capital within his system to get what he needs on the outfield/bullpen peripheries.

Meanwhile, the long season wasn’t nearly long enough for Charlie Montoyo, who was fired as Blue Jays manager last Wednesday, following a 1-6 road trip through Oakland and Seattle that left his underperforming team in third place, 48-43, 14.5 games behind the Yankees — and right after he’d returned from attending the funeral of Julia Budzinski, the 17-year-old daughter of his first base coach Mark Budzinski.

Considering the fact the Blue Jays, with their power-stacked lineup and seemingly quality deep rotation and the highest payroll ($171 million) in their franchise history were the consensus pick to be the Yankees’ biggest challengers for AL East supremacy — or to win the division outright — Montoyo’s dismissal, cold as it seemed, was maybe not all that surprising. Though no specific reason was given, other than the team has underperformed, you get the feeling the Jays hierarchy felt the effusive, popular Montoyo was too easy with the players and that a firmer hand, in this case bench coach John Schneider, an organization lifer who managed and won championships with many of the Blue Jay players in the minors, was needed.

But it certainly wasn’t Montoyo’s fault that Jose Berrios, to whom the front office gave a seven-year/$131 million contract last winter, has a 5.38 ERA and a 10.1 hits per nine innings ratio. Or that Hyun Jin Ryu, a 14-game winner last season, went down for the season with elbow surgery, or that the Blue Jay bullpen’s 4.31 ERA ranks 21st in the majors. Having done the dirty deed with Montoyo, it will now be up to the front office to upgrade the bullpen and perhaps find another starter at the trading deadline if Schneider is to succeed. There’s still plenty of time left in the long season.

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Seemingly out of nowhere the Orioles have emerged from the depths of the AL East to climb to .500 for the first time this late in a season since 2017, but before we start anointing GM Mike Elias for executive of the year honors, some important perspective is due. It’s been nearly four years since Elias took over as O’s GM and immediately fired nearly all of their scouts and replaced them with a flotilla of analytics nerds — and embarked on a massive tanking effort that subjected loyal Orioles fans to the worst team in baseball and two 100-loss seasons in the last three years. Make no mistake this present Orioles renaissance has almost nothing to do with Elias’ baseball expertise and rather everything to do with what his predecessor, Dan Duquette, left in place for him, which is now maturing. 

With the exception of catcher Adley Rutschman, whom Elias made the overall No. 1 draft pick in 2019 and is so far struggling mightily with the bat (.210), the entire core — Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander, Trey Mancini, Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle — were brought into the organization by Duquette. In addition, the O’s two top pitching prospects, Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall, were drafted by Duquette. Their top position prospect, infielder Gunnar Henderson, was scouted and signed by Dean Anthony, a 20-year veteran of the organization whose reward was to be fired (and heartbroken) by Elias. The only major contributor to this Orioles team’s sudden success Elias can take a bow for is the accidental closer, Jorge Lopez, their lone All-Star who failed miserably as a starter after being claimed off waivers from the Royals two years ago…

What’s wrong with this picture? The Tampa Bay Rays were voted by Baseball America the top minor league system in 2020 and 2021 and No. 2 overall this year — and yet, with Wander Franco, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Lowe on the injured list, there are only three homegrown players on the current Rays active roster, Shane McClanahan, Taylor Walls and Josh Lowe. The rest of their rotation behind McClanahan and the endless entourage of no-name relievers manager Kevin Cash trots out game after game — Colin Poche, Jason Adam, Matt Wisler, Jalen Beeks, Ryan Thompson, Luke Bard, Brooks Raley and Tommy Romero – were all cast off by other organizations. Meanwhile, the Rays have another 11 pitchers on the injured list! So while the Baseball America kudos for Rays’ minor league system may have yet to be realized, one thing is clear: Erik Neander and his scouts have a keen eye for other teams’ talent and the Rays simply do not make bad trades.

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Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be beating much younger Manchester United team-mates in the sprint race as he prepares for the Brentford clash

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Cristiano Ronaldo Appears To Be Beating Much Younger Manchester United Team-Mates In The Sprint Race As He Prepares For The Brentford Clash

Ronaldo looks fit and eager to get ahead of Manchester United’s next Premier League game.

The 37-year-old has been in the headlines all summer after telling the Red Devils he wanted to leave.

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Ronaldo was the leader of the peloton during a training exercise

He then sat out their pre-season tour, due to family reasons, and subsequently only had 45 minutes of playing time before the start of the campaign.

It was in the first half against Rayo Vallecano, before leaving at half-time. An act that earned him criticism from manager Erik ten Hag.

Ten Hag then left Ronaldo on the bench for their Matchday 1 loss to Brighton, citing his lack of fitness.

Explaining the decision, the Dutch manager said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is working very hard to reach the right level of fitness, it will take time.

“He started pre-season last week… so it depends on how fast he progresses.

Despite his age, Ronaldo appears to be in peak physical condition and has kept himself in shape during the off-season.


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Ronaldo came off the bench against Brighton but couldn’t inspire his side for a comeback

Now the latest training photos from United’s base in Carrington appear to show the 37-year-old beating his much younger teammates in a run.

In a running drill, Ronaldo leads his teammates as he pushes to start against Brentford this weekend.

The Red Devils played Christian Eriksen in a false nine, which was not at all effective.

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Ronaldo has told United he wants to leave this summer, but still remains at Old Trafford

When Ronaldo was introduced in the second half and Eriksen dropped back into midfield, United were much more dangerous going forward.

Ten Hag could well launch the Portuguese superstar in this game with Brentford.

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Mike Preston: Strong rookie class, perhaps Ravens GM Eric DeCosta’s best, is ready to prove itself | COMMENTARY

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Based on early results, Eric DeCosta might have put together his best draft since becoming Ravens general manager four years ago. The showcase begins Thursday night in the team’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens had 11 selections in April’s annual NFL draft, and it is conceivable that at least four or five end up in the starting lineup in some capacity this year, even without injuries.

That’s a pretty good haul.

In fairness, it takes about three to four years to determine the worth of a draft class, but this one has been fairly impressive so far in training camp.

DeCosta didn’t set the bar too high in his first three seasons, especially after his predecessor Ozzie Newsome had a strong walk-off performance in 2018 by trading back into the first round and selecting quarterback Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and tight end Mark Andrews, two future Pro Bowl selections, were picked in the third round that year.

Looking back now, DeCosta’s first class in 2019 was a dud, with the Ravens taking Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown in the first round and then Louisiana Tech outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson and Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin in the third.

None of those picks are still with the Ravens. Brown was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on the opening day of this year’s draft for a first-round pick that became Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, which made his selection somewhat salvageable.

Since then, the Ravens have drafted some strong players such as running back J.K. Dobbins and defensive lineman Justin Madubuike in 2020 and wide receiver Rashod Bateman and outside linebacker Odafe Oweh in 2021.

If linebacker Patrick Queen and receivers Devin Duvernay and James Proche II, all from that 2020 class, can have strong breakout seasons, then the Ravens will have a really strong young nucleus.

This current crop of rookies, including safety Kyle Hamilton (first round, Notre Dame), Linderbaum (first round, Iowa), cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (fourth round, Alabama) and punter Jordan Stout (fourth round, Penn State), is expected to get ample playing time.

If outside linebacker David Ojabo (second round, Michigan), recovers from a torn Achilles tendon, he’ll get on the field this season as well.

Hamilton has already been inserted into several packages. At 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, he is athletically and physically talented. He looks the part, and while he’s been beat a few times and had about two mediocre practices late last week, he’s rebounded well.

Linderbaum has missed the last couple of practices with a foot injury but had been steady until that point. Like most linemen, he needs a strong offseason in the weight room to add muscle because there have been times when nose tackle Michael Pierce has tossed him around like a paper clip.

Armour-Davis is the prototype at cornerback. At 6-1 and 195 pounds, he is long, lean and has exceptional quickness and recovery speed. He is versatile enough to play inside or outside, so he’ll get on the field in certain substitution packages. Playing behind Pro Bowl cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters is the ideal situation for a rookie.

Stout is the punter and it is his job to lose. Even if he falters, the Ravens have a great fallback plan in former starter Sam Koch, now a special teams consultant.

Ojabo creates excitement because he is everything that Oweh wasn’t a year ago. He looks big and rugged, while Oweh came to the Ravens last season relying on speed to the outside, and little else.

Ojabo has an assortment of moves, from the swim to the arm rips to the spin, which makes him the most intriguing of all the draft picks.

Besides rookies who might help the Ravens right away, there are other players who have potential. Like Linderbaum, tight end Isaiah Likely (fourth round, Coastal Carolina) needs a year in the weight room. It will be interesting to see who gets in playing shape first, Pierce or rookie nose tackle Travis Jones (third round, Connecticut), but Jones can become a good player.

Cornerback Damarion Williams (fourth round, Houston) has shown some playmaking ability, as has running back Tyler Badie (sixth round, Missouri).

It is a new season for rookies. They made it through minicamps after the draft, the first day of contact — a big moment for those guys — and two weeks of training camp practice. Now it’s time for the preseason.

Coach John Harbaugh will hold out a lot of the Ravens’ starters, including Jackson, Andrews and Dobbins. Most of them probably won’t play until the regular-season opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 11.

So, these rookies will get a chance to play, and we’ll find out if they can make the grade in the NFL. It’s early, but so far this draft class looks like DeCosta’s most promising.

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PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Arizona sheriff who was once a powerful figure in Republican politics but was ousted nearly six years ago amid frustration over his tactics that make headlines and his legal troubles, was beaten on Wednesday in a race for mayor of the affluent suburb where he has lived for more than two decades.

Her loss in the Fountain Hills mayoral race to two-term incumbent Ginny Dickey marks Arpaio’s third failed comeback attempt since losing in 2016 after serving 24 years as Maricopa County sheriff.

Even though election officials say all votes in Maricopa County have been counted, Arpaio said Wednesday night that he was not conceding the race and would instead consult with an attorney to determine whether to challenge the results. .

“I’m not saying I’m going to,” Arpaio said of a legal challenge. “I am not a lawyer. I just want a little information. In today’s environment, a large percentage of the population is not happy with the way the (electoral) system worked.

Dickey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The political stakes of the race in Fountain Hills, a densely populated Republican town of 24,000, were much lower for Arpaio than when he was the top law enforcement official for a county of more than 4 million. of inhabitants.

Arpaio was run over by a Democratic challenger in 2016 and was found guilty the following year of contempt of court for disobeying a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, although he was later pardoned by then-President Donald Trump.

Arpaio went on to finish third in a Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2018 and second in the GOP primary in a 2020 bid to win back the office of sheriff.

In his first two comeback attempts, Arpaio lost the vote in Fountain Hills.

Arpaio, a skilled political fundraiser who spent more than $12 million on his 2016 sheriff’s campaign, shelled out $161,000 in the mayoral race, six times the amount Dickey spent.

Before the federal government and the courts stripped him of his immigration powers, Arpaio led 20 large-scale traffic patrols targeting immigrants and more than 80 trade raids to arrest people working in the United States without permission.

While his defiant streak has played well with voters for many years, Arpaio has come under heavy criticism for enacting policies he knows are controversial and racking up $147 million in taxpayer-funded legal bills. .

Despite billing himself as America’s toughest sheriff, his agency has botched investigations into more than 400 sex crime complaints filed with his office.

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Gasoline prices fell just below the $4 mark for the first time in more than five months – good news for consumers struggling with high prices for many other essentials.

AAA said the national average for a gallon of regular was $3.99 on Thursday.

Prices fell 15 cents last week and 68 cents last month, according to the auto club.

Shopping app GasBuddy reported that the national average had already fallen to $3.98 on Wednesday.

Falling prices for gasoline, airline tickets and clothing are providing some relief to consumers, even though inflation is still near a four-decade high.

Oil prices began to rise in mid-2020 as economies recovered from the initial shock of the pandemic. They rose again when the United States and its allies announced sanctions against Russian oil following Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Recently, however, oil prices have fallen on concerns about slowing economic growth around the world. And high prices may encourage American motorists to drive less. Gasoline demand in early August was down 3.3% from the same week last year after tracking 2021 numbers more closely earlier this summer.

Pump prices are likely to be a major issue as the midterm elections approach in November.

Republicans are blaming President Joe Biden for high gas prices, seizing on his decisions to cancel a permit for a major pipeline and suspend new oil and gas leases on federal lands.

Biden said over the weekend that a family with two cars was saving $100 a month because prices had fallen from their peak in mid-June.

“It’s wiggle room,” he tweeted. “And we won’t let up anytime soon.”

Biden has also sparred with oil companies, accusing them of not producing as much oil and gasoline as they could while posting huge profits. “Exxon has made more money than God this year,” he said in June.

“I’m calling on businesses to pass every penny of this 18-cent cut back to consumers,” President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

Exxon said it increased its oil production. The Chevron CEO said Biden was trying to vilify his industry.

The national average for gas has not been below $4 since early March. Prices peaked at $5.02 a gallon on June 14, according to AAA. They slowly declined the rest of June, then started to decline more rapidly.

Motorists in California and Hawaii still pay more than $5, and other western states pay close to that. The cheapest gas is found in Texas and several other southern and midwestern states.

A year ago, the national average price was around $3.20 per gallon.

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People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes should monitor their blood sugar and keep it under control. This is a huge priority, and while no one likes to prick their fingers all day and test their blood, it needs to be done. Traditional blood glucose monitors can be a pain, but there is another option. Continuous glucose monitoring systems, also called CGM devices, are much more convenient and can be worn and used for long periods of time. This makes it easier to check your blood sugar compared to other methods.

“Continuous glucose monitors offer more intensive monitoring of a diabetic patient’s sugar levels,” said Dr. Rebecca Fenichel, an endocrinologist at Westmed Medical Group. “They’re particularly well suited to patients who need to check multiple times a day, or patients who want more frequent feedback throughout the day.”

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An important detail to note is that while anyone can buy a regular blood glucose meter, you will need a prescription from your doctor for a CGM system. Doctors may recommend a continuous glucose monitoring device for reasons related to your health situation and lifestyle, but it may not work for everyone’s unique diabetes care plan.

CGM devices can also give you and your doctor more information about blood sugar levels than a standard meter – for example, if your blood sugar starts to drop too low, the device can warn, “which can be a really useful feature to help patients avoid hypoglycemia,” Fenichel said. .”

For this article, we consulted doctors, including Fenichel, and researched the most popular monitors to select the best continuous blood glucose monitors on the market for 2022.

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This meter is recommended by Fenichel and was previously recommended by Dr. Nate Favini, Forward Medical Lead. “For people who want more in-depth insight into their blood glucose levels, I will often recommend the Freestyle Libre for continuous glucose monitoring,” Favini said.

“By placing a sensor on your arm, you can track your blood sugar continuously throughout the day and develop your understanding of what causes your sugar to go up and down. People will often be surprised that foods they thought good for their glucose levels can cause sugar spikes.Although continuous blood glucose monitors are more expensive, they can help you understand what types of foods and exercises are best for you.

To read your blood sugar on the Freestyle Libre, you perform a quick scan with the CGM device to get a reading. There are also optional alarms if your blood sugar gets too high or too low.

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“I find continuous glucose monitoring to be a valuable tool in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Josh Emdur, Medical Director of SteadyMD. “CGM data provides actionable insights to help patients track their glycemic response to dietary choices and activity levels.”

The Dexcom G6 doesn’t require you to scan manually to get a glucose level reading – instead, you get a wireless reading either on a dedicated receiving device or on your phone or Apple Watch. The Dexcom G6 reads your blood sugar every five minutes, keeping track of your blood sugar as long as you wear it night and day. You can set a custom range for where you want your blood sugar to be, and if it falls within the low or high blood sugar ranges you set, you’ll be notified.

“For patients on an insulin pump, the Dexcom G6 can connect to your pump and offer a closed-loop system to turn off your insulin if you drop. The Dexcom Monitor is also approved during pregnancy and offers continuous monitoring that you can see on your phone anytime,” says Fenichel.

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If you want a device that you can set up and don’t have to worry about reinserting it for up to 90 days, Eversense is a great option for diabetes management. A healthcare professional will insert the sensor, then you will place the transmitter on top.

Once the sensor is in place, you don’t have to change it for about 90 days, a long sensor life. The transmitter itself can alert you if your blood sugar is too high or too low, and you can also get readings wirelessly sent to your phone via an app. You can share your blood sugar data from your app with your doctor or anyone else who wants to check your blood sugar readings.

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The Guardian Connect system is a CGM that can quickly tell you your current blood glucose readings via a connected app and also gives you easy access to trends and data about your blood glucose over time. One feature that stands out with The Guardian is the “predictive” alerts you can receive regarding your sugar. Unlike other CGM systems that alert you when your blood sugar is already high or low, The Guardian uses technology that predicts when your blood sugar might get high or low, before it happens. Another feature that comes with the monitor is the Sugar.IQ Diabetes Assistant app for diabetes management, which uses your data to help you determine which diet, exercise, and insulin are right for you.

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The Justice Department has indicted a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate former Trump national security adviser John Bolton. one of many audacious efforts to kidnap or kill perceived enemies of the Iranian government on US soil, officials said.

The suspect, Shahram Poursafi, 45, remains at large – presumably in Iran, the justice ministry said. He was charged with attempting to pay $300,000 to individuals to kill Bolton at his office in DC or at his home in Maryland.

Federal officials said Bolton’s assassination would have been in retaliation for the US military’s January 2020 killing of Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander in the IRGC, which is a branch of Iran’s military. Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad. Iran pledged at the time to respond at a time of its choosing. Officials said Poursafi was acting on behalf of the IRGC’s elite Al-Quds force.

In January, after Tehran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan issued a statement saying Iran was threatening “to carry out terrorist operations inside the United States and elsewhere in the world.” world” and warning that if Americans were attacked, Iran would face “serious consequences”.

Bolton served as national security adviser for 17 months under President Donald Trump, stepping down in 2019 after apparently disagreeing with the president over whether to lift some sanctions on Iran as a negotiating tool.

Bolton’s departure reportedly linked to disagreement over lifting Iran sanctions

Bolton, who did not want the sanctions lifted, was a key architect of the Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign of tougher economic sanctions and threats of retaliation for alleged US support. Iran to terrorism. The idea was to cripple the Iranian economy to the point that its leaders thought they had to give up all nuclear ambitions and missile technology.

Bolton, in a telephone interview, said he had been warned by the FBI first generally and then somewhat more specifically last fall that there was a threat from Iran. “It got more and more serious, and that’s where ultimately in 2021 I asked the FBI if it was appropriate to have the Secret Service involved.”

By December, he was enjoying Secret Service protection, first in unmarked cars, then after Christmas with uniformed personnel in marked cars outside his house, he recalls.

Bolton is one of several former senior officials who were given security details after leaving office to protect them from potential targeting by Iran. Among those former officials are Trump’s former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and his former Iran envoy, Brian Hook.

Poursafi was identified with the help of an FBI informant, posing as a hitman capable of doing the job. Poursafi was put in contact with this person in November through another unidentified individual. The informant chained an increasingly frustrated Poursafi for months, never carrying out the assassination and constantly asking to be paid, while Poursafi said payment would follow the completion of the job, according to the FBI affidavit. in support of the criminal complaint.

Bolton helped the FBI where he could, he said. At one point, the informant, with Bolton’s permission, took two photos of Bolton leaving his office to send to Poursafi. “They [the FBI] wanted to see how far these people were willing to go,” Bolton said. “I was happy to help.”

According to the affidavit, the informant asked Poursafi if there was another individual “who had done Iran worse and whom he should instead target”, and named another former senior US official who did not. is not identified in the affidavit. Poursafi replied that targeting this official was dangerous because there were many people around, “but his time would come”.

At one point, while searching one of Poursafi’s online accounts, the FBI found two November screenshots taken from a map app showing a street view of the Bolton office building .

The indictment comes after 18 months of start-and-finish negotiations between Iran and five other countries, with indirect US participation, on a new nuclear deal to replace the one Trump withdrew from in 2018. The parties met again last week to consider what the European Union, which facilitated the talks, called for “definitive” text. The negotiators adjourned after several days to consult with their respective governments.

Conservative critics have charged in the past that the Biden administration failed to pursue indictments related to assassination threats to preserve the nuclear talks. But Tehran and Washington have said the negotiations are separate from other issues.

Bolton said Iran’s nuclear program “and their terrorist activities” are “two sides of the same coin.” He said, “It makes no sense for any US government to think that this regime in Tehran will honor its commitments when it conducts these operations on the terrorist side.

Last year, the Justice Department charged four Iranians in federal court in Manhattan with conspiring to kidnap Masih Alinejad, an exiled journalist and women’s rights activist who has long been a critic of the Tehran regime. Alinejad has not been identified by prosecutors, but she confirmed on Twitter that she was the intended target.

And a decade ago, an Iranian-American used-car salesman and Texas resident, Manssor Arbabsiar, who had a high-ranking cousin in the Quds Force, pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire and two counts. conspiracy to kill the Saudi at the time. ambassador at a restaurant in Georgetown. Arbabsiar hired a man he thought was a Mexican drug dealer who was actually an undercover informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The following year, Arbabsiar was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“This is not the first time that we have uncovered Iranian plots to exact revenge on individuals on American soil, and we will work tirelessly to expose and disrupt each such effort,” the assistant attorney general told Reuters. national security, Matthew G. Olsen, in a statement. statement.

But some former officials said the Iranian government suffered no significant consequences for past attempts. “It means touching the actions of Iran’s most senior leaders, for example prohibiting meetings with the Iranian foreign minister,” said Norman T. Roule, former national intelligence officer for Iran in the office of the director of national intelligence. “The Iranian government’s ability to escape serious consequences has most likely convinced Iran’s top leadership that they can take these actions with impunity.”

Karen DeYoung and Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.

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