Kid Rock goes off on a rap-heavy political rant

Kid Rock Kid Rock has never been known to remain silent on issues he feels passionately about, and he shared his views on the state of the country, healthcare, the NFL and other topics during his annual Kid Rock’s Fish Fry, held Oct. 6-7 in Nashville at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. He opened his Oct.… Continue reading “Kid Rock goes off on a rap-heavy political rant”

Judge rejects Menendez request to toss bribery charges

NEWARK — A federal judge on Monday refused to throw out any of the 18 criminal counts against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, clearing the way for the pair’s bribery trial to enter the defense phase. Defense attorneys had argued a U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of former Virginia governor… Continue reading “Judge rejects Menendez request to toss bribery charges”

Chinese female peacekeeper wins UN award in S. Sudan

Zhang Qin is on duty. [Photo/Western China City Daily] Zhang Qin, a female soldier of Chinese peacekeeping force in Juba, capital of South Sudan, was awarded honorable medal of peace, along with her comrades in arms, by the UN officials on Oct 4. Schumacher, deputy special representative of UN Mission in South Sudan, highly appreciated China’s… Continue reading “Chinese female peacekeeper wins UN award in S. Sudan”

Comey Drafted Clinton Statement, FBI Confirms

In documents it released on Monday, the FBI confirmed that former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement about the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before interviewing Clinton. The records show that on May 2, 2016, Comey emailed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff and senior counselor… Continue reading “Comey Drafted Clinton Statement, FBI Confirms”

Trump and the dismantling of Obama’s legacy

Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launched an all-out assault on the legacy of Barack Obama. Climate, free trade, health care, immigration, foreign policy — the 45th US president has set about undoing just about everything done by the 44th. All new presidents,… Continue reading “Trump and the dismantling of Obama’s legacy”

California school employees won’t be allowed to bring concealed weapons to work anymore

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Saturday that will remove the rights of school administrators to decide whether employees with concealed weapon permits can bring guns on campus. State law already prohibited civilians who are not school workers from bringing firearms onto campuses, but a change in the law last year gave school district… Continue reading “California school employees won’t be allowed to bring concealed weapons to work anymore”

ECB reveals billions of profits from Greek debt

The European Central Bank earned 7.8 billion euros ($9.2 billion) of interest in 2012-16 on Greek debt it bought to shore up the fragile nation, a figure promising renewed tensions with eurozone partners. Some of the funds are still in limbo, despite the fact that any profits from bonds owned by the ECB and its 19… Continue reading “ECB reveals billions of profits from Greek debt”

Spain PM gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence stance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to clarify his position on whether or not he was declaring independence. Speaking in parliament Rajoy said Carles Puigdemont has until Monday at 10 am (1200 GMT) “to say if he declared independence” before suspending Catalan autonomy. “It is very important that Mr… Continue reading “Spain PM gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence stance”

The slaughter in Las Vegas is all too familiar, yet Americans refuse to stop it

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times website on Monday, Oct. 2: ——— The nation awakened Monday morning to learn that once again a man — and it’s almost always a man — has committed what appears to be the most American of acts, using military-style firearms to kill a staggering number of people.… Continue reading “The slaughter in Las Vegas is all too familiar, yet Americans refuse to stop it”

French pensioners join protests over Macron reforms

Thousands of pensioners demonstrated across France on Thursday over increases in their taxes, the latest group to take to the streets over President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. Around eight million pensioners on more than 1,200 euros ($1,400) a month will pay higher social security contributions next year as Macron seeks to slash the budget deficit. The… Continue reading “French pensioners join protests over Macron reforms”

Trump lifts Puerto Rico shipping restrictions

President Donald Trump lifted US shipping restrictions on storm-battered Puerto Rico Thursday, removing a legal obstacle blamed for slowing the disaster relief response to Hurricane Maria, the White House said. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump waived the Jones Act in response to a request from the island’s governor, Ricardo Rossello. “It will go into… Continue reading “Trump lifts Puerto Rico shipping restrictions”

Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation’s military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation. “We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” said Maduro,… Continue reading “Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S.”

Trump Laughed at by World Leaders for Dissing Socialism

When President Donald Trump criticized socialism during his speech Tuesday at the United Nations, he seemed to expect roaring approval from the audience. Instead, world leaders responded with laughter and weak applause. It was perhaps the most awkward moment of Trump’s speech. Speaking on the recent crisis in Venezuela, Trump said, “The problem…is not that socialism… Continue reading “Trump Laughed at by World Leaders for Dissing Socialism”

Entire 8-year-old football team takes a knee during national anthem in protest of social injustice

Every player from an 8-and-under football team took a knee in protest during the national anthem before their game on Saturday, according to KTVI in Belleville, Illinois. 鈥淥ne of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, 鈥楧o you know why they are doing it?’”… Continue reading “Entire 8-year-old football team takes a knee during national anthem in protest of social injustice”

Jesse Watters: Hurting Trump a Job Requirement at CNN

In order to work for CNN, you need to have an agenda against President Donald Trump, or at least according to Fox News’ Jesse Watters. Watters enjoys kale, but did not enjoy the joke CNN Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain made about serving President Donald Trump hemlock. “I think wanting to hurt President Trump is a… Continue reading “Jesse Watters: Hurting Trump a Job Requirement at CNN”

Trump Blocks Chinese Takeover of US Computer Chip Company

President Donald Trump has blocked the acquisition of a U.S. computer chip manufacturer by a Chinese company, calling it a threat to national security. The Chinese-owned Canyon Bridge Fund has sought to take over Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor Corp. The U.S. Treasury Department, acting under Trump’s orders, said Wednesday it is prohibiting the deal. It says the… Continue reading “Trump Blocks Chinese Takeover of US Computer Chip Company”

University of California sues Trump administration for rescinding DACA

LOS ANGELES — The University of California sued the Trump administration Friday for rescinding protections for immigrant students without legal status, saying it unconstitutionally violates their rights on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim.” The lawsuit filed in the northern district of California is the first legal effort by a university to block the Trump administration’s… Continue reading “University of California sues Trump administration for rescinding DACA”

How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea

Over the past month, President Trump’s incendiary threats to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea in response to its ballistic missile program set off a chain of military escalations that climaxed this week with Pyongyang’s sixth test of a nuclear device, a hydrogen bomb three to five times more powerful than the American bombs that… Continue reading “How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea”

Putin: Trump Can’t Disappoint Me, We’re Not Married

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump’s so-called bromance is not on the rocks because there was never romance to begin with, Putin told reporters on Tuesday. While visiting China for a BRICS summit, Putin addressed journalists’ questions about the increasingly cool relations between Moscow and Washington. Both administrations have said that tensions between the… Continue reading “Putin: Trump Can’t Disappoint Me, We’re Not Married”

Trump Decides to End DACA—Report

On national prayer day Sunday, President Donald Trump’s White House team met over his decision to stop shielding young people who came to America illegally with their parents from being thrown out of the U.S. Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, on Tuesday, two people familiar with… Continue reading “Trump Decides to End DACA—Report”

North Korean leader is ‘begging for war,’ US ambassador to UN says

UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called Monday for punishing all countries that do business with North Korea after the largest nuclear test conducted by Pyongyang. From the United States to Japan, ambassadors at a U.N. Security Council meeting expressed fear and anger and frustration about North Korea. The nuclear bomb tested… Continue reading “North Korean leader is ‘begging for war,’ US ambassador to UN says”

Russia slams N.Korea nuclear test, urges calm 

Russia urged calm on Sunday as it slammed North Korea after Pyongyang said it successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. “This latest demonstrative disregard by Pyongyang of the requirements of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the norms of international law deserves the strongest condemnation,” the foreign ministry in Moscow said. The ministry said… Continue reading “Russia slams N.Korea nuclear test, urges calm “

Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS

The five BRICS nations hold their annual summit in China on Monday under the shadow of a Sino-Indian border spat and growing questions about the grouping’s relevance. BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — was formed to allow the biggest emerging economies representing more than 40 percent of humanity to form a united… Continue reading “Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS”

Comey drafted announcement closing Hillary Clinton probe before key witnesses interviewed: Senators

Two Republican senators say they’ve reviewed evidence that indicates former FBI Director James B. Comey began drafting a statement to announce the closure of the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server months before key witnesses, including the former Democratic presidential candidate, were interviewed. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote… Continue reading “Comey drafted announcement closing Hillary Clinton probe before key witnesses interviewed: Senators”

Bernie Sanders asked by grass-roots activists to lead new party

Grass-roots activists are ramping up pressure on Sen. Bernard Sanders to appear at a town hall meeting next month to discuss launching a new progressive party and severing ties with the Democrats. Nick Brana, founder of Draft Bernie for a People’s Party, said in an email blast on Wednesday that “progressives across the country are waiting… Continue reading “Bernie Sanders asked by grass-roots activists to lead new party”

US Forces Come Under Fire in Syria

American troops returned fire last week after being repeatedly shot at by rebels in areas of northern Syria controlled by Turkish-backed forces. Defense officials told VOA that U.S.-led coalition forces came under gunfire “on multiple occasions” from “unknown groups.” Army Colonel Joe Scrocca, a military spokesman in Baghdad, said there were no casualties or damage to… Continue reading “US Forces Come Under Fire in Syria”

US thanks Mexico for Texas flood aid offer

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson put aside controversy over US plans to build a wall on its southern border Wednesday and thanked Mexico for its offer of aid to flood-stricken Texas. Tillerson was welcoming his Mexican counterpart Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray to talks on trade and security when he made the comments, even as deadly Storm… Continue reading “US thanks Mexico for Texas flood aid offer”

‘Reveal’ host explains why he protected Trump supporter from antifa beating: ‘I am a human first’

A black journalist who was filmed protecting a white man from being beaten by antifa activists in Berkeley, California, over the weekend is explaining his decision after receiving criticism from some on the left. Now-viral video footage showed the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Al Letson shielding a man, who later identified himself as a President Trump… Continue reading “‘Reveal’ host explains why he protected Trump supporter from antifa beating: ‘I am a human first’”

How Texas Lawmakers Missed The Chance To Plan For Climate Change

With rising sea levels and increased rainfall, experts agree, climate change made the flooding from Hurricane Harvey far worse than it would have been even a decade ago. The Texas legislature had multiple opportunities to create a “climate adaptation plan” that could have resulted in preparations, but the bills were killed every time. The sponsor of… Continue reading “How Texas Lawmakers Missed The Chance To Plan For Climate Change”

Welcome to Oceania and the ‘Ministry of Truth’

By Thomas Horn In George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” the fictional setting of Oceania has four “Ministries” under the figurehead of Big Brother – Love, Peace, Plenty and Truth. The Ministry of Peace actually perpetuates unending wars; the Ministry of Love oversees suffering and torture against those that do not adhere to the Party line; the… Continue reading “Welcome to Oceania and the ‘Ministry of Truth’”

Ivanka Backs Scrapping Equal Pay Measures

The White House, with the backing of Ivanka Trump, will end an Obama-era policy that would have required business owners to document how much they pay their workers alongside their gender, race and ethnicity. The Trump administration is scrapping the scheme, which was due to come into force in the spring this year, on the basis… Continue reading “Ivanka Backs Scrapping Equal Pay Measures”

CNN’s Supposedly GOP Pundit Gave Big Bucks to Democrats

A CNN contributor who CNN bills as a “Republican consultant” has given more than $18,000 to Democratic candidates since 1997, including thousands of dollars to a New Jersey senator currently on trial for corruption charges. Ana Navarrro gave another $2,000 to political action committees known as Democrats Win Seats and Help Elect America’s Team. It’s odd… Continue reading “CNN’s Supposedly GOP Pundit Gave Big Bucks to Democrats”

19 American travelers to Cuba report symptoms similar to those suffered by diplomats

MIAMI — Nineteen American citizens have reported symptoms similar to those suffered by U.S. diplomats who had been identified as victims of alleged attacks in Cuba. “Since September 29, the Department of State has been contacted by 19 U.S. citizens who reported experiencing symptoms similar to those listed in the Travel Warning after visiting Cuba,” a… Continue reading “19 American travelers to Cuba report symptoms similar to those suffered by diplomats”

Why is Russia helping Turkey in Afrin?

On January 20, Turkey launched an air and ground offensive, which it called “Olive Branch”, against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. As the offensive progressed rapidly, it became obvious that such an ambitious operation could not have been possible without Russia’s explicit approval. First of all, the operation required the Turkish Air Force… Continue reading “Why is Russia helping Turkey in Afrin?”

Trump’s tax cuts are making Americans’ paychecks bigger, so why is the media ignoring that?

This month, as Washington politicians sparred with the White House over spending, women marched both with and against the president, and CNN continued its non-stop Russia obsession, I noticed a different type of Trump coverage on my social media. “My husband just got his first paycheck under Trump tax plan! It’s $102 more and will be,… Continue reading “Trump’s tax cuts are making Americans’ paychecks bigger, so why is the media ignoring that?”

Trump Aide Carter Page May Have Been Russian Agent

President Donald Trump’s Justice Department had reason to suspect that former Trump campaign associate Carter Page was a Russian agent, according to a Republican memo. The contentious and secret memo, allegedly created by Republicans to discredit the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, shows that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved an application… Continue reading “Trump Aide Carter Page May Have Been Russian Agent”

US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit

Human rights supporters are concerned by the potential relationship between the American military and an Indonesian special forces unit that has been linked to human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stated that he will explore reopening ties with the unit, called Kopassus, even though it is currently precluded under… Continue reading “US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit”

What Trump Will Say in His First State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump will tout the growing economy, the need for better infrastructure, and his overall foreign policy agenda on Tuesday night in his first official State of the Union address before Congress and the nation. Trump will stress an inclusive agenda, as he did last year in an address to Congress shortly after he took… Continue reading “What Trump Will Say in His First State of the Union Address”

Meet Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver’s replacement in the N.J. Assembly

Britnee Timberlake, previously New Jersey’s only black female county freeholder director, is now the newest member of the state Assembly. Tiberlake, 31, was sworn in Monday to fill the seat vacated by Sheila Oliver, who earlier this month became the first black woman to assume statewide office in Garden State history when she took over as… Continue reading “Meet Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver’s replacement in the N.J. Assembly”

Ireland to hold abortion referendum at end of May: PM

Ireland will hold a referendum on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws at the end of May, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced Monday. Accepting it would be a difficult decision for voters to make in the traditionally deeply Catholic country, Varadkar said he would be advocating a Yes vote, convinced that abortion no longer had a place… Continue reading “Ireland to hold abortion referendum at end of May: PM”

McCabe Out as House Republicans Prep Nunes Memo for Release

FBI Director Christopher Wray went to a secure location Sunday to read a memo prepared by House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. The memo, which the committee is considering making make public, reportedly describes serious abuses in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, including weak justifications to obtain surveillance warrants aimed at the president and top… Continue reading “McCabe Out as House Republicans Prep Nunes Memo for Release”

Black America’s chains forged of political largesse favoring Brown illegals

LOS ANGELES, January 26, 2018: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), EB-5, E-2, work visa and chain migration programs, has created a new level of hell for Black America. In Los Angeles, the epicenter of illegal immigration, racial tension is at an all-time high, the opportunity for Blacks is at a new low. The furtherance… Continue reading “Black America’s chains forged of political largesse favoring Brown illegals”

The U.S. Must Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

The topic of when human life begins can be a difficult issue for many Americans, especially in a political context. But a discussion in which both political parties should engage more is the science and viability of unborn children and restrictions on abortion. We come from different ends of the political spectrum, as a Republican and… Continue reading “The U.S. Must Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks”

Breaking with West, Israel backs Rwanda in renaming genocide

Hours before row with Poland, Jerusalem accused of supporting rewriting of history elsewhere, in reported quid pro quo with Kigali over migrants Israel backed a UN resolution pushed by Rwanda to designate a day of memory for the country’s genocide as specifically against the Tutsi ethnic group, supporting a move widely seen as downplaying the deaths… Continue reading “Breaking with West, Israel backs Rwanda in renaming genocide”

Bernie Marcus, Home Depot co-founder, to Democrats: ‘Use your stupid brains’ on tax reform

Bernie Marcus, a billionaire philanthropist who co-founded Home Depot and served as the company’s first CEO for 19 years, unleashed a fiery rant over the weekend slamming Democrats as willfully ignorant on Republican tax reform. Appearing on Fox News Saturday, Mr. Marcus praised Home Depot for awarding bonuses of up to $1,000 to its hourly workers… Continue reading “Bernie Marcus, Home Depot co-founder, to Democrats: ‘Use your stupid brains’ on tax reform”

Philippines’ Duterte sanctions corruption prober after bank records ‘leak’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday punished an anti-graft prosecutor suspected of leaking his bank records after an opposition politician had accused Duterte of corruption. When he was still a presidential candidate Duterte was accused of unlawfully failing to disclose 211 million pesos ($4.1 million) in secret bank accounts. The 2016 complaint was lodged with the… Continue reading “Philippines’ Duterte sanctions corruption prober after bank records ‘leak’”

Afghanistan Observes National Day of Mourning as Toll Rises 

In Afghanistan, Sunday is a national day of mourning. Flags are at half-staff across the country and at Afghan diplomatic missions abroad, the day after insurgents used an explosives-laden ambulance to carry out a deadly attack. Officials said Sunday the death toll has risen to 103 people, while 235 were wounded in the assault in the… Continue reading “Afghanistan Observes National Day of Mourning as Toll Rises “

George Soros: Many Hungarians believe he has a party

Roughly two-thirds of Hungarian voters believe a George Soros political party will run in the country’s April election, according to a poll released on Monday. Policy Agenda, a private Hungarian polling firm commissioned by local media to survey voter expectations, listed a number of parties running for election, including the “George Soros Party” – which doesn’t… Continue reading “George Soros: Many Hungarians believe he has a party”

US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries

The United States announced Monday it was lifting its ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries, but said those seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past. Applicants from 11 countries, unnamed but understood to include 10 Muslim-majority nations plus North Korea, will face tougher “risk-based” assessments to be… Continue reading “US lifts ban on refugees from 11 countries”

Meghan McCain grills Kirsten Gillibrand over sexual misconduct double standard

“The View” co-host Meghan McCain grilled Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday for taking so long to apply the same standard to Republicans and Democrats when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct. Ms. Gillibrand, a longtime Clinton ally who worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Senate in 2000, called on President Trump to step down in… Continue reading “Meghan McCain grills Kirsten Gillibrand over sexual misconduct double standard”

Did the NRA Channel Russian Money to Trump?

For supporters, the NRA is a bulwark of patriotic Americans values, but critics are demanding a broader investigation into its ties to a Kremlin-linked banker. A liberal group will on Monday file a request for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to launch an investigation into whether the National Rifle Association took contributions from Russians, which were… Continue reading “Did the NRA Channel Russian Money to Trump?”

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe steps down ahead of planned retirement

WASHINGTON — Andrew McCabe on Monday left his job as deputy director of the FBI after enduring withering attacks from President Donald Trump and other Republicans. McCabe went on leave from the FBI on Monday, pending the effective date of his retirement in March, said two government officials familiar with the move. McCabe already had intended… Continue reading “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe steps down ahead of planned retirement”

Qatar to expand US airbase as defence chief visits DC

Visiting Washington DC, Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said his country will expand the American airbase that currently houses about 10,000 US military personnel. The expansion at the Al Udeid base – home of the US Central Command – will allow for 200 more housing units for officers and their families, Attiyah said.… Continue reading “Qatar to expand US airbase as defence chief visits DC”

‘Attack again, and I’ll launch a missile at Ben Gurion airport’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad today sent a threat to Israel through Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that if Israel attacked them again, Syria would respond by firing Scud missiles at Ben-Gurion Airport. “Syrian honor above all else,” Assad told Putin, who replied that he would convey the message to Israel. Assad, Putin Reuters About three weeks… Continue reading “‘Attack again, and I’ll launch a missile at Ben Gurion airport’”

Syrian civilians ‘killed in Turkey’s Afrin operation’

At least eight civilians have been reported killed following Turkish air strikes near the Syrian enclave of Afrin, as Turkish-backed fighters accused the armed Kurdish group YPG of forcibly recruiting minors to fight. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the fatalities, including five children from one family, were from the village of Kobla just outside… Continue reading “Syrian civilians ‘killed in Turkey’s Afrin operation’”

Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, to step down earlier than expected

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down, a government official confirmed on Monday. The official, who talked on background because they are not authorized to speak directly about situation, said Mr. McCabe is using his retirement eligibility to leave a few weeks earlier than initially planned. President Trump didn’t respond to a reporter’s question Monday… Continue reading “Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, to step down earlier than expected”

Israeli President Rivlin visits Greece amid criticism

Athens, Greece – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos of Greece in the capital, Athens, on Monday, amid criticism from left-wing groups and others. Rivlin arrived in Athens on Sunday for a three-day visit, during which he will also meet members of the local Jewish community and travel with… Continue reading “Israeli President Rivlin visits Greece amid criticism”

GOP Tax Plan Hasn’t Led To Raise, Bonus For Most: Poll

Just two percent of U.S. adults say they have received a pay raise, bonus or other financial benefits due to the new tax law signed by President Donald Trump, according to a new poll. Republicans hailed the bill as a tax cut for the middle class, but most adults appear to side with Democratic critics who… Continue reading “GOP Tax Plan Hasn’t Led To Raise, Bonus For Most: Poll”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announces retirement from House

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announced Monday he will retire rather than seek another term in November, when he was expected to face the toughest campaign of his career in New Jersey’s 11th District. Frelinghuysen, 71, became chairman of the House Appropriations Committee last year, a post that made him more beholden to the House Republican… Continue reading “Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announces retirement from House”

Oops: Guests invited to Trump’s State of the ‘Uniom’

Donald Trump’s misspellings have become legendary — “covfefe,” anyone? — but a glaring typo on tickets for the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday has some lawmakers crying for spell check. Tickets to the prime-time speech before a joint session of Congress were printed inviting lawmakers and guests to the State of the “Uniom,” lawmakers… Continue reading “Oops: Guests invited to Trump’s State of the ‘Uniom’”

Who Is David Bowdich, Andrew McCabe’s FBI Replacement?

Newsweek has learned that an FBI official who served as associate deputy director under James Comey and Andrew McCabe is replacing McCabe as acting deputy director. An FBI spokesperson was not immediately available to comment. The news was also reported by CNN, NPR and Fox News. As associate deputy director, David Bowdich was the third-ranking FBI… Continue reading “Who Is David Bowdich, Andrew McCabe’s FBI Replacement?”

Most Millennials Disapprove of Trump and Congress: Poll

Most millennials disapprove of Congress and President Donald Trump’s job performance and think the country is heading in the wrong direction, a new poll found. Sixty-three percent of millennials, aged 18-34, said they disapprove of Trump, with 46 percent of respondents saying they strongly disapprove, according to an NBC/GenForward poll, published Monday. Just 19 percent of… Continue reading “Most Millennials Disapprove of Trump and Congress: Poll”

Kurds Say Turkey Plans to Reshape Demographics in Northern Syria

Turkey’s latest military incursion into northern Syria which it says is aimed at reining in Kurdish separatists will speed up the return of Syrian refugees to their homes, Turkish officials say. But Kurds are fearful Ankara plans to use the returnees to displace them and engineer a population shift. Kurd officials say Ankara wants to re-shape… Continue reading “Kurds Say Turkey Plans to Reshape Demographics in Northern Syria”

Ex-governor urges British PM to speak out on Hong Kong ‘threats’

British Prime Minister Theresa May should address concerns about the political situation in Hong Kong during her visit to China this week, the last British governor of the territory said on Monday. In a letter to May’s Downing Street office, Chris Patten said Hong Kong was facing “increasing threats to the basic freedoms, human rights and… Continue reading “Ex-governor urges British PM to speak out on Hong Kong ‘threats’”

Paul Ryan Thanks Wealthy Republican Donors For Aiding Tax Cuts

At a lavish resort near Palm Springs, California, on Sunday, the biggest donors in the billionaire Koch brothers’ powerful political network turned their eyes to a video from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. “We would not be in this unique position if not for the hard work and devotion from everyone in the Koch network,” said… Continue reading “Paul Ryan Thanks Wealthy Republican Donors For Aiding Tax Cuts”

Larry Kudlow: Trump Is ‘Ending Obama’s War on Business’

President Donald Trump’s economic policies not only represent a sharp break from his predecessor, but they are working, economic analyst and political commentator Larry Kudlow said Monday. Speaking on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Kudlow said Democrats are upset because they do not want to admit that Trump’s policies of lower taxes and fewer regulations are pushing… Continue reading “Larry Kudlow: Trump Is ‘Ending Obama’s War on Business’”

Yemen’s complicated war just got more complicated

Yemen’s southern coastal city of Aden has been gripped by days of fighting after armed separatist forces – backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – moved against the internationally recognised government. Fighters from the Southern Resistance Forces (SRF), the armed wing of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) – a political movement demanding secession for southern… Continue reading “Yemen’s complicated war just got more complicated”

Alex Azar sworn as HHS secretary; Trump orders him to bring down drug prices

Alex Azar was sworn Monday as secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, filling a critical seat in President Trump’s cabinet that for months had been filled by an acting boss. Mr. Trump immediately tasked Mr. Azar with driving down prescription drug prices, saying other countries “pay a tiny fraction” of Americans fork out for… Continue reading “Alex Azar sworn as HHS secretary; Trump orders him to bring down drug prices”

Sen. Lindsey Graham: We’re not going to build a 1,900-mile border wall

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that the $25 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall and other infrastructure in President Trump’s immigration proposal can be spent wisely, and that he doesn’t envision constructing a bona fide 1,900-mile wall. Mr. Graham said lawmakers included some $42 billion for border security in a 2013 immigration bill the U.S. Senate… Continue reading “Sen. Lindsey Graham: We’re not going to build a 1,900-mile border wall”

FBI Deputy Director McCabe Stepping Down Amid Scrutiny

Updated | Andrew McCabe has stepped down as deputy director of the FBI, according to reports Monday from multiple news outlets. A number of senior officials have exited posts in recent weeks amid allegations of bias at the organization. He is now on leave but will formally retire in March, according to CBS News. The report… Continue reading “FBI Deputy Director McCabe Stepping Down Amid Scrutiny”

Rising internet shutdowns aimed at ‘silencing dissent’

Governments around the world are increasingly shutting down internet access in an apparent attempt to silence discontent and dissent, activists say. In 2017, internet access was cut off more than 80 times around the world, up from 56 times the year before, drawing concerns from digital rights activists. “We do see this as evidence for a… Continue reading “Rising internet shutdowns aimed at ‘silencing dissent’”

Americans More Satisfied with Military, Security, Economy Under Trump

Americans reported substantially higher levels of satisfaction with the country’s military, security from terrorism and the state of the economy under President Donald Trump than they felt under former President Barack Obama a year ago, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Roughly 78 percent of Americans felt satisfied with the military’s strength and preparedness, up… Continue reading “Americans More Satisfied with Military, Security, Economy Under Trump”

Sarah Sanders Roasts Jim Acosta Over ‘Russia Fever’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders roasted CNN’s Jim Acosta Monday for asking if President Donald Trump improperly “pressured” officials in the Russian collusion investigation, saying Trump wants to “get this resolved” so reporters get “the Russia fever out of their system.” After news broke Monday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was stepping down… Continue reading “Sarah Sanders Roasts Jim Acosta Over ‘Russia Fever’”

Netanyahu to Putin: Lesson of Nazis is evil must be routed before it gains power

Prime minister joins Russian leader on tour of Jewish Museum in Moscow ahead of meeting expected to focus on thwarting Iran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, telling him that the lesson of the Nazis was that murderous ideologies must be stopped before they can flourish — an… Continue reading “Netanyahu to Putin: Lesson of Nazis is evil must be routed before it gains power”

Why Republicans must seize the moment to ensure that no portion of the Trump tax cuts expire

Just one month into the new tax bill, only those wearing left-wing ideological blinders – which unfortunately is still millions of anti-Trumpers – can deny that the Trump tax cuts are helping just about everyone. The avalanche of news stories of Trump bonuses, pay raises, fringe benefit payments, job openings, and factories relocating to the United… Continue reading “Why Republicans must seize the moment to ensure that no portion of the Trump tax cuts expire”

Sen. Tammy Duckworth slams Trump’s Vietnam draft deferments, chastises ‘Cadet Bone Spurs’

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, took direct aim at President Trump’s multiple draft deferments to Vietnam, saying that his lack of service puts him in no position to question his critics’ support for the U.S. military. The Illinois Democrat, who lost both legs when her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down in 2004, has been… Continue reading “Sen. Tammy Duckworth slams Trump’s Vietnam draft deferments, chastises ‘Cadet Bone Spurs’”

Gingrich Just Nailed the Biggest Difference Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

President Donald Trump delivers his first SOTU on Tuesday night — and millions of Americans are eager to watch and listen to his words about the as he completes his first year in office and continues to focus on solving some of the major problems facing this country. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, made a… Continue reading “Gingrich Just Nailed the Biggest Difference Between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton”

Powerful Jersey Republican Frelinghuysen retiring after being weakened by Trump

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, both the most powerful and endangered member of the New Jersey congressional delegation, announced Monday that he would not seek re-election. Frelinghuysen, R-11th Dist., gave no reason for retiring. He joins Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd Dist., as New Jersey lawmakers not seeking another term in the House. Both were elected in… Continue reading “Powerful Jersey Republican Frelinghuysen retiring after being weakened by Trump”

Chris Christie joins ABC News as a contributor

Former Gov. Chris Christie has landed a TV gig, NJ Advance Media has learned. Christie has been hired as an occasional contributor to ABC News, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The hiring is scheduled to be announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America” during the 7 a.m. hour, according to the sources, who requested anonymity… Continue reading “Chris Christie joins ABC News as a contributor”

Home Depot Co-Founder Slams Democrats on Tax Reform

A co-founder of The Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, slammed Democrats who have criticized the Republican-led tax plan, telling the politicians to “use your stupid brains” on Fox News on Saturday. In the weeks after President Donald Trump signed a sweeping tax-reform bill, Republicans have rushed to declare the bill a victory for middle-class workers who received… Continue reading “Home Depot Co-Founder Slams Democrats on Tax Reform”

FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary Clinton emails justifies withholding documents

Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury. Ty Clevenger, the lawyer, has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal lawyers… Continue reading “FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary Clinton emails justifies withholding documents”

Despite political hurdles, Trump defiant on Mexico wall

President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that the US Congress must find a way to pay for his promised border wall, branding Mexico a hotbed of violent crime. And he warned both Mexico and Canada that if they continue to be “difficult” in trade talks, he make have to break off attempts to reform the NAFTA free… Continue reading “Despite political hurdles, Trump defiant on Mexico wall”

Trump will tout tax reform at Missouri company

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will speak Wednesday at the Loren Cook Company in Springfield, Mo., the White House announced Monday. The afternoon speech will be aimed at promoting tax reform, but it will not be open to the general public. Trump is expected to exhort Congress to move forward on cutting tax rates and simplifying… Continue reading “Trump will tout tax reform at Missouri company”

Better use of scarce water key to Middle East’s future: World Bank

Political stability and economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa could hinge on better management of scarce water resources, the World Bank said in a report released Tuesday. With poor access to water and poor sanitation, the region is suffering annual economic losses of as much as $21 billion, according to the report, published… Continue reading “Better use of scarce water key to Middle East’s future: World Bank”

Documentary puts Xi in spotlight

As China is preparing for the BRICS Summit in Xiamen next week, analysts said the past few years marked China’s transition from a player in global affairs to a leader of the global agenda. A six-episode political documentary,Major Country Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics, started on Monday on China Central Television, with one episode a day showcasing… Continue reading “Documentary puts Xi in spotlight”

Trump Being Warned by Advisers About Impeachment

Donald Trump’s presidency already has been one of the most controversial in American history, and its ending could be just as action-packed and unpredictable as his first seven months in office. As the 45th president deals with his stalled agenda, his sinking approval ratings and the investigations into his presidential campaign’s possible ties to Russia, White… Continue reading “Trump Being Warned by Advisers About Impeachment”

King starts Canada visit today, accompanied by Crown Prince

By JT – Aug 28,2017 – Last updated at Aug 28,2017 AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah is due today in Canada for an official visit, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Hussein, according to a Royal Court statement. During the visit, the King will meet with Governor General of Canada David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin… Continue reading “King starts Canada visit today, accompanied by Crown Prince”

Guatemala faces crisis after president turns on UN man

Guatemala faced a fresh political crisis Sunday as President Jimmy Morales tried to expel a UN official investigating him for suspected corruption, but was overruled by the courts. The row comes two years since another graft affair that toppled a former president in the Central American country of 15 million people. The power play by the… Continue reading “Guatemala faces crisis after president turns on UN man”

French authorities warn farmers of Jewish thieves ahead of Yom Kippur

Municipal veterinary service says Jews and Muslims may try to steal chickens and sheep to use in ‘unauthorized sacrifices’ for holidays By JTA Ultra Orthodox Jews perform the Kaparot ceremony on October 10, 2016, in the ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem. (Nati Shohat/Flash90) Veterinarians in a municipality near Paris warned farmers of an elevated… Continue reading “French authorities warn farmers of Jewish thieves ahead of Yom Kippur”

Supreme Court justice blocks ruling on redrawing Texas districts

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday temporarily halted enforcement of a lower-court ruling that required two Texas congressional districts to be redrawn. Responding to an appeal by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Alito halted action on the order and gave those who challenged the districts until Sept. 5 to address the… Continue reading “Supreme Court justice blocks ruling on redrawing Texas districts”

Six people, including officer, injured in Berkeley rioting as leftists attack cops, political foes

Six people were injured, including a police officer, and 13 protesters arrested Sunday after a violent black-masked antifa mob swarmed Berkeley in order to protest a previously cancelled rally against Marxism. “One officer was injured during an arrest and several officers were struck with paint,” said the Berkeley Police Department in a press release. “Six people… Continue reading “Six people, including officer, injured in Berkeley rioting as leftists attack cops, political foes”

India stands to face retribution

China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Wednesday that India should refrain from abusing trade remedy measures, which would disrupt economic cooperation and trade relations between the two countries.[Photo/mofcom.gov.cn] India has started building a road near Bangong Lake in Ladakh, which, according to Indian media, will facilitate the movement of Indian troops. This suggests India might be… Continue reading “India stands to face retribution”

Trump Acts Like a ‘Vengeful Autocrat,’ Says Ex-CIA Head

President Donald Trump is exhibiting “qualities usually found in narcissistic, vengeful autocrats,” the CIA director said, after the administration threatened nations that do not back its push to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The status of Jerusalem is a longstanding issue as it is a historic city steeped in Jewish, Christian, as well as Muslim history… Continue reading “Trump Acts Like a ‘Vengeful Autocrat,’ Says Ex-CIA Head”

Raul Castro to step down as Cuba’s president in April 2018

Cuban President Raul Castro will step down in April 2018 straight after his successor is chosen by a top governing council, according to a vote Thursday in the island state’s National Assembly. The vote by lawmakers pushed back the date of general elections, which were initially to be held at the end of February. The delay… Continue reading “Raul Castro to step down as Cuba’s president in April 2018”

U.S. Having A Party After Jerusalem Vote

The U.S. threatened it would be “taking names” of countries opposing the decision to move America’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem—but it turns out, the names were for a party. On Thursday, after the United Nations resoundingly voted to rebuke the Trump administration for the controversial move, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley invited the eight countries that voted… Continue reading “U.S. Having A Party After Jerusalem Vote”

UN General Assembly overwhelmingly condemns US policy change on Jerusalem despite Trump’s threats

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted Thursday to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite Trump’s threats to punish countries that voted against the U.S. position. The resolution passed in an emergency session at U.N. headquarters in New York with 128 in favor, nine opposed and 35 abstentions. The… Continue reading “UN General Assembly overwhelmingly condemns US policy change on Jerusalem despite Trump’s threats”

Erdogan slams UAE over FM’s anti-Turkish retweet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attacked the United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister after he retweeted a post attacking a historical Ottoman leader. Without mentioning Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan directly, Erdogan said “some Arab leaders” were antagonising his country in order to “cover their ignorance and their incompetence.” The angry rebuke comes a day after… Continue reading “Erdogan slams UAE over FM’s anti-Turkish retweet”

Pakistan reaffirms commitment to nuclear deterrence

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s military and civilian leadership has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to maintaining “full spectrum” nuclear deterrence and reiterated the robustness of its nuclear safeguards. Pakistan’s National Command Authority (NCA), which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons programme, met for the first time in almost two years in Rawalpindi on Thursday. “While expressing full confidence… Continue reading “Pakistan reaffirms commitment to nuclear deterrence”

Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday called on UN member states not to be swayed by US leader Donald Trump’s threat to cut funding, during a key vote on a motion rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I am calling on the whole world: never sell your democratic will in return for petty… Continue reading “Erdogan urges world to resist US threat in Jerusalem vote”

Saudi Arabia Will Go Nuclear to Counter Iran Threat

As tensions between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran escalate, the gulf monarchy has said it will reserve its right to enrich uranium which could be used in nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal told Reuters the country would not give up its “sovereign” right to civilian nuclear program. He cited… Continue reading “Saudi Arabia Will Go Nuclear to Counter Iran Threat”