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Trump urges Senate GOP not to let Americans down Trump urges Senate GOP not to let Americans down
- May 15, 2017

Some Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns the House-approved proposal would leave millions without insurance, while Democrats are uniformly opposed to overturning the statute and hope to stymie efforts to change the law, which national polls show has grown in popularity. (more...)
US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick: Schumer US Senate Democrats may refuse to vote on Trump FBI pick: Schumer
- May 15, 2017

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, proposed the idea after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week. After all, since July, the feds' have been investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. He didn't tell the truth about meeting with the Russians, so he recused himself. (more...)
Controversial Turkish President to Visit White House Next Week
- May 15, 2017

Erdogan repeated Ankara's criticism of President Donald Trump's decision, saying it ran counter to the two countries' strategic interests - but also sought to portray it as a relic of the Obama administration's Middle East policy. "I hope they turn back from this mistake", Canikli said. "After Brexit we will have a free trade agreement prepared and signed as soon as possible between the United Kingdom and Turkey", he said. (more...)
'Maybe a Little More' Troops in Iraq after IS 'Maybe a Little More' Troops in Iraq after IS
- May 15, 2017

It said Iraqi forces had already captured a small outlying village called Hsunah and a nearby gas factory. "Why is al-Abadi using American security partners" asked Jafar al-Husseini, a spokesman for Kataib Hezbollah, "when Iraqi security forces and the Popular Mobilization Forces have the ability to protect internal roads and borders?" Trump was critical of the 2011 USA troop withdrawal during his campaign , largely blaming Obama for the rise of Islamic State. (more...)
UNESCO Approves Resolution Denying Israeli Claims to Jerusalem
- May 15, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning told his weekly cabinet meeting that Israel has retaliated for the unjust and hostile UNESCO vote on the status of Jerusalem by cutting $1 million from its annual contribution to the UN. (more...)
Evaluating LA bid for 2024 Olympics requires imagination
- May 15, 2017

On Wednesday, Patrick Baumann, chairman of the IOC evaluation committee, didn't directly address a question about the possibility of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time. In doing so, they covered the topography of a bid that comes with a proposed $5.3 billion balanced budget, anchored by a wealth of existing world-class venues and a diverse, ever-evolving, tech-savvy city with an Olympic spirit still coursing through it more than 30 years after Los Angeles hosted the ... (more...)
Arkansas Man Jailed In Deaths Of 3 People Arkansas Man Jailed In Deaths Of 3 People
- May 15, 2017

We will not name that woman out of respect for her and her family. The causes of death for the other two other victims, both female, have not been released. During the course of the traffic stop, Bowden, who was driving the vehicle, critically shot Mainhart, then drove away, leaving him for dead. Bowden was arrested after a five-hour standoff with police in connection to all three homicides, state police said. (more...)
Trump refuses to commit to Sean Spicer when pressed by Fox News Trump refuses to commit to Sean Spicer when pressed by Fox News
- May 15, 2017

OK, but what about the whole Russian Federation thing? The Times reports that Trump and his advisers have also been asking around to see whether or not former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly would be "loyal" to the president if nominated as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. (more...)
Trump moves to settle Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- May 15, 2017

He also said that he'd "love to be a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" between the two sides, suggesting a return to the premise of the 1993 Oslo Accords, which mandated "that all outstanding issues relating to permanent status will be resolved through negotiations". (more...)
Interpol to help promote security along Belt & Road
- May 15, 2017

The One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road initiative links China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial zones in 65 countries. There were about six afternoon sessions focusing on different areas from policy coordination and financial integration to think-tank exchanges. "No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity", India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said ... (more...)
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comes out fighting ahead of election UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comes out fighting ahead of election
- May 15, 2017

Though while Sanders always agitated for "Medicare of all", Corbyn has the luxury of fighting to defend and improve the UK's already nationalized health care system: "I want a Labour government that ensures that people don't wait for hours in A&E [accident & emergency] departments to get treatment". (more...)
Palestinian hunger strike leader says 'snacking video' fake
- May 15, 2017

The protest was called in support of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails since April 17. Palestinians say Israel's military court system is rigged against them. Barghouti is serving five life sentences for his role in orchestrating deadly terror attacks during the second Palestinian intifada . According to Odeh, among all Palestinian prisoners, there are 300 minors and 700 in administrative detention. (more...)
Korea challenges South's new leader
- May 15, 2017

The launch of the as yet unidentified missile could signal advances over known North Korean capabilities, adding to tensions in the region as the Trump administration seeks to prevent Pyongyang from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland. (more...)
James Comey Declines to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee James Comey Declines to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee
- May 15, 2017

Press secretary Sean Spicer rejected United States media reports that the president sounded out Mr Comey at a private White House dinner in January. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations. "I won't talk about that". On Thursday, Trump told NBC he knew he ran the risk that by firing Comey he would "confuse people" and "lengthen out the investigation" into ties to Russian Federation. (more...)
USA firms 'ready' to get on China's Silk Road project
- May 15, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping is playing host to nearly 30 world leaders and representatives from 100 odd countries, on Sunday at the One Belt One Road Forum in Beijing . China has engaged in multiple forms of financial cooperation with countries and organizations involved in the Belt and Road initiative. In his speech, Xi pledged an additional United States dollars 14.5 billion for the Belt and Road initiative, as well as some USD 55 billion in lending programmes for participating ... (more...)
5 things Rodrigo Duterte said that alarm Americans 5 things Rodrigo Duterte said that alarm Americans
- May 15, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, when asked about the Duterte invitation, said that a meeting with the Philippines leader would help the United States isolate North Korea and that doing so would help to ensure the safety of American lives. (more...)
Trump to sign voter fraud executive order
- May 15, 2017

His vice chair will be Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach , who is known as an anti-immigration zealot and crusader against voter fraud. "Period", Feinstein said on Thursday. He said that no one involved has spoken with him directly about whether the commission will investigate the president's unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2016 election, but he said he expected it to be on the agenda. (more...)
Trump urges Liberty graduates to be outsiders
- May 15, 2017

Twitter also reports Liberty University as a top trending item at the moment, as President Trump gave his rousing first commencement speech at Liberty University, or at any university, for that matter, as President Trump. "America is beginning a new chapter", he assured them. Trump's chief spokesman refused to comment Friday on whether active listening devices are in the Oval Office or elsewhere in the building, a non-denial that drew comparisons to the secretly taped conversations and ... (more...)
Netanyahu: Moving US embassy to Jerusalem would 'smash' Palestinian fantasy
- May 15, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the president is being "careful" in assessing his campaign promise to move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. "Israel has clearly stated its position to Israel and to the world multiple times". The Egyptian minister said there was momentum at this stage to push the peace process forward and revive peace talks in line with the 2002 peace deal, which offers Israel normal ties with the Arabs in return for withdrawal from territories it ... (more...)
Torch-wielding protestors decry plan to remove Confederate monument
- May 15, 2017

After about 10 minutes, Charlottesville police arrived at the scene following an altercation between protesters. Signer issued a statement about the protests to the Daily Progress saying the protest was "either profoundly ignorant, or created to instill fear in our minority community". (more...)