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House to vote on sweeping rollback of banking rules
- June 11, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Financial CHOICE Act would reduce the deficit by $33.6 billion over 10 years and that the bill's regulatory relief would benefit community banks and credit unions. "It stands for economic growth for all, but bank bailouts for none", he said. In the past six years, that agency has saved 29 million consumers a total of almost $12 billion and exposed fraud, gimmicks and shady actions by banks and other financial businesses, ... (more...)
UK Politicians Hastily Thinking of Coalition Options After Snap Election
- June 11, 2017

The two top aides to British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned Saturday, shouldering some of the blame for an election that proved a disaster for the Conservative Party, a headache for Britain's exit from the European Union - and potentially a fatal blow to May's premiership. (more...)
PM terms Melbourne hostage crisis a 'terrorist incident'
- June 11, 2017

The escort escaped unharmed but three police were wounded in the firefight, although their injuries were not life-threatening. Claiming responsibility for the attack via its Amaq news agency, the militant group said the attack was in retaliation for Australia's involvement in the US-led coalition fighting the militants in Iraq and Syria. (more...)
Sessions to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Sessions to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee
- June 11, 2017

He said during his Senate confirmation hearing in January that he had not met with the Russians during the campaign. One question is whether Sessions had any undisclosed meetings with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak or other Russians during the campaign or after Trump's inauguration. (more...)
Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks repugnant
- June 11, 2017

On Thursday, Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavai , said the country was investigating whether Saudi Arabia had a role Wednesday's attacks. Last month, US President Donald Trump went to Saudi Arabia in his first foreign visit, clinching a USD-110-billion arms deal with Riyadh, which US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said was aimed at "countering" Iran. (more...)
Sen. King grills Trump intelligence officials Sen. King grills Trump intelligence officials
- June 11, 2017

Rogers: "In my three-plus-years I have as director of the NSA to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe illegal , immoral, unethical or inappropriate". You'll have an opportunity to ask him those then. "Not that I'm aware of", Rogers replied. "I don't take any notes", Coats said. "The President, I think, if he's willing to insist upon his position, that should also be made under oath". (more...)
Theresa May's two closest advisers resign following election results Theresa May's two closest advisers resign following election results
- June 11, 2017

Beleaguered May is appointing new members of her government after several of them lost their seats in Parliament in this week's general election that proved disastrous for her Conservative Party . This is a measure of May's new fragility since losing her Parliamentary majority, a fragility that will have a huge impact on the Prime Minister's ability to force through a Brexit deal in her own image. (more...)
Helena might honor climate deal rejected by Trump
- June 11, 2017

The meeting had been scheduled long before Trump's decision on the Paris Agreement , but the timing sent a clear message about who will lead the fight to address climate change in the coming years. "The Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States". Branson said he's optimistic that the momentum from the conference will lead to sustained action to meet United Nations goals of cleaning up the oceans and ending overfishing by 2030. (more...)
PM arrives in Pakistan after participating in SCO summit
- June 11, 2017

Xi also said that China and India should increase trade and investment cooperation to ensure that the two countries were able to enjoy more "early stage profits" from large scale projects in infrastructure and industry. India has been an observer of the SCO meeting since 2005. Issues related to cooperation in fight against global terrorism, security and situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan were on the agenda the SCO summit . (more...)
Third London attacker was Moroccan-Italian: Italy intelligence source Third London attacker was Moroccan-Italian: Italy intelligence source
- June 11, 2017

Butt , of Barking, East London, is believed to have led the trio of terrorists who ploughed into pedestrians using a hired van, before stabbing revellers in pubs and bars on Saturday night. May called the snap election in a bid to strengthen her hand in negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union, to win more time to deal with the impact of the divorce and to strengthen her grip on the Conservative Party . (more...)
Theresa May to 'reflect' after disastrous election result
- June 11, 2017

Just ten days before the negotiations with European Union leaders over Brexit are due to begin, a surge of support for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party has seen the prime minister inadvertently throw away her entire majority. The support obtained by Labor party members contrasted with the negative predictions of hardly two months ago, when they were 20 percentage points below the conservatives in terms of intention to vote. (more...)
Election dents Scottish nationalists' hopes for independence
- June 11, 2017

Both parties embraced " valence politics " wholeheartedly, focusing on each other's lack of governing competence (the SNP in Scotland , the Conservatives in the UK), accentuating focus on the leaders, and simplifying their message to the extent that if there was any discussion of actual policies going on, they had failed. (more...)
Coats refuses to discuss Trump conversations Coats refuses to discuss Trump conversations
- June 11, 2017

However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations". Warner pressed both of them, asking if Trump had made any such request to downplay the investigation. Addressing Rogers, King asked whether the White House invoked executive privilege over the president's conversations with Rogers and Coats, which would bar them from discussing the conversations publicly. (more...)
Will Donald Trump prevent James Comey from testifying in Russian Federation investigation?
- June 11, 2017

Mark Warner , the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. Yesterday, White House officials said that they did not know yet whether President Donald Trump would seek to block Comey's testimony, a move that could spark a political backlash. (more...)
Facts and figures for the 117th US Open golf championship Facts and figures for the 117th US Open golf championship
- June 11, 2017

Mickelson is scheduled to tee off at 2.20pm in Wisconsin (1920 GMT) on Thursday (Friday NZ time), the US Golf Association (USGA) announced when they released the threesomes for the first two rounds. Pacific Time (1700 GMT), which makes it impossible for Mickelson to attend it and also make the roughly four-hour flight in his private jet to Wisconsin in time for his scheduled tee time. (more...)
Trump calls UK Prime Minister May after election upset
- June 11, 2017

DUP Leader Arlene Foster recently denied the party was homophobic. "The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit ". She seems secure for the immediate future , because senior Conservatives don't want to plunge the party into a damaging leadership contest. "In my view it may well just be a period of transition", she told LBC radio. (more...)
Iran slams Trumps's message over Tehran terror attacks
- June 11, 2017

However, the family names of the terrorists were not revealed due to social and security considerations. The ministry also published pictures of their corpses. At least 12 people were killed and over 40 in Wednesday's twin attack; the Islamic State had simultaneously targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. (more...)
Another man arrested over London attack
- June 11, 2017

Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police's counterterrorism unit, said early Saturday that authorities want to know more about the unusual knives. The three, who were not connected to the weekend attack on London Bridge, are being questioned at a south London police station. Cressida Dick told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday: "It's desperately sad and poignant but among those who d