It´s too early to count chickens, to be sure, but there´s hope that Saudi Arabia may transform itself from a pre-modern tribal entity into an Arab nation-state in pursuit of modernization, and from a major (if not the major) source of terrorist financing to an American ally willing to find a modus vivendi with Israel. I hailed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman´s purge of corrupt and rogue family elements as an unsung success of the Trump Administration in this space Nov. 14. Since then, Saudi Arabia´s chief religious official denounced Hamas as a terrorist organization and declared that it was
WASHINGTON — Wherever I go, people ask me the same question: “How can he?” How can Kevin support President Trump? Why isn’t he bothered by all the things others find appalling and frightening? Thanksgiving weekend is here, so it’s time for my Republican brother to share his bounteous harvest of thoughts: Every time I hear Neil Gorsuch’s name, I smile. It has been a year since Donald Trump was elected, and his thrill-a-minute White House is still causing acid reflux for half the country and all of the mainstream media. There is always a lot of background noise buzzing around the president,
Ankara, Turkey - The United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Donald Trump told the Turkish president on Friday, in a move sure to please Turkey but further alienate Syrian Kurds who bore much of the fight against the Islamic State group. In a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said he’d “given clear instructions” that the Kurds will receive no more weapons — “and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The White House confirmed the move in a cryptic statement about the phone call that said Trump
Linda Tripp, a former figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, is lashing out at those who are only belatedly condemning Bill Clinton for his conduct, having herself long ago concluded he was a ´predator.´ The string of headlines about powerful men abusing their status and harassing women ´is forcing me to relive a lot of it,´ said Tripp, who befriended Lewinsky and then recorded conversations about Lewinsky´s affair with the president and handed over information to prosecutors. Trip spoke after recent criticism of former President Bill Clinton by some Democrats – including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who says Clinton
MOSCOW — For months, President Vladimir V. Putin has predictably denied accusations of Russian interference in last year’s American election, denouncing them as fake news fueled by Russophobic hysteria. More surprising, some of Mr. Putin’s biggest foes in Russia, notably pro-Western liberals who look to the United States as an exemplar of democratic values and journalistic excellence, are now joining a chorus of protest over America’s fixation with Moscow’s meddling in its political affairs. “Enough already!” Leonid M. Volkov, chief of staff for the anti-corruption campaigner and opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, wrote in a recent anguished post on Facebook.
Recent pics of Malia Obama showed her kissing a tall, athletically-built white male who was most likely a fellow university student. It seems normal enough, right? She’s a young woman, he’s a young man – so what’s the problem? Well, apparently many in the Black community find what she did to be an appalling act of…racism. The onslaught of negativity directed at the daughter of the former President is both shocking and troubling. Why do so many choose to see the world through the narrow prism of color and then demand that color requires one to never deviate from their “rules”
The SJW -- social justice warrior -- takeover of The Hill is complete. It now considers President Trump staying on his own property is unethical. Does it get any more rabidly insane liberal than that?Oh, the Hill attributed its conclusion to "critics and ethics experts," but the publication named no one -- and in fact, failed to contact Trump or his staff for comment. Instead, we got this mush: Thanksgiving Day will mark the 100th day President Trump has spent at one of his properties since taking office. The Trump family is spending Thanksgiving weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in
The top US Army commander in Afghanistan has said the war is still deadlocked but Trump´s new strategy has ´set all the conditions to win´.´We are still in a stalemate,´ four-star general John Nicholson Jr. told NBC News from Kandahar airfield on Thursday.´We are only 90 days into this new policy,´ he added, ´but with the US forces that will be arriving; with the new authority that we have been given [to] put the pressure on external enablers; with the fact that we are condition based and not time based, we´ve set all the conditions to win.´ (Photo) Trump´s new
Americans can get steeply discounted Donald Trump hats this weekend, Christmas ornaments and coins – and they don´t even have to storm a shopping mall to get them. The Trump Pence campaign told supporters that the president ´has a GREAT DEAL for you!´ in a text announcing online Black Friday savings.The message touted new Christmas ´Make America Great Again´ hats – although shoppers can also buy the red standard ´USA´ version that the Trump gave a boost to on Friday when he wore it while golfing at his Jupiter, Fla. course with Tiger Woods.Although press pool reporters weren´t allowed to see
On Friday, President Trump tweeted that he would be discussing a means to achieve peace in the Middle East with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: (Tweet) In April, the people of Turkey voted "yes" on a referendum that would grant Erdogan extraordinary new powers as president. According to the BBC, the referendum would allow Erdogan, should he win the 2019 presidential election, to "have a five-year tenure, for a maximum of two terms."Moreover, "the president [would] be able to directly appoint top public officials, including ministers." He would also have the authority to appoint "one or several vice-presidents."
London transit authorities reopened the Oxford Circus tube station Friday following reports of gunfire. Transport for London said Oxford Circus and nearby Bond Street station were reopened to subway trains.n an early statement, London´s Metropolitan Police said they were called to the scene at the underground station and were responding "as if the incident is terrorist-related." Police asked residents to avoid the area. Later, police tweeted they had not located “any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties.” We have not located any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties. Officers still on scene. If you
ST. PETERSBURG — David Scott decided he had to cut ties with one of his contract workers. A Web developer, the man was proving unreliable, said Scott, owner of the small St. Petersburg-based Web design and marketing company Cosmic Digital Design. Scott delivered the news in March. Within hours, sites that Cosmic Digital had designed for client companies began disappearing from the Web. Somebody had logged into the servers remotely and deleted files. It cost Cosmic about $277,000 in lost product. Scott feared he might be the victim of an inside hit — a modern scourge that’s real and growing for businesses large
At age 10, Levi Draheim hates math and loves reading Harry Potter books. He plays the violin but dislikes practicing. What he really enjoys is paddling a kayak or going swimming. It helps that he lives just a five-minute walk from the beach in the town of Indialantic on Florida´s east coast. "I´m the kind of kid who likes to be outside," he said. He´s also one of 21 children across America who are suing the federal government for its failure to combat climate change. Levi, an only child who is homeschooled by his mom, is the youngest plaintiff involved in the case
Regulators in South Korea summoned Google representatives this week to question them about a report that claimed the company was collecting data from Android devices even when location services were disabled. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) "is carrying out an inquiry into the claims that Google collected users´ Cell ID data without consent even when their smartphone´s location service was inactive," Chun Ji-hyun, head of KCC´s privacy infringement division, told CNNMoney on Friday. U.K. data protection officials are also looking into the matter. "Organizations are required by law to be transparent with consumers about what they are doing with personal
President Donald Trump should give special thanks to two U.S. Senators this Thanksgiving weekend. One is still serving in the Senate, the other recently retired. One is a Republican. The other a Democrat. And what should President Trump be thanking them for? Quite simply they have handed him one of the biggest victories any president could claim in the past 45 years. Yes, this has happened even as one of the most widely covered stories of the past year has been President Trump´s difficulties in working with Congress. The growing rift between him and Republican Senators John McCain, Jeff Flake, and
The New York Times reporters are outlining another silly story to squeeze out the final drips of usefulness within the vast Russian conspiracy narrative. Comey’s leak recipient Michael Schmidt, and the narrative engineer with a Phd in passive aggressive writing, Maggie Haberman, collaborate. The outline is that lawyers for Michael Flynn are no longer sharing information with lawyers from the Trump team. Obviously the intended premise of this engineering feat is infer that Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller to the detriment of President Trump. Key word for narrative building here is: ‘infer’. The years’-long media Russian conspiracy script
Time magazine is already celebrating their Best of 2017, and their favorite "Non-Fiction" book of the year is....Hillary Clinton´s campaign memoir What Happened. Time assistant managing editor Claire Howorth gushed, "Clinton offers one answer to the question that rang collectively from more than half the country on Nov. 9, 2016. The writing is frank, reflective and a piece of modern history." It came complete with buying instructions from Amazon, and Hillary Clinton quickly tweeted out how "honored" she was: "I loved writing this book, & I’m honored to be in such great company on this list!" Number two on the Time top ten
Drones are putting lives at risk, say first responders. There are some limited rules that govern where hobbyist drones can fly, but firefighters and local law enforcement officers tell Fox News the requirements don’t go far enough because they are unenforceable in the middle of real-time operations. They say negligent operators cannot be discerned from criminals and potential terrorists, giving those with malicious motives an upper hand against those responsible for protecting the public. This month, the Department of Homeland Security released an updated terrorism advisory bulletin stating that terrorists are pursuing the use of
President Trump on Friday revived his calls for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a travel ban targeting certain countries after an attack on a mosque in Egypt left at least 235 people dead. In a tweet announcing an upcoming phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Trump lamented the terrorist attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula, (Snip) Will be calling the President of Egypt in a short while to discuss the tragic terrorist attack, with so much loss of life. We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of
Beirut - Saudi Arabia’s powerful new crown prince has called Iran’s religious supreme leader “the new Hitler of the Middle East”, a remark which has further inflamed relations between the two regional powers. Mohammed bin Salman, who was appointed heir to the throne by his father King Salman in June, made the comment in a rare interview with the New York Times on Thursday. Iran responded furiously to the remarks on Friday, accusing the prince of “following the path of regional dictators” and advising the young leader to “think about their fate”. 32-year-old Prince bin Salman is widely seen as the face of the modern kingdom.
When he was named special counsel in May, Robert S. Mueller III was hailed as the ideal lawman — deeply experienced, strait-laced and nonpartisan — to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign had helped with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The accolades squared with Mueller’s valor as a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam and his integrity as a federal prosecutor, a senior Justice Department official and FBI director from 2001 to 2013, the longest tenure since J. Edgar Hoover. He was praised by former courtroom allies and opponents, and by Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Palestinian terrorist leaders often use teenagers to commit acts of terror because they know the Israeli legal system treats children more leniently than adults. Now 10 Democrats belonging to the Congressional Progressive Caucus are trying to give terrorist leaders yet another reason for using young people to murder even more innocent civilians. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., introduced legislation Nov. 14 – co-sponsored by nine other Democrats – calling on the State Department to “prevent United States tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children.”
Washington - President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart that the United States will stop supplying arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters, according to officials in Turkey. The Turkish government considers the group, known as the YPG, terrorists but the US has been openly arming them in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). (Snip) Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish Foreign Minister who was in Mr Erdogan's office during the call, told a press conference in Ankara: "Mr Trump clearly stated that he had given clear instructions and that the YPG won't be given arms, and that this nonsense should have ended a long time
Are you sick of Republicans? Or just right-wingers in general? Do you want to send a message to Washington that you aren´t going to buy into their racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and classist nonsense for one second longer? Then do the very thing that Donald Trump unintentionally encouraged in a recent tweet: Encourage Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2020!(Snip for tweet) I´m sure this is the part where the Clinton-haters — be they Trumpers, Bernie Bros or anything in between — will say something to the effect of, "Of course he wants her to run again. That´s the
Unsealed bank records appear to reinforce the claim that Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign bought and paid for the sensational “piss-gate” dossier that used anonymous sources to smear President Trump by falsely linking him to Russia. The dossier is the salacious, 35-page report commissioned by Democrat-aligned opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The statements in the partisan hit job were compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and published by BuzzFeed. One claim was that Donald Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed. The dossier was just one of many particularly outrageous dirty tricks Clinton’s campaign to undercut her opponent’s campaign during the
Hundreds have been evacuated from Oxford Circus tube station amid reports of gunshots. Armed police have arrived on scene after a gunman was reported to have fired shots. Witnesses at the scene described seeing a lorry on the pavement surrounded by police as if it had ´ploughed´ into pedestrians. Next to the lorry, the pavement was said to be covered in blood. People in the area also reported hearing gun shots being fired, though there has been no confirmation as of yet. Dan Smallbone said on Twitter: ´There is a lorry stopped on the pavement in Oxford street, police all around it and blood