A man identified as a mentally disturbed Army veteran with voices in his head urging him to join ISIS opened fire inside the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport Friday, killing five and injuring eight others in a scene of total chaos.“At first, we thought it was firecrackers,” witness Mark Lea, 53, told MSNBC of the afternoon attack at the busy Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. “Everyone started screaming and running.” The lone gunman, identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, reloaded his weapon twice as he sprayed bullets near the baggage-claim carousels in Terminal 2’s lower level at around 1 p.m.
Sirhan Sirhan said the same exact thing. Does anyone suppose that all that decades of research in to psychic warfare by the CIA, code name MK Ultra, had any results? Or where they just spending decades of effort and billions of dollars for nothing?
The Trump administration invited leaders of congressional intelligence panels to review documents it said raise questions about whether government spy agencies improperly identified President Donald Trump’s campaign officials and associates in the course of routine foreign surveillance.In a letter signed by White House Counsel Donald McGahn, the administration said Thursday it was responding to a March 15 request from intelligence committees for “documents necessary to determine whether information collected on U.S. persons was mishandled and leaked.” It asks the committees to probe whether the intelligence was properly gathered, whether names were improperly revealed and “to the extent that U.S. citizens
It´s the most cunning robocall scam I’ve encountered — and the fact that I’ve fallen for it more than once tells you how successful it can be. The phone rings. You pick it up and say “hello.” There’s a brief silence and then a woman’s voice says, “Oh, hi there!” She offers an embarrassed laugh. “I’m sorry, I was having a little trouble with my headset!”I’ve gotten this call a number of times in recent weeks, at home and at work, and each time I’ve been suckered by the lifelike opening to stay on the line longer than I normally
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump´s claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense."There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance´s target for members to spend 2 percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO."Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism," von der Leyen said.She said everyone wanted the burden to
A former State Department IT technician who set up Hillary Clinton´s private email server in her home may face criminal charges for avoiding multiple subpoenas to testify on Clinton´s email server. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter on Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Session asking that Bryan Pagliano be charged for ignoring multiple subpoenas requesting that he testify before the Oversight Committee. Pagliano was responsible for managing Clinton´s private server and also served as a senior adviser to the former secretary of state.
Nearly 2,000 people are believed to have died from opioid overdoses last year in Massachusetts, a record tally of death and suffering that came despite widespread public and private campaigns to stanch the state’s addiction crisis.A state Department of Public Health report released Friday showed that opioids were confirmed as the cause of 1,465 deaths and suspected in 514 additional deaths. Opioids killed or were suspected of killing five times more people than died in car crashes.The main culprit appeared to be the drug fentanyl, which was present in an increasing number of cases, even as heroin-related deaths declined. Illegal
On Friday, President Donald Trump and his entourage will jet for the third straight weekend to a working getaway at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.On Saturday, Trump’s sons Eric and Don Jr., with their Secret Service details in tow, will be nearly 8,000 miles away in the United Arab Emirates, attending the grand opening of a Trump-brand golf resort in the ‘‘Beverly Hills of Dubai.’’ Meanwhile, New York police will keep watch outside the Trump Tower in Manhattan, the chosen home of first lady Melania Trump and son Barron. And the tiny township of Bedminster, New Jersey, is Source corrected
The State Department under Rex Tillerson, who has been among President Trump’s least visible Cabinet officials and is still lacking much of his senior staff, is undergoing further shrinkage in its upper echelons, according to current and former U.S. officials. Kristie Kenney, a three-time ambassador and career Foreign Service officer who has served as State Department counselor for the past year, has been told that her services are no longer needed in that job and that her staff is to be reassigned. The offices of counselor, who provides strategic guidance to the secretary, and the empty slot of deputy secretary for
President Trump’s national security adviser wants to fight not just Islamic terrorists but the “radical ideology of Islam,” and he plans to do it from the grass roots up, starting with our children at schools while also using social media.Dealing with the global Islamist threat on a tactical level through drone strikes and arrests hasn’t worked, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn argues, according to his largely overlooked 2016 book, “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.” He wants to combat it more broadly, using informational warfare, among other things, on
Washington — Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about — war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with koala bears — there is yet another looming disaster.The East Wing is perilously behind in planning for the Easter Egg Roll. Is the White House dropping the ball — or rather, the ovoid? As our omnipresent new president hijacked our reality, the first lady vanished, sparking headlines for nary a glimpse in D.C. since the inaugural.Just as there is a gush of leaks from the resistance in the federal
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos said Wednesday that the riot that canceled his planned speech at the University of California-Berkeley was "heavily ironic and very, I think, self-defeating for the social justice left."Yiannopoulos´ planned talk was scrapped after violent protesters hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and started a bonfire outside the student union where he was to appear."No one’s safety is at risk from different opinions," Yiannopoulos told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in a phone interivew. "No one’s physical safety is endangered by political ideas from a speaker on campus, but universities have sort of allowed this stuff to happen, and even
WASHINGTON — President Trump takes medication for three ailments, including a prostate-related drug to promote hair growth, Mr. Trump’s longtime physician, Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, said in a series of recent interviews. The other drugs are antibiotics to control rosacea, a common skin problem, and a statin for elevated blood cholesterol and lipids.Dr. Bornstein, who spoke by telephone in four interviews over the past month, also said that Mr. Trump takes a daily baby aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Over all, he pronounced Mr. Trump healthy and his medical care “as exactly up to date.” Dr. Bornstein granted
Activists protested on Saturday the detention of two Iraqi citizens at New York City´s JFK airport, one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US.New York taxi drivers have their own response to President Donald Trump´s immigration ban: A strike.As protests continue to break out across major U.S. airports Saturday night following President Trump´s immigration ban, taxi drivers at New York´s John F. Kennedy International Airport have gone on strike.
Hillary Clinton on Thursday narrowed down the "determinative" reasons for her 2016 presidential loss to two factors: FBI Director James Comey and WikiLeaks. (Snip) "Certainly misogyny played a role," Clinton noted. "That just has to be admitted." "Certainly misogyny played a role," Clinton noted. "That just has to be admitted." But, she narrowed it down to two incidents, which notably were outside of her control, that struck the killing blow to her campaign. But, she narrowed it down to two incidents, which notably were outside of her control, that struck the killing blow to her campaign.
President Donald Trump is different. Unlike any of his forty-four predecessors, he does not even pretend to care about constitutional rules or official protocols. He has no need for facts or norms. And in his drive to “Make America Great Again,” he discards not just the balance of power within our government, but also the deeper balance between our two major myths about what made America great in the first place. In the end, that might be a good thing. The first of those stories tells us that America’s greatness comes from its pioneer spirit, and that making society nicer
Hillary Clinton is writing a book on her loss to Donald Trump that she says will "spend a lot of time" wrestling with the role misogyny played in the election. If her recent public statements are any indication, the secretary´s treatise is bound to wallow in the tired and indulgent cliches of contemporary feminism, spouting broad sociological observations about our allegedly repressive society with less discipline than a broken sprinkler. With so many good options from which to choose - corruption, policy positions, trustworthiness — that Clinton has elected to explore alleged misogyny at such length is an indication she´s spent more
MEXICO CITY — The United States invasion of Mexico in 1846 inflicted a painful wound that, in the 170 years that followed, turned into a scar. Donald Trump has torn it open again. Among the many lies that he has constructed, none is more ridiculous than his attempt to contradict history by presenting the United States as a victim of Mexico, a country that supposedly steals jobs, imposes onerous treaties and sends its “bad hombres” across the border. To confront this fake history, some Mexicans are proposing to remind Mr. Trump exactly what country was the first victim of American imperialism. They
The California Senate Democrats has approved a multi-billion-dollar increase in the state’s gas tax to pay for road and infrastructure projects. The so-called Road Repair and Accountability Act would ratchet up the state’s gas tax by 12 cents a gallon, and raise the tax on diesel fuel by 20 cents a gallon. It also etches out an additional charge to annual vehicle license fees ranging from $25 to $175 depending on the car’s value. (Snip) Brown poked fun at the Republicans for holding what he believes are backward positions concerning gas taxes – they argue an increase in the gas tax is not
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear later this month at a conference in Orlando. Obama is listed as a keynote speaker at the American Institute of Architects, or AIA, annual Conference on Architecture at the Orange County Convention Center on April 27. There was no further details released about Obama´s appearance or what she will talk about. The AIA highlighted Obama’s work as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago and as executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies. The conference, which runs from April 27 to 29, is expected to draw 20,000 to
Graduate students at Harvard University said Donald Trump´s presidential victory pushed them into an "existential" crisis of sadness and despair. The "deep feeling" of misery led students to start a "resistance school," which kicked off at Harvard, Wednesday evening. Timothy McCarthy, a lecturer at the Kennedy School, taught the first course. The first lecture covered all the favorite topics of the campus left, including anticolonialism, white privilege, intersectionality, and "allyship." McCarthy described Trump as a "devil" and said America was founded on the "callous slaughter of indigenous people," and the subjugation of every minority group from "queer folks" to the
Hillary Clinton called for bombing of Assad´s airfields hours before Donald Trump ordered the airstrike against the Syrian government. The air strikes came just days after a suspected sarin nerve agent attack by Assad on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, which led to the agonizing deaths of 86 people including at least 27 children. On Thursday, the US military fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Assad controlled al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs at 8.45pm (EDT) on Thursday, killing at least five and injuring many more. Hours earlier, Clinton had called for strikes on military targets in Syria while speaking at a Women
Columnist Mark Steyn said President Trump, while not as articulate and good at using lofty rhetoric as former President Obama, his words "have meaning." Steyn said Trump sent a message to the Chinese while sitting across the dinner table from them and the world with his decision to strike Syria in retaliation for Assad attacking his own citizens with chemical weapons. Steyn said Trump also sent a message to Putin as well as Congressional Democrats and Susan Rice for investigation after investigation into connections to Russia. "He sent a message to Putin, and, thereby, incidentally also made all these stupid investigations of
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster delivered remarks in Florida today to give some background on the strikes against Syria Thursday. He made one curious comment that raises a lot of troubling questions: And the one thing that I will tell you though, there was an effort to minimize—to minimize risk to third-country nationals at that airport—I think you read Russians from that—but that—and we took great pains to try to avoid that. Of course, in any kind of military operation, there are no guarantees. And then there were also measures put in place to avoid hitting what we believe is
The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was the Syrian government´s use of banned chemical weapons blamed for having killed at least 100 people on Tuesday, U.S. military officials told NBC News. The U.S. military fired at least 50 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha´irat in Homs province in western Syria, the officials said. That´s the airfierld from which the United States believes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired the banned weapons. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador
Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter Thursday to weigh in on the airstrikes in Syria authorized by U.S. President Donald Trump in retaliation for an earlier chemical weapon attack by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. While many of those celebrities who reacted to the strikes condemned the president and called him a “hypocrite,” a number of stars reacted with both shock and sadness. Actress Kerry Washington wrote simply that she was “heartbroken,” while actress Lena Dunham turned to prayer. Below is a sampling of Hollywood’s reaction to the American airstrikes in Syria (Tweets)