Israel has reportedly been discreetly supporting Syrian rebel groups for years in order to protect its northern border from the war raging in Syria. Israel has been secretly providing aid to Syrian rebels groups in the Golan Heights for years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday night. According to the Journal, Israel has offered rebel groups medical supplies, food, funding and even hard cash in order to safeguard the country´s border from the ever-deepening crisis taking place in Israel´s northern neighbor Syria, which is suffering from the consequences of the bloody and grueling civil war raging in the country since
Comments: To be clear, while 0bama stayed out of the Syrian "conflict" after erasing the line he drew in the shifting sands of who was fighting who, Israel has needed to protect its border from Iran bringing Hamas and its own forces from congregating on its border within Syria. This should not be a surprise, now that it has been revealed, just what 0bama forced them to do by backbiting Netanyahu.
President Trump was “deeply saddened” to learn of the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the White House said Thursday. “The president’s heartfelt condolences go out to Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, and his family and friends,” said press secretary Sean Spicer. “A poet, scholar, and courageous advocate, Liu Xiaobo dedicated his life to the pursuit of democracy and liberty.” The statement from the White House referred to Mr. Liu as a “political prisoner.” Mr. Liu, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, died Thursday at age 61 from liver cancer.
There could be as many as 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States and 400,000 could be deported this year, according to the acting ICE director. Thomas Homan said the number could be even higher, but no one in the country illegally should be "comfortable" right now. Speaking to Neil Cavuto, Homan said those who cross the border illegally can no longer assume no one is looking for them. "[President Trump] basically told [us] you can now do your job, you will enforce laws on your books. There's no population of alien that's off the table anymore and we've been waiting on that for a decade now,"
Meet Sharon and Andy Price from Somerset. They told the South West News Agency they were larking around in a pub beer garden when they tried to re-create the iconic move from Dirty Dancing, where Jennifer Grey is lifted by Patrick Swayze. Sharon said she suggested the move to Andy as their first dance for their wedding next year. They attempted to do the move but.. ...it didn´t quite go to plan. Andy and Sharon collided and were rushed to the nearest hospital. Kerri, Andy's niece, who took the photos, told SWNS: "We didn't know how serious it was until we saw them on the floor." Sharon told the news agency:
The trust fund that pays Medicare´s hospital expenses will run out of money in 2029, a year later than was projected last year, according to a federal report. The Social Security program will remain solvent until 2034, a projection unchanged from last year. The report from the Social Security and Medicare board of trustees is an annual glimpse at the long-term solvency of the federal government´s two biggest entitlement programs. It comes as Republican lawmakers have introduced a new version of a health care bill that would make deep, long-term cuts to a different entitlement program, Medicaid.
President Trump put the first concrete number on the miles of border he wants to fence off, saying “anywhere from 700 to 900 miles” need his border wall — and he said he wasn’t joking when he suggested erecting solar panels to help pay for constructions. “There is a very good change we can do a solar wall,” the president told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to France Wednesday night. During the campaign Mr. Trump said he wanted to see a wall across the 1,954-mile border with Mexico, but told reporters now that he’s been convinced there are a number of areas that don’t need fencing because of natural barriers.
Tehran, Iran - An Iranian cancer researcher who was denied entry to the United States previously headed a student branch of a volunteer paramilitary militia, according to footage aired on Iranian state television on Thursday. The TV also showed Mohsen Dehnavi arriving back in Tehran alongside his wife and children. In comments to the channel at the airport, he defended his travel to the United States as solely intended for science and research. "The topic of our research was health and saving ill people fighting cancer from this dangerous disease, but they didn't allow us entry, despite, as I mentioned, all the efforts made by the
The city of Dandong, in China’s northeastern Liaoning province, appears to be an embarrassing relic of the country’s economic past. Old, run-down state-owned factories sit on the outskirts (Snip) Nearly 85 percent of North Korea’s global trade is with China, and much of that flows through Dandong. That includes the machinery, purchased in contravention of both U.S. and U.N. sanctions, needed to build nuclear weapons, as well as the missiles needed to deliver them. And, crucially, Dandong is also the source of the offshore financing from Chinese banks that Pyongyang needs to pay for its illicit weapons program.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has been detected off the coast of North Korea sparking fears Kim Jong-un has detonated another nuclear weapon. The quake was very deep, 348.2 miles (560 km) below the seabed, and unlikely to cause any damage. Its epicenter was 125 miles (201 km) southeast of the North Korean city of Chongjin (Snip) Early speculation pointed to it being a man-made earthquake as has been the case in the past, but as the details of the incident emerged it appeared to be a standard natural disaster. In January last year, a man-made earthquake was detected near a known nuclear testing site in North Korea.
The personal data of 6 million Verizon users has leaked online, the company said Wednesday. “Human error” caused the leak, Verizon told CNN Tech. The error, a misconfigured security setting on a cloud server, made customer phone numbers, names and some PIN codes publicly available online, CNN Tech reported. PIN codes are used to confirm the identity of people who call for customer service, the media outlet said. No loss or theft of customer information occurred, Verizon told CNN Tech. Cybersecurity firm UpGuard found the leak. UpGuard initially reported the error could impact up to 14 million accounts,
Big-ticket items like an Obamacare repeal or tax reform may elude them, but lawmakers are still off to a fast start to the current Congress, according to The Washington Times Legislative Activity Index, which shows a newly unified government in Washington passing bills at a clip not seen since the early days of the Obama administration. It’s the House that has led the way, notching a legislative record that puts it in the top 25 percent of sessions of Congress dating back to just after World War II, when the Congressional Record began to publish monthly tallies of floor activity. Yet the Senate continues to lag, with lawmakers in
When Mexico gambled on ending decades of state control of its energy industry, officials said they hoped the move would promote investment and give the country access to technical expertise. That wager now appears to be paying off. The government began auctioning off rights two years ago to drill in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. On Tuesday, an international consortium of energy companies said they had discovered a large oil field, and another firm said it had discovered more oil than expected in a separate area. The overhaul of the Mexican oil and gas sector in recent years eventually ended the state energy company’s seven-decade
Washington - The DACA program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children, could be in serious jeopardy, President Donald Trump´s secretary of Homeland Security told lawmakers Wednesday. Secretary John Kelly told Democrats of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that while he personally supports the program, he could not commit to the Trump administration defending it, (Snip) Kelly said that legal experts he´s talked to both inside and outside the administration have convinced him that it is unlikely the DACA program, the Obama administration´s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
A Seattle, Wash., councilman implied that a new effort to clean excrement off the side walk outside the local courthouse could be racist Tuesday. The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation, reports the Seattle Times. Seattle councilmember Larry Gossett isn’t a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell. Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said. The area around the courthouse is
Democrats seem incapable of processing the memo that the nation is not on the same page as they are on a range of issues. And, no matter how many times the American public attempts to alert Democrats that their leftward trajectory is of no interest, Democrats just keep doubling down. The Party continues to elevate its fringe members like Maxine Waters and Elizabeth Warren while supposedly more "mainstream" establishment members boil over with rage and hysteria over President Trump´s every single move. Case in point: Sen. Dick Durbin claimed Wednesday Muslims in Americans feel no different that Japanese Americans did during
Before he was even a candidate, Donald Trump had dinner with Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, his pop-star son Emin and Emin’s publicist Rob Goldstone. The meeting, which took place in Las Vegas in 2013, was videotaped and someone has now given that video to CNN: [snip] The video, obtained by CNN in the wake of the email disclosures, offers fresh insights into the warm relationship between Trump and the Agalarovs, which has been widely reported because Aras Agalarov and Emin Agalarov inked a multi-million dollar deal with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. The
George Stephanopoulos may be a giant in the news business, but “Good Morning America” has changed its set to cover up his diminutive size. “He’s 5-foot-6 and is dwarfed by human trees Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan,” says an insider. “ ‘GMA’ initially thought using an anchor desk with elevated chairs would help the problem. Still awkward, George’s little-boyish mini-legs were seen dangling.” (Photo) So a month ago, a silver panel was added across from the anchor desk at midlevel, covering up where Stephanopoulos’ feet rested on his chair, which up to then had been “visible and awkward.” Reportedly, Stephanopoulos
DONALD Trump could face impeachment after a Democrat representative filed the first official papers calling for the President to be thrown out of office. Representative Brad Sherman claims the firing of former FBI Director James Comey amounts to obstruction of justice. And he believes that doing so while Mr Comey was investigating Russian meddling into the US election strengthens his case. He also highlights the recent news regarding the President’s son Donald Trump Jr, who is accused of meeting with a Russia lawyer over supposedly damaging information about his father’s rival Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump Jr.’s e-mails discredit the ‘nothingburger’ argument the president’s supporters have been advancing for months. The Russia scandal has entered a new phase and there’s no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump-campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 election. Innuendo for which no concrete evidence had been produced. Yes, there were several meetings with Russian officials, some only belatedly disclosed. But that is circumstantial evidence at best. Meetings tell you nothing unless you know what happened in them. We didn’t. Some of these were
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) on Wednesday officially introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on the grounds of obstructing justice. “Recent disclosures by Donald Trump Jr. indicate that Trump’s campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia,” he said in a statement. “It now seems likely that the President had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russia probe,” Sherman added. “I believe his conversations with, and subsequent firing of, FBI Director James Comey constitute Obstruction of Justice.” “I am introducing Articles of Impeachment to begin a long process to
A chunk of floating ice that weighs more than a trillion metric tons broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the Antarctic ice sheet might ultimately start to fall apart. A crack more than 120 miles long had developed over several years in a floating ice shelf called Larsen C, and scientists who have been monitoring it confirmed on Wednesday that the huge iceberg had finally broken free. There is no scientific consensus over whether global warming is to blame. But the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula has been fundamentally changed,
Check out this excerpt from a now breaking report by the Daily Mail: “…McCain dispatched a ‘trusted emissary’ who flew across the Atlantic to meet the source of the documents at an airport that the Guardian did not name. The aide was instructed to look for a man with a copy of the Financial Times and that’s how the individuals met, with the source taking McCain’s emissary back to his house and giving the American a copy of the documents. Within 24 hours, the dossier was in Washington, though the contents of the file couldn’t be verified without an investigation. McCain, the Guardian said,
Let’s start with the obvious: wearing sleeveless dresses and open-toed shoes is not necessarily unprofessional, depending on one’s profession and workplace rules and norms. But blatantly ignoring rules then announcing your transgression is. (Snip) Update: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has announced he will be working with the Sergeant-at-Arms to update the congressional dress code. Ryan noted the dress code was not something he created, before saying it should be modernized.
I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare. Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal – often declaring they would tear out Obamacare “root and branch!” What happened? Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout. Obamacare regulations? Still here. Taxes? Many still in place, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Insurance company bailouts? Those, too. Remember when Republicans complained about
Former first lady Michelle Obama was greeted by a standing ovation when she honored the late Eunice Shriver at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. “I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman. A woman who believed everyone has something to contribute and everyone deserves to push themselves to find out what they’re made of and to compete and win,” the former first lady said, honoring Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. “She knew that when we give others a chance to fulfill our greatest potential, we all win,” she continued. Shriver, who is the sister of former President John