Former US ambassador Dan Shapiro, in a conference call on Monday organized by the Israel Project, said these visits are further signs of Trump´s seriousness “in trying to achieve the ultimate deal.” US President Donald Trump, in the thick of all kinds of investigations at home, has managed to create leverage in the the Middle East, but it is the type of leverage that needs to be used quickly, before it dissolves. That, at least, is how former US ambassador Dan Shapiro looks at the Trump administration´s continuing diplomatic push in the region, a push that will be reinforced on Wednesday
Palestinians have proven time and again that they do not want peace. The US should stop sending them money and forget about peace until the Palestinians show they are ready for living in peace. This may never.
ISLAMIST extremists holed up in a southern Philippines town have been cornered and their firepower is flagging as the five-week battle for control of Marawi City rages on. However, South-east Asian governments are still concerned the siege could be just the start of further violence as the twisted group try to establish a foothold in their region. Jolted by an attack on Marawi on May 23, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have launched joint patrols to control the movement of militants across their archipelagic region and their foreign ministers gathered in Manila on Thursday for talks. Malaysia is worried that jihadis who
Washington - The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors finally became public Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party´s winding efforts to repeal Obamacare. The unveiling of the 142-page bill marks the first time that the majority of senators get a look at the plan to overhaul America´s health care system. With Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pressing ahead for a vote next week, senators now only a handful of days to decide whether to support or vote against the bill. Four conservative Republican senators -- Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Mike Lee
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended her position atop the party, as a number of caucus members have suggested it might be time for a fresh face. ´I think I´m worth the trouble,´ she told reporters Thursday. ´I feel very confident in the support I have in the caucus,´ Pelosi also said. The calls for Pelosi to vacate her top spot came after Tuesday´s election loss in Georgia with Democrat Jon Ossoff being routed by Republican Karen Handel. Republicans expertly connected Ossoff to Pelosi, a poison pill for some voters, prompting calls for a leadership change. Ossoff was the fourth
The European Union has agreed to extend sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, following a similar move by the US this week. European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted on Thursday while hosting an EU summit in Brussels: 'Agreed. EU will extend economic sanctions against Russia.' The move has come about in relation to Russia's failure to implement measures promised in a peace agreement. After Thursday's political decision, the sanctions will be formally extended for another six months, through to January.
Armed police have detained a suspect outside Parliament. The man was arrested after he verbally abused officers close to the Black Rod Garden in central London. A Taser was drawn in the course of the incident but was not used. Lord Dobbs, a member of the House, tweeted: ´Another arrest on doorstep of Parliament. Handcuffs. Eyes of anger. Seems like daily diet. Hope we all get sick of it.´ A spokesman for the Met Police said: ´Shortly after midday today, a man was arrested close to Black Rod´s Garden after he verbally abused officers.´ ´He was arrested for a public order offence
JEREMY CORBYN yestertday came under fire on social media after the Labour Party leader appeared to refuse to bow to the Queen and then winked during the State Opening. Mr Corbyn, who is a longstanding republican, appeared to refuse to join his peers in paying his respects to the Crown as the 91-year-old monarch prepared to give her speech to the House of Commons and House of Lords on Wednesday. While Theresa May can be seen bowing her head to the Queen moments before giving her address, the Labour Party leader stood defiantly before winking at an unknown person in
President Donald Trump has said he will pursue legislation that would bar immigrants from being eligible for welfare for at least five years. At a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last night he said ´the time has come´ for ´new immigration rules´ that would require those seeking admission to the country to be able to support themselves financially and would bar the use of welfare for a period of at least five years. He said his administration would be ´putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.´ It is unclear, however, how Trump´s proposal would change the current situation.
A Canadian sniper has beat the record for the longest confirmed kill in military history by picking off an ISIS fighter from a staggering 11,319 feet. The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel the 2.14 miles towards the fighter, who was attacking Iraqi soldiers. This smashed the last record set by a Briton Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a range of 8,120 feet(1.54 miles) in 2009. A military source told The Globe and Mail the kill was verified by video,
Police are investigating vile and deadly threats made to the wife of the director of a New York production of Shakespeare´s ´Julius Caesar´ that depicted a Donald Trump lookalike character being assassinated. The NYPD said Wednesday director Oskar Eustis´ wife Laurie Eustis filed a complaint June 9 saying she received disturbing phone messages on her home landline in Brooklyn. The caller left messages including ´Your husband wants Trump to die. I want him to die,´ and saying to Laurie ´I want to grab you by the p***y.´ Laurie said she believes the threats were related to the play. The caller rang their apartment
ISIS has blown up the iconic mosque where it announced its own so called caliphate in 2014, an Iraqi officer has said. The terror´s group´s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance on the balcony of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul that year. The terror group is said to have set off explosives to cover its escape as Iraqi soldiers advanced on the Grand Mosque in the Old City, ISIS´s last stronghold in Mosul. ´Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City,´ Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said today. He added: ´When they got to within 50m of
An officer for Bishop International Airport was stabbed Wednesday in a possible terror-related incident in Flint, Michigan, sources told NBC News. The attacker allegedly shouted "Allahu akbar" before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said. Neville is a member of the airport´s Department of Public Safety and a retired Genesee County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant. Law enforcement officials said the suspect is from Quebec and has a Canadian passport. Michigan State Police initially tweeted that the officer was in critical condition. Just after 1 p.m., officials confirmed Neville was out
More than 17 million people along the Gulf Coast are bracing themselves for ´life-threatening´ flash floods as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches. Cindy was still 165 miles off the shores of Louisiana early Wednesday, but tropical storm warnings were already issued in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as residents scramble to batten down the hatches. Torrential downpour and winds nearing 60 miles per hour have already hit the region, and more than a foot of rain threatens southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle by Thursday. ´It´s kind of like a slow-motion disaster for us now. It´s not wind, it´s rain we´re concerned about,´ said
Turns out…money can’t buy you love. Or a House seat in Georgia’s 6th District. Democrats pulled out all stops in their effort to show that the #Resistance isn’t just about marches and slogans and insulting the president, but also about flipping the House in 2018. They poured tens of millions of dollars into what became the most expensive House race ever, trying to elect 30-year-old nonentity Jon Ossoff to fill the seat of HHS head Tom Price. They cast the race as a referendum on Donald Trump, and a bellwether for 2018. Republicans will be elated with the outcome, and hopeful
On June 8, Lisa Durden, a producer, filmmaker and media commentator, arrived at Essex County College in Newark to teach her speech class. It was the closing days of the summer session and Durden was already set for the fall semester. She was listed as a returning adjunct professor to teach mass communication and popular culture and two effective speech courses. Two days before, she had appeared as a political commentator on the Fox News show "Tucker Carlson Tonight," invited to give her opinion as to why Black Lives Matter organizers held a Memorial Day event in Brooklyn for black people only. When
Republican Karen Handel staved off a furious challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday in a race to represent a suburban Atlanta seat in Congress, as the GOP and President Donald Trump avoided an embarrassing defeat in the most expensive U.S. House contest in history. A former Georgia secretary of state, Handel emphasized her experience and roots in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to defeat Ossoff and keep a seat that’s long been held by Republicans in GOP hands. She becomes Georgia’s first female Republican member of the U.S. House.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Video of a woman demanding for her son to be seen by a "white doctor" at a walk-in clinic in Ontario has gone viral. CTV Toronto reports the four-minute argument was recorded by a patient in the waiting room at the Rapid Access to Medical Specialists clinic on Sunday. In the video, an employee is heard explaining to the woman that a "white doctor" would not be available until 4 p.m. to see her child. To which she responds, "So you´re saying in the whole entire building there isn´t one white doctor? You´re telling me my kid has chest
Jon Ossoff was on a trajectory to defeat Karen Handel narrowly, poised to deliver a humiliating blow to the White House in a race billed as a referendum of Donald Trump’s early months in office. Then the Republican voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District unexpectedly showed up in droves. Pollsters say sky-high turnout drove Handel, the GOP nominee, to a nearly 4-point victory on Tuesday, despite most pre-election surveys showing Ossoff with a small-but-shrinking lead. Mathematically, a 4-point loss for a Democratic House candidate in a district that has traditionally elected Republicans by wide margins is an encouraging result for
Republican Karen Handel has defeated her upstart Democratic challenger in a Georgia runoff election. Handel, an experienced politician and former Secretary of State for Georgia, emerged on Tuesday night with a narrow win over 30-year-old Jon Ossoff. Incomplete returns show she is on track to receive about 53 per cent of the vote. Her narrow victory in Georgia´s 6th Congressional District allows Republicans a sigh of relief after the hotly-contested race, which is considered the most expensive in US House history. The special election was considered one of the first tests for Donald Trump´s controversial presidency, with voters given a chance to put another
(Video) - The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information. The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began,
A city on Mars with a million inhabitants could be achievable within 50 years, the space entrepreneur Elon Musk has forecast, as he laid out plans to turn mankind into a multi-planetary species. The SpaceX founder warned that humans would need to venture away from Earth to avoid a ‘Doomsday event’ and our ‘eventual extinction.’ But he said that a huge Martian city could be established this century, which would not just be an outpost, but a fully functioning society with ‘iron foundries and pizza joints.’
Democrat Jon Ossoff conceded the Georgia special election runoff to Republican Karen Handel Tuesday night, even as he argued that "fight goes on" for Democrats even after their latest election defeat. "This small community in Georgia, which has become the epicenter of politics — sometimes to my chagrin — for months now, it´s had nothing to do with me, it never has," Ossoff told the crowd at his campaign´s Atlanta watch party, soon after news outlets declared Handel the winner of the pivotal special election. "It´s about you. It´s about an extraordinary community at an extraordinary moment in history." Democrats had
(Facebook) - Former President Barack Obama took to Facebook to ask Republicans to reconsider their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. "I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party," Obama wrote. "Still, I hope that our senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did." He argued that the Republican health care bill
Ed Morrissey may be on vacation but he’s still keeping his ear to the door of American politics. He popped up on Twitter this morning, searching for his dictionary to look up the definition of “chutzpah.” The reason for his apparent confusion was a rather off-putting interview with Georgia-06 Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff conducted by NPR’s Rachel Martin. The subject of the massive, record-breaking amount of cash dumped into this race couldn’t be avoided, so Martin asked Ossoff to weigh in. He did so, but his take on the subject rang a bit hollow to say the least. (Emphasis added
As a resident of Hollywood, CA, I didn´t exactly see crying in the streets, but I did "feel their pain," as the saying goes. According to (where else?) Variety, the local entertainment industry went in big time in support of Jon Ossoff, the jejune sometime documentarian, in his quest to win the election in Georgia´s sixth congressional district. Rosie O’Donnell [ je suis shockay], Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Sean Daniel, Connie Britton, Sam Waterston and Kyra Sedgwick are among those who have donated to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign, while others have been participating in phone banks to get out the vote and