People


Trump Threatens To Cancel California's $929 Million High Speed Rail Grant Trump Threatens To Cancel California's $929 Million High Speed Rail Grant
- February 21, 2019

Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. "At every turn, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has mismanaged and misled Californians on the viability of the project". Yesterday the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sent a letter to the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) informing the state agency that the FRA plans to cancel more than $900 ... (more...)
UK Moves to Strip ISIS Shamima Begum Teen of Citizenship UK Moves to Strip ISIS Shamima Begum Teen of Citizenship
- February 21, 2019

El Sheikh's mother, who has taken up a legal battle against the Home Secretary, said that putting him on trial in the U.S. would violate European Union laws as the death penalty is banned across the bloc. There are plans to change the law to make travelling to certain terror hotspots illegal, but this could not be applied retrospectively to Shamima Begum . (more...)
Feel the Re-Bern: Sanders in for 2020 Feel the Re-Bern: Sanders in for 2020
- February 20, 2019

Less than four hours after he announced his second presidential campaign , the 77-year-old lawmaker raised $1 million, propelling him well ahead of other 2020 hopefuls who launched their bids with significant financial support. The question now for Sanders is whether he can stand out in a crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates who embrace many of his policy ideas but are newer to the national stage. (more...)
Trump Accuses Rod Rosenstein Of ‘Coup Attempt’ Trump Accuses Rod Rosenstein Of ‘Coup Attempt’
- February 20, 2019

As for McCabe, a grand jury was impaneled previous year to consider his case after the Justice Department's inspector general determined that he misled investigators about contacts with a Wall Street Journal reporter, as NPR's Carrie Johnson reported . (more...)
Rod Rosenstein will resign the Justice Department in mid-march Rod Rosenstein will resign the Justice Department in mid-march
- February 20, 2019

McCabe alleged that Rosenstein raised the idea of the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump and even talked about going into the White House wearing a wire . But after Mr Sessions was ousted in November, his replacement Matthew Whitaker took over the investigation, refusing to recuse himself despite his previous public criticism of the probe. (more...)
Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US
- February 20, 2019

Hoda Muthana is now asking to come back to the US after spending a few years with the Islamic State terrorist group. While it is unclear whether Begum committed any crimes and her legal status is uncertain, it's possible Begum could face charges for supporting IS if she returns to Britain. (more...)
Trump to Warn of 'Dangers of Socialism' in Speech About Venezuela Trump to Warn of 'Dangers of Socialism' in Speech About Venezuela
- February 19, 2019

But humanitarian aid shipments into the country have been blocked by Maduro, who doesn't want USA intervention. The Trump administration has already imposed sanctions to pressure Maduro's regime and has recognized Juan Guaidó, the speaker of the National Assembly as Venezuela's interim president. (more...)
John McDonnell : Labour Has ‘Held The Party Together On Brexit’ John McDonnell : Labour Has ‘Held The Party Together On Brexit’
- February 19, 2019

Trying to get the Labour party to support a second referendum has "been like getting blood from a stone", said Chuka Umunna , one of the lawmakers, at a press conference on Monday. They will continue to sit as lawmakers in parliament under the banner "The Independent Group". Many Labour members oppose Brexit - which is due in less than six weeks, on 29 March - and want the party to fight to hold a new referendum that could keep Britain in the 28-nation bloc. (more...)
Merkel says US calling European cars a threat is 'frightening' Merkel says US calling European cars a threat is 'frightening'
- February 18, 2019

Biden's successor, Vice President Mike Pence , was also in attendance at the conference. According to the magazine, Pence used his appearance at Munich to issue more "orders" to Germany and other European NATO members, including the need to meet the alliance's two percent of GDP defence spending targets (in 2017, Germany spent the equivalent of $45 billion, or just 1.2 percent of its GDP, on defence). (more...)
McCabe Confirms DOJ Considered 25th Amendment, Rosenstein Serious About Wearing Wire McCabe Confirms DOJ Considered 25th Amendment, Rosenstein Serious About Wearing Wire
- February 18, 2019

The dossier helped fuel the allegations of collusion that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. "McCabe in [the 60 Minutes ] interview says no, it came up a couple of times and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discuss it", Pelley told CBS This Morning . (more...)
UK Prime Minister May handed another defeat in parliament UK Prime Minister May handed another defeat in parliament
- February 18, 2019

The Liberal Democrats' Tom Brake asked: "In what way can we as members of Parliament, who have already voted to rule out no deal , can ensure that the government listen to that and respond appropriately?" The vote was non-binding but shows that May is still unable to win the backing of a majority of MPs for her plans-making it even more hard to secure concessions from the EU. (more...)
Saudi crown prince sees Pakistan as ‘very important country in future’ Saudi crown prince sees Pakistan as ‘very important country in future’
- February 18, 2019

Agreements worth billions of dollars will be signed during the visit, he said, adding that huge investments in Pakistan are expected from Saudi Arabia . Shunned by most of his traditional Western partners after critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Istanbul, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is turning to Asia. (more...)
United States planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia United States planes carrying aid for Venezuela land in Colombia
- February 18, 2019

Guaido and Maduro have been locked in a battle over allowing aid into the country, and the military reinforced a blockade on Thursday at the border with Colombia, where the opposition leader has vowed to bring in desperately-needed goods. Critics of Maduro say his re-election a year ago was fraudulent, making the president's second term illegitimate. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called for nationwide protests next week to support volunteers planning to travel to ... (more...)
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, to run for Senate Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, to run for Senate
- February 15, 2019

Kelly will challenge Republican U.S. Senator Martha McSally, a former U.S. Air Force combat pilot who was appointed to the seat held by the late John McCain. Kelly is married to former Democratic Rep. Kelly points out a few issues he sees facing Arizona: access to affordable health care, stagnation of wages, job growth, the economy and the warming climate. (more...)
Kamala Harris supports legalizing marijuana, says she 'did inhale' in college Kamala Harris supports legalizing marijuana, says she 'did inhale' in college
- February 15, 2019

I will die black, and I'm not going to make excuses for anybody because they don't understand". Asked if she's ever smoked marijuana, Harris said, "I have". "Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy ", Harris said of pot . Reform would also enable additional studies on cannabis, "which is one of the reasons we need to legalize", she said, pointing to the impact of cannabis on the development brain as one area of research she'd be interesting in expanding. (more...)
Australia to reopen detention centre after Senate passes medical evacuation bill Australia to reopen detention centre after Senate passes medical evacuation bill
- February 15, 2019

The Conservative coalition's historic parliamentary defeat will deprive ministers of the power to decide if illegal migrants being held on islands in the Pacific are sick enough to be sent to Australia. The Morrison government has beefed up its border protection measures and will reopen the Christmas Island detention centre in anticipation of what it claims will be a resumption of the people smuggling trade. (more...)
Republican-Controlled Senate to Vote on Democrats' Green New Deal Republican-Controlled Senate to Vote on Democrats' Green New Deal
- February 14, 2019

It was officially unveiled to Congress last week by Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Edward Markey in the form of nonbinding resolutions. On Tuesday , Senator McConnell said he would bring the "Green New Deal" the floor for a vote. (more...)
Timeline: Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the 40 years that followed Timeline: Iran’s Islamic Revolution and the 40 years that followed
- February 13, 2019

In a speech at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square, Rouhani said USA efforts to isolate Iran would fail. Rouhani lambasted calls from the United States and Europe for a fresh agreement to curb Iran's missile program. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, attended a rally in the southern city of Kerman. Mahmoud Hemmati, 35, was pushing his 68-year-old mother, Parivash Fakheri, in a wheelchair. (more...)
Baby rescued from storm water drain Baby rescued from storm water drain
- February 13, 2019

Police are now investigating how she got there. Authorities were called out to the scene at the corner of Herring Circle and Barracuda Rd early on Monday after people walking by heard the baby cry. The baby was found trapped inside the drain and emergency services worked to free the girl. The baby was stabalised on scene before she was transported to hospital. (more...)
Newborn baby found on California road in frigid temperatures Newborn baby found on California road in frigid temperatures
- February 13, 2019

He initially thought it was an animal until he got closer before realising it was a newborn baby. - A newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found by a newspaper carrier in the middle of a rural road before dawn in near-freezing temperatures. (more...)
Trump says second government shutdown unlikely after deal reached Trump says second government shutdown unlikely after deal reached
- February 13, 2019

The one-mile march began near Bowie High School and passed the coliseum and terminated at Chalio Acosta Sports Center where the former El Paso congressman said he was taking a stand against the president. "Keep going. Don't give up", he said. Trump made the wall a central 2016 campaign promise, calling it necessary to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking. (more...)
United Kingdom and Switzerland to sign post-Brexit trade agreement United Kingdom and Switzerland to sign post-Brexit trade agreement
- February 12, 2019

Discussions about a wide-ranging trade deal with Japan have also hit a hurdle after Japanese negotiators said they wanted to start from scratch, rather than mirroring the terms of the existing European deal. Labour's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer told the Sunday Times newspaper that his party would seek to use the debate in parliament this week to prevent May from waiting until the last minute to come back with a deal, and compel her to present a fresh accord for lawmakers to ... (more...)
Virginia blackface scandal: Ralph Northam vows to stay as governor Virginia blackface scandal: Ralph Northam vows to stay as governor
- February 12, 2019

Fairfax is one of three top Democrats in the state engulfed by scandal this month. Northam's pledge Sunday to work on healing Virginia's racial divide was his second in as many days. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Elizabeth Warren of MA. Gillibrand called the details "sickening and horrendous". Fairfax has denied both allegations and on Saturday asked that "no one rush to judgment". (more...)
Hakeem Al-Araibi To Be Freed After Thai Court Drops Extradition Case Hakeem Al-Araibi To Be Freed After Thai Court Drops Extradition Case
- February 12, 2019

Mr Araibi was granted refugee status in Australia after fleeing charges in Bahrain connected to Arab Spring protests but was stopped in Thailand in November attempting to go on his honeymoon. My thoughts are with Hakeem's wife. It was not immediately clear when or why Bahrain withdrew its request. Her nightmare will shortly be at an end. (more...)
Booker Statement on Judiciary Committee Vote Opposing Barr's Nomination for Attorney General Booker Statement on Judiciary Committee Vote Opposing Barr's Nomination for Attorney General
- February 11, 2019

Barr, who previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993, would succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions , who was pushed out by Trump past year over the president's anger that he had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. (more...)
Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms Border talks at impasse as shutdown looms
- February 11, 2019

But this battle more than most is driven by political symbolism - whether Trump will be able to claim he delivered on his long-running pledge to "build the wall" or newly empowered congressional Democrats' ability to thwart him. Richard Shelby , R-Ala., said Sunday on Fox. "I'm not confident we're going to get there". The White House and many Republicans want to push the amount that would be spent for building physical barriers to $2 billion or higher. (more...)
Canadian serial killer sentenced to life for murdering eight people Canadian serial killer sentenced to life for murdering eight people
- February 11, 2019

Bezan says he wants to ease the impact on victims' families when serious offenders, who often do not get paroled, apply anyway and get the hearings they're entitled to when they do. "It's not a mandatory minimum (sentence), it's not something that is dictated to the courts, the judge still has the discretion to level the parole-ineligibility period at the time of sentencing", Bezan said. (more...)
For Congress, defence sector is only about brokering deals, says PM Modi For Congress, defence sector is only about brokering deals, says PM Modi
- February 11, 2019

Taking a cue from Tamil Nadu , Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has called upon his party workers to express their resentment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit by wearing yellow and black clothes, and flying yellow and black balloons on Sunday. (more...)
Greek parliament approves protocol for Macedonia to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Greek parliament approves protocol for Macedonia to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
- February 11, 2019

Last week, parliament ratified a historic deal to end the dispute about Macedonia's name, paving the way for the Balkan country to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU. Athens asserted that the use of the name "Macedonia" suggests Skopje has territorial claims to Greece's northern region of Macedonia. "This is the final act of a nationally damaging deed", he said. (more...)
US officials visiting Mideast to seek backing for peace plan US officials visiting Mideast to seek backing for peace plan
- February 10, 2019

Earlier in the day, Palestinians blasted a US-led conference on the Middle-East set to take place in Warsaw, Poland, next week. Prior to Warsaw, Kushner will travel with USA peace envoy Jason Greenblatt to Oman , Bahrain , Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , and Qatar , to discuss the economic part of the plan , according to Israeli media. (more...)
Senator Elizabeth Warren to formally launch 2020 presidential campaign Senator Elizabeth Warren to formally launch 2020 presidential campaign
- February 10, 2019

She made her intentions clear during a speech in Lawrence , Massachusetts, Saturday morning. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement Saturday that Warren has been "exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of MA she deceived to get elected". (more...)
Democrats open probe on Trump's taxes, Russia ties Democrats open probe on Trump's taxes, Russia ties
- February 10, 2019

It's true that an audit, once begun by the IRS, can take several years to complete, particularly for wealthy individuals like Trump with stakes in many business entities. That could spark votes by Congress to block him, which Trump could veto but would still inflict political damage. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed this week, "If Congress won't participate or won't go along, we'll figure out a way to do it with executive authority". (more...)
Russia Demands U.S. Destroy Missile-Defense System In Romania, Military Drones Russia Demands U.S. Destroy Missile-Defense System In Romania, Military Drones
- February 10, 2019

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces ( INF) Treaty and begin a six-month withdrawal process. Putin's government has pushed back, saying the US has violated the treaty and not provided any evidence of Russia's alleged infringements. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the ministry's spokesman, said. (more...)
Roberts Votes w/ Liberals as Supreme Court Blocks La. Abortion Limits Roberts Votes w/ Liberals as Supreme Court Blocks La. Abortion Limits
- February 10, 2019

The Supreme Court has just handed down a pair of decisions that illustrate an important truth: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.is not, as many conservatives believe, some kind of traitor to their cause, an unreliable ally who will stab them in the back whenever he gets the chance. (more...)
Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia
- February 09, 2019

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes labelled as loudspeakers. The three containers seized Thursday also contained 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin and had a street value of $1.29 billion. The drugs were seized by Californian police before they could reach Australian shores. The ACC says the price of crystal meth in Australia is among the highest in the world, driving the country's organised crime gangs to trade increasingly in the drug. (more...)
Trump to call for unity in State of the Union address Trump to call for unity in State of the Union address
- February 09, 2019

With the budget deadline approaching and Democrats refusing to compromise on funding for a border wall, President Trump is promising to secure the border by sending thousands more soldiers in lieu of an actual barrier. Millions of Americans are preparing to watch the president's speech on television today after the initial address had to be postponed due to the government shutdown. (more...)
Trump says to meet North Korea's Kim in Vietnam in late February Trump says to meet North Korea's Kim in Vietnam in late February
- February 07, 2019

A spokesperson for Vietnam's foreign ministry said in a tweet on Wednesday that the country welcomed the summit and "strongly supports" dialogue on peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Trump voiced guarded hope that intensifying negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban would bring for a "possible political solution" to end the longest-ever USA war. (more...)
How the ‘most productive president in modern history’ spends his work days How the ‘most productive president in modern history’ spends his work days
- February 07, 2019

The schedules run from the day after the 2018 midterm elections, November 7, through February 1. In describing the relationship between the conservative-leaning cable network and the Trump administration, Salon's Heather Digby Parton wrote , "Fox has become Trump's de facto kitchen cabinet and unofficial communications office, creating a tight feedback loop between the far right and the White House". (more...)
A man dies after his e-cigarette explodes in his face A man dies after his e-cigarette explodes in his face
- February 07, 2019

Texas man William Brown dies after vape pen explodes, severing his left carotid artery . A staff member at the vape store has since refuted claims that William Brown ever purchasing the device from the shop, according to Dallas News . (more...)
Ice pellets and freezing rain coming this way Ice pellets and freezing rain coming this way
- February 06, 2019

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the metro area beginning at noon Tuesday . Much of the freezing rain and sleet is expected to be northwest of the Boston-Providence corridor, it said. Taylor said the high for Wednesday will be near -2 C. Northeast winds gusting up to 50 km/h will also generate local blowing snow, leading to reduced visibilities. (more...)