August 25, 2019

Israel Thwarts Large-Scale Attack by Iranian ‘Killer Drones’

In a rare confirmation, the Israel Defense Forces acknowledged striking Iranian targets in Syria to prevent a “pending, large-scale attack of multiple killer drones on Israel.” An Iranian drone attack on Israel would have represented a massive escalation in Iran’s efforts to attack the Jewish state. BREAKING: We just prevented a pending, large-scale attack of…

Video: Gaffe-Prone Biden Confuses New Hampshire with Vermont

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) suffered another unfortunate gaffe while speaking to reporters in Keene, New Hampshire, over the weekend, praising the beauty of the neighboring state Vermont after reporters asked for his thoughts on the quintessential New England town. Biden campaigned in Keene – home of the iconic United Church of Christ of…

Texas DPS Trooper Dies Five Months After Line-of-Duty Shooting

MCALLEN, Texas – A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper died from complications related to injuries that he sustained during a line-of-duty shooting. The shooting occurred in the border city of Edinburg, Texas, in early April. On Saturday evening, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the passing of 49-year-old Trooper Moises Sanchez. Trooper Sanchez…

Trump, Abe disagree on North Korea missile launches

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaBIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe displayed their differences over the seriousness of North Korea’s series of short-range missile launches on Sunday,…

Hong Kong police again fire tear gas as protesters regroup

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police fired tear gas to try to break up brick-throwing anti-government protesters who marched in pouring rain on Sunday, after violent clashes a day earlier prompted police to fire tear gas for the first time in more than a week. People march during a protest in Kwai Fong, in…

Macron says G7 agreed on joint action over Iran to defuse tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy’s acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a G7 working session on “International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda” during…

Ewan McGregor to return as Obi-Wan in new ‘Star Wars’ streaming TV series

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) – Ewan McGregor will reprise his “Star Wars” role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the actor announced to fans of the beloved movie franchise on Friday. McGregor surprised the crowd at Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) D23 Expo fan convention, walking on stage to…

Trump, Johnson discuss Huawei on G7 sidelines

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERSBIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed Huawei and 5G technology at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of…

Help Hong Kong by Defending Taiwan

Police officers advance toward anti-extradition bill protesters during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 4, 2019. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters) The future of democracy in the Indo-Pacific depends on our reinforcing Taiwan.In October 1950 the People’s Liberation Army entered Tibet. The Communists made short work of the Tibetan military. The following year, representatives of the Dalai…

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck to announce retirement from NFL: report

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will announce his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, ESPN reported late Saturday.The report said that Luck, who turns 30 next month, has informed Colts general manager Jim Irsay of his decision and is “mentally worn down” after battling a series of injuries that appears to have robbed him of…

Son accused of killing ex-NFL lineman Barry Bennett, wife arrested in Mexico

The son of former NFL lineman Barry Bennett was arrested in Mexico Saturday on charges of murdering his parents earlier this week in their Minnesota home, authorities said.Dylan Bennett, 22, was arrested by Mexican law enforcement in Cancun after Todd County investigators used his cell phone, credit card and ATM activity since Friday to locate him there, the sheriff’s office announced. He is charged with two counts of second-degree…

Biden tells voters ‘don’t vote for me’ if they’re concerned about his age

Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared to dismiss voters concerned about his age, telling them not to vote for him in the 2020 Democratic primary race.”I say if they’re concerned, don’t vote for me,” Biden said while speaking to reporters in Keene, N.H. When a reporter told Biden that voters he talked to were wondering if…

Republicans suffer whiplash from Trump’s erratic week | TheHill

Congressional Republicans are confused and suffering from whiplash after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could ‘tear this country apart’ EU says it will ‘respond in kind’ if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE this week flip-flopped on guns and…

Trump arrives at G-7 amid disputes over global issues | TheHill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could ‘tear this country apart’ EU says it will ‘respond in kind’ if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE on Saturday arrived for the annual Group of Seven (G-7) economic summit in France amid…

Politico: Warren Using Sanders as a ‘Human Shield’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – whether unintentionally or intentionally – has been using her ideological counterpart Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as somewhat of a “human shield” to dodge political criticism, Politico assesses. While Warren and Sanders generally hold similar views – something that became evident during the last Democrat debate in Detroit, where the two…

Jeffries: Judiciary Committee Will Decide on Impeachment Articles Later This Year

On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Up,” House Judiciary Committee member and House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) stated that the Judiciary Committee will decide whether or not to recommend articles of impeachment “at some point later on this year.” Jeffries said, “I support the efforts of the Judiciary Committee to sort of uncover the range…

Report: Kamala Harris Campaign Brought in Crowd to ‘Boost’ Cheering During Her DNC Speech

Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) campaign brought in dozens of cheering supporters to enthusiastically react to her Democratic National Committee (DNC) speech in San Francisco Friday, according to The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere. Harris delivered a speech at the DNC meeting Friday and reportedly had dozens of supporters — purportedly supplied by her campaign — who cheered…

North Korean leader Kim oversaw test of ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher’: KCNA

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, in this undated picture released by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 26, 2019. KCNA/via REUTERS SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a “super-large multiple rocket launcher” on…

CDC flags one death and nearly 200 cases of lung illnesses in U.S, possibly tied to vaping

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday it had identified 193 potential cases of severe lung illness tied to vaping in 22 states as of Aug. 22, including one adult in Illinois who died after being hospitalized. The CDC has been investigating a “cluster” of lung illnesses that it…

UK PM Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure: The Observer

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he arrives for a banquet during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaLONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked his attorney general whether parliament can be shut down for five weeks from Sept. 9 in what appears…

Britain’s Prince Andrew denies seeing any sex crimes during time with Epstein

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Andrew said on Saturday he never saw or suspected any sex crimes during the time he spent with U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein. FILE PHOTO: Horse Racing – Royal Ascot – Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain – June 20, 2019 Britain’s Prince Andrew arrives by horse and carriage on ladies day REUTERS/Toby…

Trump heaps another 5% tariff on Chinese goods in latest tit-for-tat escalation

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday lashed back at a new round of Chinese tariffs by heaping an additional 5% duty on some $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods in the latest tit-for-tat trade war escalation by the world’s two largest economies. FILE PHOTO: Containers are seen at the Yangshan Deep Water…

McCabe and Papadopoulos: Two-Tiered Justice

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, June 7, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) “Equal justice under the law” is not supposed to be an aspiration or a quaint slogan. It is supposed to be a guarantee.The date of a meeting, that’s all the lie was about. George Papadopoulos claimed…

Trump’s Deal for Denmark Wasn’t Deft–Or Daft

To those of us of who learned our U.S. history from texts in the 1940s and ’50s, President Donald Trump’s brainstorm of acquiring Greenland fits into a venerable tradition of American expansionism. The story begins with colonial officer George Washington’s march out toward Fort Duquesne in 1754 and crushing defeat and near death at Fort…

Girl sends back ‘souvenir’ rock, apology letter to national park

Park officials posted an image to Facebook of the adorable letter sent to them by a young visitor named Karina who took a rock home from the Tom Branch Falls on a recent trip.  (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)A young girl with a good heart sent a letter last week to officials at the Great…

Amazon wildfires get some help from US firefighting plane

A firefighting plane from California made its way to South America on Friday to help local authorities fight the massive wildfires burning up in parts of the Amazon.A Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker aircraft carrying nearly 20,000 gallons of retardant, a substance used to stop fires, left the Sacramento-McClellan Airport Thursday night and arrived in Bolivia’s…

Bill Maher rejoices in David Koch’s passing: ‘F— him … I’m glad he’s dead and I hope the end was painful’

“Real Time” host Bill Maher minced no words Friday night regarding the news that Republican megadonor and billionaire philanthropist David Koch had died at age 79 following a long battle with cancer.”F— him… I’m glad he’s dead,” Maher said.”And now, some funeral news to report. Yesterday David Koch of the zillionaire Koch brothers died .. of prostate cancer,” Maher…

Critics fear widespread damage from Trump ‘public charge’ rule | TheHill

Experts are warning that the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule linking immigrants’ legal status to their use of public benefits will have far reaching impacts on health care coverage, as well as the country’s safety net.The final rule, which was announced earlier this month and is set to take effect Oct. 15, targets immigrants trying…

Trump challenges ruling barring him from blocking Twitter users | TheHill

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a case in which President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: ‘Who is our bigger enemy,’ Fed chief or Chinese…

Joe Biden Asks Audience to Imagine ‘If, God Forbid, Barack Obama Had Been Assassinated’

Mike Theiler / Getty Former vice president Joe Biden asked an audience at New Hampshire on Friday to imagine what would have happened “if, God forbid, Barack Obama had been assassinated” after winning the 2008 Democratic primary. Biden, speaking at Dartmouth College in Hanover, was comparing Obama to Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated by Palestinian…

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