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  • Bernie Sanders Campaign Chief Says Someone Must Be 'Accountable' for What DNC Emails Show

    07/23/2016 2:37:05 PM PDT · by Mariner · 5 replies
    ABC ^ | July 23rd, 2016 | By MaryAlice Parks
    Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said his team was "disappointed" by the emails from the Democratic National Committee leaked through WikiLeaks, which seemed to reveal staff in the party working to support Hillary Clinton. "Someone does have to be held accountable," Weaver said during an interview with ABC News. "We spent 48 hours of public attention worrying about who in the [Donald] Trump campaign was going to be held responsible for the fact that some lines of Mrs. Obama's speech were taken by Mrs. Trump. Someone in the DNC needs to be held at least as accountable as the...
  • Colorado Town's Water Tests Positive for THC, Active Ingredient in Marijuana

    07/23/2016 7:01:06 AM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    Good Morning America via Yahoo ^ | July 23rd, 2016 | BRIAN MCBRIDE
    Officials have urged residents in a small Colorado town not to consume their water after several wells tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. So far no illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo -- a town of around 700 people located roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver -- according to officials. The announcement comes after a local company was testing its own water and got a positive result. Local law enforcement was then notified and further testing in other locations took place, which revealed additional positive results, reports ABC Denver affiliate, KMGH. "At this point...
  • Eric Clapton to appear on new Rolling Stones album

    07/22/2016 11:37:11 AM PDT · by Mariner · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | July 22nd, 2016 | Unattributed
    Guitarist Eric Clapton will appear on the Rolling Stones' blues-inspired new album, Keith Richards has confirmed. The musician "dropped by for a couple of numbers", Richards told BBC 6 Music, adding the recording sessions had been "like old times down in Richmond". Both the Stones and Clapton's former band, The Yardbirds, used to perform at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey. Richards said the Stones were hoping to play some European dates next year and would "love to" perform in the UK. "I think it's on the menu somewhere," the 72-year-old said. The new album was confirmed by the band...
  • The Bubble of Shame

    07/22/2016 9:20:35 AM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    My Fetid Mind | July 22nd, 2016 | Mariner
    What so few on the left or right are acknowledging, for better or worse, is the complete defeat of Conservative Orthodoxy last night...that rotten philosophy that brought us "Free Trade", resulting in the largest transfer of wealth in the history of civilization, Open Borders and the "Free" movement of labor that has destroyed large portions of middle America, Foreign Adventure when no strategic US interest is stake, and resulting in innumerable thousands dead, $trillions wasted and chaos throughout the world. Also destroyed was the silly notion that the US should bear the full costs of worldwide security and that those...

    07/20/2016 7:12:38 PM PDT · by Mariner · 663 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | July 20, 2016 | Jim Hoft
  • Ted Cruz would run in 2020 even if Trump is president, RNC official says

    07/20/2016 2:55:37 PM PDT · by Mariner · 213 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 20th, 2016 | Jon Ward
    CLEVELAND — For the first time in 36 years, there was a vote on the floor of a party’s nominating convention this past Monday that actually held an element of suspense. In the hour or so ahead of a vote in which insurgents were attempting to reset the convention rules, Republican National Committee operatives circulated the floor and the back halls of Quicken Loans Arena, buttonholing delegates to argue why they should retract support for the motion, and getting them to sign their names to withdrawal forms. Trump aides, by contrast, bullied delegates with vague and ineffective threats. In one...
  • Keith Richards Says Beatles Concerts ‘Were Never Quite There’

    07/19/2016 7:03:49 PM PDT · by Mariner · 142 replies ^ | July 19th, 2016 | By Annie Reuter
    Like everyone else, The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was a Beatles fan, but he said they weren’t a particularly great live band. “Musically, the Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there,” he told the Radio Times And while Richards was friends with The Beatles in their early years, he “excommunicated” them in 1967 after they became influenced by mystic leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, NME reported. “He was a f—ing operator, a sucker job,” Richards said of Yogi.
  • The man who could have stopped Donald Trump

    07/19/2016 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Mariner · 95 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19th, 2016 | Oliver Darcy
    CNN couldn't stop Donald Trump. Neither could Fox News. Some of the nation's most influential conservatives, from Glenn Beck to Bill Kristol, were powerless. Karl Rove and the Bush family had no effect. Scandal after scandal failed to put a chink in his armor. And the 16 other GOP contenders, comprising some of the party's brightest and budding stars, proved to be impotent. But some observers say that one man may have had the power to prevent Donald Trump's accession within the Republican Party: Matt Drudge. "If Drudge had come out really negatively against Trump and had supported someone who...
  • DIVIDED AMERICA: To some, Trump is a desperate survival bid

    07/18/2016 6:16:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | July 18th, 2016 | Claire Galofaro
    LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) -- Mike Kirk leans across the counter of the pawnshop where he works for $11 an hour. It's less than half what he made in the mines, but the best he can do these days. He and two customers ponder what this city might look like in 10 years if nothing changes. Many of the storefronts on the narrow downtown streets are empty. Some of the buildings burned. Their blackened shells, "condemned" signs taped to the doors, stand as a symbol of how far they've fallen. In 10 years? A ghost town, one customer offers. The other...
  • Watch the Navy Send a Retired Frigate Out With a Bang

    07/18/2016 5:12:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 18th, 2016 | By Kyle Mizokami
    The United States Navy and its allies recently laid siege to a retired frigate in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It was all part of a SINKEX, or sinking exercise, that tested the missiles and big guns of modern navies against an actual warship. Every two years, as part of the multinational Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, the US Navy tows a retired warship out to sea. Then the U.S. military, along with allied forces, blow it to smithereens. The USS Thach was an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate. Commissioned in 1979, it was named after Jimmy Thach, a...
  • Hungarian Officers Beat Migrants Severely, Rights Group Says

    07/13/2016 7:31:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Associated Press via ABC ^ | July 13th, 2016 | By pablo gorondi, associated press
    Hungarian police and soldiers have severely beaten some migrants before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday — a report that was disputed by the Hungarian government. Since July 5, migrants caught within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the Hungarian border are being returned to the Serbian side of the razor-wire fence built by Hungary last year to stem the migrant flow. Police said 621 people were sent back to Serbia since the new rules took effect. One of the claims of abuse noted in the HRW report said men in a group of...
  • FBI agents signed NDA for matters involving Hillary’s emails

    07/13/2016 12:04:56 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 13th, 2016 | By John Crudele, Daniel Halper and Jamie Schram
    In an unusual move, FBI agents working the Hillary Clinton email case had to sign a special form reminding them not to blab about the probe to anyone unless called to testify. Sources said they had never heard of the “Case Briefing Acknowledgment” form being used before, although all agents must initially sign nondisclosure agreements to obtain security clearance. “This is very, very unusual. I’ve never signed one, never circulated one to others,” said one retired FBI chief. An FBI agent currently on the job admitted, “I have never heard of such a form. Sounds strange.” Meanwhile, FBI agents expressed...
  • New York Like Scene From ‘The Walking Dead’ After Large-Scale Marijuana Overdose

    07/13/2016 10:35:13 AM PDT · by Mariner · 35 replies
    Time Entertainment via Yahoo ^ | July 13th, 2016 | Daniel White
    In what onlookers compared to a scene from a zombie movie, a mass K2 overdose occurred on Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York. Around 9:30 a.m. some 33 users had an near synchronized reaction to the drug in the public areas around Broadway and Myrtle Avenue, with some buckled to the sidewalk and others urinating and vomiting, according to DNA Info. “It was a scene out of ‘The Walking Dead.’ People were stumbling all over the place,”neighbor Brian Arthur, 38 told DNA Info. “There was a couple of them trying to pick themselves up. One guy couldn’t move at all. They...
  • Dallas cop shooter Micah Johnson purchased AK-47 through Facebook in 2014

    07/12/2016 4:14:45 PM PDT · by Mariner · 59 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 12th, 2016 | BY Joseph Stepansky
    Micah Johnson never balked at the $600 asking price for an AK-47 assault rifle. The buy was arranged via Facebook, and consummated in the parking lot of a Target. Seller Colton Crews forgot about the deal until last week, when ex-Army reservist Johnson killed five Dallas police officers — and federal investigators tracked Crews down. “I don’t even know how I feel about it right now,” Crews told the Daily News. “I have no idea. It’s awful. It’s just bad.” Crews, 26, said there was no inkling during their 15-minute November 2014 transaction that Johnson was anything except a military...
  • State lawyer wants legislators’ addresses removed from pro-gun blog

    07/09/2016 11:23:56 PM PDT · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | July 9th, 2016 | By Jeremy B. White
    <p>Warning of “a grave risk” to elected officials, the California Legislature’s legal arm has asked the blog platform WordPress to take down a post listing the addresses of lawmakers who supported gun control legislation.</p> <p>Gov. Jerry Brown on July 1 signed several gun control measures, fortifying California’s already strong gun restrictions over the objections of those who saw the bills eroding Second Amendment rights.</p>
  • Law enforcement in riot gear as protest heats up near BRPD headquarters

    07/09/2016 6:14:56 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    WAFB - Baton Rouge ^ | July 9th, 2016 | Camera and Narration only
    Video and Narration at link.
  • Dallas attack adds to Cleveland concerns before Republican convention

    07/09/2016 11:47:17 AM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | July 8th, 2016 | By Kim Palmer
    CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland police on Friday tightened their security plan for the Republican National Convention after the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas, increasing surveillance and intelligence operations just 10 days before the convention. Other police departments across the country required officers to patrol in pairs rather than alone following the ambush in Dallas, the deadliest day for police in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. In Cleveland, the attack raised another potential threat during the July 18-21 convention, when Donald Trump is expected to receive the Republican nomination for...
  • Hillary Clinton Will Not Acknowledge That She Was Extremely Careless With Her Emails

    07/09/2016 8:40:27 AM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    NTK News ^ | July 8th, 2016 | Hillary Clinton
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  • FBI Issues Alert in Louisiana: Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers, Riots

    07/08/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 64 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 8th, 2016 | Unattributed
    The FBI issued an alert to Louisiana law enforcement agencies warning of violence against officers and planned riots in the aftermath of this week’s high-profile fatal shooting of a black man by Baton Rouge Police. Judicial Watch obtained a copy of the situational information report, which was distributed to police and sheriff departments in Bossier, Caddo Parish and east Baton Rouge as well as Louisiana State Police. Titled “Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Riots Planned for 8-10 July 2016,” the alert warns that “multiple groups are calling for or planning riots and/or violence against law enforcement in Baton Rouge...
  • ‘New Black Panther Party’ Coming To Baton Rouge, Calls Police HQ The ‘Baton Rouge Pig Dept’

    07/08/2016 6:04:40 PM PDT · by Mariner · 10 replies
    The Hayride ^ | July 8th, 2016 | John Binder
    The ‘New Black Panther Party,’ a militant racial group, announced that they will be arriving in Baton Rouge to protest outside of the Baton Rouge Police Department after Alton Sterling was shot during an altercation with a local officer, calling the headquarters the “pig department.” On the group’s social media, they called the police department the “Baton Rouge Pig Department,” a term that is often used by militants against police officers across the country, in an exclusive Hayride report. Check out the invitation to the protest, which is supposed to take place tomorrow and where sources tell the Hayride that...
  • Hate Group Urges Gangs To Kill Cops After Dallas Shootings

    07/08/2016 4:37:23 PM PDT · by Mariner · 88 replies
    Vocativ ^ | July 8th, 2016 | By James King and Adi Cohen
    As people across the racial spectrum gathered Friday to mourn and condemn the deadliest attack on police in recent history, a group of fringe black extremist organizations found cause for celebration over the deaths of cops. After sniper fire brought down five officers and wounded more at a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas Thursday evening, the group issued a swift statement denouncing violence. Their statements were echoed by the president, political leaders from both parties, and across social media. But, some members of black vigilante hate groups seized on Thursday’s sniper shooting in Dallas to issue a rallying cry...
  • 10 Officers Shot - Dallas

    07/07/2016 8:31:47 PM PDT · by Mariner · 178 replies
    Fox News | july 7th | Fox
    Live Fox 4 Dallas reporting 10 officers shot, 3 dead, 3 in critical condition.Two snipers shooting from elevated positions.
  • Trump rips 'rigged' system as FBI clears Clinton over emails

    07/05/2016 8:26:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 16 replies
    FRANCE 24 AFP ^ | 6 July 2016 - | AFPUnattributed
    <p>Donald Trump blasted White House rival Hillary Clinton as a liar abusing a "rigged" system, after the FBI recommended no charges be filed over her use of private email while secretary of state.</p> <p>"Our system is in fact rigged. It's corrupt, it's rigged, it's disgraceful," a furious Trump told a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, just hours after Clinton appeared in the state for her debut 2016 campaign event with President Barack Obama.</p>
  • (Vanity) Of the #nevertrump

    07/05/2016 7:42:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies
    My Fetid Mind | July 5th, 2016 | Mariner
    So, will Bill Kristol and George Will still be voting Hillary?Shouldn't some enterprising reporter ask them?And, just WHO does Ted Cruz support for POTUS?
  • The Latest: Obama's "with her;" no mention of Clinton emails

    07/05/2016 2:15:24 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 5th, 2016 | Unattributed
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Campaign 2016 weeks before the Republican and Democratic national conventions (all times EDT): 4:30 p.m. President Barack Obama has wrapped up his first campaign appearance for Hillary Clinton without mentioning the FBI investigation into her private email. Obama held a joint rally with Clinton in North Carolina hours after FBI Director James Comey called her actions "extremely careless" but said he wasn't recommending criminal charges. Neither Obama nor Clinton brought up the probe in their speeches. Obama has tried to avoid commenting by saying he doesn't want to jeopardize the independence...
  • Nothing looks more presidential.

    07/05/2016 1:22:48 PM PDT · by Mariner · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | July 5th, 2016 | Mark Knoller
    In the past, WH has said the presidential seal isn't displayed at campaign events. Nothing looks more presidential.
  • Sanders supporters melt down over FBI's Clinton decision

    07/05/2016 12:44:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | July 5th, 2016 | By Gregory Krieg
    (CNN)It's not only Donald Trump and Republicans expressing their indignation at the FBI's decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified materials on a private email server. The Tuesday announcement also set off a torrent of anger and frustration among some of Bernie Sanders' most diehard supporters, a vocal minority who have been agitating for an indictment of the former secretary of state in the hopes it would vault the Vermont senator to the Democratic nomination. Trump and the Sanders bitter-enders had played up the possibility, pointing to what they called an "FBI convention" that...
  • FBI boss’ outrageous double standard in letting Hillary skate

    07/05/2016 11:59:04 AM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 5th, 2016 | By Post Editorial Board
    The fix was in. Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey painted a devastating picture of Hillary Clinton’s reckless lawbreaking with her emails and the damage it likely caused — but then recommended no charges against her. When it comes to the Clintons, say goodbye to the rule of law. Comey said the bureau looked for evidence that “classified information was improperly stored or transmitted” on Clinton’s personal email servers, in violation of a “statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way.” Sure enough, his agents found plenty: 110 emails “in 52 email...
  • Questionable tax-free payments to Trump staffers raise 'red flags'

    07/05/2016 11:14:21 AM PDT · by Mariner · 57 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 5th, 2016 | Lori Ann LaRocco
    A series of filing anomalies point to a Donald Trump camp that is either unaware of campaign finance law, or is actively funneling donors' cash to insiders, according to several experts interviewed by CNBC. These "red flags," as one expert deemed them, include a total lack of disclosure on which vendors staffers for the presumptive Republican nominee are paying, an "unusual" six-figure payout to campaign staff for nontaxable expenses and what appeared to be double reimbursements for some employees' expenses. When asked about the apparently unusual filing practices, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email that "the report speaks...
  • FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook

    07/05/2016 10:22:00 AM PDT · by Mariner · 161 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 5, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton...
  • Power game decides post-arbitration order

    07/05/2016 9:46:21 AM PDT · by Mariner
    Global Times (China) ^ | July 5th, 2016 | Unattributed (Politburo)
    As the result of the international arbitration over the South China Sea dispute approaches, China is undertaking a military drill from July 5 to 11 in the waters around the Xisha Islands. In Western media reports, this exercise is happening "at a sensitive time," because the arbitral result will be announced on July 12. Beijing has announced its position of neither participation in nor recognition of the arbitration. The South China Sea dispute has been greatly complicated after heavy US intervention. Now an international tribunal has also been included, posing more threat to the integrity of China's maritime and territorial...
  • 'Very very unfair!': Trump on FBI's Comey

    07/05/2016 9:14:40 AM PDT · by Mariner · 190 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 5th, 2016 | Ivan Livingston
    Donald Trump took to Twitter with his usual bombast in response to FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that charges not be brought against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information in connection to private email servers. "The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment," the GOP's presumptive nominee tweeted.
  • Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric rattles the campaign message of Clinton and unions

    07/04/2016 5:20:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4th, 2016 | By David Nakamura and David Weigel
    PHILADELPHIA — Three dozen union workers gathered outside city hall here on Thursday to rally against the global free-trade deals they believe have harmed Americans like them. Their candidate was Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania. But their spiritual leader was Republican Donald Trump. “He recognized there’s some problems we need to solve,” said McGinty, who is challenging Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R), a free-trade advocate. “One, we have to stop bad trade agreements. . . . And two, we have to take the Chinese on when they manipulate their currency and dump goods in our markets.” Just two...
  • Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI on email server

    07/02/2016 10:39:00 AM PDT · by Mariner · 141 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 2nd, 2016 | By Reena Flores
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met with FBI officials Saturday about her private email server that has sparked a federal investigation, her campaign said. "Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was Secretary," Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in an email Saturday afternoon. "She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion. Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview." Sources confirm to CBS News that the investigation is in its final phase...
  • This robot-powered burger joint could put fast food workers out of a job

    07/01/2016 4:54:00 PM PDT · by Mariner · 53 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | July 1st, 2016 | Melia Robinson
    A robot-powered burger joint is coming to San Francisco. In 2012, secretive robotics startup Momentum Machines debuted a machine that could crank out 400 made-to-order hamburgers in an hour. It's fully autonomous, meaning the robot can slice toppings, grill a patty, and assemble and bag the burger without any help from humans. The internet flipped out. Years of relative silence ensued, but in January, Hoodline's Brittany Hopkins learned that the San Francisco-based startup had applied for a building permit to convert a ground-floor retail space in the SoMa neighborhood into a restaurant. Now it looks like the restaurant is actually...
  • White House Watch: Trump 43%, Clinton 39%

    06/30/2016 5:49:56 AM PDT · by Mariner · 46 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | June 30th, 2016 | Rasmussen
    The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Donald Trump has now taken a four-point lead. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Trump with 43% of the vote, while Clinton earns 39%. Twelve percent (12%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Last week at this time, it was Clinton 44%, Trump 39%. This is Trump’s highest level of support in Rasmussen Reports’ matchups with Clinton since last...
  • Clinton-Warren together: Is America ready for all-female ticket?

    06/27/2016 9:04:05 PM PDT · by Mariner · 73 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 27th, 2016 | By Anita Kumar
    WASHINGTON - As Hillary Clinton campaigned with Elizabeth Warren for the first time Monday, the joint appearance raised the question: Is America ready for two women on a presidential ticket? Clinton is, of course, the first woman ever to clinch a major-party nomination for president. And she’s considering adding a second woman to the ticket, with Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, as a running mate. “There is a wow factor to having two women on the ticket,” said Jim Hodges, a former governor of South Carolina and a Clinton ally who urged the campaign to select a woman. “It’s...
  • At least 7 stabbed at protest outside California Capitol

    06/26/2016 5:53:20 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 26th, 2016 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least seven people were stabbed Sunday when counter-protesters clashed with members of right-wing extremists groups that planned to hold a rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento, authorities said. California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada said about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party were gathering for a rally around noon Sunday when they were met by about 400 counter-protesters and a fight broke out. As people tried to leave the area, smaller fights broke out, Granada said. He said no arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon. He said the Capitol...
  • At least five stabbed at Capitol neo-Nazi protest

    06/26/2016 2:33:47 PM PDT · by Mariner · 67 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | June 26th, 2016 | By Stephen Magagnini and Ellen Garrison
    <p>At least five people were stabbed in a riot that broke out at the state Capitol Sunday between more than 150 anarchists and “anti-fascist” protestors and about 25 neo-Nazis who had gotten permission to rally on the west steps, police said.</p>
  • UK-US special relationship shaky following Brexit vote

    06/26/2016 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Mariner · 31 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | June 26th, 2016 | by: Geoff Dyer, Demetri Sevastopulo and David J Lynch
    As one special relationship falters, another may beckon. The British vote to leave the EU could hasten a changing of the guard among Washington’s European allies, with Germany replacing the UK as its most important partner. In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, the White House has gone out of its way to emphasise the enduring links that will remain between the US and the UK. “One thing that will not change is the special relationship that exists between our two nations,” US President Barack Obama said on Friday. But Mr Obama has less than seven months left in...
  • Switzerland set to ask EU for limited migration curbs: president

    06/26/2016 12:56:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26th, 2016 | by Francois Murphy
    Switzerland will propose in talks with Brussels that it should be allowed to protect economic sectors in specific regions against immigration from the European Union, its president told a Sunday newspaper. Switzerland only has until February to implement a binding 2014 referendum demanding limits on the influx of foreigners to a country whose population is already a quarter foreign. But a blanket curb on immigration would torpedo a set of interlinked bilateral economic accords under which Switzerland agreed to allow free movement of people. "Not much can be obtained with a bare figure," Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann told the SonntagsZeitung...
  • French prime minister opposes transatlantic trade deal

    06/26/2016 12:44:25 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | June 26th, 2016 | Unattributed
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday blasted a planned EU-US trade treaty, saying the ambitious deal was against “EU interests”. “No free trade agreement should be concluded if it does not respect EU interests. Europe should be firm,” Valls told members of the governing Socialist Party, adding “France will be vigilant about this.”p> “I can tell you frankly, there cannot be a transatlantic treaty agreement. This agreement is not on track,” Valls said. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to topple regulatory and tariff barriers and establish the largest free-trade and investment area in the world. The...
  • French PM: Europe must stop being finicky and intrusive

    06/26/2016 10:33:05 AM PDT · by Mariner · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 26th, 2016 | by Ingrid Melander
    The European Union must stop being nit-picky and intrusive, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday as the bloc scrambled to handle the aftermath of Britain's vote to leave. The Brexit vote to leave the EU has deepened fears among mainstream politicians across Europe about the rise of eurosceptic, anti-establishment parties, particularly in France, where the far-right National Front is increasingly popular. That concern has also prompted mainstream French politicians on the left and right to call for an overhaul of Europe, in a country where surveys show disillusionment with Brussels is growing. "We must put an end to...
  • Political novice wins Iceland presidency with 39 percent

    06/26/2016 9:02:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | June 26th, 2016 | Haukur Holm
    Reykjavik (AFP) - History professor Gudni Johannesson won Iceland's presidential election after riding a wave of anti-establishment sentiment, final results showed Sunday, although the vote was eclipsed by the country's eagerly-anticipated Euro football match. The political newcomer, who won with 39.1 percent of votes, was trailed by businesswoman Halla Tomasdottir, also without party affiliation, who took 29.4 percent, according to results announced on public television channel RUV. Johannesson only decided to run for the presidency after the so-called Panama Papers leak in April which detailed offshore accounts and implicated several senior Icelandic politicians, including the prime minister who was forced...
  • Brexit is a bad omen for world commerce

    06/25/2016 6:04:50 PM PDT · by Mariner · 40 replies
    WaPo via Standard Examiner ^ | June 25th, 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    The economic story of the past quarter-century was the rapid advance of globalization, the unleashing of trade and commerce among countries rich and poor - a McDonald’s in every European capital, “Made in China” labels throughout Toys R Us. The Brexit vote on Thursday ends that story, at least in its current volume. Voters will soon tell us what sort of sequel they’d prefer. A slowdown in trade growth has already gripped the globe over the past several years, according to data from the World Trade Organization. Prospects now look bleak for completion of major new trade agreements, including the...
  • 'move jungle to uk' Calais mayor sparks furious row

    06/25/2016 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Mariner · 65 replies
    The Sun ^ | June 25th, 2016 | By ROBERT FISK
    THE mayor of Calais says migrants living in the Jungle camp and others in France should be moved to Britain so Brits “take the consequences” of Brexit. Natacha Bouchart wants a revision of the border deal between France and the UK, which at the moment sees border checks carried out in Calais to stop those trying to get to Britain illegally.
  • Obama stands by warning on British trade deal after EU vote: White House

    06/24/2016 9:11:41 PM PDT · by Mariner · 102 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 24th, 2016 | by Roberta Rampton
    President Barack Obama stands by his comment that Britain would move to the back of the queue when it comes to trade deals with the United States if it left the European Union, the White House said on Friday. "Obviously, the president stands by what he said and I don't have an update of our position," White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters at a briefing. Obama urged Britain to remain in the EU when he visited London in April and warned that a trade agreement between the two countries would not happen anytime soon if Britain left the bloc.
  • The Brexit contagion: How France, Italy and the Netherlands now want their referendum too

    06/24/2016 6:49:53 AM PDT · by Mariner · 76 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | June 24th, 2016 | Matthew Holehouse, Brussels
    Voters in France, Italy and the Netherlands are demanding their own votes on European Union membership and the euro, as the continent faces a “contagion” of referendums. EU leaders fear a string of copycat polls could tear the organisation apart, as leaders come under pressure to emulate David Cameron and hold votes. It came as German business leaders handed a considerable boost to the Leave campaign by saying it would be “very, very foolish” to deny the UK a free trade deal after Brexit. Markus Kerber, the head of the BDI, which represents German industry, said that 1970s-style trade barriers...
  • YouGov on the day poll: Remain 52%, Leave 48%

    06/23/2016 2:36:55 PM PDT · by Mariner · 46 replies
    YouGov ^ | June 23rd, 2016 | Unattributed
    Joe Twyman, YouGov's Head of Political and Social Research: "Today YouGov conducted a survey, going back to the same people we spoke to yesterday to find out how they actually voted. The survey found a small move to Remain and based on these results we expect the United Kingdom to continue as a member of the European Union. "Remain are on 52% with Leave on 48%. "The results are close and it too early to call it definitively. But these results, along with the recent trends and historical precedent, suggest a Remain victory is the more likely outcome."
  • U.S. warns China against provocations once court rules on sea claims

    06/22/2016 8:20:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22nd, 2016 | By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick
    The United States warned China on Wednesday against taking "additional provocative actions" following an impending international court ruling on the South China Sea that is expected to largely reject Beijing's broad territorial claims. A senior State Department official voiced skepticism at China's claim that dozens of countries backed its position in a case the Philippines has brought against Beijing and vowed that Washington would uphold U.S. defense commitments. Colin Willett, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said Washington had "a lot of options" to respond to any such Chinese moves in a region she said was vital to...