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  • Presidential Authority to Call a Special Session of Congress (Caravan Solution)

    10/17/2018 7:35:12 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 54 replies
    Justice.gov ^ | Oct 17, 2018
    The President has the power, under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, to call a special session of the Congress during the current adjournment, in which the Congress now stands adjourned ...
  • U.S. envoy Haley: Palestine is not any state at all

    10/17/2018 7:24:46 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | October 17, 2018 | Tovah Lazaroff
    “The Palestinians are not a UN Member State or any state at all. The United States will continually point that out in our remarks at UN events led by the Palestinians,” Haley said. The United States does not recognize Palestine as a state, its envoys said on Tuesday as they opposed United Nations General Assembly move to enhance the stature of the Palestinian Authority. “The Palestinians are not a UN Member State or any state at all. The United States will continually point that out in our remarks at UN events led by the Palestinians,” US Ambassador to the United...
  • Trump to withdraw from postal treaty that has let China ship cheaply to U.S.

    10/17/2018 7:05:22 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 35 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 10-17-18 | Robert Schroeder
    President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from a postal treaty that has allowed Chinese companies to ship small packages to the U.S. at a steeply discounted rate...~SNIP~ Under the Universal Postal Union treaty, China and other developing countries have since 1969 been assessed lower rates than wealthier nations. The Times says the decision to withdraw was made at the urging of Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro. The National Association of Manufacturers said Trump deserved credit for his focus on eliminating what it called "the anti-U.S. manufacturer subsidy China receives from the U.S. Postal Service."
  • Three troops wounded in suicide bombing at Bagram Air Field

    10/17/2018 7:04:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Stars and Stripes | ^ | October 17, 2018 | J.P. LAWRENCE
    Three troops wounded in suicide bombing at Bagram Air Field By J.P. LAWRENCE | Stars and Stripes | Published: October 17, 2018 KABUL — A bomb blast wounded three servicemembers near Bagram Air Field on Wednesday afternoon. Afghan officials said the attack occurred at about 4 p.m. near one of Bagram’s gates. The bomber attacked a patrol, said a U.S. military spokesman with Resolute Support in Kabul. The nationalities of the three wounded servicemembers were not provided. The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack. Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan are taking place Oct. 20 and the Taliban warned...
  • Report: Japan Plans to Flush Radioactive Fukishima Water into the Ocean

    10/17/2018 6:49:06 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 50 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/17/2018 | Ben Kew
    Environmental authorities in Japan are planning to flush over one million tons of radioactive water into the ocean after running out of space to contain it, according to a report Tuesday from the Daily Telegraph.
  • America’s next ambassador to the U.N.

    10/17/2018 5:58:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/15/2018 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    Nikki Haley’s unprecedented gains were something of a flash offensive In a televised press conference last week, while she sat next to the president, US Ambassador the United Nations Nikki Haley announced her resignation. It’s hard to see her go. Few American ambassadors have so distinguished themselves as champions of freedom. Both along the East River and across the world, Haley earned herself a formidable reputation as a tough and resolute defender of her country and its allies. She made immense progress in curbing UN bureaucracy, combating anti-Israel bias, and standing up to the international body’s amorality in excusing brutal...
  • Nikki Haley hinted to China that ‘unpredictable’ Trump could invade North Korea: Report

    10/17/2018 3:25:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 17, 2018 | Joel Gehrke
    Ambassador Nikki Haley used the threat of a U.S. invasion of North Korea to secure a new round of sanctions against the regime last year, according to a new report. Harper’s Magazine reported that Haley raised the possibility of a U.S. invasion by telling a Chinese diplomat, “My boss is kind of unpredictable, and I don’t know what he’ll do." Haley recalled making those comments during remarks at a small gathering of people at the Council for National Policy, and as part of her effort to discourage China from vetoing additional oil sanctions on North Korea last September, following the...
  • Haley: U.S. Will 'Continually' Remind UN That Palestinians Aren't 'Any State at All'

    10/17/2018 3:22:38 PM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/17/2018 | Bridget Johnson
    "If this misguided resolution is adopted, the United States will leave no doubt about where we stand," he added in remarks to the General Assembly. "When the Palestinians speak as chair of the G77 in the General Assembly, we will remind our fellow member states that the United States does not recognize that there is a Palestinian state and that no such state has been admitted as a UN member state." Ambassador Nikki Haley affirmed in a statement that “the Palestinians are not a UN member state or any state at all" and vowed "the United States will continually point...
  • Victor Davis Hanson 2018 - Could California's decline spread to the rest of America [Video 4+ mins]

    10/17/2018 1:54:54 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 30 replies
    Tucker Carlson/Fox News via You Tube ^ | October 12, 2018 | Tucker Carlson with VDH
    Video Link Tucker Carlson discusses with VDH, in this brief interview, how CA got to the state in which it finds itself today.
  • Twitter: Rep. Matt Gaetz - Footage Shows Migrant Caravan Paid Cash (VIDEO)

    10/17/2018 1:25:39 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 49 replies
    BREAKING: Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time. Soros? US-backed NGOs? Time to investigate the source!
  • Trump’s Approval Rate Among Active-Duty Troops Drops to 44%, Military Times Poll Says

    10/17/2018 12:53:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 120 replies
    Fortune ^ | 10/16/2018 | By KEVIN KELLEHER
    President Trump’s support among U.S. troops appears to be fading, with a new survey from Military Times showing that support for him has ebbed during the past two years while his disapproval rating has increased. The survey of 829 respondents, conducted between Sept. 20 and Oct. 2, showed that the percentage approving of Trump has declined to 43.8% from 46.1% two years ago, while those disapproving rose to 43.1% from 37%. Respondents who were neutral on Trump declined from 17% to 13%, “suggesting political polarization inside the military community has intensified in recent years,” the publication said. Military Times is...
  • Mexico deploys officers to its southern border to block migrants headed for the US

    10/17/2018 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/17/2018 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Mexican government has reinforced security at its southern border with Guatemala before a 2,000-person caravan of Hondurans is expected to try to enter the country and head for the United States, according to a local report. Mexico’s Interior Ministry warned Saturday it will only allow those granted visas to cross into the country. Those in the caravan would have had to have applied for visas at the Mexican consulates in Honduras. DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said the latest incident of a caravan originating in Central America is due to the “de facto open borders” of America due to “loopholes”...
  • Crimea has a solution for its poor economy: Tourism by Syrians

    10/17/2018 11:18:48 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 16, 2018 | Anna Ferris-Rotman
    MOSCOW — It would be one of the world’s more unusual direct flights. But bringing Syrian soldiers and civilians to a Black Sea resort is exactly what was on offer Tuesday, when a delegation from Crimea visited Damascus, the Syrian capital. “We understand that restrictions related to trade, money transfers and tourism are similar to what we have in Crimea,” said Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Russia’s top official there. Both Syria and Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine four years ago, have been hit by Western sanctions, and their economies are struggling. “We should turn our minuses into our advantages,”...
  • Budget reconciliation is the key to building the border wall

    10/17/2018 10:12:06 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | BY REP. BRADLEY BYRNE (R-ALA.)
    Over the last 20 years, budget reconciliation has been used as a powerful tool to bypass filibusters and accomplish priority issues for the majority party with only 50 votes in the Senate. ...That is why I (Rep. Bradley Byrne) am introducing a bill, the Fifty Votes for the Wall Act, that I am confident could meet the requirements of budget reconciliation and survive the Byrd Rule’s tests. The bill creates a new mandatory spending program, providing up to $25 billion, to fully fund President Trump’s border wall.
  • Treasury employee accused of leaking documents to reporter

    10/17/2018 9:48:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 17, 2018 12:27 PM EDT | Michael Balsamo
    A Treasury Department employee has been charged with leaking confidential banking reports of suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Federal prosecutors say Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards is set to appear in court Wednesday in Virginia. The 40-year-old Edwards is a senior official at the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. She’s accused of leaking the material to a journalist — who’s not named in court papers. Prosecutors say reports on Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and Maria Butina were among those leaked. …
  • Trump's warning to cut aid over migrant caravan gets Honduras's and Guatemala's attention

    10/17/2018 9:17:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/17/2018 | Monica Showalter
    That was quick. President Trump's vow to cut off all aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador has gotten the attention of at least some of those countries' elites, who are moving to stop the caravan. According to Reuters: WASHINGTON/ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (Reuters) – The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as the U.S. government threatened to withdraw aid from both countries and El Salvador if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped. Apparently, they believe him. Someone must have been on the phone with the Palestinian Authority. An...
  • 50 years later, Marine to be awarded Medal of Honor for Vietnam War battle

    10/17/2018 8:27:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    KTIC Radio News ^ | October 17, 2018 | ABC News Radio
    <p>When retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley is awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Wednesday, it will be 50 years after the heroism he displayed during the bloody “Battle of Hue” in the Vietnam War.</p>
  • EIGHTEEN people are killed in Crimean school massacre (T)

    10/17/2018 8:16:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10/17/2018 | Charlie Moore
    FULL HEADLINE: "Children's bodies are everywhere': EIGHTEEN people are killed in Crimean school massacre after student walks into canteen and opens fire - as video shows teenagers screaming and fleeing gunshots." A student killed eighteen people and injured at least 40 in a gun rampage at his school in Crimea today. Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, stalked his college halls with a rifle, shooting 17 dead and then killing himself in the school library. The teenager, who is thought to have obtained his gun with a hunting licence, also set off a homemade nail-bomb in the canteen which blew out the windows...
  • Student goes on shooting spree in Crimean high school, kills 17, wounds 50

    10/17/2018 7:06:40 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 17, 2018 | Amie Ferris-Rotman
    At least 17 people, mostly teenagers, were killed and 50 more wounded when a student went on a shooting spree in his high school in Russia-annexed Crimea on Wednesday, Russian authorities said. Russian investigators identified 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov as the attacker, saying he fatally shot himself after the rampage in Kerch, a city in the east of Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine four years ago. Reports had initially described the attack as involving explosives with possibly terrorist motives. Russian investigators had initially opened a terrorism probe into the attack, but later changed it to murder. “A preliminary examination of...
  • Saudi Arabia’s $100M pledge arrives in American accounts as Pompeo lands in Riyadh: report

    10/17/2018 5:30:31 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/2018 | Bradford Betz
    A Saudi contribution of $100 million to U.S.-backed stabilization efforts in Syria arrived in American accounts Tuesday, just as State Mike Pompeo touched down in Riyadh to discuss the missing Saudi journalist, an anonymous U.S. official told The New York Times. The source said the timing of the two events is no accident. He said Saudi Arabia originally pledged its contribution in August, and U.S. officials were expecting to receive it by the fall. But Brett McGurk, a U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria, played down the significance of the timing with Pompeo’s visit.