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  • Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump’s visa ban

    07/02/2020 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2020 | By SAMY MAGDY and JULIE WATSON
    CAIRO -- Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. But the hopes she and her husband had of moving with their two children to New York vanished last week when President Donald Trump extended a ban on many green cards issued outside the United States to the end of the year, including the lottery’s “diversity visas,” which have been issued every year since 1990 to people from...
  • Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action

    07/02/2020 3:13:32 PM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    The Federlist ^ | July 02, 2020 | ean Davis and Mollie Hemingway
    """Schiff Learned Of Russian ‘Bounty’ Intelligence In February, Withheld Information From Congress, And Took No Action""" Top committee staff for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, were briefed in February on intelligence about Russia offering the Taliban bounties in Afghanistan, but he took no action in response to the briefing, multiple intelligence sources familiar with the briefing told The Federalist. The intelligence was briefed to Schiff’s staff during a congressional delegation, or CODEL, trip to Afghanistan in February. Schiff, who has acknowledged President Donald Trump was never briefed on the so-called intelligence,...
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 2:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • The 200 Foot Fetish

    07/02/2020 1:01:34 PM PDT · by 2Dreamin · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 26, 1989 | Michael Kilian
    Are you tormented by the question, ''Is this the summer I should have bought myself a 200-foot oceangoing motor yacht?'' I ask myself this question every time I sail out of the Belle Haven Marina here on the placid Potomac in my 19-foot rental Flying Scot and snag the centerboard in the muck of the ever-lengthening sand bar south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. But my answer, which is also invariably the answer of my bank, is always a resounding ''No!'' These enormous, opulent tubs are certainly impressive (a 200-foot coal barge, I might add, is also impressive, especially when...
  • CBP taps Anduril for virtual border sentinel system

    07/02/2020 12:36:03 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 13 replies
    Federal Computer Week ^ | Jul 02, 2020 | Mark Rockwell
    Customs and Border Protection plans to deploy up to 200 autonomous surveillance towers as it expands its work with the portable, off-the-grid systems into a program of record. The towers, supplied by contractor Anduril, are designed as unmanned sentinels along the Southern border with Mexico that operate autonomously in remote areas where grid power is not available. The agency has been testing the technology for a couple of years. CBP tested four of the towers in the San Diego region in early 2018, and has bought 56 additional towers since, it said in its statement. Ultimately, CBP wants to procure...
  • USMCA touted as big win for American agriculture

    07/02/2020 12:28:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 3 replies
    RFD TV ^ | July 2, 2020 | RFD TV Staff
    The USMCA is now in full effect. It replaces the decades old North America Free Trade Agreement. According to the USDA, Canada and Mexico were our top two trading partners in 2019. They also say that the USMCA contains significant improvements to rules of origin, ag market access, and labor issues. The U.S. Treasury Department's Monica Crowley believes that those improvements will have a very positive impact on our farmers and ranchers. "President Trump promised that he would scrap NAFTA, which was a horrendous trade deal, particularly for our nation's farmers... He promised to scrap that and replace it with...
  • BREAKING: Trump Administration TAKES DOWN Secret Iranian TERROR Operation In The US

    07/02/2020 11:52:05 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 35 replies
    Daily Fodder ^ | July 02, 2020 | Daily Fodder Team
    A forfeiture complaint and warrant were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that all petroleum-product cargo aboard the Bella with international maritime organization (IMO) number 9208124, the Bering with IMO number 9149225, the Pandi with IMO number 9105073, and the Luna with IMO number 9208100 are subject to forfeiture based on the terrorism forfeiture statute. John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division; Michael R. Sherwin, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Steven W. Cagen, Special Agent in Charge, Denver, Colorado, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Rainer S. Drolshagen, Special Agent in...
  • CNN Reporter Bruna Macedo Mugged at Knifepoint During Live Report

    07/02/2020 10:47:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/02/20 | Pam Key
    0:55 Live on CNN Brasil, reporter Bruna Macedo was robbed at knifepoint during her report on rising water levels from heavy rain at Bandeiras Bridge in São Paolo on Saturday. Macedo greeted the man, who pulled out a knife. As Macedo stepped back, the camera cut to the scene of a rain-soaked street. Macedo then handed the robber two mobile phones. After the robbery, host Rafael Colombo said, “It was impossible to understand at the time what was happening if it was a homeless person passing by. But after what happened, we cut the image.” He continued, “He threatened, and...
  • India Directs Telcos and Internet Firms to Block Banned Chinese Apps

    07/02/2020 10:32:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    NEW DELHI—India has ordered telecom companies and other internet providers to stop access to 59 banned Chinese-origin apps, according to notices seen by Reuters, intensifying efforts to crack down on such businesses following a border clash between the nations. The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) said internet operators should “immediately block” access to such apps and their websites, warning of legal action if they fail to do so, according to notices issued late on June 30. The department’s order came after India’s government this week banned several Chinese apps, including ByteDance’s TikTok, Alibaba’s UC News, and Tencent’s WeChat, citing “threat to...
  • Chaos Erupts as Dems Adopt GOP Motion to Restrict Chinese Access

    07/02/2020 10:21:49 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | July 1, 2020 | Sean Moran
    Thirty-nine House Democrats defected and voted for a House GOP motion on Wednesday to restrict Chinese access to American infrastructure projects if those Chinese companies commit human rights abuses. (...)
  • Vatican Warns Israel: West Bank Annexation Would ‘Jeopardize’ Peace

    07/02/2020 10:17:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jul 2020 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    The Vatican issued a statement Wednesday warning Israel that “unilateral actions” in the West Bank and Jordan Valley would seriously compromise peace efforts in the area. In its statement, the Holy See press office revealed the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, met with the Ambassadors of the United States of America and of the State of Israel on Tuesday. […] The Vatican’s “concern” relates to plans to extend Israeli law over parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley in an effort to safeguard Jewish settlements in the West Bank and shore up Israel’s western border by annexing...
  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • Vietnam, Philippines criticise Chinese military drills in South China Sea; Both Countries warned of growing insecurity in Southeast Asia at Asean summit

    07/02/2020 9:50:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticised China’s holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing’s relationship with its neighbours. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were “highly provocative”, while Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be “detrimental” to Beijing’s relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan’s Maritime...
  • CNN Brazil reporter is mugged live on air at knifepoint by homeless man who demanded both her cellphones

    07/02/2020 8:38:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Adriano Torres For Dailymail.com Published: 11:30 EDT, 30 June 2020 | Updated: 16:50 EDT, 30 Jun
    Bruna Macedo was reporting live on CNN Brazil when she was mugged on Saturday A man stood in the background while Macedo was in the middle of a segment in São Paulo, and then approached her from the side The suspect drew a knife and demanded Macedo's two cellphones before the camera cut away ====================================================================== A CNN reporter in Brazil was mugged by a homeless man during a live broadcast. Bruna Macedo and her news crew stationed themselves Saturday morning near the Bandeiras Bridge in São Paulo to report on the rising water level in the Teté River due to...
  • California sues Cisco for bias based on Indian caste system

    07/02/2020 12:43:49 AM PDT · by thecodont · 35 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Updated 5:47 pm PDT, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | Tali Arbel, Ap Technology Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — California regulators have sued Cisco Systems, saying an engineer faced discrimination at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters because he is a Dalit Indian. India’s caste system long placed Dalits at the bottom of a social hierarchy, once terming them “untouchables.” Inequities and violence against Dalits have persisted for decades after India banned caste discrimination. The engineer worked on a team at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters with Indians who all immigrated to the U.S. as adults, and all of whom were of high caste, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the California Department of Fair Employment...
  • Former U.S Navy Seal Dr. Dan Barkhuff wants to know if @realDonaldTrump is a coward who can't stand up to Putin or if he's complicit.

    07/01/2020 11:31:26 PM PDT · by robowombat · 66 replies
    Twitter ^ | June 30, 2020
    Former U.S Navy Seal Dr. Dan Barkhuff wants to know if @realDonaldTrump is a coward who can't stand up to Putin or if he's complicit. Well, Donald, which is it?
  • Germany rejects Israel's West Bank annexation plans as illegal

    07/01/2020 11:26:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.01.2020 | aw/sms (AP, AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    Germany called on Israel not to annex the West Bank on Wednesday, saying the plans were “in contradiction with international law.” The motion was brought in the Bundestag by the three parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s broad coalition and was approved without opposing votes. All parliamentary groups, aside from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, warned that Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank would jeopardize Israel’s security and hopes of a two-state solution. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the plan threatened the stability of the entire Middle East. “Peace cannot be achieved by unilateral steps,” Maas...
  • Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany

    07/01/2020 11:04:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany BY JORDAIN CARNEY - 06/29/20 03:19 PM EDT A bipartisan group of senators is trying to place limits on President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany unless the administration is able to meet a slew of requirements. The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would prohibit the administration from reducing the number of active-duty troops in Germany below 34,500 unless the Pentagon can certify to Congress that it is in the national security interest of the United States and would not negatively undermine European alliances or NATO....
  • House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal

    07/01/2020 10:52:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/20 10:47 PM EDT | REBECCA KHEEL
    House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal BY REBECCA KHEEL - 07/01/20 10:47 PM EDT House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal The House Armed Services Committee has approved a bipartisan amendment seeking to constrain President Trump’s ability to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment, offered by Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Don Bacon (R-Neb.), would block funding to reduce the number of troops in Germany and Europe at large until several certifications are made. It was approved in a bipartisan, 49-7 vote. “At this time, we can’t afford to reduce our...
  • House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops

    07/01/2020 10:45:12 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/20 11:24 PM EDT | REBECCA KHEEL
    House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops BY REBECCA KHEEL - 07/01/20 11:24 PM EDT House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops © Getty The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to put roadblocks on President Trump’s ability to withdraw from Afghanistan, including requiring an assessment on whether any country has offered incentives for the Taliban to attack U.S. and coalition troops. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment, from Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), would require several certifications before the U.S. military...