Donald Trump

11 Dec 18
O Society

John Pilger, investigative journalist and documentary film-maker, talks about the U.S.’ aggression in the Asia-Pacific region and the decline of its global dominance and says that a “new Cold War beckons isolation for the U.S. and danger for the rest of us”. JIPSON JOHN AND JITHEESH P.M interview John Pilger  Frontline Dec 21, 2018 In this first […]

11 Dec 18
WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast, and that search and recovery operations have ended after finding only one survivor. The five were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that […]

11 Dec 18
Focus News Agency

WASHINGTON — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief after his first choice to replace John Kelly […]

11 Dec 18
Psychotherapy, Counselling and Personal Development in Glasgow, Scotland
11 Dec 18
CBS San Francisco

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy kicked off a congressional grilling of CEO Sundar Pichai of Mountain View-based Google by noting a “widening gap of distrust” between tech companies and the American people.

11 Dec 18
Daily The Azb

The world is changing, the old and established Cold War formats of international relations where states formed exclusive alliances and blocs has faded. The world has evolved into a Global Village with a multitude of interdependencies between sovereign states. Pakistan is no exception. Our geopolitical considerations have been dictated by a multitude of factors including […]

11 Dec 18
Heavy, Deep & Real

Last week, President Donald Trump called his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, “Dumb as a rock.” This really shouldn’t surprise anyone given the President’s penchant for calling people names (Pocahontas, Little Rocket Man, Crooked Hillary, Crazy Joe, Dumbest Man on Television, Little Adam Schitt – name is Schiff – Crying Chuck, Total Low-Life, Ungrateful […]

11 Dec 18
NYDaily.nyc

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, the government said Tuesday, indicating negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive. Vice Premier Liu He talked by phone with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer…

11 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
By MATTHEW DALY WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to pressure Democratic congressional leaders into supporting his demand for billions of dollars to build his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, threatening to have the military build it “if Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country.” Trump tweeted the threat hours before Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi were to meet with Trump at the White House in an effort to avert a partial government shutdown on Dec. 21, when funding for some agencies is scheduled to expire. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump said immigration and border patrol agents and thousands of active-duty service members he sent to the border have done a “FANTASTIC” job. But he said “A Great Wall would be, however, a far easier & less expensive solution.” Trump said he looked forward to meeting with Schumer and Pelosi, but claimed they don’t want border security for “strictly political reasons.” “If the Democrats do not give us the votes to secure our Country, the Military will build the remaining sections of the Wall. They know how important it is!” Trump said. Schumer and Pelosi said Monday that Republicans have the power to keep the government open since they control Congress and the White House. “Our country cannot afford a Trump Shutdown,” they said in a statement, adding that Trump “knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement.” Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it’s up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgment of their inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone. That gives Democrats some momentum heading into the closed-door talks, which also could veer into bipartisan bills on criminal justice reform and reauthorizing farm programs. By far, the biggest unresolved issue is the border wall. Trump wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for it, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected. Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a bill that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Sept. 30. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border. If Trump rejects that, Democrats will likely urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through Sept. 30, an aide said. The aide was not authorized to discuss strategy by name and requested anonymity. Trump said Friday that Congress should provide all the money he wants for the wall and called illegal immigration a “threat to the well-being of every American community.” At an appearance in Kansas City, Missouri, Trump accused Democrats of playing a political game and said he ultimately would win. Pelosi, who is seeking to become House speaker when the new Congress convenes in January, said she and many other Democrats consider the wall “immoral, ineffective and expensive” and noted that Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, an idea Mexico has repeatedly rejected. Schumer said Democrats want to work with Trump to avert a shutdown, but said money for border security should not include the concrete wall Trump has envisioned. Instead, the money should be used for fencing and technology that experts say is appropriate, he said. “We do not want to let a Trump temper tantrum govern our policies or cause the shutdown of a government, which everyone on both sides of the aisle knows is the wrong idea,” Schumer said. If Trump “wants to shut down the government over Christmas over the wall, that’s his decision,” he said. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the incoming House Homeland Security chairman, said using the military to build the wall “just doesn’t make any sense. I can think of a lot more important things we can do with the military then build a fence,” he said Tuesday. Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump is the only obstacle between fully funding the government and a shutdown. “Time and again, President Trump has used the government of the American people as a bargaining chip for his fabricated solution to his manufactured crisis,” Leahy said Monday in a Senate speech. Trump “wants to score a made-for-reality-TV moment and he doesn’t care how many hardworking Americans will suffer for it,” Leahy said. “This is not about border security. This is about politics, pure and simple.” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Democrats were the ones playing politics. If Democrats have a better way to secure the border than Trump’s $5 billion plan, “they need to come with an alternative,” Scalise said Monday on Fox News Channel. “They can’t come and say they want to shut the government down for no reason because they don’t want border security. They’ll lose that argument with the American people.” ___ Associated Press writers Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram contributed to this report.
11 Dec 18
Mock Paper Scissors

The WaPo FactChecker introduced a new metric: the Bottomless Pinocchio. HAWT! WORK THE POLE, BABY!!1! Oh, wait. The Bottomless Pinocchio “will be awarded to politicians who repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation,” which seems like a long-winded way of saying that the politician is […]

11 Dec 18
maryhallrayford

Before we can understand how imperfect we are, we need to admit we all have imperfections and flaws. That said, let’s look at what happens when we refuse to see ourselves as we really are. Take the daily news we tend to absorb. What motivates what we see or read? The headlines tend to grab […]

11 Dec 18
Viral News Bulletin

For the second time since the beginning of the Qatar blockade, 18 months ago, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit failed to bring together the leaders of the six member states to address the most serious crisis in its three-decade history. Last year, the emir of Qatar was the only head of state, besides the […]