Canada contributes $86M more to assist South Sudan famine, civil war crisis
- June 20, 2017

Refugee numbers worldwide have reached 22.5 million, which the report notes "is the highest ever seen". "By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common goal in preventing and resolving crises", said U.N. (more...)
White House torn over Mueller's role as pressure grows
- June 19, 2017

Christopher Moody, CEO of conservative news outlet Newsmax Media and a friend of Trump who has spoken for him before and bluntly, said in an interview on PBS that the president was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel" and added, "I think he's weighing that option". (more...)
Trump Appears to Confirm That He's Being Personally Investigated
- June 19, 2017

Notably, James Comey , who was sacked by Trump last month, publicly testified this month that Trump had told him to ease off on his former national security adviser Michael Flynn , who was under the FBI investigation for his Russian links. (more...)
Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba
- June 19, 2017

Reversing course in Cuba would benefit neither Cubans nor Americans. Last year, Obama traveled to Cuba , becoming the first USA president in almost a century to visit the island. "We will enforce the embargo". All visitors are required to maintain full schedules while in Cuba and keep detailed logs for five years - something that has been rarely checked. (more...)
Congressman, others wounded in shooting in Va. Congressman, others wounded in shooting in Va.
- June 19, 2017

The shooter who opened fire on Republican congressmen at baseball field in Virginia had blasted GOP lawmakers and supported taxing the rich for years, according to a review of more than two dozen letters he wrote to his local hometown newspaper. (more...)
Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead
- June 19, 2017

A week earlier, a Taliban infiltrator killed three USA troops in eastern Afghanistan . The attack on Saturday took place at the Afghan National Army's 209th Corps headquarters in the province of Balkh, located some 540 km to the northwest of Kabul . (more...)
Tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico possible next week
- June 19, 2017

As days go by, chances for development will increase in the short term, meaning within days, then hours. Regardless of development, heavy rains are expected over portions of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, western Cuba, Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula during the next several days. (more...)
Columnist Kirsten Powers: 'How was Sen. Harris hysterical?' Columnist Kirsten Powers: 'How was Sen. Harris hysterical?'
- June 17, 2017

Once again, Republican Senators have a problem with Kamala Harris (D-CA) being incredibly good at her job. Powers tries to clarify which aspects of Harris's succinct and straightforward line of questioning diverted so dramatically from the hearing's objective, and eventually points out this basic fact, "It's just women who are usually called hysterical ". (more...)
GOP baseball shooter had list of names, including Rep. Brooks
- June 17, 2017

The FBI has contacted at least one of the three congressmen to inform them of their inclusion on the list. Franks was on the list but not on the baseball team. Hodgkinson's list included Republican Reps. He spewed left-wing talking points on Facebook, consistently railing against Republicans and the wealthy. (more...)
Sanders: GOP Baseball Shooter Was Campaign Volunteer Sanders: GOP Baseball Shooter Was Campaign Volunteer
- June 16, 2017

That case was dismissed. The vast majority of the cases were traffic violations and almost all of them were later dismissed. One conviction in 2009 was for failing to have an electrician's license and another in 1991 was for speeding. When Hodgkinson refused to stop, Schaumleffel called the sheriff's department. FBI Evidence Response Team members mark evidence at the scene of a multiple shooting in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017 , where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of ... (more...)
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Gets Emotional While Talking About Steve Scalise
- June 15, 2017

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other victims of a shooting at a Republican baseball practice poured across social media Wednesday morning from Kansas lawmakers and others. The Alexandria Police Department responded to Eugene Simpson Stadium Park shortly after 7:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a shooting. In a post earlier this week, the suspect highlighted a campaign calling for the president's impeachment. (more...)
President Gives Mattis Authority to Set US Troop Strength in Afghanistan President Gives Mattis Authority to Set US Troop Strength in Afghanistan
- June 15, 2017

The remarks were a blunt reminder of the gloom underscoring U.S. military assessments of the war between the US-backed Afghan government and the Islamist militant group, classified by United States commanders as a "stalemate" despite nearly 16 years of fighting. (more...)
Australia will be ready for England showdown: Smith
- June 14, 2017

Just four more overs were needed to guarantee a result, even under the Duckworth/Lewis system, with Smith's side well ahead of the rate on 1-83. Warner and Smith were reluctant to leave the field and felt they could have played through the rain for at least another two overs. (more...)
North Korea blasts U.S. over 'selfish' climate withdrawal North Korea blasts U.S. over 'selfish' climate withdrawal
- June 14, 2017

According to the statement, those who have opted in and signed the pledge to continue involvement in the Paris Agreement , "all understand the agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the United States' clean energy transition is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness". (more...)
Israel advances plans for 3000 new West Bank homes
- June 13, 2017

Out of these, 3,066 have been given final approval and will soon be built. A total of 3,178 housing units were advanced in a number of different settlements, the Peace Now non-governmental organisation, which tracks settlement growth, said on Thursday. (more...)
Moscow police detaining opposition protesters Moscow police detaining opposition protesters
- June 12, 2017

He was arrested at the entrance of his home today, his wife wrote on his Twitter account, posting a photo of him getting into a police vehicle. Mr Navalny earlier called on supporters to attend anti-corruption rallies across Russian Federation. (more...)
Puerto Rico votes for statehood
- June 12, 2017

It's the fifth time Puerto Ricans have voted on the matter, but statehood has never won a clear victory. She is pro-statehood and is forming a "Friends of Puerto Rico Caucus" that would press for statehood. Puerto Rico's governor said the territory will now put its " Tennessee plan " into action, meaning it will choose two senators and five representatives to go to Washington, D.C., to request statehood. (more...)
McCain's fuzzy questions for Comey leave observers puzzled
- June 10, 2017

Comey refused to say whether Trump's alleged subtle threatening of Comey's job, outlined in his prepared opening statement , and the president's request that the FBI drop its investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn constituted obstruction of justice. (more...)
President Trump honors fallen at Arlington; problems mount in White House President Trump honors fallen at Arlington; problems mount in White House
- June 09, 2017

And the president recognized former U.S. Sen. "To the entire Kelly family, today, 300 million American hearts are joined together with you". Trump said the country's fallen warriors "died in war, so we could live in peace". Bob Dole , R-Kan., who was wounded in Italy during World War II and attended Monday's event. "The Kelly family represents military families across the country who carry the burden of freedom on their shoulders", Trump said. (more...)
Alonso: I'll be back with McLaren, if we're winning
- June 09, 2017

After watching Fernando Alonso's bid to win last month's Indy 500 thwarted by a Honda engine failure, Brown said "all options are on the table". " If we are winning before September , or something like that, I will make a decision I will stay". (more...)