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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:54:58 GMT

 



Light rail could stall with Mercer Island's plan to sue Sound Transit, WSDOT

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:54:58 GMT

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. - The city of Mercer Island plans to sue Sound Transit and the State Department of Transportation over I-90 access, which could freeze the East Light construction project set to begin in June. The City Council unanimously approved the legal action Monday during a packed council meeting. They plan to sue both agencies and seek a moratorium on the construction as they search for short-term solutions to their traffic concerns. In response to the authorized legal action, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff released a statement calling the decision “highly regrettable.” “While Sound Transit remains ready to reach...



Turkey Will Be Alone If It Attacks Syria’s Kurds in This City Don’t mess with Manbij

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:50:03 GMT

For months now the Turkish government has been threatening to seize the northwestern Syrian city of Manbij from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish fighters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said multiple times that once the Turkish military and its Free Syrian Army allies seize the nearby city of Al Bab from the Islamic State, they will march on Manbij. The Turkish army is presently bogged down in Al Bab, where the operation is at a critical juncture. Premature reports in the pro-government Turkish press and statements by Turkish officials that declare the city...



Grace Notes: New U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson's first target in D.C.? His colleagues' manners

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:42:08 GMT

In all, 46 of the 52 new members signed the document, which takes a stand for "productive dialogue" and against the idea that political rivals are enemies.



Donald Trump Would Reconsider Bannon’s Role on National Security Council If Asked, White House Says

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:37:11 GMT

WASHINGTON—White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser wanted to remove chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council’s principals committee, the president would “take that under serious consideration.” “The president has made clear to him he’s got full authority to structure the national security team the way he wants,” Mr. Spicer...



Schumer: Dems Can Block Gorsuch, Effort to Repeal Obamacare

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:24:53 GMT

Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the Democrats in the Senate have enough power to block President Donald Trump nominee for Supreme Court Justice, Judge Neil Gorsuch and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Schumer said, “They need 60 votes. And I believe — if Gorsuch keeps it up he’ll have a rough road to hoe to get those 60 on votes.” When asked about the Democrats power, he added, “We have enough to block to Gorsuch … People ask, do the Democrats have power? Are we in charge? No which means we...



'LET US PREY' … ON MELANIA TRUMP

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:23:10 GMT

Melania Trump has too many negatives to win the affections of envy-prone Americans. She is rich, tall, intelligent, well traveled, elegant, professionally accomplished, slim, stylish and photogenic in—or out of-- designer togs. She is devoted to family, lives in spectacular homes and travels by private jet. Worst of all, she won the heart of the most powerful man on the planet. At a recent Trump rally in Florida, she had the gall to pray. She read the Lord’s Prayer, into a microphone, no less. Heaven help us. There is enough in that magnificent creature to make smaller minds in every...



Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:16:27 GMT

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abortions not covered by Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor.



Lawsuit claims Nevada senator is in violation of state constitution

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:12:31 GMT

The Nevada Policy Research Institute accused state Sen. Heidi Gansert of violating Nevada’s separation of powers clause in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit claims on behalf of plaintiff Doug French that Gansert, R-Reno, violates the state constitution by serving as a senator and working in the state’s executive branch as executive director for external relations at the University of Nevada, Reno. “The bigger picture is that we need to put an end to this violation,” NPRI spokesman Michael Schaus said. “It’s happened in the past, and it seems to happen repeatedly, but it’s ignored by both parties. I don’t...



What's really happening in Syria's al-Bab?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:08:57 GMT

Following Turkey’s path in the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria is extremely confusing. One cannot even rely on high-level officials’ statements regarding developments on the ground. For instance, Gen. Hulusi Akar, chief of general staff, is the highest Turkish official in uniform. As he was traveling Feb. 15 with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Qatar, Akar announced that the operation in al-Bab was over. He said Turkish forces and their Free Syrian Army (FSA) allies had retaken the town. There was every reason to believe the statement, since it was a military matter and the statement came...



CNN Finds Humor in UK Parliament Insulting Trump to Downgrade State Visit

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:49:39 GMT

Debate raged in the United Kingdom’s Parliament Monday over whether or not President Donald Trump should be extended the warm welcome of a full state visit. As insults targeting Trump flew back and forth, CNN seemed to get a good laugh out it all. “Insults flying over Trump's invitation for a formal state visit to the UK,” hyped Erin Burnett during her show OutFront, “One Member of Parliament today likening it to quote, “pimping out the queen.’” All while the on-screen headline read “Can God Save the Queen…From Trump?” “President Trump doesn't just get people stirred up at home. Look...



French presidential candidate Le Pen refuses headscarf to meet Lebanon's mufti

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:47:25 GMT

BEIRUT – France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused Tuesday to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti on Tuesday after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf.



U.S. Govt. Prosecuting Elderly Army Vet for “Posting” American Flags in VA Facility

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:45:02 GMT

Will Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice (DOJ) continue wasting taxpayer dollars to criminally prosecute a 74-year-old U.S. Army veteran for posting two American Flags in a southern California Veterans Administration facility? The absurd case was initiated under President Obama, but is set to go to trial in federal court next month under new DOJ leadership. The military veteran faces up to six months in jail for the ghastly offense of affixing Old Glory at a site honoring those who served their country. Judicial Watch reached out to Sessions’ office but has not heard back from the new Attorney General after...



Milo Is the Mini-Donald

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:42:54 GMT

If you halved Donald Trump’s age, changed his sexual orientation, gave him a British accent and fussed with his hair only a little, you’d end up with a creature much like Milo Yiannopoulos. He could be Trump’s lost gay child. In fact, Yiannopoulos, 33, has a habit of referring to Trump, 70, as “Daddy.” Trump the father and Yiannopoulos the son are both provocateurs who realize that in this day and age especially, the currency of celebrity isn’t demeaned by the outrageousness and offensiveness through which a person achieves it. Both are con men, wrapping themselves in higher causes, though...



Durbin Statement On DHS Mass Deportation Guidelines

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:42:30 GMT

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, released the following statement in response to leaked memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing President Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration.  "These guidelines are now the official policy of the Trump Administration, implementing the President's mass deportation Executive Orders. I have called on my counterpart on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Chairman John Cornyn, to hold hearings on these orders—we need an immediate public examination in Congress of these heavy-handed, anti-family policies. The Senate should also pass the bill...



North Carolina Muslim charged with threatening non-Muslims, had AK-47 and ammo

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:40:09 GMT

“Don’t go to Cary tomorrow….For too long the kuffar [non-Muslims] have spit in our faces and trampled our rights. This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. Say your dua [prayers], sleep, and watch the news tomorrow. It will only be the beginning.”For Garrett Grimsley, it looks more like the end, at least for now. But the key question is this: where did this apparent convert to Islam learn his understanding of Islam? Who taught him? Or are authorities, as also, content to wave away that uncomfortable question with the claim that he was “radicalized on the Internet”?“Cary man accused...



Great news: Feds probing VA employees as opioid thefts sharply increase

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:38:23 GMT

Congress and governors have clamored for action in the face of a rising tide of opioid addition and deaths, but part of the trouble might come from inside the government itself. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the federal government has launched investigations into the Veterans Administration for widespread theft of opioids. They suspect that doctors, nurses, and other employees have “siphoned off” opioids and helped to fuel the black market: Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA...



Kurdish forces reach Euphrates River east of Raqqa amid massive ISIS collapse

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:35:05 GMT

Following the capture of 8 villages earlier in the day, the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) swept through another five ISIS-held villages in a huge offensive that now has Kurdish forward units stationed at the northern bank of the Euphrates River in a region some 40 kilometers east of the provincial capital of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces have officially reached the northern bank of the Euphrates River EAST of Raqqa… New batch of villages liberated pic.twitter.com/81MTH9WOi0— Chris Tomson (@TheDaneChris) February 21, 2017 Effectively, the SDF were able to impose full control over the villages of Al Kajla, Judayat Khabur, Hamad...



Straight Couple Lose Court Battle to Enter Into Civil Partnership

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:29:28 GMT

A heterosexual couple have lost their legal battle to enter into a civil partnership.Academics Rebecca Steinfeld, 35, and Charles Keidan, 40, wanted to secure legal recognition of their seven-year relationship by entering into a civil partnership, rejecting marriage as they claim it carries “patriarchal baggage”. However, they have been prevented from doing so because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 stipulates that only same-sex couples are eligible.In November the couple, who have a seven-month-old daughter, challenged a decision by High Court judge Mrs Justice Andrews to dismiss their judicial review action. But on Tuesday their challenge was in turn dismissed by the Court...



Former Gitmo detainee blows himself up in Iraq, ISIS claims responsibility

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:22:54 GMT

The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack near Mosul it said was carried out by a British suicide bomber, the SITE Intelligence Group reported. “The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Zakariya al-Britani — may Allah accept him — detonated his explosives-laden vehicle on a headquarters of the Rafidhi army and its militias in Tal Kisum village, southwest of Mosul,” the claim quoted by SITE said. The ISIS statement did not say when the bombing occurred. Abu Zakariya al-Britani was identified by BBC as Ronald Fiddler, a Brit who was seized by US forces in Afghanistan and taken...



Donald Trump Junks Barack Obama’s Pro-Transgender Policies

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:22:19 GMT

President Donald Trump is junking former President Barack Obama’s unpopular federal pro-transgender policies, according to the White House spokesman. The policy reversal will likely protect single-sex civic groups and institutions — including single-sex bathrooms — across the nation from lawsuits and will put new pressure on federal judges to preserve the central role of biology in defining whether a person is male or female.



Danes Fighting for ISIS Were Paid Welfare Benefits, Government Says

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:20:58 GMT

The Danish government has been inadvertently paying benefits to citizens fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, Danish officials said Tuesday, as outrage grows that militants are manipulating the country’s generous welfare system. About 145 Danes have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight for militant groups since 2012, according to the Danish security and intelligence services. Officials said this week that they had identified a number of Danish citizens who, while receiving government disability pensions, had traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. “It is a huge scandal that we are paying out money...



Racist dodges jail after SPITTING in baby’s face and yelling: ‘Whites shouldn’t breed'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:18:36 GMT

Callous Rezzas Abdulla spewed saliva all over the pram of little Layla-Jean in the sickening race-hate attack last January. Stunned mum Rebecca Telford, 25, was walking through South Shields with the tot when Abdulla launched his unprovoked attack, a court heard. The 33-year-old leant over the baby’s pram and spat in her face before shouting the racially motivated tirade, prosecutors said. Abdulla was convicted of racially aggravated common assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. But Abdulla, who has two previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white females, walked free from court without a jail term.



Trump Administration Strips Funding For Illegal Aliens, Reallocates Money to Victims of Their Crimes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:18:35 GMT

Speaking from the White House briefing room Tuesday, Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced the development of a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement office focused on helping victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens. The office will also assist family members of victims and is part of President Trump's recent executive action to bolster enforcement of immigration laws already on the books. "This office [Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office] will facilitate the engagement with victims and their families to ensure questions and concerns regarding immigration enforcement efforts are addressed," Spicer said, adding that the establishment of the office fulfills a campaign...



Road collapse closes Highway 41 access to Yosemite National Park at Fish Camp

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:15:10 GMT

Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park is closed at Fish Camp, the California Highway Patrol and park officials reported Tuesday. Caltrans reported the roadway is closed eight-tenths of a mile south of the park at Summerdale Campground. The agency doesn’t project the roadway reopening until March 10. A washout Feb. 9 eroded the southbound shoulder of the highway, said Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth. Since then, Caltrans has had one-way traffic controls in place while agency workers inspected the roadway several times a day. On Tuesday morning, Caltrans workers noticed the northbound lane was starting to sink and banned tour buses...



Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:14:34 GMT

Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski has died. He was 93. Skrowaczewski came to Minnesota decades ago to lead what was then the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and he never left. He changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.