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Trump calls Attorney General Sessions 'beleaguered' in tweet
(CNN)President Donald Trump on Monday described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "beleaguered" as he tweeted about his frustration with the Russia probe. "After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that "Democrats should blame ourselves,not Russia," the President tweeted, later adding, "So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?"
Trump did not explain why Sessions, a longtime and loyal supporter of his 2016 campaign, is "beleaguered." But the President's own, recent comments have raised pressure on his attorney general, whom he publicly criticized last week for recusing himself from the Russia investigation due to undisclosed contacts he had with Russian officials during the campaign.
Free Iranian citizens, Iran tells U.S. in response to Trump
Collins to Trump: "Step back," don't comment on special counsel's probe
"I understand how difficult and frustrating this investigation is for the president. But he should not say anything further about the special counsel, his staff or the investigation," Collins said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation."
"I know it's hard, but he needs to step back and not comment, and let Bob Mueller who is an individual with the utmost integrity,
carry out the investigation and make his determination,"
Collins' remarks follow comments Mr. Trump made in an interview with The New York Times about the Russia probe. He said he felt it was unfair for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, and that Sessions should have told Mr. Trump if he was going to recuse himself before he accepted the position.
An Undocumented Teen Gains Asylum With The Help Of His Undocumented Lawyer
NEW YORK ― When attorney Cesar Vargas first met his teenage client Ivan Ruiz, a newly arrived undocumented immigrant from Honduras, he noticed Ruiz seemed to wear the weight of his traumatic childhood on his sleeve.
Ruiz, 15 at the time, rarely spoke, returning questions about his life in Honduras with long stares and heavy nods. It was only over the course of a year that Vargas would learn the extent of abuse Ruiz suffered while living with extended family members after his parents immigrated to the United States for a better life. Ruiz was barely fed, forced to work long hours and beaten ― even whipped with tire rubber ― as punishment.
The abuse became too much to bear. After trekking through Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, Ruiz crossed the border into the United States in spring 2016. His journey wasn’t over, though, and a year ago he was ordered to appear in immigration court.
Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?
It was past 11 p.m., and most people on Washburn Avenue were furled in their beds.
Except Justine Damond, alone at home with the noises, her anxiety creeping into the loud Las Vegas casino where her fiancé had answered the phone.
They had met five years ago, when they lived 9,000 miles apart, beginning a courtship at first halting and then headlong.
Now the wedding dress was ordered, the suit bought, the invitations sent, the ceremony set for an August weekend in Hawaii. But last Saturday night, they were separated again.
Her fiancé, Don Damond, told her to call 911.
They stayed on the phone until she said the police had arrived. Stay put, he told her. Call me back, he told her.
“I have played this over in my head over and over,” Mr. Damond said on Friday in his first interview since that night.
“Why didn’t I stay on the phone with her?”
Irish immigrant’s arrest highlights race's role in deportation
Like many Irish immigrants to the US, he arrived on a 90-day visa for summer work.
But then he settled in, worked as an electrician and ran his own company, remaining in the country without authorisation.
"All of a sudden you turn around, so much time has gone by, and you start to realise what is going to be in store for yourself for
Cunningham said in a March interview with the Irish Times.
On 16 June, nearly two decades later, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) agents came to his home to arrest him.
He was deported to Ireland on 5 July. Because he arrived in the US under the visa waiver programme,
one commonly used by European immigrants, he had waived his right to a hearing.
Ronnie Millar, who runs Boston's Irish International Immigrant Center, thinks Cunningham's decision to share his experiences and speak out for the rights of unauthorised immigrants in the United States made him a target for deportation.
Philippines’ Duterte vows not to come to the U.S.: ‘I’ve seen America, and it’s lousy’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, previously praised and invited by President Trump to come to the White House, said he will not visit the United States during or after his term because the country is “lousy.”
Duterte's remarks about one of the Philippines' oldest allies was in response to Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who said he would protest if the Filipino leader utilized Trump's invitation.
“There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter. So what makes that guy think I'll go to America? I've seen America, and it's lousy,” Duterte told reporters Friday about McGovern.
McGovern led a hearing in Congress Thursday on Duterte's drug war that has resulted in a mass killing of suspected addicts and dealers in the Philippines. More than 7,000 deaths have been reported from July 1, 2016, to Jan. 21, according to the Philippine National Police. The deaths were carried out by both police and unknown vigilantes.
Congress breaks impasse on bill to slap sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea
A weeks-long impasse over imposing new financial sanctions on Iran and Russia broke late Friday, with the House preparing to vote next week on a bill that would prevent President Trump from lifting measures against Moscow.
House leaders agreed to vote on an expanded version of the bill after adding sanctions aimed at freezing North Korea’s nuclear program and draining the government of revenue it uses
to fund it.
The measures against Pyongyang, which passed the House 419 to 1 as a stand-alone bill earlier this year, were inserted at the request of House Republican leaders.
While some details have yet to be finalized, congressional aides said, the bill is set for a vote Tuesday, according to a schedule circulated Saturday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
It will proceed under special expedited procedures for noncontroversial bills expected to pass with a two-thirds majority — enough support to overcome a presidential veto.
The legislation, however, has hardly had a smooth ride. An initial Senate bill — which slapped new sanctions on Iran in response to its ballistic missile testing and on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 U.S.
Afghanistan: Taliban 'kidnapped dozens' of villagers
dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week.
About 30 have been released while at least 30 remain missing, he added.
The United Nations said the number of civilians killed in the country's conflict reached a new high of more than 1,600 in the first half of 2017.
Reports said the latest abduction happened when Islamist rebels launched co-ordinated attacks on a military camp on the Kandahar-Uruzgan Highway. Local media said the militants accused the villagers of co-operating with the government.
Elsewhere, in the north of the country, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in the northern city of Kunduz.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns
In Mosul, Grim Homecomings And A Struggle To Survive In A City Now Free From ISIS
Manal Idrees looks out the car window in shock at the streets of her neighborhood in the oldest part of Mosul, reduced to chunks of concrete and tangled metal. She fled when ISIS moved in three years ago. Although
she has seen images of the destruction after Iraqi forces retook Mosul two weeks ago, experiencing it in person is staggering. "It's ruined — all ruined,"
she says as we drive by streets where not a single building is left standing. "Mosul is gone.
Iraq is gone."
And then she starts to sob for the son she lost: "All the beautiful young men are gone." Idrees has come back on a unimaginably painful mission — to try to find the body of her 26-year-old son, Wissam. He was beheaded by ISIS 2 1/2 months ago. Idrees says he was killed because his uncles were police officers.
A neighbor recovered his body and buried him in the garden, she says, in a tone that indicates that is a normal course of events.
Idrees is a widow. Her husband, a taxi driver, was shot dead seven years ago on the highway between Baghdad and Mosul.
Idrees left Mosul along with Wissam and a younger son after ISIS entered the city in 2014, and they settled in a camp for displaced people.
Kasowitz, Corallo depart Trump's legal team
And Kasowitz's spokesman, Mark Corallo, has resigned, Garrett says.
The reasons for the moves were not immediately known.
Kasowitz has represented Mr. Trump since the early 2000s, and led his defense in the Trump University fraud case.
Kasowitz recently made headlines when he sent threatening emails to a retired public relations professional who had said Kasowitz should resign.
In his first response, Kasowitz wrote "F*** you,"
according to ProPublica. Kasowitz wrote a number of emails after that, including one that said,
"And you don't know me, but I will know you
How dare you send me an email like that I'm on you now You are f****** with me now Let's see who you are Watch your back, b****."
U.S. will not pay Pakistan military reimbursements this year -Pentagon
Congress that Islamabad had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said
"The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the secretary could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network per the requirement in
the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act," Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman, told Reuters.
This is not the first time the Pentagon has decided not to make military reimbursements.
Last year, it withheld $300 million. The decision comes as President Donald Trump's administration is exploring potentially hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on militants launching strikes in neighboring Afghanistan.
Chief Janee (juh-NAY') Harteau (HAR'-toh) stepped down Friday, just a day after making her first remarks on the death of 40-year-old Justine Damond.
Damond was shot Saturday night by an officer responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her house.
A statement from the city says Harteau quit at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges.
out of the city in the days after the shooting.
She said Thursday she had been on personal time and was in touch with her command staff.
The chief and Hodges had recently clashed over Harteau's appointment of an inspector in a critical precinct. Text messages between the two showed
Hodges was angry over lack of notice about the appointment.
ARLIER: MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau came under pressure from City Council members on Friday in the wake of an officer's fatal shooting of an Australian woman, with some calling for her dismissal.
Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show
Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign.
One U.S. official said that Sessions — who testified that he has no recollection of the April encounter — has provided “misleading” statements that are “contradicted by other evidence.”
A former official said that the intelligence indicates that Sessions and Kislyak had “substantive”
discussions on matters including Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues and prospects for U.S.-Russia relations in a Trump administration.
Sessions has said repeatedly that he never discussed campaign-related issues with Russian officials and that it was only in his capacity as a U.S. Senator that he met with Kislyak.
Why didn't Japan's First Lady speak to Trump?
Japan woke up with surprise on Friday morning to see the intense scrutiny of its First Lady's proficiency in English. It followed US President Donald Trump's comment, as part of his broad-ranging New York Times interview, that the wife of the Japanese prime minister, Akie Abe, cannot speak any English. When netizens discovered the YouTube video of her giving a speech in English, however, they went on to speculate that she must have pretended to not know the language to avoid having a conversation with Mr Trump. His critics treated her as their hero and American media have taken an intense interest in the story. But the truth may not be as black and white. While the president's remark that she cannot even say "hello" may be an exaggeration, being able to read a scripted English speech does not mean that one is capable of having a spontaneous conversation over dinner. Her previous diplomatic encounters have almost always been through an interpreter and when the BBC requested an interview with her in the past, they said she would only accept if it is conducted in Japanese.
In tweets Sunday, Trump accused Republicans of "doing little to protect their President" while again brushing aside the probe as a "phony Russian Witch Hunt. In a second tweet, Trump complained that fellow Republicans, "even some that were carried over the line on my back," had failed to return the favor by protecting him.
6 months in, Trump's presidency is teetering on the brink of disaster
(CNN)The collapse of health care reform in the Senate on Monday night is a fitting coda to President Donald Trump's first six months in office, a tenure that has lurched from controversy to controversy and now appears to be on the verge of tilting directly into the political abyss.
The Heat Rises when a
White Woman is Killed
Fox Business’ Charles Payne Calls Harassment Allegations a 'Lies' 7/10/17
Individual Character will always dictate the type of environment one habitat within
UN - FIT,
Finally being openly discussed
Trump mocks TV host Mika Brzezinski's 'bleeding facelift' 6/29/17
Your Willingness to Ignore Flawed Behavior
will lead to the degradation of this Nation
Religion, an ideology, used to divide and justify murder
Politics is a "Dirty Word", but "Religion" is a
"Word that authorize Murder".
For a Religion, people have built physical and psychological walls between each other.
For a Religion, people have been forced to live "only" in a specific area of the world, and are allowed to behave in a particular manner.
But, when you really think about the word "Religion", one has to consider that the word "Religion"... is nothing more than a word, and not a mental or physical controlling entity.
Just like the word "Politics", one is conditioned to accept the word as a behavioral controlling mechanism.
"Racism", is also a word in the category of
"controlled human behavior".
We are conditioned to behave in a specific way, and there is a word that is used to label that human behavior control, which in this case, the category of the words that allow flawed behavior are
"Racism and Religion".
American HYPOCRITE Past Presidents
any...., and all levels.
Yet, it was these presidents of the past who have "allowed" the Russian's to operate..., in what I would describe as "pristine locations"... to exact their dirty and dastardly deeds with impunity, in extremely attractive and lovely living environments, here in AMERICA.
Who in the hell allowed these two properties to be possessed by the
Who in the hell sold these properties to the Russian's?
Why did it take decades for a President to finally act on these properties?
First Bush President, was once, the head of the C.I.A., for god sakes... and we seem to speak loudly about the threats of the Russians..., while our members of Congress & Senate...
have said nothing, and have done nothing, as Russian's operated... within the United States of America.
Now... we have a President, that
"is going to give these buildings back to the Russians"
because this President has an extreme desire, to capitalize on the deep and extensive Financial Russian Corruption, led by
The Absurd Failure of the
Entire Republican Party
Obama election was immediately challenged by the entire Republican Party, even after the 8 previous years in which this nation was lead by a screwed up "Republican" who took this nation into the most damaging financial collapse since the Great Depression of the early 19th Century.
The Tax Breaks "Signed" by Bush, wasn't enough, even as it led to a financial collapse, for 7 years of Obama's
administration, the republicans fought against the Affordable Care Act, holding more than 75 congressional waste time votes against the act, exulting that the act was a complete failure.
Today, now that the Republicans are actually the power in both the "Senate & Congress", and 7 years of extreme work against the ACA, the republican's have failed to come up with a plan of their own, specifically, due to "once again", the desire to generate another round of "Tax Breaks" for the rich.
These are the facts of what the Republican Party has been for the past 16 years....
If you claim loyalty to the Republican Party Today......
Trump said, "he would not work with a "POOR" person", and if I remember correctly, it was the Republicans who called Obama
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