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Sen. Lindsey Graham blasts White House aides for torpedoing shutdown deal

Sen. Lindsey Graham blasts White House aides for torpedoing shutdown deal Miller", Graham said at the time , Vox reported . "He's got a good understanding of what will sell, and every time we have a proposal it is only yanked back by staff members", he said. "They hold us back from getting a solution", Graham said. The intensely personal nature of the comments is unusual, in part because they point to a belief that Trump is at the mercy of his own staff and do... [Full Article...]

Turkish onslaught in Syria gives Putin new victory headache

Turkish onslaught in Syria gives Putin new victory headache French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for an emergency Security Council meeting amid the worsening humanitarian situation in Syria after Turkey launched an assault on the northeastern Syrian city of Afrin to clear the region of Kurdish militia units that Ankara considers major security threats. [Full Article...]

Vermont Governor Signs Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Vermont Governor Signs Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Vermont joins California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Colorado, Maine, and MA as states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The new law is unlikely to prompt people who don't now smoke marijuana to take it up, said Robert Sand, a Vermont law school professor and former county prosecutor who has advocated for years to change the state's drug laws. [Full Article...]

Cardi B defends fiance Offset over 'homophobic' lyric

Cardi B defends fiance Offset over 'homophobic' lyric Obviously, that seems pretty clearly homophobic - something that Migos don't have a great track record with to begin with - but Offset insisted that he was talking about "lame people who film you, post it and stalk you", not actual gay people, and that he's into fashion so he can't be homophobic anyway. [Full Article...]

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Many Bay Area Parks

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Many Bay Area Parks That means park concessions or lodges run by private companies can continue to operate. Knowles and his fellow board members said their concerns spanned a wide variety of issues, from scientific research to climate change to educational programs that could have involved the NPS. [Full Article...]

'Padmaavat': Madhya Pradesh CM Chouhan says state govt would move Supreme Court

'Padmaavat': Madhya Pradesh CM Chouhan says state govt would move Supreme Court Citing possibilities of law and order trouble due to the heated uproar over the movie release, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan government has pleaded to the Supreme Court on Monday for a review of its go-ahead order. The producers deny this and insist the movie portrays her respectfully. In Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Chouhan announced ban on the screening of the film after a delegation of MP Ra... [Full Article...]

Donald Trump urges Republicans to use 'Nuclear Option' to end shutdown

Donald Trump urges Republicans to use 'Nuclear Option' to end shutdown When the Democrat filibuster of the government funding bill ends, the serious, bipartisan negotiations that have been going on for months now to resolve our unfinished business - military spending; disaster relief; healthcare; immigration and border security - will continue. [Full Article...]

State Congressional District Map Ruled Unconstitutional by PA Supreme Court

State Congressional District Map Ruled Unconstitutional by PA Supreme Court Tom Wolf, a Democrat, by February 9 and the court for approval by February 15. Republicans now hold 12 of Pennsylvania's 18 seats. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Republican-drawn state congressional map is illegally gerrymandered to benefit the GOP, ordering new maps ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. [Full Article...]

Turkey air strikes hit Syria's Afrin province in push to secure borders

Turkey air strikes hit Syria's Afrin province in push to secure borders Turkish ground troops and pro-Turkish rebels from the Free Syrian Army have crossed into northern Syria to clear Kurdish militia from the Syrian province of Afrin . "Now we see how the YPG... are fleeing in Afrin ", he said. He also said that Ankara had an agreement with Russian Federation regarding its military operation against a US-backed Kurdish militia. [Full Article...]

Pence Arrives In Israel On Visit Overshadowed By Trump's Jerusalem

Pence Arrives In Israel On Visit Overshadowed By Trump's Jerusalem President Donald Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. To the applauds of many members of Israel's Knesset, Vice President Mike Pence promised Monday a prompt relocation of the US embassy in Israel, from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem . [Full Article...]

Suspect in custody after school shooting in Italy, Texas

Suspect in custody after school shooting in Italy, Texas Joe Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the Ellis County Sheriff's Office. They said at about 9 a.m. that students at Italy High School were being moved, "under guard", to a different location. Parents say the school is small and a good portion of the students witnessed the shooting. Italy police, the Hill County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers were all assistin... [Full Article...]

New texts from Federal Bureau of Investigation official removed from Mueller probe delivered to Congress

New texts from Federal Bureau of Investigation official removed from Mueller probe delivered to Congress Ron Johnson , the chair of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation. Messages from December 14, 2016, to May 17, 2017, could not be preserved, Boyd sa... [Full Article...]

Trump says he wants immigrants from 'everywhere'

Trump says he wants immigrants from 'everywhere' Talking to reporters outside a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, the South Carolina Republican said there is still a way to reconstruct an agreement but said "somebody on his staff gave him really bad advice". "The concept and the context, I believe, in which this came up was the concept that the president would like to move to a merit-based [immigration] system", she explained, to ... [Full Article...]

Approval of U.S. leadership under Trump tumbles globally in poll

Approval of U.S. leadership under Trump tumbles globally in poll Bush administration. "The global median who do not have an opinion about USA leadership in 2017 (23 percent) is similar to the 25 percent in the previous year of the Obama presidency". President Donald Trump has canceled some of the most significant partnerships and trade agreements in the world since he took office. The approval rating is based on surveys conducted between March and November p... [Full Article...]

Turkey detains 24 people over social media comments on Syria, ministry says

Turkey detains 24 people over social media comments on Syria, ministry says Turkish police have detained 24 people for allegedly "spreading terrorist propaganda" on social media related to Ankara's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, the interior ministry said today. The U.S. -led worldwide coalition against Daesh said on Sunday that it would establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF/PKK - a group largely controlled and ... [Full Article...]

New Zealand continue winning streak over Pakistan

New Zealand continue winning streak over Pakistan Pakistan got their worldwide ranking improved after winning their maiden Champions Trophy past year however, have not been able to perform internationally since then. Following Bruce's dismissal, Ross Taylor partnered Munro through to the end with a rapid 22 off 13 deliveries. Like the ODIs, Pakistan still enjoy better record in T20Is as compared to New Zealand which had to taste defeat eig... [Full Article...]

Spain to seek Catalan politician's arrest on Denmark visit

Spain to seek Catalan politician's arrest on Denmark visit Prosecutors were calling for Puigdemont to be arrested in Denmark, where he traveled on Monday. Spain's state prosecutor is seeking his arrest in Denmark. "President Puigdemont never dismissed the possibility of presenting and submitting his candidacy in person", the lawyer told Catalonian public television, adding that his client was "aware of the risks he faces". [Full Article...]

Bodh Gaya on high alert after recovery of bombs

Bodh Gaya on high alert after recovery of bombs The officers found a burst thermos flask in the kitchen which led to the small explosion causing panic among the devotees. "A team of National Investigation Agency, which arrived yesterday, has begun its probe along with the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Bihar police". [Full Article...]

Hamas condemns Pence's Middle East trip, says he's 'not welcomed'

Hamas condemns Pence's Middle East trip, says he's 'not welcomed' He added that he assured Sisi that the Trump administration will back a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians if both parties agree. Democratic lawmakers refused to compromise on their demand that the spending measure also include amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S.as children - causing the Senate to fall short of the 60 votes need to stop filibusters. [Full Article...]

Saudi shoots down Houthi missile fired toward Narjan By

Saudi shoots down Houthi missile fired toward Narjan By Coalition spokesman Turki Al Maliki said that Saudi air defences had intercepted one missile over Jizan province on the Red Sea coast late on Tuesday. "This hostile action by Iran-backed Houthi group proves the continuous involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities, in a clear and explicit defiance and violation of UN Resolutions 2216 and 22... [Full Article...]


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