Senator McCain says U.S. stands with Ukraine against Russia


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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with U.S. Senator John McCain during a meeting with Ukrainian servicemen in Shirokino settlement near Mariupol, Ukraine, December 31, 2016. Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets U.S. Senator John McCain during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, December 30, 2016.

Top China issues to watch in 2017

A lot has happened in 2016. In January, Taiwan's independence-leaning Tsai Ing-wen won the island's presidential election by a landslide; in July, an international court handed down a landmark ruling against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, and in November, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the United States' next leader.

US states, leery of Russia malware, re-examine cybersecurity

Several states around the country on Saturday asked cybersecurity experts to re-examine state and utility networks after a Vermont utility's laptop was found to contain malware U.S. officials say is linked to Russian hackers. The Burlington Electric Department, one of Vermont's two largest electric utilities, confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name the U.S. government has given to malicious cyber activity by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.

Greeting card designer with a bizarre sense of humour goes out with …

Terror in Istanbul: Lone gunman dressed as Father Christmas opens fire on nightclub's New Year's Eve crowd killing 35 and wounding 40 as CCTV shows him inside the blood-soaked venue The walk of shame: Wife of Greek ambassador to Brazil hides her face as she is transferred to jail after 'having her husband murdered by her policeman lover' in 'crime of passion' Queen Elizabeth may STILL not be well enough to attend church on New Year's Day a week after she missed Christmas prayers with a 'heavy cold' Silicon Valley star is sued for allegedly 'hitting' private driver after 'inhaling laughing gas and complaining about spending money on donations to Clinton campaign' 'This has been the worst holiday season of my life': How custody battles with Angelina meant this year ended in the most agonising Christmas EVER for a broken and tearful Brad Pitt 'Whiny and entitled': Oscar-nominated director ... (more)

China’s Xi says won’t let anyone make ‘fuss’ about its territory


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China will never allow anyone to "make a great fuss" about its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, President Xi Jinping said in his New Year's address, while China's top official in charge of Taiwan ties warned of risk ahead in 2017. China's increasingly assertive moves to push its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, including building artificial islands, has unnerved its neighbors.

Today in History

On Jan. 1, 1942, 26 countries, including the United States, signed the Declaration of the United Nations, pledging "not to make a separate armistice or peace" with members of the Axis. The Rose Bowl was played in Durham, North Carolina, because of security concerns in the wake of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor; Oregon State defeated Duke, 20-16.

California aims to take lead in giving marijuana industry access to financial services

In this Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 photo, Rolie Gonzalez III displays a branch of marijuana buds taken for a plant on the farm of grower Laura Costa, near Garberville. California hopes to take the lead in giving the cannabis industry access to banking services in 2017, with a new working group focused on finding a solution to ongoing conflicts between state and federal laws that force marijuana businesses to operate largely in cash.

Obama offers US assistance to Turkey after Istanbul attack

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector President Barack Obama expressed condolences on Saturday for the attack at a night club in Istanbul and directed his team to offer U.S. help to Turkish authorities, the White House said, Reuters reported. "This afternoon the president was briefed by his national security team on the attack in Istanbul," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.

The Latest: Obama kicks off New Year’s Eve on golf course

President Barack Obama is starting off New Year's Eve hitting the links at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, known for its views of the Pacific coastline and Koolau mountains, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Obama's motorcade left his vacation rental home in Kailua about 10 a.m. As it arrived on base a few minutes later, the sun breaking through the clouds.

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Over the last two years, the Golden State has licensed over 800,000 illegal aliens to drive, and as the new motor voter law AB 1461 goes into effect in 2017, anti-Trump lawmakers are vowing to fight the Trump administration on attempts to enforce immigration law. AB 60 went into effect on January 1, 2015, inviting well over a million illegal aliens in California to apply for driver licenses with lawmaker promises that their non-citizen status would not be shared with immigration authorities.

The Latest: Recovery delayed for missing plane with 6 aboard

In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman John T. Fleming proposes at toast following the tapping of the first Dublin Stout Keg at Brazenhead in Dublin, Ohio. A flight-tracking service shows that a plane piloted by the Ohio executive with five other people onboard quickly lost altitude after taking off from Cleveland's lakeshore airport.

‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?’ What’s your favorite version?

Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... The Orioles-famed doo-wop group from Baltimore, Maryland, was the first group to hit the R&B charts with "What are you Doing New Years Eve?" The Orioles-famed doo-wop group from Baltimore, Maryland, was the first group to hit the R&B charts with "What are you Doing New Years Eve?" " What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? " is a popular song written in 1947 by Frank Loesser as an independent song-not written for a particular movie or musical. It first charted for The Orioles , peaking at No.

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President Obama's trip next week to Capitol Hill to discuss ObamaCare is only the latest -- and most visible -- sign that Democrats are ready to fight Republicans' plans to change the president's signature health-care law as well as Medicaid and Medicare. Obama will visit Wednesday with House and Senate Democrats, the day after the 114th Congress convenes and Republicans, who have the majority in both chambers, are expected to start repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Grand Old Party? Donald Trump remaking GOP in his image

For eight years, a leaderless Republican Party has rallied around its passionate opposition to President Barack Obama and an unceasing devotion to small government, free markets and fiscal discipline. On the eve of his inauguration, Donald Trump is remaking the party in his image, casting aside decades of Republican orthodoxy for a murky populist agenda that sometimes clashes with core conservative beliefs.

Confirmations, conservative agenda on tap for GOP panels

Confirming Donald Trump's presidential Cabinet tops the immediate agenda for the Senate committees and their Republican chairmen, who then will focus on fulfilling long-sought goals by implementing a conservative agenda. The Senate GOP hasn't officially selected its committee leaders, but this is who is expected to hold the top spots: APPROPRIATIONS: Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran chairs the panel, which tries to work on a bipartisan basis while drafting 12 annual agency budget bills.

In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obamaa s agenda

Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama's health care law.

Obama Kicks off New Year’s Eve on Golf Course

President Barack Obama places a ball to putt on the 18th green at Kapolei Golf Club, in Kapolei, Hawaii, on Dec. 21. He was back at the same course on Saturday. President Barack Obama is starting off New Year's Eve hitting the links at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, known for its views of the Pacific coastline and Koolau mountains, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

Planned Parenthood Asks Judge to Halt Texas Medicaid Cuts

Planned Parenthood has asked a federal judge to stop Texas from cutting it from the state's Medicaid program, which the nation's largest abortion provider says would reduce health services for nearly 11,000 low-income women. The request to U.S. District Sam Sparks was filed late Friday in Austin and is part of an ongoing lawsuit filed last year.

Peter Funt: Next yeara s news, today

Thanks to Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs my outlandish predictions for 2016 were eclipsed by, of all things, reality. Worse, the fine art of fake news was commandeered by demons who used it for social and political gain - something my colleagues and I would never have dreamed possible.

Software engineer planning to challenge Rep. Lynch in 2018

Brianna Wu filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission this week indicating she's planning to run for the 8th Congressional District in 2018. Wu rose to prominence after being targeted by Gamergate, which has subjected women in the video-game industry to misogynistic threats after surfacing in 2014.

In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama’s agenda

" Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump weeks away from assuming office, GOP lawmakers plan to open the 115th Congress on Tuesday and immediately take steps to repeal Obama's health care law.

In 2017, GOP Congress sees mandate to undo Obama’s agenda

In this Dec. 8, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., and others, listen as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda.

Divers to assist in trying to find missing plane in Lake Erie

After searching for a small plane that went missing following takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport on Thursday night, the Coast Guard, along with Cleveland officials, said they will use divers to try to find the plane in Lake Erie. A Saturday morning news conference was held to talk about the recovery process after the search was suspended Friday evening.

‘Ransom’: TV Review

Getting an unlikely series premiere on January 1 and then airing in an even more unlikely Saturday primetime slot, the drama Ransom isn't the worst new show CBS has premiered in the past 12 months. Heck, it may not be one of the 10 worst new shows CBS has premiered in the past 12 months.

Are Teslas Christine-mobiles?

Christine is the name of a Stephen King novel that tells the story of a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury that kills people all by itself. There is nothing supernatural about Tesla automobiles, but one has to wonder whether the company is turning out Christine -mobiles because of software faults that may pop up.

Russian malware discovered on Vermont electric company computer

The company released a statement confirming the malware associated with the Russian group Grizzly Steppe was found on a laptop which was not connected to the electrical grid system. "Last night, U.S. utilities were alerted by the Department of Homeland Security of a malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name DHS has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

Paris Accord’s Warming Limit Could Increase Fish Catches


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Swiss and Canadian scientists have worked out a simple way to save more fish for the supper table: sticking to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5A C above the historic average should be enough to increase fish catches by six million tonnes a year . But if the world's nations go on as they have done - burning fossil fuels, releasing greenhouse gases, and inexorably changing the climate - then global average temperatures will rise by 3.5A C and global fish catches will fall dramatically.

The Top Eight Mideast Stories of 2016 That Shaped Our World


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In 2016, the Middle East continued to be a major focus of the US public, and it often came up in the primary and presidential debates. Alas, the Middle East referenced by US politicians and many pundits does not actually exist, and the American fixation on this region has a creepy stalker-like quality to it.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

For eight years, a leaderless Republican Party has rallied around its passionate opposition to President Barack Obama and an unceasing devotion to small government, free markets and fiscal discipline. On the eve of his inauguration, Donald Trump is remaking the party in his image, casting aside decades of Republican orthodoxy for a murky populist agenda that sometimes clashes with core conservative beliefs.

Russia-linked malware found on US electric companya s laptop

Malware code linked to Russian hackers and found on a Vermont electric utility's computer is further evidence of "predatory" steps taken by that country against the U.S., a Vermont Democratic congressman said Saturday. The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday it had found on one of its laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.

AP New Yeara s poll: Americans ready to bid farewell to 2016

Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. Americans weren't thrilled with the year.

Massachusetts Democrats hope to tie GOP Gov. Baker to Trump

Massachusetts Democrats are hoping to take a notch out of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's sky-high popularity numbers by lashing him to Donald Trump's incoming administration. In a series of tweets and in an online petition, the Massachusetts Democratic Party has called on Baker to denounce a string of top Trump advisers and Cabinet picks.

Trump bids a blockbuster 2016 farewell

President-elect Donald Trump will say goodbye to 2016 alongside 800 paying guests at his Mar-a-Lago estate Saturday, surrounded by an explosion of white and green flowers in his massive ballroom. The annual Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve, which wife Melania and son Barron will also attend, is a highlight on the private club's social calendar, members say.

Indiana Covering Up Details Of Trump/Carrier Bribery Deal

The government in the state of Indiana is covering up the details of the deal announced by Donald Trump to have Carrier keep jobs there. The Washington Post reports that in response to an open records request filed by the paper, details of the so-called Carrier "deal" are being kept under lock and key.

Stocks notched big gains in ’16 despite an early stumble

In a year with no shortage of surprises and stomach-churning turns in the market, stock investors can feel pretty good about 2016. Wall Street repeatedly bounced back from steep slumps, including the worst start to any year for stocks, the second correction for the market in five months and investor fears of a global slowdown.

Search for missing plane, 6 aboard, yields no clues

In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman John T. Fleming proposes at toast following the tapping of the first Dublin Stout Keg at Brazenhead in Dublin, Ohio. A flight-tracking service shows that a plane piloted by the Ohio executive with five other people onboard quickly lost altitude after taking off from Cleveland's lakeshore airport.

3 Missing in downed plane incident off Hawaiian island

Three people are missing after a small plane vanished from radar off the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, the US Coast Guard said in a statement Saturday. The Cessna 172 aircraft left Moloka'i Airport and was headed to Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday when it dropped off radar approximately four miles east of Ilio Point, the Coast Guard said.

Putin congratulates Trump, not Obama, in New Year’s statement

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump, rather than President Barack Obama, in his annual New Year's greetings statement to foreign heads of state and government. However, Putin did convey his seasonal greetings to Obama, his family and the American people in a separate statement earlier Friday, while responding to the latest wave of US sanctions against Russia.

Why celebrate the New Year? Under President Trump, 2017 could be even worse

Though 2016 has been, for many, one of the most harrowing and depressing years in recent memory - with the deaths of many beloved entertainers and artists, the rise of far-right populism throughout the Western world, and the ongoing geopolitical crises in the Middle East, to name just a few reasons - there is little reason to celebrate the year's end this weekend, or to be hopeful for 2017.

Gazette chooses 2016 top stories

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters as he exits the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville following a rally on Tuesday, March 29. Trump's stop in Janesville marked his first visit to Wisconsin ahead of the April 5 primary. Jessica Warner-Reed wipes her eyes during her sentencing Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the Rock County Courthouse in Janesville.

Trump gains steam in NH

The Granite State took its turn in the national spotlight this year with the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, a close presidential general election, and significant swings in state and local races. The January primary set the stage for Donald Trump with his first primary victory in the crowded Republican field.

The top 10 stories of 2016

Donald Trump The top 10 stories of 2016 Four Cabinet spots still open in the Trump administration McCain: There must be a 'price to pay' for Russian hacking MORE announced his bid for the White House in June 2015, the effort was widely dismissed as a self-promotional gambit by the New York property developer. Instead, Trump vanquished a huge Republican primary field that included big names such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio The top 10 stories of 2016 #Rexit: Tell Senate to reject Rex, confirm Romney for Secretary of State.

Death to 2016

I've seen a lot of articles saying don't be down on 2016 cause people die every year, but stack of dead famous people is just one little factor.

Perspective: Looking ahead to a busy 2017 agenda

On Jan. 3, the 115th Congress officially kicks off. I am ready to get to work with my colleagues and the Trump Administration to start passing an agenda that Americans want to see implemented and the next few months are going to be extremely busy doing just that.

Inside US President Barack Obama’s star-studded farewell party

A who's who of Hollywood and music A-listers turned out to see off US President Barack Obama at his last knees-up at the White House on Friday night . The evening was held to celebrate the end of Obama's eight years in office, ahead of incoming president Donald Trump taking office after his inauguration on January 20. Among the guests at the shindig were film stars like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Olivia Wilde, and director George Lucas, alongside famous TV faces including Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham.

Speculation over Broncos coach Gary Kubiak’s future heats up

Denver's five-year p... By The Associated Press Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements. By The Associated Press Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements.

Alabama-Clemson 2: New characters, plot lines for CFP sequel

Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams runs as Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward pursues during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. By The Associated Press Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements.

Congress must act on voting rights

President-elect Donald Trump greets Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's picks for attorney general, during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama. In Sessions, Trump has found an ally to curtail minority voting rights.

Congress must act on voting rights

President-elect Donald Trump greets Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's picks for attorney general, during a thank you rally in Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama. In Sessions, Trump has found an ally to curtail minority voting rights.

White births, migration explain why Texas remains a red state

Erika Jaramillo, center, and others hold signs supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a Democratic National Convention watch party in San Antonio on July 26. In Texas, where 39 percent of the population is Hispanic, Democrats have been shut out of statewide elections for decades. That is likely to occur for decades to come if the statistic bear out.

White births, migration explain why Texas remains a red state

Erika Jaramillo, center, and others hold signs supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a Democratic National Convention watch party in San Antonio on July 26. In Texas, where 39 percent of the population is Hispanic, Democrats have been shut out of statewide elections for decades. That is likely to occur for decades to come if the statistic bear out.

Advocates of hate crimes law ready to try again

When advocates for a hate-crimes bill took their case to the Legislature last year, their cause was quickly overshadowed by a separate effort to expand the state's civil rights law to include LGBT protections. The latter measure, which ultimately failed, became known derisively as the "bathroom bill" with opponents who claimed, falsely, that it would allow predatory men to sneak into women's restrooms.

Advocates of hate crimes law ready to try again

When advocates for a hate-crimes bill took their case to the Legislature last year, their cause was quickly overshadowed by a separate effort to expand the state's civil rights law to include LGBT protections. The latter measure, which ultimately failed, became known derisively as the "bathroom bill" with opponents who claimed, falsely, that it would allow predatory men to sneak into women's restrooms.

Patients have therapy options

The introduction of a new therapy provider at We CARE, 501 Valley View Blvd., coincides with the relocation of services for the former provider, leaving families with two options. The new We CARE therapy provider, Kids First, will be conducting interviews for therapists next week as it begins a new contract with Tyrone Hospital to provide children therapy at the center, said Kids First founder Jackie Clouser.

Patients have therapy options

The introduction of a new therapy provider at We CARE, 501 Valley View Blvd., coincides with the relocation of services for the former provider, leaving families with two options. The new We CARE therapy provider, Kids First, will be conducting interviews for therapists next week as it begins a new contract with Tyrone Hospital to provide children therapy at the center, said Kids First founder Jackie Clouser.

Eichelberger plans – aggressive agenda’

"We want to measure programs and spend money on what works and not on what doesn't. We have government schools, private schools, parochial schools, cyber charters - and public money is spent on all of these things," The Blair County Republican and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the public school teachers union, have had an adversarial relationship through the years.

Eichelberger plans – aggressive agenda’

"We want to measure programs and spend money on what works and not on what doesn't. We have government schools, private schools, parochial schools, cyber charters - and public money is spent on all of these things," The Blair County Republican and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the public school teachers union, have had an adversarial relationship through the years.

Ex-POW from Hillary Clinton campaign ads dies

Joel Sollender, a Jewish World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, who appeared in an ad on behalf of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, September, 2016. Joel Sollender, a World War II prisoner of war who appeared in television ads for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has died.

Ex-POW from Hillary Clinton campaign ads dies

Joel Sollender, a Jewish World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, who appeared in an ad on behalf of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, September, 2016. Joel Sollender, a World War II prisoner of war who appeared in television ads for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has died.

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears The plane was traveling from Cleveland to Columbus. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2iLf0zw Three adults and three children were on board a plane that went missing on it's way to the Ohio State University airport.

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears

Search suspended for 6 after small plane disappears The plane was traveling from Cleveland to Columbus. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2iLf0zw Three adults and three children were on board a plane that went missing on it's way to the Ohio State University airport.

Kellyanne Conway’s husband on short list for top US lawyer job

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says his supporters feel betrayed that Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, is being considered for secretary of state. George Conway, a corporate attorney who is married to one of President-elect Donald Trump's senior advisers, is on the shortlist of candidates to be nominated as US solicitor general, two sources familiar with the process told CNN.

Kellyanne Conway’s husband on short list for top US lawyer job

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says his supporters feel betrayed that Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, is being considered for secretary of state. George Conway, a corporate attorney who is married to one of President-elect Donald Trump's senior advisers, is on the shortlist of candidates to be nominated as US solicitor general, two sources familiar with the process told CNN.

Swastika

The Ellis family's home at the beginning of Hanukkah, left, and early Friday morning when the menorah was vandalized, right. When Naomi and Seth Ellis's young sons said that they wanted lights on their house in Chandler, Ariz., like all their neighbors' Christmas decorations, the parents knew what to tell their three Jewish boys: Yes.

Swastika

The Ellis family's home at the beginning of Hanukkah, left, and early Friday morning when the menorah was vandalized, right. When Naomi and Seth Ellis's young sons said that they wanted lights on their house in Chandler, Ariz., like all their neighbors' Christmas decorations, the parents knew what to tell their three Jewish boys: Yes.

UPDATE 1-U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

UPDATE 1-U.S. scrambles to clear egg exports to bird flu-hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tennis, sailing or spying? U.S. shuts 2 Russian compounds

Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration Friday in retaliation for Moscow's cyber-meddling in the presidential election. About a half-hour before the noon eviction deadline, caravans of diplomatic vehicles, some carrying boxes, left both Russian compounds under the watch of U.S. State Department agents.

Some power restored to N.C. governor-elect – for now

A North Carolina judge granted a small victory to the state's incoming Democratic governor on Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.

Some power restored to N.C. governor-elect – for now

A North Carolina judge granted a small victory to the state's incoming Democratic governor on Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.

Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by President Barack Obama's administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials. While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a security matter, the penetration of the nation's electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by President Barack Obama's administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials. While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a security matter, the penetration of the nation's electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for an airplane that was carrying a beverage distribution company executive and five other people when it vanished over Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from the city's lakeshore airport. The Coast Guard said it would step aside to allow Cleveland to begin recovery efforts of the plane and the victims.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for an airplane that was carrying a beverage distribution company executive and five other people when it vanished over Lake Erie shortly after takeoff from the city's lakeshore airport. The Coast Guard said it would step aside to allow Cleveland to begin recovery efforts of the plane and the victims.

Putin’s Not-So-Secret Weapon


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Long regarded as the understudy of the infamous KGB and its successor services, Russian military intelligence is now front and center in the Moscow-Washington showdown. It says something about the ingrained rivalry between the various fiefdoms of Russian espionage that the founder of Soviet military intelligence, Leon Trotsky, had an ice-ax driven into his head in Mexico by an agent of Stalin's foreign intelligence service.

With one week left in term, Republican NC governor begs Supreme Court …

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has mere days left after being beaten by a Democratic challenger, but he's still trying to restrict the Democrat's power. McCrory is making one more power grab before his term is up Jan. 7. The controversial governor is begging the U.S. Supreme Court, in an emergency request, to stop the upcoming 2017 special elections, The Washington Post reported .

Russian hackers penetrated Vermont electric utility: Washington Post

A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont electric utility, The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials. The Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, the officials told the Post, but penetration of the nation's electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.

Obama Expels Russian For Spying

In a rare, if not unprecedented news conference, Russian Consul General Sergey Petrov addressed the media after President Obama ordered four diplomats at that embassy to leave. One of the employees is a chef.

Plane with 3 kids, 3 adults on board missing after takeoff

Crews combing Lake Erie for a plane carrying six people that disappeared overnight shortly after takeoff from a Cleveland airport along the shore are still hopeful that the occupants could be found alive, a Coast Guard official said Friday. Authorities have "faint hints" but no strong pulse from an emergency locating transmitter, a beacon that could help find the plane, which is carrying three children and three adults, said Capt.

The GRU You Never Knew, the Russian intel agency that Obama just hit

Long regarded as the understudy of the infamous KGB and its successor services, Russian military intelligence is now front and center in the Moscow-Washington showdown. It says something about the ingrained rivalry between the various fiefdoms of Russian espionage that the founder of Soviet military intelligence, Leon Trotsky, had an ice-ax driven into his head in Mexico by an agent of Stalin's foreign intelligence service.

Globalization took hits in 2016

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's decision to leave the European Union have raised questions over the future of tariff-free trade and companies' freedom to move production to lower-cost countries.

What do we know about the Russian compounds in the US?

As part of President Barack Obama's sanctions against the Russian government for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, two Russian compounds, located in New York State and Maryland, will be closed. Not much is known about the two locations, which were both purchased by the Soviet Union decades ago.

Michael Skakel murder case: Connecticut court reinstates conviction

NOVEMBER 21: Kennedy relative Michael Skakel walks out of a Stamford, Connecticut courthouse after his murder conviction in the death of Martha Moxley was vacated last month when a judge decided he did not receive adequate representation in his 2002 trial on November 21, 2013 in Stamford, Connecticut. Skakel, who was set free on a bail of $1.2 million, was convicted of the 1975 murder of a neighbor and will now face a new trial.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane with 6 onboard

In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman John T. Fleming proposes at toast following the tapping of the first Dublin Stout Keg at Brazenhead in Dublin, Ohio. A flight-tracking service shows that a plane piloted by the Ohio executive with five other people onboard quickly lost altitude after taking off from Cleveland's lakeshore airport.

Vermont utility targeted by Russian hackers


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Russian hackers breached a Vermont utility, potentially exposing vulnerabilities in the US electrical grid, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The code was apparently not used to disrupt operations at the Virginia utility site, The Post noted, citing unnamed officials familiar with the matter.

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Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says his supporters feel betrayed that Mitt Romney, a vocal Trump critic, is being considered for secretary of state. The husband of one of President-elect Donald Trump's top advisers could be arguing cases on behalf of the federal government at the Supreme Court next year.

Report: 3 Miami officers fired over target practice ‘jokes’

Three new police officers were fired for making comments on a group chat about using Miami's primarily black neighborhoods for target practice, a newspaper reported Friday. Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were let go on Dec. 23, after an internal affairs investigation concluded that they violated department policies, said the Miami Herald , citing documents it obtained.

Trump talks Agriculture position with former TX lawmaker

Bonilla made his comments Friday after traveling to Florida for a meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, telling reporters that the meeting "went very well" and that he remains under consideration for the post. "I didn't ask him about other interviews or who else has been through here but I sense that they're close to making a decision, they've got quite a few people, that's my understanding."

Center for Domestic Preparedness looking at changes following ricin mixup

When Anniston's Center for Domestic Preparedness resumes offering training for first responders around chemical and biological material, there will be some changes in procedures, officials said today. The changes are part of the response to the disclosure last month that almost 10,000 first responders were exposed to toxic ricin at the center over a five-year period.

Deal gives GOP cards to play in Connecticut state Senate

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Republicans came out the winners in the recent negotiations over how to manage an 18-18 state Senate. While conceding the leadership position to the Democrats, the Republicans walked away with the ability to put the Democrats on the spot.

Trump meets with candidates for agriculture secretary

Former Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. Former Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla talks with reporters after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla.

Apple to slice iPhone production 10%

Apple to slice iPhone production 10% - Sluggish sales spur January-March cuts for second year - TOKYO - Apple will trim production of its iPhone family around 10% on the year in the first quarter of 2017, according to calculations by The Nikkei based on data from suppliers.

Trump deportation plan could be ‘impossible’

Trump's Border Wall, Deportation Plans Face Pushback From GOP - Republican critics in Congress chafe at his deportation calls - GOP leaders in House, Senate want fencing, not a 'wall' - Donald Trump's pledges to deport undocumented immigrants and build a U.S.-Mexico border wall

Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning ask Obama for pardons – but…

He p lead guilty in October to a felony charge for providing a false statement to the authorities; he may get no jail time anyway Kiriakou already served his time for blowing the lid off the CIA's waterboarding program, since defined as torture - he's seeking vindication Obama says he 'can't' pardon Snowden, who's wanted for three felony charges tied to his 2013 exposure of the NSA's bulk data program President Barack Obama is unlikely to grant pardons to whistleblowers who leaked government secrets as he exits office, experts say, but they're asking for clemency anyway.

Tennis, sailing or spying? US shuts 2 Russian compounds – Fri, 30 Dec 2016 PST

Two luxury retreats in New York and Maryland where Russian diplomats have gone for decades to play tennis, sail and swim were shut down by the Obama administration Friday in retaliation for Moscow's cyber-meddling in the presidential election. About a half-hour before the noon deadline, caravans of diplomatic vehicles, some carrying boxes, left both Russian compounds under the watch of U.S. State Department agents.

Some power restored to North Carolina’s gov.-elect for now

A North Carolina judge granted a small victory to the state's incoming Democratic governor on Friday, temporarily blocking a law by Republican lawmakers stripping him of control over elections in a legislative power play just weeks ago. Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens blocked the new law, which would end the control governors exert over statewide and county election boards, as Gov.-Elect Roy Cooper is set to take office Sunday.

Orange County Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector challenge charter amendments again


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Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh, Sheriff Jerry Demings and Tax Collector Scott Randolph are challenging a pair of charter amendments approved overwhelmingly by voters in November. The legal challenge was filed Dec. 22 in Circuit Court by the Florida Association for Constitutional Officers, a new, not-for-profit group listing Demings as its president, Singh as secretary and Randolph as treasurer.

Obama to meet lawmakers in attempt to protect health law

President Barack Obama plans to meet Democratic lawmakers in Congress next week to discuss how to protect his signature healthcare law from Republican efforts to dismantle it, a White House official said on Friday. Obama, who is leaving office on Jan. 20, will attend a meeting with Democrats from the House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday, the official said.

Trump Praises ‘Very Smart’ Putin On Twitter

Mr. Trump "pinned" the tweet soon after posting it, making it the featured message on his Twitter profile page, which is followed by over 18 million users. The president-elect's message came just a day after the White House announced a string of punitive measures against Russia for its cyberhacking attempts to undermine the U.S. election.

Steve Chapman: The triumph of falsehood

In 1644, the English poet John Milton made an eloquent case against censorship. Freedom of thought and inquiry was not only a God-given prerogative but also the best protection against error: "Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter?" Milton was fortunate enough to live before the internet.

Globalization took hits in 2016; Will 2017 lead to more?

The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and Britain's decision to leave the European Union have raised questions over the future of tariff-free trade and companies' freedom to move production to lower-cost countries. "We want our country back" was the rallying cry of those backing Brexit, a sound bite that had echoes in Trump's "Make America great again."

Cosby’s Attorney Asks to Have Trial Moved

The attorney for Bill Cosby in his criminal trial for sexual assault filed a motion Friday to have the case moved out of Montgomery County because, in part, "prospective jurors in Montgomery County have been uniquely subjected to extensive, sustained, and pervasive negative coverage of the case." The motion did not recommend a new venue for the case, but attorney Brian McMonagle asked Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill to either grant the request for hold a hearing to discuss a change of venue further.

Putin says Russia wona t expel US diplomats in hacking flap

President Vladimir Putin castigated the United States on Friday for imposing sanctions and expelling Russian diplomats amid allegations of Russian meddling in the American presidential election, but said no U.S. diplomats will be ousted in reprisal for President Barack Obama's moves in the wake of hacking attacks. In a burgeoning controversy surrounding complaints from the Obama administration about a cyberattack against America's political system, the White House on Thursday unleashed a string of sanctions and coupled them with an order that 35 Russians be expelled.

Trump should end the Presidenta s Daily Briefing

President-elect Donald Trump should end the President's Daily Brief prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It summarizes high-level intelligence and analyses about global hot spots and national security threats as seen through the eyes of the director.

Why Obama’s Russia sanctions are so devastating

As President Obama has taken action that even his critics deem significant against Russia in response to their sustained hacking campaign related to the 2016 election, it is worth noting why these actions are significant, if not extremely severe. It is also important to understand, as we will definitely see some forms of retaliations from Russia in the coming week.

2017 not much different from 2016

The foreign policy challenges facing India in 2017 are in the main those that the country has faced in 2016 and earlier years. Our immediate external environment has certain features that have not changed, though the challenges in some respects have become sharper.

11th-hour Obama moves to thwart President-elect’s agenda

President Barack Obama will head to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with House and Senate Democrats on a strategy to block the Republican effort to dismantle his signature health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier this month that repealing Obamacare was the first item on the agenda for the new Congress in 2017 and President-elect Donald Trump has called for the program to be repealed and replaced.

McCain calls hearing on hacking

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on foreign cyber threats to the United States, including the Russian hacking in the 2016 US presidential election, a committee aide told CNN. McCain has invited James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, and Marcel Lettre, the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, according to the aide.

Plane carrying 6 disappears over Lake Erie near Cleveland

U.S. Coast Guard crews searched Lake Erie on Friday for a plane carrying six people that disappeared shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the shore. The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday with three children and three adults aboard and vanished from radar about 2 miles over the lake.

Mounting Evidence of AdministrationDishonesty Over U.N. Resolution

Evidence that the Obama administration is being dishonest regarding the anti-Israel U.N. resolution continues to emerge. This article by Adam Kredo in the Washington Free Beacon shows there is good reason to believe that, contrary to the administration's claims, Team Obama was a major architect of and driving force behind the condemnatory resolution.

Obama turns Democratic Party into an antiquity

At his final press conference back on Dec. 16, President Obama said that he intends to focus on building the Democratic Party when he leaves office. As he leaves office, though, Mr. Obama continues to make it clear that he intends to focus on building the Democratic Party that fits his ideology, not a Democratic Party that listens to the people and advances the pragmatic priorities we can all support.

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The phoniest and most irresponsible lie in current politics is ObamaA s accusation that "the Russians did it!" Dropped HillaryA s email bombs, that is. This was originally just attributed to the CIA and FBI at secondhand, and later those agencies reluctantly agreed.

Takata could agree to fines of $1 billion in the U.S.

Takata has been on a losing streak for the past couple of years, but new reports suggest that the beleaguered Japanese parts supplier could soon slide much, much deeper into the red. Insiders say that within the next few weeks, the company may agree to pony up $1 billion to settle a criminal investigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Stephen K. Bannon, former Breitbart News executive chairman, founding host of Breitbart News Daily , and now chief political strategist for the incoming Trump White House, made a special appearance on the final live show of 2016. "I'm only doing this because of the great audience we've got here and your producing team, led by Caroline Magyarits - and you, Matt, that you're hosting the thing.

Coast Guard searches for missing plane in Ohio

The U.S. Coast Guard joined local search-and-rescue crews to search for a missing plane that departed an airport in Cleveland, emergency officials said. The Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport, a downtown airport in Lake Erie, at 10:50 p.m. It was headed south to the Ohio State University in Columbus, the FAA reported, adding the plane was not visible on radar.

Putin says Russia won’t oust US diplomats in hacking flap

President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but said Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

Crews search for missing plane in Lake Erie near Cleveland

U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching Lake Erie on Friday for a plane that went missing overnight shortly after takeoff from a small Cleveland airport along the shore. The Columbus-bound Cessna Citation 525 departed Burke Lakefront Airport late Thursday night with six people aboard and disappeared from radar about 2 miles over the lake.

Corn Futures Little Lower

The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange reported that Argentina's corn planting was about 71.3 percent done. U.S. Corn used for last week's ethanol production totaled 107.94 million bushels, for the crop year total corn used for ethanol production is now 1.71 billion bushels.

Putin: Russia won’t expel US diplomats — report

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow will not expel American diplomats in response to US sanctions against Russia, according to Russian state media. The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier recommended the Kremlin send home 35 US diplomats in response to a similar move by Washington on Thursday.

Rep. Gohmert: Obama’s Russia Orders Not ‘Much of a Punishment’

Rep. Louie Gohmert Friday dismissed President Barack Obama's order for sanctions and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats accused of spying as not being "all that much of a punishment" and amount to a middle school-style "slap back." "If you're going to punish somebody, what he did is not all that much of a punishment," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program.

NRA Asks US Supreme Court To Hear Two Concealed Carry Lawsuits


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The NRA still claims that there is a right under the Second Amendment to carry weapons concealed in public and the NRA still claims that states can ban Open Carry in favor of concealed carry. You will never read about this in the mainstream press but, in a couple of weeks, you will be able to read the NRA's cert petitions to the United States Supreme Court in a couple of concealed carry cases the NRA lost in the 9th circuit.

Peach Bowl bet on the line

Senators Maria Cantwell and Alabama Senator Richard Shelby have a friendly wager on the outcome of the Peach Bowl set for Saturday at 12 pm. If the Huskies win, Senator Shelby will provide two racks of ribs from Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for Senator Cantwell's office.

Russia holds off retaliation over US hacking sanctions as it waits for Donald Trump

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Friday suggested that President Vladimir Putin expel 35 US diplomats and close two properties used by the US Embassy in Moscow as part of the growing diplomatic slugfest over Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. However, Putin says he'll hold off taking action until after US President-elect Donald Trump - who looks set to become a close Russian ally - is inaugurated on January 20. The tit-for-tat measures were suggested one day after US President Barack Obama announced he would expel 35 Russian diplomats from the United States and order the closure of Russian-owned facilities on Maryland's Eastern Shore and on Long Island in New York believed to have been used for intelligence purposes.

Democrats are already building a case against Trumpa s pick to lead Treasury Department

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury, arrives at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 12. President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department is likely to face a contentious confirmation battle centered on his purchase of a failed subprime mortgage lender that repeatedly has been accused of wrongful foreclosures. The formal vetting process for Steven T. Mnuchin, who served as Trump's campaign finance chairman and worked at investment bank Goldman Sachs for nearly two decades, has not yet begun.

new Putin says Russia wona t oust US diplomats in hacking flap

President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but said Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats. U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.

Trump Has Tough Choice After Obama Sanctions on Russia Hack

President Barack Obama is forcing his successor, Donald Trump, into a difficult choice: reverse the sanctions the departing president just imposed on Russia for hacking e-mails in the U.S. election or put at risk his campaign vow to improve relations with Vladimir Putin. Hours after Obama imposed penalties on Russian agencies, individuals and companies and ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian operatives Thursday, Trump issued a terse statement far milder than his previous assertions that Democratic e-mails may well have been stolen and leaked by "somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."

Widespread Drug Price Increases Point to Collusion, Study Finds

About one in 19 generic drugs sold in the U.S. during the past three years have undergone major price hikes that may be consistent with collusion, according to a wide-ranging study that comes in the middle of a sprawling Justice Department investigation into pharmaceutical price-fixing. Fideres Partners LLP, a London-based consultancy that works with law firms to bring litigation against companies, analyzed price moves in 1,670 generic drugs sold in the U.S. from 2013 to 2016.

Amazon dreams of blimps for flying warehouses

A patent for what Amazon calls an "aerial fulfillment center" includes drawings of how stuff you buy would be warehoused in the air, then delivered to a home by a drone dropped from the blimp. "This whole idea of having drones come down through air traffic lanes, I can't see how the FAA would ever approve that and certainly the airline industry would oppose that," said Scott Hamilton, an aviation-industry consultant for Leeham Company.

Coast Guard searches for missing plane in Ohio

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing plane that took off from a small Ohio airport on the shores of Lake Erie. Coast Guard officials tell WEWS-TV that they received a report after the airport's air traffic control lost connection with the plane.

.com | US releases detailed look at Russia’s election hacking

The US on Thursday released its most detailed report yet on Russia's efforts to interfere in the US presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The 13-page joint analysis by the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was first such report ever to attribute malicious cyber activity to a particular country or actors.

Historic Mug Shots Line New Supreme Court Brief as Court Weighs Privacy Dispute

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to weigh a dispute over mug shots, a new amicus brief, backing the Detroit Free Press in its suit, presents a collection of historic and contemporary booking photos. The brief, filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, included the photos to argue that the images have a historical value, building an understanding of the context behind arrests, and should be widely available to the public.

With clock ticking, Palestinians pin hopes on Paris summit

After a pair of diplomatic victories, the Palestinians are now setting their sights on a Mideast peace conference in France next month in a bid to rally support as they prepare for the uncertainty of the Trump administration. The Palestinians are hopeful that a strong international endorsement in Paris will insulate them from what they fear will be a close alliance between President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

NYC deploying ‘extraordinary assets’ to secure Times Square on New Year’s Eve

New York City officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Chief James P. O'Neill, made it crystal clear today that they aren't taking any chances when it comes to securing the city for its New Year's Eve celebrations. Sixty-five sand trucks and 100 blocker vehicles are among the "extraordinary assets" the NYPD today said it will deploy around Times Square Dec. 31. That's more security than in previous years and is meant partly to deter the kind of rogue-vehicle attacks used by ISIS-inspired terrorists in Berlin shortly before Christmas and in Nice, France, in July, officials said.

Dumping the Democrats

I'm a 75 year-old woman, a native Iowan. It seems forever that I've been hoping Democrats would find real backbone and stand tall and firm for meaningful reforms that would help the majority of working class humans and try harder to protect the earth.

Tama Co. Farm Service Agency welcomes new committee member

The Tama County Farm Service Agency Office is pleased to welcome Darren Thiessen as a member of the County Committee. The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.

How Russia sanctions may put Trump in political bind: experts

The latest round of sanctions issued by the Obama administration against Russia may present a politically sticky situation for President-elect Donald Trump , who has both praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and said it was important for the U.S. to have a better relationship with the country. Trump, who called for Russian hackers to find Hillary Clinton 's deleted emails during the election, may be inclined to use the powers of the executive office to revoke the newly imposed measures, but it may cause issues within his own party.

Paul Ryan Capitulates, Welcomes Obama’s ‘Overdue’ Russia Retaliation

House Speaker, Paul Ryan welcomes Obama's Russia retaliation and says 'it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia'. Far from a full-throated endorsement of Obama's actions, Ryan's statement condemned the commander in chief for eight years of what he considers "ineffective foreign policy" that left the United States more vulnerable than it was when he took office in 2009.

Obama’s “Evidence” Against Russia Falls Flat


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Still, our media were almost unanimous in saying that President Obama has proved his case and that Trump was out-of-step with what the evidence clearly showed. For his part, Trump seemed in no hurry to come to any rash conclusions, saying he would meet with "leaders of the intelligence community" next week in order to be "updated on the facts of this situation."

Letter: U.S. veto an insult to Israel

Letter: U.S. veto an insult to Israel President Obama did not just "rebuke" Israel, but metaphorically spit in the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Check out this story on northjersey.com: http://northjersy.news/2iKOS85 When the United States abstained on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, President Barack Obama did not just "rebuke" Israel, but metaphorically spit in the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelis and supporters of Israel everywhere.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday issued a dramatic response to Russia's alleged use of cyberattacks to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, including imposing sanctions on Russian agencies and companies and expelling dozens of suspected intelligence operatives from the U.S., in one of the biggest diplomatic confrontations between Washington and Moscow since the end of the Cold War.

Mayors ask Obama to tighten immigration protections

President Obama has already dismantled a registry that previously tracked people entering the United States from 25 mostly Muslim countries, a move the mayors' group backed. Mayor de Blasio and 30 other mayors from around the country are asking President Obama to tighten immigration protections before leaving office, making it harder for President-elect Donald Trump to undo them.

Cubans surf the web at home in Havana pilot project


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Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world. Marquez, a 67-year-old retired university professor, was among those selected by the government two weeks ago to participate in a pilot project bringing the web into the homes of 2,000 inhabitants of the historic center of the island's capital.

Brian Fallon: Trump officials should be ‘hostile witnesses’ in Russia probe

Hillary Clinton 's former campaign spokesman suggested Thursday that he believes President-elect Donald Trump 's team may have been complicit in Russian cyberattacks interfering with the election. In a pair of tweets, Brian Fallon said, he doesn't think Trump will ever come around and accept the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia is directly guilty for hacking into the email accounts of Democrats during the election.

Report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election

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US releases detailed look at Russia’s election hacking

The U.S. on Thursday released its most detailed report yet on Russia's efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The 13-page joint analysis by the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was first such report ever to attribute malicious cyber activity to a particular country or actors.

Year in Review: High profile cases

KIMT News 3- The long arm of the law touched many people in 2016 for crimes both old and new. On February 4, Edgar Concepcion Jr. of Charles City was resentenced for the murder and rape of his 3-year-old cousin.

US releases detailed look at Russiaa s election hacking

The U.S. on Thursday released its most detailed report yet on Russia's efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The 13-page joint analysis by the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was first such report ever to attribute malicious cyber activity to a particular country or actors.

White House Announces Retaliation Against Russia: Sanctions, Ejecting Diplomats

President Barack Obama took unprecedented steps Thursday to retaliate against alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, prompting vows from Russian authorities that Moscow will respond in kind. The administration described Russia's involvement as "Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities" and sanctioned four Russian individuals and five Russian entities for what it said was election interference.

US punishes Russia for hacking presidential campaign

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, right, looks at US Sen. John McCain centre left, during a press conference, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Riga, Latvia, while Lindsey Graham, R-SC., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand in the background. Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions from United States lawmakers if an investigation proves that Moscow interfered in the presidential election, a U.S. senator said Wednesday during a visit to Latvia.

A look at areas Obama has protected

President Barack Obama designated the 300,000 acres of land in the Gold Butte area as the Gold Butte National Monument. President Obama this week established two more national monuments, raising to 29 the number of times he has created or added to monuments, usually to protect the environment, under the 1906 Antiquities Act.

DNC Official Donna Brazile: Obama’s Sanctions ‘Insufficient’

President Barack Obama's sanctions Thursday against Russia for hacking during the 2016 presidential election are "insufficient" and "more must be done," said Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile. "We applaud President Obama for taking these actions in response to the Russian government-sponsored cyberattacks on the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and our free and fair elections," Brazile said in a statement .

Rubin: ‘Anti-Israel’ Obama Carrying Out Islamic ‘Mission’

President Barack Obama's "main mission" was to prop up the Islamic world, and the abstention from the U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements was a "parting shot against Israel" and a "subliminal message to the Islamic world that he still stands with them," the former major of Shiloh, Israel, David Rubin told Newsmax TV on Thursday. "You cannot build strong alliances throughout the Islamic world without going against Israel, because unfortunately in the Islamic world, it's not acceptable to be supportive of Israel or even to say something good about Israel in public," Rubin told Bill Tucker, guest host of " The Steve Malzberg Show ."

Peter Morici: ‘Trump’s a Heck of a Lot Smarter Than Barack Obama’

Peter Morici, economist at the University of Maryland, tells Newsmax TV that although President-elect Donald Trump is much smarter than Barack Obama, it will take some time to undo all of the regulatory damage the outgoing command-in-chief has imposed on America during the last eight years. "I have no doubt that Mr. Trump's a heck of a lot smarter than Barack Obama but Barack Obama had eight years to do this damage so it's going to take a lot of time to undo it," Morici told Bill Tucker on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

With Trump’s victory, Republicans hope to overhaul Medicaid

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years - overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of lower-income and disabled Americans. Any changes to the $500 billion-plus program hold enormous consequences not only for recipients but also for the states, which share in the cost.

Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, DC 20511 December 29, 2016 Joint DHS, ODNI, FBI Statement on Russian Malicious Cyber Activity On October 7, 2016, Secretary Johnson and Director Clapper issued a joint statement that the intelligence community is confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, and that the disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts. The statement also noted that the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia to influence public opinion there.

Garbage trucks to block possible Times Square truck attacks

Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a security measure meant to stop deadly truck-driving attacks into crowds like those in Germany and France. The placement of the 65 trucks, along with 100 patrol cars, at intersections surrounding Times Square is a new element to an already heavily policed event that will include 7,000 officers, specially armed counterterrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs.

USDA announces new conservation farmland transfer policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new policy designed to allow farmers to take land out of a conservation program early if it is to be transferred to the next generation of farmers. Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam says beginning Jan. 9, the USDA will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program contracts.

Actions taken by Obama in response to Russian hacking

President Barack Obama slapped harsh sanctions on the Russian intelligence services Thursday, both for the hacking that disrupted the U.S. presidential election and for the harassment of U.S. diplomats working in Russia. The U.S. also released a detailed report exposing Russia's hacking infrastructure in an effort to help computer specialists prevent more cyberattacks.

Trump’s Inauguration Rabbi Slams Obama With Anti-Semitism Charge

The rabbi scheduled to deliver remarks at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration charged President Barack Obama as an anti-Semite. According to a Wednesday news release sent to Mic News , Rabbi Marvin Hier , dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will participate in the January 20th inauguration ceremony with five other faith leaders.

US considers mining limits in West to save sage grouse

In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Obama administration will release five possible plans Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn't saying which it prefers.

The Latest: McConnell calls US steps against Russia ‘late’

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. WASHINGTON - The Latest on the Obama administration's response to Russia's interference in the U.S. elections, which it denies : Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling President Barack Obama's efforts to retaliate against Russian hacking "a good initial step, however late in coming."

Trump on Russia sanctions: Time to move on, but I’ll meet with intelligence agencies anyway


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President-elect Donald Trump responded Thursday to President Barack Obama's fresh sanctions against Russia, saying that it's "time to move on," but that he'll meet with intelligence officials to discuss Russian involvement in election hacks anyway. "It's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things," Trump said in a brief evening statement.

US expels 35 Russian diplomats in response to election hacking

In a sweeping response to election hacking and other bad behavior, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the US. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyberattack.

Trump Adviser: Americans Replaced Obama With ‘A Real Man, A True Man Who Loves This Country’

A senior member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team suggested on Thursday that America would "be a leader in the world once again" after President Barack Obama leaves office because the country had chosen a "real man" over Hillary Clinton. During an interview on MSNBC's Chris Jansing, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn downplayed reports that members of the Rockettes had objected to performing at the president-elect's inauguration.

White House bars Russian diplomats from riverfront compound

Russian Federation diplomats will no longer have access to the swanky riverfront compound on Maryland's Eastern Shore where they played tennis, went sailing and enjoyed respite from the nation's capital. As part of the move to punish Russia for its role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and influencing a United States election, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions that include shuttering the compound.

i America Must Choose Diplomacy Over War


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The 2016 election and its terrifying aftermath have pulled millions of Americans into a maelstrom of racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant hysteria, and Islamophobia, which simultaneously reflects and prepares the ground for an even more militarized, private-profit-driven, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant foreign policy. We don't yet know whether Donald Trump's foreign policy will reflect his earlier dalliance with isolationism or move closer to the rabid military interventionism favored by so many of his chosen generals.

Garry Eugene ‘Pop’ Embrey

Garry Eugene "Pop" Embrey, age 80 of Franklin, Georgia, passed away December 29, 2016. He was born October 30, 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Roy Embrey and Pauline Stanford Embrey.

Republicans Propose Bill To Impose Fines For Live-Streaming From House Floor


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Likely in response to the 25-hour sit-in staged by Democrats earlier in 2016, protesting the lack of gun reform, House Speaker Paul Ryan has proposed new fines and ethics violations for House members that take photo and video from the floor of the chamber. Digital Trends reports: According to Bloomberg , the first violation will net violators a $500 fine, which will be deducted from member's paychecks.

With Trumpa s victory, GOP hopes to overhaul Medicaid

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, joined by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., heads to a meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to do something they have desired for years - overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to millions of lower-income and disabled Americans.

C-SPAN unveils first presidential portrait of Donald Trump

Although President-elect Donald Trump isn't president yet, C-SPAN has unveiled his first presidential portrait as part of its American Presidents Life Portraits exhibit. C-SPAN unveils first presidential portrait of Donald Trump Although President-elect Donald Trump isn't president yet, C-SPAN has unveiled his first presidential portrait as part of its American Presidents Life Portraits exhibit.

Trump says US will buy, hire American

Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Rothman, left, and Carlyle Group co-founder and co-CEO David Rubenstein arrive at Mar-a-Lago for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump has made the promise before.

Asked bout Russia sanctions, Trump thinks we should move on

Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election Asked bout Russia sanctions, Trump thinks we should move on Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2iJ6jpB Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers meddled in the U.S. election

‘Charlatan’ Evangelist To Pray With Trump At Inauguration

A televangelist who encourages her followers to get closer to God by sending money to her has been invited to Donald Trump's inauguration. Paula White spent much of the 2016 presidential campaign convincing evangelicals to vote for Trump, assuring them that he " accepts Jesus as his Lord and savior ," she told Politico.

2016 Health Care Year in Review

This was a tumultuous year in health care and elsewhere. Wherever we looked, the improbable and unbelievable became true and believable: from Brexit to a President-elect Trump to alleged foreign sabotage of our political institutions.

Harder Since The Left Entered Tizzyland

As the "second most conservative man in the world," according to a Washington Post Magazine humor columnist, I much prefer reading, and get most of my news from, publications of the left. Like The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly .

Eggnog, the Way the Supreme Court Made It

Our annual publication of the U.S. Supreme Court's eggnog recipe comes with the usual admonition: It is potent stuff, not to be drunk before driving. But if you like classic eggnog, not the chemical brew that grocery stores offer, it is hard to beat.

With Trump’s victory, GOP hopes to overhaul Medicaid

Patricia Krenwinkel, once a devout follower of cult killer Charles Manson and now the longest-serving female inmate in California, appeared again Thursday before a parole board - 47 years after she helped kill... Patricia Krenwinkel, once a devout follower of cult killer Charles Manson and now the longest-serving female inmate in California, appeared again Thursday before a parole board - 47 years after she helped kill pregnant... Once-bustling Renwick, Iowa, lost its grocery, hardware store, school and Ford dealership years ago, but when its sole bar closed last June, it seemed to some residents there wasn't much of a town left.

Ministers clash over call to annex West Bank in wake of UN resolution

Housing Minister Yoav Galant and Education Minister Naftali Bennett at the cabinet meeting at PM Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem on June 7, 2015. Housing Minister Yoav Galant, from the center-right Kulanu party, rebuffed a call this week by Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who leads the pro-settler Jewish Home party, to annex the West Bank in the wake of a Security Council resolution last week denouncing settlements on territory claimed by the Palestinians for a future state, including East Jerusalem.

Nine ‘amazing’ moments from the Obama presidency

Talking to Valerie Jarrett about her time as senior adviser to President Obama and specifically about that time he sang "Amazing Grace" in Charleston, S.C., on June 26, 2015, got me to thinking about other amazing moments of the Obama presidency. So, before Obama nostalgia hits full-tilt after New Year's Day, here are nine "amazing" moments from his presidency.

Menlo Park: Immigrant protection with ‘teeth’ sought

A local resident pushing for Menlo Park to create an ordinance to protect its undocumented immigrant population is hopeful the new mayor will hold a hearing on the idea in January. Jen Mazzon, who introduced the proposal after Donald Trump became president-elect and launched a website that features a sample ordinance, community survey and regular updates, on Wednesday said she was writing a letter to Mayor Kirsten Keith, asking her to schedule a hearing on an ordinance next month.

APNewsBreak: US considers mining limits to save sage grouse

The Obama administration will release five possible plans Thursday for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn't saying which it prefers. The options range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.

Q&A with Neubergera s Brett Reiner on small-cap funds

They've been one of the big winners in the post-election stock market rally, largely due to the belief that they are poised to benefit more than other companies from President-elect Donald Trump's proposed policies. We spoke with Brett Reiner, a managing director and associate portfolio manager at the Neuberger Berman Genesis fund, about this recent run-up.

Bill Clinton vows major donation to foundation

The Clintons are redoubling their commitment to their family foundation - pledging to donate $200,000 to their family charity after Donald Trump pulled off a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton in the November presidential election. Clinton Foundation chairman Bruce Lindsey, a longtime Clinton crony, announced the family's latest move in an email Wednesday to supporters.

McCain calls for sanctions on Russia over election actions

U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, listen to a question during a news conference following a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. McCain is a part of the U.S. Senate delegation including fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar that is visiting the Baltic region for talks with local political leaders.

Prosecutor considers run for Harrisburg mayor

Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Johnny Baer has prosecuted many of Harrisburg's most serious crimes over the past decade. Now, the chief deputy district attorney is considering trading his courtroom gig against suspected killers for the mayor's job.

‘We see the hope of peace slipping away’; Relations between …

It took eight years of backbiting and pretending they got along for relations between President Barack Obama's administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to finally hit rock bottom. Though they've clashed bitterly before, mostly notably over Iran, the two governments seemed farther apart than ever after a speech Wednesday by Secretary of State John Kerry and last week's United Nations resolution.

Daredevil skiing INSIDE a glacier captured in nail-biting footage

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Deadly floods voted top news story of 2016 in West Virginia

This Thursday June 23, 2016, file image provided by the Greenbrier shows flooding on the 17th green of the Old White Course at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., an area scheduled to host a PGA tour event two weeks later. The floods were voted the top story for 2016 in a poll of editors and broadcasters, who chose them in a year that also included tragic stories of substance abuse and an election in which voters emphatically supported Republican Donald Trump for president and Democrat Jim Justice for governor.

Trump’s Middle East Policy Revealed?

During one of his "thank-you" tour stops, Donald Trump announced on Dec. 1 : We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments, folks.

1878: Pro baseball started in Cuba

On this day in 1878 , professional baseball started in Cuba. The first game was between Habana and Almendares, the two teams that would be great rivals until Castro dissolved the league after the 1960-61 season.

Thursday’s Morning Email: Putin Announces Cease-fire In Syria

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THROWS HIS SUPPORT BEHIND DONALD TRUMP The Prime Minister of Israel called Secretary of State John Kerry's speech renouncing Israeli settlements " almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the U.N. last week." The top candidates for DNC have dodged the debate on where they stand on President Barack Obama's vetoing of the U.N. Israel resolution .

Asked about Russia sanctions, Trump says ‘we ought to get on with our lives’

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the United States and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow's computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, "We ought to get on with our lives." Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and posted it online to help Trump win the election.

8 family slayings still unsolved as Ohio sheriff is sworn in

The appointed southern Ohio sheriff investigating the slayings of eight people from one family has been sworn in for a four-year term after winning election. Democratic Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader was sworn in Wednesday by Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is working with Reader's on the massive investigation into the April slayings.

‘Crack King’ Clemency

Once known as the "crack king" of Oakland, Darryl Reed officially became a free man Wednesday night after he and 110 others were granted clemency by President Barack Obama in September. Cheryl Hurd reports.

10 things to know for Thursday

Debbie Reynolds embodied the sunshine of postwar America on the screen, while Carrie Fisher brought the sass and sarcasm of the Baby Boomers to her work. Mother and daughter died on successive days.

Return of Nevada nukes?

Donald Trump's talk and tweets of upgrading U.S. nuclear arms and possibly restarting the arms race raises the issue of whether nuclear testing in Nevada could return. "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes," Trump wrote on Twitter on Dec. 22. Trump's stance would be an extreme change in U.S. policy if he carried it out in the White House.

Trump holds Q&A, discussing jobs, Russia, Israel

President-elect Donald Trump applauded the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailed his transition discussions with President Barack Obama in a series of comments that amounted to the most detailed interaction he's had with journalists since before the election. In one of his cameos Wednesday on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump touted plans by a Japanese mogul to bring jobs to the United States.

US senators: Russia should be sanctioned for election hacks

Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, right, looks at US Sen. John McCain centre left, during a press conference, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 in Riga, Latvia, while Lindsey Graham, R-SC., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand in the background. Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions from United States lawmakers if an investigation proves that Moscow interfered in the presidential election, a U.S. senator said Wednesday during a visit to Latvia.

5 Hot Topics Hitting Public Finance in 2017

In what could be a tumultuous year for state and local finances, these five issues are likely to take center stage. Many Capitol Hill watchers expect federal tax reform to roll forward in some fashion in 2017 now that a Republican will be in the White House.

With 750 Dead, a feeling of civic embarrassment in Chicago

A woman holding a child watches members of the Chicago Fire Department transport a person who was shot near the intersection of South May Street and West 58th Street on Monday in Chicago, Ill. Members of the Chicago Fire Department transport a person who was shot near the intersection of South May Street and West 58th Street on Monday in Chicago, Ill.

US senators to eastern European allies: Russia should be sanctioned

U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. Their demands came amid ongoing discussions among U.S. officials on an imminent response to alleged Russian meddling that would ensure the U.S. takes action before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Irish based Medtronic must face revived US lawsuit over Infuse

A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit accusing Medtronic Plc of defrauding shareholders by covering up negative side effects from its Infuse bone growth product for nearly a decade. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota said a lower court judge erred in finding that the plaintiff shareholders sued too late, by waiting more than two years after learning information that could suggest an intent to defraud.

UFC 207: Main Card Picks

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Obama expands environmental legacy with 2 Western monuments

President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monuments designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House announced Wednesday.

2016 wasn’t the worst year ever

In 2017 will Donald Trump be a madman, setting off wars and eviscerating American institutions, making bargains with the Russian devil at the expense of allies? Picture: Reuters It is easy to think 2016 has been the worst year in US history. Not by a long shot, says Jennifer Rubin.

Why I Call BS On US Claims “Gang-Up On Israel” Meeting Never Took Place

The White House vehemently denied a report Wednesday morning claiming Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice discussed the controversial U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements with a top Palestinian official days before Friday's Security Council vote. An Egyptian news site first published what it claimed to be details of the meeting with Palestinian official Saeb Erekat and others.

Pokemon Go, Trump top Google trend list

This file photo taken on January 11, 2011 shows a screen image of the Google logo in Washington, DC. AFP / KAREN BLEIER According to Google's global trends report released Wednesday, the augmented reality game from Nintendo was the most-searched item online in 2016.

Yellen’s Fed policies face obstacles in ’17

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen and the Fed can finally expect some help from Washington in 2017, after three years of work to juice up a slow economy. Tax cuts and infrastructure spending planned by President-elect Donald Trump, if backed by the Republican-controlled Congress, would lighten the load for a Fed whose easy-money policies have been the primary economic support for the nation.

Defund The United Nations

When I first saw the headlines about Secretary of State John Kerry's latest threat to Israel I wondered if Kerry had finally lost all connection to reality. Based on predecessor Hillary Clinton's experience, the office would seem to do that to people.

Erdogan vows to ‘destroy threats’ after Istanbul gunman kills 39

Turkey's president vowed to "destroy threats" targeting the nation after a gunman opened fire inside a popular Istanbul nightclub, killing at least 39 people, including 15 foreigners - an act of terrorism that has become grimly familiar in Turkey. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a string of assaults that have multiplied as Turkey steps up its war against Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

Trump gives bizarre, impromptu press conference in Florida

With boxing promoter Don King by his side in front of the Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump opined on a handful of current events, including US Secretary of State John Kerry's final plea for peac e between Israelis and Palestinians. Saying Kerry's assessment "speaks for itself," Trump declined to go into specifics, adding cryptically: "different views we'll see what happens after January 20, right?" Earlier Wednesday, Trump tweeted , "We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect.

Report: 8 years of Obama vacations cost at least $85 million

As America's first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas' annual trip at $3.5 million or more. In total, the cost of the first family's personal or largely personal travel during the last eight years comes to $85 million - though that is likely to climb to $90 million after additional records are released, according to the conservative group Judicial Watch based on federal government records.

Report: Latin America Offers A Haven For Jihadis

A new report released on December 9 by Spain's Defense Ministry describes how Islamic terrorists operate and fundraise in Latin America to plan attacks on the United States. Translated by watchdog group Judicial Watch on Wednesday, the document states, "Latin America represents an important region for Islamic radicalism because conditions enable the free, almost undetectable, movement of their members throughout the region."

Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite GOP opposition

President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House said.

Federal judge orders torture report preserved

A federal judge ordered the government Wednesday to preserve a 2014 Senate report documenting the alleged abuse of CIA detainees that occurred after the September 11 attacks. Lawyers for Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri -- who has been charged for his involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 -- sought preservation last month of a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report entitled, "Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program."

C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Suede

In 1992, it seemed that the only buzzword for rock music was grunge. Suede's debut single, "The Drowners", came out that year though and, with a bucking the dressing down trend and embracing Bowie and Bolan instead of Black Sabbath and Black Flag, served as a bit of an antithesis to all that chatter and groan.

Donald Trump credits impending administration for return of 8,000 jobs from Sprint

After weeks of giving only brief comments to the media, Donald Trump made a series of public statements Wednesday, applauding the return of 8,000 jobs to the U.S. and hailing his discussions with President Barack Obama. In one of his cameos on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump touted plans by a Japanese mogul to bring those jobs to the United States.

The floor of the Texas State Capitol rotunda

The State Capitol building is pretty quiet this time of year, but that will change when the Texas legislature convenes Jan. 10. Political insiders, like Butts, expect this will be a contentious session with the some internal battles within Texas GOP over local control versus state control. Some hard line Republicans want the state to have more of a say in what Butts said various parts of the state government have criticized the federal government for "sticking its nose" in the state's business.

Eastern Kentucky beats Div. II Virginia Wise 70-51

The afternoon bite has been terrific this week; however, look for the action to take a break beginning today, as strong northerly winds are forecasted and it likely will be several days before conditions calm enough for the action to return. Clear Creek volleyball's run to state finals, unique quirks make Wildcats the county's No.

Valparaiso closes non-league play winning 7 of last 9

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated the Four Freedoms as goals in his State of the Union address Jan. 6, 1941. With this statement, he rejected the non-interventionist policies that dominated American foreign policy subsequent to the end of World War I and our rejection of the League of Nations.

Donald Trump inaugural to include prayers from prosperity preachers

Two preachers who teach that God will make the faithful rich are among the religious leaders chosen to offer prayers at President-elect Donald Trump 's swearing-in, the inaugural committee said Wednesday. Prosperity gospel preachers Paula White, a friend of Trump's, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, whose Detroit church hosted the Republican in September, will be among six faith leaders selected to participate in the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Search for truth amid torrent of media bashing

In July, I wrote an amazingly intelligent column explaining how Donald Trump, then dismissed as an erratic underdog, could win the presidential election. Voters were hungry for change, I wrote, and "when it comes to change, Trump can fairly claim to own the brand."

Legislators Propose Bills To Change Electoral Vote

Every four years after a presidential election, it seems, delegates and senators introduce bills to the General Assembly to change the way Virginia allocates its 13 Electoral College votes. A pair of Republicans prefiled identical House and Senate bills for the 2017 legislative session beginning Jan. 11 that would award only two of the commonwealth's 13 electoral votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

Trump accuses Obama of ‘inflammatory’ roadblocks

President-elect Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of throwing up "inflammatory" roadblocks during the transition of power and his administration of treating Israel with "total disdain," further straining the veneer of civility between the incoming and outgoing leaders. Although Trump didn't detail his complaints in his morning broadsides on Twitter, the president-elect has made it clear it didn't sit well with him when Obama recently boasted he would have won the election if he'd been running.

New effort to help pallid sturgeon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' newest effort in the long fight to save the pallid sturgeon is concentrated on 10 sites in the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis. The Corps is working to re-engineer and restore some of the sites to allow better habitat for the pallid sturgeon, which has been an endangered species since 1990.

Redflex signs non-prosecution deal over US corruption scandal

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Gallup names ‘Most Admired Woman’ and ‘Most Admired Man’ of 2016

JULY 27: US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embrace on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Gallup poll released Wednesday reported President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as 2016's most admired man and woman.

Cats and dogs: Readers share their love stories


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Fluff is "the cat's meow," a suitable phrase from a century ago. A black, long-haired Hemingway with paws like catchers' mitts, she is our sweet princess kitty girl.

Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite opposition

President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West, marking the administration's latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final days. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover 1.35 million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House said.

Court weighs challenge of order blocking Ohio execution info

A federal appeals court is weighing a challenge by attorneys for death row inmates of a judge's order blocking them from information about Ohio's new lethal injection process. The pending decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will help determine whether Ohio will proceed with its first executions in three years beginning in February.

Obama designates monuments, protects protect federal land in Utah, Nevada

President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated over 1.6 million acres of land in Utah and Nevada as national monuments, protecting two areas rich in Native American artifacts from mining, oil and gas drilling in one of his final moves to protect the environment. "Today's actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes," Obama said in a statement.

New ‘gold card’ permit may make gun shopping easier, faster

Supporters say a new South Dakota concealed carry permit would speed up gun shopping for permit holders if it receives federal approval. Instead, shoppers would simply be able to present the permit, which requires completing an FBI fingerprint background check on top of the standard obligations necessary to get a concealed carry permit.

Obama-Trump trade barbs as relationship deteriorates

Separated by the entire North American continent and half the Pacific Ocean, the incoming and outgoing presidents are trading barbs -- both veiled and overt -- from their respective holiday vacations, souring a once a collegial public relationship. Marked by insults on Twitter, perceived public slights and foreign policy disputes, the ties between President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have significantly frayed less than a month before Trump is sworn into office.

DMV licensed 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 2-year-old law

In this file photo, Raul Ordonez, 23, of San Rafael, second from left, takes the touch-screen exam as he goes through the process of getting his California driver's license under AB 60 at the DMV office in San Jose, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2015. On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain driver licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity.

Link of the Day: Satire – Michelle Obama’s “‘Twas No Hope Before Christmas”


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Fox News host with close ties to Trump discusses his dynamic…

While Trump continues to tap network personalities for top administration posts, one Fox News star who will remain at the network stands poised to also personally benefit from Trump's ascension to the presidency: Eric Bolling. Along with Sean Hannity, Bolling emerged as one of Trump's most vocal early supporters on Fox News, saying he knew the real-estate magnate would win as soon as he saw him descending the escalator at Trump Tower to deliver his announcement address.

Obamacare subscribers decry possible repeal

Josh Scussell has fought his non-Hodgkins lymphoma for years, enduring stem-cell transplants and rounds of chemotherapy as doctors worked to sustain his life. But the Guilford resident on Wednesday said the real reason he's still among the living is the federal Affordable Care Act - otherwise known as Obamacare - that the newly elected Republican majority in Congress intends to repeal.

Court Rules Public School Can Force Pro-Life Teacher to Facilitate Planned Parenthood

Contact: Alexandra Snyder, Life Legal Defense Foundation , 202-717-7371 PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 28, 2016 / Christian Newswire / -- Portland teacher and well-known pro-life activist Bill Diss has received a ruling in his religious discrimination case against Portland Public Schools. Disappointingly, the court granted the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment in its entirety, stating that there were no legally significant facts in dispute for the case to go before a jury.

Trump announces 8,000 more jobs for American workers


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President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday the addition of roughly 8,000 new jobs for Americans, including 5,000 that telecommunications giant Sprint will bring from "all around the world." Trump, who takes office January 20, said the other 3,000 jobs will be hires from a new company called One Web.

EPA issues long-delayed chemical plant safety rule


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The Environmental Protection Agency has updated a 25-year-old regulation intended to reduce chemical plant accidents and protect communities, workers, and emergency responders. The revision to EPA's Risk Management Program is part of a sweeping regulatory overhaul of federal industrial safety regulations ordered by President Barack Obama in 2013.

Congress surprises science community by passing research bill


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A research bill that science advocates thought had died was unexpectedly revived in mid-December when the House of Representatives passed it. The move, which followed Senate passage earlier in December, sent the legislation to President Barack Obama.

Kerry Attacks Israeli Government, Defends UN Resolution

Lame-duck Secretary of State John Kerry blasted the Israeli government at the State Department on Wednesday, and attempted to defend the Obama administration's decision to let an anti-Israel resolution pass at the UN Security Council last week. Kerry delivered his remarks in the midst of a diplomatic fight with Israel, in which President Barack Obama stands accused of working with Palestinians secretly to undermine Israeli security, overturning decades of American foreign policy precedent in the process.

a CNN: – Missed the Mark’a

CNN's correspondent in Israel, Oren Liebermann , reported Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's speech at the State Department had "missed the mark" if Kerry's intent had been to reach Israeli viewers and convince them that lame duck President Barack Obama was serious about peace. Libermann reported from Jerusalem that none of the Israeli television networks had carried the speech live, though it was held during prime viewing time.

India could still be on NSG table, but it needs a push from Trump

The American push for India to become a full-fledged member of the NSG would now have to be pursued by the incoming Sonald Trump administration as the outgoing Obama administration is unlikely to fulfill its promise made to the Narendra Modi government before its term expires January 20, informed sources said. A draft formula for NSG membership to countries like India and Pakistan that are not a signatory to the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty was submitted by Rafael Mariano Grossi, the former NSG Chair, who prepared the report on behalf of South Korea, the current NSG chair.

LIVE! Former world number one Ivanovic retires at age 29

US President-elect Donald Trump poured kerosene on a simmering dispute with Barack Obama today, accusing him of derailing a smooth transition with "inflammatory" statements and "roadblocks." Ever since the November 8 election, Trump and Obama have tried to bury political differences in favour of a united public front that would smooth the transfer of power on January 20. But the Republican president-in-waiting unceremoniously cast any bonhomie aside in a morning twitter tirade from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Take a break from politics: Part 2

We said this once and we'll say it again: If the 2016 election is causing you to cut off relationships and end friendships, you should probably take a break from politics. We said as much earlier this month after Huffington Post editor Michelangelo Signorile wrote about his post-election "unfriending" spree.

Trump goes on Twitter tirade against Obama’s ‘total disdain’…


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President-elect Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of throwing up "inflammatory" roadblocks during the transition of power and his administration of treating Israel with "total disdain," further straining the veneer of civility between the incoming and outgoing leaders. Although Trump didn't detail his complaints in his morning broadsides on Twitter, the president-elect has made it clear that it didn't sit well with him when Obama recently boasted that he would have won the election if he'd been running.

In the pocket of a women lying dead, a note on Vancouver motel…


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She was found 33 years ago lying partially clad in a water-filled ditch along a New York State highway, just hours after she was shot four times at close range. In the pocket of her high-quality trench coat was a mysterious note scribbled on a notepad from a Vancouver hotel - the rough-and-tumble Blue Boy on Southeast Marine Drive, which has since closed.

Fire Damages Downtown Vegas Home; Firefighter Injured

Listen Live Welcome to KXNT News/Talk 840 AM KXNT NewsRadio 840 AM is dedicated to being the dominant information [...] CBS Sports Radio 1140 CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3 7255 South Tenaya Way Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89113 Business Office: 702-889-7397 Business Fax: 702-889-7373 CONTACTS: Maureen Pulicella, [...] Suspected Henderson Convenience Store Robber Arrested A man suspected of robbing at least three Henderson area AM/PM convenience stores was arrested last week, according to authorities. Henderson to Break Ground on Nevada's First Urban Drone Test Site Workers in Henderson will break ground next month on Nevada's first urban drone testing site on the campus of Nevada State College.

Henderson to Break Ground on Nevada’s First Urban Drone Test Site

Listen Live Welcome to KXNT News/Talk 840 AM KXNT NewsRadio 840 AM is dedicated to being the dominant information [...] CBS Sports Radio 1140 CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3 7255 South Tenaya Way Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89113 Business Office: 702-889-7397 Business Fax: 702-889-7373 CONTACTS: Maureen Pulicella, [...] Suspected Henderson Convenience Store Robber Arrested A man suspected of robbing at least three Henderson area AM/PM convenience stores was arrested last week, according to authorities. Henderson to Break Ground on Nevada's First Urban Drone Test Site Workers in Henderson will break ground next month on Nevada's first urban drone testing site on the campus of Nevada State College.

Suspected Henderson Convenience Store Robber Arrested

Listen Live Welcome to KXNT News/Talk 840 AM KXNT NewsRadio 840 AM is dedicated to being the dominant information [...] CBS Sports Radio 1140 CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3 7255 South Tenaya Way Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89113 Business Office: 702-889-7397 Business Fax: 702-889-7373 CONTACTS: Maureen Pulicella, [...] Suspected Henderson Convenience Store Robber Arrested A man suspected of robbing at least three Henderson area AM/PM convenience stores was arrested last week, according to authorities. Henderson to Break Ground on Nevada's First Urban Drone Test Site Workers in Henderson will break ground next month on Nevada's first urban drone testing site on the campus of Nevada State College.

The Latest: Netanyahu’s office decries Kerry speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office is denouncing Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast policy speech, saying it was "skewed against Israel" and "obsessively" focuses on Israeli settlements. In a statement, Netanyahu's office says the speech "barely touched upon the root of the conflict - Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries."

Hans Tietmeyer, Former Bundesbank President, Dies at Age 85

Former Bundesbank President Hans Tietmeyer, the last guardian of the German mark and one of the architects of Europe's single currency, has died. He was 85. "Hans Tietmeyer was an outstanding president, who always acted with a clear and firm hand that followed the goal of monetary stability," Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said in the statement.

China Seen Dropping Trade Target for Second Year Amid Tensions

China is downplaying its trade growth target, suggesting leaders may elect not to announce one for a second year as it pushes for greater economic stability, state media reported. The Ministry of Commerce concluded a key annual conference without setting a 2017 target, which suggests that top policy makers are backing away from an "obsession" with growth targets, the state-run Shanghai Securities News Doing so is more appropriate for conditions under the "new normal" than setting a specific target, said Li Guanghui, deputy director of the ministry's Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, according to the paper, which is affiliated with the official Xinhua News Agency.

Tripwires for the Trumpsters

The Trumpsters are coming to town-led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee-and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C. With all three branches of government dominated by Republican members of Congress and Republican appointees-due to a mixture of abysmal deficiencies in the Democratic Party and the interloping luck of the atavistic Electoral College-the wrecking crew of Trump's nominees to high cabinet and other positions brings with it a host of politically perilous baggage. First, the Trumpsters have vowed to dismantle various government programs.

USS Gabrielle Giffords: Killer Namesake of Anti-Gun Advocate

The irony of naming of the USS Gabrielle Giffords an enemy killer armed with missiles, machine guns and other fast-firing weapons in honor of the former Arizona Congresswoman who is now an ardent anti-gun advocate has been noted by critics. The name also has been a target for conservatives who see it as promoting stricter gun laws, noted the Arizona Daily Star .

Trump Economist: Wealthy Don’t Need to Steal

Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine: In a National Review column, voodoo economist and [Donald] Trump fave Lawrence Kudlow makes the case not only that Trump and his administration are not corrupt, but also that they cannot be corrupt, by virtue of their wealth. "Why shouldn't the president surround himself with successful people?" reasons Kudlow, "Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption."

Dennis E. Wulterkens, 70, Navy vet, Met Ed control room operator, enjoyed bowling, Packers

He was born in Appleton, Wisc., to the late Conrad T. and Delores Wulterkens; and was the husband of Kimberly Wulterkens, with whom he celebrated nine years of marriage on Dec. 15. Dennis proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era. He was employed as a control room operator for Met Ed for 38 years, and enjoyed fishing, skiing, golfing, bowling, and the Green Bay Packers.

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Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is to be approached to take charge of the movie about Leicester City star Jamie Vardy's life. The script has been finished for the movie, which will chart the incredible rags to riches story of Vardy, from his non-league days through to lift the Premier League trophy with City last season.

Obama, Japana s Abe decry a horrors of wara at Pearl Harbor

U.S. President Barack Obama, joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaks on Kilo Pier overlooking the USS Arizona Memorial, part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, as part of a ceremony to honor those killed in the Japanese attack on the naval harbor. The leaders of Japan and the United States sought to remind the world that even the most bitter enemies can become allies, during a historic pilgrimage to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor.

For Trump White House, diplomatic security challenges remain

President-elect Donald Trump takes a question from a member of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States to "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability" until the rest of the world "comes to its senses" regarding nuclear weapons.

Macau Resident Held In US For Hacking, Insider Trading

Iat Hong and two others allegedly breached computers of major US law firms and stole confidential exchange on M&A transactions. Macau resident Iat Hong was recently arrested in his country on US charges that include conspiracy to commit hacking, security fraud, and insider trading along with two others, Bo Zheng and Chin Hung .

Truth is far lost.

In mainstream media, alternative and social media is truth difficult to search and find. Governments and world leaders already represent not the people but the establishment.

Obama, Japan’s Abe decry ‘horrors of war’ at Pearl Harbor

The leaders of Japan and the United States sought to remind the world that even the most bitter enemies can become allies, during a historic pilgrimage to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor. Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack, Abe and President Barack Obama peered down Tuesday at the rusting wreckage of the USS Arizona, clearly visible in the tranquil, teal water.

5 totally ridiculous Republican reversals in 2016 they’re hoping you’ll forget all about

With the election over and Republicans occupying all branches of government, as well as controlling most state legislatures, it's easy to forget that just a few short months ago the Republican Party seemed to be collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. The nomination of Trump, whose positions on trade and government benefits seemed to put him at odds with establishment Republicans, signaled a rejection of conservatism and an embrace of white nationalism.

‘Brexit – We’re making a mess of it’: mashup artists lampoon Britain’s leaders

In a satire of the 2016 Brexit vote, mashup artists lampoon Britain's leaders in a video which re-edits their words to say the European Union referendum was dumb and Prime Minister Theresa May is making a mess of Brexit. The June 23 vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar.

Fund, Argentina talk helps grains hold on to Santa gains

OK, the grain market bulls, after a festive feast in the first session after Christmas, did not come back for seconds in early trading on Wednesday. But at least futures held on to nearly all the gains made in the last session, which were substantial, at more than 4% in Chicago wheat for March, for example.

Remember the Christian bakers

A funny thing happened on the way to the Donald Trump inauguration - liberals suddenly became champions of people being allowed to decline participating in something if it violated their conscience. Surprising, indeed, after years of Christian bakers and pizza parlors being targeted for destruction by the gay left for refusing to participate in something because it opposed their conscience and faith.

U.S. nearly done crafting sanctions for Russians’ campaign hacking

President Barack Obama's administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, including economic sanctions and diplomatic censure, U.S. officials said. The administration still is finalizing the details, which also are expected to include covert action that likely will involve cyber operations, the officials said.

Security concerns high for Trump inauguration

Security surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump is proving to be the most challenging in recent history, according to senior officials involved in its planning, largely because of the same forces of political rancor that shaped the race for the presidency. On top of the daunting threats to any inaugural ceremony, the three dozen agencies responsible for security at the Jan. 20 festivities are preparing for the possibility of large numbers of protesters flooding the capital, along with what may be nearly 1 million supporters of Trump.

Israel says U.S. pushed for U.N. rebuke

This Oct. 22, 2016 file photo, shows a general view of housing in the Israeli settlement of Revava, near the West Bank city of Nablus. JERUSALEM -- Doubling down on its public break with the Obama administration, the Israeli government said Tuesday that it had received "ironclad" information from Arab sources that the United States actively helped craft last week's U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements in occupied territories illegal.

Obama library gears up

After turning over the White House next month to a successor who aims to scuttle some of his key initiatives, President Barack Obama and his foundation will begin seeking out donors to lead their fund drive for a presidential library and museum on Chicago's South Side. Obama's library planners have declined to provide a cost estimate, but the George W. Bush library and endowment cost more than $500 million.

‘Debtor’s prison’ lawsuit part of a national trend

A federal lawsuit accusing a Sherwood judge of operating an unconstitutional "debtor's prison" that traps poor people in an endless cycle of fines, debt and jail time reflects a movement that is affecting courts across the country, including in Arkansas. The movement has gained momentum in the past two or three years, fueled by lawsuits, public reports documenting suspected unconstitutional practices and a letter that the U.S. Department of Justice sent out in March to the administrators for all state courts across the nation.

Trump signals shift for U.S.

New York police officers, firefighters and other responders stand outside Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday after a stray backpack prompted a partial evacuation of the building. A bomb squad determined the unattended bag contained children's toys and gave the all-clear.

Abe extends Pearl Harbor condolences

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hugs Pearl Harbor survivor Everett Hyland after speaking Tuesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near the USS Arizona Memorial. PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The leaders of Japan and the United States took to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not apologize but conceded that Japan "must never repeat the horrors of war again."

Appeals court weighs Ohio law shielding lethal drugs source

A federal appeals court is weighing a challenge by death row inmates of an Ohio law that shields the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs. The pending decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will help determine whether the state will proceed with its first executions in three years beginning in February.

John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry apologized Monday for past discrimination against gay and lesbian people at the State Department , an unusual acknowledgment that members of the diplomatic corps were hounded out for their sexual orientation. "In the past - as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades - the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation," Kerry wrote in a brief statement published on the department's website.

Challenge to Ohio’s newest execution method goes to trial

Ohio's newest execution method is either a legal approach to putting condemned killers to death or a process akin to burning inmates at the stake, according to arguments in the latest challenge to capital punishment in the state. A four-day trial that began Tuesday in federal court in Dayton focuses on Ohio's updated execution system and a new 3-drug method similar to one used several years ago.

InvestorPlace: Gun Stocks Will Fire Back in 2017

Firearm stocks have recently misfired amid analyst warnings that sales are likely to slow, but others see gun-related shares reloading next year. Shares of firearm makers have tumbled since Donald Trump's presidential election amid predictions that consumers will slow down weapon purchases with a Republican in the White House.

Navy to commission USS Gabrielle Giffords

The USS Gabrielle Giffords in docked in Mobile, Alabama, on Nov. 30. The ship, a Naval littoral combat ship, is named in honor of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords of Arizona. Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in 2011, helped christen the ship in 2015.

Judicial Watch Wins Appeal: Court Rules State Department Can Be…

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a case that would require Secretary of State John Kerry to seek the help of the attorney general in recovering additional Hillary Clinton emails: The courts seem to be fed up with the Obama administration's refusal to enforce the rule of law on the Clinton emails. Today's appeals court ruling rejects the Obama State Department's excuses justifying its failure to ask the attorney general, as the law requires, to pursue the recovery of the Clinton emails.

Israel Says It Has ‘Ironclad Information’ That the U.S. Was…


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President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media as he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The president and prime minister sought to mend their fractured relationship during their meeting, the first time they have talked face to face in more than a year.

Japanese prime minister: My condolences for lives lost at Pearl Harbor

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – In a historic pilgrimage, the leaders of Japan and the United States took to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday to prove that even the bitterest enemies can become allies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not apologize, but conceded Japan “must never repeat the horrors of war again.” Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack sent America marching into World War II, Abe and President Barack Obama peered down at the rusting wreckage of the USS Arizona, clearly visible in the tranquil, teal water.

Cubs, Chicago violence, budget Illinois’ top 2016 stories

AP file photo The Cubs celebrate Nov. 3 after winning Game 7 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. CHICAGO – A historic, curse-busting sports achievement topped Illinois' biggest news stories in 2016, as the Chicago Cubs won a World Series championship for the first time in 108 years.

The Latest: Trump thanks Trump for consumer confidence boost

Trump is questioning the effectiveness of the United Nations, saying it's just a clu... . President-elect Donald Trump, second from left, accompanied by his wife, Melania Trump, center right, departs after attending a Christmas Eve service at the Church of Bethesda-by-the Sea, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, De... The president-elect writes on Twitter that The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index had climbed to 113.7 in December.

Israel expects more US-led moves at United Nations, official says

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, second from right, and National Advisor Susan Rice, right, listen while US President Barack Obama speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. Israel expects more US-led maneuvers at the United Nations critical of the Jewish state, similar to the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem which passed on Friday when the US refused to wield its veto power to nix it, and which Israel says the Obama administration orchestrated alongside the Palestinians.

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Lawmakers in Montana on Tuesday responded to a scandal brewing in the town of Whitefish, where neo-Nazis plan to hold a march "carrying high-powered rifles" to protest against Jewish residents. U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, recently announced as President-elect Donald Trump's pick for interior secretary, was among the lawmakers who warned the town's neo-Nazis against stirring up trouble.

John Kerry Will Lay Out Vision for Mideast Peace

Secretary of State John Kerry will lay out his vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a speech on Wednesday, days after the United States cleared the way for a U.N. resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The speech, less than a month before President Barack Obama leaves office, is expected to be the administration's last word on a decades-old dispute that Kerry had hoped to resolve during his four years as America's top diplomat.

Montana Lawmakers Unite To Denounce Neo-Nazi Rally Plans

Top Montana Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday warned neo-Nazis they would find "no safe haven" for a rally that could include guns planned for next month in a mountain town where white nationalists have threatened Jewish residents. The lawmakers include both Democrats and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke, recently picked by Republican President-elect Donald Trump to be interior secretary.

NYT: It’s Time To Abolish The Electoral College

The Left certainly was hammering this point home after President-elect Donald J. Trump's upset win over Hillary Clinton on November 8 and now The New York Times has joined the "let's abolish the Electoral College because our gal lost" bandwagon. Again, the op-ed by the publication's editorial board has no sense of history.

Navy accepts delivery of future USS Giffords

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords during a ceremony, Dec. 23, 2016, in Mobile, Ala. Gabrielle Giffords is the ninth littoral combat ship to be delivered to the Navy and the fifth of the Independence variant to join the fleet.

Letter writer fears return to 19th century rape of land

Donald Trump's pick of fossil fuel-friendly Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency means we can finally start plundering the planet again without regard to the consequences. Let's emulate the regulation-free 19th century when we raped and pillaged the environment to enrich the greedy robber barons - the 1 percent of their day.

Supreme Court: Synthetic drugs criminalized when carryout owner sold them –

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that "controlled substance analogs," such as Spice and K2, were criminalized by statute as early as Oct. 17, 2011. Writing for the majority, Justice Paul E. Pfeifer stated that while controlled substance analogs, or synthetic drugs, were not specifically included in Title 29, the state's criminal statutes, when defendant Hamza Shalash was arrested and indicted for selling them in 2011 and early 2012, other provisions of the Revised Code incorporated synthetic drugs into Title 29 at the time.

Japan’s Abe offers ‘everlasting condolences’ at Pearl Harbor

Under a warm Oahu sun, with the tranquil, teal waters of Pearl Harbor behind them, former enemies came together Tuesday to acknowledge the tremendous loss caused by the Japanese attack on U.S. military installations in Hawaii 75 years ago. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama made a historic pilgrimage to the site where the devastating surprise attack sent America marching into World War II.

Obama says he would have won a third term had he run

In an interview released Monday, President Barack Obama expressed confidence that he would have won the 2016 election had it been possible for him to seek a third term. Obama made his remarks to The Axe Files , the podcast of his former adviser David Axelrod, now director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Trump decries his foundation’s closure, overstating its giving

President-elect Donald Trump is lashing out in defense of his charitable foundation as he prepares to shutter it before taking the oath of office next month. In a series of tweets Monday evening, Trump claimed that he had given "millions" to the foundation he began in 1987 and that all of the money raised went to "wonderful charities."

Lee Camp and John Stauber

Not worried enough about our future? Check out this: That's disgusting -- they snuck an act into a bill and now they're going to be on their propaganda mission. Here's a thought: I don't want to hear politicians talk about fake news.

New Year’s resolutions for Colorado’s finest

Half the fun of making New Year's resolutions is the inevitable feeling of relief when we abandon them in mid-March or, let's be honest, late January. This year, instead of setting myself up for failure, I thought it'd be more fun to help out some of Colorado's finest with their goals for 2017.

Russia calls US move to better arm Syrian rebels a ‘hostile act’, attempt to influence Trump

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The Force Has Left the Building: ‘BradCast’ 12/27/2016

Guest host Nicole Sandler with former CIA analyst and Air America Radio host Jack Rice, who disputes Ray McGovern's assessment of claims that Russia hacked the U.S. election... It's a very white Christmas for many on the right, as 'PDiddie' finds in this year's collection of Holiday toons... Guest: Daniel Nichanian on proactive, state-by-state measures Dems can and must take to expand voting rights; And much more!... Freakishly hot Arctic; New Obama drilling bans; Climate change juiced extreme events: NOAA; Trump voters support carbon regulation; PLUS : Solar now world's cheapest energy... Also: NC's brazen GOP coup a model for nation, and Obama's last ditch efforts to save the planet from Trump... High lead levels in 1000s of towns; Water safe again in Corpus Christi; Int.

Op-ed: Nothing sweet about Mayor Kenney’s soda tax

Mayor Kenney's plan to add a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary beverages sold in the city is a very sour deal for low- and middle-income Philadelphians and would have dire consequences for the long-suffering citizenry. This atrocious, punitive tax is supposed to take effect this Sunday, Jan. 1, but we the people with common sense simply can't allow it to happen.

A look back at 2016

The year 2016 is almost in the history books, and some happenings in the Northeast could fill at least a chapter. From politics to crime to schools to business and other areas, plenty happened this year.

U.S. appeals court revives Clinton email suit

In a new legal development on the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, an appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and said two U.S. government agencies should have done more to recover the emails. The ruling from Judge Stephen Williams, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, revives one of a number of legal challenges involving Clinton's handling of government emails when she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Trump supporter who insulted Obamas says it was a ‘mistake’

A businessman who co-chaired the Trump campaign in New York state said Tuesday his recent derogatory statements about President Barack Obama and his wife weren't meant for publication but were nevertheless "inappropriate" and a "mistake." Carl Paladino said he intended his email response to a weekly alternative publication's survey to only go to a couple friends, not the newspaper.

High-Ranking Defector Outlines North Korea’s Intent To Go Nuclear In 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the multiple-rocket launching drill of women's sub-units under KPA Unit 851, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency April 24, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA North Korea is "racing ahead with nuclear development after setting up a plan to develop it at all costs by the end of 2017," Thae Yong-ho, formerly a diplomat at the North Korean Embassy in London, said at a press conference, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Russia Calls U.S. Move To More Easily Arm Syrian Rebels A ‘Hostile Act’

Syrians walk over rubble of damaged buildings, while carrying their belongings, as they flee clashes between government forces and rebels in Tariq al-Bab and al-Sakhour neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo towards other rebel held besieged areas of Aleppo, Syria November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail/File Photo Moscow accused the U.S. Tuesday of a "hostile act" for taking action to more easily arm the Syrian rebels, Reuters reported Russia Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying.

Chicago Sees Year-End Shooting Surge


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More than sixty people were shot - a dozen of them fatally - over the Christmas weekend in Chicago. Seven people were shot and killed on Christmas Day - eclipsing the holiday total for the past three years combined, according to The Chicago Tribune .

The Dead People Are Being Buried Under My Lawn


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Social Media lets you be exposed to just how miserably weird people are. I'm not one who thinks it's wrong to speak ill of the dead, especially when it comes to politicians and other people who, in life, had massive amounts of power over the lives of other people.

Illegal Aliens rush to border as Obama sets new record


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A huge influx of illegal aliens are rushing to enter the United States before incoming Trump administration can put more restrictive border controls into place. Since Election Day, the influx of unaccompanied minors and families in the company of children has set new records, according to the Federation on American Immigration Reform -- a nonprofit that advocates border security and immigration reform.

Trump revealed the impotence of celebrities

Donald Trump Trump revealed the impotence of celebrities Washington Post to add more than 60 journalists in 2017 GOP rep Duffy considering Senate run in 2018: report MORE 's lack of star power at his inauguration on January 20th, here's a telling story from the campaign to look back on. The date was November 5, just three days before the election.

Obama’s shameful parting shot at Israel

The United Nations stooped to a new low last week, passing a Security Council resolution with the transparent goal of delegitimizing Israel and damaging the prospects for a lasting negotiated peace with the Palestinians. The Obama administration's decision to abstain, allowing the UN's highest body to condemn Israel in such harsh and biased terms, declare settlements an illegal obstacle to peace, and call the eternal capital of the Jewish people "occupied," is unprecedented and dangerous.

GOP adviser died of overdose

Republican media adviser R. Gregory Stevens, who was found dead in the Beverly Hills, Calif., home of actress Carrie Fisher on Feb. 26, died of an overdose of cocaine and the painkiller OxyContin, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. A spokeswoman at the coroner's office read to The Washington Times portions of the report, which was completed Friday.

Abe, Obama make Pearl Harbour pilgrimage

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama were to make a joint pilgrimage to the site of the Pearl Harbour attack on Tuesday to celebrate "the power of reconciliation." Japan's PM Shinzo Abe and Defence Minister Tomomi Inada receive a briefing from Dr John Byrd , Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory senior manager, on the identification process at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Today in History: December 27

On Dec. 27, 1904, James Barrie's play "Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up" opened at the Duke of York's Theater in London. In 1927, the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

Will Trump drop populism like a bad habit?

President-elect Donald Trump waves to members of the media after a meeting with military leaders at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 21. Disdain for Beltway insiders and suspicion that the rich have the system rigged were at the heart of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign. He correctly perceived how badly Hillary Clinton's conflicts, courting of Wall Street and corruption would turn off voters.

Abbas eyes Paris summit after UN slams Israeli settlements

The Palestinian president said Tuesday that he hopes an upcoming Mideast conference in France will set a timetable for independence after the U.N. delivered a harsh rebuke over the construction of Israeli settlements in lands claimed by the Palestinians. Israel is meanwhile advancing plans for thousands of new homes in east Jerusalem despite the U.N. Security Council resolution.

Obama Boasts of Third Term: I Could Have Won

President Barack Obama believes he could have won a third term in office, if given the opportunity, telling former adviser David Axelrod that he would have been able to mobilize the majority of voters around his vision for America. "What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and and full of energy and dynamism," Obama said.

Sean Spicer: Tweeting Will Be ‘Really Exciting Part’ of Trump’s Presidency

President-elect Donald Trump will continue to tweet after Inauguration Day, because "he has this direct pipeline in the American people, where he can talk back and forth," incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told Rhode Island news station WPRI. "I think that his use of social media is gonna be something that's never been seen before," Spicer said, adding that Trump's engagement with supporters via social media will be "a really exciting part of the job."

Anti-Abortion Groups Hoping Trump Takes Tough Action on Day One

Anti-abortion groups are looking for President-elect Donald Trump to start toughening abortion policies as soon as he takes office, The Hill reports. Until Trump makes his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, there are other areas where he can start making his mark on abortion policy, according to the website.

Huckabee: UN Trying to Push Israel Into a ‘Suicide Pact’

With its resolution on Israel, the United Nations is attempting to push Israel into "accepting borders that would essentially be a suicide pact," and the Obama administration was most likely behind the vote, former Gov. Mike Huckabee said Tuesday. "Silence is agreement, and by the U.S. being silent and abstaining [from the vote], they did agree to it, and I think they helped orchestrate it," Huckabee, a strong advocate of Israel, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

Israel plans more settlements; Abbas looks to Paris summit

A Palestinian shepherd poses for a picture as he stands on the back of his donkey, near the Israeli settlement of Argaman, in the Jordan Valley, a strip of West Bank land along the border with Jordan, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. less A Palestinian shepherd poses for a picture as he stands on the back of his donkey, near the Israeli settlement of Argaman, in the Jordan Valley, a strip of West Bank land along the border with Jordan, Monday, ... more Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a doughnut during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.

Obama, Japana s Abe to seek reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit Tuesday with President Barack Obama is powerful proof that the former enemies have transcended the recriminatory impulses that weighed down relations after the war, Japan's government has said.

The Predictable Perfidy Of Obama

Yesterday I pointed out how Samantha Power had deliberately misquoted Reagan to back up her heartfelt desire to destroy Israel. It's worth remembering how fervently she hoped that one day America could invade Israel to "protect" her chosen people.