Trump: Tax Meeting With Senators ‘Highly Productive’

U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting on Tuesday evening with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss tax reform “was highly productive, and will spur constructive discussion moving forward,” the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Continue reading →

Sessions Considering Lie Detector Test to Find Leakers

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is floating the idea of putting the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to ferret out leakers. Sessions talked about the idea to multiple people — and as recently as last month. Continue reading →

Uk – Unemployment rate falls to 4.3% as wages stagnate

UK unemployment fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.3% from 4.4% in the previous quarter. The rate remains at its lowest since 1975, but a squeeze on real incomes continues, according to the Office for National Statistics figures. Continue reading →

US refugee quota may be lowered to 1980 level

According to the New York Times as the deadline nears for the Trump administration to set a ceiling for refugee admissions, some close to the president have pushed to lower the number below 50,000. Continue reading →

Pope Francis takes swipe at Trump over DACA decision

This Pope isn’t playing with a full deck. Pope Francis took a swipe at President Trump over the weekend for moving to wind down the Obama-era program shielding some young illegal immigrants from deportation, suggesting the decision is not “pro-life.” Continue reading →

Miss America gets political: Contestants asked about Trump-Russia collusion, Confederate statues

Who in their right mind, even gives a rat’s behind about these corrupt butt kissin’ or you lose contests? Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was named Miss America 2018 Sunday night in Atlantic City following a night of political questions ranging from the Trump administration’s alleged collusion with Russia to Confederate monuments.The event got political after the Miss America candidates were asked multiple questions about the current political climate and President Trump during the question-and-answer session.

During one of the onstage interviews, Mund said Trump was wrong to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord aimed at combating climate change.

These fools know nothing about the real world, they are brainwashed from birth to think a certain way.

“I do believe it’s a bad decision,’ she said. “Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that’s something that we really need to keep in mind.”

“There is evidence that climate change is existing. So whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I think it’s just a bad decision on behalf of the United States,” she added.

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Mund said she hopes to become the first elected woman governor of her state.

“It’s important to have a woman’s perspective,” she said, stressing the importance of women in important government jobs. “In health care and on reproductive rights, it’s predominantly men making those decisions.”

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Mund, however, was not the only candidate to receive political questions.

Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis was asked to be “the jury” on whether Trump colluded with the Russian government to win the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton and give “innocent or guilty” verdict.

Hmm, Hildabitch should have her fat butt sitting in a prison cell.

“Right now I’d have to say innocent because not enough information has been revealed,” Davis said, adding however that “we should investigate it to its fullest extent.”

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Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, meanwhile, was asked to give her opinion on Confederate statues and whether they should be removed from public display – to which the contestant suggested to move the statues to museums.

The contest’s hosts also asked Miss Texas Morgana Wood what she thought about Trump’s comments after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville where he blamed the violence on “both sides.”

Wood branded the death of counter protester Heather Heyer as a “terrorist attack” and said the President “should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact and making sure all Americans feel safe in this country.”

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The first runner up of the competition was Miss Missouri, while Miss New Jersey was the second runner up.

Progressives’ frustrations with Feinstein spark talk of 2018 Senate challenge, report

Oh dear, sounds like trouble in paradise, for Feinstein, doesn’t it? Laughing Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s solid stature on Capitol Hill and in California Democratic politics may be in peril, with progressives purportedly frustrated enough about her views on President Trump, DACA and single-payer health care to possibly mount a 2018 challenge for her Senate seat. Continue reading →

Trump Team Getting Tough Options Ready on NKorea

According to senior White House and Pentagon officials advanced diplomatic and military options are being readied as part of the Trump administration’s more aggressive approach to North Korea following its largest nuclear test to date. Continue reading →

U.S.-backed forces announce anti-ISIS push in Syria’s oil-rich east

U.S.-backed forces in Syria announced a fresh offensive around ISIS’ most important remaining stronghold Saturday, accelerating a global scramble for control of the country’s oil-rich east.ISIS militants are under pressure from all sides in the border province of Deir al-Zour, facing down competing offensives involving almost all of the six-year war’s major players.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated militia supported by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, said Saturday that they would clear the Islamist militants from territory east of the Euphrates River.

“We at the military council decided to start this decisive operation,” said Abu Khawlah, a spokesman for the militia. Dubbed “Operation Jazeera Storm,” the offensive will take place in the Khabur River valley, the coalition said in a separate statement, adding that it planned to hand the area over to a civilian council.

“The morale of our forces is strong and we are ready for victory,” said Khawlah.

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But in one Syria’s most complex battlefields, that achievement is far from assured. Government forces backed by Russian warplanes and Lebanese militia reached Deir al-Zour city this week, lifting an almost three-year Islamic State siege and boosting President Bashar al-Assad’s argument that his forces should retake the country’s final Islamic State-held pockets.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, pro-government troops continued their advance Saturday, shelling Islamic State positions while Russian planes launched bombing raids.

In Damascus, Syria’s foreign ministry said the advance “foreshadowed the end of terrorism.”

Although U.S. officials have insisted that they do not anticipate clashes with the Syrian-backed force, the growing complexity of the battleground could make unintended flash points more likely.

Control of Deir al-Zour would provide Washington with a key chance to block Iranian expansionism in a strategically important area along the Iraqi border. Victory for the Iran-backed force, meanwhile, would strengthen what has effectively become an unbroken line of control running east from its Lebanese proxies Hezbollah through Syria, Iraq and Iran.

It would also provide the Assad government with a vital economic lifeline, as the province is rich in oil wealth. Six years of war have caused some $226 billion in losses, according to the World Bank, leaving the state heavily dependent on credit lines from Russia and Iran.

In the posturing on both sides, analysts saw early attempts to set a narrative of success, even while neither appeared to be mustering adequate troop numbers to finish the job.

“Assad and his allies rushed to Deir al-Zour fully aware that he does not have a force capable of capturing all of the city or to wage an effective campaign to seize all of the province,” said Nicholas Heras, a fellow at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security. “That harsh reality doesn’t matter; what matters to Assad and his allies is their ability to undermine the U.S. claim that Assad is not able, or willing, to fight ISIS.”

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Trump DOJ: No plans to charge Lois Lerner in IRS scandal

She’s an Odummer butt kisser, we don’t know what deal she’s been handed under the table. The Trump administration has no plans to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner over her role in the Tea Party targeting scandal, the Justice Department said Friday in response to calls by Republican lawmakers to revisit the case. Continue reading →