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Lisa Murkowski's Brother Went To Brett Kavanaugh's High School

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 21:33

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has a brother who went to the same high school

US and Russia clash over enforcing UN sanctions on NKorea

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 19:26

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia clashed Monday over enforcing U.N. sanctions against North Korea, with the U.S. ambassador accusing Moscow of "cheating" and Russia's envoy accusing Washington of "political ill-intent."

Trump Intervenes In Mueller Probe, Ordering Release Of Carter Page FISA Application, Comey Texts

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:53

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has intervened in an ongoing investigation

Trump administration says US to accept just 30,000 refugees in 2019 - a third of the historic average

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:32

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for the 2019 fiscal year, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. "We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers," Mr Pompeo said in an announcement at the State Department. "These expansive figures continue the United States' long-standing record as the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration and assistance," he said. The refugee ceiling set last year of 45,000 was the lowest since 1980, when the modern refugee program was established. The United States is on track to admit only 22,000 refugees this year, about half the maximum allowed. It was not immediately clear whether the State Department and the Pentagon, which supported maintaining the cap at 45,000, changed their position as the debate proceeded or failed to persuade the White House. US President Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 promising tight restrictions on immigration, and his administration has sharply reduced refugee admissions through executive orders and closed-door decisions in the past year and a half. The International Rescue Committee, a charity that helps those who lives are impacted by disasters and conflicts, said that since 1980 the refugee admissions cap had averaged over 95,000 annually prior to this administration.  David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads up the groups, tweeted:  “The US is not only abdicating humanitarian leadership and responsibility-sharing in response to the worst global displacement and refugee crisis since WWII, but compromising critical strategic interests and reneging on commitments to allies and vulnerable populations.” 

Top ALEC Leader Has A U.S. Senate Seat In Her Sights

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:43

Hundreds of Republican state legislators are already members of the American

Accused serial killer and border patrol agent planned to 'commit suicide by cop' after murders, police say

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:18

New details have emerged surrounding Juan David Ortiz, the US Border Patrol supervisor accused of murdering multiple women in a vicious killing spree across Texas. Mr Ortiz "was going to try to commit suicide by cop," according to Webb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Federico Garza. The chief deputy told reporters Mr Ortiz "took advantage of this community, he had the trust of most of his victims, and he took that opportunity to commit this crime".

How To Help People Affected By Hurricane Florence

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 16:22

The tropical storm known as Florence has unleashed torrents of rain on the

Assad Has Won and America Must Go

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 16:22

What does Washington think it can accomplish in Syria?

Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh Amid Attempted Sexual Assault Allegation

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:22

President Donald Trump on Monday defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett

Democrats Welcome Chris Collins’ Decision To Stay On Ballot

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 15:22

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) plans to seek re-election despite being indicted

Kings Plaza fire: At least 21 injured as firefighters tackle blaze at Brooklyn shopping centre parking lot

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:54

Firefighters are tackling a massive fire that spread through a parking garage in Brooklyn, New York. The fire began before 9:00 a.m. local time near the Kings Plaza shopping centre in Brooklyn, erupting from a two-alarm to a seven-alarm emergency within an hour. Police and fire department officials did not respond to enquiries, and it was not immediately clear whether police suspected criminal intent or wrongdoing.

Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:37

Coca-Cola said Monday it is studying the use of a key ingredient in marijuana in "wellness beverages," as a growing number of mainstream companies develop cannabis-infused drinks. "We have no interest in marijuana or cannabis," Coca-Cola said in a statement. Cannabidiol is a chemical in marijuana that does not have the intoxicating effects of THC, the major active ingredient that causes the "high." It has been used to treat epilepsy and other maladies.

Why Idlib matters and the obstacles Assad faces there

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 14:34

The Syrian conflict has turned toward the northwestern Idlib region, where government preparations for a Russian-backed offensive have sparked a concerted Turkish diplomatic bid to prevent an attack. A major assault in Idlib, home to some three million people, could be more deadly and destructive than any other in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people since 2011. The U.N. is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe.

US, Russia clash at UN over North Korea sanctions

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:59

The United States on Monday accused Russia of "cheating" on UN sanctions against North Korea with plans for a railway project, oil transfers and ongoing business dealings with Pyongyang. Russia shot back and charged that Washington was blocking steps to foster cooperation between North and South Korea and using a UN sanctions committee "as a select channel to punish" North Korea.

Rising floodwaters, potential dam failures threaten North Carolina communities in Florence's wake

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:16

Some communities in North Carolina are now faced with rising floodwaters and potential dam failures in Florence’s wake.

Barn-find Porsche 901 makes post-restoration debut

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:06

An early production run Porsche 901 spent decades rotting away in a barn. After three years of restoration, it's driving again, competing in the Hamburg-Berlin Classic rally

How to help Florence victims

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00

Five ways you can contribute to storm relief efforts right now.

U.S. pushes back national wireless alert test to Oct. 3

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:40

The test message was originally scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)on Thursday but is being pushed back to the same time on Oct. 3 because of response efforts to Tropical Depression Florence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement. FEMA, which will send the alert, said last week that the messages would bear the headline “Presidential Alert,” and that phones will make a loud tone and have a special vibration. The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out.

Why Meghan Markle Is Throwing Her Support Behind a Charity Cookbook

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:32

Titled "Together Our Community Cookbook," it gathers 50 recipes from around the world.