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Parents of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich sue Fox News

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:44

The parents of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich are suing Fox News after the network reported baseless stories claiming that Rich's death was connected to a Wikileaks cover-up. These reports were later retracted.

Survivors of Vietnam's My Lai massacre remember 'darkness and silence'

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:12

By James Pearson and Minh Nguyen QUANG NGAI, Vietnam (Reuters) - It took Pham Thi Thuan a while before she could muster the courage to fetch water from across the ditch where 170 of her neighbors, most of them women and children, were killed by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. It was the worst recorded U.S. war crime committed in Vietnam, but preparations for a 50th anniversary ceremony at the site, now a memorial to the victims, are low key. Because of those better relations, Vietnam is not dwelling on the pain of the past, a senior Vietnamese government official told Reuters.

The Artifice of the Deal

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:00

Trump isn’t really a man of action. He’s a man of artifice. He talks and he talks and he talks, the world’s foremost expert on dominating a news cycle, knowing all along that by the time we realize none of it’s real, he’ll have ushered us along to whatever’s next.

Front Bench: Britain has made its move against Russia, now it awaits the reaction

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:40

Today's Front Bench focuses on the Government's response to Russia.  A sample of the email is below. If you like what you see, sign up here. Don't forget to vote in the poll and leave your reasoning in the comments below. The best responses will feature in this afternoon's Brexit Briefing. Theresa May set out Britain’s response to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter yesterday after the deadline for Russia to respond came and went. The reaction to the Prime Minister's announcements was mixed, with a strong statement by America at the United Nations in support of Mrs May but far cooler words from France. Jeremy Corbyn found himself in hot water again after refusing to condemn Russia in the Commons, while his spokesman went further and claimed the UK's intelligence had been "problematic" in the past. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson will make a major speech in Bristol this morning where he will reveal plans to offer an anthrax vaccination to troops. Planned restraint ​ Some felt the Prime Minister could have gone further yesterday when she announced 23 Russian diplomats will be forced to leave the country but stopped short of widespread financial sanctions. There was, however, solid logic to this. May and her advisers are likely to have had three issues in mind when putting together the response. First, the need for due process. The UK can’t be seen to arbitrarily confiscate assets and private property. Second, Downing Street will have wanted to hold some options back in case further measures are needed. Third, there is a desire to build international backing – hence the PM’s clear effort in the Commons yesterday to frame the issue around the unprecedented, highly illegal use of a nerve agent on British soil. Building a coalition ​ There was plenty of progress on building mutual support but at least one significant setback. Last night Britain put its case to the UN Security Council (on which Russia sits and has a veto). The US ambassador Nikki Hayley came out strongly in the UK’s favour and, in a line perfectly aligned with the UK’s diplomatic strategy, warned that without “immediate concrete measures" ... “[nerve agents] could be used here in New York or in cities of any country that sits on this council." There were contrarian voices, however. The Times splashes on the equivocation of French President Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman, who accused May of "fantasy politics" and said France would wait until “the elements are proven” before making any decisions. That echoed the line Jeremy Corbyn took in the Commons yesterday which has proved less than popular (see story below). The French stance may shift, with the PM set to speak to Macron directly today. Enter Williamson ​ Meanwhile, Gavin Williamson will deliver a key speech later. It was not originally planned as a response to Russia and the bigger picture is the ongoing review into defence spending, which has seen a steady stream of senior officers and politicians calling for more money for the UK’s defence. However, the Defence Secretary will use the Skripal poisoning to make clear the threat Russia poses to Britain. While calling for more funding for defence, he will announce nearly £50m for a new chemical weapons defence centre (planned well before the events in Salisbury), and that thousands of frontline troops will be vaccinated against anthrax. What does Moscow think? So far Russia has, unsurprisingly, cast doubt on Britain’s accusations, telling the security council that the Kremlin had done no research or development “under the name Novichok” and suggesting the whole thing is a British conspiracy to “tarnish” the country. A similar sentiment was expressed to The Telegraph by a “trusted representative” of Vladimir Putin. Evgenny Primakov Jr. said that he was “absolutely certain” the attack was performed by the UK or US to discredit Russia’s presidential election on Sunday. That attempt at misinformation will likely form just one part of a wider fightback against UK measures. There are already fears of an escalation in tit-for-tat expulsions now that Britain has ordered 23 Russian diplomats, believed to be undeclared agents, to leave the UK. In 2017, when the US increased sanctions on Russia, Putin responded by ordering the expulsion of 755 US diplomats. The Prime Minister may well need those measures she held back on. Like what you read? Want more? Sign up for the Front Bench newsletter direct to your inbox every weekday morning. It has all the best political analysis like that above and much more. Sign up here

A Missing Nobel Prize Winner Has Been Found Wandering a Rural Road in a Daze

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 02:42

His wife was also found dead, but authorities do not suspect foul play

Dylann Roof's Sister Accused Of Having Weapons At School During National Walkouts

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 01:08

The younger sister of Dylann Roof, the convicted mass murderer who killed nine

Here Are Barack Obama's 2018 March Madness Picks

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 22:24

The time has come.

At A Troubled School In The Bronx, The Student Walkout Was A Miss

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 22:05

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, teenagers in more than 3,000 high schools across the

Oklahoma to Use Nitrogen for Death Row Inmates Following Several Botched Executions

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:51

Oklahoma state leaders have announced nitrogen hypoxia will replace lethal injections for death row inmates.

Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:10

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After trying unsuccessfully for months to obtain lethal injection drugs, Oklahoma officials said Wednesday they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the gas to carry out capital punishment.

Democrats Projected To Win Pennsylvania District That Went Heavily For Trump

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:10

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. ― Democrat Conor Lamb defeated Republican Rick Saccone

Death of puppy on United flight prompts U.S. agency probe

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 18:10

U.S. Senator John Kennedy, who earlier on Wednesday sent a letter to United Airlines President Scott Kirby demanding information on the high number of animals that have died in the carrier's care, wrote on Twitter that he planned to file a bill on Thursday that would prohibit airlines from putting animals in overhead bins. Kennedy, in his letter, said United's "pattern of animal deaths and injuries is simply inexcusable." He cited figures from the Transportation Department that of the 24 animals that died on U.S. carriers last year, 18 were on United flights.

Pennsylvania Congressional Upset Undercuts GOP Messaging On Tax Law

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:55

WASHINGTON ― Early in their efforts to push through tax reform last year,

White nationalist leader faces battery charges in Indiana

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:41

PAOLI, Ind. (AP) — A white nationalist arrested for physically harassing a woman protesting at a 2016 Donald Trump rally is accused of attacking his wife and her stepfather in southern Indiana.

Jeremy Corbyn accused of being an 'apologist' for Kremlin as his MPs turn on him over claims British intelligence is 'problematic'

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 16:23

Jeremy Corbyn was yesterday accused of being an "apologist for Russia" after suggesting Moscow may not be responsible for a nerve agent attack, as furious Labour MPs turned on him in the House of Commons.  The Labour leader and his spokesman Seumas Milne repeatedly failed to accept that Russia is responsible for the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter and later called British intelligence "problematic", warning another state could be to blame.  Labour MPs called for Mr Milne's resignation last night with one branding his behaviour "deplorable", while a shadow minister warned his comments showed a "complete lack of understanding of the mood of Parliament and the British people".  The remarks prompted John Woodcock, the Labour chair of the backbench defence committee, and a group of his parliamentary colleagues, to table a formal motion throwing his support behind the Prime Minister in defiance of their leader.  Corbyn or the Russian Embassy | Who said what Mr Milne, who once traveled to Russia on a trip paid for by the Kremlin, was criticised by the Prime Minister after he said the record of British intelligence services was "problematic" following the Iraq war.  A furious Theresa May told MPs it was "shocking" and "outrageous" of Mr Corbyn's most senior aide to claim Russia may have been framed after the nerve agent fell into "random hands", while the defence secretary Gavin Williamson told this newspaper the remarks were "utterly deluded".  Security sources also reacted with anger, claiming Mr Milne would rather trust the Russian FSB than British MI6. Russian spy poisoning | Read more It came after Mrs May expelled 23 Russian diplomats and left MPs in no doubt of Russia's responsibility for the attack, which left Mr Skripal and his daughter in a critical state in hospital.  But speaking in the House of Commons Mr Corbyn, who was heavily criticised for failing to condemn Russia in his address on Monday, appeared to repeat demands made by the Russian Embassy on Twitter.  He asked Mrs May how she had responded to the Russian state's request for samples of the nerve agent used in the attack, just 24 hours after Moscow said it would not respond until it had been sent evidence of the toxin used.  And he drew cries of "disgrace" and "shame" as spoke of cuts to Britain's diplomatic service around the world. The Labour leader was forced to watch as his own MPs rounded on him publicly, offering their support for the Prime Minister and denouncing his failure to take a tough stand on Russian aggression.  He is understood to have been given a full security briefing under Privy Council terms before making the statement, suggesting he would have been shown the evidence presented by British security experts.  Conservative MP Mark Francois branded him "a CND badge-wearing apologist for the Russian state". In a briefing after the statement Mr Milne, who speaks for Mr Corbyn, told reporters that Labour does not believe there is enough evidence yet to blame the Russian state for the attack. Despite being given security briefings on the incident, the spokesman said: "The Government has access to information and intelligence on this matter which others don't. "However, also there is a history in relation to weapons of mass destruction and intelligence which is problematic, to put it mildly." Pressed on whether Moscow was being framed, he said the "overwhelming" evidence pointed to either the Russian state being responsible of losing control of the agent. Today @jeremycorbyn faced a simple test: would he condemn the Russian government for launching a chemical weapons attack on the UK, and back the actions of the British government? His failure to do so reveals where his loyalties lie.— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) March 14, 2018 But indicating another state could be involved he added: "If the material is from the Soviet period, the break up of the Soviet state led to all sorts of military material ending up in random hands." Labour MP Anna Turley later tweeted: "I'm afraid Seumas [Milne] doesn't speak for my Labour or British values." His words appear to echo the statement made by Russian MP Vitaly Milonov earlier this week when he said: "This poison is 50 years old. It’s not modern stuff. You can create this poison from any laboratory in Ukraine or other fake countries that are happy to help you.  "I think this is something to deal with in theatre or a James Bond movie.”

FBI Official Trump Loathes May Be Fired For Disclosing Info That Helped Trump's Campaign

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:40

WASHINGTON ― Andrew McCabe, who took over as acting head of the FBI after

House passes bill to prevent gun violence in schools in rare bipartisan vote

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 15:24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to increase federal funding of programs to help schools and local law enforcement prevent gun violence following last month's Florida school shooting that resulted in 17 deaths. By a rare bipartisan vote of 407-10, the House passed the bill, which does not allow any of the $50 million to be authorized annually to be used to arm teachers or other school officials. The full Senate has not yet considered the bill. ...

Pencil in Pa. election winner, but soon erase the district?

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:56

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pencil in Democrat Conor Lamb or Republican Rick Saccone as the next congressman in a U.S. House district in southwestern Pennsylvania. But erase their congressional district.

Parents Of 12-Year-Old Say Son Killed Himself After Being Bullied Over Sexuality

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:52

The parents of a 12-year-old Mississippi boy say he killed himself last week

Kendall Jenner Addresses Gay Rumors: 'I Have Literally Nothing To Hide'

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 14:32

Being part of the Kardashian-Jenner family means getting used to hearing