Sunday, February 17, 2019

By Haaretz, Feb. 17, 2019

In a video Netanyahu uploaded to his YouTube page countries like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia say Iran blocked path to solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By CNN, Feb. 15, 2019

Munich, Germany (CNN)The head of Britain's MI6 intelligence agency has warned of a resurgence of al Qaeda in Syria's ungoverned areas.

In a rare on-the-record meeting with journalists on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Alex Younger, known as "C" or Chief in Britain's foreign intelligence service, also warned that even as ISIS nears territorial defeat in Syria, the terror group has "managed to morph and reconstitute ... in a more traditional, asymmetric threat."

By Times Of India, Feb. 15, 2019

WASHINGTON: The Trump White House on Friday bluntly asked Is .. 

By CNBC, Feb. 15, 2019

Two weeks into the 2019 tax season, people filing their taxes are still getting back less money than they have in the past.

Refunds dropped 8.7 percent over the first two weeks of filing season, the Internal Revenue Service reports. The average refund this year so far has been $1,949, compared with $2,135 during the same two-week period a year ago.

By ABC News, Feb. 15, 2019

A bill proposing that adults don't need a permit to carry a concealed firearm is one step closer to passing in Kentucky.

If it passes in the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives, Kentucky will become the third state to pass such a law in recent weeks.

By Daily Wire, Feb. 15, 2019

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail, Oscar winner Jon Voight fiercely defended his new film, “Roe v. Wade,” which has triggered ferocious backlash from pro-abortion advocates. Although the move is not due to be released until March, criticism has abounded from pro-abortion advocates, prompting Voight to passionately defend the film, which was shot privately because the flimmakers sensed there would be huge outrage from pro-abortion advocates.

By The Guardian, Feb. 15, 2019

The fashion director of the Brazilian edition of Vogue has resigned after photos from her 50th birthday party drew criticism for evoking colonial depictions of slavery.

Images from the party showed Donata Meirelles, who is white, sitting on a throne-like seat flanked by four black women dressed in white at the celebration in Bahia, the Brazilian state with the largest black population.

By WND, Feb. 16, 2019

A veteran who was arrested for buying and carrying bug spray and light bulbs in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, is suing local and state police for their actions, claiming they violated the Fourth Amendment.

The case is being handled by the Rutherford Institute.

By CNN Feb. 07, 2019

Prominent people in the worlds of politics and entertainment have gotten into hot water for wearing blackface long before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring recently admitted to it.

Blackface dates back nearly 200 years, when white performers started darkening their faces with polish and cork to mock enslaved Africans in minstrel shows. These displays depicted black people as lazy, ignorant, cowardly or hypersexual. It was racist and offensive then and still is today.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

By Washington Examiner, Feb. 15, 2019

President Trump cares what Ann Coulter thinks, and he proved it Friday by pretending he doesn’t.

After Trump said he was declaring a national emergency on the southern border, a reporter asked him what influence conservatives in the media had in his decision. He expressed admiration for Rush Limbaugh being able to talk for three hours and thanked Sean Hannity for all his support. But then he got to Coulter.

By NBC News, Feb. 16, 2019

LONDON — The year 2100 may be inconceivable to today’s lawmakers, but for children it’s a date within their lifetimes that is fueling anger and anxiety.

Thousands of children chanting “Save our planet!” descended on Parliament Square in London Friday as part of a school strike movement that has swept across Europe in recent months to demand action on climate change.

By ABC News, Feb. 14, 2019

CHICAGO -- Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

By SacBee, Feb. 15, 2019

California plans to sue over President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the Mexico border, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

If filed, the lawsuit would mark the state’s 46th legal challenge to Trump administration policies. This time, Newsom said, the state intends to contest Trump’s use of executive power for what the governor calls a manufactured crisis at the border.

By NPR, Feb. 15, 2019

California plans to sue the Trump administration over the president's emergency declaration to fund construction of a border wall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom joined state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to decry Trump's plan at a news conference Friday. They also hinted that a multistate lawsuit against the administration was imminent.

"Donald Trump, we'll see you in court," Newsom said.

By CNN, Feb. 16, 2019

Washington (CNN)Prosecutors said for the first time that they have evidence of Roger Stone communicating with WikiLeaks, according to a new court filing from special counsel prosecutors.

During its investigation of the Russian hack of the Democrats, "the government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release," the prosecutors wrote Friday to a federal judge.

By Bleacher Report, Feb. 14, 2019

For the first time in 12 years, LeBron James could enter a postseason with no real chance at winning an NBA title. 

After failing to trade for Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers' biggest moves at the Feb. 7 deadline were to add veteran shooting guard Reggie Bullock and power forward Mike Muscala, sacrificing promising young center Ivica Zubac in the process. 

By CBS News, Feb. 06, 2019

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A DART police officer shot in the July 7, 2016 ambush in downtown Dallas is now suing Twitter, Facebook and Google, alleging the social media companies aided in radicalizing the gunman.

Five officers died in the shooting.

Officer Jesus Retana was one of nine other people injured.

By Military Times, Feb. 14, 2019

The Islamic State’s physical territory has dwindled to a ramshackle camp only a few square kilometers wide in eastern Syria’s Deir Ez Zor province. But as the so-called caliphate’s end nears, questions remain about what will become of the roughly 1,000 ISIS fighters who have been detained by U.S. troops and local allies.

While some of the ISIS detainees are front-lines troops and untrained cannon fodder, a significant cohort of them are also more capable militants trained as external operation planners and master bomb makers who pose a threat to the U.S. and its allies.

By Daily Mail, Feb. 14, 2019

From going without a host to handing out key awards during commercial breaks, to a quickly nixed idea for a popular film category -- Oscar organizers are struggling to keep Hollywood's biggest night relevant while dealing with a string of messy controversies.

With less than two weeks to go before the February 24 gala, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been weathering the latest debacle over four awards to be presented off-air -- a decision many in the industry have denounced as "stupid" and "disrespectful."

By Huff Post, Feb. 15, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) earned praise from “drug justice” advocates after criticizing a growing marijuana legalization and business model that is paving the way for white male investors to reap major profits after minorities spent decades in prisons for selling pot.

She made her comments during a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing this week on banking services for the burgeoning cannabis industry as more states legalize the sale and use of marijuana.

Friday, February 15, 2019

By France 24, Feb.14, 2019

The general leading US special operations forces cautioned Thursday against talk of "winning" against the Islamic State group in Syria, where the jihadists are fighting to defend a last scrap of territory.

President Donald Trump in December declared victory over IS, saying the US had "beaten them badly" and "we have won" as he announced the 2,000 or so American troops -- most of them special forces commandos -- would withdraw from the country.

By Chicago Tribune, Feb. 14, 2019

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks advocacy group.

U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey is hearing arguments Thursday in Chicago on a key motion by city attorneys to toss a lawsuit by Protect Our Parks that aims to halt the Obama Presidential Center from ever being built in the selected location.

By Haaretz, Feb. 15, 2019

WARSAW - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau uploaded to the premier's official YouTube page a video in which Arab leaders can be heard endorsing Netanyahu's message that Iran poses the biggest threat...

By The Sun, Feb. 14, 2019

From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly becoming a part of the global conversation about the future of sex and relationships.

Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure – with a few already on the market.