President Vladimir Putin has expressed deep opposition to the idea of
Sweden joining NATO, calling its potential membership of the U.S.-led
alliance a “threat” that would need to be “eliminated.”
Sweden joins NATO this will affect our relations in a negative way
because we will consider that the infrastructure of the military bloc
now approaches us from the Swedish side,” Putin told state news agency
Itar-Tass. “We will interpret that as an additional threat for Russia
and we will think about how to eliminate this threat.”
One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Mueller's team, sources tell ABC News.
The recent departure of the FBI veteran, Peter Strzok, is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that, by all public accounts, is charging full steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller's team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort. And the week before that, ABC News confirmed that Mueller is now using a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., to collect documents and other evidence.
On Wednesday, after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday, former CNN host Piers Morgan weighed in as to whether Nazis had the right of free speech in America:
Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, who had a well-known debate with Morgan in January 2013 over the right to bear arms in America in which Shapiro handed him a copy of the U.S. Constitution, had a ready response:
Nearly nine out of 10 black teenagers said racism has little impact on their day-to-day lives, according to a Time-CNN poll released Sunday.
But the survey also found more than half of all teenagers - 62 percent of blacks and 58 whites - believe racism is "a big problem."Specifically asked about racism in their own lives, 89 percent of black teenagers said racism was "a small problem" or "not a problem at all."
Waving his ordained mantle, he draws riches from human misery.
And now, following Saturday's horrific events in Charlottesville, Va., Rev. Al Sharpton has popped up again. Writing in the Guardian, Sharpton promised to lead responsive action for the atrocity that has occurred. He is "mobilizing from the ground up and gathering in the nation's capital on 28 August for a Ministers March for Justice."
As I often noted, you could tell when President Obama’s heart was in it. You will recall his riff on businessmen and greater society: “You didn’t build that.” Obama was impassioned. His heart was in it.
In his 2008 debates with John McCain, Obama mouthed some platitudes — “Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock, and the Golden Rule!” (I’ve borrowed that from Meredith Willson.) He mouthed them perfunctorily. Obligatorily. I could almost hear David Axelrod say, “Now, Senator, you must say these things in order to be elected! It’s expected.” To me, Obama sometimes looked like he was making a hostage video. I could almost see him blinking T-O-R-T-U-R-E.
While the events on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, represent a new height in the increasing racial tensions in America, the racism exhibited by people in this country is nothing new.
While I could easily point to our history of slavery, and the blatant racism seen during the civil rights era as perfect examples of America’s history with racism, it’s the recent past that fascinates me. It, unlike the racism this country has previously conquered, has a different flavor to it.
Fox News host Shepard Smith said Wednesday that the network tried and failed to get a Republican on-air to defend President Trump's controversial comments on violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend
"Our booking team — and they're good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today," Smith said on his show "Shepard Smith Reporting."
You may recall reporter Sharyl Attkisson's battle with CBS over what she called biased coverage. Attkisson, who often pursued stories on Obama administrations scandals like Fast and Furious and Benghazi, insisted that CBS had blocked her from airtime. She resigned in 2014 and wrote a book about her experience, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington," in which she described her alienation.
Cable news made the former wizard of the KKK quite visible in Charlottesville, at what planners billed as the largest gathering of the "alt-right community." The "Unite the Right" rally encouraged the like-minded to go to and demonstrate in Charlottesville, Virginia. Counter-protesters, of course, showed up, and many violent clashes ensued. When the dust settled, a woman had been killed and 19 injured when a suspect apparently intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people, although the matter remains under investigation. Two police officers died when their patrol helicopter crashed.
Duke got considerable airtime in Charlottesville. Never mind that the last time he was taken even remotely seriously was in 1991 when he ran for governor of Louisiana. Not a single Republican congressional lawmaker supported him. Mary Matalin, chief of staff of the Republican National Committee, said: "He is not a Republican. We never considered him a Republican. There will be no involvement in his campaign whatsoever." He lost by a large margin. He sought office four more times, losing each race. He also served time for mail fraud and tax evasion.
President George Herbert Walker Bush issued this scathing dismissal: "When someone asserts the Holocaust never took place, then I don't believe that person ever deserves one iota of public trust. When someone has so recently endorsed Nazism, it is inconceivable that someone can reasonably aspire to a leadership role in a free society."
Were it not for cable news digging Duke up from time to time, he'd probably be working road construction under an assumed name in Kalamazoo.
Can we agree to denounce all bigots -- whether a David Duke or Maxine Waters or Rev. Al Sharpton? After all, Waters called President Donald Trump's cabinet members "scumbags" and said, "I've never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful as he is." She recently even called Democrat Alan Dershowitz a "racist."
As for Sharpton, he has a long list of racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic comments that in a rational world would long ago have consigned him to the ash bin of history. This is the man who, among many outrages over his career as a "civil rights activist," falsely accused a white man of raping a black teenager and to this day has never apologized. He helped to incite three days of anti-Semitic rioting in Crown Heights, New York, a tragedy that one Columbia University professor called "a modern-day pogrom." Yet this bigot who whipped up the Crown Heights atmosphere by bellowing, "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house," somehow visited the Obama White House, according to The Washington Post, 72 times during Obama's first six years.
But it's Trump aide Steven Bannon whom Trump critics malign as an "anti-Semite."
After the violence in Charlottesville, Trump issued a statement denouncing "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." But he got hammered for "not calling out" the white nationalist groups by name and for assigning blame to both sides. Critics accused Trump of making a "moral equivalence" -- equating white nationalists and Nazi sympathizers to those who oppose them. Normal people thought he meant both sides of the people fighting in the streets. But Trump's critics accused him of equating Nazis with anti-Nazis -- or something like that. So he issued another statement.
Trump said: "Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
Critics then called it too little, too late, especially coming from the man they consider the bigot in chief. Had Trump called out the bad guys by name, critics would've blasted him for not giving out their Social Security numbers, too.
The bigot in the White House actually got a smaller share of the white vote than did Mitt Romney in 2012, while getting a larger percentage of the black, Hispanic and Asian votes than Romney did. Apparently blacks, Hispanics and Asians are too stupid to realize that they voted for a man who, right in front of them, reached out to people who hate them. Apparently, the white racists that Trump reached out to are too stupid to realize they've attached themselves to a guy who is attracting the very people that white racists hate -- people of color.
Two related "race" themes, fervently believed by the left, drive this hatred for Trump. First, the left believes, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that whites' anti-black racism remains a major problem -- even after America became the only predominantly white country in the world to elect a black person to lead it. Second, they believe that Trump won by catering to white racists. Neither is true. But the left's desire to embrace these two narratives is, to them, much like climate change. It's settled science.
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would streamline the approval process for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges and offices by eliminating a planning step related to climate change and flood dangers.
Speaking in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Trump said that the approval process for projects was “badly broken” and that the nation’s infrastructure was a “massive self-inflicted wound on our country.” Trump said that “no longer” would there be “one job-killing delay after another” for new projects. But he did not provide any proposal on how his much-promised infrastructure program would be financed or what it would include.
I want to say this at the outset. As a young boy, Martin Luther King, Mohammed Ali, and the Temptations were my heroes. I am not a racist, and indeed I cherish among my many friends Alan Keyes, Larry Elder, and Armstrong Williams, all African-American conservatives and libertarians who, like me, believe that all of us — ironically in the words of our Founding Father and second American President Thomas Jefferson, who hailed from Charlottesville, Virginia, and his nearby estate at Monticello — are equal under God. And, as Jewish Christian, I have a personal stake in making sure that the Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists who perpetrated the heinous deadly car attack in Virginia this last weekend go severely punished, as attorney general Jeff Sessions correctly pledged.
It’s no secret that black conservatives are not well received by the mainstream white media establishment and that most black journalists working in that community reflect the liberal progressive ideology of their bosses.
They have something else in common: they are as obsessed with "hate Trump" mania as they were with the "worship Obama" mania of the past eight years.
President Trump’s question to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of tearing down historical monuments has been answered by a Chicago pastor: “It’s time.”
Bishop James E. Dukes of Chicago’s Liberation Christian Center made headlines in the Windy City on Wednesday for calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to rename Washington Park and remove a statue of the first U.S. president over his ties to slavery. Mr. Dukes told his Facebook flock that “it’s time” after Mr. Trump sparred with reporters over efforts to expunge Civil War-era monuments from existence.
Robert E. Lee wasn't a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
That doesn't change the fact that his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against the picturesque town where Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. The statue of Lee was already slated for removal by the city, but the Battle of Charlottesville should be an inflection point in the broader debate over Confederate statuary.