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Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1m in first 24 hours, smashing Bernie Sanders' record

Stunning sum is more than every other Democratic challenger who has disclosed their first-day totals The former Texas congressman, like Sanders and some of his other colleagues, has shunned Pac donations of any kind. Photograph: Kathy Willens/APDemocratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m during the first 24 hours of his official run for the White House, his campaign announced on Monday.The stunning sum is more than rival Bernie Sanders and every other 2020 Democratic rival wh...
Tags: New York, Texas, News, Minnesota, Maryland, Congress, Colorado, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Iraq, India, US, Barack Obama, Syria


Here's a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

Earth is now the warmest it's been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years. The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it's understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here's a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of...
Tags: Texas, Science, California, Washington, White House, China, India, New York City, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, United States, Harvard University, International Space Station, House, Antarctica


New Zealand shooting: Brenton Tarrant charged after 50 killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed across two mosques​ PM Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws Suspect appears in court charged with murder Everything we know about the shooter Brenton Tarrant The victims: Afghan refugee viewed country as 'slice of paradise' Tech giants told 'enough is enough' after shooting live-streamed  Everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, London, News, Instagram, Wales, Australia, White House, India, US, Afghanistan, Hungary, West, Canada


Potential presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visits West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD — South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, expressed optimism about his chances for victory Thursday night in West Hollywood. “The path is narrow, but I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t see a path,” Buttigieg told Fox11 at what his staff called a “meet and greet” at Bar Lubitsch. “What we found is, if we get in front of people, they respond.” The not-yet-a-candidate’s name is pronounced “BOOT-edge-edge.” The appr...
Tags: Politics, Hollywood, News, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Cnn, Afghanistan, Soccer, Harvard University, Beverly Hills, Warren, Smith, Los Angeles City Council, Presidential Election


Trump joins condemnation of New Zealand mosque shooting – live

Sarah Sanders says the US ‘strongly condemns’ attack as president tweets his ‘warmest sympathy and best wishes’Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.21pm GMT The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.The Associates Press reports: Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last Septe...
Tags: Republicans, Israel, US, Barack Obama, US news, Afghanistan, Democrats, United States, US politics, International criminal court, New Zealand, US Congress, Donald Trump, Icc, Trump, Michelle


U.S. to revoke visas for International Criminal Court staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last September by national security adviser John Bolton, said […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, World, Afghanistan, Nation, United States, International criminal court, State, John Bolton, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Nation & World Politics


Venezuela: Guaidó under investigation for 'sabotage' of power grid

Thursday’s blackout left most of Venezuela in the darkUS pulls staff as Maduro accuses Trump of ‘demonic’ plot Venezuelans head to collect water from a sewage canal at the river Guaire in Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro has alleged a US attack crippled the country’s electrical system. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images Venezuela’s chief prosecutor has asked the country’s supreme court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaidó for alleged involvement in the “sabotage...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, US, Syria, Cnn, Afghanistan, Britain, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Saab, Trump, Caracas, Maduro


Pete Buttigieg comes to Claremont to campaign for president – and talk about big ideas

Cheers greeted Pete Buttigieg when he took the stage at Scripps College in Claremont. “Wow! It’s like you’re (polling) at 2 percent,” quipped political journalist Peter Hamby, who interviewed Buttigieg in an hourlong public event Wednesday night, Feb. 27. Actually, 2 percent might be an uptick. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana (population 102,000), Buttigieg wasn’t even listed in a November poll of Democratic presidential candidates conducted by POLITICO/Morning Consult. “You start from zero and...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Washington, White House, Elizabeth Warren, America, Sport, Indiana, Snapchat, Afghanistan, Harvard, Soccer, Medicare, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Puerto Rico


What Democrats running for president in 2020 have said about big tech

Artificial intelligence, automation, tech monopolies, and privacy are bound to be contentious issues in the 2020 presidential election. Many Democrats who have announced bids have already made their opinions on big tech known.  Senator Bernie Sanders played a significant role in getting Amazon to pay its workers $15 an hour, while Cory Booker once took a $100 million donation while he was mayor of Newark from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Here is what Democrats running for president in 2020 ha...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York, Navy, Washington Post, Virginia, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, Trends, Afghanistan, New Jersey, Newark


US Ambassador To Canada Becoming Frontrunner For UN Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. They say President Donald Trump has been advised that Cr...
Tags: Transportation, New York, News, Washington, Kentucky, White House, Germany, US, Ap, Afghanistan, Canada, United Nations, Venezuela, Craft, Fox News, Michigan


U.S. commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

By MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup...
Tags: New York, Isis, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Sport, World news, Syria, Afghanistan, Soccer


Despite What Trump Will Say At SOTU, US Officials Fear ISIS Just Laying Low

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six mon...
Tags: New York, Isis, News, Congress, Washington, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Barack Obama, Syria, Ap, Afghanistan, Pentagon, State Department, Donald Trump, Defense Department


Is free expression online threatened by content removal?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


Is free expression online threatened?

U.S. laws regulating online speech offer broad protections for internet intermediaries.Despite this, companies typically follow a "better safe than sorry" approach to protect against legal action or loss of reputation. Silencing contentious opinions can have detrimental effects, such as social exclusion and negating reconciliation. None Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. At the tender age of five, she joined her parents on Westboro's now notorious picket lines. She held ...
Tags: Google, Politics, Law, Internet, Democracy, Government, Society, Afghanistan, United States, Innovation, Dmca, Columbia University, Speech, UC Berkeley, Matthew Prince, Public Spaces


Donald Trump will pledge to 'bridge old divisions' in 'bipartisan' State of Union speech

Donald Trump will pledge to “bridge old divisions” and “heal old wounds” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday as he plays up the need for bipartisanship to solve America’s problems.  Speaking in the House of Representatives, which is now controlled by his political opponents the Democrats, the US president is expected to call for congressmen to work across party lines.  Mr Trump will name reducing prescription drugs prices and approving billions of dollars in new government spending on i...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, Mexico, White House, China, US, America, Syria, Afghanistan, Canada, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro


‘I’m Not Telegraphing Anything’: Trump Defends Talk Of Troop Withdrawals

President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke about his stated plans to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan, but denied that he was “telegraphing” the military’s plans, an attack he himself used frequently against former President Barack Obama. “I’m not telegraphing anything,” Trump told CBS’ Margaret Brennan, according to a transcript of the interview published by CBS News. “When President Obama pulled out of Iraq in theory we had Iraq,” Trump continued. “In other words, we had Iraq...
Tags: News, Obama, Cbs News, Senate, Iraq, Barack Obama, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Taliban, Donald Trump, Trump, Brennan, Iraq Trump, Matt Shuham, CBS Margaret Brennan


White House Memo: Why Did Soviets Invade Afghanistan? Documents Offer History Lesson for Trump

President Trump claimed the Soviet Union went to war in 1979 to battle terrorists. But a newly published cable underscores Moscow’s fear that Afghanistan would switch loyalties to the West.
Tags: News, White House, Reagan, Afghanistan, Terrorism, Moscow, Trump, Carter, Soviet Union, Jimmy, Brzezinski, Brezhnev, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Zbigniew, United States International Relations


US reiterates 'all options on the table' as John Bolton accidentally flashes plans for troops to Venezuela border

US National Security Advisor John Bolton was photographed on Monday holding a notepad that included the handwritten line: "5,000 troops to Colombia." Bolton spoke to White House reporters while holding the yellow notepad and discussing the crisis in Venezuela, where the US now recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president. It was not until after the briefing that observers spotted the black scrawl. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a US official said "we are n...
Tags: News, White House, US, Colombia, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Pentagon, Bolton, John Bolton, McNamee Getty, Southern Command, Juan Guaido


Best Picture noms filming locations

Every year between November and February, all of Hollywood glams up for the red carpet, and the rest of us kick back on a couch with the television on to watch it all unfold and judge. The Academy Awards is one of the most prestigious awards anyone in the film industry can receive, and as the oldest entertainment awards ceremony, all similar ceremonies, such as the Emmy and Grammy awards, are made in its image. Of all the Oscars a film can receive, Best Picture is typically the race everyone ...
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UN court judge quits The Hague citing political interference

Christoph Flügge warns over ‘shocking’ moves by Trump administration and TurkeyA senior judge has resigned from one of the UN’s international courts in The Hague citing “shocking” political interference from the White House and Turkey.Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the US had threatened judges after moves were made to examine the conduct of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Afghanistan, United Nations, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Hague, Trump, John Bolton, Trump Administration


International criminal court judge quits citing political interference

Christoph Flügge warns over ‘shocking’ moves by Trump administration and TurkeyA senior judge has resigned from one of the UN’s international criminal courts in The Hague citing “shocking” political interference from the White House and Turkey.Christoph Flügge, a German judge, claimed the US had threatened judges after moves were made to examine the conduct of US soldiers in Afghanistan. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Afghanistan, United Nations, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Hague, Trump, John Bolton, Trump Administration


Foreign troops 'to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal,' Taliban officials say

Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed. The details were given to Reuters by Taliban sources at the end of six days of talks with U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Qatar aimed at ending the United States' longest war. While neither side released an official statement, Khalilzad tweeted later that the talks had made "significant progres...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, China, Islamic State, Qatar, Afghanistan, United States, Taliban, Nato, Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Donald Trump, Doha, Reuters, U S State Department


Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union until shutdown ends

By KEVIN FREKING, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded Wednesday night that “no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber.” He said he was not looking for an alternate option after Pelosi s...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Uncategorized, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, House, Jimmy Carter, The White House, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi


Trump tells Pelosi he plans to deliver State of Union next week in House chamber as planned

By JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump made clear Wednesday that he intends to deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress next week, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter that there are no security concerns stemming from the government shutdown and “therefore I will be honoring your invitation.” Pelosi had asked Trump to postpone the Jan. 29 address. But Trump wrote back: “It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not de...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Uncategorized, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, House, House Of Representatives, Fox News


Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Joins 2020 Presidential Race

WASHINGTON — Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Ind. and Afghanistan veteran, launched a longshot bid for the White House on Wednesday by forming a presidential exploratory committee. If he were to win the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay man to do so. In an announcement video where he […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, White House, Afghanistan, SOUTH BEND Ind, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, President Trump, 2020 Presidential Race


The Unfinished Business of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Imam Zaid Shakir

During these days many in this country are commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. While most remember Dr. King for his soaring oration, symbolized by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before a sweltering throng at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963, Dr. King was far more than a moving orator. He was a formidable intellectual, an effective organizer and a passionate advocate for the freedom of his people. These qualities combined with...
Tags: Politics, Leadership, Iraq, India, Religion, Evil, Society, War, Chicago, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Palestine, Islam, Civil Rights, Manhattan


A wall of counterintelligence secrecy could stand for decades

Lately, all our political controversies seem to involve a wall. The government is shut down by the fight over funding for a wall on the southern border, with President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dug in for trench warfare. She pulled the plug on his State of the Union address. He canceled her flight to Afghanistan. You can almost hear the 2020 election galloping toward us and the prospects for peace running off into the distance. But the other wall, which may turn out to be even ...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Barack Obama, Sport, Fbi, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Nancy


Trump Makes Second Ever Visit To Dover, Pays Tribute To Americans Killed In Syria

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump was paying tribute Saturday to the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week as he set off to Dover Air Force Base for the return of their remains. The trip was not listed on the president’s public schedule that was released Friday night, but he tweeted the news before his Saturday morning departure from the White House. “Will be leaving for Dover to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives...
Tags: Isis, News, Navy, Washington, White House, Islamic State, Defense, Turkey, Syria, Ap, Afghanistan, Gop, Pentagon, St Louis, Yemen, Donald Trump


Trump plans ‘major announcement’ on Saturday on shutdown, border  

By LISA MASCARO, ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’ll make a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues. The White House did not immediately provide details on Friday about what the president would be announcing, but a person familiar with the planning said Trump planned to outline a new deal with specific proposals that the administration bel...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Iraq, Immigration, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, House, Switzerland, Associated Press, State Department, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump


Pelosi cancels Afghanistan trip, citing Trump 'leak'

The allegation, if true, was extraordinary: The White House, in leaking the travel plans of members of Congress, put the safety of the speaker of the House in jeopardy.
Tags: Congress, White House, Afghanistan, House, Trump, Pelosi



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