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Report: Israeli leader turned down regional peace initiative
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.
Haaretz reported that Netanyahu took part in a secret summit that Kerry organized in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba last February and included Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. According to the report, which cited anonymous Obama administration officials, Kerry proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state — a key Netanyahu demand — alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries. Netanyahu reportedly rejected the offer, saying he would not be able to garner enough support for it in his hard-line coalition government.
The initiative was also reportedly the basis of short-lived talks with opposition leader Isaac Herzog to join the government, a plan that quickly unraveled when Netanyahu chose to bring in nationalist leader Avigdor Lieberman instead and appoint him defense minister.
Arpaio successor pulls back on immigration holds in jails
It may violate a state law requiring law enforcement agencies to cooperate with ICE on immigration matters to the fullest extent of the law, opening the door for sanctions against the county if the move isn't rescinded,
The new rules come as President Donald Trump has issued executive orders demanding a tougher stance on immigration, carrying through on promises that were a centerpiece of the celebrity businessman's campaign.
Immigration officers have arrested hundreds of immigrants in the country illegally in the last week, including gang members, sex offenders and drug traffickers.
Immigrants say agents are also sweeping up people wanted on lesser offenses and tearing apart families.
The government says the actions are a continuation of policies during the presidency of Barack Obama, whose administration deported a record number of immigrants.
The actions and ensuing controversy are a replay of sorts from what happened in Phoenix over the last decade under Arpaio, who campaigned alongside Trump on several occasions.
Barcelona protest to support refugees draws thousands
the Catalan language - accused the Madrid government of dragging its feet over the issue.
They say it has not honoured its pledge made in 2015 to allow more than 17,000 refugees into Spain within two years.
Over that time, Spain has accepted only about 1,100 refugees.
Police gave the estimate of the turnout at Saturday's protest in the capital of Catalonia,
organised by the Our Home is Your Home group, with many denouncing the government for not living up to its promises. Protest organisers quoted
by local media said that as many as 300,000 people took part.
The route took them from the Barcelona city centre to the Mediterranean coast - an end-point seen as highly symbolic given the fact that about 5,000 refugees are estimated to have perished in the sea in 2016.
San Antonio area commander charged in the Navy’s worst bribery scandal in its history
Federal agents from California arrested Lt. Cmdr. Mario Herrera, 48, on Thursday at his Helotes home on a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery.
He is accused of accepting gifts, travel, sex from hookers and expensive meals from a company run by a corrupt contractor that gouged the Navy — and ultimately
U.S. taxpayers — multi-millions of dollars.
Leonard Glenn Francis, a
350-pound Malaysian known as “Fat Leonard,”
ran Glenn Defense Marine Asia in Singapore and pleaded guilty last year to bribing several Navy commanders in exchange for classified information on ship schedules for the Seventh Fleet.
Migrants Choose Arrest In Canada Over Staying In The U.S.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police are reporting a flurry of illegal crossings into Canada in recent months. Officials say Quebec province has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum, with many crossing in snowy,
remote areas in northern New York.
One illegal crossing area that has become particularly popular among immigrants is in Champlain, N.Y., in the northeast corner of the state. At the end of Roxham Road, there's a big dead end and a "Road Closed" sign — but there's also a very heavily trafficked, trodden route through the snow that goes over into Canada. From the ditch, the border is about 15 feet away, and the Mounties — the Canadian police — wait on their side for those who will cross the border next.
For the first three weeks I started the day repeating a mantra, "watch what he does, not what he says."
I've discarded that notion.
What Mr Trump says and how he says it is an important part of his presidency.
His rhetoric, both in person and Twitter, appeals to his supporters.
It's new and fresh and irreverent.
But one day it could also be his undoing. He is increasingly losing respect among key Republicans,
and he needs them to govern
This is my fourth American administration
and we've never seen anything like it for sheer non-stop drama. Lewinsky was a daily feast of slightly prudish titillation, but it was one story line, and in the end it was just sex.
China is suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of efforts to increase pressure on the country over its latest missile test. China's commerce ministry said the ban would operate until the end of 2017. It follows reports last week that China had rejected a shipment of North Korean coal worth $1m (£806,000; €942,100). The ban brings China, North Korea's only ally, closer to fully implementing tough sanctions aimed at stopping Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. Coal is North Korea's biggest export, with its shipments to China a mainstay of the country's fragile economy.
The latest development comes just days after the suspicious killing of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother, Kim Jong-nam, at an airport in Malaysia. Kim, who was largely estranged from his family, had spent much of his time overseas in the Chinese territory of Macau, where he was seen to have had the protection of China.
1 killed in Belgium train derailment
police in the town of Leuven said.
The emergency services at the scene have evacuated about 50 passengers, according to the national railway operator Infrabel. Some of them are seriously
Infrabel said in a statement that the accident took place at about 1:15 p.m.
local time as the train with about
100 people on board was traveling from Leuven toward Brussels,
The train derailed shortly after
Leuven station for reasons yet
to be determined, it said, and
one of the cars overturned.
Columbia University accidentally accepts, then rejects students
who applied to the master's program at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, a mistake by the Ivy League school meant applicants experienced both emotions,
in relatively quick succession. Columbia's admissions office accidentally informed the applicants Wednesday that they were accepted to the program, only to rescind the acceptance within an hour, the university said in a statement to CNN. The mistake was "due to human error," according to Columbia University Vice Dean for Education Julie Kornfeld.
Fox host Shepard Smith slams president, Trump supporters call for his head
Wisconsin students demand free tuition for black students
MADISON, Wis. — Black students should be offered free tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today, the student government said Wednesday.
The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that students from suburban high schools are overrepresented.
The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications restricts opportunities for the poor and thus upholds "white supremacy."
HUD official fired for criticizing Trump
(CNN)A political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development was fired for an op-ed he wrote before the election that criticized then-candidate Donald Trump, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
In an October op-ed for The Hill, Republican consultant Shermichael Singleton said Trump was taking the Republican Party to a "new moral low."
"We allowed that hostile takeover to happen on our watch," he wrote. "This individual recognized a moment of great disparity in the
Republican base and, like cancer, attacked and spread, consuming everything in his path."
Singleton's piece criticized Trump's rhetoric about African Americans during the campaign.
After the election, the 26-year-old worked with Ben Carson during his confirmation process to become HUD secretary. Singleton, who is African American, then joined the department as a senior adviser.
Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired-Up Over Health Care Are Waiting
As Republican lawmakers prepare to leave Washington for a weeklong congressional recess, liberal groups and Democratic Party organizers are hoping to make their homecoming as noisy and uncomfortable as possible.
But national organizers concede they are playing catch-up to a “dam-bursting level” of grass-roots activism that has bubbled up from street protests and the small groups that have swelled into crowds outside local congressional offices.
Protests against the Republican agenda have become routine since President Trump took office,
with momentum building through widely shared videos of lawmakers being confronted by constituents angry over efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, national groups see the recess as the chance to capitalize on that local activism, with a show of might aimed at declaring the arrival of a new, and sustainable, political force — barely three months after their humiliating defeat in November.
China grants Trump a trademark he's been seeking for a decade
The Chinese government has granted President Trump and his business something they had been seeking for more than a decade: trademark protection for the use of the Trump name in the construction industry.
Trump fought unsuccessfully in Chinese courts for years to try to gain control of the trademark, but his fortunes changed suddenly last year during the latter stages of his campaign for the White House.
China's trademark review board announced in September it had invalidated a rival claim for the Trump trademark, clearing the way for Trump to move in. In November, soon after the election, it awarded the trademark to the Trump Organization.
The trademark was officially registered this week after a three-month notice period for objections expired.
The sequence of events makes some ethics experts uncomfortable: Chinese authorities reversed their position as Trump's political star rose.
"I'd call this breach of Conflict of interest easily"
Russian media no longer dazzled by Trump
During the US election campaign, Russian state TV bulletins and pro-government newspapers portrayed him as some kind of David taking on the Goliath of a "corrupt… Russia-hating" Washington elite. They welcomed his calls for warmer US-Russian relations. They played down some of his more outlandish comments.
On Friday, Russia's most popular tabloid, Komsomolskaya Pravda, accused President Trump of making "contradictory" statements about Nato.
The paper points out: "(During the election campaign) Trump had called the Alliance obsolete and useless. Less than two months have passed since he moved into the Oval Office and he's already expressed full support for Nato.
"As the saying goes, you need to be drunk to understand the true position of America's president."
Tillerson 'tense, confused' Friday's edition of the Russian government paper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, notes: "Recently the White House has been making many contradictory and incompatible statements about the foreign policy direction of Trump's team, including issues that affect Russia's interests."
Comey meets Intel senators amid uproar over Trump-Russia ties
FBI Director James B. Comey met with lawmakers from the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Friday, amid an uproar over alleged contacts between members of President Trump's campaign and Russian officials. Committee members and Comey spent nearly three hours Friday afternoon in a secure room in the Senate basement used for classified briefings, known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). Lawmakers tersely refused to comment upon exiting the meeting, declining even to confirm that Comey met with them. The Intelligence panel's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), called the meeting "just a normal classified briefing."
FBI Director James B. Comey met with lawmakers from the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Friday, amid an uproar over alleged contacts between members of President Trump's campaign and Russian officials.
AUSTIN — Roy White wants to inform as many Americans as possible about the terrorists he sees in their midst.
“They’re jihadists wearing suits,” White said of CAIR and other Muslim organizations. “That’s a tough thing for us to wrap our heads around because we don’t feel threatened.”
Why Trump wants you to hate the media
(CNN)If you watched President Trump's astonishing press conference on Thursday, you might be forgiven for concluding that the most urgent problem facing America is that the media "is out of control." Some media "is fantastic," the president allowed. But on the whole, journalism is plagued by "false, horrible, fake reporting."
China grants Trump a trademark he's been seeking for a decade 2/19/17
Proof: Rules & Laws don't matter,
before & after, when broken by the elected
Policing Used for Citizen Control
Undermining Civil Rights
Trump just got checked and balanced 2/5/17
The Snowball picks up speed, in the decent into American Destruction
Special Report: Across the U.S., police contracts shield officers from scrutiny 1/15/17
Good Old Boy Gang Style Loyalty
Who's really surprised by this "Debacle"?
Chaos, Chaotic, Fragmented, Unstable, Un-trust Worthy
promoted to the greatest and most powerful seat on earth by people who appreciate a man that is anything opposite of the stiffs that stink up the halls of the house of representatives with such a repugnant odor that even acts of treason has gone un punished by those who are supposed to charge members with treason when appropriate.
Citizens of clean conscious have been dragged kicking and screening, along a dark road of broken glass, leaving scraped off peaces of flesh along the way.
It now is to late to change this current direction because of the 500 plus years of systematically designed upper echelon corruption
that is so good that members of congress and the senate work 10 hours a week, while being paid better that 99% of Americans, with a health plan so good that Jesus would be jealous, while they demand that Obamacare be removed for millions.....
and believe it or not, some of the still working crooks, actually have written rules that allow them to collect "Retirement Pay"
while they are currently still working for the house.
Smile because we are all being raped.
Racist History, welcomed with Open Arms
act and actions by, not just those members of the many racist groups..., that have remained protected from view..., it is the supporting and cheering crowds of entire family members... in support of the beating or lynching of blacks, that were protected and hidden from public and media view.
In fact..., it wasn't until the mid 60s, via the use of the television camera's, capturing and broadcasting recordings of the civil rights marchers being beaten with clubs, attacked with police dogs, and the use of powerful water hoses used as projectiles against human flesh, did any sign of refuting of the racist America...
Today, Jeff Sessions, refused as a federal judge years ago, specifically due to his racist past, have been anointed as the top federal power wielder in these United States of America.
Perhaps a gift to the world, because now, every act and action by Jeff Sessions, provides a reasoning for all of those who publish their own perspective via a website, will begin to peal back the hidden racist acts of Jeff Session's past, thereby providing the world with the facts of his racist ways
that have been taking place for 60 plus years.
This is evidence of "Failed Parenting"
The responsibility as a parent, is to provide quality decision making, and continued guidance of conscientious awareness that would ensure that the children, are aware of their daily acts and actions, such that the child recognizes, how his/her words and actions, negatively, or positively, affects others.
A Failed Parent is validated by the decisions and the daily poor acts and actions of his/her child/children.
These children validate the failure of their parents in these actions of "racism" that has now been viewed by the entire world, yet, the weight of these children actions will negatively affect them more because they will be identified as
"the ones" who are racist and raised to be racist.
Perhaps these children maybe able to change for the good, but, one has to point the eye of judgment on the parents, more so than the children because it is the parents who have failed.
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