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  • Trump's immigration policies were supposed to make the border safer. Experts say (trunc)

    07/20/2018 3:13:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Ray Sanchez, Nick Valencia and Tal Kopan,
    Experts say the opposite is happening. Before US immigration authorities detained him and took his son, the Honduran migrant said he spent three days in the hands of armed men who identified themselves as members of the Gulf Cartel. Christian, who did not want his full name used, said he was traveling to the US border with his 7-year-old ..."They told us if we didn't pay that they were going to kill us," recalled Christian, who said he was freed three days later after relatives wired money {snip} . The smugglers prefer migrants with family in the US. They know...
  • North Korea takes swipe at Moon, urges return of restaurant workers

    07/20/2018 2:08:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Hyonhee Shin
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea lambasted South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Friday for “needlessly kibitzing” about relations between Pyongyang and Washington and dismissed Moon’s pledge to take the driver’s seat on the Korean Peninsula as “sophistry”. {snip} "It’s a known fact inside and outside that the South does not have the capability to resolve the peninsula affairs and elicit an agreement,” the report said. “When we and the United States are making efforts to implement the Singapore agreement, who would listen to such rude, atrocious sophistry with a presumptuous forecast lacking reality?”
  • Dan Coats says he wishes Trump took a different approach in Helsinki

    07/20/2018 2:03:38 AM PDT · by be-baw · 19 replies
    Axios ^ | July 19. 2018 | Jonathan Swan, Stef W. Kight
    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Thursday that he felt he "needed to correct the record" following President Trump's comments during the Helsinki summit with Russia President Vladimir Putin, adding that he wished Trump had "made a different statement" as it is "undeniable that the Russians are taking a lead on this." Our thought bubble: It was a STUNNING interview ... and is already catching heat and attention among Trump loyalists. I've already had two phone calls from sources close to Trump expressing their astonishment. The fact that Trump’s own intelligence director is saying these things...
  • Australia could add 'values test' for migrants, Malcolm Turnbull says

    07/20/2018 1:23:00 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 19 Jul 2018 | Amy Remeikis and agencies
    Australia will consider adding a “values test” for those considering permanent residency in order to protect its “extraordinarily successful” multicultural society, Malcolm Turnbull said. The prime minister confirmed what his citizenship and multicultural minister Alan Tudge told the Australia/UK Leadership Forum overnight, where he floated the idea of a “values” test to fend off “segregation”. Tudge told his London audience “our ship is slightly veering towards a European separatist multicultural model and we want to pull it back to be firmly on the Australian integrated path”. “Some of the challenges to social cohesion that we are facing today are similar...
  • What happened every other time Putin met with US presidents

    07/19/2018 8:43:00 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19, 2018 | Pat Ralph
    Putin met the last four US presidents since he took office in the 1990s. The two leaders met again in June 2000 in Moscow after Putin became president of Russia and Clinton was in his final year in office. After Bush was sworn into office in January 2001, the two leaders met for the first time in June for a summit in Slovenia. Putin met with the recently sworn-in Obama for the first time in July 2009 in Moscow. Obama reportedly emerged from the meeting feeling confident and optimistic in resetting relations with Putin. "We think there's an excellent opportunity...
  • (LEAD) Ships involved in N.K. coal exports entered S. Korean ports multiple times: report

    07/19/2018 8:39:43 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    SEOUL, July 19 (Yonhap) -- Two Panama and Sierra Leone-registered ships, which were involved in the transshipment of North Korean coal to South Korea in October 2017, have until recently re-entered South Korean ports multiple times, an American broadcaster reported Thursday. Voice of America (VOA), citing Marine Traffic that provides real-time information on the movements of ships, said that the automatic identification system of the Sierra Leone-registered Rich Glory, which entered the South Korean port of Pohang with the North's coal on Oct. 11, was detected in the port of Busan at 11:58 a.m. on July 4. Moreover, the Rich...
  • US Intelligence Chief: N. Korea Unlikely to Denuclearize in a Year

    07/19/2018 7:23:49 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 17 replies
    KBS World Radio ^ | 2018-07-20 | staff
    The U.S. intelligence chief says that North Korea is unlikely to dismantle its nuclear weapons program in a year, although it is "technically" possible. Reuters reported that U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats made the remarks on Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. The report said Coats was responding to a question about U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's recent suggestion of a one-year timeframe for the North’s denuclearization. Bolton said that if Pyongyang was willing to disclose all of its weapons of mass destruction programs, it would be possible to dismantle the "overwhelming bulk" of them...
  • Russia tests new nuclear weapons after summit with Trump

    07/19/2018 6:31:24 PM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19th, 2018 | Unattributed
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s military is testing an array of new nuclear and other weapons, from a high-powered laser weapon system to a nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range. The Defense Ministry made a string of announcements about progress on the weapons, unveiled in a speech by President Vladimir Putin in March. The ministry said it has tested the Burevestnik cruise missile on the ground and is now readying flight tests. Military officials said they are practicing use of the Peresvet high-powered laser weapon system, and launching trials of the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone.
  • Left to die: Drowned woman and child are found along with survivor still clinging to wrecked…

    07/19/2018 5:52:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/15/18 | Debbie White
    The bodies of a drowned woman and a toddler have been found – along with a sole survivor – still clinging to a wrecked migrant ship today, after Libyan coastguards 'left them to die' in the Mediterranean on Monday. Distressing photos of the two corpses, slumped on the remains of a table from the boat, have been published on Twitter by Proactiva Open Arms, a non-governmental organisation based in Barcelona. Libyan coastguards had sent out a message to the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination saying they had 'rescued' 158 Europe-bound migrants on Monday. However, they did not say two woman and a...
  • Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Opposing Russian...Request to Question Fmr. U.S. Diplomats

    07/19/2018 5:30:45 PM PDT · by familyop · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 19, 2018 | Conor Beck
    The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday expressing opposition to the notion the United States might cooperate with the Russian government to make former U.S. diplomats, officials, and military members available for questioning. The resolution is a direct response to Russian President Vladimir Putin discussing with the President Donald Trump on Monday the possibility of prosecuting American-born British financier Bill Browder, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and others for alleged crimes. The offer from Putin developed after the Justice Department indicted 12 GRU military intelligence officers for their involvement in Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S....
  • Lisa Page Confirms: The Chinese, Not the Russians Hacked Hillary’s Emails

    07/19/2018 4:39:04 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 121 replies
    bigleaguepolitics.com ^ | 7/18/18 | Patrick Howley
    Lisa Page Confirms: The Chinese, Not the Russians Hacked Hillary’s Emails
  • [Louisiana] Sen. Kennedy Says Former CIA Director Brennan is 'Lost in a Sea of Dumb'

    07/19/2018 4:05:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2018 | 2:46 PM EDT | Gavi Greenspan
    Sen. John Kennedy (R.-La.) said on Thursday that former CIA Director John Brennan “is lost in a sea of dumb.” Kennedy was commenting on Brennan’s claim that President Donald Trump’s Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was “nothing short of treasonous.” […] At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Senator Kennedy: […] “Do you agree with Brennan that Trump’s actions were treasonous?” Kennedy said: “Brennan is lost in a sea of dumb and has been.” […] When Brennan voted for the CPUSA, the Soviet Union still occupied Eastern Europe and had split Berlin, Germany in two with...
  • Schumer to Trump: No one-on-one talks with Putin until Helsinki details released

    07/19/2018 3:36:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn't hold additional one-on-one meetings until the administration details what happened during Monday's Helsinki summit. “Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin. In the United States, in Russia, or anywhere else," Schumer said in a statement. Talk of a second meeting comes days after the two leaders met one-on-one for two hours in Helsinki. Trump sparked widespread backlash during a press conference after the meeting by refusing to...
  • Hillary Clinton Takes a Shot at Trump… Knocks HERSELF Out Instead

    07/19/2018 3:06:48 PM PDT · by montag813 · 63 replies
    24News ^ | 07-19-2018 | Charles Rudolph
    by Charles Rudolph | 24NewsCan you say Benghazi? On Thursday, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton attacked President Trump after Trump did not initially reject an offer from Vladimir Putin that Russia be allowed to “question officials, including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence service of the United States.” When White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about whether Trump supported the idea, she responded, “The president’s going to meet with his team and we’ll let you know when we have an announcement on that.” In response, Clinton tweeted an attack on Trump that...
  • Trump: I'll be Vladimir Putin's 'worst enemy' if US-Russia relationship 'doesn't work out'

    07/19/2018 2:26:18 PM PDT · by be-baw · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 19. 2018 | Dan Mangan
    President Donald Trump vowed in an interview with CNBC that if his dealings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin don't "work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had." But he also said that, "Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia is postive, not a negative," Trump said. Trump blasted his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for having been a "patsy for Russia" — while claiming he has been "far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years."
  • Erdogan wants more from Trump before Turkey will free pastor

    07/19/2018 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 18, 2018 | Amberin Zaman
    Defying expectations, a Turkish court rebuffed appeals today to free Andrew Brunson, the US pastor whose trial on bogus terror charges has become a litmus test for turbulent ties between Turkey and the United States. The trial was adjourned until Oct. 12.The North Carolina pastor has been charged with espionage and links to coup plotters and Kurdish militants and could face up to 35 years if convicted. Brunson continued to deny any wrongdoing in his third courtroom hearing, amid a string of wild assertions from witnesses for the prosecution. “I am an innocent man on all these charges. I reject...
  • Prominent Putin critic: If Trump turns me over, I'm dead (Bill Browder)

    07/19/2018 2:20:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Aris Folley
    Bill Browder, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday said that if President Trump turns him over to the Russian government he will be handing him over to his death. "To hand me over to Putin is basically to hand me over to my death," Browder said while appearing on CNN’s "At This Hour." Putin mentioned Browder by name during a press conference with the president on Monday, where the Russian leader said that the Kremlin would permit special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to travel to Russia and question 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted in the Russia...
  • Trump asks Bolton to bring Putin to DC (2nd Summit)

    07/19/2018 2:05:43 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Max Greenwood
    President Trump has asked his national security adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington for a second summit. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that plans are underway for a second summit after Trump floated the news in an earlier tweet on Thursday. "In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs," Sanders tweeted. "President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway." Sanders's tweet came three days after the two leaders held talks in Finland, igniting a...
  • PF arrests suspect of sending children illegally to US (Child Trafficking - Brazil)

    07/19/2018 1:19:10 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 6 replies
    Globo.com (Brazil) ^ | 18/07/2018 | Jonatas Boni
    (This article was posted using Google Translate) Minors were sent with adults so that they would not be deported if they were arrested. PF says that about 30 children are illegally sent to the country each year. The Federal Police (PF) arrested on Wednesday (18) a man responsible for sending Brazilian children and adolescents clandestinely to the United States. According to the PF, about 30 children were sent each year from 2016 to the USA. The suspect was arrested in Ji-Paraná (RO), in the Central Region of the state, through the 3rd phase of Operation Pirates of the Caribbean. PF...
  • Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to

    07/19/2018 12:50:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 114 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/19/18 | Geoff Earle,
    Full tile.... Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to 'enemy' Russia ..... The Trump-Helsinki summit brought new accusations in Congress Thursday, as GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona accused the president of providing 'aid and comfort' to the enemy. Flake's choice of words evoked the Constitution's definition of treason – at a time when President Trump is facing a new level of scrutiny for his refusal to forcefully condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for election meddling during their summit meeting Monday in Finland. 'By choosing to reject objective reality in...