President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States and making good on a long unfulfilled campaign promise.
Obama has opposed provisions preventing detainee transfers since Congress first attached the measures to spending bills in an attempt block Obama’s plans. The dispute has taken on added intensity this year because the White House has launched a final push to close to the prison before Obama leaves office.
In a statement, Obama said the bill “includes vital benefits for military personnel and their families, authorities to facilitate ongoing operations around the globe, and important reforms to the military retirement system” as well as other measures.
He added, however, that he is “deeply disappointed that the Congress has again failed to take productive action toward closing the detention facility at Guantanamo.” Keeping the prison open, Obama said, “is not consistent with our interests as a Nation and undermines our standing in the world.”
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s top leader said Wednesday the United States is using “money and sexual attractions” to try to infiltrate the Islamic Republic and warned Iranians not to fall into the “enemy’s trap.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Revolutionary Guard commanders that authorities should take concerns about “infiltration” seriously and political factions should not use the issue against each other.
“The enemy sets up a network within a nation and inside a country mainly through the two means of money and sexual attractions to change ideals, beliefs and consequently the lifestyle,” he said in comments posted on his website and broadcast on state TV.
The level of intimidation faced lorry drivers passing through Calais at the hands of migrants is “out of control” and “totally unacceptable”, a spokesman for Britain’s road haulage industry has said. His association has now set up a hotline for drivers to report threatening behaviour by migrants, but drivers using the route have dismissed it as “useless,” saying “it’s a war out there!”
Around 6,000 migrants are currently gathered at Calais, looking for an opportunity to make it across the English Channel into Britain. As their numbers swell, so they are becoming more brazen in their attempts to climb on board lorries headed to the UK.
Drivers have described being threatened at knife and gun point, being beaten with baseball bats and having their trailers slashed as migrants force their way on board, describing the situation as “a war”.
Earlier this year freight firm boss Kevin Hopper said: “It’s just a matter of time now before someone is killed.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that an ad campaign he didn’t like be removed from the New York City subway system, The Associated Press reports.
The ads, which had been approved by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, featured Nazi imagery and were meant to promote an Amazon video series, “The Man in the High Castle.” They were plastered on the inside of the 42nd Street shuttle train that travels between Times Square and Grand Central Station. Additionally, the ad imagery wrapped around seats on the subway.
The show is set after World War II, and explores what may have happened if the Axis powers won the war. Ridley Scott is the executive producer.
So what if 60 percent of Hillary Clinton campaign donors are women? Bernie Sanders’s campaign says that more women have given money to the Vermont senator’s insurgent campaign.
As of the last reporting period at the end of September, some 301,154 women gave money to Sanders in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to his campaign. That would top the approximately 240,000 women who have given money to Clinton since she launched her campaign.
A police officer in Oregon this week was taken off street duty following a social media post in which he said he would have to “babysit these fools,” in reference to an activist march scheduled for later this week.
The offending tweet, about a Black Lives Matter-Not Black Friday demonstration, was posted by officer John Hurlman, the Portland Oregonian and local broadcast outlets reported.
According to the Oregonian, Hurlman has been an officer for more than two decades.
Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 — from 2,162 to 6,029.
After a night of loud, angry protests but only five arrests, police and elected officials were bracing Wednesday for more possible backlash over the release of a dramatic video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting at a black teenager as he lay on the street.
An internal Chicago Police Department safety alert distributed to police officers on Tuesday night warned that gang members may be looking to carry out an ambush against cops on the street in retaliation for the Laquan McDonald killing.
President Obama’s open-door immigration policy is set to accept more immigrants from Muslim nations over the next five years than the entire population of Washington, D.C., according to federal documents.
Figures from the Department of Homeland Security show that the president has already issued 680,000 green cards to immigrants from Muslim nations over the past five years. Unless Congress changes his policy, that number will be repeated in the next five years.
A Palestinian stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli soldier on Wednesday and was shot dead by troops, the army and a hospital official said, a day after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to explore how to end eight weeks of violence.
The attack occurred in the Israeli-occupied West Bank at a road junction near a cluster of Palestinian villages and Jewish settlements. The army said the soldier was critically hurt and a an official at Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said the Palestinian assailant died on the operating table.
Tensions in the Middle East ratcheted up dangerously Wednesday, a day after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane, with the Turkish President accusing Russia of deceit and Russia announcing it would deploy anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said on his ministry’s Twitter feed that the country would deploy S-400 defense missile systems to its Hmeymim air base near Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.
Are you a Democrat eagerly awaiting a sparring match with a Republican relative during the holiday season? If so, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) wants to help.
Grayson, running for Senate in a tough primary with fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, emailed his supporters Tuesday to say that a $3 donation would enter them in a contest to have Grayson call their “most conservative relative on Thanksgiving.”
“This Thanksgiving, I want to use my idiot-savant talent for arguing with Republicans to help out one lucky Grayson supporter,” he said in the email.
“You know that Republican in your family who always tries to get into a political debate with you over Thanksgiving dinner? This year, they can argue with me instead.”
Breitbart recently reported on similar campaigns on W&M campus as had been at Missouri. Post-it notes referred to Jefferson as an ‘incestuous rapist’ and ‘racist.’
In Breitbart’s reporting is also a link to a piece earlier this month in The Flat Hat, a student paper, titled “Reaction Should Be Based on Facts.” In it, author Miguel Locsin admits that he can see both sides condemning or hailing Jefferson. There is a particularly interesting point:
“I found myself perplexed, not because someone dared to insult one of America’s greatest founders, nor because I found myself outraged that Thomas Jefferson, a racist slaveholder, has a prominent statue in our school. I found myself perplexed because I simply could not take a side, even though I felt like I should have easily been able to.”
Why should have Locsin been able to though? He himself admits expressing emotion, in a rather clear statement, about how “Thomas Jefferson, a racist slaveholder, has a prominent statute in [his] school.” Perhaps this is because Jefferson is a noted alumni. Also, as Locsin does admit, there are many accomplishments to his name.
“As people are sitting around the Thanksgiving table talking about these issues, as they should and I am sure they will all across the country, that’s an issue that should be raised and asked by the members around the table. If we’re going to have a serious discussion about national security, let’s talk about some pretty obvious things that Congress could do. One obvious thing that Congress can do is pass a law that prevents someone who is on the terror watch list from being able to buy a weapon. There ‘s no reason – I’m not sure why that’s even controversial. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been done so far. I suspect, however, that has a lot to do with the fear the Republicans have of the NRA.”
President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review.
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter. Frifield wrote the letter in response to a letter Pompeo sent Secretary of State John Kerry, in which he observed that the deal the president had submitted to Congress was unsigned and wondered if the administration had given lawmakers the final agreement.
Frifield’s response emphasizes that Congress did receive the final version of the deal. But by characterizing the JCPOA as a set of “political commitments” rather than a more formal agreement, it is sure to heighten congressional concerns that Iran might violate the deal’s terms.
A CNN reporter worked with a senior aide to Hillary Clinton to go after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over his tough questions for the then-secretary of state during a 2013 Benghazi hearing, a trove of new emails published by Gawker reveals.
Emails show that CNN global affairs correspondent Elise Labott collaborated with senior Clinton advisor Philippe Reines in an attempt to discredit the Kentucky senator during the Jan. 23 Senate testimony.
More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.
The complaints spurred the Pentagon’s inspector general to open an investigation into the alleged manipulation of intelligence. The fact that so many people complained suggests there are deep-rooted, systemic problems in how the U.S. military command charged with the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State assesses intelligence.