Radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Donald Trump Thursday and asked the Republican frontrunner some details on foreign policy. After Trump confused some terminology, he accused Hewitt of asking “gotcha questions.”
Hewitt, who will also be moderating CNN’s September 16 presidential debate, first asked Trump if he was familiar with General Qasem Soleimani. When Trump asked for a little more information about Soleimani, Hewitt said, “He runs the Quds Forces,” the Iranian military unit that engages in terrorism and guerilla tactics outside of Iran. But Trump seemed to have confused that term with the Kurds, an ethnic group being targeted by ISIS in northern Iraq.
“The Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated,” Trump began.
General Soleimani went to Russia in violation of the sanctions against Iran. The Obama regime’s response? Not condemnatory, not we wouldn’t make the deal if you keep violating the rules, but ‘we’re concerned’. But you can’t criticize them for the underreaction if you don’t know who he is. Ted Cruz was asked a question about him in the debate and answered it very well.
When the Rowan County Courthouse opened for business Friday, deputy clerk Brian Mason was waiting at the front counter, behind a sign reading: “Marriage License Deputy.”
James Yates and William Smith Jr. entered the media-filled courthouse shortly after 8 a.m. and began the process of applying for a marriage license. Again.
They had been rejected five times previously, as Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to any couples since the Supreme Court declared in June that gay couples had a constitutional right to wed.
A record 94,031,000 Americans were not in the American labor force last month — 261,000 more than July — and the labor force participation rate stayed stuck at 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, for a third straight month in August, the Labor Department reported on Friday, as the nation heads into the Labor Day weekend.
The number of Americans not in the labor force has continued to rise, partly because of retiring baby-boomers and fewer workers entering the workforce.
Senator Cory A. Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, endorsed President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran on Thursday, padding support for the accord, which already has enough votes in the Senate to thwart a Republican-backed resolution of disapproval.
Echoing language other Democrats have used in recent weeks, Mr. Booker said in a statement that supporting the deal was “the better of two flawed options.” Backing away from the nuclear pact at this point, he said, would leave the United States and its allies with few options to restrain Iran’s ambitions.
“I believe rejection of the deal would allow Iran to achieve an aim it has wanted all along: a significant unwinding of sanctions without the constraints on its nuclear program that this deal provides,” Mr. Booker said.
WASHINGTON — Longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Cheryl Mills was grilled for hours Thursday by a House committee — a day after a former Clinton staffer said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid giving testimony.
Mills’ appearance followed the release last week of 7,000 pages of e-mails from Clinton’s private server — including many to and from Mills that were heavily redacted.
The appearance by Mills, who testified behind closed doors before the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack, came after it was revealed that former Clinton tech expert Byran Pagliano would refuse to answer committee questions.
That created another political embarrassment for Clinton, who “has made every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has encouraged her aides . . . to do the same, including Bryan Pagliano,” said campaign spokesman Nick Merrill.
Pagliano isn’t just any staffer. He was responsible for Clinton’s private server during her 2008 presidential campaign, and followed her to the State Department as a “special adviser.”
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TEHRAN (FNA) – A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said Wednesday that Iran will continue boosting its military preparedness until it takes down Israel and sets Palestine free.
“…they (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” IRGC’s top commander in Tehran province, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, told operating units in Tharallah Drills in the Iranian capital on Wednesday.
“And we will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, specially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” continued the General.
Sum 250,000 Iranian Basiji (volunteer) forces in the form of 250 battalions started massive drills in Tehran on Wednesday and Thursday to practice fighting against security threats.
In relevant remarks in 2014, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei noted that criminal acts of the wolfish and child-killer Zionist regime in Gaza had revealed its true nature, and said, “Only way to solve this problem is full annihilation and destruction of the Zionist regime.”
Tehran’s chief of traffic police has issued orders to crack down on women drivers whose head scarfs are not up to the Islamic Republic’s standards.
General Teymour Hosseini threatened, “If a (female) driver in a car is poorly veiled or has taken her veil off, the vehicle will be seized in accordance with the law,” the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported
In addition, the woman will have to get a court order to reclaim her vehicle.
Women in Iran have begun pushing back against the mandatory dress codes legislated after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Hard-lines decried the situation.
“Unfortunately, some streets of the capital have come to resemble fashion salons,” Iran’s judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani said this week, questioning the “tolerance” that has led to “such a situation.”
Miraloma Elementary, a grade school in San Francisco, has instituted a policy of gender-neutral bathrooms. The school is changing restroom door symbols accordingly.
“There’s no need to make them gender-specific anymore,” Miraloma Principal Sam Bass told the website SFGate.com. “One parent said, ‘So, you’re just making it like it is at home.’”
A 2013 California law requires schools to allow students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity, and San Francisco has had a similar policy on the books since 2003. While many schools in the country have separate restroom accommodations for students claiming to be transgender – a condition in which a person identifies with a gender different from the one they are born as – Miraloma is rare in its order to change all of its facilities to be free of any gender signifiers.
Front-runner Donald Trump has surged to nearly 40-percent in the latest Alabama Republican primary poll.
From Aug. 29 – Sep. 1, Gravis Marketing asked 1,616 participants, “assuming you had to vote today, which 2016 GOP Candidate would you vote for?” Trump garnered an astonishing 38 percent, effectively matching the percentage received by the other candidates combined (38.8). In the last Alabama poll, Trump was supported by 30 percent of voters, and the real estate mogul’s eight point boost could possibly be attributed to his recent trip to Mobile (38.8).
Ben Carson is the only other candidate to break double-digits (16.7). He and Trump are currently tied at 23-percent in Iowa.
Additionally, Trump set high marks among voters aged 18-49 (42.1) and voters self-identifying as Democrats (28.1).
A teen in a park on the West Side. Two men in their 30s in Uptown on the North Side. A woman in her 20s in the South Side’s Morgan Park neighborhood.
Chicago’s most recent spasm of violence touched all corners of the city.
On Wednesday alone, eight people were shot to death in homicides. A ninth victim — an 11-year-old boy — died of an apparent accidental shooting.
That marked the most homicides in a single day in Chicago in more than a decade, according to a Tribune analysis of department data. The worst previous day occurred July 5, 2003, when Chicago saw 10 homicides, the analysis found.
Aspiring police officers who signed up for the Fox Lake Explorers program found a mentor and inspiration in Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a cop’s cop and an Army vet who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday.
This homicide in a suburb of 10,000-plus residents reminds us, in the midst of an intense national conversation about policing that we as a nation have been having for a year, that to serve as a cop is to put yourself at risk even on the most routine of days.
All of us should focus now on what happened to Joe Gliniewicz, and on why his community treasured him as an extraordinary cop.
On routine patrol at 7:52 a.m., Gliniewicz radioed that he was checking out suspicious activity, and at 7:55 that he was pursuing suspects on foot. Then silence. Backup officers arrived at 8:01 and, at 8:09, found him in a swampy area near U.S. Highway 12, where he’d been shot. He died at the scene.
In the chaotic hours that followed, hundreds of officers from all over searched for three suspects, described only as one black, two white. And the citizens of Fox Lake took measure of their loss. The most moving testimonials came from the young men and women who trained under Gliniewicz in the Explorers.
“He was a fearless leader,” said 17-year-old Devan Arbay, captain of Post 300. “All the Explorers, even throughout Illinois, knew him really well.”
Gliniewicz founded the local program shortly after joining the police force 30 years ago and spent countless hours showing youngsters what it takes to be a cop.
When graduates of West Point’s Class of 2016 go into their years of service as officers of the Army, they will be wearing something no other cadets have worn before — class rings that include steel from the World Trade Center.
It hasn’t received mention in the press. But it was movingly noted Friday in the introduction of the commandant of cadets, Brig. Gen. John Thomson III, at the military academy’s annual ring memorial ceremony.
What a cure for the cynicism of a cynical age. It’s at the ring ceremony that seniors — known as “firsties” — get their rings, which become a physical link between future officers and the West Point graduates who went before.
Two women in Madison, Wisconsin were arrested Wednesday night after punching and threatening to kill a police officer who was responding to a 911 call about a nearby street brawl.
Within minutes of arriving on the scene, police said the officer attempted to arrest a woman he saw punch a man in the face but was quickly overwhelmed by a mob of people chanting anti-police slurs, including “We need to start killing these officers.”
Police said Nanyamka N. James, 20, attacked the officer in an attempt to free her mother, Latonya B. James, 40, WISCTV reported. The mother grabbed the officer by the throat and punched him in the face, according to a Madison Police Department press release.
One witness told police that they heard the mother repeatedly threatening to kill the officer.
The mother was arrested for battery to a law enforcement officer, possession of pepper spray, and resisting arrest, according to the Madison Police. Nanyamka N. James, who is on parole, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
A man posing with a gun and taking selfies was killed when the gun went off and struck him in southwest Houston, police said.
Family members said the victim is 19-year-old Deleon Alonso Smith.
Investigators said Smith was taking selfies with a gun at an apartment in the 9800 block of Forum Park Drive and Bissonnet around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the gun accidentally went off, shooting the 19-year-old in the throat and killing him.
“It’s the worst feeling in my life,” said the victim’s uncle Eric Douglas.
“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable. Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and now this kind of news,” said Smith’s grandmother Alma Douglas.
Family members said Smith has two young children and was starting college Wednesday.
Investigators said Smith’s cousin was in the apartment but in another room when it happened. The cousin told police they found the gun earlier Tuesday, but investigators are working to find out where.
Police said Smith believed the gun was unloaded at the time.