The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.
Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday’s atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training.
Police are investigating Abedi’s finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp.
It comes as Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, said detectives had made “immense progress” in dismantling Abedi’s terror network.
In further developments, a barber shop in Manchester was raided with one theory that Abedi may have obtained hydrogen peroxide – a chemical used in the hairdressing industry but which can also be used to construct bombs – from the salon.
Abedi’s finances are a major ‘theme’ of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain’s welfare and student loans system to secure financing.
The third-party candidates who ran for president in 2016 are “crazy,” according to Hillary Clinton.
The Democrat used the pejorative to describe the outsiders who challenged her and Donald Trump during an interview for a profile at New York magazine.
Clinton lamented what she sees as left-wing news outlets hiring right-leaning pundits in order to appeal to conservative viewers.
“When I mention MSNBC’s hiring of conservatives including George Will, and The New York Times’ new climate-change-skeptic opinion columnist, Bret Stephens, her brow furrows,” NY magazine’s Rebecca Traister writes.
“Why…would…you…do…that?” Clinton responded.
“Sixty-six million people voted for me, plus, you know, the crazy third-party people,” she continued.
A elderly Filipino man recently engaged a radical extremist with ties to the Islamic State in hand-to-hand combat in his backyard, demonstrating rare courage.
Lolo Peryong, 70, was cleaning his backyard when Abu Ubayda, a member of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, walked onto his property in Barangay Lawis in Calape with an M16 assault rifle, the Philippine News Agency reported, citing the testimony of Capt. Jojo Mascariňas, an intelligence officer with the armed forces.
Abu Sayyaf has sworn allegiance to ISIS and carries a similar black flag.
Peryong’s neighbors fled, but he stood his ground. He attacked the terrorist with a bolo, a kind of large single-edged knife used in the Philippines. Ubayda parried the attacks, at one point taking the weapon from the old man, but even unarmed, Peryong continued his assault, engaging the fighter in hand-to-hand combat.
The son of a Democratic U.S. senator and seven others have been charged after smoke bombs and pepper spray were used at a pro-Donald Trump rally inside the Minnesota Capitol in March.
Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with a gross misdemeanor and two misdemeanors, according to the St. Paul city attorney. He is a son of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.
The Ramsey County attorney’s office charged Francis Thomas Sagermerek, of St. Paul, 29, and Anton William Bueckert, 26, of Ontario, Canada, with using tear gas to immobilize, a felony, and third-degree riot, a gross misdemeanor. Bueckert is also charged with felony-level obstructing legal process by interfering with a peace officer.
Donald Trump condemned the “terrorists” who opened fire on a Egyptian bus carrying Coptic Christians, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens more.
“Terrorists are engaged in a war against civilization, and it is up to all who value life to confront and defeat this evil,” Trump said in a statement issued by the White House Friday. “This merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls. Wherever innocent blood is spilled, a wound is inflicted upon humanity. But this attack also steels our resolve to bring nations together for the righteous purpose of crushing the evil organizations of terror, and exposing their depraved, twisted, and thuggish ideology.
A California Senate committee tasked with reviewing bills that spend state money passed a $400 billion universal health care proposal Thursday with no funding plan.
Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, introduced SB 562, a sweeping overhaul of the state’s health insurance market. He’s also the chair of Senate Appropriations. The committee passed the bill with a 5-2 vote during a fast-paced suspense file hearing, clearing the way for it to be taken up on the Senate floor next week.
The vote came days after the committee revealed the Legislature’s first cost assessment of the bill, which turns out to be more than the entire state budget for the year beginning July 1.
Lara has yet to reveal a detailed plan about how the state would come up with the money to provide health care to the nearly 40 million people living in California. Opponents argued that the funding issue should have been addressed before the committee voted on the measure.
“This is the biggest government expansion of a health care system ever, with the exception of maybe the ACA,” said David Wolfe, the legislative director for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
“Why would you just mindlessly pass that through without more details? The lack of transparency here is stunning,” he said. “It would be interesting to hypothesize, if it wasn’t the chairman’s bill, would it have been held?”
Lara’s office doesn’t expect to release a financing plan before the Senate votes on the bill. The bill was amended Thursday to include a provision that the proposal could not take effect until the Legislature comes up with a plan to pay for it.
A number of teachers in a Texas school district are being disciplined after naming a student “most likely to become a terrorist.”
Lizeth Villanueva, a seventh grader, received a certificate during a mock awards ceremony Tuesday at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Texas, near Houston. Lizeth said the teacher who signed it handed out certificates to a number of students while other teachers watched and laughed.
“They just found it as a joke,” said Lizeth, 13.
The awards were given out a day after the suicide bombing at the end of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
“She said that some people might get offended, but she doesn’t really care about our feelings,” Lizeth said. “She was laughing about it.”
It’s no laughing matter to Lizeth’s mom.
“I read it twice. I’m like, ‘What is this?!’ ” said Ena Hernandez.
Hernandez said her daughter is in an advanced academic program and has never had a discipline problem.
Michael Morell, the former acting director of the CIA under President Obama, said that the Obama administration “did nothing” to stop Russian interference in the presidential campaign.
Morell, who left the CIA in 2013 and supported Hillary Clinton for president last year, appeared on “CBS This Morning” to discuss testimony that former CIA Director John Brennan gave in a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday.
Economic growth in the first quarter was better than previously estimated, the government reported Friday.
Gross domestic product grew at a 1.2 percent annualized rate in the first three months of 2017, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday, rather than the 0.7 percent it had previously reported. Business investment and household spending accounted for much of the improvement.
With Friday’s revision, the drop-off in growth from the end of 2016, when GDP grew at a 2.1 percent clip, appears less worrying.
Furthermore, although 1.2 percent is a weak mark, economists in the private sector and at the Federal Reserve expect it to pick up in the months ahead.
The Chicoms essentially went into the Spratly Islands (which have historically been claimed by Vietnam and The Philippines) and created an island by dredging up several reefs and atolls. The U.S. Navy is rightfully challenging the Chinese claims by sailing within the theoretical 12 mile territorial limits of those islands.
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of a disputed Chinese man-made island in the South China Sea on Wednesday — the first such challenge to a Chinese maritime claim to take place under the Trump administration.
According to a U.S. official, the destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef on Wednesday, conducting a freedom of navigation operation, or FONOP, said a U.S. official. The reef is one of seven artificial islands in the Spratly Islands that China has claimed as its territory after building up reefs that at times have been underwater.
In recent years China dredged massive amounts of sand and earth to build up the reefs into islands that now include airfields and other facilities that could be used by China’s military.
The U.S. military’s freedom of navigation operations challenge disputed maritime claims made by countries worldwide by sailing within the territorial limits that extend 12 miles from shore.
Wednesday’s freedom of navigation operation operation near Mischief Reef was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The move is sure to antagonize China, which has reacted negatively to previous freedom of navigation operations near the Spratlys and Paracels, two island chains in the South China Sea. The last time the U.S. military conducted such an operation near a disputed island in the South China Sea was in October, under Barack Obama’s administration.
As we go forward, we need also to account for the fact that a lot of ‘war’ will be unconventional, terrorist attacks and cyber attacks among them. Great to finally have people appreciating the importance of supporting the military.
Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that the “era” of cutting the U.S. defense budget is over during his commencement address at the Naval Academy graduation, where some 1,000 midshipmen became commissioned officers.
While speaking at the ceremony, Pence vowed that he and President Donald Trump would ensure the military will have the resources it needs to carry out its duties. Pence touted recent actions taken by the Trump administration.
“And to the families who are gathered here today and all these rising officers, I say President Donald Trump and I will not rest, we will not relent until we rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy, and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard have all the resources that you need to accomplish your mission and come home safe,” Pence said. “That is our pledge to each of you.”
The hunt for the terror network behind the Manchester attack is now focusing on Libya, where bomber Salman Abedi’s father and brother were arrested Thursday and from which Abedi himself had only recently returned.
That’s hardly surprising: South Manchester is home to one of the world’s largest Libyan expatriate communities, which in recent years has become a prime recruiting ground for young jihadists.
And Libya itself is the base for an ISIS external-operations wing tasked with plotting terrorist attacks in Europe. Indeed, since the fall of Moammar Khadafy, Libya has become a haven for Islamist terrorist groups.
Such is the result of Barack Obama’s failed policy — which he so confidently announced would prove smarter than his predecessor’s mistakes in Iraq, only to be proved horribly wrong.
Obama (with a huge push from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) effectively brought about regime change in Libya, while avoiding the kind of occupation that proved so deadly and costly to the Bush administration after it ousted Saddam Hussein.
Yet all that did was create a huge vacuum, rapidly filled by civil war among various militias as well as ISIS and other extremists.
Tides has received millions from George Soros, and has provided millions to Media Matters whose main purpose it to attack conservatives. It was also a force behind Occupy Wall Street. Its declared purpose is to promote the progressive agenda.
Edmonton Member of Parliament (MP) Michael Cooper wants Elections Canada to investigate foreign interference in the 2015 federal election.
Referring to a report released this week, Cooper specifically wants to know if the leftist Tides Foundation broke Canadian law by inserting itself into the election by supporting Liberal Party candidates through direct financing of their campaigns.
The report, entitled Elections Canada Complaint Regarding Foreign Influence in the 2015 Canadian Election, says that left-wing third parties — dominated by the Tides Foundation — worked to defeat the Conservative government of Stephen Harper because it was perceived as unfriendly to their environmentalist agenda. Upwards of $6 million was funneled into 29 campaigns with the goal of defeating Conservative candidates.