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US 'probably behind civilian deaths': Top general in Iraq admits American-led forces played a part in attack on Mosul that left 100 dead

US 'probably behind civilian deaths': Top general in Iraq admits American-led forces played a part in attack on Mosul that left 100 dead | 29 March 2017 | A top US general in Iraq has admitted American led coalition forces 'probably' played a role in an attack on a neighbourhood in Mosul which left as least 100 dead. Lieutenant General Steve Townsend said militants may have gathered civilians into a building which may have been hit by the US-led coalition.


Bridgegate Scandal: Ex-Christie Allies Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly Get Prison

Bridgegate Scandal: Ex-Christie Allies Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly Get Prison | 29 March 2017 | Former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday for engineering lane closures at the George Washington Bridge as alleged retaliation against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse the governor.


Driver attempts to ram police cruiser on Capitol Hill grounds, officials say; shots fired

Driver attempts to ram police cruiser on Capitol Hill grounds, officials say; shots fired | 29 March 2017 | A person tried to ram a police cruiser on the U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday morning and shots were fired during the incident, police said. They said one person is in custody. The incident started at 9:30 a.m.


Dermokratiya, USA: Recounting Washington's role in undermining Russia's 1996 election

Dermokratiya, USA --With rampant talk of Russian interference, it's worth recounting Washington's role in undermining Russia's 1996 election. | 13 March 2017 | In January, the CIA, FBI, and NSA released their much-anticipated report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Japanese court rules for utility and lets nuclear reactors restart

Japanese court rules for utility and lets nuclear reactors restart | 28 March 2017 | A Japan appeals court overturned a ruling that barred the operation of two nuclear reactors, a win for the atomic operators and government amid public opposition to the technology following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.


Article 50: UK set to formally trigger Brexit process

Article 50: UK set to formally trigger Brexit process | 29 March 2017 | Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks "the moment for the country to come together".


Two activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood charged with 15 felonies

Two activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood charged with 15 felonies | 29 March 2017 | The two antiabortion activists who mounted a hidden-camera investigation against Planned Parenthood officials have been charged with 15 felony counts of violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent.


Iowa man accused of throwing tomatoes at Trump fined $65

Iowa man accused of throwing tomatoes at Trump fined $65 | 28 March 2017 | A man accused of throwing tomatoes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and will pay a $65 fine. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 28-year-old Andrew Alemao pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in a plea agreement with prosecutors. University of Iowa police and U.S.


Is political correctness harming the nation?

Is political correctness harming the nation? | 28 March 2017 | 'The O'Reilly Factor' assesses the impact of culture wars. Michael Rectenwald, CLG Chair, guest.


Trump calls for investigation of the Clintons' Russian ties

Trump calls for investigation of the Clintons' Russian ties | 28 March 2017 | President Trump said late Monday that the House Intelligence Committee is looking into the wrong 2016 presidential candidate's Russia connections.


Trump team wants more NAFTA access for U.S. goods, services - lawmakers

Trump team wants more NAFTA access for U.S. goods, services - lawmakers | 28 March 2017 | Trump administration trade officials want a revamped North American Free Trade [sic] Agreement to improve access for U.S. farm products, manufactured goods and services in Canada and Mexico, said lawmakers who met with them on Tuesday. Members of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and acting U.S.


Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

Trump signs order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies | 28 March 2017 | President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era regulations to [allegedly] curb climate change, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry while calling into question U.S.


'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

'Religious left' emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era | 27 March 2017 | Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.


Man in custody after bringing suspicious package near White House

Man in custody after bringing suspicious package near White House | 28 March 2017 | Tours were suspended at the White House on Tuesday and the Secret Service established a "security perimeter" after a man with a suspicious package approached a Secret Service officer near the presidential mansion, a spokeswoman said.


Fukushima nuclear radiation poisoning world's water, including fish from Oregon and British Columbia

Fukushima nuclear radiation POISONING world's water, including fish from Oregon and British Columbia --Brits could be eating salmon and tuna containing nuclear radiation from the Fukushima disaster, according to a study. | 27 March 2017 | Salmon caught in the Pacific Ocean, which are imported [in the UK], were found to contain worrying amounts of radiation.


House Intelligence Postpones Closed Session With FBI, NSA

House Intelligence Postpones Closed Session With FBI, NSA | 27 March 2017 | The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee will not hold on Tuesday a closed briefing with the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency, a spokesman for the committee's Republican chairman said on Monday.


Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons begin, but Australia joins US boycott

Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons begin, but Australia joins US boycott | 27 March 2017 | Negotiations on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons have begun in New York, but have been publicly condemned by the United States, which is leading a coalition of more than 40 countries -including Australia - boycotting the talks.


U.S. attorney general escalates pressure on 'sanctuary' cities

U.S. attorney general escalates pressure on 'sanctuary' cities | 27 March 2017 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.


High-school principal accused of keeping Catholic-school kids off admission list

High-school principal accused of keeping Catholic-school kids off admission list | 26 March 2017 | A Queens public high-school principal [Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir] excluded 500 Catholic-school kids from a list of 4,000 students applying to get into his school, raising cries from furious parents of foul play "It was almost like they knew who would be accepted," said Middle Village resident Jimmy Guarneri, 47, of the lottery system that


US sending around 200 more troops to Middle East

US sending around 200 more troops to Mosul to 'advise and assist' - official | 27 March 2017 | Two companies from the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division are being deployed to the Mosul to bolster security in Iraq at the request of the top American commander in Baghdad [allegedly] fighting ISIS, a U.S. defense official with knowledge of the order told Fox News. A U.S.


Donald Trump printed out made-up 300bn pound Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel

Donald Trump printed out made-up 300bn pound Nato invoice and handed it to Angela Merkel --President estimated Germany's underspend on alliance over the past 12 years, then added interest | 26 March 2017 | Angela Merkel will reportedly ignore Donald Trump's attempts to extricate 300bn pounds from Germany for what he deems to be owed contributions to Nato.


Woman who had terror conviction in Israel to be deported in plea deal

Woman who had terror conviction in Israel to be deported in plea deal | 23 March 2017 | Rasmieh Odeh, a former Michigan resident whose case was fiercely contested by both sides of the Arab-Israeli dispute, will be deported back to Jordan but spared jail time under a plea deal struck today, her attorney said.


Academic Freedom vs. "Social Justice:" Michael Rectenwald & Julian Klepper

Academic Freedom vs. "Social Justice:" Michael Rectenwald & Julian Klepper | 25 March 2017 | Discussion of social justice activism, intersectionality theory, academic freedom and more.


Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach

Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach | 25 March 2017 | Violence erupted at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach on Saturday after a protester opposed to President Trump allegedly doused a female organizer of the event with pepper spray, sparking a brawl that ended with several arrests.


Report: Sanctuary Cities Targeted With Enhanced Raids

Report: Sanctuary Cities Targeted With Enhanced Raids | 24 March 2017 | Immigration and Customs Enforcement is stepping up enforcement operations in so-called "sanctuary cities" in an effort to convince these jurisdictions to better cooperate with federal efforts, a CNN report says Friday.
 


Iraqi military says 61 bodies found in Mosul district more than week after U.S.-led strike

Iraqi military says 61 bodies found in Mosul district more than week after U.S.-led strike | 26 March 2017 | Iraq's military said on Sunday that 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that Islamic State had booby-trapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign the building had been hit by a coalition air strike.


At least 400,000 civilians trapped in Mosul with no food or electricity - UN

At least 400,000 civilians trapped in Mosul with no food or electricity - UN | 24 March 2017 | Some 400,000 civilians stuck in Mosul's Old City, held by Islamic State militants, are dealing with food and electricity shortages, making the UN High Commissioner for Refugees believe that "the worst is yet to come" in the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. "The worst is yet to come, if I can put it this way.


Gunman surrenders after fatal shooting near Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas led to police standoff

Gunman surrenders after fatal shooting near Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas led to police standoff | 25 March 2017 | The suspect in a shooting that killed one and injured another on a bus Saturday outside the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas has surrendered after an hours-long standoff with police on the Strip. The melee began shortly before 11 a.m.


Pro-Houthi court sentences Yemen president to death for treason

Pro-Houthi court sentences Yemen president to death for treason | 25 March 2017 | A Yemeni court in territory controlled by the armed Houthi movement sentenced the group's enemy in a two-year-old civil war President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and six other top officials in his government to death for "high treason" on Saturday.


Ex-Penn State president guilty after failing to report suspected Sandusky abuse

Ex-Penn State president guilty after failing to report suspected Sandusky abuse | 24 March 2017 | Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky in 2001.