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McConnell backs measure to change Senate rules, dismiss impeachment without articles

McConnell backs measure to change Senate rules, dismiss impeachment without articles | 09 Jan 2020 | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is backing a resolution to change the Senate’s rules to allow for lawmakers to dismiss articles of impeachment against President Trump before the House sends them over. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced on Thursday that McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to the resolution, which he introduced earlier this week. Spokesmen for McConnell didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about his support.

Iran says it may need help from French or Canadian experts to decode data from 'damaged' black boxes

Iran says it may need help from French or Canadian experts to decode data from 'damaged' black boxes | 09 Jan 2020 | The head of Iran's Civil Aviation Authority has said his country might need outside help to decode the information recorded by the black boxes from the Ukrainian 737 plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran. Ali Abedzadeh told CNN that, while Iran has the capacity to decode the black boxes from the Boeing passenger jet, it might still need extra help because they were badly damaged... Iranian and Ukrainian experts would begin decoding the data on Friday, he said. However, "if the available equipment is not enough to get the content," Abedzadeh explained, Tehran will send the boxes to experts "from France or Canada."

After Soleimani assassination Dems denounced and Reps cheered Trump. But he refused to start all-out war and everyone feels cheated

After Soleimani assassination Dems denounced and Reps cheered Trump. But he refused to start all-out war and everyone feels cheated | 09 Jan 2020 | Donald Trump's response to the Iranian missile attack on US military bases in Iraq is defying the expectations (and perhaps the hopes) of both Democratic and Republican neocon hawks...One way to understand the political imbroglio in the US is to realize that traps galore have been set for Trump by his opponents in both parties. The greater part of his own party consists of neocon hawks bent on regime change in the Middle East, while the greater part of the Democratic Party, a party that has impeached him in the House, seeks to cast him as the world’s most dangerous menace, liable to end all life on planet Earth if left in office.

'Send them over': Dianne Feinstein tells Pelosi to end delay over articles of impeachment

'Send them over': Dianne Feinstein tells Pelosi to end delay over articles of impeachment | 08 Jan 2020 | Sen. Dianne Feinstein broke ranks with fellow San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi when she urged the House speaker to end her blockade of the Senate trial to adjudicate impeachment charges against President Trump. Since House Democrats approved two articles of impeachment three weeks ago, Pelosi coordinating with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, has been sitting on the documents in a bid to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to agree to more favorable terms for the trial. But Senate Democrats are beginning to lose their patience with Pelosi's maneuver. The intervention of Feinstein saying bluntly that the time had come for Pelosi to transmit the impeachment articles to the Senate makes it highly likely that her fellow Californian will do so.

Paul fires back at Graham over Iran criticism: 'He insults the Constitution'

Paul fires back at Graham over Iran criticism: 'He insults the Constitution' | 08 Jan 2020 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) fired back at Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) after the South Carolina Republican accused him of emboldening Iran, saying Graham "insults the Constitution" and is making a "low, gutter type of response." Graham told reporters on Wednesday that he thought Paul and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) were "overreacting" by criticizing comments made during a closed-door Iran briefing. "They're libertarians," Graham said. "I think they're overreacting, quite frankly...Trust me, I'm going to let people know that at this moment in time to play this game with the war powers act...whether you mean to or not, you're empowering the enemy." Paul, asked about the comments during an interview with CNN, argued that Graham isn't familiar with the Constitution and was invoking a "fake sort of drape of patriotism."

FBI, Homeland Security warn of Iranian terror and cyber threat in new intelligence bulletin

Heads up! A Deep State false flag might be on the way: FBI, Homeland Security warn of Iranian terror and cyber threat in new intelligence bulletin | 08 Jan 2020 | The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned of the terror threats Iran poses to the US in a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement throughout the country on Wednesday. In the bulletin, which was obtained by CNN, the agencies predicted Iran could take immediate steps to attack the US in cyberspace, and noted that Iran [in actuality, the US Deep State] has a history of attempting assassinations and planting operatives in the US to conduct surveillance for terror attacks. The bulletin does not name any specific or credible threat, and an FBI spokesperson reiterated Wednesday that the agency was not aware of one.

2019 was second-hottest year on record, European data show

2019 was second-hottest year on record, European data show | 08 Jan 2020 | The evidence mounted all year. All-time temperature records were broken in France, Germany and elsewhere; the Greenland ice sheet experienced exceptional melting; and, as 2019 came to a close, broiling temperatures contributed to devastating wildfires that continue in Australia. Now European scientists have confirmed what had been suspected: 2019 was a very hot year, with global average temperatures the second-highest on record. Only 2016 was hotter, and not by much -- less than one-tenth of a degree Fahrenheit.

House Intel Republicans investigating inspector general handling of 'whistleblower' complaint

House Intel Republicans investigating inspector general handling of 'whistleblower' complaint | 07 Jan 2020 | House Intelligence Committee Republicans are investigating the intelligence community inspector general for his handling of the Ukraine 'whistleblower' complaint, including potential inconsistencies in his testimony before the panel as part of the Trump impeachment inquiry, Fox News has learned. Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., first told investigative reporter Sara Carter earlier this week that the panel has an "active investigation" into Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson.

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down' in address to nation

Trump says Iran 'appears to be standing down' in address to nation | 08 Jan 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday said Iran "appears to be standing down" in an address to the nation following missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. military personnel. Trump celebrated that no American lives were lost in the attacks, and announced that his administration would impose new "punishing" sanctions on Tehran until the regime changes its behavior. Flanked by military leaders and White House officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Trump also seemed to be taking a victory lap of sorts after a week that saw the U.S. and Iran tiptoe toward a major military confrontation.

176 killed after Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes in Tehran shortly after takeoff

176 killed after Ukraine International Airlines plane crashes in Tehran shortly after takeoff | 08 Jan 2020 | All 176 people on board a Ukraine International Airlines flight were killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, the country's Press TV reported. The Boeing 737 jet took off early Wednesday morning with 167 passengers and nine crew on board, Press TV reported, citing Ali Khashani, a senior public relations official at the airport. Earlier reports from Iranian state media had said 180 people were on board.

Earthquake strikes Iran near nuclear plant

Earthquake strikes Iran near nuclear plant | 07 Jan 2020 | The region near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant was hit by an earthquake early Wednesday. The 4.9 magnitude temblor struck about 6 miles southeast of Borazjan and 40 miles from the site tied to Iran's controversial nuclear program. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake began about six miles below the surface, which suggests a natural event unconnected to a tumultuous day in Iran.

Boeing plane carrying at least 170 passengers crashes in Iran

Boeing plane carrying at least 170 passengers crashes in Iran | 07 Jan 2020 | A Boeing 737 plane carrying at least 170 passengers crashed after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday, killing everyone aboard, according to Iran state television. The plane belonged to Ukraine International Airlines and crashed due to mechanical issues, state TV said, without elaborating. “After taking off from Imam Khomeini international airport it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,” civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

Rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops; Iran claims responsibility

Breaking: Rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops; Iran claims responsibility | 07 Jan 2020 | President Trump was briefed Tuesday evening after Iran claimed responsibility for the launch of unspecified projectiles at an Iraqi military base housing U.S. troops, a marked escalation in the conflict between the two countries following the U.S.'s killing of a top Iranian general. The Pentagon in a statement said Iran had "launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq," adding, "It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases holding U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil." Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said in the statement that the bases had been on high alert since the killing of Soleimani.

Trump officials voice opposition to 'forever chemical' bill

Trump officials voice opposition to 'forever chemical' bill | 07 Jan 2020 | The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump would likely veto legislation designed to manage a class of cancer-linked chemicals leaching into the water supply. The chemicals, known by the abbreviation PFAS, are used in a variety of nonstick products such as raincoats, cookware and packaging, and have been found in nearly every state in the country. They are considered "forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the environment and in the human body, with 99 percent of those tested having PFAS traces in their body.

Iranians take credit for rocket attack on base housing US troops

Breaking: Iranians take credit for rocket attack on base housing US troops | 07 Jan 2020 | At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN. The attack comes days after the US killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration has sought to cast that strike as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing, which it says was an "act of war" and "state terrorism." Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, said that the shelling has stopped for now.

US Military Bases Ramp Up Security Measures Amid Threats from Iran

US Military Bases Ramp Up Security Measures Amid Threats from Iran | 06 Jan 2020 | While Quantico, Fort Bragg, Fort Belvoir and Naval Base San Diego have tightened security since Iran's threats Friday, U.S. Northern Command has yet to publicly announce whether it will increase security nationwide. Tensions between the United States and Iran have grown since the U.S. killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 2. Iran has vowed revenge for the death of the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force.

Six Missiles Hit Al Asad Air Base in Suspected Iran Strike

Six Missiles Hit Al Asad Air Base in Suspected Iran Strike | 07 Jan 2020 | Six missiles hit Al Asad air base in Iraq's Anbar province late Tuesday, a defense official confirmed to Military.com. The attack appears to be the first action by Iran in response to the Jan. 3 U.S. strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but Iran's Fars news agency said missiles were fired at Al Asad and the Iraqi security forces in statements said several hit the base, a main hub for the U.S. train, advise and assist mission against the Islamic State [aka I-CIA-SIS].

Missile attacks target US forces in Iraq, senior military source says; Iran suspected

Breaking: Missile attacks target US forces in Iraq, senior military source says; Iran suspected | 07 Jan 2020 | Missiles were fired early Wednesday in multiple locations across Iraq, a senior U.S. military source in the country told Fox News, describing it as a series of attacks on U.S. forces from Iran. The source told Fox News: "Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles. All over the country." The missiles struck near Al Assad Air Base in Anbar, among other locations.

Thousands of Marines Head to Middle East on Navy Ship as Iran Pledges Retaliation

Thousands of Marines Head to Middle East on Navy Ship as Iran Pledges Retaliation | 04 Jan 2020 | A Navy amphibious assault ship with thousands of Marines on board will skip a planned training exercise in Africa to instead head toward the Middle East as tensions there spike. The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will not participate in Exercise African Sea Lion in Morocco, Military.com has confirmed. Instead, the Bataan, its crew and roughly 2,200 Marines aboard are moving to the Middle East. USNI News first reported the revised plans on Friday, the same day Pentagon officials said 3,000 North Carolina-soldiers would also deploy to the region.

Trump puts US exit from Iraq on hold amid fallout of Soleimani killing

Trump puts US exit from Iraq on hold amid fallout of Soleimani killing | 07 Jan 2020 | President Trump on Tuesday said he did not intend to quickly move troops from Iraq in his first lengthy comments about Middle East turbulence following the U.S. air strike that killed a top Iranian military general. The killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani has shaken U.S. allies and complicated U.S. policy in Iraq, where the parliament voted earlier this week in favor of American forces leaving the country. But Trump, who has been a vocal opponent of indefinite U.S. entanglement in foreign conflicts, made clear no such exit was imminent during on-camera remarks in the Oval Office.

Even CNN is tired of Joe Biden lying about having been against the Iraq War

Even CNN is tired of Joe Biden lying about having been against the Iraq War | 06 Jan 2020 | CNN has blasted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for claiming once again that he opposed the Iraq War from the beginning, when in fact he was an advocate of the war, speaking in favor of it many times. In a piece published on CNN's 'Facts First' blog, Biden was scolded for "dishonestly" claiming he opposed the invasion of Iraq. The fact-check came after Biden told a voter in Iowa at the weekend that he was against the war "from the very moment" George W. Bush launched it. In reality, Biden "repeatedly spoke in favor of the war both before and after it began," CNN wrote. The network called Biden's comment "highly misleading even under the most generous interpretation," given that the former VP was "actually a vocal supporter" of military action and voted to authorize Bush's use of force.

Iran officials hint at possible attacks on Trump properties

Iran officials hint at possible attacks on Trump properties | 06 Jan 2020 | Senior Iranian officials are using Twitter to hint at threats against President Trump's properties -- including his Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida and Trump Tower in Manhattan -- over the killing of Iran's top military commander. Hesameddin Ashena, a top adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, tweeted a link to a Forbes magazine profile that listed the properties, none of which is fortified to withstand a military attack, along with a quote from the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The tweet also included a link to a Business Casual video about his real estate empire.

Chelsea Clinton reaps $9 million from corporate board position

Chelsea Clinton reaps $9 million from corporate board position | 06 Jan 2020 | Chelsea Clinton has reaped $9 million in compensation since 2011 for serving on the board of an internet investment company, according to Barron's, the financial publication. Barron's reported Sunday that Clinton has profited handsomely as a board member for IAC/InterActiveCorp, a media and internet investment company that has an ownership stake in 150 well-known brands, such as Vimeo, Tinder, Angie's List and Home Advisor. Clinton, the only child of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has served on IAC's board since 2011 and receives an annual $50,000 retainer and $250,000 worth of restricted IAC stock units, Barron's reports.

Prospect of gun seizures in Virginia draws threats, promise of armed protest

Prospect of gun seizures in Virginia draws threats, promise of armed protest --Rally is planned for state Capitol Jan. 20 | 05 Jan 2020 | Gun rights advocates and militia members from around the country are urging thousands of armed protesters to descend on Virginia's capital later this month to stop newly empowered Democrats from passing gun-control [seizure] bills. What began as a handful of rural Virginia counties declaring themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries" has jumped the state's borders and become an Internet phenomenon. Patriot websites and commenters are declaring that Virginia is the place to take a stand against what they see as a national trend of weakening gun rights... The Virginia Citizens Defense League, the grass-roots organization planning the rally, said it has told the state to prepare for as many as 50,000 or even 100,000 people showing up.

'Never seen anything like it': The Australia bush fires are generating vast areas of violent weather

'Never seen anything like it': The Australia bush fires are generating vast areas of violent weather | 06 Jan 2020 | Among the many apocalyptic scenes from the Australian bush fires has been the presence of explosive, towering clouds appearing in the skies above the fire zones of southeastern Australia. These clouds, the most fearsome of which is known as pyrocumulonimbus, or pyroCb for short, are fire-generated thunderstorms. Their presence is an indication that a fire is exhibiting extreme behavior, such as spreading quickly beyond containment lines, switching its direction of movement, and even whipping up fire whirls and full-fledged fire tornadoes. Passengers aboard a Qantas Airlines flight to Canberra learned about the extraordinary forces involved in these clouds over the weekend, when their aircraft accidentally flew through one at high altitude. According to an ABC News account of the flight, the sky outside the aircraft's windows turned bright orange, then pitch black as jarring updrafts shook the plane.

Iraqi parliament passes resolution asking government to cancel request for assistance from US-led coalition

Iraqi parliament passes resolution asking government to cancel request for assistance from US-led coalition | 05 Jan 2020 | Iraq's parliament passed a resolution, urged by its caretaker prime minister, calling for the removal of foreign troops from the country, after the US assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of an Iraqi militia. The non-binding resolution instructs the government to cancel a request for military assistance from the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS [I-CIA-SIS]). With IS supposedly defeated, Iraq will not need foreign troops to fight the jihadists and can close its airspace to coalition aircraft.

Omar, Lee introduce House resolution preventing US military action against Iran not authorized by Congress

Omar, Lee introduce House resolution preventing US military action against Iran not authorized by Congress | 05 Jan 2020 | Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a press release Sunday that they would introduce a resolution to invoke the War Powers Act to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities with Iranian-backed forces in the Middle East. The resolution released by the two lawmakers would explicitly tie any military action against Iran to a congressional vote, though the U.S. would not be prevented from responding to an Iranian attack.

1 US service member, 2 DOD contractors killed in terror attack on US base in Kenya

1 US service member, 2 DOD contractors killed in terror attack on US base in Kenya --Two DOD employees were also wounded in the attack in Manda Bay. | 05 Jan 2020 | One U.S. service member and two American Department of Defense contractors were killed in a terror attack on a military base in Kenya that houses some U.S. military personnel. The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack that Kenyan authorities said had been repelled with four militants killed in the fighting.

Hottest place on earth: Temperatures in Sydney suburb soar to 120F as 8,000 koalas perish in the devastating bushfires sweeping across Australia

Hottest place on earth: Temperatures in Sydney suburb soar to 120F as 8,000 koalas perish in the devastating bushfires sweeping across Australia --Almost half a billion creatures are estimated to have died in the blazes --Rampaging fires have engulfed almost 12 million acres of bushland in Australia --8,000 dead koalas are equal to a third of their population in New South Wales | 05 Jan 2020 | The devastating wildfires sweeping across Australia could force some of the country’s best-loved animals to the brink of extinction, scientists warn. Almost half a billion creatures are estimated to have died in blazes that have now engulfed 12 million acres - an area nearly two thirds the size of the island of Ireland. And the crisis shows no sign of abating. The Penrith suburb of Sydney was the hottest place on Earth yesterday as temperatures soared to 48.9C (120F). Elsewhere in New South Wales, 80mph winds fanned the flames, with thousands of people fleeing their homes to take shelter on beaches.

Bear the Detection Dog is Sniffing Out and Saving Koalas Injured in Australia's Bushfires

Bear the Detection Dog is Sniffing Out and Saving Koalas Injured in Australia's Bushfires | 19 Nov 2019 | Bear is a dog and his job is finding koalas. The border collie/koolie mix with striking blue eyes works with Detection Dogs for Conservation, and has been specially-trained to sniff out displaced, sick, orphaned and injured koalas in the wild, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), so he has been busy these past few days. Bushfires are currently raging across Australia's east coast, and they are burning right through prime koala habitat. Experts predict that hundreds of koalas have already died [now at 8,000] in the fires, but Bear is there for the ones that survived.

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