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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Former Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim has asked a number of questions about Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian border and how Moscow’s possible invasion could be an “opportunity” for oil production. Regional countries “have to adjust their relationship with the United States and achieve political gains, especially in our region, especially with regard to the Iranian nuclear file. And the former prime minister of Qatar said on his Twitter page on Monday, “The tense situation in and around Ukraine makes us wonder, will there be a Russian invasion of Ukraine or what is on the verge of it? What will happen to Russia and the United States if the invasion takes place? “ Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said, “One of the most important consequences for the United States is related to the energy crisis and its impact on the shock of leading to a significant rise in prices, and the election to Congress next November. Therefore, the United States must deal with the major producing countries.” Oil to protect increased production,...
    After her heartbreaking exit from the Tokyo Olympics, Alyssa Naeher is back with the U.S. women’s national team. Naeher, who was knocked out of the Summer Games by a hyperextended right knee and a bone contusion, is training with the team at its camp in Austin, Texas. “I’m 100%, no restrictions,” Naeher said Monday. “It’s been I think, almost six, seven months now. So I’m excited to be healthy,” she said. “It’s been a long, long recovery and I’m excited to get back in with the group to put my head down and just get back to work.” The United States’ top goalkeeper was injured in the first half of a 1-0 semifinal loss to Canada in Tokyo. The United States went on to win the bronze medal with backup Adrianna Franch in goal, while the Canadians claimed gold. When the injury occurred, Naeher was coming off one of her best performances ever. She had saved a penalty kick at the end of regulation and two more in a shootout against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. ...
    In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam. This article first appeared on TomDispatch. Granted, during the years of schooling that preceded my deployment there, I had amassed all sorts of facts, some of them at least marginally relevant to the matter at hand. Yet despite the earnest efforts of some excellent teachers, I had managed to avoid acquiring anything that could be dignified with the term education. Now, however haltingly, that began to change. A year later, when my tour of duty ended, I carried home from Vietnam the barest inkling of a question: How had this massive cockup occurred and what did it signify? Since that question implied rendering judgment on a war in which I had (however inconsequentially) participated, it wasn’t one that I welcomed. Even so, the question dogged me. During the ensuing decades, while expending considerable...
    In the past, Barbara F. Walter — author the new book “How Civil Wars Start, and How to Stop Them” — served on an advisory panel for the Central Intelligence Agency, she helped CIA agents identify signs that a country is facing serious political instability and the potential for widespread conflict. Now, in 2022, Walter is pointing to her own country, the United States, as a country with that potential. Walter, in an op-ed published by the Washington Post on January 24, compares the political tensions in the U.S. to what she observed in other countries in the past. I wrote something for the Washington Post today. Opinion | Why should we worry that the U.S. could become an \u2018anocracy\u2019 again? Because of the threat of civil war.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/24/why-should-we-worry-that-us-could-become-an-anocracy-again-because-threat-civil-war/?tid=ss_tw\u00a0\u2026 — Barbara F Walter (@Barbara F Walter) 1643050232 “I will never forget interviewing Berina Kovac, who had lived in multi-ethnic Sarajevo in the early 1990s, when Bosnia and Herzegovina (were) moving toward independence from Yugoslavia,” Walter recalls. “Though militias had begun to organize in the hills and former colleagues increasingly targeted...
    A House Democrat asserted Monday that people have called his office claiming to be Fox News viewers and telling him the U.S. should be "siding with Russia" as tensions between Russia and Ukraine intensify. "My office is now getting calls from folks who say they watch Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report: More of Biden's agenda teeters on collapse The Hill's Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin Tucker Carlson extends influence on GOP  MORE and are upset that we're not siding with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia's 'reasonable' positions," Rep. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiMomentum builds to prohibit lawmakers from trading stocks Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent In their own words: Lawmakers, staffers remember Jan. 6 insurrection MORE (D-N.J.) said in a tweet on Monday afternoon.  Malinowski's office did not immediately respond to a request from The Hill seeking specific examples of the feedback it has received. Fox News also did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have increased...
    Experts who praised the president's first year in office say the post-pandemic economic recovery and U.S. foreign relations, among other things, hinge on what he does next. President Joe Biden notched a number of accomplishments in his first year in office, despite being met with several legislative setbacks and rule blockades. Among policy experts, the reviews are in. While numerous think tanks have hailed Biden's successes in passing a landmark stimulus bill, lowering unemployment, growing the economy, and revitalizing alliances with European nations, they have also highlighted a number of additional challenges they hope the president will meet head on before his term is up. While Biden added a record number of jobs and restored the economy to its pre-pandemic position, researchers at the left-leaning Center for American Progress have cautioned that the economy could still suffer moving forward, unless Biden is able to pass some or all of his landmark Build Back Better bill, which calls for billions in spending to combat climate change, increase education opportunities, and eradicate child...
    Decryption – Voluntary departures have doubled since the onset of the epidemic. Washington Correspondent The massive voluntary resignation movement that has rocked the United States since the outbreak continues to surprise. Since the first prison, in March 2020, approximately 48 million Americans have voluntarily resigned. Nearly a quarter of employees in the United States plan to change jobs this year. Even in a country where the average employee normally holds their job for only four years, this wave is unprecedented. Read moreThe labor shortage in the United States is holding back hiring As of November (the latest federal data available) more than 4 million Americans have yet to voluntarily quit their jobs. Before the epidemic, the number of voluntary departures was 2 million per month. The wave was led by Anthony C, an administrative professor at the University of Texas A&M. Called “The Great Resignation” by Clotts. He was one of the few people who saw this wave of experts in work world psychology. “When we were human we knew … This article is for subscribers only....
    Monday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia Purse: AUD33,784,200 Surface: Hardcourt outdoor MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) _ Results Monday from Australian Open at Melbourne Park (seedings in parentheses): Men’s Singles Fourth Round Felix Auger-Aliassime (9), Canada, def. Marin Cilic (27), Croatia, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2, 7-6 (4). Daniil Medvedev (2), Russia, def. Maxime Cressy, United States, 6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7-5. Jannik Sinner (11), Italy, def. Alex de Minaur (32), Australia, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (4), Greece, def. Taylor Fritz (20), United States, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Women’s Singles Fourth Round Danielle Collins (27), United States, def. Elise Mertens (19), Belgium, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Alize Cornet, France, def. Simona Halep (14), Romania, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Iga Swiatek (7), Poland, def. Sorana Cirstea, Romania, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia, def. Aryna Sabalenka (2), Belarus, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7). Men’s Doubles Third Round Wesley Koolhof, Netherlands, and Neal Skupski (10), Britain, def. Marcos Giron, United States, and Kwon Soon Woo, South Korea, 6-3, 6-4. Rajeev Ram, United States, and Joe Salisbury (2), Britain, def. Li Tu and Dane...
    The United States has issued a travel warning to Russia following tensions with Ukraine
    (CNN Business)Washington is suspending more than three dozen flights from Chinese carriers over the next couple of months, the latest escalation in a spat over pandemic-related travel rules between the United States and China. On Friday, the US Transportation Department said it would suspend 44 China-bound flights operated by Chinese carriers from the United States between late January and the end of March. The order — which applies to flights operated by Air China (AIRYY), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), China Southern Airlines (ZNH) and Xiamen Airlines — was issued "in response" to measures by Chinese aviation authorities that forced US carriers to cancel the same number of flights, according to the US Transportation Department. Beijings Olympic bubble will be the most ambitious Covid quarantine ever attempted. Will it work?Many China-bound flights from the United States have been canceled in recent weeks because of a so-called "circuit breaker" rule that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has applied to international flights. That rule, enacted last June, means that a flight is automatically suspended for two weeks if five or more...
    Dr. Abdelkader Mohammed created the event and, at the beginning of the new year, received the title of “Best Physician of 2022” in “Ohio” by the American Foundation TopTax, which specializes in medicine, where he currently holds office. The Assistant Professor of Neuroimaging at the University Hospital of Cincinnati, as well as the prestigious UC-Gardner Institute for Neuroscience, emphasized the coronation ceremony in accordance with the standards adopted by the organization, by Dr. Dedicated to the achievements of Mohammed last year (2021). The Algerian researcher was crowned the best physician in the United States, after excelling in a number of criteria specified in medical services and research work, as well as the academic aspect, as well as copyright and publications. Medical services and the practice of diagnostic counseling are brought under the purview of the clinical-surgical service therapists for brain and neurological diseases, which are mentioned in eight research papers, all of which have been featured in the first issue of the first scientific journal. One of these studies, published in the American Journal of Neuroimaging Medicine in March 2021,...
    Mike Ledbetter has announced his candidacy for President of the United States for 2024 and his new book, Nine Sovereign Kings: The Return of God:  Mike Ledbetter, faithful Christian, proud American, family man and Texan, has just announced his “Candidacy for President of the United States” for 2024 and the release of his new book entitled Nine Sovereign Kings: The Return of God. The book focuses on the Supreme Court of the United States and its need for it being restructured. Nine Sovereign Kings: The Return of God can be downloaded for free and will allow readers to build an informed opinion on how far-reaching the consequences are of having Supreme Court Judges with no checks and balances upon themselves. “I am a man of faith, and I like all the American People will always believe in the ‘American Dream’ until it is completely ‘Fulfilled’ for all our ‘Families’ and ‘Nation,'” said Ledbetter. “We have all been blessed by our Creator, our Trinity God with a ‘Mighty Country’ that the...
    Talgo trains similar to the one seen here in Mumbai will be used in Nigeria, instead of the high-speed rail line running between Milwaukee and Madison for which they were initially intended. The Governor of Lagos, Nigeria bought two trains built by the Spanish company Talgo that were originally meant for a high-speed railway in Wisconsin initially planned to connect Milwaukee and Madison. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was in Milwaukee on Tuesday for the purchase of the Series 8 trains, which will instead be used as part of Lagos’ Red Line, considered the first operational metro system in West Africa, according to a press release. Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson told Wisconsin Public Radio that the moment was “bittersweet.” “I'm sending my congratulations to the governor in Lagos State in Nigeria, but also a little disappointed that we missed out on the opportunity to have those trainsets operating here in Milwaukee and in Wisconsin.” The saga to build a high-speed rail in Wisconsin spans a decade and spawned an acclaimed Wisconsin Public Radio podcast series titled “Derailed.” The podcast follows former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle’s announcement in...
              by Callista Gingrich   On January 15, during a Sabbath service at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, four worshipers were taken hostage by Malik Faisal Akram.  Thankfully, all four hostages were freed, but that does not erase the evil and hate surrounding this terrorist attack. Using Jewish worshippers as hostages to force the release of an imprisoned convicted terrorist was the explicit motive of Akram, as made clear by his statements during the attack.  The Washington Post reported, “Akram chose this place, according to people who heard him on the live stream, because it appeared to be the closest assemblage of Jews to a federal facility in Fort Worth where an American-educated Pakistani convicted terrorist is serving an 86-year sentence for shooting at U.S. soldiers and FBI agents.” Ironically, the day after this horrific attack, the United States observed National Religious Freedom Day, which commemorates the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786.  This law later inspired and shaped the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Religious freedom – often referred to as America’s...
                 A 53 year old Minnesota TikToker pled guilty to impersonating a federal agent on Friday. According to the District of Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office, the TikToker had over 10,000 followers on his account where he used a fraudulent name and pretended to be a federal agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security. The man, Reyel Devon Simmons, will be sentenced at a later date. Simmons was a prior convicted felon from Colorado. Court documents say that Simmons used the name “Rey Reeves” on TikTok, and posted videos on a regular basis. The District of Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “[Simmons] used a profile photo that showed him wearing law enforcement gear and made several posts displaying law enforcement equipment, badges, and firearms, and referring explicitly and implicitly to himself as a federal agent.” Simmons has never been employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security and has never been a sworn officer with any federal, state, or local agency, the District of Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office reported. Court documents allege that Simmons regularly carried a...
    The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, announced on Saturday that part of a $200 million “security assistance” package for Ukraine’s military had arrived in the country early that morning.  “The donation, which includes close to 200,000 pounds of lethal security assistance, including ammunition for the front line defenders of Ukraine, demonstrates the United States’ strong commitment to Ukraine’s sovereign right to self-defense,” the U.S. embassy said in a post on Facebook.  The U.S. embassy noted that over $650 million of security assistance had been committed to Ukraine by the United States in the last year, and over $2.7 billion since 2014.  “The United States will continue providing such assistance to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces in their ongoing effort to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression. As President BidenJoe BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE told President Putin, should Russia further invade Ukraine, the United States will provide additional defensive material to Ukraine above...
    Ancient Egypt was not the first place on earth to build a pyramid. 5,000 years ago, an ancient civilization in Peru created something comparable to 500 years before Giza. Carol is an archeological site, a remnant of the ancient civilization of the same name, located on the Peruvian coast, 180 km north of Lima in the Soup Valley. This ancient civilization, which existed in this place 5,000 years ago, is considered the oldest on the American continent (it is the second oldest in the world after Sumer in Mesopotamia). So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange. Unlike other ancient civilizations (Egypt, Sumer, China, etc.), carol has particularly isolated properties. But that does not stop it from experiencing exceptional growth, anticipating other cultures that have appeared in Mesoamerica for more than 1,500 years. Carol is not only the oldest civilization in America, but this city has some of the oldest pyramids in the world. © GFLOR The construction of the pyramids of Caroline makes this civilization a mystery ...
    The Biden administration will not allow foreign truckers from Mexico or Canada to enter the country unless they provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus. Beginning Saturday, all non-citizens must show proof of vaccination at all ports of entry and ferry terminals when trying to enter the country. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said: Starting on January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security will require that non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals along our Northern and Southern borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show related proof of vaccination. These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy. Before the new mandate, nonresident essential travelers have been allowed entry into the country regardless of their vaccination status. However, United States officials announced the vaccine mandate in October, hoping to incentivize more travelers to get vaccinated. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Covid-19 response and the vaccination program at the...
    Just five months after President Biden’s high profile troop withdrawal from Afghanistan the country is in crisis. According to the United Nations World Food Program, 23 million Afghans are living in conditions of “severe food insecurity,” and conditions are expected to get worse throughout the winter. This crisis comes not from President Biden’s so-called end of the war on Afghanistan, but rather through his continuation of the war through economic means. Immediately after the U.S. troop withdrawal, the United States, along with the United Nations Security Council, launched heavy sanctions on Afghanistan. This resulted in a withdrawal of international funding equivalent to 40% of the country’s entire GDP. Thiswas immediately devastating to the country given that 75% of its public spending was funded by foreign aid grants. While it took a while for the economic crisis to gain attention from the international community, the situation in Afghanistan has gotten so bad that major news outlets are finally covering the issue. Not only are they covering it; they are publishing direct criticism of Biden’s policy of economic warfare. The New York...
    Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in urging the U.S. Department of State to strengthen its efforts to fight back against the influx of deadly fentanyl into their states and the nation as a whole. “It has been proven time and again that illegal fentanyl is flowing across our border from Mexico, and this must stop,” said Carr. “We will leave no stone unturned in our fight against the opioid epidemic, and we call on our federal partners to do the same.” In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the attorneys general outlined their concerns regarding the production and distribution of fentanyl, including the trafficking of fentanyl from Mexico and China. Historically, fentanyl was made in China and shipped directly to the United States. Following pressure from the federal government, China began taking action against illicit fentanyl manufacturing within its borders in 2019. However, Chinese labs then diverted precursor chemicals for fentanyl manufacturing to other countries, including Mexico. Alarming quantities...
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    By Kevin Liptak | CNN President Joe Biden on Friday accepted an invitation to visit Japan in the late spring during his virtual meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, according to a senior administration official. It would be Biden’s first visit as president to Asia, a region he’s vowed to prioritize even as crises with Russia and the Middle East have demanded his attention. Biden hopes renewed US focus on Asia will buffer China’s aggression in the region, and the issue of Beijing’s military stance formed a major topic of discussion in Biden’s call on Friday with his Japanese counterpart. Kishida was concerned in particular with China’s nuclear build-up, officials said afterward, a troubling development in a part of the world already on edge amid North Korea’s renewed provocations and its recent suggestion it would resume nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Japan is also concerned about China’s actions in the South and East China Seas, including over a set of disputed islands that both nations claim as their own. The two men also discussed the current crisis in Ukraine during...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday accepted an invitation to visit Japan in the late spring during his virtual meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, according to a senior administration official.The two men discussed the current crisis in Ukraine and recent provocations from North Korea during their 90-minute conversation, which the official said was warm and wide-ranging.The Prime Minister indicated Japan was behind the United States in working to deter a Russian invasion of Ukraine -- though the official said the matter of sanctions, and whether Japan was prepared to issue them in response to a potential incursion, did not arise.While Biden remains focused on domestic issues and the current crisis in eastern Europe, he "wanted it to be known clearly" that the United States still intends to "step up our game in the Indo-Pacific."That includes the trip later this year, which will include an official visit and a Quad leaders summit. Biden "graciously" accepted the prime minister's invitation, which the official said was also extended to first lady Jill Biden. The Quad nations consist of the US, Japan, India and...
    So I\u2019m outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC, and Catholics for Choice is here projecting messages onto the church in support of abortion rights.\n\nThe protest coincides with the basilica\u2019s \u201cprayer vigil for life,\u201d happening inside.pic.twitter.com/0y1M7X9ByC — Jack Jenkins (@Jack Jenkins) 1642721480 The pro-choice organization's protest was met with a mix of online condemnation and applause, with leaders in the church labeling the sophomoric antics an "attempted desecration" and "diabolical." The attempted desecration is enormous. Diabolical. Mother Mary, pray for them, now and at the hour of death. Amen.https://twitter.com/APdubs/status/1484339408169885704\u00a0\u2026 — Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone) 1642735083 This year's March for Life is of particular importance to many attendees, as the Supreme Court will rule in the coming months on whether a Mississippi law preventing abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy is constitutional. Should the Supreme Court uphold the Mississippi state law, it may also overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case legalizing abortion. Should Roe v. Wade get overturned, several states stand at the ready to introduce robust legal protections...
    China on Friday criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology, and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The United States announced penalties on three companies it said were engaged in unspecified "missile technology proliferation activities." It said they were barred from U.S. markets and from obtaining technology that can be used to make weapons. "This is a typical hegemonic action. China strongly deplores and firmly opposes it," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian. "China urges the United States to immediately correct its mistakes, revoke the relevant sanctions and stop suppressing Chinese enterprises and smearing China." Spectators wave Chinese flags as military vehicles carrying DF-41 ballistic missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) UYGHUR-AMERICAN SLAMS BIDEN DONOR, OWNER OF GOLDEN STATE WARRIROS OVER ANTI-UYGHUR COMMENT: ‘GENOCIDE DENIAL’ China accounted for about 5% of global weapons exports in 2016-20, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United States was...
    Did you feel it or hear it? If you live in north Georgia and felt some rumbling you’re not alone. The The USGS (United States Geological Survey), a science bureau within the United States Department of the Interior, reported a 2.6 magnitude earthquake happened around 11:47 p.m. Thursday. Officials say the center of the earthquake was shortly more than 10 miles north-northeast of Eton, Georgia in Murray County. So far 532 citizens have contributed information to the USGS regarding their experience with the earthquake last night in North Georgia. If you felt it, you can add your information here:       
                 U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN-02) introduced a new bill to strengthen the penalty for drug traffickers, specifically those who distribute fentanyl. The legislation, known as the Fentanyl Trafficker Elimination Act, establishes life sentences for individuals convicted of intentionally trafficking fentanyl or fentanyl analogues. “Smugglers aren’t deterred by the existing penalties for trafficking fentanyl into the United States,” Burchett said. “You better be ready to spend the rest of your life in prison if you willingly bring illegal fentanyl across any of our borders. No longer can we shrug off this criminal activity that is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of Americans.” The deadly drug has grown in popularity. According to the nonprofit Families Against Fentanyl, the drug is the number one killer of individuals ages 18 to 45, outpacing COVID-19, suicide, and car accidents. Data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that more than 11,000 pounds of the synthetic opioid were seized last fiscal year—the highest number in recent years. “As an EMT and former federal drug prosecutor, I’ve witnessed firsthand the lethal effects of...
    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, warned President Biden during "Primetime" that he's "playing with fire" after trying to de-legitimize the outcome of the upcoming November midterm elections during his press conference Wednesday.  Sen. Josh Hawley: "I'm not sure that I really believe that little story the vice president just told there. If that is happening, I bet world leaders do have a lot of questions. They probably wonder who the heck is in charge in this White House, because it doesn't appear to be the president of the United States, and it sure doesn't appear to be the vice president of the United States. So who is really running the show? And after this disastrous first year? I mean, the American people want to know what is going on, and this is why they're in such trouble come November.  … "But the bottom line is this, Pete, that our democracy is strong, that the American people are strong and in charge and their votes are the ones that count. Their voices are the ones that matter. And to try to de-legitimize...
    The message was unmistakable. At his first press conference since November — an event that was meant to be a reset for a presidency that has already had more resets than a dud satellite box — Joe Biden gave Vladimir Putin the green light to attack Ukraine. That’s what I heard when I watched his mumbling, stumbling performance on Wednesday afternoon. It’s what millions of Americans heard — and it’s what Vladimir Putin was waiting to hear. Biden said that Russia ‘will be held accountable if it invades’ Ukraine, but then added that ‘it depends on what it does’. ‘It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,’ Biden went on. ‘But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the force amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia.’ Biden said that Russia ‘will be held accountable if it invades’ Ukraine, but then added that ‘it depends on what it does’ In other words, Putin is...
    Surely many bigger history nerds and Constitution nerds than me (and there must be some) have stumbled on this before, but it actually seems somewhat possible that the 14th Amendment precludes Donald Trump from serving another term as president. During my weekend reading, I stumbled across some pieces about this seldom mentioned constitutional provision. (Here’s one.) They note in 14th Amendment, adopted in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War and so full of great provisions on which modern American history has relied, Section 3 says that: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to...
    TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, accompanied by Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, described France as an indispensable partner in achieving the goal of a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” Japan, the United States, Australia and India are promoting the goal as a counter to China’s growing influence and assertiveness in pushing its territorial claims in the region, which has some of the world’s busiest sea lanes. The talks among the four ministers, including French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Defense Minister Florence Parly, were the first since 2019 and were held virtually. “The security environment surrounding Japan and France is increasingly severe and uncertain,” with some countries attempting to change the status quo with force, Kishi said. Japan is particularly concerned about Chinese military activity in waters surrounding the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which Beijing also...
    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s “fanboying over authoritarianism” while explaining, in part, why President Vladimir Putin is aggressively amassing troops on the Russia-Ukraine border. Vindman’s analysis came on Wednesday night’s All In and followed host Chris Hayes’s noting that Putin appears to, in many ways, be trying to reconstitute the Soviet Union, or at least exert control over “former vassal states,” that comprised the USSR. Vindman is the now-retired Lieutenant Colonel who was born in Russia and is a decorated expert on this issue. He recently served as Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council before resigning from that position in February of 2020 amid controversy surrounding former President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. That call led to Trump’s first impeachment for which he was acquitted. After a brief assessment of the current geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe explaining Putin’s aggressions, Vindman rhetorically asked why is this all happening now, and explained a number of variables at play. “It’s mainly because a sense of opportunity, a sense of...
    By Gilles MatriconMeteorologistPosted on 01/17/22, updated on 01/19/22 12:14 pm This week marks several simultaneous winter attacks in North America and Eastern Europe. A situation associated with polar vortex stagnation. The Polar vortex The name used to refer to the high winds that surround the Arctic during the cold season, which contain cold winds in the polar region. But under certain conditions, this vortex relaxes and allows cold air to flow towards the southern latitudes, resulting in cold and blizzards. North America and Eastern Europe are affected by polar spinning shops This week, there will be two major waves of jet stream: one over eastern North America and the other over eastern Europe. These oscillations of the jet stream, known as the “polar vortex”, cause the descent of cold winds toward the south. Thus, a major blizzard hit eastern America, followed by Ontario and Quebec. 300,000 people were without electricity in Carolina and Virginia, where there was 30 cm of snow locally. Ottawa, Canada recorded a record snowfall of 46 cm in January. In the United States, nearly...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is not planning to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending combat troops. But he could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky military options, including supporting a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. The rationale for not directly joining a Russia-Ukraine war is simple. The United States has no treaty obligation to Ukraine, and war with Russia would be an enormous gamble, given its potential for expanding in Europe, destabilizing the region, and escalating to the frightening point of risking a nuclear exchange. Doing too little has its risks, too. It might suggest an acquiescence to future Russian moves against other countries in eastern Europe, such as the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, although as NATO members those three have security assurances from the United States and the rest of the alliance. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is in Europe this week to speak with officials in Ukraine, consult NATO allies and then meet Friday with his Russian counterpart, has asserted “an unshakable U.S. commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and...
    Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2022. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their “final solution” that called for exterminating Europe’s Jews. On this date: In 1265, England’s first representative Parliament met for the first time. In 1801, Secretary of State John Marshall was nominated by President John Adams to be chief justice of the United States. In 1841, the island of Hong Kong was ceded by China to Great Britain. (It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.) In 1936, Britain’s King George V died after his physician injected the mortally ill monarch with morphine and cocaine to hasten his death; the king was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne 11 months later to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first chief executive to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 instead of March...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to begin talks on removing former President Donald Trump’s import taxes on British steel and aluminum. In a joint statement Wednesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.K. Trade Minister Anne-Marie Tevelyan said they would be working toward a swift deal that ensures the viability of the steel and aluminum industries in both countries and also “strengthens their democratic alliance.” In 2018, Trump imposed tariffs of 25% on foreign steel and 10% on aluminum, calling them a threat to U.S. national security — a move that outraged the British, Europeans and other longstanding American allies. Although President Joe Biden had criticized Trump for alienating allies, he was slow once taking office a year ago to undo the metals tariffs, popular in the politically important steel-producing states. Last year, the Biden administration reached a deal with the European Union, agreeing to drop the tariffs on EU metals that come in below new import quotas and continuing to tax imports that exceed them. The EU...
    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 16 The Washington Post on “Martin Luther King, Jr. did not give up. Those fighting for democracy must follow his example”: On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is perhaps more important than ever to recall King’s immortal expression of hope, a paraphrase of a 19th century abolitionist minister: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” King preached both urgency and patience — nonviolent perseverance in the face of fire hoses, dogs, beatings, lynchings. Every second of marginalization was intolerable. Yet it took a decade after King’s 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott for Congress to approve the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Enslaved Americans had been freed a century before. King did not lose hope. He kept working. He believed that most people feel compassion for their fellow human beings, even if it can take time for some to recognize themselves in others — and even more for this recognition to change minds. Though the...
    Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined "America's Newsroom" to discuss rising tension between Russia and Ukraine, warning it would be a "terrible mistake" if Putin invaded the country as the Kremlin amasses troops on the border. Portman told co-hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer the United States stands with Ukraine "unequivocally" as a potential Russian-led invasion looms.  RUSSIA SENDS MORE TROOPS WESTWARD AMID TENSIONS WITH UKRAINE ROB PORTMAN: Well, it's very troubling. He has amassed over 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine, and I was very pleased to see those strong words from Secretary Blinken. They echo what we were saying over the last couple of days in Ukraine, which is that the United States unequivocally stands with a Ukraine that has turned to the West, turned toward democracy, freedom. They don't want to go back to an authoritarian past. I think this is why President Putin feels such a threat. It's not that Ukraine threatens Russia in any way, except for the fact that they're a democracy that's thriving. And so we need to stand with them, as do...
    London/Paris (CNN Business)Major international airlines are canceling flights to the United States over aviation industry fears that 5G technology could interfere with crucial onboard instruments.But it's business as usual in Europe, where the latest generation of high speed mobile networks is being rolled out without a hitch. "The technical data received from EU manufacturers offers no conclusive evidence for immediate safety concerns at this time," the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) told CNN Business on Wednesday."At this time, EASA is not aware of any in-service incidents caused by 5G interference," added the regulator, which oversees civil aviation in 31 European countries.The story is much the same in the United Kingdom, where the Civil Aviation Authority issued a safety notice on Tuesday that said "there have been no confirmed instances where 5G interference has resulted in aircraft system malfunction or unexpected behavior."Airlines ask Biden administration for immediate intervention on 5GRead MoreThe lack of alarm in Europe stands in stark contrast to the United States, where airlines have warned of catastrophic consequences for aviation and the economy if super-fast 5G mobile...
    (CNN)The President of Emirates tells CNN that the airline was not aware of some of the potential 5G rollout issues until yesterday morning, calling the situation "one of the most delinquent, utterly irresponsible" he has seen in his aviation career.Major international airlines are scrambling to modify or cancel flights to the United States amid uncertainty about potential interference between new 5G cell phone services and critical airplane technologies. Emirates has canceled flights to nine U.S. destinations today.International airlines suspend some US flights over 5G uncertaintySpeaking to CNN's Richard Quest today, Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said that they were not aware of the issues until yesterday morning "to the extent that it was going to compromise the safety of operation of our aircraft and just about every other 777 operator to and from the United States and within the United States."Transportation regulators had already been concerned that the version of 5G that was scheduled to be switched on could interfere with some airplane instruments, and many aviation industry groups shared those fears — despite reassurances from federal telecom regulators and...
    ICE cream is one of the globe's favorite frozen desserts. The average American consumes approximately 23 pounds of ice cream and related frozen desserts per year. 3There is no specific date or inventor of ice creamCredit: Getty Who invented ice cream? The first published ice cream recipe appeared in a French cookbook, The Art Of Making Ices, in 1700. However, prior to that, in 1660, the first gelato was sold to the public in Paris in 1660, by a Sicilian man named Francesco Procopio. Procopio introduced the dish of frozen milk, cream, eggs and butter, at Cafe Procope, Paris' first cafe. The first ice cream parlour in America opened in 1776 in New York, and the first advert for ice cream came out in the New York Gazette in 1777. But it wasn't until the second half of the nineteenth century, with mechanical refrigeration, that ice cream became a treat for the masses, rather than a luxury for the rich. In the late 1800s, Jacob Fussell, a milk dealer from Baltimore, began the industrial manufacture of ice cream, so that those who were less well-off could also enjoy it....
    The United States and the D.C. "warmonger" establishment is "sleepwalking" the country into a war with Russia by its potential intercession in the affairs of Ukraine, a Russian policy expert told Fox News on Tuesday. On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," host Tucker Carlson implicated media figures in what he said was cheering on a potential conflict with a rival nation that has a 4,000-strong nuclear weapons arsenal. Carlson criticized Joe Scarborough, who recently claimed on MSNBC that the United States must be "aggressive" in defense of Ukraine as an American ally. "Despite what you hear, we have to defend our Democratic allies," Scarborough said. "It is time for the Biden White House to start speaking more clearly and more aggressively, and telling us how they are going to stop this invasion from happening." BONGINO WARNS ‘IT WILL GET WORSE’ AS BIDEN LACKS CLINTON'S ‘INCLINATION’ TO MODERATE Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images) Carlson asked Russia policy expert Clinton Ehrlich about Scarborough's comments, as well as a hypothetical situation in which neighboring Mexico were suddenly occupied by Chinese forces; comparing...
    The White House admitted Tuesday that the United States government failed to flag a man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday. Malik Faisal Akram, 44, who was shot and killed by police during his hostage attempt at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, was reportedly known by United Kingdom intelligence, according to reports. The United States government data bases, however, did not. “Our understanding and obviously we are still looking into this is he was checked against U.S. government data bases multiple times prior to entering the country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday. Akram flew into the United States through New York on January 22 with a tourist visa, according to reports. “The U.S. government did not have any derogatory information about the individual in our systems at the time of entry,” Psaki said. Akram’s brother expressed disbelief that he was allowed into the country. “How had he gotten into America?”Akram said to the New York Times. “Why was he granted a visa? How did he land at J.F.K....
    A man with dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship was arrested in Chicago on Friday on charges of selling technology to the Iranian government. Kambiz Attar Kashani, 44, is accused of selling software and electronic equipment to the Central Bank of Iran through front businesses in the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Justice said Tuesday. The U.S. government classifies the CBI as a threat to national security due to its ties to terrorist groups. TWITTER SUSPENDS ACCOUNT OF IRANIAN LEADER WHO POSTED ANIMATION OF TRUMP ASSASSINATION “As alleged, Kashani orchestrated an elaborate scheme to evade U.S. export laws and use the U.S. financial system in procuring U.S. electronic equipment and technology for the CBI, which has been designated by the United States government as acting for or on behalf of terrorist organizations,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York. The CBI has in the past supported Hezbollah, a Lebanese terrorist organization, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which "is a branch of the Iranian armed forces and represents the...