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Surprise, Jeff Sessions Wants Tougher Prison Sentencing Guidelines


Judges are generally loathe to publicly criticize the political branches, and in many instances are prohibited by ethics rules from speaking out on topics that may come before the courts - several judges contacted on Friday by BuzzFeed News declined or didn't respond to interview requests. Read More »

In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce United Nations sanctions

North Korea accused the US and South Korean security agencies of planning a biochemical attack on leader Kim during April 15 celebrations in the North's capital of the anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung. The prosecutors called for the arrests and extraditions of those they say led or were involved with "the ugly state-sponsored crime". North Korea, meanwhile, reiterated an allegation it first made last week that the CIA and South Korea's spy agency plotted to use a " ... Read More »

Korea to dispatch veteran politician to China forum for possible fence-mending

That could be an early test for him with respect to the THAAD, as Moon has made clear he believes the USA deliberately forced the THAAD deal through during the lame duck government to avoid having to negotiate on the system properly. The two leaders agreed to exchange special envoys "at an early date", with Moon proposing sending a separate delegation to Beijing and Xi inviting him to visit, Yoon said. Read More »

Russian photographer blasts USA media for 'hysteria' over photoshoot

There was much furor in the US media after the White House blocked USA reporters from photographing the meeting, opting to allow only the White House and a sole Russian photographer to capture the images of the two officials. Russian officials have fired back fiercely by taking aim at the US media. White House officials seemed caught off-guard by the controversy, initially saying they had not anticipated that the state news agency Tass would post photographs from the meeting. Read More »

President Trump says 'perfect accuracy' not possible

The White House said Trump is weighing options for replacing Comey, a decision that could have broad implications for the future of the Russian Federation investigation. McCabe, a career FBI agent who ran the Washington field office and oversaw national security investigations out of headquarters, was a target of Trump's on the campaign trail following reports that his wife had accepted campaign donations from a close ally of Hillary Clinton during a failed bid for the state Senate. Read More »

Nanaimo MLA says election uncertainty means anything is possible

While B.C. figures out what to do next, experts say it's too early to predict how the results will affect the economy and in the meantime, everything will still be business as usual. The Liberal party won 43 seats, leaving it one seat short of a majority. During the election, the Building Trades praised Horgan for his pledge to fund the mayor's transit plan, committing to use local British Columbia skilled labour and creating apprenticeship opportunities through a Project Labour Agreement. Read More »

Sean Spicer Rebuts Report that Trump Asked Comey to Pledge His Loyalty

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation. A New York Times report this week also said that, during a one-on-one dinner in late January, Mr Trump had asked Mr Comey for a pledge of loyalty but it was not forthcoming. Read More »

GOP concerns on Trump and Comey pose threat to their agenda

She said Wednesday that "countless" agents had lost confidence in him, describing this as part of President Trump's thinking when he fired him. Trump also said he asked Comey explicitly whether he was personally being investigated as part of the bureau's Russian Federation probe. Read More »

Backed Forces Seize Key Syrian Town, Dam On Road To Raqqa

Erdogan has shown no signs of backing away from his demand that the US break ties with the YPG, which is viewed in Turkey as linked to the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu echoed Ergodan's remarks, insisting that "every weapon [the Kurds] obtain is a threat to Turkey". Next week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Trump at the White House. Read More »

Trump Tweets 'Let's Make Peace' After Meeting Russian, Ukrainian Envoys


The tweeted photos fashion a grinning Trump as peacemaker, a day after the Republican leader gave Lavrov a rare Oval Office welcome and Ukraine's Klimkin met with Vice President Mike Pence. Later, Sanders said, "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity". "And we think that we've actually, by removing Director Comey, taken steps to make that happen". Read More »

Senate intelligence panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents


A January report from the USA intelligence community concluded that Russian Federation did indeed meddle in the election, but Mr. Trump has been ambivalent on the issue. Trump said. The White House relied on Obama-era background checks to check Flynn, and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House officials about Flynn before he was sacked. Read More »

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Chides US Journalists

As I was finishing this animation, the Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the US presidential election subpoenaed Michael Flynn . "I am urging USA journalists not to lose their professional dignity and not to pin the blame on other people for their failure in organizing the photoshoot and the failure to provide access to their media". Read More »

North Korea Sends Rare Letter Of Protest Over New US Sanctions

The North's KCNA news agency last week accused the US Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea's National Intelligence Service of a plot to assassinate its "supreme leadership" with a biochemical weapon. The two leaders said they looked forward to meeting at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Germany in July. Asked in an interview with NBC News conducted on Thursday whether Moon's approach would mean a change in United States strategy, Trump replied: "He's more open to discussion". Read More »

Latest fighting kills 37 people in Central African Republic


The remaining three are at a United Nations mission hospital in the city of Bangassou, 47 kilometres east of Bangui. He will express "strong support for the United Nations peacekeeping mission" that was set up in 2014 to help stabilise the country, Dujarric said. Read More »

Former Top Spy Pushes Back at Trump's Tweets

Whoopi Goldberg asked. "It just feels like a coup". The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a photo of Trump and Lavrov shaking hands in the Oval Office. It was during a post-election meeting between Kislyak and Michael Flynn, who would become Trump's national security adviser , that the two discussed possible lifting of sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama to punish Russian Federation for election meddling. Read More »

US complains to China about North Korea's attendance at Silk Road summit

The Republican-led House overwhelmingly voted May 4 to impose the new sanctions, which target North Korea's shipping industry and use of what the bill called "slave labor". Beijing has so far refused to listen to Seoul's rationale, so Moon's delegation should hide nothing when they meet with Chinese officials. The demand comes a week after the North sensationally alleged it uncovered a US-South Korean plot to kill Kim with biochemical, radioactive or poisonous substances during a major ... Read More »

Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic watch, painting to be auctioned


Originally given to Kennedy by her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw "Stas" Radziwill in 1963, the Cartier Tank watch features the engraving 'Stas to Jackie 23 February 63 2:05 am to 9:35 pm.' The times refer to the start and stop times of a 50-mile hike in Palm Beach in 1963. Read More »

GOP Health Plan Doesn't Address the Biggest Health Care Problems

The spot directs viewers to call a number that connects to the Capitol switchboard. "This is one stage in a multistage legislative process", he said. The bill does not remove the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions. But, earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a media interview that revamping the way Medicaid funds are allocated was necessary to fix a "fundamentally flawed system". Read More »

Sean Spicer defends White House following Sally Yates' testimony on Michael Flynn


Spicer also took a shot at Yates for her alleged personal political biases, which he said could have influenced the Trump administration's willingness to act on the information. "Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked at Thursday's White House press briefing, said it was inappropriate for Trump to have asked Comey if he was under investigation". Read More »

U.S. signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

Tillerson said that the United States is reviewing several important policies on global warming. "In the United States we are now reviewing several important policies, including how the Trump administration will approach the issue of climate change", Tillerson told fellow members of the Arctic Council, meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Read More »

Can South Korea ETFs Continue To Surge After Presidential Election?

Moon's conservative predecessors generally shared America's approach to North Korea, which is basically to pressure the North through sanctions and other measures to abandon its nuclear program. The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since previous year in its quest to deliver a nuclear warhead to "imperialist enemy" the US. Read More »

US Senator Sees No Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud in 2016 Elections


Schneiderman said his office found no substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY past year. On Thursday, the White House announced an executive order that creates a "presidential advisory commission on election integrity". It's been over three months since the president first proposed it. We can't allow [Trump] to turn the clocks back more. He adds that this won't impact his work as Kansas secretary of state. Read More »

CBI grills TDP MLC in loan default case, conducts searches


They also conducted simultaneous searches in his firm VNR Infrastructures offices in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It was further alleged that VNR's management had applied for loans for the goal of executing certain projects in 2014-2015 to the tune of Rs 190 crore against the security of immovable property whose value was highly inflated with mala fide intention but did not repay the same, thereby causing a loss of ' 205.02 crore to IFCI Ltd. Read More »