Archives for February 2015

Obama Administration More Vocal About Netenyahu Speech to Congress

Administration officials are getting blunter in their criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu’s acceptance of an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Charlie Rose This Week….

Three Arrested in Big Apple in Plan to Join ISIL in Syria

Three Brooklyn, New York men were arrested today, charged with planning to leave the U.S. and going to Syria for fight for the Islamic State. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton…..

Bratton says if they were unsuccessful in leaving for the Middle East, the trio had a back up plan, which he says included obtaining weapons here and going after police officers and FBI agents. The FBI started watching one of the trio last August after he posted an ISIL affiliated website that he’d kill Pres. Obama if ordered to do so.

Zimmerman won’t face federal charges

The Justice Department announced today, federal charges will not be filed against George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin in 2012 during a confrontation. Federal prosecutors concluded there was not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights. Florida prosecutors tried to convict Zimmerman of state-level murder and manslaughter charges, but in July 2013, a jury acquitted him.

ISIS abducts Assyrian Christians

Islamic State militants have abducted as many as 90 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning several small villages in northeast Syria. Sky News reported that the abductions followed heavy fighting in the area, which is near the borders with Turkey and Iraq. The area also has been the target of several recent airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

Obama vetoes pipeline

President Obama today has officially vetoed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, marking his third rejection of congressionally approved legislation during his six years in office. The veto, which was long expected, came the same day that the GOP-dominated Congress formally submitted the bill to Obama, although it was passed by both chambers of Congress before the week-long Presidents Day recess. The White House has said that the president opposes the bill because it would cut short an ongoing review process of the project by the State Department. Obama has also expressed some skepticism about how many jobs the pipeline would create.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

As promised, Pres. Obama today vetoed the bill pushed by Congressional Republicans to approve the Keystone KL pipeline from Canada. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell promised a vote to override the President by March 3rd. Reuters reports the bill got solid GOP backing based on its potential for creating jobs. Mr. Obama took issue with the impact the new pipeline would have on climate change. The pipeline would carry Canadian oil sands to Nebraska, linking there with other lines to move it to refineries and ports on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

VA Secretary Addresses Lie About Military Service

VA Secretary Robert McDonald faced reporters today, admitting that he claimed to have served in U.S. special forces during his time in the military. McDonald says it was in a conversation with a homeless veteran in L.A….

McDonald says he was trying to build a connection with the man in hopes of getting him needed VA services. McDonald did serve in the armed forces, for 5-years, most of it in the 82nd Airborne Division in the 70’s.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Apologizes For False Claim

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, is apologizing for wrongly saying he served in the Army Special Forces. McDonald made the claim while speaking to a homeless veteran last month…

[TAG] The V-A says McDonald served with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. He was brought in to reform the V-A. Before becoming the agency’s secretary, McDonald was C-E-O of Procter and Gamble.

New Jersey Pension Tension

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible Republican presidential candidate, is expected to introduce a new round of pension cuts in his budget address today, just a day after a judge ordered the state to restore 1.5 billion dollars in delayed payments to its pension system. State Democratic lawmaker John Wiesniewski (WIS-nev-skee) seems ready to pounce over what he calls a complication…

[TAG] The Christie administration plans to appeal.

New Zealand Sending Troops To Iraq

New Zealand is sending about 150 troops to Iraq to fight against ISIS. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the soldiers will train Iraqi troops, rather than fight on the front lines. Key announced the deployment at a meeting of parliament…

[TAG] New Zealand is part of a 62-nation coalition battling the group.