What caused the Barack Obama administration to begin investigating the Donald Trump campaign last summer has come into clearer focus following a string of congressional hearings on Russian interference in the presidential election. It was then-CIA director John O. Brennan, a close confidant of Mr. Obama’s, who provided the information — what he termed the “basis” — for the FBI to start the counterintelligence investigation last summer. Mr. Brennan served on the former president’s 2008 presidential campaign and in his White House. Mr. Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee on May 23 that the intelligence community was picking up tidbits on Trump
Tiger Woods could lose hundreds of millions of dollars following his early morning DUI arrest in Florida, claim sports experts. The fallen golfing star currently earns $45.5M-a-year alone in sponsorship money - including more than $20m from his mega-bucks Nike contract - but following his latest public humiliation many expect the 41-year-old to be dropped. Despite standing by him following his much publicized marriage breakup amid rampant infidelity and subsequent loss of form, observers expect backers such as Rolex and Bridgestone to re-examine their relationship with the 14-time Major winner.
Texas is estimated to have more than 1 million illegal aliens, according to the Migration Policy Institute. During today’s final legislative session a group of angry protesters calling themselves illegal aliens attempted to disrupt the session by shouting, chanting and blowing whistles. The issue they were protesting is a new law known as “SB4” or the anti-Sanctuary City Law, where Texas police chiefs and sheriffs are required to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation. In response to the disruption, the Texas House leadership stopped the session and asked state troopers to clear the gallery. According to Link repaired
An Afro-feminist collective planned to hold a festival in Paris in July but has been condemned by the city’s mayor for seeking to limit 80% of the festival space to black women only. From the Guardian: The first edition of the Nyansapo Festival, due to run from 28-30 July at a cultural centre in Paris, bills itself as “an event rooted in black feminism, activism, and on (a) European scale”. Four-fifths of the festival area will be set aside as a “non-mixed” space for black women, according to its website. Another space will be a “non-mixed” area for black people
The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted by an anti-Muslim tirade. Mayor Ted Wheeler said he hopes the victims will inspire “changes in the political dialogue in this country.” (Snip) Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, were killed as they tried to stop Jeremy Joseph Christian from harassing the women, one of whom was Staff added (Snip), Copyrighted text must not be edited without this indication.
Kissing babies and posing for selfies, politicians leave no opportunistic stone unturned on the campaign trail. Whether its necking a pint in a pub or donning a hi-vis jacket with pride, our public servants are certainly enthusiastic in their quest to reach out to new voters. Which may explain why Theresa May animatedly appears in a newly-released Hindi music video. The two-minute film, accompanied by a song, shows the incumbent Prime Minster exploring the country barefoot wearing a sari. Its namesake Theresa Ke Saath translates as Together with Theresa, incidentally making use of one of her favourite words.
For a year, Democrats listened to crowds at Trump rallies and even the delegates at the Republican National Convention engage in chants of “lock her up.” Today, the Internet is reverberating with Democrats engaging in some virtual revenge as the latest leaks about the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians have indicated that Jared Kushner is a “person of interest.” That means liberals are chortling about the president’s son-in-law having to choose between a jail cell and informing on his wife’s father. Of course, even the Washington Post story that reported the leak indicated that
Now this is a journal I can enthusiastically support: The International Journal of James Bond Studies. Because, after all, Blofeld is the inverse archtype of every college administrator. Now, you might well think that even academics couldn’t screw up something as straightforward as James Bond, and thankfully the first issue seems to be a feminist theory-free zone, but I’m not entirely reassured by this part of the editor’s statement in the first issue: "The International Journal of James Bond Studies is the first journal of its kind dedicated to critical readings of all aspects of the Bond franchise. Bringing together a variety
President Trump’s election, and the political cacophony that followed, is driving waves of people to yoga and meditation, seeking a respite from the roller-coaster ride but also trying to recharge and build energy for a political pushback. Yoga and mediation coaches say they are seeing increased enrollment and fewer dropouts from the annual "New Year´s resolution" wave of signups. Part of this is stress relief — the American Psychological Association reports that stress nationwide is on the rise for the first time in 10 years. But part of it is also meditation as resistance: Liberals see yoga as a place to
The NFL party line, as articulated by Commissioner Roger Goodell, is that Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment is football related, Giants owner John Mara has acknowledged off-field concerns contributing as well. Mara told Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com that the Giants didn’t discuss signing Kaepernick this offseason, and that they’ve heard from many fans who would be angry if they did. “All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or
BUCHAREST, Romania — A Transylvanian university says Prince Charles has received an honorary degree for his devotion to Romania at the start of a private visit to the East European country. The rector of Cluj´s Babes-Bolyai University, Ioan Aurel Popa, bestowed the "doctor honoris causa distinction on the prince Monday for his role as "a real protector of Transylvania and Romania." Charles, who is enamored of Romania, told students and professors gathered for the ceremony said he was enticed by the "hilly, woody and fertile landscape," he encountered in Transylvania 20 years ago. He owns two properties in the northwest
When the New York Times opinion page hired Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss, two outspoken Zionist veterans of the Wall Street Journal, a friend of mine warned me that the hires could be a mixed blessing from a pro-Israel perspective. Now all the anti-Israel editors already at the Times will feel like they can let loose with impunity, because the hiring of Stephens and Weiss provides a ready response to accusations of “bias.” So said my friend. (snip) My friend’s warning turned out to be prophetic.
Congressional Republicans are attempting to guarantee workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections and allow members to more easily opt out of paying for union political activity after seeing the Obama administration and Democrats block previous efforts. Rep. Phil Roe (R., Tenn.), a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that has previously failed to advance out of the House, on Thursday. Roe said that the it would serve to counteract many of the handouts given to organized labor by the Obama administration, including its revision of union election
New York photographer Scott Matthews realized while taking photos from his Upper West Side apartment window that, if he carefully charted the sun´s movement, he could twice a year take magnificently aligned photos of the sun and the Archangel Gabriel statue on top of Cathedral of St John the Divine; he dubbed the phenomenon Cathedralhenge. The summer solstice may be more closely associated with ancient pagan ritual and Stonehenge, but one New York City photographer enjoys a unique sun alignment view twice a year, too – from the window of his upper West Side apartment. It’s a phenomenon Scott Matthews
President Donald Trump honored those who lost their lives serving the nation as he participated in a solemn wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Monday and told emotional stories of just a few who perished. ´Here at this hallowed shrine we honor the noblest among us – the men and the women who paid the ultimate price for victory and for freedom,´ Trump told a crowd of families, military personnel, and dignitaries at Arlington on Monday in his first Memorial Day speech as president. ´We pay tribute to those brave souls who raced into gunfire, roared into battle and ran
An estimated 20 cats have died after allegedly eating toxic cat food with dozens more understood to be critically ill. Cat owners have been showing up at vet clinics with their animals suffering from ´neurological damage´ which they claim was caused by Best Feline Friend canned food. The Australian Veterinary Association confirmed a series of complaints had been laid about the product and are investigating. Spokeswoman Rena Richmond said the neurological damage is possibly linked to the toxicity of pet food or deficiency. ´If your cat is exhibiting signs such as strange head or eye movements, wobbling, repeated circling or
Local authorities demolished an illegal mosque on the outskirts of Belgrade after Serbian police secured the area in a pre-dawn action on Friday, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, despite protests by local Muslims and Islamic clergy. The construction of a two-storey mosque without a minaret in the Zemun Polje neighbourhood started in 2014 even though the authorities had refused to grant it a construction permit. On Thursday, the authorities attempted the demolition of the building but withdrew after protests by Muslims from the neighbourhood, mainly members of the Roma (Gypsy) minority. Early on Friday, they returned with
Native American soldiers speaking in their own tongue helped the Allies win World War I. The original code talkers, the Choctaw and Cherokee, used their languages as indecipherable codes that the Germans could not solve. Their linguistic heroism came at a time when the United States government tried to eradicate their languages as part of a forced assimilation. And only by chance did an unidentified captain overhear two men in the 142nd Infantry Regiment speaking in their mother tongue, around the time of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on the Western Front. At first the two men – identified in some accounts as Solomon Lewis
Several “associates” of White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner tell the New York Times that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law was distressed during his Shabbat this weekend. The article — by Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman, and Sharon LaFraniere — describes Kushner as “fretful” during his religious day of rest: Over the past week, Mr. Kushner, who at age 36 occupies an ill-defined role somewhere between princeling and President Trump’s shadow chief of staff, has seen his foothold on that invaluable real estate shrink amid revelations he is under scrutiny in a federal investigation into whether there was collusion with Russian officials during
President Donald Trump is condemning the fatal stabbing of two good Samaritans trying to aid two young Muslim women as an avowed white supremacist harassed them in Portland, Oregon. Trump tweeted Monday: ´The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.´ The attacks came on a light rail train last Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of year for Muslims. Police identified the dead as 53-year-old Ricky John Best of Happy Valley, Oregon, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche of Portland. Mayor Ted Wheeler said Best
CNN’s W. Kamau Bell devoted a recent episode of his series United Shades of America to exploring Muslim and Arab communities. Aside from some interesting vignettes, the program is left-wing, anti-Trump propaganda that firmly establishes the network’s political bias. Bell also serves up some historical distortions of the sort spoonfed to undergraduates on politically-correct campuses, such as the claim that Islam has always been present in the U.S. “Islam has always been part of the American fabric,” one Muslim man in Detroit tells Bell at an anti-Trump event. “A lot of people think that Islam is from a foreign country,
It’s not just the press that are freaked out by Donald Trump. Talk show hosts and celebrities from Stephen Colbert to Robert DeNiro, Katy Perry and Rosie O’Donnell are losing their minds over the new president: DeNiro claimed Trump was worse than con-man Bernie Madoff: “He’s a pig”; Perry claimed Trump’s election brought “a lot of trauma for me”; Colbert infamously characterized Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin in the most obscene terms; and O’Donnell sounded like she was fomenting a revolution: “We have never had this kind of treasonous madness in power before. Desperate times - desperate measures.” And it’s
SAN FRANCISCO- The University of California Board of Regents spent tens of thousands of dollars on parties, including a $17,600 banquet the night before they voted in January to raise student tuition, according to a newspaper report Sunday. "I will be regrettably supporting the tuition increase, and I think that every single one of us in this room doesn´t want to raise tuition for our students," Regent Charlene Zettel said at the January meeting, according to CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV. "It´s very painful for all of us." The office of UC President Janet Napolitano has reimbursed the regents for
President Trump memorialized the men and women who have died serving the United States in the military on Monday, citing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly´s late son as one of the people Americans remember on Memorial Day. "He [Kelly] and his incredible wife, Karen, have borne the single most difficult hardship of them all, the loss of their son, Robert, in service to our country," Trump told attendees during his speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. Kelly´s son died in Afghanistan. "The Kelly family represents military families across the country who carry the burden of freedom on their shoulders.