The Capstone to a Year of DysfunctionPresident Trump should have been celebrating his first year in office, with a party at Mar-a-Lago and a victory lap marking his $1.5 trillion tax-giveaway. Instead, he's presiding over a mess of his own creation.
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The Americans are also sending mixed messages about reports that they will use their 2,000 troops to train their allies in the anti-ISIS campaign, Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, who are the majority of a 30,000-member border force that will be tasked with protecting the emerging semiautonomous Kurdish enclave. Turkey, which views the Kurds as an enemy, has threatened a cross-border assault. All of this raises the grim possibility that American troops will clash with Turkey, a NATO ally.
Hover over the profile pic and click the Following button to unfollow any account.“The PKK, the YPG, the PYD are all the same. Changing their names does not change fact they are terror organizations,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also said at a public rally in the northwestern province of Bursa on Jan. 21.Dems vow to block latest GOP plan to end shutdownA fire broke out at the hotel as the fighting raged, and the sound of explosions could be heard throughout the standoff. Live TV footage showed people trying to escape through windows on the upper stories.“I’m sure you’re all aware of what’s going on in Washington, D.C.,” Pence said. “Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay. But you deserve better. You and your families shouldn’t have to worry for one minute about whether you’re going to get paid because you serve in the uniform of the United States. So know this: Your president, your vice president and the American people are not going to put up with it.”
It’s now obvious that the sole concern of Trump’s three right-wing Mideast musketeers, and his Christian Zionist vice president, is to accommodate Israel and its anti-peace, pro-occupation policies
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“For now, that means being a dwarf for a while so that we can in the future perhaps be a giant again,” he said — an ironic reference to a remark by leading CSU politician Alexander Dobrindt, who had accused the Jusos of carrying out a “dwarves’ rebellion.”
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Plenty there they just don't have their uniforms onYou shouldn't have dropped out of high school.
CDU-led minority government, with Merkel as chancellor. Freed of stifling coalition agreements with a reluctant SPD or a coldly calculating FDP, Merkel could choose her cabinet based on competence and vision, rather than party politics. She could even appoint ministers from other parties.
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“I would never feel quite unrepresented the way I feel now,” Trask said. “You have to lend your weight to it; you have to at least show up. I’m not a sign maker, I’m not a big slogan person or anything – but I should be here.”
Neighbours continue to drop flowers outside the Shermans’ home. The couple was highly visible in Toronto, often lending their names and fortune to charitable causes and also philanthropic work that extended beyond Canada. (James Morrison-Collalto/CBC)
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A Broken PromiseThe shutdown was set in motion on January 11th, when President Trump blew up bipartisan negotiations on immigration by decrying efforts to extend green cards to arrivals from "shithole countries." Trump had earlier signaled he would sign whatever Senate leaders brought to the the table. But a rearguard action by hardliners in his inner circle turned Trump against compromise. The president's racist outburst scuttled the delicate agreement, which not only encompassed the fate of the Dreamers (800,000 young people brought to the country illegally as children) but also the funding of the federal government.
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By Ehsan Popalzai and Susannah Cullinane, CNNWhat bad news there is – industrial scandals (like that at Volkswagen), airline bankruptcies, endlessly delayed infrastructure projects – does little to dampen the general sense of safety and well-being enjoyed by Germany’s Michels. The only real threat, it seems, is the world outside Germany’s borders.The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur and Reuters contributed to this report.
But as the shutdown continues, bipartisan immigration conversations between the No. 2 leaders in the House and Senate have stalled. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have refused to meet with their Democratic counterparts — Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) — since the shutdown began.
The attack unfolded almost six years after Taliban insurgents launched a similar assault on the property, which is not part of the Intercontinental chain of worldwide hotels.
Related Government Shutdown Looms Amid Confusion in Congress Speaker Paul Ryan thinks the Democrats are bluffing – but a deal in Congress to keep the government open remains out of reachaccording to the Globe and Mail. Honey Sherman was a board member at several institutions: York University, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. She had been chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Holocaust Education Centre.Afrin, Syria, YPG, PKK, army, Erdoğan, combat, security, operation, military operation, troops, proxies, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, US, coalition, ISIL, corridor, Middle East, proxy, CHP, Kılıçdaroğlu, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu
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Kurds across the region have long aspired to independence or self-rule. Amid the chaos of Syria’s years-long war, Kurds there seized and administered territory. And for the United States, they eventually emerged as the most effective partner in the fight against the Islamic State.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)Gunmen raided the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul killing at least 18 people during a 12-hour standoff with security forces that ended Sunday, Afghan authorities said.
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The “Olive Branch Operation,” which came hours after a major air strike on the YPG on Jan. 20, will consist of four phases to create a safe zone with a depth of 30 kilometers, he added.
In the northern Balkh province, insurgents burst into a home where several members of a local pro-government militia were gathered late Saturday, leading them outside and killing 18 of them, said Gen. Abdul Razeq Qaderi, the deputy provincial police chief. Among those killed was a tribal leader who served as the local police commander, he said.
Ahead of the Turkish operation, U.S. officials called on Turkey to focus instead on eradicating the jihadists. Turkey, a NATO ally, has accused the United States of aiding “terrorists” in Syria.There is no question that the United States should work to curb Iran’s malignant activities. But Mr. Tillerson described an agenda that suggests an alarming eagerness to confront Iran, perhaps even militarily.