Politics

Ukraine Investigates Whether Airliner Was Shot Down

CNN reports: Ukraine is investigating multiple possible causes of Wednesday’s deadly jetliner crash that killed 176 passengers and crew shortly after takeoff in Tehran. Ukraine’s National Security and Defence council chief, Oleksiy Danilov, wrote on Facebook that a meeting is taking place Thursday with Iranian authorities, where various causes behind the crash are “being studied.” These include the theory that …

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Notorious RBG Says She’s Starting 2020 “Cancer-Free”

CNN reports: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the liberal minority on the Supreme Court but has a way of steering the debate on a case. Ginsburg spoke to CNN in a rare interview in her chambers this week. The 86-year-old four-time cancer survivor has resumed an active role in oral arguments and is often the first of the nine …

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Texas Gov Reports Iranian Cyber Attacks On State Sites

Austin’s ABC News affiliate reports: Governor Greg Abbott is warning all Texans to be “vigilant” regarding cyber-attacks from Iran. Abbott said there have been up to 10,000 attempted attacks per minute from Iran over the last 48 hours. “These attacks from Iran-based entities, as well as other entities across the globe, are going to continue,” said Abbott. “I think it’s …

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Iranian Parliament Designates US Army As Terrorists

From Iran’s Tasnim News Agency: Iran’s lawmakers unanimously voted for a motion to designate the US Army and the Pentagon as terrorist organizations in response to a recent move by Washington to assassinate Iran’s revered commander, Lt. General Qassem Soleimani. The generalities and details of the emergency motion were unanimously passed during an open session of the parliament on Tuesday …

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Secret Service Probes Redacted Incident At Mar-A-Lago

The Palm Beach Post reports: Palm Beach police say they are conducting an “open and active criminal investigation” at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s South Florida estate, following an unspecified incident Monday night. The Secret Service is leading the investigation and no arrest has yet been made, according to the Palm Beach Police Department. Michael Ogrodnick, a police spokesman, declined further …

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Iran Official: We’re Considering “13 Revenge Scenarios”

Reuters reports: Iran is considering 13 “revenge scenarios” in retaliation for the US airstrike that killed General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, a top official has said. Ali Shamkhani [photo], secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, vowed that even if Tehran opted for the weakest option, it will create an “historic nightmare for the Americans.” While Shamkhani would not reveal …

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IRAN: Dozens Killed In Stampede At General’s Funeral

Al Jazeera reports: At least 32 people have been killed in a stampede that erupted in the Iranian city of Kerman at the funeral procession for a top commander killed in an air attack by the United States, Iran’s state television said. “Unfortunately because of overcrowding 32 of our citizens lost their lives in the procession … and 190 were …

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California Senate Seeks To Widen Federal Vaping Ban

The Los Angeles Times reports: Days after concerns over youth vaping led the Trump administration to announce a partial ban on many e-cigarette pods, California lawmakers on Monday introduced a much stronger measure to outlaw store sales of all flavored tobacco products. The proposal would go far beyond the federal government’s plan, announced Thursday, for a temporary ban on many …

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Iranian Official Hints At Attack On Trump Properties

The New York Post reports: Senior Iranian officials are using Twitter to hint at threats against President Trump’s properties — including his Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida and Trump Tower in Manhattan — over the killing of Iran’s top military commander. Hesameddin Ashena, a top adviser to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, tweeted a link to a Forbes Magazine video that …

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Chief Of Staff To Defense Sec To Step Down Next Month

Politico reports: Eric Chewning, chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, is stepping down at the end of the month, the latest in a series of high-profile civilians to leave the Pentagon. He’ll be replaced by Jen Stewart, the top Republican staffer on the House Armed Services Committee and a former top adviser to the chairman of the Joint …

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IRAN: Millions March In Soleimani’s Funeral [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The streets of Iran’s capital Tehran flooded with millions clad in black on Monday, Iranian state television said, during a funeral ceremony for military leader Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike. “Have you EVER seen such a sea of humanity in your life, @realdonaldtrump?” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter, …

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Lincoln Chaffee Files WH Bid As Libertarian Candidate

CNN reports: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has filed to run for president as a libertarian in what appears to be a new long-shot White House bid following his failed campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Chafee filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Sunday to form the Lincoln Chafee for President campaign committee based in Wyoming. A …

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Soleimani’s Eulogist Puts $80M Prize On Trump’s Head

From the Saudi outlet Al Arabiya: The eulogist at the funeral procession of prominent Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iran put an 80-million-dollar prize on US President Donald Trump’s head on live state TV. “We are 80 million Iranians, if each one of us puts aside one American dollar, we will have 80 million American dollars, and we will …

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Iraqi Lawmakers Vote To Expel US Troops From Country

The New York Times reports: Lawmakers in Iraq heeded the demands of angry citizens and voted on Sunday to expel United States troops from the country, as hundreds of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of Iran to pay their respects to the slain leader of the elite Quds Force, Maj. General Qassim Suleimani. The vote is not final …

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UK Defense Sec Orders Warships To Escort Shipping

Politico Europe reports: Britain ordered Royal Navy warships to accompany U.K.-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz following the U.S. killing of Iran’s top military leader, Qasem Soleimani. U.K. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace [photo] tweeted the announcement on Saturday night, saying “the government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time.” Speaking to …

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US Citizens In Saudi Arabia Warned Of Missiles Risk

ABC News reports: The U.S. has warned American citizens in Saudi Arabia “of the heightened risk of missile and drone attacks” amid soaring tensions with Iran. A security alert message sent Sunday by the U.S. mission there said that in the past “regional actors hostile to Saudi Arabia have conducted missile and drone attacks against both civilian and military targets …

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Family Of Iranian General Vows Hezbollah Will Hit Back

The Associated Press reports: The daughter of Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani says the death of her father will “not break us” and the United States should know that his blood will not go for free. Zeinab Soleimani told Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV — which is linked with the Iran-backed Hezbollah group —that the “filthy” President Donald Trump will not be able …

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Mayor Pete Tops List Of 2024 Choices For Dem Voters

This is the flipside of the same poll in which 29% of GOP voters said they’d like to see Trump Junior succeed his father in 2024. In a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios taking a very early look at a theoretical 2024 field, Pete Buttigieg tops a list of Democrats, with a slight advantage over Kamala Harris. Why it matters: A …

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NATO Suspends Anti-ISIS Training Mission In Iraq

Politico reports: NATO suspended its training mission in Iraq, the alliance said Saturday after a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. NATO has been advising the Iraqi defense forces on how to keep ISIS from regaining strength. However, those “training activities are temporarily suspended,” NATO spokesman Dylan White said in an emailed statement. “The safety of …

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Netanyahu Hails Trump’s Strike, Cuts Greece Trip Short

The Times Of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the United States and President Donald Trump for killing Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani in an airstrike in the early morning hours. “Trump is worthy of full appreciation for acting with determination, strongly and swiftly,” he told reporters before departing Greece to head back to Israel. “We stand fully …

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