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Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’ – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and threatening US-led coalition troops on the ground, officials said. It was shot down near Tanf,…

The Daily 202: Most Republicans in the Georgia special election are willing to give Trumpcare a chance – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Republican candidate Karen Handel greets diners yesterday during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga. (David Goldman/AP) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve THE BIG IDEA: CHAMBLEE, Ga.—Obamacare has been front and center in Republican campaign commercials for the past four election cycles, but it’s been absent from the airwaves ahead of today’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth District. Most of the GOP spots have focused on…

TS Bret causes heavy flooding, power outages in Trinidad – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Tropical Storm Bret has unleashed heavy flooding, knocked out power and ripped off several roofs in some areas of Trinidad &Tobago as it swirls west across the southern Caribbean region. The storm was located about 20 miles (35 kilometers) east-northeast of Venezuela’s Isla Margarita late Tuesday morning. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 21 mph (33 kph). All…

Phoenix flights cancelled because it’s too hot for planes – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Even for Arizona, the temperatures are high – hot enough to stop flights As temperatures climb in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40 flights have been cancelled – because it is too hot for the planes to fly. The weather forecast for the US city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday. That is higher than the operating temperature of some planes. American Airlines…

Otto Warmbier’s Death Dims Chances of Improved US Relations With North Korea – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jae H. Ku, director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, agreed that moves toward diplomacy would be delayed. “I think it’s going to be slowed down. There is going to be a lot of anger and venting of frustrations,” he said. Video Otto Warmbier Dies Days After Release From North Korea Mr. Warmbier, the U.S. student held by North Korea for 17 months,…

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet – Fox News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News. Related Image Expand / Collapse A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet performs during an aviation show outside Moscow.  (Reuters) The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet “rapidly,” coming within five feet of the American aircraft,…

What Killed Otto Warmbier? Maybe an Infection or Blood Clot – NBCNews.com

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pneumonia, a blood clot, kidney failure or sepsis could have killed Otto Warmbier, but he almost certainly never had a chance of recovering, neurologists said Monday. Warmbier’s family said he died Monday afternoon, just days after he was returned unconscious and unresponsive from North Korea. North Korean officials said he had been in a coma for more than a year — right after he was sentenced to 15 years of…

Police: Brutal slaying near mosque stemmed from road rage – ABC News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What was supposed to be a morning of prayer and reflection in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended in tragedy when 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was fatally attacked as she headed back to a Virginia mosque after enjoying a pre-dawn meal with friends. Hassanen died of blunt force trauma to her upper body after 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres assaulted her with a baseball bat early Sunday in what police have…

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Writing a bill in private not unusual – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Republican effort to secretly craft a health care bill and whisk it through the Senate is drawing fire from members of both parties. But it’s not uncommon for either party to draft bills or resolve stubborn final hurdles behind closed doors, foregoing the step-by-step, civics-book version of how Congress works. That’s even true for the process that produced President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Affordable Care…

Barclays and Former Executives Charged Over Qatar Fund-Raising – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The fraud office said that it had charged Barclays, John S. Varley, its former chief executive, and the former bankers Roger A. Jenkins, Thomas L. Kalaris and Richard W. Boath with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation related to the June 2008 fund-raising. Advertisement Continue reading the main story Barclays and Mr. Varley and Mr. Jenkins were also charged with providing unlawful financial assistance. The former executives could not…

Sean Spicer expected to step away from White House podium – New York Daily News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WASHINGTON  — White House press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to take on a more strategic role that would give him a limited presence in the daily press briefings that have made him a prominent face of the Trump administration. A senior administration official and three people familiar with the potential changes said Monday that Spicer has discussed taking a more senior communications role at the White…

Senate Democrats Try to Gum Up Works Over Affordable Care Act Repeal – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

“Every Republican is trying to get to yes,” Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said Monday on Fox News, expressing his belief that the Senate would vote on a repeal bill before the recess. He acknowledged that “there are some differences of opinion on specific details of this.” Advertisement Continue reading the main story If Republicans do not hold a vote before the Fourth…

Warmbier death raises pressure on White House – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)Otto Warmbier’s death as a result of his treatment in North Korea could increase calls for the US to take a tougher line on China, as the two nations prepare to meet in Washington on Wednesday. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘politics/2017/06/19/trump-american-technology-council-roundtable-sot.cnn’,width: ’100%’,height: ’100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_13′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ’100%’,frameHeight: ’100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/170619180155-trump-6-19-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection = [],currentVideoCollectionId = ”,isLivePlayer = false,moveToNextTimeout,mutePlayerEnabled =…

Spicer may leave the press room podium behind for a more backstage White House role – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is expected to transition to a more behind-the-scenes role overseeing communications strategy, part of a broader overhaul of the administration’s most public-facing operation that has long been the subject of President Trump’s ire and criticism. Spicer’s anticipated move away from the briefing-room podium, confirmed by a senior White House official, comes amid weeks of Trump’s frustration with his communications team, and after the White…

London mosque attack suspect named, according to media outlets – CNN

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detention – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Otto Frederick Warmbier in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo Feb. 29, 2016. (Kyodo/Reuters) Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died Monday afternoon, his parents announced. Warmbier had been medically evacuated and returned to Cincinnati last week in a coma. Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a written statement that they watched their…

Why the Supreme Court’s decision to review Wisconsin’s gerrymandering is such a big deal – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

The Supreme Court will hear a case on political gerrymandering that could reshape the way states draw their congressional districts for decades to come. Last year a federal court found that Wisconsin’s congressional districts, created by the state’s Republican lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker (R), were unconstitutionally drawn to disadvantage Democratic voters. The first piece of evidence for this is in the imbalance between the statewide popular…

Terror in London seems to confirm Muslims’ growing dread – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

LONDON — In a city on edge over a series of Islamist-inspired attacks, where police keep extensive watchlists and monitor potential militants, terror took a new turn when a van plowed into a group of Muslim worshippers here Monday. A man identified as Darren Osborne, a 47-year-old Welshman from Cardiff, was allegedly behind the wheel. He was not on any security watchlists. But if he took the authorities by surprise,…

Dems step up attacks on GOP ObamaCare bill – The Hill

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Senate Democrats are stepping up their attacks on the GOP’s push to repeal and replace ObamaCare as the legislative battle enters a critical two-week stretch. Democrats can’t block a healthcare bill on their own, but are threatening to shut down the Senate in retaliation for Republicans negotiating their legislation in a string of closed-door GOP-only meetings. The move, they hope, will put Republicans on the defense as they look to…

The US, Russia, and Iran are edging closer to an all-out clash in Syria – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad on a tank in the southeast Syrian desert, June 13, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo This weekend, for the fourth time in a month, US-led coalition forces clashed with forces backing the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The incident — the downing of a Syrian army jet in northern Syria — is another lurch toward what could be a fight that draws…

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