Author: Alana Horowitz Satlin

Theresa May Calls For Snap Election Amid Brexit Negotiations

THE HUFFINGTON POST LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying the government had the right plan for negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union and she needed political unity in London. Sterling rose against the dollar after May made the surprise announcement outside her Downing Street office. “I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a General Election to be held on the 8th of June,” May...

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Donald Trump Honors Military Veterans He Once Mocked

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump paid tribute to former prisoners of war, despite having mocked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for having been captured. Declaring Sunday “National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day,” Trump said that “America honors our service men and women imprisoned during war.  These patriots have moved and inspired our Nation through their unyielding sacrifices and devout allegiance.” The honor, which is undoubtedly a deserving one, is a bit ironic given Trump’s previous comments about POWs. Trump has on multiple occasions criticized McCain’s military credentials and mocked him for having been a prisoner of war. “He’s a...

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Defense Secretary James Mattis Breaks With Other Cabinet Members On Climate Change

  In unpublished written testimony provided to the Senate Armed Services Committee after his confirmation hearing in January, Mattis said it was incumbent on the U.S. military to consider how changes like open-water routes in the thawing Arctic and drought in global trouble spots can pose challenges for troops and defense planners. He also stressed this is a real-time issue, not some distant what-if. “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today,” Mattis said in written answers to questions posed after the public hearing by Democratic members of the committee. “It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning.” Mattis has long espoused the position that the armed forces, for a host of reasons, need to cut dependence on fossil fuels and explore renewable energy where it makes sense. He had also, as commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2010, signed off on the Joint Operating Environment, which lists climate change as one of the security threats the military expected to confront over the next 25 years. But Mattis’ written statements to the Senate committee are the first direct signal of his determination to recognize climate change as a member of the Trump administration charged with leading the country’s armed forces. These remarks and others...

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WATCH: Jake Tapper Scolds White House On ‘Indefensible’ Wiretapping Claims

.@jaketapper: The White House is wasting time defending the indefensible when it should be trying to, say, improve your lives pic.twitter.com/JxTBBMAMHw — The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) March 13, 2017 CNN’s Jake Tapper challenged the White House over its bizarre attempts to explain President Donald Trump’s claims that the previous administration spied on him. But Tapper isn’t buying it. “Sometimes revisionism is so blatant, it’s not revisionism, it’s just a complete rewrite,” he said. “The White House is now spending its energy and your tax dollars trying to change demonstrably false assertions into perfectly understandable beliefs tangentially related to the original lie. While doing so, they’re squandering their own credibility, and they’re wasting time defending the indefensible, instead of devoting time to, say, improving your lives.” “We as a nation have had to live in this farce for the past nine days,” Tapper added. Watch the full segment...

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Bernie Sanders: GOP Lawmakers Dodging Town Hall Events ‘Shouldn’t Be In Congress’

“If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress,” Sanders told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday. “If you need police at the meetings, that’s fine, have police at the meetings, have security at the meetings,” Sanders said. “But don’t use that as an excuse to run away from your constituents after you support repealing the Affordable Care Act, throwing 20 million people off of health insurance, doing away with preexisting conditions. If you are going to do all those things, answer the questions that your constituents have.” Watch his response in the video...

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WATCH: Ana Navarro Shuts Down Donald Trump Supporter Who Told Her To Stop Talking

There aren’t enough 🔥  emojis in the world to properly describe what happened when a surrogate for Donald Trump told CNN commentator Ana Navarro to stop criticizing the president. Of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s relationship with Russia, Navarro said that, “there is a mounting level of evidence here that should be troublesome to every single American regardless of party.” Flynn resigned Monday night over potentially illegal discussions he had with the Russian ambassador last year. The White House has admitted to knowing about those conversations for weeks before the retired general was fired. “Why hasn’t Republican leadership” investigated the allegations, said Navarro, a former GOP strategist. “We’ve known about this for so long.” Navarro then began to criticize Trump over his comments on Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Matt Schlapp, a Trump supporter and former George W. Bush staffer, cut her off. “Stop, stop,” Schalpp said. “Don’t tell me to stop,” Navarro responded. “You’re the one yelling at me, Matt,” she said after he complained she was yelling. “You’re the one telling me to stop. You’re talking to the wrong girl, Matt. You’re talking to the wrong girl. You can say stop to somebody else, you’re not going to stop me, baby!” Watch the exchange in the video above. Suggest a...

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Michael Flynn Reportedly Spoke To Russians About Sanctions Last Year

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House national security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Donald Trump took office, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Citing unnamed current and former U.S. officials, the Post said some senior U.S. officials interpreted the contacts as a “potentially illegal” signal to Russia that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in December. Sources told the New York Times that Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak also discussed plans to combat ISIS. During the Christmas week conversation, he urged Mr. Kislyak to keep the Russian government from retaliating over the coming sanctions — it was an open secret in Washington that they were in the works — by telling him that whatever the Obama administration did could be undone, said the officials Reuters could not immediately confirm the reports. Reuters reported last month, citing three sources familiar with the matter, that Flynn had held five phone calls with Kislyak on Dec. 29, the day then-President Barack Obama retaliated for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Post said Flynn on Wednesday denied that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, but on Thursday backed away from the denial through a spokesman. Flynn “indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions,...

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WATCH: Jake Tapper Calls Out Kellyanne Conway In Fiery Exchange

https://youtu.be/YXMCkfqLwS4 Jake Tapper isn’t buying Kellyanne Conway’s latest defense of Donald Trump. Tapper on Tuesday called out the White House for accusing the media of underreporting terror attacks by playing footage of CNN reporters on the scene at those events. In response, Conway explained that the president wasn’t saying that every incident is minimized, but that covering major attacks is making the media “inured” to some of the less deadly events. “That’s a lovely spin, but that’s not what he was saying, Kellyanne,” Tapper said. “He was saying the media does not cover these stories… it’s offensive given that CNN and other media organizations have reporters in danger right now in war zones covering ISIS.” Tapper also pressed Conway on Trump’s constant criticism of the media as “fake news.” Congratulations to @FoxNews for being number one in inauguration ratings. They were many times higher than FAKE NEWS @CNN – public is smart! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flyW41U7XPw“Are we fake news, Kellyanne?” he asked her. “Is CNN fake news?” “No, I don’t think CNN is fake news,” Conway said. “I think there are some reports elsewhere, in print, on TV, on radio, in conversation that are not well-researched and are sometimes based on falseness.” “How about the president’s statements that are false?” Tapper said. “Like the murder rate is the highest it’s been in almost half a...

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