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Tel Aviv – Israel Artist Displays Golden Statue Of Netanyahu In Protest

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 Israel - Tel Aviv residents woke up Tuesday to an unusual site — a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest. Itay Zalait, the artist behind the protest, said he worked on the 4.5 meter (15 foot) statue for two months before placing it in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square overnight. He said his goal was to test freedom of...

New York – Trump Faces Pushback From Base, Allies Over Romney Musings

Sunday, December 4th, 2016 New York - As President-elect Donald Trump stood onstage during the debut night of his "Thank you" tour and teased that he was about to announce a surprise Cabinet pick, some in the Ohio crowd bellowed: "No Romney! No Romney!" Trump's administration selections have largely been cheered by close allies and supporters. Many have deep ties to Washington and Wall Street that would seem...

Lansing, MI – Michigan Official Files Lawsuit To Block Presidential Vote Recount

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 Lansing, MI - Supporters of Republican Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit trying to halt Wisconsin's ongoing presidential recount, and Michigan's attorney general on Friday sued to stop a recount from happening in his state. The Wisconsin lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order was filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in Madison by the Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary...

Cairo – IS Tells Supporters To Quit Messaging Apps For Fear Of US Bombs

Thursday, December 1st, 2016 Cairo - Islamic state has told its members to stop using internet-based communication apps like WhatsApp and Telegram on smartphones, suspecting they are being used by the U.S.-led coalition to track and kill its commanders. Until recently, the hardline group used such apps to chat with members and supporters outside its main areas of control in Syria, Iraq and Libya -- including, say French...

Washington – Lame-duck Congress Works To Set Stage For President Trump

Monday, November 28th, 2016 Washington - The lame-duck Congress is gaveling in for its final work session of 2016, and its last under President Barack Obama, as lawmakers face a Dec. 9 deadline for spending legislation to keep the government running. Republican leaders want to pass a short-term spending bill to extend existing funding levels into next spring, allowing a new President Donald Trump the opportunity to play...

Doha – Qatari Minister: Gaza Risks Becoming Easy Launchpad For Islamic State

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 Doha - Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy "launching pad" for Islamic State recruiters, Qatar's foreign minister says. The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control over the coastal enclave for almost a decade despite conflicts with Israel and a rift with...

New York – No Holiday For Political Talk, Social Media Posts Suggest

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 New York - As Americans feasted on turkey Thursday during the nation's first major post-election holiday, some took to social media to describe the political gloating, loathing and subject avoiding they experienced around the Thanksgiving table. Facebook and Twitter posts, many even before dinner was served, revealed some people still struggling to come to grips with Donald Trump's victory and...

London – Trump’s Friend Farage Taunts British PM With ‘Ambassador’s Reception’

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 London - Nigel Farage, the Brexit campaigner who U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said would be great as Britain's envoy to Washington, taunted Prime Minister Theresa May with a mock ambassador's reception complete with chocolate and champagne. May's government dismissed Trump's suggestion this week of "Ambassador Farage" saying there was no vacancy as Kim Darroch is currently serving as...

New York – Trump Tower: President-elect HQ And A Political Sideshow

Monday, November 21st, 2016 New York - Welcome to Trump Tower. Upstairs, the president-elect is planning his administration. Downstairs, it's a full-on political carnival. Since Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory, the celebrity businessman has largely been ensconced in his penthouse home at his 664-foot glass tower on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. But as he works, the political circus that has accompanied his...

Washington – As Trump Prepares For White House, Never Trumpers Say Maybe

Monday, November 21st, 2016 Washington - During the course of the 2016 campaign, Republican Christine Todd Whitman compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. She warned that a Trump administration would bring the country into "chaos." And a month before Election Day, the former Bush Cabinet official proclaimed her support for Hillary Clinton. Now, when young Republicans ask her whether they should join the Trump...

Washington – Analysis: Appointments Signal National Security Hard Line

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Washington - If there was any doubt about whether Donald Trump meant business with his hard-line campaign pronouncements on immigration, race, terrorism and more, the president-elect went a long way to dispel them Friday with his first appointments to his national security team and at the Justice Department. Trump's trifecta in selecting Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, retired Lt...

Boise, ID – Trump Opponents Try To Beat Him At The Electoral College

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Boise, ID - Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to do something that has never been done in American history — deny the presidency to the clear Election Day winner. Activists are circulating online petitions and using social media in hopes of influencing Republican electors to cast their ballots for someone other than...

Washington – Flynn A Frequent Critic Of Muslim Militancy, Culture

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Washington - Michael Flynn, the retired Army lieutenant general and intelligence officer who is Donald Trump's pick to serve as his national security adviser, is a harsh critic of Muslim extremism and the religion itself, calling "radical Islam" an existential threat to the United States. In strident speeches and public comments, including a fiery address at the Republican National Convention...

Washington – Clinton In Emotional Post-Election Speech: ‘Coming Here Tonight Wasn’t The Easiest’

Thursday, November 17th, 2016 Washington - Hillary Clinton is acknowledging the difficulty of her loss in the presidential race for her supporters and urging them to persevere through the Donald Trump era. In remarks that were equal parts pep talk and funeral dirge, Clinton encouraged her backers to "never, ever give up." "I know this isn't easy. I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves...

Washington – McConnell, Schumer Elected Leaders In Senate

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 Washington - Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Wednesday to be majority leader next year, keeping the respected legislative tactician at the forefront when the new Congress begins working on Donald Trump's agenda. The chamber's Democrats replaced their departing leader with Sen. Chuck Schumer, meaning the New Yorker will be Washington's most powerful Democrat as the...
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