Analyst Warns GOP: House Majority Is In Danger In 2018

June 23, 2017

David Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the Republican majority could be at risk in next years midterm election. That includes Tuesday nights special elections in Georgia, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoffby 4 percentage points, and South Carolina, where Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnellby 3 percentage points. Over those five special elections, Democrats beat their …


Jews, Christians and Muslims make holy ground in America’s heartland

June 20, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska (CNN)When most people think of Omaha, they imagine sizzling steaks, billionaire Warren Buffet or even former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning calling out before the snap. (Remember “Omaha-Omaha”?). A rabbi, a reverend and an imam (no, it’s not a setup joke) are partners in a decadelong quest to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — to share and worship on the same property. …


Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… detainees without giving them an opportunity to prove they could face torture or death if returned to Iraq. The ACLU complaint was filed against Rebecca Adducci, the director of the ICE Detroit district office, and the ACLU requested a hearing on Friday for the detainees. Many of the Iraqis are Chaldeans, members of an Iraqi Christian group. Historically, they have faced problems in Muslim-majority Iraq. The Detroit metropolitan area is home to the largest US group of Chaldeans. Community …


Gabrielle Giffords’ Call For Sympathy And Understanding Is Met With… Hate

June 16, 2017

On Wednesday, she reacted to the news of ashooting at a congressional baseball practicewith deep sympathy for those affected. She also expressed appreciation for the Capitol Police, whose quick response undoubtedly stopped a tragic situation from becoming worse: While the vast majority of respondents from all sides of the political spectrum welcomed the compassionate tweet: Instead, a subset of angry internet trolls latched onto Giffords as a target, attacking her on Twitter and accusing …


SNP to announce new Westminster leader – BBC News

June 15, 2017

A former investment banker, he was the party’s treasurer before falling out with then-leader Alex Salmond, which resulted in Mr Blackford being suspended by the party in June 2000. But it was announced in 2015 that Mr Blackford would be the SNP’s candidate in Ross, Skye and Lochaber in that year’s general election, which saw him defeat former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy. He went on to hold the seat in last Thursday’s election with a majority of nearly …


Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… traditional Labour areas, which Mrs May was banking on to win a big majority. Like the social care U-turn, or the pledge to bring back grammar schools, it may have given anyone flirting with backing the Tories for the first time in their lives a reason not to switch their vote. 10) Events Theresa May wanted the election to be about Brexit but the terror attacks in Manchester and London changed the course of the campaign. Suddenly it was all about security and anti-terror policy. This should have …


UK Prime Minister Theresa May: Will she stay or go?

June 9, 2017

(CNN)It was far from the triumphant victory Theresa May had been expecting. But a month and a half later, having lost her parliamentary majority, some are now questioning whether May will be able to remain as leader. Nigel Farage: Theresa May is toast “Absolutely she can (hang on). If she is the leader of the largest party, there is a duty on her to seek to form government. What we need to avoid is any hasty decisions,” he said. As Prime Minister …


Donald Trump May Find Time To Live-Tweet James Comey’s Testimony

June 7, 2017

… Tuesday said the tweets are considered official statements by the president of the United States. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday criticized the media forthis obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little what he does as president. Sometimes, his tweets land him in legal and political trouble. His rants this week promoting his executive order banning travel and immigration from six majority-Muslim countriescould hurt him in the ongoing legal …


Can South Korea and China patch things up over THAAD?

Beijing (CNN)Jeong Min-young is worried. Since the beginning of the year, relations between Beijing and Seoul have soured over the deployment of a US missile defense system — THAAD — in South Korea. On the Chinese internet, patriotic citizens posted calls for boycotts of South Korean goods and even staged performative displays of destroying make-up and other popular products, generating approving columns in Chinese state media. …

May 18, 2017

Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

… the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Graham sits. “OK, well, he’s got to come in and tell us why,” Graham said. “We’re not going to try somebody on a piece of paper.” So far in the Trump presidency, the most important Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, have tried to keep the focus of their troops on implementing a conservative agenda rather than holding an unpredictable President to account. But Ohio …

May 17, 2017