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Virginia court rules for Trump in travel ban dispute, order still halted

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:09
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump's travel ban was justified, increasing the likelihood the measure will go before the Supreme Court as the decision took an opposing view to courts in Maryland and Hawaii that have halted the order.

Canadian Muslims: Don't want a Trump in 2019? Join the Conservatives

MiddleEasteye - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:07

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best way to block candidates with anti-immigrant and Islamophobic stances may be to join them

Oil prices gain for the session, but fall for the week

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:43

Oil prices settled higher on Friday, as traders waited to hear the outcome of a meeting Sunday of major crude producers to discuss compliance with the output cut deal that was implemented at the start of the year. For the week, however, prices still lost roughly 1.7% as growing U.S. production threatened to offset the impact of the global output cuts. May West Texas Intermediate crude rose 27 cents, or 0.6%, to settle at $47.97 a barrel.

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Tillerson to visit Turkey before NATO talks: U.S. official

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Turkey next week before attending a NATO meeting in Brussels on March 31, a senior State Department official said on Friday.

Trump's 'Muslim ban' to feature at Cannes International Film Festival

MiddleEasteye - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:30
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Following US President Trump's efforts to block Muslim immigration, a short film set in Yemen is set to take centre-stage

House Appropriations chairman opposes healthcare bill

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said on Friday he could not support the healthcare bill, a major blow to Republican efforts to pass the legislation.

House Speaker visits White House ahead of healthcare vote

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan made a trip to the White House on Friday to meet with President Donald Trump as the healthcare legislation was being hotly debated on Capitol Hill, its fate uncertain.

Gold futures tally a weekly gain of roughly 1.5%

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:47

Gold futures settled higher on Friday to tally a weekly gain of about 1.5%, with uncertainty offering prices a boost ahead of a vote on the U.S. health care bill set for later in the day. The yellow metal also found support as U.S. equities and the dollar looked ready to end the week lower. April gold rose $1.30, or 0.1%, to settle at $1,248.50 an ounce.

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House intelligence panel chair cancels public session on Russia

Top Reuters News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee canceled a planned public hearing in its probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, saying the panel needed to hear from directors of the FBI and the National Security Agency in a closed session instead.

House intelligence panel chair cancels public session on Russia

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee canceled a planned public hearing in its probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, saying the panel needed to hear from directors of the FBI and the National Security Agency in a closed session instead.

Trump says Charter to invest $25 billion in U.S., hire 20,000 workers

Top Reuters News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications Inc's decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and its previously disclosed plan to hire 20,000 workers over four years.

Trump says Charter to invest $25 billion in U.S., hire 20,000 workers

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications Inc's decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and its previously disclosed plan to hire 20,000 workers over four years.

Trump, Ryan discussing 'way forward' as health vote still in flux

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:24

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan were still meeting at the White House early Friday afternoon to discuss the "way forward" on the Republican health-care bill, press secretary Sean Spicer said. Spicer said a vote was still planned for Friday afternoon. But at least one report said Ryan would tell Trump they did not have the votes.

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Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan’s gambit with Putin is not paying off

MiddleEasteye - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:16

Turkey’s partnership with Russia in Syria is proving a disappointment leaving Ankara little choice but to accept Russian protection for the Kurds

Baker Hughes data show a sizeable weekly climb in U.S. oil-rig count

MarketWatch Market Pulse - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:12

Data from Baker Hughes Friday revealed that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil rose by 21 to 652 rigs this week. The oil rig count has climbed every week this year so far, except for one. The total active U.S. rig count, which includes oil and natural-gas rigs, also jumped higher by 20 to 809, according to Baker Hughes. May West Texas Intermediate crude was up 9 cents, or 0.2%, at $47.79 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange for the session, trading near the $47.81 it traded at before the data.

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Live Feed: Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference

Antiwarblog - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:09

Watch the conference live stream all day!

Speakers include:

Grant Smith, Hanan Ashrawi, John Mearsheimer, Ilan Pappé, Wajahat Ali, Tom Hayes, Khalil Jahshan, Maria LaHood, Jim Moran, Nick Rahall, Jack Shaheen, Clayton Swisher.

Expert keynote speakers and panelists will present their analysis of:

U.S. foreign aid, intelligence and diplomatic support to Israel. Since 1948, the U.S. has provided more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country. In 2016 the U.S. signed a new pledge to provide it $38 billion over 10 years. Is the aid unconditional? Will the U.S. provide it no matter how many illegal settlements Israel builds or what military actions it takes?

Israel as a U.S. ally. During the Cold War, many claimed Israel was America’s “cop on the beat” in the Middle East, squaring off against Soviet client states and protecting U.S. access to oil. Were these claims ever true? Does Israel currently serve any identifiable U.S. strategic interest, or is it in fact a liability?

Israel lobbying organizations have launched many programs in the U.S. They transfer billions of dollars in tax-deductible charitable contributions to support Jewish immigration to Israel (including from the former Soviet Union), and fund Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. Do these programs further harm American interests?

Israel affinity organizations and prominent neoconservatives have long demanded that the U.S. should militarily engage Israel’s rivals, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Syria and Iraq. Is the list of targets growing? What future wars are these neocons currently agitating for? How likely is it the U.S. will comply?

The Israel-Palestine conflict is the longest running confrontation in the region. It generates terrorist attacks and other blowback against the United States. What are the latest views from the region about prospects for a viable Palestinian state vs. Israel’s continual territorial growth as a foreign-supported settler-colonial enterprise?

American public opinion is rapidly turning against unqualified support for Israel. How do Americans really feel about U.S. aid to Israel, Israel’s huge influence with U.S. elites, and its treatment of Palestinians?

Beyond changing perceptions, increasing numbers of Americans are actively working against Israeli programs. What is currently being done at the grassroots level, in courtrooms and internationally to confront, expose and challenge Israel lobby initiatives?

Trump Barks At The Moonves

Newsvandal.com - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:53
Les Moonves cannot lose … and he knows it. The all-too-well compensated CEO of CBS said as much back in late February of 2016. The Bataan Death March of presidential campaigns had finally kicked into high gear and a month-long barrage of primaries, caucuses and televised debates portended just the sort of never-ending story-line that... 0

Still short on healthcare votes: Republican whip team member

Reuters US Politics - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:46
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A member of the House Republican team trying to win support to pass a bill dismantling Obamacare said on Friday the "next few votes" needed would be the toughest to secure.

Five children among 11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey

MiddleEasteye - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:46
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It is the first such incident on this route in months

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