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U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

Reuters US Politics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:47
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.

Toppling Offensive Symbols: How About Democratic Party?

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:43
John Kass, Chicago Trib
Al Sharpton just may be right about the need to remove offensive statues from the American public way.

Israel’s Quiet Reaction to US Neo-Nazis

ConsortiumNews - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:28
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to call the tune for U.S. policy in the Middle East, going so far as to avoid criticizing U.S. neo-Nazis to not offend President Trump, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar describes. By Paul R.…

Monuments, Media & Madness

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:25
Stephen Miller, FOX News
In the 2004 puppet satire film Team America: World Police, a grotesque, gluttonous and evil Michael Moore rants outside Mount Rushmore and eventually â?? strapped with dynamite like a suicide bomber â?? blows it up.

Steve Bannon's Rise and Fall

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:25
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker
In March, I went to the White House to visit Steve Bannon, who today was fired by President Trump. After Bannon showed off his office and his famous whiteboard, we sat down at a wooden conference table in the large corner office of Reince Priebus, who was then the White House chief of staff. Moments earlier, Priebus had left the building, and Bannon seemed to use the chief of staff’s office as if it were his own, roaming around while he talked, and flinging a Coke can in Priebus’s trash bin, as if he were marking territory. Despite the show of confidence, Bannon felt like he was...

Source: Probe of House IT Staffers "a Massive Scandal"

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:24
Paul Sperry, NY Post
Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledâ?¦

Trump's a Weasel Who Buoys America's Racists

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:24
Maureen Dowd, New York Times
Sirens are blaring as President Trump follows the siren song of the basest of his base and crashes against the shoals.

Jared and Ivanka Are Failing a Basic Moral Test

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:24
Lev Golinkin, CNN
Their Jewish faith and position in the White House should have motivated them to condemn President Trump's remarks, which downplayed the seriousness of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, writes Lev Golinkin.

History Is More Important Than Hysteria

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:23
Newt Gingrich, FOX News
Americans have once again been subjected to a dishonest, one-sided elite media frenzy.

Bannon Is Out, But Will His Agenda Will Be Erased, Too?

RealClearPolitics - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:23
Landler & Haberman, NYT
Although Stephen K. Bannon lost as often as he won in White House debates, his departure could tip the balance on trade, climate, China and Afghanistan.

Soldiers killed by mines as Lebanese army advances against IS in border battle

MiddleEasteye - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:58
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Lebanese forces raised a Spanish flag on a hilltop on Sunday in solidarity with the victims of the Barcelona attacks