The Knesset, mired in political deadlock, failed to pass legislation that would limit the right to protest under the coronavirus restrictions that took effect at 2 P.M. Friday.
An official in Ratcliffe’s office, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Saturday the office was “concerned about unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information following recent briefings”.
The move drew a heated rejoinder from House Democrats, who have focused on foreign efforts to sway the presidential election in 2016 and again this year.
In a joint statement released Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Congress had been set for briefings on election security in mid-September. But briefings for members of Congress, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, by Ratcliffe’s office have now been called off, they said.
„This is a shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility to keep the Congress currently informed, and a betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,“ Pelosi and Schiff said in the statement.
In a sign of the growing concern that President Trump might not leave office voluntarily or might attempt to use the military to hold onto power, two moderate Democratic lawmakers posed a series of written questions to the secretary of defense and the military’s top general about their obligations to the Constitution and the country.
Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) addressed their questions in writing to Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, setting a deadline of Thursday evening.
Die Versammlungsbehörde hat heute mehrere Demonstrationen verboten, die am kommenden Wochenende in Berlin stattfinden sollten. Die Verbote werden maßgeblich damit begründet, dass es bei dem zu erwartenden Kreis der Teilnehmenden zu Verstößen gegen die geltende Infektionsschutzverordnung kommen wird.
“An unprecedented campaign of incitement that includes calls for violence and even my murder and that of my family,” wrote Netanyahu. Unprecedented? After all, he was elected on the bloody back of a prime minister who was murdered, as the result of the savage incitement of which he was one of its main leaders. Incited and inflamed right-wingers stood every Friday, on the eve of the Sabbath, across from the entrance to the Rabins’ home in Ramat Aviv – and wished them that they end up like “Mussolini and his concubine” – meaning hanging upside down, with their feet up. That is less serious than three balloons in the shape of the male sexual organ? Or even a deviant post – that turns out was posted a year and a half ago, whose author was interrogated hours before Netanyahu’s execrable letter was sent.
Coalition whip Miki Zohar, who spoke before Netanyahu, warned that „the right to protest cannot be allowed to become the right to contract the coronavirus.“ He called the left-wing „dangerous“ and attacked the Likud’s senior coalition partner – Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party – for „urgently“ defending the right to protest.
ISRAEL Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has branded a Last Supper-style art exhibition of him as a „shameful threat of crucifixion“.
The mock statue of him in Tel Aviv shows a chubby Netanyahu enjoying a huge meal all to himself in the style of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper painting.
The person who will determine whether the trial which has riven society in two will be fast-tracked or drag its feet is the head of the panel of judges, Rivka Friedman-Feldman. If she decides to speed things up, there is no reason the trial should drag on for years.
The President of Serbia Aleksandar Cucic called on the demonstrators for stopping the attending anti-government protests in order to halt the further spreading of the coronavirus or COVID-19 infections.
„I describe in the book how eager he was to have a meeting with the Iranian leadership, whether Rouhani or Khamenei. Are the Iranians prepared to sit down for talks to get relief from the sanctions, to buy time so they can push forward their nuclear program? Sure, they’re willing to do that,” said Bolton, in an interview to promote “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”
“Just as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un played Trump all along, I worry that in a second term, the Iranians might be able to do the same with Trump. That to me is a danger.”
Earlier, Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 13 reported that Justice Ministry officials slammed recent comments of Netanyahu and Likud ministers, saying “They continue the delegitimization campaign against law enforcement authorities when next up will be the judges.
“They [Netanyahu, Likud] repeat the same farcical mantras and lies, and knowingly lie to the public,” they added, according to Channel 13.
Scientists not involved in the study seriously doubt the findings, which challenge the current consensus on where and when the virus originated.
Please note, the study from University of Barcelona is a preprint and as such has not undergone peer review yet.
COVID-19 was announced in Wuhan (China) in early December in 2019 and it would reach every place worldwide later, including Europe.
Engel is liberal on most domestic issues but fiercely hawkish on foreign affairs, particularly on policies that advance Israel’s national security interests. He is considered a classic AIPAC-type congressman, one of a dwindling group of old guard Democrats who have helped maintain a semblance of bipartisan support for Israel in an era of political polarization and Democratic radicalization.
In manchen Ländern sehen wir jetzt schon eine zweite Welle auch im Hochsommer, zum Beispiel in Israel. Die Immunität der deutschen Bevölkerung ist schlichtweg in einem ganz niedrigen Bereich und wird uns nicht schützen können.
tagesschau.de: Was ist also zu tun?
Brinkmann: Zum Herbst hin wird entscheidend sein, dass wir unsere Kontakte weiterhin reduzieren, nachvollziehen können und zum Beispiel auch Abstand halten und Masken tragen. Und politisch wird wichtig sein, nicht an allen Enden zu lockern.
Der deutsche Virologe, Christian Drosten, warnt dennoch vor solchen großen Versammlung. „Das heißt, wenn so eine Veranstaltung trotzdem gut geht, dann heißt das nicht, dass es das Virus nicht mehr gibt. Sondern es heißt einfach, dass wir im Moment in so einer niedrig Inzidenzlage sind, dass solche Dinge auch mal glimpflich laufen können“, sagte Drosten.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed separately at a news conference that a „strategic dialogue“ between the United States and Iraq will begin Thursday.
He said the US delegation will be led by David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, and include representatives from the Defense and Energy Departments, Treasury and other agencies.
After months of deserted public spaces and empty roads, Americans have returned to the streets. But they have come not for a joyous reopening to celebrate the country’s victory over the coronavirus. Instead, tens of thousands of people have ventured out to protest the killing of George Floyd by police.
Demonstrators have closely gathered all over the country, and in blocks-long crowds in large cities, singing and chanting and demanding justice.
In response to the new development, a statement released on behalf of the prime minister called the new investigation threat “extortion.”
“The anonymous threats by police investigators to open another futile investigation against the prime minister… is an attempt to silence none other than the prime minister of Israel,” the statement said. “These threats are a clear example of the sickness that must be corrected in order to secure Israel’s democracy.”
The request to shelve the vote was the latest hurdle for legislation reauthorizing authorities from the 2001 Patriot Act that’s been squeezed both by FISA opponents who have pushed for more civil liberties protections and by the President and his allies furious over the role of the FISA court in the Russia investigation and the misconduct with warrants obtained on former Trump adviser Carter Page.
„I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!“ Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.
The Pentagon is expected to try to persuade a commander in chief who has made clear his desire to end America’s involvement in what he has criticized as “endless wars” — and who has regularly surprised the military with his decisions.
Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert versucht mühsam, am Montag Zweifel zu zerstreuen: Bund und Länder stimmten sich bei der Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie „ganz eng ab“, man sei im „ständigen Austausch“, sagt er vor Journalisten. Doch zu offensichtlich sind die Gräben, seit Thüringens Ministerpräsident Bodo Ramelow für eine Abkehr von der Corona-Verbotsliste plädiert. Seine Vorschläge haben Sprengkraft: Bund und Länder, die Länder untereinander, das Unionslager, die Thüringer Landesregierung – alle sind zerstritten.
“There is no precedent that anybody can find for somebody who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” Mr. Obama said on a call with thousands of supporters who worked in his administration or campaigns.
NSO also claimed that it and Q Cyber are entitled to immunity because they operate in the service of foreign countries. Facebook claims that the Israeli companies are not entitled to such immunity under U.S. law.
„There is concern from a variety of places that we could leave Afghanistan,“ one senior U.S. official said, pointing to concerns voiced by U.S. allies, members of Congress and U.S. military officials.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating is up — a little bit.
In the RealClearPolitics average of all polls, it sits now at 47.3 percent, the highest mark since he took office.
Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, is desperate to remain in office because installing a new government would give him an important political boost and potentially allow him to legislate his way out of the legal quagmire.
His opponent, Benny Gantz, refused to sit with him in government and appears poised to push for legislation in the incoming parliament that would bar anyone indicted for a crime from leading a government – in effect disqualifying Netanyahu from his position.
Contested Democratic conventions in the past led to catastrophe. In 1860, the Democratic convention broke up over the issue of slavery and in the end two Democratic candidates, one from the south, the other from the north, ran for president.
I don’t know about you, but the election results this week filled me with more hope than I’ve felt in years. It felt like somebody turning down the volume.
The angry and putrid shouting that has marked the last four years — and that would mark a Trump vs. Sanders campaign — might actually come to an end.
Can we agree, in the wake of primary contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and now Nevada, that everything we were told about Sen. Bernie Sanders was wrong? That the press, the pundits, the politicians were all wrong about him? And not just wrong, but completely, utterly, demonstrably, embarrassingly, catastrophically wrong?
You would have to go back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to find another example of where our political and media elites were so out of step with reality; so off in their predictions and prognostications; so keen to peddle myths and misinformation.
With a familiar playbook of evidence-free, anonymously sourced red-baiting, the forces behind Russiagate try to stop Bernie Sanders’ primary success.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews offered a rare on-air apology to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after his remarks invoking the rise of Nazi Germany following the 2020 front-runner’s victory in Nevada sparked major backlash.
The CIA is “a dangerous institution that has got to go,” Sanders told an audience in Vermont in October 1974. He described the agency as a tool of American corporate interests that repeatedly toppled democratically elected leaders — including, he said, Mosaddegh. The agency was accountable to no one, he fumed, “except right-wing lunatics who use it to prop up fascist dictatorships.”
At the time, the 33-year-old socialist was running for U.S. Senate on the ticket of the Liberty Union Party, an anti-war group that likened the draft to “a modern form of slavery” and called for reducing the U.S. military in favor of local militias and the Coast Guard.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Monday called on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to get out of the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination, with the „Morning Joe“ co-host arguing that it would help „consolidate efforts against Bernie Sanders“ by other candidates.
“In 30-plus years of politics, I’ve never seen this level of doom. I’ve never had a day with so many people texting, emailing, calling me with so much doom and gloom,” said Matt Bennett of the center-left group Third Way after Sanders‘ win in Nevada.
Bernie Sanders’s overwhelming victory in the Nevada caucus is sending shock waves through the American political system, perhaps nowhere more than on MSNBC. The hosts and guests of the cable news network made no effort to hide their dismay at Sanders’s victory. Even Brian Fallon, national press secretary for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and not someone very favorably inclined to Sanders, was taken aback. “MSNBC sure has a lot of commentators who hate Sanders,” he tweeted.
„I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summer of 1940,“ said Matthews, „And the general, Reynaud, calls up Churchill and says, ‚It’s over.‘ And Churchill says, ‚How can that be? You’ve got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?‘ He said, ‚It’s over.'“
Matthews added, „So I had that suppressed feeling.“
The comment prompted outcry not just from Sanders‘ supporters; many people on Twitter described the reference to a Nazi invasion to discuss a prominent Jewish candidate as distasteful.
The party’s moderate vote is splintered among several candidates while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a democratic socialist, advances toward the nomination.
Bloomberg’s misfire means that dynamic won’t change anytime soon.
The centrists contend Sanders is too risky a candidate to run against President Trump in November — an assertion that is, of course, vigorously disputed by his supporters.
For decades, the conversation about nominations has been about the conflicts between party elites and everyone else. Today, that conversation is counterproductive. A better approach is to think about how voters and elites could best play their different roles: to make their political parties more representative while ultimately narrowing the nomination choice down to one person. And the best way to do that would be through preference primaries.
“You’re going to absolutely see significant money behind centrists, moderates, whatever, to defeat Sanders,” said Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman.
“Bernie is absolutely going to see intensified scrutiny. He was never in this position of the frontrunner in the 2016 race, and you’re going to see things from a long career come out that people are gonna go after.”
The party’s State Central Committee, which acts as a governing board, approved up to $50,000 to retain attorneys Nick Klinefeldt, who was a federal attorney appointed by President Barack Obama, and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell to conduct the investigation. Both are Democrats in Des Moines. Party officials hope the review will take 45 days or less.
Der moralische Hochsitz ermöglicht der deutschen Außenpolitik einen wunderbaren Überblick über das Getümmel – aber von da oben mischt man nicht mit. Und Autonomie gibt es in dieser Welt für niemanden.
There is no single centrist rival to front-runner Bernie Sanders, and party leaders are bracing for a protracted nomination fight
Democratic senators have been careful not to criticize Sanders publicly, fearing that it could undermine party unity heading into the November general election, which they view as a must-win contest.
But they have serious questions about the electability of their self-described democratic socialist colleague and the problems he may create down-ballot for vulnerable Senate candidates.
Biden, once the Democratic frontrunner, has posted fourth- and fifth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, respectively, and has supporters trying to keep the faith and remain optimistic about his chances. However, one key bloc of supporters has grown nervous since voting has kicked off: Senate Democrats.
Unless a moderate favorite soon emerges, party leaders may increasingly look to Michael R. Bloomberg as a potential savior.
DES MOINES —
With Sen. Bernie Sanders gaining traction, his rivals for the presidential nomination and other top Democrats have begun aggressive efforts to slow the favorite of the party’s progressive wing, fearing he may become unstoppable and cost Democrats their shot at retaking the White House in November.
There are risks, however. The attacks may backfire by galvanizing Sanders’ fervent supporters, who embrace him precisely because he is an anti-establishment figure.
No Democrat in modern times has lost contested races in both Iowa and New Hampshire and claimed the nomination.
The early primary and caucus outcomes could have an outsize impact on later primaries, including the large states voting in March, some of which begin collecting mail-in and early ballots in the immediate aftermath of Iowa.
With Sen. Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, DNC chair Tom Perez has put forward a cartoonishly neoliberal cast of foreign policy hacks and corporate lobbyists to sabotage his nomination.
The current system is a form of white privilege that warps the process.
Congressional staffers had planned to ask questions about the shifting explanations and wanted to receive a global threat assessment for U.S. personnel.
FBI officials had been expected to brief a group of House lawmakers on counterintelligence issues related to Iran on Wednesday in a separate closed-door session but those plans also changed at the last moment, according to two sources familiar with the planning. The reason for the cancellation remains unclear but the briefing was added to the calendar late last week, one of the sources said.
– The Trump administration has canceled three classified briefings scheduled for lawmakers on the situation with Iran
– The move comes amid questions about the president’s justification for killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani
– The last round of administration briefings ended with lawmakers furious over a lack of candor by Trump administration officials
– Additionally, Senate Democrats said they have enough support to pass a war powers resolution to limit Trump’s ability to use a military response to Iran
Kaine filed a draft of his resolution the day after the Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, and he has been working with Republicans to amend the measure so they would support it. As a result, the updated, bipartisan version removes all references to Trump and his administration’s statements and policies regarding Iran.
The resolution, which would give Mr. Trump a 30-day deadline to come to Congress for authorization for military action in Iran, would still need to be passed by the House. And it would be unlikely to overcome a veto from the president.
Mr. Kaine introduced the measure, which invokes the War Powers Act of 1973, as a privileged joint resolution, which allows him to force a vote on the measure and win over the support of a simple majority of senators.
Über die völkerrechtlichen Implikationen der Tötung des iranischen Generals Kassem Soleimani lässt sich trefflich streiten. Für US-Präsident Donald Trump scheinen solche Fragen, wenn überhaupt, nur eine nachrangige Rolle gespielt zu haben, als er den Befehl gab. Formell haben die USA ihren Luftschlag im Irak beim Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen als legitimen Akt der Selbstverteidigung begründet.
President Trump on Monday said it didn’t matter if Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the United States because of his “horrible past.”
Trump also asserted that his national security team agreed on the imminent threat posed by Soleimani that led to the decision to kill him.
Trump betonte heute auf Twitter, ein Angriff Soleimanis sei unmittelbar bevorgestanden. Trump wies zudem Spekulationen zurück, dass es in seiner Regierungsmannschaft Unstimmigkeiten bei dem Thema gebe.
Niemand würde in Abrede stellen, dass die Franzosen und ihre wüstenerprobten Fremdenlegionäre den Fall des Vielvölkerstaates Mali in die Hände der Salafisten verhindert haben. Die Uno-Truppe Minusma nimmt dagegen nur defensive Aufgaben wahr.
Dessen ungeachtet stößt die französische Truppenpräsenz in den fünf betroffenen Ländern auf wachsenden Widerstand der Bevölkerungen.
Das Land ist Teil der Anti-IS-Koalition, von Jordanien aus beteiligt sich auch die Bundeswehr im Kampf gegen den IS, etwa mit Aufklärungstornados und einem Airbus-Tankflugzeug.
Aber ob die deutschen Soldaten in der Region bleiben werden?
Sanders’s campaign declined to make him available for an interview.
For months, the Vermont senator was written off by Democratic Party insiders as a candidate with a committed but narrow base who was too far left to win the primary. Elizabeth Warren had skyrocketed in the polls and seemed to be leaving him behind in the race to be progressive voters’ standard-bearer in 2020.
But in the past few weeks, something has changed.
„He has a very good shot of winning Iowa, a very good shot of winning New Hampshire, and other than Joe Biden, the best shot of winning Nevada,“ said one former Obama adviser.
Despite having a heart attack in October that threatened to derail his second quest for the Democratic nomination, he remains at or near the top of polls in Iowa and other early states, lifted by his near ubiquitous name recognition and an enviable bank account.
His anti-establishment message hasn’t changed for 50 years, and it resonates with working-class voters and young people who agree the system is corrupt and it will take a revolution to fix it.
Stellt sich die Frage, wie lange noch? Über die Antwort muss der Bundestag Ende März entscheiden. Ob es eine Mehrheit für eine Verlängerung des Mandats gibt, ist unsicher, die Verteidigungsministerin spricht sich dafür aus: Was man in so langer Zeit erreicht hat, müsse man auch absichern. Etwa die Rechte der Frauen – dass zum Beispiel auch Mädchen zur Schule gehen können und nicht schon im Kindesalter verheiratet werden.
For the party, this election will be a referendum on Netanyahu’s indictment: Will the number of Netanyahu-supporting Knesset members who are willing to grant him immunity from prosecution rise from 55 to 61?
If the answer is negative, no one in Likud can begin to imagine how the party will emerge from the corner it has been backed into.
Charged with corruption, Israel’s prime minister attacks his country’s institutions, just like his friend in Washington.
It’s hard to exaggerate the gravity of such statements by Netanyahu, who, by virtue of his job, is supposed to serve all Israelis, including the country’s Arab citizens. Netanyahu is appealing to the lowest common denominator, inflaming the Jewish community against the Arab community and inciting the entire Israeli public. “We have to warn against this danger; we have to work together to warn against it,” he said, as if he were talking about an enemy.
Later, he even slandered the Arab Knesset members.
At ‚emergency conference,‘ Israeli PM warns Tehran would ‚celebrate‘ a Blue and White minority gov’t
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a rally in Tel Aviv on Sunday decrying the possibility that Benny Gantz is set to form a minority government backed by the Arab Joint List alliance in the coming days.
„There is an agreement among Kahol Lavan [leaders] to go for a minority government with the Joint List. We know for a fact that they made this decision,“ the prime minister claimed in an emergency meeting he held with Likud lawmakers.
„A government that depends on the Arab parties is a danger to Israel’s security,“ added Netanyahu. He then addressed Gantz saying „you were the Chief of Staff in Operation Protective Edge [2014 Gaza war], we ran the operation together – do you remember what Tibi did during the operation?
Die Parteivorsitzende Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wankt, im Fernsehen ätzt Friedrich Merz, die Kanzlerin reist nach Indien. Was ist los in der CDU?
Bei der Wahl in Thüringen sieht es wieder nicht gut aus für SPD und CDU. Und auch die Kleinen müssen sich Sorgen machen. In Berlin fragt man sich schon jetzt nach den Lehren.
Party leaders and activists are citing weakness in all of the leading contenders, including former vice president Joe Biden, who has been forced on the defensive about his family’s ethics, performed haltingly in debates and set off alarms with his poor fundraising. They also fret that the two other top-ranking candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), are too liberal to win a general election.
Mit dem Truppenabzug aus Nordsyrien hat Donald Trump eine geopolitische Krise und humanitäre Katastrophe ausgelöst. Weil der US-Präsident lieber auf sein „Bauchgefühl“ hört als auf Berater.
I fear this is a complete and utter national security disaster in the making and I hope President Trump will adjust his thinking.
A right-wing Israeli activist and anti-asylum seekers activist, Sheffi Paz, filmed herself committing the vandalism, and later admitted to it. Paz is a former member of the left-wing Meretz party.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him not to negotiate with Iran at the present time.
Netanyahu frantically tried to get President Trump on the phone — who was in back-to-back meetings and couldn’t take the call — while his office contacted multiple senior Trump administration officials, trying to connect the two leaders.
Earlier the Central Elections Committee rejected a petition from Netanyahu’s Likud party to bar news outlets from publishing transcripts and documents from Netanyahu’s corruption investigations ahead of national elections next month.
heute.de: Halten Sie eine Jamaika-Minderheitsregierung für denkbar? Dass CDU, FDP und Grüne – sollten sie keine Mehrheit haben – Unterstützung suchen bei der Linken und der SPD?
Korte: Ja, das wäre eine moderne Art, geradezu postmodern, wie man eine Regierungsbildung in Vielparteienparlamenten hinbekommt. Die Labilität eines solchen Bündnisses, die man wagen müsste, kann unglaublich vitalisieren.
The move, which followed Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman’s announced intention to ask Netanyahu’s party for an alternative candidate if the prime minister rejects a unity government with the opposition Kahol Lavan party, will also earn a secure spot in the Pathetic Moment Hall of Fame.
Ein deutsch-jüdischer und ein proisraelischer Verein haben im Bundestag ein enges Netzwerk gespannt – mit fragwürdigen Methoden.
The report claims that local groups such as the Middle East Peace Forum and WerteInitiative (Values Initiative) worked together with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in order to promote the resolution, an enterprise that included “donations to politicians.” The groups deny these charges, but the story has evoked a stormy public debate. Bild, the most widely-read newspaper in Germany, sharply criticized the report, calling it anti-Semitic.