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.