„Capturing the Prime Minister’s Residence on Balfour Street was for us like capturing the Bastille“ prison in France, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman told his Yisrael Beytenu faction in the Knesset on Monday.
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Levy gives his inaugural speech.
Equally notable was the decision by President Biden later that day to praise Tlaib during an appearance in her hometown of Detroit.
“I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden said Tuesday. “And God, thank you for being a fighter.”
After receiving the mandate, Lapid wrote that „after two years of an endless political nightmare, Israeli society is reeling. The unity government is not a compromise – it is the objective.“
He added that a unity government will include „the right, left and center working together to address economic and security challenges.“
We all know theoretically that “sunk costs are sunk,” but when those costs are friends and teammates, it isn’t easy to walk away. There’s no way ever to quantify the loss of over 2,200 American servicemen and women, 3,800 American contractors, and 100,000 Afghans over two decades. The stoic philosophers like Epictetus and Aurelius taught to detach without being vacuous but that isn’t always the easiest advice to follow. Like all SEALs and service members of my era, I’ve buried far too many friends. We best honor them by making a stoic and intelligent choice today, not by sacrificing and investing more in a mission no longer central to our national security.
„A drawdown is underway,“ White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. „While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all of US military personnel out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2020.“
Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft to execute President Joe Biden’s order to begin the withdrawal process no later than May 1, according to several US defense officials.
The Lithuanian faction of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party is considering whether to abstain from voting against a government led by Yamina head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid, Ynet has learned on Thursday, thus enabling the two to form a government and avoid a fifth election round in just two years.
„From the moment I realized that Netanyahu did not intend to choose one of the two alternatives for forming a right-wing government, I began striving to form a national unity government,“ Bennett wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.
„If such a government is indeed formed, all partners must show restraint in their conduct, and perhaps we can bring some peace to the Israeli public.“
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party is on its way towards the opposition, Likud whip MK Miki Zohar stated after the faction was defeated in a Knesset (Israel Parliament) vote on the formation of a key committee.
„We understand and we adopt the idea that we are headed in the direction of the opposition,“ he said during a meeting of the Knesset’s Arrangements Committee.
The Arrangements Committee is the first parliamentary committee to be formed after an election and controls the legislative agenda in the new parliament until the formation of a new government including determining what other parliamentary committees will be formed and their composition.
Likud’s bid to head the committee was foiled by the Islamist Ra’am party which voted against the motion and threw its support behind Yesh Atid.
“The test for a leader is to take tough decisions in complex situations,” the centrist lawmaker said at the close of a long day of prime minister nominations by the Knesset’s (Israel Parliament) parties.
“We are committed to bringing about the change we promised to the people of Israel. To prevent a government led by a criminal suspect and dependent on racists and extremists,” Lapid stressed.
US-Außenminister Antony Blinken teilte in Washington mit, Biden habe eine entsprechende Verfügung seines Amtsvorgängers Donald Trump rückgängig gemacht. Dadurch seien auch die von der Trump-Regierung verhängten Strafmaßnahmen gegen die Chefanklägerin des Gerichts, Fatou Bensouda, sowie ICC-Abteilungsleiter Phakiso Mochochoko, aufgehoben. Visarestriktionen für Mitarbeiter des Gerichtshofes seien ebenfalls gestrichen worden.
The move comes nearly one month after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced the decision to open a formal investigation into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, which will examine both sides in the conflict
Boris Johnson today said there is ‚definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports‘ as he faces a Labour and Tory revolt over them potentially being used domestically.
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) hatte am Vormittag den Ministerpräsidenten mitgeteilt, dass sie das Vorhaben zurückziehe, von Gründonnerstag bis Ostermontag dem Land eine fünftägige Ruhepause zu verordnen. Dies hatte sie ursprünglich zusammen mit der Ministerpräsidentenkonferenz (MPK) in der Nacht zum Dienstag beschlossen, dabei blieben allerdings viele Detailfragen offen – etwa die genaue Feiertagsregelung.
Das Fass scheint übergelaufen zu sein. Die Rückmeldungen, die die Parlamentarier der CDU-CSU auf die neuerlichen Beschlüsse vom Volke erhalten haben, müssen verheerend gewesen sein.
Die „Entschuldigung“, die Angela-Merkel heute dem staunenden Volk präsentierte, erfolgt nicht aus freien Stücken. Es geht wohl eher darum, das Heft des Handelns in der Hand zu behalten. Bemerkenswert waren bei ihren Einlassungen mehrere Aspekte.
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Mehr als neun Monate nach dem Tod des Afroamerikaners George Floyd bei einem brutalen Polizeieinsatz in den USA hat das US-Repräsentantenhaus umfassenden Polizeireformen zugestimmt.
@RepGolden and @RepRonKind voted against the bill, and GOP Rep. Lance Gooden, R-TX, voted w/ Dems for it.
Außer auf das Weimar Urteil werden sich Kläger und ihre Anwälte nun womöglich auch auf die Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO berufen: Sie hat letzte Woche explizit bestätigt, dass es sich bei der Zahl der fehleranfälligen positiven PCR-Tests nicht um die Zahl der Infektionen handelt. Das hat möglicherweise Folgen für die sogenannten „Inzidenzwerte“, für deren Ermittlung die deutsche Staatsführung auf die PCR-Testergebnisse zurückgreift.
Merke: Die Konstruktion des Grundgesetzes, jedem Richter die Befugnis eingeräumt zu haben, nichtförmliche Gesetze wegen Verfassungswidrigkeit für nichtig zu halten, hat eine rechtsstaatlich sehr robuste und resiliente Rechtsschutzstruktur geschaffen, um Bürgerrechte zu wahren und zu schützen. Damit Richter Bürger schützen können, muß man sie aber auch anrufen. Wo kein Kläger, da kein Richter.
Ein Urteil, das am 11. Januar gesprochen und gestern veröffentlicht wurde, stammt vom Amtsgericht Weimar und trägt das Aktenzeichen 6 OWi-523 Js 202518/20. Es ist in zweierlei Hinsicht bemerkenswert: Zum einen, weil es einen Akt der Staatsführung für nichtig erklärt. Im Regelfall machen Amtsgerichte so etwas nicht, weil das eine sehr ausführliche verfassungsrechtliche Argumentation erfordert. Dass das Weimarer Gericht diese Argumentation liefert, ist der zweite Grund, der dieses Urteil so bemerkenswert macht.
Gebetsmühlenartig wiederholt die CDU-Politikerin, dass Präsenzunterricht nicht durch Homeschooling zu ersetzen sei und, dass die Schulschließungen den Jüngsten besonders schade.
Die Forderungen der Kultusministerin wurden im Januar noch nicht umgesetzt. Das lag wohl vor allem am grünen Ministerpräsidenten Winfried Kretschmann – der bis dahin meist den strengen Corona-Kurs von Kanzlerin Angela Merkel mittrug.
Nach der Verlängerung und Verschärfung der Corona-Maßnahmen regen sich nun Stimmen, die auf ein Ende des Shutdowns Mitte Februar drängen. Der Vizevorsitzende der Unionsbundestagsfraktion, Georg Nüßlein, fordert, den Shutdown nach Ende der bisherigen Befristung definitiv zu beenden.
Damit will die Staatsanwaltschaft erreichen, dass das Urteil mit den ihm zugrundeliegenden Feststellungen aufgehoben und an einen anderen Richter zur neuen Verhandlung und Entscheidung verwiesen wird.
Das Amtsgericht hatte am 11. Januar in einem Bußgeldverfahren die Kontaktverbote wegen der Corona-Pandemie als verfassungswidrig bezeichnet.
Hinzu kommt – und dieses Argument ist gewichtiger –, dass am 18.04.2020, dem Tag des Erlasses der 3. ThürSARS-CoV-2-EindmaßnVO, weder in Deutschland im Ganzen betrachtet, noch in Thüringen eine epidemische Lage bestand, angesichts derer es ohne die Ergreifung von einschneidenden Maßnahmen durch die Exekutive unter Rückgriff auf die infektionsschutzrechtliche Generalklausel bzw. die (den Anforderungen der Wesentlichkeitslehre ebenfalls nicht genügenden) Spezialermächtigungen des § 28 Abs. 1 S. 2 IfSG zu „nicht mehr vertretbaren Schutzlücken“ gekommen wäre. Es gab keine „epidemische Lage von nationaler Tragweite“ (§ 5 Abs. 1 IfSG), wenngleich dies der Bundestag mit Wirkung ab 28.03.2020 festgestellt hat.
Diese Einschätzung ergibt sich bereits allein aus den veröffentlichten Daten des Robert Koch-Instituts:
Mehrheitlich hinter dem Krisenmanagement von Bund und Ländern stehen aktuell allein die Anhänger der Unionsparteien (74 Prozent). Unter Anhängern von SPD und Grünen halten sich Zustimmung und Ablehnung in etwa die Waage. In den Reihen der Linken überwiegt die Kritik (57 Prozent). Auf deutliche Distanz zum Krisenmanagement von Bund und Ländern gehen die Anhänger der FDP (80 Prozent) und der AfD (93 Prozent).
Ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Monday, Steve Kornacki breaks down the Iowa polls and the importance of the Iowa caucuses.
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Bernie Sanders will address Trump’s dangerous escalation in the Middle East at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.
In a short video released by the Sputnik News Agency, a tank unit from the Syrian Arab Army can be seen heading to the city of Al-Tabaqa and its corresponding military airport, which are both located west of the provincial capital.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad advanced Monday into several key towns across northeastern Syria after an 11th-hour deal with local Kurdish fighters, dramatically altering the balance of power inside the war-battered country.
Trump’s call for ending U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home was a feature of his presidential campaign, but it flies in the face of many decades of bipartisan American policy, even as the Trump administration and its immediate predecessor have tried to give additional attention to what they see as long-term security threats elsewhere, including from China and Russia.
Trump suggested that Republican predecessor George W. Bush, whose military invaded Iraq based on bad intelligence, was responsible for entangling the United States in a regional quagmire that has resulted in more 50,000 American casualties since 2001.
‚We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!‘ he proclaimed.
Trump said that religious clashes in the Middle East will never be resolved by an American military presence.
It’s hard to recall a newly elected freshman representative to Congress who has made a bigger impact than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her primary victory for New York’s Fourteenth District seat—as a young woman of color beating out a long-established white male incumbent—was big news, and Ocasio-Cortez has been generating headlines almost daily ever since. Practically the day she took her seat in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez became the hero of the left wing of the Democrats and a favored villain of Fox News and the right.
The usefulness of a Department of Homeland Security, however, wasn’t always taken for granted. President George W. Bush’s administration initially had “zero interest” in creating a new department to protect against terrorism, The Washington Post previously reported. Vice President Richard B. Cheney thought it would needlessly increase the size of government.
“Creating a Cabinet post doesn’t solve the problem,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said in March 2002, according to The Post.
In an interview with “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” Ocasio-Cortez repeated her call for the abolition of ICE—Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Host David Remnick asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would get rid of the Department of Homeland Security, as well.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I think so. I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: „When these women tell me that they were put into a cell and that their sink was not working, and we tested the sink ourselves and the sink was not working, and they were told to drink out of a toilet bowl I believe them. I believe these women.“
The hearing came as the number of families, children and other migrants entering the U.S. from Mexico has surged above 100,000 monthly since March, overwhelming federal agencies‘ ability to detain them in sanitary conditions and highlighting the issue as the 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns are in their early stages. „This is a manufactured crisis because the cruelty is manufactured. This is a manufactured crisis because there is no need for us to do this. There’s no need for us to overcrowd and to detain and under-resource,“ said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., one of four high-profile Democratic freshmen who testified.
„Netanyahu pressed the button for the Knesset dissolution and there is no turning back,“ Gantz says in a statement to the media from Tel Aviv. „Netanyahu sees (election) polls and invents lies.“
Anyone speaking to people close to the prime minister and his ministers are hearing panic that stems not just from Benjamin Netanyahu’s vigorous attempt to stop the clock on the new election. On the agenda, they whisper, is a pending security crisis. The evil will come from the Persian Gulf, the Gaza Strip or the northern border, generated by Iran and its proxies. Then the military agenda will soon overwhelm the political one, overshadowing the political parties’ petty considerations.
TV survey projects center-left and Arab parties would win more seats than right-wing and Orthodox factions, though path to forming government far from clear
Speaking this morning with Army Radio, Yuli Edelstein said that Knesset members from many factions approached him to discuss the election. „All the conversation ended with the same line: ‚Wow, what a mistake we made.'“
Mr. Biden is seen by many Democrats as a trustee of former President Barack Obama’s legacy, perhaps capable of restoring the consensus-seeking liberalism of Mr. Obama’s administration. The former vice president has encouraged that perception, labeling himself to reporters in early April as an “Obama-Biden Democrat” and suggesting that accounts of the left wing’s ascendancy in the party were greatly exaggerated.
Later Wednesday evening, Warren added herself to the list of candidates defending the freshman congresswoman.
„We have a moral duty to combat hateful ideologies in our own country and around the world — and that includes both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia,“ the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement.
(5.3.2019) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come to the defense of fellow freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who is facing backlash for her comments about Israel—many of which have been deemed anti-Semitic by Republicans and Democrats alike.
(6.3.2019) The closed-door meeting, the weekly gathering of House Democrats at the Capitol, generally involves discussion of the legislative agenda and political strategy. Instead, according to multiple people present, it turned into a gripe session over the treatment of Ms. Omar by her own party.
Mendelblit’s decision comes after three years of investigations, and it marks the first time in Israel’s history that an attorney general announces an indictment for bribery against an incumbent prime minister.
12.30pm: Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any)
Up to 20 minutes: Ten Minute Rule Motion: Planning (Affordable Housing and Land
Compensation) (Helen Hayes)
No debate: Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (No. 2)
Bill: Second and Third Reading
Until any hour*: Business of the House (Today) (Motion) (*if the 7.00pm Business of the House Motion is agreed to)
Until 7.00pm: UK’s withdrawal from the European Union
Labour chairman Ian Lavery was described as “very angry” as he branded the support for a second referendum “political suicide” – arguing that the move risks shedding votes in the Midlands and northern England.
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon attacked the leadership for failing to consult the shadow cabinet before announcing the U-turn – asking Mr Corbyn: “Why did we hear about it in the media?”
He has betrayed his party’s own manifesto in the 2017 general election, which promised to respect the outcome of the referendum. He has betrayed his old Labour mentors, most notably his hero Tony Benn, who was the left’s most articulate critic of the EU. And he has betrayed himself. He has betrayed his own longstanding and correct belief that the EU is an illiberal, undemocratic, anti-worker outrage of an institution. Has any politician ever betrayed so many people in such a short space of time?
Asked if that stance would put her on the “same side as Jeremy Corbyn”, Ms Thornberry replied: “Yeah. Of course.
“If there’s a choice between a disastrous Tory Brexit or no deal and Remaining, then that is what we will have to do.”
Labour’s 2017 manifesto says the party “accepts the referendum result” and will fight for “a Brexit deal that delivers for all regions and nations of the UK”.
The prime minister said she will put her withdrawal agreement – including any changes she has agreed with the EU – to a meaningful vote by 12 March.
If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes:
One, on the following day, on whether MPs support a no-deal Brexit – so the UK would „only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome“
If that fails, then MPs will get a vote by 14 March on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond 29 March
Yvette Cooper, a senior Labour MP, and Sir Oliver Letwin, a senior Conservative MP, have been rallying support for a proposal that would force the government to hand power to parliament if no UK-EU withdrawal deal has been approved by March 13.
Under the proposal, which is set to be tabled as an amendment on Wednesday, the government would be legally obliged to offer MPs the option of requesting an extension in the Article 50 exit process beyond March 29.
Brexit-backing backbencher John Mann said the decision to endorse a so-called „People’s Vote“ would infuriate Leave supporters in the Midlands and north of England.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening, the Bassetlaw MP told Mr Corbyn: „This decision will stop you being Prime Minister.“
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BBC News – Labour prepared to back new Brexit referendum
Überraschende Wende im Brexit-Streit: Die britische Labour-Partei stellt sich hinter die Forderung nach einem zweiten Referendum. Das galt in der Oppositionspartei bislang nur als „letztes Mittel“.
According to Owen Smith, Corbyn was asked 23 times if in a future referendum he would want Remain to be an option on the ballot paper. Corbyn declined to answer. Matters weren’t helped by a late night vote which meant the meeting came to an abrupt end. However, a briefing note has since been circulated among Labour MPs suggesting Remain would be on the ballot paper in the event of a second referendum.
If Jeremy Corbyn is about to win lots of new friends as a result of his announcement that he could, after all, back another referendum on Brexit, he also risks making a lot of his core voters very unhappy indeed.
The shadow foreign secretary said Labour’s second referendum bid should be a choice between Theresa May’s Brexit deal or remaining in the EU.
Emily Thornberry added that in the event there was another vote, she would campaign for Remain.
But there would be a deeper lesson, and one that is painful to grasp. It is that nothing than May says about her Brexit policy can be trusted. Only yesterday, she was insisting that “an extension to Article 50…doesn’t deliver a decision in parliament”. The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears: “there is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
Backing a second referendum is one betrayal too many.
Theresa May is considering a plan to delay Brexit and stop the U.K. leaving the European Union with no deal next month, according to people familiar with the situation.
The prime minister is expected to allow her Cabinet to discuss extending the deadline beyond March 29 at a crunch meeting on Tuesday, one of the people said.
THERESA May will today propose to Cabinet that she formally rules out a No Deal Brexit on March 29, opening the door to a delay.
The prime minister is tonight preparing a dramatic shift in her Brexit policy, namely an announcement that if her reworked Brexit deal is not passed by MPs on or before 12 March she will shortly afterwards give MPs a binding vote on whether or not to go ahead with a no-deal Brexit on 29 March.
This would be seen by many as a significant U-turn – because she will promise to abide by the will of parliament, and thereby admit that a significant Brexit delay may be necessary.
Labour have announced they will back a second referendum on Britain’s EU exit to prevent a „damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country“.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Thursday as historic a Warsaw meeting where he is joining Arab states, saying they stood united against Iran and voicing hope that cooperation extends to other areas.
“President Trump, I think, has made it clear publicly on any number of occasions how concerned he is about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, whether it’s North Korea, Iran, or anybody else, and he’s a strong believer in taking steps with Israel and others in the region who are like-minded to make sure Iran never gets to that point,” Bolton continued.
The U.S. will hold an international gathering of Middle Eastern allies next month in Poland, where top U.S. officials will discuss with foreign counterparts the future of the region, including battling Iran’s influence.
Fox News reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the U.S-hosted conference, to be held from Feb. 13-14, that will feature representatives from „dozens“ of countries …