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Sees ‘Hypocrisy’ As Obama Goes After States On Refugees But Not Sanctuary
Republicans accused President Obama this week of “hypocrisy” after his administration sent threatening letters to states warning they could lose federal funding if they don’t cooperate with his plan to resettle 10,000 refugees this fiscal year. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that was stunning because the president has repeatedly refused to pull federal funding from locales that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation agents — so-called sanctuary cities. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: States should stand firm against Obama threats.
Check: Did Donald Trump Predict The 9/11 Attacks?
At a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Tuesday, Donald Trump said his list of accomplishments includes the fact that he predicted the 9/11 terror attacks. He was alerted to this fact by a friend who called him and said his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve," proved, 'you're the first guy that really predicted terrorism." Here's a look at some of Trump's claims from the rally and how they stacked up against his book - and what actually happened. Claim: "In my book, The America We Deserve - I said Osama Bin Laden, better watch him, bad guy...In my book, before the World Trade Center . I said Osama bin Laden, I said you better take him out." The record: Trump did mention bin Laden by name in Chapter 4, called, "The Foreign Policy We Deserve." However he merely pointed bin Laden as an illustration of haphazard foreign policy -- not to predict that bin Laden would be responsible for the next attack against the U.S. CBS
Campaign Slams CNN, Says Emails Show Reporter 'Colluding' With Clinton
Rand Paul’s presidential campaign slammed CNN on Wednesday after emails were released that the campaign claimed showed a reporter “colluding” with a Hillary Clinton aide to “attack” the Kentucky senator. The CNN global affairs correspondent, Elise Labott, already has been suspended over a separate incident – a tweet last week criticizing a House bill limiting Syrian refugees. But her communications with then-Clinton State Department official Philippe Reines turned up Tuesday in a batch of emails obtained and published by Gawker. In those January 2013 emails, Reines appears to give Labott suggestions for tweets. Phil Kerpen, president of the conservative American Commitment, first flagged the exchange about Paul. Fox News
VOA VIEW: CNN has no integrity and little public confidence in their reporting.
Trump Mocks Reporter's Disability
Trump waved his arms in an awkward manner to lampoon Serge Kovaleski at a rally in South Carolina Tuesday night. Kovaleski has a chronic condition called arthrogryposis, which limits the movement of his arms. The New York Times was offended. "We find it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters," a spokesperson told CNNMoney. Trump's performance was prompted by a story Kovaleski had written in 2001 that refuted claims that thousands of Muslims in Jersey City cheered the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. CNN
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House On Lockdown After Fence-Jumper Caught
The White House was on lockdown on Thursday after a person jumped the fence, CNN reported, adding that the jumper was immediately caught. Despite the quick capture, the presidential mansion was still on lockdown as the U.S. Secret Service conducted a security sweep of the area, ABC News and other media outlets reported.
Representatives for the Secret Service could not immediately be reached for comment on the incident. The Thanksgiving Day incident comes amid heightened security concerns in the United States and other Western countries following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted a concert hall, a stadium and a cafe. Reuters
Laser Strike Reported Near Love Field
In the latest incident, a Southwest Airlines pilot saw a green laser coming from the ground about three miles northwest of Dallas Love Field at about 6:16 p.m. Wednesday, the FAA said. There were no injuries. On Sunday, the FAA reported eight other laser strikes, including seven on Southwest Airlines planes. One of the pilots in those incidents reported an eye injury as a result of the laser strike. Earlier this month, pilots flying into Love Field reported six strikes in two nights, three each on Nov. 11 and 12. Police have been searching for the person or people responsible for the laser strikes. So far, no one has been arrested. MSNBC
Turkish Wild Card In Syria That Russia And U.S. Both Need
Turkey just reinforced its role as a wild card in the Syrian civil war, and one that both sides of the conflict ultimately have to deal with. After becoming the first NATO country in more than half a century to shoot down a Russian warplane, it sent the alliance scrambling to deescalate tension with Moscow as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue to protect his country’s airspace. It was a reminder of how Turkish priorities for Syria, its southern neighbor, remain out of step as its unflinching opposition to Kurdish separatists and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad overshadows the fight against Islamic State. Bloomberg
Passes Security With Stolen Boarding Pass
A sex offender with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught this month, authorities have disclosed. Michael Salata, 61, was arrested on Nov. 5 after boarding the Southwest Airlines flight, according to jail records obtained Thursday.
He had grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidently left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police. "He tried to make it seem like it was a mistake, that the boarding pass printed incorrectly, or that he grabbed the wrong boarding pass," Vargo told the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper that first reported the story. It's unclear why the incident was not disclosed by authorities until 20 days after it happened. Las Vegas Sun
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On Food Stamps, Taking Second Jobs Amid Pay Fight
State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps. About 800 troopers — equivalent to half the force — have joined a class-action lawsuit arguing that the state promised a schedule of regular pay increases when they were hired, but reneged because of budget problems. Many took pay cuts when they were recruited from other agencies, expecting to catch up quickly because of raises traditionally given about once a year. "I don't think people understand the hard times we're going through," said Master Trooper Rick Quinones, who lives with his wife and two young daughters in a spare bedroom at his parents' house. ABC
Putin Call For ‘Broad’ Coalition To Fight Terrorism
French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin called for a “broad coalition” to fight Islamic State militants in Syria, even amid fading chances that a wave of terrorist attacks will become the catalyst for a united front involving Russia and the U.S. “We must build this broad coalition that I have mentioned to hit terrorism,” Hollande said at the start of talks with Putin at the Kremlin on Thursday. “I am in Moscow with you to see how we can act together, to see how we can coordinate to hit this terrorist group and at the same time find a political solution for Syria.” Putin said that Russia has also suffered from terrorism and understands France’s experience. “All of this is forcing us to combine efforts against a common enemy. We are prepared for this cooperation, Mr. President.” Bloomberg
Users More Likely Than Other Pedestrians To Die In Car Crashes
Pedestrians in wheelchairs have a 36 percent higher risk of being killed in road traffic collisions over other types of pedestrians, a new study found. Some 76,000 pedestrians are injured and 5,000 are killed in traffic collisions each year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data. Using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, and details from news articles, researchers from Georgetown University's School of Medicine found 528 pedestrians using wheelchairs were killed in road traffic collisions between 2006 and 2012, often at intersections. According to the data, those in wheelchairs are killed 36 percent more than other pedestrians. In addition, wheelchair-using men ages 50 to 64 have a 75 percent higher risk of death in a traffic collision than similarly aged pedestrians. UPI
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Pledges Could Limit Most Extreme Warming Scenarios
The pledges made by more than 150 nations in the lead-up to a major climate change summit in Paris next week could limit the likelihood of the most extreme global warming scenarios, a new study says -- but only if countries meet or exceed the targets they've set for themselves in coming decades. The pledges, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, include the United States' commitment to bring down greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 26 to 28 percent over the coming decade. The U.N. Climate Change Conference will begin Nov. 30 in Paris and run through Dec. 11. MSNBC
Trump Called Out For Appearing To Mock Disability
An advocacy group is offering Donald Trump sensitivity training after the Republican presidential candidate appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. At issue is what The New York Times interprets as Trump’s attempt Tuesday to “ridicule the appearance” of journalist Serge Kovaleski. Trump challenged recollections by Kovaleski and others about the 9/11 aftermath during a speech. Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were seen celebrating the attack. Trump said, “Poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” then gestured in a jerky fashion as if imitating Kovaleski’s movements. The Ruderman Family Foundation says Kovaleski has a congenital condition affecting joint movement. The foundation offered Trump sensitivity training sessions to help him better understand people with disabilities. Washington Post
Rubio: Airstrikes Against ISIS Should Target Oil Plants
The United States has conducted thousands of air strikes against ISIS, but Sen. Marco Rubio said that they're not "well targeted" and should focus more on destroying the oil infrastructure controlled by the extremist group."The rules of engagement - it's not allowed [airstrikes] to be as successful as necessary," Rubio said in an interview with NBC that aired Thursday morning. "They've unnecessarily avoided taking strikes because they're concerned if they blow up the oil plant, there might be civilians, even one, killed. That's a legitimate concern we have, but we must destroy the revenue source, which is the ability to generate oil." CBS
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Of Americans Begin Thanksgiving Holiday Amid Ramped Up Security
Millions of Americans started their Thanksgiving getaway Wednesday by taking to the roads and airport security lines, undaunted by terrorism fears as officials continue to stress there are no “credible” threats in the wake of the Paris terror attacks earlier this month. President Obama said at the White House there is no "specific and credible" intelligence indicating a plot against the U.S., while assuring anxious Americans, "While the threat of terrorism is a troubling reality of our age, we are both equipped to prevent attacks and we are resilient in the face of those who would try to do us harm." Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson echoed Obama's statement that there are no specific, credible treats to the homeland ahead of the 2015 holiday season. Fox News
Progesterone No Help To Pregnant Women With Miscarriage History
Progesterone supplements given to pregnant women who have had multiple miscarriages may not prevent another miscarriage, according to new research from the University of Birmingham. A five-year study of 826 women with unexplained recurrent miscarriages showed those who received progesterone supplements in early pregnancy were no less likely to miscarry than those who received a placebo. The findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, said the same was true no matter what age, ethnicity, medical history or pregnancy history. UPI
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Francis Delivers Stern Warning Ahead Of Paris Climate Conference
Pope Francis celebrated a historic Mass in Kenya Thursday before delivering a stern environmental warning to the world, just days ahead of a potentially pivotal climate change conference in Paris. "It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and projects," the Pope said, urging nations to reach agreement over curbing fossil fuel emissions. He said politicians must work together with the corporate and scientific worlds as well as civil society leaders in finding solutions to stop environmental degradation. No country, said the Pope, "can act independently of a common responsibility. If we truly desire positive change, we have to humbly accept our interdependence." CNN
Runs New Rule Over Catfish Suppliers, Giving Vietnam Time To Comply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new rules for catfish suppliers on Wednesday, requiring on-site inspections of farms and processing plants for both domestic and foreign producers, mostly from Vietnam, to ensure they meet the same standards. The long-awaited change puts in place rules similar to decades-old safety requirements for beef, pork and poultry, and shifts responsibility for the inspections to the USDA from the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates all other seafood imports. The rule is expected to become effective in March 2016, and will be phased in over 18 months, giving foreign suppliers time to make changes needed to comply with the USDA's requirements. Reuters
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Ahead To Potential Conflicts, Gaza Northern Brigade Drilling Airlifts Faster
Medical crews from the IDF Gaza Northern Brigade are holding weekly airlift-to-hospital drills to reduce the time it takes to get injured soldiers to medical care.
Lt. Noga Katzav, medical officer for the Gaza Northern Brigade, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the time required by helicopter airlifts held in cooperation with the air force has been reduced. Wounded soldiers can now be airlifted to a hospital in about 30 minutes, although the time required would be extended in the event of a full-scale conflict in Gaza, where helicopters would have to deal with threats of shoulder- fired missiles. Using CH-53 and Black Hawk transport helicopter squadrons, the brigade has been holding weekly mass-casualty exercises in which doctors and medics practice treating injured soldiers and evacuating them, much as they did on dozens of occasions during last year’s 50-day conflict with Hamas. Jerusalem Post
Adviser Examining Possible Breach Of Trust In Rabbinical Court Appointment
A controversial appointment to a rabbinical court in Jerusalem has been flagged as a possible breach of trust and is being scrutinized by the legal adviser to the Religious Services Ministry. Rabbi Eliyahu Amar, the son of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, was appointed as a rabbinical judge in the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court for Property Claims of the Jerusalem Religious Council several weeks ago. Council chairman Yehoshua Yishai asked Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern and Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Amar to recommend candidates for the court and Amar nominated his son, Eliyahu, who was duly appointed following the agreement of the head of the court, Rabbi Baruch Shraga. Jerusalem Post
McDonald Case: Obama 'Disturbed' By Dashcam Video
In a Thanksgiving message on Facebook, the president paid tribute to Chicago protesters for keeping the peace. Four people were arrested overnight as demonstrators marched through the city. The protests were not as widespread or as tense as Tuesday night, which began moments after police released the dashcam video showing the incident. Mr Obama said on Facebook: "Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. "This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who've suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honour." BBC
VOA VIEW: Protesters did not keep the peace - they incited violence, as Obama's tribute promotes future disturbances and rioting.
Turkey 'Knew Downed Fighter Jet Was Russian'
President Vladimir Putin said Russian planes were easily identifiable and the jet's flight co-ordinates had been passed on to Turkey's ally, the US. Turkey's president said earlier if it had known the plane was Russian "maybe we would have warned it differently". Mr Putin was speaking after meeting his French counterpart and pledging closer co-operation against Islamic State. IS claimed the 13 November attacks in Paris which killed 130 people. BBC
Accepts Full, Indefinite Ban From World Athletics Over Doping Scandal
The Russian athletics federation has accepted its ban from international competition and has promised to cooperate with inspectors who will oversee changes to its drug-testing system. The International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed the full suspension after a council meeting in Monaco and said the Russian federation (Araf) had not requested a hearing. An IAAF statement said: “The IAAF council was today informed that written confirmation had been received yesterday from Araf accepting their full suspension without requesting a hearing as was their constitutional right. Guardian
Condemns Murder Of Opposition Politician Before Venezuela Election
Venezuela opened an investigation on Thursday into the murder of a local opposition leader days before an election that is stirring fears of renewed political violence in the volatile South American Opec nation. Luis Díaz, leader of the opposition Democratic Action party in Guarico state in Venezuela’s central plains, was shot during a public meeting on Wednesday night in the latest of several violent incidents during the campaign. The US condemned the killing and called on the Venezuelan government to protect all political candidates. “This was the deadliest of several recent attacks and acts of intimidation aimed at opposition candidates,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Campaigns of fear, violence, and intimidation have no place in democracy.” Guardian
Koreans Ordered To Copy Kim Jong-Un's 'Ambitious' Hair Style
North Korea has launched a new purge, targeting citizens with long hair and ordering them to copy Kim Jong-un's much-mocked "ambitious" style. Sources in Pyongyang, quoted by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, said authorities in the North Korean capital have issued an order requiring that men keep their hair to a maximum 2 cm (0.8 inches) in length. They are also being instructed to pay homage to Mr Kim by copying his trademark swept-back bouffant that emerges upwards from the shaved patches above his ears. Telegraph
Nuclear Watchdog's Work Impacting Lives Worldwide, Says Agency Chief
The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today delivered an opening statement at the meeting of its Board of Governors by addressing issues of technical cooperation, nuclear applications, nuclear energy, safety and security, and nuclear verification. The 648 proposed new technical cooperation projects for the next two years demonstrate the wide scope of the Agency's mandate, and the positive impact of its work on the lives of people around the world, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the Board in Vienna, Austria. UN News
Has Changed' – UN Expert On DPR Korea Says Two Years After Key Human Rights
A United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today warned that nothing has changed in the country since the UN Commission of Inquiry on DPRK presented its landmark report to the Human Rights Council two years ago. “Regrettably, the human rights situation in the DPRK has not improved, and crimes against humanity documented by the Commission of Inquiry appear to continue,” UN Special Rapporteur Marzuki Darusman said in a press release, at the end of his last official mission to the neighbouring Republic of Korea (ROK). UN News
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