The Department of Justice is preparing to charge Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez , the ranking member of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, with corruption, CNN reported Friday.
According to the news outlet, Menendez is facing allegations that he traded his political influence for perks and favors from a top donor, Dr. Salmon Melgen—an eye doctor and political backer.
While a formal announcement could still be weeks from now, CNN reported that Attorney General Eric Holder has given the greenlight to move forward with the case before time runs out to pursue some of the charges.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday announced that the state would finance double the number of university courses on Islam in a bid to stop the influence of foreign funding of training of French imams.
In a speech in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, Valls said that improving home-grown Islamic education was essential to defeating the ignorance that makes “Islamist extremism and the far right feed off each other”.
His speech follows January’s Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks and comes amid concern about the influence of radical foreign imams on Muslims in France, which has Western Europe’s biggest Muslim community.
The Socialist government is also worried about the increasing popularity of the anti-immigration and anti-Europe National Front party, which is coming top of the polls ahead of regional elections due to take place later this month.
“The rise of far-right populist politics, in Europe as well as in our own country, feeds directly off the rise of jihadism, terrorism and radical extremism,” he said. “It is a situation that puts our democracy, our society and our capacity to live together in extreme jeopardy.”
Valls said he wanted more imams and other religious figures, such as prison chaplains, who have been trained abroad to “undergo more training in France, to speak French fluently and to understand the concept of secularism” that is a core pillar of French Republican values.
Very skeptical until we hear something from Al-Nusra, the Syrian state media isn’t exactly a trustworthy source.
Beirut (AFP) – The military chief and several top commanders of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front have been reported killed in northwestern Syria, where the jihadist militia has been making major gains in recent months.
Syrian state media, a monitoring group and a local activist reported that Abu Hammam al-Shami had been killed but information on the circumstances of his death was contradictory.
Official Nusra sources did not announce the death of the jihadist, who is believed to have fought with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
“Shami… was killed with a number of other leaders during a special operation by the army” in Idlib province, Syrian state news agency SANA reported, without specifying a date.
Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, also said the commander had been killed but that the circumstances of his death were unclear.
“Shami died of injuries on Thursday, but it is not clear when he sustained them,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.
With as many as 45 per cent of British Jews fearing they ‘may not have a future in Britain’, according to a survey by the Campaign Against Antisemitism – and following an experiment by Israeli Zvika Klein on the streets of Paris, British journalist Jonathan Kalmus decided to test the levels of prejudice in two British cities with shocking results. Volunteers in Copenhagen and Rome also suffered some abuse, as well as welcoming reactions, while Jewish journalists in Stockholm and Berlin walked for hours without incident.
‘You Jew’ was the anti-Semitic scream which came from a passing car. My shaken wife tried to explain it away to my seven-year-old daughter as a very large sneeze. They were simply playing in a local park in Manchester a few weeks ago when the incident ripped through what should have been a peaceful and wholesome time for any mother and child.
‘Fight the Jewish scum’ and ‘Jew, Jew, Jew… Run’, were the more vicious threats hurled at me in the past few days, however, when I decided to secretly film and find out whether ‘Jew-hatred’ really is alive and kicking on British streets.
The answer to that question is a resounding and heart-sinking yes.
I took the inspiration from the viral videos of Israeli journalist Zvika Klein, who filmed himself being threatened on the streets of Paris, and Muslim Hamdy Mahisen, who filmed himself getting abuse in Milan.
Zvika walked in Paris for 10 hours, Hamdy in Milan for five. It took me just one minute. One minute of walking one single, busy major street in Manchester before abuse was flung at me.
In 25 minutes on that one single street in Longsight, I was spat at by one man and called ‘a Jew’ multiple times by passers by, even by a young boy walking with his father.
A day ahead of President Obama’s trip to Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a new poll shows that nearly half of Americans believe race relations have worsened over the course of his presidency.
Thirty-nine percent believe relations between blacks and whites have worsened since Mr. Obama took office, while 15 percent say race relations have improved and 45 percent say they have stayed the same, according to the CNN/ORC poll. Forty-five percent of whites and 26 percent of blacks think they have worsened.
The survey of 1,027 American adults was conducted Feb. 12-15 — before a Department of Justice report released this week found systemic racial discrimination in the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department.
An Army appeals court has ruled that the military may not refer to Private Bradley Manning as a man.
Col. Lorianne M. Campanella, Col. Eric Krauss, and Col. R. Tideman Penland in the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that “future formal papers filed before this court and all future orders and decisions issued by this court shall either be neutral, e.g., Private First Class Manning or appellant, or employ a feminine pronoun.”
Manning, who was convicted for espionage and is serving 35 years at Fort Leavenworth, announced in 2013 that he identifies as a woman, and wants to be known as Chelsea Manning. Manning passed 251,287 classified State Department cables to Wikileaks via a fake Lady Gaga cd.
… Three days into the rolling controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email address as Secretary of State, Democrats are showing signs of stress.
In interviews with more than three dozen Democratic activists, donors, and officials from across the country — including many in the influential presidential nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina — some were scathing in their criticism over the revelations, while others admitted to being unnerved.
Doug Grant, the Democratic chairman for northern Grafton County in New Hampshire, framed it this way:
“Is Hillary electable? Admittedly the Republicans have a lot of problems with their candidates who are members of the slave- and serf- owning classes, but we worry nevertheless that one of them will become the next president,” he said. “I would like to see an alternative to Hillary who was popular, populist, wanted to run, electable, not too old and could raise money.”
Deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children would violate the spirit of the civil rights movement, President Obama said ahead of his trip to Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery.
“The notion that some kid that was brought here when he was two or three years old might somehow be deported at the age of 20 or 25 even though they’ve grown up as American, that’s not who we are,” he said during an interview air Friday on Sirius XM’s “Urban View” with Joe Madison.
“That’s not true to the spirit of what the march on Selma was about.” […]
Obama said the executive action he took in 2012 to defer deportations for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children comports with the lessons from the Selma marches about an “inclusive America.”
“When you think about the principle that was upheld that day and in subsequent days at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, it was the promise of an inclusive America, it was the promise of an America where everybody was equal under the law,” he said.
Obama also linked the Selma march to the fight for gay rights, saying that at its core, the civil rights movement was about affirming the “basic principle [that] we treat people fairly.”
Tea Party Republicans contemplating a bid to oust Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) shouldn’t count on Democrats to help them unseat the Speaker.
And without their support, there is no chance to topple Boehner in this Congress.
A number of right-wing Republicans, long wary of Boehner’s commitment to GOP efforts attacking President Obama’s policy priorities, have openly considered a coup in an attempt to transfer the gavel into more conservative hands.
But Democrats from across an ideological spectrum say they’d rather see Boehner remain atop the House than replace him with a more conservative Speaker who would almost certainly be less willing to reach across the aisle in search of compromise. Replacing him with a Tea Party Speaker, they say, would only bring the legislative process — already limping along — to a screeching halt.
“I’d probably vote for Boehner [because] who the hell is going to replace him? [Ted] Yoho?” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said Wednesday, referencing the Florida Tea Party Republican who’s fought Boehner on a host of bipartisan compromise bills.
“In terms of the institution, I would rather have John Boehner as the Speaker than some of these characters who came here thinking that they’re going to change the world,” Pascrell added.
Liberal Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) agreed that, for Democrats, replacing Boehner could lead to a worse situation.
“Then we would get Scalise or somebody? Geez, come on,” said Grijalva, who referenced House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). “We can be suicidal but not stupid.”
Bloodthirsty citizens living under the rule of the Islamic State in Syria are flocking to cinemas where the terror group’s latest atrocities are played on a loop.
Photographs taken in Aleppo province show crowds sitting cross-legged on the floor of a theatre where they watch gruesome footage of beheadings, shootings and people being burnt to death.
Boys who appear no older than eight are seen sitting alongside bearded militants in the picture house, where the brutal beheadings of Western hostages by Jihadi John, and the sickening murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh are played over and over.
The murder of al-Kaseasbeh appears to be a particular favourite among the sadistic crowd as the film of him being locked in a cage, covered in a petrol and set alight by masked militants is seen playing in the majority of the photographs released by ISIS.
The images carry the distinctive yellow markings of the group’s Aleppo-based propaganda wing Al-Halab Media and appear to be still images taken from an as-yet unreleased propaganda video.
Initial reports of his injuries have been upgraded, he was apparently cut across the head and may have suffered other injuries. Two doctors, including a spinal surgeon, who happened to be on the golf course, went to his aid.
Actor Harrison Ford was in fair-to-moderate condition late Thursday after his two-seater plane crash-landed on a golf course in Venice, Calif. shortly after he reported engine failure and told air-traffic controllers he was returning to the airport.
His representative said in a statement to FoxNews.com late Thursday that Ford “had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely.” Ina Treciokas added that the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star was “banged up” and receiving treatment, but that his injuries were not life-threatening and he is “expected to make a full recovery.”
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick profiled Stephanie Schriock, the current president of Emily’s List, the PAC that supports only Democratic pro-abortion women. Hillary Clinton spoke at their 30th anniversary dinner on Tuesday night.
Schriock replaced the group’s founder, Ellen Malcolm, and Chozick strangely recycled a quote comparing Malcolm to….Moses. (I don’t think abortion is what he meant by “Let my people go.”) It’s no match for Netanyahu citing Moses in his address to Congress. It went like this:
Ms. Schriock cuts a very different profile from the group’s previous leader, Ellen Malcolm, an heir to an I.B.M. fortune who started Emily’s List in 1985, naming it for the saying “Early money is like yeast.” One Democrat compared the transition to trying to replace Moses.
The headline was “Leader of a PAC Built to Elect Women Faces Biggest Test in 2016.” Apparently the “pro-choice Democratic women only” part didn’t fit. But then, the liberal media imply that the only real women are the liberal, pro-abortion feminists. The pull quote inside the paper was “Trying to capitalize on donors’ fervor for a Clinton candidacy.”
The work of the civil rights movement remains unfinished, President Obama said ahead of his trip to Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery.
“I think that the generation that has followed the civil rights generation has in many ways made great strides in part just by walking through the doors of opportunity that those giants helped to open up,” Obama said during an interview airing Friday on Sirius XM’s “Urban View” with Joe Madison.
“I also think we all recognize that there continues to be challenges that require not just individuals living well and raising good kids, but requires collective action and mobilization. On some of those areas, I think we haven’t done everything we can do.”
A “big chunk” of the problems that remain are “dealing with civil rights and civil liberties in respect to law enforcement” he said.
Obama’s interview aired two days after the Justice Department released a report that found that the Ferguson, Mo. police department systematically violated the civil rights of its black residents.
The Justice Department also announced it would not seek civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in an altercation over the summer.
Obama painted the Ferguson report as atypical but unsurprising in his first public comments since the report’s release.
“I don’t think that is typical of what happens across the country but it’s not an isolated incident,” he said.