Turkey presses ahead with cross-border shelling Turkey presses ahead with cross-border shelling
- February 22, 2016

However, Davutoglu said that did not rule out the responsibility of the YPG, calling the TAK a "proxy" that claimed the bombing to shield the global reputation of the Syrian Kurdish fighters. The United States strongly condemned "the terrorist attack on Turkish military personnel and civilians" and reaffirmed U.S. solidarity with its key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partner. (more...)
Kurdish militant group TAK claims responsibility for Ankara bombing
- February 21, 2016

A Kurdish militant group linked to the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party ( PKK ) has claimed responsibility for a auto bomb attack in Turkey's capital Ankara that killed 28 and injured more than 80. Turkey views the YPG as a terror group because of its affiliation with the PKK. Turkey fears the Syrian Kurds want to carve out a continuous autonomous region across the border in northern Syria stretching from the Iraqi border nearly to the Mediterranean. (more...)
Things to Look For in Tonight's South Carolina Republican Primary
- February 21, 2016

The polling of voters was voters conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as voters arrived at 25 randomly selected caucus sites. He called waterboarding "minor, minor" torture - and when describing how he felt about the now-abandoned tactic he said, "I feel great about it". Trump urged his supporters not to take for granted his lead in SC surveys, and asked every single one of them to get out and vote. (more...)
Obama admin says it won't use Ebola funding to combat Zika
- February 20, 2016

However, the President abandoned those proposals when it became clear that Republicans were opposed to his suggestions to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to benefit programs for the working poor. The $4.1 trillion budget proposal, which was roundly denounced by Republicans in the US Congress, predicts a $27.4 trillion national debt in 2026. The new budget needs to be approved by the Republican-controlled Congress, which has already publicly said that it will not consider some of the ... (more...)
Obama's Final Budget Lands...GOP Will Likely Punt
- February 19, 2016

Tester, who presided over the Montana Senate before becoming U.S. Senator, noted that the State of Montana operates under a balanced budget and said it's time for Congress to follow Montana's lead. Just last summer, Obama's baseline forecast a deficit of $8 trillion over the next decade. In terms of annual deficits, the White House expects they would remain below 3 percent of GDP for each year between 2017 and 2026. (more...)
Flint mayor, governor split on pace of lead pipe replacement
- February 19, 2016

In 2014, an unelected emergency manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switched the source of the city's drinking water from the Detroit system, which they'd been using for half a century, to the corrosive Flint River . But there's lead - and higher levels - all over this country. "It is clear he knew that Flint's water was poisoned for at least a year and shipped in bottled water for state employees, all while ignoring the concerns of Flint's anxious, mostly poor and Black, ... (more...)