Monthly Archives: December 2016

Painting depicting cops as animals displayed on Capitol Hill

  A Missouri congressman has sparked outrage after a painting he approved depicting police officers as animals was placed on display in the U.S. Capitol building. The painting, by high school senior David Pulphus, shows the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. after the 2014 death of Michael Brown. The piece won Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo.’s annual…

Obama orders sanctions against Russia, expels operatives, in response to hacking

  BREAKING:   The Obama administration announced sanctions Thursday against Russia’s two leading intelligence services, while ejecting dozens of intelligence operatives from the U.S., as part of a response to what it says are efforts by Moscow to influence the 2016 election. “These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to…

Kerry defends US role in UN’s Israel censure amid backlash

  A defiant Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday defended the U.S. decision allowing the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements, while lashing out at the so-called “settler agenda” which he claimed is hurting prospects for peace – in a wide-ranging speech that inflamed tensions with Israel and drew a swift rebuke from the…

Israel braces for more tensions with US as Kerry plans major speech

  Israel is bracing for yet another potential clash with the Obama administration in the final weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, as Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to follow up last week’s anti-settlement U.N. censure with a major address on the U.S. vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Times of Israel…

Obama: I could have won third term

  President Obama suggested in an exit interview with his former top adviser that, had he been able to run, he could have won a third term in the White House. Describing his confidence in an America that is “tolerant” and “full of energy,” Obama said: “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident…

Democrats hound Trump over closure of foundation

  Democrats are hounding President-elect Donald Trump over his decision to dissolve his charitable foundation, blasting the group as a “slush fund” and demanding he take additional steps to avoid conflicts of interest. The incoming president announced Saturday that he’s directed his counsel to complete the closure. Trump said in a statement: “I am very…

In about face, Navy restores traditional job titles after objections

In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP) In a dramatic about face, the U.S. Navy announced Wednesday it would dump a plan to eliminate dozens of job titles for enlisted sailors – some ending in “man” – after thousands complained.…