New Poll Shows Trump and Biden in Near Tie

A new Washington Post – ABC News opinion poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading by two points, at 49 percent to 47 percent, ahead of US President Donald Trump. The percentage difference is well within the margin of error to indicate a tie. The news comes in the wake of another survey which revealed an uptick in Trump’s approval due to his handling of the current coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: European and American Numbers Continue to Rise

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the new coronavirus epidemic, stressing that he was somewhat dissatisfied with China. On the same day, after the governors of many states in the United States asked the federal government for more medical protective equipment, Trump announced that he would declare a state of emergency in New York, California, and Washington.

Biden Criticizes Trump’s handling of Coronavirus Epidemic

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his initial slow response to the coronavirus epidemic. On Thursday, the Democratic candidate took a swipe at his initial coronavirus remarks downplaying the seriousness of the virus. The presidential hopeful said that the president is trying to deflect blame by attempting to label the scourge the “Chinese Virus.”

Coronavirus: Trump Bans European Travel, Latin American Countries Take Precautions

On the same day that the World Health Organization officially announced the new coronavirus epidemic entered a “global pandemic”, US President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on all European and American travel, except the UK. In addition, he also criticized the European Union for not trying to control the epidemic as quickly as possible, saying that the case of community infection in the United States was caused by Europe.

Coronavirus: Congressmen Quarantine, Trump Refuses to be Tested

President Donald Trump is not infected by coronavirus, and he doesn’t need to be tested either. That is the message from the president’s staff on Tuesday night. “The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

WHO: Coronavirus Is Spreading Rapidly, Threatens the Whole World

Coronavirus can spread to all countries in the world. This is according to Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization. “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while,” he said at a news briefing with reporters in Geneva on Friday.

US Nuclear Weapons Strike Scenario – Analysis of Multiple Outcomes – US vs Russia

The United States has conducted a military exercise that simulates a retaliatory strike using nuclear weapons after Russia’s use of low-power nuclear weapons in Europe against NATO countries. This was announced on February 21, 2020 at a briefing for journalists by a high-ranking Pentagon representative stating that “We conducted a small exercise, let’s say.” The scenario included a war in Europe being waged by Russia, and Russia decides to use limited low-power nuclear weapons against an object on the territory of NATO countries.

Sanders Confirms, Condemns Russian Interference in His Campaign

Following a revelation by The Washington Post, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who so far leads the Democratic race for the US presidency, says he was informed by US intelligence services about Moscow’s alleged support for his campaign. The independent U.S. Senator noted that the services briefed him about Russian interference in the coming 2020 presidential elections, after the Washington Post newspaper reported on Moscow’s alleged support for his candidacy.

Senate Approves Limitation on Trump’s Power to Attack Iran

On Thursday, the United States Senate passed a resolution which limits the powers of the White House to launch a military operation against Iran after weeks of war tensions between the two countries. However, since the bill did not attain the two-thirds majority support in the Senate, as only eight Republican senators supported it, President Donald Trump will be able to veto the resolution should it pass through the House of Representatives.

Criticism of “Deal of the Century” Softened in UN Draft Resolution

Condemnation of the US peace plan for the Middle East was deleted from the text of a Palestinian draft resolution to be voted on in the UN Security Council on Tuesday, and it refrains from mentioning the United States, contrary to its first language. The text, presented to the 15 member states of the Security Council on Saturday and seen by the French news agency AFP, states that the initiative “departs from the internationally-endorsed terms of reference and parameters for the achievement of a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to this conflict, as enshrined in the relevant United Nations resolutions.”

Trump Confirms Death of AQAP Leader

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that Qassem al Rimi, leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in an American military operation in Yemen. “At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri,” the White House said in a statement.

Impeachment: “Your Duty Demands that you Convict President Trump”

Democrats, acting as prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, have asked Senators to do their duty and convict Donald Trump in a final attempt to remove him from office. This seems doomed to fail. “In America, nobody is above the law, even those elected President of the United States,” declared one of these Democratic prosecutors, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), to the 100 Senators charged with trying President Trump.

Key Republican Senators to Vote Against Witnesses, Assuring Trump’s Acquittal

In the final stretch of the Senate trial of US President Donald Trump, it is less and less likely that the Democratic opposition will be able to approve the summons of witnesses to testify against the Republican. After the conclusion of the questioning stage of the senators for the prosecution and defense, one of the Republican senators who had been courted by the Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), announced on Thursday that he will vote against the call of witnesses.

Trump Releases Long-Awaited “Deal of the Century” for Israel, Palestine

Following meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, U.S. President Donald Trump has finally made public the first details of the U.S. peace deal meant to address the Israel-Palestine conflict. Trump announced that the plan stipulates that Jerusalem will be the Israeli capital, and that the U.S. would recognize Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Impeachment: Trump Lawyers Begin Defense, Insist He is Innocent

After three days of Democrats presenting their case against President Trump in the impeachment trial, Donald Trump’s lawyers began their defense on Saturday, warning against the temptation to overturn the result of the 2016 election “without the slightest evidence.” Pat Cipollone, a lawyer for the White House, argued, “we believe when you hear the facts, and that’s what we intend to cover today, the facts, you will find the president did absolutely nothing wrong.”

Trump Lawyers Say Impeachment Process “Illegal”

Attorneys for US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the impeachment case opened against him by the Democratic opposition is a “brazen and unlawful” attempt to try to overturn the 2016 election and interfere in this year’s November elections. The president’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone issued the warning in a seven-page document to respond to the Senate notification that the trial of Trump’s impeachment process will begin on Tuesday.

Trump Open to Negotiations With Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he was open to negotiating a new nuclear deal with Iran, but the first step depends on the Iranian regime. His only conditions, as he made clear, are “no nuclear weapons and don’t kill protesters.” Trump tweeted, “National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran ‘choked off,’ will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and ‘don’t kill your protesters.”

Trump to Attend Davos Summit, Claims Soleimani Killing was Self Defense

US President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later in January. Last year, the President didn’t attend the meeting because of the record-long federal government shutdown. The annual World Economic Forum Summit, held in the popular ski resort of Davos, attracts high-profile businessmen and politicians, as well as academics and other community leaders.

Trump, Bloomberg, to Spend $10 Million Each on Dueling Super Bowl Ads

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign team said it would launch a 60-second election advertisement during the Super Bowl, the professional football championship final, to be held on February 2nd in Miami, Florida. The move, which is expected to cost the Republican at least $10 million, was a response to billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is also buying a Super Bowl ad.

John Bolton, Former Trump Advisor, Ready to Testify if Called

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, says he is prepared to testify if the Senate summons him in their impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Democrats believe Bolton has direct information to support their allegations of abuse of power by the president. Trump dismissed John Bolton from the post of national security adviser last September. The US president said Bolton had made mistakes in his analyzes of North Korea.

Trump Threatens Sanctions Over Iraq Resolution

The Iraqi parliament has voted to pass a resolution calling for foreign troops to withdraw from Iraq, including US and German troops. U.S. President Donald Trump also threatened the Iraqi government with sanctions for the first time. The resolution was passed by lawmakers, asking the government to terminate the agreement reached with Washington in 2014. The agreement allowed the United States to deploy 5,200 soldiers in Iraq.

Trump Threatens Iraq with Sanctions if it Kicks Out US Troops

US President Donald Trump threatened Iraq with drastic sanctions on Sunday if the country dares to kick out US troops out of the country in a hostile manner. The Iraqi Parliament has called on the government to send the US-led coalition out of Iraq after Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was killed Friday in a US drone attack in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, by the US. But should Iraq fail to meet the US conditions for a possible retreat, the country will suffer sanctions “like never before,” Trump said.

Powerful Iranian General Killed by US Drone Strike – What Will Russia’s Role Be in Any Conflict?

Iran’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani has been killed in a drone strike at the Baghdad Airport. The strike was carried out by the US and was ordered by President Donald Trump. Soleimani was a powerful Iranian General and a veteran of the Syrian War. Soleimani led the work of Iranian military advisers in Iraq, and also led the Quds organization, which is responsible for military and intelligence and sabotage activities outside of Iran itself. The force reports directly to the supreme leader of The Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

Iran Vows “Severe Retaliation” Against U.S. After Soleimani Killing

Iran has vowed that it would carry out a “severe retaliation,” after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of the growing military influence in the Middle East. Soleimani was a general considered to be Iran’s second most powerful figure, after only the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a statement, he said revenge awaits the “criminals” who killed Soleimani.

Qasem Soleimani, Top Iranian General, Killed in U.S. Airstrike

A US air raid on a Baghdad airport in Iraq late on Thursday killed Qasem Soleimani, a general of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iraqi state television reported. The bombing also killed Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, one of the leaders of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militia. Soleimani headed the Quds Force, one of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite arms, and was one of the most powerful military persons in the country.