Report: Trump Repeatedly Urged Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son

In late July, Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The circumstances of this conversation so alarmed an employee of one of the American intelligence services that they became the subject of an internal investigation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been requesting details, but the Trump administration has so far refused to provide them. Much of this story is classified, and most of the information is reported by the American media with reference to anonymous sources.

New York Mayor de Blasio Ends Presidential Campaign

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he would not be a candidate for the 2020 presidential race, and was dropping out of the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries and caucuses. Since announcing his interest in becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, de Blasio’s candidacy had never been taken seriously and his performance in the opinion polls wasn’t good either.

Pentagon Presents Trump with Military Options Against Iran

On Friday, US Department of Defense officials planned to present military options against Iran at a meeting with President Donald Trump. Last Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities were attacked and severely damaged in two locations north of the country. The attack cut half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and had an immediate impact on world oil prices. Although the Yemeni Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks, and said they carried out the simultaneous flight of ten UAVs, Saudi and US officials said the attack was carried out by Iran.

Taliban: “Doors Are Open” to New Peace Talks with U.S.

The Taliban have said that they are ready to resume peace talks with the United States, ten days after President Trump declared the talks “dead” and in the aftermath of two bloody attacks in Afghanistan yesterday, which they claimed responsibility. “The doors are open for negotiations,” chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said in an interview with the BBC. “We hope the other party will rethink its decision on the negotiations,” he added.

Trump Tweets U.S. “Locked and Loaded” After Saudi Attacks

Though President Trump did not openly state whom he believes is the perpetrator of the heinous attack on the Saudi Arabia oil plants, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, has since Saturday asserted that the attack was carried out from Iran, and not Yemen, as the world was initially made to believe. Trump tweeted Sunday he was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”

Mexico Condemns “Astonishing” SCOTUS Ruling on Asylum

Mexico regretted that the Supreme Court of the United States gave the green light to new restrictions on asylum promoted by the administration of President Donald Trump. The regulations directly affect the Latin American country because all applicants who have passed through their territory could not request protection on US soil unless they have done so in Mexico, or another nation, first.

Iranian Ambassador: We Will Not Negotiate With US Despite Bolton’s Ouster

Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations, has said that Iran will not negotiate with the United States, despite John Bolton’s ouster. The day before, US President Donald Trump announced that he had fired Bolton as US National Security Adviser. Mr. Bolton is a hard-line figure and a strong supporter of the MEK in the White House.

Pompeo: Peace Talks with Taliban Still Possible

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview that he would not talk to the Taliban unless they change their attitude. Mr. Pompeo told ABC News that the Taliban had escalated violence, and that the group had taken credit for the latest suicide attack in Kabul, which killed eight people, including an American. With this incident, President Trump said that “It is enough.”

Trump’s Disloyalty Jibe – How It Is Received in Israel

The reaction in Israel to the remarks of President Trump claiming that Jews who vote Democrat are showing disloyalty to Israel was received in Israel very cautiously. Ynet Yediot a major newspaper Israel commented on his remarks: Israel officials prefer to stay quiet and not to comment on his remarks even though it is for support of Israel. Various Jewish groups distanced themselves from his statements.

Shooting in Philadelphia: At Least 6 Police Officers Injured, Attacker Arrested

Several police officers were injured Wednesday during a shooting in downtown Philadelphia, local authorities said, in an attack that preceded the August 3rd and 4th attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, respectively. A Philadelphia Police Department official said on his Twitter account that there is an “ongoing” shooting in downtown Philadelphia and asked people to “avoid the area.”

United States Delays New Tariffs on Chinese Products

President Trump has given consumers a break with removing a number of key products from China’s list of imports that have been imposed with new tariffs beginning from September this year. Mobile phones, computers, and video game consoles, among others, will not be taxed until December 15, allowing US companies to stock up for Christmas holidays. The announcement, which led to a surge in the stock market, provides more time to try to open negotiations on a way out of a trade war fought by both powers.

Radioactive Material Increased Threefold Since Nuclear Accident in Russia

Radioactive radiation has risen by 3 to 5 times in the area and at the site of the missile explosion incident, Dass News Agency quoted the Russian Meteorological Service speaking about the incident. Five days after the explosion, Russian sources reported a five-fold increase in the level of radioactive radiation at the site of the explosion. Donald Trump also tweeted about the blast.

“My Main Goal Was to Kill the Mexicans” – El Paso Attacker Now Confesses

Patrick Crusius offered no resistance when he was arrested, according to the city detective, and said: “I am the attacker.” The 21-year-old white man says he is behind the attack that left 22 people dead and two dozen wounded last Saturday in El Paso, Texas. He has since confessed that the target of his brutal attack, using a rifle that looked like an AK-47, was Mexicans.

Americans, Open Your Eyes

I sit here watching the news and can’t believe what I am seeing. America, open your eyes. Yes, we need a two party system, but I am sorry, the Democratic Party has lost all sense of American value and pride. They have gone off the deep end and have lost control. Their hatred for our President is because the powers behind the Democratic Party had what they saw as a sure fire fix on Hillary winning the presidency, and when it didn’t happen, they or several of them have gone into lunacy.

Mnuchin Declares China Currency Manipulator, Shakes Wall Street, Stirs Beijing to Retaliate

On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin put his mouth where the money was.  After China allowed the Yuan to fall to below 7 per U.S. dollar, its lowest rate in eleven years, Mnuchin, at the behest of the Trump administration, labelled China a currency manipulator.  The declaration opened yet another front in what is quickly becoming a total trade war between Washington and Beijing.  It also shook global markets and stirred China to hit back ten times harder.

Trump Pushes Venezuela’s Maduro to the Wall, Slams the Country with Fresh Sanctions

It is now even more evident that the push by the US to have Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro vacate office is still actively on. In the most recent move to frustrate Maduro’s administration, US President Donald Trump has imposed a total blockade on the state assets of the Venezuela government in the US. The move by Trump is most likely aimed at imposing a future total embargo on Venezuela. Before Venezuela’s inclusion on the list, the blockade of state assets in the US was only effective on; Cuba, Syria, Iran, and North Korea.

Iran Seizes Third Foreign Tanker as Tensions Mount

After a relatively quiet couple of weeks, Iran upped the ante again this weekend.  State media reported that the Revolutionary Guard seized an Iraqi oil tanker, which it accused of smuggling fuel.  It is the third such vessel captured since July 13.  The move comes as tensions continue to escalate between the quarantined Islamic Republic and the western powers, particularly the United States.  A spokesman for the U.S. Navy, however, said they had no information to confirm the seizure.

“Access DNI’d”: Ratcliffe Withdraws as National Intelligence Head

A week ago, Rep. John Ratcliffe, a three-term Congressman from Texas, took part in an aggressive and coordinated Republican grilling of former special counsel, Robert Mueller.  One particular viewer was so impressed that on Sunday, he appointed Ratcliffe his Director of National Intelligence.  As the new week dawned, serious concerns mounted about the former mayor of Heath’s qualifications, and questions arose surrounding the one-time U.S. Attorney’s resume and credentials.  By Tuesday, Senate Republicans took a “wait-and-see” approach to President Trump’s DNI pick.  And, on Friday, he was withdrawn by tweet.  Just another week in the Trump administration.

North Korea Fires Two Missiles Less Than a Week After Last Test

Kim Jong-un doubled down and conducted his second missile launch in less than a week. The first missile was detected at 5.06, followed by another at 5.27. The two were shot from a transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle at a point near Wonsan port, on the east coast of the peninsula, the same area where last week’s missiles were fired. The projectiles were similar to those of the last week, according to a General Staff statement, which added that “the successive launches by North Korea do not lead to reduce tensions and we urge you to stop them.”

Join Madonna to Save Americans from Gun Abuse

The Pop Star Madonna has called out to God to help and correct the abuse of firearms in America. Once again over the past few days there have been new incidents of killings. Three people dead and 15 people injured at the Garlic festival shooting in Northern California on July 29. Two people killed at a Mississippi Walmart July 30 by a disgruntled employee, one of them a police officer. The shooting happened at 6:35 in the morning.

Donald Trump Accused of Racism – Attacks Rev. Sharpton

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, on Monday attacked the black pastor civil rights activist Al Sharpton on Twitter, which generated new accusations of racism against the president after his recent attacks against legislators who are ethnic minorities. Trump, who is seeking reelection in 2020, harassed Al Sharpton after a weekend marked by his attacks on Elijah Cummings, a black Democratic congressman who represents a district in Baltimore, a black-majority city.

Mueller’s Testimony: A Complete Waste of Time

During his testimony Robert Mueller’s most common response seemed to be “I’m not going to discuss that.” Although Mueller made it clear that his testimony would be limited, his constant aversion to seemingly relevant questions began to annoy lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. However Muller’s reluctance to answer many of the questions directed to him only slightly added to the fact that the nearly eight hours of testimony revealed nothing new and was more or less a waist of the nation’s time and energy. At the end of all the questioning it’s still clear Republicans think the entire investigation is a farce, and Democrats believe they have grounds for impeachment.

Sunday Shakeup: Coats Out, Ratcliffe in at DNI

According to multiple reports, Dan Coats is stepping down as Director of National Intelligence on August 15.  A confirmation tweet was sent Sunday by President Trump, leading some to wonder— as is the case with many high-profile departures— whether Coats truly jumped or was pushed.  Trump also wasted little time naming his replacement, three-term Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX).  He will be the third DNI to serve under President Trump, after Coats and Acting Director Mike Dempsey.

Guatemala Agrees to Receive Refugees After Donald Trump Tariff Threat

Guatemala has signed an immigration agreement with the United States on Friday, according to which people who want to apply for refuge or asylum in the United States and have passed through Guatemala must do so in the latter country. The pact was closed a few days after Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the Central American country if it does not accept more asylum seekers.

Donald Trump Threatens to Impose Tariffs on French Exports

US President Donald Trump accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron over the digital service tax, hinting that he would impose a tax on French wine in the United States in return. Trump expressed displeasure from his Twitter account Friday over French plans to tax multinational technology companies such as Google. The French authorities have justified this tax because such companies pay little or no taxes at all in the countries where they operate.

Supreme Court Sides with Trump, Delivering Big Victory on the Wall

In a surprise decision late Friday, the Supreme Court struck down a lower court ruling, 5-4, against President Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the border with Mexico.  The ruling clears the way for Trump to redirect $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to build his long-promised border wall.  The ultimate issue is still to be decided by the courts, but Friday’s decision allows the money to be spent now.  It follows a scathing report this week, from the Washington Examiner, that despite the central promise of his campaign, Trump had not built a single mile of new border fence since assuming office.