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Syria To Join Climate Accord, Leaving U.S. As Only Opposition Nation

(SL) – Syria is set to join the Paris Climate Accord, leaving the United States as the only nation to stand in opposition to the landmark deal. When the accord was signed in 2015, Syria and Nicaragua were the only nations to hold out.

Nicaragua signed on in October, and this week Syrian officials announced at a climate conference in Germany their intention to send ratification papers to the U.N.

The United States signed on in 2015, but in June, President Trump announced he would withdraw from the deal, effective in 2020, with intentions of negotiating a new deal that is more favorable to American businesses.

The Paris Climate Accord is designed to bring the world’s nations together to address threats from climate change.

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‘Forbes’ Says Commerce Sec. Ross Lying About Wealth

(SL) – “Forbes” magazine says President Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is lying about being a billionaire. The 79-year-old has long appeared on the “Forbes” 400 list of America’s wealthiest.

His net worth last year was measured by the magazine at nearly three-billion dollars. But in a scathing report released today, the financial magazine says it intends on “removing him entirely.”

“Forbes” reports Ross’ financial disclosure forms filed after his nomination show he’s worth only 700-million dollars. “Forbes” editors wrote, “It seems clear that Ross lied to us, the latest in an apparent sequence of fibs, exaggerations, omissions, fabrications and whoppers” going back to 2004.

The secretary contends he’s created trusts for his family worth more than two-billion dollars that weren’t included in the cabinet disclosures. But “Forbes” reports that after more digging, it’s now confident “that money never existed.”

Schumer: GOP Tax Plan Like Throwing “Dust In The Eyes Of Middle Class”

(SL) – Congressional Democrats are continuing their assault on the House Republican Tax Reform Bill. Hours after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans are attempting to play the middle class for “suckers,” the Senate’s top Democrat accused the GOP of throwing “dust in the eyes of the middle class.”

Chuck Schumer blasted the bill for hurting working families through eliminating deductions like interest on student loans, state and local taxes, and medical expenses.

The New York senator said Republicans are trying to avoid public hearings on the bill fearing unpopular provisions could be unearthed. As Democrats try to slow the bill down, President Trump on Thursday asked to have it delivered for his signature by Thanksgiving.

FBI Updates NY Terror Probe While Trump Calls For Death Penalty

(SL) – Federal officials say they found a man wanted for questioning in connection with the New York City terror attack. During a briefing Wednesday the FBI didn’t elaborate on the man, who like the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov is from Uzbekistan. Nor did the FBI say whether the man has given them information.

CBS News says it heard from a high-ranking official that the man is a friend of Saipov and may not have a role at all in the attack. Saipov is accused of plowing his truck into pedestrians and cyclists on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday, killing eight people.

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Federal prosecutors filed terrorism charges against Saipov yesterday. CBS News says he was known to the FBI because his name came up in previous counter-terrorism investigations. An intelligence source says Saipov had contact with individuals who were considered radicalized extremists, including one from Uzbekistan.

In the meantime, President Trump is repeating his calls for the suspect in the New York Halloween terror attack to be put to death. Trump took to Twitter this morning and once again posted “DEATH PENALTY!” in all caps.

He wrote that he’d love to send the suspect, an Uzbek immigrant, to Guantanamo Bay, but that course of action would take too long. He added that it’s probably appropriate to keep him in New York, where he’s accused of killing eight people with a truck and injuring around a dozen others.

The suspect is facing federal terrorism charges. Prosecutors said he left a note at the scene that had Arabic phrases that are frequently associated with ISIS.

Justice Department Considers Charging Russians For Hacking

(SL) – There are reports that the Justice Department is considering charging Russian government officials with hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computers. “The Wall Street Journal” reports the Department has identified more than a half-dozen Kremlin officials involved in breaching the DNC’s computers during the 2016 presidential campaign. The “Journal” reports investigators have pulled together enough evidence to file charges next year.

On Monday, it came to light that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was told early last year that Russians had compromising information about then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos has told investigators that information was said to include thousands of emails.

Hero Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson Had Escaped Kill Zone But Went Back To Help Comrades After Call For Unplanned Mission And NO Backup

(SL) – More details have been released about the ambush that claimed the lives of four soldiers in Niger.

The Daily Mail reports, Sgt. La David Johnson died in the October 3 mission along with Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright during an unplanned mission to capture or kill a high-ranking ISIS target.

The men had been out on a routine intelligence gathering mission when they were suddenly given the new order and embarked on it, venturing into dangerous territory with no increase in manpower, ammunition or weapons.

171019-en-martin-niger-attack-01Shortly after 11am on October 3, they came under fire from 50 ISIS militants who were hiding behind trees on either side of a road near the remote village of Tongo Tongo which the soldiers had just left.

On Friday, a US official gave the fullest account yet of how the attack, which has been shrouded in secrecy and described murkily by US officials in Washington, played out.

 They revealed that;

  • Sgt. Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck that was in front of the vehicle carrying the other three men when the attack began
  • He and others in the truck initially got out to return fire but got back into the vehicles when they realised they were dangerously outnumbered
  • They sped ahead 200 yards then realized the other men, who were in an unarmed Land Cruiser, were behind and in the kill zone
  • Two other US soldiers got out of the truck on foot and marched back towards the Cruiser while Johnson covered them from a mounted machine gun on the pick-up truck
  • The cruiser was hit by a mortar and all three inside the vehicle were killed
  • Johnson’s pick-up truck was also hit and it’s likely his body was thrown from it as it bounded along the ground
  • For two hours after the first call for back-up was made, surviving soldiers were under fire from the militants
  • When French fighter jets arrived and scared them off, the surviving US and Nigerien soldiers were back-to-back, still firing shots
  • Sgt. Johnson’s body was only discovered on October 6 when a village elder, who previously stalled them from leaving Tongo Tongo, revealed where it was to Nigerien forces
  • The men were due to have back-up for the doomed mission but the unit which was supposed to accompany them was unable to at the last minute
  • Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed

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Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich Goes In On ‘Unfit, Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump After Falsely Claiming His Predecessors Didn’t Contact Families Of Fallen Troops

(SL) – San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich further let his feelings about number 45 be known Monday after Trump held an impromptu press conference  with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claiming that many past presidents have not made phone calls to the families of military members killed in action.

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Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he lied on his predecessors falsely asserting former President Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty saying..

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”

In typical Trump fashion, the lies to somehow make himself look bigger made him sound incredibly ignorant and Popovich, who is an Air Force veteran exploded. He called journalist Dave Zirin of The Nation to vent.

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

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As you can imagine, Trump is under heavy criticism following the comments drawing a swift rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides and families of fallen soldiers.

Larry Flynt Puts Up $10 Million For Information Leading To Unfit Donald Trump’s Impeachment

(SL) – Hustler tycoon Larry Flynt took out a full page ad in the Washington Post Sunday offering $10 million dollars to anyone who has information leading to the impeachment and removal of Donald Trump.

The Daily mail reports, The porn mogul laid out six ‘charges’ against Trump, including colluding with the Russians, inciting violence using ‘racial-dog whistling’ in the aftermath of Charlottesville, having conflicts-of-interest with his business empire, ‘telling hundreds of bold-faced lies,’ ‘gross nepotism’ in the hiring of his family members and ‘sabotaging’ the Paris climate accord.

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‘But most worrisome is that, long before climate-change apocalypse strikes, Trump might trigger a nuclear world war,’ Flynt wrote, noting how Trump’s foreign policy decisions are marked by ‘thin-skinned emotion and erratic ill-advised tweets.’

Flynt then referenced an anecdote MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough told viewers in August 2016 – that Trump had asked advisers three times why the U.S. couldn’t use nuclear weapons.

‘Given his impulsive blustering and megalomania (actually equating himself with Lincoln), this is truly horrifying,’ Flynt said.

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Flynt, a liberal Democrat who had supported Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton, called on both Democrats and Republicans to come together and choose country over party, pointing out how it had been done before during the Watergate era.

President Richard Nixon ultimately resigned.

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Trump Tells Reporters ‘You’ll Find Out’ In Reference To What He Meant By ‘The Calm Before The Storm’ During Photo With Military Leaders

(SL) – The theatrics continue with Donald Trump.  #45 is stirring a firestorm of speculation with his “calm before the storm” remark. When asked about the comment at a White House photo-op today, Trump winked and said, “You’ll find out.”

He made the “calm before the storm” remark in an event with military officials last evening.  Later, at a White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’s not aware of anything specific that was in the remark.  She batted away numerous efforts by reporters to link the comment to North Korea or Iran.

The New York Times Reports, the episode raised questions about whether the Trump administration was planning some kind of military action. For weeks, Mr. Trump has been promising to respond to any North Korean aggression toward the United States.

171005200519-trump-dinner-with-commanders-screengrab-exlarge-169But it was equally plausible that the president was merely being theatrical, using the backdrop of senior military leaders, bedecked with medals and ribbons, to stir up some mischief. Mr. Trump grinned as he spoke, while the commanders stood next to him stoically. Several aides said afterward they had no idea to what he was referring.

Mr. Trump has made a point of saying that he will not telegraph military operations, in the Middle East or East Asia.

The president also faces an Oct. 15 deadline to recertify a nuclear weapons deal with Iran, which was negotiated under former President Barack Obama. The president is expected to decline to recertify the agreement, which would essentially allow Congress to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions.

Backing out of this deal could cause problems with other world powers who are party to it, at a tense time with another nation aspiring to build nuclear weapons: North Korea.

In his remarks to senior military leaders before the dinner, Mr. Trump outlined the challenges facing the United States.

“We have had challenges that we really should have taken care of a long time ago, like North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, ISIS and the revisionist powers that threaten our interests all around the world,” Mr. Trump said, using the acronym for the Islamic State. “Tremendous progress has been made with respect to ISIS, and I guess the media is going to be finding out about that over the next short period of time.”

Planned Parenthood: Trump Administration Taking Aim At 62 Million Women

(SL) – Planned Parenthood says the Trump Administration is taking aim at 62-million American women by rolling back a federal mandate on birth control. The Obamacare rule requires employers to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans.

A new rule would reportedly allow more employers and insurers to exempt themselves for moral and religious reasons. Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Foundation of America, called the decision an “unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on.”

Richards said she would not allow President Trump to “roll back the progress women have made over the past century.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pressed about the move in a briefing today.  Her response, “This is a president who supports the first amendment and the freedom of religion. I don’t understand why that should be an issue.”

The National Women’s Law Center has vowed to challenge the new rule in court.