Monday, 10 December 2018

Trump backs $750 billion defense budget request to Congress: official.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure for the annual Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia, U.S., December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has backed plans to request $750 billion from Congress for defense spending next year, a U.S. official said on Sunday, signaling a Pentagon spending hike at a time of potential belt-tightening elsewhere in the government.

Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, told his Cabinet earlier this year to come up with proposals to cut spending by their agencies by 5 percent, but he suggested the military would be largely spared.

The $750 billion would be even more than the $733 billion request that the Pentagon had been expected to make for fiscal year 2020. It is also well above a $700 billion figure Trump cited in October.

Full story at Yahoo News.

Friday, 7 December 2018

2019 Elections: NYSC to present over 20,000 corps members to INEC on Dec. 6.

2019 Elections: NYSC to present over
20,000 corps members to INEC on Dec. 6

Mr Mohammed Momoh, the NYSC State Coordinator, told newsmen on the sidelines at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch C ‘Stream’ II Orientation Course at the NYSC Camp Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.

The National Youth Service Corps NYSC) in Lagos State on Wednesday said it would present the list of over 20,000 corps members to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Dec. 6 for the 2019 general elections.

Mr Mohammed Momoh, the NYSC State Coordinator, told newsmen on the sidelines at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Batch C ‘Stream’ II Orientation Course at the NYSC Camp Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.

Momoh said that presently over 19,000 corps members serving in the state would be presented to INEC and would be deployed for the 2019 elections.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

You are a fraud, Mr Malema, says historian.

Julius Malema (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)
You are a con, Mr Malema, and the tragedy is that there are people who fall for your vile and populace drivel, writes Robin Binckes.

You are a foreigner, Mr Malema. Not by birth but by thought and vitriol. You do not belong here but rather on the scrapheaps of history with the Hitlers, Idi Amins, Pol Pots and Mugabes.

You are a foreigner to the decent people of this country, black, white, coloured and Indian.

Despite what you believe we are not frightened of you. Rather, we are dismayed that you have been so successful in conning those with little or nothing into thinking that you are one of them whilst you live in the home of a self acknowledged white capitalist crook, tax evader and cigarette smuggler who costs this country millions in unpaid taxes

Full story at News24.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Brexit: Legal advice to be published within hours.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has said the legal advice to Cabinet would be published at around 11.30am today.

Mrs Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It was incredibly disappointing that the House of Commons decided to vote in effect to overturn what has been decades, if not centuries, of conventions whereby the law officer’s advice to Cabinet and to ministers are not even acknowledged, let alone published.

“The Attorney General had come to the House for two-and-a-half hours, which is also unprecedented in these many years, to answer questions to give his very best legal advice.

“He published a 48-page document that outlined all of the legal impact of the Withdrawal Agreement, so the vote yesterday of the House to require the specific legal advice to Cabinet we will comply with, but not without some regret.”

Full story at Newsletter.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Bernie Sanders Stakes Out Forceful Climate Stance, Leapfrogging The 2020 Field.

Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered the climate change faithful
for a star-studded town hall meeting in Washington on Dec. 3. (Fortune)

WASHINGTON Two years can be a split second in geological time and an eternity in politics, but it may also be just long enough for an issue ignored in one election to reach center stage in the next.

At least, that’s the bet Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is making. 

On Monday the Vermont senator packed two rooms of the Hart Senate Office Building for a star-studded town hall meeting on climate change, demonstrating a knowledge and urgency not yet seen from any Democrat likely to challenge President Donald Trump in two years. 

“Tonight we are dealing with what the scientific community tells us is the great crisis facing our planet and facing humanity,” Sanders said in his opening statement. “That is climate change.”

Full story at Yahoo News.
By Alexander C. Kaufman.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Analysis: On this Trump trip, low drama, signs of acceptance.

President Donald Trump listens to questions from members of the media during his meeting with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 Summit, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If there has been a constant to President Donald Trump's tumultuous first two years in office, it has been that his foreign trips have tended to be drama-filled affairs — the president barreling through international gatherings like a norm-smashing bull, disrupting alliances and upending long-standing U.S. policies. But at this year's Group of 20 summit, Trump appeared to settle in among his global peers.

A brisk two days in Argentina saw Trump reach a trade ceasefire with China and sign a three-way trade deal with Mexico and Canada. With little public spectacle, he joined the leaders of the other member nations on the traditional group statement. He buddied up with traditional allies and largely avoided controversial strongmen. Faced with Russia's spiking aggression in Ukraine, he canceled his sit-down with Vladimir Putin. And when former President George H.W. Bush died, Trump gave respectful remarks and canceled what would likely have been a raucous press conference.

All told, for the often-undisciplined leader, the whirlwind trip was an unusual moment of Zen.

Full story at Yahoo News.
By Catherine Lucy and Zeke Miller.

Friday, 30 November 2018

INEC promotes 2,209 staff members.

INEC promotes 2,209 staff members
(News Agency of Nigeria (NAN))

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr Mohammed Haruna, INEC National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee on Thursday in Abuja.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says it has promoted 2,209 members of staff in its 2018 promotion exercise.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued by Mr Mohammed Haruna, INEC National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee on Thursday in Abuja.

The breakdown of the promoted staff according to Haruna in made up of -847 junior and 1,362 senior staff.

Full story at Pulse NG.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Mashaba vows to probe kickback claims linked to R1bn fleet deal.

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has rejected claims of wrongdoing in his council – even before the publication of a report by investigative journalism centre amaBhungane.

On Thursday morning, the mayor released a statement shortly after amaBhungane tweeted that it was going to publish an exposé on how a company which won a R1bn fleet contract in the City of Joburg, paid money to a business linked to EFF leader Julius Malema.

Mashaba said he "noted with great concern a tweet published by [amaBhungane] today".

By Sheldon Morris.
Full story at News24.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Women’s March’s Farrakhan problem, and my own.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, speaking at the Watergate Hotel in 2017, and Tamika Mallory, one of the Women’s March leaders. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Mark Wilson/Getty Images, Bebeto Matthews/AP, Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Did you know that one of the leading figures in the Compromise of 1877, which after a deadlock in the Electoral College delivered the presidency to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in exchange for a promise to end Reconstruction, was a Jewish congressman from Louisiana named William M. Levy?

I didn’t either; I had to look it up, and only after some digging found the relevant passage in historian C. Vann Woodward’s account of that chaotic, catastrophic vote in the House of Representatives, which ushered in nearly a century of disenfranchisement and oppression of Southern blacks. And now that I do know, let me say loud and clear that while ending Reconstruction in that way was a terrible mistake, it has nothing to do with me, because I wasn’t there.

But the fact that this took place before any living Jews were born doesn’t much matter to Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader. It was Farrakhan who introduced me to Levy’s treachery in a speech he gave last year at the Watergate Hotel in Washington. Here’s some of what he had to say, at approximately the one-hour mark:

By Jerry Adler.
Full story at Yahoo News.