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Top US general feared Trump Reichstag power seizure: book

The Pentagon's top general feared late last year that then-president Donald Trump would suspend the constitution to retain power in a move resembling Adolf Hitler's 1933 Reichstag takeover, according to a new book......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 16th, 2021

Trump to meet Iraqi PM as ties rebound

President Donald Trump will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi in Washington later this month, the White House said Friday, highlighting a turn-around in relations since the US-friendly premier came to power. Tensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and prompted […] The post Trump to meet Iraqi PM as ties rebound appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

LeBron James group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day. The idea, which comes after Kentucky used large facilities in its June 23 primary, is to use large spaces that allow for in-person voting while still enforcing social distancing guidelines. It also underscores the attention on the mechanics of voting amid the pandemic, with the intensity already reflected in both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden warning that state and local officials have the power to “corrupt” the election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called her “partnership” with the Pistons an “blueprint for other teams and leagues seeking to advance our common goal of protecting access to the vote for all.” Lloyd Pierce, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, said the arrangement in his city ensures “high turnout” in a safe environment. Benson, Pierce and David Fizdale, former New York Knicks head coach, will advise NBA franchises and arena management entities around the country on how to replicate the existing deals. The Milwaukee Bucks also confirmed they are willing to use their home arena as a voting site in the most populous city in the key battleground of Wisconsin. The coordinated push is a turnabout, of sorts, in the often-partisan jousting over voting procedures. Some Democrats panned Kentucky elections officials for limiting in-person June primary voting in the state’s two most populous counties to Louisville’s Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. Voting rights advocates argued in federal court that the plan, part of culling voting sites statewide amid coronavirus concerns, would harm minority voters. A federal judge rejected their claims, and voting proceeded without the melee that some advocates had forecast. Now, Benson, a Democrat, is pushing the arena model not as an example of potential voter suppression, but a way to fight it. “One of our greatest challenges in protecting voters’ access to democracy this November is identifying accessible locations where citizens can safely vote in person,” she said. Amid COVID, that could outweigh potential logistical difficulties of large sites. Lines for such venues can still be long — just as with normal polling locations — as was seen in Lexington at some points on primary day. Voters also could face traffic jams or public transit hiccups given the number of people involved. General elections also have considerably larger turnout than primaries. Nonetheless, there’s a growing bipartisan push for large-venue voting. NFL executive Scott Pioli last week presented the National Association of Secretaries of State a plan for widespread use of professional and college sports facilities. James’ group is officially nonpartisan. But the NBA star has been open about its emphasis on the Black community, where Trump faces intense opposition for his white identity politics. James has not endorsed Biden, but he endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Bucks owners, the Lasry family, are major Democratic Party donors. Bucks executive Alex Lasry helped lead the effort that landed the Democratic National Convention in the city.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

The time bomb next door

The general who usurped power in a coup in Myanmar in February this week named himself prime minister and extended emergency rule for two more years......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

When election fever beckons

In 2001, after the fall from power of President Joseph Estrada, I was immediately enlisted into the campaign for senator of then resigned PNP Director General Panfilo Lacson......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Administrative closure is back

On July 15, 2021, Attorney General Garland brought back “administrative closure” to immigration courts by overruling a previous decision made during the Trump era, which “concluded that the immigration courts’ use of the tool of administrative closure was not authorized.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2021

Confiscation, surrender of loose firearms seen to help minimize crime rate

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO-7) director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo believes the seizure of loose firearms will be a huge help in minimizing criminality in the region, especially as the 2022 election draws near. This after personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) accounted at least 130 unlicensed […] The post Confiscation, surrender of loose firearms seen to help minimize crime rate appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2021

New York opens criminal investigation against the organization of the ex-president – El Financiero

New York attorney general Letitia James said her previous civil investigation by the Trump Organization has turned into a criminal investigation. The revelation of this.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

The Need for Prayer Power

          The concept of positive thinking, according to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, has literaly permeated the American culture. And, may I add, practically the whole world today, in view of The Power of Thinking book , which was translated into thirty-three languages,  13 million  copies sold and the books message put into audio and videocassettes […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolperyodikoRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

The power of self-discipline

American football coach Ross Hjelseth writes a wonderful book entitled “Winning Words: Speaking Life to Influence Others.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2021

Rody& rsquo;s poll party pushes him for VP & lsquo;for country& rsquo;

President Rodrigo Duterte will be making a "supreme sacrifice" and will humble himself to be the vice president “for the benefit of our country” as he has already reached the pinnacle of power, PDP-Laban Deputy Secretary General Melvin Matibag said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2021

No completely free enterprise economies left

After four years of Donald Trump in the White House, candidate Joe Biden and his Democratic Party had a host to throw at the Republican Party: Bad economic policies, abuse of presidential power, destruction of America’s standing in the world, questionable behavior toward America’s enemies, ignorance of the workings of the U.S. governmental system, dishonesty, corruption, contempt toward the anti-climate-change movement and, in 2020, unwillingness to effectively deal with the health crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 5th, 2021

Biden’s attorney general pick vows to prosecute Capitol attackers

US President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee pledged Saturday to depoliticize the Justice Department and to vigorously prosecute the Donald Trump supporters who attacked the US Capitol. In testimony prepared for his confirmation hearing on Monday and Tuesday, federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland indicated he wants to remove the taint of political interference left […] The post Biden’s attorney general pick vows to prosecute Capitol attackers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Trump s journey from election defeat to acquittal in second impeachment trial

Former US President Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday in his second impeachment trial by a Senate vote of 57 to 43, surviving charges that he incited the deadly January 6 assault on the US Capitol by supporters bent on preventing Congress from transferring power to Joe Biden......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2021

La Jornada – seizure of weapons and cartridges at the customs of the northern border

Mexico City. The General Administration of Customs, in coordination with the National Guard and the Mexican Army, seized cartridges, chargers and firearms at checkpoints on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

Unmasked

If he were a little more competent, Donald Trump might have staged exactly this power play......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2021

Donald Trump’s club in Florida is losing its members

Laurence Leamer, author of a book about the mansion and resident of that Florida city, said the Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club is losing members after.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

Trump

Many analysts both local and foreign have drawn comparison between former US president Trump and President Duterte beginning with how they came to power against all the odds, and then their style of governance once they were seated......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2021

Biden team says US will not lift travel bans, despite Trump statement

US President-elect Joe Biden's spokeswoman quickly dismissed Donald Trump's announcement Monday that a COVID-19 ban on travelers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, underlining the fractious transition of power......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

1,381 police officers in Ilocos region promoted

PANGASINAN – A total of 1,381 police officers in the Ilocos region were promoted to the next rank on Friday, January 15, in recognition of their sacrifices, merits, and accomplishments, according to Police Regional Office 1 (PRO-1) Director Brig. Gen. Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. A total of 1,381 police officers took oath following their promotion, in a Simultaneous Oath taking and Donning and Pinning of Ranks administered by Police Brigadier General Azurin, Jr at PRO1 Grandstand, San Fernando, La Union. (PHOTO VIA LIEZLE INIGO/ MANILA BULLETIN) A simultaneous oath taking, and donning and pinning of ranks was held at the PRO-1 Grandstand in San Fernando, La Union. Among those who were promoted were police officers from the Regional Headquarters, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 (RMFB1), La Union Police Provincial Office (LUPPO), and Camp-based Regional Support Units (RSUs) physically attended the said ceremony while the rest virtually joined via zoom. Azurin stressed that their promotion came after their sacrifices, and the accomplishments they made while serving and protecting the people of Ilocos region. “Aside from responsibilities, your promotion also adds to you power and authority. Use all these for the benefit of many. Use your position to help, to serve, and to protect and never ever misuse and abuse your power and authority. I want you to cherish this gift and be grateful by doing your jobs better and by constantly seeking what is best for our organization. Show us, show the community that you deserve this,” Azurin said. Of the 1,381 newly promoted personnel, 57 were promoted to the rank of major, 11 to captain and four to lieutenant. For non-commissioned officers (NCOs), 306 were promoted to the rank of executive master sergeant, 97 to chief master sergeant, 344 to senior master sergeant, 50 to master sergeant, 176 to staff sergeant, and 336 to corporal. And of those promoted, 517 were from the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO), 199 from the La Union PPO, 242 from Ilocos Sur PPO, 172 from Ilocos Norte PPO, 125 from RMFB1 and 126 from the RHQ......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021