Thursday, May 21, 2015

The President Speaks Before Meeting with His Cabinet

President Obama delivers remarks before he meets with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House. May 21, 2015.

White House Press Briefing

President Obama Meets with the President of Tunisia

President Obama delivers remarks before he meets with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House. May 21, 2015.

British Probe into Child Sex Abuse Reveals 1400 Suspects, Politicians and TV Stars Among Them

British police, investigating allegations of historic child sex abuse, say more than 14-hundred people have been named as suspects.

They include dozens of politicians and TV stars.

‘Operation Hydrant’ has been set up to allow detectives to establish an over-arching investigation into historical crimes by those in powerful positions.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, Head of Child Protection at National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is leading ‘Operation Hydrant’:

“It means that victims more so that ever before are having the confidence to come forward and report abuse. And they can be reassured that when they come forward and report their abuse that we are now responding differently in the years gone by.”

Source: Euronews

Netanyahu Supports Call for a Two-State Solution with Palestinians

and the European Union have renewed calls for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It came during EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s first visit to the region.

The statement contradicts Prime MInister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent election message of saying he would not permit a Palestinian state to be established on his watch.

Source: Euronews

EU Refusal to Accept Migrant Quotas ‘Unacceptable’

The debate over European Union migrant quotas has become more heated with the Commission deputy chief saying it is ‘unacceptable’ for EU states to reject the system.

Speaking in Strasbourg Frans Timmermans defended the Commission’s proposal to relocate 20,000 asylum seekers across the European Union.

“I know these are challenging proposals. I know they will prompt debates and controversy in member states but it is really not acceptable for people around the EU to say ‘stop the drowning’ and at the same time to say, ‘but don’t bring the people here’,” Timmermans said.

Source: Euronews

ISIL Controls More Than Half of Syria After Seizing Palmyra

By Alexander Aucott

More than 100 pro-Syrian government fighters have been reported killed as ISIL captured all of the historic city of Palmyra, according to the British-based Syrian observatory for Human rights.

Source: Euronews

Burundi: President Pushes Back Election into June

Bujumbura, Burundi (CNN) As protests and sporadic violence continue to roil his country, Burundi's President has pushed back the parliamentary and local council elections by one week, to June 6, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday.

President Pierre Nkurunziza is set to make a formal announcement about the delay later Wednesday at the African nation's State House. Presidential spokesman Willy Nyamitwe told CNN that Nkurunziza made the decision after getting sadvice from Burundi's Electoral Commission and East African leaders.

The President Delivers the US Coast Guard Academy Commencement Address

President Obama congratulates the United States Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2015 in New London, Connecticut. May 20, 2015.

Today in History: May 21

“Are You Confident in President Obama’s Strategy Against ISIS?”


Washington Journal opened its telephone lines for viewer comments on the question, “Are you confident in President Obama’s strategy against ISIS?”

Source: C-Span

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: The War on the Middle Class

In an epic speech, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders argues that the economic policies pursued by the current and previous administration are effectively a war on the American middle class and American workers – manufactured and enacted to benefit the 1% and "too big to fail" corporate interests.

Senator Rand Paul: Complete Remarks on NSA Surveillance

The Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential candidate rose to his feet on the Senate floor Wednesday at 1:18 p.m. ET to speak in opposition to the NSA surveillance program provisions in the PATRIOT Act. He was joined by several other senators throughout the day until he finally yielded the floor ten and a half hours later at 11:48 p.m. ET. Here are those remarks in their entirety.

93-Year-Old Vet Graduates High School

Many Jobless (Still) Giving Up Looking For Work 

Police Warn Against 'Darth Vapor'