Phoenix on high alert for Trump rally

Political leaders and law enforcement officials in Arizona are on high alert ahead of President Trump’s campaign rally Tuesday night in Phoenix.

The big question is whether there will be more supporters of Trump inside the Phoenix Convention Center, which holds 29,000, or protestors outside.—More…

By News on the Net -- The Hill- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Trump on new Afghanistan strategy: We are no longer nation-building, we’re killing terrorists

President Trump has apparently been doing more behind the scenes than approving of Nazis. (Right, he’s not doing that at all, contrary to what you’ve been led to believe.) In recent months, the president has been huddling with his top military and foreign policy advisors trying to determine a way forward on Afghanistan.

It’s about time. We’ve been there nearly 16 years and we still haven’t won. It’s the longest war in U.S. history, and while our total number of war deaths is remarkably low for a conflict that long (less than 2,500), it’s unacceptable that a single one of those deaths would have occurred in the execution of a battle we can’t win, or don’t know how to win.

So after months of studying the situation and considering options, President Trump (who openly acknowledged his first instinct was to simply get out), addressed the nation last night with a new way forward. It’s hard to find a single decision he announced last night that isn’t a good one:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Ex-SF Mayor Willie Brown: Nancy Pelosi, Dems Fell for Trump’s Identity Politics Trap

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown believes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) played right into President Donald Trump’s hands when she called for the removal of Confederate statues in Congress, which is an issue she apparently was not concerned about when she was Speaker and Democrats controlled all three branches of government.

The legendary California Democrat–who amazingly has become even more interesting, candid, compelling, and outspoken than he already was in his must-read weekly San Francisco Chronicle column–noted that “every time President Trump gets in trouble he falls back on race identity politics, and the Democrats fall for it without fail.”—More…

By News on the Net -- Breitbart- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Flawed equalization program can’t respond fairly to big changes in Canadian economy

TORONTO—As traditional “have” provinces struggle economically, Canada’s equalization program is not equipped to adapt to the country’s new economic landscape, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The economic gap between so-called have and have-not provinces has shrunk, but equalization payments are required to keep growing automatically no matter how much provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan are struggling,” said Ben Eisen, co-author of Should Equalization Keep on Growing in an Era of Converging Fiscal Capacity?

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Ischia earthquake which killed two and injured 39

Three brothers, including a seven month old baby, have been saved in an extraordinary rescue operation following a deadly earthquake in central Italy last night.

Two boys, aged seven and 11, were buried under the rubble of their home for more than 14 hours after the natural disaster in the popular tourist island of Ischia, close to Naples.—More…

By News on the Net -- Daily Mail- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Amid heightened tensions, Phoenix mayor urges Trump to delay campaign-style rally

President Trump’s planned rally for Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, is expected to draw thousands of supporters and protesters. At least six different protests are planned for the area, the largest of which could draw more than 3,000 people. Vice President Mike Pence will be attending the campaign-style rally.

The rally comes at a time of heightened political tension in the state as Mr. Trump has been at odds with Arizona’s two Republican senators. The city’s Democratic mayor is asking Mr. Trump to delay the event over safety concerns.—More…

By News on the Net -- CBS News- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Amid heightened tensions, Phoenix mayor urges Trump to delay campaign-style rally

President Trump’s planned rally for Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, is expected to draw thousands of supporters and protesters. At least six different protests are planned for the area, the largest of which could draw more than 3,000 people. Vice President Mike Pence will be attending the campaign-style rally.

The rally comes at a time of heightened political tension in the state as Mr. Trump has been at odds with Arizona’s two Republican senators. The city’s Democratic mayor is asking Mr. Trump to delay the event over safety concerns.—More…

By News on the Net -- CBS News- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar ‘dossier,’ to face questions

A key figure behind the so-called “dossier” featuring uncorroborated and salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia will be questioned by investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee today about the funding and sources for the document.

During last year’s heated Republican primary race, Fusion GPS, a private research firm founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, was initially paid about a million dollars by wealthy Republicans and then later worked for Democrats, all of whom wanted to dig up dirt on Trump and plant negative news stories, according to political operatives.—More…

By News on the Net -- ABC- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Remains of Navy sailors found on USS John S. McCain

Remains of some of the Navy sailors who went missing after a collision between USS John S. McCain and a tanker near Singapore were found in a compartment aboard the destroyer, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday.

Swift said “some remains” were found in sealed compartments during their search on Tuesday and Malaysian officials said they found one body, but were still in the process of identifying it. —More…

By News on the Net -- FoxNews- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Seven police storm 73-year-old’s house to seize her ‘dangerous’ ten-year-old Yorkshire terrier

Seven police officers stormed a 73-year-old woman’s house and seized her ‘dangerous’ ten-year-old Yorkshire terrier Alfie after he chased after a delivery man.

Claudia Settimo-Bovio, from Kingston in south west London, claimed officers in five cars came to take her dog away on Friday.—More…

By News on the Net -- Daily Mail- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Trump ends Obama’s ‘water bottle ban’

The Trump administration is ending a policy implemented by former president Barack Obama that attempted to ban water bottles at national parks.

The National Park Service announced last week it was ending the so-called Water Bottle Ban, which the Obama administration implemented in 2011 to “reduce our carbon footprint.”—More…

By News on the Net -- FoxNews- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

‘There Was Blood Everywhere’: 42 Injured After Train Crashes Into Train at 69th Street Transportatio

A high-speed train barreled into a parked train at one of SEPTA’s busiest terminals overnight, injuring more than 40 people and causing what one passenger described as a bloody scene.

SEPTA officials say a Norristown High Speed Line train was arriving at the 69th Street Transportation Center on Market Street in Upper Darby around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday when it crashed into an unoccupied train that was sitting in the terminal.—More..

By News on the Net -- NBC News- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Claire McCaskill: Democratic Party won’t have a ‘true leader’ until they have a 2020 nominee

The Democratic Party is currently rudderless.  It has no idea what it believes, can’t decide between its base and electability, can’t win, and can’t seem to figure out how to move forward. So, of course, rank and file Dems are looking for a new leader. Who that person turns out to be will tell us a lot about what kind of opposition party the constitution will face in the future.

If they pick someone like Keith Ellison, for example, you can count on continued efforts to mainstream their most radical ideas. If they were to shock the world and choose someone like Jim Webb, they’d be a much more centrist, and viable, threat.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Anger boils over in Charlottesville city council meeting as residents call for mayor’s resigna

Anger boiled over at the first Charlottesville City Council meeting since a white nationalist rally in the city descended into violent chaos, with some residents screaming and cursing at councilors Monday night and calling for their resignations.

After the residents of Charlottesville were allowed to voice their frustrations with the way city officials handled the event, the council unanimously voted to take the first steps to remove a statue of the Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, The Daily Progress reported. —More…

By News on the Net -- NY Daily News- Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Judge packing heat fires back after being shot entering courthouse

Before you ask, I don’t know the partisan makeup of the players involved here, and at least for the moment I’m not sure it’s important. Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. mainly handles family-type cases. We don’t know if he was ambushed by someone who was upset by one of his rulings, but we do know that this turned out to be a good-guy-with-a-gun scenario.

Judge Bruzzese was prepared:

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

The Charter’s Notwithstanding Clause and Canada’s border crisis

So many illegals have been walking into Canada lately, even Justin Trudeau is starting to worry. Yesterday Trudeau said if he could talk to “asylum seekers,” he would tell them, there is no advantage to just walking into Canada. He added those seeking refugee status will be subjected to a “rigorous screening process” and “our rules, our principles and our laws apply to everyone.” Cue the laughter. (CBC, Aug. 20, 2017)

During the first two weeks of August, 3,800 people were apprehended by the RCMP walking into Quebec. This does not include those who were caught walking to other provinces or those who managed to enter the country without being caught by the authorities. And there is no indication these numbers are about to decrease anytime soon.

By Arthur Weinreb - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Full Story

Trump must question Abbas-PLO commitment to peace with Israel

The planned visit to the Middle East at the end of August by President Trump’s Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell – presents a wonderful opportunity for them to test the commitment of the PLO and its leader Mahmoud Abbas to concluding a peace treaty with Israel.

Abbas needs to confirm or reject his following remarks reported on 11 January 2014:

By David Singer - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

IER Publishes “The Solar Value Cliff: The Diminishing Value of Solar Power”

WASHINGTON – The popular media is replete with articles heralding the falling costs of solar power. But while solar’s costs may be going down, so too is its value to the electricity grid. Today, as the nation anticipates its first total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years, the Institute for Energy Research released a paper detailing this phenomenon, which it calls the solar value cliff.

The Solar Value Cliff: The Diminishing Value of Solar Power chronicles the following:

By Institute for Energy Research - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

Quebec police hint at arrests after anti-immigration counter-rally turns violent

MONTREAL — Quebec City’s mayor says right-wing protesters are not welcome in Quebec City but he believes an anti-immigration group won the popularity contest during duelling demonstrations over the weekend.

Mayor Regis Labeaume thanked members of the right-wing group, La Meute, for collaborating with police while some counter-protesters turned violent.—More…

By News on the Net -- Toronto Sun- Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story

LIVE STREAM: President Trump Addresses the Nation on Afghanistan

By News on the Net - Monday, August 21, 2017 - Full Story