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All these attacks by these terrorists is really nerve wrecking for the people who just try to live a normal life and don't harm anyone they just want to left alone in peace but the terrorists have different plans and try to hit where you least expect and shake your existence to the core. Now after the London attack they tried to attack Antwerp , it is good that it could be stopped before they could execute the plans .

Antwerp police intercept speeding car and thwart 'attempted terrorist attack'

Updated 3:06 PM ET, Thu March 23, 2017




Belgian police respond Thursday after a man allegedly drove a speeding car toward a crowd in Antwerp.


  • Riot gun was among cache of weapons found in driver's car, prosecutor's office says
  • French President: The driver "was looking to kill people and to cause something dramatic"

(CNN)Belgian police intercepted a car that was speeding toward a busy shopping area and refused to stop, authorities said Thursday.

The car, registered in France, was driving "at a very high speed" in central Antwerp, the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said.
French President Francois Hollande called the incident "an attempted terrorist attack."
Site of 'attempted terrorist attack'

"At different times, pedestrians were put at risk," the prosecutor's office said. "When soldiers attempted to intercept the vehicle, it fled."
Authorities eventually managed to stop the 39-year-old French driver and detained him.
Anouk Leemans saw police make the arrest.
"The police chased the man and arrested him calmly," she told CNN via the messaging app WhatsApp. "A crowd quickly gathered but the police were keeping everyone calm."
Leemans said authorities took photos inside and around the car after a bomb robot searched it.
Another witness shot video of authorities taking away the suspect's vehicle.
Knives and a pellet-style gun were found in the car, a senior Belgian counterterrorism official said.
According to a statement from the prosecutor's office, a riot gun as well as "a can containing a product still undetermined" were found in the vehicle.
Investigators were looking into any links the man may have had to Islamist extremism but have not yet conclusively determined such ties, the counterterrorism official said.
"He was looking to kill people and to cause something dramatic," Hollande said in a statement.
The incident comes one day after an attack in London -- which started with a driver plowing into people with a vehicle -- killed three people.
Wednesday also marked the first anniversary of the Brussels bombings -- the deadliest terror attack in Belgian history.
A series of blasts rocked the Belgian capital's airport and a metro station, killing 32 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for that coordinated attack.

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SCOTUS Overturns 2008 Gorsuch Opinion - Unanimously

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      Unanimous Supreme Court overturns a Gorsuch decision

      ... in the middle of his confirmation hearing


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      By Laura Clawson

      Mar 22, 2017

      Neil Gorsuch’s belief in reading the law as narrowly as needed to screw ordinary people reared its head again during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Wednesday, but not because of anything Gorsuch himself said on Wednesday. No, the issue was something the entire United States Supreme Court said—that Gorsuch was wrong in a 2008 opinion dealing with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Ian Millhiser writes:

      Under Gorsuch’s opinion in Luke P., a school district complies with the law so long as they provide educational benefits that “must merely be ‘more than de minimis.’”

      “De minimis” is a Latin phrase meaning “so minor as to merit disregard.” So Gorsuch essentially concluded that school districts comply with their obligation to disabled students so long as they provide those students with a little more than nothing.

      All eight justices rejected Gorsuch’s approach. IDEA, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “is markedly more demanding than the ‘merely more than de minimis’ test applied by the Tenth Circuit.” Indeed, Roberts added, Gorsuch’s approach would effectively strip many disabled students of their right to an education.


      Sure, maybe if Antonin Scalia had been alive, the Supreme Court’s decision would have been 8-1, but Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas just said Gorsuch was wrong—and wrong because he would deny disabled kids an education.

      Asked about this during his hearing Wednesday, Gorsuch stuck to his confirmation strategy of appearing as bland as possible and said, “That’s fine.”

      FOOTNOTE:

      Chief Justice Roberts wrote:

      "When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing “merely more than de minimis” progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all. For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to “sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to ‘drop out.’”

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      "The Smell Of Treason" OPINION

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          ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’


          © Damon Winter/The New York Times Paul Manafort at a campaign event for Donald Trump last June.


          By Nicholas Kristof

          New York Times

          3-23-2017

          The greatest political scandal in American history was not Aaron Burr’s shooting of Alexander Hamilton, and perhaps wasn’t even Watergate. Rather it may have been Richard Nixon’s secret efforts in 1968 to sabotage a U.S. diplomatic effort to end the Vietnam War.

          Nixon’s initiative, long rumored but confirmed only a few months ago, was meant to improve his election chances that year. After Nixon won, the war dragged on and cost thousands of additional American and Vietnamese lives; it’s hard to see his behavior as anything but treason.

          Now the F.B.I. confirms that we have had an investigation underway for eight months into whether another presidential campaign colluded with a foreign power so as to win an election.

          To me, that, too, would amount to treason.

          I’ve been speaking to intelligence experts, Americans and foreigners alike, and they mostly (but not entirely) believe there was Trump-Russia cooperation of some kind. But this is uncertain; it’s prudent to note that James Clapper, the intelligence director under Barack Obama, said that as of January he had seen no evidence of collusion but that he favors an investigation to get to the bottom of it.

          I’m also told (not by a Democrat!) that there’s a persuasive piece of intelligence on ties between Russia and a member of the Trump team that isn’t yet public.

          The most likely scenario for collusion seems fuzzier and less transactional than many Democrats anticipate. A bit of conjecture:

          The Russians for years had influence over Donald Trump because of their investments with him, and he was by nature inclined to admire Vladimir Putin as a strongman ruler. Meanwhile, Trump had in his orbit a number of people with Moscow ties, including Paul Manafort, who practically bleeds borscht.

          The Associated Press reports that Manafort had secretly worked for a Russian billionaire close to Putin, signing a $10-million-a-year contract in 2006 to promote the interests of the Putin government. The arrangement lasted at least until 2009.

          As The A.P. puts it, Manafort offered to “influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government.”

          (Manafort told The A.P. that his work was being falsely portrayed as nefarious.)

          This is guesswork, but it might have seemed natural for Trump aides to try to milk Russian contacts for useful information about the Clinton campaign. Likewise, the Russians despised Hillary Clinton and would have been interested in milking American contacts for information about how best to damage her chances.

          At some point, I suspect, members of the Trump team gained knowledge of Russian hacking into Clinton emails, which would explain why Trump friend Roger Stone tweeted things like “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

          This kind of soft collusion, evolving over the course of the campaign without a clear quid pro quo, might also explain why there weren’t greater efforts to hide the Trump team’s ties to Russia, or to camouflage its softening of the Republican Party platform position toward Moscow.

          One crucial unknown: Did Russia try to funnel money into Trump’s campaign coffers?

          In European elections, Russia has regularly tried to influence results by providing secret funds. I’m sure the F.B.I. is looking into whether there were suspicious financial transfers.

          The contacts with Russia are by Trump’s aides, and the challenge will be to connect any collusion to the president himself. The White House is already distancing itself from Manafort, claiming that he played only a “very limited role” in the campaign — even though he was Trump’s campaign chairman!

          Many Democrats are, I think, too focused on Jeff Sessions and have too transactional a view of what may have unfolded. Treason isn’t necessarily spelled out as a quid pro quo, and it wasn’t when Nixon tried to sink the Vietnam peace initiative in 1968.

          In the past, as when foreign funds made their way into Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, Republicans showed intense interest in foreign interference in the political process. So it’s sad to see some Republicans (I mean you, Devin Nunes!) trying to hijack today’s House investigation to make it about leaks.

          Really?

          Our country was attacked by Russia, and you’re obsessed with leaks?

          Do you honestly think that the culprit in Watergate wasn’t Nixon but the famed leaker Deep Throat? Republicans should replace Nunes as head of the House Intelligence Committee; he can’t simultaneously be Trump’s advocate and his investigator.

          The fundamental question now isn’t about Trump’s lies, or intelligence leaks, or inadvertent collection of Trump communications. Rather, the crucial question is as monumental as it is simple: Was there treason?

          We don’t know yet what unfolded, and raw intelligence is often wrong. But the issue cries out for a careful, public and bipartisan investigation by an independent commission.

          “There’s a smell of treason in the air,” Douglas Brinkley, the historian, told The Washington Post.

          He’s right, and we must dispel that stench.


          Nicholas Kristof is an American journalist, author, liberal/progressive op-ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes.


          http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/23/1646434/...

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          China AIIB Grows To 70 Members

          http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2017/03/465079.ht...


          13:36 23 March 2017
          China-led AIIB to admit Hong Kong, 12 others as new members


          BEIJING, March 23, Kyodo


          http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Internatio...


          March 23, 2017 1:37 pm JST
          China-led AIIB to admit Hong Kong, 12 others as new members


          BEIJING (Kyodo) -- The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said Thursday its membership will be expanded to 70, giving the go-ahead to Hong Kong and 12 other applicants to join the China-led multilateral financial institution.


          It is the first time the Board of Governors of the Beijing-headquartered bank has approved new members since it formally started operations in January last year with an authorized capital stock of $100 billion and 57 founding members.


          The new members will officially become part of the bank once they complete necessary procedures. The number of AIIB members is now set to outstrip that of the Asian Development Bank, which has 67 members and whose two largest shareholders are Japan and the United States.


          Aside from Hong Kong, the other prospective AIIB members are: Afghanistan, Armenia, Belgium, Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Hungary, Ireland, Peru, Sudan, East Timor and Venezuela. (Taiwan not invited.)


          "The bank said" in a statement it "expects to welcome more prospective members throughout the year."


          China sees the AIIB's success as being vital for Beijing's overarching goal of connecting countries along the ancient Silk Road more closely, under the "One Belt and One Road" initiative, as it tries to expand its political and economic influence to as far away as Africa.


          The creation of the AIIB was proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2013. Among major economies, Japan and the United States have opted not to join the multilateral development bank. The US has opposed the creation of the AIIB, stating that it is unnecessary due to the existence of the World Bank, IMF, and ADB, and that China is not qualified to lead such an organization.


          China has only a 4.2% stake in the World Bank while the U.S. has a 15.8% stake and Japan has a 6.8% stake. The U.S. and Japan have 15.6% and 15.7% stakes, respectively, in the ADB, while China’s is just 6.5%.


          Meanwhile, more and more of America's "allies" are now allying themselves with China.


          “America just looks so silly because the U.S. asked other countries not to go in but now all those countries except Japan are going in.”
          –Franklin Allen


          http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/chinas-...

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          Look Who Is Going Down Fast!

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              A president who lies to his people, who calls the media's reports "fake news" when he doesn't like what they say, and who wants to cut necessary social programs like 'Meals on Wheels' which keeps seniors fed is, in my opinion, a terrible president. I was skeptical of him from the beginning, but now, it's confirmed that he is incompetent, completely. It seems I am not alone in my distain for him or his policies, and now, his supporters will begin to turn on him as he aims his cuts at their mere survival while boosting the lifestyle of the affluent and powerful.

              Trump's approval rating craters in poll — and his base is the culprit

              President Donald Trump. Getty Images

              President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen to 37% — a new low, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday.

              The poll found the president to be losing crucial support among Republicans, men, and white voters.

              The survey of 1,056 voters from across the US found that Trump's approval among Republican voters dropped to 81%, from 91% of those surveyed in a similar Quinnipiac poll two weeks ago. His disapproval rating among that group jumped to 14% from 5%.

              The poll showed those in Trump's most supportive demographics — male and white voters — to be increasingly unhappy with his performance. Forty-three percent of men approved of Trump — down from 49% in the most recent poll, while 44% of white voters approved, also down from 49%.

              "Most alarming for President Donald Trump, the demographic underpinnings of his support, Republicans, white voters, especially men and those without a college degree, are starting to have doubts," the assistant director of the poll, Tim Malloy, said in a statement.

              A large majority of those polled — 70% — did not believe Trump's unsubstantiated claims from Twitter that President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones before the 2016 election. The administration has continued to stand by the accusation, even after FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Monday that the FBI had "no information" to support it.

              Seventy-three percent of voters said Trump and his administration made statements without supporting evidence "very often" or "somewhat often."

              Voters also showed increasing doubt in Trump's honesty and leadership. Sixty percent of respondents thought Trump was dishonest, compared with 55% in the March 7 poll, and 57% thought he didn't care about average Americans.

              Trump has denounced low approval ratings as "fake news" and dismissed polls in January that showed he would be the lowest-rated incoming president in modern history. The Real Clear Politics average of 11 major polls puts Trump's approval rating at 42.8% and his disapproval rating at 51.3%.

              The Quinnipiac survey released Wednesday had a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.

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              London Terror Attack: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Rampage Outside

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              London terror attack: ISIS claims responsibility for deadly rampage outside Parliament building

              Published March 23, 2017

              ISIS claims responsibility for London attack



              The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attack that left four people dead, including the assailant and a police officer, outside of London’s Parliament building on Wednesday, according to the Amaq media agency.

              "The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British Parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition," the Amaq statement said.

              The claim of responsibility comes fewer than 24 hours after a man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Parliament building.

              Two people were killed and more than 30 others injured before the attacker fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer on the Parliament’s grounds. Police shot the attacker, who later was pronounced dead.


              The attacker's identity has not been revealed, but British Prime Minister Theresa May said he was born in Britain and known to authorities who had once investigated him for links to religious extremism.

              "Our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology," she told members of Parliament. “We know the threat from Islamist terrorism is very real. But while the public should remain utterly vigilant, they should not and will not be cowed by this threat.”


              British officials did not release the attacker's identity or confirm a link with the Islamic State group, though May did say it would be wrong to describe the attack as "Islamic" extremism.

              "It is Islamist terrorism," she said. "It is a perversion of a great faith."

              On Thursday, British police announced that six homes were raided and eight arrests were made in connection to the Wednesday terror attack that left four dead, including the attacker and a police officer.


              Armed police carried out the raid in the central city of Birmingham, about 130 miles north of London; however, police said they believed the terror attacker acted alone during his assault on the Westminster Bridge near Parliament.

              May called the attack “sick and depraved,” and stood defiant against it.

              “An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy, but today we meet as normal … we are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism,” she said. “Democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”

              While she honored the police, May also saluted the everyday actions of millions who went about their lives in London as normal and describing it as proof that the attack failed to break the determination of Londoners and Britons.

              "As I speak, millions will be boarding trains and airplanes to travel to London, and to see for themselves the greatest city on Earth," she told the House. "It is in these actions -- millions of acts of normality -- that we find the best response to terrorism -- a response that denies our enemies their victory, that refuses to let them win, that shows we will never give in."

              The prime minister said people from 11 countries were among the wounded victims, including one American. Others included: 12 Britons, 3 French, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Pole, 1 Irish, 1 Chinese, 1 Italian, and two Greeks required hospital treatment.


              Parliament began its moment of silence at 9:33 a.m. (5:33 a.m. ET), honoring the slain police officer, 48-year-old Palmer, a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police and a former soldier. Parliament then returned to business, an act of defiance to those who had attacked British democracy.

              "Those who carry out such wicked and depraved acts as we saw yesterday can never triumph in our country and we must ensure it is not violence, hatred or division, but decency and tolerance that prevails in our country," Trade Secretary Liam Fox said.

              "Hear, hear!" lawmakers from all parties responded in unison.


              Mayor Sadiq Khan called for Londoners to attend a candlelit vigil at Trafalgar Square on Thursday evening in solidarity with the victims and their families and to show that the city remains united.

              "I really believe that some very searching questions are now being asked," former leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage, now a Fox News contributor, said on "Fox & Friends." "I think the population of this country and indeed most of the other European states -- we're now saying to our governments, look, frankly, you have brought this upon us through immigration policies and through not cracking down on extremism that has grown in communities. What are you going to do for us? So we're calm, but I do think we demand answers."

              Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge and several surrounding streets remain cordoned off by police. Scores of unarmed officers in bright yellow jackets were staffing the perimeter tape, guiding confused civil servants trying to get to work.

              Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley revised the death toll from five to four: the police officer, two civilians and the attacker. He said that 29 people required hospitalization and seven of them were in critical condition. He also said that authorities were still working out the number of "walking wounded." Police had previously given the total number of injured as around 40.

              President Trump was among world leaders offering condolences. Former President Obama tweeted that this attack would not "shake the strength and resilience of our British ally."

              London has been a target for terrorism many times over past decades. Just this weekend, hundreds of armed police took part in an exercise simulating a "marauding" terrorist attack on the River Thames.

              May underscored that the attack targeted "free people everywhere," and she said she had a response: "You will not defeat us."

              "Let this be the message from this House and this nation today: our values will prevail," she said.

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              Even Nunes Was Clueless!

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                  Why are people are acting so shocked by what Devin Nunes did yesterday? He showed his allegiance early on when he , and Senate IC Chairman Burr, made the phone calls to the press at the request of the White House to "knock down the story" about the investigations and to say "no evidence" of Trump/ Russia collusion. They did it even though the investigation had just started and they couldn't have known the outcome. This was a clear indication of bias, so why were they allowed to stay on? Why was the WH allowed to interfere in the investigation then and again yesterday?

                  http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/02/24/rep...

                  So many things about yesterday has left many scratching their heads. Like: why did Nunes do what he did. What did he really know, what did he have to gain from doing it, what was true, and what was the WH/ Trump role in it? If you watch the attached video you'll see that Nunes doesn't even really seem to know what was happening, but I drew some conclusions and I'm interested to hear what others will conclude after watching the video...

                  During the FBI/NSA hearing the other day that the GOP wanted to make "leaks" and "unmasking" the story and talking points that people were focused on. Anything to avoid talking about the reason they were really there... Trump/ Russia collusion . It's my belief that the WH liked the GOP playbook and decided to run with the leak/unmasking story and Nunes was their guy to sell it, so they summon him to the WH to talk in person cuz you can't put this stuff on record. Nunes holds the first presser because he has to explain why he's going to see the POTUS. Not having any information beyond the talking points he gets caught saying multiple different and in conflicting statements. At the WH he meets with Trump who briefs Nunes on what he want him to say and on what his "proof" will be ( like the phone calls) Mind you Trump promised that the evidence "will be revealed soon" to "vindicate" him. After that meeting Nunes then holds another presser on the steps of the WH where the cameras are waiting for him. In that one he admits he doesn't even have the information/documents, and that is his excuse for why he hasn't shared it with the committee. WHAT? Then how did he see it? How did he get the information that so outraged him that he had to run to the WH and share it with the POTUS? It makes no sense at all. I think a little birdie named "Trump" dropped all of this in his lap. Trump is known for leaking and manipulating and I think he used Nunes as his tool. Why would Nunes go along though? Did Trump promise him something in exchange for tanking his career? Does he have something on Nunes? Was Nunes involved in the Russia collusion? Why does Nunes continue to be his go to guy?
                  What the heck is going on? What do you think after watching this video?
                  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/nunes-mud...

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                  Koch Brothers Will Pay Millions For GOPers Who Vote Against Health Care Bill

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                      Two men have an unprecedented amount of influence in our country.

                      They are not political appointees, elected officials or in any way chosen to represent the people of our nation, yet they rule with an iron fist. Their will dictates most of what is going on in our Congress. They are directly responsible for the assault on the EPA and Department of Education and are the creators of Citizen's United.

                      http://time.com/4710418/koch-brothers-donald-trump-republican-health-care/

                      They are extorting votes in our Congress, threatening its members and unduly influencing their decisions and work.

                      Why is this acceptable and not illegal?

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                      Lawmaker Calls For Shutdown Of Trump Agenda Over Possible Collusion

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                          Lawmaker calls for complete shutdown of Trump agenda over possible collusion with Russia

                          AOL.COM EDITORS

                          Mar 23rd 2017 12:40PM

                          Congressman Ted Lieu called for a "total and complete shutdown" of any of President Donald Trump's agenda in response to reports that Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians during the campaign.

                          The California Democrat issued a fiery statement on Thursday in response to the allegations, arguing that Trump's presidency may be illegitimate and that his policies cannot be pursued until after an independent investigation assesses the claims.

                          "Congress cannot continue regular order and must stop voting on any Trump-backed agenda item until the FBI completes its Trump-Russia collusion investigation," Lieu said in the statement.

                          The demand comes in response to a report that emerged Wednesday night on CNN claiming the FBI has evidence to suggest Trump associates "may have coordinated" with Russians to impact the 2016 presidential election by releasing damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

                          On Wednesday, the top ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said in an interview that the evidence against Trump's team was more than circumstantial in nature.

                          Read complete article at: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/23/lawmak...

                          see also: http://www.craynews.com/lawmaker-calls-for-complet...


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