The Guardian view on Baghdadis death: not enough to destroy Islamic State | Editorial

Editorial: The sociology of violence espoused by Isis will only be defeated by a political project that transcends the religious, nationalist and ethnic schisms in the region At the end of June 2014 pledge allegiance and support. Baghdadi, the latest leader of so-called Islamic State, had made a name for his group with a murderous reign of terror culminating in the shock fall of the city of Mosul into his hands a fortnight earlier. His claims about crushing the idol of democracy and defeating agents of the crusaders and atheists, and the guards of the Jews were followed by a campaign of Muslims primarily. Baghdadis empire-building came to nothing when the caliphate died like a dog was unpleasant, unnecessary and …

Mick Mulvaney seeks Trump damage control over impeachment and more

Chief of staff defends Doral G7 fiasco and his own Ukraine quid pro quo remarks, insisting his job is not in danger Senior Trump administration officials were on Sunday scrambling to defend the president from Acting chief staff Mick Mulvaney was forced to row back comments he made earlier in the week a White House briefing on Thursday, Mulvaney listed three issues tied to the decision to withhold almost $400m in aid. These included whether [Ukrainian officials] were cooperating in an ongoing investigation with our Department of Justice related to the origins of the inquiry into Russian interference in 2016 election, which Mulvaney linked to an unfounded conspiracy theory which says Ukraine was involved in the theft of emails from …

John Bolton becomes the most uncomfortable resistance hero yet

President Donald Trump has floated the idea that his former national security adviser John Bolton is behind a number of leaks, according to a new report. The Daily Beast reports, citing sources, that Trump has speculated and suggested that Bolton was behind one of the anonymous accounts that said Bolton was uncomfortable with Trump and Rudy Giulianis efforts with Ukraine. The Ukraine issue is at the center of a growing call to impeach the president for suggesting that Ukraines president should look into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. [Trump] was clearly implying [it, saying] something to the effect of, Oh, gee, I wonder who the source on that could be, a source told the Daily Beast. Bolton …

Trumps Ukraine call could get him impeached but his Syria betrayal is worse | Jonathan Freedland

The US presidents transactional approach to the world around him poses a grave threat, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland Donald Trump is set to face impeachment for a numbered six. But now their US brothers had abandoned them to their fate. Current US political chatter is much more about Trumps pressure on Ukraine than it is about his betrayal of the Kurds, and you can see why. The response was telling. Well, theyre going to be escaping to Europe. Thats where they want to go. Meaning if, thanks to me, Isis terrorists are now free to shoot people in Paris or blow up buses in London, thats not my problem. In other words, you can make a good case that …

Will loyalists turn against Trump after Bill Taylors game-changing testimony?

Diplomat added significant ballast to the allegation Trump was trying to extort Ukraine into ginning up bad news about Biden The impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump has heard some extraordinary testimony over the last month. From the first mention of Trumps desired deliverable from Ukraine, successive layers of witnesses and documents have added to an indictment of the presidents conduct that only gets heavier, as Trump 15-page opening statement and the spectacle of the ashen faces of members of Congress as they filed out from the hearing. This testimony is a sea change, congressman Stephen Lynch said at the weekend. The senator denied in a Fox News appearance Tuesday that Taylor had delivered such evidence. But Taylor added significant ballast …

Bolton exit followed bust-up over mooted Trump-Rouhani meeting

Former national security adviser John Bolton opposed idea of easing sanctions but Trump says: I do believe theyd like to make a deal Donald Trump and his top officials reportedly discussed the possibility of easing sanctions on Iran on Monday, as a means of engineering a meeting with Irans president, Hassan Rouhani, at this months UN general assembly. According to the account by abrupt departure from the White House. His removal followed clearing the way for a more conciliatory foreign policy towards US adversaries in the run-up to next years elections, as the president seeks to launch his campaign looking more like a dealmaker than a warmonger. Securing a meeting with Rouhani at the UN general assembly is likely to …

Robert Mueller’s Work Is Done. Now It’s Congress’s Turn

Robert Mueller proved Wednesday that he might just be the least cooperative friendly witness Congress has ever faced. During close to six hours of Mueller’s testimony before two committees, House Democrats learned the hard way that you can lead a special counsel to an impeachment hearing, but you can’t make him testify. The man who had spent the past two years leading the investigation of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election, and Donald Trump’s apparent obstruction of justice, had promised—warned, really—that he would not go beyond the four corners of the 448-page report he’d delivered earlier this spring. He lived up to that promise. “The report is my testimony,” he told both committees. He refused even to read aloud key …

‘This takes real chutzpah’! Smear merchant AOC doubles down on projecting her own egregious border crisis sins onto McConnell and Trump

We used to just laugh at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s stupid, but harmless. Or so we thought. But lately, she’s demonstrated that, while she is most definitely stupid, she is also an absolute garbage person. After accusing Republicans of using migrant children as “bargaining chips” earlier, she’s doubling down on the despicable this afternoon, blaming Mitch McConnell for killing the House’s border funding bill and again accusing the GOP of trying to capitalize on the plight of migrant children for political gain: Mitch McConnell killed the House border $ over “poison pill riders.” What are the “poison pills” he’s talking about? Protections for kids & punishment for inhumane facility co’s. The GOP is heightening children‘s pain for political gain. It’s horrifying.https://t.co/TBoPu3bW1d …

Jeremy Hunt suggests career diplomat should replace Kim Darroch

Brexit party chair, whose partner is the journalist who revealed leaked cables, called for a pro-Brexit envoy Jeremy Hunt has suggested a career diplomat should replace Sir Kim Darroch as ambassador to Washington as the row over leaked diplomatic cables threatened to engulf the Brexit party. abel Oakeshott, the journalist who provided a string of new revelations from the cables in the Mail on Sunday, denied her partner, Richard Tice, the chair of the Brexit party and a newly elected MEP, had any sight or knowledge of the leak before it was published. Tice has argued Darrochs replacement should be a pro-Brexit businessman who can do what is vital including repairing ties with the US president, Donald Trump, and seeking …

The Left is not happy with ABC for how they described Trump’s visit to the DMZ

ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jon Karl says President Trump stepping into the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Sunday to shake hands with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may be the “biggest moment of his presidency so far.” Of course, it was “sheer performance,” whatever that is supposed to mean. .@ABC Chief White House correspondent @jonkarl on Pres. Trump becoming the first U.S. president to step into North Korea: “In terms of sheer performance… this may be the biggest moment of the Trump presidency so far.” https://t.co/KQyNDJDgFV pic.twitter.com/dLJoe2yYfQ — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 30, 2019 Naturally, the description of Trump’s meeting with the North Korean dictator as possibly the biggest moment of his presidency did not sit well with lefties. this …

‘Gotta protect her voter base’: Chicago mayor says CPD ‘will not cooperate’ with ICE enforcement activities

With ICE soon putting increased focus on apprehending people in the U.S. illegally who had been previously ordered to leave comes the inevitable defiance from “sanctuary city” politicians. One of those is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who says she’s told local police not to help ICE agents enforce federal law: Mayor Lori Lightfoot statement on planned ICE raids in Chicago and across the country pic.twitter.com/XndPn4K7Sy — Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) June 21, 2019 Chicago will reportedly not even help ICE when it comes to finding and removing gang members: BREAKING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces she has terminated federal immigration agents’ access to Chicago’s gang database in advance of raids on undocumented immigrants set for Sunday in Chicago and cities across the …

Iran didnt ask for this crisis, but it wont stand for Trumps bullying | Hossein Mousavian

Ramping up uranium enrichment was an inevitable response to US moves, says Hossein Mousavian, a former member of Irans nuclear negotiating team In May 2018, the Trump administration unilaterally uranium enrichment. The reemergence of hostility between Iran and the US after a period of detente under Barack Obama is one of the most urgent challenges to peace and security in the Middle East. And yet Trumps belligerent policies have all but blocked conventional channels of diplomacy. For one thing, cooperation requires dialogue between the countries respective military establishments in the region. US Central Command (Centcom) and Irans revolutionary guard corps Quds force are both responsible for their countries extraterritorial operations. The IRGCs designation as a sation and Irans reciprocation against …

Trump faces critics over Mexico deal called ‘hostage-taking’ by ex-WTO chief

Pascal Lamy says tariff threats are against spirit of diplomacy, Pelosi slams tantrums and New York Times questions contents of deal The reported that key concessions from Mexico on immigration had in fact been agreed for months. On Saturday, the Mexican president, Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrado told a rally in Tijuana: Were celebrating yesterdays important agreement because it was putting us in a very difficult situation these tariffs because we would have had to impose the same measures on US products. Late on Friday, Trump announced that the US and Mexico had Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO from 2005 to 2013, told Reuters, saying Trumps actions went against the spirit of diplomacy. If theres a rule of law, its …

Welcome to Trump’s Corrupt State the Mos Eisley cantina of world politics | Robert Reich

The administration and the Republican party are nests of lobbyists and con artists who make Greedo look like a saint Trump has been ramping up his Deep State rhetoric again. Hes back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and enemies of the people in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign Warren G Harding have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington. Trump has installed harming his oil refinery investments. This week approved $78m in grants for her husbands home state, Kentucky, including a highway improvement project twice rejected in the past. Chao has even appointed a special liaison to …

The president’s insane: book by CNN’s Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press

Chief White House correspondent credits Bannon for enemy of the people line but use of unnamed sources may reignite battle with president Donald Trumps war with the US press began as an act in the absence of effective Democratic opposition then spiraled out of control, according to an eagerly awaited new book by one of the chief targets of the presidents fury. In The Enemy of the People, a press conference in February 2017. When he called us fake news, Acosta writes, it was, in his mind, an act. The incident occurred amid the opening shots in a rapidly escalating war that now sees fierce national debate over Trumps A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, will be …