Northern Ireland prison bans book about Irish republicans

Maghaberry in County Antrim contains several republican paramilitaries A Irish prison that holds some of the most dangerous republican paramilitary prisoners has banned a new academic book about dissident Irish republicans. Unfinished Business: the Dissident Irish targets Lyra McKee during rioting in Derry. Police hunting McKees killer have warned of a Good Friday agreement supposedly drew a line under the Troubles. McGlinchey said she was taken aback when a prisoner notified her about the ban: It must be because of the subject matter but this is an academic work. She visited Maghaberry five or six times to conduct interviews, she said. The book has been endorsed by the life peer Paul Bew and Richard English, professors at Queens University Belfast …

Trump praises Libyan general as his troops march on US backed government in Tripoli

(CNN)President Donald Trump spoke with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar Monday, praising his role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s vast oil resources even as Haftar’s troops continue their offensive against the UN and US-backed government in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. “This unilateral military campaign against Tripoli is endangering civilians and undermining prospects for a better future for all Libyans,” he added. At least 213 people have been killed and 1,009 have been injured in clashes around the Libyan capital this month, according to the World Health Organization. While the US has primarily backed the UN recognized Government of National Accord which is based in Tripoli and led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, American diplomats and military officers have maintained …

London prepares for launch of ultra-low emissions zone

Almost 1,000 people a year in London are hospitalised with asthma caused by pollution London is preparing to enforce world-leading vehicle pollution restrictions from Monday as the capital attempts to clean up the toxic air blamed for thousands of premature deaths. The ultra-low emission zone, or Ulez, will launch at one minute past midnight, imposing a 12.50-a-day charge to drive into central London in all but the cleanest cars and vans. The move is expected to reduce road transport emissions by around 45%. The mayor, Sadiq Khan, unveiled research showing that almost 1,000 people a year in the city were hospitalised with asthma caused by pollution. The charge will be levied inside Londons congestion charge zone around the clock, and …

Stephen Colbert goes after Trump’s healthcare promises in a cutting 6-minute monologue

Stephen Colbert is a long way from impressed with Trump’s very vague promises of a healthcare plan.  “He’s decided he wants to kill Obamacare in the courts,” Colbert says in the clip above. “And remember repeal and replace? We’re gonna repeal and replace? Well, after nine years, they still haven’t gotten round to the replace part. “They have no plan.” Ultimately, Colbert compares Trump to an “old-timey travelling snake oil salesman” — one who’s come full circle, and is now telling the same lies he told years earlier to the town he first started in. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Getting rid of Obamacare would be a headache for Trump

(CNN)This country is stuck with Obamacare. Republicans can’t find the votes to repeal or replace it. Democrats can’t agree on how to make it better. President Donald Trump just wants to move on from it. But it’s so ingrained at this point that if the courts suddenly end it, it could completely disrupt the US health insurance system — and not just for people who buy insurance on the exchanges created by the law. Invalidating the entire law could strip coverage from tens of millions of Americans and strip protections for coverage enjoyed by hundreds of millions more. CNN’s Tami Luhby has documented exactly how the law touches every American — not just the more than 20 million who have …

After Mueller, Pelosi stares down her next big fight

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — battle tested from showdowns with President Donald Trump and intra-party squabbles within her own caucus — is about to take on what could be her toughest test yet. It’s not a task that Pelosi’s colleagues worry she won’t be able to handle. After all, Pelosi has already been tested in navigating intra-party battles this year, from division over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s polarizing comments about Israel to disagreements over how to handle the government shutdown. While Democrats are relishing their new majority, it also comes with more exposure to internal strife. “She’s literally running circles around Donald Trump, and she’s doing it in heels and with style and with grace and with a lot of different …

129 seconds that perfectly explain why liberals go wild for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

(CNN)On the day that the Senate rejected — by a vote of 0-57 — the broad strokes of the so-called “Green New Deal,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), one of the leading voices for the legislation, went off on those who mock the effort as nothing more than an elitist fantasy. Cue AOC. You should watch the entire two minutes of what she said, but here’s the key part: “When we talk about the concern for the environment as an elitist concern, one year ago I was waitressing in a taco shop in downtown Manhattan. I just got health insurance for the first time a month ago. This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life …

Chelsea Manning’s health threatened by solitary confinement in Virginia jail, her support group says

Washington (CNN)Representatives for Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst behind one of the largest leaks of classified information in US history, are arguing for her removal from solitary confinement, saying it threatens her health and surmounts to “torture.” “Our facility does not have ‘solitary confinement’ and inmates housed in administrative segregation for safety and security reasons still have access to social visits, books, recreation, and break time outside their cells,” Lawhorne said, adding that “(the) federal government has never suggested to us how to treat any inmate and it is unfair to imply that there is a ‘conspiracy’ of any kind.” Manning has been detained for just more than two weeks in Alexandria after a judge found her in …

Brexit and the week that all but broke British politics

Theresa Mays effort to agree a Brexit deal began with deadlock and ended with the collapse of discipline in her own party It is Thursday afternoon and 20-year-old art student Sonya Woodruff has taken time off from her studies to make a point about Brexit outside parliament. She is standing quietly against the black railings as the rain comes down, holding a purple sign which reads: No one voted for this Brexit mess. Inside the Commons, MPs are preparing for a third consecutive night of voting on Brexit as they try to break the interminable deadlock. They have already, in the previous two days, taken two big decisions which seem to some of the protesters outside rather contradictory. On Tuesday …

Manafort sentencing highlights Russia probe looming over Trump

Washington (CNN)Paul Manafort’s final date with his legal destiny on Wednesday — barring a presidential pardon — is sure to show why impeachment talk will not be quelled by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s fresh attempts to tamp it down. That’s because the President will likely find it almost impossible not to weigh in on what happens in the courtroom. His comments and criticism will revive the question of whether he is planning a pardon for Manafort and potentially other indicted associates, the prospect of which plays into allegations of obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Pelosi tried to temper surging talk that her party could try to oust Trump — stimulated by its liberal grass roots and Republicans seeking …

Trump’s budget proves GOP deficit hawks are a dying breed

Washington (CNN)In the introduction to his new budget proposal President Donald Trump warns that the federal government “must protect future generations from Washington’s habitual deficit spending.” He then lays out a budget that makes clear he won’t be the one to curb that habit. When budget hawks ran the GOP During the Obama era, Paul Ryan spent years presenting lean, entitlement-reforming budgets in the House, knowing they would go nowhere with Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House. Still, it was a political move to lay out priorities that Republicans would presumably enact should they ever get full control of Washington. Among those most prominent Tea Party conservatives pounding the table for significant spending cuts was Mick …

‘I know where I came from!’: Sanders begins 2020 campaign with personal speech in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York (CNN)Bernie Sanders on Saturday spoke about his father’s escape from Europe, where “virtually his entire family there was wiped out by Hitler and Nazi barbarism.” “I know where I came from!” he howled, a hint of exuberance in his voice. “And that is something I will never forget.” The crowd of around 13,000 supporters, according to a campaign estimates, many of them having spent the preceding hours tapping their sludgy feet to a live band after queuing up around Brooklyn College’s East Quad early Saturday morning, roared back. Sanders is already striking a different chord as he seeks the Democratic nomination a second time. He has a new campaign manager, a more diverse staff and an inner …