State continues to wither under heat and drought. Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency. California is responsible for the bulk of food and produce grown in the U.S.
Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.
The West is growing disappointed with Ukraine and that was the reason why Kiev has failed to achieve progress on a path of European integration at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga,Russian lawmaker and political analyst, Vyacheslav Nikonov.
Britain, France, several eastern European states opposed the idea. European Commission argues quotas essential to solving the problem Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta bearing the brunt of influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty in Africa and Middle East.
The embargo on supplies of US food to Russia causes problems in supply of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), says a quarterly report by the Energia rocket and space corporation posted on the agency’s website. "The list of goods prohibited for import includes foodstuffs that are part of the parcels for the crew and food containers delivered from the United States and intended for delivery to the ISS by Russian spacecraft.
The Russian Foreign Minister has said it is “absolutely necessary” to avoid steps that could further harm the ailing relations between Russia and the US. He spoke at a media briefing following lengthy talks with his US counterpart.
Starting Monday, United States' human rights record will be subject to international scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a regular examination of human rights records of all 193 U.N. member countries, second review of its kind for the U.S. since 2010. The review comes at a critical time when the U.S. human rights record criticized for falling short of meeting international human rights standards.
Russia Foreign Ministry: "In the dialogue with the US we have been stressing that we are open for cooperation on the basis of equal rights, non-interference with home affairs and necessary respect for Russian interests, where attempts of pressing us are fully rejected," regarding upcoming visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry.
A group of European lawmakers demand the abolition of partnership agreements with the Israeli regime citing its persisting aggression against the Palestinian population.
Russia and China have signed a number of energy, trade and finance deals on Friday aimed at strengthening economic ties. The two countries have multiple mutual projects which “achieved a unity of views on a wide range of issues.”
Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. Under the order, the Puerto Rico Health Department is enabled to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for health reasons. The order directs the secretary of health to produce a report laying out rules and regulations for the new system within 90 days.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: "Regardless of the sanctions, the question of what kind of Europe we want to build, how we intend to build our relations with Russia in terms of a strategy, the fight against terrorism and dealing with a severe economic crisis in countries tied to Russia, such as Ukraine, should be the main issue of our discussions."
Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel’s when the two choices collide.
Hillary Clinton recently announced she will be appointing long-time Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford as adviser to her “Ready for Hillary” super PAC. Crawford has worked with Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, also put his support behind Republican candidates.
Aymeric Chauprade, French politician and a member of the European Parliament, said that France does not want Ukraine to enter NATO. Chauprade stressed that the party understood the importance of France maintaining a strong relationship with Russia.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steimneier warned Russia against recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) as independent states. "It would dramatically complicate the process of Ukrainian settlement,"called on Russia to observe Ukraine’s territorial integrity as a fundamental basis of the Minsk agreement.
Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Council has banned the activities of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Party of Regions, the Opposition Bloc, and the Ukraine Development Party in the region.
Obama signed into law on Thursday the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The bill expands means testing for Medicare and establishes a new payment system in which doctors will be rewarded for cutting costs while being punished for the volume and frequency of the health care services they provide.
The US state of Georgia became the 24th US state to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, underscoring the increasing acceptance of the drug across America despite remaining an illegal substance under federal law. Georgia law decriminalizes marijuana possession in oil form used to alleviate suffering from diseases such as Parkinson's, cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
The FBI head agent in charge of the anthrax investigation ? Richard Lambert ? has just filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit calling the entire FBI investigation bulls**t:
Frustrated with the growing popularity of international media outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, the US Congress held the latest in a long list of hearings, trying to figure out why more and more Americans – and people around the world – turn to alternative news sources and abandon the mainstream media.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed its “special concern” after Finland and Sweden stated they want closer cooperation with NATO. Both Nordic countries are not members of the alliance and Moscow says the move could destabilize the region. Russia said it is not opposed to the countries trying to solve issues concerning security and defense saying it is “undoubtedly a sovereign right of every state.” However, Moscow sees their decision as a threat aimed against Russia.
Civil asset forfeiture: police can seize your property and keep it even if they don’t convict or charge you with a crime. You must go through difficult,often unsuccessful process to get your property–whether it’s a vehicle, cash or your home–back from the police. New law: police can still take property from you for a short period, would need a conviction or a guilty plea to keep it. If police do get a guilty verdict and your property is forfeited, it goes to the state’s general fund rather than the police department’s budget, adds a layer of bureaucracy and oversight between police and the funds they seize.
Survey found that over 80% of people in all states supported medical marijuana, with over 50% also supporting full legalized recreational marijuana.
New Obama policy for illegal alien children whose parents want them to come to the United States. As long as the parent maintains legal status can apply to have their child picked up in central America, flown to the U.S. Millions of children qualify, can apply for tax-payer funded “family reunification benefits, education, food stamps, medical care, living expenses. When asked about cost White House spokesperson said they don’t know.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni believes that without Russia Europe will be unable to neutralize the threat to European security posed by Islamist militants in Mali, Pakistan and Libya. Also believes the EU is too fixated on Ukrainian crisis and ignores other, equally important, problems; Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten newspaper reported Tuesday.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: country’s relations with Germany over its latest bailout have declined into a state of “open hostility.”“This toxic game only benefits Europe’s enemies. It has to stop.” Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis to fly to Moscow March 30 to negotiate lower gas prices for his country and find ways of increasing Greek exports to the Russian Federation, despite EU sanctions
Greece’s energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis is visiting Moscow on Monday in a bid to arrange more favourable terms for imports of Russian gas, according to a report in Germany’s Spiegel Online.
The visit comes at a time when Athens is scrambling to strike a deal with its creditors for the release of the next tranche of bailout funds
John Boehner Calls Barack Obama An ‘Anti-War President’ Who Won’t Lead
“The world is starving for American leadership. But America has an anti-war president,” the Ohio Republican told reporters. “We have no strategy, overarching strategy, to deal with the growing terrorist threat. And it’s not just ISIS or Al-Qaeda or all of their affiliates. We’ve got a serious problem facing the world and America, by and large, is sitting on the sidelines.”
The top financial contributors to Congress during the 2013-2014 session, according to OpenSecrets.org, include Pfizer Inc., Amgen Inc., Merck & Co., Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca PLC, Eli Lilly & Co., Sanofi, AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, United Therapeutics, Novartis AG, Genentech Inc., Novo Nordisk and Allergan Inc. — all companies that produce drugs and vaccines.
"We are united by our shared task to liberate Georgia from the government which destroys our country," Saakashvili. Saakashvili's UNM won't be able to repeat the "success" of the Euromaidan. Key reason why Saakashvili's Maidan is doomed to fail is that the U.S. and the EU don't support his plans. Washington and Brussels have no reason to topple the Georgian government - for now.
County officials in Seattle can prohibit an advertisement criticizing Israeli policies toward Palestinians from appearing on local buses without violating constitutional protections on free speech, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory after a closely contested national election in Israel. According to unofficial figures released by the Israeli election committee, Netanyahu’s Likud Party won at least 29 seats in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, putting it in a strong position to form a ruling coalition.
Increasingly worried that he could lose Tuesday’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel lashed out at the country’s Arab voters, expressing alarm that a large turnout by them could determine the outcome. Opponents accused him of baldfaced racism.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu :“There is a real danger of a leftwing government, even though most of the public doesn’t want Tzipi and Buji as prime minister and want to see me continue,” warned that the gap between Zionist Union and Likud votes will determine who forms the next government.
Obama claimed, “As long as you can go on into some neighborhoods, and it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable,” Obama continued. “As long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.”
The three top US national security officials appeared together before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday to press the case for a broadly worded resolution authorizing the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Iceland has dropped its bid to join the European Union, the Foreign Ministry in Reykjavik says. The announcement follows pledges made by the country’s euro-skeptic government since winning the 2013 election.
Greece threatening to seize property, land and businesses belonging to Germany if Berlin does not agree to compensate it for Nazi occupation of the Second World War. Prime minister Alexis Tsipras demanded Germany pay £112billion in reparations, said previous payments did not cover destroyed infrastructure, compensation for war crimes, return of a forced loan to the Nazis.
Unspecified classified information demonstrating Moscow's violation of international agreements in Ukraine has resulted in the latest US round of sanctions against Russia, US Democratic Senator Ben Cardin told Sputnik on Wednesday.
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