Democratic Lawmakers Erupt After Election Security Briefings Are Terminated

The sudden decision by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to cut off congressional briefings on election security is a “shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility” and a “betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,” said a stinging statement Saturday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “This intelligence belongs to the American people. … The American people have both the right and the …

Venezuelan politician jailed in 2018 drone attack sent home

Venezuelan officials have released an opposition politician jailed over two years ago on suspicion of taking part in a failed drone attack on President Nicolás Maduro August 28, 2020, 11:07 PM • 2 min read CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan authorities have released an opposition politician to home detention two years after being jailed on suspicion of taking part in a failed drone attack on President Nicolás Maduro, his relatives said Friday. Images on social media showed Juan Requesens arriving home …

Belarus blocks news websites amid large protests

Authorities in Belarus have blocked an array of news media websites reporting on the country shaken by two weeks of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press August 22, 2020, 11:54 AM 3 min read MINSK, Belarus — Authorities in Belarus have blocked an array of news media websites reporting on the country shaken by two weeks of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.   The Belarusian Association of Journalists said Saturday that more than 20 …

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on flight from Russia to Germany in coma

Medics load Alexei Navalny in an ambulance at Omsk Emergency Hospital No 1 where Navalny was admitted after he fell ill in what his spokeswoman said was a suspected poisoning in Omsk on August 22, 2020.   Gravely ill Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was en route to Germany early on Saturday to receive medical care after the opposition politician’s allies accused the Russian authorities of trying to stop his evacuation. Navalny’s life was not in immediate danger, he was in …

U.S. President Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert has died, the White House announced

Republican president-elect Donald Trump (R) hugs his brother Robert Trump after delivering his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City.   Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, has passed away, the White House said in a statement late Saturday.   “It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” the president said in the statement. “He …

Some liberals not happy that Mike Bloomberg will speak at Dem convention

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that he will speak at the Democratic National Convention that kicks off Monday in Wisconsin, which is irritating some of the party’s more progressive voters. Bloomberg, who dropped out of the presidential race in March, was not on the original list released by the DNC Tuesday, but in a tweet Thursday the billionaire announced that he would in fact be giving a speech next week. “This November, America has the opportunity to turn …

The Last Attempt to Stop Japan’s Surrender in World War II

  The Japanese refer to the attempted coup d’état on Aug. 14, 1945, the last night of the Second World War, as the “Kyujo Incident.” Ringleaders Kenji Hatanaka and Jiro Shiizaki, officers at the army ministry, led a battalion of rebels into the Imperial Palace. Lying brazenly, Hatanaka and Shiizaki told the commander of the Second Imperial Guard Regiment that the top brass had ordered the palace sealed off from the outside. The guards, believing that a broader revolt was …