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June 26 2016

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Trump shifts immigration plan: No 'mass deportations' - The Hill (blog)

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's proposed ban on Muslims entering US a moving target Clinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' Trump shifts immigration plan: No 'mass deportations' MORE appeared to soften his tone on immigration Saturday, saying he wouldn't issue mass deportations if president.

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"President Obama has mass deported vast numbers of people the most ever, and it's never reported. I think people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody," Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics Saturday.

Pressed on whether he would issue mass deportations as he has called for in the past, Trump said: "No, I would not call it mass deportations."

"We are going to get rid of a lot of bad dudes who are here. That I can tell you," Trump said.

Throughout his campaign, Trump has promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexican border and deport all 11 million people living in the country illegally.

In November, shortly after he launched his presidential campaign, Trump said he would build a "deportation force" to ship those in the country illegally back to their home countries.

"We're going to do it in a very humane fashion. Believe me. I have a bigger heart than you do. We're going to do it in a very human fashion," he said.

However, Trump stood by his proposal to restrict people from "terrorist countries" from entering the U.S. Previously, he said if elected he would temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.

"I want terrorists out. I want people that have bad thoughts out. I would limit specific terrorist countries and we know who those terrorist countries are," Trump said.

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April 18 2016

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An Old Alliance Faces New Pressures as Obama Heads to Saudi Arabia - New York Times

What Do the Saudis Want?In the 70 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated the alliance at the end of World War II, the Saudis have primarily looked to the United States to help ensure its security in an often unstable region. They want the United States to have their back, especially in a potential conflict with Iran, their longstanding regional rival.

That has meant, for the most part, military equipment: The United States has helped Saudi Arabia, a Sunni-dominated state, to obtain weapons to deter Iran, a mostly Shiite country. More recently, the Saudis have sought intelligence assistance and training, and the United States has given the Saudis targeting and logistical support for their war in Yemen.

This week, the United States is expected to announce that it will bolster ballistic missile defenses in the region and provide new support for Saudi efforts to counter cyberattacks from Iran and elsewhere.

Saudi Arabia has become more and more dependent on the U.S. military for any really serious contingency, said Anthony H. Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

What Does the United States Want?The United States has looked to Saudi Arabia as a source of stability in the Middle East, an ally whose oil reserves have only recently begun to diminish in importance for American interests.

American presidents want to have a decent relationship with the country that exports more oil than any other in the rest of the world, said F.Gregory Gause III, a professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Continue reading the main storySaudi Arabia has worked with the United States in a campaign against Al Qaeda and more recently against the Islamic State, a group seen as a regional danger and a direct threat to American security. The United States has sought the kingdoms help in efforts to end the Syrian civil war.

The Obama administration also wants changes inside Saudi Arabia, where religious minorities and women often face marginalization. Officials said Mr. Obama would raise the issue of human rights, but few expect the subject to overshadow security concerns.

White House officials say the alliance remains strong. Even so, Rob Malley, a Middle East adviser to the president, conceded last week that our views and those of some of our partners in the region, and Saudi Arabia in particular, have not always been perfectly aligned.

How Have Things Gone Wrong?From the Saudi perspective, confidence in United States support was undermined in 2011 by what they perceived as Mr. Obamas failure to support Hosni Mubarak, the ousted president of Egypt, during the Arab Spring. It was further rattled when Mr. Obama drew a red line against the Syrian governments use of chemical weapons, then stopped short of taking military action to enforce it. Mr. Obama has said he is proud of his last-minute restraint, but the 2013 episode made the Saudis question the commitment of the United States to defending its allies in the region.

In the years since, those questions have turned to deep concern, notably as Mr. Obama engaged with Iran once a diplomatic pariah in an effort to reach a deal to end the countrys nuclear weapons program. American officials have hailed the agreement, completed last year, calling it successful in keeping Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

Inside Saudi Arabia, though, the thaw between the Americans and the Iranians is seen as a dangerous shift in the regions balance of power. The Saudis fear conventional and terrorist attacks from Iran, and they worry that the United States is backing away from the defense commitment it has maintained for decades.

For Saudi Arabia, this is always existential, Mr. Cordesman said. For us, its another regional problem.

Another simmering problem is the longstanding suspicion among some in the United States that the Saudi government or some of its officials participated in the plotting for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In recent days, Saudi officials warned American lawmakers that they might sell off hundreds of billions of dollars worth of American assets if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in United States courts for any role it may have had in the attacks.

Continue reading the main storyStill, a senior State Department official said the relationship is better now, the day before Mr. Obamas trip, than it was two years ago, after the Syria red line incident. Efforts to mend relations by Secretary of State John Kerry and John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, have led to Saudi help in brokering a cease-fire in Syria and cooperation from the United States in the Saudis fight against Iranian-backed forces in Yemen.

What the President Really ThinksIf the relationship is getting better, it is doing so despite blunt and revealing comments that Mr. Obama made about Saudi Arabia during a series of interviews for a recent magazine article.

Mr. Obama told Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic, that Saudi Arabia would have to find a way to coexist with Iran by learning to share the neighborhood and institute some sort of cold peace. He referred to the Saudis and other American allies in Europe as free riders who accept security help from the United States without sharing the burden. The article related a conversation between Mr. Obama and Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister of Australia.

Arent the Saudis your friends? Mr. Turnbull asked, according to Mr. Goldberg. Its complicated, the president responded.

White House officials play down the impact of Mr. Obamas comments, noting that the administration has long pressed its allies to do their part. But people familiar with the Saudi reaction to the presidents comments say it was intense, and seen as a confirmation of the Saudis suspicions about Mr. Obamas lack of commitment to their interests.

I imagine it will just infuse the meeting with a coldness that didnt need to be there, Ms. Pletka said.

Beyond Obama: Who Comes Next?If the Saudis are ready to turn the page on the Obama presidency, they are also anxious about what comes next, especially if Donald J. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas becomes the next president.

Mr. Trump has railed against Saudi Arabia, telling The New York Times last month that he might halt all purchases of oil unless the Saudis show more effort in the fight against the Islamic State. If Saudi Arabia was without the cloak of American protection, Mr. Trump has said, I dont think it would be around.

Continue reading the main storyMr. Cruz said during a presidential debate in February that the United States should hold our friends to account, that friends do not fund jihadists that are seeking to murder us. And when it comes to Saudi Arabia, we need to have real scrutiny and real pressure.

From the Saudi perspective, Hillary Rodham Clinton might represent a return to the kind of foreign policy they remember when her husband was president. But nothing is certain in this political season, and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the other candidate for the Democratic nomination, is an unknown to the Saudis.

Like everybody, they have no idea what to think about Trump, Professor Gause said. Who knows what to make of Senator Cruz on this? The Saudis dont know him, he added. I think they would be perfectly comfortable with Hillary.

Continue reading the main story

January 24 2016

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Ample Ideas For HVAC Around The Nation

Facility Maintenance Company can help. HVAC, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning, is how your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When properly installed and maintainedyou, maintained and your family get to enjoy reasonable indoor temperatures all year long. Keep reading this article for advice on upgrades, installation, maintenance and repairs of your home HVAC system.

Although most people are thinking of their heating systems during the winter months, air conditioning is also important. When installing a new furnace or heating system, make sure the air ducts are also set up to work with your air condition system. Using the ducts for both cooling and heating is the most economical choice.

Before choosing an HVAC contractor, think of what you wish to have done. This will make the quote process much easier. It will be way more hard if you can't figure out what they need to do. Know this stuff ahead of time.

When your contractor comes to fix your unit or install a new one, he should walk around your home and investigate what's going on with your current set-up. They should be looking for how much insulation you have, where your windows are and what quality they are and more.

When you are no longer using your outdoor air conditioning unit, be sure to protect it with a tight cover. This will keep it free of debris, snow and frost so that you'll have a working unit when the spring comes and you are ready to uncover it and use it again.

Avoid allowing your home to ever get exceedingly hot. Air conditioners can cool a home by just twenty degrees in a short time. This means that if the weather is above 100 degrees, then you'll still be baking in 80 degree weather at first! Taking into consideration the humidity level, this may not even be adequate for the human body to recover from excessive heat while sleeping.

Make sure that your contractor provides a home assessment. Not every HVAC solution is for everyone. Your home could have special needs for cooling and heating. Your contractor should do a walk around of your space to judge what is best. If they aren't be sure to request one.

If you want to cool your home in the summer without using your air conditioning on full, consider installing fans in your home. An attic fan can blow hot air out while sucking in cool air into your basement, and ceiling fans help distribute the air in your rooms evenly.

In the winter, wearing layers can save you a ton of money on your utility bill. You can see significant savings on your next bill when it arrives if you can install a digital thermostat that makes the house cooler when you're asleep and warmer just before you get up.

So get several quotes before hiring anyone, every contractor out there is responsible for setting up their own fees. If you take the time to do this, you should be able to hire the best contractor for the job. Call at least four or five different HVAC specialist to find the best rates.

A programmable thermostat is a simple way to help save money on air conditioning costs. In fact, you can save as much as 10 percent on both heating and cooling when you turn your thermostat by by 10-15 percent for at least 8 hours daily. In addition, some models make things really easy on you, allowing you to adjust them from the computer.

To run your HVAC at full efficiency, you must have efficient doors and windows in place as well. Each of these should have an airtight seal on them. Ask a contractor to test them for you.

If you plan on having a service on your HVAC unit, ask the technician what he will be doing. Any thorough service should consist of several things. The technician should check temperaturelevels and pressures, amperage draw, and coolant levels. They should adjust any belts that need it and clean the coils.

While price should be one of the considerations you make when you are hiring an HVAC contractor, do not allow it to cloud your judgement. In order to make a sound decision, there are other factors that need to be considered. Experience level, work ethic and positive reviews are a few things that should be considered as well.

When dealing with HVAC contractors, make sure that you get everything in writing. While verbal contracts are legal in many places, it is usually very difficult to prove them. Having everything on paper is a great way to make sure that no ons is confused about any aspect of the process.

If anything is inside it, when your unit is clicking, immediately go out and look to see. Many times it could be debris hitting the cooling system fans. Removing the debris solves the issue. Look carefully at it before you call up a service technician.

The windows and doors in your home must be efficient in order for your HVAC to perform as efficiently as possible. Be sure that they're sealed well so that air from the outside or inside doesn't come in or escape. Have them inspected by a professional. This is often a free service.

Does your contractor provide you with an all-day emergency hotline? It's crucial that they can go to your home at any time you need them.

Get your work order in writing. Before the HVAC contractor begins work, you should always have a written proposal. This will help prevent overspending. Alternatively, any extra fees or expenses that you may be unaware of. Make sure you go over it with your contractor so that you understand every charge.

Look elsewhere if the HVAC contractor assumes a "one size fits all" approach to installing your unit. In order for the system to be right for your home, the contractor needs to come out, find your air ducts, and generally get a feeling for how your home is laid out. If he or she does not do that, move on.

If you don't have the right knowledge, the idea of having to hire an HVAC professional may seem daunting. The right knowledge makes the process less daunting, however. Now, hopefully are feeling prepared to get help as soon as you can when you have a problem with your HVAC systems.

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December 02 2015

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Britain poised to join air campaign against Islamic State in Syria - Washington Post

LONDON Britain was poised on Wednesday to join a U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria, with Parliament due to vote following a debate marked by bitter accusations that have revived the ghosts of Britains involvement in the Iraq war.

The vote will come more than a year after the U.S. military first launched airstrikes against the Islamic State. Although Britain joined the allied campaign in Iraq last September, it has drawn a line at the Syrian border.

After the Islamic State claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks last month that killed 130 people in Paris, however, British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to expand his countrys military contribution to both of the terrorist groups main sanctuaries.

Camerons push is expected to receive a significant though not overwhelming majority.

Dozens of members of the opposition Labour Party have indicated they will break ranks and join nearly all of Camerons ruling Conservatives in favor of a motion that describes Islamic State as a direct threat to the United Kingdom, and that cites a U.N. resolution against the group as justification for attacks.

What started out as simple protests in Syria has expanded to civil war and now an international crisis. [Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and its hurting the war]

Britains participation is unlikely to alter the military balance in Syria, though Britain does bring precision-guided Brimstone missiles that are considered an asset for the U.S.-led alliance.

The U.K.s contribution is more significant politically. Britains absence from the fight in Syria had raised questions about the commitment of a country that has long been considered Washingtons most vital ally.

Britain had declined to join the bombing campaign in Syria last year. The government reasoned that unlike in Iraq the Syrian government had not invited Western intervention.

But Cameron and his backers now argue they cannot halt their campaign at a border that has become meaningless as the Islamic State has conquered territory stretching across both countries.

The vote has badly divided Labour, with the partys pacifist-inclined leader Jeremy Corbyn vehemently opposed. But faced with a rebellion from some of the partys most senior members, and instead opted on Monday to allow Labour politicians a free vote.

But Cameron may have hurt his own cause Tuesday when he urged wavering members of his party not to side with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathizers.

A Labour Party spokesman on Wednesday called Camerons comments a contemptible and desperate slur.

Pressed to apologize as the Parliamentary debate got underway Wednesday, Cameron declined while saying he respected those with different views.

The prime minister has said the bombing campaign is necessary because Britain cannot subcontract its security to other countries, and expect the aircrews of other nations to carry the burdens and the risks of striking [Islamic State] in Syria to stop terrorism here in Britain.

In Wednesdays debate, he said British security services had foiled seven Islamic State plots this year.

Lets not forget what happened in Paris. Lets not forget that 30 British holiday-makers were murdered on a beach in Tunisia. Lets not forget that there have been seven foiled terror attacks on this country this year alone, Dan Jarvis, a Labour member of Parliament who supports airstrikes, told Sky News.

But Corbyn has dismissed the idea that airstrikes can be effective in ending the Syrian war, and has cited British involvement in Iraq as evidence that military campaigns only spawn more violence and anti-Western sentiment.

Britains participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was guided by a Labour prime minister, Tony Blair a man whom Corbyn has said could be subject to war crimes charges. Corbyn has sought to shift Labour sharply leftward since his shock election as leader in September, and opposing Camerons push for airstrikes in Syria is a key part of that effort.

[U.S. task force brings Pentagon fight down to earth]

Camerons approach is bomb first, talk later, Corbyn wrote in a piece published Wednesday in the Guardian newspaper. But instead of adding British bombs to the others now raining down on Syria, whats needed is an acceleration of the peace talks in Vienna.

Most members of the Labour Party, are expected to join their leader in opposition, as are members of the Scottish National Party. Former SNP leader Alex Salmond told BBC Scotland on Wednesday that his party was suspicious of military adventures, and criticized Cameron for saying there were 70,000 moderate fighters on the ground in Syria prepared to join the war against the Islamic State.

As these claims start to disintegrate, the support for this action starts to ebb away, he said.

Britains expected entrance into the Syrian air war adds to skies already crowded with war planes.

The U.S. has conducted the vast majority of allied bombing runs in Syria, but France has escalated its contributions in the weeks since the Paris attacks. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar have also taken part, though their participation has fallen off substantially.

Syrian war planes, meanwhile, have lately been bolstered by Russian jets, which have aggressively targeted groups opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Read more:

Obama defends his Islamic State strategy in Syria

NATO faces new Mideast crisis after downing of Russian jet by Turkey

The difficult path to end Syrias war

November 29 2015

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Chicago Burger King manager says police tampered with footage of teen's death - Fox News



A Chicago Burger King manager who accuses police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teenager shot last year by a white officer said Saturday he testified before a federal grand jury investigating the shooting.

Jay Darshane told the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the video recorder containing all of the fast food restaurants surveillance images.

The allegations of tampering has fueled the anger of protesters who say the city, police and local prosecutors have botched the case of Laquan McDonalds death. After months of refusals, the city released police squad car footage of the shooting Tuesday in response to a judges order.

Both the police chief and the Cook County state attorney deny the Burger King video was altered.

The Burger King is yards from where McDonald, 17, fell when the first few rounds from Officer Jason Van Dyke struck him. It took minutes for police to demand the restaurants password-protected video, Darshane said.

I was just trying to help the police with their investigation," Darshane said. "I didn't know they were going to delete it."

He said that when the officers left, almost two hours later, there was an 86-minute gap in the recording, including the time surrounding the shooting.

Darshane told the newspaper he testified about the missing video before a grand jury earlier this year. T

The Cook County state's attorney this past week announced a state-level charge of first-degree murder against the officer.

McDonald was shot 16 times after being pursued by police responding to a complaint about car break-ins. He was carrying a knife. The officer's attorney says his client fired because he feared for his life, and that he acted lawfully and within police department guidelines.

At a news conference announcing the charge, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said forensic testing found no evidence that anyone intentionally erased the Burger King video. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the allegation "absolutely untrue."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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September 28 2015

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Tropical Storm Drifting Toward Mexico's Pacific Coastline

Tropical Storm Marty is drifting slowly northward toward Mexico's coast in the eastern Pacific.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Monday morning that a tropical storm watch is in effect for the Mexican coast from Acapulco to Lazaro Cardenas.

Marty is centered about 225 miles (360 kilometers) west-southwest of Acapulco.

Forecasters say the storm is moving to the north at 2 mph (4 kph) and has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph).

Meanwhile in the Atlantic, a tropical depression remains poorly organized with maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 kph). The depression is centered about 420 miles (675 kilometers) southwest of Bermuda and is moving west near 2 mph (4 kph).

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tropical-storm-drifting-mexicos-pacific-coastline-34095285
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