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Trump tweets he'll skip White House Correspondents' dinner - after some media also cancel

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US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump has tweeted he is not going to be present at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. The announcement comes after several high-profile news organizations, including Bloomberg and The New Yorker, withdrew from the event.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!", Trump wrote.


Yemeni forces say they destroyed another Saudi warship

Yemen's army and popular forces targeted and destroyed a Saudi warship in al-Hudayda coastal waters with a guided missile, the 12th Saudi vessel sinking offshore Yemen.

The Saudi warship was precisely targeted by the Yemeni missile in al-Hudayda province as the vessel was trying to get close to al-Khokheh coastal waters.

The sunken ship had repeatedly fired rockets at residential areas in Ta'iz province, inflicting casualties and destruction there.

This is the 12th time that a Saudi warship is sent deep into the waters of Bab al-Mandab Strait by the Yemeni forces.

Other Saudi battleships that were approaching Yemen's coasts retreated fast following the attack.


Saudi FM on surprise Baghdad trip: 'Iraq's neutrality can help Iranian-Saudi rapprochement'

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (R) meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Baghdad.
The neutral stance of Iraq can provide ground for rapprochement between geopolitical rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said as he arrived for an unannounced visit to Baghdad.

During his trip, Jubeir met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

The visiting Saudi official congratulated Iraq "on the victories achieved against Daesh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and pledged Saudi Arabia's support to Iraq in fighting terrorism," a statement by the Iraqi PM's office said, as cited by AFP.

Take 2

White Helmets denied entry into US again, Hollywood dreams over

"A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States," a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told the Associated Press when asked for a comment on the findings. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided to block Khateeb." ~Fox News

"A Syrian cinematographer up for an Academy Award Sunday night has been reportedly barred from entering the U.S. over the finding of "derogatory information" - a vague term that can mean anything from a simple passport irregularity to terror connections.

Khaled Khateeb, 21, who worked on the Netflix documentary "White Helmets," was scheduled to arrive in California on Saturday.

He was issued a visa to attend the awards show, however the Associated Press' internal U.S. government correspondence reported that Turkish authorities detained him this week."

Snakes in Suits

DNC votes to roll back Obama ban against corporate lobby donations

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The Democratic National Committee has enraged social media users following a vote against a ban on corporate political action committee donations, rousing sentiment that the party has not learned from Hillary Clinton's crushing defeat to Donald Trump.

Despite Clinton's campaign being mired in accusations of pay for play, influence from Wall Street and oil and gas industries, the DNC appears to have a short memory.

A majority of the 422 eligible members voted against Resolution 33 by California DNC member Christine Pelosi, which called for a ban on corporate PAC donations and an end to the DNC chair appointing registered federal corporate lobbyists to serve as at-large members.


Savchenko visits East Ukraine areas in bid to free prisoners

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Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko visited areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists on February 24 to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, irking many of her compatriots in Kyiv.

Savchenko, a former military navigator who was jailed in Russia for two years before her release last year, visited a prison in Makiivka. She said on Facebook that her goal is to help free Ukrainian prisoners.

Following her visit with six prisoners, she told reporters that her goal is to arrange an "all for all" exchange of prisoners held by both sides.

Comment: More on Savchenko's antics:


New Yorker Magazine's March Cover to Feature President Putin

© Sputnik/ Aleksey Nikolskyi
According to the magazine, the new cover by Barry Blitt is a remix of its first ever 1925 cover by Rea Irvin, which featured a drawing of a gentleman looking closely at a lepidopteran.

​The magazine has also released an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US 2016 presidential elections.

On January 6, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a report saying US intelligence agencies had a high degree of confidence that Russia meddled in the US presidential election, but did not offer any evidence.

Comment: See also: An official list of all the things that can be blamed on Russia!

Piggy Bank

Trump cuts US debt by $12bn in his first month in office, accuses media of 'not reporting' it

© Yuri Gripas / Reuters
The US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he managed to decrease the US total public debt by US$ 12 billion during his first month in office while the former President Barack Obama increased it by US$200 billion over the same period.

Trump has also accused the media of turning the blind eye to this fact.

"The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo," he said in his Twitter post.


An American coup d'etat is in progress and here's who's behind it

Have you asked yourself the question of why Former President Obama is hunkering down in a secure fortress in DC to lead the new "Regime Change" against duly elected President Donald Trump?

Are you wondering whether the transnational corporations, who are the military industrial complex and warlord bankers and brokers, are going to be able to overthrow the United States government?

Do you get upset and wonder why "Obomber and Killary" have attacked seven sovereign nations, killing millions and creating the largest refugee crisis in history, and the US Congress stands back and does nothing?

Are you concerned that the Bush/Clinton/Obama regime will sell-out America to transnationalism through George Bush Sr.'s original plan to create a New World Order is about to be complete?

Is it time for We the People to take back America in a Second American Revolution that enforces existing laws and jails treasonous criminals who have broken our laws for personal gain and unconstitutional power?

Comment: Join or die, eh? How about this: We continue to learn and share all we can about this incredibly large and complex power struggle so that when there is an opportunity to expose something important, those who may be in a position to do something about it can - and even then, one hopes, the correct course of action will be taken that is informed with very high levels of knowledge, discretion, wisdom, and foresight among other things.


Corporate America closer to manipulating states into calling for a Constitutional Convention

© Howard Chandler Christy
The Convention of the States takes its cue from the original Constitutional Convention, portrayed here by Howard Chandler Christy.
In statehouses across the country, ALEC-backed legislators are pushing for a balanced-budget amendment, a repeal of the federal income tax and more.

Right-wing organizations—and their billionaire funders—have been working feverishly for decades to get state legislatures to call for such a convention, with the explicit aim of limiting the powers of the federal government

During a Colorado Springs rally on Oct. 18, 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump announced, "The time for congressional term limits has finally arrived." For many, it was one of Trump's more moderate proclamations. Term limits don't sound like such a bad idea.

But it's possible this comment signaled support for a broader, more partisan agenda. Term limits are a central demand for a growing movement of states-rights activists focused on weakening the federal government—and they are dangerously close to convening the first state constitutional convention in U.S. history.

Comment: The issue has been brought up on multiple fronts over the years Dodgy lobbying group ALEC has more goals on its agenda besides Constitutional reform: