WASHINGTON ? Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is on Hillary Clinton’s short list of potential vice presidential nominees. He’s also actively pushing bank deregulation this week as he campaigns for the job.
Kaine signed two letters on Monday urging federal regulators to go easy on banks ? one to help big banks dodge risk management rules, and another to help small banks avoid consumer protection standards.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is believed to be weighing Kaine among a handful of other potential VP choices. Her pick is widely viewed in Washington as a sign of her governing intentions. The former secretary of state has spent weeks attempting to woo progressive supporters of vanquished primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Choosing from one of the handful of names on her short list ? Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) or Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), for instance ? would signal that her camp is taking progressive concerns seriously.
Kaine, by contrast, is setting himself up as a figure willing to do battle with the progressive wing of the party. He has championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that both Sanders and Warren oppose, and he is now publicly siding with bank deregulation advocates at the height of Clinton’s veepstakes.
The big bank letter would help major firms including Capital One, PNC Bank and U.S. Bank, all of which control hundreds of billions of dollars in assets. Such large “regional banks,” Kaine writes, are being discriminated against based solely on the fact that they are so big………….
Key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny.
A total of 13,165 people have been detained over the July 15 failed coup attempt, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, as he commented on the ongoing operations against members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says was behind the failed attempt.
“Some 8,838 among the detained are soldiers, 2,101 are judges and prosecutors, 1,485 are police officers, 52 are local authorities and 689 are civilians,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast in squares around Turkey, while adding that 123 among the jailed 5,863 individuals were generals, 282 were high-ranking police officers and 1,559 were judges and prosecutors.
“The interrogations of the others are ongoing,” he also said.
Saying that a total of 246 people were killed, of whom 62 were police officers, 179 were civilians and five were soldiers, Erdogan noted that 2,186 people were also wounded.
“A total of 934 schools, 109 dormitories, 15 universities, 104 foundations, 35 health institutions, 1,125 associations and 19 unions belonging to FETÖ have been closed down. Their assets were seized by the state,” he added.
Erdo?an supporters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square were told to take to the streets to defend democracy Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images
In the marble corridors of the Istanbul Palace of Justice, dozens of people press against a metal barrier in the hope of catching a glimpse of a family member – a son, husband or brother – detained in the aftermath of the bloody coup attempt.
As a file of handcuffed soldiers is led in, the crowd surges forward. One woman shouts the name of her brother before he vanishes behind a courtroom door. When a lawyer makes her way towards the crowd, she is immediately surrounded and showered with questions: will there be a decision? Who was detained, and who released?
Since the coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July that left at least 265 people dead and more than 1,000 wounded, tens of thousands of military personnel, judges, prosecutors and civil servants have been detained or suspended from their jobs as part of the investigation into possible plotters. The Turkish government immediately fingered US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, a long-time ally of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan now turned foe, as the mastermind of the attempted military takeover.
On Saturday his nephew, Muhammed Sait Gülen, was detained in the northeastern Turkish city of Erzurum and is to be taken to Ankara for questioning…………..
Despite the support for tighter gun laws, many Americans oppose banning handguns or making gun manufacturers or sellers liable if guns are later used in a crime. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Associated Press in Washington
Americans favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a number of mass shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that change will happen any time soon, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with the majority favoring nationwide bans on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons such as the AR-15 and on the sale of high-capacity magazines holding 10 or more bullets.
The percentage of Americans who want such laws is the highest since the AP-GfK poll started asking the question in 2013, about 10 months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
High-profile shootings also appear to have taken a toll on Americans’ sense of safety. Strong majorities of those polled expressed some degree of concern that they or a relative will be a victim of gun violence or a mass shooting.
“If you live in the United States in these days right now, you have to be concerned,” said Milonne Ambroise, a 63-year-old administrative assistant from Decatur, Georgia. “You could be on the street somewhere. You could be at a shopping mall thinking there will be a mass shooting and you will be in the middle of it. You can’t not think about it.”
Ambroise, a native of Haiti who moved to the US nearly 50 years ago, said she was now much more alert and on guard whenever she is in public……………
The US secretary of state will also discuss economics and trade, efforts to combat climate change, counter-terrorism and North Korea during his meetings. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP
Reuters in Washington
Secretary of State John Kerry will urge south-east Asian countries in meetings in Laos next week to explore diplomatic ways to ease tensions with China over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling denying China’s claims.
Kerry travels to Laos’ capital Vientiane on Monday for meetings of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN), where tensions between China and several members, in particular the Philippines and Vietnam, is expected to dominate talks. Laos has close political and economic ties with China.
“The secretary will reinforce our hope that … the parties will now turn to constructively engaging in a effort to find diplomatic ways to peacefully interact in the South China Sea,” a senior US official told reporters ahead of the trip.
The annual ASEAN gathering will be the first since the 12 July ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in a claim brought by the Philippines that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea.
China has angrily rejected the verdict and pledged to pursue claims that conflict with those of several smaller neighbors. China has also blamed the US for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, a vital waterway through which more than $5tn of trade moves annually.
Citing international rules, the US has conducted freedom-of-navigation patrols close to Chinese-held islands where China has been bolstering its military presence, which has exacerbated tensions……………..
The casket of Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola is carried by police honor guard. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
Amber Jamieson and agencies
Hundreds of loved ones and fellow law enforcement said farewell to the 45-year-old sheriff’s deputy, as the funeral procession moved past the convenience store outside which he was killed.
Garafola, a father of four children aged from seven to 21, served in the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s office for 24 years.
A self-professed black separatist shot six officers last Sunday, wounding three as he targeted the men with “chilling, sheer brutality”, law enforcement authorities said afterwards.
Two of the three wounded officers have been released from the hospital, one after reconstructive surgery on an arm. The third remained in critical condition. The gunman was shot dead by a police Swat team.
Garafola took cover behind a dumpster when the shooting began, but was killed after he went to the aid of two Baton Rouge police officers – Montrell Jackson, 32, and Matthew Gerald, 41 – who also died in the attack.
Garafola’s boss, the East Baton Rouge sheriff, Sid Gautreaux, described to reporters how he could see Garafola on surveillance video, firing at the gunman as bullets hit the concrete around him……………..
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A major mythology of the 2003 Iraq War, perpetuated by the Chilcot report, is that the US and British genuinely wanted to remove Saddam Hussein to install a democracy that would be less repressive.
No wonder, then, that you won’t find any mention of the ‘Wolf Brigade’ in the Chilcot report.
Recruitment to the Wolf Brigade was organised by the US-installed interim government, headed by Iyad Allawi during 2004.
At least 11 Iraqis killed aftert bomber blows himself up at police checkpoint in the mainly Shia district of Kadhimiya.
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IraqiNews: Six killed, eight injured in Sharqat bombing
A security source in Salahaddin province announced on Saturday that six civilians were killed and about eight others injured in a bomb blast that targeted the families escaping ISIS control in Sharqat Island towards the north of Salahaddin province.
IraqiNews: 63 ISIS members arrested in Sharqat
Salahuddin Operations Command announced arresting 63 ISIS members who sneaked among displaced people from Sharqat district north of Tikrit. The commander of Salahuddin Operations Major General Jumaa Anad in a statement said, “The joint security forces, in the least few days, have arrested 63 ISIS members who sneaked from al-Sharqat district along with the displaced people. The arrests was carried out based on intelligence information.”
Less than 10 percent of Iraqi territory remains in the hands of Islamic State, but battlefield advances have not been matched by better security inside Iraq, the country’s defense minister said on Thursday. Iraq is now mounting a campaign to retake Mosul, the de facto IS capital, after recapturing Falluja late last month. But a suicide bombing in Baghdad less than a week after Falluja fell killed almost 300 people, and bombings since then have taken at least 51 more lives.
Iraqi forces are digging a trench on the northern outskirts of Falluja a month after taking it back from Islamic State, security officials said on Saturday, raising concerns about repopulating the deserted city. Displaced residents are waiting for Falluja’s streets and buildings to be cleared of IS explosives before returning, while the troops that retook the city are gradually being replaced by local police and tribal fighters.