Asia based edinar.com releases it's new crypto currency trading platform in the USA today,read it on the USA today newspaper, maybe the IQD will increase in value like the Bit-coin has done, check it out looks very promising. Happy days ahead for sure.bring it on.
Was reading that Iraqi parliament is being extended for 30 days - 1st May to read and vote on important laws including the bank Depositors law , which IMO is very important for us Wark a account holders to get cash from them, so I will be watching for this law very closely.
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Not a single prominent liberal has promised to refuse Trump tax cut
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard that President Trump has proposed quite the tax cut, and not just any tax cut. The Donald has proposed “the biggest cut in history.”
And with the mere mention of tax cuts emanating from the White House, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards very well may have proven themselves as Rock ‘n Roll prophets. After all, liberals are certainly salivating like a Pavlov dog.
While the Trump Tax plan certainly does offer massive cuts, the Left still drones on with the mantra of “the rich have to pay their fair share”. Unfortunately for the liberals, reality certainly isn’t their forté.
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"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be". Kurt Vonnegut!!!
MTB71 is not pretending to be a mentally unstable $hit Bird!!! There is no doubt that he is!! He certainly is a angry thing!
Witness a $hit bird mental breakdown in progress. Classic case!!!
U.S. Trump administration's hardline immigration stance in Supreme Court case could see Melania Trump deported
The argument that even an "immaterial" error on official paperwork can justify deportation, put forward by the Trump administration in a recent Supreme Court case, would be sufficient to deport the President's wife, Melania.
The First Lady of the United States reportedly failed to disclose earnings from nearly two months of illegal work in the USA on a visitor's visa, and subsequently failed to mention the offence on immigration documents.
A Serbian woman was recently deported for failing to disclose her husband's history in the military, thus setting a technical precedent for deporting Ms Trump, as Slate reports.
In 1996, Ms Trump—then Knauss—was paid for modelling work undertaken in the United States while travelling on a tourist visa, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. This violated her terms of entry.
The first lady allegedly earned more than $20,000 (£16,000) in the seven weeks before she acquired legal permission to work.
She went on to apply for a green card in 2001 and became a naturalised US citizen in 2006 without disclosing any past indiscretions.
Despite the recent revelations about her career history, however, she seems unlikely to face deportation.
By contrast, Diva Maslenjak faced summary deportation when it emerged she lied about her husband's service in a Bosnian Serb military unit when securing US citizenship in 2007.
She arrived in the United States as a refugee in 1999, fleeing persecution as a Serb living in Bosnia. She claimed her husband had never served in the army, but this was proven to be false and she was deported.
Under new rules brought in by the Trump administration last month, immigration officials are required to prioritise the removal of any foreign national who has “engaged in fraud or wilful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a government agency”.
Defending this stance during a Supreme Court case which challenged the ruling against Ms Maslenjak as unconstitutional, Justice Department lawyer Robert Parker suggested a minor 20-year-old offence such as driving at 60mph in a 55mph zone 20 years previously could be enough to reverse an entire citizenship decision.
The House Intelligence Committee has reportedly agreed on a blockbuster witness list for its Trump-Russia probe
The House Intelligence Committee has reportedly agreed on a witness list for its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election that includes somewhere between 36 and 48 people, CNN reported Wednesday night.
Included on the list are current and former associates of President Donald Trump believed to have been in contact with Russian officials during the campaign or transition period, including Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; Trump confidante Roger Stone; former national security adviser, Michael Flynn; and early Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to CNN's Anderson Cooper.
The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, declined to comment. Rep. Mike Conaway, who is now leading the investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The committee's probe into Russia's election-related meddling, and whether anyone from the Trump campaign worked to collude with Moscow to undermine Hillary Clinton's candidacy, stalled last month amid questions about committee chair Devin Nunes' ability to lead an unbiased investigation.
Nunes stepped aside from the probe earlier this month and handed it over to Conaway, which appears to have broken the partisan impasse that had plagued the committee for most of March.
Last week, the committee released a statement saying it had had invited three former officials with knowledge of Russia's interference — former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — to testify in an open hearing in May. That hearing was originally planned for late March, but Nunes scrapped it unexpectedly.
The committee also invited FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers to appear at a closed hearing on May 2.
The full committee has also now gained access to the classified intelligence documents Nunes said he obtained from a source on White House grounds last month, according to CNN. Nunes sparked bipartisan outcry and came under intense scrutiny when he briefed Trump on the documents directly without first sharing them with Schiff.
Reports have said Nunes obtained those documents from White House officials — despite Nunes' earlier claims that he got them from an intelligence source — fueling speculation that administration officials had orchestrated the stunt to distract the press from Comey's revelation that the FBI was investigating whether various Trump associates had ties to Russia.
"We are now having made available to us documents that were not heretofore available to us before," Democratic Rep. Denny Heck told CNN. "So every indication is that we are now leaning into this. And I think ought to be given the space to do the right thing."
As the House gets back on track, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee's (SSCI) investigation into Trump's Russia ties has reportedly stalled amid partisan bickering and staffing problems, according to multiple reports published earlier this week.
On Wednesday, the SSCI hired the former head of intelligence law at the National Security Agency, April Doss, to work with the committee as it examines " allegations that Russia participated in a disinformation campaign intended to benefit President Donald Trump, and claims of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia," Doss' law firm said in a press release.
Dow's rally from election to Trump's first 100 days is a postwar record...$$$ in my pocket. Crybaby tears for others. We're going to have so many victories, LOL...somebody send MTB a box of Kleenex tissues, or a case of tampons. :)
Kuwait has approved a $100 million grant for Iraq to support humanitarian and reconstruction projects in areas retaken from IS, according to a statement from Iraq’s Reconstruction Fund chief Mustafa Al-Hiti.
The grant is the first Kuwaiti financial assistance to Iraq since Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait in 1990/1991 under then-President Saddam Hussein.
Officials from the two countries signed the grant agreement in Kuwait on April 25 according to Al-Hiti, who described the grant agreement as an encouraging start for further future cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait.
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In its Q1 results, Ooredoo reports that its Iraqi division Asiacell maintained profitability and data market leadership in what it described as a “challenging economic and political environment”.
Customer numbers increased significantly by 13% to reach 12 million customers following network reconnection in liberated areas of the country.
Asiacell maintained stable revenues of QAR 1.1 billion in Q1 2017, representing a slight decrease of 1% compared to Q1 2016.
EBITDA was QAR 479 million, representing a 2% decrease from Q1 2016, while EBITDA margin remained at a healthy level of 45% due to ongoing cost optimization efforts.
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Since the start of military operations in October 2016 to liberate the City of Mosul, the number of internally displaced persons, IDPs, who have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region has risen to 164,000 people. They are mainly located in camps in Erbil and Duhok Governorates.
In an interview with Kurdistan Regional Government website, Hoshang Muhammad, General Director of the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre, JCCC, of the Ministry of Interior, stated that approximately 10,000 people are displaced daily from western Mosul. A significant number of them are sheltered in camps in the Kurdistan Region.
He added that IDPs from liberated eastern Mosul continue to enter the Kurdistan Region due to poor security and lack of services in the newly liberated areas.
Hoshang Muhammad noted that “existing IDP camps in Erbil Governorate are filled to capacity and can no longer admit new IDPs unless earlier IDPs return to their liberated areas in and around Mosul”.
Duhok Governorate has only 8,200 tents ready to receive new IDPs, but is unable to admit more IDPs because of severe financial difficulties.
He pointed out that “the operation has put a tremendous strain on the Kurdistan Region’s service sectors. For instance, more than 35,000 injured people from the military and civilian population have received medical treatment in Erbil and Duhok hospitals.”
Number of civilians still under ISIS control
According to the JCCC director, “An estimated 400,000 civilians are trapped in areas currently under ISIS control. A new wave of IDPs is expected to arrive in the Kurdistan Region once door-to-door combat commences in older parts of Mosul City.”
He stressed that “the Kurdistan Region cannot bear another big wave of IDPs because the camps are filled beyond their capacity. Further, the KRG faces severe difficulty in providing additional basic services, including food, water, health, education and shelter.”
Hoshang Muhammad, who is also in charge of cooperation between Erbil, Baghdad, and the United Nations said, “Until this point, there has been inadequate assistance to the Kurdistan Region from the Iraqi Federal Government and the international community.”
According to JCCC director, in 2016 the Iraqi Government allocated funds only to cover the cost of the creation of four IDP camps in Erbil and Duhok governorates, and in 2017 a limited amount were given for the management of the camps.
He added that with the efforts and cooperation of all the local private organizations and public institutions, “we have been able to offer relatively adequate assistance and provide basic provisions such as security and protection as well as basic services.
“To maintain such services, however, the KRG needs urgent and direct financial assistance. The KRG foresees that the IDPs will remain in the Kurdistan Region for a longer period than anticipated due to war-torn infrastructure and lack of security in the liberated areas. As a result, the impact on the KRG continues to mount.”
Hoshang Muhammad pointed out that only 22 percent of the KRG’s actual humanitarian needs were met by the international community through relevant UN agencies. The rest of the humanitarian requirements are met by the KRG itself.
Apart from the cost of the management of the Mosul IDP camps and the provision of basic services, a single IDP requires 3.70 US dollars per day, which is more than 18 million US dollars per month.
Return of IDPs
The JCCC director pointed out that only 41,000 people, or 8,500 families, have returned to Mosul since the start of the operation to liberate the city. The figures and process for returning IDPs to liberated areas in Mosul and surrounding areas remain low and slow moving, respectively. This is due partly to the deteriorating security situation and the lack of basic services as well as the threat of terrorism.
The Government of Iraq does not seem to have a plan and does not provide any financial assistance to refugees so they may return to their homes. Furthermore, the process is further complicated due to the regulations of the Iraqi Government in terms of giving authorization to IDPs so that they may return.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is actively assisting IDPs to voluntarily return to their homes. The process of voluntary return, however, has been made much more difficult without a concrete and comprehensive plan to assist in the operation as well as efforts of reconstruction of the liberated areas. There is no coordination between Baghdad and KRG’s Ministry of Interior on the issue of voluntary return, security, and reconstruction.
To address this issue, the KRG Minister of Interior, Mr. Karim Sinjari proposed the creation of a commission that includes Baghdad, Erbil, and the United Nations to design and implement a stronger strategy, mechanism, and detailed plan in dealing with returning refugees as well as the reconstruction and security of liberated areas. However, neither Baghdad nor the United Nations have responded to such a suggestion.
Number of IDPs
According the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre, nearly 1,341,450 displaced Iraqis reside in the Kurdistan Region. A number of them are settled in 38 camps, while the rest, which are the majority, are living in the cities and town in the Kurdistan Region.
At the same time, the Kurdistan Region hosts more than 97 percent of all the Syrian refugees in Iraq. Among them, 228,567 are registered at the relevant agencies while 25,000 others remain unregistered. Sixty one percent of the Syrian refugees are settled in nine camps in the governorates of Duhok, Erbil and Suleimaniya.
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U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, conducting 29 strikes consisting of 56 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets:
Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed nine ISIS oil tankers, two ISIS wellheads, an ISIS barge and five ISIS oil refinery equipment items.
Near Raqqa, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a front-end loader, a fighting position and a mortar team.
Near Tabqah, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions.
Additionally, three strikes that were conducted on April 25 have closed within the last 24 hours.
Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed three ISIS barges.
Near Tabqah, two strikes destroyed two fighting positions.
Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 39 engagements against ISIS targets:
Near Huwayjah, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS media center.
Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed 19 vehicles, eight front-end loaders, two ISIS fortifications, a command-and-control node, a mortar system and an ISIS staging area; damaged seven ISIS supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams.
Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicle-borne-bomb storage areas, a tactical vehicle, a vehicle-borne bomb, a weapons cache and an ISIS staging area.
Near Sinjar, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a command-and-control node and a vehicle-borne-bomb storage facility.
Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed a vehicle-borne-bomb facility, a tunnel and an ISIS staging area.
Part of Operation Inherent Resolve
These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said.
The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted.
Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.
The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)
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Exclusive: Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is.
President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.
"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
A wealthy businessman from New York, Trump assumed public office for the first time when he entered the White House on Jan. 20 after he defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an upset.
More than five months after his victory and two days shy of the 100-day mark of his presidency, the election is still on Trump's mind. Midway through a discussion about Chinese President Xi Jinping, the president paused to hand out copies of what he said were the latest figures from the 2016 electoral map.
"Here, you can take that, that's the final map of the numbers," the Republican president said from his desk in the Oval Office, handing out maps of the United States with areas he won marked in red. "It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us." He had copies for each of the three Reuters reporters in the room.
Trump, who said he was accustomed to not having privacy in his "old life," expressed surprise at how little he had now. And he made clear he was still getting used to having 24-hour Secret Service protection and its accompanying constraints.
"You're really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere," he said.
When the president leaves the White House, it is usually in a limousine or an SUV.
He said he missed being behind the wheel himself.
"I like to drive," he said. "I can't drive any more."
Many things about Trump have not changed from the wheeler-dealer executive and former celebrity reality show host who ran his empire from the 26th floor of Trump Tower in New York and worked the phones incessantly.
He frequently turns to outside friends and former business colleagues for advice and positive reinforcement. Senior aides say they are resigned to it.
The president has been at loggerheads with many news organizations since his election campaign and decided not to attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington on Saturday because he felt he had been treated unfairly by the media.
"I would come next year, absolutely," Trump said when asked whether he would attend in the future.
The dinner is organized by the White House Correspondents' Association. Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason is its president.
Humm....and thinking about it....you seems quite upset. You do present all the symptoms of someone as such....and most likely I think it was you who was sexually molested (maybe by your dad, your brother, your male boyfriend..maybe during a drinking binge, or something like that) ...LOL....because you certainly act like one....
And damn surely you care because you are responding so angry you stupid brainless moron !!
Common, why are you so angry ??
If that what you think, you are entitled to your own opinion, as I am to mine. If comments were left that are more aligned to the issue at hand and not in a personal, derogatory manner, then I would respond accordingly. But don't come crying here and bull shitting your way thinking I will be a sitting lamb and not respond to the comments left, because I will respond according to the comment. I will not give a rat ass crap about it if it hurt your sensitive innermost feelings,;) because I most certainly will not care one damn bit about them. Is it that clear enough for you ?
Man up. It's easy.
Better than what Obama has up yours or that Clinton and Michelle pie you like to lick so well. We know you are upset and missing what they gave you daily for 8 years!!
You are such a $hit bird. Sorry your addiction is out of hand but they are gone and they are not coming back! You can get some help or just continue to be a sexualy molested $hit bird. We don't care!!
You are a cyber-bully and are confirming your cowardice and guile for all to see. The quote below, form the link to TMZ article says it well:
"But when you pretend like you are objective, but you’re not, and you are angry and you are trying to kill and bully, I think that is killing and I don’t think they know it yet. But I think some of the trusted names in news are not trusted anymore because of this."
LOL.... Idiot.... Come back and say the same when Donaldof has accomplish anything worth talking about...so far, everything he has tried, it has not worked right for him...does that bothers you, probably does.
And when you end up paying more taxes while Donaldof pays nothing, which is usual for him anyways, then come back and say the same.. I will be here laughing at you as I am doing right now while I am typing these words....because man, you are so dumb, really dumb..for real.....
I am not as knowledgeable about pigs like you do, and that explains why you are so fond and such a deep admirer of Donaldof Trumpler, aren't you?...maybe in a distant past life you were a pig too just like Donaldof...who knows, right?
Former Trump adviser Mike Flynn under DOD investigation, had been warned not to take foreign payments
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was warned by the Pentagon against receiving payments from foreign governments in 2014 after leaving the Defense Intelligence Agency, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., revealed today.
Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, released three documents on Flynn, including a letter from the DIA counsel's office in response to an inquiry from Flynn in October 2014.
The letter, a primer on ethics restrictions that apply to retired military officers, warned that Flynn was prohibited from receiving foreign payments without prior approval, under the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.
"The Pentagon's warning to Gen. Flynn was bold, italicized and could not have been clearer," Cummings said at a news conference today. Flynn, who was President Trump's first national security adviser, was fired after it was discovered that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with a Russian official.
Cummings also revealed today that the Defense Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into whether Flynn sought permission to receive foreign payments, including payments in exchange for an appearance in Russia.
Another document, an unclassified letter from the Defense Intelligence Agency, indicates that the DIA "did not locate any records" relating to his receiving foreign payments or any records that he sought permission to do so.
"These documents raise grave questions about why Gen. Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon," Cummings said in a statement.
Cummings called on the White House to provide documents on Flynn requested by the House Oversight Committee as part of its investigation into him.
"There's obviously a paper trail," Cummings said.
A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that on April 4 the Defense Department's inspector general began an investigation into Flynn's alleged violations of the emoluments clause.
ABC News has reached out to Flynn's lawyer for comment.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin can't guarantee middle class wouldn't pay more under tax plan
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin today told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos that he couldn’t say how Donald Trump's sweeping tax overhaul plan would affect the president personally, while also declining to guarantee that middle-class families wouldn't pay more under the proposal.
"I can't make any guarantees until this thing is done and it’s on the president's desk. But I can tell you, that’s our number one objective in this," Mnuchin said on "Good Morning America."
The blueprint, which the White House unveiled Wednesday, calls for dramatically cutting federal taxes for businesses and simplifying rules for individuals. The plan would slash corporate taxes to 15 percent for large and small businesses, as well as consolidate categories for individual taxpayers, lowering the top bracket from nearly 40 percent to 35 percent.
But the Trump administration left key questions about the tax plan unanswered, such as how it would affect the middle class and the wealthy. Mnuchin avoided sharing further details of the plan in the interview with "GMA" this morning.
"The details of taxes are very complicated and we're committed to working quickly and getting this done," the treasury secretary said.
Another "objective" of the plan, Mnuchin said, is to ensure no absolute tax cuts for the wealthy. But when pressed further by Stephanopoulos, he declined to make any guarantees on that point as well, and said he couldn't say how the plan would affect Trump himself, amid continued calls for the president to release his tax returns.
"Let me just say this isn’t about President Trump’s tax returns; this is about the American public’s tax returns," Mnuchin said. "This is about creating economic effect for small and medium-sized businesses and making sure they have the same opportunities as large corporations."
During a press briefing at the White House Wednesday, Mnuchin told reporters the president has "no intention" of releasing his tax returns.
"The president has no intention. The president has released plenty of information and I think it's given more financial disclosure than anybody else and the population has plenty of information,” Mnuchin said Wednesday when pressed at the briefing by ABC News' Jonathan Karl on whether the U.S. public has the right to know what's in Trump’s tax returns. "What this is about is creating jobs and creating economic growth."
Experts interviewed by ABC News Wednesday largely agreed that the proposed tax cuts would significantly reduce federal revenue and balloon the federal deficit. One analysis, by the bi-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, estimates that Trump’s tax plan would cost anywhere between $3 trillion and $7 trillion in lost revenue over the next decade.
Experts also said the broad brushstrokes of the blueprint lack the necessary details on the issue's more complex and controversial questions.
I TOLD YOU....THE RICH GETTING RICHER, AND YOU, THE TAXPAYER, PAYING MORE AND MORE.....YOU MUST BE COMPLETELY IDIOTIC NOT SEE THE SCHEME THAT DONALDOF IS BREWING.... EVEN A BLIND MAN CAN SEE IT....SO, WHEN THE TAX PLAN IS UNVEILED AND YOU SEE THAT HE WILL ZERO TAXES AGAIN, AND YOU ARE PAYING 25, 30 AND 40 %..... I WILL BE HERE LAUGHING MY ASS OFF ......AND I WILL TELL YOU OVER AND OVER,.....I TOLD YOU AND I TOLD YOU...