WASHINGTON: ‘ US BREAKS ARMS DEAL OVER HANDOVER OF TWO FRIGATES TO TURKEY ‘

#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.07: US. has shelved the handover of two leftover frigates to Turkey as Congress excluded Turkey from a bill seeking permission to transfer vessels to foreign countries citing Turkey’s sour relations with Israel and the latest gas row with Greek Cyprus.

' USS Frigate McClusky '

‘ USS Frigate McClusky ‘

The move is interpreted by foreign policy experts as an action that will lead Turkey to think twice before getting into new arms purchases.

Signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curtis and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.

It took the better part of two years, but Congress has finally approved the potential transfer to Taiwan and Mexico of six frigates being decommissioned by the US Navy. The move means negotiators have permission to make a deal for transfer of the ships, four of which are still in service.

Signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama, the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2013 authorizes the transfer of the frigates Curts and McClusky to Mexico on a grant basis.

The act also authorizes the sale of the frigates Taylor, Gary, Carr and Elrod to Taiwan, Defense News reported.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ DAY ONE OF REPUBLICANS CONTROL OF CONGRESS KEY WORD VETO ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON: Jan.06: Republicans are assuming full control of Congress for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome AP reported.

They planned to move swiftly Tuesday toward a veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL pipeline, summoning unity despite a tea party-backed effort to unseat House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ HOUSE RESOLUTION 758 COULD THIS BEGIN A NEW COLD WAR WITH RUSSIA ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.04 – Former US congressman Dennis Kucinich has revealed that the House of Representatives is about to give a green light to another Cold War against Russia.

' Former US congressman Dennis Kucinich has revealed that the House of Representatives is about to give a green light to another Cold War against Russia.- Screenshot from 2014-12-04 15:48:18 '

‘ Former US congressman Dennis Kucinich has revealed that the House of Representatives is about to give a green light to another Cold War against Russia.- Screenshot from 2014-12-04 15:48:18 ‘

Kucinich, former US Representative from Ohio, wrote in an article on portal globalresearch.ca that Washington has plans for restarting the Cold War against Moscow.

House Resolution 758, which cited a list of “grievances, old and new, against Russia” is “tantamount to a ‘Declaration of Cold War’,” Kucinich wrote.

He believes that if the resolution gets approved, it will effectively open the gates of global catastrophe.

House Resolution 758 is up for debate last Wednesday.

“NATO encirclement, the US-backed coup in Ukraine, an attempt to use an agreement with the European Union to bring NATO into Ukraine at the Russian border and a US nuclear first-strike policy are all policies which attempt to substitute force for diplomacy,” he added.

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‘ Dennis Kucinich: Let’s get ready for US-Russia war-Screenshot from 2014-12-04 16:10:36 ‘

Kucinich also warned US Congress that the country’s treasury is being drained for Washington’s “military adventures.”

He noted that the resolution demanded Russia to be isolated and in other words, “let’s get ready for war with Russia.”

In an interview last week, hawkish Republican Senator John McCain rejected a possible conflict between the United States and Russia.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP PLANS ASSAULT ON OBAMA’S REGULATORY AGENDA ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – Dec.01 – The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn.

As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rule making efforts now under way is limited.

But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. 

By Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler @ The Hill 

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WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ SNIPPETS OF HOUSE NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.30 – Week three of our wrap and this week has been all about Ferguson, riots and protests. 

FERGUSON: 

Lawyer: Brown’s family may sue Wilson  Daryl Parks suggested Brown’s family would pursue a settlement. http://ow.ly/F6dSK

Brown family wonders if Darren Wilson ‘ever had a conscience,’ lawyer says  Benjamin Crump said his clients view Darren Wilson as a cold-blooded killer. http://ow.ly/F6fQ6

Police chiefs: Law enforcement must learn from Ferguson  Top cops say officials failed to anticipate a volatile situation. http://ow.ly/F6ahk

Mass. governor: ‘I wanted to see an indictment’ in Ferguson  Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said a trial would have been “good for the community.” http://ow.ly/F6fd5

St. Louis alderman: More resignations needed for ‘healing’ in Ferguson  Antonio French said it would have been “impossible” for Darren Wilson to return to the force. http://ow.ly/F66rJ 

RUDOLPH GIULIANI: 

Giuliani stands by comments on black-on-black violence  The former New York mayor did say police departments must train their officers better.  http://ow.ly/F6ajU 

US ELECTION 2016:

Mass. governor warns of ‘inevitable’ Clinton run in 2016  Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) said he would not run in 2016.  http://ow.ly/F6gY4 

DOD NOMINEE:

GOP senator-elect: Obama should avoid confirmation showdown  Thom Tillis said Obama should pick a non-controversial candidate for Pentagon chief. http://ow.ly/F6jup 

ISLAMIC STATE: 

Incoming senators call for debate on fighting ISIS   “Congress needs to be intimately involved in these decisions,” Gary Peters said.  http://ow.ly/F6mYX

GOP lawmaker defends remarks on ISIS, immigration  Tom Cotton linked ISIS to drug cartels to attack Democrats on national security. http://ow.ly/F6lM1 

DRONES:

FAA chief: Threat of drone, airplane collisions a ‘serious concern’  Michael Huerta said drones have “great potential.”  http://ow.ly/F64Lf

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PENTAGON: ‘ DOD TRANSFERS FIVE DETAINEES FROM GITMO TO SLOVAKIA & GEORGIA ‘

#AceNewsServices – PENTAGON – Nov.23 – According to a recent Press Statement from the Pentagon the Department of Defence (DOD) is transferring five detainees from the Guantánamo Bay detention centre to Slovakia and the Democratic Republic of Georgia.

The five are among the 55 cleared for release by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force in 2010, and includes the first Yemeni detainee released in years. 

In a statement  Thursday, the Pentagon thanked both countries for their “willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.”

Obama has tried to close the detention centre since he took office, but has been blocked by Congress. Both the House and the Senate have voted to keep it open.

The Centre for Constitutional Rights, a group that represents Yemini Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, praised his release.

“We are grateful to the Republic of Georgia for offering our client a new home where he can begin to rebuild his life after more than a decade in Guantánamo without charge or trial,” the group said in a statement.

The centre noted that Hakim is the first Yemeni to be transferred out of the detention center since 2010 and that 84 of the 143 detainees still at Guantánamo are Yemeni.

The government has balked at sending Yemenis back to their country because of instability there.

Wells Dixon, an attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, though, said the turmoil in Yemen should not force detainees to be kept in Guantánamo any longer than necessary. 

“As we welcome Mr. Alhag’s resettlement, we are reminded that the remaining Yemeni men should be sent home or resettled without further delay,” he said, using an alternate name for Hakim.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ THE PEOPLE DECIDE ON REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS BLAME OBAMA ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – November 05 – In the early hours of Wednesday morning the Republicans won control of the Senate and among the arguments one major point of this election stood out clearly:

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address At U.S. Capitol

‘THE PEOPLE DECIDE ON REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS BLAME OBAMA ‘

A number of Democrats blame one person President Obama for this defeat.  

The Hill’s Jessica Taylor reported that Republicans have clinched Senate control in an election night rout that saw Democrats around the country crushed by the growing unpopularity of President Obama.

The GOP gained the six seats they needed to win the majority with after defeating Democratic incumbents in North Carolina, Arkansas and Colorado along with picking up open-seat Democratic seats in West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota.

This mid-term election told the people of America one thing and that was they do not want this President, and above all they do not like his policies.

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