BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – European countries are ignoring evidence of Russian interference in their politics and the destabilising effect on the region of policies that will make Europe more reliant on Russian energy, Slovakia’s President Andrej Kiska said on Thursday. Kiska, who is not a member of any political party, is a pro-Western voice in NATO and euro zone member Slovakia but has limited executive powers. He said this week he would not seek reelection next year. Former prime minister Robert Fico, who was replaced in March by his deputy Peter Pellegrini of the same leftist Smer party that dominates the government, has often spoken against sanctions imposed by the European Union over Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. “We openly speak about Russian spies active in our countries. And many politicians, my country included, turn a blind eye thereto,” Kiska told the Globsec security conference in Bratislava. “We face propaganda and hoaxes attacking … [Read more...] about Slovak President Kiska says EU countries ignoring Russian interference
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE After four years, 31 cities and about 100,000 miles in a small private plane, Deborah and James Fallows are back home with a reassured outlook on America’s future. Along the way, the couple talked with civic leaders, visited local brewpubs and explored what makes Small Town America - like Eastport, Maine (population 1,255) - and larger cities - like Columbus, Ohio (population 860,090) - go. In the latest episode of 1947: Meet the Press Podcast with Chuck Todd, the couple discussed their book “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America”, as well as regional identity, religion and what lies ahead for the nation. “I thought, ‘This is what I thought [of America], and yet, even better,’” Deborah said as she reflected on their cross-country trip. She pointed out how some community colleges have become “a … [Read more...] about James Fallows: ‘Country is better than its national government’
1 of 2 View 2 Items Enefit This "box cut" at the Enefit project site in Utah south of Vernal was made several years ago to gather a bulk sample of the oil shale for testing. More than 600 tons of the rock have already been collected and several thousand tons more will be collected for testing this year. SALT LAKE CITY — The Bureau of Land Management's Vernal Field Office released its final environmental impact statement on Friday for a proposed utility corridor to support what could be the nation's largest commercial oil shale mining project. Mary Archbold Enefit oil shale project site Amy Joi O'Donoghue Enefit American Oil plans to develop operations encompassing 7,000 to 9,000 acres of commercial oil shale mining and retorting in eastern Uintah County near the Colorado border. The land is private or land owned by the Utah Schools and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The "South Project" is on a 30,000-acre oil shale property, one of the … [Read more...] about Could Utah play host to country’s largest oil shale operation?
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that NATO members that do not contribute fully to the organization would be "dealt with," and singled out Germany as one country he said was not doing enough. Trump's remarks came at a Cabinet meeting attended by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg praised Trump's work on shoring up NATO, whose continued purpose Trump questioned while campaigning in the 2016 election. Sitting at Trump's right hand, Stoltenberg said: "Your leadership on defense spending has really helped to make a difference." "It is impacting allies because now all alies are increasing defense spending," he said. "No allies are cutting their budgets anymore." … [Read more...] about Trump: Countries Not Meeting NATO Obligations Will be ‘Dealt With’
Salvador Rizzo, The Washington Post Published 4:51 am, Thursday, May 17, 2018 "Our immigration laws are a disgrace. . . . Catch and release. You catch them, you release them. And just to show how ridiculous - we have judges. We have thousands of judges. Do you think other countries have judges? We give them, like, trials." - President Donald Trump, during a round table on taxes in Cleveland, May 5, 2018 "If one foot hits our country, we have to take those people gently, register them and then release them. Okay? We're going to release them, essentially, in a short period of time. So we release them. And then they're supposed to come for a court case. We hire more judges - we're trying to hire thousands of judges. No other country in the world does it." - Trump, during a round table on taxes in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., April 5, 2018 "There's no place in the world that has laws like we do. Catch and release, think of it. We catch somebody, we find out they're criminals. We … [Read more...] about Trump’s claim that US is only country with ‘thousands’ of immigration judges