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Co-CEO of the Counter Custom Built Burgers Jeff Weinstein joined us live with delicious burger recipes to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. The Counter Custom Built Burgers has locations all over Southern California. 20% of the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica. Visit that location between 3p and 5p.

LAX Expects Record Number of Passengers This Memorial Day Weekend

The weekend, which kicks off the busy summer travel season, comes a couple weeks after LAX completed a massive relocation effort involving some two dozen airlines and four terminals. Friday and Monday, May 29, are expected to be the busiest days, Los Angeles World Airports said. The week of July 11 to 16 is expected to be the busiest. An estimated 895,371 travelers are predicted to travel through LAX over the holiday period, an increase of 5.2 percent over last year’s figure, which itself set a record. For this weekend, domestic travelers this weekend are advised to arrive at least two hours prior to departure; international passengers should budget three hours. Travel tips can be found at LAX is expecting record travel this summer – 25.6 million passengers, a jump of 2.7 percent over summer 2016’s record, 24.9 million travelers. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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FBI Director Comey Knew Info in Clinton Email Case Was Faked by Russian Intelligence: Sources

In fact, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe went to Capitol Hill Thursday to push back on the notion that the FBI was duped, according to a source familiar with a meeting McCabe had with members of the Senate intelligence committee. It is unclear why Comey was not more forthcoming in a classified setting. His press conference caused a firestorm of controversy and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Comey’s actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level US officials during the 2016 campaign. Still, Comey did not let on to lawmakers that there were doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to sources familiar with the briefings.   UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to reflect that there were additional factors behind Comey’s decision and to clarify the description of the political operative. Multiple US officials tell CNN that to this day Russia is trying to spread false information in the US — through elected officials and American intelligence and law enforcement operatives — in order to cloud and confuse ongoing investigations. The Russian intelligence at issue purported to show that then-Attorney General Lynch had been compromised in the Clinton investigation. US officials now tell CNN that Comey and FBI officials actually knew early on that this intelligence was indeed false. Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email was fake — created by Russian intelligence — but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, according to multiple officials with knowledge of the process. Sources close to Comey tell CNN he felt that it didn’t matter if the information was accurate, because his big fear was that if the Russians released the information publicly, there would be no way for law enforcement and intelligence officials to discredit it without burning intelligence sources and methods. In that briefing, Comey did not even mention the other reason he gave in public testimony for acting independently of the Justice Department — that Lynch was compromised because Bill Clinton boarded her plane and spoke to her during the investigation, these sources told CNN. There were other factors behind Comey’s decision, sources say. In at least one classified session, Comey cited that intelligence as the primary reason he took the unusual step of publicly announcing the end of the Clinton email probe. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that this Russian intelligence was unreliable. In classified sessions with members of Congress several months ago, Comey described those emails in the Russian claim and expressed his concern that this Russian information could “drop” and that would undermine the Clinton investigation and the Justice Department in general, according to one government official. As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over — without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch — while at the same time stating that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information. The intelligence described emails between then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a political operative suggesting that Lynch would make the FBI investigation of Clinton go away.

Pomona Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing 5-Year-Old Girl; Faces Possible Prison Sentence of 40 Years to Life: DA

Rodriguez sexually assaulted the Pomona girl between May 2013 and July 2014, said Deputy DA Babette Huley, who prosecuted the case. Jackson/Thinkstock)

A 57-year-old Pomona man was convicted of six charges related to the yearlong sexual abuse of a 5-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday. The defendant also showed porn to the child, according to the prosecutor. More than a year after the sexual abuse began, the victim’s teacher learned about it; police were then notified, triggering an investigation, the release stated. (Credit: Brian A. It took the jury less than a day to find Fernando Rodriguez guilty of two counts of lewd act upon a child, two counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger, and one count each of child molesting and distributing/exhibiting harmful matter to a minor, according to a news release from the DA’s office. A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. An arrest warrant was issued on July 20, 2015, and Rodriguez was apprehended 10 days later. 34.055103
-117.749991 Rodriguez will also have to register as a sex offender. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years to life in state prison when he returns to court July 12 for sentencing, according to the DA’s office. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

Pomona Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing 5-Year-Old Girl; Faces Possible Prison Sentence of 40 Years to Life: DA

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‘We Won’t Let Hate Win’: Ariana Grande Announces Return to Manchester for Benefit Concert

“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester,” she said in a letter posted to social media. Singer Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terror attack at her concert earlier this week. Recording artist Ariana Grande performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 24, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The compassion, kindness, love, strength and oneness that you’ve shown one another this past week is the exact opposite of the heinous intentions it must take to pull off something as evil as what happened Monday,” she wrote. She encouraged her fans to not “operate in fear.”
“Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before,” she wrote. “We will continue to honor the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans, and all affected by this tragedy,” she added. In one online campaign, to which Grande shared a link, more than $2 million dollars has been raised so far for victims and their families. (Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
The event, she said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families. In the hours and days after the attack, Grande’s “Arianators” rallied behind one another with messages of support across social media. “I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed.”
In the note, Grande also praised her fans for their response to the incident, which left 22 people dead and more than 60 injured, including several children and teens. Grande did not offer an update on when she intended to resume her Dangerous Woman Tour, which was suspended in wake of the attack. In a statement on Wednesday, Grande’s management announced all dates through June 5 had been canceled. “They will be on my mind and in my heart everyday and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 26, 2017


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Man Shoots Woman He Dated in Front of Her Family in Apparent Murder-Suicide: Colton Police

Authorities have only identified him as a 39-year-old San Bernardino resident. Officers responded to a suicide call at the initial location around 8:05 p.m. Several of the victim’s relatives who were there when the shooting happened and took the 31-year-old Rialto woman away from the scene, police said. Investigators say the two dated in the past, and were recently estranged, according to the release. (Credit: Tex Texin/flicker via Creative Commons)

Man Shoots Woman He Dated in Front of Her Family in Apparent Murder-Suicide: Colton Police

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A man fatally shot a woman he used to date in front of members of her family before turning the weapon on himself in Colton on Thursday night, according to police. The victim was found a short time after that in the 1100 block of Mount Vernon Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound. The man confronted the woman in a parking lot in the 1400 block of East Cooley Drive before allegedly opening fire on the victim and shooting himself, the Colton Police Department said in a news release. 34.054050
-117.305289 She was pronounced dead at Arrowhead Regional Hospital. The incident is being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Colton police Detective Jaeger at 909-370-5028 or 909-370-5000. Authorities have not released her name yet. and located a man with a gunshot wound, according to the release. He was pronounced dead at the scene. They also dialed 911.

32-Year-Old Saddleback Church Youth Mentor Arrested on Suspicion of Lewd Conduct With at Least 2 Teenage Boys

Anyone with information regarding additional victims can contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Detail at 714-647-7418 or 714-647-7000. More than 22,000 people attend the Saddleback Church on a weekly basis, making it the seventh-largest congregation in the U.S., according to data released in 2015. Ruven Meulenberg, a Lake Forest resident who mentored junior-high-aged children at the evangelic Christian megachurch, was taken into custody on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child on Thursday, Orange County sheriff’s officials said in a statement. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227 or At the time of the alleged abuse, one of the victims regularly attended the church and was part of its Junior High Ministry program, which the Saddleback website says is “designed specifically to help 7th-8th graders connect with Jesus, each other and a caring adult.”
Because Meulenberg has worked at the church as a volunteer for about the past six years, the nature of the allegations and his leadership role giving him access to children, investigators believe there could be additional victims. Officials began investigating Meulenberg after a 14-year-old boy reported being engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a church mentor to patrol deputies on Wednesday. Meulenberg is being held in Orange County Jail on $100,000 bail. 33.663681
-117.644303 Both teens reported engaging in lewd conduct with Meulenberg for the past year and the inappropriate behavior allegedly spanned several incidents, several of which were carried out on Saddleback Church property, deputies said. Detectives identified a second victim, also a 14-year-old boy, during their investigation, authorities said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Ruven Meulenberg is seen in a booking photo released May 26, 2017, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A 32-year-old youth mentor at Lake Forests’ popular Saddleback Church was arrested after two teenage boys told authorities they had engaged in lewd conduct with him, sometimes on the ministry’s property, officials said Friday.

Chris Cornell’s Funeral Held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Evidence Seized at Grandmother’s Home Amid Search for Missing 5-Year-Old San Gabriel Valley Boy: LASD

Joe Mendoza, who declined to say where it came from but described it as “credible based on the information we have in the investigation.”
Nothing, however, was found related to the boy’s disappearance that morning. Andressian Sr. at Arroyo Park, sheriff’s homicide Lt. There haven’t been any confirmed sightings of Andressian Jr. Andressian Jr.’s mother, Ana Estevez, reported him missing after her ex-husband failed to show up with their son for a planned custody exchange in San Marino.  


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$10K Reward Offered for Information on Missing 5-Year-Old San Gabriel Valley Boy Ana Estevez included this photo of herself and her son on a public Facebook post on May 17, 2017, when she first spoke out about the disappearance of Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. No additional details were provided by the department about the evidence. Mendoza previously described the father’s statements as “inconsistent and misleading.”
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a $20,000 reward in the case; a GoFundMe account has been set up on behalf of Estevez to supplement it. is seen in a booking photo released April 22, 2017, by South Pasadena police. since he and his father left Disneyland about 1 a.m. Search-and-rescue personnel, scent and cadaver dog, and a drone were utilized in the intense search operation, which began shortly after dawn and wrapped up by noon. is seen in family photos released April 24, 2017, by L.A. Around 9 a.m., detectives executed the warrant at a residence in the 500 block of North Via Val Verde, a sheriff’s news release stated. The search had been prompted by a recent tip, according to sheriff’s Lt. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Homicide investigators on Thursday seized evidence after serving a search warrant at the Montebello home of the grandmother of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., the missing San Gabriel Valley boy who disappeared last month after a trip to Disneyland with his father, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. While searching the home, investigators “seized various items of evidence,” according to the release. The home belongs to the mother of the child’s father, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr., who was found unconscious in Arroyo Park in South Pasadena next to his gasoline-soaked vehicle on April 22, the same day his son was reported missing. told investigators that he had taken his son to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County the day before his disappearance. Andressian Sr. Matches and a gasoline container were found in the car. had been found earlier that morning passed out next to his BMW — which had been doused in gasoline — around 6:30 a.m. was arrested later that same day, but was released due to there not enough information to prosecute him, Mendoza said. County sheriff’s officials. Joe Mendoza said last Wednesday, a day before the park was searched a second time. Andressian Sr. at the lake alone, but detectives have not been able to find evidence the boy was there with him. The father told detectives he had taken his son to the park that morning as he waited for the nearby golf course to open; he next remembered waking up in a hospital. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or — to leave a tip anonymously — Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Multiple witnesses reported seeing Andressian Sr. The father has ceased cooperating with investigators and will speak only through his attorney, according to the lieutenant. Aramazd Andressian Sr. Missing 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. The search warrant comes one week after dozens of law enforcement personnel combed a 2-mile area between the park and Arroyo Seco Golf Course for any evidence related to the missing boy. He had ingested prescription medication that didn’t belong to him, according to investigators. April 21.

Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is also evaluating the travel ban in a separate appeal. A federal appeals court upheld Thursday a ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries. Thursday’s ruling is the latest step on a likely trip to the Supreme Court. The ban was announced in March, but never got off the ground because federal courts blocked it just hours before it was set to go into effect. We have no choice.”
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Hawaii Federal Judge Who Blocked Trump’s Travel Ban Receives Threats The court makes extensive use of Trump’s comments during his campaign when he called for a full ban on Muslims from entering the United States as evidence against this executive order. “In its first test before a federal appeals court, the second, more nuanced version of the Executive Order still failed miserably — and, once again, largely because of President Trump’s own words, tweets, and statements,” Vladeck said. Judge Dennis Shedd, meanwhile, said the executive order doesn’t fulfill Trump’s stated campaign pledge. “About the only thing the 10 judges in the majority disagreed about was whether President Trump’s campaign statements are relevant to his motive — but even the judges who said no still thought there was enough evidence of discriminatory intent since his inauguration to strike down the ban.”
Then-candidate Trump issued a statement calling for the “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States until the government could “figure out what is going on,” in response to a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California by ISIS sympathizers in December 2015. “The President’s supposed goal of ‘banning Muslims’ from the United States is not remotely served by the temporary travel pause, a fact that makes the district court’s factual finding even more dubious,” Shedd wrote. Trump later read the plan at South Carolina rally, saying: “We have no choice. This was the Trump administration’s second attempt to install a travel ban. Page Pate, CNN legal analyst and adjunct professor of law at the University of Georgia, said he believed the attempt to revise the executive order “and make it more constitutional apparently has not worked, at least according to this court.”
“I think when they revised this ban, they tried to take that all into accounts, and wisely took out any specific references to religious preferences,” Pate said on CNN’s “Newsroom,” “and I thought that made this ban more likely to be upheld ultimately on appeal because it wasn’t as facially as unconstitutional as the first travel ban.”
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Judge Paul Niemeyer, one of the three dissenters, said the majority “looks past the face” of the executive order. It would have banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. “Then-candidate Trump’s campaign statements reveal that on numerous occasions, he expressed anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States.”
CNN legal analyst and and professor at the University of Texas School of Law Steve Vladeck called the ruling “an enormous victory for the challengers to the travel ban, and a huge loss” for Trump. Next stop Supreme Court? Bush appointee, wrote. The court has not indicated when it will rule, but the travel ban would not go into effect as long as one nationwide injunction remains in effect. “The only point on which the majority opinion ruled for the President was that the order blocking the ban could not apply to him, personally, but that’s a legal technicality that won’t actually matter in practice.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “Opening the door to the use of campaign statements to inform the text of later executive orders has no rational limits.”
“Unless corrected by the Supreme Court, the majority’s new approach, which is unsupported by any Supreme Court case, will become a sword for plaintiffs to challenge facially neutral government actions, particularly those affecting regions dominated by a single religion,” he wrote. The 10-3 ruling from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court’s decision to halt core portions of the executive order indefinitely. “The evidence in the record, viewed from the standpoint of the reasonable observer, creates a compelling case that (the executive order’s) primary purpose is religious,” the ruling states. The approach “adopts a new rule of law that uses campaign statements to recast the plain, unambiguous, and religiously neutral text,” Niemeyer, a George W. The first version, announced in January, also included Iraq. “It looks increasingly likely that the justices will have to confront the travel ban — and whether to review today’s ruling — sometime this fall,” Vladeck said. The administration did win on one point, Vladeck noted.

First Results From Juno’s Mission to Jupiter Reveal Giant Cyclones, Ammonia in Planet’s Atmosphere

This will also help astronomers determine finer points about Jupiter’s composition and how much of it is water. The mission had an encounter with the planet’s “bow shock,” akin to a type of stationary shockwave, when exploring Jupiter’s magnetosphere. Further study could reveal whether these are like the Great Red Spot, which has been observable for at least 300 years, or more ephemeral. The Juno mission was designed to collect data and observations that will reveal the origin and evolution of the gas giant. Its other objectives include mapping Jupiter’s gravitational and magnetic fields, observing auroras, measuring the amount of water and ammonia in its atmosphere and finding evidence of a solid core. “The general theme of our discoveries is really how different Jupiter looked from how we expected,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator, from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “We’re puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is and why Jupiter’s north pole doesn’t look like the south pole,” Bolton said. It’s very complex. “If anybody is going to get to the bottom of what is going on below those mammoth swirling crimson cloud tops, it’s Juno and her cloud-piercing science instruments,” Bolton said. A Hadley cell is the atmospheric circulation of air rising near the equator that creates hurricanes, jet streams, trade winds and rain belts. Jupiter from the poles doesn’t look anything like it does from our usual view.”
During the flybys, observations and data showed Jupiter’s previously unseen poles. (Credit: NASA)
Juno launched in August 2011 but didn’t arrive at Jupiter until July. “Juno is giving us a view of the magnetic field close to Jupiter that we’ve never had before,” said Jack Connerney, Juno deputy principal investigator. The results were revealed during a media teleconference Thursday with NASA researchers and published in corresponding studies through the journal Science and Geophysical Research Letters. Previous models have suggested this, but Juno’s unique data could provide actual insight. What we’re finding is anything but that. Juno was designed to dip below those clouds to look at the planet underneath. Bright ovals at the poles were revealed to be gigantic cyclones spanning 870 miles. We thought it was uniform inside and relatively boring. And Juno was able to measure Jupiter’s gravitational field. Given the fact that gas giants are common around other stars, this could inform future observations of exoplanets and other planetary systems. Luckily, Juno is just getting started. Jupiter was most likely the first planet to form in the solar system and contains some of the same ingredients of the collapsing nebula that formed the system. Those data, combined with information to be gathered as Juno’s mission continues, can help researchers determine the structure of Jupiter’s atmosphere and answer the big question: Does the planet have a solid core? If the planet has a solid core, it could change the belief that the gas giant is largely composed of hydrogen and helium. Juno was also able to probe the cloud cover and discover wells of ammonia that form giant and violent weather systems in the deep atmosphere. Beneath its heavy cloud cover, Jupiter has been able to keep its secrets from astronomers. Every flyby we execute gets us closer to determining where and how Jupiter’s dynamo works.”
Juno also encountered Jupiter’s huge auroras, captured in ultraviolet and infrared images, and the electron beam pushing energy into the planet’s upper atmosphere, which could be creating the auroras. “Already, we see that the magnetic field looks lumpy: It is stronger in some places and weaker in others. The oval features are cyclones, up to 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) in diameter. But this ammonia isn’t consistently mixed, like researchers believed. This image shows Jupiter’s south pole, as seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft from an altitude of 32,000 miles (52,000 kilometers). The planet’s cloudy atmosphere has contributed greatly to obscuring general knowledge. The researchers compared this bow shock to a Hadley cell on Earth, without the rain. This uneven distribution suggests that the field might be generated by dynamo action closer to the surface, above the layer of metallic hydrogen. The giant cyclones at the poles are also new to researchers. Now, first results from NASA’s Juno mission are challenging researchers’ beliefs about the gas giant. The next flyby will happen July 11 and go directly over the Great Red Spot.   The variation grows from high to low. Even though Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, astronomers don’t know much about its origin. Knowing more about Jupiter can provide greater insight about its beginnings. The craft has been orbiting the planet and performing calculated flybys over the clouds. These happen every 53 days as Juno “screams by” Jupiter, going from the north to south pole in about two hours. “This is a close-up and personal look at Jupiter. “We’re questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we’re going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another?”
Juno revealed that Jupiter’s magnetic field is 10 times that of Earth’s and and twice as strong as anticipated, exceeding researchers’ expectations.

San Diego County Congressman Duncan Hunter: Body-Slam ‘Not Appropriate … Unless the Reporter Deserved It’

Duncan Hunter Under Investigation by FBI for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) had an interesting take on the alleged assault on a Guardian reporter by the Republican front-runner in Montana’s special election, Greg Gianforte. Unless the reporter deserved it,” according to a tweet posted by the Associated Press’ Mary Clare Jalonick. Rep. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently added Hunter’s San Diego congressional district to its list of 2018 targets. 10, 2017. Duncan Hunter speaks to the media before a painting he found offensive and removed is rehung on the U.S. Read the full story on The special election is today. Duncan Hunter speaks to the media before a painting he found offensive and removed is rehung on the U.S. Capitol walls on Jan. Related stories

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San Diego-Area Rep. Unless the reporter deserved it.”
— Mary Clare Jalonick (@MCJalonick) May 25, 2017

Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault after a reporter said he slammed him to the ground for asking a question. 10, 2017. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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San Diego County Congressman Duncan Hunter: Body-Slam ‘Not Appropriate … Unless the Reporter Deserved It’

Rep. Capitol walls on Jan. Rep. Hunter told reporters Thursday, “It’s not appropriate behavior. Duncan Hunter said of MT reporter assault, “It’s not appropriate behavior. The FBI is currently investigating Hunter for possible campaign finance violations.

Senators to Introduce Bill Seeking Authorization of Military Force Against Terror Groups

The resolution would authorize US military operations against ISIS, al Qaeda, the Taliban as well as “associated” forces, which the measure would require the administration to define in a report to Congress. Virginia Democrat Sen. But their first attempt, introduced in 2015, went nowhere. Lawmakers are wary of taking a formal vote on the issue, cognizant of how then-Sen. Bomb Ignited Explosion That Killed at Least 100 Civilians in Iraq, Pentagon Investigation Finds
Commerce Secretary: U.S. Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb on ISIS Target in Afghanistan, Military Officials Say Tim Kaine and Arizona Republican Sen. “Because there’s going to be a consequence. People want to duck from that if they can.”
But the two senators said they were hopeful that their bipartisan effort can finally gain some steam. The small bipartisan cadre of lawmakers who have called for Congress vote on the ISIS fight said they were hopeful the Trump administration would provide a new avenue for Congress to take up the issue. Corker, a Tennessee Republican whose committee would handle a new war authorization, has said he wants to see a broader ISIS strategy from the Trump administration before considering congressional authorization. Jeff Flake are trying once again to get Congress to debate and vote on authorizing military action against ISIS. Airstrike in Syria ‘Was in Lieu of After-Dinner Entertainment’
U.S. Capitol May 25, 2017. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
The senators on Thursday unveiled a new Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban, their second attempt to prod their colleagues to formally vote on the military effort. The resolution would allow the military to conduct operations around the globe — just like the 2001 war authorization — but requires the president to tell Congress why operations are being conducted if they are beyond Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. Flake said that members do want to support a war vote in theory, but getting into the details of what a war authorization looks like has been the biggest sticking point. They said Senate foreign relations chairman Bob Corker indicated Thursday he was interested in taking some action on the bill in his committee in the near future. “We had a bill in for a couple of years nobody was interested in — we tried to wordsmith differences between Democrats and Republicans — so we’re actually exploring some different ways of coming at it,” Kaine said in March of the measure he’s now introducing Thursday. Kaine and Flake’s resolution would repeal both the 2001 and 2002 war authorizations, putting in place a new authority that would last for five years. Congressional leadership has shown no interest in taking up a new war authorization, as both the Obama administration and now the Trump administration have said they have the legal authority needed under the 2001 authorization passed after the Sept. “When I voted in 2001 to authorize military force against the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks, I had no idea I would be authorizing armed conflict for more than 15 years and counting,” said Flake, who was a House member then. Kaine and California Rep. It should be the gravest vote we ever cast. 11, 2001, attacks, and the 2002 Iraq War authorization. “It’s always, ‘we should do it,’ but people have had a hard time coming up with something (to) fit the evolving threat that we’ve had.”
Critics of the US war against ISIS say that the Obama and Trump administrations are relying on an overly broad war authorization that has no restrictions on timing or location, and a broad definition of who could be targeted. 38.907192

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U.S. Jeff Flake (R-AZ0 (L) and Sen. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) talk about their introduction of a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS, al-Qaeda and the Taliban during a news conference at the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes in Syria also sparked a slew of calls for a war authorization against both ISIS and the Bashar al-Assad regime, but it did not lead to any movement on the issue. Hillary Clinton’s 2002 Iraq War vote was used against her in both the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections. Adam Schiff, who has his own ISIS war authorization bill, have called on the President to justify his strikes in Syria, but both authorization measures are focused on ISIS and don’t deal with military action against the Syrian government. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress who has said, ‘no, we shouldn’t do an AUMF,’” Flake said. “I frankly think this is, partly, hard because people don’t want to cast a war vote,” Kaine said.