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first_imgWASHINGTON – Sweeping legislation that would redeploy U.S. troops if President George W. Bush fails to meet his own goals in Iraq was unveiled Thursday by a San Fernando Valley congressman and immediately embraced by Democratic leaders. The measure by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, is the first to give teeth to the benchmarks that Bush outlined in January when he proposed sending 21,500 additional troops to Iraq. It would compel the administration to prove that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reducing sectarian violence, improving security forces and creating an equitable distribution of oil and other resources. If Bush fails to certify progress in Iraq – or if Congress doesn’t believe him – lawmakers would be empowered to quickly vote to redeploy troops. It remains unclear how Berman’s measure will play in the Senate – where Democrats and Republicans have stalled over debate on Iraq – but there is broad expectation that it stands a greater chance of success there than do other bills on the issue. “This legislation will light a fire under the administration and keep the fire burning,” Berman wrote in a letter to colleagues. If Bush vetoes the bill, Berman said, “His message will be, `I don’t want to be held accountable for the effectiveness of my new strategy.’ That is not an acceptable message for a commander in chief to send to the American people.” Calls to the White House seeking comment were not returned. But Democratic leaders already have adopted Berman’s plan into their daily talking points. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to incorporate the measure into an Iraq spending package later this month, said her spokesman Brendan Daly. Bruce Cain, director of the University of California’s Washington Center, said tying troop withdrawal to something concrete such as proof of failed progress gives cover to Republicans and moderate Democrats like Berman who previously supported the war. “It’s kind of giving the administration the No Child Left Behind treatment,” said Cain, referring to the Bush-approved education plan that forces schools to meet achievement benchmarks. “If they think that’s good enough for education, maybe it ought to be good enough for them.” Cain said the measure would allow Democrats to end the war without taking an extreme – and politically risky – measure such as cutting off funding for troops. And it would allow Republicans who also might be tired of the war to sign on to a withdrawal plan without being perceived as abandoning the president. “It’s a pretext for doing what the party and people want to do anyway,” Cain said. Still, some foreign-policy analysts questioned the approach and called the notion of setting benchmarks unrealistic. “Even some of us who study this stuff full time aren’t smart enough to know when you’re having a counterinsurgency that is successful,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a scholar on Iraq and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Berman’s bill, he said, is “good to the extent that it puts some achievable standards and benchmarks for us all to wrestle with.” While it is reasonable to expect decreased violence in Iraq, he said, it’s harder to quantify progress in such areas as electricity production or improved security forces. “I’m not sure which metric is the right one to look at,” O’Hanlon said. “The idea that you can hold a failed state to this level of performance is unrealistic.” Berman voted in favor of the Iraq war but has grown increasingly critical of the administration over the course of the war. He remained a supporter, however, until this year when he voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution opposing Bush’s troop surge. Aides said his legislation – the result of years of conversations with colleagues and experts in Middle East policy – is an effort to stake out bipartisan ground between those who want to end the war immediately and those who want to give Bush’s plan a chance to succeed. Berman himself called the measure “responsible and practical” and argued that it would “provide, by law, the means to hold the administration accountable for the success of its surge strategy.” At the same time, he argued, the legislation would give Bush and Lt. Gen. David Petraeus leverage to demand full cooperation from the al-Maliki government. “It empowers them to maximize chances for success,” Berman said. “If Iraqis don’t cooperate, if the sectarian violence does not subside, (this bill) will leave Sunnis and Shiites to their own fate. “The ball will be in their court,” Berman said. “We will no longer have a role.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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first_imgChetwynd is the latest Peace Region community to receive provincial and federal funds for infrastructure.It was announced today the community will receive funding from the Small Communities Fund for upgrades to the district’s wastewater lagoon treatment plant.Upgrades include the building of a new concrete aeration tank, installation of blowers and underground piping, along with an emergency generator and other monitoring equipment.- Advertisement -The province and Ottawa are each kicking in $1,496,127 to the project. The funds will pay for a little more than two-thirds of the $4.48-million overhaul, with Chetwynd kicking in the final third.In a release, the governments say the upgrades will improve the quality of treated wastewater flowing back into the Pine River, and will bring the treatment facility up to new federal treatment standards.Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols was joined by Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier and Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer at an announcement this morning.Advertisement “I am pleased to support this project and commend the District for taking the necessary measures to increase the effectiveness of their wastewater system,” Bernier said in a statement.Nichols says he is thankful for the governments for accepting Chetwynd’s application for the funds.“The District Chetwynd appreciates the close working relationship we enjoy with the senior governments and thecrucial assistance that flows back to the municipalities from Ottawa and Victoria,” Nichols said in a statement.last_img read more


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first_imgA woman who harassed a young man and then punched a Garda in the face before falling as she tried to run away in high heels has been fined.Sylvia Darby appeared at Letterkenny District Court following the attack in Letterkenny on October 16th, 2016. Gardai told the court how they came across a group women shouting abuse at a young man around 2.15am at Lower Main Street.They circled around the town and found Ms Darby, of Blue Cedars, Ballybofey still abusing the man close to Celtic Apartments on the Pearse Road.The young man pleaded with Gardai to take the woman away from him but she continued to roar abuse at him and ignored Gardai.One Gardai tried to move the woman on but she slipped away and when another Garda intervened, he was punched in the face.The Gardai told the court that the woman tried to flee but she tripped up and fell because she was wearing high heels.She continued to be abusive when she was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court that his client was 25 and had an issue with alcohol.“She was very intoxicated and her behaviour was very inappropriate,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms Darby €250.Woman who punched Garda in face tripped in high-heels as she fled was last modified: April 21st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultcourtGardai courtletterkennySylvia Darbylast_img read more


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first_imgLAWNDALE — California High School’s senior quarterback Mitch Le Vier passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more in leading the Condors football team (3-2) to a 49-7 victory over Lawndale (0-4). The win was California’s second straight. The Condors scored touchdowns on six consecutive first half possessions and led 42-7 at halftime. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 California junior running back Matt Navarro also scored two touchdowns on runs of 23 and 5 yards. The Condors quarterback found the end zone with 3:35 remaining in the first half by going around the left end for an 18-yard touchdown run. On California’s first possession of the second half, Le Vier scored from 1 yard out, giving the Condors a 49-7 lead. Rudy J. Ramos California took advantage of field possession and two costly turnovers by the Cardinals. Le Vier connected with junior tight end Robert Arriola with scoring tosses of 33 and 23 yards on consecutive possessions to open a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. last_img read more


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first_imgGardai in Inishowen are investigating an attack on one of their own patrol cars.The car was parked at Carndonagh Garda Station when it was set upon.The car had one of its tyres slashed between 7am and 8pm on November 16th last. Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh has appealed for anybody who may have witnessed anybody acting suspiciously in the area of the Garda station to contact them.He added that the attack meant the car was not available to answer emergency calls for a period of time.Garda car has tyre slashed in attack was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Joshua Garnett has a dislocated toe and Mike Person is recovering from a foot strain, putting the availability of both right guards for the 49ers’ home opener this Sunday against the Detroit Lions in doubt.49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday he did not know how long Garnett or Person will be out, but added that neither player has anything broken or will need to be put on injured reserve. Both Person and Garnett were injured during the 49ers’ 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings …last_img


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first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/24/bang_3b43e13a-d7c7-499d-ba16-2e750eaff3b3″] CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he wants to return for a 22nd NHL season and make another run at his first Stanley Cup, and general manager Doug Wilson said the Sharks will give the future Hall of Fame player all the time he needs to make a decision.Two days after the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs …last_img


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first_imgThe men of muddle earth are wondering what to do with their hobbit prisoners.  Elizabeth Culotta wrote in Science about the ongoing debates among paleoanthropologists about how to interpret the diminutive skeletons found in the Liang Bua cave of Flores in Indonesia, affectionately dubbed hobbits.1  After four years of study (10/27/2004, 06/06/2006, 08/21/2006, 10/11/2006), there is still no consensus on whether they were diseased modern humans or some evolutionary side branch of hominids from Africa.    Paleoanthropologists meeting in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month got their first views of the LB1 skeleton.  William Jungers of State University of New York at Stony Brook claimed the creature had a slow gait, due to abnormalities with its feet.  He believes the hobbit provides a window into the primitive bipedal foot of australopithecines.  For that to be true, Leslie Aiello of New York City countered, it would have had to remain unchanged for a long time.  “How it got there and managed to persist–that’s clearly a challenge to explain.”  Others said there is no evidence for a migration like that.  To invent such a story is clearly a case of “special pleading.”    In short, no consensus has emerged about these small humans.  “Given the wildly diverging opinions on the hobbit,” Culotta ended, ‘Somebody’s going to take a big fall here.’”  She was quoting paleoanthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University in Ohio.  Maybe the fall will become evident by fall (autumn, that is).  Another research team will be excavating the cave this summer.1.  Elizabeth Culotta, “When Hobbits (Slowly) Walked the Earth,” Science, 25 April 2008: Vol. 320. no. 5875, pp. 433-435, DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5875.433.Evolutionists would love to have another case of chimps becoming humans here.  The early hopes have not materialized.  Our prediction: the skeletons will be shown to be human.  Wait and see.  They’ll find a fingernail-sized cell phone or something.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real World#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is publishing a look at the best projects the flourishing site has seen over 2010 and the award winners are really uplifting for the spirit. Journalist/cartoonist Ted Rall, for example, used Kickstarter to fund a month of reporting inside Afghanistan. His cartoons from the field were sent first to the 211 Kickstarter supporters who funded his trip.Kickstarter helps people fund a project, almost any kind of project, by using its site as a platform for collecting donation pledges, publishing videos and updates and more. More than 380,000 people have now pledged over $30 million to fund home-recorded music projects, independent films and books and many other creative projects, in just 20 months since the site launched. Below are three of my favorite videos from Kickstarter’s Best of 2010 collection.Note that all the below examples are projects that exceeded their funding goals, in some cases raising well over $100,000. It’s hard not to imagine a future where a site like this helps fund a cultural renaissance. How do projects like these pull it off? See our write-up of some lessons learned by people who used Kickstarter this year with success. marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


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first_imgGurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, whose supporters went on the rampage in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to protest the court verdict convicting him of rape, haD enjoyed the patronage and support of the BJP government in Haryana as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.On October 29, 2014, Mr. Modi lauded the Dera chief for he Swachh Bharat (clean India) mission. “Appreciable effort by Baba Ram Rahim ji & his team. Will motivate people across India to join Swachch Bharat Mission,” he had tweeted.Modi condemns violenceOn Friday, Mr. Modi put out a series of tweets condemning the violence in Haryana. “The instances of violence today are deeply distressing, I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace. The law and order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with NSA & Home Secretary. Urged officials to work round-the-clock to restore normality and provide all possible assistance that is required,” he said in his tweets.The Dera chief supported the BJP in the 2014 Assembly elections and Haryana Chief Minister M.L. Khattar’s association with the self-appointed cult leader is an open secret. On May 6, Mr. Khattar launched a special cleanliness drive with the Dera chief at his constituency in Karnal.Known for flashy clothes and producing films where he is the main protagonist, the Dera chief has held ‘success parties’ where senior BJP leaders like Kailash Vijayvargiya and Manoj Tiwari were present.The website of Dera Sacha Sauda says it’s a “spiritual organisation” and the sect has a huge following among Dalit Sikhs.Haryana’s Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said last week that the Dera followers were peace-loving people. A few months ago he handed a cheque for ₹51 lakh to the Dera chief as a mark of support. A year ago, Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij drew flak from the Congress for donating ₹50 lakh to the Dera chief.last_img read more