News you should read today – September 30, 2015

 

 

trump tax planDonald Trump returns to Fox News
Donald Trump vowed not to appear in Fox news a week ago because of what he deemed unfair treatment. But the boycott lasted less than a week. He appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday evening, and praised Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria and expressed little concern for Russia’s support for his longtime Syrian ally, Ap news reported. Trump also suggested that Assad, who has used barrel bombs and chemical weapons against civilians, was preferable to other potential options. Trump has long predicted that he would get along well with Putin and declared Monday that, “Putin is a nicer person than I am.” He repeated his criticism that Putin is the better leader when compared with Obama. AP

 

 

Hillary clinton and obamaHillary Clinton called for a repeal of Obamacare’s Cadillac tax
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton called for a repeal of the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act‘s so-called Cadillac tax, marking a significant break from US President Barack Obama on his signature healthcare law. Clinton’s call to scrap the law puts her on the same page as Democratic presidential rival and US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). Democrats often argue the provision – which is generally disliked across the political spectrum and is highly unpopular with many unions whose support Clinton’s campaign is courting — is more in reality a tax on most employer-sponsored health plans. For Clinton, the break stands to be part of a series of proposals in which she advocates for building on the law, colloquially known as Obamacare. Business insider

 

 

vladimir putinRussian lawmakers approve Putin’s request to deploy troops in Syria
On Wednesday, Russian lawmakers gave President Vladimir Putin the authority to use Russian troops abroad, a step required under the Russian constitution. The vote in Russia’s upper chamber, or Council of Federation, was unanimous, the Kremlin said, with one official telling Reuters that the resolution would only authorize use of Russia’s air force in Syria. “The Syrian president asked the leadership of our country for military assistance,” explained Kremlin official Sergei Ivanov after the vote. “There have some media reports from the Middle East that Russian military jets have already started carrying out airstrikes in Syria,” Reuters says. “The Kremlin has declined to confirm that.” The last time Putin requested, and received, permission to use troops abroad was in March 2014, right before Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. The week

 

 

us-chinaUS pulls spies from China after hack
The United States is pulling spies from China as a result of a cyberattack that compromised the personal data of 21.5 million government workers, according to the CNN says. The U.S. suspects that Chinese hackers were behind the breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which exposed the fingerprints of 5.6 million government employees. Because the stolen data includes records on State Department employees, the hackers could, by process of elimination, identify embassy personnel who are actually intelligence agents. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the CIA has pulled a number of officers from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. CNN

 

 

Kelly-GissendanerGeorgia executes Kelly Gissendaner despite last-ditch appeals
Kelly Gissendaner, 47 has been executed in Georgia despite a number of last-ditch appeals, including one by the Pope, to try to block her execution. She was the first woman put to death in the southern US state in 70 years. Lawyers filed at least three appeals with the US Supreme Court to try to delay the sentence hours before she died. Gissendaner planned but did not carry out her husband’s murder in 1997. Her former lover, Gregory Owen, who killed Douglas Gissendaner, was given life in prison as part of a plea bargain. Pope Francis, who was recently on a US tour, urged the review board to reconsider. But on Tuesday afternoon, the board announced it was not granting clemency. Hours later, the US Supreme Court said it had rejected three applications for a stay of execution. Witnesses to the execution told local media that she sang Amazing Grace before being given a lethal injection. “Bless you all,” she was quoted as saying by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Tell the Gissendaners I am so, so sorry that an amazing man lost his life because of me. If I could take it all back, I would.” BBC