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Threat Assessment High: The Attack on Saudi Arabia's Oil Supply Signals a New Danger Jets doomed by bad football, bad QB luck -- and it will get worse

Threat Assessment High: The Attack on Saudi Arabia's Oil Supply Signals a New DangerThe drone strike on Riyadh’s oil supply is a strategic turning point that has wider implications for the Middle East.


With the Jets now 0-2, down to their third-string QB and facing a brutal upcoming stretch on the schedule, the playoffs already seem out of reach.
Rep. Ilhan Omar defends her controversial World Trade Center remarks: '9/11 was an attack on all Americans' Sources: Steelers get DB Fitzpatrick from 'Fins

Rep. Ilhan Omar defends her controversial World Trade Center remarks: '9/11 was an attack on all Americans'Rep. Ilhan Omar responded to criticism from a 9/11 victim’s son, who, during a memorial reading of victims’ names at Ground Zero last week, called out the freshman congresswoman for past remarks she made about the terrorist attacks.


Minkah Fitzpatrick's agent requested last week that the Dolphins trade the second-year player, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville, asks for trade

Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to USSpain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. María Dolores Argüelles, a lawyer for Carvajal, said she had no immediate details of the ruling beyond that a release order had been issued for the retired general.


Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey has let the team know he wants out of Jacksonville, one day after a sideline incident with coach Doug Marrone.
California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries Jets turn to Falk as Siemian (ankle) set for MRI

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment SurgeriesCalifornia added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.


Jets starting QB Trevor Siemian was replaced by Luke Falk after suffering a left ankle injury midway through the second quarter Monday night. Siemian, spotted in the locker room with crutches and a walking boot, will have an MRI exam Tuesday.
Saudi oil attacks: Why would Iran strike now? Bush set to work Utah-USC tilt in Coliseum return

Saudi oil attacks: Why would Iran strike now?Who launched the attack? The Houthi militia in Yemen - who are backed and supplied by Iran - initially claimed the attack. But experts and officials are not convinced the grpup has the organisational or operational capability. The US and Saudi Arabia claim they have evidence that Iranian weapons were used and satellite images released by the US reportedly suggested the attack had come from the northwest direction. Why would Iran launch an attack now? As talks with EU members over the ailing nuclear deal stall, Iran needs to show the world the consequences of returning it to its pariah status. While Tehran may be suffering under sanctions, Saturday’s attack shows it still has the capability to cause a great deal of damage to its foes in the region.  The strikes hit the Saudi kingdom where it hurt the most - its lucrative oil industry, with the knock-on effect on global crude prices. Strikes against Saudi oil plants What will happen to global oil supply? The consequences of the attack are likely to be short lived but depend on the capacity - and willingness - of other producers to pick up the slack.  Venezuela and Libya are unable to do so and Iran is constrained by US sanctions. Other Opec members and Russia are not rushing to turn on the taps, happy to enjoy higher prices while they can.  Neither can the US - now the world's biggest oil producer due to the shale boom - quickly ramp up supplies as export facilities are not up to scratch.  What might a retaliatory attack look like? Riyadh may decide it needs to respond in some limited way to save face considering the gravity of the attack on its soil. If it does, that would probably mean a tit-for-tat, proportionate strike on Iranian energy facilities such as oil refineries. And, that, in turn, would lead to an Iranian response. In a phone call with the US president, the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman made clear the kingdom was "willing and able to confront and deal with this terrorist aggression."     What does this mean for the possibility of US talks with Iran?  Donald Trump had previously indicated a willingness to meet with Iranian leaders with "no preconditions". That had led to anticipation of a meeting with Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, on the sidelines of the UN general assembly next week. The recent departure of Iran hawk John Bolton as Mr Trump's national security adviser had also seemed to make a meeting more possible. However, following the Saudi oil attack, Iran's foreign ministry said: "This meeting will not happen." And Mr Trump said it was now "incorrect" that he was willing to meet with "no conditions."


For the first time in nine-plus years, Reggie Bush will return to the Coliseum for a Trojans game as part of the Fox Sports crew that will broadcast during the Utah-USC clash on Friday.


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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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