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  ACLU on border wall 'emergency': We'll see you in court, President Donald Trump   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:59:38 -0500

ACLU on border wall 'emergency': We'll see you in court, President Donald TrumpDonald Trump's emergency declaration is a blatant abuse of power in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda. No president has ever tried this before.



  The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee dead   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:46:28 -0500

The Latest: Court records say 2 knew man wanted fiancee deadDENVER (AP) — The Latest on the criminal cases tied to a Colorado woman's death (all times local):



  MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:19:00 -0500

MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American manA student involved in a viral confrontation with a Native American man is suing the Washington Post for $250m (£191m) over its coverage of the incident. The defamation lawsuit, filed by Covington Catholic High School pupil Nick Sandmann, claims the newspaper “wrongfully targeted and bullied” him due to its “biased agenda” against Donald Trump. The 16-year-old was wearing one of the president’s signature Make America Great Again hats when he attended an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January along with classmates from his Kentucky school.



  Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Have a Plan to Kill the Stock Market   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:30:43 -0500

Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Have a Plan to Kill the Stock MarketSenators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont want to penalize “self-indulgent” corporations that buy back their own stock. In a recent article in the New York Times, they argued that when companies repurchase shares, not only do the vast majority of Americans not benefit, but income inequality is exacerbated since only wealthy shareholders and corporate management profit.Despite decades of extraordinary success that the United States has enjoyed and that we enjoy today, Schumer and Sanders believe that something sinister is taking place in the corporate world. They call buybacks a form of “corporate self-indulgence.” Why? Because> corporate boardrooms have become obsessed with maximizing only shareholder earnings to the detriment of workers and the long-term strength of their companies. . . . Companies, rather than investing in ways to make their businesses more resilient or their workers more productive, have been dedicating ever larger shares of their profits to dividends and corporate repurchases.Now even some Republicans are getting on board. Florida senator Marco Rubio has suggested changes in the tax law to discourage buybacks because he says they “inflate” the prices of stock “at the expense of future productivity & job creation.”These senators don’t seem to fully understand that the purpose of a business is to allocate resources in a way that maximizes per share results over the long run. To think that this can be achieved at the expense of workers, at the expense of investing in research, at the expense of developing new and better products, at the expense of investing in equipment to both lower the cost and increase the quality of production, etc. is sophomoric. This underscores their lack of knowledge about investing and financial markets.Companies have several options with regard to the use of excess cash. They can (1) retain the funds in the company, (2) invest in the capital needed to grow the company, (3) make acquisitions, (4) pay out the excess cash in the form of dividends, or (5) repurchase shares from existing shareholders.These senators see little value in share buybacks, but they should listen to Warren Buffett, who is unequivocally a long-term investor. His financial success is a result of making exceptional long-term investments in resilient companies. Unlike Schumer and Sanders, Buffett is an enthusiastic proponent of utilizing excess cash to repurchase shares when conditions are favorable (or opportune).Here is what he said in his 1984 annual report: “The companies in which we have our largest investments are all engaged in significant share repurchases at the times when a wide discrepancy exists between price and value.” He has made this point repeatedly throughout the years. These companies repurchase shares and continue to grow, continue to invest in research, in capital that will improve the quality and lower the cost of products. He has even bought back $1 billion of shares of his own company, Berkshire Hathaway, not because he is “self-indulgent” but because he thinks the firm is undervalued.Schumer and Sanders—and in some cases they are joined by Rubio—provide two main reasons we are in a stock buyback “crisis”:> First, stock buybacks don’t benefit the vast majority of Americans.> > Second, when corporations direct resources to buy back shares on this scale, they restrain their capacity to reinvest profits more meaningfully in the company in terms of R&D, equipment, higher wages, paid medical leave, retirement benefits and worker retraining.The first point is utter nonsense. More than 100 million average Americans own stock. Americans invest in mutual funds and index funds and buy and sell stock every day. Tens of millions more have 401K plans, and most union pension funds have hundreds of billions of dollars invested in stocks.The second point is equally absurd. A corporate board of directors is elected by shareholders, the owners of the company. When a board makes the decision to repurchase shares, it is a sign of confidence in the firm’s long-term profitability. It raises share values, which obviously benefits shareholders and puts firms in better financial shape — which also benefits the employees. Essentially, Schumer and Sanders believe, and Rubio seems to believe, that they have the right to tell the owners of a corporation the best way to allocate their profits.Studies show that firms that buy back their own shares have strong long-term growth.Consider Apple. It has become the most valuable company in the world. This exceptional success was achieved because of the enormous investments they made to develop revolutionary products. Companies cannot develop revolutionary products by underpaying talented workers or without investing billions of dollars in research, factories, and equipment. Not incidentally, Apple has repurchased billions of dollars of its own stock.The hyper-competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. companies is a major reason that unemployment is at a near 50-year low. Today, no company can survive if its workers are treated poorly. Walmart, which Schumer and Sanders attacked in their article, and many other companies recently raised their wage rates substantially, starting with entry-level positions.What is most disturbing about Schumer and Sanders’s proposal is their hubris in believing that they know how every company should handle its excess cash better than the CEOs, the boards of directors, and shareholders do. That is a rather all-encompassing statement. One would be hard-pressed to find a more vivid example of what Friedrich Hayek called “the fatal conceit,” the distorted notion that one knows more than is knowable. Would Buffett invest in a company if Schumer and Sanders were in charge of allocating its resources?We doubt it. Who in their right mind would?If approved, what Schumer and Sanders propose would not only hurt U.S. companies. It would harm the entire U.S. economy and financial system. It would raise the cost of capital for companies. What they advocate would tell domestic and foreign investors that our government is interfering with how companies allocate their resources.What is the difference between going after a large company with lots of shareholders and a small company with one owner? How long before Senators Schumer and Sanders tell the tire-shop owner that he has not paid his employees enough and that therefore he has withdrawn too much of the profit as an owner distribution?Every shareholder and business owner in America should rise up in loud protest against what these senators are proposing.Thomas A. Smith is the president of the Smith Foundation and ran a successful investment company for 40 years. Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks.



  Judge Napolitano: Trump's brazen unconstitutional overreach   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:43:12 -0500

Judge Napolitano: Trump's brazen unconstitutional overreachJudge Napolitano's Chambers: Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how President Trump's declaration of a national emergency to bypass Congress to get money for the border wall is unconstitutional.



  Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kids   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:18:33 -0500

Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kidsCanada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. "The immigration minister is seized with this particular case," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman's brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.



  Every Photo From Our EV Battle Between the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:30:00 -0500

Every Photo From Our EV Battle Between the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric



  With Top Investor in Jail, Putin Hits at Business Climate   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:21:10 -0500

With Top Investor in Jail, Putin Hits at Business Climate(Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said honest business people shouldn’t have to live under “constant fear of criminal prosecution,” days after the arrest of one of the country’s top foreign investors.



  Afghanistan rebukes Pakistan ambassador in ripple effect from Kashmir attack   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:05:41 -0500

Afghanistan rebukes Pakistan ambassador in ripple effect from Kashmir attackAfghanistan's Foreign Ministry summoned the Pakistani ambassador on Wednesday over his remarks that Afghan peace talks could be affected if India resorted to violence after last week's attack on Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir. In a statement issued after the meeting with Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah, the Foreign Ministry said it deemed his comments to be "in contradiction with Pakistan's commitments with regards to realizing peace in Afghanistan". Tensions between India and Pakistan have risen sharply since the suicide bomb attack in the disputed Kashmir region, which the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group claimed responsibility for.



  Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powder   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:08:19 -0500

Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powderThe Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigate the alleged asbestos contamination of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.



  Vatican's legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:31:27 -0500

Vatican's legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explainedVATICAN CITY (AP) — For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics.



  Meet the 'New' F-21 Fighter: An F-16 On Steroids (With F-22 and F-35 DNA)?   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:00:00 -0500

Meet the 'New' F-21 Fighter: An F-16 On Steroids (With F-22 and F-35 DNA)?Is this the fighter India needs?



  Working While Receiving Social Security Disability   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:35:44 -0500

Working While Receiving Social Security DisabilityTo become eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. "It is possible to qualify for Social Security disability benefits and still work in a limited capacity," says Nick Ortiz, a board-certified Social Security disability attorney and owner of Ortiz Law Firm in Pensacola, Florida. Read on for a look at what's involved with Social Security disability benefits, as well as the rules related to working while receiving benefits.



  Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st day   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:48:51 -0500

Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st dayThe Vermont senator launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination early Tuesday morning and raised nearly $6 million in its first 24 hours.



  Kim must make 'meaningful' gesture to see sanctions ease: Trump   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:24:25 -0500

Kim must make 'meaningful' gesture to see sanctions ease: TrumpNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un must make a "meaningful" gesture if he wants to see sanctions lifted, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday ahead of a second summit between the two men. Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi next week to discuss progress on the issue of North Korea's nuclear program since they first met in Singapore last year. "Chairman Kim and I have a very good relationship.



  Britain, EU closer to possible agreement on Brexit: EU diplomats   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:35:37 -0500

Britain, EU closer to possible agreement on Brexit: EU diplomatsThe backstop is an insurance policy designed to avoid border controls between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland after Brexit. "We are also looking at updating the declaration on future EU-UK ties after Brexit to give more prominence to the 'alternative arrangements' sought by Britain," said one EU diplomat who deals with Brexit. "But May won't get any firm wording before Feb. 28." A second diplomat, briefed on the May-Juncker talks on Wednesday evening, confirmed the EU would only signal this was the direction of travel before the British prime minister faces another round of Brexit votes in the UK parliament.



  France Says Internet Platforms Could Be Fined for Racist Content   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:11:55 -0500

France Says Internet Platforms Could Be Fined for Racist ContentPresident Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night told the annual meeting of France’s largest Jewish organization that a law could be presented in May in response to a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents. “There will be an obligation for results: if the content is not taken down then there will be a fine, and a large fine,” Mahjoubi said on France Info radio.



  Sarah Isgur Flores: Former Trump aide hired as CNN political editor despite having no journalism experience   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:29:33 -0500

Sarah Isgur Flores: Former Trump aide hired as CNN political editor despite having no journalism experienceCNN has appointed a former Trump administration official with no journalism experience as a political editor, provoking consternation among the broadcaster’s staff and Democrat politicians. Sarah Isgur Flores, who served as chief spokeswoman and senior adviser for the US Department of Justice under attorney general Jeff Sessions, is to join the network to coordinate coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Ms Isgur Flores has previously been communications director for Republican National Committee and worked on the campaign teams of former presidential hopefuls Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz.



  Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million years   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:17:17 -0500

Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million yearsEmissions of carbon dioxide – the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming – could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years, scientists warned.



  Stepfather Arrested in Murder of Two-Year-Old Girl   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:53:03 -0500

Stepfather Arrested in Murder of Two-Year-Old GirlPolice arrested an Arkansas man and charged him with first-degree murder in relation to the death of his two-year-old stepdaughter.



  Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:01:16 -0500

Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summitVATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it.



  Law center: Hate groups in US at highest level in 2 decades   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:13:35 -0500

Law center: Hate groups in US at highest level in 2 decadesThe U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades, according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists.



  You're Dead: The F-35 Is Crushing Enemy Fighter Jets in Air War Simulations   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:48:00 -0500

You're Dead: The F-35 Is Crushing Enemy Fighter Jets in Air War Simulations“The F-35 ‘redefines’ how you go to war with a platform."



  Putin threatens to target West with new missiles   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:38:19 -0500

Putin threatens to target West with new missilesRussian President Vladimir Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals as he delivered a state of the nation address Wednesday aimed at boosting falling approval ratings. The longtime Russian leader warned Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe following the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow would consider it a "serious threat". "I'm saying this clearly and openly, Russia will be forced to deploy weapons that can be used... against the decision-making centres that are behind the missile systems which threaten us," Putin said.



  India reiterates plan to stop sharing of excess water with Pakistan: minister   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:30:24 -0500

India reiterates plan to stop sharing of excess water with Pakistan: minister"Our government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan," Nitin Gadkari, transport and water resources minister, said in a tweet. Gadkari did not elaborate but officials from his ministry said he was re-stating decisions already taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including a dam project cleared by his cabinet last December. Gadkari's comments underlined New Delhi's anger over an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group last week in the disputed region of Kashmir, which killed 40 paramilitary police.



  Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:37:59 -0500

Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2Did Amazon stop needing New York, or did New York drive it away? As cities across America compete for jobs, the messy breakup is a cautionary tale.



  20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:03:00 -0500

20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love



  United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:39:45 -0500

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hubUnited Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines.



  Police: Actor Jussie Smollett arrested in Chicago   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:18:04 -0500

Police: Actor Jussie Smollett arrested in ChicagoActor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men.



  Saudi Crown Prince Set to Arrive in China as Asian Tour Rolls On   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:52:10 -0500

Saudi Crown Prince Set to Arrive in China as Asian Tour Rolls OnThe visit will include a meeting with President Xi Jinping and a high-level joint dialogue aimed at boosting relations after the nations agreed to promote a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016. China overtook the U.S. as the kingdom’s biggest trading partner in 2013. The world’s most populous nation accounted for about 15 percent of all Saudi imports and exports last year compared with 8 percent a decade earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.



  Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:21:46 -0500

Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.



  Trump demands 6G technology in rant against American companies: 'We must be the leader in everything we do'   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:30:00 -0500

Trump demands 6G technology in rant against American companies: 'We must be the leader in everything we do'Donald Trump has called on American companies to become leaders around the world in "5G, even 6G" technology in a series of tweets. “I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” the president tweeted on Thursday morning. “I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies.



  Google moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child porn   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:22:28 -0500

Google moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child pornGoogle-owned YouTube said Thursday it was taking action to close a loophole that enabled users to share comments and links on child pornography over the video-sharing service. The response came after a YouTube creator this week revealed what he called a "wormhole" that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside innocuous videos. "Any content -- including comments -- that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube," a spokesman said in an email to AFP.



  Indict the ‘ISIS Bride’   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:23:37 -0500

Indict the ‘ISIS Bride’I  had a column in the New York Post yesterday morning about the so-called “ISIS bride,” Hoda Muthana, who is detained in a Syrian refugee camp and now pleading to come back home to her family in Alabama. I argued that, despite the fact that she has treasonously waged war against our country, she had a right to be readmitted if she tried to enter because she was -- according to the facts available at the time -- a natural-born American citizen.Now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that Muthana will not be allowed to reenter the U.S. because she is not an American citizen: While born in America, she was the daughter of a diplomat and thus not subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. As the secretary put it in his statement, “Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.”This conclusion is disputed by Muthana’s family and allies, and they may have a case. I would strongly urge the Justice Department to file an indictment against Muthana for treason, material support to terrorism, and any other readily provable offenses. She is less likely to press the issues of citizenship and right to enter if she understands that she faces prosecution and, very likely, lengthy imprisonment if she succeeds in coming here.But it’s worth taking a closer look at the citizenship question itself. To my mind, the concept of citizenship implies not just the benefits of being a full-fledged member of the body politic, but also a duty of fealty to the nation. In a rational world, then, a citizen who made war against the United States would be stripped of citizenship.Alas, that is not the law. As I related in the Post column, Supreme Court precedent holds that natural-born citizens may not have their citizenship revoked without their consent. (This is in contrast to naturalized citizens, who may have their citizenship revoked if they join a subversive organization within five years of being naturalized, but this is not relevant to Muthana’s case.)Reports indicate that Muthana, the daughter of Yemeni immigrants, was born in New Jersey in 1994. For the most part, she appears to have grown up in Alabama, attending high school and starting college there. As we’ve noted here at NR when the issue is debated from time to time, the prevailing interpretation of the 14th Amendment generally provides for birthright citizenship: If you were born here, you are a citizen, regardless of whether your parents were citizens -- even regardless of whether your parents were legally in the United States. But there is an exception, and the State Department is seizing on it here.According to the New York Times, government officials contend that Muthana’s father was not merely a Yemeni immigrant but a diplomat of that country. Children born of diplomats are deemed to be citizens of the diplomat’s sovereign. Apparently, Muthana’s camp concedes that Muthana père was a Yemeni diplomat, but contends that she was born 30 days after Yemen discharged him from his diplomat position. We are not told what his immigration status supposedly was at that point, or if he had a legal status. But Muthana would no doubt argue that even if she was an illegal alien, she’d be as entitled to birthright citizenship as any other child of an illegal alien born in the U.S.Pompeo emphasized that Muthana does not have a valid U.S. passport or a visa to travel to the U.S. That is true, but probably irrelevant. Passports and visas are just forms of travel authorization. They have no bearing on whether an American citizen may be denied entry into her own country. If an American citizen presents herself at a port of entry, the government has no authority to bar the citizen from entering (although the citizen may, of course, be detained while the authorities make certain that she is who she claims to be; and she may be prosecuted for violating travel regulations).The Times further reports that Pompeo is taking a hard-nosed position here because President Trump has directed him “not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country” -- as the president put it on Twitter. It is entirely appropriate for the official constitutionally responsible for protecting the nation from foreign threats to direct his subordinates to take all legal steps to prevent a terrorist enemy combatant from entering the country. But, to reiterate, if Muthana is an American citizen, she has the right to enter the U.S. if she presents herself at a port of entry; she may not be barred just because the president wants her turned away.Again: If the president and the secretary do not want Muthana to try to come back to the United States, the best strategy is to have the Justice Department indict her on serious felony charges. She may seek another alternative if she knows the risk of coming back here is decades of imprisonment. Of course, Muthana may decide to come anyway. After all, (a) she might see life in an American prison as better than her other alternatives, and (b) if she is an American citizen, there is a good argument that her young son is a citizen, too -- he’d have a more promising chance of survival and a decent life here than in Syria (or wherever else in that godforsaken region they could end up).In any event, the State Department has made its decision. Now it is up to Muthana’s supporters to establish her citizenship if they can, and for the Trump administration to indict her if it chooses.



  Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:29:41 -0500

Shamima Begum: What could happen to the Isil bride?The Home Office has stripped jihadi bride Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, but the ongoing saga of what will happen next to her and her days-old son remains up in the air.  International law forbids nations from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship, prompting speculation that Begum held dual citizenship through her Bangladeshi parents. On Wednesday morning, Begum's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said his client does not have dual nationality, but the Home Office told The Telegraph laws in Bangladesh means the teenager automatically retains dual citizenship until she is 21.  Her family say they will consider "all legal avenues to challenge this decision", and Begum herself said that she may think about trying to travel with her terrorist husband to his home country of Holland to claim citizenship there.  The case has prompted fresh discussions over how Britain manages those returning or attempting to come back from Syria, once gripped by the tyranny of Islamic State (Isil). Begum was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK in February 2015. She married an Isil fighter and on Sunday have birth to her third child at a refugee camp in northeastern Syria. Her first two children died. Begum's family has pleaded for the 19-year-old to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London. But what options do authorities have in such instances? Remain in Syria If Begum is not repatriated, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could hand her over to neighbouring Iraqi forces, Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor explains. The Telegraph is aware of at least three cases, including European citizens, where male Isil suspects have been transferred from Syria to Iraq to face trial. This would be a controversial option as Baghdad has the option to impose the death penalty, which the UK opposes. Foreign detainees are currently being held by the SDF in an area of Kurdish self-rule in northeastern Syria. The SDF has said that they do not have the money or resources to hold them forever. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria They have warned that if Turkey invades, which it has threatened, it could see the prisoners being set free in the chaos. The Syrian Kurds are also in talks with the Syrian government about ceding some of their territory, which could see some foreign prisoners being handed over to the regime. A third option - Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, has called for an international court to be set up in Syria. This would see them tried by international judges in Syria but return home to serve their sentence. However, sources at the UN say it would be difficult if not impossible to set up such a court in Kurdish-held territory without the authority of the Syrian government. Bangladesh dual citizenship The Telegraph understands that the Home Office made the decision to revoke Begum's British citizenship based on Bangladeshi law.  There, until the age of 21, it is understood the Isil bride automatically retains dual nationality due to the fact her parents are both from the country.  At the age of 21, a child born to Bangladeshi parents has the right to waive their right to dual nationality, but not before. The complication lies in how she gets to Bangladesh - where it is understood her father is currently living - and how she proves that she is Shamima Begum.  The teenager has never visited the country and does not have a Bangladeshi passport. Her old British passport is invalid due to her citizenship being revoked and she has previously said she used her sister's passport to travel to Syria back in 2015.  One possible option for her would be to travel to Turkey via the notoriously penetrable border with Syria and present herself to the Bangladeshi embassy.  But officials in Dhaka may well appeal the Home Office's decision to make Begum their responsibility, insisting that she has never even been to the country.  Attempt to gain Dutch citizenship Begum married Isil fighter Yago Riedjik in Syria having travelled to the Middle East from Bethnal Green in east London in 2015. His whereabouts are still unknown, but when asked what she might do next, the Isil bride told ITV News: "Another option I might try with my family is my husband is from Holland and he has family in Holland. "Maybe I can ask for citizenship in Holland. If he gets sent back to prison in Holland I can just wait for him while he is in prison." This would need a number of elements to align for it to even be a possibility.  First, Holland would have to accept to take Riedjik back, having left the country to become a terrorist in the Middle East.  Yago Reidjik The country doesn't offer to help its citizens in Syria who are willing to return, and if they report to an embassy, they would be transported to Holland, arrested and prosecuted.  A foreigh fighter with dual nationalities deemed a threat to national security - like Britain - can have their Dutch citizenship and passport revoked.  If that happens, Begum would have to follow him. But her British passport is - as it stands - invalid. And she previously said she had travelled to Syria on her sister's passport, which has since been taken from her.  Dutch legislation dictates that a spouse or partner wishing to live in Holland would need a residence permit, and in order to be eligible for a permit - they must have a valid passport or other travel documents.  Somehow, if she manages to make the 2,000-mile journey from Syria to Holland, the Dutch authorities would have to accept that she and Riedjik are married.  The pair were wed within the confines of Islamic State a matter of weeks after she arrived. It is highly unlikely there is paperwork to prove they are legally married, and even if there is, the Dutch authorities would have to accept it as binding.  Home Office decision is rescinded  As the Home Office's letter states, Shamima Begum and her family have the right to appeal the decision.  Her lawyer Tasnima Akunjee's rhetoric all along suggests he will help his client fight any move to strip her of her British citizenship.  The letter to the Begum family Credit: ITV News If judges side with Begum, deciding Sajid Javid had no right to revoke her British citizenship because it renders her stateless - the Government would be back to square one.  The appeal might not necessarily need to happen. If, as Begum's lawyer suggests, the Isil bride is currently stateless - the Home Office would be forced to reverse it stance.  In that scenario, all these options are once again back on the table.  Sent to Guantánamo Bay As revealed by Ben Riley-Smith, Robert Mendick and Laura Fitzpatrick on The Telegraph's front page on Friday, the United States is planning to send British Isil fighters to Guantánamo Bay amid frustration at the UK's failure to take responsibility for its homegrown terrorists. Senior US officials believe Guantánamo can house more than 50 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters, including the two surviving British members of the so-called "Beatles" terrorist cell that executed Western hostages. It has emerged that the vast majority of Islamist fighters returning to the UK from Syria have been placed on "secretive" government rehabilitation schemes rather than prosecuted. Despite British concern, Guantánamo Bay is being readied in the run-up to Donald Trump's withdrawal of US troops from Syria as soon as April. There is acute frustration within the Trump administration over how Britain and other western European countries are refusing to take back their foreign fighters for prosecution in their own courts. Returning jihadis: What other countries do Arrest and prosecution Home Secretary Sajid Javid previously said those who make it back "should be ready to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted". But authorities have faced difficulties obtaining evidence to prove someone committed crimes in Syria.  Most recently, The Isil Beatles have caused the Government enormous problems. Two of the four suspected terrorists' fate has been left in limbo as the UK and the US play tug-of-war with where they will end up in court.  The Home Office previously blocked their return, and they could end up in an American federal court facing the death penalty after the CPS said there was "insufficient evidence" for them to be tried in the UK.    uk drops opposing of death pen Figures disclosed in the Commons last year suggested that only around one in 10 returnees has been prosecuted over "direct action" in Syria, although ministers say a significant proportion of those who have come back were assessed as no longer being of national security concern. New legislation which passed last week made it an offence to enter or remain in overseas terror hotspots, officially termed "designated areas". Managed return to UK Powers known as temporary exclusion orders (TEOs) were introduced in 2015. They can last for up to two years and can be imposed on those suspected of involvement in terrorism abroad, making it unlawful for them to return to the UK without engaging with authorities. The powers were unused in 2016, while nine TEOs were issued in 2017. Isil schoolgirls' journey into Syria TPIMs Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) allow the Home Secretary to impose a range of disruptive measures on individuals who are suspected of posing a threat to security but who cannot be prosecuted, or, in the case of foreign nationals, deported. Restrictions can include relocation to another part of the country, electronic monitoring and limits on the use of phones and computers. As of the end of August, six TPIMs were in force. Deradicalisation back in Britain Returnees could be referred to the Government's £40 million a year Prevent programme, which aims to stop people being drawn into terrorism. There were 7,318 individuals referred to Prevent in 2017/18. The schoolgirl who turned to Isil In most cases, referrals are found to require no further action or passed to other services, but when authorities conclude there is a danger the person could be drawn into terrorism, they can be supported through a voluntary scheme known as Channel. Prevent is backed by ministers and police, but has been described as "toxic" by critics, and the Government announced earlier this year that it would be independently reviewed.



  Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:12:15 -0500

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flightsA winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.



  The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summit   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:03:49 -0500

The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summitPope Francis' summit on clergy sexual abuse, which opens Thursday at the Vatican, draws church leaders from around the world.



  The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:35:03 -0500

The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 caseCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):



  Venezuelan Army Stops Guaido as He Heads to Site of Aid Effort   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:32:40 -0500

Venezuelan Army Stops Guaido as He Heads to Site of Aid EffortThree buses carrying lawmakers sympathetic to Guaido left Caracas heading for the town on the Colombian border that’s the focus of the aid effort, but were stopped in Carabobo state. Guaido, traveling separately for security reasons, was held up by army trucks blocking a tunnel east of the capital, said Edward Rodriguez, a spokesman. Maduro, who has said the aid effort is a pretext for a U.S. intervention, also announced that Venezuela’s land crossings with Brazil would shut at 8 p.m., and said he was also weighing "a total closure of the border with Colombia." He already had sealed off access from Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire.



  Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:23:07 -0500

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags onDETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.



  How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth It   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:20:41 -0500

How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth ItWarehouse clubs such as Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club are marketed to consumers as great places to find bargains on all kinds of goods, particularly items sold in bulk. Many discount grocers offer comparable prices on the goods you can find at a warehouse club. For most customers, there are three major areas that will provide enough savings throughout the year to pay for a warehouse club membership.



  View the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 in Photos   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:30:00 -0500

View the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 in Photos



  Pakistan bans groups linked to Mumbai attack suspects   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:05:50 -0500

Pakistan bans groups linked to Mumbai attack suspectsPakistan on Thursday banned two groups believed to be fronts for the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, amid heightened pressure on Islamabad to act against militants. Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation were designated "proscribed organisations", the interior ministry said in a statement, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered officials to accelerate action against banned groups. JuD and FIF are considered by the UN to be fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group accused by Washington and New Delhi of carrying out the Mumbai attack, which killed 166 people and brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.



  Andrew McCabe exacts tell-all revenge on Donald Trump   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:10:53 -0500

Andrew McCabe exacts tell-all revenge on Donald TrumpThe former deputy director of the FBI pulls few punches in “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.”



  Conservative group buys Times Square billboard bashing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon NYC pullout   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:51:22 -0500

Conservative group buys Times Square billboard bashing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon NYC pulloutJob Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz says his group wants to highlight that socialism 'takes' and capitalism 'creates.'



  Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms linger   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:07:20 -0500

Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms lingerThe airline continues to have a higher-than-usual number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance and is dealing with snow in Las Vegas.



  Jussie Smollett directed brothers to pour gas on him and yell slurs, prosecutor says   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:07:11 -0500

Jussie Smollett directed brothers to pour gas on him and yell slurs, prosecutor says“Empire actor “Jussie Smollett made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon at a bond hearing following his arrest on charges of filing a false police report and disorderly conduct.



  Netanyahu makes deal with far-right party ahead of Israeli election   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:54:31 -0500

Netanyahu makes deal with far-right party ahead of Israeli electionThe deal, announced by Netanyahu's Likud and the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, was aimed at solidifying a potential right-wing coalition after the April 9 parliamentary election. Opinion polls predict Netanyahu's Likud will win the most parliamentary seats and will be in a position to form a governing coalition of rightist and religious parties similar to the one he now heads. Gantz and Lapid met on Wednesday, with speculation high they could strike a deal.



  Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shooting   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:00:34 -0500

Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shootingSHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) — A small funeral home was packed with hundreds of mourners for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when a worker opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.



  Consumer Reports' Top Picks Quiz   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:47:13 -0500

Consumer Reports' Top Picks QuizA lot of research goes into determining which vehicles achieve a spot as one of Consumer Reports' Top Picks. Take our quiz to see how well you know our annual list of the best SUVs, cars, and tru...