Spain would not 'initially' block Scotland from joining the EU after Brexit http://reut.rs/2nYSatY
Big story, substantial change. Will reverberate!
Spanish Foreign Secretary's reply on Brexit Scotland veto slightly more nuanced in El País than in The Guardian.
UK war with Spain put out there....
UK tells Gibraltar there will be no transfer of sovereignty against its will....
War of words between Spain & UK getting warmer with today's comment by the British Defense Minister.
The Sunday Times: Picardo "repeatedly lobbied ministers" to ensure Gibraltar was in Article 50 letter. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/spain-duped-may-on-gibraltar-trade-35t6tn7b2 …
Howard say no legal requirement to pay any Brexit Bill , just scare tactics supported by hot air....
Brexit Trade Deal & security must be linked , as per Sir Michael Fallon....
French polling watchdog warns over Russian news agency's election report http://bit.ly/2opQme8
Extraordinary; far-left candidate Mélenchon now neck-and-neck with former frontrunner Fillon.
French election race tightens for frontrunners Le Pen & Macron
French candidate Macron focuses attacks on Le Pen and her far-right party, which he calls "the party of hatred" http://abcn.ws/2oLtanf
On the campaign trail with Macron - excellent profile of the centrist candidate by @b_judah http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/monsieur-le-president-2c86t5bqz … (via @thesundaytimes) pic.twitter.com/K6GRCHLd24
France wary of instability if outsider Emmanuel Macron pulls off victory - The Telegraph
France will turn right (pro market economy) only if Fillon is elected. Macron is moderate socialist and le Pen is national socialist.
France offers €1 bn to strike-hit French Guiana http://dlvr.it/NnFnjZ
Tsipras says deal with creditors hinges on debt relief http://bit.ly/2opV3og
Greece to accelerate return of migrants to Turkey as arrivals pick up http://dlvr.it/NnGj5j
Athens and creditors search for elusive deal to complete review http://dlvr.it/NnGj5X
Findings in defense deal probe may lead to new charges http://dlvr.it/NnGj5D
Geopolitical responsibilities http://dlvr.it/NnGj3R
Europe " Catch All" ....
A greater role for European institutions and policies is needed when it comes to migration: http://bit.ly/2nqwzI6
Spike in Popularity of SPD approaching heights not seen since 2005 though...
ECB contemplating cautious policy change, says Executive Board’s Coeuré http://on.wsj.com/2nD8fmW
Germany opens spying probe into Turkish religious agency http://dlvr.it/NmvVcb
The real story turns out to be SURVEILLANCE and LEAKING! Find the leakers.
Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!
Talks on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare are, and have been, going on, and will continue until such time as a deal is hopefully struck.
The failing @nytimes finally gets it - "In places where no insurance company offers plans, there will be no way for ObamaCare customers to..
...use subsidies to buy health plans." In other words, Ocare is dead. Good things will happen, however, either with Republicans or Dems.
Wow, @FoxNews just reporting big news. Source: "Official behind unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some unmasked....
..not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on before he was nominated." If this is true, does not get much bigger. Would be sad for U.S.
Trump returns focus to wiretapping claims: "Find the leakers" http://hill.cm/6sd3WO7
Senior admin official confirms WH adviser/Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is in Iraq, traveling with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dunford.
Trump doesn't regret any of his tweets http://hill.cm/8slujZ8
"He has to find out how he can get out of the Republican straitjacket and build the relationships.” http://wapo.st/2oqfrpi
Trump To Tell Xi: “If China Is Not Going To Solve North Korea, We Will" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-02/trump-tell-xi-%E2%80%9Cif-china-not-going-solve-north-korea-we-will …
Golfing with President Trump: budget director Mick Mulvaney and Rand Paul, per aide. Will a new Obamacare replacement plan be hatched?
"WH staff says POTUS is having meetings," per today's pool reporter, @osborneja. "Secret Service was inspecting a golf cart upon arrival."
Trump stayed home at the White House yesterday, but he's on the move today.
Mitch McConnell “very confident” Congress can pass a funding bill that would avoid a govt shutdown at end of April https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-02/mcconnell-says-he-s-very-confident-congress-can-avoid-shutdown …
McConnell: Russia controversy "certainly not helpful" to Trump's agenda http://hill.cm/9vb4xjm
Sunday morning talking heads - The “get” of the day belongs to “Meet the Press,” which will preview nuclear war...
Former Secretary Ash Carter on a preemptive strike on North Korea: "We've always had all options on the table. I wouldn't take any off."
11 things to remember about Trump-Russia affair
.@jonkarl on Michael Flynn: "They're not gonna give him immunity unless he's got something big on somebody higher up than he was."
Dershowitz: "I can not for the life of me figure out" why Flynn asked for immunity http://hill.cm/wWR2QcM
Flynn failed to disclose payments from Russian firms before leaving the White House http://hill.cm/mOwfe94
The attorney representing Michael Flynn is one of President Trump’s fiercest critics on the right http://thebea.st/2mWVarN
Democrats have a new and surprising weapon on Capitol Hill: Power
Can a self-proclaimed “Sanders-style Democrat” candidate take over a red state seat? http://ow.ly/cm6Y30ashjQ
In this week’s podcast episode, RCP looks at new focus on tax reform and the future of U.S.-Turkey relations | http://ow.ly/jQf930apKJ1
OPINION | One key takeaway for Trump following the AHCA repeal: legislation takes time http://ow.ly/rWVx30apHe0
Moving forward on tax reform, will Ryan face the same problems that plagued Republicans last week? http://ow.ly/1eOf30apDD7
Will Senate Intel leaders be able to restore bipartisanship and cohesion within their committee? http://ow.ly/4Yh330apsPY
Odds & Ends....
In Old Mosul, there r a 1/4 of a million hostages under ISIL's control, threatening to kill them #SaveTheCivilians of Mosul & rescue them
A message 2 the ISOF: Save the Mosulis from ISIL's atrocities Those r the orders ISIL issued in Mosul against the Mosulis:
ISIL is killing the civilians in masses now and uses their home and leave the wounded untreated at the areas under its control.
1- Everyone welcomes the liberation or even shows the slightest sign of joy about the operations, s/he is "kafir" and sentenced to death
2- Refrain from treating residents in hospitals & never provid them with any form of treatment no matter how critical their condition is.
The members of the Islamic state are the only ones should be treated.
3- It is permissible 2 kill civilians if the goal is 2 protect the members of the Islamic state, ...
... as those residents are "kafirs" expelled from the Islamic state's jurisdiction.
4- All property, homes, vehicles, businesses, r property of the Muslim's house of wealth (of ISIL), & permitted 2 use them however they fit.
5- Anyone tries to escape towards the Iraqi forces must be killed
Here’s the joint statement by the KDP and PUK politburos regarding independence referendum, territory etc http://www.pukpb.org/english/cgblog/1087/15/PUK-KDP-issue-statement-urge-holding-referendum-read-full-textenglish …
Kurdish ruling parties conclude that independence referendum will be pursued as the national right of #Kurdish people.
Turkey referendum: Everything you need to know about president Erdogan's bid for more power http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/31/turkey-referendum-everything-need-know-president-erdogans-bid/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw … via @telegraphnews
Erdogan stumps for ‘yes’ vote to controversial referendum in Kurdish city http://f24.my/11o2.t
Ticking Clocks: Erdoğan and Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum
Voting in Turkey’s referendum begins in US http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/voting-in-turkeys-referendum-begins-in-us-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=111501&NewsCatID=358 …
In hopes of reaching Turkey, Waer evacuee leaves for Idlib province: "My children are tired of a life of war." http://bit.ly/2nL9sZM
PMU leadership during press conference said 70% of Mosul operations is completed and next phase will include expelling IS from Tell Afar
Note this strike declaration pertains to employees of West CBL.
Unity Govt FM Mohamed Siyala says EU's Sofia Op encouraging illegal immigration because it guarantees safe passage http://alwasat.ly/ar/news/libya/137478/ …
Japanese support for Libyan IDPs - Libya Herald
UNSMIL counts the dead civilians from March - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/01/unsmil-counts-the-dead-civilians-from-march/ …
Two more civilians killed in mine explosion in Benghazi’s Gwarsha district - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/04/01/two-more-civilians-killed-in-mine-explosion-in-benghazis-gwarsha-district/ …
#Libya: Hafter's appointment of Sahban for Sirte ops is having remarkable repercussions. Factions in Zintan are recoiling - and uniting.
Every town/tribe/faction in #Libya has Gaddafi veterans. But notorious Sahban (based in Gharyan for decades) shelled Zintan / Nafusa in 2011
#Libya Italian firm to build two control towers at Tripoli Mitiga airport