By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters battled on Saturday to gain control of a destructive wildfire burning near Santa Barbara, California that mushroomed in size overnight, pushed by gusty offshore winds into dry brush that has not burned in decades. The Whittier Fire, which broke out July 8 and has already destroyed eight homes, had been more than 50 percent contained on Friday before so-called “Sundowner” winds picked up in the evening, according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) website. Nearly 3,000 people who were forced to flee their homes near Cachuma Lake and the community of Goleta remained under evacuation orders as fire officials said another evening of Sundowners could drive the flames toward populated areas.
Donald Trump's presidential re-election campaign made a $50,000 payment in June to the law office now representing Donald Trump Jr. more than a week before revelations that the president's son had met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. The payment to the Law Offices of Alan S. Futerfas, dated June 27, was disclosed in a filing with the Federal Election Commission on Saturday. It was described as covering "legal consulting" fees. Separately, the campaign also paid Jones Day, the law firm that represented Trump's campaign during the election. Spokesmen for Trump's re-election campaign and Futerfas could not be immediately reached for comment. Donald Trump and Russian espionage Futerfas was announced as Trump Jr.'s lawyer on Monday after a New York Times report detailed meetings between the president's eldest son and a Russian lawyer. A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. Moscow has denied any interference and the president and Trump Jr. have denied any collusion. Donald Trump Jnr emails related content The campaign also paid $89,561 to The Trump Corporation for "legal consulting." The company, owned by the president, is not a law firm. They payment was dated June 30th. In the second quarter of 2017, Trump's re-election campaign raised about $8 million and spent $4.4 million. Trump filed for re-election the day after taking office – allowing his campaign to continue to raise and spend money while he is in office. The Federal Election Commission has previously ruled that candidates and federal office holders may spend campaign funds on legal fees that are part of legal actions that would not have been necessary if they were not a candidate. Trump has also hired outside counsel being led Marc Kasowitz. His campaign finance disclosure did not list any payments to Kasowitz.
Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan holds protest calling on government to respond to Temple Mount closure by cutting ties with Israel.
Netanyahu and Abbas both acted responsibly to prevent a holy war; but the Arab world’s condemnation of Israel is a reason for concern
Students’ movement protests plan to reopen Temple Mount to Muslims, calls on PM not to reward terror.
Student movement protests plan to reopen Temple Mount to Muslims, calls on PM not to reward terror.