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McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from Democrats
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 19:40:23 -0500

McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from DemocratsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the rules for a Senate impeachment trial on Monday evening.


Chief Justice John Roberts drops 'pettifogging' bomb while reprimanding both sides in impeachment trial
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:37:09 -0500

Chief Justice John Roberts drops 'pettifogging' bomb while reprimanding both sides in impeachment trial"Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are," Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said, admonishing participants in President Trump's impeachment trial to keep it civil.


Attorney: Due to a conflict of interest, William Barr must recuse himself from Lev Parnas' criminal case
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 22:35:00 -0500

Attorney: Due to a conflict of interest, William Barr must recuse himself from Lev Parnas' criminal caseAn attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday, requesting the he recuse himself from Parnas' criminal case.Parnas was arrested last October and charged with campaign finance violations. In the letter, which was also filed in New York federal court, attorney Joseph Bondy said Barr has a conflict of interest and asked that a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department handle Parnas' case. "Federal ethics guidelines bar federal employees from participating in matters in which their impartiality could be questioned, including matters in which they were personally involved or about which they have personal knowledge," Bondy wrote.Bondy cited several reasons why Barr should recuse himself, noting that the reconstructed transcript released by the White House of President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump telling Zelensky that Barr could help him facilitate an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. Last week, Parnas told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that Barr knew about efforts in the Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, saying, "Attorney General Barr was basically on the team." Read Bondy's letter here.More stories from theweek.com After rejecting amendments, Senate adopts impeachment trial rules White House budget office releases heavily redacted Ukraine emails as Senate rejects OMB subpoenas Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow's odd impeachment rant about 'lawyer lawsuits' may stem from a misheard phrase


UK to introduce tougher jail terms for convicted terrorists after London Bridge attack
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 19:12:54 -0500

UK to introduce tougher jail terms for convicted terrorists after London Bridge attackBritain will introduce tougher jail sentences for convicted terrorists and will end early release as part of a series of measures to strengthen its response to terrorism, the government said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to make changes after an attack near London Bridge in November in which Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, killed two people. Khan had been sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison in 2012 with a requirement that the parole board assess his danger to the public before release.


Putin to meet mother of Israeli backpacker jailed over hash
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:49:01 -0500

Putin to meet mother of  Israeli backpacker jailed over hashRussian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet with the mother of an Israeli tourist who was jailed in Russia for carrying a few grams of hashish, the Kremlin said Wednesday. The Russian leader is set to meet with Naama Issachar's mother while he is visiting Israel on Thursday, Putin adviser Yuri Ushakov said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Holy Land, are also taking part in the meeting that will focus on “the humanitarian aspect” of the case, Ushakov told reporters Wednesday.


At More Than 500%, Zimbabwe’s Ncube Sees Inflation Stabilizing
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:12:11 -0500

At More Than 500%, Zimbabwe’s Ncube Sees Inflation Stabilizing(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterZimbabwean inflation is beginning to stabilize, even with consumer prices increasing more than 500% on an annual basis, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said.Year-on-year inflation remains high, “but that’s expected, that happens when you liberalize a currency,” Ncube said Wednesday in an interview with Bloomberg Television at the World Economic Forum in Davos.After a decade of using a basket of foreign currencies, including the South African rand and the U.S. dollar, Zimbabwe last year reintroduced its own tender. It has plummeted to 17.1950 per dollar since a 1:1 peg was removed in February.The southern African nation’s statistics agency suspended publishing year-on-year inflation data after June, when monthly inflation peaked at 39.3%. It still releases the consumer price index, which shows annual costs rose 521% in December, the most since a hyperinflation episode in 2009. While monthly price growth has cooled, it was still at 16.6% in December, whereas Ncube said in February it could be close to zero by the end of 2019.Still, investors can believe his government’s pledge to rein in inflation because they have “walked the talk,” he said.“We said that month-on-month inflation is going to be stabilizing and going to be dropping, that’s what has been been happening,” Ncube said. “We believe that we are on our way to dealing with inflation. It will take time, but we are headed there.”\--With assistance from Rene Vollgraaff.To contact the reporter on this story: Haslinda Amin in Singapore at hamin1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Benjamin Harvey at bharvey11@bloomberg.net, Rene Vollgraaff, Paul RichardsonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


‘Sorry for Lying to You for 13 Years’: Iranian State TV Host Turns on Regime after Ukrainian Jet Downing
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:14:52 -0500

‘Sorry for Lying to You for 13 Years’: Iranian State TV Host Turns on Regime after Ukrainian Jet DowningA number of Iranian TV hosts and other public personalities have denounced the regime in the wake of Iran's missile strike on a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed 176 people after the military mistook the jet for an enemy target."Apologies for lying to you for 13 years," state TV host of "Good Morning Iran" Gelareh Jabbari posted on Instagram last Monday. "It was very hard for me to believe our people have been killed, forgive me for believing this late."The post, which was seen by NBC News, has since been deleted.Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran's most popular actors and a star of the Oscar-winning 2016 movie The Salesman, also criticized the regime in a post to her 5.8 million Instagram followers."We are not citizens, we are captives, millions of captives," Alidoosti wrote. That post has also been deleted."The Islamic Republic is facing the worst legitimacy crisis in its 40-year history, and the pressures are mounting from every angle," Afshin Shahi, associate professor of Middle East politics at Bradford University, England, told NBC. "The gap between the state and society has widened to an extreme extent."Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down the plane after several days of official denials. U.S., Canadian and European intelligence had already indicated the plane was shot down in a missile strike.Several hours earlier, Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at U.S. positions in Iraq, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian military later said the strikes were not intended to kill U.S. troops.However, the Pentagon later acknowledged that 11 Americans were injured in the strikes, and were being treated for concussive symptoms.


Are North Korea's Vaunted Submarines Actually Any Good?
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 04:20:00 -0500

Are North Korea's Vaunted Submarines Actually Any Good?Let's take a look.


REI’s January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:26:00 -0500

REI’s January Sale Offers 50% off Cold-Weather Outdoor Gear


Menendez and Graham Partner Up to Craft a New Iran Deal
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:15:07 -0500

Menendez and Graham Partner Up to Craft a New Iran DealSen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have teamed up to work on drafting potential contours for negotiations with Tehran over the country’s nuclear programming and a roadmap for a new deal, according to Graham and two other congressional aides familiar with the matter.“I’ve been working with Senator Menendez on this for some time,” Graham told The Daily Beast in an interview last week. “We need a new way forward. And I’ve been trying to think of alternatives.”Graham told The Daily Beast in an interview in August that he was working with senior Trump administration officials on an alternative to the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal. Part of that effort included fielding ideas from outside actors, including foreign officials. Since then, Graham has met with Menendez—although only a few times—on how to kickstart a bipartisan congressional effort to reform the administration’s Iran policy.According to sources individuals familiar with the Graham-Menendez partnership, the two senators have largely talked about constructing an actionable plan to present to other lawmakers and to the White House. But the two sides have yet to agree on exactly how to get the ball rolling, according to those sources. One individual said Menendez wanted to work with Graham because the South Carolina lawmaker had gained the president’s ear on Iran over the last year.Although the duo has spoken about teaming up for some time, sources say the lawmakers are focused now more than ever on crafting a new deal following the killing of Iran’s top military leader, Qassem Soleimani. Following the strike, Democrats in the Senate, including Menendez, called out senior officials in the Trump administration for not offering proper intelligence briefings to Congress on what led to the strike. Menendez told MSNBC earlier this month that the administration suggested in briefings there was an imminent threat to American interests but that there was “no clear definition of what they consider imminent.”The senator also called on the administration to declassify the official notification provided to Congress about the Soleimani strike.Graham, on the other hand, applauded President Trump and told The Daily Beast that the administration should continue to keep the military option on the table if Iran were to continue to threaten American interests in the Middle East. Graham suggested the U.S. strike Iranian oil assets in the country, pointing to refineries in particular. Menendez, on the other hand, has urged the administration to up its diplomatic outreach following the strike rather than continue to rely on its military might.Despite their division on Trump’s decision to strike Soleimani, both lawmakers opposed the Obama administration’s 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.“I have looked into my own soul, and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it,” Menendez said in a 2015 speech. “It is for these reasons that I will vote to disapprove the agreement and, if called upon, would vote to override a veto.”At the time of the deal’s proposal in 2015, Menendez advocated that the Obama administration continue to levy sanctions on Iran in order to change Tehran’s behavior and keep it from eventually obtaining a nuclear weapon. Although Graham’s and Menendez’s public statements on Iran have varied, both lawmakers seem to agree on one point: The Trump administration’s strategy isn’t working.Since Trump took office, Menendez has criticized the Trump administration’s Iran strategy as only emboldening Tehran. And while Graham tends to support Trump publicly, the South Carolina lawmaker has been openly critical of how the White House responds to Iran’s malign activities in the region.In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Graham said the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign—meant to cripple Iran’s economy with sanctions—was working but needed to be harsher and combined with military deterrence. Team Trump Thought It Could Contain Iran With ‘Maximum Pressure.’ The Attacks Got Worse.Before the Soleimani strike, Iran policy experts, some of whom worked with the Obama administration, said Tehran would not engage in talks about a revised nuclear deal unless the U.S. rolled back at least some of its sanctions on the country. Now those experts say Tehran, having rolled back its commitments under the former deal, is not likely to engage in any meaningful conversation with the U.S. on nuclear power, at least in the short term.Meanwhile, two officials in the Treasury Department say their unit is continuously drawing up additional sanctions for Iran on the chance Trump wants to hit the country with additional punishments in the near future.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


The search for Selena Not Afraid ends with 'great sadness.' Missing girl's body found near Montana rest area
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:38:53 -0500

The search for Selena Not Afraid ends with 'great sadness.' Missing girl's body found near Montana rest areaThe body of Selena Shelley Faye Not Afraid, 16, was found near the Montana rest area where she was last seen on New Year's Day, authorities said.


Democrats are mulling offering Hunter Biden as part of a Trump impeachment witness swap in exchange for testimony from John Bolton
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:22:05 -0500

Democrats are mulling offering Hunter Biden as part of a Trump impeachment witness swap in exchange for testimony from John BoltonIn public, Democrats have resisted the prospect of Biden testifying, but in private it's an option they're said to be discussing.


Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem church
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:06:12 -0500

Macron berates Israeli security men in tussle at Jerusalem churchJERUSALEM (Reuters) - "Go outside," French President Emmanuel Macron demanded in English in a melee with Israeli security men on Wednesday, demanding they leave a Jerusalem basilica that he visited before a Holocaust memorial conference. The French tricolor has flown over the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem's walled Old City since it was gifted by the Ottomans to French Emperor Napoleon III in 1856. France views it as a provocation when Israeli police enter the church's sandstone complex, in a part of Jerusalem captured and annexed by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.


The influencer who faked a broken ankle to get a free business-class upgrade says he'd do it again
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:50:02 -0500

The influencer who faked a broken ankle to get a free business-class upgrade says he'd do it againJamie Zhu told Insider that the moon boot he bought for the stunt "will now be put to good use on my next flights."


Feds: White supremacists hoped rally would start civil war
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:42:06 -0500

Feds: White supremacists hoped rally would start civil warA hidden camera captured members of a white supremacist group expressing hope that violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia this week could start a civil war, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday.


Halkbank Hit With U.S. Demand for Millions in Contempt Fines
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:12:56 -0500

Halkbank Hit With U.S. Demand for Millions in Contempt Fines(Bloomberg) -- Turkey’s Halkbank should pay millions of dollars in fines for its continued failure to respond to U.S. sanctions-evasions charges, federal prosecutors in New York said.In a court filing Tuesday, the government asked a federal judge to impose a daily $1 million fine that would double each week the bank refuses to appear in the case.Prosecutors charged the bank in October with aiding a yearslong scheme to help Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions and access $20 billion in frozen oil revenue. Since then, the bank has refused to accept service of the indictment or answer the case, leading prosecutors to deem it a fugitive from justice.The U.S. pursuit of Halkbank, which is owned by the Turkish government, has been a sore point in relations between the two countries. Manhattan federal prosecutors previously won the conviction of a senior Halkbank executive in a case Turkish President Recep Erdogan likened to an “international coup attempt.”Read More: Halkbank Threatened with U.S. Contempt in Iran Sanctions Case“Halkbank has consistently sought to avoid responsibility for its role in a massive sanctions-evasion and money-laundering scheme that gave the Government of Iran access to billions of dollars’ worth of restricted oil proceeds,” the U.S. said in Tuesday’s filing.The U.S. argued that Halkbank improperly ignored an initial summons, “intentionally frustrated” efforts to serve the summons and indictment, attacked the charges in the press and failed to show up for a required court appearance.Andrew Hruska, a U.S. lawyer for Halkbank, didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the sanctions request.A judge in December denied Halkbank’s request that it be allowed to make a “special appearance” to argue for the charges’ dismissal without submitting itself to the court’s jurisdiction. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman denied the request, leaving Halkbank with a choice between answering the charges and defending against them or not participating in the case in any way.While Halkbank does almost no business in the U.S., it has some ties to the nation’s financial system, which the government could limit or sever.In its initial filing, the U.S. provided conflicting statements about the amount of the proposed fine. In one section the daily $1 million fine was said to double at the end of each week the bank fails to comply. In another section the government said the fine would double every day. In a corrected filing, prosecutors made clear the fine should double only each week.The case is U.S. v. Halkbank, 15-cr-867, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).(Updates with amount of requested fine)To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Van Voris in federal court in Manhattan at rvanvoris@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Joe Schneider, Steve StrothFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulations
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:13:58 -0500

Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulationsAn American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday. Philip Jacobson of California was detained Tuesday in Palangkaraya city on Borneo island. The government has promised to ease visa restrictions for international media since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014.


The U.S.'s Next Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller, Hero of Pearl Harbor
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:29:00 -0500

The U.S.'s Next Aircraft Carrier Named After Doris Miller, Hero of Pearl HarborMiller heroically fought back against the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor.


How Was the Secret Air War Between the U.S. Navy and Soviet Fighters Over Siberia Kept Secret for Forty Years?
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:00:00 -0500

How Was the Secret Air War Between the U.S. Navy and Soviet Fighters Over Siberia Kept Secret for Forty Years?Blame North Korea.


Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in Arizona
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:47:34 -0500

Authorities say Oklahoma man was eaten by mountain lions in ArizonaSteven Brashear, 66, was reported missing in December. Three mountain lions were euthanized after being found eating his body.


Trump impeachment news – live: House managers deliver opening arguments as Democrats accuse White House lawyers of Fox News-style ‘histrionics’
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:35:00 -0500

Trump impeachment news – live: House managers deliver opening arguments as Democrats accuse White House lawyers of Fox News-style ‘histrionics’The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump began in acrimonious fashion on Tuesday, with the Republican-dominated chamber voting down 11 Democratic proposals for amendments to the rules, including the rejection of subpoenas for ex-national security adviser John Bolton and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to give testimony on the Ukraine scandal.Democratic impeachment managers Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler complained the marathon process was “ass-backwards” and accused Republicans of “voting for a cover-up”, observing: “Only guilty people hide the evidence.”


U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': environment watchdog
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:02:29 -0500

U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': environment watchdogThe contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group. The chemicals, resistant to breaking down in the environment, are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The findings https://www.ewg.org/research/national-pfas-testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show the group's previous estimate in 2018, based on unpublished U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, that 110 million Americans may be contaminated with PFAS, could be far too low.


Russia admits its deadly Zircon hypersonic missile is suffering from 'childhood diseases'
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:11:36 -0500

Russia admits its deadly Zircon hypersonic missile is suffering from 'childhood diseases'The weapon which is expected to eventually arm the country's newer frigates is apparently experiencing developmental challenges.


30 Doormats That Will Wow Visitors
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:30:26 -0500

30 Doormats That Will Wow Visitors


Religious-School Aid Divides U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:46:51 -0500

Religious-School Aid Divides U.S. Supreme Court Justices(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled a sharp divide in a Montana case that could make it easier to funnel public money to religious schools and other faith-based organizations.With Chief Justice John Roberts in his customary center seat, the court heard arguments a mere eight hours after he finished presiding over the first day of President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. The trial resumes Wednesday at 1 p.m.The Montana Supreme Court struck down a taxpayer-funded scholarship program that was used primarily to help send children to religious schools, ruling that it violated a state constitutional provision. The ruling is being challenged by three mothers seeking to use money from the program to send their children to a Christian school.Roberts is likely to cast the pivotal vote. His questions suggested he might back the parents and revive the scholarship program, though he directed queries at lawyers on both sides.The chief justice made no mention of his new second job, conducting the hour-long session much as he usually does. He interrupted Justice Sonia Sotomayor during an especially long question to give a lawyer a chance to answer. Roberts later drew a laugh when he recommended that another lawyer answer Justice Stephen Breyer’s question despite Breyer’s suggestion that the attorney could ignore it.Sotomayor and other liberal justices questioned whether the mothers had any grounds to complain given that the entire program has been thrown out. Justice Elena Kagan said they were “in the same boat” as the parents of children in non-religious private schools.“There is no discrimination at this point going on, is there?” she asked.Anti-Catholic BiasThe 2015 scholarship program gave individuals and corporations a tax credit for contributing up to $150 a year to an organization that funds scholarships to help needy students attend private schools.The parents sued after the Department of Revenue issued a rule that barred use of scholarship money at religious schools. A trial judge blocked that rule, before the Montana Supreme Court went further and threw out the entire program.The Supreme Court’s conservatives questioned the legality of the Montana constitutional provision that formed the basis of the state court ruling. The provision, which bars aid to churches and religious schools, was originally adopted in 1888.Justice Brett Kavanaugh pointed to the anti-Catholic bias that proliferated at the time, saying that sentiment drove many states to adopt similar provisions.“They’re certainly rooted in grotesque religious bigotry against Catholics,” Kavanaugh said. Montana officials say the provision was re-adopted in 1972 for legitimate reasons.Swimming PoolsRoberts suggested the Montana court ruling was akin to a governmental decision to close its swimming pools because too many black people were using them.“How is that different from religion?” he asked the state’s lawyer.Montana officials say the state court was right to invalidate the entire program if any of the money would go to religious schools. The state Department of Revenue says more than 90% of the scholarships went to students attending religious schools.The only organization formed under the law, Blue Sky Scholarships, supports just one non-religious school along with 12 religious schools, the state says. Big Sky awarded 54 scholarships during the most recent school year, totaling $27,000.Almost 20 states have similar scholarship programs, according to a filing in the case by school-choice advocates.The court will rule by June in the case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, 18-1195.(Updates with excerpts from argument starting in sixth paragraph)To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Indonesia says 5 citizens kidnapped by Philippine militants
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:31:08 -0500

Indonesia says 5 citizens kidnapped by Philippine militantsIndonesian authorities said Tuesday that five of the country's citizens have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines.


When you should be worried about the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 17 people
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:19:00 -0500

When you should be worried about the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 17 peopleThe virus doesn't appear to be as deadly as SARS, though just like the flu, it can kill vulnerable people.


The Air Force's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Will Be a High-Tech Doomsday Machine
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:31:00 -0500

The Air Force's New B-21 Stealth Bomber Will Be a High-Tech Doomsday MachineArmed with nukes too.


AOC Compares Baltimore Riots to Peaceful Richmond Gun-Rights Demonstration
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:03:04 -0500

AOC Compares Baltimore Riots to Peaceful Richmond Gun-Rights DemonstrationRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Monday contrasted the annual gun rights rally in Richmond, Va. with the riots after the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray and protests following the killing of Eric Garner by New York police."When we go out and march for the dignity…of the lives of people like Freddie Gray and Eric Garner, the whole place is surrounded by police in riot gear without a gun in sight [among protesters]," Ocasio-Cortez said at a Monday event. "And here are all of these people [in Richmond], flying Confederate flags with semiautomatic weapons, and there are almost no police officers at that protest."Following the death of Freddie Gray in the back of a police van in Baltimore in 2015, the city saw riots so extensive that Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, while national-guard units deployed to quell the violence. While the officers who arrested Gray were initially charged with murder, all charges were eventually dropped by the prosecution.During the Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Va. officers arrested one person for covering her face in public, which is banned under Virginia law. The individual was later released, and the rally continued without violence.On Thursday the New York Times reported that three suspected white nationalists had been arrested, with investigators alleging the three would try to ignite violence at the rally. Governor Ralph Northam, who has voiced support for more restrictive gun laws, declared a state of emergency in response to the threat.


Trump impeachment defense is dangerous. Abuses of power could crack America's foundation.
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:15:07 -0500

Trump impeachment defense is dangerous. Abuses of power could crack America's foundation.Trump thinks his oath was a vague, unenforceable promise, that he can't be held accountable as long as he doesn't commit a crime. But he's wrong.


Joe Biden wins backing of national iron workers union in White House race
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:59:45 -0500

Joe Biden wins backing of national iron workers union in White House raceWith the first votes in the 2020 Democratic nominating contest less than two weeks away, former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday received a welcome endorsement from the national iron workers union. The 130,000-member International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers said it was tapping Biden over the other 11 Democratic candidates in the race because of his past work supporting infrastructure projects. “Vice President Biden has proven again and again that he is a friend to union ironworkers,” said Eric Dean, the union's general president, in a statement.


This 26-year-old former truck driver is running for Congress, and he's betting big that TikTok will help get him elected
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:57:52 -0500

This 26-year-old former truck driver is running for Congress, and he's betting big that TikTok will help get him electedJoshua Collins is ditching traditional ads to raise money and find volunteers through TikTok, which other politicians have been slow to adopt.


Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodies
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 04:55:28 -0500

Virus exposes Beijing campaign to isolate Taiwan on global bodiesThe emergence of a deadly new virus in China has ignited fresh anger in neighbouring Taiwan about how the island has been squeezed out of international bodies, including the World Health Organization. Modern Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation for the last seven decades and has emerged as one of Asia's most progressive democracies. Taiwan has been denied access to the World Health Assembly (WHA) -- the WHO's main meeting -- since 2017 under pressure from Beijing which loathes the island's current president Tsai Ing-wen, who won a landslide second term earlier this month.


Susan Collins targeted by conservative Republicans in ad
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:50:54 -0500

Susan Collins targeted by conservative Republicans in adA group of prominent conservative critics of President Trump released a new ad on Wednesday targeting Sen. Susan Collins, attacking her for voting to block witnesses from testifying in his Senate impeachment trial.


Zimbabwe Opposition Vows Rolling Protests Over Economy
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:30:59 -0500

Zimbabwe Opposition Vows Rolling Protests Over Economy(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterZimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change will hold a series of demonstrations this year over the government’s failure to address the deteriorating economy.The southern African nation had the continent’s fastest-shrinking economy last year, after Libya, and its annual inflation rate was outpaced globally only by Venezuela, International Monetary Fund estimates show. Zimbabwe is grappling with shortages of food, fuel and foreign-exchange, while its inability to pay for adequate electricity imports and breakdowns at power plants have led to outages of as long as 18 hours a day.“This year is going to be a year of demonstrations and action,” MDC leader Nelson Chamisa told party supporters in the capital, while outlining their plans for this year.” This year it must be known that demonstrations are coming. It is time to fight for Zimbabwe we all want and have been dreaming of.”Previous protests by anti-government activists have resulted in brutal repression. At least 18 people have been killed in demonstrations since Emmerson Mnangagwa came to power in November 2017.To contact the reporter on this story: Godfrey Marawanyika in Harare at gmarawanyika@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gordon Bell at gbell16@bloomberg.net, Paul Richardson, Alastair ReedFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Britain's EU Journey: When De Gaulle said 'non' twice
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 06:29:59 -0500

Britain's EU Journey: When De Gaulle said 'non' twiceBritain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout 2020. This series of stories chronicles Britain’s tortured relationship with Europe from the post-World War II years to the present.


The Sneaky Way Russia Is Increasing Its Military Power
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:02:00 -0500

The Sneaky Way Russia Is Increasing Its Military PowerJust like the USSR before them.


Police: Mom accused of killing her 3 kids said she smothered them while singing
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:26:24 -0500

Police: Mom accused of killing her 3 kids said she smothered them while singingA probable cause document doesn’t provide a possible motive for the brutal killings that Rachel Henry is charged with.


26 Coffee Makers for Every Type of Coffee Drinker
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:57:36 -0500

26 Coffee Makers for Every Type of Coffee Drinker


Why No GOP Senator Will Stand Up to Trump
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:10:48 -0500

Why No GOP Senator Will Stand Up to TrumpBarry Goldwater had the power to tell Nixon it was all over. But don’t expect a repeat this time.


China says virus cases rise to 440, with 9 deaths
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 21:31:32 -0500

China says virus cases rise to 440, with 9 deathsChina's National Health Commission said on Wednesday 440 people in 13 Chinese provinces were confirmed to be infected with a new coronavirus as of Tuesday, with nine deaths, and that there was evidence of respiratory transmission from patient to patient.


Arkansas Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Appear before Court in Paternity Case
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:53:59 -0500

Arkansas Judge Orders Hunter Biden to Appear before Court in Paternity CaseAn Arkansas judge presiding over Hunter Biden’s paternity case has ordered the son of former Vice President Joe Biden to appear before the court on January 29 to explain the state of his finances, after missing a deadline to hand over five years of records.Biden "continues to act as though he has no respect for this court, its orders, the legal process in this state, or the needs of his child for support," wrote Clinton Lancaster, the lawyer for Lunden Alexis Roberts, the mother of Biden’s 16-month-old child. Judge Holly Meyer signed an "Order to Appear and Show Cause," which was filed in court on Tuesday.Lancaster explained that Biden had failed to reveal addresses, phone numbers, all sources of income, ownership stakes in companies, property deeds, and tax returns. The original "Motion for Contempt and for Order to Show Cause" was filed on December 23, with Lancaster arguing that Biden had already missed deadlines on December 12 and December 19.Biden’s lawyer Brent Langdon has argued in response that "to the extent possible [Biden] has complied with the court's orders" and asked for the motion to be dismissed.Lancaster also told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that the case had nothing to do with impeachment. Roberts has been seeking $11,000 from Biden to defray cost of her paternity case, after DNA results proved he had fathered her child.“I don't believe we have any stake in the impeachment proceedings. We don't have any stake in it whatsoever. We need his income so we can determine child support,” he said.Earlier this month, Judge Don McSpadden recused himself without explanation after ordering Biden to hand over all income records over the past five years, in the interest of “Baby Doe.” McSpadden also stipulated that Biden’s financial information would remain under seal.


Tucker Carlson issues ominous 2020 warning to Trump and all Republicans
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:23:59 -0500

Tucker Carlson issues ominous 2020 warning to Trump and all RepublicansFox News personality Tucker Carlson is warning President Trump and other Republican candidates running this year that they shouldn’t assume they’re going to win just because the economy is booming. Beneath the surface, he said, there are warning signs that the core demographic that helped Trump win in 2016 isn’t benefitting.


Jess Phillips Quits Race to Replace Corbyn as U.K. Labour Leader
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:29:28 -0500

Jess Phillips Quits Race to Replace Corbyn as U.K. Labour Leader(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Jess Phillips quit the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the U.K. Labour Party, saying she was unable to unite the divided movement.Phillips failed to win the necessary backing from trade unions and local parties to get on the final ballot. There are now four candidates left in the contest to succeed Corbyn, who last month led the party to its worst election defeat since the 1930s.Life After Corbyn? The Politicians Vying to Become Labour Leader“The Labour Party will need to select a candidate that can unite all parts of our movement -- the union movement, the members and elected representatives,” Phillips said in a video on YouTube Tuesday. “I have to be honest that at this time, that person isn’t me.”The new leader will have the task of reviving the U.K.’s main opposition party. Under Corbyn, the party became bitterly divided over his socialist policies, accusations of antisemitism, and an ambiguous policy on Brexit.Corbyn CriticPhillips, 38, was a vocal critic of Corbyn, making her a divisive candidate unpopular with his supporters, who saw her as undermining his efforts. She didn’t say which of the four remaining candidates she would support.The backbench member of Parliament had already said her campaign was not going well, and on Monday she failed to gain the support of retail trade union Usdaw, which instead backed front-runner Keir Starmer. As Labour’s fourth-largest affiliate, Usdaw would have helped get Phillips over the line, but instead assured Starmer of a place in the final ballot.Under the complex rules of the contest, candidates need to secure the backing of either 33 constituency Labour parties, or three affiliates, two of which must be unions and make up at least 5% of affiliated membership.Starmer’s main rival, Rebecca Long-Bailey, hopes to win the support of Unite or the Communication Workers Union. On Wednesday, the GMB union backed Lisa Nandy, calling her “a breath of fresh air in the debate over Labour’s future.”Four RemainThe fourth candidate remaining is Emily Thornberry. Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman just scraped through the first phase of the contest, which required candidates to secure the backing of 22 MPs and Members of the European Parliament.Writing in the Guardian newspaper on Monday, Phillips said her first hustings had been “awful” and it was highly unlikely anyone except Starmer or Long-Bailey would win the race.“I was awful because I was trying to hit a million different lines and messages in 40 seconds,” she wrote. “Some were my lines, some were other people’s and it fell flat.”\--With assistance from Thomas Penny.To contact the reporter on this story: Jessica Shankleman in London at jshankleman@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tim Ross at tross54@bloomberg.net, Alex Morales, Stuart BiggsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, again
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:34:34 -0500

The brazen (and careless) Russian assassination team behind the Salisbury poisonings has been spotted in Europe, againThey keep failing to kill their targets. And they leave lots of evidence behind them.


US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant women
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:38:51 -0500

US to impose visas restrictions for pregnant womenThe Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. The State Department planned to publicize the rules Thursday, according to two officials with knowledge of the plans who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The rules would make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa.


Arizona mother admits killing her 3 children, police say
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:19:58 -0500

Arizona mother admits killing her 3 children, police sayOfficials described the mother, who was not identified, as a 22-year-old woman who recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma.


Seeing Half Of Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighters Suddenly Go Airborne Was A Wakeup Call For Europe
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:30:00 -0500

Seeing Half Of Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighters Suddenly Go Airborne Was A Wakeup Call For EuropeLook alive, NATO.


Pakistani leader Imran Khan said Osama bin Laden was able to hide in his country because his guerrilla fighters were once regarded as 'heroes'
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:39:04 -0500

Pakistani leader Imran Khan said Osama bin Laden was able to hide in his country because his guerrilla fighters were once regarded as 'heroes'Osama bin Laden was able to find refuge in Pakistan because mujahideen groups were viewed as "heroes," the country's leader, Imran Khan, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.


French workers turn to sabotage as transport strike flags
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 04:09:01 -0500

French workers turn to sabotage as transport strike flagsFrench energy workers protesting against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans cut power to Paris' wholesale food market on Tuesday in the latest of a series of sabotage and wildcat actions as a weeks-long transport strike loses momentum. The deliberate sabotage of power supplies underlines the determination of left-wing unions after a wave of strikes and street protests since early December failed to force Macron to back down. The hard-left CGT union's energy branch said it was responsible for an early-morning power outage at Rungis, the world's largest wholesale fresh food market.



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