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Schiff responds to Nunes phone calls in impeachment inquiry report

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:42

Schiff responds to Nunes phone calls in impeachment inquiry reportHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said it’s “deeply concerning” that members of congress could be involved in the allegations against President Trump. He was responding to a question about calls by the ranking member of the committee, Devin Nunes, being listed in the impeachment inquiry report.


Harvard grad student workers go on strike, seeking $25 an hour minimum wage, other demands

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:27

Harvard grad student workers go on strike, seeking $25 an hour minimum wage, other demandsHarvard graduate student workers went on strike Tuesday, becoming the first Harvard academic employees to launch a work stoppage in decades.


American lawyers who have had abortions file Supreme Court brief

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:25

American lawyers who have had abortions file Supreme Court briefMore than 360 American women who have had abortions and work in the legal profession, including several high-profile attorneys, have filed a brief with the Supreme Court ahead of a closely watched abortion case.


Mexico arrests 10 over deadly firefight near US border

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:16

Mexico arrests 10 over deadly firefight near US borderMexican authorities said Tuesday they have arrested 10 alleged gunmen from a drug cartel commando that attacked a town near the US border, leaving six locals and 17 assailants dead. At least 60 gunmen terrorized the small northern city of Villa Union over the weekend, riding into town in heavily armed four-by-fours and spraying dozens of buildings with bullets, including houses and the city hall. The army, National Guard and police then engaged the gunmen in a series of firefights Saturday and Sunday that killed 23 people, according to an updated toll from authorities in Coahuila state.


Husband of Missing Connecticut Mom Jennifer Dulos Takes Stand in Civil Lawsuit Brought by Mother-in-Law

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:08

Husband of Missing Connecticut Mom Jennifer Dulos Takes Stand in Civil Lawsuit Brought by Mother-in-LawSix months after Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos disappeared after dropping her children off at school, her estranged husband took the stand in a civil lawsuit filed by his mother-in-law. Fotis Dulos, 52, testified in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday in his own defense against a January 2018 lawsuit filed by Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber. The lawsuit alleges he owes Farber and her late husband nearly $2.54 million in unpaid loans. In a separate case, Dulos and his estranged girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with his wife’s May disappearance. Fotis Dulos’ Girlfriend Re-Arrested in Case of Missing Connecticut MomAs part of the civil lawsuit, Dulos is accused of using the loans he received from his in-laws over the course of 10 years to finance his house and his home-building company, Fore Group. In court on Tuesday, he insisted the money was a gift from his late father-in-law, Hilliard Farber, who died in 2017.“He and I had a very good relationship,” Dulos said, according to the Hartford Courant.Dulos, who is currently free on a $1 million bond, claimed Hillard Farber was “like a second father” who was supportive of his business. The father-of-five said that Farber encouraged him to start his own building company and arranged a series of loans with promissory notes to the Fore Group between 2004 and 2007. He said their financial relationship was a successful “two-way street,” as Farber would provide the capital for his projects, which Dulos would then pay back upon their completion. “He was incredibly supportive,” Dulos said, adding the Fore Group also gave his father-in-law funds to invest. “He provided advice, he was always there for me and the business.”Police: Fotis Dulos Was ‘Lying in Wait’ for Estranged Wife the Day She VanishedWith the birth of his fifth child in 2010, Dulos claimed his father-in-law told him “any advancements were not loans,” but gifts, and did not require a promissory note. But Gloria Farber’s attorney, Richard Weinstein, argued bank records show Dulos paid himself at least $2.2 million from the company’s coffers, and since those funds were not used for business purposes, they must be returned.Part of the unpaid balance, the lawyer said, includes a loan he was given to build the 14,000-square-foot Farmington mansion Dulos shared with his family until June 2017, when his wife left him and filed for divorce. After his father-in-law’s death, Dulos also stopped paying back the family when his business sold new properties, according to Weinstein.Although the civil case is unrelated to Dulos’ upcoming trial, Hartford Superior Court Judge Cesar Noble reminded him that anything he says under oath could be used in future criminal proceedings.Jennifer Dulos, 50, was last seen on May 24 after dropping off her five kids at school. Authorities later found her car abandoned on a New Canaan road. In an arrest warrant application, investigators allege Dulos was “lying in wait” at his estranged wife’s New Canaan home the day she vanished.Clothes, Sponges Stained With Missing Mom Jennifer Dulos’ Blood Found in Trash Cans: PoliceWhile police have not provided details of the crime, investigators say Jennifer was the victim of a “serious physical assault,” and “multiple stains” that “tested positive for human blood” were found on the floor and in a car inside her garage.The arrest warrant alleged that after the crime, Dulos and his live-in girlfriend, Troconis, dumped several trash bags with bloody items. Evidence at the house also suggests there were “attempts to clean the crime scene,” authorities said. Troconis, 44, told authorities Dulos and his wife were in the middle of a bitter divorce and custody battle over the children at the time she went missing. Despite initially telling police that she and her boyfriend shared a shower the morning of the murder, Troconis later recanted and said she did not see Dulos that morning. She also told investigators Dulos borrowed a truck from one of his employees just before his wife’s disappearance. Troconis told investigators she believed he had the truck washed because “Jennifer at some point was in there.” 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.


Huawei urging suppliers to break the law by moving offshore - U.S. Commerce chief

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:05

Huawei urging suppliers to break the law by moving offshore - U.S. Commerce chiefChina's telecoms giant Huawei has been encouraging its suppliers to violate U.S. law by telling them to move operations offshore in a bid to avoid U.S. sanctions, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters on Tuesday. In May, the U.S. government placed Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on a trade blacklist known as the entity list, over national security concerns, forcing some suppliers to apply for special licenses to sell equipment to the company. On Tuesday, Ross said in an interview that those frustrations extended to a push from Huawei to move its supply chain overseas.


The U.S. Navy Signs Up for 9 New Nuclear Submarines

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:42

The U.S. Navy Signs Up for 9 New Nuclear SubmarinesThese nine submarines, essentially improved versions of the Virginia-class submarine, is the Navy's largest warship building deal ever.


Pete Buttigieg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got into a nasty fight over free public college. It's part of a larger battle between progressive and centrist Democrats.

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:24

Pete Buttigieg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got into a nasty fight over free public college. It's part of a larger battle between progressive and centrist Democrats.Buttigieg recently introduced his college affordability plan and took a swipe at his 2020 competitors who want public college to be tuition-free.


Trump impeachment news: Democrats release damning report accusing president of obstruction, as he has tense exchanges with world leaders at Nato summit

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:22

 Democrats release damning report accusing president of obstruction, as he has tense exchanges with world leaders at Nato summitDonald Trump sparred with Emmanuel Macron during a televised bilateral meeting at the two-day Nato summit in London, as House investigators released an explosive report on the impeachment inquiry back home in Washington.It was a whirlwind news cycle during the president’s visit to the UK: as Mr Trump met with world leaders overseas, House investigators released their report finding “a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election”.


Winter storm dumped at least a foot of snow across 25 states

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:14

Winter storm dumped at least a foot of snow across 25 statesSchools across much of the Northeast were shuttered Tuesday as a winter storm pounded the region with more than a foot of snow, ice and high winds.


Lev Parnas' lawyer publicly shames Devin Nunes for not recusing himself from impeachment hearing

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:13

Lev Parnas' lawyer publicly shames Devin Nunes for not recusing himself from impeachment hearingSome of the most damning calls in the impeachment investigation were coming from inside the House.On Tuesday, and after weeks of impeachment hearings, the House Intelligence Committee released its report on President Trump's dealings with Ukraine. It revealed Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made calls back and forth between Ukrainian operatives and the White House, and even that one of the committee's top members engaged with one of the Ukrainians Giuliani had tasked with digging up damaging information on Democrats.Call records obtained by the committee show Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) talked multiple times with Lev Parnas, one of the two indicted operatives Giuliani sent to Ukraine to research about the Bidens. Parnas' lawyer responded to this revelation by condemning Nunes for not recusing himself from the impeachment investigation.> Devin Nunes, you should have recused yourself at the outset of the HIC ImpeachingHearings. LetLevSpeak https://t.co/HeG8kFEDwl> > -- Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) December 3, 2019Nunes' Democratic counterpart House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) also had some harsh words after debuting the report. > Schiff, asked about Nunes: "It is, I think, deeply concerning that at a time when the president of the U.S. was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity."> > -- Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 3, 2019More stories from theweek.com Democratic congressman announces retirement, says 'countless hours' investigating impeachment 'rendered my soul weary' The most important day of the impeachment inquiry Impeachment witness Pamela Karlan unloads on GOP Rep. Doug Collins in opening statement: 'I'm insulted'


Wisconsin special education teacher restrained student who pulled a gun, wife says

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:10

Wisconsin special education teacher restrained student who pulled a gun, wife saysBrett Hart, a special education teacher in Wisconsin, is "the kind of person you want to have in a situation like that," his wife said.


Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuses began by 1985, targeted 13-year-old, lawsuit claims

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:06

Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuses began by 1985, targeted 13-year-old, lawsuit claimsFinancier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls and young women began as early as 1985 and targeted victims as young as 13 years old, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by nine accusers against his estate. The accusers, known as Jane Doe I through Jane Doe IX, are among more than 20 women so far to formally seek compensation from Epstein's $577 million estate, after he killed himself on Aug. 10 in a Manhattan jail cell. Epstein's death at age 66 was ruled a suicide, and came five weeks after his arrest on federal charges he trafficked dozens of underage girls from at least 2002 to 2005.


Democrat Report: It’s Obvious—and Impeachable—That Trump Extorted Ukraine

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:03

 It’s Obvious—and Impeachable—That Trump Extorted UkraineDemocrats on the House intelligence committee concluded that President Donald Trump was “the author of his own impeachment inquiry” by withholding critical political and military support from Ukraine until President Volodymyr Zelensky agreed to announce damaging investigations into Trump’s domestic political enemies. As widely expected, the Democratic report, released Tuesday ahead of a committee vote to formally adopt it, found Trump to have compromised the presidency through what it called “the scheme” to enlist Ukraine to damage rival Joe Biden. “The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage,” the report found. In addition to the substance of “the scheme,” the Democrats characterized Trump as the first president in U.S. history “to seek to completely obstruct an impeachment inquiry.” They cited a “coordinated and comprehensive” effort across the administration to stop witnesses from testifying before the inquiry. More successful was a complementary administration campaign that stifled 71 document requests to various government agencies. The 300-page report laced together the public testimonies of key witnesses into a clear narrative. But it also contained new, previously unreported call records, acquired from AT&T according to a footnote, that showed Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, in frequent voice and text contact with the White House and Rep. Devin Nunes (CA), the senior Republican on the committee. Some of those contacts occurred during critical periods, such as August 8, after former envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, a player in “the scheme,” urged Giuliani to nail down a White House visit for Zelensky that never materialized.  The White House’s refusal to provide internal documents may have worked against its attempts to show Trump’s innocence. In a piece of testimony seized upon by the White House, Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, claimed he had a conversation with Trump on or around Sept. 9. On that alleged call, Sondland said he asked Trump an “open-ended question” about what he wanted from Ukraine and Trump allegedly replied he sought “nothing” from Ukraine.Yet the committee was unable to corroborate that account and called its existence into question. “A call on September 9, which would have occurred in the middle of the night, is at odds with the weight of the evidence and not backed up by any records the White House was willing to provide Ambassador Sondland,” the report noted.Sondland was one of the most powerful witnesses before the inquiry. He reversed his previous statements to the committee by confirming a “quid pro quo”: a White House meeting for Zelensky in exchange for the investigation announcement. Sondland also said that it was as obvious to him as “2+2=4” that the military aid would flow only when Ukraine announced the investigations. Republicans, who had expected Sondland to come to Trump’s defense, noted that Sondland did not have first-hand knowledge of that.  The Democrats’ report will form the basis of impeachment charges to be written by the House judiciary committee, which will begin its impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Trump and his congressional GOP allies countercharge that the president did nothing wrong and the fault lies with Democrats for stopping at nothing to remove Trump from office. Ahead of the report, the intelligence committee Republicans released their own version, which portrays the pressure campaign as a rogue effort by Giuliani.Over a week of high-profile public hearings in the intelligence committee featured testimony from 17 witnesses, mostly current and former officials from the State Department, National Security Council, Defense Department and vice president’s office. Yet the report characterized evidence against Trump as existing in plain sight, such as a summary of a fateful July 25 call Trump had with Zelensky in pursuit of a “favor” ahead of the White House visit or the release of nearly $400 million in aid from the State Department and Pentagon frozen at the beginning of July. “The call record alone is stark evidence of misconduct; a demonstration of the President’s prioritization of his personal political benefit over the national interest,” the report found. As well, the report lambasted the administration’s embrace of “conspiracy theories,” pushed by “self-serving” ex-Ukranian officials to Giuliani and allies in conservative media like Fox News’ Sean Hannity and The Hill’s John Solomon. Those conspiracy theories led to Trump firing the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who characterized herself in testimony as an obstacle to the pressure campaign. It also led to the assertion, increasingly embraced by mainstream Republicans, that Ukraine interfered in the election, something ex-NSC senior official Fiona Hill characterized as Russian disinformation meant to distract from Russia’s 2016 digital break-in to a Democratic National Committee server and online propaganda for Trump’s benefit. The Democrats called Trump’s misconduct neither “an isolated occurrence, nor… the product of a naïve president.” They cited Trump’s public urging of China, in addition to Ukraine, to investigate Biden. And they noted Russia’s “unprecedented and sweeping campaign of election interference” on Trump’s behalf, “which the President welcomed and utilized.” While committee Republicans portrayed Trump’s pressure on Ukraine as sincerely motivated by anti-corruption impulses, the Democrats charged instead that the “scheme” weaponized extant corruption in Ukraine and sought to benefit from it. Trump’s desired investigations into Biden and the alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election were without “legitimate predication” and the sort of thing the U.S. usually opposes. “In so doing, the President undermined U.S. policy supporting anticorruption reform and the rule of law in Ukraine, and undermined U.S. national security,” the report charged. Betsy Swan, Lachlan Markay, Jackie Kucinich, Erin Banco contributed reportingRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. 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The List: These 5 Mighty Submarines Are the Best to Ever Submerge

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:00

 These 5 Mighty Submarines Are the Best to Ever SubmergeSubmarines are the backbone of strategic defense.


Trump team scours intel sent by Iranians as it weighs new sanctions

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:49

Trump team scours intel sent by Iranians as it weighs new sanctionsThe team sees the Iran protests as a sign that its sanctions-heavy “maximum pressure” campaign is working.


McConnell backs Georgia governor’s pick for Senate amid Trump skepticism

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:40

McConnell backs Georgia governor’s pick for Senate amid Trump skepticismBrian Kemp is expected to appoint Kelly Loeffler to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson, a highly divisive move in the Republican Party.


Trump campaign congratulates Tulsi Gabbard after Kamala Harris drops out of Democratic race

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:37

Trump campaign congratulates Tulsi Gabbard after Kamala Harris drops out of Democratic raceTrump's 2020 campaign congratulated Tulsi Gabbard after Kamala Harris left the primary race, after months of tension between the Democrats.


Sasse Slams Bloomberg over China Comments: ‘The Kind of Stupid You Can’t Script’

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:30

 ‘The Kind of Stupid You Can’t Script’Senator Ben Sasse on Tuesday tore into Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, harshly criticizing the former New York City mayor's claim that Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is "not a dictator."Bloomberg argued in a September interview that China is moving coal power plants away from cities because the Communist Party "wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public.""When the public says I can’t breathe the air, Xi Jinping is not a dictator," the billionaire businessman said. "He has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.""You’re not going to have a revolution. No government survives without the will of the majority of its people," Bloomberg insisted.Sasse, a vocal hawk on China issues, expressed outrage at Bloomberg's stance, calling it "nonsense.""This is the kind of stupid you can’t script," Sasse said in his statement. "Michael Bloomberg actually said ‘Xi Jinping is not a dictator’ and that ‘the Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public.’ Nonsense.""The Chinese Communist Party has thrown a million innocent Uyghurs into camps and has made billions of dollars by literally harvesting the organs of their political prisoners," the Nebraska Republican added. "That’s an evil dictatorship and Michael Bloomberg can’t hide from that reality."The Chinese Communist Party has organized mass detentions of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in northwest China. The relatives of those detained were told that the length of the internments of their relatives depended in part on the behavior of those who were not detained.The Bloomberg campaign did not immediately respond to a request for a response to Sasse's statement.Bloomberg ticked up to 6 percent support among likely Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters, according to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll, up from 3 percent before he officially launched his campaign last month.


Greta Thunberg says people underestimate 'angry kids' as decade ends with one of hottest years on record

Yahoo News - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:25

Greta Thunberg says people underestimate 'angry kids' as decade ends with one of hottest years on recordTeenage activist Greta Thunberg said the world was underestimating "angry children" as she arrived for this year's international climate summit in Spain after a three-week journey crossing the Atlantic.  Her arrival came as the UN said this decade will be the warmest on record, with 2019 among the top three hottest years in history.    “Everyone should do what they can to be on the right side of history; no country is doing enough,” Ms Thunberg said after being welcomed at a Lisbon port by Mayor Fernando Medina.  She made the three-week journey on a catamaran with a British navigator and an Australian sailing couple after the summit was moved from Chile to Madrid because of unrest in its original host country. Promising to continue her journey to the Spanish capital after a couple of days’ rest, Ms Thunberg said she would “fight so that the voices of the people and the young would be heard from the other side of the wall”. “People are underestimating the power of angry children. We are annoyed and frustrated, but for good reason.”   Ms Thunberg is expected to speak at the COP25 summit, where countries will attempt the finalise the rules for the rollout of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Spain's Socialist government offered to host this year's UN climate conference, COP25, after the event's original host Chile withdrew last month  Recent days have seen several reports on the state of global warming intended to put pressure on countries to reach a consensus.  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) yesterday said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average between 1850-1900, meaning that 2019 could turn out to be the hottest year ever not affected by the El Niño phenomenon. Opening the COP25 climate change summit in Madrid this week, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said “only a handful of fanatics now deny the evidence” that climate change is caused by human activity. Mr Sánchez spoke to an audience that did not include members of the Donald Trump administration, which served notice last month that it was to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement, under which countries committed to work to limit global temperature rises to "well below" 2C. Global temperature anomaly (°) The UN said last week that the world needed to cut rising carbon emissions by 7.6 percent each year, every year, until 2030 to hit 1.5C - the target it now says is necessary to limit the impact of climate change.  Even if all Paris pledges were honoured, Earth is still on course to be more than 3C warmer by the end of the century. "Our economic activities continue to use the atmosphere as a waste dump for greenhouse gases," said Joeri Rogelj, Grantham Lecturer in Climate Change at Imperial College London. Supporters of Ms Thunberg hope that she will be present to lead a demonstration being organised by youth groups against climate change on Friday. Among a group of young protesters who gathered outside Spain’s parliament on the eve of COP25, many expressed similar anger and frustration as their Swedish idol. “I’m angry and annoyed with our politicians who do nothing,” says Paula Mancebo, a 20-year-old university student from Madrid. “Older people think this is not going to affect them and they are just going to take as much as they can while they can, but it’s going to affect everyone. We are just asking for people to live a simpler life, and not one that causes damage, especially to people in less developed parts of the world.”


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