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Trump denies telling White House counsel to fire Mueller
Trump denies telling White House counsel to fire MuellerU.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had never ordered his White House counsel at the time, Donald McGahn, to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as described in the report Mueller wrote about the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. "As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 07:48:55 -0400
Militia group 'commander' Larry Mitchell Hopkins attacked in New Mexico jail
News ImageOfficials said they're investigating an assault on Larry Mitchell Hopkins that occurred Monday at the Doa Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 05:46:42 -0400
Ukraine anger as Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine
News ImageRussia on Wednesday made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports, drawing swift condemnation from Kiev only three days after it elected a new president. President Vladimir Putin signed the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels. The conflict between the Ukrainian government and breakaway rebels began after Moscow annexed Kiev's Crimea peninsula in 2014.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:54:32 -0400
Elizabeth Warren assures She the People forum that America is ready for woman president
News ImageThe senator from Massachusetts delivers a strong performance at a gathering organized by women of color activists.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:42:37 -0400
Anita Hill deserves a real apology. Why couldn't Joe Biden offer one?
News ImageHis failure to genuinely say sorry makes Biden not seem like a responsible, self-aware man who has learned from his mistakes and wants to make amendsIts the same demand shes had for years: not for a simple acknowledgement that she has suffered, but for a way to ensure that other women dont have to suffer the same way. Photograph: Jennifer Law/AFP/Getty ImagesJoe Bidens long-awaited presidential announcement finally came on Thursday, in the form of a policy-free video in which the former vice-president castigated Donald Trump for his racism and offered peans to an imagined noble American past (presumably, the past of 2008-16, when Biden served under Barack Obama) instead of a vision for the future.Americas coming back like we used to be, Biden said of his run. Ethical, straight, tell em the truth. Supporting our allies, all those good things. It was Make America Great Again, delivered from a different old white man, with a slightly more patrician east coast accent harking back to a past that never was, and ignoring or, perhaps, tacitly embracing the injustices that the real past contained.Several of those injustices have been perpetrated by Biden himself, or exacerbated by his career in the Senate, in which he worked steadily to push the Democratic party to the right, championed the 1994 crime bill that needlessly and sadistically accelerated mass incarceration, and cultivated a chummy, shoulder-clapping consensus with Republicans.Among those injustices were the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, now one of the most fiercely conservative justices on the supreme court. As chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Biden led the hearings into accusations of gross sexual harassment by Thomas that had been unearthed from Anita Hill, a lawyer who had once been Thomas employee at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Under Bidens leadership, the committee subjected Hill to a humiliating public ordeal in which she was belittled, condescended to, smeared and disbelieved.It was a spectacle of cruelty in which Biden and his all-male committee colleagues confirmed the dark suspicions of many American woman, on live TV: that men could harass and humiliate them with impunity. Hill was harangued in the press, which concocted a bizarre and evidence-free theory, encouraged by Republicans, that she had invented her accusations against Thomas because she was sexually obsessed with him. Biden and his cohort confirmed Thomas anyway.In an interview with the New York Times this week, Hill, now a law professor at Brandeis, revealed that Biden contacted her last month. She declined to characterize his words to her as an apology.In the past, Biden, under pressure from womens rights activists and a Democratic base increasingly intolerant of sexual misconduct, has spoken of the Thomas hearings in passive terms, as something that happened rather than as something he did. At an event in New York in March, he said: To this day, I regret I couldnt give her the kind of hearing she deserved. I wish I could have done something. Like his announcement, this statement partakes of a kind of rosy historical revisionism, one that conveniently absolved Biden of all responsibility. Because he absolutely could have, in his words, done something. He was the chairman of the committee overseeing the hearings. There was no one with more power to do something than him.&> He seems to understand Hill as an annoying obstacle to his own rise, rather than as a full person with rights and dignityBidens non-apology to Hill, coming as it did 28 years after the disastrous hearings, six months after a similarly humiliating and futile ordeal was endured by Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and mere days before Bidens own presidential run, smacks of insincere opportunism. He seems to understand Hill as an annoying obstacle to his own rise, rather than as a full person with rights and dignity, whom he wronged and should make amends to.His insistent use of the passive voice, meanwhile, makes him appear to lack an understanding of his own agency and power, like someone who will exaggerate his responsibilities for successes and disavow any role in missteps, wrongdoings and failures. As the journalist Bryce Covert put it: Theres a huge difference between Im sorry for what I did, and Im sorry that happened to you. In failing to grapple with his own blind spots, privileges, prejudices and personal failures, Biden has betrayed a lack of personal responsibility that in unacceptable in any adult, let alone in a national leader. The episode does not make Biden seem like a responsible, self-aware man who had learned from his mistakes and wants to make amends. It makes him seem like a man who wants to shut a woman up.To her credit, Hill has not taken the bait. Where a person of less fortitude would have understandably wanted to put the hearings behind them, Hill has been unwavering in her insistence that the way she was treated was wrong and unwilling to compromise in her search for real justice. I cannot be satisfied by [him] simply saying, Im sorry for what happened to you, she told the New York Times. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose.Its the same demand shes had for years: not for a simple acknowledgement that she has suffered, but for a way to ensure that other women dont have to suffer the same way. Rather than expect an apology, which in political terms is a pretty easy act to do, she told the writer Irin Carmon in 2014, I would like for us to improve our processes, and ensure that we do not allow this to happen ever again. * Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:08:17 -0400
'The Birthplace of the Suicide Belt.' Sri Lanka's Deadly History of Suicide Bombings
News ImageThe deadly terrorist tactic was perfected during the country's long civil war
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 05:51:42 -0400
Kill a 'Raptor': How to Shoot Down an F-22 Stealth Fighter
News ImageThe Chineselike the Russianshave formidable electronic attack capabilities including DRFM jammers.The U.S. Air Force has as a tiny fleet of 186 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. Thats all that survived out of 187 production aircraft (195 jets if developmental airframes are included) that were built out of the 750 that were originally planned. Of those 186 remaining Raptors, only 123 are combat-coded aircraft with another twenty that are classified as backup aircraft inventory machines. The rest are test and training assets.But even if 186 aircraft remain in the Air Forces inventorynot all of those fighters are operational. At least twopossibly morejets are not currently flyable. One test aircrafttail 91-4006at Edward Air Force Base (AFB) in California has avionics that are so old; its not worth bothering to fly it anymore. Another aircraft02-4037was badly damaged in a belly landing at Tyndall AFB, Fla. Its going to take at least four years and $98 million to repair the damage. The Air Force has also had trouble with repairing other F-22s due to snafus with retrieving improperly stored production tooling for the jet.This first appeared in October 2015.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 21:00:00 -0400
Jenna Bush Hager reveals she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy: It was 'very isolating'
News ImageJenna Bush Hager is overjoyed to be expecting her third child, but says she's all too familiar with the "pain" that comes with pregnancy complications.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:52:00 -0400
Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Just say no.
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:11:25 -0400
Judge Slams Kim Foxx For Double Standard in Smollett Case: Your Office Created This Mess
News ImageA Cook County judge recently castigated State's Attorney Kim Foxx for upholding a double standard by prosecuting an anonymous woman for filing a false police report after dropping all charges againstEmpireactor Jussie Smollett, who was indicted for the same offense.Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on sixteen charges earlier this year following an extensive investigation that yielded substantial evidence that he paid two associates to attack him in the middle of the night in order to elevate his public profile.Foxx's office then dropped all charges without requiring that Smollett admit guilt, despite the strenuous objections of the Chicago Police Department and the mayor's office. Foxx's office, in explaining the decision, cited Smollett's record of community service and the fact that no one was physically harmed in the commission of his alleged crime.Cook County judge Marc Martin, while presiding over an unrelated case, chastised Foxx and her office for creating an untenable situation in which anyone charged with filing a false police report should expect to be granted the leniency afforded to Smollett.Well, Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn't have a high-price lawyer, although, her lawyer's very good. And this smells, big time. I didn't create this mess, your office created this mess. And your explanation is unsatisfactory to this court. She's being treated differently, Martin said to Foxx during a recent court proceeding, according to a transcript obtained by a local Fox affiliate.There's no publicity on this case. She doesn't have Mark Geragos as her lawyer or Ron Safer or Judge Brown, Martin continued. It's not right. And [if] I proceed in this matter, you're just digging yourselves further in a hole. [If the] press gets a hold of this, it'll be in a newspaper. Why is Ms. Clark being treated differently than Mr. Smollett?&> Smollett double standard? Cook Co. Judge Marc Martin rips Kim Foxxs office for its handling of false police report case involving suburban woman. Wonders why theyre not giving her same consideration they gave @JussieSmollett. Exclusive story tonight @fox32news> &> -- Dane Placko FOX 32 (@dsplacko) April 24, 2019Foxx recused herself from the Smollett case in February but continued to oversee the investigation through her correspondence with her assistant, Joseph Magats. In a series of text messages sent in early March and obtained by theChicago Tribune, Foxx cautions Magats against appearing overzealous in their prosecution of Smollett.SoooIm recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A, Foxx wrote to Magats on March 8.Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think its indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesnt mean we should, she added, referring to the case of disgraced pop singer R. Kelly.Smollett continues to maintain his innocence and has said he is considering suing the Chicago police for damages. The fate of Smollett's tenure on the hit showEmpireremains unclear, but his co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are demanding that he appear on the show's next season.Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season ofEmpire, the show's top cast said in a statement released this week.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:12:41 -0400
North Korea's Kim says he will coordinate views on peninsula issues with Putin
News ImageNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday that his summit with President Vladimir Putin will help jointly assess the Korean peninsula issues and coordinate their stances. Kim and Putin met for their unprecedented summit in the Russian city of Vladivostok, where Kim is likely to seek support from the Russian leader as nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States are hanging in limbo. Putin told Kim he welcomed North Korea's efforts to improve ties with the United States.
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:27:52 -0400
'I smiled in the face of bigotry': A woman's response to anti-Islam protesters goes viral
News ImageA group of anti-Islam protesters gathered at a conference in Washington, D.C. One woman's reaction: 'I smiled in the face of bigotry.'
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:00:35 -0400
13-year-old Houston girl dies after fight at middle school
News ImageA 13-year-old girl who was placed on life support after being attacked bythree other girls has died, according to ABC 13
Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:14:53 -0400
Frustration builds for Boeing Max plane crash families as they fight to have lawsuits heard in US courts
News ImageHuman remains and personal belongings were still scattered across the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash a month after it happened, a relative of one of the victims has claimed. TheLondon-based relative, whose sisterdied in the crash, toldThe Telegraphshe was "horrified" to discover "what appeared to be an arm and a fragment of bone" when she visited the spot where 157 people lost their lives in March. She shared photographs showing children's shoes and other personal effects lying uncollected on the ground, taken 28 days after the tragedy, she said. The relative, who does not want to be identified, also claimed the site wasn't properly secured with gaps in the perimeter allowing people and animals to"freely pass by" where the tragedy took place. "We're still barely managing to believe what's happened but on top of the tragedy to have also no respect at all to the families and the victims and have those items left on the land... it's outrageous," she said. The photos shared with The Telegraph show clothes and other personal belongings at the crash site The claims raise serious questions about how the Ethiopian authorities have managed the aftermath ofthe tragedy and whether the investigation is as thorough as it could be. Contacted by this newspaper, the Ethiopian embassies in both the UK and the US declined to comment. The horror has added to a build up of frustration among victims' families following the two recent airlinetragedies involving the Boeing 737 Max plane. Victims of Indonesia's Lion Air crash, the first of the two involving the model, have launched legal action against the American aviation manufacturer for the wrongful death of their loved ones. Among them is Rini Soegiyono, whose younger sister Niar, 39, was killed along with her state prosecutor husband Andri Wiranofa, 41,on the flight on October 29. Ms Soegiyono, 52, who has been left to raise her nieces, aged just 11 and seven, believesBoeingowes her family and the others taking legal action an explanation for what went wrong. "The world is also waiting so it is important to know so that it will not happen again. We dont want any other family to have to go through what we are going through, she toldThe Telegraph. We screamed, we screamed to the world. We had no experience before, we never thought that it will happen to us, to our family because at that time,Boeingsaid that the plane is safe. The growing number of Indonesian litigants are now fighting for the right to have their cases heard in US courts, rather than in Indonesia, where victim compensation is likely to be much lower. A decision on whether that right will be granted is imminent. Divers recovered the black box from the wreckage of the Lion Air plane Credit: Adek Berry/AFP An apology issued earlier this month by Dennis Muilenburg,Boeings CEO, for the double tragedy, and his admission that a preliminary investigation into the Ethiopian crash revealed that both incidents involved similar errors in automated flight systems, gave victims families renewed hopes for justice. But Brian Kabateck, a high-profile California-based lawyer working on behalf of a dozen Indonesian families including Ms Soegiyonos, said thatBoeingowes the crash victims much more than sympathy, adding: They deserve their day in a United States courtroom. Lion Air flight 610 disappeared from the radar screens 12 minutes after take-off and all 189 passengers and crew were lost. Less than five months later, on March 10, a secondBoeing737 Max jet, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, nosedived into a field six minutes after take-offfrom Addis Ababa leaving no survivors. Even after the second crash,Boeinginsisted that the 737 MAX was safe, and was willing to continue to gamble with the lives of the flying public while furiously working behind the scenes on a software fix, Mr Kabateck alleged. Boeingdeclined to comment on the current litigation, referringThe Telegraphto general public statements on its website. For the families of the Ethiopian Airlines victims, the ordeal continues as they await reassurances that everything possible has been done to recover the personal belongings of their loved ones. More than 150 people were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash Credit: Eduardo Soteras/AFP The relative said she travelled to the crash site on April 7, almost a month after the tragedy, to be put at ease that the site had been thoroughly excavated after seeing pictures of chaotic scenes in the media. But to her dismay, she claimed the area was not properly secured and victims' belongings hadbeen left unattended and exposed to the elements. She described the personal horror of flicking through the debris looking for a trace of her sister, a young aidworker. "I spent almost two hours looking for anything belonging to my sister and that's the last thing I would wish for anybody. I literally searched every single spot to find something pertaining to her," she toldThe Telegraph. "We found what we believe to be remains of human bones, which were then handed over to the guards in a military tent, just outside the site of the crash,"she said. She added that to her shock the guards simplyused a plastic bag lying on the ground to remove them, ignoring the "minimum standards and procedures" typically applied to the scene of a fatal accident. "I'm concerned that for them [the authorities] the search is finished. It is distressing to see that all the items that can mean the world to a suffering family are still on the ground, just waiting to be collected rather than being searched for," she said. "There's a risk for the families of not retrieving anything from their loved ones'belongings."
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 09:34:13 -0400
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