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Post by annemarie on Fri 22 Nov 2019, 11:14

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7712581/Donald-Trump-woos-Mitt-Romney-Susan-Collins-Senate-impeachment-trial-looms.html

[size=34]Donald Trump wants an impeachment trial so he can be CLEARED to 'get it over and done with' and meets Republican senators as they plot two-week trial as House Intel Committee's hearings end after days of bombshells[/size]


  • Senate Republicans huddled with White House counsel Thursday

  • House Democrats gathered more damaging testimony in House trial 

  • Trump has been meeting with a series of Republican senators amid push

  • They discussed three options: no trial, a short one and a long one 

  • Senate Republicans eying trial that could run two weeks 

  • Votes not there for immediate dismissal 

  • Trump has attacked Romney, who called his Ukraine actions 'deeply troubling'

  • Collins has kept some distance from Trump as she prepares for a tough election 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 18:40 EST, 21 November 2019 | UPDATED: 03:49 EST, 22 November 2019

     



President Donald Trump continues to try to court Senate Republicans as a House impeachment effort is advancing on a fast track – and as the White House games out how to best make it through the spectacle of a Senate trial. 
A group of senior Republican lawmakers huddled with White House counsel Pat Cippolone Thursday to try to game out strategy, as national security official Fiona Hill delivered more damaging testimony in a House impeachment inquiry.   
Senators attending a White House meeting told the administration there aren't currently the sufficient 51 votes for an immediate motion to dismiss whatever impeachment articles the House may send over, Politico reported. 
 House Republicans have repeatedly blasted House Intelligence chair Rep. Adam Schiff for not allowing for due process, which would complicate any effort to dispense with a trial in the GOP-run Senate.
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The White House met with a group of GOP senators to game out strategy for an impeachment trial Thursday

Fiona Hill is praised for being 'steely' as she tells how boy set her hair on fire aged 11 leaving her with a 'Richard III bowl haircut' - and accuses Gordon Sondland of calling her 'emotional' for being angry 


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Impeachment witness Fiona Hill was praised Thursday on Capitol Hill for being 'steely' as she confirmed a girlhood story of a schoolboy lighting her pigtails on fire during a test.
Hill, the former top Russia expert at the White House, told Rep. Jackie Speier during a House Intelligence Committee hearing that at age 11, as the New York Times had reported, she put out the blaze with her hands and continued the task at hand.
'It is a true story,' Hill said. 'I was a bit surprised to see that pop up today. It is one of the stories I occasionally tell because it had some very unfortunate consequences afterwards - my mother gave me a bowl haircut so for the school photograph later in that week I looked like Richard III.'
 




'The President has made no decisions on trial strategy, but has engaged his senior team with senate Republicans to solicit their thoughts and feedback on various strategies and tactics,' White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland told DailyMail.com, without venturing into specifics. 
A White House official told Axios Trump doesn't want impeachment to drag out – after Republicans senators suggested it could go on for as long as six weeks, which could torment GOP presidential candidates. 
'He’d rather get it over and done with,' said the official. 
One option reported by the Washington Post was to not even put forward a defense, although other Trump allies have called for calling witnesses including Hunter Biden to try to make their best case. 
Attending were key advisors including Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who Hill implicated in her testimony and who had his lawyer issue a statement pushing back. Also there was counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner (who was identified in testimony as present at a dinner with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in June. 
Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – who also met with Zelensky amid a hold on U.S. military aid to Ukraine – Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas were there. 
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Trump met with rival Mitt Romney, who like every senator would get to vote in the trial
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House Intelligence Committee chair, Adam Schiff, wrapped up a week of public impeachment hearings Thursday
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is up for reelection
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Trump has blasted the impeachment probe as a hoax, but now is huddling with lawmakers about a Senate trial
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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who has signed letters denying Democratic document requests, huddled with GOP senators Thursday
Earlier Thursday, Trump met with rival Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah Thursday, along with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has kept some distance from the president as she pursues her own reelection.
The senators joined a lunch with Trump while the House Intelligence Committee was holding its final day of scheduled impeachment hearings.
Trump ridiculed Romney after he said he was deeply troubled by what he saw about the president's push for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. Trump has repatedly tried to brand Romney, who was defeated in his 2012 run against Barack Obama, as a loser. 
'The Democrats are lucky that they don't have any Mitt Romney types,' Trump tweeted. 'They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!' Trump tweeted last month. 




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Also attending were former Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, James Lankford of Oklahoma, John Hoeven of North Dakota, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, the Hill reported. 
Observers in both parties have said it will be a heavy lift for Democrats to muster the two-thirds vote to convict the president, no matter the articles the House reports.   
 Trump would become the third U.S. president to go through an impeachment trial.  
One Senate GOP aide says participants Thursday expressed more interest in voting as soon as they have 51 votes to acquit Trump than in setting a specific timetable.
That aide and a White House official say a trial lasting two weeks was discussed. The White House official says they discussed three options: no trial, a short one and a long one.
They say no final decisions were made.
The Democratic-run House seems likely to vote to impeach Trump in coming weeks. A Senate trial on whether to remove him from office would likely follow.
The aides spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a private meeting.
'I don't want them to believe there's an ability to dismiss the case before it's heard,' Graham told the Washington Post. 'I think most everybody agreed, there's not 51 votes to dismiss it before the managers get to call the case.' 
Mulavney's private lawyer issued after Fiona Hill implicated him in a scheme to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, after Mulvaney himself testified but then withdrew statements linking military aid to 2016. 
'Fiona Hill’s testimony is riddled with speculation and guesses about any role that Mr. Mulvaney played with anything related to Ukraine,' said Mulvaney lawyer Bob Driscoll. 
'She bases much of her testimony about him on things allegedly heard from unnamed staffers, guards in the West Wing, and “many people," according to the statement, reported by Axios.  'The fact is that Ms. Hill has never met Mr. Mulvaney other than in passing, and has never discussed anything with him regarding Ukraine. We have no idea why Ms. Hill believes Mr. Mulvaney was so heavily involved, especially in light of Ambassador Sondland’s contrary testimony that he only spoke very infrequently to Mr. Mulvaney and had zero substantive conversations with him about Ukraine,' according to the statement. 
'This inquiry continues to be a sham. No court in this country would give any weight to testimony about Mr. Mulvaney as speculative as Ms. Hill’s. Neither should Congress or the public.'
Democrats wanted to bring Mulvaney in to testify to the inquiry but the White House refused.  
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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 22 Nov 2019, 15:25

Can anyone clear this up for me? I was under the impression that an impeachment inquiry like this one is basically a fact-finding action, somewhat like a grand jury, that determines if there is enough evidence to proceed to impeachment. It is not a trial

If they find enough evidence to impeach they proceed to the Senate, where it becomes a trial where witnesses can be questioned and cross-examined by the accused and counsel.

The Republicans keep calling this investigation a sham because drumpf can't face his accusers. Isn't that what the Senate trial is for? scratch
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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 23 Nov 2019, 16:28

Lizzy, I think it is more like an indictment i e breaking the law of the land,  or constitution after an inquiry which is the hearings of evidence that are going on in public at the mo - but I could be totally wrong  - I'm a Brit!

Here's something to make you laugh - give it 30 seconds to get going

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my-5beVW0v4&feature=youtu.be

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Post by annemarie on Sat 23 Nov 2019, 17:31

I loved that lol. Thanks Pan.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 23 Nov 2019, 17:32

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7717827/Elizabeth-Warrens-son-went-private-school-insisted-sent-kids-public.html

[size=34]Elizabeth Warren is forced to admit that her son DID go to a private school after footage captures her telling a mother that her children went to public schools[/size]


  • In a clip taken Thursday Warren, 70, said: 'My children went to public schools'

  • But a yearbook picture from 1986-1987 appears to show her son Alex attended Kirby Hall School in Texas, where fees now stand at more than $17,000 a year

  • 'Elizabeth's son went to public school until 5th grade', her aide confirmed 

  • The Democrat said Thursday she would ban for-profit charter schools outright

  • Presidential candidate has already been forced to stand by her account of being fired from a teaching job nearly 50 years ago because she was pregnant 

  • She also faced criticism for claiming to be descended from American Indians


By LAUREN FRUEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:32 EST, 23 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:44 EST, 23 November 2019




Elizabeth Warren's son went to a pricey Texas private school - despite the Democratic presidential candidate's claims her children only received public education, according to reports. 
In a clip taken Thursday, Warren, 70, told one Atlanta mother who suggested the Massachusetts senator's children went to private school: 'My children went to public schools.' 
But a yearbook picture from 1986-1987 obtained by The Washington Free Beacon appears to show Warren's son Alex attended Kirby Hall School in Texas where fees now stand at more than $17,000 a year, according to The New York Post. Figures show it cost $4,700 in 1995, the earliest date on record.
And in a statement Warren's aide appeared to walk back on the Democrat's earlier claims, telling Fox News: 'Elizabeth's daughter went to public school. Her son went to public school until 5th grade.' 

[size=10][size=18]Elizabeth Warren denies sending her child to private school




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Warren, 70, told one Atlanta mother who suggested the Massachusetts senator's children went to private school: 'My children went to public schools.' Their exchange is pictured
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A yearbook picture from 1986-1987 and obtained by The Washington Free Beacon appears to show Alex attended Kirby Hall School in Texas where fees now stand at $17,000 a year
The aide added: 'Elizabeth wants every kid to get a great education regardless of where they live, which is why her plan makes a historic investment in our public schools. 
'Every public school should be a great school. Her plan does not affect funding for existing non-profit charter schools, but she believes we should not put public dollars behind a further expansion of charters until they are subject to the same accountability requirements as public schools.'  
DailyMail.com has contacted a representative of Warren for comment. 
In the footage from Thursday Sarah Carpenter, of the Powerful Parent Network, said: 'We are going to have the same choice that you had for your kids because I read that your children went to private schools.'
Mother-of-two Warren, a front-runner for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination, replies: 'My children went to public schools.' 
But her son Alex appears to have gone to a fee paying school for at least a year, during Warren's time as a professor at the nearby University of Texas at Austin.
Warren said Thursday she would impose transparency requirements on privately operated public charter schools and end federal funding for the creation of new charter schools, saying the Federal Charter School Program is an 'abject failure,' with many schools under investigation by regulators. 
She said she would ban for-profit charter schools outright and direct the Internal Revenue Service to investigate nonprofit charters that are run by for-profit entities or operate with the assistance of for-profit service providers.
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Mother-of-two Warren is a front-runner for the Democrat's 2020 presidential nomination
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Alexander Warren laughs while listening to his mother speak. In a statement Warren's aide said: 'Elizabeth's daughter went to public school. Her son went to public school until 5th grade'
Warren has previously been forced to stand by her account of being fired from a teaching job nearly 50 years ago because she was pregnant - an anecdote that she routinely recounts at campaign events.  
In a campaign speech she repeats at town halls, the Massachusetts senator tells of graduating from the University of Houston and being hired by the Riverdale Board of Education in New Jersey as a speech pathologist during the 1970-71 school year. 
She says she had planned to continue teaching but got pregnant and, once she began showing 'the principal did what principals do: Wished me luck, showed me the door and hired someone else for the job'. 


But in October Fox News reported on a video of a 2007 interview Warren gave at the University of California at Berkeley where she offered a different account of leaving teaching — suggesting it was by choice.
'I worked with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer, I actually didn't have the education courses, so I was on an 'emergency certificate,' she says in it. 
'I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don't think this is going to work out for me.' I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, 'What am I going to do?'
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Warren, left, stands with her family, including her daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, in June 
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Senator Elizabeth Warren waves to supporters as she walks with grandson Atticus Tyagi, dog Bailey and other family members to vote in November last year 
But Warren stood by her story, tweeting: 'When I was 22 and finishing my first year of teaching, I had an experience millions of women will recognize. By June I was visibly pregnant — and the principal told me the job I'd already been promised for the next year would go to someone else.'
She added via tweet: 'This was 1971, years before Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination — but we know it still happens in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.' 
Warren critics have seized on the issue, noting that it — like with the outcry Warren faced for taking a DNA test last year to try to prove her past claims of Native American heritage — shows she's willing to exaggerate her personal story.     
The test revealed she had 1/1,024 Native American DNA.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 23 Nov 2019, 17:49

lol! PAN - Thanks for the clip! I saw the tail end of it last night when I tuned in to Colbert's show (late). Really funny! What isn't funny is that they're saying Pompeo is moving back to Kansas to run for the Senate - and he's got a good chance of winning.
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 24 Nov 2019, 23:56

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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Nov 2019, 05:47

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7720381/Adam-Schiff-claims-Republicans-vote-impeach-Barack-Obama-fraction-evidence.html

[size=34]Adam Schiff claims Republicans would vote to impeach Barack Obama 'with a fraction of the evidence'– and slams John Bolton for not having ‘courage’ to testify and instead putting his story ‘in a book’[/size]


  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that impeachment shouldn't be a partisan issue

  • He slammed Republicans for not putting country ahead of party 

  • 'I hope to hell that had this been a Democratic president, I would be among those leading the way saying we need to seriously consider impeaching this president,' Schiff said 

  • The California Democrat also bashed John Bolton, and others refusing to testify, for saving relevant information for a book rather than share it with Congress 

  • He also said that the GOP would have voted to impeach Barack Obama with 'a fraction of the evidence' his committee has against Trump 

  • Donald Trump insists the impeachment inquiry is a partisan 'witch hunt' and denies any wrongdoing connected to the allegations against him 

  • Schiff said Democrats in the House have not yet decided if they would vote to recommend impeachment to the Senate


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:57 EST, 24 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:44 EST, 24 November 2019

     




Adam Schiff said Sunday that the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump isn't a partisan issue as he bashes Republicans for putting party ahead of country.
The House Intelligence Committee chairman vowed he would be a leading voice among his party for impeachment even if Trump were a Democrat.
'I would hope that there would be Republicans who would be willing to step forward and say, 'Whatever the political consequences–' Schiff told CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday morning. 'If this was Barack Obama had done this, they would have voted to impeach him in a heartbeat, with a fraction of the evidence.'
'It shouldn't matter that this is a Republican president,' he continued. 'I hope to hell that had this been a Democratic president, I would be among those leading the way saying we need to seriously consider impeaching this president.'

In a separate interview Sunday morning with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Schiff also weighed in on former National Security Advisor John Bolton refusing to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry. 
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that impeachment shouldn't be a partisan issue, and slammed Republicans for not putting country ahead of party
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'I hope to hell that had this been a Democratic president, I would be among those leading the way saying we need to seriously consider impeaching this president,' Schiff said, attempting to exhibit the historically nonpartisan nature of impeachment
Even though Bolton hinted that he possess information relevant to the proceedings, Schiff said he wasn’t going to spend time fighting in the courts to get Bolton to appear before Congress.
Schiff insulted Bolton, claiming he, and others who refuse to testify, are likely share that information for a future book rather than let it come out during congressional testimony.
“People like John Bolton, whose deputies had the courage to come in and testify, are going to have to answer one day why they saved what they knew for a book rather than tell the country when the country needed to know,” Schiff told Meet the Press Sunday.
“But I do think that when it comes to documents and witnesses, that if it comes to a trial, and again we’re getting far down the road here, that the chief justice will have to make a decision on requests for witnesses and documents,” he continued.
Schiff said he doesn’t want any court proceedings holding up the impeachment inquiry with “rope-a-dope.”
Schiff is leading the impeachment inquiry into the president, as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He said he is unsure after two weeks of public testimony of witnesses connected to the allegations if the House will vote to recommend impeachment to the Senate.
Trump has made Schiff, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced the launch of impeachment investigations in September, the focus of his recent criticism.
He claims the impeachment proceedings are a partisan 'witch hunt,' and insists his conduct regarding correspondence with his Ukrainian counterpart was 'perfect.' 
'Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, AOC and the rest of the Democrats are not getting important legislation done, hence, the Do Nothing Democrats,' Trump tweeted Sunday. 'USMCA, National Defense Authorization Act, Gun Safety, Prescription Drug Prices, & Infrastructure are dead in the water because of the Dems!'
The impeachment inquiry stems from a whistle-blower report, filed in August and publicized in September, that alleges Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was improper.
Trump denies any wrongdoing and has released a transcript of the July call and one prior to that.
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Donald Trump insists the impeachment inquiry is a partisan 'witch hunt' and denies any wrongdoing connected to the allegations against him
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The transcript of the July 25 call revealed that Trump asked Zelensky to investigate political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son's business dealings there.
Democrats insist this, and witness testimony, proves the president set a quid pro quo with Ukraine with millions in military assistance being dependent on an announcement of the investigation.
Others insist that quid pro quo was that Trump would hold a White House meeting with the new Ukrainian president upon announcement of a probe into the Bidens.
During U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's testimony on Wednesday, the diplomat concisely said there was a quid pro quo, detailing the second instance.
'Well, I certainly think that he's committed the most grievous misconduct,' Schiff said in reference to Trump asking a foreign government to look into a political rival. 'I have no illusions about Donald Trump doing what's right for the country, or what's best for the country. That's never where he's coming from.'
Trump insists he was asking Ukraine for help to look into corruption stemming from the U.S., but Democrats counter that he was trying to dig up dirt on a political rival to help his chances in the 2020 elections.
Hunter Biden accepted a board position with Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings in 2014, while his father was still vice president. He stepped down earlier this year.

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Post by annemarie on Mon 25 Nov 2019, 14:30

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7722937/Lindsay-Graham-admits-blocking-resolution-recognizing-Armenian-genocide-not-upset-Erdogan.html

[size=34]Lindsey Graham 'admits he blocked the resolution that would officially recognize Turkey's genocide of Armenians at the request of a White House aide - to smooth things over with Erdogan while he was still in D.C'[/size]


  • Turkish President Erdogan met with Donald Trump at the White House earlier this month, alongside Senators including Lindsey Graham

  • After, Graham blocked a Senate resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide 

  • He has now admitted he blocked it at the request of senior White House staff concerned that it would anger Erdogan while he was still in Washington

  • Graham said he was 'trying to salvage the relationship' with Erdogan, despite earlier criticizing him for invading Syria 


By CHRIS PLEASANCE FOR MAILONLINE 
PUBLISHED: 08:27 EST, 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:25 EST, 25 November 2019

     



Lindsey Graham has admitted blocking a Senate resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide at the request of senior White House staff so as not to anger Turkish President Erdogan while he was visiting Washington, it is claimed.
Graham said he agreed to the move 'to salvage the relationship' between the US and Turkey, despite having openly criticized Erdogan over his invasion of northern Syria during a face-to-face meeting the same day.
Admitting that blocking the resolution made him 'uncomfortable', Graham told Axios: 'The only reason I did it is because [Erdogan] was still in town. That would've been poor timing.'
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Lindsey Graham (left), has admitted blocking a Senate resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, because he didn't want to anger President Erdogan (center) while he was in the US
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Graham said he felt 'uncomfortable' blocking the resolution, but stressed that his opposition was only a matter of timing and he would not block it again
Erdogan reacted with fury last month when the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to recognize the deaths of 1.5million Armenians during the First World War as genocide.

He has previously withdrawn diplomats from the Vatican and Germany after votes to recognize the genocide in both of those places. 
Erdogan has repeatedly denied the genocide ever took place, previously describing it as 'deportations' that were 'appropriate' for the time.


Following the House vote, Democrat Robert Menendez brought a resolution to the Senate on November 13 - the date of Erdogan's meeting at the White House - asking for approval to pass it.
But Graham, having just arrived at the Senate from his meeting with Erdogan, blocked it, saying the resolution was an attempt to 'rewrite' history.
The South Carolina senator insisted his opposition was only a matter of timing, and told the White House that he would not block it a second time. 
Mendez and Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced the resolution a second time last week, only to find it blocked again - this time by David Perdue.
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President Erdogan used a speech following his meeting with Trump to criticize the House of Representatives for passing a motion to recognize the genocide last month
A spokesman for the Republican said: 'Senator Perdue objected due to concerns that passage of the resolution would jeopardize the sensitive negotiations going on in the region with Turkey and other allies.'
The Trump administration has been attempting to patch over relations with Turkey, including getting Erdogan to cancel an order for Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems that NATO regards as a threat to security.
Among high-profile advocates for the resolution has been Kim Kardashian, who is Armenian-American, who has lobbied Trump personally on the subject.
Erdogan gave a blistering press conference following the meeting with Trump and Graham, in which he again denied the genocide had occurred. 
Speaking about efforts to recognize the massacre, he said: 'I believe the [U.S.] Senate will take the United States out of this vicious cycle.' 
The Turkish president also used his visit to apply pressure on the US to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who he accuses of trying to stage a coup in 2016.
Erdogan said he had submitted 'a great deal of documents and evidence' about Gulen and his followers to the Trump administration, calling the Pennsylvania resident a 'ringleader of [a] terrorist organization.'
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1.5million Armenians died when the Ottoman Empire - precursor to modern Turkey - tried to deport them en-masse during the First World War 
'They have killed 251 people in Turkey. They tried to undertake a coup against the government—the state—and more than 2,000 people have been injured. 
'And the ringleader is living an on area of 400 acres in the United States running his network all around the globe,' Erdogan claimed. 'This is something unacceptable.' 
The U.S.-Turkish relationship has been under severe strain following Erdogan's ordering of an October invasion of US-allied Kurdish territory in northern Syria.
Trump ordered American troops stationed in the border area to withdraw ahead of the Turkish military action, while exhorting Erdogan in an extraordinarily undiplomatic letter to avoid too much bloodshed.
'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!' Trump wrote in the missive.
Erdogan was reported to have thrown it in the trash, but during his visit said that he had given it back to Trump.
Trump's troop withdrawal gave Turkey, a fellow NATO member, a green light for what could be an indefinite occupation of a large swath of Syria.
This outraged many in Congress, which saw the move as an abandonment of the Kurds, who died in large numbers while fighting alongside U.S. forces against ISIS jihadists there. 
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Post by carolhathaway on Tue 26 Nov 2019, 06:32

Two weeks ago, a new mayor was elected in Hanover, my federal states' capital. The candidate which won is special in two ways: he's from our Green Party, and he has Turkish roots. And although the election campaign had been really fair and only fact-based, after his election comments on news-sites and social medias exploded: "Turkey will take over our country", "Hanover will become a muslim city where all women have to wear hijabs" etc., plus videos claiming that Turks are celebrating his victory with Turkish flags and fireworks (which, in fact was a video after Erdogan's win a fewyears ago). Thus guy comes from a small town just a few miles away from my hometown, his parents had owned a restaurant we had loved to visit and are, in fact, a family like most German families. 
But there are people who think in stereotypes. Others panic that now - since he's from the Green Party, everything will change. Some things will definetely change, but he's not a dictator, he still needs the town council to verify his plans and to finance them. But facts don't seem to matter for some...
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Post by annemarie on Tue 26 Nov 2019, 16:06

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7725043/Federal-court-rules-Don-McGahn-comply-House-subpoena.html

[size=34]'Presidents are not kings.' Federal judge rules former White House counsel Don McGahn MUST testify to Congress despite Donald Trump claiming 'absolute immunity'[/size]


  • House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed McGahn for his testimony 

  • The Obama-appointee's ruling is almost certain to face an appeal 

  • Ruling could impact former national security advisor John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney over testimony being sought

  • McGahn, who left his post in October 2018, last May defied a subpoena from the Democratic-led Judiciary Committee for testimony

  • House Intel panel is preparing a report on impeachment for Judiciary, which will consider potential articles of impeachment 

  • House Democrats already are considering potential obstruction of justice as an article that could be brought against the president 

  • Justice Department lawyers argued McGahn has 'absolute immunity' from needing to provide testimony 

  • The Justice Department plans to appeal 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 18:08 EST, 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:15 EST, 26 November 2019

     



A federal judge ruled Monday that former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena – boosting a Democratic-run impeachment inquiry as a committee is already drafting a report that could lead to articles against the president.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that McGahn, whose explosive clashes with Trump are catalogued in Robert Mueller's 448-page report, must comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena. 
After a week of public hearings, the House Intelligence Committee has begun work on a report it will send to Judiciary, which will draw up any articles of impeachment.
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 Former White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a House subpoena, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled Monday
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Other top officials, including former national security advisor John Bolton and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, have been watching the courts for direction as they navigate their own situations. 
The Justice Department plans to appeal, an official told DailyMail.com.  
Jackson ruled in her 118-page decision that the Trump administration's claim of absolute immunity 'is baseless, and as such, cannot be sustained.' 
'Stated simply, the primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded American history is that Presidents are not kings,' Jackson wrote. 
'This means that they do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or blood, whose destiny they are entitled to control. Rather, in this land of liberty, it is indisputable that current and former employees of the White House work for the People of the United States, and that they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. 
'Moreover, as citizens of the United States, current and former senior-level presidential aides have constitutional rights, including the right to free speech, and they retain these rights even after they have transitioned back into private life.' 
The White House blocked McGahn from appearing, following the longtime Washington D.C. lawyer's extensive cooperation with federal prosecutors during the Mueller probe.
McGahn has a key supporting role in the Mueller report, which describes President Trump's efforts to fire Mueller as a potential obstruction of justice offense. McGahn told investigators Trump told him to secure Mueller's removal, then write a memo stating that the president had never directed him to do so. 
Jackson ruled that as 'far as the duty to appear is concerned, this Court holds that Executive branch officials are not absolutely immune from compulsory congressional process—no matter how many times the Executive branch has asserted as much over the years—even if the President expressly directs such officials' non-compliance.' 
She added that 'with respect to senior-level presidential aides, absolute immunity from compelled congressional process simply does not exist.' 
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The ruling raises the prospect that McGahn and other key witnesses will be compelled to testify in Democratic-run investigations
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McGahn, far left, was a key figure in the strategy over Trump judiciary appointments, including the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who reached the Supreme Court
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The push for McGahn's testimony came before Speaker Nancy Pelosi consented to an Intelligence inquiry into the Ukraine affair
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The ruling could affect other officials, like former national security advisor John Bolton
She ruled: 'However busy or essential a presidential aide might be, and whatever their proximity to sensitive domestic and national-security projects, the President does not have the power to excuse him or her from taking an action that the law requires.'
She continued: 'Fifty years of say so within the Executive branch does not change that fundamental truth.' 
Jackson's ruling described the U.S. as a nation of 'laws, not of men.'
'Today, this Court adds that this conclusion is inescapable precisely because compulsory appearance by dint of a subpoena is a legal construct, not a political one, and per the Constitution, no one is above the law.'
The judge denied the government's motion for summary judgement and ordered McGahn to testify. 
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerold Nadler said in a statement after the ruling: 'I am pleased the court has recognized that the Trump Administration has no grounds to withhold critical witness testimony from the House during its impeachment inquiry. Don McGahn is a central witness to allegations that President Trump obstructed Special Counsel Mueller's investigation, and the Administration's claim that officials can claim 'absolute immunity' from Congressional subpoenas has no basis in law, as the court recognized today.'
Nadler added: 'Now that the court has ruled, I expect him to follow his legal obligations and promptly appear before the Committee.'
McGahn, who left his post in October 2018, last May defied a subpoena from the Democratic-led Judiciary panel's subpoena for testimony. 
The subpoena was issued months before the House opened an impeachment inquiry in September into the Republican president's actions concerning Ukraine. The committee sued McGahn in August to try to enforce the subpoena.
Jackson's ruling concerns only McGahn's testimony. But by rejecting Trump's key legal argument for defying congressional subpoenas it could give other former and current presidential advisers a legal basis for cooperating with the ongoing House impeachment inquiry, legal experts said.
The House Intelligence Committee has sought testimony from a raft of top national security officials, White House officials, and State Department officials in connection with its probe of the Ukraine affair.
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McGahn's interactions with President Trump are catalogued in the Mueller report 
The House Ways and Means Committee is fighting in court to obtain Trump tax return information as proscribed in a statute. The Trump administration has asserted a right of total immunity from committee requests. 
The Trump administration has refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry as well as other Democratic-led investigations and has directed current and former officials to defy subpoenas for documents and testimony. There are other legal fights over subpoenas seeking Trump tax and financial records.
McGahn emerged as a pivotal figure in the 448-page report completed in March by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 election, through a campaign of hacking and propaganda, as well as extensive contacts between Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Mueller's report, released in redacted form in April, revealed about 10 instances in which Trump took actions aimed at impeding the investigation. Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice, though Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee, afterward decided that the president had not committed obstruction.
When the committee sued McGahn in August, it said it needed to speak with him to help lawmakers decide whether to include Trump's actions toward the Mueller investigation as part of an impeachment inquiry.
According to the Mueller report, McGahn told Mueller's team that Trump repeatedly instructed him to have the special counsel removed and then asked him to deny having been so instructed when word of the action emerged in news reports. McGahn did not carry out either instruction.
McGahn's relationship with Trump was strained by events of the Mueller investigation. Trump replaced him with Pat Cipollone, who still holds the job.
Several aides and advisers to Trump were charged in the Mueller investigation. All but two pleaded guilty, while longtime adviser Roger Stone and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort were convicted by juries. Mueller said he found insufficient evidence to charge Trump with criminal conspiracy concerning Russia.
House Democratic leaders have focused their impeachment inquiry on Ukraine, but have discussed pursuing a broader count of obstruction of Congress among any articles of impeachment - formal charges - brought against Trump. McGahn's testimony could bolster that part of their inquiry.
House passage of any articles of impeachment would lead to a trial in the Senate on whether to convict Trump and remove him from office. The Senate is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, who have shown little support for removing him.

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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 26 Nov 2019, 22:02

I feel very sorry for the Armenians. The genocide is beyond doubt and for years they have sought recognition. I have no idea what Lindsey Graham was doing, but I can guess! 

Erdogan is a very dangerous man - the imprisoned numbers have skyrocketed in the four years he has been in power - from 50 000 to nearly 200,000 and more journalists have been imprisoned there than in any other country

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PIV_nCAoNg

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed 27 Nov 2019, 00:03

I’m sure your guess would be spot on PAN. Graham is nothing more than a yes man to Trump. And Trump has to stay on the good side of Erdogan. He’s got those two big Trump Towers in Instanbul. No country can count on the U.S. any longer to do the right thing on a number of foreign policy issues.
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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 27 Nov 2019, 00:41

You hit the nail on the head, Donnamarie. So true of businesses in Israel too. 

Brilliant new book out called 'Erdogan Rising' which is written by the Times correspondent in Turkey. Was at a talk the other evening where she was talking about the situation there with Anthony Loyd, The Times editor in the Middle East.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 30 Nov 2019, 17:49

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50613054

Brazil's Bolsonaro says DiCaprio gave cash 'to set Amazon on fire'

  • 6 hours ago





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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".
The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.
Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.
DiCaprio, who has pledged $5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.
The latest comments appear to arise from the arrest of four volunteer firefighters from northern Pará state on allegations they started fires to generate NGO donations.


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Rights groups, NGOs and critics claimed the police operation against them was politically motivated and an attempt to harass environmental groups.
Fires that burned in August this year caused global concern for the "lungs of the planet".

What did the president say?


His latest accusation came during brief remarks at the presidential residence on Friday.
"This Leonardo DiCaprio is a cool guy, right? Giving money to torch the Amazon."
He gave no evidence and did not elaborate, although the statement appeared to echo a live webcast he gave on Thursday.
That revolved around the environmental organisation, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and allegations, denied by the WWF, that it had paid for images taken by the arrested firefighters, who have since been released.
Mr Bolsonaro said: "So what did the NGO do? What is the easiest thing? Set fire to the forest. Take pictures, make a video. [WWF] makes a campaign against Brazil, it contacts Leonardo DiCaprio, he donates $500,000.
"A part of that went to the people that were setting fires. Leonardo DiCaprio, you are contributing to the fire in the Amazon, that won't do," he said.

How has DiCaprio responded?


The actor and environmental activist released a statement saying: "Although they are certainly worth supporting, we have not funded the organisations that are currently under attack.
"The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to be part of the groups that protect them."
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He praised "the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage".
WWF also said it had received no donations from the actor, whose Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation focuses on environmental projects.

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Mr Bolsonaro's accusation was derided by opponents.
Senator Randolfe Rodrigues tweeted: "How desperate. Our negligent and incompetent president, who is responsible for unprecedented environmental dismantling, blames DiCaprio but not his own administration which is incapable of taking a single step without destroying something."

What of the fires and who was to blame?


For several weeks in August, fires burned in parts of the Amazon at a rate not seen in years, sparking international concern over the condition of the "lungs of the planet".


  • Amazon fires intensify Andes glacier melt


The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.

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Media captionHow is the rainforest helping limit global warming?
In August there were thousands of individual fires, almost three times as many - 30,901 - as in the same month last year.
Mr Bolsonaro deployed the army to the Amazon and the fires eased after August, although campaigners say the government should be doing more to stop them.
Forest fires occur during the dry season between July and October. They can be caused by naturally occurring events, like lightning strikes, but this year most are thought to have been started by farmers and loggers clearing land for crops or grazing.

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Post by annemarie on Sat 30 Nov 2019, 17:51

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7741371/House-GOP-members-absolutely-disgusted-Trumps-corrupt-acts-claims-former-Congressman.html

[size=34]Former Republican Congressman claims House GOP members are 'absolutely disgusted' by Trump's 'corrupt acts' but are scared to speak out because their base backs the President[/size]


  • Charlie Dent told CNN on Friday that he believes his former GOP peers in the House are 'disgusted' by Trump's conduct 

  • He theorized that many of them are reluctant to speak up as the Republican base still strongly supports the President 

  • Dent, a moderate Republican who left the House in 2018, has blasted Trump on multiple occasions in the past

  • Back in 2017, he was one of 20 GOP Congresspeople to go against the President to vote against repealing Obamacare 

  • 'My nose is not a heat-seeking missile for the President's backside,' Dent has previously stated

  • After leaving office,  Dent secured work as a CNN commentator, a lobbyist and a senior policy adviser at a global law firm


By ANDREW COURT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:12 EST, 30 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:42 EST, 30 November 2019

     




A former Republican Congressman claims House GOP members are 'absolutely disgusted and exhausted' by President Donald Trump's behavior, but are reluctant to speak out for fear of angering the party's base. 
Dent, who served as Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district from 2005 until 2018, has now registered as a lobbyist and works as a political commentator for CNN, where he made the sensational claims on Friday. 
After host Ana Cabrera noted that House Republicans have been in lockstep with the President amid the current impeachment inquiry, Dent claimed that many were privately fuming over what was emerging about the Commander-in-chief's  conduct. 
'Moving from one corrupt act to another, I mean those types of head-exploding moments are just I think infuriating these members and I think they'd like to step out but they just can't because of their base at the moment,' Dent theorized. 

Trump has a notoriously high  approval rating among registered Republicans with a recent AP-NORC poll showing 85% of right-wing voters approved of him. 

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Former Republican Congressman Charlie Dent (left) told CNN on Friday that House GOP members are 'absolutely disgusted and exhausted' by President Donald Trump's behavior
Earlier this month, when the House voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry in President Trump, none of the 194 Republican members voted in favor of doing so. 
On CNN, Dent went on to urge his former GOP House peers to consider their legacies in relation to the impeachment inquiry. 
'I think a lot of members have to take a hard look at this, he stated.


'They can be more concerned about their election, or their legacies. And I would argue to many of them: your legacy is more important than the next election.' 
Dent claims he would likely vote in favor of impeaching the president given what he has heard so far. 
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On CNN, Dent went on to urge his former GOP House peers to consider their legacies in relation to the impeachment inquiry
However, he cautioned that the House should not move ahead with the impeachment until testimony has been heard from key witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. 
Dent, who is a moderate Republican, has previously spoken out against Trump on multiple occasions. 
Last month, he blasted Trump for allegedly trying to investigate Hunter Biden's activities while serving on the board of a natural gas company in the Ukraine. 
'You cannot use your official resources, official resources of the government, to investigate your political opponent,' he stated. 
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Dent, who is a moderate Republican, has previously spoken out against Trump on multiple occasions
Back in September, Dent spoke out about being one of the 20 House Republicans who broke with their party and voted against repealing Obamacare back in 2017. 
Recalling a conversation with Trump from the time, Dent claimed the President told him: 'If this bill goes down, Charlie, I'm blaming you... you're going to destroy the Republican Party.' 
Elsewhere, he has told CNN that he feels no responsibility to condone the President's behaviour. 
'People ask me: Why do I push back against this administration and the president?' he famously stated. 
'Because my nose is not a heat-seeking missile for the President's backside, and people have to stand up and say, and talk clearly, to the American people.'     
After leaving office in 2018, Dent secured work as a CNN commentator, a lobbyist and a senior policy adviser at a global law firm. 
He is also working on a book 
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Dent has repeatedly spoken out against the President during his frequent appearances on CNN 
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Post by annemarie on Sat 30 Nov 2019, 20:58

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7741719/Jeremy-Clarkson-brands-Greta-Thunberg-16-stupid-idiot-weird-Swede-bad-temper.html

[size=34]Climate convert Jeremy Clarkson calls Greta Thunberg, 16, 'a stupid idiot' and a 'weird Swede with a bad temper' for offering no solutions to climate change while 'sailing across the ocean in a diesel-powered yacht'[/size]


  • Jeremy Clarkson, 59, has accused the eco-warrior Greta Thunberg of hypocrisy

  • He dismissed her as nothing more than 'a stupid idiot,' and a 'weird Swede' 

  • The journalist also discussed witnessing first hand the impact of climate change 


By AMELIA WYNNE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:35 EST, 30 November 2019 | UPDATED: 15:31 EST, 30 November 2019

     



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Jeremy Clarkson has branded the eco warrior Greta Thunberg 'a stupid idiot'
Jeremy Clarkson has branded the eco-warrior Greta Thunberg 'a stupid idiot' and a 'weird Swede with a bad temper' in an explosive interview. 
The 59-year-old gave his candid thoughts on the 16-year-old during promotion for The Grand Tour.
Clarkson - who regularly calls out the activist on social media and in his column with The Sun - has accused her of being a hypocrite.

Dismissing her as nothing more than 'a stupid idiot,' Jeremy said her speech at the United Nations offered no solutions when she accused leaders of stealing her 'dreams and childhood'. 
He told The Independent: 'I think she's a weird Swede with a bad temper. Nothing will be achieved by sailing across the ocean in a diesel-powered yacht, and then lying about the diesel engine.'




He added that we've been aware of climate change for quite some time, and now 'there's that weird Swede running around making all sorts of 'we're going to die' noises, so we're all aware of it.'
The journalist also discussed witnessing first hand the impact of climate change as he saw rivers reduced to puddles while filming The Grand Tour in Cambodia.
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Clarkson - who regularly calls out the activist Greta Thunberg (pictured) on social media and in his column with The Sun - has accused her of being a hypocrite
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He added: 'But rather than having her jumping up and down and waving her arms in the air, you can actually go there and say, 'Bloody hell, fire! Look at what this climate change has done to this place.'   
'We simply said, 'Here's an example of it.' What do you want me to do now? Get on my carbon fibre yacht and go and shout at Donald Trump?'
He continued, criticising her for going to Chile for the climate change conference which was then moved to Madrid, saying that it made him 's*** himself laughing'.  
Previously in his column for The Sun, he called Greta 'naive'.  
The teen has come under fire from some critics for inciting fear among children with her climate activism.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 30 Nov 2019, 23:42

Sorry, but I've never heard of Jeremy Clarkson. Who is he, other than a very rude man who should be ashamed of himself for stooping to calling a child names? If that's the way he gets his point across I have no use for him.
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Post by annemarie on Sun 01 Dec 2019, 15:01

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7743633/Germany-plans-tighten-laws-against-anti-Semitic-hate-crimes-following-synagogue-shooting.html

[size=34]Germany plans to tighten its laws against anti-Semitic hate crimes as Jewish people complain they 'no longer feel safe' following synagogue shooting[/size]


  • Germany is to give heavier sentences to those committing anti-semitic offences

  • Country's justice minister said she is 'ashamed that Jews no longer feel safe'

  • Stephan Balliet, 27, killed two after failed attack on German synagogue in eastern city of Halle

  • Days before, a Syrian man was stopped trying to enter another synagogue armed with a knife and shouting 'Allahu akbar'


By WILLIAM COLE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:59 EST, 1 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:01 EST, 1 December 2019

     




Germany will tighten its laws against anti-Semitic hate crimes following a number of incidents that have left Jewish citizens 'no longer feeling safe'.
The move comes one month after a failed attack on a synagogue by a far-Right gunman who later killed two people.
Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht told parliament that anti-Semitism would be made an aggravating factor for hate crimes in the criminal code.
'I am ashamed that Jews no longer feel safe in Germany and that so many are even thinking of leaving the country,' said Ms Lambrecht.
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Germany will tighten its laws against anti-Semitic hate crimes following a number of incidents that have left Jewish citizens 'no longer feeling safe'. Last month, German national Stephan Balliet (pictured) killed two after failed attack on German synagogue in eastern city of Halle
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Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht told parliament: 'I am ashamed that Jews no longer feel safe in Germany and that so many are even thinking of leaving the country'
'We have to send a clear signal against anti-Semitism.'

Under the planned changes, crimes with an anti-Semitic motive will attract heavier sentences.
The current law mentions discrimination against particular groups as an aggravating factor but does not refer to anti-Semitism specifically. 
Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said the change was 'an important step towards a consistent punishment of anti-Semitic crimes'.
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Jewish leaders say the attacker tried to get into the synagogue in Halle during prayers for Yom Kippur, but were stopped by 'security measures'. A woman was then shot dead in the street outside (pictured, the attacker)
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Around a week before the attack took place, a manifesto appeared online outlining plans for the attack which included killing 'anti-whites', along with pictures of home-made weapons and ammunition
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On October 9, a synagogue in east Germany narrowly escaped becoming the scene of a massacre, as dozens celebrated the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. 
German national Stephan Balliet, 27, failed in his attempts to break into the Halle synagogue which was packed with 51 people at the time.
Instead he turned his gun on bystanders, killing two people. He then fled in a rented Volkswagen, travelling 80km before police found and arrested him.
He had released a far-Right 'manifesto' before trying to carry out the attack.
However, such incidents are starting to become worryingly less unique. 
Just days before, a Syrian man was stopped by security guards as he tried to enter Berlin’s best known synagogue armed with a knife and shouting 'Allahu akbar' and 'F*** Israel'.
Anti-Semitic offences rose by almost 10 percent in Germany last year, with violent attacks going up more than 60 percent, according to preliminary police data released in February.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets members of the Jewish community at a vigil in Berlin on Wednesday evening
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The attack began in the city of Halle at the synagogue where two people were shot dead, before another two were shot and wounded in Weidersdorf. Police finally arrested the suspect north of Zeitz, around two hours later
Police recorded 1,646 offences motivated by hatred against Jews, the highest level in a decade.
Among these were 62 violent offences that left 43 people injured, up from 37 physical attacks the previous year, the data showed.
One such case was of an Israeli man who was attacked and whipped with a belt while wearing a Jewish kippah skullcap in central Berlin in April last year.
Felix Klein, the German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, issued a warning to Jewish men not to wear skullcaps in public for their own safety as a result of the incident. Mr Klein later retracted his warning after a public outcry.
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Post by annemarie on Sun 01 Dec 2019, 18:43

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7743453/Moment-Yazidi-former-sex-slave-comes-face-face-ISIS-rapist-attacked-14.html

[size=34]'Do you have feelings? Do you have any honour?' Powerful moment a brave Yazidi former sex slave confronts the sobbing ISIS rapist who attacked her when she was just 14-years-old while he hangs his head in shame[/size]


  • Ashwaq Hajji Hameed was kidnapped, sold into slavery and abused at 14 by ISIS

  • She fled ISIS, eventually moving to Germany before running into her slaver again

  • Ashwaq was terrified and fled Germany, returning to Iraq to live in refugee camp

  • Now, after her slaver and rapist was captured, she has been able to confront him 


By LENA KARA FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:44 EST, 1 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:57 EST, 1 December 2019

     


This is the moment a brave Yazidi former sex slave finally confronted her ISIS rapist, after previously fleeing Germany and returning to Iraq when she bumped into him in the street in Stuttgart.
Ashwaq Hajji Hameed was kidnapped, sold into slavery and abused at the age of 14, but started a new life in Europe after fleeing ISIS. 
However, she revealed last year that her slaver and rapist, Abu Humam, had stopped her in the street in Stuttgart and said he knew where she lived.
Ashwaq said she 'wanted to leave Germany immediately' after the encounter and said she 'felt better staying in a refugee camp' in Iraq with her father after meeting her slaver.

Now, with Abu Humam arrested and in Iraqi custody, a sobbing Ashwaq was finally able to confront him, telling the ISIS former fighter that he had ruined her life when he raped her. 


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In the dramatic confrontation, Ashwaq demanded Abu Humam held his head up and look her in the eye - though he failed to do so, with the ISIS thug crying as he ignored her. 
The brave woman asked her attacker 'why did you do that to me?', before collapsing to the ground at the end of the confrontation. 
Ashwaq's heartbreaking face off was revealed in footage recorded by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and broadcasted on Iraqi TV last night was shared on social media. 


In the clip, Ashwaq said: 'Raise your head. Why did you do that to me? Why? Because I'm Yazidi?
'I was 14-years-old when you raped me. Raise your head.
'Do you have a sister? Do you have feelings? Do you have any honour? I was 14-years-old.
'The age of your daughter! The age of your son! The age of your sister!
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Ashwaq Ta'lo confronting Abu Humam, her ISIS rapist and slaver who abused her while keeping her as a sex slave
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The brave woman asked her attacker 'why did you do that to me?', before collapsing to the ground at the end of the confrontation
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Ashwaq demanded Abu Humam held his head up and look her in the eye - though he failed to do so, with the ISIS thug crying as he ignored her
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Ashwaq's heartbreaking face off was revealed in footage recorded by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and broadcasted on Iraqi TV
'You've destroyed my life. You took everything from me. Everything I dreamed of.  
'But now you know what torture is, what it's like to be tortured, what loneliness is. If you had any sense, any feelings, you wouldn't have raped me when i was 14-years-old.
'I was the age of your son, the age of your daughter.'
Abu Humam refused to look at Ashwaq during the face-off, the brave Yazidi collapsing to the ground afterwards.  
It is hoped that the encounter and Abu Humam's incarceration will finally bring some closure to Ashwaq. 
It is unclear how Abu Humam came to be imprisoned in Iraq, though German authorities had promised to investigate after Ashwaq revealed she had met him in Germany. 
In 2018, speaking in a Facebook video, she said she had seen the man in 2016 and then again two years later in Schwäbisch Gmünd in south-western Germany.
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Ashwaq is pictured back in a refugee camp in Iraq after she fled Germany following a terrifying meeting with her former ISIS captor in Stuttgart 
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Ashwaq is pictured left in Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, during her stay in Germany, and right at a German airport with her brother Ibrahim. She bumped into her slaver and rapist on a street in Stuttgart 
She told police and asylum officials about the encounter and although they identified the man from CCTV they said there was nothing they could do because he was also registered as a refugee. 
The Yazidi genocide of 2014 saw ISIS storm into the Sinjar region of Iraq, home to hundreds of thousands of Yazidis, and slaughter thousands.
Ashwaq's father said the family had been unable to flee the advancing terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam.
She and 65 other family members were driven to Shaddadiya in Syria where they were put in a three-storey building under the watchful eyes of the ISIS militants.
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Ashwaq is back in the Iraqi refugee camp with her father Haji Hamid Ta'lo (pictured together)
Ashwaq, a teenager,  was sold to Abu Human, a Syrian ISIS member, for $100. 
After repeated rape, torture and abuse, she said she had slipped pills into her captors' food to escape in the middle of the night, walking for 14 hours to Mount Sinjar where other Yazidis had found safety.
She moved to Germany in June 2015, started to go to school and learn the German language and was provided with medical and psychological care and treatment.
But although her mother had told her that 'this is Germany and no one could ever hurt you' she revealed she was so scared by her meeting with her former captor that she could not stay in the country. 
She said in a video she had pretended to be Turkish after he had spoken to her in German and Arabic and told her: 'I know where you live'.
Two months later, Ashwaq left Germany and returned to live with her father in the refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq.
Her father, 53-year-old Haji Hamid Ta'lo, told Mail Online: 'I'm not happy that Ashwaq is back here in Iraq to live with me in a refugee camp along with 2276 or so people without electricity, without comfort, without any hope.
'Why should I be glad about that? It's a terrible catastrophe but, it's the will of God.'   
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So despite everything else countries llike Iraq and Germany are doing some amazing work. Thank you Annemarie

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party animal - not! wrote:So despite everything else countries llike Iraq and Germany are doing some amazing and groundbreaking work. Thank you Annemarie

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Post by annemarie on Tue 03 Dec 2019, 14:09

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7750351/Donald-Trump-kicks-NATO-meetings-London-unloading-Emanuel-Macron.html

[size=34]Donald Trump kicks off NATO meetings in London by unloading on Emanuel Macron as 'very nasty' for calling alliance 'brain dead' - then says France is having a 'rough' year and boasts about new tariffs on champagne[/size]


  • Trump spoke at his first meeting during NATO's 70th year

  • He touted nations boosting military spending

  • Attacked France's Macron for saying NATO was acting 'brain dead' 

  • 'It's very disrespectful'

  • Said France was having a 'rough year,' brought up yellow vest protests, and invoked U.S. tariffs

  • Also brought up Turkey's slap-back at Macron 

  • He spoke for more than 50 minutes alongside Secretary General Stoltenberg 

  • Also blasted France for its digital services tax

  • 'I'm not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anybody's going to take advantage of American companies, it's going to be us' 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM IN LONDON
PUBLISHED: 05:00 EST, 3 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:04 EST, 3 December 2019

     



President Donald Trump kicked off his diplomatic meetings with NATO members in London by blasting French President Emanuel Macron for his own comments that the alliance was risking suffering 'brain death.' 
Macron in an interview had said NATO was suffering 'brain death,' highlighted a split over Turkey, and said the treaty alliance must remained unified.  
'You just can't go around making statements like that against NATO. It's very disrespectful,' Trump groused at the start of two days of meeting with world leaders, including Macron. 
Trump called it a 'very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries' that are part of NATO.  He spoke at his first bilateral meeting, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
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Contentious: Donald Trump lashed out at Emmanuel Macron at his first meeting at the NATO 70th anniversary summit in London, when he spoke with reporters before a private session  with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg at Winfield House in London, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. US President Donald Trump will join other NATO heads of state at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday to mark the NATO Alliance's 70th birthday
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Outspoken: Donald Trump started the NATO 70th anniversary summit with an attack on Emmanuel Macron
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Entourage: Among those with the president in London are the U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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Also there: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is with the president and was seen at the meeting in Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador to London's residence

DONALD TRUMP'S DAY AT NATO SUMMIT 


9:10am (London time) One-on-one meeting with NATO's Secretary-General 
9:30am Working breakfast with NATO  Secretary-General 
11:00am Trump departs Winfield House to the InterContinental Hotel on London's Park Lane 
11:15am Trump arrives at the InterContinental London Park Lane 
11:30am Roundtable with supporters 
12:05pm Trump departs InterContinental for Winfield House  
12.20pm Trump arrives at Winfield House   
2pm Bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron  
2.20pm Macron meeting opens to press
3.30pm Bilateral meeting with Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  
4.55pm Trump and First Lady depart Winfield House for Clarence House 
5:10pm Trump and First Lady arrive at Clarence House 
5:15pm Couple have tea with Prince Charles and Camilla  
5:50pm Couple depart Clarence House for Buckingham Palace 
6:00pm Trump and First Lady attend NATO leaders' Reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen 
7:35pm Trump departs Palace for 10 Downing Street 
7:40pm Trump and Melania arrive at Downing Street
7:45pm Couple attend NATO leaders' reception hosted by PM Boris Johnson 
9:05pm Couple depart Downing Street for Winfield House  
9.30pm Couple return to Winfield House 




'I heard that President Macron said that NATO was brain dead,' Trump said, in a long back-and-forth with reporters. 'I think that is very insulting towards a lot of different forces,' he added. 
Trump rapped Macron for his words and ripped the French economy while also brandishing U.S. economic power in a growing trade spat with Paris. 
'It's a tough statement though when you make a statement like that,' Trump complained. 
'Nobody needs NATO more than France. You just look back over the long period of time,' Trump said. 'Frankly the one that benefits really the least is the United States.'
'We benefit the least. We’re helping Europe. Europe unites when they go against a common foe ... That may or may not be a foe,' Trump said, in a presumed reference to Russia. 
Trump said of France: 'It's a very tough statement to make when you have such difficulty in France.
'They’ve had a very rough year,' and brought up the 'yellow vest' protests, said France had a high unemployment rate, and said it was 'not doing well economically. 
He referenced new tariff escalations being recommended by U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer Monday.  They include new tariffs on French champagne, wine, cheese, and other products totaling $2.4 billion.
'We're doing their wines and everything else,' Trump said.  'You just can't go around making statements like that against NATO. It's very disrespectful.'
Trump also teed off on France's digital services tax which he said is unfair to U.S. tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
'I'm not going to let people take advantage of American companies. Because if anybody's going to take advantage of American companies, it's going to be us,' Trump said.
Trump at first pretended not to know who had made the brain death comment when asked about it by reporters in an extended availability.  
Then he allowed: 'I heard that President Macron said that NATO was brain dead. I think that is very insulting towards a lot of different forces.'
The president also invoked Turkish president Recep Erdogan, who pushed back earlier against Macron's comments.   
'Who said that?' Trump said when first confronted with the comment. 'Turkey responded by saying that he was brain dead, which is interesting,' Trump said. 


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Hitting the French: Donald Trump touched down with his wife Melania for the NATO summit in London just before the announcement his administration wants to hit France with $2.4 billion in tariffs - with a meeting with Emmanuel Macron scheduled for Tuesday morning
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Silicon Valley target: Emmanual Macron's government is acting over concern in his country that internet giants such as Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook are not paying their fair share of tax
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Blue cheese hit: Roquefort, a blue cheese made from sheep's milk is among the targets of Trump's tariffs
Macron made his comments in a lengthy interview with The Economist.
'What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,' he told the magazine. He issued the warning in part by citing increasing uncertainty about the role U.S. would play. He said it was time for Europe to 'wake up.' Otherwise, he said, we will 'no longer be in control of our destiny.'
Trump also firmly defended NATO, even after drawing criticism during his first year in office for failing to unequivocally state his belief in its Article Five mutual defense provisions.
'NATO serves a great purpose,' Trump said, lauding his own efforts to cajole allies into spending more on military defense. 
 

'I kept the oil': Donald Trump defends U.S. withdrawal that exposed Kurdish allies amid pressure on Turkey at NATO meetings and says remaining forces will battle ISIS whenever 'they pop up again'
President Donald Trump defended his policy on Turkey as the NATO ally faces scrutiny from member nations – and repeated his assertion that he 'kept the oil' inside Syrian territory. 
The president proclaimed: 'We can do with the oil that we want' – although the Pentagon said last month that Syrian Democratic Forces were getting revenue generated by oil facilities occupied inside Syria.  
Trump was asked at the start of NATO meetings in London if Turkey is a dependable member of the treaty organization, prompting him to defend both Turkey's actions that have rankled the alliance and his own policy moves.
'It's a country i have a good relationship with,' Trump said. 'We did a deal that everybody was critical of. And it works. 
'I want to get our soldiers out of there. I wanted to keep the oil. Now, they say, that was a great deal that Trump made.'
He said he 'would hope' that Turkish President Recep Erdogan 'will be a good member of the NATO.
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'I kept the oil' in relation to Syrian supplies being guarded by U.S. troops who remain there
He defended his pullout from the northern border with Syria, which precipitated a Turkish invasion that led to attacks on Kurdish U.S. allies who had battled ISIS alongside U.S. forces. 
'We left their border. We've been on their border long enough. They're doing just fine on their border. We kept the oil. I kept the oil,' Trump said of oil fields inside Syria that the U.S. is guarding to keep out of the hands of ISIS.
Although Trump has said ISIS has been defeated, he spoke Tuesday of residual forces. 
'The only people we have over there now, we have a few, a small group that are fighting the remnants of ISIS because they pop up again, and we put them down. We've defeated the ISIS caliphate. Nobody thought we could do that ... I did it very quickly. When I came in it was virtually 100 per cent and I knocked it down to zero. 


 U.S. coalition airstrikes began against ISIS in 2014. By December of 2017, ISIS had lost 95 per cent of its territory, according to a Wilson Center timeline.
'ISIS was trying to gain control of the oil. We have the control of the oil. The only soldiers that we have are the soldiers keeping the oil. We have the oil, and we can do with the oil that we want,' Trump said. 
Syrian oil production is just a fraction of its pre-war levels, according to a BBC analysis. 
Trump made similar claims last month alongside Erdogan at the White House, when he said: 'We’re keeping the oil. We have the oil.' The Pentagon said after those comments that oil revenues would in fact go to the Syrian Democratic Forces. 
'The revenue from this is not going to the US. This is going to the SDF,' the Pentagon said.  
Trump also appeared to defend Turkey's position with respect to a Russian missile defense system that conflicts with the F-35 fighter that Trump called the best military aircraft in the world. 
He said Turkey was 'shut off' from buying U.S.-made Patriot missiles during the Obama administration, essentially forcing it into Russia's hands. He said he 'may' meet with Erdogan at the summit, although a bilateral meeting is not on his official schedule. 
 
 

Donald Trump DENIES knowing Prince Andrew despite chatting with him on state visit THIS YEAR and being pictured with him and Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach in 2000 
Donald Trump today denied knowing Prince Andrew despite meeting him in June this year. 
The US President was asked for his thoughts on the Duke of York stepping down from royal duties at a NATO press conference in London this morning. 
He said: 'I don't know Prince Andrew,' before describing his links with convicted US paedophile Jeffrey Epstein as a 'tough story'.  
But the US leader was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Andrew, 59, at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace during his state visit to London in June. 
The pair were also pictured together alongside First Lady Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000 at a party also attended by sex offender Epstein and his then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. 
It comes the day after Prince Andrew's accuser Virginia Roberts Guiffre told BBC's Panorama programme she was sexually abused by him. 
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Donald Trump was photographed smiling and shaking hands with Andrew, 59, at Westminster Abbey in June 
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The pair were also pictured together alongside First Lady Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2000 at a party also attended by sex offender Epstein (second right) 
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Trump is pictured next to Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey on June 3 this year 


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Other people Trump 'doesn't know' 


Anthony Scaramucci
US financier and Trump supporter Antony Scaramucci was appointed White House Communications Director in July 2017. 
He was fired after just two weeks after calling reporters and slating some members of Trump's administration. 
Trump said on Twitter: 'Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable 'nut job...'I barely knew him.' 
Gordon Sondland
When Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, testified to Trump's impeachment trial, the President was quizzed on his testimony. 
But Trump simply replied: 'I don't know him very well. I have not spoken to him much. This is not a man I know well. He seems like a nice guy though. But I don't know him well.'
Just a month earlier, Trump described him as a 'really good man' and a 'great American', who he would happily see testify in the inquiry.   
Jeffrey Epstein  
Trump called paedophile Jeffrey Epstein a 'terrific guy' in 2002. 
He said he had known the billionaire for 15 years and was a 'lot of fun to be with'.  
But after Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges he tried to distance himself from him.
He later said: 'I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don't think I have spoken with him for 15 years. I was not a fan.' 
Stormy Daniels 
Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is a porn star who claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, while he was married to his wife Melania. 
Trump has denied her claims and said in 2018: 'I had nothing to do with her. So she can lie and she can do whatever she wants to do.'
But he paid his former lawyer Michael Cohen $130,000 to give her money as part of a non-disclosure agreement.   
George Papadopoulos 
Trump hired George Papadopoulos as an aide on his foreign policy team during the 2016 presidential election campaign. 
He described him as an 'excellent guy' and tweeted a picture of them together at a national security meeting.
But after Papadopoulos was sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to the FBI about contact with the Russians, Trump changed his mind. 
He told Fox News: 'I never even talked to the guy. I didn't know who he was.'
Paul Manafort 
Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for five months and was regularly in contact with him.
But when he was sentenced to more than three years in prison for fraud, Trump said:   
'I didn't know Manafort well. He wasn't with the campaign long.'
Matthew Whitaker
Matthew Whitaker spent a year as chief of staff to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 
But when things turned sour between the pair in November 2018, Trump fired him and he appointed Whitaker as acting Attorney General. 
After just three months Whitaker was replaced and Trump said of him:  'I don't know Matt Whitaker.'
George Conway 
George Conway is a US attorney believed to have made Trump's shortlist for the position of Solicitor General. 
But he has turned out to be one of Trump's biggest critics, branding him a 'narcissistic sociopath'. 
Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway who was Trump's campaign manager in 2016 and is still one of his top advisors. 
Trump tweeted: 'I barely know him. But just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!' 



There are several others of them walking through the grounds of the Palace as Trump prepared to meet the Queen in June, which were also tweeted out from the Duke of York's official account. 
Trump's comments came this morning Trump while he sat down with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a press conference at Winfield House. 
He was asked about the UK General Election, Brexit, the NHS and Jeremy Corbyn but refused to give much away. 
The President denied knowing 'anything about' Mr Corbyn, despite tweeting about him and discussing him on his interview with Nigel Farage on LBC this year. 
He said: 'I know nothing about the gentleman, Jeremy Corbyn.'
On the Election he said he 'didn't want to complicate it' and that he is 'staying out of it', while resting assured 'Boris will do a good job'. 
There has been widespread anxiety at Tory HQ over a potential upset to Boris Johnson's election campaign. 
They feared Trump might say something controversial, but he insisted: 'I'm staying out of it.'
He denied the NHS would be on the table in post-Brexit trade talks, as claimed by Jeremy Corbyn and his 450-page leaked document, saying: 'If you handed it to us on a silver platter, we want nothing to do with it.' 
The President's claims he 'doesn't know' Andrew came after fresh humiliation for the Duke and the rest of the royal family last night. 
Virginia Roberts Guiffre, now 35, described her alleged encounters with the Prince in excruciating detail on TV yesterday evening. 
She branded him 'hideous and sweaty', and said she was forced to have sex with him three times. 
One of the times, after a night out at Tramp nightclub in London, she was just 17. 
Prince Andrew has consistently denied the claims, telling Newsnight during his car crash interview that he had no recollection of ever meeting her. 
A picture of them together he claims has been doctored. 
But Ms Roberts Guiffre insisted she was 'grossed out' by dancing with the sweat-soaked royal and felt sick at realising she was expected to have sex with him aged 17. 
She told Panorama last night she is being pressured to keep quiet, saying: 'The people on the inside are going to keep coming up with these ridiculous excuses. I mean, come on, I'm calling BS [bulls**t] on this, because that's what it is. He knows what happened. I know what happened and there's only one of us telling the truth, and I know that's me.' 
She said Epstein's then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell told her she had to have sex with Andrew the way she had been forced into doing with him. 
The married mother told the programme: 'In the car Ghislaine tells me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey. 
'And that made me sick. I didn't expect it from royalty. I didn't expect it from someone that people look up to and admire - the royal family.'
She said: 'There was a bath and it started there and it led into the bedroom. It didn't last very long the whole entire procedure. It was disgusting. 
'He wasn't mean or anything. But he got up and said thanks and walked out. And I sat there in bed just felt horrified and ashamed and felt dirty.'
She added: 'I had just been abused by a member of the royal family.'
She also told the BBC that she knew she 'had to keep him happy because that's what Jeffrey and Ghislaine (Maxwell, Epstein's then-girlfriend) would have expected from me.' 
It is not just Prince Andrew and Jeremy Corbyn that Trump claims he 'doesn't know'.  
He has repeatedly claimed he isn't acquainted with people he has previously met or tweeted about several times. 
After being photographed with Jeffrey Epstein in 2000 he told New York Magazine he was a 'terrific guy' and that he had known the billionaire for 15 years. 
But after his first arrest for sex trafficking underage girls he denied knowing him very well and said he 'wasn't a fan'. 
He has done the same with several former members of his staff. 
US financier and Trump supporter Antony Scaramucci was appointed White House Communications Director in July 2017. 
But he was fired after just two weeks for calling reporters and slating some members of Trump's administration. 
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The Duke of York is pictured next to Trump and wife Melania attending a memorial at Westminster Abbey on June 3 
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Trump and the First Lady are pictured greeting members of the church outside Westminster Abbey in June, with Prince Andrew just behind them 
Trump later said on Twitter: 'Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable 'nut job...'I barely knew him.' 
Trump hired George Papadopoulos as an aide on his foreign policy team during his 2016 presidential election campaign. 
He described him as an 'excellent guy' and tweeted a picture of them together at a national security meeting.
But after Papadopoulos was sentenced to two weeks in prison for lying to the FBI about contact with the Russians, Trump changed his mind. 
He told Fox News: 'I never even talked to the guy. I didn't know who he was.'
Matthew Whitaker spent a year as chief of staff to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions was the first person to hold that position in Trump's presidency. 
But when things turned sour between the pair in November 2018, Trump fired him and he appointed Whitaker as acting Attorney General instead. 
After just three months Whitaker was replaced and Trump said of him:  'I don't know Matt Whitaker.'
During his previous visit to the UK, he denied knowing minister Michael Gove despite being photographed doing the thumbs up with him after he interviewed him while he worked as a journalist for The Times.  
 

Donald Trump says China trade deal can wait until after 2020 election and global stock markets take tumble in response
Global stocks took a tumble on Tuesday amid pessimism over a standoff between the U.S. and China and new tensions between the U.S. and France on tariffs.
President Donald Trump appeared to downplay the chances for a deal to end the U.S.-China trade war before the end of the year and even said it could wait until after the 2020 presidential election.
Speaking in London where he is attending a NATO summit, Trump said that the only limiting factor to reaching an agreement with China is whether he wants to make a deal.
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President Donald Trump - at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg - downplayed chances for an to the U.S.-China trade war soon
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Global stocks took a tumble amid after his remarks
Asked about his previous goal of reaching an agreement by years' end, Trump told reporters, 'I have no deadline, no.'
'In some ways I like the idea of waiting until after the election,' he added. He has previously suggested that China wanted to wait until after the election to negotiate a deal.
'I'm doing very well in a deal with China, if I want to make it. If I want to make. It's not if they want to make it,' the president said at a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. 'It's if I want to make it. We'll see what happens. But I'm doing a well if I want to make a deal. I don't know if I want to make it.'
France´s CAC 40 fell 0.3% to 5,770, while Britain´s FTSE 100 tumbled nearly 1% 7,216. Germany´s DAX gained 0.6% to 13,045.


U.S. shares were headed for losses at the open, with Dow futures slipping 0.4% to 27,684. S&P 500 futures lost 0.3% to 3,105. 
Tensions between the two nations flared anew last week after Trump signed legislation expressing U.S. support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Investors have been hoping that the world´s two biggest economies can make progress toward at least staving off new tariffs scheduled for Dec. 15 on $160 billion worth of Chinese products, including smartphones and laptops.  
The Trump administration has also proposed tariffs on $2.4 billion in goods in retaliation for a French tax on global tech giants including Google, Amazon and Facebook.
France´s finance minister threatened a 'strong European riposte' if the U.S. follows through on a proposal to hit French cheese, Champagne, handbags and other products with tariffs of up to 100%.
The move is likely to increase tensions between the U.S. and Europe - and set the stage for a likely tense meeting Tuesday between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Trump said a deal could wait until after the 2020 election
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U.S. stocks also took a tumble when the market opened
In Asia, tensions had already flared after China retaliated for U.S. support of protesters in Hong Kong, putting investors in a selling mood. Asian regional markets are generally hurt by declines in trade and the slowdown in the Chinese economy that might cause.
Japan´s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.6% to finish at 23,379.81. Australia´s S&P/ASX 200 slid 2.2% to 6,712.30. South Korea´s Kospi declined 0.4% to 2,084.07. Hong Kong´s Hang Seng fell 0.2% to 26,391.30, while the Shanghai Composite recovered earlier losses to inch up 0.3% to 2,884.70.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Dec 2019, 00:40

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7751723/Judges-rule-bankers-turn-Trumps-financial-records-refuse-stay-subpoena-Don-McGahn.html

[size=34]Donald Trump suffers double blow in federal courts as judges rules bankers MUST hand Congress his personal and company financial records - and refuse to stay subpoena for former White House counsel Don McGahn[/size]


  • Donald Trump took a hit in two separate court cases this week

  • The first blow came from the Second Circuit of Appeals, which ruled Capital One and Deutsche Bank had to turn over Trump's financial documents

  • All three judges were appointed by former Republican presidents

  • Trump has long tried to avoid turning over any financial records or tax returns to Congress 

  • The second case was overseen by a U.S. District Court just appointed by Obama

  • She ruled to deny a Justice Department request for a stay on testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:37 EST, 3 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:00 EST, 3 December 2019

     





Two court decisions this week caused a double blow to Donald Trump when federal appeals judges ruled bankers had to turn over the president's financial records and a separate judge rejected the DOJ's request for a stay on testimony from Don McGahn.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that both Capital One and Deutsche Bank must turn over Trump, his children's and his company's financial records to Congress.
A day earlier, on Monday, a Barack Obama-appointed U.S. district court judge in Washington D.C. also declined the Department of Justice request to stop or delay former White House Counsel Don McGahn from having to testify before Congress.
The three judges presiding over the appeals court case involving the president's financial records decided not to block the congressional subpoenas for the documents. 
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A three-judge panel in the  Second Circuit Court  of Appeals ruled that Capital One and Deutsche Bank have to turn over Trump, his children's and his company's financial records. Jon Newman (left), Debra Livingston (center) and Peter Hall (right) were all appointed by past Republican presidents
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The second case, in a Washington D.C. district court ruled against a Justice Department request to issue a stay on former White House Counsel Don McGahn (pictured) testifying before Congress
The decision was 2-1. Circuit judges Jon Newman, who was appointed by Richard Nixon and made an appeals judge by Jimmy Carter, and Peter Hall, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled against Trump. Circuit judge Debra Livingston, also a Bush appointee, dissented. 

In April, the House Intelligence and Financial Services Committees subpoenaed Capital One and Deutsche Bank to hand over the documents, and Trump attempted to block the decision by appealing the case in August.
Deutsche Bank said in October that it did have some of the documents the House had demanded, but said it does not possess the president's sought-after tax returns.
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District Court Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson (pictured) was appointed by Barack Obama. She said failure for McGahn to testify would cause 'grave harm' to the impeachment investigation
Trump has continuously battled Congress and the courts over turning over his tax returns, which critics claim is needed to ensure the president is not engaged in any conflict of interest with his office and businesses.
Another blow came to the president on Monday when a U.S. District Court ruled that McGahn would need to comply with congressional subpoenas to testify as part of the impeachment proceedings.
'This Court has no doubt that further delay of the Judiciary Committee's enforcement of its valid subpoena causes grave harm to both the Committee's investigation and the interests of the public more broadly,' U.S. District Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson wrote in a 17-page opinion.
The opinion denies the stay on McGahn testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, and the judge claimed his failure to participate could cause 'grave harm' to the investigation.
She also decided to remove a temporary stay she agreed on last week as the case made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals, even though the DOJ was advocating for a long-term stay.


Jackson said Justice's chances of winning the appeal were 'exceedingly low,' and said last week that the president could not stop McGahn from testifying, adding that 'Presidents are not kings.'
McGahn's testimony would be included as part of the impeachment investigation into Trump.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller noted in his Russia report in April that McGahn has knowledge about Trump's alleged efforts to put a stop to the probe.
Democrats insist that the former White House counsel's testimony could determine if they want to include the allegations outlined in the Mueller report in potential articles of impeachment.
The DOJ has secured a January 3 hearing before a three-judge appeals court panel, which includes two who were appointed by past Republican presidents.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Dec 2019, 10:20

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7753861/Mitt-Romney-says-no-evidence-Ukraine-interfered-2016-election.html

[size=34]Mitt Romney breaks ranks with his Republican colleagues AGAIN by saying there is 'no evidence' Ukraine interfered in 2016 election but says there's 'ample evidence Russia did'[/size]


  • Several Republicans have defended Trump's demand for an investigation into Ukraine by claiming the country interfered in the 2016 US election

  • On Sunday, GOP Senator John Kennedy told Meet The Press that he believes both the Ukraine and Russia meddled in the electoral process

  • However, rogue Republican Mitt Romney is now contradicting his GOP colleagues by saying he does not believe Ukraine was involved

  • His comments indicate that he may still break from fellow Republicans in regards to the impeachment inquiry into the President 


By ANDREW COURT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 00:47 EST, 4 December 2019 | UPDATED: 02:30 EST, 4 December 2019

     


Mitt Romney has broken ranks with his Republican colleagues again, this time by saying he doesn't believe Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election 
The Utah senator, 72, made the claims on Tuesday following a Senate Foreign Relations hearing on US policy toward Russia. 
'I saw no evidence from our intelligence community nor from our representatives today from the Department of State that there is any evidence of any kind that suggests Ukraine interfered in our elections,' Romney stated, according to ABC. 
He added: 'We have ample evidence that Russia interfered in our elections'.

Romney's comments are a direct contrast to ones made by fellow GOP Senator John Kennedy who has repeatedly claimed that he believes both of the Eastern European countries had influence in the 2016 Election. 
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Mitt Romney (right) says he sees no evidence of any kind that suggests Ukraine interfered in the 2016 Election - putting him at odds with many of his Republican colleagues, including Senator John Kennedy (left)
 On Sunday, Kennedy told Meet The Press: 'I think both Russia and Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election'. 
Romney's comments also hint that he will not fall into line behind his Party members - many of whom have defended Trump's demand for political investigations from Ukraine by claiming that they were involved in manipulating the electoral process. 
The rogue Republican has previously described Trump's actions in pressing Ukraine to investigate corrupt dealings as 'troubling'. 
And, if the impeachment process makes its way to a vote in the Senate, it remains unclear as to whether Romney would be in favor of removing the Commander-in-chief from office. 
Trump has repeatedly clashed with Romney since he was elected to the White House back in November 2016.  
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Romney is pictured with Trump during a  listening session on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic at the White House last month
However, last week Trump invited Romney and fellow Republican Senator Susan Collins for lunch at the White House, in what was widely seen as a move to sure up their support. 
Romney and Collins are two of only three Republican senators (along with Alaska's Lisa Murkowski) who recently declined to sign a Republican motion condemning the Democratic impeachment probe. 


Romney later cooed over his date with the Commander-in-chief stating: 'It was a very delightful meeting with the president and vice president and senior members of his staff and several Republican senators'. 
Romney said he had shaken hands with Trump despite their past differences and had a 'cordial' meeting.  
Asked about a Trump tweet in October which called Romney a 'pompous a**', the Utah senator laughed and said 'that's as accurate as it is irrelevant'.   
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Last week Trump invited Romney and fellow Republican Senator Susan Collins for lunch at the White House

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 04 Dec 2019, 11:05

Excellent.

And here is the Ukraine Foreign Minister saying that they would never be that stupid!

THe new government are busy taking heavy legal action against former corrupt ministers

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-50652886/ukrainian-foreign-minister-dismisses-election-meddling

Trump kept the Queen and everybody else waiting at Buckingham Palace yesterday for 40 minutes - much laughter by other countries' prime ministers

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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Dec 2019, 12:46

We all know Trump has no manners it's to be expected from the idiot.

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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Dec 2019, 16:39

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7755765/Jerry-Nadler-steamrolls-Republicans-plunges-phase-Trump-hearings.html

[size=34]Republicans interrupt House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing to demand the whistleblower is subpoenaed - after chair Jerry Nadler says Donald Trump engaged in 'pattern of misconduct'[/size]


  • Impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee kicked off Wednesday with Republicans and Chairman Jerrold Nadler squaring off 

  • Nadler was quick to link President Trump's pressure campaign in Ukraine to him welcoming intereference in 2016 by Russia 

  • Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member, called the inquiry a 'sham' and said Nadler had been wanting to impeach Trump long before the Ukraine scandal 

  • Republicans interrupted Nadler several times, including forcing a vote as they tried to get House Judiciary Chairman Adam Schiff to testify  


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER and NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 10:46 EST, 4 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:33 EST, 4 December 2019

     




Republicans tangled up the first impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee by forcing members to vote on subpoenaing the so-called 'whistleblower.' 
They also tried to get House Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who was previously charged with the impeachment inquiry, to testify before the Judiciary Committee. 
All the while, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler tried to gavel through the interruptions - as Democrats, who hold a majority, won the vote every time. 
But Republicans were affective in delaying the hearing, which featured four Constitutional experts. An hour in, only two witnesses had uttered their opening statements.    

In his opening statement, Nadler was quick to bring up the 2016 Russia investigation, linking that to President Trump's alleged efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate potential 2020 rival Joe Biden, which has so far been at the heart of the Democrats' impeachment inquiry. 
'Of course this is not the first time that President Trump has engaged in this pattern of conduct,' Nadler said, bringing up Russia's campaign in 2016 to interfere in the U.S. election. 'President Trump welcomed that interference.'  

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Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler kicked off the hearing by linking President Trump's Ukraine pressure campaign, which is central to the current impeachment inquiry, to Russia and the Mueller Report 
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (left) talks with the committee's top Republican, Rep. Doug Collins (right) 
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Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee, called the impeachment inquiry a 'sham' and said Democratic Chair Jerry Nadler was trying to impeach President Trump long before the whistleblower complaint about the Ukraine call came to light 
Nadler also accused Trump of taking 'extraordingary and unprecedented steps to cover-up his efforts,' speaking about the lack of witnesses and documents the White House provided and reminding the audience that Bill Clinton, when he was under investigation and was impeached, literally donated 'blood' to the probe.
'No other president has vowed to "fight all of the subpoenas" as President Trump has promised,' Nadler said. 'In the 1974 impeachment proceedings, President Nixon produced dozens of recordings. In 1998, President Clinton physically gave his blood. President Trump, by contrast, has refused to produce a single document and directed every witness not to testify.'  
Rep. Doug Collins, the top Repubilcan on the committee, used his opening statement to call the proceedings a 'sham' 
'So don't tell me this is about new evidence and new things and new stuff,' he said. 'This is nothing new folks,' he added, pointing out that Nadler had started talking about impeaching Trump a year ago - long before the Ukraine scheme was first  uncovered.    
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Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, shakes hands with Rep. Jamie Raskin (right), a Democrat on the committee 
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Wednesday's witnesses, four Constitutional experts, are sworn in at the opening of the first Huose Judiciary Committee on impeachment 
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Members of the House Judiciary Committee prepare for the first impeachment-related hearing before their committee. Previously, the House Intelligence Committee was handling the inquiry 
The hearing kicked off with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner quickly interrupting Nadler, requesting Republicans get their own day of hearings. 
Nadler, over GOP objections, went ahead with his opening statement. 
After opening statements concluded, Republicans forced a committee vote, as they tried to call Rep. Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chair, as a witness. 
That failed as the Democrats have a majority. 
The New York Democrat takes over the impeachment hearings after Schiff had largely become the face of the inquiry. 
Republicans have been critical of Schiff and have accused him of knowing the identity of the whistleblower, who first alerted the inspector general of the intelligence committee that Trump brought up investigating a political rival on a phone call with the new president of Ukraine. 
Trump is accused of holding up $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in an effort to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce he was investigating Hunter and Joe Biden - and the origins of the 2016 Russia probe. 
Wednesday's hearing marked the first high-profile hearing in Nadler's committee since the dramatic debacle of having Trump's first campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testify in September.  
Republicans have one witness testifying Wednesday, though he's expected not to defend President Trump, according to his opening statement.   
The George Washington University law professor is the first Republican-requested witness and the only Republican who will appear Wednesday, but in his 53-page opening statement, which was obtained by the Associated Press, Turley says 'a case for impeachment can be made,' but he did say the current case brought by Democrats was based solely on secondhand information.
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Jonathan Turley (pictured) is the first Republican-approved witness who will testify in the impeachment inquiry
'It is not wrong because President Trump is right,' Turley prepared in his opening remarks, which he will deliver before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
He blasts the president's call with his Ukrainian counterpart as 'anything but perfect,' – a word Trump has used to describe his now-infamous July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is the genesis of the impeachment inquiry.
'A case for impeachment could be made, but it cannot be made on this record,' Turley will say.
The Democratic witnesses were Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law professor, Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford and Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina. 
'If Congress fails to impeach here, then the impeachment process has lost all meaning,' Gerhardt's opening statement reads.
'The president's serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress are worse than the misconduct of any prior president,' Gerhardt's statement continues, according to a copy obtained by Politico
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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (pictured) is continuing the impeachment inquiry Wednesday after the Intelligence Committee released a report indicating based on its investigation the president has committed impeachable offenses
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The other three witnesses were called by Democrats, including Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman (right) and Pamela Karlan (left), a law professor at Stanford
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The third Democrat-called witness, University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt (pictured), alleged that 'the president's serious misconduct, including bribery, soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader in exchange for his exercise of power, and obstructing justice and Congress are worse than the misconduct of any prior president'
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The House Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday indicating it found that Trump misused the power of his office to solicit Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections and also obstructed the impeachment investigation.
The report came after several closed-door meeting, five days of public hearings and 12 witness testimonies last month before the Intelligence Committee, headed by Schiff. 
Now, the House Judiciary Committee is moving swiftly to weigh the findings by fellow lawmakers.
The 300-page Democrat report found 'serious misconduct' by the president.
It did not render a judgment on whether Trump's actions stemming from his call with Zelensky rose to the constitutional level of 'high crimes and misdemeanors,' which would warrant impeachment. 
That is for the full House to decide.
Its findings involving Trump's efforts to seek foreign intervention in the American election process will, however, provide the basis for a House vote on impeachment and a Senate trial carrying the penalty of removal from office.
'The evidence that we have found is really quite overwhelming that the president used the power of his office to secure political favors and abuse the trust American people put in him and jeopardize our security,' Schiff told the AP.
'It was a difficult decision to go down this road, because it's so consequential for the country,' Schiff continued. '[But] the president was the author of his own impeachment inquiry by repeatedly seeking foreign help in his election campaigns.'
Schiff added: 'Americans need to understand that this president is putting his personal political interests above theirs. And that it's endangering the country.'
Trump declared while attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit in London that he wouldn't be watching Wednesday's hearings, calling the Democrats' efforts 'unpatriotic.
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In the Democrats' impeachment report, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff wrote that Trump 'solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,' and 'sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security'

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The Democrat report came after House Republicans Devin Nunes (left), Jim Jordan (center) and Mike McCaul (right), who head the Intelligence, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, respectively, released a 123-page prebuttal concluding Trump's actions regarding Ukraine were 'absolutely prudent'
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, 'Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump.'
She added that the report 'reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.'
The 'Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report' provides a detailed account of a shadow diplomacy run by Trump's personal attorney and former Republican Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani.
Along with revelations from earlier testimony, the report included previously unreleased cell phone records raising fresh questions about Giuliani's interactions with the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, and the White House. Nunes declined to comment. Schiff said his panel would continue its probe. 
Based on two months of investigation sparked by a still-anonymous government whistleblower's complaint, which was made public in September, the report relies heavily on testimony from current and former U.S. officials who defied White House orders not to appear.
Schiff wrote in the Democrats' report's preface that the Intelligence Committee's inquiry found that the president 'solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection.'
In doing so, the president 'sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,' the report continued.
It added that when Congress began its impeachment investigation, Trump obstructed the probe.


The Democrats' report came the day after a 123-page Republican prebuttal was publicized that claimed Trump didn't do anything wrong and perpetuated a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, either on its own or along with Russia, interfered in the 2016 elections to favor Hillary Clinton.
The Republican counter-report, authored by three House ranking members, claimed Trump never intended to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a 'favor' for Kiev to investigate political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden.
They say the military aid that the White House was withholding was not being used as leverage, as Democrats claim. Republican ranking members Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Mike McCaul argue that Democrats just want to undo the 2016 election.
Republicans who have defended Trump from the start have echoed his rhetoric that the proceedings are a 'hoax.'
The president also criticized the House for pushing forward with the inquiry while he is overseas participating in the NATO summit.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Democrats to end the impeachment 'nightmare,' claiming those on the left are 'concerned if they do not impeach this president they cant beat him in an election.' 
Democrats once hoped to sway Republicans to consider Trump's removal, but they are now facing a ever-hardening partisan split over the swift-moving proceedings that are dividing Congress and the country. 
The Democrats' report also accuses Trump of obstruction, claiming he is the 'first and only' president in U.S. history to 'openly and indiscriminately' defy the House's constitutional authority to conduct the impeachment proceedings by instructing officials not to comply with document and testimony subpoenas.
Liberal Democrats are pushing the party to go further by incorporating findings from former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report - which Nadler did in his opening statement - but more centrist and moderate Democrats want to stick with the Ukraine matter as a simpler narrative that Americans understand.
This is especially important as public opinion polls show Americans are split on whether they support impeachment, and some in battleground states indicate they are confused by the proceedings.
Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days, and the full House could vote by Christmas.
After a full House vote, the matter would move to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial in 2020.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that the impeachment is a 'baseless and highly partisan inquiry.'
He did, however, leave the door open to possible White House participation in future hearings.
Cipollone will brief Senate Republicans Wednesday.
House rules provide the president and his attorneys the right to cross-examine witnesses and review evidence before the committee, but little ability to bring forward witnesses of their own.


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[size=34]'He's two-faced!' Furious Donald Trump hits back at Justin Trudeau after Canadian PM was caught ridiculing him behind his back – then cancels press conference and quits NATO summit early[/size]


  • Donald Trump slammed Justin Trudeau as 'two-faced' at the 70th anniversary NATO summit in Hertfordshire

  • The swipe comes after Canadian Prime Minister was caught mocking him on hot mic at Buckingham Palace

  • Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson were caught gossiping about Trump at the Queen's residence

  • Canadian leader, swigging from his drink, said: 'He [Macron] was late [to the Queen's reception for NATO leaders] because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top' in apparent reference to Trump 

  • Trump did not look amused when asked about it during a joint press conference with Angela Merkel today 

  • He said Trudeau was angry because he confronted him about amount Canada pays to NATO in membership

  • Trump later cancelled press conference scheduled for Wednesday and said he would return to Washington


By EMILY GOODIN, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER IN LONDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 09:00 EST, 4 December 2019 UPDATED: 11:37 EST, 4 December 2019



     

     

     

     

     
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Donald Trump has today cancelled his final press conference at the NATO summit in Britain and stormed home after Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau were caught on a hot mic mocking him.
The President had already slammed Trudeau as 'two-faced' on Wednesday after the Canadian Prime Minister, Macron and Johnson were caught on video at the Buckingham Palace NATO reception Tuesday evening, appearing to gossip about Trump.
Later this afternoon the President was caught on another hot mic bragging about his put-down of Trudeau. He said: 'That was funny when I said the guy's two-faced.'
Trump then tweeted about an hour later that he would leave the summit without holding a scheduled press conference, bringing an acrimonious end to the gathering that followed Macron's criticism of NATO as 'brain dead' and Turkish President Recep Erdogan's invasion of northern Syria.

'When today's meetings are over, I will be heading back to Washington. We won't be doing a press conference at the close of NATO because we did so many over the past two days,' the president said.
Trump had lashed out at Justin Trudeau over video of his jocular discussion with Johnson, and Macron video filmed at a reception attended by The Queen and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace last night.
In the clip, Trudeau makes the most cutting comments, laughing about Trump's lengthy Q&A sessions with reporters and saying even the president's staff was shocked at some of his actions.
At a press conference today Trudeau wouldn't answer whether he apologized to the president for his remarks.
He said: 'Last night I made a reference to the fact that there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with President Trump and I was happy to take part of it. But it was certainly notable. I've had a number of a good conversations with the president over today and yesterday.'  
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A tense meeting between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau was captured on camera at the NATO summit in Watford, Hertfordshire today after Trump was questioned by reporters about Trudeau's comments caught on a hot mic yesterday
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The US leader was asked about Justin Trudeau's comments at Buckingham Palace yesterday evening during a one-on-one press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summit today 
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Trump appeared stone-faced as the leaders assembled to pose for a group photograph at the Grove Hotel in Watford 
[size=10][size=18]Trump calls Justin Trudeau 'two-faced' after hot mic conversation




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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is pictured grinning with PM Boris Johnson as a stone-faced Trump sits in front 
In the video from the reception, which appears to be edited, Trudeau makes the most cutting comments, laughing about Trump's lengthy Q&A sessions with reporters and saying even the president's staff was shocked at some of his actions. 

'Complete nonsense': Boris Johnson denies mocking Donald Trump in 'hot mic' incident with Justin Trudeau at NATO summit 

Boris Johnson today denied mocking Donald Trump in a 'hot mic' incident at the NATO summit - after the US president vented his fury at 'two-faced' Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Mr Johnson denied knowledge of the extraordinary conversation caught on camera at a reception last night, during which Mr Trudeau appeared to lampoon Mr Trump as other leaders laughed.
At a press conference closing the gathering of the military alliance this afternoon, Mr Johnson was asked whether the group - which also included him, French president Emmanuel Macron and Princess Anne - had been having a 'joke at the expense' of Mr Trump.
'Complete nonsense,' he said. 'I don't know where that has come from.' 




It shows PM Boris Johnson ask: 'Is that why you were late?' as he stoops down and chuckles in disbelief, before Canadian leader Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: 'He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.'   
The video then cuts to a later clip, which is without context, and sees Macron pointing furiously before Mr Rutte exclaims 'fake news media' and Trudeau adds: 'You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor.'  He then motions as if his jaw is dropping.  
At the press conference today, Trudeau explained his remark about Trump's team jaw dropping was at the president's announcement next June's G7 meeting, which will be hosted by the United States, will be held at Camp David.
'We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David. I think that was an unscheduled announcement and I think everyone's team, everyone different leader has teams that every now and then have their jaw drop at unscheduled surprises like that video itself for example,' Trudeau said.
He said that came up because his fellow G7 leaders wanted to know the details about their next gathering. 
'As we talk to G7 leaders there is an interest in where the next G7 meeting is going to be and I was pleased to share with them the story of how that came about, that we are going to be gathering, apparently, at Camp David,' Trudeau said.
Trump today said during his meeting with Trudeau that next year's G7 meeting will be held at Camp David.   
Originally Trump announced it would be held it at his Doral, Fla., golf course but he reversed that decision when even some Republicans criticized it as inappropriate.
'We'll do it at Camp David,' he said. 'It's nearby. It's close. We're going to give good access to the press. ... It will be at camp David which is a place that people like.'

Conversation with Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Mark Rutte and Princess Anne

Boris Johnson: Is that why you were late?
Justin Trudeau: He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.
Inaudible conversation
Justin Trudeau: Oh yeah, yeah yeah, he announced…
Emmanuel Macron speaks with his back turned to the camera
Mark Rutte: Fake news media!
Macron touches Rutte's arm in agreement
Clip jumps to another point in the conversation
Princess Anne speaks with her face hidden from the camera
Justin Trudeau: You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor.




Trudeau repeated at his press conference Wednesday that he has a strong relationship with Trump.
'The relationship we have with United States is very strong and I have a very good relationship with President Trump and his team,' he said. 
But the president did not look amused when reporters asked him about the hot mic video during his meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel. 
'Honestly with Trudeau, he's a nice guy,' the president added after a long pause. 
He then explained his theory on why Trudeau said what he did, arguing the prime minister mocked him because he gave Trudeau grief during their sit down on Tuesday about Canada not paying enough in fees to be a member of the NATO alliance.
'I find him to be a very nice guy but you know the truth is that I called him out on the fact that he's not paying 2 per cent and I guess he's not very happy about it,' Trump said.
'He's not paying 2 per cent, and he should be paying 2 per cent. It's Canada. They have money. And they should be paying 2 per cent. 
'So I called him out on that, and I'm sure he wasn't happy about that, but that's the way it is. Look, I'm representing the U.S. And he should be paying more than he's paying. And he understands it. So I can imagine he's not that happy. But that's the way it is,' he added. 
The pair exchanged words at a photos session for NATO leaders on Wednesday morning but it is unclear what was discussed. 
At their Tuesday meeting, Trump noted Canada is 'slightly delinquent' in its NATO payments but added: 'But they'll be okay. I have confidence.' 
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Trudeau is pictured smiling at Trump, while the US President keeps a very straight face at the NATO summit today 
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The two leaders are seen side-by-side after Trudeau was caught making comments about Trump's lengthy press conferences
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The pair share what appears to be a tense exchange at today's NATO summit in Watford, Hertfordshire ahead of Trump's premature departure 
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Trump and Trudeau make small talk during the NATO leaders plenary session in Hertfordshire on Wednesday morning
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not say at a press conference today if he's apologized to Trump for his remarks
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Justin Trudeau, center, Emmanuel Macron, second right, and Boris Johnson, right, have all been caught on a hot mic at the Buckingham Palace NATO reception appearing to gossip about Donald Trump and an apparent impromptu lengthy press conference
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In a clip being widely shared online the three world leaders seem to be discussing why the French President was late during the London summit. Princess Anne also appears to be in the discussion, left, but it is unclear if or how she responds

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'Some are way below 1 per cent and that's unacceptable. And then if something happens we're supposed to protect them and it's not really fair and it never has been fair and they're paying up,' he added. 
After his comments, the two leaders engaged in a back-and-forth on how much Canada pays NATO.  
'Well, we'll put them on a payment plan, right?,' Trump said of America's neighbor to the north. 'I'm sure the prime minister would love that. What are you at? What is your number?'
But Trudeau defended Canada's payments. 
He said that 'the number we talked about is 70 per cent increase over these past years including and for the coming years, I think including significant investments in our fighter jets, significant investments in our naval fleets. We are increasing significantly our defense spending from previous governments that cut it.' 
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Trump looks serious as he is approached by Justin Trudeau at the summit today, while his Canadian and UK counterparts look more light-hearted
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Trump pours over his notes as UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and PM Boris Johnson chuckle behind him 
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, leans over to explain something to Mr Trump at the round table meeting 
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Trump is pictured amid NATO officials before cancelled his last press conference and left the NATO summit in Watford 
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But Trump wanted a hard number for what Canada pays and asked for it: 'Where are you now in terms of your number?'
Trudeau said Canada was at 1.4 per cent and 'continuing to move forward.'
Trump nodded and pointed out 'they're getting there. They know it's important to do that. And their economy is doing well. They'll get there quickly I think.' 
The president has pushed for NATO member nations to pay 2 per cent.  
But it was a clip from a leaders' reception at Buckingham Palace that was the talk of social media late Tuesday night, in which Trudeau was caught mocking the president. 
In the clip, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asks: 'Is that why you were late?' as he stoops down and chuckles in disbelief, before Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: 'He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.'   
The video then cuts to a later clip, which is without context, and sees Macron pointing furiously before Dutch PM Mark Rutte exclaims 'fake news media' and Trudeau adds: 'You just watched his team's jaws drop to the floor.' 
He then motions as if his jaw is dropping. 
Princess Anne also appears to be involved in the discussion but it is unclear if or how she responds. 
The clip was first shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Pictures from the event show the Princess Royal talking to Johnson and Trudeau. 
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NATO leaders assembled for a group photo before Trump announced he would be cancelling any further engagements and flying home
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Boris Johnson and Donald Trump shook hands as they appeared on stage together at the NATO summit today 
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After Mr Johnson sought to play down his relationship with Trump amid the UK General Election campaign, the pair were seen greeting each other on stage 
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Trump walks the other way as Mr Stoltenberg and Mr Johnson gesture for him to turn around on stage at the NATO summit 
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The US leader met with Turkish President Erdogan at today's NATO summit in Watford, which he left prematurely after a row over Trudeau's comments at Buckingham Palace 
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Donald Trump gestures furiously during a working lunch at the NATO summit at the Grove Hotel in Watford today 
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President Donald Trump, pictured smiling at a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday, asked him about Canada's payments to NATO
 

The 'naughty schoolboys' caught mocking Donald Trump: Emmanuel Macron orchestrated the banter at Buckingham Palace while Boris Johnson tried to duck out, says MailOnline body language expert 
By Lara Keay for MailOnline
Boris JohnsonJustin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron behaved like 'naughty school boys' as they appeared to gossip about Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace yesterday, a body language expert claims. 
The three leaders were caught mocking the US President and his earlier lengthy, impromptu press conferences on a hot mic at the Queen's NATO reception last night. 
A video clip shows Boris asking Macron why was late to the event before the Canadian and French leaders chime in. 
But the Prime Minister's 'self-diminishing rituals' as he bends his knees and shrinks down suggest he is happy to duck out and let the others take over, body language expert Judi James tells MailOnline. 
Trudeau scans everyone's faces as he leads the joke and exclaims: 'He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top'. 
But after he gestures at Macron, the French President takes over 'leaning forward conspiratorially' and 'waggling one finger' as he enjoys giving his view as part of the gossiping, says James. 
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Ducking out: Boris Johnson's 'self-diminishing rituals' as he bends his knees and shrinks down suggest he is happy to duck out and let the other leaders take over, body language expert Judi James tells MailOnline
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Telling jokes: Trudeau scans everyone's faces as he leads the joke and exclaims: 'He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top'
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Trudeau swigs from his drink and gestures towards the French President as if he is passing the baton' to Macron to give his take on the situation 
In the clip, the three world leaders seem to be discussing why the French President was late during the London summit, held to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary. 
None of the men mention Trump by name but Trudeau seems to be referring to the US president's talks with the media throughout Tuesday.
The video shows Mr Johnson asking: 'Is that why you were late?', before Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, swigging from his drink, shoots back: 'He was late because he takes a 40 minute press conference off the top.'
On Boris, James tells MailOnline: 'Although Boris appears to orchestrate the humour in the group, bending his knees as he speaks to suggest he's making the rest of the circle laugh, he soon appears happy to duck out and allow Trudeau and Macron to take over.'
She explains how Trudeau leads the group in giving his views on Trump's timekeeping and makes eye contact with the whole group to ensure he dominates before 'passing the baton' to Macron.
He appears to have a 'rather naughty sense of humour' in the way he leads the conversation, she adds.  
The expert says: 'Trudeau is the most active here in terms of conducting the comedy, performing a one steepled brow gesture to show humour and scanning all the faces in the group as he speaks like a man telling a joke and wanting to check everyone is laughing.
'He even appears to spread the gossip by inviting Macron to join in, nudging him with one hand as though nudging his memory. 
'Trudeau then rubs his nose as Macron joins in and takes over, using this announcement gesture to signal Macron can pick up the baton.'
Macron's words are inaudible as he is turned away from the camera, but he soon starts gesturing with enthusiasm. 
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Orchestrating the comedy: French President Mavron takes over the conversation, 'leaning forward conspiratorially' and 'waggling one finger' as he enjoys giving his view as part of the gossiping
James says: 'Macron's gossip style looks pretty pronounced here as he leans forward conspiratorially and waggling one finger as well as looking round furtively in what looks like a bid to check the subject of their conversation is not within earshot. 
'While he and Trudeau appear to be in full flow and when even Princess Anne looks keen to join in, Boris's signals suggest he's enjoying the stories but that he might be more cautious about being the one telling them.' 
Commenting again on Mr Johnson's unusual caution, she adds: 'Boris actually looks like the man being cautious here although he might have been the catalyst to some of the fun. 
'His knee-bending and self-diminishing rituals suggest he might be placing a slightly amusing comment but its the others that then run off with it while Boris begins to scan the room rather than pitching in too hard.'
None of the men mentioned Trump by name but Trudeau seems to be referring to the US president's talks with the media throughout Tuesday.
He spoke at length to reporters in the afternoon after an awkward press conference with Emmanuel Macron, following on from an earlier and equally lengthy chat after a sit-down with NATO president Jens Stoltenberg in the morning. 
Today the leaders have congregated at The Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, for the main NATO summit, with Trump storming out early after branding Trudeau 'two-faced' for his hot mic comments. [/size]

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[size=34]Georgia governor snubs Donald Trump's demand to appoint anti-impeachment loyalist Doug Collins to Senate and gives vacant seat to co-owner of WNBA's Atlanta Dream[/size]


  • Kelly Loeffler will fill Georgia Senate seat left vacant by Johnny Isakson, who is quitting at the end of the month because of ill health

  • She is is co-owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream franchise but is a political neophyte 

  • Donald Trump had wanted Georgia congressman Doug Collins, who is ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and leading anti-impeachment voice

  • Loeffler will hold seat until 2020 election when both Georgia senate seats will be on the ballot 

  • She is second woman to hold a Georgia Senate seat and her swearing-in will bring number of Republican female senators to nine


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 05:50 EST, 4 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:55 EST, 4 December 2019

     


Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban voters.
Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler on Wednesday, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump's staunchest defenders in Congress.
But Loeffler has been quickly embraced by Senate GOP leadership, which could make any top-tier Republican candidate rethink plans to challenge her for the seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called her 'a terrific appointment.'
Loeffler, 49, will succeed three-term Sen. Johnny Isakson, 74, who is stepping down at the end of the month because of health issues. She will be only the second woman in history to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.
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New senator: Kelly Loeffler will take the vacant Georgia Senate seat despite Donald Trump wanting one of his leading defenders given the post
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Defiance: Brian Kemp, the Georgia governor, is moving ahead with appointing Kelly Loeffler to the Senate despite Donald Trump wanting Doug Collins, one of his fiercest defenders in the House, to take the vacant seat
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Snubbed: Doug Collins, who is ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and was defending the president against impeachment Wednesday, will not get the vacant Georgia Senate seat. He ha snot ruled out running in a primary for the 2020 special election 
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The seat will be up for grabs again in a November 2020 special election for the final two years of Isakson's term, and then again in 2022. Also on next year's ballot will be Republican Sen. David Perdue, who is running for a second full term.
With both of Georgia's GOP-held Senate seats on the ballot alongside Trump in 2020, the race is raising the state's profile as a political battleground where Republicans still dominate but Democrats have made substantial inroads in recent elections.
Loeffler is the co-owner of the Atlanta Dream professional woman's basketball franchise and CEO of financial services company Bakkt, which offers a regulated market for Bitcoin. 
She was previously an executive at Intercontinental Exchange, a behemoth founded by her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, that owns the New York Stock Exchange. Bakkt is a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange.
Collins has publicly left open the door to challenging Loeffler for the seat, but McConnell said she has his backing as well as that of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. 'She will be an incumbent Republican Senator,' McConnell said.
Trump made clear that he preferred Collins to Loeffler, but has resigned himself to the pick, according to a person familiar with his thinking who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to describe the private discussions.
At the center of the debate over Loeffler's appointment is a question of who can best help the GOP position itself for success in next year's elections, as Republicans battle to maintain control of the Senate and White House.
Loeffler's supporters believe she can widen the Republican tent and appeal to women and suburban Atlanta voters, who have fled the party since Trump's election. Her critics counter that an experienced campaigner with conservative credentials is needed to bring out the Republican base.

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WNBA fortune: Kelly Loeffler is co-owner, with Mary Brock, of the Atlanta Dream. Republicans hope she can connect to suburban voters who have increasingly been turning Democratic
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Vacancy: Johnny Isakson is quitting the Senate early for health reasons at the end of the month and gave his farewell speech on Tuesday
Democrats, meanwhile, hope to capitalize on dissatisfaction with Washington and break the GOP's hold on the Deep South. They're spending big in Georgia, where demographic changes making the state less rural and more diverse could create opportunities for an upset.
Democrat Matt Lieberman, the son of former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, is campaigning for the seat, and several other Democrats are mulling potential bids.
In September, Kemp took the unusual step of opening an online application process for Isakson's Senate seat and asked everyone from congressmen to ordinary Georgians to apply.
The governor's office was soon flooded with hundreds of applications. Many were sincere. Others, like one submitted for Kermit the Frog, were not.
Loeffler submitted her application just hours before the online portal was closed, prompting speculation that she may have done so at Kemp's urging.
Other top Republicans who applied include Collins, former congressman Jack Kingston, state House Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 04 Dec 2019, 22:29

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7755851/Trump-administration-tightens-food-stamp-work-requirements.html

[size=34]Donald Trump's administration axes food stamps for 700,000 with tougher rules on work requirements in exchange for benefits[/size]


  • Rule change by Department of Agriculture will make it tougher for states to exempt unemployed people from work requirements 

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps feed more than 36 million; new rule will cut benefits for estimated 688,000

  • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the rule will help move people 'from welfare to work.' 

  • Ohio Democrat Marcia Fudge called the rule 'an unacceptable escalation of the administration's war on working families.' 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 10:24 EST, 4 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:36 EST, 4 December 2019


         
  • on is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.

The final rule, announced Wednesday, will limit the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps feed more than 36 million Americans.
Scaling back public benefits for low-income Americans has long been a Trump administration priority. The rule announced Wednesday is one of three proposals for cutting the food stamp program.
Brandon Lipps, deputy under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, said tightening the work requirement would save roughly $5.5 billion over five years. 

It would also cut benefits for roughly 688,000 SNAP recipients.
Secretary Sonny Perdue said the rule will help move people 'from welfare to work.'
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Toughening up: The new move by Donald Trump's administration will limit the ability of states to exempt people from work requirements 
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Program: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps feed more than 36 million Americans. Scaling back public benefits for low-income Americans has long been a Trump administration priority
'We want to encourage people by giving them a helping hand, but not an infinitely giving hand,' he said.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, called the rule 'an unacceptable escalation of the administration's war on working families.'
'The President has cynically weaponized USDA as a blunt political instrument, in clear opposition to its mission to "do right and feed everyone,"' said Fudge, who chairs the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations.
Under current rules, work-eligible able-bodied adults without dependents and between the ages of 18 and 49 can currently receive only three months of SNAP benefits in a three-year period if they don't meet the 20-hour work requirement. 
But states with high unemployment rates or a demonstrable lack of sufficient jobs can waive those time limits.
The new rule imposes stricter criteria that states must meet in order to issue waivers.
The new plan will strip states' ability to issue waivers unless a city or county has an unemployment rate of 6% or higher. The waivers will be good for one year and will require the governor to support the request.
The final rule will be published in the federal register Thursday, and go into effect in April.
Over the past year USDA has proposed changes to other areas of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. 


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Move: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is tightening work requirements for the federal food stamp program in a move that restrict states from exempting work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment in order to receive benefits
USDA also has proposed eliminating broad-based categorical eligibility for food stamps, a measure that allows recipients of certain non-cash public benefits to automatically qualify for food stamps. 
And in October, the administration proposed changing how utility costs are factored into benefit calculations.
Lipps said the USDA is currently reviewing comments received during public comment period for the other two proposal, but did not say when the department will finalize them.
The Urban Institute in a study released last month estimated that taken together, the three measures would affect roughly 2.2 million households, and 3.7 million individual beneficiaries.
President Donald Trump supported House Republicans in their efforts to include stricter work requirements for food stamp recipients in last year's farm bill. Those provisions were ultimately stripped from the final bill.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 06 Dec 2019, 00:36

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7761441/Republican-senator-blocks-bill-acknowledging-Armenian-genocide-request-White-House.html

[size=34]Republican senator blocks bill acknowledging Armenian genocide at request of the White House - two days after Donald Trump met Turkish strongman Erdogan at NATO summit[/size]


  • Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer blocked a resolution that condemned the Armenian genocide on the Senate floor Thursday  

  • Cramer said he didn't think it was the 'right time,' pointing to the recent meeting between Presidents Trump and Erdogan at the NATO summit on Wednesday 

  • In a statement to DailyMail.com, Cramer confirmed that he acted because of White House concerns  


By NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:08 EST, 5 December 2019 | UPDATED: 18:23 EST, 5 December 2019

     





At the behest of the White House, Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer blocked a resolution that condemned the Armenian genocide on the Senate floor Thursday.
Axios first reported that Cramer acted at the White House's direction. 
'When I was told of their concern, I said I would block the UC if they would like,' Cramer told DailyMail.com through his spokesman.    
The move comes one day after President Trump held a last-minute sit-down with Turkish President Recep Erdogan while attending the NATO summit. 
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North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer objected to the passage of a resolution acknowledging the Armenian genocide on the Senate floor Thursday, which Axios reported was a favor to the White House 
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Sen. Kevin Cramer pointed to the ongoing talks between President Trump (left) and Turkish President Recep Erdogan (right), including Wednesday's meeting between the leaders at the NATO summit in London 
Cramer pointed to this meeting when defending his decision to object to passing the bipartisan resolution by unanimous consent. 

'I don't think we can take the risk of undermining the complex and ongoing diplomatic efforts, which are in our national security interests as a country,' Cramer told his colleagues on the Senate floor.
He said he wanted to see a proper readout of the conversation between the two leaders before he was comfortable adopting the resolution. 
'I don't think there's a single member of the United States Senate who doesn't have serious concerns about Turkey's behavior - both historically and currently - in fact I support the spirit of this resolution, I suspect 99 of my colleagues do,' he said.
'However, I don't think this is the right time, if there is a right time, this certainly isn't it,' he added. 
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When Sen. Kevin Cramer (left) was still in the House in 2017 he met with actor Dean Cain (right) to discuss an Armenian genocide resolution, and became a sponsor 
He also said his objection wasn't permanent. 
'I, too, want to be on the right side of history, I believe we will be on the right side of history, but these negotiations that the president is currently in are part of getting on the right side of history,' Cramer said. 'I do not intend to continuously object to this resolution, but I believe it is appropriate for me to do so at this time ... so I object.'
Cramer was a curious vessel for the White House to use as he had previously sponsored a similar resolution while a member of the House. 
Cramer was elected to the Senate to represent, over incumbent Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, in 2018. 
Back in 2017, Axios noted, Cramer met with actor Dean Cain - and posted a photo to his Twitter account about how the two men discussed the issue. 


'Once a Superman, always a Superman,' Cramer remarked, referring to Cain's former TV show, while also heralding his advocacy. 
The Democratic co-sponsor of the Senate resolution, Sen. Bob Menendez - who partnered with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on the effort - pointed out Cramer's change of position on the Senate floor directly after his objection. 
'There's never a good time. There's never a good time,' Menendez railed. 'In my view there's always the right time, however, to recognize genocide as genocide.'
'My colleague from North Dakota actually sponsored [the Armenian Genocide Resolution] ... when he was a member of the House of Representatives,' the New Jersey Democrat continued.  
'And he was right then,' Menendez said of Cramer. 'And the time was right then, and the time is right now.'

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Post by annemarie on Fri 06 Dec 2019, 22:03

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7764711/Dem-senator-says-handful-Republicans-consider-voting-remove-Trump.html

[size=34]Democratic senator claims 'a small handful' of Republicans have told him they WILL consider voting to remove Trump - but far short of the 20 needed[/size]


  • Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said Friday that there are a handful of Republican senators who've told him they'd consider voting to oust President Trump 

  • 'It's a small list on one hand,' Murphy said, adding that he didn't think the numbers would change much if a secret ballot was used 

  • President Trump faces impeachment in the House that would lead to a trial in the Senate in which a two-thirds vote would be needed to remove him from office


By NIKKI SCHWAB, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:51 EST, 6 December 2019 | UPDATED: 15:49 EST, 6 December 2019

     





Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said Friday that he's spoken to Republican senators who are open to voting to oust President Trump in an impeachment hearing - but the group remained small. 
'Yes. Yes,' Murphy responded on 'Morning Joe' when asked if any of his GOP colleagues had indicated they had an open mind. 'It's a small list on one hand.' 
If Trump is impeached in the House - which is looking more and more likely - he'll face a Senate trial, with a two-thirds vote needed for removal. 
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Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said Friday that he's talked to a small number of Republican senators who are open to voting to convict President Trump in a Senate impeachment trial 
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Sen. Chris Murphy (left) made the comments on 'Morning Joe,' adding that he didn't think a secret ballot - one idea that's been proposed - would do much to change the numbers 
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President Trump is facing impeachment in the House, which would be followed by a trial to remove him from office in the U.S. Senate 
That means 20 Republican senators would have to defect, more than the five-or-so Murphy predicted.  

'I think that's probably right,' Murphy said when asked if five defectors was a good estimate. 
In Politico's breakdown of what the Senate vote looks like now, the news organization found that only 35 senators - all Democrats - are a guaranteed yes. 
There are currently 47 senators who caucus with the Democrats in the Senate, while the body contains 53 Republicans.  

That group includes liberal stalwarts, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two of the top 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. Politico also counts Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, also running for president, on this list.  
Sen. Michael Bennet, another 2020 hopeful, is among the 10 Democratic senators named as 'probably' voting to remove Trump from office. 
Politico said there are five senators the publication considers to be true maybes. They include three Republicans - classic swing votes Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - and Mitt Romney, a sometimes-critic of the president. 


The Democratic 'maybes' consist of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, two of the most moderate voices in their caucus. 
The publication counts another 20 Republicans as solid nos, while 30 are 'probably nots.' 
Among those who probably wouldn't vote to boot Trump are Republican senators facing re-election challenges in 2020 including Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado.  
Murphy, who represents Connecticut and is in the yes category, told the 'Morning Joe' roundtable that he didn't think a secret ballot would change the numbers too much.  
'I don't buy this secret ballot thing,' Murphy said. 'If there was a secret ballot, there'd still be only a handful of them that would vote to impeach this guy,' he said.  
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Post by annemarie on Sat 07 Dec 2019, 20:25

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7765123/Trial-man-offered-500-killing-ICE-agents-closes.html

[size=34]New York man, 35, who was charged for offering Twitter users $500 to kill ICE agents is ACQUITTED by federal jury because his tweet is 'protected speech' under the First Amendment[/size]


  • Brandon Ziobrowski, 35, was acquitted by a jury in Boston, Massachusetts, after he offered to pay people to kill ICE agents on Twitter 

  • Ziobrowki said he would pay '$500 to anyone who kills an ice agent' in July 2018

  • His lawyer argued that his comments were constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment

  •  Ziobrowski also shared tweets alluding to killing late Senator John McCain and injuring law enforcement  

  • Authorities say they considered Ziobrowski's tweets as a 'true threat' 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and LAUREN EDMONDS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:10 EST, 6 December 2019 | UPDATED: 14:02 EST, 7 December 2019

     




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Brandon Ziobrowski (pictured) was acquitted on Friday of using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat
A man who tweeted that he would pay $500 to anyone who would kill a federal immigration officer was acquitted by a jury on Friday in a case that questioned whether social media threats were protected by free speech.
Brandon Ziobrowski, 35, of New York City was cleared by a federal jury of using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat after a week of testimony at the US District Court in Boston. 
If convicted, Ziobrowski faced up to five years in jail and a potential 250,000 fine.

Ziobrowski said he was relieved the ordeal was over after the verdict was presented in court.
'It seemed like the right verdict. It's been a horrible year. I'm glad its over,' he said as he walked out of court with his family and lawyer.
Derege Demissie, Ziobrowski's lawyer, said the case 'should never have gone this far.'
He said: 'The government turned a tweet that was made in jest - a hyperbolic political statement - into a federal case.'
Last year, Ziobrowski took to Twitter to air out his frustrations with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and other law enforcement by verbally targeting officers on his account.
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Pictured: Ziobrowski offered $500 to 'anyone who kills an ice agent' in a tweet the prosecutors say is a 'true threat' not protected by the First Amendment
'I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this let´s make this work,' Ziobrowski tweeted to around 400 twitter followers on July , 2018.
Demissie argued that Ziobrowski's comments were constitutionally protected political speech and the prosecution of his client was 'blown out of proportion.'
'This is a guy who tweets about all kinds of things and says outrageous things,' Demissie said.
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Ziobrowksi was arrested in August 2018 for his tweet against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (pictured) 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann pushed back at  Ziobrowski's defense, saying that the tweet constituted a 'true threat' not protected by the First Amendment.
She said: 'The defendants words were clear and unambiguous. It put the lives of law enforcement at risk. That is not protected speech. That is a solicitation to commit murder.'
Siegmann also asserted that Ziobrowski's tweets were not in any way sarcastic or joking, as Demissie claimed to jurors.


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Pictured: Ziobrowski arriving at the US District Court in Boston for his trial  this year 
When Ziobrowski shared his disparaging tweet last year, Siegmann reminded jurors that the names of ICE agents had publicly been released and Homeland Security officials judged the man's statements as a credible threat.
Judge Denise Casper told jurors that the main question they faced was if Ziobrowski intended to communicate a viable threat against officials or if the threat could at least be interpreted that way by others.
She noted that a true threat does not include 'caustic' or 'sharp' political attacks, as such comments are protected speech.
In response to the acquittal, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a press release that they accept the jury's verdict but maintained that the tweet was a threat to federal officers.
Lelling wrote: 'We respect the jury’s verdict. But in this case the defendant posted a tweet that, on its face, offered $500 to anyone who killed a federal agent.'
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Ziobrowski's (pictured) defense said: 'The government turned a tweet that was made in jest - a hyperbolic political statement - into a federal case' 
'In 2019, over 100 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The public needs to know that, regardless of today’s verdict, we will never hesitate to prosecute apparent threats against law enforcement officers.'
In addition to the controversial tweet that spawned an investigation, Ziobrowksi replied to a tweet about ICE agents putting their 'lives on the line to arrest criminal aliens.'
He said: 'Thank you ICE for putting your lives on the line and hopefully dying I guess so there's less of you?'
The Department of Justice contends that Ziobrowski shared several tweets expressing his desire to 'slit' the late Senator John McCain’s throat and railed against law enforcement, saying 'guns should only be legal for shooting the police like the second amendment intended.'
Twitter suspended his account in at the request of authorities in 2018.
Ziobrowski was initially arrested by officers in August 2018 as federal officials said his comments were part of a broader rise in threats against law enforcement during the nation's increasingly divisive opinions over immigration and other political issues.

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Post by annemarie on Sun 08 Dec 2019, 13:03

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7767905/Donald-Trump-says-Rudy-Giuliani-WANTS-testify-hes-plenty-information-Joe-Biden.html

[size=34]Donald Trump says Rudy Giuliani WANTS to testify at congressional impeachment hearings and he's 'found plenty of information' on Joe Biden after his recent trip to Ukraine[/size]


  • President's personal lawyer just returned from a trip to Ukraine and Hungary 

  • Giuliani met with Ukrainian lawmakers and ex-officials during his trip 

  • Trump and Giuliani allege Joe Biden had corrupt dealings with Ukraine 

  • Biden was vice president when his son was on board of Ukrainian gas firm

  • Trump is also pushing conspiracy theory that Ukraine meddled in 2016 election

  • Democrats are moving forward with articles of impeachment against Trump

  • Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate Biden while using military aid as leverage 


By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 20:24 EST, 7 December 2019 | UPDATED: 01:49 EST, 8 December 2019

     



President Trump told reporters on Saturday that his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, wants to tell Congress about new information about Joe Biden that he supposedly dug up during his recent trip to Ukraine.
'He has not told me what he found, but I think he wants to go before Congress,' Trump told the press at the White House before leaving for a trip to Florida.
'I hear he has found plenty.'
The president said that Giuliani will 'make a report' of his findings and will submit them to Attorney General William Barr and to Congress.

'He has a lot of good information,' Trump said.
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President Trump (above) on Saturday said his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, obtained new information damaging to Joe Biden during a recent trip to Ukraine
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Giuliani is seen second to right on Friday before his departure from Kyiv. The photo was posted to Twitter by Andrii Telizhenko (second from left), a former Ukrainian diplomat who once worked for Ukraine's embassy in Washington
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Giuliani is seen left in Kyiv with former Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko, who has promoted conspiracy theories about Democrats colluding with Ukraine. Giuliani is seen right with Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksandr Dubinsky
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In this handout photo provided by Adriii Derkach's press office, Giuliani meets with Ukrainian lawmaker Adriii Derkach in Kyiv on Thursday. Derkach has previously accused Hunter Biden of embezzling money from a gas company in Ukraine
'I have not spoken to him about that information yet.'
Giuliani was in Ukraine on Thursday, reviving the efforts that landed him and Trump in the impeachment inquiry now roiling Washington.
The inquiry was triggered by a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden, his Democratic rival, and his son and also a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.
Trump denies wrongdoing.
Giuliani was at the center of those efforts, conducting shadow diplomacy throughout the spring and summer.
On Thursday, he met in Kyiv with Andrii Derkach, a member of Ukraine´s parliament who has promoted unsubstantiated claims against the Bidens.
Derkach posted photos on Facebook with Giuliani and said the two had had a meeting to form a new group, Friends of Ukraine Stop Corruption.
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Rudy Giuliani has alleged that former Vice President Joe Biden (above), while still in office in 2016, pushed for the firing of Ukraine's top prosecutor to end an investigation into Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where his son Hunter was a board member
'Unfortunately, our country has been at the center of scandals about international corruption,' Derkach said.
'Among other things, there are facts about the inefficient use of American taxpayers' money by representatives of Ukrainian state bodies.'


Giuliani was also photographed with Andrii Telizhenko, a former Ukrainian diplomat who has promoted the unproven claim that the Ukrainian government meddled in the 2016 elections by trying to help Hillary Clinton. 
Telizhenko has been quoted frequently on pro-Trump media outlets where he has promoted the conspiracy theory that the Democrats faked the hacking of their own email servers in 2016 as a way of framing the Russians.
Giuliani's visit to Kyiv came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in Washington on Thursday that the House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against Trump, saying the president left Democrats with no choice because the country´s democracy is at stake.
The vote to charge the president with crimes could come before Christmas.
Before arriving in Kyiv, Giuliani stopped in the Hungarian capital.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (seen above in Washington on Friday) announced that the House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against Trump, saying the president left Democrats with no choice because the country´s democracy is at stake
Larisa Sargan, a spokeswoman for Ukraine's former Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, confirmed that Lutsenko met with Giuliani in Budapest on Wednesday.
She said they were filmed for a documentary for the One America News Network produced by Giuliani.
Giuliani is also reported to have met with two other ousted Ukrainian prosecutors - Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn Kulyk.
Shokin and Kulyk have also made claims about Biden as well as other US officials who are alleged to have disseminated damaging information about Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman.
There has been no evidence produced that has supported these claims, according to The New York Times.
Giuliani was allegedly behind the eventual premature recall of then-US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who returned to the US several months before the end of her three-year assignment in Ukraine.
Giuliani has alleged that Biden, while still in office in 2016, pushed for the firing of Ukraine's top prosecutor to end an investigation into Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where his son Hunter was a board member.
Biden has accused Trump's camp of peddling 'universally-debunked lies'.
Hunter worked for Burisma from 2014 until earlier this year when he stepped down.
Derkach has previously disseminated information about Hunter Biden and Burisma that Giuliani has cited as evidence in his criticisms of the Biden family.

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 08 Dec 2019, 13:57

Isn't there a law against a private citizen negotiating with a foreign power for political reasons? Nobody elected or appointed Rudy Giuliani. His meddling in foreign policy is, I believe, illegal and he should be in jail. One can only hope.
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Post by annemarie on Sun 08 Dec 2019, 15:08

What gets me is , that this is why they want to impeach the idiot and he doesn't get it. I wish they could all go to jail.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 08 Dec 2019, 15:42

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Post by annemarie on Mon 09 Dec 2019, 11:26

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7771097/California-churchs-nativity-scene-depicts-Jesus-Mary-Joseph-family-separated-border.html

[size=34]California church's nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as a family separated in cages at the border [/size]


  • Claremont United Methodist Church minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the post on Facebook on Saturday 

  • She said it reflects 'a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another' 

  • The Holy Family is reunited inside the church she said in the social media post 


By LEAH SIMPSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 02:17 EST, 9 December 2019 | UPDATED: 03:06 EST, 9 December 2019

     




A church in California has created a nativity scene that depicts baby Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Joseph as a family caged and separated the US-Mexico border.  
Karen Clark Ristine posted the striking image on Facebook Saturday, saying she was 'stirred to tears' by the Claremont United Methodist Church nativity.
'The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world,' the minster captioned the image.
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Karen Clark Ristine – who started her role as Senior Minister in July – posted the striking image on Facebook Saturday
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The minister asked followers to 'imagine … Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center
'Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today?'

The minister asked followers to 'imagine … Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years'. 
She added that 'Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people'. 
'This Christmas, the Holy Family takes the place of the thousands of nameless families separated at our borders,' she said.
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The minster added that inside the church guests will see 'this same family reunited' as she shared hashtags calling to end family separation


The minster added that inside the church guests will see 'this same family reunited' as she shared hashtags calling to end family separation.
The scene came after in June disturbing conditions were uncovered when Department of Homeland Security inspectors visited multiple holding facilities in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. 
A report written by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General offered new cause for alarm. 
Public outrage grew over the conditions in which thousands of people - some no more than a few months old - are being held by the U.S. government. 
The minister's followers praised her for the comparison while some others criticized her for making a political statement. 
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 09 Dec 2019, 16:31

Anyone in the Jewish community who supports Donald Trump is an idiot and deserves whatever they get. His so-called support for Israel has done little but increase tensions in the region and has no relevance to Jewish life in the US. Saying that Jews will vote for him because they value money over anything else is an age-old anti-semitic trope. He's an opportunistic bigot.
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Post by annemarie on Tue 10 Dec 2019, 13:06

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7775073/Police-chief-slams-Ted-Cruz-Mitch-McConnell-caring-NRA-protecting-cops.html

[size=34]Houston police chief slams Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell for caring more about the NRA than cops and says he doesn't want to see their 'smug little faces' talking about law enforcement until they 'pick sides'[/size]


  • Houston Police Chief Art Acevado sounded off on law makers over their support of the National Rifle Association after one of his sergeant's was gunned down

  • Acevado criticized senators Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and others, saying he did not want to hear about their concerns over law enforcement 

  • The chief said he did not want to see their 'smug little faces' when he's faced with burying  Sergeant Christopher Brewster, 32, who was fatally shot on Saturday

  • Brewster died while responding to a 911 call of a woman who said her boyfriend was assaulting her and was armed with two firearms 

  • Authorities charged 25-year-old Arturo Solis with capital murder for the cop slaying

  • An emotional Acevado, during news conference, said lawmakers need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to prevent further violence


By RALPH R. ORTEGA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 01:26 EST, 10 December 2019 | UPDATED: 07:39 EST, 10 December 2019

     


The top cop in Houston, Texas, blasted senators Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and others for their support of the National Rifle Association after he had to confront the reality of losing an officer to gun violence.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevado made his upset known on Monday after the loss of Sergeant Christopher Brewster, 32, who was fatally shot on Saturday.
The chief said he did not want to see their 'smug little faces', referring to Cruz and McConnell, both Republicans representing Texas and Kentucky, respectively, and others in support of law enforcement after the officer was gunned down. 
His comments also were specifically directed at John Cornyn, another Republican and senator from Texas. 

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevado made his upset known on Monday over the loss of Sergeant Christopher Brewster, 32, who was fatally shot on Saturday
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Brewster died while responding to a 911 call of a woman who said her boyfriend was assaulting her and was armed with two firearms
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Authorities charged 25-year-old Arturo Solis with capital murder for the officer's slaying
Brewster died while responding to a 911 call of a woman who said her boyfriend was assaulting her and was armed with two firearms. 
Authorities charged 25-year-old Arturo Solis with capital murder for the officer's slaying. 
Acevado said that lawmakers should reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, to prevent future violence. But he said they haven't engaged in discussions to bring back the law 'because the NRA doesn't like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends that abuse their girlfriends'.
'And who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend. So you're either here for women and children and our daughters and our sisters and our aunts, or you're here for the NRA,' he said. 'So I don't want to see their little smug faces about how much they care about law enforcement when I'm burying a sergeant because they don't want to p**s off the NRA'.
'Make up your minds, who side are you on?' the chief asked. 'Gun manufacturers, the gun lobby, or the children that are getting gunned down in this country every single day'.
The law, first enacted in 1994, provides funding to groups that work on sexual assault and domestic violence issues and prevention. Its reauthorization, however, has stalled in Congress. The law lapsed this year. 


Democrats, who did not want to extend it, preferred passing a reauthorization for another five years instead. 
A more bipartisan version with support from senators Dianne Feinstein of California, a Democrat, and Republican Joni Ernst of Iowa, remains idle after talks broke down.
Last month, Ernst introduced her own version of the law, which extends the act by 10 years. Feinstein also has introduced a Senate version of the House bill.
McConnell did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was blasted by the chief of police in Houston, Texas, for his support of the National Rifle Association
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz also drew criticism for backing the NRA from Houston Police Chief Art Acevado
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Houston Police Chief Art Acevado also directed his comments specifically at John Cornyn, another Republican and senator from Texas
A spokesman for Cruz told CNN the congressman 'is currently reviewing Violence Against Women Act legislation in the Senate.' 
Cornyn's office told the news outlet that Democrats were to blame for delayed action on the law.
'The Violence Against Women Act is still fully funded despite what the chief implied,' Cornyn's office said in an email. 
The email adds that the chief 'got it backwards'.
'Democrats in D.C. walked away from negotiations and that's when it fell apart.'
The email also notes remarks made by Cornyn last month in which he said Democrats 'took the easy way out and simply walked away and introduced their own partisan reauthorization, one that they know has no chance of passing.'
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'Despite the games being played here, my Republican colleagues and I are working to put in the hard work that it takes to actually accomplish something and legislate,' he said at the time.
Chief Acevado at the news conference criticized partisan politics in a reference to the impeachment process underway against President Donald Trump. 
'You brag about every piece of legislation you care about,' he said. 'Start caring about cops, children, and women and every day gun violence'

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 10 Dec 2019, 14:39

Maybe that's what it will take to bring change - the police speaking out against the NRA. Obviously nobody listens to the rest of us.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 10 Dec 2019, 14:43

Taking bets that Dump will do something about it just before the election having used the NRA's campaign funds.............

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 10 Dec 2019, 15:18

I'm not sure he'd risk losing his base to do anything about guns. Some right-wing nut job would have to take a shot at him before he'd understand why gun control is needed.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 10 Dec 2019, 17:07

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/dec/10/rick-reilly-donald-trump-golf-commander-in-cheat-book-interview

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Rick Reilly: ‘Donald Trump will cheat you on the golf course and then buy you lunch’
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The sports writer says Donald Trump’s golf antics reveal a lot about the President and leave him terrified for the United States’ future


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 The American sportswriter and author Rick Reilly, holding his book about Donald Trump, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
“Donald Trump is the worst cheat ever and he doesn’t care who knows,” Rick Reilly says as he describes a man he has known for 30 years. “I always say golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man. And golf reveals a lot of ugliness in this president.”
Reilly, the former Sports Illustrated columnist, has written a book called Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump. It’s rattling good fun which also depicts the startling duplicity of the president as a golfer. “You’re mostly laughing,” Reilly says, “but at times you’re crying – how did this happen? As a golfer he really offends me. Cheating? Hate that. Driving carts on greens? Hate that. Wearing old dockers two sizes too small for him? Give me a break. Kicking your ball so often the caddies call you Pelé? I so hate that. Most of all I hate how stupid he’s making my country look. I hate what he’s doing to my planet. I hate what he’s doing to kids at the border. I don’t mind Republicans. I just can’t stand this guy. I love golf and he has set the game back 30 years. Just when it was becoming cool with Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler we get this fat bozo cheating his ass off.”
Dr Lance Dodes, a Harvard psychiatrist, tells Reilly that Trump is “a very ill man” who “exhibits all the traits of a narcissistic personality disorder.” Reilly sighs. “It’s terrible he should cheat at golf which is the one sport where we self-regulate. There are referees in every other sport but in golf, if you’re 200 yards away, you can kick the ball and get away with it. I called the National Golf Foundation. They said 90% of golfers don’t cheat. Golf is an honest game but this guy leaves a big ugly orange stain on it. It really pisses me off.”
 

He took the only gimme chip in I’ve ever seen. A chip is a gimme? Trump’s pretty good off the tee but he chips like Edward Scissorhands


Reilly’s anger towards Trump is made more interesting by the fact they have known each other for so long and that he admits he once almost liked the billionaire. “I liked him as a writer because he’s a crazy fabulist who tells lies so big they can float in the Macy’s parade. He’s great copy. If he says, ‘Can you be here tomorrow for an interview?’ I’d be on the red eye. I would do anything to get that interview but if I had to play golf with him again, and it wasn’t for an article, I’d never do it.
“The first time I met him we were playing in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am [in the late 1980s]. He comes over and says, ‘It’s Rick Reilly, the greatest sportswriter in the world.’ There’s always an angle with Trump. Marla Marples was his wife then and she said, ‘He’s your biggest fan. Look!’ She pulled one of my columns out of her purse like this is a set up. He wanted me to write a column about him but I had this idea of writing a book where I caddie for famous people. So we make a day for me to caddie for him but I turn up and he didn’t have anybody to play with. So I played him. That was the day he took the only gimme chip in I’ve ever seen. A chip is a gimme? Trump’s pretty good off the tee but he chips like Edward Scissorhands. He’ll cheat you on the course and then buy you lunch.”

Trump introduced Reilly to other people after their game. “He couldn’t just call me a writer. He’d say, ‘Meet Rick – he’s the president of Sports Illustrated.’ He would introduce me to another guy. ‘Hey, Rick, meet Luigi – voted best hamburger chef in the world.’ Luigi’s like ‘What? No, I wasn’t.’ Trump wants to be a winner by pretending you’re someone huge.
“His lies were hilarious until he becomes the most powerful man in the world. Then it got scary. I don’t know what his plan is for my kids and grandkids. I don’t know who’s going to pay off this giant debt he’s created to give his fat-cat buddies a tax cut. Look what he did [last] week in London. He pissed off two of our best allies. It’s terrifying.”
Trump’s deceit about his golfing achievements motivated Reilly to resume writing. “I was retired, living in Italy for three months a year, drinking Campari. I kept seeing on my Twitter feed [Reilly mimics Trump]: ‘I’m a champion. You should vote for me because I’ve won 18 club championships.’ Whoa! That’s a lie because you already told me how you did it. Whenever you open a new course, you play by yourself and declare yourself the first club champion.’ I’m like, ‘That’s a shitty lie.’

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“He even said: ‘This is against the best players in the club. No strokes given’. What? I played with you. You’re a 10-handicapper at best. There’s no way you’re winning a club championship. I soon discovered many of them are senior championships for guys over 60 or 70. That’s a nice honour but it’s not within a par 5 of beating the club’s best players. Lots of guys said he wasn’t even in town when some championships were decided. He claimed to have won a tournament in New Jersey when he was actually in Philly. My dad would flip over three times in his grave and he was a Reagan Republican.”

What would Reilly’s father, who loved Jack Nicklaus, have said if he heard Trump claim his handicap was lower than the 18-times major winner? Trump insists he plays off a 2.8 handicap, while Nicklaus, aged 79, admits his handicap is now 3.5. “My dad would say, ‘I’ll take Nicklaus, you take Trump, and the loser has to sweep the streets of New York for the rest of their lives.’ Do you know how Trump does it? He has recorded only 20 scores in eight years even though he plays more golf than any other president. I put in my every score in the computer because that’s what you do in golf. At my club guys will put in your score for you if you’re avoiding it. Trump doesn’t put in scores. That’s so unethical.”
He rolls his eyes when I say Britain can hardly claim to have an ethical prime minister in Boris Johnson. “Are you kidding? Trump makes your guy look like Churchill. That guy [Johnson] looks like a genius.”
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Reilly has clearly enjoyed writing about Trump’s shameless shenanigans but he is disappointed the president has remained unusually silent about his book. “This guy will tweet about a bad postcard but I can’t get a tweet to save my life. If he did tweet I know what he’d say. ‘Rick Reilly? I kicked his ass. He swings like a girl. This is FAKE NEWS!!!’ He’s got a buddy in LA who’s also my buddy. They talk once a week. My buddy’s said: ‘Don’t get in a Twitter war with Reilly. You’ll look stupid. And don’t say a word about the book. You’ll just fuel sales.’ I said to my buddy: ‘Who asked you?’
“I’ve offered Trump a $100,000 charity bet to play him. He has not responded. I’d bet my house I can beat him as long as there is a camera on both of us but he’s not going to play me. He’s not going to testify to the impeachment hearing because he can’t stop lying. And when you lie in front of Congress, you go to jail for perjury. As soon as he plays me in front of TV cameras it would come out how bad he is.”
Trump likes to denigrate his enemies as losers – and so the final line of Reilly’s book suggests that, when the president looks at his reflection, he will see “the face of a loser.” Reilly nods. “That was on purpose. My dad always told us that if you cheat then, ultimately, you’re cheating yourself. I wanted that to be the last word in the book because he is a loser. He’s the biggest loser I’ve ever met.”
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7780825/Greta-Thunberg-named-Times-2019-Person-Year.html

[size=34]BREAKING: Greta Thunberg, 16, is named Time's 2019 Person of the Year becoming the youngest ever recipient of the title[/size]


  • The activist, 16, inspired the school strikes for the climate movement

  • She has become the face of the youth climate movement, drawing large crowds with her appearances at protests and conferences over the past year and a half 

  • Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said she 'came from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement', confirming she is their youngest ever choice

  • Malala Yousafzai was runner up in 2012, losing out to Barack Obama, aged 15 

  • Thunberg's accusations that leaders are failing younger generations have made headlines, including her shouts of 'How dare you?' at the U.N. General Assembly 


By LAUREN FRUEN FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 07:57 EST, 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:42 EST, 11 December 2019

     


Greta Thunberg has been named Time's 2019 Person of the Year, becoming the youngest ever recipient of the title. 
The activist, 16, inspired the school strikes for the climate movement.
She has become the face of the youth climate movement, drawing large crowds with her appearances at protests and conferences over the past year and a half.
Veteran campaigners and scientists have welcomed her activism, including her combative speeches challenging world leaders to do more to stop global warming.

Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told the Today show: 'She became the biggest voice on the biggest issue facing the planet this year, coming from essentially nowhere to lead a worldwide movement.'
He confirmed she is the magazine's youngest ever choice. Malala Yousafzai was runner up in 2012, losing out to Barack Obama, aged 15. 
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Thunberg delivers a speech during the COP25 UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid on Tuesday. She accused political and business leaders of polishing their images rather than taking aggressive action in the fight against climate change at the UN climate talks
Thunberg's angry accusations that world leaders are failing the younger generation have made headlines, including her shouts of 'How dare you?' at the U.N. General Assembly earlier this year. 
An image of her stare at Donald Trump as he entered the UN quickly became a social media meme.
Politicians have, by and large, praised Thunberg, who has Asperger’s syndrome, and her movement as an important voice of her generation.
'We have all of the youth around the world that are marching and calling to our conscience. And they have moral authority,' said former Vice President Al Gore, calling Thunberg 'an absolutely fantastic leader.' 


Editor Felsenthal said Thunberg 'represents a broader generational shift in the culture', adding: 'She embodies youth activism'. 
The magazine says: 'In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history.' 
Last year 'The Guardians, journalists targeted or assaulted for their work, were handed the title. In 2017 it was The Silence Breakers, those who spoke out as part of the Me Too movement.  
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The schoolgirl was seen at the UN headquarters in September with an enraged expression on her face as President Trump upstaged her entrance by walking in flanked by news reporters
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Thunberg's accusations that leaders are failing younger generations have made headlines, including her shouts of 'How dare you?' at the U.N. General Assembly
On Tuesday Thunberg accused political and business leaders of polishing their images rather than taking aggressive action in the fight against climate change at the UN climate talks.
In a speech given at the COP25 talks in Madrid, Spain, the teenager also criticized governments for avoiding taking action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and 'not behaving as if we are in an emergency'.
Greta, who inspired the school strikes for the climate movement, said: 'The biggest danger is not inaction; the real danger is when politicians and CEOs are making it look like real action is happening, when in fact almost nothing is being done apart from clever accounting and creative PR.'
She said the science showed that, at the current rate of emissions, the world is set to use up the whole 'carbon budget' - the amount of pollution that can be put into the atmosphere and still keep global warming to 1.5C - in eight years.
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, arrives in New York after a 15-day journey crossing the Atlantic in the Malizia II, a zero-carbon yacht in August  
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Thunberg speaks at a climate protest outside the White House in September 

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[size=34]Jersey City shooting rampage: Two shooters - including one who made anti-Semitic posts online - slaughter detective in a cemetery then stage a two-hour siege in a Jewish supermarket, killing three more victims, before being shot dead by cops[/size]


  • The unnamed shooters opened fire on Detective Joseph Seals at 12.30pm in a cemetery in Jersey City 

  • The New York Times reports that one had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts on social media

  • Seals was investigating the murder of a livery cab driver who was found dead on Saturday 

  • After killing the cop, the gunmen drove a stolen U-Haul to JC Kosher Supermarket nearby 

  • They then barricaded themselves inside and engaged in a two-hour shootout with police and SWAT teams

  • It ended with SWAT teams ramming the storefront; once they got inside, they found the two gunmen dead and three innocent people also killed

  • One of them was the store owners' wife, Leah Mindel Ferencz, 33, and another was Moshe Hirsch Deutsch, 24

  • Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says the attack was a hate crime and the Jewish store was targeted  


By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 00:10 EST, 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 09:10 EST, 11 December 2019

     




Four innocent people were killed and two shooters slain on Tuesday after a chaotic Jersey City shooting rampage which ended in a Jewish market.
The assailants - who still have not been named - started their rampage in a cemetery where they opened fire on Detective Joseph Seals after he approached them to ask them questions about the murder of a man over the weekend. 
The New York Times cited unnamed police sources on Wednesday who said one of them had published anti-Semitic and anti-police posts on social media. The newspaper neither named the shooter or gave any further details on the alleged posts. 
After shooting dead Detective Seals, they drove slowly in a stolen U-Haul van to the JC Kosher Supermarket where they parked their van then calmly emerged with guns pointed at the store before opening fire. 

Two cops who happened to be walking nearby then ran to the store and exchanged fire, prompting the shooters to barricade themselves inside. 
Police are refusing to release any details about the shooters' identities - including whether they were both men or if, as reported in the early aftermath of the incident, it was a man and a woman. 
However they said they had a large amount of ammunition which suggested they would have carried on shooting had they not been cornered into the store by police. 
For two hours, the shooters exchanged gunfire with police in a terrifying siege which put schools in the area on lockdown and had residents running for their lives. 
The stand-off ended when cops rammed the storefront. Once inside, they found the two shooters dead from gunshot wounds along with three victims;  Leah Mindel Ferencz, 33, who was married to the JC Kosher Supermarket's owner, Moshe Hirsch Deutsch, 24, from Brooklyn, and a third, as yet unidentified victim.  
Now, questions remain over what the motive for the deadly chain of events was.  
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop tweeted on Tuesday night that the store was 'targeted' and that it was an anti-Semitic attack.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed his claims, saying on Wednesday morning the incident was 'clearly a hate crime'. Police will not yet confirm that detail. 
However at a press conference on Wednesday morning, the Jersey City Police Chief resisted labeling it a hate crime. He said that while it was clear the store had been targeted, it remains unclear why it was targeted and that the owners' religion may have had nothing to do with the motive.  
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Bloodbath: The inside of the JC Kosher Supermarket on Tuesday night as investigators clean up following the shooting. Three innocent people were killed inside the store 
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Police secure and investigate the scene of a multiple shooting in Jersey City on Tuesday. Six people were killed, including the two shooters and a police officer, earlier on the same day when two men shot a police officer in an area cemetery and then had a shootout with police from inside a kosher supermarket
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Emergency workers at the scene of the shooting on Wednesday morning. Officials now say the attack was a targeted, anti-Semitic hate crime 
Speaking at a press conference at the scene on Wednesday, Mayor Fulop said: 'There are still a lot of questions but after reviewing the CCTV cameras, we do feel comfortable saying that it was a targeted attack on the Jewish Kosher Deli. 
'[The footage showed] the van moving slowly, the perpetrators then stopped in front of there, calmly opened the door with two long rifles and began firing from the street into the facility. 
'Two officers on a walking post about a block south when they heard the gunshots. They responded immediately. 
'Had they not, it's more than likely more people would have died. The reason those perpetrators were inside that deli and could not go on, possibly to a school, or to inflict more harm was because the police responded immediately and returned fire,' he said.   

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The chaos began shortly before 12.30pm, when Detective Joseph Seals, 39, was shot dead by the two suspects at the Bay View Cemetery, which is a Protestant Christian burial ground.
Seals, a married father of five and member of the CeaseFire Unit dedicated to de-escalating gun violence, was investigating the death of Michael Rumberger, 34. 
He was found dead on Saturday.  
Sources say that Seals spotted a stolen U-Haul van that police suspected was linked to Rumberger's murder, and approached the vehicle near the cemetery, WNBC-TV reported. 
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A map shows the location where the detective was killed in the cemetery, and the subsequent standoff at the market
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 The chaos began shortly before 12.30pm, when Detective Joseph Seals, 39, (seen left with his wife) was shot dead by the two suspects at the Bay View Cemetery, which is a Protestant Christian burial ground. Seals, a married father of five and member of the CeaseFire Unit dedicated to de-escalating gun violence, was investigating the death of Michael Rumberger, 34.  (right)
As Seals approached, a suspect got out of the van to shoot the officer before speeding off. Police immediately pursued.

Timeline of Jersey City shootout 


Prior to 12.30pm: Detective Seals is shot dead at Bay View Cemetery after approaching a suspect vehicle in a homicide investigation.
The two suspects flee the cemetery in a stolen U-Haul and are immediately pursued by police.
12.30pm: About mile away, the suspects ditch the stolen U-Haul and run inside the JC Kosher Supermarket, taking hostages.
12.30pm to around 3pm: Suspects fired repeatedly at cops from inside the store, as police set up a perimeter.
Around 3pm: Cops stormed the market in an armored vehicle, crashing through the plate glass window. Cops killed the suspects, and three civilians were found dead at the suspects' hands. 
4.15pm: Children were finally released from nearby schools after lockdowns lifted.



The suspects apparently drove in the stolen U-Haul directly to the JC Kosher Supermarket, about a mile away.
Shots were reported in the area at around 12.30pm, as the two suspects, clad in all-black and armed with assault rifles, stormed the store.

Suspects storm kosher market, kill civilians and engage police in standoff


Surveillance video shows the two suspects shoot a Hasidic Jewish man on the street and then run into the store, where they began firing at the victims inside, according to WNYC.
The suspects, donning long black coats, wielding high-powered rifles and with a large supply of ammo. Officials are investigating a possible makeshift pipe-bomb device inside the truck, but it may not have been functional, officials said. 
A hours-long standoff ensued, with the suspects barricaded inside the store and firing at any officers who approached. 
Two cops, Officers Ray Sanchez and Mariela Fernandez, were struck by gunfire and injured in the shootout, but both have been released from the hospital in good condition.  
The fierce shootout terrified residents as gunfire rang out for hours. By the end, three innocent civilians were dead, and police stormed the market and killed the two suspects.
The day of chaos across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan produced numerous conflicting reports about the shooters and the sequence of events, and many details have yet to be resolved.
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Detectives examine the crime scene in Jersey City last night after the raging shootout ended with six people dead. The Mayor has said the attack was 'targeted' and a city councilman claims that it was 'motivated by anti-Semitism'
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In a raging gun battle six people - a Jersey City police officer, three civilians and two suspects - were killed in the Tuesday afternoon standoff and shootout across the Hudson River from Manhattan (pictured: a local resident surveys the scene, left, and a heavily armed officer, right, secures the area)
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Police secure and investigate the scene of a shooting in Jersey City after the standoff ended on Tuesday night
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Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies are seen securing the scene after the shootout on Tuesday

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Officials remember fallen officer as dedicated member of CeaseFire Unit 


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Seals was a member of the CeaseFire unit which often tries to intervene in gang conflicts to prevent retaliatory killings after drug murders.
Seals was reportedly following up on a homicide investigation when he approached the two suspects in the cemetery.
He was a member of the CeaseFire unit, which often tries to intervene in gang conflicts to prevent retaliatory killings after drug murders. 
Officials say that Seals was responsible for getting dozens of illegal firearms off the streets.
However, Chief Kelly declined to specify exactly what kind of investigation Seals was pursuing at the time he confronted the two suspects.
Kelly said that Seals had joined the Jersey City police department in 2006, and praised him as dedicated detective who was well-liked on the force.
'Joe was somebody who was involved in city,' said Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop at a press conference. 'Officers in other precincts knew who he was because he was a good cop.' 
After shooting Seals, the two suspects fled the scene in what police describe as a stolen U-Haul truck. 
Chief Kelly said that authorities are investigating a possible 'incendiary device' found in the stolen truck, but earlier reports that the vehicle was filled with pipe bombs could not be immediately confirmed by DailyMail.com.
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Police officers arrive at the scene of an active shooting in Jersey City, New Jersey, on December 10, 2019
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Video showed dozens of SWAT officers closing in on the bodega where the shots originated
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Medics are seen loading an injured woman into an ambulance on Martin Luther King Drive
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Residents' terror as hundreds of rounds fly during hours-long shootout 


The bullets started flying early in the afternoon in the city of about 270,000 people, situated across the Hudson River from the Statue of Liberty.
The shooting spread fear through the neighborhood, and the nearby Sacred Heart School was put on lockdown as a precaution.
Witness Brian Clark told CBS2: 'I got caught in a one way street with a bunch of cars and I was wondering why nobody was moving. And all of a sudden I heard it. All the shots started. Shots started ringing out. 
'When I heard it, I see people running. I got out of the car and I see cops ducked down, and cops getting out of the way. 
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Newark Police Officer Joseph Kerik (left), the son of former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik (with him right) was one of the SWAT officers who stormed the market in an armored vehicle and shot the two desperate criminals dead
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Children are seen heading home after sunset when the all-clear was finally given after the shootout
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Kids were finally released from school hours late after enduring a lockdown during the standoff 
'And I'm wondering why, what the hell? So I get out of my car and I see it, and I heard it – pow pow pow pow pow – then I realized I was in a shootout. I never heard that many shots in my life. It was like I was in a war zone.'  
Andy Patel, works at a liquor store about three blocks away from the site of the shooting, told the Associated Press there had been consistent gunfire for at least an hour.  
'I can hear the gunshots. It's like firecrackers going off,' Patel said. 'They were shooting like crazy about an hour ago. Then it stopped for like 20 or 30 minutes. The cops were clearing everyone off the streets.' 
The standoff sparked a massive multi-agency response, and the scene was flooded with heavily armed NYPD emergency services unit officers, FBI agents,Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, and counter-terrorism task force officers.  
Police blocked off the area while dozens of bystanders stood around the perimeter and filmed the action on their cellphones. 
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Emergency responders move heavy equipment near the scene of a shooting in Jersey City on Tuesday
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An armored NYPD vehicle was used in the standoff. This vehicle or another like it crashed through the storefront
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NYPD ESU officers are seen during the standoff with an armored transport that is used to approach armed suspects

Kosher market is at center of small but growing Orthodox Jewish community 


The kosher grocery is a central fixture in a growing community of Orthodox Jews who have been moving to Jersey City in recent years. Authorities were unable to immediately say why the gunmen went there.
Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, who shops at the kosher store and attends a synagogue next door, said he spoke with the store owner, Moishe Ferencz.
'He told me he had just walked out of the store into the synagogue not five feet away just before this happened, and then he couldn't get back for hours,' Shapiro said. 'His wife was inside the store. He said, `I hope my wife is safe.´'
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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said on Wednesday morning the attack was targeted 
The shootout went on for at least two hours, until police were able to take out the two suspects. The son of former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik was among the cops who helped take down the shooters, a source told the New York Post
Kerik's son Joseph Kerik, a cop in Newark and member of a federal task force, was among the officers on board an armored truck that ended the standoff by smashing through the market's plate glass window and engaging the suspects, shooting them dead.
Along with the two dead suspects, police found three dead civilians inside the store. Chief Kelly said that preliminary information indicated that they were killed by the suspects, and not by friendly fire from the officers trying to save them. 
The Sacred Heart School, located across the street from where the shooting took place, was put on lockdown shortly after noon. 
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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday night the attack was a hate crime 
The terrified students were allowed to leave when the lockdown ended at 4.15pm, hours after school was supposed to let out. 
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tweeted that he had been briefed on the unfolding situation. 
'Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,' Murphy wrote.  
Snipers were later seen on the roof of the building. 
Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas confirmed that both Lincoln and Snyder high schools are on lockdown, as well as Schools 12, 14, 29, and 41. 
President Donald Trump tweeted: 'Just received a briefing on the horrific shootout that took place in Jersey City, NJ. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims & their families during this very difficult & tragic time. 
'We will continue to monitor the situation as we assist local & state officials on the ground.'

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[size=34]https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7778931/Trump-sign-order-targeting-anti-Semitism-colleges.html[/size]


[size=34]Trump to sign executive order to try to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses by bringing Judaism under tougher discrimination laws[/size]


  • President Trump to sign executive order to broaden the anti-Semitism definition

  • Order to see Judaism interpreted as a nationality so it fits into Civil Rights laws

  • Move is likely to draw backlash from free speech advocates over Israel criticism

  • Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, had 'pushed for the order'


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and CHRIS DYER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 19:30 EST, 10 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:25 EST, 11 December 2019

     


President Donald Trump will sign an executive order today targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses by broadening its definition, the White House said.
The order, which is likely to draw criticism from free speech advocates, will broaden the federal government's definition of anti-Semitism and instruct it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses, according to three US officials.
The new definition is likely to see Judaism interpreted as a nationality in order for it to be covered by the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 that requires educational institutions receiving federal funding to not discriminate based on national origin. 
Trump has been accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes, including comments about Jews and money. 

But he has also closely aligned himself with Israel, including moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and taking a hard line against Iran.
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President Trump holding an umbrella as he speaks to journalists before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House and headed to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for a campaign rally last night
In the order, Trump is expected to tell the Department of Education to consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism - which can include criticism of Israel - when evaluating discrimination complaints under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
Title VI bars discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin at colleges and universities that receive federal funding. 
One official said Trump's order would make it clear that Title VI will apply to anti-Semitism as defined by the IHRA. That definition says anti-Semitism may include 'targeting of the state of Israel'.
Still, a second official insisted the order was not intended to limit freedom of expression and was not aimed at suppressing the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement known as BDS that aims to support Palestinian aspirations for statehood by refusing to purchase Israeli products or invest in Israeli companies. The movement is on the rise, sparking tension on many college campuses.
Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, pushed for the move, according to the New York Times
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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Mexico City yesterday. He reportedly pushed for Trump to sign an order tackling anti-Semitism on college campuses 
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The Israeli government has urged allies to rein in the boycott movement, while its backers deny anti-Semitism charges and describe themselves as critical of Israeli decision-making, not Jews.
A third official said the order was a response to an alarming rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents on campuses and would mean that Jewish students who are discriminated against for their religion have the same kind of recourse as black students who are victimized by racism.


The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism found white supremacist propaganda on campuses up 7 per cent from the last academic year, which ended this May.
Previous attempts to clarify and codify the application of Title VI to anti-Semitic acts have become bogged down in debates over whether Judaism should be seen as race or is indicative of a national origin. 
Free-speech advocates have also expressed concerns that a broader definition of anti-Semitism might be used to limit criticism of Israeli government actions.
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President Donald Trump speaking during a campaign rally last night at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Republican Jewish Coalition applauded the move, with the group's chairman, former Sen. Norm Coleman, calling it 'a truly historic and important moment for Jewish Americans' and hailing Trump as 'the most pro-Jewish President' in the nation's history.
The Trump administration has previously acted to constrain perceived campus anti-Semitism, last year reopening a case of alleged discrimination against Jewish students at Rutgers University in New Jersey.  
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump drew criticism when he told a group of Jewish Republicans: 'You're not going to support me because I don't want your money.'
The ADL and the Academic Engagement Network released model guidelines for faculty in November after two instructors at the University of Michigan declined to write letters of recommendation for students seeking to study abroad in Israel.
Trump delivered a speech on Saturday night that featured remarks from a recent New York University graduate who had accused the school of failing to protect its Jewish students from harassment.
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[size=48]Donald Trump Is Strengthening the Government's Definition of Anti-Semitism — as Critics Decry 'Hypocrisy'[/size]

The move was lauded by some in the Jewish community, given a troubling backdrop of recent incidents — but critics, including other Jews, described it as hypocritical and anti-speech
By Sean Neumann 
December 11, 2019 03:58 PM





President Donald Trump is reportedly expected to sign an executive order Wednesday to push back on rising anti-Semitism on college campuses by instructing the government to broaden how it defines Jewish discrimination.
The move was lauded by some in the Jewish community, given a troubling backdrop of recent incidents. But critics, including other Jews, described it as hypocritical and anti-free speech, and they said it could do more harm than good.
The New York Times first reported that Trump would sign the order, which would compel colleges receiving federal money to more aggressively police anti-Semitism on campuses under Title VI of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
While the Times described the order as reclassifying Judaism, in the government’s view, as a nationality or race, a draft text of the order leaked on Wednesday ahead of the signing showed otherwise. The text stated that it would direct federal authorities to refer to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism.

Religion is not protected under the Title VI provision, which prohibits discrimination “on the ground of race, color, or national origin” at schools receiving federal funding. The order, according to leaked draft text, states “it shall be the policy of the executive branch to enforce Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI.”
According to the Associated Press, “Trump will broaden the federal government’s definition of antisemitism … [and] is expected to tell the Department of Education to consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism — which can include criticism of Israel — when evaluating discrimination complaints under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.”
The IHRA definition the order cites does include, as examples of anti-Semitism, certain criticisms of Israel such as “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” and “applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

However, the definition also stipulates “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”
The almost immediate reaction to Trump’s executive order, both pro and con, underlines a paradoxical tension in his presidency: While he has closely aligned himself with Israel’s current conservative government, he has also provoked ire for his tepid criticism of white supremacists in the U.S., including after a deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
Last week, Trump faced backlash for seeming to invoke an ugly stereotype about Jewish people as more wealthy than moral. He told attendees at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida that they would vote for him in 2020 even if they disliked him because “you’re not going to vote for the wealth tax.”
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The order will also mean the Trump administration is wading into a larger, thornier debate about where criticism of Israel falls and the difference between criticism of Israel’s political actions and its people.
Some see the executive order as a way to combat the BDS movement, which has gained greater support in progressive circles in campuses across the country.
BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. A pro-Palestinian movement in the ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, BDS contends “Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes.”
BDS opponents say it offers a nominal face to anti-Semitism rather than being legitimate political protest.
One government official, speaking anonymously, contended to the AP that the order was not meant to limit anti-Israeli speech such as the BDS movement.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Times the group welcomes the executive order in hopes that it “will be enforced in a fair manner.”
The group, Greenblatt said, recorded its third-highest level of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. last year.
“The fact of the matter is we see Jewish students on college campuses and Jewish people all over being marginalized,” he said. “The rise of anti-Semitic incidents is not theoretical; it’s empirical.”
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But others said they worried the executive order would thwart speech, meaning pro-Palestinian views on college campuses would be silenced.
A spokesperson for the American Jewish Committee, a global Jewish advocacy group, released a statement on Wednesday in support of the order.
“We trust that a careful application of this directive will enable university administrators to avoid running afoul of free speech protections as they seek to root out antisemitism on their campuses,” AJC CEO David Harris said.
The statement continued on to say the situation for Jewish students in the U.S. is “most worrisome” and that it doesn’t consider the executive order to be designed to silence “rational” criticism against Israel and its policies.
The AJC was among the Jewish advocacy groups criticizing the president for his remarks in Florida last weekend.


The Jewish Democratic Council of America was quick to label Trump’s executive move as “the height of hypocrisy” on Wednesday in a statement of its own.
“It is the height of hypocrisy for President Trump to sign an executive order (EO) that he claims will combat anti-Semitism,” the organization said. “President Trump is more interested in symbolic gestures that politicize Israel and use Jews as political pawns than actually doing something meaningful to ensure our security and that of Israel.”
Trump is scheduled to host a Hanukkah reception at the White House on Wednesday.
“The timing of this signing reveals this is a PR stunt, plain and simple,” the Jewish Democratic Council of America statement continued. “If Republicans truly cared about combating anti-Semitism, they would also recognize and respond to the scourge of hatred perpetuated by the President of the United States.”

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