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Trump slams Democrats during Pennsylvania rally, claims opponents
Trump slams Democrats during Pennsylvania rally, claims opponents 'embarrassed' by impeachment

Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats at a rally in Pennsylvania that came hours after House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against him.

Giuliani indicates he
Giuliani indicates he'll report on Ukraine trip this week
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  • 2019-12-10 23:45:13Z

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, said Tuesday that the president asked him to brief the Justice Department and Republican senators on the findings of his recent trip to Ukraine. Giuliani indicated he would aim to do so by week's end but did not provide details. Giuliani's trip last week prompted concern from many White House officials, some of whom blame the lawyer for ensnaring Trump in the Ukraine affair that has led to articles of impeachment.

GM, doubling down on big SUVs, unveils longer Chevy Tahoe, Suburban
GM, doubling down on big SUVs, unveils longer Chevy Tahoe, Suburban

General Motors Co could expand the lineup of vehicles using its large truck and sport utility vehicle architecture and sees big opportunities in over-the-air software updates, President Mark Reuss told Reuters on Tuesday. GM, which controls about 70% of the large sport utility market in North America

Lawmakers green light US space force
Lawmakers green light US space force

The United States is getting a new space force along with $738 billion in military spending under an agreement backed by lawmakers on Tuesday that fulfils a priority of President Donald Trump. The 2020 spending in the National Defense Authorization Act is a jump from the $716 billion authorized last

U.S. Senate leader McConnell raises possibility of quick impeachment trial
U.S. Senate leader McConnell raises possibility of quick impeachment trial
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  • 2019-12-10 22:48:59Z

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raised the prospect on Tuesday of a short Senate impeachment trial for President Donald Trump in which no witnesses would be called. The scenario of a truncated trial would put McConnell, the top Senate Republican, at odds with Trump, also a Republican, who has been calling for a full trial with witnesses, including former Vice President Joe Biden, on the Senate floor.

Trump to rally voters after impeachment articles unveiled
Trump to rally voters after impeachment articles unveiled

President Donald Trump is traveling to the key swing state of Pennsylvania on a momentous day in his presidency after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Before leaving the White House, Trump said Democrats were "embarrassed

William Shatner Files for Divorce from Fourth Wife Elizabeth After 18 Years of Marriage: Report
William Shatner Files for Divorce from Fourth Wife Elizabeth After 18 Years of Marriage: Report

William Shatner Files for Divorce from Wife Elizabeth

Majority of Black Voters Support Biden in Poll: Campaign Update
Majority of Black Voters Support Biden in Poll: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) -- A majority of African-American Democratic voters support former Vice President Joe Biden according to a Quinnipiac University poll published Tuesday.The survey found that found Biden was supported by 51% of black voters. Senator Bernie Sanders had 13% and Senator Elizabeth Warren had 12%. Michael Bloomberg received 4%, while Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang all received 2%. No other candidate obtained more than 1%. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.Biden has long been favored among African-American voters. In South Carolina, which has a majority black Democratic electorate,...

Officer, 3 civilians dead after massive gun battle breaks out in New Jersey
Officer, 3 civilians dead after massive gun battle breaks out in New Jersey
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  • 2019-12-10 21:24:00Z

A New Jersey police officer and three civilians have died after a gun battle was prompted by what is believed to have been a drug deal gone bad in Jersey City, officials said. The slain officer was shot at the Bay View Cemetery allegedly by two suspects who fled to a Jewish supermarket at Wilkinson

U.S. Backs Leniency for Gates, Citing 'Extraordinary' Help

(Bloomberg) -- Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates deserves leniency for his "extraordinary assistance" with offshoots of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the government told a judge just days before his sentencing.Prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday that they don't oppose Gates's request for probation. They also said that Gates deserved praise for standing up to powerful people and weathering "intense media scrutiny." They wrote, without providing specifics, that "Gates received pressure not to cooperate with the U.S. government, including assurances of monetary assistance."Gates was a critical witness in Mueller's investigation of Russian election...

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case
Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case

Earlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.

Moderate Dems Float Proposal to Censure Trump in Place of Impeachment
Moderate Dems Float Proposal to Censure Trump in Place of Impeachment

A group of around 10 moderate House Democrats has revived a proposal to censure President Trump over his actions regarding Ukraine rather than to impeach him, according to Politico.The group is made up of representatives who won districts in 2018 that voted for Trump in the 2016 elections."I think it's certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, who knows," said Representative Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.)."Right now, there's no other options. [But] this is another option," one lawmaker commented after attending a meeting of the group on Monday.The group believes that censuring the President without impeachment will allow them to retain support in their...

Former Head of Mexican Police Charged with Drug Trafficking
Former Head of Mexican Police Charged with Drug Trafficking

The former Mexican Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna was charged Tuesday with drug trafficking and receiving bribes from the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.Garcia Luna's position made him the head of Mexican police. He served in the office from 2006 to 2012, and was arrested on Monday by federal agents in Dallas, Texas."Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from 'El Chapo' Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico's Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico," announced Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Garcia Luna was indicted in federal court in Brooklyn.The...

Newlyweds burned by volcanic eruption on New Zealand honeymoon cruise
Newlyweds burned by volcanic eruption on New Zealand honeymoon cruise

Lauren and Matt Urey were touring the White Island volcano Monday on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas when it erupted.

Poll: Joe Biden still leads nationally while Michael Bloomberg debuts in top five
Poll: Joe Biden still leads nationally while Michael Bloomberg debuts in top five

Bloomberg is at 5% with Democrats and Democratic leaning voters in a the poll published Tuesday, still far from the leading three candidates.

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

Iran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she
Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'

A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash "insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak".  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault," Ms Lammin, from...

Trump denounces charges as Democrats announce articles of impeachment
Trump denounces charges as Democrats announce articles of impeachment

Trump lashed out against Democrats on Twitter after they announced articles of impeachment accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Multiple people killed in New Jersey shooting, including cop
Multiple people killed in New Jersey shooting, including cop
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  • 2019-12-10 18:47:49Z

A police officer and multiple other people were killed in a furious gunbattle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy gunfire for about an hour, authorities said. One officer was pronounced dead at a hospital, and multiple other people were found dead at a kosher supermarket

Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America
Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America

Iran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.

U.S. Attorney General Barr says FBI may have acted in
U.S. Attorney General Barr says FBI may have acted in 'bad faith' on Russia probe
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  • 2019-12-10 18:12:10Z

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Tuesday he is still not fully convinced that the FBI acted without bias when it opened its 2016 investigation into links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. In his first interview since Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a scathing report that faulted the FBI for missteps in how it sought a wiretap on a former Trump campaign adviser, Barr said he still has doubts on the FBI's motives to pursue what he called a "baseless" investigation.

Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy drops out of university
Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy drops out of university

A nine-year-old Belgian boy who was due to graduate in electrical engineering has dropped out of his Dutch university due to a dispute over the end date of his degree, his father said Tuesday. Young prodigy Laurent Simons hit the headlines worldwide when it emerged he was on course to receive his degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in December and become one of the world's youngest graduates. "Today he already got two offers" from foreign universities, Alexander Simons said.

Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption
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  • 2019-12-10 17:50:16Z

Afghanistan's former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings from a trove of newly published documents that successive U.S. administrations misled the public about the war in Afghanistan. Karzai said the documents, obtained by The Washington Post, confirm his long-running complaints about U.S. spending.

How Nancy Pelosi could lose the impeachment vote

Well, here we are. Impeachment articles against President Trump have been introduced - one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of justice - and a vote in the House is coming soon.The way forward seems entirely predictable. The Democratic majority in the House will vote "yes" on impeachment and the Republican-controlled Senate will decline to convict. Likewise, polling shows the impeachment inquiry has overwhelmingly served to reinforce Americans' previously held opinions about the president. Fully 95 percent of those who came away more convinced of Trump's guilt already thought he was guilty, and an equal 95 percent of those freshly persuaded of his innocence already...

Whoopi Goldberg Scolds
Whoopi Goldberg Scolds 'The View' Audience for Cheering Impeachment

Whoopi Goldberg returned to The View after a week off on Tuesday wearing one of her signature Christmas sweaters. Meghan McCain was quick to say she'd rather plug her co-host's product than talk about "America's funeral." "No, this is not a funeral," Goldberg told her. "Listen, you have to go pretty hard to destroy us. There are too many people who fought too hard for too long to let that happen, and that's why we are celebrating the Constitution. We are celebrating our rights as Americans to say something's wrong." In a personal note to both McCain and Abby Huntsman, she added, "That's why your dad fought, that's why your brothers fight. That's why my father and grandfather fought and my...

Brazil
Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'

Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a "brat" on Tuesday after she criticized mounting violence against indigenous people in which two Amazon tribesmen were shot dead three days ago. The teen activist retorted by changed the biographical description on her Twitter account to "Pirralha".

Justices seem to favor insurers
Justices seem to favor insurers' Obamacare claims for $12B

The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to rule that insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Several justices indicated their agreement with arguments from the insurers that they are entitled to the money under a provision of the "Obamacare" health law that promised the companies a financial cushion for losses they might incur by selling coverage to people in the marketplaces created by the health care law. The program only lasted three years, but Congress inserted a provision in the Health and Human Services Department's spending bills from 2015 to...

Mexican ex-security chief charged in US in drug conspiracy
Mexican ex-security chief charged in US in drug conspiracy

A man who served as secretary of public security in Mexico from 2006 to 2012 has been indicted in New York City on drug charges alleging he accepted millions of dollars in bribes to let the Sinaloa cartel operate with impunity in Mexico. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, a resident of Florida, was charged in Brooklyn federal court with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge, authorities said in a release.

Small group of Democrats floats censure instead of impeachment
Small group of Democrats floats censure instead of impeachment

It's an unlikely outcome, but it underscores lingering angst among some moderates.

Brazil
Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"
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  • 2019-12-10 16:59:52Z

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a "brat" after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16, who on Sunday tweeted a link to a story about the murder of two indigenous people in Brazil's Maranhao state.

Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress
Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress

Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, saying he never meant to spend more than eight years in Congress. Yoho, who aligned himself with the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party and has been a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump, joins at

The 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump explained - and what happens next
The 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump explained - and what happens next

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the articles separately this week. Those approved will be forwarded to the Senate for a trial.

Donald Trump, House Democrats strike deal on revised trade pact with Mexico, Canada
Donald Trump, House Democrats strike deal on revised trade pact with Mexico, Canada

Donald Trump and House Democrats strike deal to revise a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, giving the president a win on a legislative priority.

Skeptical Barr Looks to the Next Query
Skeptical Barr Looks to the Next Query

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his allies spent months promising that a report on the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation would be a kind of Rosetta Stone for Trump-era conspiracy enthusiasts -- the key to unlocking the secrets of a government plot to keep Trump from being elected

Trump attacks FBI Director Christopher Wray over IG report, Russia investigation
Trump attacks FBI Director Christopher Wray over IG report, Russia investigation

FBI Director Christopher Wray disputed Trump's claims that federal authorities mounted a "coup" attempt against him.

The Legal Strategy Behind Keeping Impeachment Simple
The Legal Strategy Behind Keeping Impeachment Simple

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The House Judiciary Committee has announced plans to consider two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Because Democrats control the Committee and the House, it is now very close to a foregone conclusion that Trump will be impeached.It's remarkable and historically

Agreement reached by U.S., Canada and Mexico - again - to replace NAFTA
Agreement reached by U.S., Canada and Mexico - again - to replace NAFTA

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed to a fresh overhaul of their quarter-century-old regional trade pact after negotiators approved changes to a preliminary deal struck last year, and officials will sign the new agreement on Tuesday. The deal, which still

Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case
Exxon Prevails Over New York in Climate Accounting Case

(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. won a closely watched securities-fraud trial that delved into its internal accounting for the financial risks of climate change, a striking rejection of New York state's claim that the company misled investors for years.The ruling Tuesday by New York Supreme Court Justice

Bill Cosby loses appeal of sexual assault conviction
Bill Cosby loses appeal of sexual assault conviction

A Pennsylvania appeals court rejected Bill Cosby's bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction Tuesday over issues including the trial judge's decision to let five other accusers testify. The Superior Court ruling was being closely watched because Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era. The same issue was hard-fought in pretrial hearings before movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial.

Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That
Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says

More cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.

Phoenix test offers closer look at NASCAR Cup
Phoenix test offers closer look at NASCAR Cup's Gen-7 car for 2021

This week's on-track test of NASCAR's new 'Gen-7' Cup Series machine has offered the best opportunity yet to see the car up close on track

Trump Brings 2 Officers He Cleared of War Crimes Onstage at Fundraiser
Trump Brings 2 Officers He Cleared of War Crimes Onstage at Fundraiser

President Donald Trump brought two soldiers he had pardoned in cases involving war crimes onstage at a fundraiser this weekend in Florida, tightening his embrace of an episode that roiled his relationship with military leaders and prompted a public outcry.Trump, as the featured speaker, invited up Army

A 29-year-old mayor is giving his city
A 29-year-old mayor is giving his city's poorest residents a basic income of $500 per month. He says the program is a success so far.

Preliminary results show that most participants in Stockton, California's basic-income trial used their stipends to buy groceries and pay their bills.

3 details about the Tesla Cybertruck that are particularly strange
3 details about the Tesla Cybertruck that are particularly strange

When the Tesla Cybertruck was revealed, my gut reaction - like a lot of people's - was not positive, even though I generally enjoy bold car design and love many wedgie, edgy sports cars and concepts. It still has a futuristic and angular shape, but those subtle curves give it a finished, sophisticated

Trump says FBI director Wray cannot fix the FBI
Trump says FBI director Wray cannot fix the FBI
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  • 2019-12-10 12:34:20Z

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray in a tweet on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog said it found no evidence of political bias when the FBI began investigating contacts between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia in 2016.

World's richest countries need to behave like adults in climate fight - Kerry
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  • 2019-12-10 12:16:39Z

The world's richest nations are failing to "behave like adults" and act firmly enough to meet global warming targets set in the Paris climate accord, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday. Kerry, who served as the top U.S. diplomat under President Barack Obama and was a leading player in brokering the Paris Agreement in 2015, said the G20 nations are lagging behind on emission reduction plans and financial pledges to poor countries instead of setting a high bar for global climate action. "The burden falls largely on the G20 to behave like adults, like great nations ought to," Kerry told Reuters on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks in Madrid, referring to a...

Hong Kong Police Defuse Homemade Bombs at Catholic School
Hong Kong Police Defuse Homemade Bombs at Catholic School

(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong police defused two homemade bombs at a local Catholic school, in a reminder of the potential for escalation in the restive financial center after a lull in protest violence.Police dismantled two improvised explosive devices Monday evening at Wah Yan College in Wan Chai, Bomb Disposal Officer Alick McWhirter told a news briefing Monday. The radio-controlled bombs were complete, fully functional and ready to be activated by mobile phone, McWhirter said, adding that the bombs appeared intended "to kill and to maim people.""Given the quantities of the explosive and the fragmentation, had these devices been placed and had they functioned, they would have killed and...

Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg's real 'black problem': He has been convicted of white privilege

Acknowledge the original sin, but also that white men risked their lives to end slavery and a black man led the way to gay marriage equality.

Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing
Infowars host interrupts House impeachment hearing

Owen Shroyer, the host of a talk show on Infowars, filmed himself protesting at the start of the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing Monday.

Michelle Obama describes impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump as "surreal"
Michelle Obama describes impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump as "surreal"

Michelle Obama said she doesn't think "people know what to make of it. But do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah. We've seen worse times."

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