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Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz on Tuesday night defended his congratulatory pat on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's back after President Donald Trump praised Pompeo for berating an NPR reporter, saying he just wanted to "show support" for a "great" secretary of state.Dershowitz, the self-professed liberal lawyer who is now a member of Trump's impeachment defense team, was on hand Tuesday afternoon when the president unveiled his dead-on-arrival Middle East peace plan. Speaking with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about his involvement in shaping the new policy, Dershowitz was confronted over the back pat."Why are you patting Mike Pompeo on the back?" Toobin...
President Donald Trump will return to the campaign trail to repay a political favor and take his case for re-election into deep-blue New Jersey.
The U.S. Navy promoted Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph four months after he admitted to choking a Green Beret to death. DeDolph-who will be back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing-was formally charged in November 2018 with felony murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, burglary, hazing, and involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Special Forces soldier assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group.Melgar was nearing the end of his deployment when he was killed in the West African nation of Mali in June 2017. He was part of an intelligence operation in Mali supporting counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda's local affiliate, known...
Under impeachment trial rules, senators are only allowed to drink water or milk, and they're barred from using iPhones, talking, or standing.
A U.S. judge Tuesday sentenced a socially awkward math whiz-turned-futures trader who earned tens of millions of dollars over several years and helped trigger a U.S. stock market "flash crash" from his parents' suburban London home to time served and a year's home confinement, sparing him imprisonment
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Cuba, the USGS said. There are no reports of casualties or major damage.
The U.S. budget deficit is expected to top $1 trillion in fiscal year 2020 and remain above that level indefinitely, lifting the national debt over the next decade to its highest level since World War II, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in its annual report on the nation's fiscal and economic outlook.CBO expects the deficit will rise from just over $1 trillion this year to more than $1.7 trillion in 10 years, averaging $1.3 trillion from 2021 through 2030.As a share of gross domestic product, the deficit is projected to rise from 4.3% next year to 5.4% in 2030."Not since World War II has the country seen deficits during times of low unemployment that are as large...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators privately Tuesday he does not yet have the votes to block new witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. McConnell convened a closed-door meeting of GOP senators shortly after Trump's legal team made its closing arguments in the trial, the third and final day of defense proceedings punctuated by revelations from John Bolton, the former national security adviser. The GOP leader faced a handful of potential defections, but several days remained before any potential witness vote would be taken.
"It didn't happen during our period," a former Delta Force commander told Business Insider. "We really were severe about policing ourselves."
Lev Parnas' attorney Joseph Bondy is set to attend the Senate impeachment trial tomorrow during the first day of the question-answer period. His co-counsel Stephanie Schuman is also expected to appear, The Daily Beast has learned."Like many other New York constituents, Mr. Bondy reached out and asked for gallery tickets, and we said yes," said Justin Goodman, a spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader.Bondy told The Daily Beast that his client was also trying to attend tomorrow's proceedings in the Senate trial but is unlikely to be able to enter the chamber because he wears an ankle monitor. Senate rules bar individuals from bringing any electronics into the...
New Jersey supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump prepared on Tuesday to welcome his first campaign rally in the state the same way they celebrate heroes from the New York Jets football team to native son Bruce Springsteen - with a tailgate party. "It's very family-like," said John Fenlon, a 26-year-old parks and recreation employee from Monmouth County, who said he showed up at 5:30 a.m., about 13-1/2 hours before Trump's expected arrival. The Jersey Shore beach town of Wildwood, normally nearly empty in January, was abuzz, with restaurants and hotels packed despite the chilly weather.
President Trump plans to ask Congress for $20 billion for the federal agency that maintains America's weapons for fiscal 2021, an increase from last fiscal year.
(Bloomberg) -- Democrats concerned that presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is avoiding scrutiny by not participating in televised debates with other candidates are pushing the party to allow the billionaire on stage.Bloomberg hasn't been eligible for debates since joining the race Nov. 24 because he's self-funding his campaign. The Democratic National Committee requires a certain level of donations from individuals to qualify for the debate stage. Bloomberg has spent $278 million of his own money so far in ads, an effort that has earned him fourth place in recent national polls.But both Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign...
Katharine McPhee Jokes She Has More Grammys Than Billie Eilish by Marriage
Palestinian leaders on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's peace proposal as an unacceptable capitulation to Israel that tramples on the long-standing aspirations of their people. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed the initiative unveiled in Washington would fail. Trump's proposal included a long list of measures directly in line with Israeli interests, notably recognition of Jerusalem as the "undivided capital" of the Jewish state.
An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last year and the repeal in December of several taxes used to help finance the Affordable Care Act. The annual CBO update of the government's economic and fiscal health estimates a $1 trillion deficit for the ongoing fiscal year, which would bring the red ink above $1 trillion for the first time since 2012, when former President Barack Obama capped four consecutive years of $1 trillion-plus budget deficits.
A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time and rising fears of a dangerous tsunami.The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).Shortly after the powerful earthquake jolted the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) warned of the potential for hazardous tsunami waves as high was 1 meter (3 feet) along some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.Roughly 30 minutes after the...
A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is taking a stand against one of the Senate's strictest rules.When in the hallowed halls of the Senate chamber, lawmakers may only sip water or milk, the latter of which has been spotted in the glasses of a few senators throughout the past week of impeachment. But on Tuesday, Romney became the first senator to be seen drinking chocolate milk in the Senate - a bold step that comes as he's considering taking a few more.A slew of reporters spotted Romney, safely outside the Senate camera's view, drinking the chocolate milk from an approved glass on Tuesday - he'd tried to bring it to the floor in a "contraband bottle" earlier, per The Wall Street Journal....
A Connecticut man charged with murdering his estranged wife was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after being found unresponsive in a vehicle inside his garage, authorities said. Fotis Dulos was found when officers went to his house in Farmington because he was late for a bond hearing in the murder case. Dulos and his wife, Jennifer Dulos, were going through bitter divorce and child custody proceedings when she vanished months ago.
An Arizona court ruled that because the ex-husband does not want his ex-wife to have his biological children, the embryos must be donated.
Fotis Dulos, the father of five accused of killing his estranged wife, Jennifer Dulos, attempted suicide in his Farmington, Connecticut, home on Tuesday, according to his attorney. Fotis Dulos' condition was not immediately clear.
(Bloomberg) -- An indicted associate of Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani asked a judge for permission to turn over more evidence from his New York criminal case to congressional Democrats pursuing the president's removal from office, with federal prosecutors opposing the move.Lev Parnas has cultivated an unusually public role in recent weeks, granting national television interviews, turning over evidence to Congress and offering to testify at the Senate trial of the president, who was impeached last month on charges including abuse of power. Parnas is doing all this even as he faces the prospect of severe punishment in the federal prosecution.The request marks the third time Parnas has...
A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. Lieber was arrested early Tuesday at his office at the Ivy League university, officials said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden isn't bashful about the reason he's running for president.Biden, though not bereft of policy plans, isn't leading a specific "movement" like some of his Democratic competitors, namely Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). In that sense, there doesn't appear to have been an ideological motivation that spurred the 77-year-old's decision to jump into the crowded Democratic primary last year, except for defeating the incumbent, President Trump, The New York Times reports.In fact, Biden reportedly told the Times while campaigning in Iowa before the state's caucus kicks off the election process next week that he likely wouldn't...
Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Florida) is calling on YouTube to stop including climate change misinformation in its recommendation algorithm and to demonetize videos that deny climate change. In a letter addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Castor references a report by Avaaz, which claims that YouTube
Richard Sherman wants to make one thing clear: His hatred of the 49ers stemmed from his disdain for Jim Harbaugh when he was head coach in San Francisco. Sherman never held any animosity against the organization itself. "I wanted to put him out of the league," Sherman said at Super Bowl opening night, via Phil Barber of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough kicked off Tuesday's edition of Morning Joe by going off on a lengthy and raucous rant against President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team, branding the whole group as a "Confederacy of Dunces."After Monday's arguments by the president's legal squad featured a slew of Fox News regulars essentially rehashing their Hannity segments, Scarborough spent the first few minutes of MSNBC's signature morning program blasting the most standout moments."Well, I mean-you had Confederacy of Dunces defending him in impeachment," Scarborough declared, referencing the famous irreverent novel by John Kennedy Toole. "Their arguments were absolutely stunning."Taking aim at...
Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that Dusty Baker has been hired to be the new manager of the Houston Astros. Baker recently interviewed with Astros owner Jim Crane who, as you know, was in the position of having to find a new manager on the quick given the suspension and subsequent firing of A.J. Hinch in the wake of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. In Baker the Astros are getting a manager who needs no training and needs no introduction.
The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes -- proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province. Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law -- known as Sharia.
Palestinians staged protests Tuesday against US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, hours before it was to be unveiled in Washington. Thousands demonstrated in Gaza, burning pictures of Trump and the American flag, while further rallies were planned for the coming days. Details of the initiative remained under wraps, but the Palestinians fear it will heavily favour Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to attend the White House unveiling.
Historians in Germany have released previously unseen photos of the Nazi Sobibor death camp, including what they believe are images of John Demjanjuk, who was sentenced in 2011 for his role in the killing of about 28,000 people there. Ukraine-born Demjanjuk, who had been No. 1 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of "Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals", was deported to Germany from the United States in 2009, where he had spent much of his life as a car worker, to face trial. The photos, described by historian Martin Cueppers as a representing a "quantum leap in the visual record on the Holocaust in occupied Poland", had belonged to Johann Niemann, once deputy commandant of Sobibor.
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump's lawyers will finish presenting his defense on Tuesday, their third day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. The next phase, 16 total hours of senators' questions for both sides, may begin later Tuesday or on Wednesday.Here are the latest developments:GOP Floats Classified Access to Bolton Draft (10:36 a.m.) South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said he backs a proposal to allow senators to view the book manuscript from former National Security Advisor John Bolton in a classified setting. Graham, a close Trump ally, tweeted his support for the idea floated by Oklahoma Senator James Lankford on Monday. The Oklahoman newspaper reported that...
TV cameras are trained on the speakers at the Senate impeachment trial of Trump. What you don't see: senators munching Cheetos and other snacks.
Sen. Doug Jones said he found the president's counsel did a good job with the case against convicting Trump of obstruction of justice
Hong Kong on Tuesday announced drastic measures to cut the number of people crossing into the city from mainland China in a bid to curb the spread of a SARS-like virus that has already killed more than 100 people. With tour groups from the mainland suspended earlier, the new measures blocking individual travellers will dramatically reduce the number of Chinese able to visit the semi-autonomous city. The number of flights from the mainland to Hong Kong will be halved and all ferry services suspended to "reduce the mobility of people from both sides", city leader Carrie Lam said, adding six of 14 border checkpoints will close from January 30 "until further notice".
Financial records reviewed by Politico show that Joe Biden's brother James sold one of his three parcels of land in the U.S. Virgin Islands at a substantial profit to a well-connected lobbyist who then extended a mortgage to James on the remaining two parcels.In May 2005, James Biden purchased an acre of land on Water Island for $150,000. He then applied for and received an easement to divide the property into three plots, one of which he sold to lobbyist Scott Green - a decade-long Senate staffer for Joe Biden in the 1980s - for $150,000. James had initially purchased all three parcels for $150,000, meaning that he made his money back and was able to keep the majority of the one acre...
A Florida man who repeatedly harassed parents of shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been arrested for possessing the identification of one of the parents, authorities said. Wolfgang Halbig, 73, was arrested Monday on a charge that he was in unlawful possession of another person's identification, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Halbig was a guest on the radio show of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Chipotle was hit with a $1.3 million fine over more than 13,000 child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state's attorney general announced Monday. Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain
WASHINGTON -- John Bolton, the former national security adviser, privately told Attorney General William Barr last year that he had concerns that President Donald Trump was effectively granting personal favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China, according to an unpublished manuscript by Bolton.Barr responded by pointing to a pair of Justice Department investigations of companies in those countries and said he was worried that Trump had created the appearance that he had undue influence over what would typically be independent inquiries, according to the manuscript. Backing up his point, Barr mentioned conversations Trump had with the leaders, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of...
U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan effectively gives a green light to Israel to establish an apartheid state, the chief Palestinian envoy to Britain said on Tuesday. "This is a political circus, it's a sad piece of political theatre," said Husam Zomlot, who previously served as head of the Palestinian mission to Washington and as strategic adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas.
Harley-Davidson Inc on Tuesday reported a larger-than-expected decline in its motorcycles revenue, hurt by a continuing slide in retail sales in the United States, sending its shares plunging in pre-market trade. The company said revenues at its motorcycles, parts & accessories and general merchandise segment fell 8.5% to $874.1 million in the fourth quarter from a year ago. Harley's challenges in the United States, which accounts for more than half of sales, are well documented - core customers are growing older and efforts to attract new and young riders have yet to show results.
Biden agreed to backpay child support to November 2018. The amount is not know, and was redacted in the court order on Monday.
"Iowa caucus-goers take note," the former vice president tweeted.
Jenner said pilot Ara Koboyan was "such a nice man" and told her Instagram followers to "hold your loved ones close."
McDonald's Is Finally Introducing Long-Awaited Chicken Sandwiches to its Breakfast Menu
Ellen DeGeneres Cries While Remembering Kobe Bryant
Jerry Sandusky's legal effort to have his decadeslong child molestation sentence reduced will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom. The former Penn State assistant football coach's defense lawyers and state prosecutors are expected to argue about whether Judge Maureen Skerda should reconsider his 30- to 60-year term for sexual abuse of 10 boys. A state appeals court ordered Sandusky resentenced last year, resulting in Skerda's decision in November to impose the same sentence Sandusky had received after his 2012 trial.
(Bloomberg) -- The Chinese Embassy to Denmark wants the newspaper Jyllands-Posten to apologize for publishing a drawing that depicts China's flag with virus symbols instead of five stars."We express our strong indignation and demand that Jyllands-Posten and [cartoonist] Niels Bo Bojesen reproach themselves for their mistake and publicly apologize to the Chinese people," the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.When asked to comment, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen avoided any direct reference to Jyllands-Posten's cartoon."I have nothing to say on the matter other than [to note that] we have a very strong tradition in Denmark not just for freedom of speech for also for...
(Bloomberg) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is cracking down on some of the Philippines' biggest businesses, pushing a populist agenda that's endearing him to his supporters while putting off investors.The nation's stock market has dropped as much as 11% from its 2019 peak and valuation has fallen to its lowest since 2011 relative to peers as Duterte stepped up his attacks last month. The 74-year-old leader whose drug war has killed thousands saw his popularity hit a new high last quarter.The benchmark index fell 1.6% on Tuesday, its second straight day of decline. Duterte is scheduled to have a televised interview with his spokesman later Tuesday.Scrutinizing contracts and forcing...