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How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial

Yes, it's a trial - but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV. In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury. COURTROOM TRIAL: Federal trials, both civil and criminal, are presided over by District Court judges who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle's former LA mansion is still looking for a buyer, and the asking price just dropped - here's a look inside

Before Kensington Palace, Frogmore Cottage, and declaring a pursuit of financial independence, Meghan Markle already lived like a queen.

Joe Biden says
Joe Biden says 'you can keep' your private insurance 'if your employer doesn't take it away from you'

Former Vice President Joe Biden is still promising "If you like your insurance, you can keep it" - with a twist.In his endorsement interview with The New York Times published Friday, Biden is asked about that phrase both he and former President Barack Obama have said in the past. And after accepting that he actually did say it, Biden promised that "if you like your plan, you can keep it," provided "your employer doesn't take it away from you."While the ObamaCare mantra of keeping the insurance you like ended up not exactly being true, Biden still modified it in a July 2019 primary debate to say under his presidency, "If you like your health care plan,...

Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests
Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests

An off-duty Hong Kong police officer was arrested along with seven other people on Friday as they tried to put pro-democracy posters on a footbridge, police said. It's the first known case of a police officer being apprehended for supporting the massive demonstrations that have led to more than 6,500 arrests in the past seven months. The officer, 31, and the seven other people aged 14 to 61, were arrested at 3:00 am on Friday in Tuen Mun, a district in northwest Hong Kong.

Lara Trump is making fun of Joe Biden
Lara Trump is making fun of Joe Biden's stutter

Apparently Lara Trump didn't get the message about former Vice President Joe Biden's stutter.Trump, who's married to President Trump's son Eric, decided to take a low blow at Biden during a Women for Trump event in Iowa on Thursday night. "I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden," she said, because "I'm supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes on stage or they turn to him I'm like 'Joe can you get it out? Let's get the words out Joe.'"> Lara Trump on the Dem field/debate "I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden...I'm supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes on stage or they turn to him I'm like 'Joe can you get it out?...

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Burundi's mass graves reopen old wounds

Neighbors told him soldiers had also discovered his mother in a house where she had been hiding. This week, the government opened a mass grave in his neighborhood. Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, known by its French acronym CVR, told parliament this week that it had identified more than 4,000 mass graves across the country.

Antifa Group to March With Pro-Gun Protesters at Virginia Rally
Antifa Group to March With Pro-Gun Protesters at Virginia Rally

An annual 2nd Amendment rally in Richmond, Va. scheduled for this Monday will see gun rights activists marching alonside an unusual ally: the local Antifa chapter.While Antifa groups are most famous for sometimes-violent protests against right-wing groups, the Richmond-based Antifa Seven Hills is joining 2nd Amendment supporters in support of gun rights."I think it's been pretty important for us to focus on the fact that gun control in America has a legacy of racist enforcement," Seven Hills spokesperson James told Vice, requesting that his last name be withheld from publication. "Like taking guns away from black people, because black people were perceived as a threat to...

House Democrats overturn DeVos on student loan forgiveness, but change unlikely to pass Senate
House Democrats overturn DeVos on student loan forgiveness, but change unlikely to pass Senate

The Democrat-controlled House overturned rules from Betsy DeVos on student loan forgiveness. Republicans in the Senate are unlikely to agree.

15 photos show a US nuclear missile silo that for decades was ready to strike the Soviet Union at a moment
15 photos show a US nuclear missile silo that for decades was ready to strike the Soviet Union at a moment's notice

Take a tour of the Arizona museum open to the public that has a US intercontinental ballistic missile once built to attack Russia with nuclear force.

Ukraine gives Trump the corruption investigation he asked for
Ukraine gives Trump the corruption investigation he asked for

President Trump's schemes in Ukraine were even worse than we thought. His former lackey Lev Parnas spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday night about his role in the plot to blackmail the Ukrainian president into interfering in the 2020 election and provided new evidence about an apparent effort among Trump associates to harass, stalk, and perhaps even physically harm a sitting U.S. ambassador - Marie Yovanovitch, who was then serving in Ukraine.America is learning what it's like to have a gangster president. But hey, at least Trump got the Ukraine investigation he always wanted - but instead of into the Biden family, it's into his own cronies. Whoops!Rachel Maddow interviewed Parnas...

France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support Middle East operations

France will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in Middle East, Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. "The aircraft carrier will support Chammal operations (in the Middle East) from January to April 2020 before deploying to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea", Macron said at a New Year speech to the French military.

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights
Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday in a legal dispute over restoring voting rights to felons with unpaid fines - one of many clashes over the ballot box in a state that will play a crucial role in this year's presidential election. The court's advisory opinion - requested by the Republican governor last year - has no immediate legal consequence, but could influence federal judges weighing legal wranglings over the voter-approved measure known as Amendment 4. In a separate opinion, the court found no reason to prevent a measure from going to voters this year that would tweak the state's constitution to specify that "only a citizen" of the United States can...

How Iran
How Iran's Missile Attack on American Bases Showcases Its Weapons' Accuracy

The attacks were a warning.

Europe Threatens Legal Challenge to U.S.-China Trade Pact at WTO

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The European Union said the preliminary U.S.-China trade agreement could violate World Trade Organization rules and held out the prospect of a legal challenge.EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said his team will scrutinize whether China's pledge to increase purchases of U.S. goods and services by at least $200 billion over the next two years is WTO-compatible. The commitment is included in a first-phase accord signed with fanfare on Wednesday by the U.S. and China."We haven't analyzed the document in detail, but we will and if there's a WTO-compliance issue of course we will...

Republican senator calls CNN reporter a
Republican senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about considering new evidence in Trump's impeachment trial

A GOP senator on Thursday called a CNN reporter a "liberal hack" when asked a straightforward question regarding Trump's impeachment trial.

'I owe the American people an apology': A former healthcare executive says he's sorry for devising the biggest argument against Medicare for All

Wendell Potter, a healthcare advocate, said in an op-ed he regrets crafting the talking point used to fight reform: preserving choice in the system.

Qatar further eases restrictions on migrant workers' exit

Qatar said on Thursday it had scrapped restrictions on leaving the country for nearly all migrant workers as part of reforms answering accusations of exploitation especially in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup. The measure removes exit visas for hundreds of thousands of domestic workers left out of earlier reforms - mainly from Asian nations like Nepal, India and the Philippines - whom rights groups said were left open to abuse by being excluded. Unions and activists have documented labor exploitation, dangerous conditions and deaths of workers building stadiums and infrastructure for both the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the upcoming event in Qatar.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal says India has not put curbs on imports from Malaysia, Turkey
Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal says India has not put curbs on imports from Malaysia, Turkey

India's Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that New Delhi has not imposed any curbs on imports from Malaysia and Turkey. "India believes in free play and equal treatment for all," Goyal said at a security conference in New Delhi, adding that the government also was not contemplating any restrictions on the two countries. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that India is planning to cut some imports from Turkey and widen restrictions on Malaysia, targeting the two Muslim-majority countries for their criticism of New Delhi's policy towards Kashmir.

YouTube Has Been
YouTube Has Been 'Actively Promoting' Videos Spreading Climate Denialism, According to New Report

YouTube's "up next" feature has been recommending videos containing climate misinformation, according to a Jan. 16 report by Avaaz

Lev Parnas wants to unload his dirt on Rudy Giuliani to federal prosecutors, his lawyer says
Lev Parnas wants to unload his dirt on Rudy Giuliani to federal prosecutors, his lawyer says

Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani in his Ukraine endeavors, "completed his break with the White House on Wednesday, asserting for the first time in public that the president was fully aware of the efforts to dig up damaging information on his behalf," The New York Times reported late Wednesday. And Parnas said through his lawyer that he's now eager to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan who are investigating Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, and Giuliani's Ukraine dealings now at the center of Trump's impeachment.Parnas was arrested in October on tangentially related campaign finance charges, and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New...

Meet The Focke-Wult FW-190 Fighter: World War II
Meet The Focke-Wult FW-190 Fighter: World War II's Best Fighter Aircraft

Created by a brilliant, German aircraft designer.

Philippine volcano
Philippine volcano's quakes, cracks send more people fleeing

A Philippine volcano belched smaller plumes of ash but shuddered continuously with earthquakes and opened cracks in roads Thursday as police blockaded at-risk towns due to fears of a bigger eruption. A crater lake and nearby river have dried up in signs of the Taal volcano's continuing restiveness, and officials have warned people against speculating the five-day eruption is waning. Soldiers and police blocked villagers from sneaking back by boats to the volcanic island and nearby towns to retrieve belongings, poultry and cattle.

Tucker Carlson Goes Full Bernie Bro in Attack on CNN
Tucker Carlson Goes Full Bernie Bro in Attack on CNN

For most of the day on Wednesday, CNNisTrash was among the top trending topics on Twitter thanks to Bernie Sanders supporters unhappy with the way their candidate was treated at the previous night's debate. Fox News host Tucker Carlson is right there with them.Carlson opened his show Wednesday night by warning of the "chaos" that will ensue in the Democratic Party if Sanders gets the presidential nomination this summer. If the Vermont senator does win the primary, Carlson said it will have "all started" at the Des Moines debate when CNN President Jeff Zucker "decided to destroy the Sanders for President campaign." The host went on to argue that Zucker is working on behalf of the...

New audio shows that Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of
New audio shows that Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of 'calling her a liar on national TV' in a heated post-debate encounter

Warren confronted Sanders after the two appeared on stage during the seventh Democratic debate, accusing him of calling her a "liar on national TV."

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented gamble to hold her fire with Trump's impeachment is paying off in spades

Since the House voted to impeach Trump, there have been 10 major developments that dramatically raise the stakes of his impeachment trial.

Trevor Noah Roasts Trump and Rudy Giuliani for Hiring Terrible
Trevor Noah Roasts Trump and Rudy Giuliani for Hiring Terrible 'Criminal' Lev Parnas

After joking that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held onto the impeachment articles against Trump "tighter than Mike Pence's sphincter in a room with two women," Trevor Noah previewed what could happen next now that she has finally delivered them to the Senate. "The big fight is now going to be about whether or not the trial will include new witnesses and new evidence," the Daily Show host said. "Because you see just yesterday we learned new details about Trump and his shady dealing with Ukraine." He was talking about the latest bombshell developments surrounding Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas who appears to have flipped on Trump, sharing new documents and text messages that further...

Texas carries out first US execution of 2020
Texas carries out first US execution of 2020

Texas on Wednesday carried out the first execution of the year in the United States, putting to death by lethal injection a man convicted of killing his wife 15 years ago because she wanted a divorce. John Gardner, 64, was sentenced to death in 2006 for killing his fifth wife, who had left him after multiple incidents of physical violence and filed for divorce. Tammy Gardner died two days later.

Russia
Russia's Past Can Help Explain China's South China Sea Strategy

It's clear what Beijing's plan is.

Mexico not taking
Mexico not taking 'scandalous' violence seriously enough - rights group

The government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is failing to tackle violence that has pushed homicide rates to record highs and turned the country into a "butcher's shop," Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Mexico has been racked by violence for years as successive governments battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. Lopez Obrador won office in 2018 vowing to adopt a more conciliatory security strategy focused on the root causes of crime, in particular by reducing poverty and corruption.

Anderson Cooper Hammers CNN Guest over Warren-Sanders Split
Anderson Cooper Hammers CNN Guest over Warren-Sanders Split

It's caused quite a stir...

No tweeting: Senators have to keep quiet, stay off iPhones, and remain seated during Trump
No tweeting: Senators have to keep quiet, stay off iPhones, and remain seated during Trump's impeachment trial

Senators cannot take electronic devices into the chamber during the trial, which means they will not be live-tweeting the proceedings.

Mexico said latest migrant caravan won
Mexico said latest migrant caravan won't pass - Guatemala president

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told the Guatemalan government that a caravan of migrants heading towards the United States from Honduras would not be allowed to enter Mexico, new Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said on Wednesday. "Today in the conversation with foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard we asked about that caravan," Giammattei said after meeting the Mexican minister.

One Checkpoint, Then Another, Then Mayhem: Maduro
One Checkpoint, Then Another, Then Mayhem: Maduro's Men Set Trap

(Bloomberg) -- At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the caravan to downtown Caracas began, a motorcade of opposition lawmakers to Venezuela's National Assembly trailed by a phalanx of reporters and photographers on motorcycles.After 15 minutes, the procession passed the regime's first security checkpoint. Police moved traffic cones out of the way. The same happened at the second checkpoint and the third. But near the National Assembly, it became clear that the officers were setting a trap: About 50 men carrying weapons and rocks stood a block away and hurtled toward the vehicles.There were screams, the stench of tear gas and the crack of gunshots.The mayhem that ensued blocked Juan Guaido, recognized...

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein's estate is sued by U.S. Virgin Islands over alleged widespread sex abuse

Jeffrey Epstein's estate was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. Virgin Islands, which claimed that the late accused sex offender raped and trafficked in dozens of young women and girls on a private Caribbean island he owned. The complaint filed by Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George significantly broadens the scope of the financier's alleged misconduct, saying it spanned from 2001 to 2018 and targeted girls who appeared to be as young as 11 or 12. It seeks civil penalties plus some assets from Epstein's estimated $577.7 million estate, including the forfeiture of his two private islands, Little St. James and Great St. James.

Who won the debate? Depends on who you think can beat Trump
Who won the debate? Depends on who you think can beat Trump

Democrats need to put Trump at the center of their debates

'A Bloodless Revolution.' Putin's Plan to Rewrite Russia's Constitution Could Allow Him to Lead for Years to Come

A "bloodless revolution" paves the way for another era of Putin's rule

Bloomberg Vows to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes, Fight Tobacco

(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg vowed Wednesday to ban all flavored e-cigarettes and move to reduce tobacco use and nicotine exposure.The former New York mayor said the move was necessary to protect children who he says are targeted by tobacco companies with products designed to attract them."Today one in four high school students are addicted to vaping and it's a brand new thing. It's so bad," he said on ABC's "The View."President Donald Trump made a similar pledge after a wave of respiratory illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, but later stepped back from the move, allowing menthol flavored e-cigarettes and any liquid flavorings that are not in a...

A 14-year-old boy died after being trapped in a chimney where his lungs were unable to expand and contract
A 14-year-old boy died after being trapped in a chimney where his lungs were unable to expand and contract

Police had been looking for the Ohio boy for nearly a month. Compressive asphyxia can also occur at overcrowded concerts and sporting events.

Airbus
Airbus's massive new cargo plane that looks like a whale is now fully operational

The Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane is designed to transport large sections of planes to assembly plants in France and Germany.

Iran has a
Iran has a 'shockingly strong' war-crimes case against Trump over Soleimani's killing - and it could win

A NATO military attaché in the Middle East told Business Insider that the case against the US is "shockingly strong."

Kuwait to Run Record Budget Deficit After Half Decade in the Red

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Kuwait unveiled budget proposals that forecast its biggest-ever deficit for the year starting April 1, outlining fiscal plans that include a drop of more than 6% in revenue while keeping spending unchanged.The deficit is projected at 9.2 billion dinars ($30.3 billion), above the current year's estimate of 8.3 billion dinars, Finance Minister Mariam Al-Aqeel said on Tuesday. That's after the transfer of 10% of total revenue to the Future Generations Fund, which invests abroad and is managed by Kuwait Investment Authority, the country's sovereign wealth fund.The sixth straight...

Sanders-Warren Clash on Women Elevates Acrimony in Iowa Debate
Sanders-Warren Clash on Women Elevates Acrimony in Iowa Debate

(Bloomberg) -- Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren tried unsuccessfully to calm the waters Tuesday after a spat involving elitism, sexism and insinuations of lying, in a wide-ranging debate where the top candidates each enjoyed strong moments without yielding a clear winner.The clash between the progressives looms over a tight race 20 days before the Iowa caucuses after a recent Des Moines Register/CNN survey showed Sanders, Warren, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg bunched up in a five-point spread at the front of the field.It was hard to see how anyone on stage at Drake University in Des Moines dramatically bettered their position heading into the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses. That's good news for...

Trump says Bernie Sanders is a
Trump says Bernie Sanders is a 'nasty guy,' but he doesn't think he said a woman can't be president

President Trump sided with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday night, telling a crowd in Milwaukee he doesn't believe Sanders said a woman couldn't win the presidency in 2020.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) confirmed to CNN that Sanders made the comment during a 2018 private meeting. Sanders has denied making the remark, and Trump backed him up during his campaign rally. It wasn't much of a surprise that he weighed in and sided with Sanders, as Trump regularly mocks Warren and did so again at his rally."I don't believe that he said this because you know, I don't know him," Trump said. "I don't particularly like him. He's a nasty guy ... but it's not his deal. She said...

Japan Cabinet Star Set to Make History With Paternity Leave
Japan Cabinet Star Set to Make History With Paternity Leave

(Bloomberg) -- Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a public favorite to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is set to be the country's first sitting cabinet member to take paternity leave, a decision hailed by the government as being progressive.Koizumi, 38, told a news conference Wednesday he will take a total of two weeks paternity leave over the span of three months to the extent it won't interfere with his ministerial duties. His son is due to be born this month, local media reports said.The move from one of the country's youngest-ever cabinet members could help in the country's push to ease the burden on families by getting more men to take the leave, which ranks among the...

Elizabeth Warren says she will go around Congress to cancel $1.6 trillion of US student debt on
Elizabeth Warren says she will go around Congress to cancel $1.6 trillion of US student debt on 'day one' as president

Warren's plan to bypass Congress and forgive student debt would almost certainly trigger opposition among Republicans and even some Democrats.

Officials: Series of avalanches kill 12 in Himalayan Kashmir

At least six Indian soldiers and six civilians were killed in five separate avalanches in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, officials said Tuesday. Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said three separate avalanches hit three frontier Indian army and paramilitary posts in the past 24 hours along the highly militarized line of control that divides disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Flights halted, evacuations as Philippine volcano spews ash
Flights halted, evacuations as Philippine volcano spews ash

Philippine authorities warned Sunday a volcano near the capital Manila could erupt imminently, hours after it sent a massive column of ash skyward that grounded flights and coated towns across the region in fine dust. Thousands of people living near Taal volcano, a popular tourist attraction set in the centre of a picturesque lake, were evacuated from their homes as it spewed ash, rumbled with earthquakes and lightning exploded above its crest. Aviation officials ordered a suspension of flights in to and out of the capital's Ninoy Aquino International Airport, after the ash cloud was reported to have reached 50,000 feet (15,000 metres).

Friends and foes gather in Oman to mourn Qaboos
Friends and foes gather in Oman to mourn Qaboos

World and regional leaders, many at odds with one another, met Oman's new ruler on Sunday to offer condolences for the death of Sultan Qaboos whose quiet diplomacy during five decades in power helped calm regional turbulence. The rulers of Qatar and the United Arab Emirate, which are locked in a protracted dispute, were among those who visited the royal palace in Muscat as was the foreign minister of Iran, which is an arch-foe of U.S.-allied Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Puerto Rico earthquakes are just the latest in a string of shocks for US island
Puerto Rico earthquakes are just the latest in a string of shocks for US island

First there was Hurricane Maria. Then, government upset. Now, Puerto Rico is facing the effects of devastating earthquakesA colourful and boisterous place in normal times, Guánica today presents a ghostly and deserted air, the sea breeze whistling through the ruins of the collapsed buildings that dot its streets.The signs of life are a few stray cats and dogs and a handful of families furtively piling their belongings into vehicles as they evacuate their homes.The town sits near the epicentre of the 6.4 earthquake that rocked Puerto Rico on Tuesday - the worse tremor to hit Puerto Rico in a century - which killed at least three people and left thousands homeless. Large-scale aftershocks,...

Israel Foreign Minister Delays Dubai Trip Over Security: Reuters

(Bloomberg) -- Israel's foreign minister is delaying a mid-January visit to Dubai due to security concerns linked to the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Reuters reported citing unidentified diplomats.Security officials instructed Foreign Minister Israel Katz to postpone the trip as


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