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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got an earful on the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran
Turkish reprisals killed 31 Syrian soldiers in the battleground northwestern province of Idlib on Friday after a bombardment Ankara blamed on Damascus killed 33 Turkish soldiers, a monitor said. The retaliatory drone and artillery strikes hit Syrian army positions in southern and eastern parts of the province which were recaptured by the government in a nearly three-month-old offensive against the rebel enclave, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. At least 27 regime fighters died in those strikes, while another four were killed by artillery fire on positions in neighbouring Aleppo province, the Observatory added.
The global coronavirus outbreak might accomplish something that myriad bad polls haven't: make Republicans fear losing the 2020 presidential election.Until now, survey after survey has consistently shown President Trump losing to the Democrats in November. Like, to all of the Democrats. Yet Republicans have remained confident. They remember how the FakePolls showed Trump losing to Hillary Clinton four years ago. More importantly, perhaps, GOPers have a deep faith that the strong economy will provide a powerful tailwind to Trump's reelection campaign.But the plunging stock market, badly spooked by the unpredictable spread and impact of the virus, is suggesting the tailwind might turn into...
The reason given by the Catholic church: The boy has autism, and is unable to express the contrition the church requires before receiving Communion.
Powell Jobs, who is worth an estimated $24 billion, said she believes a massive accumulation of wealth is "dangerous for a society."
A U.S. federal appeals court in San Francisco, California on Friday blocked a Trump administration policy that has forced tens of thousands of migrants to wait in Mexico for months for hearings in U.S. immigration courts. A panel of three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals said the policy conflicted with the text and congressional purpose of U.S. immigration laws. The program, which began a year ago and is called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), is one of the most dramatic immigration policy changes enacted by the Trump administration.
Moving to stem a vaping epidemic among young people, the House has approved a bill to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. The bill would place new restrictions on the marketing of e-cigarettes and ban flavors in tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.
White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Friday played down the deadly coronavirus that has caused U.S. stock markets to plummet, telling top conservatives that wall-to-wall news coverage of the disease is a ploy to hurt his boss, President Donald Trump. Mulvaney's characterization of media coverage of the virus came as the S&P 500 was headed for its worst week since the Great Recession. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said less than 24 hours earlier: "We're dealing with a serious virus that we're taking very seriously."
J.J. Redick entered the NBA with a reputation for brashness from Duke. He joined a Magic team with Dwight Howard, Grant Hill, Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu as the top players. Turkoglu beat me up a couple times.
Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) lashed out at presidential scion Donald Trump Jr. for claiming Democrats seemingly want the coronavirus to kill "millions of people" so they can end President Donald Trump's "streak of winning," threatening a "serious altercation" on Friday morning if the first son got near him.With financial markets tanking amid growing fears over the coronavirus, Team Trump and right-wing media have trained their attention on complaining about how Democrats and mainstream media have reacted to the Trump administration's disjointed response to the crisis. During a Friday morning Fox & Friends appearance, Trump Jr. insisted that Democrats were rooting for a massive disaster."For...
Bernard Madoff's former customers will soon see their total recovery approach $14 billion, a court-appointed trustee said on Friday, as the dying swindler awaits a decision on whether the U.S. government will support his request to leave prison early. Irving Picard, the trustee liquidating Bernard
Joe Biden has previously told of being arrested in South Africa while traveling with black lawmakers. He reversed himself Friday in a CNN interview.
A whistleblower claims HHS employees weren't prepared to work with evacuees, another Diamond Princess passenger has died, and more coronavirus news.
The Trump administration on Friday sought to reassure Americans that it was responding to the threat of a U.S. coronavirus outbreak, as the flu-like illness spread to more countries and stock markets dropped sharply again. Vice President Mike Pence, tapped by the White House this week to lead the nation's coronavirus response, is due to meet with Florida's governor to discuss the state's virus-response efforts. Pence will also speak at two political events there.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the Trump administration's response to the spreading coronavirus and faced contentious questions from Democrats about an airstrike that killed Iran's most powerful general. Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee expressed frustration that the panel was afforded only two hours to question Pompeo, who until Friday had gone months without a public appearance on Capitol Hill. Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, recalled Pompeo's "thundering" while in Congress about the need for testimony from one of his Democratic predecessors, Hillary Clinton.
(Bloomberg) -- A 35-year-old man was confirmed as the first coronavirus case in Mexico and a second case is awaiting final testing, the country's deputy health minister said on Friday.The first patient has a mild case and has been put in quarantine along with family members in the country's Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference for further testing, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, the health official, said at the National Palace.The man is a resident of Mexico City who took a trip to Italy in February. The case is Mexico's first, and the second known instance in Latin America after Brazil confirmed a case on Wednesday."We have the capacity to deal with the situation," President Andres...
The Dow plunged further Friday, deepening this week's global rout on fears that a deadly virus in China is spreading.
The House Judiciary committee has demanded that Attorney General William Barr hands over any messages President Donald Trump sent about the sentencing of his longtime friend Roger Stone, and also requested interviews with the four career prosecutors who quit the case after the president intervened to
(Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said he would back interest-rate reductions if the coronavirus develops into a worldwide pandemic, but last year's cuts are already supporting the economy."Further policy rate cuts are a possibility if a global pandemic actually
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Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Friday pledged to de-escalate a U.S.-China trade war, make it easier for farmers to hire foreign laborers and increase federal agricultural research. The former New York mayor's farm policy program, first reported by Reuters, comes ahead of the March 3 nomination contests in 14 states, including farm-heavy economies like Minnesota and Oklahoma. Bloomberg, a billionaire who is self-financing his campaign, is a leading candidate in the Democratic nomination contest to take on Republican President Donald Trump in the November election.
The embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, taking another major step in its effort to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that's been the basis for hundreds of lawsuits, Vatican intervention and the resignation of its bishop. With its filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the western New York diocese became the second in the state to file for Chapter 11 reorganization, and one of more than 20 dioceses to seek bankruptcy protection nationwide. Most recently, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed Feb. 19.
Hundreds of refugees and migrants in Turkey have begun heading for the country's land and sea borders with Greece, buoyed by Turkish officials' statements indicating they will not be hindered from crossing the frontier to head into Europe. The move comes a day after a deadly Syrian airstrike that killed more than 30 Turkish troops in Idlib, Syria, where Turkey has been engaged since 2016. WHO ARE THE REFUGEES OR MIGRANTS IN TURKEY?
Already in deep distress, the patient was rushed last week to a hospital in Northern California, severely ill and unable to breathe on her own.Doctors at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, near Sacramento, provided the woman with critical care but also considered an unlikely diagnosis: infection with the coronavirus.Hospital administrators said they immediately requested diagnostic testing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the procedure was not carried out because the case did not qualify under strict federal criteria: She had not traveled to China and had not been in contact with anyone known to be infected.The announcement on Wednesday that the...
WILDWOOD, N.J. -- The president asked for nothing less than everything they had."If you want your children to inherit the blessings that generations of Americans have fought and died for to secure," President Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Wildwood at one of a string of campaign
The S&P 500 index saw its quickest 10% decline from an all-time high. The rate at which the index declined over the past week surpassed the Black Monday plunge of October 1987.
Elizabeth Isabella, a homemaker in Burbank, California, was driving car pool when her 10-year-old son Lachlan started reciting YouTube ads by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. California is the single biggest prize of the presidential primary with more than 400 pledged delegates available. Bloomberg, who has spent about half a billion dollars blanketing the country with ads, has shelled out about $50 million on cable, broadcast and radio ads in California, according to ad tracking firm Advertising Analytics.
Milwaukee police today identified the five victims of the Molson Coors shooting as well as the gunman, who took his own life.
US schools teach math differently than other countries - which has led to low scores. These schools are stealing teaching tricks from around the world
(Bloomberg) -- Chinese duck platoons are waiting to be deployed to neighboring Pakistan to fight a swarm of crop-eating pests that threaten regional food security.At least 100,000 ducks are expected to be sent to Pakistan as early as the second half of this year to combat a desert locust outbreak, according
(Bloomberg) -- Turkey's economy completed its turnaround after a recession thanks to a mix of stimulus policies that combined interest-rate cuts and a spending splurge.Gross domestic product rose faster than the highest forecast by economists last quarter as it grew 6% from a year earlier, up from 0.9% in the previous three months. The median of 19 estimates in a Bloomberg survey was for 5%. It grew a seasonally and working day-adjusted 1.9% compared with the third quarter, according to data released on Friday.The annual acceleration matched the pace of expansion in China and fell just short of growth in the Philippines.Although Turkey succeeded in quickly moving past its first technical...
Nigeria reported the first new coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa on Friday, as global stock markets tanked on deepening fears of a pandemic and the World Health Organization warned against the "fatal mistake" of complacency. The virus has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 83,000 worldwide -- the vast majority in China -- since it emerged apparently from an animal market in a central Chinese city in late December. The number of new deaths and infections has been tapering off in China, following unprecedented quarantine efforts locking down tens of millions of people in the worst-hit cities.
A bankrupt aluminum smelter that re-opened in 2018, after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on imported metals, is losing money at such a rapid clip that it could close within 60 days, the top executive at the Missouri plant said on Thursday. Trump's trade policies protect the generic aluminum product made by Magnitude 7 Metals LLC, a 50-year-old smelter on the banks of the Mississippi in southeastern Missouri. "The rest of the world has gamed the tariffs, in our opinion," Magnitude 7 Metals chief executive Charles Reali told Reuters in an interview.
(Bloomberg) -- Buzzing through the sky in the shadow of Mount Olympus, Greek and American attack helicopters completed a live-fire exercise last week as the two NATO allies strengthened their military cooperation. But the timing of the joint maneuvers was more testament to the geopolitics of an increasingly
Medical staff caring for a California woman with the first US case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin were unable to get her tested for five days because she had not traveled to outbreak-hit regions, a lawmaker revealed Thursday. The development comes amid reports citing a whistleblower complaint that federal health workers interacted with quarantined patients in two California air bases without proper gear or training, before dispersing around the country. One of these sites, Travis Air Force Base, is in Solano County, where the ill woman is also from.
(Bloomberg) -- The Iowa Democratic Party said Thursday that a partial recount of the Feb. 3 caucuses confirmed Pete Buttigieg's lead with 14 delegates and Bernie Sanders in second place with 12.The Buttigieg and Sanders campaigns had asked for the recount of 23 precincts after the reporting of the results was marred from the beginning by problems with a smartphone app that didn't work and a backup telephone hotline that was jammed by calls from supporters of President Donald Trump.The Iowa Democratic Party's state central committee is expected to certify the results Saturday. The Associated Press, which hasn't called the race, said it would update its tally of the national delegates won...
GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Hopes the coronavirus would be contained to China vanished on Friday as infections spread rapidly around the world, countries started stockpiling medical equipment and investors took flight in expectation of a global recession. Share prices were on track for the worst week since the global financial crisis in 2008 as virus-related disruptions to international travel and supply chains fueled fears of recession in the United States and the Euro zone.
President Donald Trump on Thursday cited low unemployment rates for African Americans and passage of a criminal justice bill providing earlier release for thousands of federal drug offenders as examples of how he's helping the black community.
Walt Disney's grandson, Bradford Lund, filed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday against a judge who Lund says violated his constitutional rights as part of a long-running legal battle over a $200 million inheritance.According to the lawsuit, Lund's estranged family members "alleged that he was incapacitated and needed a guardianship and conservatorship" as their way of keeping him from receiving his half of the $400 million left to him and his sister. After a seven-year legal battle in Arizona led to a 10-day day trial, Lund says he was victorious "in all respects and was found to have capacity, resulting in a dismissal of that case."Lund's estranged family appealed but an appellate court...
The Iowa Democratic Party on Thursday released updated results of the Iowa caucuses after the completion of a recount requested by the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. In the new results, Buttigieg has 562.954 state delegate equivalents and Sanders has 562.021 state delegate equivalents out of 2,151 counted.
"Weapons-grade lasers could potentially cause serious harm to aircrew and mariners," US Pacific Fleet said.
Vanessa Bryant was touched by Kobe's sister, Sharia Washington, getting new ink to honor the NBA legend and his daughter, Gianna.
Coronavirus is spreading around the globe in a hurry, but experts say fear-based reactions will only stir more trouble.
How will the coronavirus response work and why was Mike Pence put in charge? And, who is leading in South Carolina?
To be fair, the Ford F-150 wins one and loses one.
A government whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging that some federal workers did not have the necessary protective gear or training when they were deployed to help Americans evacuated from China during the coronavirus outbreak. The complaint deals with Health and Human Services Department employees sent to Travis and March Air Force bases in California to assist the quarantined evacuees. The Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that investigates personnel issues, confirmed Thursday it has received the unnamed whistleblower's complaint and has opened a case.
Despite steady warnings from health organizations worldwide, right-wing media are clogging airwaves with conspiracy theories and inaccurate reporting.
Some moderate Democrats worry that Bernie Sanders as the presidential nominee would mean four more years of Trump and a Republican takeover of Congress.
The new coronavirus may become an illness like the flu that retreats in summer but never really disappears.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed - in a way only Jerry Jones can - that he'll consider bringing free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant back to Dallas. Jones was asked today at the Combine about the possibility of signing Bryant, and he acknowledged he's considering it. "I've thought a lot about it in the shower," Jones said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.