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House passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen

House passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen | 13 March 2019 | The House voted Wednesday to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, delivering a rebuke of President Trump's policy and bringing closer the prospect of the first veto of his tenure. Just before the vote, the House also unanimously approved an amendment condemning anti-Semitism...The House voted 248-177 to end U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It was the first time the lower chamber has successfully passed a War Powers Act resolution since the law was enacted in 1973.

Manafort sentenced to 7.5 years total in prison for federal crimes

Manafort sentenced to 7.5 years total in prison for federal crimes | 13 March 2019 | Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was ordered Wednesday to serve an additional 43 months on federal conspiracy charges, bringing his total sentence between two federal courts to 7.5 years in twin cases stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort that, despite his apologies to the courtroom, his lawyers' arguments about the absence of any charges directly linked to collusion in the 2016 election were "just one more thing that's inconsistent with the notion of any genuine acceptance of responsibility." Manafort's admitted crimes span several years but do not touch on his work as Trump's campaign chairman.

Trump says FAA will ground Boeing 737 Max 8, 737 Max 9 planes following deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

Trump says FAA will ground Boeing 737 Max 8, 737 Max 9 planes following deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash | 13 March 2019 | President Trump said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will announce later Wednesday the grounding of two Boeing 737 Max jets, one model of which was involved in the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. Speaking at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said both the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 models will be "grounded upon landing" at their destinations. He said that both pilots and airlines have been notified.

Troubled Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes banned from UK airspace

Troubled Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes banned from UK airspace | 12 March 2019 | The UK Civil Aviation Authority announced a ban on Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from British airspace on Tuesday. Britain has joined a growing number of countries grounding the aircraft after two deadly crashes in recent weeks. The 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. The tragedy followed Indonesia’s Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crash in late October that killed 189 passengers and crew.

Pentagon signs directive to implement transgender military ban

Pentagon signs directive to implement transgender military ban | 12 March 2019 | The Pentagon announced Tuesday that a directive has been signed to implement President Trump's policy barring most transgender people from serving in the military. Under the policy, transgender people who join after it takes effect will have to serve in the gender they were assigned at birth. Service secretaries will be allowed to grant waivers on a case-by-case basis. The policy will go into effect in 30 days, according to the memo signed by acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist.

Officials warn of measles exposure at LAX

Officials warn of measles exposure at LAX | 12 March 2019 | Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport may have been exposed to measles late last month, health officials said Tuesday. A passenger who had a layover at LAX on Feb. 21 was diagnosed with measles, a highly contagious illness that spreads through coughing or sneezing. People who were in Terminal B and Delta Terminal 3 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. that day may have been exposed, health officials said.

Pentagon plans to spend $2.6 billion on developing hypersonic weaponry

Pentagon plans to spend $2.6 billion on developing hypersonic weaponry | 12 March 2019 | The US defense budget proposal for FY 2020 boasts a record-breaking research and development request, as the Pentagon seeks to get its hands on all the shiny new things, such as artificial intelligence and hypersonic weaponry. The US Department of Defense has rolled out the proposal for its budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Pentagon needs even more funds compared to the massive $716 billion budget in 2019 and now wants it to grow by some five percent -- to a whopping $750 billion.

Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker

Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker | 12 March 2019 | Former Vice President Joe Biden will run for president in 2020, a senior Democratic lawmaker told The Hill on Tuesday, a move that will shake up the crowded Democratic primary field and make him the clear front-runner for his party’s nomination against President Trump. "I'm giving it a shot," Biden said matter-of-factly during a phone call with a House Democratic lawmaker within the past week -- a conversation the congressman recounted to The Hill and interpreted as a sure sign that Biden will run in 2020...Biden did not share any details about when or where he planned to make his formal presidential announcement, the lawmaker said.

Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution

Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution | 12 March 2019 | Vice President Pence is discussing an offer with Republican senators that could lead to the defeat of a Democratic resolution overturning President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the Mexican border, according to GOP sources briefed on the matter. Under the deal discussed between Pence and GOP senators, Trump would sign legislation reining in his power to declare future national emergencies if they defeat the resolution of disapproval.

Tucker Carlson says 'we will never bow to the mob' amid resurfaced comments

Tucker Carlson says 'we will never bow to the mob' amid resurfaced comments | 11 March 2019 | Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday rejected what he called a culture of outrage from both Democrats and Republicans amid the fallout from recently resurfaced offensive comments he made about women and minorities years ago. Carlson delivered a roughly seven-minute opening monologue on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" peppered with graphics that read "The Mob," "Crackdown on Dissent" and "Liberal Hypocrisy." While he did not reference any of his specific controversial comments, he doubled down on his initial refusal to apologize for them. "Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day," Carlson said.

Over 2,000 migrants quarantined in US detention centers amid mumps outbreaks, other communicable infections - report

Over 2,200 migrants quarantined in US detention centers amid mumps outbreaks, other communicable infections - report | 10 March 20198 | More than 2,200 migrants detained in government facilities have reportedly been quarantined as of Thursday amid an outbreak of mumps and other communicable infections. Reuters reported Sunday that a total of 2,287 migrants in U.S. detention facilities were quarantined around the country, citing an unnamed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official. There were more than 50,000 migrants in government detention as of last Wednesday, according to ICE figures. The news outlet reported that ICE officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or likely cases of mumps among among detainees in 51 facilities over the past 12 months.

U.S. government quietly allows two labs to resume dangerous experiments to modify bird flu viruses which could spark pandemic

U.S. government quietly allows two labs to resume dangerous experiments to modify bird flu viruses which could spark a pandemic --Government's review will not be made public --Critics worry that a souped-up virus could spark a pandemic if it escaped from a lab or was intentionally released by a bioterrorist [aka the pharma-terrorists who own the CDC and NIH and who push for mandatory vaccines to 'prevent' the pandemic that they created]. | 08 Feb 2019 | Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them more risky to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years. ScienceInsider has learned that last year, a U.S. government review panel quietly approved experiments proposed by two labs that were previously considered so dangerous that federal officials had imposed an unusual top-down moratorium on such research. One of the projects has already received funding from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, and will start in a few weeks; the other is awaiting funding...The other group that got the green light is led by Ron Fouchier at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2011, Fouchier and Kawaoka alarmed the world by revealing they had separately modified the deadly avian H5N1 influenza virus so that it spread between ferrets.

Trump expected to ask for $8.6B for wall in budget

Trump expected to ask for $8.6B for wall in budget | 10 March 2019 | President Trump intends to request $8.6 billion for his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico when he submits his 2020 congressional budget on Monday, likely igniting another funding standoff with Congress. A senior administration official confirmed the figure, which is expected to be used to build or replace roughly 700 miles of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Reuters reported early Sunday that funding for the wall would pull $5 billion from the Department of Homeland Security budget and $3.6 billion from the military construction budget at the Pentagon.

CNN to be sued for more than $250M over 'vicious' and 'direct attacks' on Covington High student - lawyer

CNN to be sued for more than $250M over 'vicious' and 'direct attacks' on Covington High student - lawyer | 09 March 2019 | CNN is likely to be hit with a massive lawsuit worth more than $250 million over alleged "vicious" and "direct attacks" on Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann, his lawyer has told Fox News. Lawyer L. Lin Wood discussed his decision to sue CNN for its reporting and coverage of his client during an interview that will air on Fox News Channel's "Life, Liberty & Levin" on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.

US may demand 'allies' pay 150% for privilege of hosting troops

US may demand 'allies' pay 150% for privilege of hosting troops | 09 March 2019 | Frustrated by its allies' lagging military spending, the Trump administration is reportedly drawing up demands that countries where US troops are stationed pay the full cost – and then some – for the 'privilege'. The White House is drawing up demands that Germany, Japan, South Korea and eventually every other country 'hosting' US troops on its soil pay "cost plus 50" – 150 percent – for their upkeep, including the soldiers' salaries, Bloomberg reports, citing "a dozen" sources in the Trump administration. The Pentagon was asked to gather data on the cost of keeping US troops abroad and countries' contributions toward these expenses, several officials – again, anonymously – told AP on Friday. Countries whose policies "align closely" with the US would get an unspecified discount, according to these sources.

Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts following Chicago attack allegations

Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts following Chicago attack allegations | 08 March 2019 | "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts following his Chicago attack allegations. The Cook County grand jury indictment, dated Thursday and made public on Friday, gives details of the disorderly conduct charge against Smollett, according to The Associated Press. It elaborates on the allegation that he falsely reported that he'd been attacked in late January. The indictment -- eight counts from what he told the officer who responded to the report of the attack and eight for what he later told a detective -- comes a little more than two weeks after prosecutors announced one felony count of the same charge.

Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison | 07 March 2019 | Lobbyist and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort learned on Thursday that he will serve almost four years in prison -- far short of what had been expected and recommended -- for financial fraud convictions obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigated Manafort's alleged collusion with the Russian government in 2016. The crimes, though serious among white-collar offenses, did not relate directly to Manafort's work as Trump's 2016 campaign chairman. Manafort, 69, had been facing up to 25 years in prison, a sentence that could have essentially kept him in jail for the rest of his life.

Ebola Outbreak in the Congo: Forced Vaccination, But No Soap and Water or the Right to Vote

Ebola Epidemic in the Congo: Forced Vaccination, But No Soap and Water or the Right to Vote | 07 March 2019 | ...Distrust of outsiders is entrenched, and grew in two areas, Beni and Butembo, after the government barred residents there from voting in the long-delayed elections in December, supposedly because of concerns about the spread of Ebola. Many people thought the government had used the disease as an excuse to keep them from voting, and some of their anger turned against the outside groups that had drawn so much attention to Ebola. Recent attacks on two treatment centers operated by Doctors Without Borders led the group to close them, and brought a scorching and highly unusual self-assessment by Dr. Liu..."They hear constant advice to wash their hands, but nothing about the lack of soap and water," Dr. Liu said. In a piercing essay published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, another physician from Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Vinh-Kim Nguyen, wrote: "Early in the epidemic, we witnessed armed agents forcibly bringing patients in for treatment." Dr. Nguyen also noted that when Ebola teams were accompanied by security forces, they were met with fear and distrust, especially of forced vaccination.

Jordan blasts Michael Cohen over pardon revelations, urges Dem chairman to back DOJ review of testimony

Jordan blasts Michael Cohen over pardon revelations, urges Dem chairman to back DOJ review of testimony | 07 March 2019 | Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, blasted Michael Cohen as an "admitted liar" on Thursday over new revelations that raised questions about the veracity of last week's testimony to Congress -- and challenged committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to back calls for a Justice Department review of the former Trump attorney's statements. Jordan, R-Ohio, who last week sent a referral to Attorney General William Barr seeking a probe of Cohen's testimony, urged Cummings, D-Md., to support the efforts after Cohen's lawyer admitted he once "directed his attorney" to ask about a possible presidential pardon last year -- despite testifying he never sought a pardon.

Michael Cohen sues Trump Organization for millions in legal fees

Michael Cohen sues Trump Organization for millions in legal fees | 07 March 2019 | Michael Cohen sued the Trump Organization in New York Supreme Court on Thursday for millions of dollars in legal fees and costs, claiming the company must pay him for "matters arising" from his work for the company -- including "multiple congressional hearings" and costs related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Cohen, who is slated to report to prison to serve three years in May, worked for the organization for more than a decade as an attorney. In his suit, he claimed the company violated an agreement that it would compensate him for his work related to the organization and its officers.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Faces Investigation by House Panel

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Faces Investigation by House Panel | 06 March 2019 | The House Oversight and Reform Committee is investigating allegations of voter suppression in Georgia under Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has since become governor. The investigation was revealed in letters that the committee's Democratic leaders sent on Wednesday to Mr. Kemp and his successor as secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. The letters instructed Mr. Kemp and Mr. Raffensperger -- both Republicans -- to provide by March 20 a wide range of documents concerning voter roll purges; holds placed on voter registration applications; polling site changes and closings; and other voting-related issues.

Judge Tosses Fukushima Radiation Class Actions Brought by U.S. Sailors

Judge Tosses Fukushima Radiation Class Actions Brought by U.S. Sailors | 04 March 2019 | Hundreds of American sailors who filed two class actions claiming to have suffered physical abnormalities, cancer and death stemming from exposure to radiation while on a humanitarian mission to Fukushima, Japan, in 2011 were dealt a blow Monday when their cases were dismissed, paving the way for their claims to be brought in Japan. U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino found in a "close call" in two separate orders, class actions brought against Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, and General Electric, should be dismissed without prejudice so the service members' claims could be brought in Japan if they choose to revive them. The Navy sailors brought two class action cases against TEPCO and GE in 2012 and 2017 over claims they've suffered -- or will suffer in the future -- serious physical injuries, cancer and death due to radiation they were exposed to while serving on the USS Ronald Reagan.

Deadly suicide attack and gun battle near airport in Afghanistan

Deadly suicide attack and gun battle near airport in Afghanistan | 06 March 2019 | Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least four people, officials said. The attack began with a suicide bomber, who was on foot and who detonated his explosives at the gate of the company called MQ, according to Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanikzai, the provincial police chief. Stanikzai said several other attackers then stormed inside the company, triggering a gunbattle that drew US forces to the scene.

UN human rights rep demands 'full investigation' on France's 'excessive force' against Yellow Vests

UN human rights rep demands 'full investigation' on France's 'excessive force' against Yellow Vests | 06 March 2019 | UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called for a full investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the French police against Yellow Vest protesters resulting in over 2,000 injured and dozens being maimed. "We encourage the government to continue dialogue -- including follow-up to the national discussions which are currently underway -- and urge full investigation of all reported cases of excessive use of force," the former Chilean President said in her annual address to the UN Human Rights council in Geneva. Her speech highlighted how the Yellow Vests' demand for "respectful dialogue" has seemingly been met with over the top violence by the state.

Suspect Charged With Felony Assault in Attack of UC Berkeley Conservative Activist

Suspect Charged With Felony Assault in Attack of UC Berkeley Conservative Activist | 05 March 2019 | The suspect in a brutal attack on a conservative activist on the University of California, Berkeley campus last month has been charged with two counts of felony assault, prosecutors announced Tuesday. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Zachary Greenberg with two counts of felony assault, one count of committing a verbal threat and a misdemeanor vandalism charge. Greenberg was identified as one of two men who confronted a conservative activist who had set up a table in Sproul Plaza. Hayden Williams, volunteer was with conservative group Turning Points USA...

Jared Kushner in 'listening sessions' with U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring in foreign workers, contrary to Trump's 'Hire American' priorities

Jared Kushner in 'listening sessions' with U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring in foreign workers, contrary to Trump's 'Hire American' priorities | 20 Feb 2019 | As debate in public rages about illegal immigration and a border wall, Jared Kushner has been holding private meetings in the West Wing on ways to overhaul the legal immigration system, according to six people familiar with the conversations and documents obtained by McClatchy. President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law is operating on at least two tracks -- the first is working with a small group studying specific ways to redistribute employment visas [aka bring in foreign workers to replace American workers at low wages] and the second is helping lead a series of "listening sessions" with about three dozen interest groups important to Trump to see if there is a position that Republicans can rally around before the 2020 elections. According to meeting agendas obtained by McClatchy, those invited to sessions with Kushner...include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Foundation, Association of Builders and Contractors, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Council on National Policy, George W. Bush Center and Select Milk Producers.

Venezuela names German ambassador 'persona non grata' for 'interference in its internal affairs'

Venezuela names German ambassador 'persona non grata' for 'interference in its internal affairs' | 06 March 2019 | The Venezuelan authorities have declared the German ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata over what it called "interference into its internal affairs." Germany's envoy has become the first European diplomat to be expelled from the Latin American state amid the ongoing escalation of tensions between Caracas and Washington and its allies, supporting a self-proclaimed 'interim president' Juan Guaido, who challenges the rule of elected leader Nicolas Maduro. Kriener was granted a period of 48 hours to leave the territory of Venezuela, the statement said.

Udall, Paul introduce bill to end war in Afghanistan

Udall, Paul introduce bill to end war in Afghanistan | 05 March 2019 | U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) has taken action he hopes will lead to an end to the war in Afghanistan. Udall and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced on Tuesday the 2019 American Forces Going Home After Noble (AFGHAN) Service Act that would end the war. The AFGHAN Service Act would not only end the war in Afghanistan that started after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, it would provide bonuses to those who deployed in the global war on [of] terror.

February marked 12-year-high for illegal immigration: 76,000 encountered at southern border

February marked 12-year-high for illegal immigration: 76,000 encountered at southern border | 05 March 2019 | Border cops encountered more than 76,000 people they say tried to illegally cross from Mexico into the U.S. in February, making it the highest level of illegal immigration the U.S. has seen in one month since 2007. The number shot up from 58,000 who were arrested and turned away at ports in January. The monthly rate has slowly crept up from 17,000 during President Trump's third month in office in 2017. Senior Homeland Security officials said Tuesday they expect the number of migrants illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico to continue spiking due to a continued surge of family and children arriving daily.

US senators seek to end 'forever war' in Afghanistan

US senators seek to end 'forever war' in Afghanistan --'Time to declare victory!' | 06 March 2019 | Senators Rand Paul and Tom Udall have introduced a bill to end the ruinously expensive conflict in Afghanistan, declaring 'victory' in the longest war in US history after 18 years, some $2 trillion and over 100,000 dead. "It's important to know when to declare victory and leave a war," Paul (R-Ky.) said in a video announcing the American Forces Going Home After Noble Service (AFGHANS) Act, adding, "I think that time has long passed.""Soon, US service members will begin deploying to Afghanistan to fight in a war that began before they were born," Udall (D-N.Mex.) said in a statement issued alongside the bill...

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