Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news – podcast

In 2012, Eliot Higgins began blogging about the news from his front room in Leicester. Seven years later, his investigative website Bellingcat has been responsible for revealing key aspects of some of the world’s biggest stories. And: Jonathan Freedland on the result of Theresa May’s meaningful voteEliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that u...
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Fathers and Sons

My favorite part of Allegra Kirkland’s run-down (P) of the Ricketts family’s other problems hanging out with racists and white nationalists is when she notes that family patriarch Joe Ricketts has some very bigoted views on Muslims and Barack Obama, as revealed in some earlier leaked communications. Son Pete Rickets is the one who we found out yesterday had an anti-Semite and white supremacist on his campaign staff. But in fairness, she notes, when son Pete found out about father Joe’s backward ...
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Hey liberals, you can still impeach Trump. You’re just going to have to do it at the polls

Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat was there for the last impeachment of a president, and writes it's not likely to be the kind of justice moment some on the left are hoping for.
Tags: News, Local Politics, Local News, Trump, Seattle Times, Danny Westneat, Nation & World Politics

Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Republican senators sought compromise Tuesday on limiting future presidents' powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies, as chances improved that President Donald Trump might avoid a long-expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert billions more for building barriers along the Mexican border.
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Support For Trump Dwindles Among ICE Officers

The Washington Times: ICE officers who endorsed President Trump in 2016 now say he has failed to follow through on his get-tough promises, saying catch-and-release of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. is not only still happening, but has gone into “overdrive.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they’re being roped into such mundane tasks as opening the doors on vans to release immigrants already caught by Border Patrol agents. That’s dragging the officers from their usual dut...
Tags: Washington, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Military, House Of Representatives, Customs, Border Patrol, Trump, Border Protection, Crane, Customs Enforcement, Trump Administration, National ICE Council, Border War

Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – as it happened

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 12.24am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes 12.01am GMT The UK is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the German...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons

AP sources: O’Rourke to make multiple stops in leadoff Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke is planning a series of stops in Iowa beginning Thursday as he nears an announcement on a 2020 White House bid. Two people familiar with O’Rourke’s planning say the former Texas congressman is expected to visit working-class Burlington on the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa. They […]
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Wells Fargo CEO draws bipartisan rebuke at tough House hearing

As CEO Tim Sloan laid out his efforts to clean up the mess left from the bank’s scandals, lawmakers suggested regulators and other authorities should be harder on the firm, potentially forcing out more executives or bringing criminal charges.
Tags: Business, News, House, Wells Fargo, Nation & World Politics, Tim Sloan

Pence Met Privately With GOP Senators To Thwart Senate Defeat On Emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House labored Tuesday to prevent a high-profile congressional rejection of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border, or at least reduce the number of Republican senators joining Democrats to thwart him. Vice President Mike Pence met privately at the Capitol with a handful of GOP senators, hoping to persuade them to stand by Trump in a showdown vote set for Thursday. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block ...
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Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – Politics live

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 10.20pm GMT An interesting line – unconfirmed, of course – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:I am hearing that @theresa_may and most - but not all - cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other directi...
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Some Republicans Now Want Gun Confiscation

Opinion. Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings in Favor of Gun Confiscation. Let’s Generate a Massive Outcry Against Gun Confiscation Orders in the Senate! Republicans Now Want Gun Confiscation Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s been said quite often that Republicans are the “Stupid Party.” Well, the party of stupid has struck again, and “Exhibit A” is the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Based on what Graham is doing...
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White House Spokesman Discusses Path Ahead For Trump's National Emergency Declaration

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with White House spokesman Adam Kennedy about the path ahead for President Trump's emergency declaration to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Tags: News, Mexico, White House, Npr, Trump, Audie Cornish, Adam Kennedy

A new book claims that Trump wanted Jared and Ivanka fired

According to excerpts from the forthcoming book "Kushner Inc." obtained by New York Times, President Trump told former Chief of Staff John Kelly he wanted Ivanka and Jared Kushner gone. The White House is denying these reports, calling the book "completely false."
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Key House Democrat: Trump Made ‘Shameful Attempt’ to Interfere With AT&T-Time Warner Merger

WASHINGTON — Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said President Donald Trump made a “shameful attempt” to interfere in the review of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, as he and Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) seek records of contacts between the White House and the Justice Department over the transaction. Cicilline’s comments came during his opening remarks […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, White House, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Judiciary Committee, David Cicilline, Cicilline, AT&T-Time Warner, Time Warner Merger, Jerry Nadler, Sprint-T-Mobile

Joshua Tree to expand and 716,000 acres gain protection as Trump signs lands package

A years-long bipartisan effort to protect Southern California’s desert has paid off. President Donald Trump signed a national public lands package Tuesday, March 12, that includes legislation protecting 716,000 acres in Southern California. The land includes off-highway vehicle recreation areas, open space and wilderness in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, and expands Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks. The Southern California legislation was written by Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, an...
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After study, federal judiciary revises codes of conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal judiciary on Tuesday revised its codes of conduct for judges and judicial employees to more clearly spell out inappropriate workplace behavior, including sexual harassment. The changes also make clear that judges and judiciary employees have a responsibility to report misconduct and that retaliating against anyone for reporting misconduct is unacceptable. […]
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Brexit: May defeated by 391 votes to 242 as MPs reject revised deal – Politics live

Speaking after defeat, May says there will be free vote on Wednesday on no-deal BrexitFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 8.05pm GMT Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is still taking questions. MPs have been repeatedly trying to get her to say what length article 50 extension the government will propose, if the debate goes ahead on Thursday, but she has refused to say. 8.04pm GMT This i...
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White House tries to avert Senate defeat on border emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is trying to prevent a high-profile congressional rejection of President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southwest border, or at least reduce the number of Republican senators voting against him. Vice President Mike Pence met privately Tuesday at the Capitol with a handful of GOP senators in […]
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WH Cheers Pelosi On Impeachment: ‘Glad’ She ‘Sees What The Rest Of Us See’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cheered Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) recent admission that President Trump isn’t “worth” impeaching. “ I’m glad that she  sees what the rest of us see,  that there is no reason, no  cause for impeachment,” she said during an interview with Fox News Tuesday. “ The President has done an  incredible job in his first two  years in office.  The country is better than it  has been in decades and we are  actually making progre...
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Head Of National Cancer Institute Will Temporarily Take Over FDA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Cancer Institute will temporarily take charge of the Food and Drug Administration next month after the departure of its current chief. The appointment Tuesday of Dr. Ned Sharpless comes a week after Scott Gottlieb unexpectedly announced his resignation. Sharpless currently heads the National Institutes of Health’s cancer division, which directs billions in federal funding and grants for research. His name has been circulated as one of several governme...
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Venezuela: Guaidó under investigation for 'sabotage' of power grid

Thursday’s blackout left most of Venezuela in the darkUS pulls staff as Maduro accuses Trump of ‘demonic’ plot Venezuelans head to collect water from a sewage canal at the river Guaire in Caracas. President Nicolás Maduro has alleged a US attack crippled the country’s electrical system. Photograph: Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images Venezuela’s chief prosecutor has asked the country’s supreme court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaidó for alleged involvement in the “sabotage...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, US, Syria, Cnn, Afghanistan, Britain, United States, Venezuela, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Saab, Trump, Caracas, Maduro

Trump’s national monument changes return to spotlight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As Democrats in Congress prepare to scrutinize President Donald Trump’s review of 27 national monuments, most of the recommendations made by ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke remain unfinished, seemingly stuck on the backburner as other matters consume the White House. Trump acted quickly in December 2017 on Zinke’s recommendations to shrink […]
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The Emerging Democratic Minority

The biases of the media are so pervasive that there is little recognition of the steady disintegration of the Democrats, though it is occurring every day. Rational and intelligent members of the center-Left write to me every week with new concerns about where the Left is going. The Democratic National Committee’s decision not to allow Fox News to put on one of their candidates’ debates confirms the weakness of the party and of its leaders. The process of atomizing society into smaller and smalle...
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British parliament rejects Brexit deal again, this time by 149 votes

Prime Minister Theresa May's "Brexit" deal with the EU crashed to defeat for the second time Tuesday. Even with the now-likely prospect of Britain exiting the EU without a deal (or not exiting it at all) the sprawling agreement fell 149 votes short in the House of Commons. The PM said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave without a deal on 29 March and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed. She said the EU would need to know what use any extension would be put to...
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Ministers urged to help UK families of foreign fighters in Syria

Conditions in al-Hawl camp, where Shamima Begum’s baby died, described as ‘dire’The UK government is being urged to move rapidly to help stranded families of British foreign fighters in Syria, including giving them access to cash, aid and indirect advice on how to return from British-funded aid agencies working in Syria.Thousands more Islamic State fighters and their families surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday, placing a fresh burden on the overcrowded al-Hawl...
Tags: Politics, UK, Islamic State, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Jeremy Hunt, Shamima Begum, Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, al Hawl

Brexit: May faces fresh defeat as MPs vote on revised deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons after Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 7.14pm GMT This is from the Labour MP Paul Sweeney.Massive majority from across the House of Commons voting down the Prime Minister's deal yet again. pic.twitter.com/FuWvNX7QjJ 7.11pm GMT From the Telegraph’s Christopher HopeDUP MPs have now voted in the No lobby. One MP w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Telegraph, Northern Irish politics

Trump signs major public lands, conservation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging public lands bill that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The legislation enacted Tuesday also permanently adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and reauthorizes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. It’s […]
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Lawmaker complains of “vile messages” after past comments about electrocuting gay people resurface

In one post, Lisonbee said electric shock therapy is "horrifying" but shouldn't be considered "torture" if used to try to change someone's sexual orientation.
Tags: Utah, Politics, Lifestyle, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Antigay, Homophobic, Homophobe, Karianne Lisonbee, Lisonbee

Andrew Yang on why universal basic income won't make people lazy

2020 Democratic president candidate Andrew Yang discussed his views on universal basic income with The Fifth Column.Andrew Yang is the only candidate who's made universal basic income central to his platform.His 'Freedom Dividend' plan aims to give every American – no matter their income – $1,000 a month. None A crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential election candidates has left many executive hopefuls wasting no time trying to distinguish themselves. But while some are focusing on identi...
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Question of the Week: Do you consider gender when evaluating presidential candidates?

If a political candidate happens to be a woman, does that make a difference to you? Perhaps more specifically, if a candidate for president is a woman, does that make you more inclined to vote for her? That’s our Question of the Week for readers. Other democracies — including one, India, even larger than our own, with Indira Gandhi — have had national leaders who are women for generations. No world politician loomed larger on the late 20th-century stage than Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, and Ther...
Tags: Australia, Opinion, White House, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Sport, Thailand, Britain, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher, Editorials, Liberia, Brazil

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