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    London (CNN Business)After a quick bout of nerves, Wall Street is ready to restart the party.What's happening: In testimony before Congress this week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reassured lawmakers that the central bank doesn't plan to raise interest rates or taper bond purchases any time soon. His remarks allowed investors to brush aside their recent jitters.The Dow notched another record high on Wednesday as it nears the 32,000 mark. Shares of Tesla (TSLA), which have struggled this month, jumped 6%. The electric carmaker, which is richly valued at 1,193 times earnings, has become a barometer for risk-taking sentiment in markets. Powell delivered a carefully calibrated message to members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, reiterating that the economic recovery has a long way to go. Wall Street has been increasingly worried that a strong recovery later this year could trigger a spike in prices as people book vacations...
    Former D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s pick for attorney general, said Monday that he is “very concerned” about “foreign terrorist organizations” targeting America. Garland expressed his concerns during the first day of his confirmation hearing, where he testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham asked Garland whether he is worried “that Al Qaeda and ISIS types” will “try to hit” America again, particularly in light of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “I am very concerned that foreign terrorist organizations will try to hit us again, yes,” Garland replied. “I don’t know enough at this point about the capabilities of those two but it really does not matter which foreign terrorists – the terrible thing is the attack. As I said in my opening statement, with all of the other things the Justice Department has...
    President Joe Biden gave one of his first major media appearances since taking office to CNN, and it was a disaster to say the least. He managed to suggest that minorities don’t know how to use the internet, that China’s oppression of Uighurs is the result of different “cultural norms” and that there was no COVID vaccine before he took office. Meanwhile, CNN also announced that host Chris Cuomo would no longer be able to interview his brother, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but defended their decision to have him do so at the height of the pandemic last summer. Amber Athey is covering it all on this week’s episode of Unfit to Print. WATCH:  LISTEN:  LISTEN:  Thanks for watching and check out past episodes of the podcast: Unfit To Print Episode 87: Cuomo Denies Cover-Up, TJ Ducklo Resigns, Lincoln Project Implodes Unfit To Print Episode 86:...
    Savannah Rychcik February 18, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead House impeachment manager, is pointing to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment as a way to bar former President Donald Trump from ever holding office again. During ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast on Wednesday, Raskin said, “Donald Trump’s status as a political actor in America is very dubious because of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment which says that people who engaged in armed insurrection and rebellion against the union after swearing an oath to us shall not be able to hold public office again.” Raskin mentioned the way the amendment was designed to be used after the Civil War. “Donald Trump is right in, you know, the bullseye middle of that group and so, he really does fulfill exactly the constitutional prohibition there,” he explained. Listen to his remarks below: He was asked if...
    BRITS will never go to work with a cough a cold again as it will be deemed "socially unacceptable", a top health boss has warned. That means that if you've got the sniffles or are suffering from a seasonal cough or cold then you could be forced to work from home. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3An expert today stated that you might not be able to go to work if you have a cough or coldCredit: Getty Images - Getty Professor Dame Angela McLean today told the Science and Technology Select Committee that coronavirus vaccines wouldn't be enough for life to return to normal. Vaccines to fight Covid-19 have been hailed as the "way out of the pandemic" by ministers. So far across the UK over 15.5 million people have received a first dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech jab or the Oxford/AstraZeneca...
    SNOGGING a stranger or sharing a drink could be a thing of the past for millions of adults once the pandemic is over. A study of 2,000 adults found moving forward, eight in 10 will consciously try not to share items with other people, while 73 per cent will now always maintain a social distance from those they don’t know. 2A study has found that some people will think twice about kissing strangers after the pandemicCredit: Getty Images - Getty One quarter of adults won’t reach into someone else’s crisp bag for a handful and a third will no longer sneak a bite out of another’s sandwich. Using make-up samples in a store, borrowing someone else’s lip balm and standing close to someone in a queue are also things Brits will avoid. While 25 per cent can't see themselves surrounded by others in a busy pub again even after all...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed his continued fealty to Donald Trump on Saturday morning, as he revealed plans to let the disgraced dictator off the hook for the Jan. 6 insurrection. McConnell, like 45 other Senate Republicans, continues to hide behind the fake “constitutionality” defense, which hinges on whether or not an impeachment trial can be held after the subject has left public office. McConnell, of course, also famously refused to hold the impeachment trial while Trump was still in office, and thus made this ridiculous non-defense copout possible.  The announcement comes even as Colorado Rep. Jaime Herrera Butler and other Republicans came out to confirm that Trump knew Pence was in danger and did not care, most vividly illustrated by a nasty call with a frantic Kevin McCarthy, where the one-term tyrant mocked the House Minority Leader’s distress. This revelation also comes even as multiple senators—Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, and...
    Nikki Haley says she doesn’t believe former President Donald Trump will run for office again because “he’s fallen so far.” The former UN ambassador — whose name has been floated as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2024 — distanced herself from her one-time boss in a new interview with Politico Magazine. “He’s not going to run for federal office again,” Haley told the publication. Pressed on whether Trump will spend the next four years gearing up for another run, she replied, “I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.” She then alluded to Trump’s alleged responsibility in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, a siege that left five people, including a Capitol Police officer, dead. “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley added. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we...
    More On: Nikki Haley Trump alludes to 2024 run during farewell speech Ex-U.N. Ambassador calls Trump disappointing since election Nikki Haley calls on Biden to keep some of Trump’s foreign policies Nikki Haley says Biden OMB pick is ‘deeply concerning’ Nikki Haley says she doesn’t believe former President Donald Trump will run again for office because “he’s fallen so far.” The former UN ambassador — whose name has been floated as a potential presidential candidate in 2024 — distanced herself from her one-time boss in a new interview with Politico Magazine. “He’s not going to run for federal office again,” Haley told the publication. Pressed on whether Trump will spend the next four years gearing up for another run, she replied, “I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.” She then alluded to Trump’s alleged responsibility in...
    Twitter’s blacklisting of Donald Trump is permanent, even if he returns to political office, according to a statement from a top Twitter executive. “The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” said Twitter’s chief financial officer, Ned Segal, in a recent interview on CNBC. The CFO claimed that the former President was “inciting violence” on the platform, but provided no evidence to support his claim. “Whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.” Twitter’s decision to ban Trump from the platform while he was still President, an act that precipitated similar actions from other tech giants, drew outrage...
    Former President Donald Trump will not be permitted back on Twitter even if he runs again for office and wins, according to the company's chief financial officer.Asked during an interview on CNBC Wednesday whether Trump's tweeting privileges could be restored if he wins the presidency again, CFO Ned Segal clarified that Trump's ban is permanent."The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform," he said, "whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back."The statement comes amid Trump's impeachment trial in Congress. If he is acquitted, Trump would not be barred from seeking the presidency or another federal office.EMBED More...
    Twitter's Chief Financial Officer said Wednesday that Donald Trump would not be allowed back on platform even if he were to run for office again.  Ned Segal told CNBC that the former president's suspension will not be overturned, adding: 'When you are removed from the platform you are removed from the platform, whether you are a commentator, you're a CFO or you are a former or current public official.' But asked about Washington looking into social media regulation Segal insisted the company 'want to see speech...and user's points of view protected'.  Segal told the network: 'We believe in transparency and choice and we think we have a really important voice around this conversation.'  Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The site also banned more than 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation, including some of his high profile supporters. The former president faces his...
    A bill being debated in the City Council would ban ex-pols convicted of public corruption from running for office again — which, if passed, would have an immediate effect on former Councilman Hiram Monserrate. The proposed law comes as Monserrate is making yet another comeback bid for his old Council seat this year. The bill says politicians convicted of crimes involving the theft of taxpayer dollars or misuse of their public office would be disqualified from running for mayor and other citywide offices, borough president or Council. In 2012, Monserrate pled guilty to misappropriating public funds earmarked for not-for-profit group during his time as a City Councilman and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Monserrate has been trying to return to elected office since he was expelled from the state Senate in 2010 after also being convicted of a misdemeanor assault charge involving his ex-girlfriend. The ex-con...
    Republican North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer said Wednesday that if he were a Democrat he would hope that former President Donald Trump would be able to run for office again to “better” Democrats’ election chances. Cramer appeared on MSNBC’s special coverage of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, alongside hosts Stephanie Ruhle, Hallie Jackson, and Katy Turn. Ruhle began by claiming that the impeachment trial is not holding up any of President Joe Biden’s plans for his first 100 days and asked Cramer what the consequences for Trump should be for “ramping up the rhetoric” about the 2020 election. (RELATED: Jake Tapper Believes Nothing ‘Would Be Different’ In The Senate If Pence Was Killed In Riot) “First of all, remember the president has already lost the election, so he’s been removed from office and this happened subsequent, obviously, to that,” Cramer responded. “In terms of the responsibility he bears, it’s...
    Bradley Cortright February 10, 2021 0 Comments House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is encouraging senators to vote to convict former President Donald Trump and bar him from holding future office. Schiff was asked during an appearance on CNN on Tuesday night what he would like the Republican senators to know about how they vote on whether or not to convict Trump. “You know, the job is just not that important. If the worry here is losing a primary election, there are worse things in the world. And to me, the worst thing in the world is not to do your constitutional duty,” Schiff said. He went on to warn that if the Senate votes to acquit Trump, the former president could incite violence again. “If they don’t disqualify this president after committing the most egregious constitutional crime in history, and he runs again, we will fully have...
    Former President Donald Trump will not be allowed back on Twitter even if he runs for office in the future, a Twitter official said. The former president was barred from a litany of social media platforms following the deadly riot at the Capitol, which occurred on Jan. 6 as Congress was certifying President Biden's electoral victory. The former commander in chief has no avenue to regain his account on the platform even if he runs for president in 2024, Twitter CFO Ned Segal said. "So, the way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. And so, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service, and our policies don’t allow...
    Stormy Daniels says her legal 's**tstorm' is 'about to kick off again' now that Donald Trump is out of office, as her lawyers try to revive a defamation case against the former president in the Supreme Court.  The adult film star, who was paid $130,000 by Michael Cohen to keep quiet about her claims of a sexual encounter with Trump, said legal correspondence had started 'blowing up again' the day after Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.   Speaking to Cohen on his podcast Mea Culpa, Daniels repeated the claim at the center of her lawsuit - alleging that a man threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to keep quiet about the sexual encounter she claims she had with Trump.  She is also getting calls from Michael Avenatti's defense team ahead of her former lawyer's trial for allegedly cheating her out of proceeds from her book.  'My battle is...
    Savannah Rychcik February 8, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is sharing his thoughts on whether former President Donald Trump should be able to hold office again. Biden was asked on Monday if Trump should lose his “political rights.” “He got an offer to come and testify, he decided not to,” Biden told reporters. “Let the Senate work that out.” Watch his comments below: President Biden on whether Trump should lose his political power by impeachment: “We’ll let the Senate work that out.” pic.twitter.com/R18bQ2NMpy— The Recount (@therecount) February 8, 2021 During an interview with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell, Biden explained why he is also not in favor of Trump receiving intelligence briefings, as IJR reported. “Because of his erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection,” he said. He was asked what his worst fear is if Trump still receives intelligence briefings. “I’d rather not speculate out...
    According to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday, most Americans believe that President Donald Trump should be convicted in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial and barred from ever holding office again. Nearly all surveyed Democrats, more than a half of independent voters and 15 percent of Republicans said that the upper chamber should convict the former commander-in-chief and prohibit him from holding federal office in the future. Last month, Trump became the first president in American history to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives charged him with inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government. The evenly-split Senate is expected to acquit Trump, since most Republican lawmakers have gone on the record deeming the trial unconstitutional. In recent days, most of the attention on Capitol Hill was not focused on Trump, but on Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has been condemned for promoting far-right conspiracy theories...
    More than half of Americans now say they support the Senate convicting former President Donald Trump and barring him from holding federal office again, a new poll has found. The poll, released by ABC News and Ipsos on Sunday, comes just days before Trump’s second impeachment trial is set to begin on February 9. It found that 56 percent of Americans believe Trump should be convicted and banned from holding office again, while 43 percent say he should not be. The results provide a stark contrast to public attitudes from the early days of his first impeachment trial, with support for Trump’s senate conviction higher now, just over a year later. According to an ABC/Washington Post poll published in January 2020, while the first trial was underway, only 47 percent said Trump should be removed from office and 49 percent said he shouldn’t be.  In the latest poll, support and opposition...
    Republicans are quickly losing interest in President Donald Trump running for president again in 2024.  In new polling conducted by Echelon Insights, 45 per cent of GOP-leaning voters in January said they wanted to see Trump run for the White House again in four years, down from the 65 per cent who said so in December.   The January 6 insurrection may have played a role in the 20-point dip as January polling found that even 30 per cent of Republicans wanted to see the ex-president barred from holding office again after the MAGA riot.   Republicans are losing interest in having President Donald Trump run for the White House again in 2024 Prior to the January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection, 65 per cent of Republicans wanted to see former President Donald Trump run in 2024. In January, that number fell to 45 per cent  About a third of Republicans...
    Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is set to begin next week as he faces allegations of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol that took place on Jan. 6, the same day Trump spoke at a massive rally and encouraged a protest, claiming there was fraud in the 2020 election. The Senate has never heard an impeachment trial for a president who was no longer in office. Democrats supporting impeachment claim it is necessary in order to bar Trump from ever running again. This raises the question: If Trump is convicted, will he be prohibited from seeking the presidency again? The answer, like with many legal and political questions, is maybe. SENATE REPUBLICANS WILL BE 'VERY UNITED' AGAINST CONVICTING TRUMP AFTER HE LEFT OFFICE: GRAHAM "Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or...
    DONALD Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for a FOURTH time by an Estonian official, for “not starting any wars” while he was in office. Jaak Madison, a member of right-wing populist party EKRE, claimed he nominated the former president for having contributed to ensuring stability in the Middle East. 4Former president Donald Trump has received a raft of nominations for the prizeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Deputy chairman of the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) Jaak MadisonCredit: AFP - Getty "Donald Trump is the first president of the United States in the last thirty years, whose office the country has not started any war," the MEP stated in a Facebook post, which cited his nomination application. "In addition, several peace agreements have been made under his leadership in the Middle East, which has helped ensure stability in the region and peace." Israel and the United...
    A BIPARTISAN team of US senators is plotting a fallback plan to have Donald Trump blocked from holding office ever again as his impending impeachment trial appears increasingly ‘doomed’. Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Susan Collins are urging support for a vote to censure former President Donald Trump as it appears the Senate is unlikely to convict him on the House impeachment article. 3Democrat Tim Kaine is pushing for a censure vote he believes could stop Trump holding office ever againCredit: Getty - Contributor 3Republican Senator Susan Collins has joined Tim Kaine in a bipartisan push to punish TrumpCredit: EPA 3The impeachment trail against Donald Trump is looking increasingly likely to fail to result in convictionCredit: AFP - Getty Although a majority of the Senate voted this week to proceed with a trial, the 55-45 vote falls short of the two-thirds that would be required to convict. The vote was...
    Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Monday on MSNBC’s “Live” said that Democrats were impeaching former President Donald Trump, so he is convicted in the Senate, which includes a penalty of disqualification from office. Jackson asked, “Do you plan to address the constitutional authority as has been raised by some of these Republicans for the House to bring an impeachment against somebody and for the Senate to convict somebody who is no longer serving?” Swalwell said, “It’s constitutional. The Senate is steeped in tradition and custom, and I think it would be persuasive to them that they have actually done this before. They have held a trial for somebody who was no longer in office.” Jackson said, “You’re talking about the secretary of war?” Swalwell said, “That’s right, Secretary of War, Belknap, we will all hear that name more than we probably want, but it’s because the Founders put as one of the...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace let out a chuckle at Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to a question about whether former President Donald Trump should be barred from running for office again. With impeachment articles on charges of inciting the Jan. 6 riot moving from the House to the Senate on Monday and a trial expecting in the coming weeks, a conviction, which would require at least 67 votes, would prevent Trump from running for the presidency again in 2024. “What about the argument that it would be useful from the point of view of people who think that what the president did was wrong to ban him from seeking public office again, which would be one of the results of holding this trial?” Wallace asked Rubio during a Sunday morning interview on “Fox News Sunday.” WATCH: “I think that’s an arrogant statement for anyone to make,” Rubio...
    During Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Cross Connection,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, argued Congress should attempt to multitask with former President Donald Trump’s impeachment and pass COVID-19 relief. According to Hirono, the aim of impeachment was to hold Trump accountable for the “violent insurrection” and prevent him from running for office again. “It’s very clear, Tiffany, that we need to not only hold the president accountable through an impeachment trial but to get on with passing a COVID relief bill,” she said. “And we can do both. Much of this depends on Mitch McConnell’s willingness to do the right thing for the American people. So, that’s where we are, Tiffany. I know we can do both. All it takes is will on the parts of the Republicans at this point.  Whether 17 of them will go along to convict this president of what...
    In an interview with Newsmax on Saturday, constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz said that it would be “illegal” to bar former President Donald Trump from ever holding office again. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached Trump last week, claiming that he incited an insurrection against the U.S. government when he directed his supporters to storm the Capitol building in order to stop the certification of Electoral College results in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats are expected to send their impeachment articles to the Senate next week and even though they most likely won’t have the votes to convict Trump they could, at least in theory, pass a measure barring him from launching a comeback campaign in four years. Dershowitz described this initiative as “an attempt to simply control the electoral process in 2024” and clarified that he will not be involved in the trial because it is nothing but “political...
    Democratic senators are floating the idea of using the 14th amendment to bar former President Donald Trump from holding a public office again, the Hill reported Friday. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that no public official who has taken an oath to the Constitution may hold public office again after having “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” The House has officially charged Trump with “incitement of insurrection” in his second impeachment on January 14, but he has yet to be convicted of the charge in the Senate. Democratic senators including Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, told the Hill that the 14th Amendment was, in their view, on the table. However, it’s unclear how realistic the move would be. (RELATED: POLL: 9 In 10 Democrats Want Trump Convicted — And Less...
    Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe star in "A Quiet Place Part II."Paramount Pictures "A Quiet Place Part II" is the latest Hollywood film to push its global box office release as the coronavirus pandemic rages on in the U.S. This is the third time the film has been postponed due to the outbreak. Paramount's post-apocalyptic thriller is now set to debut on Sept. 17. The film was most recently expected to hit theaters on April 23. The film is the much anticipated sequel to John Krasinski's directorial debut "A Quiet Place," which introduced moviegoers to a world in which deadly, but blind creatures hunt based only on sound. The film featured actress Emily Blunt, in a leading role alongside deaf teen actress Millicent Simmonds and a young English actor named Noah Jupe. All three return for the sequel. The first "A Quiet Place," which had a budget of...
    Last week, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached former President Donald Trump for the second time, accusing him of inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government. The articles of impeachment have yet to be sent to the Senate and Trump’s fate remains unclear. According to a Friday report from The Hill, however, some Democrats are considering using the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to prevent him from ever holding office again. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that “the remedies of the 14th Amendment certainly may be appropriate for someone who incites an insurrection as Donald Trump did,” but stressed that talk of barring the former commander-in-chief from holding office was still hypothetical. Blumenthal’s fellow Connecticuter Chris Murphy said that using the 14th Amendment was “certainly a possibility,” but described it as an “avenue separate and aside from impeachment.” Sen. Tim Kaine...
    Stephen Bannon Bryan Smith/Getty Images Stephen Bannon, the former White House adviser to President Donald Trump, will only receive a brief reprieve from the law as a result of the pardon Trump granted him during his final hours in office, Trump consigliere Roger Stone predicted Thursday, before prosecutors slap him with a new charge for money laundering. “Bannon will be charged with money laundering along with another foreign-born individual soon,” Stone wrote in a post on his blog, Stone Cold Truth. Bannon served as Trump’s campaign chief briefly in 2016 and as chief strategist in his White House in 2017. The duo spent subsequent years trading insults. Bannon was quoted complaining about the president’s adult children in a book by author Michael Wolfe, including the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who Bannon said was “dumb as a brick,” and son, Donald Trump Jr., who Bannon claimed had committed “treason.” Trump responded by calling Bannon “Sloppy Steve”...
    Flags of U.S. and China are displayed at American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC)'s booth during China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing, China, May 28, 2019.Jason Lee | Reuters BEIJING — In the wake of U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration, China is talking up hope for better relations with Washington — but also warning there will be consequences to challenging the Chinese government's sovereignty. On Friday, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a tweet: "'A new day for #US', as said by American media. We wish the same for #China_US relations." "The two peoples have suffered & hope to see ties return to the right track at an early date," she said. In the 36 hours after the inauguration, the foreign ministry and state media mostly focused on new sanctions prohibiting 28 people — including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former White House trade...
    (CNN)US President Joe Biden will rightly spend his first days in office addressing the myriad domestic crises that he has inherited from his predecessor, Donald Trump. However, the transfer of power in the most powerful elected office in the world usually means a change in foreign policy, too.And if President Biden's inaugural address is anything to go by, the global focus for the next four years will chiefly be to restore the world's trust in America after the chaotic foreign policy of the one-term Trump administration.In his address, Biden spoke of a moment of "renewal and resolve," and described his victory as "the triumph of a cause, the cause of democracy." But what will the 46th American president do to heal democracy around the world that Trump seemingly went out of his way to undermine and wound?World leaders welcome Biden Throughout his address, Biden repeated the importance of restoring unity...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday repeated the widely-held belief among his leftist colleagues that President Donald Trump should “not be eligible to run for office ever again,” a goal they hope to achieve as part of the forthcoming Senate impeachment trial. “After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday, the last full day of Trump’s presidency. “Let me be clear: There will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors. If the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him again,” the New York Democrat continued. While many Democrats originally called on Congress to remove Trump from office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)...
    A majority of Americans want President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE to be barred from running for office in the future, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill.  Fifty-seven percent of U.S. voters said they believe that Trump’s single term in the White House should be both the beginning and end of his career in electoral politics. Another 43 percent said they do not want to see the soon-to-be former president banned from seeking elected office in the future. The findings add to the complicated political outlook Trump faces after he relinquishes the White House to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate must convict President Trump of an impeachment charge in order to bar him using the prospect of a 2024 campaign to “poison the public arena” for the new Democratic White House and Congress. “After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again,” the New York Democrat said Tuesday. Schumer will become the majority leader Wednesday afternoon after three new Senate Democrats are seated and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris becomes the 51st Democratic vote in a new 50-50 Senate. Schumer made clear the Senate will hold an impeachment trial, although Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has not indicated when she’ll send the House-passed article over to the Senate. “Let me be clear,” Schumer said. “There will be an impeachment trial in the United...
    Bradley Cortright January 19, 2021 0 Comments Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says President Donald Trump should be disqualified from ever running for office again due to what he sees as the president’s role in inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. “After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again,” Schumer said during a speech on Tuesday. He continued, “All of us want to put this awful chapter in our nation’s history behind us. But healing and unity will only come if there is truth and accountability, not sweeping such a severe charge, such awful actions under the rug.” “So let me be clear, there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors. And if the president...
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Graham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE should not be eligible to run for office again, and vowed to try to bar him from doing so if the Senate convicts him. "After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again," Schumer said from the Senate floor. "Let me be clear: There will be an impeachment trial in the United...
    While some members of Congress have claimed that President Trump's impeachment and swift conviction are necessary to keep him from serving out the final days of his term, others have acknowledged that they are focused on keeping him from ever running again. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor before the vote on impeachment that Trump "must go" and that he is "a clear and present danger," but remarks from her colleagues indicate they are concerned about what they view as a potential future threat. SEN. GRAHAM URGES BIDEN TO 'STAND DOWN' ON 'SCARLET LETTER' TRUMP IMPEACHMENT "One of the other purposes of impeachment, in this case, is to make sure that President Trump is not able to run for federal office again, that he’s not able to seek the presidency," Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told CNN's "State of...
    And no one would be more deserving. Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has succeeded again in obstructing vital action for the future of the nation. In this case it’s the conviction of Donald Trump, with McConnell refusing to reconvene the Senate to hold the impeachment hearings and conviction vote until after Trump is gone. One thing that will undoubtedly do is spur conservative commentators, and probably no small number of Republican senators, to insist you can't impeach and convict a former president. Well, you can. At least the legal minds at Just Security say so: "The Constitution provides that the President 'shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,' but it says nothing about the timing of when the impeachment and trial may take place." The Constitution leaves that possibility open, probably for one key reason—to make sure that an...
    Thursday during an appearance on “CNN Tonight,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said while she was skeptical Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was going to work toward whipping his members to convict President Donald Trump in impeachment proceedings, she argued the effort was still important to prevent a future Trump run for president. Hirono told CNN’s Don Lemon this impeachment bid was different from the failed effort from Democrats a year ago. “I don’t think they’ll all fall in line,” she said. “I don’t think that Mitch McConnell is going to whip his caucus, and he has got a pretty divided caucus. You know, the thing is, Don, that thing impeachment trial, which is very different from the first impeachment trial, is this trial, we were all witnesses. We were there. We heard the president. We heard what he said. We saw what...
    A majority of Americans say President Donald Trump bears at least partial responsibility for last week's attack on Capitol Hill and that they don't want him to run for office again. The new poll from Washington Post/ABC News shows a crisis for Trump's legacy in his final days in office with a large number of Americans disapproving of his actions as he prepares to exit the White House. Seven in 10 say Trump is partially responsible for the MAGA riot in the Capitol that left five dead and a trail of destruction throughout the building. Democrats impeached Trump a second time this week - this time on the charge he violated his oath of office by inciting the mob.  And 56 per cent want Congress to prevent Trump from running for office again. If Trump is found guilty by the Senate, he would not be allowed to seek another term...
    The horrific events at the Capitol on Jan. 6 left House Democrats determined to impeach President Trump quickly, and they did so on Jan. 13 with the help of 10 Republicans, 232-197. But legal scholars and senators are debating whether the Senate can follow through with the customary impeachment trial and vote on whether to convict Trump since lawmakers won't even consider the matter until Trump is out of office. "The Senate does indeed have the power to conduct a Senate impeachment trial after the president leaves office," Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, told the Washington Examiner. "The Constitution does not place a time limit when a trial must be held, and there are three previous impeachments and trials that were done after officials left office. That's a strong foundation for the trial to proceed on Jan. 21." Many legal scholars and...
    Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKinzinger says he is 'in total peace' after impeachment vote McConnell: Trump impeachment trial to start after Biden sworn in McConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump MORE (R-Alaska) said this week that she believes it would be "appropriate" to block President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton: Senate lacks authority to hold impeachment trial once Trump leaves office Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will introduce impeachment articles against Biden ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE from holding future office and that she believes he has committed an impeachable offense.  Murkowski hasn't said if she will vote to convict Trump at the end of a Senate trial after a bipartisan coalition in the House impeached Trump for "willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States."  "What I will tell you is that what I believe is that this president has committed...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives a second time, keeping him from holding office again could be Congress’ next step. Every House Democrat and 10 Republicans voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for his role in inciting last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. … There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the House’s No. 3 House GOP leader, wrote in a statement announcing that she would vote for impeachment. On the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said privately he’s through with Trump. But impeachment alone won’t prevent Trump from seeking office in the future. Some questions and answers...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that President Donald Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives a second time, keeping him from holding office again could be Congress’ next step. Every House Democrat and 10 Republicans voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for his role in inciting last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. … There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the House’s No. 3 House GOP leader, wrote in a statement announcing that she would vote for impeachment. On the Senate side, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said privately he’s through with Trump. But impeachment alone won’t prevent Trump from seeking office in the future. Some questions and answers...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., told Fox News Wednesday that President Trump should be legally prevented from holding elected office again as the House impeached him for an unprecedented second time.  Clyburn told "Your World" that Trump did "the worst thing any president of these United States has ever done" when he held a rally on the Ellipse that precipitated last weeks riot at the U.S. Capitol. "We're doing our jobs in the House of Representatives," he told host Neil Cavuto. "It's our job to impeach. Once the impeachment is done, it's up to the Senate to decide whether or not to convict." Clyburn then recalled that  Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., "said in his closing remarks at the first impeachment that [Trump] won't be stopped. He will continue to do what he's been doing all of his life.  Video"And here we are, back to another impeachment because he continued to do what he's always done." Clyburn dismissed the notion that...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump is about to be impeached again -- the first leader in US history to be impeached twice by the House. READ: The House of Representatives article of impeachment against Donald TrumpThe question now is whether he'll become the first President to be convicted by the Senate and removed from office.What's next? Impeachment in a two-part process. The House introduces and passes the articles of impeachment, but the Senate is where the person being impeached faces a trial -- and potential punishment. What does the Constitution say about the Senate's role?Not much. The passage is pretty straightforward. Here it is:Read MoreThe Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two...
    Hollywood celebrities know a lot about promoting pointless sequels. Now they are putting their influencer status to work to promote the Democrats’ latest reboot — the impeachment of President Donald Trump — as the House of Representatives begins proceedings against the president on Wednesday. Stars including Debra Messing, Rob Reiner, Alec Baldwin, Kerry Washington, and The View‘s Sunny Hostin are whipping up impeachment fever on social media, hoping to build up pressure against the president and send an unambiguous message to conservatives around the country. Democrats and some Republicans are accusing the president of leading a coup against the government after a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week. The president told his supporters to protest peacefully and specifically told the rioters to disband and return home “in peace.” That hasn’t stopped the president’s enemies from using the event as an opportunity to push him out of office, just...
    With only a few days left in President Trump's term, Congressional Democrats are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office. Now, Mary Trump, the president's niece, says that Mr. Trump must be held accountable for Wednesday's Capitol assault and "barred from ever running for public office again." In an interview on CBSN's "Red & Blue," Trump told host Elaine Quijano that the riot on Capitol Hill was a "direct result of [the president's] unwillingness to concede the election. His insistence that it was stolen or rigged." "And it was also the direct result of the abject cowardice shown by his own party, and its failure to stand up to his egregious lies around this election," she said. Trump said that, while she was not surprised by the violent events of January 6, she was still "horrified." Trump, a psychologist...
    WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives moved Monday to impeach President Donald Trump in the waning days of his presidency, accusing him of "incitement of insurrection" in last week's storming of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters seeking to overturn his reelection defeat.    Even though Trump's four-year term expires at noon January 20, the four-page impeachment resolution said Trump has "demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law."  The House, with a slim Democratic majority, could vote in next day or two on the impeachment resolution. A total of 218 Democrats have signed on to the impeachment resolution, insuring a majority in the 435-member House without any Republican votes against the outgoing Republican president.  FILE -...
    Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton offered her support for impeaching President Trump a second time, but claimed that the root problem that led to the riot at the Capitol last week – white supremacy – will still remain. In a Washington Post op-ed published Monday, Clinton asserted that the violent protest "was the tragically predictable result of white-supremacist grievances" that she said were fed by Trump's rhetoric. HOUSE DEMOCRATS' QUICK 25TH AMENDMENT PUSH URGING PENCE TO REMOVE TRUMP BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS "Removing Trump from office is essential, and I believe he should be impeached," Clinton wrote. "Members of Congress who joined him in subverting our democracy should resign, and those who conspired with the domestic terrorists should be expelled immediately. But that alone won’t remove white supremacy and extremism from America." House Democrats have already drafted an article of impeachment against Trump for "incitement of insurrection," but their...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday night that one of the motivating factors for some in the new effort to impeach President Trump and remove him from office is to eliminate any chance he has of being elected again. Last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol Building has quickly become one of the greatest challenges to Trump’s presidency. Democrats and some Republicans blame him for his overheated rhetoric leading up to the unrest that led to five deaths and dozens of arrests. ARTICLE OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST TRUMP TO BE INTRODUCED MONDAY IN HOUSE Leslie Stahl, the correspondent, mentioned some of the possible outcomes for Trump to Pelosi and pointed out that there is a chance that he some manages to leave office and run for president again. Pelosi responded that the prospect of Trump running for president again is one of the motivations...
    Nancy Pelosi insisted Sunday that it's imperative Donald Trump be impeached so he cannot run for the White House ever again as she, and other Democrats, fear the president could pardon those involved in the storming of the Capitol in his final days. While some Democrats are pushing for the impeachment route, the House Speaker told '60 Minutes' in an interview that will air Sunday night that she prefers invoking the 25th Amendment because it gets Trump out of office immediately. 'There is a possibility that after all of this, there's no punishment, no consequence, and he could run again for president,' CBS' Lesley Stahl posed to Pelosi in a clip released ahead of airing the full interview. 'And that's one of the motivations that people have for advocating for impeachment,' Pelosi explained. She is, however, concerned that if Trump is not booted from the White House right now, he...
    The unprecedented impeachment effort that Congressional Democrats are mounting against President Trump — as he enters his final 10 days in office — is one for the record books. If the majority-Dem House succeeds in its impeachment vote, which could occur as soon as Wednesday, they’ll win the right to call Trump the only twice-impeached president in American history — and not much else, experts say. The Constitution provides for only two potential punishments if an impeached president is convicted by the Senate: removal from office and disqualification from future “office of honor, trust or profit under the United States,” according to Article I, Section 3. “An impeachment conviction that barred him from ever running again would be the least this democracy could do,” a Senate insider told The Post. But even if the House convicts instantly, without performing any investigation or allowing any defense, the clock cuts against...
    More On: DC Protests 2021 Most Americans want Trump removed from office immediately: poll Pence says to ‘hold your heads high’ in emotional meeting with staffers Rangers star deletes Twitter ‘disgrace’ after Trump ban Pope Francis ‘astonished’ by siege at US Capitol The unprecedented impeachment effort that Congressional Democrats are mounting against President Trump — as he enters his final 10 days in office — is one for the record books. If the majority-Dem House succeeds in its impeachment vote, which could occur as soon as Wednesday, they’ll win the right to call Trump the only twice-impeached president in American history — and not much else, experts say. The Constitution provides for only two potential punishments if an impeached president is convicted by the Senate: removal from office and disqualification from future “office of honor, trust or profit under the United States,” according to Article I, Section 3. “An...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When some Democrats were pushing for President Donald Trump’s impeachment in early 2019, it took around five months for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to back the idea. This time, it only took a day. Pelosi came out strongly Thursday in support of Trump’s removal — either by his own Cabinet or by Congress, if necessary — after pro-Trump supporters violently breached and ransacked the Capitol. The riots Wednesday came after Trump egged on the crowd at a rally near the White House. On Friday, Pelosi told fellow Democrats on a private conference call that “we must take action.” A congressional effort to impeach Trump would be unlikely to remove him from the White House, which he’ll vacate Jan. 20 when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. There’s little chance that the Republican-led Senate would hold a trial and vote on convicting Trump in less...
    (CNN)Our government was created with checks and balances to ensure no President would ever become king. When we fail to hold our elected leaders to account, bad actors are emboldened and abuse of power becomes all the more likely. Julian ZelizerThis is why Democrats are strongly considering impeaching President Donald Trump for a second time. While certain cabinet members have discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, it seems Vice President Mike Pence is unlikely to jump on board. With Pence reluctant to act, Democrats are considering fast-tracking the impeachment process with less than two weeks left before Inauguration Day.The sense of urgency is understandable. This week, President Trump incited an insurrection at the US Capitol. This was the culmination of a monthslong campaign to overturn the 2020 election. President Trump, who refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in September, set...
    House Democrats are racing toward impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police officer dies following riots Donor who gave millions to Hawley urges Senate to censure him for 'irresponsible' behavior Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE for a second time after he incited a mob of his supporters this week to storm the U.S. Capitol and halt Congress’s constitutional duty to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol Police officer dies following riots Rep. Joaquin Castro wants to prevent Federal government from ever naming buildings, property after Trump Tucker Carlson: Trump 'recklessly encouraged' Capitol rioters MORE’s victory. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol Police officer dies following riots Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots Warren claps back at DeVos following resignation announcement: 'Good riddance' MORE (D-Calif.) suggested House lawmakers would move to impeach the president if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials declined to...
    CHUCK Schumer and a Republican rep have urged Mike Pence to force Donald Trump from office as Congress considers impeaching him again. Adam Kinzinger made the announcement on Thursday morning, following a night of chaos at the Capitol. Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news as the US Capitol building is put into lockdown 7Kinzinger released a video on Thursday 7President Trump, pictured with members of his then-cabinet in 2017, could be removed from office via the 25th amendment, according to reportsCredit: Reuters 7Police clash with President Trump's supporters who breached security and entered the Capitol building in Washington D.C on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty "It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked," Kinzinger wrote. The news comes following reports that Republicans are plotting to remove Trump as president. Cabinet secretaries and senior...
    It’s 13 days until the inauguration—at least, we hope it’s 13 days—and it is clear now that we can’t take them. We can’t wait. Donald Trump does not want a peaceful transfer of power? Fine. He must be impeached, again, and removed from office by Monday. Impossible? No. It’s not impossible at all. The House can pound out a couple articles and vote on them fast. They can move it to the Senate. Mitch McConnell can apparently set whatever rules about the trial he wants. The Senate must notify the Chief Justice. He must arrive at 1 p.m. the next day. There are a few other ceremonial requirements like that that may take some time. But, as Lawfare blog detailed at the time of Trump’s first impeachment, “where things turn substantive, they also turn vague, putting a great many important questions in the hands of the chief justice and whatever...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan is ready to have "meaningful" talks with China as equals as long as they are willing to put aside confrontation, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday, offering another olive branch to Beijing in her New Year's speech. Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has ramped up military activity near the island. China says it is responding to "collusion" between Washington and Taipei, angered at growing U.S. support for the self-governed island. Beijing views this a precursor to Taiwan declaring formal independence, a red line for China. Speaking at the presidential office, Tsai said that in the past year, Chinese military activity near Taiwan has threatened peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. "I want to reiterate, that when it comes to cross-strait relations we will not advance rashly and will stick to our principles," Tsai...
    As he begins his final weeks in office, amid a winter surge in coronavirus deaths, President Donald Trump has mentioned to confidants that he’s thinking about resurrecting The Apprentice or The Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show, two people with direct knowledge of the situation, and another person close to the president, tell The Daily Beast. Among his inner orbit of family, political aides, and advisers, it is yet another sign that, despite the president’s public insistence that he won the 2020 election, he recognizes that he has lost and that his ongoing legal crusade to cancel Joe Biden’s victory will come up short. In the past two weeks, the people familiar with the matter note, Trump has casually slipped into conversation lines such as, “How would you like to see The Apprentice come back?” and “Remember The Apprentice?” The president has also bragged about how much of a ratings draw...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court a second time to reinstate a rule that women must pick up an abortion pill in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. The request to the high court Tuesday comes just over a month before President Donald Trump leaves office. The rule has been on hold since July because of the pandemic and the new administration could suspend it during the public health emergency after Joe Biden takes office in January. The administration has suspended similar in-person visits for other drugs, including opioids in some cases, but refused to relax the rules for getting the abortion pill. Last week, a federal judge turned away the administration’s arguments, saying public health risks for patients only have grown worse as COVID-19 cases have set records nationwide. The development of vaccines and improvement in treatments for the virus have not yet “meaningfully altered...
    By Rebecca Rubin | Variety.com LOS ANGELES – Universal’s animated adventure “The Croods: A New Age” led another quiet weekend at the domestic box office. The film generated $3 million in its third weekend of release, bringing its total to $24.1 million. Overseas, “The Croods” sequel earned another $8.4 million for a global tally of $76.3 million. Thanks to an unprecedented agreement that allows Universal Pictures to put new releases on demand within weeks of their theatrical premieres, the studio has been more willing than rivals to unveil smaller-scale movies during the pandemic. That’s resulted in Universal and its specialty label Focus Features dominating over U.S. charts. Three of the top five highest-grossing movies this weekend belong to the Comcast-owned studio. In second place, the Focus Features comedic drama “Half Brothers” brought in $490,000 from 1,386 screens. After two weeks in theaters, the movie has made $1.3 million. Perennial holiday...
    In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe addresses a joint session in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday he’s running for his old job. The move was widely expected. McAuliffe, who left office in 2018, announced his election bid Wednesday during an event at a Richmond elementary school. A fundraising email was sent to supporters even before McAuliffe spoke Wednesday. “To defeat COVID-19 and build an economy that truly works for all Virginians, we can’t just go back to business as usual,” the email said. “We need to think big, be bold, and approach our challenges as never before if we’re going to move the Commonwealth forward. I’m running to be that bold leader.” McAuliffe, once best known as a top Democratic money man and close friend of Bill and Hillary...
    Fardeen Khan is back in town. We mean he was always in town, but you get the drift. Right? The actor had been MIA for quite some time now. But, you might see him on the screen again. The actor was spotted outside casting director, Mukesh Chhabra’s office in Mumbai. Mukesh had recently made his directorial debut with Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Dil Bechara. Well, let us see what Mukesh is able to find for Fardeen’s big comeback. With OTT platforms, the scene is changing in the industry and there is a lot more interesting work for actors. Fardeen Khan Birthday Special: Five Movies Of The Actor That You Can Watch Today. Fardeen had seen the ugly side of the internet. The actor had gained some weight in the past few years, and, of course, we all know how trolls function. All kinds of vile words were thrown at him...
    NEW mums take six months to adjust to going back to work, as they admit the workplace is ‘completely different’ to what they remember.  A study 1,000 new mums found on average women take 10 months of maternity leave, with one in five women in tears just a few days after going back to work.  5A new study has shown their biggest fear is leaving their child with someone elseCredit: Tena The results also showed that 31 per cent of women found it harder returning to their old job, while a quarter said their working environment was nothing like the one they left behind.  But women admitted they too had changed, with one in five admitting they felt their boss and colleagues didn’t understand what they’d been through mentally and physically.  And some 14 per cent revealed they weren’t comfortable sharing medical issues they were grappling with as a result...
    After months in limbo for California’s young drivers, the Department of Motor Vehicles is again scheduling behind-the-wheel tests. Learner’s permit holders who need more time to complete the required practice hours have been given another extension. Under the recent announcement, behind-the-wheel driving tests can be scheduled through the agency’s website. The DMV is not yet making new appointments for other reasons. Drivers under 18 Before they can take the driving test for a license, drivers under 18 must have had a learner’s permit for six months and completed 50 hours of supervised practice, including six hours with a licensed instructor. A learner’s permit usually expires after a year, but the DMV has issued extensions. Permits with an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021, can be extended six months past that date or 24 months past the date of application, whichever is earlier. The holder can continue...
    A convicted Jersey Shore child porn collector was caught doing it again, federal authorities said Monday. Andrew Ramey, 34, of Brick, began trafficking images of "child sexual abuse and child pornography" via the BitTorrent Network in March, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said Monday. A raid of Ramey's home on Friday turned up "multiple images and videos containing images of child sexual abuse, as well as BitTorrent software," on his cellphone, Carpenito said. Ramsey, who already had a federal conviction for child porn possession, was arrested on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, the U.S. attorney said. A federal magistrate judge in Trenton ordered him detained without bail during a videoconference.  Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security's Homeland Security Investigations Atlantic City bureau, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and police from Brick and Mount Laurel with the investigation and arrest. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander E....
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after he came into contact with someone infected with COVID-19 — seven months after his bout with the virus. The 56-year-old leader was notified Sunday by government health officials that he was exposed to the virus, and said he will self-quarantine at his Downing Street residence, the Mirror reported. “The Prime Minister has today been notified by National Health Service Test and Trace that he is required to self-isolate as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19,” his office said. Johnson is not experiencing any symptoms, but his office said he “will follow the rules and is self-isolating.” He had attended a meeting Thursday with members of parliament, including Lee Anderson, a Conservative party politician who later tested positive for the virus, the Mirror reported. The prime minister already became sick back in March with the virus, which landed him...
    Amid all the uncertainty about what comes next for the nation, there is little clarity about what comes next for Donald Trump. The nation’s 45th president leaves office at age 74 as one of just four U.S. presidents to be defeated after a single term, reportedly millions in debt, but with millions of supporters having rallied to his side. The traditional modern path for a post president is to retreat from the limelight, perhaps score a book deal, and dedicate himself to working on a library and legacy – with the occasional paid speech to boost their lifestyle. In the case of President Trump, he returns to ‘normal life’ having come into office as a celebrity and a billionaire – although press reports this fall have revealed his business is deeply leveraged and has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Even if Trump wanted to seek refuge at home and...
    More than a year after it first won the deal, General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD) has again secured the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) cloud contract. The General Services Administration, which handled acquisition duties on what is now a $4.4 billion deal, revealed the decision late Friday morning, reaffirming the award to General Dynamics Information Technology it first made in August 2019 before it was quickly protested by a competing bidder.  GDIT president Amy Gilliland said in a email to Washington Business Journal that the company was ready to execute on the critical work the contract will provide to the DOD. “The need for DEOS capabilities have been further amplified by the Covid-19 crisis, which has forced agencies to leverage other short-term solutions to support their remote workforces,” she said. “More than ever, it’s imperative that we accelerate the deployment of technology to support our mission partners.” DEOS was competed through GSA’s...
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wrote an essay in The Atlantic on Tuesday about a foiled plot to kidnap her but spent nearly every word making a case against reelecting President Trump. BOMB MATERIALS FOUND DURING INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED WHITMER KIDNAPPING PLOT: REPORT "We cannot count on President Trump to rebuild America," Whitmer wrote in her essay, titled "The Plot to Kidnap Me." "We cannot expect him to unite us against violence and hate. Fueling the deep divisions within our country is a tactic he has been using for years, often with the help of social media platforms like Facebook, which domestic terrorists used to organize the plot against me." In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP) Whitmer has repeatedly blamed Trump's rhetoric for...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election in 2022, according to a person with direct knowledge of Toomey’s plans. Toomey will make the announcement Monday, the person said. Also, Toomey, a second-term Republican in a battleground state, will not run for governor in 2022, when the seat becomes open, said the person, who did not want to be named divulging information from private conversations before Toomey announces it publicly. Toomey’s office scheduled an announcement for 10 a.m. in Bethlehem, near Toomey’s home in suburban Allentown. Toomey’s Senate office spokesperson declined comment when asked whether Toomey will announce that he’s not running again. Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
    By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election in 2022, according to a person with direct knowledge of Toomey's plans. Also, Toomey will not run for governor in 2022, when the seat becomes open, said the person, who did not want to be named divulging information from private conversations before Toomey announces it publicly. Toomey, who is serving his second term in the presidential battleground state, will make the announcement Monday, the person said. His office scheduled an announcement for 10 a.m. in Bethlehem, near Toomey's home in suburban Allentown. A spokesperson at Toomey's Senate office declined comment Sunday when asked whether the senator will announce that he is not running again. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Toomey's plans. Toomey's announcement comes as a surprise. He is Pennsylvania's only statewide elected Republican official, outside of the courts, and...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election in 2022, according to a person with direct knowledge of Toomey’s plans. Also, Toomey will not run for governor in 2022, when the seat becomes open, said the person, who did not want to be named divulging information from private conversations before Toomey announces it publicly. Toomey, who is serving his second term in the presidential battleground state, will make the announcement Monday, the person said. His office scheduled an announcement for 10 a.m. in Bethlehem, near Toomey’s home in suburban Allentown. A spokesperson at Toomey’s Senate office declined comment Sunday when asked whether the senator will announce that he is not running again. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Toomey’s plans. Toomey’s announcement comes as a surprise. He is Pennsylvania’s only statewide elected Republican official, outside of the courts, and had been widely considered...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election in 2022, according to a person with direct knowledge of Toomey’s plans. Also, Toomey will not run for governor in 2022, when the seat becomes open, said the person, who did not want to be named divulging information from private conversations before Toomey announces it publicly. Toomey, who is serving his second term in the presidential battleground state, will make the announcement Monday, the person said. His office scheduled an announcement for 10 a.m. in Bethlehem, near Toomey’s home in suburban Allentown. A spokesperson at Toomey’s Senate office declined comment Sunday when asked whether the senator will announce that he is not running again. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported Toomey’s plans. Toomey’s announcement comes as a surprise. He is Pennsylvania’s only statewide elected Republican official, outside of the courts, and had been widely considered...
    EdTuranchikForMayor/Facebook If you’ve ever taken that relaxing 50-minute ride between Tampa and St. Pete on the Cross Bay Ferry, you owe a nod of thanks to Ed Turanchik. While the long-time Hillsborough County politico and influencer (no, not the social media sort) is, officially speaking, the lawyer for the service’s operator, HMS Ferry, he served as an early evangelist, planner and organizer. It seems fair to say that Turanchik, 64, was the most important local player in making the ferry—which was first seen by many as a lark—a reality. That’s just one accomplishment in a career that dates back to his arrival from Ohio in 1987. Over the years Turanchik has been an active proponent of regional transit (or, as one local columnist called him, a “transportation wonk”). The Cross Bay Ferry is primarily a leisure service, and does essentially nothing to alleviate the Bay area’s clogged roadways and...
    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office argued that there's 'a mountainous record' of public allegations of misconduct. A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in Donald Trump's long-running fight to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns. Trump's lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to Trump's accounting firm. A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any tax records from being turned over at least until the latest appeal is decided. Trump has said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election.
    The owner of autobody shops in Worcester and Everett is being accused of fraud - again. Adam Haddad pleaded guilty on Monday, Sept. 21, to a payroll scheme that resulted in the loss of almost $300,000 in taxes to the IRS, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts. Haddad is a licensed automotive appraiser who owns Accurate Collision in Worcester and ADH Collision in Everett. Haddad was also accused of fraud in 2019 when he allegedly used hammers and wood to damage cars brought to his shop and file false insurance claims, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.  Haddad pleaded not guilty to charges in that case, which appears to be ongoing. Today,  in U.S. District Court, Haddad pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding the preparation of false tax returns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Haddad was charged with the crime in August. He is scheduled for sentencing in...
    Moviegoing audiences in North America are not rushing back to the theater just yet. In the second major weekend for U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” earned only $6.7 million from 2,910 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Warner Bros’ sci-fi thriller was viewed as the major litmus test for whether audiences were ready to embrace the theatrical experience again, after nearly six months of shuttered theaters due to COVID-19. Although it is enough to top the charts, it also isn’t enough to jumpstart the struggling domestic exhibition industry. Even Warner Bros.′ has already pushed back its next major release, “Wonder Woman 1984,” even further. The weekend’s only major new opener was Sony’s PG-13 rom-com “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” which earned an estimated $1.1 million from 2,204 North American locations. The film, from first-time writer director Natalie Krinsky and executive produced by Selena Gomez, is about a...
    By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer Moviegoing audiences in North America are not rushing back to the theater just yet. In the second major weekend for U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” earned only $6.7 million from 2,910 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Warner Bros’ sci-fi thriller was viewed as the major litmus test for whether audiences were ready to embrace the theatrical experience again, after nearly six months of shuttered theaters due to COVID-19. Although it is enough to top the charts, it also isn’t enough to jumpstart the struggling domestic exhibition industry. Even Warner Bros.' has already pushed back its next major release, “Wonder Woman 1984,” even further. The weekend’s only major new opener was Sony’s PG-13 rom-com “The Broken Hearts Gallery,” which earned an estimated $1.1 million from 2,204 North American locations. The film, from first-time writer director Natalie Krinsky and executive produced by...
    A 74-year-old Long Beach man, originally arrested in June after his wife was found dead inside their North Long Beach home, was taken into custody again this week on suspicion of her murder, authorities said Thursday, Sept. 3. Henry Lee Allen was found by Long Beach police at an assisted living facility in Redlands Wednesday and booked on suspicion of killing his wife, 63-year-old Debbie Allen, inside their home in the 1000 block of Harding Street in June, police said. He was originally arrested in Barstow, June 18, but was released after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office asked for additional information in the investigation, police said. Police were called to the home about 11:35 a.m. June 17 after someone had gone to the home to check on the couple after having not heard from them the previous few days and found suspicious circumstances, police said. Debbie Allen was...
    A 38-year-old Bayonne man who last year was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl did it again then tried covering it up, authorities said Saturday. Eric Fischer was charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female acquaintance on Aug. 18 -- the same girl he sexually assaulted in November of last year, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Fischer is also charged with hindering, making terroristic threats and providing false statements, authorities said. He was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit just after 1 p.m. Friday without incident. Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 201-915-1234. 
    Postmaster Louis DeJoy isn’t thrilled with President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting either. DeJoy, a Trump appointee, testified before Congress on Monday regarding the wave of delays and mismanagement he has overseen within the United States Postal Service over the past few months. Those incompetencies are becoming especially worrisome as the 2020 election draws closer — and as Trump continues to stoke fear regarding all the mail-in voting that’s about to happen. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into the fall, local election commissions are encouraging everyone to vote early and by mail to avoid putting poll workers and themselves at risk. But Trump, who has voted by mail plenty of times in the past, has tried to establish distrust in the electoral system by falsely claiming mail-in ballots are wrought with fraud. When asked Monday whether he has discouraged Trump from pushing these falsities, DeJoy said he has “put word...
    Governor Phil Scott of Vermont, who did not vote for President Donald Trump, said Friday that he would not vote for Trump in 2020, either. It was unclear whether Scott would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee. Media reported Scott’s announcement as if it were newsworthy, but Scott’s vote was never in doubt. Earlier this year, Scott endorsed former Libertarian Party presidential candidate (and former Massachusetts governor) Bill Weld for the Republican nomination. He also backed Democrats’ effort to impeach and remove Trump from office, as the Associated Press noted: President Donald Trump abused his power and shouldn’t be in office, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a fellow Republican, said Thursday in a rare dissent from within party ranks. … When pressed about whether he would have voted to remove the president, Scott noted he isn’t a member of the Senate. “I believe that the president...
    BRITAIN is being battered with 60mph winds for the second day in a row in the worst storm since Dennis in February. Yellow weather warnings remain in place after killer Storm Ellen claimed its first victim off the Cornish coast yesterday. Wind is barrelling towards the UK today with gusts of up to 60mph A wind yellow weather warning is in place until 6pm today A man in his 50s was pulled from the waves near Helston on Thursday afternoon but was confirmed dead shortly afterwards. A teenage boy, related to the man, is in a stable condition in hospital in Truro following the incident at Church Cove in Gunwalloe. Swimmers have been warned to stay clear of the coast as storm conditions bring a risk of coastal surges and flooding. Waves up to 9ft (2.7m) have been spotted, together strong rip currents. 15Swimmers pose for a selfie...
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