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McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from Democrats

McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from DemocratsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the rules for a Senate impeachment trial on Monday evening.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2020 7:40 PM

Virginia on edge as pro-gun activists seethe over governor’s state of emergency

Virginia on edge as pro-gun activists seethe over governor’s state of emergencyMoments after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam approached the podium at the state capitol building on Wednesday to announce that he was issuing a temporary state of emergency ahead of a gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond, the angry comments started pouring in. What started in November as a fight between rural Virginia gun owners and newly elected Democratic lawmakers seeking to propose gun control legislation has since been warped and amplified by extremist groups which, for different reasons, have sought to exploit real tensions around Virginia’s gun debate to advance their own agendas.




POSTED JANUARY 19, 2020 3:05 PM

Arizona mother admits to killing her 3 young children, police say

Arizona mother admits to killing her 3 young children, police sayOfficials described the mother, who was not identified, as a 22-year-old woman who recently moved to Arizona from Oklahoma.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 11:35 AM

Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jet

Iran acknowledges Russian-made missiles targeted Ukraine jetIran acknowledged on Tuesday that its armed forces fired two Russian anti-aircraft missiles at a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed after taking off from Tehran's main airport earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. For days after the Jan. 8 shootdown, Iran denied that it fired missiles at the plane, initially blaming a technical malfunction and engine fire for the crash.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 3:29 AM

China Sentences Ex-Interpol Chief Meng to 13.5 Years in Prison

China Sentences Ex-Interpol Chief Meng to 13.5 Years in Prison(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.A Chinese court sentenced former Interpol President Meng Hongwei to 13.5 years in prison, more than a year after he went missing during a visit to his home country.Meng previously pleaded guilty to charges that he accepted bribes of 14.5 million yuan ($2.1 million) between 2005 and 2017. China had earlier removed him from his government post as vice public security minister over violations that included taking bribes and abusing power, and expelled him from the Communist Party.Meng won’t appeal the verdict, a Tianjin municipal court said Tuesday in a social media post announcing the sentence.The disappearance and secretive investigation into the international law enforcement agency’s first Chinese president has shined a light on China’s opaque legal system and raised questions about its respect for international norms. Details about investigation into Meng’s finances have trickled out in Chinese state media since his disappearance in September 2018.Meng used his position to seek employment for his wife, Grace, and connived to use his authority for personal gain, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in December 2018.Grace Meng said her husband worked at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, and was reported missing on Sept. 29, 2018. The Ministry of Public Security in Beijing said in October that he was being investigated on allegations including the acceptance of bribes and violation of other Chinese laws.Reuters reported in January that Grace Meng had applied for asylum in France because she feared for her life after being followed by strangers, receiving suspicious phone calls and having her car license plates photographed by mysterious people.\--With assistance from Lulu Shen.To contact the reporter on this story: Brendan Scott in Singapore at bscott66@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Daniel Ten Kate at dtenkate@bloomberg.net, Derek WallbankFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 2:40 AM

Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump Impeachment

Kellyanne Conway Claims Martin Luther King Would Be Against Trump ImpeachmentKellyanne Conway on Monday responded to a question on how the president is observing Martin Luther King Day by claiming the civil-rights leader would oppose the impeachment of President Donald Trump.During a press gathering at the White House, NBC News correspondent Geoff Bennett asked the senior Trump aide how the president was observing Martin Luther King Day, prompting Conway to first note that Trump was preparing for his trip to Davos before saying the president “agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for.”From there, it only got more bizarre.Adding that the president and Dr. King would see eye-to-eye on “unity and equality,” Conway complained that it’s not the president who is “trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point.”“I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time, but when you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don’t think it was Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged bribery, extortion, high crimes and misdemeanors,” she continued.After declaring that anyone who cares for the phrase “and justice for all” should appreciate that the president has a “full-throttle defense” when it comes to impeachment, Conway concluded by linking herself with MLK.“I, this morning, was reading some of the lesser-known passages by Dr. King and I appreciate the fact that we as a nation respect him by giving him his own day,” she proclaimed.“I’m happy to share a birthday with this day,” Conway concluded.Kellyanne Conway Melts Down Under Grilling by Fox NewsRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2020 2:19 PM

China's Navy Warships Are Now Armed With Land-Attack Missiles

China's Navy Warships Are Now Armed With Land-Attack MissilesChina says its newest destroyer is capable of launching land-attack missiles.




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2020 11:20 AM

Bloomberg pledges $70 billion to bolster black America in new plan

Bloomberg pledges $70 billion to bolster black America in new planFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce on Sunday his presidential campaign’s new plan aimed at bolstering economic opportunity for black Americans, promising to triple their income over the next decade, but stopping short of promising reparations.




POSTED JANUARY 19, 2020 2:20 PM

You Should Get an Electric Fireplace

You Should Get an Electric Fireplace




POSTED JANUARY 20, 2020 12:00 PM

World needs to prepare for 'millions' of climate refugees: U.N.

World needs to prepare for 'millions' of climate refugees: U.N.The world needs to prepare for a surge in refugees with potentially millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday. Speaking to Reuters at the World Economic Forum, Filippo Grandi said a U.N. ruling this week meant those fleeing as a result of climate change had to be treated by recipient countries as refugees, with broad implications for governments. "The ruling says if you have an immediate threat to your life due to climate change, due to the climate emergency, and if you cross the border and go to another country, you should not be sent back because you would be at risk of your life, just like in a war or in a situation of persecution," Grandi said.




POSTED JANUARY 21, 2020 9:27 AM

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