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‘It’s happening’: Trump is getting impeached, former White House ethics chief says

‘It’s happening’: Trump is getting impeached, former White House ethics chief saysA former White House ethics lawyer has said people who oppose impeachment hearings probing the Trump presidency do not respect the US constitution.“It’s happening, [Donald Trump] is getting impeached,” Richard W. Painer said on Twitter.



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Getting ready for people to storm Area 51

Getting ready for people to storm Area 51The countdown to an infamous Facebook event has begun and 12,000 people are expected to attend.



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2020 Vision Monday: State by state, Warren is getting closer to the Democratic nomination

2020 Vision Monday: State by state, Warren is getting closer to the Democratic nominationElizabeth Warren has steadily ticked up in national surveys since the start of May, more than doubling her polling average, from 8 percent to 18, over that period of time. Everyone else has slipped.



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New York Times columnist Bret Stephens linked getting called a 'bedbug' on Twitter to Nazi rhetoric in his latest op-ed

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens linked getting called a 'bedbug' on Twitter to Nazi rhetoric in his latest op-edStephens' column highlighted parallels in the Nazis' plans to slaughter of Jewish people under the Nazi regime to "delousing" and "bedbugs."



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Blindsided: Why does Beijing keep getting Hong Kong wrong?

Blindsided: Why does Beijing keep getting Hong Kong wrong?It is clear that Beijing has been caught badly by surprise.



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Turkey Stockpiled F-16 Parts Ahead of Getting the Russian S-400 Anti-Air System

Turkey Stockpiled F-16 Parts Ahead of Getting the Russian S-400 Anti-Air SystemNATO member Turkey is determined to acquire ballistic missile technology, and aims to co-produce the next generation of the S-400, the officials added, citing discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said his country will take delivery of the S-400 within days.A Bloomberg report says Turkey has been stockpiling parts for F-16s and other military equipment in anticipation of a U.S. sanction for acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system.Two anonymous officials from Turkey who spoke to the news outlet refused to clarify on what types of spares were accumulated, how much was acquired and how long they can last.Relations between the two countries deteriorated over the course of the Syrian civil war, when the U.S. armed a Kurdish militia that Turkey views as a terrorist group, and in the aftermath of a 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan that his government blames on a Turkish imam residing in the U.S.(This first appeared earlier in July 2019.)NATO member Turkey is determined to acquire ballistic missile technology, and aims to co-produce the next generation of the S-400, the officials added, citing discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Erdogan said his country will take delivery of the S-400 within days.“The first batch of S-400s will be delivered in a week or 10 days,” Haberturk newspaper cited him as saying in a report Monday. “I’ve clearly told this to Trump, Mr. Putin also said it.”



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Trump signs ‘cruel and illegal’ deal with Guatemala to stop asylum seekers getting to US

Trump signs ‘cruel and illegal’ deal with Guatemala to stop asylum seekers getting to USThe Trump administration has struck a highly controversial deal with Guatemala, which will prevent some migrants fleeing their home countries from submitting asylum applications to the US.Refugees travelling to the US who enter Guatemala, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, will now be required to apply for asylum protection from the Central American nation instead of at the US border.Under the deal Guatemala has been declared a so-called “safe third country”.The Central American nation and the US have been negotiating the deal for months.Donald Trump earlier threatened to place trade tariffs on Guatemala if an agreement wasn’t reached.“We’ll either do tariffs or we’ll do something. We’re looking at something very severe with respect to Guatemala,” the US president said on Wednesday.Jimmy Morales, Guatemala’s president, said the agreement would allow the country to avoid “drastic sanctions … many of them designed to strongly punish our economy, such as taxes on remittances that our brothers send daily, as well as the imposition of tariffs on our export goods and migratory restrictions.” As part of the agreement the US will increase access to the the H-2A visa program for temporary agricultural workers from Guatemala. The country’s government said its labour ministry would, in the coming days, ”start issuing work visas in the agriculture industry, which will allow Guatemalans to travel legally to the United States, to avoid being victims of criminal organisations, to work temporarily and then return to Guatemala, which will strengthen family unity.”“We have long been working with Guatemala and now we can do it the right way.” Mr Trump said.“This landmark agreement will put the coyotes and smugglers out of business.”Despite the president’s optimism it remains unclear how the agreement will take effect. Guatemala’s constitutional court has granted three injunctions preventing its government from entering into a deal without approval of the country’s congress and Mr Morales himself has questioned the concept of a “safe third country”, which forms the basis of the agreement.“Where does that term exist?” he asked reporters on Friday, hours before the deal was struck.”It does not exist, it is a colloquial term. No agreement exists that is called ‘safe third country.”Rights groups have condemned the deal, with multiple experts questioning its legality.Jordan Rodas, a human rights prosecutor, said his team was studying the agreement and whether Enrique Degenhart, Guatemala’s interior minister, had the authority to sign it.Amnesty International condemned the deal, saying ”any attempts to force families and individuals fleeing their home countries to seek safety in Guatemala are outrageous.”Rights groups and student organisations rallied against the agreement in Guatemala City, gathering in front of the constitutional court.Many believe the nation, which is mired in poverty and unemployment, has no capacity to take in refugees.The problems of homelessness, severe drought, gang violence and unemployment which are endemic in El Salvador and Honduras are also present in Guatemala.Eliot Engel, a Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs said Mr Trump’s decision to sign the agreement was “cruel and immoral.”‘’It is also illegal,” he added. “Simply put, Guatemala is not a safe country for refugees and asylum seekers, as the law requires.”The president was asked on Friday if he expected to reach similar agreements with Honduras and El Salvador.He replied, “I do indeed.” Additional reporting by agencies



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UPDATE 2-Trump sues to block U.S. House panel from getting his state tax returns

UPDATE 2-Trump sues to block U.S. House panel from getting his state tax returnsIn a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Trump’s lawyers argued that a law passed by New York state earlier this month that would give the House Ways and Means Committee access to the president’s state tax returns violates his constitutional rights. New York’s law “was enacted to retaliate against the President because of his policy positions, his political beliefs, and his protected speech, including the positions he took during the 2016 campaign,” the filing said.



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Hurricane Barry is hitting Louisiana as the first hurricane of 2019. Here's why storms are getting stronger, slower, and wetter.

Hurricane Barry is hitting Louisiana as the first hurricane of 2019. Here's why storms are getting stronger, slower, and wetter.Hurricane Barry is moving over the Louisiana coast. Here's how climate change is making storms stronger, wetter, and more frequent.



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Trump Lost on the Census, but the Scandal Is Just Getting Started

Trump Lost on the Census, but the Scandal Is Just Getting StartedAlex Wong/GettyPresident Donald Trump may think the census citizenship question scandal is over now that he’s declared victory and marched away in defeat.But he’s wrong. The citizenship question may be finished, but the scandal is just getting started.Forget Trump’s order to compile data from “vast federal databases” on citizenship. Not only is that insignificant—it’s what the Census Bureau itself had recommended instead of messing with the census form itself by asking about citizenship. Trump Declares From the Rose Garden He’s Not Owned on the CensusWhat’s actually meaningful are the two lawsuits over the citizenship question and the congressional investigations over what Trump officials knew and when. And all of those are still ongoing.Why? Because, at this point, those investigations are about the lies the administration told, not the underlying question itself: the cover-up, not the crime, so to speak. And those are all live legal questions.First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that the House of Representatives will vote “soon” on a contempt of Congress resolution against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr. That vote stems from the two officials’ refusal to hand over reams of subpoenaed documents related to the census question. And whether those two officials acted in contempt of Congress has nothing to do with whether the citizenship question is alive or dead. If they ignored the subpoenas, that’s contempt, regardless of the context.Barr and Ross stood alongside Trump at his Thursday press conference, but they may soon have to stand in a dock in court, defending themselves against contempt charges.Second, the primary lawsuit over the census is still ongoing in a federal court in New York, after the Supreme Court authorized the court to continue proceedings regarding the “incongruent” explanations for the citizenship question provided by the Trump administration. While some parts of those proceedings may now be moot, several parts are not. Plaintiffs—including the ACLU, the state of New York, and the New York Immigration Coalition—have asked the court to levy sanctions against government officials who, they say, lied during court proceedings. To adjudicate that claim, plaintiffs have asked for additional “discovery,” the legal term for obtaining documents, deposing witnesses, and otherwise conducting a detailed, exhaustive investigation.In fact, these two investigations may be just getting started.Just in the New York case, plaintiffs are eager to explore the newly unearthed files of deceased Republican operative Thomas Hofeller, who said that gaining citizenship data through the census might enable states to redraw congressional districts based on eligible voters, rather than total population. That would help Republicans and “non-Hispanic whites,” Hofeller wrote.Remarkably, Trump and Barr even alluded to Hofeller’s rationale for harvesting citizenship data in their remarks in the Rose Garden: Trump said the data could be used to draw congressional districts, and Barr said that states “may want to draw districts based on eligible voters, not the total number of persons.”Those are shocking statements, and completely different from what the Trump administration told the public, courts, and Congress about why the citizenship data was needed. But there’s probably a lot more than just that one remark in the hard drives Hofeller left behind, and plaintiffs in the New York case are determined to find out.Then there are the congressional investigations.In addition to the ignored subpoenas, it’s clear—as I noted as early as last October—that Ross lied under oath to Congress. Ross said that he only added the citizenship question in December 2017, after a request from the Department of Justice and a public comment period. But a letter Ross wrote seven months earlier, in May 2017, said that he had already requested the question be added. And there are numerous other examples. Ross lied under oath about his meetings with White House advisers Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach, both ardent nationalists. DOJ officials lied about the influence of Hofeller, covered up their conversations about changing census confidentiality rules to share data with ICE, and lied about the chain of events leading up to the proposed change.In his press conference, Trump tried to make the citizenship question about loyalty and patriotism. Democrats, he said, “want to erase the existence of a very important word: citizen.” They want to “conceal the number of illegal aliens in our midst. Probably because that number is far greater, far higher than anyone would have believed.”But the Democrats aren’t the ones who hatched a secret plan to weaponize the census against immigrant communities and then lied about it over and over again. Trump officials are. And they are going to have to answer for it.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.



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