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Trump threatens Democrats who he says are 'trivializing' impeachment: 'Some day there will be a Democrat president and there will be a Republican House, and I suspect they're going to remember it'

Trump threatens Democrats who he says are 'trivializing' impeachment: 'Some day there will be a Democrat president and there will be a Republican House, and I suspect they're going to remember it'On Friday the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance two articles of impeachment against Trump for abusing his office and obstructing Congress.



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Elizabeth Warren hits back at Biden 'angry' criticism: 'I am angry and I own it'

Elizabeth Warren hits back at Biden 'angry' criticism: 'I am angry and I own it'* Warren retorts in fundraising email * Opinion: Surprised Pressley backs Warren? Don’t beElizabeth Warren in South Carolina in October. ‘Over and over,’ she said in the email, ‘we are told that women are not allowed to be angry.’ Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty ImagesHitting back at criticism from Joe Biden that many people said was sexist, Elizabeth Warren told supporters: “I am angry and I own it.”Warren also sought to put the Biden controversy to good use: her response came in a fundraising email she sent to supporters on Friday.“Over and over,” the email said, “we are told that women are not allowed to be angry. It makes us unattractive to powerful men who want us to be quiet.”Biden may indeed want Warren to be quiet – in Democratic primary polling he has fallen behind her in Iowa and New Hampshire, although he maintains a national lead. But he insisted his attack on the Massachusetts senator was not sexist.His initial remarks came in a Medium post entitled “I Have Fought for the Democratic Party My Whole Career”.“The other day,” wrote Biden, “I was accused by one of my opponents of running in the wrong primary. Pretty amazing. On one level, it is kind of funny.> We are told women are not allowed to be angry. It makes us unattractive to powerful men who want us to be quiet> > Elizabeth Warren“… But at another level these kinds of attacks are a serious problem. They reflect an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics. If someone doesn’t agree with you – it’s not just that you disagree – that person must be a coward or corrupt or a small thinker.“Some call it the ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ approach to politics. But it’s worse than that. It’s condescending to the millions of Democrats who have a different view.”Biden, the leading centrist in the primary field, did not mention Warren, the leading progressive, by name. But few had much difficulty working out the former vice-president’s target and on Friday, speaking to CNN, Biden owned up.“The strong women in my life are angry,” he said. “That has nothing to do with it. It had to do with the fact that it started off and she said, you know, Biden is running in the wrong primary because I disagreed, disagree with her Medicare for All proposal.”Healthcare is a hot-button issue in the race to face Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Warren detailed a $ 20.5tn Medicare for All proposal, saying it would not require tax rises on middle class Americans.The plan was attacked by centrists including Biden and the mayor of South Bend, who has surged in Iowa and about whom the New York Times published a report on Saturday entitled: “Why Pete Buttigieg Annoys His Democratic Rivals.”Some wonder if Buttigieg, 37, might end up as the vice-presidential pick. On Saturday, though, Biden told a crowd in New Hampshire his running mate would be “preferably a woman” who could “make up for some of my weaknesses”.Warren’s fundraising email did not mention Biden. But in terms familiar from the senator’s fiery stump speech, it said: “It’s not just women. When we speak up against Wall Street and big tech … we are told that everyone with less power should be quiet.“…Well, I am angry and I own it. I’m angry on behalf of everyone who is hurt by Trump’s government, our rigged economy, and business as usual.”



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Joe Biden describes his health care plan using Pete Buttigieg's term, 'Medicare for all who want it'

Joe Biden describes his health care plan using Pete Buttigieg's term, 'Medicare for all who want it'Biden on Wednesday referred to his health care plan as "Medicare for all who want it," employing the phrase used by rival Pete Buttigieg.



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'If I threaten someone you'll know it': Kellyanne Conway denies saying White House would investigate reporter's personal life

'If I threaten someone you'll know it': Kellyanne Conway denies saying White House would investigate reporter's personal lifeOn Twitter, Washington Examiner reporter Caitlin Yilek said Conway “threatened to investigate my personal life.”



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'Nobody can stop it': Saudi oil attack signals an escalating crisis

'Nobody can stop it': Saudi oil attack signals an escalating crisisTrump is letting Riyadh decide about whether to retaliate against Iran – and if that happens, Iranians would likely raise the stakesThis satellite overview shows damage to oil and gas infrastructure from drone attacks at Haradh Gas Plant on 14 September 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty ImagesThe attack on Saudi oil facilities is the latest, most violent, example of an escalating series of gambits rival powers in the Gulf aimed at achieving their objectives by all measures short of all-out war.But the chances of avoiding such a devastating conflict diminish each time the stakes are raised.Iran has denied responsibility for the attack on an oil field and refining facility, while the US, Saudi Arabia and their allies have hesitated over the geographical origin of the air strikes. The size and sophistication of the operation however points to a state actor, and it fits a pattern in recent months of increasingly bold Iranian moves intended to raise the costs of the US campaign of maximum pressure and the Saudi war in Yemen.Until now, Iranian harassment of oil tankers traveling through the strait of Hormuz and the downing of a US surveillance drone have appeared calibrated to stop short of triggering a military response. If Iran is indeed behind Saturday’s strikes, it marks a significant step towards more reckless action by Tehran, possibly emboldened by the departure of Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, and the desperation of Iran’s economic plight.“What is clear is that the strategy of bombing Yemenis and starving Iranians into submission is more likely to backfire than bring the desired results,” said Ali Vaez, an Iran expert at the International Crisis Group. “Iran has less to lose and is less risk-averse.”Trump’s tweet about being “locked and loaded” echoed his claim the US was “cocked and loaded” to response to the downing of a US drone in June. But having agreed to launch retaliatory missile strikes then, Trump changed his mind, saying the risk of casualties made it a disproportional response.Now without Bolton at his side making the case for war, Trump appears even more cautious, trapped between not wanting to appear weak and anxious to avoid going to war in the midst of a reelection campaign. His solution to the dilemma on this occasion has been to pass the buck to Riyadh.According to Kirsten Fontenrose, former director for the Persian Gulf in the the national security council, Trump is betting Riyadh will not want to be seen declaring war.“The president knows that at the end of August when [deputy Saudi defence minister] Prince Khalid bin Salman was visiting Washington he told senior leaders at State, DoD [defence department] and the CIA that while they support economic squeezing the Iranian regime they do not support going to war. So the president knows that,” said Fontenrose, who resigned from the White House last November and is now at the Atlantic Council.“So he’s probably looking at Saudi to say no no no – let’s handle this another way. Really going towards and nobody’s interests.”Ellen Wald, a Gulf energy expert and author of a book about the Aramco oil company, Saudi, Inc, said Trump’s comments have exacerbated Riyadh’s dilemma.“It really does put a lot of pressure on the Saudi monarchy to initiate a response, potentially a military response, and that’s probably really not something that Saudi Arabia is equipped to handle. The Saudi military is is not prepared to fight a protracted war with Iran in any way,” Wald said.Meanwhile, fighting a war on behalf of Saudi regime has seldom been so unattractive in the US, following the murder of Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, and Trump’s own tweeted reminder on Monday, that the US less dependent than ever on oil flows in the Gulf.However, while it may be in nobody’s interests to go to war, the political costs for not responding currently fall most heavily on the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman – and his response is unpredictable.“We’re not dealing with common sense here. We are dealing with the fact that the Saudi’s have to retaliate one way or the other one form or the other,” said Jean-Francois Seznec, a Gulf expert who teaches at Georgetown University. “Otherwise the position even of the crown prince would be seen as weak in the country and at this point doesn’t have many friends even in his own country at the higher level.”One option for Riyadh and Washington is a retaliation against a proportionate Iranian target, accompanied by much signalling that it is a limited response. However, Tehran may not see it that way.“If they retaliate, the Iranians would have to retaliate even more. And we are just in an inertia of war,” Seznec said. “We really are in that situation right now and what’s so scary is that people all agree that this is not good for anybody. But there is nobody who can stop it.”



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Pelosi: 'Not worth it' to impeach Trump

Pelosi: 'Not worth it' to impeach TrumpHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that barring “overwhelming” new evidence she would not pursue impeachment against President Trump because it would be too divisive and “he’s just not worth it.”



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Country star Scotty McCreery on sharing wedding with fans in 'This Is It' video

Country star Scotty McCreery on sharing wedding with fans in 'This Is It' videoThe former "American Idol" winner married his high school sweetheart and longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal in June.



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'I can't support it': Mayor Turner rejects idea of child immigration detention center in Houston

'I can't support it': Mayor Turner rejects idea of child immigration detention center in HoustonMayor Sylvester Turner is not holding back on his thoughts about the possibility of a child immigration detention center in Houston.



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David Spade Breaks His Silence After Sister-in-Law Kate Spade's Death: 'I Still Can't Believe It'

David Spade Breaks His Silence After Sister-in-Law Kate Spade's Death: 'I Still Can't Believe It'David Spade is mourning the death of sister-in-law and designer Kate Spade.



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Boy Whose School Shooting Question Left Sarah Sanders Choking Back Tears Says 'I'm Glad I Did It'

Boy Whose School Shooting Question Left Sarah Sanders Choking Back Tears Says 'I'm Glad I Did It'White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was brought to the verge of tears Wednesday by a teen reporter who asked her a simple question that seemed to catch her off-guard at the end of a contentious press briefing with the grownup press



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