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Giuliani associate will have tough time keeping documents from prosecutors: experts

Giuliani associate will have tough time keeping documents from prosecutors: expertsOn Wednesday, Lev Parnas pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to using a shell company to donate money to a pro-Trump election committee and illegally raising money for a former congressman as part of an effort to have the president remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, has said Parnas and his co-defendant Igor Fruman helped Giuliani’s push to investigate the president’s Democratic political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Biden’s son’s work in Ukraine.



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UPDATE 1-Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in northeastern Syria under discussion

UPDATE 1-Pentagon chief says keeping some troops in northeastern Syria under discussionU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday that keeping some U.S. troops in parts of northeastern Syria near oilfields with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to ensure the oil did not fall into the hand of Islamic State or others was one of the options that was being discussed, but no decision had been made. “We presently have troops in a couple of cities that (are)located right near that area, the purpose is to deny access, specifically revenue to ISIS and any other groups that may want to seek that revenue to enable their own malign activities,” Esper told reporters in Afghanistan. “There has been a discussion about possibly doing it (keeping some troops), there has been no decision with regard to numbers or anything like that,” he added.



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Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark

Schiff Says Secret Testimony Aimed at Keeping Trump in the Dark(Bloomberg) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry he’s heading up against President Donald Trump, likening this phase of the investigation to a “grand jury.”“We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his legal minions the opportunity to tailor their testimony and in some cases fabricate testimony to suit their interests,” the California Democrat said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”Schiff said they may call some or all of the witnesses to return to testify in public later, though that might not include the whistle-blower who triggered the impeachment fight in the first place.While Trump and some of his Republican allies have hoped to unmask the official and question him or her, Schiff said his priority now is to protect the whistle-blower and said they don’t need the person’s testimony to find out what happened on the phone call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.“We’re keeping our focus right now on the president’s coercion of an ally, that is Ukraine, to create these sham investigations into his political opponent,” Schiff said.Biden DirtSchiff said investigators have already seen strong evidence that Trump abused his office by conditioning a meeting Zelenskiy wanted with Trump on Ukraine “digging up dirt on the Bidens.”“That is a terrible abuse of the president’s power,” Schiff said.“Here we have a president of the United States abusing his power to the detriment of our national security and doing so to get yet another foreign country to intervene in our election. It’s hard to imagine more of a corruption of his office than that.”Schiff also said the committee continues to investigate whether the president decided to hold up military aid to Ukraine as leverage, saying there’s already strong indications that is true “and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, ripped the closed sessions. “Democrats know they can’t win on the facts, so they’re having to move it behind closed doors,” he said on Fox News. “I believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant.”McConnell’s MoveVermont Senator Bernie Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that while he expects the Democratic-controlled House will vote to impeach Trump, he’s “nervous” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “will put party in front of country” and not hold a full trial.McConnell has said the Senate will have to take up the impeachment, but it’s not clear how long the proceedings would last.Schiff also tried to clear up his earlier statements that his committee hadn’t heard from the whistle-blower.“I was referring to the fact that when the whistle-blower filed the complaint, we had not heard from the whistleblower,” Schiff said. “We wanted to bring the whistle-blower in at that time, but I should have been much more clear about that.”Separately, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the president.In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Mnuchin wouldn’t comment on whether Trump’s public request to China to investigate the Bidens earlier this month was serious or not, but said it had not come up in the context of trade talks with Beijing.“And in the Oval Office, when the president was asked about this in front of the vice premier, the president made very clear, they can do what they want,” Mnuchin said. “So, again, people who are trying to imply that the president is asking for things or quid pro quos, I think this is ridiculous.”\–With assistance from Hailey Waller.To contact the reporter on this story: Steven T. Dennis in Washington at sdennis17@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at kwhitelaw@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Petraeus: A lot of us had reservations about Taliban keeping to their side of a deal

Petraeus: A lot of us had reservations about Taliban keeping to their side of a dealFormer CIA director Gen. David Petraeus on President Trump canceling peace talks with the Taliban.



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Portland police keeping far-right protesters, antifa groups apart; violence avoided during rallies

Portland police keeping far-right protesters, antifa groups apart; violence avoided during ralliesA heavy police presence kept members of the Proud Boys and other far-right groups separated from far-left activists at a downtown park Saturday.



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Iowa State Fair: How the 2020 underdogs are keeping hope alive

Iowa State Fair: How the 2020 underdogs are keeping hope aliveTulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii congresswoman who begins most speeches with a cheery “aloha”, wants Iowans to know about the “high cost of war” that she says detracts from domestic priorities like education and infrastructure development.Marianne Williamson, a self-help author with a seemingly unflappable calm, says she wants to disrupt of American politics in a way that goes beyond beating Donald Trump, and to a “way more powerful level”. You have to lead with love, she said.Meanwhile, John Delaney, the businessman-turned-congressman who has been touring Iowa for well over a year preaching a moderate platform, says radical calls for change coming from others in the Democratic field will alienate centrist voters they all may need if they hope to beat Mr Trump.That’s at least what the three hoped to portray during their Des Moines Register “Political Soapbox” speeches on Thursday, as the deadline to qualify for the next democratic debates in September looms. They are all trying to keep hope — and, by proxy, their visions for America — alive, and to find a way to make sure they make it through next month alongside the likes of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.They’re not alone. A dozen presidential candidates have flocked to Des Moines this week for the Iowa State Fair, hoping to find any sort of foothold that might boost their chances with six months until the caucuses.The event draws each candidate to a small stage in the centre of the Iowa State Fair, where they have around 20 minutes to make their case to the voters spread out just an arm’s length away, just beyond some hay. Many may not even know their names, but are giving them something of a chance to explain their case and draw their votes — or, at least, that’s what voters say.“Iowa has a special place in our political process, and they get candidates here in person, so there’s something to be said about seeing them up front and close and listening to them and getting to talk to them,” said Roger Sherman, a political consultant who drove in from Colorado, said as Andrew Yang joked on stage nearby about throwing a party with Tom Hanks and others to celebrate his policies as president.For candidates like Ms Gabbard, Ms Williamson and Mr Delaney, the Iowa State Fair may be the last good opportunity to attract a decent amount of attention to themselves — and, by virtue of that, strong polling performances and donations — before the cutoff date for the debates, as set by the Democratic National Committee for 28 August. To qualify: Four polls showing 2 per cent support, alongside 130,000 unique donors.And, so far, just nine candidates have met those polling and donation thresholds, leaving the other 13 or so declared candidates scrambling to make the cut.For Ms Gabbard, who took a stroll along Grand Ave by the carnival rides and food vendors while greeted fans who happened to see her, and former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro, who spoke Friday morning at the soapbox, defending his brother for tweeting a list of Donald Trump's donors, registering for the debates means just meeting the polling threshold.But for candidates like Ms Williamson, Mr Delaney — a businessman with a considerable fortune who is funding his own campaign, in part — and others like Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, Montana governor Steve Bullock, and Colorado senator Michael Bennett, both criteria remain to be met.In a state like Iowa, though, some residents said most folks are already tuned in, at least a bit.With candidates touring through the state’s counties constantly, it is hard to miss the 2020 race, they said. But, it’s nice to have all of them in one place, they said. “Most of these candidates we’ve seen three or four times,” said Jeanne Uhl, 67, of Elhart, Iowa. “It’s nice to see several of them in a day, though,” she continued.Even for candidates who attract some good will, though, that doesn’t always translate into support.Take Joel Wackner, for instance, a 21-year-old from Aimes who ran over to Ms Gabbard at the fair, and asked for a selfie. The moment was kind, they joked, and they took the photo. But: “Honestly I’m kind of leaning towards Yang,” Mr Wackner said.Does she still have time to win his vote? Sure, he said: “I liked her at the debate. Sure, I’m considering her.”



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Man believes Trump 'ordered him' to attack child for ‘disrespecting’ national anthem by keeping hat on, lawyer says

Man believes Trump 'ordered him' to attack child for ‘disrespecting’ national anthem by keeping hat on, lawyer saysA man suspected of attacking a child who was wearing a hat during the US National Anthem believed he was encouraged by Donald Trump to carry out the assault, according to his lawyer. Curt Brockway, a 39-year-old US Army veteran who was charged on Monday in the assault, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a vehicle crash in 2000 that has affected his decision making, attorney Lance Jasper told the Missoulian. The lawyer said he will seek a mental health evaluation for Mr Brockway, who seemingly became caught up in the heightened animosity and rhetoric gripping the nation, and convinced himself that he was following the president’s orders.“His commander in chief is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” Mr Jasper said.He added that Mr Brockway “certainly didn’t understand it was a crime.”Mr Brockway told a sheriff’s deputy that he asked the boy to remove his hat out of respect for the national anthem before the start of the county rodeo, Mineral County Attorney Ellen Donohue wrote in the document describing the attack.The boy reportedly cursed at Mr Brockway in response, and the man grabbed him by the throat, “lifted him into the air and slammed the boy into the ground,” Ms Donohue wrote.Mr Jasper’s comments arrived as prosecutors formally charged Mr Brockway with assault on a minor, a felony that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and a $ 50,000 (£41,183) fine upon conviction.Prosecutors said the boy was airlifted to a hospital for a possible concussion and skull fracture. His condition was not immediately known.Conduct during the playing of the national anthem has been an issue in recent years, with some NFL players kneeling to protest police brutality. Mr Trump once called for NFL owners to fire players who kneel or engage in other acts of protest during the anthem.“Trump never necessarily says go hurt somebody, but the message is absolutely clear,” Mr Jasper said. “I am certain of the fact that (Brockway) was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the president. … Everyone should learn to dial it down a little bit, from the president to Mineral County.”The Associated Press contributed to this report



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Body language: The Russian science keeping North Korea's dead leaders looking fresh

Body language: The Russian science keeping North Korea's dead leaders looking freshKim laid a wreath outside Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital on Saturday, after the conclusion of his shortened summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Inside the dark interior of the mausoleum, the embalmed corpse of Vietnam’s founding father lies displayed in a glass coffin for a steady stream of tourists who silently shuffle by. In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father are on similar display in the loftily named Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a monument to the cult of personality that surrounds North Korea’s ruling family.



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Cuba keeping a watchful eye over events in ally Venezuela

Cuba keeping a watchful eye over events in ally VenezuelaVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is hanging onto power in the crisis-wracked country in large part thanks to backing from the military, which according to the United States is receiving support and advice from Cuba. While the close relationship between left-wing allies Venezuela and Cuba is well-known, Havana denies the accusations from its old Cold War foe that its actions are nefarious. “The time has come to liberate Venezuela from Cuba,” US Vice President Mike Pence proclaimed Monday.



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The government shutdown is keeping NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in the dark

The government shutdown is keeping NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in the darkAlthough NASA will be unable to broadcast the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Ultima Thule, the mission will continue.



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