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Explainer: What it would take for Congress to impeach Trump

Explainer: What it would take for Congress to impeach TrumpOne, President Richard Nixon, resigned before he could be removed. Two, presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, were impeached by the House, but not convicted by the Senate. Since he took office in January 2017, Trump has been under investigation.



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Crew capsule designed to take US astronauts back to moon completed

Crew capsule designed to take US astronauts back to moon completedA space capsule designed to carry US astronauts back to the moon in five years’ time is ready, vice-president Mike Pence has revealed on the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 landing.NASA’s new Artemis lunar operation is aimed at returning humans to Earth's satellite, following in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969 – but this time to set up camp, rather than just pay a flying visit.The new mission, scheduled for 2024, is itself designed as a springboard for a subsequent crewed spaceship to be sent to Mars for the first time.NASA said in a statement that Artemis 1 would launch its Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket around the moon in an initial test phase, after which a crew containing at least one female astronaut would touch down on the surface to establish a lunar base.“Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of NASA, and of American industry, the Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis 1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight,” Vice-President Pence told the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, standing alongside Mr Pence with Aldrin and Armstrong’s son Rick, said: “Similar to the 1960s, we too have an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity.“NASA is calling this the Artemis program in honour of Apollo’s twin sister in Greek mythology, the goddess of the moon. And we are well on our way to getting this done.”A module manufactured by Airbus in Bremen, Germany, that will power Orion during the mission, is in the process of being attached ready for a September flight to test its spaceworthiness.Mr Pence announced in March that NASA should return astronauts to the moon by 2024, halving the agency’s previous deadline to get there by 2028, and requested an extra $ 1.6bn funding from Congress.However, President Donald Trump on Friday indicated he was not interested in a mission going back to the moon.Mr Trump instead repeated his interest in a NASA mission that would take astronauts directly to Mars, a vastly more challenging and costly endeavour.“To get to Mars, you have to land on the moon, they say. Any way of going directly without landing on the moon? Is that a possibility?” the president asked Mr Bridenstine during an event in the Oval Office.Mr Bridenstine responded: ”Well, we need to use the moon as a proving ground, because when we go to Mars, we’re going to have to be there for a long period of time, so we need to learn how to live and work on another world.”The Artemis program’s objective is to conduct a series of manned and unmanned missions to the moon, using its surface as a proving ground for technologies that could lay the groundwork for the longer and more complex missions to Mars as soon as 2033, Mr Bridenstine has said.Agencies contributed to this report



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Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget deal

Senate Republicans pray Trump will take budget dealTrump has balked at previous bipartisan agreements, and hard-line conservatives are sure to pressure the president.



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Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push backThe simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The hijab debate has further polarized Iranians at a time when the country is buckling under unprecedented U.S. sanctions imposed since the Trump administration pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers last year.



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ICE raids scheduled to take place in SoCal, across country

ICE raids scheduled to take place in SoCal, across countryFederal immigration officers are expected Sunday to sweep across a handful of cities, including Los Angeles, to arrest about 2,000 undocumented immigrants.



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The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.(Washington, D.C.) Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information — the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.”“You pull up the weapons suite screen, align the right weapon with the target and provide input into the DEP – Digital Entry Panel. Then, you enter text into the computer,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidar, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.As this happens….the air attack begins.The B-2 took its first flight July 17, 1989 — so now is the “30-Year Anniversary.” B-2 pilots have operated the sleek, curved air-defense-defying platform for sensitive, highly-dangerous missions many times in recent decades. After blasting onto the scene in the early 90s, the B-2s combat debut came in the late 90s when the aircraft destroyed Serbian targets over Kosovo. Three decades ago, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman thought to massively advance the paradigm for stealth attack, and create a first-of-its kind leap ahead bomber. It was conceived of as a Cold War weapon, engineered to knock out Soviet advanced air defenses. The intent was to build upon and surpass the F-117 Night Hawk’s stealth technology used in the Gulf War.The B-2s stealth configuration, buried engine, low heat signature and “radar absorbent” coating, is meant to not only avoid being hit by enemy weapons, but complete missions without enemies ever knowing it is there. Its core mission: launch secret, quiet, undetected attacks over heavily defended enemy territory to create a safer “air corridor” for less stealthy planes to operate within extremely lethal,otherwise uninhabitable airspace.



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House Democrats take aim at Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff

House Democrats take aim at Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staffRep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff is under fire over an old tweet targeting a Native American lawmaker.



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Protesters take down US flag and replace it with a Mexican flag at ICE detention center

Protesters take down US flag and replace it with a Mexican flag at ICE detention centerProtestors spray painted a Blue Lives Matter flag with "Abolish ICE," and hung it upside down.



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Hong Kong Protesters Take Message to Mainlanders in New March

Hong Kong Protesters Take Message to Mainlanders in New March(Bloomberg) — Thousands of demonstrators chanting slogans marched through one of Hong Kong’s busiest tourist districts, the latest demonstration in a mass protest movement triggered by a proposed law that would allow extraditions of criminals to mainland China for the first time.The marchers walked through the pedestrian-heavy Tsim Sha Tsui area on a rainy Sunday toward the city’s new high-speed rail station to China. By evening they had reached the main entrance, which had been closed off by authorities, and began surrounding the building.The crowd had largely dispersed by 9 p.m., but some people — wearing the black shirts that have become the protest movement’s unofficial uniform moved into occupy Nathan Road in the commercial Mong Kok district, where they were confronted by lines of riot police.Ventus Lau, one of the protest’s organizers, said more than 230,000 people had joined the rally. Police — whose turnout estimates are generally lower than protesters’ — said 56,000 people had come out at the march’s peak, according to Hong Kong broadcaster TVB.The size of the protest, despite its not being organized by a major group, “shows Hongkongers are very determined to fight until the very end,” Lau said.Interactive: Hong Kong Protesters’ Changing TacticsThe end point was intentionally chosen to reach out to mainland travelers using the rail link, according to postings and leaflets distributed by organizers. Some protesters waved flags that flew when Hong Kong was a British colony, while others carried yellow umbrellas, the symbol of the city’s pro-democracy Occupy Central protests in 2014.It’s not the first time Hong Kong protests have reflected anxiety that mainlanders are overwhelming the city — and driving up the prices of goods for its residents. In 2015, demonstrators in Tuen Men and Tsim Sha Tsui scuffled with police as they rallied against traders who come to the city and purchase products to sell across the border.Protests ContinueProminent activist Joshua Wong joined the demonstrators and said they hoped to impress on mainland visitors the importance of freedom and human rights.“Even with the Great Firewall censorship, it’s still a must for them to realize it’s time to let Hong Kong people enjoy certain degree of autonomy, and that’s the reason for us to continue our strike,” he said.Why Hong Kong Is Protesting (and May Do So Again): QuickTakePolice have appealed for participants of the march to express their views “peacefully and rationally,” the government said in a statement. The transport department will close some roads temporarily and public transport will be diverted, the statement said. Police officers will be on site to guide motorists.Lau said earlier in the day that barricades placed at the West Kowloon station could make it difficult for marchers to clear the streets at the end. “If any danger appears, it will be the full responsibility of the police,” Lau said.This weekend’s march follows weeks of demonstrations against the proposed extradition legislation. While Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspended the bill on June 15, protesters have continued pushing for its complete withdrawal, Lam’s resignation and other demands.Last week, Hong Kong police began arresting suspects on charges related to the July 1 break-in of the Legislative Council, where protesters smashed glass windows and defaced walls, portraits of government officials and the Hong Kong emblem.Read more: Hong Kong Protester Who Defaced the City Emblem Is Still AngryThe city’s mass-transit operator announced that ticket sales were suspended for cross-border trains arriving or departing in West Kowloon from noon Sunday. Crowd management measures will be in place, it added.A 53-year-old part-time art teacher who goes by the name Perry Dino was painting an image of the protest on his canvas outside West Kowloon station on Sunday as people marched.The government “used a lot of money to build this station, but few people and only the mainland Chinese tourists use it,” he said. “Today may be the first day that a large amount of people came to this station. I wanted to come here and support the protesters.”\–With assistance from Stephanie Cheng, Justin Chin and Gregory Turk.To contact the reporters on this story: Annie Lee in Hong Kong at olee42@bloomberg.net;Gregor Stuart Hunter in Hong Kong at ghunter21@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Andrew DavisFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Harvey Weinstein's new lawyer says women need to take responsibility for their actions

Harvey Weinstein's new lawyer says women need to take responsibility for their actionsHarvey Weinstein's new lawyer has said women need to take responsibility for their actions, as she argued the  MeToo movement had done a disservice to the sex.  Donna Rotunno, who specialises in representing men accused of sex crimes, was hired by the disgraced producer along with Damon Cheronis to represent him at his upcoming trial on sexual assault charges. Ms Rotunno has critcised the MeToo movement which began after a string of celebrities came forward to make allegations against Mr Weinstein. “I’m not a woman who has ever subscribed to it,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I believe women are responsible for the choices that they make.” She added that by representing the movie producer she hoped to promote that stance, “and say to women, ‘Maybe don’t go to the hotel room, maybe we are having a different conversation’”. It comes as a leaked recording shows Mr Weinstein telling reporters "I'm no sinner" shortly before the allegations against him were first published.  On the call, two New York Times reporters tell Mr Weinstein they have uncovered "a pattern over three decades of allegations of sexual harassment of multiple women" and offer the producer a chance to respond. "I think you ought to be specific and tell me who they are and if they're on the record," he demanded.  He added: "I'm not a saint, but I'm not the sinner you think I am." Challenging the reporters' findings, Mr Weinstein warns: "There are many mistakes you've made. I promise we will find them." 33 Hollywood stars who have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein He later says: "It seems like you have a lotta hearsay on your hands. I'm gonna say this nicely – get the facts right. … You're journalists." The recording was obtained by the websiteInside Edition, which said the reporters were unaware the conference call was being recorded. Mr Wesintein's new legal hires, confirmed on Friday, are his third change in legal representation since he was first charged in May 2018 and comes barely two months before the start of his trial. Mr Weinstein faces charges involving two different women – one who alleges he raped her in 2013, the other that he forced her to perform oral sex in 2006. In an interview with Chicago Magazine last year, Ms Rotunno questioned the MeToo movement's insistence on "believing the women." "We are in an era of conviction by allegation in this country right now," she said, "which flies in the face of the entire principle of innocent until proven guilty." She also said that as a woman, she had an advantage on her male counterparts when it came to aggressively cross-examining alleged female victims. "He may be an excellent lawyer, but if he goes at that woman with the same venom that I do, he looks like a bully. If I do it, nobody even bats an eyelash. And it's been very effective." Harvey Weinstein with former lawyer Benjamin Brafman Credit: AFP Mr Weinstein's first lawyer, a high-profile New York defence attorney Ben Brafman, withdrew from the case in January. His replacements, Harvard law professor Ronald Sullivan and Jose Baez, pulled out one after another six months later. Prof Sullivan withdrew after coming under intense pressure from students on campus for defending the man seen as having given rise to the MeToo movement. Mr Baez later backed out citing "fundamental disagreements" with Mr Weinstein and telling a judge that his client's behaviour had made representing him "unreasonably difficult." The date of Mr Weinstein's trial remains unchanged, with jury selection schedule to begin on September 9. The new lawyers have agreed to the date in court filings, according to US media reports. Mr Weinstein denies the claims against him.



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