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|Bernie Sanders says felons, even Boston Marathon bomber, should have right to vote in prison
Bernie Sanders offered his stance at a CNN town hall Monday when asked whether he thought felons should be allowed to vote while they’re incarcerated.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 11:42 AM
|'Saddest day' as Sri Lanka mourns blast victims
Devastated relatives collapsed into the arms of bystanders at memorial services Tuesday, as Sri Lanka began burying victims of deadly weekend suicide blasts that claimed over 320 lives. "We haven't felt this sad since the war," said 36-year-old Rashmi Fernando, referring to the civil conflict that ravaged the country until a decade ago. "I lost three cousins in the attack and another one is in ICU," said Fernando, who was attending a service at the heavily damaged St Sebastian's Church in Negombo with her daughters, aged three and eight.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 8:22 PM
|Don McGahn, ex-White House counsel, subpoenaed over Mueller report
House judiciary committee chair demands McGahn testify before Congress as Democrats escalate investigation of Trump Don McGahn speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, Maryland, on 22 February 2018. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP The Democratic chairman of the House judiciary committee has issued a subpoena ordering that the former White House counsel Don McGahn testify before Congress. The move came as the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, vowed to hold Donald Trump to account following the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian influence on the 2016 US election. The subpoena, issued on Monday, escalates the congressional investigations into Trump, his finances and accusations that he sought to obstruct justice, as Democrats debate how to proceed with the evidence contained in the special counsel’s 448-page report. McGahn cooperated extensively in the special counsel’s investigation and emerged as a key witness in several incidents at the heart of whether Trump obstructed justice. “The special counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses,” said Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House judiciary committee, which has the power to launch impeachment proceedings. “It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability.” Sign up for the US morning briefing In a statement, Nadler said the committee asked for McGahn to turn over documents and records related to the federal investigations into Trump by 7 May and to testify before his committee by 21 May. Meanwhile, at a prime-time town hall meeting of five Democratic presidential contenders on Monday in New Hampshire, the California senator Kamala Harris said Congress should “take the steps towards impeachment” but believed such an effort would probably fail. Only one candidate at the event, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, issued a full-throated call for Congress to try to remove Trump from office. “If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would be arrested and put in jail,” Warren said Nadler had issued the subpoena for McGahn as Democrats came together for the first time since the report was released on a conference call to discuss how the House would proceed. Nancy Pelosi cautioned Democrats against hastily moving toward impeachment, making clear that their immediate focus would be on investigating the president and that those inquiries would guide their actions. “This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans,” Pelosi told her colleagues, according to multiple officials on the call. “It’s about saving our democracy.” Ahead of the call, Pelosi acknowledged the divide within her caucus over whether to pursue impeachment – a step supported by many on the party’s left flank, including 2020 contenders Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro. “While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” Pelosi said in a letter to her colleagues. “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings,” she wrote. She vowed that Democrats would “scrupulously assert Congress’s constitutional duty to honor our oath of office to support and defend the constitution and our democracy” by escalating its investigation into the president. She added: “Whether currently indictable or not, it is clear that the president has, at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds.” In her letter, Pelosi also admonished congressional Republicans – who, with a few notable exceptions, have largely fallen in line and supported Trump’s assessment that the report clears him of wrongdoing – for what she called an “unlimited appetite for such low standards” set by the president. “The GOP should be ashamed of what the Mueller report has revealed, instead of giving the president their blessings,” she wrote. This is the second subpoena issued by Nadler since the release of the report: on Friday he demanded that the justice department turn over an unredacted version of the report as well as the underlying evidence by 1 May, when the attorney general, William Barr, is due to testify before Congress. Nadler, a New York Democrat, has also invited Mueller to testify before his committee next month. The Republican congressman Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House judiciary committee, called the subpoenas “premature” and criticized Democrats for seeking delicate information that the justice department believes should remain confidential. “Instead of looking at material that Attorney General Barr has already made available, Democrats prefer to demand more documents they know are subject to constitutional and common-law privileges and can’t be produced,” he said. Barr offered to brief a select, bipartisan group of lawmakers on a version of the report that was less redacted than the copy made public. Democrats refused the offer arguing that Congress is entitled to the full, unredacted report. Trump has maintained that the report represents a “total exoneration” and has insisted repeatedly that there are no grounds for impeachment. After the subpoena was issued, he tweeted: “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT”. This weekend, senior Democrats blanketed TV talkshows and refused to rule out impeachment. However, they remained firm that there was more to investigate before making a final determination. “I do think, if proven – which hasn’t been proven yet – if proven, some of this would be impeachable, yes,” Nadler said NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable.” Democrats believe Mueller’s report offered them a “roadmap” to further investigate Trump for obstruction of justice. They point to a passage from the report, in which Mueller writes: “Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.”
POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 10:00 PM
|Neo-Nazi linked to group who said Prince Harry was a race traitor for marrying Meghan pleads guilty
Two teenage neo-Nazis, linked to a group that called Prince Harry a "race traitor" for marrying Mehgan Markle, are facing jail after admitting terror charges. Polish national, Michal Szewczuk, 19, admitted two counts of encouraging terrorism and five of possessing documents that could be useful to a terrorist, when he appeared at the Old Bailey. His co-defendant, Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, had previously pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism. The charges relate to a neo-Nazi group called the Sonnenkrieg Division, which posted extreme racist material on the GAB social media platform. In one post, a picture of the Duke of Sussex was set against a swastika with a gun pointing at his head and the slogan: "See ya later, race traitor!" The group is an off shoot of the American Atomwaffen Division, which encourages terrorism and worships Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson. Szewczuk, who used an online pseudonym, posted comments that called for the "systematic slaughter" of women. He also pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the possession of bomb making documents and other extremist terrorist material. At an earlier hearing, prosecutor Jessica Hart described how Szewczuk and Dunn-Koczorowski had shared the Sonnenkrieg Gab account, with both posting from the same account at different times. Judge Rebecca Poulet QC warned both teenagers they could face custody when they return to court for sentencing on 17 June.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 3:41 PM
|Elizabeth Warren proposes canceling billions in student loan debt
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election, wants to cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt and make college cheaper for students going forward. Warren, in a post on the website Medium, proposed canceling $50,000 in student loan debt for anyone with annual household income under $100,000, which her campaign said would amount to 42 million Americans. Warren, who has long advocated in Congress for providing debt relief to students, called student loan debt a "crisis." She said canceling debt for millions of people would help close the nation's racial and wealth gap, and also proposed making all two-year and four-year public colleges free.
POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 9:25 AM
|How Does the Geely Geometry A Measure Up to the Tesla Model 3?
Is the Chinese automaker capable of making a Tesla Model 3 fighter? We do the math.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 10:40 AM
|Fast charge your iPhone to 80% in under an hour for $29
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POSTED APRIL 22, 2019 11:44 AM
|UPDATE 2-PG&E get approval to pay employees $350 mln to meet safety goals after wildfires
PG&E Corp can pay employees up to $350 million in bonuses this year to spur them to help meet the bankrupt California power provider's safety goals to prevent wildfires, a judge said on Tuesday. PG&E's management has said the company needs to implement the bonus plan to carry out tasks such as clearing trees and branches around power lines to avert contact that triggers wildfires. While the maximum cost of the plan is $350 million, PG&E has said it expects the likely cost will be around $235 million.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 7:18 PM
|Jussie Smollett Update: Osundairo brothers filing federal lawsuit in Smollett case
The two brothers who Chicago police said were involved in an allegedly staged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are filing a federal lawsuit.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 10:45 AM
|Meeting with North Korean leader gives Putin more leverage
MOSCOW (AP) — For Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers a chance to raise Moscow's clout in the region and gain more leverage with Washington.
POSTED APRIL 23, 2019 10:09 PM