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  • Fact, along with Trump, is on trial in the Senate
    Yahoo News

    Fact, along with Trump, is on trial in the Senate

    WASHINGTON — “The truth is there,” Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., said at the opening of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, a statement repeated and paraphrased countless times by the seven House impeachment managers, who have treated the case against Trump as self-evidently true based on the facts they have gathered. Now they just have to convince Republicans.

  • China says virus situation 'grave' as Lunar New Year curtailed
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    China says virus situation 'grave' as Lunar New Year curtailed

    President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a virus that has killed 41 people and caused a drastic scale-back of Lunar New Year celebrations. The world's most populous country, which is scrambling to contain the disease that has infected nearly 1,300 people and overwhelmed health facilities, is building a second field hospital and closing more travel routes. After more countries reported cases, Xi said at a Communist Party leadership meeting on the disease that China was "faced with the grave situation of an accelerating spread of the new coronavirus" but that the country will "definitely be able to win the battle," according to state media.

  • ‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly Fails
    The Daily Beast

    ‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly Fails

    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani showed up on the president's favorite morning program on Friday—and apparently didn't want to leave. A day after Giuliani claimed on Twitter that he was about to go public with evidence that will reveal the “Biden Family Enterprise made millions by selling public office” when Joe Biden was vice president, the former New York City mayor sat down on Fox & Friends' curvy couch for what can generously be described as an unhinged, rambling, off-the-rails performance. Giuliani, whose involvement in the Ukraine scandal is at the heart of the president's impeachment, continually left the hosts of the Fox News slack-jawed as he prattled on and bulldozed right through their efforts to keep him from incriminating and implicating himself.

  • Trump administration accused by the UK of a 'denial of justice' after refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife accused of killing a British teenager
    Business Insider

    Trump administration accused by the UK of a 'denial of justice' after refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife accused of killing a British teenager

    The US has denied the UK's request for the extradition of the US diplomat's wife who is accused of causing the death of a British teenager near a US military base in England last summer. Harry Dunn was killed after being struck by a car which was allegedly being driven by Anne Sacoolas on the wrong side of the road. A spokesman for the Dunn family accused the Trump administration of taking a "wrecking ball" to the alliance between the UK and US.

  • Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned
    The National Interest

    Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned

    In the wake of Washington's assassination of former Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Arab Shi'a desires and interests across the Middle East are under a microscope. Have they shifted their protest slogans from opposing Iran to denouncing the United States? Americans should not assume that wide-angle television images of Shi'a protests in Iran calling for the downfall of the Great Satan reflect Shi'a sentiment across Arab societies.

  • Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans
    CBS News

    Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans

    Warren's student loan comments begin at the 6-min. mark in video above After being confronted by a man questioning her student loan forgiveness plan, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren dismissed his argument. "We don't build an America by saddling our kids with debt," she said on "CBS This Morning" Friday.

  • Wax On, Wane Off: A Guide to All the Lunar Phases
    Popular Mechanics

    Wax On, Wane Off: A Guide to All the Lunar Phases

    Your guide to the moon—and its many phases. From Popular Mechanics

  • Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’
    The Independent

    Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’

    A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US. Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. But prison wardens allegedly allowed the beating to happen without intervening.

  • Trump attorney Robert Ray: No new evidence needed for ‘standardless impeachment’
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    Trump attorney Robert Ray: No new evidence needed for ‘standardless impeachment’

    Robert Ray, a member of President Trump's impeachment defense team, tells Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff that despite polls showing a majority in favor of allowing new witnesses and evidence in the impeachment trial, the upcoming Senate vote to allow or deny new witnesses and evidence “will be the end of it.

  • Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilege
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    Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilege

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House prosecutor, called on Chief Justice John Roberts to expedite rulings on any disputes between Congress and President Trump over witness testimony and documents, if the Senate votes to allow them. “We have a very capable justice sitting in that Senate chamber empowered by the Senate rules to decide issues of evidence and privilege,” Schiff, the Democratic congressman from California leading the case for impeachment, told reporters prior to the last day of opening arguments for the House impeachment managers. Republicans have said over the past day or so that one reason to vote against subpoenas for documents and witnesses in the trial is that it would drag out the process too long, because Trump would claim executive privilege and the matter would get bogged down in the courts.

  • Xi says China faces 'grave situation' as virus death toll hits 42
    Reuters

    Xi says China faces 'grave situation' as virus death toll hits 42

    President Xi Jinping said China was facing a "grave situation" as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 42, overshadowing Lunar New Year celebrations that began on Saturday. China also announced further transport restrictions. With more than 1,400 people infected worldwide, most of them in China, Hong Kong declared a virus emergency, scrapped celebrations and restricted links to mainland China.

  • Australia's Kangaroo Island is looking for volunteers to feed animals injured in bushfires
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    Australia's Kangaroo Island is looking for volunteers to feed animals injured in bushfires

    PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Australia is looking for volunteers to feed local wildlife injured by the bushfires on Kangaroo Island. Nearly half of the island, located in the country's south, was burned in bushfires earlier this month, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Up to 30,000 out of an estimated 60,000 koalas are believed to have been killed.

  • Business Insider

    Fox News primetime is covering Trump's impeachment trial — but with no audio of evidence from Democrats

    Fox News Fox News in its primetime evening coverage of impeachment proceedings is playing testimony by top Democrats with no sound, and adding live spin from Trump allies. In his show, Sean Hannity assured viewers that the proceedings weren't worth watching and attacked them as "24 hours of never-ending babbling, repetitive talking points." Fox News has long been accused of being an unofficial communications arm of the Trump White House, and its coverage of the impeachment proceedings is leading the ratings.

  • China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It
    The National Interest

    China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It

    For decades, the Indian Navy has been the dominant regional power in the Indian Ocean, and has even boasted a carrier aviation capability that was nearly unique in Asia. But as outlined in a report by the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the growth of Chinese military power in the last two decades has dramatically eclipsed India's own attempts to modernize and expand its forces—particularly in the maritime domain. This is problematic due to New Delhi's tense relations with Beijing since a 1962 border war.

  • 'Kids are taking the streets': climate activists plan avalanche of events as 2020 election looms
    The Guardian

    'Kids are taking the streets': climate activists plan avalanche of events as 2020 election looms

    Organizers in the youth climate movement plan an avalanche of activities beginning next week, determined to make the future of the climate the major issue of the 2020 election. Capitalizing on turnout in the September climate strikes, when 6 million people worldwide turned out to demand urgent action to address the escalating ecological emergency, young US organizers are making the leap from mobilization to demands. “The headline message of the strikes in 2020 is: the kids are taking to the streets to strike for climate and they're asking you to vote,” said Katie Eder, the executive director of Future Coalition, a communications and training hub for youth climate groups.

  • Racist threats rattle students, faculty at university
    Associated Press

    Racist threats rattle students, faculty at university

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three months after a set of anonymous, threatening, racist, antisemitic and homophobic emails sent a wave of fear through the sociology department at Wake Forest University, the department chairman says he's still waiting for university leaders to announce a meaningful response. Alarmed by what he deemed white supremacist terrorism, chairman Joseph Soares canceled sociology classes for a week. When they resumed, Wake Forest police officers were stationed outside classrooms and the building itself.

  • General Says U.S. Troops Deployed to Middle East by Trump Admin. May Be There for ‘Quite a While’
    National Review

    General Says U.S. Troops Deployed to Middle East by Trump Admin. May Be There for ‘Quite a While’

    Marine General Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, warned troops deployed as part of a recent surge that he was “not sure how long you're going to stay” in the region. “You're here because I requested that you come,” McKenzie said to sailors and Marines aboard the USS Bataan amphibious assault ship, according to the Associated Press. McKenzie was addressing a small contingent of the 20,000 troops who have been deployed to the Middle East in the last eight months due to escalating tensions with Iran.

  • Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in Kansas
    USA TODAY

    Two pedestrians killed by snowplow in Kansas

    Two pedestrians were killed early Friday morning after they were struck by a snowplow in Kansas, authorities said. The victims were identified as Anthony Stephen Toler, 22, and Jayden J. Rosa, 20, both of Manhattan. The driver of the Riley County snowplow, Lawrence J. Gassman, 65, of Manhattan, was reported uninjured.

  • Democrats pounce as Trump says he would consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare
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    Democrats pounce as Trump says he would consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare

    While much of the nation was focused on Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, the president gave an interview in Davos, Switzerland, that undercut one of his key pledges from his 2016 campaign, declaring his intention to “take a look” at cutting benefits to entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. Asked by CNBC host Joe Kernen whether he would ever consider cutting entitlements, Trump, who had run on a promise to protect Social Security and Medicare, didn't rule it out. At some point they will be.

  • China virus toll rises to 54 dead, more than 300 new cases: govt
    AFP

    China virus toll rises to 54 dead, more than 300 new cases: govt

    The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases. The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government. President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

  • A 62-year-old Chinese doctor in Wuhan 'at the front line' of the coronavirus outbreak has died after treating patients
    INSIDER

    A 62-year-old Chinese doctor in Wuhan 'at the front line' of the coronavirus outbreak has died after treating patients

    Chinese state media confirmed that 62-year-old doctor in Wuhan died after treating patients infected with the deadly coronavirus that has killed 41 people and infected nearly 1,300. Liang Wudong was an ENT specialist at Hubei Xinhau Hospital in Wuhan, China who retired in March 2019, and "had been at the front line" of the coronavirus outbreak, China Global Television Network reports. Local medical staff in Wuhan have been overburdened by coronavirus patients, with some doctors wearing adult diapers because they don't have time to go to the bathroom.

  • Lindsey Graham: 'Let's not be too hard' on Adam Schiff, Democrats
    The Week

    Lindsey Graham: 'Let's not be too hard' on Adam Schiff, Democrats

    Many GOP lawmakers were angered by a comment made by lead impeachment prosecutor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) during his closing arguments Friday. "CBS News reported last night that a Trump confidant said that key senators were warned, 'Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.' I don't know if that's true," Schiff said. Overall, Graham was complimentary of the Democrats arguments, even if the chance that they swayed his opinion is negligible.

  • Iran Cannot Defeat American Stealth Planes, but They Could Cause Real Damage
    The National Interest

    Iran Cannot Defeat American Stealth Planes, but They Could Cause Real Damage

    The once-formidable Iranian Air Force, starved of spare parts for its 1970s-era American-built fighters, is unlikely to effectively challenge U.S. air superiority. Instead, Iran has doubled down on a diverse array of surface-to-air missile (SAMs) systems in its Air Defense Force (IRIADF) as well as the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Together, these form an integrated air defense system that can tackle threats approaching at different ranges, speeds and altitudes, aided by powerful over-the-horizon surveillance radar described in this article.

  • Sluggish storm to keep dumping snow over Midwest
    AccuWeather

    Sluggish storm to keep dumping snow over Midwest

    A slow-moving storm already responsible for dumping more than half a foot of snow on parts of Missouri and Iowa will continue to produce fresh powder over a portion of the Midwest as it sluggishly drifts eastward through Saturday. The storm became better organized late this past week as it managed to attach to the upper part of the atmosphere. Rather than remaining weak and taking a swift eastward track, spreading snow over huge swath from the Plains to the Northeast, the storm matured and stalled over the Mississippi Valley for a time.

  • Belarus' leader blasts Russia for pushing merger of 2 states
    Associated Press

    Belarus' leader blasts Russia for pushing merger of 2 states

    The president of Belarus on Friday accused Moscow of pressuring his country to merge with Russia and vowed not to let it happen. Talking to workers of a paper plant in eastern Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko lambasted Russia, the country's main provider of cheap oil and gas, for halting oil supplies in order "to dissolve Belarus ... in the brotherly Russia.