WASHINGTON – Attorney George Conway, whose wife Kellyanne Conway works as a counselor to President Donald Trump, said in a Washington Post op-ed on Monday that he had no more doubt: the president is a racist. Conway, who initially supported Trump but has become one of the president's fiercest critics since he took office, said that despite his problems with Trump he had held off judging him to be a bigot. But after Trump's tweets Sunday telling a group of minority Democratic congresswomen – three of whom were born in the U.S. – to "go back" to the countries they "originally came from" he could no longer avoid the conclusion.
A white Indiana police officer who fatally shot a black man, sparking protests and roiling the presidential campaign of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, has resigned, the local police union announced Monday. The Fraternal Order of Police said Sgt. Ryan O'Neill's resignation from the South Bend Police Department was due to stress and media attention given to last month's shooting of Eric Logan. The union also pointed to "hateful things said on social media."
The acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services has said he does not have details about the ICE raids targeting undocumented immigrants, even though he has spoken about the operation in recent days. Ken Cuccinelli said during a CNN appearance on Monday he did “not have operational details”, including how many arrests were made during the operation that began on Sunday. Last week, Mr Cuccinelli discussed the operation and said there were approximately one million people in the US with removal orders.
Credit cards belonging to Malaysia's disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak were used to spend over $800,000 in one day at a luxury jeweller in Italy, a court has heard. The 2014 spending spree is the latest evidence of what critics say is the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by Najib after he and his cronies allegedly plundered state coffers. The former prime minister, his family members and inner circle are accused of stealing billions of dollars from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in a fraud that stretched around the world.
The Federal Trade Commission approved a $5 billion fine for Facebook last week as a result of its investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook shares actually jumped on the news, rising 1% on Friday to the highest they've been in the past year. As Facebook's primary stockholder, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stands to profit handsomely from the stock-price jump: The value of his Facebook stake increased by more than $1 billion in 30 minutes following the news.
Three reels of videotape from NASA's Apollo 11 mission described as “the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moon walk” will be auctioned at Sotheby's on Saturday, the day of the moon landing's 50th anniversary. The footage offers “unrestored, unenhanced, and unremastered” images of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon's surface and the planting of the American flag, the auction house says. The bidding starts at $700,000, and Sotheby's estimates they will sell for $1 to $2 million.
Kris Osborn Security, All the secrets (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.
Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next. Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice sparred with a senior Chinese diplomat on Twitter in an unusual and heated dispute over race in Washington. In a series of Tweets apparently aimed at making a broader point about diplomatic divisions over the mass detention of Muslims in China's Xinjiang province, Lijian Zhao, a diplomat posted in Islamabad, said on Sunday that if “you're in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go” to the southeastern part of the U.S. capital.
Iran will waive visas for Chinese visitors as early as the end of July in a bid to boost the economy, faltering under the weight of US sanctions. Iran's economy has been sliding toward recession after the US reimposed sanctions last November, heavily targeting vital oil exports and international financial transactions. Tourism is seen as an “unsanctionable” sector,” tourism board chief Ali Asghar Mounesan told IRNA, a state media agency, in June.
When the president walks into his scheduled Cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday, four of the 23 people at the table will be officials operating in an “acting“ capacity — including the leaders of Homeland Security and Defense. The secretary of Labor is slated to leave the administration on Friday, adding another temporary aide to the top ranks of the Trump administration. And in recent weeks, a handful of the top Cabinet officials have irritated either Trump or key White House officials including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — with the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reportedly on the outs as well.
An Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney sentenced Adau Mornyang to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors had sought a month in jail for Mornyang.
A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months. Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat. He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to “harvest” it for food between December 2018 and May this year.
Authorities in California are searching for a 69-year-old woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert. Arizona resident Barbara Thomas does not have the means to survive the sweltering heat expected this week, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said. Thomas was last seen Friday wearing a black bikini, a red baseball cap and tan hiking boots with black socks.
The special counsel's appearance on Capitol Hill is delayed one week after a new deal is reached on the format; Kevin Corke reports.
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The Royal Navy plans briefly to double its number of warships in the Persian Gulf following an attempted attack by Iranian forces on a British oil tanker on June 20, 2019. Iranian boats tried to “impede” the British oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz, the BBC reported. HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, “was forced to move between the three boats and the tanker,” according to the BBC.
July 20, 2019, is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing when American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person ever to walk on the moon. Most people assume mission Commander Neil Armstrong was always NASA's first choice to walk on the moon because of his seniority. Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin revealed in a Reddit AMA that in previous moonwalks, it was typical for the junior crewmember to leave the space capsule while the commander remained inside.
A summary of Jeffrey Epstein's assets made public on Monday shows he has $56 million in cash, with another $500 million divided between property and investments. The bare-bones accounting estimates his homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands, one of them on his private island, are worth $85 million. The financier also listed an $8.6 million Paris apartment, a $12 million Palm Beach estate, a $17 million New Mexico ranch, and his Manhattan mansion—which he says is worth $55 million but prosecutors say is worth $77 million.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that the United States is "playing with fire," echoing remarks by President Donald Trump as the two sides are locked in a standoff over Tehran's nuclear program. The United States quit an international deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program last year, hitting Tehran with crippling sanctions. Tensions have since soared, with the US calling off air strikes against Iran at the last minute after Tehran downed an American drone, and Washington blaming the Islamic republic for a series of attacks on tanker ships.
Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathisers, they said on Monday. Elite police forces searched properties across northern Italy following an investigation into Italians who had fought alongside Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, a police statement said. During their raids, police discovered a French-made Matra air-to-air missile that appeared to have once belonged to the Qatar armed forces.
Heavy rain fall in south Florida forced hundreds of land crabs, which burrow underground, out of their holes and into the property of Dan Skowronski, a resident of of Port St Lucie. In a video shared to Facebook, the Florida man witnessed the home invasion with a surprising calm. Florida saw heavy rainfall as Hurricane Barry geared up in the Gulf Coast throughout last week, before making landfall in Louisiana on Saturday.
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. It's unclear to what extent the government can enforce hijab compliance amid an economic malaise, including a currency collapse and rising housing prices. There's anecdotal evidence that more women are pushing back against the dress code, trying to redefine red lines as they test the response of the ruling Shiite Muslim clergy and their security agencies.
Leaders across the Balkans have expressed frustration at what they say is stalling by the EU over when they can become part of the world's biggest trading bloc. Concerns flared two weeks ago when, after a marathon session of wrangling over who will take the EU's top jobs, Macron said there would be no further enlargement unless “deep reform” of the EU happens first. During a visit to Serbia Monday, where he met President Aleksandar Vucic, Macron again said that “Serbia is destined to join” but that expanding the bloc without changing the way it makes decisions would cause problems for everyone.
"Something that we've been thinking about and talking about in town hall meetings and out on the campaign – the legacy of slavery in the United States – now has a much more personal connection," O'Rourke wrote, noting that his wife, Amy, also had ancestors who owned slaves. The revelation came shortly after NBC News published findingsfrom U.S. Census records saying that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime opponent of government reparations for slavery, is himself descended from slave owners. The Kentucky Republican has since doubled down on his opposition to reparations, arguing that no living person is responsible for what he called America's "original sin" of slavery.
While the vessels would be useful in their own right, the main benefit could be to help Beijing refine reactor technology for use in a future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, according to the Hong Kong South China Morning Post. The Chinese navy already possesses two conventionally-powered flattops and is building a third. But naval expert Li Jie told the newspaper that to be truly competitive, the Chinese navy needs a ship capable of generating lots of power and high speeds in order to launch large aircraft.