Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opened the door on Tuesday to ending the procedural rule that requires 60 votes to steer most bills through the chamber if Democrats take the Senate and White House in 2020 — a boon to presidential candidates and activists in his party who have called for that change. Schumer told reporters that "nothing's off the table" if Democrats defeat President Donald Trump and take back the Senate in 2020. However, the New York Democrat cautioned that before removing the filibuster for legislation, "our first step is to get back the majority" of the Senate, where Democrats currently control 47 votes to the GOP's 53 votes.
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.
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.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – James Alex Fields Jr., a neo-Nazi who rammed his car into counterprotesters of a “Unite the Right” rally in 2017, leaving one dead and dozens injured, was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years in state court Monday. Judge Richard Moore upheld a Virginia jury's recommended sentence from December. He also imposed a fine of $480,000.
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.
If there is a question of who worked on behalf of the Turkish government to influence the 2016 Donald Trump campaign, then the court should look no further than former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, lawyers for Bijan Kian, the Iranian-American businessman and former Flynn partner, told jurors in the Eastern District of Virginia Monday. Kian is charged with two felonies—illegally lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government and conspiring covertly to influence U.S. politics about Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who is now living in Pennsylvania. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
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.
A 3-year-old girl named Sofi was asked by a Border Patrol agent if she wanted to go with her mom, or her dad. As NPR reported, an agent wanted to separate the girl's family, who came to the US from Honduras seeking asylum. Under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, asylum seekers are being sent back to Mexico as their claims are processed.
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.
Authorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner's office said Monday that 69-year-old Willem Van Spronsen of Vashon Island was killed Saturday morning outside the privately run Tacoma Northwest Detention Center. The shooting happened hours after a protest outside the facility, which is used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to hold migrants pending deportation proceedings.
Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib take aim at President Trump in a fiery news conference on Capitol Hill.
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.
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.
Two women who said they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein on Monday called on the judge handling the case not to grant bail to the disgraced financier. "I was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein at the age of 14," said Courtney Wild during the bail hearing. She said Epstein, 66, should remain behind bars "just for the safety of any of the girls out there who are going through what I went through."
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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.
When White House reporter Andrew Feinberg posed a question to Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday about the president's racist tweets against the four congresswomen known as the “Squad,” he found himself taken aback by her response. Feinberg, a reporter for the website BeltwayBreakfast.com, asked the White House counselor which countries President Donald Trump was referring to when he suggested Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar—all U.S. citizens—should “go back” to where they came from. Instead of answering that question, Conway asked him, “What's your ethnicity?
A lawsuit alleges that Boeing and Southwest Airlines conspired to cover up issues with the 737 Max from customers, pilots, and regulators. The lawsuit, from 11 passengers, said that Southwest and Boeing knew about "a fatal design defect" with the plane, but covered it up and insisted the plane was safe. It alleges that Southwest profited from a "collusive relationship" with Boeing, and that the two companies had a "reckless greedy conspiracy" to keep the plane flying despite knowing about defects.
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.
The United States did not fully comply with a World Trade Organization ruling and could face Chinese sanctions if it does not remove certain tariffs that break WTO rules, the WTO's appeals judges said in a ruling on Tuesday. China went to the WTO in 2012 to challenge U.S. anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese exports including solar panels, wind towers, steel cylinders and aluminium extrusions, exports that it valued at $7.3 billion at the time. The office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said the WTO ruling recognised that the United States had proved that China used state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to subsidise and distort its economy.
The founder and editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer should be forced to pay more than $14m (£11.2m) to a Jewish woman targeted by a “troll storm” of abusive messages for months on end, a judge has said. The US magistrate called the campaign, launched by the website's publisher Andrew Anglin, as “egregious and reprehensible” with Tanya Gersh, her husband and her 12-year-old son being flooded with vile phone calls, text messages, emails and social media posts that included death threats and antisemitic slurs. The abuse began in December 2016 after The Daily Stormer published, under Mr Anglin's byline, a call to arms to readers.
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Police have arrested a Texas woman who they say has lived with her mother's decaying remains in plain view for the past three years. Investigators believe Jacqueline Crayton fell in the house she shared with her daughter and disabled granddaughter in 2016. Police found Crayton's remains last week while conducting a Child Protective Services investigation at the home where her daughter and granddaughter still live, Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols said at a press conference.
Italy's anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini ordered a report Tuesday on the country's Roma population, with a view to shuttering overcrowded, "illegal" camps, provoking an angry response from rights campaigners. The head of the far-right League ordered the country's regional prefects to draw up "a report on the presence of Roma, Sinti and Caminanti" within two weeks, the interior ministry said in a statement. "The aim is to verify the presence of illegal camps to draw up an eviction plan," it said.
Michael Peck Technology, Asia Ouch. After losing one of its fighters to Pakistani jets armed with American-made missiles, India is not happy with its Russian-made missiles. In fact, it wants to replace its Russian air-to-air missiles with Israeli weapons, according to Indian news site NDTV.