Dorian Winds Weaken but Storm Remains `Extremely Dangerous’

Hurricane Dorian is continuing to bash the Bahamas but its winds are weakening as the storm widens out, and forecasters are looking for signs it’s ready to turn north on a run up the U.S. East Coast rather than slamming head on into Florida. Dorian is continuing to move forward at just 1 mile per hour, according to a 2 p.m. advisory by the U.S. inflicting colossal damage to property and infrastructure in the Bahamas. Located about 25 miles (56 kilometers) from Freeport, Dorian has Dorian will cause In a briefing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida utilities have assembled 17,000 personnel to help restore power quickly as needed. He said 72 nursing homes and assisted living centers along the …

Likelihood of missing the next debate creates moment of reckoning for Democratic campaigns

Washington (CNN)What now? And the lack of an invite has already contributed to the thinning of the field. Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee both dropped out — in part — because they weren’t going to qualify for the debate, according to people close to the two Democrats. In order to qualify for the September debate in Houston, candidates must receive contributions from at least 130,000 individuals, coming from at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states, and reach 2% in at least four DNC-approved polls. The deadline to meet those qualifications is the end of the day on Wednesday. Any donations or polls that come before midnight on Wednesday count toward meeting the thresholds, …

Why Donald Trump is thrilled about this fight with the ‘Squad’

(CNN)It’s beyond debate that President Donald Trump’s Sunday tweets urging four non-white female Democratic members of Congress to go back to the countries they came from — which in all but one case was America — were racist. But it’s also true that Trump and his allies are thrilled about the firestorm those tweets have set off. But there’s no question that Trump has leaned into this controversy — repeatedly tweeting attacks against not only the “Squad” but the Democratic leadership who he contends is protecting them. Trump has also — with a big assist from congressional Republicans — sought to reframe his initial attack from one that is clearly racist and xenophobic to one that is simply an attack …

Jerry Nadler: House Judiciary to go to court next week to enforce Don McGahn subpoena

Washington (CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Thursday said the House Judiciary Committee is “going to court” next week in hopes of enforcing a subpoena for White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before Congress. The special counsel’s report, which was released in April, stated that in June 2017 — after media reports indicated then-special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether Trump had obstructed justice — Trump called McGahn at home and directed him to call the acting attorney general to say Mueller “had conflicts of interest and must be removed.” McGahn declined to do so, deciding that he would “rather resign than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre.” Nadler called McGahn “the main fact witness” …

Trump’s race tweets send Washington into midsummer madness

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump might finally have broken Washington. Only four Republicans voted with the Democrats. The rest of their party instead tried to censure Speaker Nancy Pelosi — surreally accusing her of breaking the chamber’s arcane manners when she said Trump’s rhetoric was “disgraceful and disgusting” and “racist.” At one point, the presiding officer, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, laid down his gavel and walked out in frustration. Republicans twisted themselves in knots to avoid angering constituents by condemning the President’s tweets, and sought to rebrand them as a patriotic denunciations of the extreme socialism they say is infecting the Democratic Party. “I think this party has been very clear, we are the …

The surprising history of impeachment and what it means for Trump

Washington (CNN)As Democrats try to square growing calls for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump with hesitation from party leadership — and the political reality of a Republican-controlled Senate — it’s worth understanding what’s behind the concept of impeachment and why it should or shouldn’t apply to Trump. CNN: I found it really interesting the way you tied the idea of impeachment back to the Magna Carta and how lords used it almost as a form of protection against the king. Is there anything left from that original meaning in the way it is applied today? BOWMAN: For centuries, the kings and queens of England were the dictators of their age, with the added advantage that they could claim a …

UK halts sale of teargas to Hong Kong amid police brutality claims

Jeremy Hunt calls for investigation into violent scenes during protests The UK is suspending future sales of teargas and other crowd control equipment to Hong Kong until an independent investigation is held into allegations of protests earlier this month. The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who is on 12 June in detail. The evidence of the unlawful use of force by police against peaceful protesters on 12 June is irrefutable. In the footage Amnesty has verified, police officers appear out of control, placing peaceful protesters who posed no threat in danger of serious injury, said Man-kei Tam, the director of Amnesty International Hong Kong. On 15 June Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Kim Jong Un’s ‘beautiful’ letter to Trump contained no details on way forward, source says

Washington (CNN)A “beautiful” letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un touted by President Donald Trump on Tuesday lacked substance and did not contain any details on a way forward for the stalled denuclearization talks between the two countries, according to a source familiar with its contents. “We have a very good relationship together,” Trump said of Kim as he stood outside the White House on Tuesday. “Now I can confirm it because of the letter I got yesterday, and I think something will happen that’s going to be very positive. But in the meantime, we have our hostages back, the remains keep coming back, we have a relationship.” Trump’s reaction was not out of the ordinary and the President …

Teleprompter Trump vs. Twitter Trump

Washington (CNN)There are two Donald Trumps: Teleprompter Trump and Twitter Trump. Teleprompter Trump delivered a solid — and well-received — address honoring those who lost their lives in a battle that turned the tide of World War II. Twitter Trump filmed an interview with Fox News Channel personality Laura Ingraham — just before delivering his formal remarks — in which he attacked Robert Mueller as a “fool” and said that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “a nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Every protest shifts the world’s balance’

Two hundred years after the Peterloo massacre, which led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian, protest is shaping our political moment. Where do we go from here? Scale it up and its revolution; scale it down and its individual non-cooperation that may be seen as nothing more than obstinacy or malingering or not seen at all. What we call protest identifies one aspect of popular power and resistance, a force so woven into history and everyday life that you miss a lot of its impact if you focus only on groups of people taking stands in public places. But people taking such stands have changed the world over and over, toppled regimes, won rights, terrified tyrants, stopped pipelines and …

The looming California challenge for Kamala Harris

Los Angeles (CNN)When California moved its primary up to March, the decision was viewed as a boon for Sen. Kamala Harris. But now, with nearly two dozen Democratic candidates in the race, Harris is facing fierce competition on her home turf on a day so packed with critical primaries that it might as well be called the March 3 migraine. How to allocate resources on that mighty Super Tuesday is a complex equation for Harris and all of the 2020 contenders, who will be trying to prove their appeal not only in California, but also in Texas, Minnesota, and southern states like Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee (where Harris, among others, is trying to consolidate black voters behind her bid …

Donald Trump spent his Japan trip tweeting about Joe Biden

(CNN)Earlier this month, The New York Times wrote a story that featured White House aides virtually begging President Donald Trump to stop talking about Joe Biden. “In the three weeks since Mr. Biden announced his candidacy, Mr. Trump has tried out two nicknames on him, accused his opponent and family members of corrupt dealings with Ukraine (prompting a coordinated Democratic response) and argued that he’s naïve about the threats America faces… Trump’s focus — bordering on obsession — with Biden has several practical effects on the 2020 race. The most obvious is that it makes Biden’s case for him among Democrats — that Trump knows the former VP represents a real threat to him and all of his tweets are …

Tillerson told lawmakers Putin was more prepared than Trump in Germany meeting

(CNN)Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more prepared than President Donald Trump for their meeting in Hamburg, Germany, putting US officials at a disadvantage, a Democratic House Foreign Affairs committee aide told CNN Wednesday. Tillerson met Tuesday with the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Democratic Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel and ranking Republican Rep. Michael McCaul for a seven-hour interview centered on his experiences in Trump’s Cabinet, a congressional aide with direct knowledge of the discussion told CNN. Discussion topics centered on the White House’s relationship with Russia and uncertainty surrounding the role of Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, in dictating foreign policy. But a battle about releasing the meeting’s …

California man who unwittingly helped Russian meddling released from federal custody

Washington (CNN)The California fake ID salesman who unknowingly helped Russian trolls meddle in the 2016 election has been released after a six-month stint in federal prison. The scheme earned Pinedo about $40,000 over three years, according to court filings. The Mueller report, which is nearly 500 pages in all, mentioned Pinedo by name eight times. Most of the references came in a section about how Kremlin-backed trolls, at a company called the Internet Research Agency, used social media to spread political propaganda to US voters. “The investigation did not establish that Pinedo was aware of the identity of the IRA members who purchased bank account numbers from him,” the report said about his overlap with the Russians. “Pinedo’s sales of …

Is Melania Trump’s Be Best platform making headway one year in?

(CNN)Exactly one year after announcing her long-awaited Be Best platform, Melania Trump is scheduled to return to the Rose Garden on Tuesday to push the campaign forward. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of any announcements she will make at the [anniversary] celebration, but we have expanded two of the three pillars based on information and lessons learned over the past year,” Grisham tells CNN. “Her expansion of the opioids pillar will now include speaking to children of all ages, and her expansion of the social media pillar will now focus on online safety as a whole.” Trump has put her focus in the opioid sector primarily on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a little-discussed but medically challenging side effect …

Trump says he spoke with Putin about ‘Russian hoax,’ didn’t warn him against 2020 election meddling

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said he briefly discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, but didn’t warn his Russian counterpart to not meddle in the next US election. Friday’s phone call was the first between the two leaders since the release of the Mueller report, which found that members of the Trump campaign expected they would benefit from Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, but didn’t find that they conspired with the Kremlin. On Saturday, the President in a tweet doubled down on what he called a “very good call” with Putin, knocking news coverage of Mueller’s investigation. “Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read …