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A protester from the conspiracy site InfoWars interrupted the latest impeachment hearing as soon as it began, shouting 'Trump is innocent!'

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:34

"We know who committed the crimes and it wasn't Trump. Trump is innocent!" the pro-Trump InfoWars protester yelled as he was escorted out of the room.

Wisconsin Guard leader resigns in wake of sex assault review

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:32

The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers' request Monday, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations and policies for years over the handling of soldiers' sexual assault and harassment complaints. The report from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., found the Guard allowed internal investigations in defiance of federal law as well as Department of Defense and bureau policy; investigators falsely presented themselves as working for the federal bureau; case records were mismanaged; and Guard sexual assault response policies were not in compliance with federal regulations for more than five years.

Bolsonaro Says Trade With Argentina Will Go On Despite Fernandez

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:01

(Bloomberg) -- President Jair Bolsonaro said trade with Argentina “will remain the same” despite his animosity with President-elect Alberto Fernandez but didn’t confirm whether Brazil will send a high-ranking representative to his inauguration in Buenos Aires.Asked whether he had changed plans to send Citizenzhip Minister Osmar Terra to Fernandez’s swearing-in, Bolsonaro on Monday said he’s analyzing Argentina’s guest list before deciding whether to send an official to the Dec. 10 ceremony.Over the weekend, the Brazilian president ordered Terra’s trip to Buenos Aires to be canceled and opted to send no cabinet member to the inauguration of his political adversary, according to a Brazilian official with direct knowledge of the matter.For now, Brazil’s ambassador to Argentina, Sergio Danese, will represent the government at the event, according to the presidency’s press office.Relations between Brazil and Argentina, which are traditionally political and trade allies, have worsened in recent weeks amid an ideological clash between Fernandez’s left-wing movement and Bolsonaro’s hard-right administration. The spat has also raised prospects that Latin America’s largest economy may pull out of the Mercosur customs union - which counts Brazil and Argentina as its two largest members - if differences persist.Citizenship MinisterHours after his election victory, Fernandez set the stage for the first diplomatic tiff between the two countries by calling for the release of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist icon and Bolsonaro adversary. Bolsonaro said he wouldn’t call Fernandez to congratulate him and wouldn’t attend the Argentine presidential inauguration, marking the first time in recent history for a Brazilian head of state.Read more: Bolsonaro to Skip Fernandez Inauguration as Argentina Spat GrowsNewspaper Clarin reported that Bolsonaro changed plans to send Terra to Buenos Aires because he was annoyed by a Brazilian delegation led by lower house Speaker Rodrigo Maia, which met Fernandez in Argentina last week.Bolsonaro was aware of the delegation’s travel plans, Clarin reported Maia as saying. Terra had been preparing to meet with both Fernandez and outgoing President Mauricio Macri, as well as local business leaders.To contact the reporters on this story: Murilo Fagundes in Brasilia at;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at, Matthew MalinowskiFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

5-Year-Old Carries Baby in Subzero Cold After They Are Abandoned, Police Say

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:17

A 5-year-old, wearing just socks and light clothing, carried an 18-month-old through subzero temperatures in the Yukon Flats of Alaska after the power went out at the home where they had been left alone, according to the authorities.The power failure scared the older child, who then carried the baby to a home about half a mile away in Venetie, Alaska, Tuesday, the Alaska State Department of Public Safety said in a statement Friday.At the time, the temperature was about 31 degrees below zero, officials said, and both children suffered unspecified injuries from the cold. It was not immediately clear how the younger child had been dressed.The children are expected to make a full recovery, Ken Marsh, a department spokesman, said Sunday.To reach the remote community, which has a population of 166 and is nearly 150 miles north of Fairbanks in interior Alaska, troopers had to charter a plane, Marsh said."It took 12 to 16 hours for them to actually get there," he said. "Fortunately, we were confident that the children were in good hands because a neighbor had taken them in and we had spoken with the neighbor."An investigation led to the arrest of Julie Peter, 37, who was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, officials said.Efforts to reach Peter were unsuccessful.The investigation revealed she had "deserted" the children in her home with no adult supervision, officials said. It was not clear whether Peter was related to the children or if the children were related to each other.Officials did not release the details of those relationships because the victims were minors, Marsh said.Venetie experiences extreme temperatures throughout the year but especially in the winter.From November to March, the temperature typically dips below zero and extended periods of temperatures of minus 50 to minus 60 degrees are common, according to the Tanana Chiefs Conference, an Alaska Native nonprofit that serves the 42 villages of interior Alaska.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Too much of a Greta thing? Activist urges focus on others

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 07:38

With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way. “Our stories have been told over and over again,” the 16-year-old Swede said, explaining why she and prominent German activist Luisa Neubauer would be handing over the stage at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid to other young activists. “It’s really about them,” Thunberg added of the young activists from developing countries already facing the effects of climate change, including violent storms, droughts and rising sea levels.

Remember When Russian Diesel Submarines Chased Down A British Nuclear Sub?

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 07:05

Depends if it actually happened.

Marijuana Allegations Brings Call for Probe Into Serb President

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:48

(Bloomberg) -- A top aide of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic requested an investigation into his boss and his brother in a bid to clear them from opposition-led allegations that they’re linked to an illegal marijuana farm.Opposition parties are struggling to make a dent in the dominant position of Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party as the Balkan state heads into general elections next spring. His opponents have led sporadic street rallies over the last year to protest against what they say is an autocratic style of governing that stifles media freedom and opens deals to businessmen allies.The new allegations follow last month’s seizure of almost 4 tons of greenhouse-cultivated marijuana at an organic farm near the capital. Police arrested the owner, who had sought state subsidies for growing non-psychoactive hemp. While there’s no clear evidence that he got financial support, activists accused Vucic and his brother of protecting the farmer.“There can be only one truth,” Milos Vucevic, the vice president of Vucic’s party, told reporters in Belgrade Monday after filing a request to prosecutors. The aim is to knock down “heinous lies and slander and to establish if those who made the accusations actually lied,” he said.Opinion polls show Vucic, who started his political career serving under late strongman Slobodan Milosevic, is by far the country’s most popular politician. Opposition parties say that he has unfairly used his position to harness state media to amplify his messages and marginalize his rivals.“The whole point is to show who’s lying,” Vucic told private Pink TV on Sunday. “You just have to stop that and show people what what kind of liars these people are.”To contact the reporter on this story: Misha Savic in Belgrade at msavic2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Irina Vilcu at, Michael Winfrey, Andrea DudikFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Two Members of Juice Wrld’s Entourage Arrested For Carrying Guns

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:23

Two bodyguards protecting the rapper Juice Wrld at the time of his dramatic death Sunday have been arrested on gun charges, police said.The 21-year-old rising star, whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgens, died after suffering a “medical emergency” while making his way through Chicago’s Midway International Airport, having just disembarked from a private jet flight from California.Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The New York Post that Juice Wrld was with a group of about 10 to 12 people at the time of his death, including his entourage, aircraft staff and the two security guards who were found with weapons on them.The security guards had a conceal and carry permit valid in the state of Illinois, but it didn’t allow them to bring the weapons into an airport. They were arrested and charged with misdemeanor gun violations, Guglielmi said. Their names have not been released.No other contraband was found on any other member of the group, Guglielmi told the Post, adding that the group were “very cooperative.”Meanwhile footage from inside the plane posted by fellow passenger DJ Akademiks has also emerged, but sheds little light on the mystery. It showed Juice Wrld looking alert and Akademiks posted, “He was in high spirits and looked happy.”The rapper, whose hits include Hot 100 No. 2 “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls are the Same” featuring Lil Yachty, suffered a seizure at the airport and was pronounced dead from a cardiac arrest after being seen “convulsing” at a private hangar at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.He was bleeding from the mouth when paramedics responded to the scene, law enforcement sources told TMZ.An autopsy is due to take place Monday.Juice Wrld, whose music features frequent drug references, has said he started using codeine in 6th grade and spoke openly about prescription drug abuse over the years, saying he used pills such as Percocet and Xanax, according to Heavy. In a tweet in June this year, he appeared to promise his girlfriend, Ally Lotti, that he would get clean.Of getting sober from opiates, he once said, according to Billboard, “What do you expect if I’m a young dude that really loves music, really looks up to these artists? I didn’t have a man giving me no type of guidance. My father wasn’t in my life like that. So listening to this grown-ass man rap about lean, I’m like, ‘Well, that sounds really appealing.’” Police said there were no signs of foul play and the other passengers aboard the aircraft are cooperating with authorities.His girlfriend, Lotti, also appeared to have joined the rapper for the flight before his fatal medical episode. She posted video to her Instagram story on Saturday night of the group boarding the private plane.The Chicago-born musician was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May. His second album, Death Race for Love, debuted on top of the Billboard charts this year.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Four rockets hit military base near Baghdad airport

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:19

Four Katyusha rockets hit a military base near Baghdad International Airport early on Monday, wounding at least six soldiers, Iraqi security officials said. It was the latest incident in a series of rocket attacks in recent weeks. Iraqi security forces discovered a rocket launcher and some defused rockets nearby after searching the area following the the attack, a statement from Iraqi security forces said.

Biden looks to rural Iowa to catch fast-rising Buttigieg

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:06

STORM LAKE/OELWEIN, Iowa (Reuters) - As Joe Biden on Saturday finished an eight-day bus tour through the crucial early nominating state of Iowa, one realization loomed large: His biggest challenge to clinching the Democratic presidential nomination may be coming from Pete Buttigieg, a Midwest mayor less than half his age. Leading in national polls among Democrats but trailing in Iowa, where progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have won over more liberal, urban and younger Iowans with their fight-the-power messages, Biden, 77, is targeting the state's older, moderate and rural voters.

BofA Director Charged in Hong Kong After Scuffle With Police

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 05:37

(Bloomberg) -- A Bank of America Corp. anti-bribery and compliance director in Hong Kong was charged with assaulting a police officer after an altercation in a metro station over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the matter.The director, a 35-year-old American, was released on HK$10,000 ($1,300) bail and faces another hearing on Feb. 4, Oriental Daily and other media reported. Bank of America spokesman Mark Tsang declined to comment. Hong Kong police confirmed they had arrested a 35-year-old foreigner for obstructing and assaulting an officer seeking to stop a turnstile jumper.The BofA employee is the latest Hong Kong banking professional to become entangled in the turmoil that has roiled the financial hub over the past six months. A Citigroup Inc. banker was detained last month after a scuffle with police, while BNP Paribas SA in September issued a public apology over pro-protest social media posts by one of its employees.The turbulence has made office life tense in Hong Kong with firms across the city urging workers to prioritize their safety. The violence of the protests has subsided recently. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of marchers walked through central Hong Kong, in a largely peaceful gathering calling for greater freedom and democracy.At a press conference on Monday, police said they made 42 protest-related arrests during the weekend, bringing the total to more than 6,000 since June. Police have fired 16,000 rounds of tear gas, 10,000 rubber bullets, 2,000 bean bag rounds and 1,850 sponge grenades over the past six months.\--With assistance from Shelly Banjo and Stephen Tan.To contact the reporters on this story: Cathy Chan in Hong Kong at;Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at;Aaron Mc Nicholas in Hong Kong at amcnicholas2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Candice Zachariahs at, Jonas BergmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Webcam live feed showed tourists inside New Zealand volcano right before it erupted and killed at least 5

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 05:15

The webcam photograph was taken at 2:10 p.m. local time, just a minute before the eruption started. The fate of the people in the picture is unclear.

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 05:00

Timothy Ginter, who said he had ‘no knowledge’ of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had “no knowledge” of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project Blitz, a state legislative project guided by three Christian right organizations, including the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC), WallBuilders and the ProFamily Legislators Conference. Project Blitz aims to promote and help pass conservative legislation across the US to fulfil its rightwing Christian agenda.When initially approached, Ginter told the Guardian in an email from a legislative aide that he had “no knowledge of ‘Project Blitz’ and has not been working with WallBuilders or the Congressional Prayer Caucus”.However, a screenshot shows Ginter was listed as the co-chair of the Ohio Prayer Caucus, the state chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, as recently as January 2019. Ginter’s former chief of staff, Chris Albanese, is currently listed as the state director of the state chapter of CPC, Ohio Prayer Caucus.“I would call it an outright lie,” said Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst with Political Research Associates, and an expert on the Christian right. “The Prayer Caucus in the states are the action arm of Project Blitz – it is Project Blitz,” he said. “When he told you, ‘I’ve never heard of Project Blitz,’ that was a lie,” said Clarkson.The Guardian repeatedly called and emailed both Ginter and the the Republican Ohio house speaker, Larry Householder. Neither responded to these phone or email requests.In a statement at the time, Ginter argued the bill was necessary because, “well-funded groups” were intimidating school officials with “the thread of litigation”. His bill, he argued, would clarify their responsibilities.Ginter also argued the Student Religious Liberties Bill was not a Christian bill, because it does not explicitly mention Christianity. However, the Ohio Prayer Caucus he co-chaired explicitly lays out that it support legislators “who are standing for faith, morality and Judeo-Christian principles”.The Congressional Prayer Caucus also circulated an Ohio Prayer Proclamation. Among its signers are Ginter; the former representative Bill Hayes, who originally sponsored the bill; and the former House speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned in 2018 after a search warrant and subpoena revealed the FBI was investigating Rosenberger for corruption involving three payday lending representatives, according to the Dayton Daily News.Prominent defenders of religious liberties, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League, oppose the legislation. Republicans in the Ohio House passed the legislation with a party-line vote in November. It has not yet been taken up by the Ohio senate.

TV crew laugh at Ted Cruz in live interview after he endorses Trump's baseless conspiracy theory

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 04:53

Ted Cruz was laughed at by a TV crew during a live interview after he endorsed Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theory about Ukraine.The Texas senator, who challenged Mr Trump to be the Republican nominee in 2016, was mocked for saying he believed there was “considerable evidence” that Ukraine meddled in the most recent presidential election.

Turkey says it has deported 11 French terrorist suspects

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 04:26

Turkey said on Monday it had deported 11 French nationals back to France as part of a program to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters. Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.

Ramaphosa Faces Party Bid to Oust Him Over Reforms, Citizen Says

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 02:39

(Bloomberg) -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s opponents within the ruling party are plotting to oust him over reforms that they say are failing to benefit the poor, the Citizen reported, citing people it didn’t identify.A campaign being led by African National Congress Secretary-General Ace Magashule aims to discredit him over economic policies that his opponents argue are supplanting the party’s pro-poor stance, the Johannesburg-based newspaper said.The anti-Ramaphosa faction wants Deputy President David Mabuza to become president, deputized by either Magashule or Water Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, the newspaper said.ANC spokesman Pule Mabe didn’t answer calls to his mobile seeking comment.Magashule is an ally of former President Jacob Zuma, whose almost nine-year term was marred by a series of corruption scandals.To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Richardson in Johannesburg at pmrichardson@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Benjamin Harvey at, Vernon Wessels, Alastair ReedFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Beijing Pushes for Removal of Foreign Tech in More State Offices

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 02:36

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The Chinese government is taking further steps to remove foreign technology from state agencies and other organizations, a clear sign of determination for more independence amid escalating tensions with the U.S.Beijing will likely replace as many as 20 million computers at government agencies with domestic products over the next three years, according to research from China Securities. More than 100 trial projects for domestic products were completed in July, the brokerage firm said. The Financial Times newspaper said the Communist Party’s Central Office earlier this year ordered state offices and public institutions to shift away from foreign hardware and software.The government under President Xi Jinping has been trying for years to replace technologies from abroad, and particularly from the U.S. Bloomberg News reported in 2014 that Beijing was aiming to purge most foreign technology from its banks, the military, government agencies and state-owned enterprises by 2020. The country’s Made in China 2025 plan also set out specific goals for technology independence, although the policy has been de-emphasized after contributing to trade war tensions.U.S. President Donald Trump’s aggressive policies against China and its leading companies have given the effort renewed urgency. His administration banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. this year and blacklisted other Chinese firms.“The trade war has exposed various areas of Chinese economic weakness, which Beijing seems determined to rectify,” said Brock Silvers, managing director of Adamas Asset Management. “If the decision pushes Trump to finally come down hard with a more forceful ban of Chinese tech, however, China may one day regret having gone so public with its policy so soon.”While the current push is narrow in scope, it is designed as part of the broad, long-standing effort to decrease China’s reliance on foreign technologies and boost its domestic industry. The goal is to substitute 30% of hardware in state agencies next year, 50% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, China Securities estimated, based on government requests and clients’ budgets.The research, from September, detailed Beijing’s goals. The FT reported the number of computers to be replaced could reach 30 million, attributing the figures to China Securities. The newspaper said the goal is to use “secure and controllable” technology as part of the country’s Cyber Security Law passed in 2017.Starting next year, key industries such as finance, energy and telecom will test more domestic products in trials that may last years, the firm said. Chinese banks are supposed to shift from International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp. to more diversified X86 architecture suppliers and then eventually to fully made-in-China hardware. China has decided to adopt ARM architecture for its domestic hardware, China Securities said.“The China-U.S. trade war could also help to breed a new market for home-made products,” China Securities analyst Shi Zerui wrote.Still, Beijing’s push has proven difficult because its domestic industry hasn’t yet shown itself capable of matching foreign technologies in certain sectors. Particularly hard to replace, for example, are semiconductors from suppliers like Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., as well as software from Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc.“While large suppliers such as Microsoft and IBM are undoubtedly worried, many high-end components, like chipsets, can’t be easily replaced,” Silvers said.\--With assistance from Debby Wu.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

The Russian Navy Has Some Problems

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 02:19

Yes, they received 23 new ships this year. That's where the good news ends.

Elizabeth Warren Made $1.9 Million as Bankruptcy Lawyer Over 24 Years

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 22:05

(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren on Sunday said she made about $1.9 million working as a bankruptcy lawyer over three decades, a disclosure that comes after requests from the media and Pete Buttigieg for her to release her tax returns.Warren had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, dating back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.Warren has campaigned as a progressive in the presidential race, condemning big money in politics and calling for restraining the influence of large corporations. The release comes as Buttigieg demanded last week that she disclose her tax returns covering her work in the private sector.The campaign said it disclosed the compensation she received “from each case that we have been able to determine from public records.” Warren lists her roles in these cases, sometimes as counsel and other times as an adviser, consultant, expert witness or mediator. Of the almost 50 cases, five have no compensation records. Warren did not receive any compensation in about 12 cases.Warren made $76,712 as a consultant for the attorneys of Rabobank, a creditor in Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy in 2001. She made $186,859 representing department store P.A. Bergner & Co in 1995, and received $212,335 from a 2009 case in which she represented insurance company Travelers Indemnity Co. In 1987, she served as a consultant for Getty Oil, advising them on bankrupt Texaco Inc., which they wanted to buy. The campaign said it had no compensation records for that case.Among the clients listed in Warren’s resume are the silicon manufacturer Dow Corning Corp., which is owned by Dow Chemical. Warren received $19,942 for her work on compensation for women who had claimed injury from silicone breast implants after Dow Corning filed for bankruptcy, according to Warren’s website. Warren also make about $154,679 as an expert witness for the Cable Advertising Networks bankruptcy in 1995.“We must nominate a candidate who can create the most robust possible contrast against Republicans on conflicts of interest and corruption issues,” Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communications director, said in a statement. “Any candidate who refuses to provide basic details about his or her own record and refuses to allow voters or the press to understand who is buying access to their time and what they are getting in return will be seen by voters as part of the same business-as-usual politics that voters have consistently rejected.”Buttigieg has moved into the top spot in many recent Iowa polls as Warren has slid.After Buttigieg called on her to release her tax returns, Warren fired back demanding that he disclose the names of the clients he worked with as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Buttigieg has released his tax returns from three years at the firm, but says a nondisclosure agreement prevents him from making public the names of his clients. On Friday, he said he had asked McKinsey to release him from the confidentiality agreement.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds detail from earnings disclosure starting in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at, Max Berley, Linus ChuaFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.