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Students are rallying on Capitol Hill as part of the youth climate strike. “We don’t want to die,” one banner reads.
#YouthClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/eFTNNUImGd
One of the signs here: “I’ve seen smarter cabinets at IKEA” #YouthClimateStrike pic.twitter.com/TTUesx0s8g
Stumbled into a group of friends singing happy birthday to Lili Moresi of Maryland, who turns 14 today and wanted to spend it protesting #YouthCimateStrike pic.twitter.com/POSZSceGg9
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Donald Trump is expected to veto the congressional resolution to block his national emergency around 3pm Friday, Reuters reports.
It will be Trump’s first veto.
“I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspires Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country,” Trump tweeted after the Senate passed the resolution Thursday. “I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!”
Trump declared the national emergency to get money to build a border wall without congressional approval, but several Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the resolution to stop him. But there do not appear to be enough votes to override a veto.
All the ridicule directed at Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz’s potential presidential bid is just encouraging him, New York Magazine reports.All the ridicule directed at Starbucks billionaire Howard Schultz’s potential presidential bid is just encouraging him, New York Magazine reports.
When Schultz was heckled at a book signing event in New York, he told a friend, ““We’ve clearly struck a nerve.” And Schultz has been telling his team: “We touched the third rail! And this is what happens when we touch the third rail!”When Schultz was heckled at a book signing event in New York, he told a friend, ““We’ve clearly struck a nerve.” And Schultz has been telling his team: “We touched the third rail! And this is what happens when we touch the third rail!”
Schultz has drawn ire from liberals who think a run as an independent would just help Donald Trump get re-elected.Schultz has drawn ire from liberals who think a run as an independent would just help Donald Trump get re-elected.
“Oddly enough, he’s become a magnet for vitriol — oddly enough! — from the left! It’s incredible. These are the people who should be celebrating new ideas!” his friend Billy Etkin told New York.“Oddly enough, he’s become a magnet for vitriol — oddly enough! — from the left! It’s incredible. These are the people who should be celebrating new ideas!” his friend Billy Etkin told New York.
Added his pollster Greg Strimple: “The reaction we got from the extremes is proof-positive that we’ve struck a chord. That sounds really basic, but I think it’s true: We go out there, Howard says on 60 Minutes he’s thinking of running for president, and the world becomes unglued...How can that one sentence unglue the whole political Establishment of the most powerful country on Earth? It tells me we’re onto something.”Added his pollster Greg Strimple: “The reaction we got from the extremes is proof-positive that we’ve struck a chord. That sounds really basic, but I think it’s true: We go out there, Howard says on 60 Minutes he’s thinking of running for president, and the world becomes unglued...How can that one sentence unglue the whole political Establishment of the most powerful country on Earth? It tells me we’re onto something.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar acknowledged she “can always do better” with her staff but argued her toughness would be an asset on the world stage.Senator Amy Klobuchar acknowledged she “can always do better” with her staff but argued her toughness would be an asset on the world stage.
Klobuchar’s presidential campaign has been dogged by reports of mistreatment against her Senate staff.Klobuchar’s presidential campaign has been dogged by reports of mistreatment against her Senate staff.
“If you are a boss, you have to have high standards, and that is what I have always had. And that doesn’t mean it’s a popularity contest all the time,” Klobuchar told CNN in an interview that aired Friday. “And so I’ve had high standards for myself, high standards for our staff, and mostly I’m going to have high standards for the country.”“If you are a boss, you have to have high standards, and that is what I have always had. And that doesn’t mean it’s a popularity contest all the time,” Klobuchar told CNN in an interview that aired Friday. “And so I’ve had high standards for myself, high standards for our staff, and mostly I’m going to have high standards for the country.”
She added: “One can always do better, and that means you want to be sure that you are listening to people if they felt that something was unfair, or they felt bad about something. But I still think that you have to demand good product. When you’re out there on the world stage and dealing with people like Vladimir Putin, yeah, you want someone who’s tough. You want someone that demands the answers and that’s going to get things done, and that’s what I’ve done my whole life.”She added: “One can always do better, and that means you want to be sure that you are listening to people if they felt that something was unfair, or they felt bad about something. But I still think that you have to demand good product. When you’re out there on the world stage and dealing with people like Vladimir Putin, yeah, you want someone who’s tough. You want someone that demands the answers and that’s going to get things done, and that’s what I’ve done my whole life.”
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Donald Trump should face a Republican primary challenge in 2020.Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Donald Trump should face a Republican primary challenge in 2020.
Bush, who ran for president in 2016, told CNN the party “ought to be a given a choice.”Bush, who ran for president in 2016, told CNN the party “ought to be a given a choice.”
“I think someone should run. Just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” he said. “To have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative I think is important...And our country needs to have competing ideologies that people -- that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving towards rather than revert back to a nostalgic time.”“I think someone should run. Just because Republicans ought to be given a choice,” he said. “To have a conversation about what it is to be a conservative I think is important...And our country needs to have competing ideologies that people -- that are dynamic, that focus on the world we’re in and the world we’re moving towards rather than revert back to a nostalgic time.”
But Bush acknowledged it would be difficult for anyone to defeat Trump because “he has a strong, loyal base” and “it’s hard to beat a sitting president.”But Bush acknowledged it would be difficult for anyone to defeat Trump because “he has a strong, loyal base” and “it’s hard to beat a sitting president.”
The comments were made in excerpts released by CNN of an interview on The Axe Files, set to air in full Saturday.The comments were made in excerpts released by CNN of an interview on The Axe Files, set to air in full Saturday.
A former Fox News reporter plans to testify to Congress about allegations the network killed her story about Donald Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels.A former Fox News reporter plans to testify to Congress about allegations the network killed her story about Donald Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels.
Diana Falzone plans to talk about the House Oversight Committee with committee investigators and provide documents, NBC News reported.Diana Falzone plans to talk about the House Oversight Committee with committee investigators and provide documents, NBC News reported.
Falzone signed a non-disclosure agreement but her lawyer said it does not cover a government investigation.Falzone signed a non-disclosure agreement but her lawyer said it does not cover a government investigation.
“The law requires that you be allowed to participate in any government investigation — and no NDA can stop that,” lawyer Nancy Erika Smith told MSNBC Thursday night.“The law requires that you be allowed to participate in any government investigation — and no NDA can stop that,” lawyer Nancy Erika Smith told MSNBC Thursday night.
According to a New Yorker report, the reporter told colleagues the story was killed because Fox owner Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to win the election.According to a New Yorker report, the reporter told colleagues the story was killed because Fox owner Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to win the election.
The editor who decided not to publish the story has said it was shelved because it lacked sufficient confirmation, and that other news outlets were aware of the possible affair and made the same decision.The editor who decided not to publish the story has said it was shelved because it lacked sufficient confirmation, and that other news outlets were aware of the possible affair and made the same decision.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refuted a North Korean official’s claim that he and National Security Adviser John Bolton created a hostile atmosphere at a summit in Hanoi.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refuted a North Korean official’s claim that he and National Security Adviser John Bolton created a hostile atmosphere at a summit in Hanoi.
“They’re wrong about that,” Pompeo said Friday, the Hill reported.“They’re wrong about that,” Pompeo said Friday, the Hill reported.
He called his relationship with North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Chol “professional” and said he expects denuclearization talks to continue, despite North Korean threats to call them off.He called his relationship with North Korean counterpart Kim Yong Chol “professional” and said he expects denuclearization talks to continue, despite North Korean threats to call them off.
The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel who attempt to investigate or prosecute alleged abuses committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.
The Associates Press reports:The Associates Press reports:
Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last September by national security adviser John Bolton, said the U.S. had already moved against some court employees, but declined to say how many or what cases they may have been investigating. The ICC prosecutor currently has a pending request to look into possible war crimes in Afghanistan that may involve Americans. The Palestinians have also asked the court to bring cases against Israel.Pompeo, making good on a threat delivered last September by national security adviser John Bolton, said the U.S. had already moved against some court employees, but declined to say how many or what cases they may have been investigating. The ICC prosecutor currently has a pending request to look into possible war crimes in Afghanistan that may involve Americans. The Palestinians have also asked the court to bring cases against Israel.
“We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation,” Pompeo said. He said the visa restrictions would apply to any court employee who takes or has taken action “to request or further such an investigation.”“We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation,” Pompeo said. He said the visa restrictions would apply to any court employee who takes or has taken action “to request or further such an investigation.”
“These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allied consent,” he said.“These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allied consent,” he said.
The United States has never been a member of the ICC.The United States has never been a member of the ICC.
Former President Barack Obama condemned the New Zealand mosque shooting.Former President Barack Obama condemned the New Zealand mosque shooting.
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, given his continued cooperation into multiple probes, Reuters reports.Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday asked a court to delay sentencing for U.S. President Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, given his continued cooperation into multiple probes, Reuters reports.
“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” Mueller’s team said in a court filing.“Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” Mueller’s team said in a court filing.
Rep. Ilhan Omar says the Muslim community “must not live in fear” after the deadly New Zealand mosque shooting.Rep. Ilhan Omar says the Muslim community “must not live in fear” after the deadly New Zealand mosque shooting.
“I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too,” she tweeted, using an Arabic term for mosque.“I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too,” she tweeted, using an Arabic term for mosque.
Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. This is chilling news to wake up to. In the face of this horror, I’m mourning with, and holding our community extra close today. We must not live in fear. I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too. Jummah Mubarak.Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. This is chilling news to wake up to. In the face of this horror, I’m mourning with, and holding our community extra close today. We must not live in fear. I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too. Jummah Mubarak.
Donald Trump has posted a new Twitter tirade attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.Donald Trump has posted a new Twitter tirade attacking special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
He said the special counsel “should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report.”He said the special counsel “should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report.”
“This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime,” he said.“This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime,” he said.
So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be “zero” crime when the Special Counsel was appointed, and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel.......So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be “zero” crime when the Special Counsel was appointed, and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel.......
....should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report. This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime. Russian Collusion was nothing more than an excuse by the Democrats for losing an Election that they thought they were going to win.........should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report. This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime. Russian Collusion was nothing more than an excuse by the Democrats for losing an Election that they thought they were going to win.....
.....THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!.....THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!
Donald Trump has been unusually quiet about the detention of a former US Marine in Russia, Yahoo News reports.Donald Trump has been unusually quiet about the detention of a former US Marine in Russia, Yahoo News reports.
Trump has frequently boasted about his ability to get US citizens detained abroad released, but has had little to say about the imprisonment of Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow on Dec. 28, 2018 and accused of espionage.Trump has frequently boasted about his ability to get US citizens detained abroad released, but has had little to say about the imprisonment of Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Moscow on Dec. 28, 2018 and accused of espionage.
Family members told Yahoo they have received little new information from US officials in Washington. “It’s mind-boggling,” said twin brother David Whelan.Family members told Yahoo they have received little new information from US officials in Washington. “It’s mind-boggling,” said twin brother David Whelan.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned a Bronx man facing deportation to Gambia because of decade-old misdemeanor convictions for selling clothes without a license.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned a Bronx man facing deportation to Gambia because of decade-old misdemeanor convictions for selling clothes without a license.
From Cuomo’s office:From Cuomo’s office:
Governor Andrew Cuomo today issued a pardon to a father of five minor children, who has been a contributing member of society and crime free for more than 10 years, but currently subject to deportation by the federal government.Governor Andrew Cuomo today issued a pardon to a father of five minor children, who has been a contributing member of society and crime free for more than 10 years, but currently subject to deportation by the federal government.
Baba Sillah immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 22, fleeing an oppressive father in Gambia and, like so many others, hoping to pursue a better future in America. He married a U.S. citizen and had five children. Because he entered this country as a visitor, he was not allowed to work and sold clothing and supplies without a license and was charged with multiple low-level misdemeanors and violations. He subsequently obtained a job as a porter, a position he has held for 15 years and paid taxes for 15 years.Baba Sillah immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 22, fleeing an oppressive father in Gambia and, like so many others, hoping to pursue a better future in America. He married a U.S. citizen and had five children. Because he entered this country as a visitor, he was not allowed to work and sold clothing and supplies without a license and was charged with multiple low-level misdemeanors and violations. He subsequently obtained a job as a porter, a position he has held for 15 years and paid taxes for 15 years.
“While President Trump is obsessed with building walls to keep immigrants out, the New York family knows that its diversity is our strength,” Governor Cuomo said. “Compassion and justice is the Empire State way and Mr. Sillah is a father of five who deserves to remain with his family.”“While President Trump is obsessed with building walls to keep immigrants out, the New York family knows that its diversity is our strength,” Governor Cuomo said. “Compassion and justice is the Empire State way and Mr. Sillah is a father of five who deserves to remain with his family.”
Mr. Sillah has been detained since January, after appearing for a routine U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appointment, that he has been making as directed for 17 years. He is being held in Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey and recently applied for clemency in New York. After his removal was scheduled for the end of February, his deportation was stayed by an emergency application to federal district court. He next appears before this court on Friday, where he will be able to present this pardon as further evidence that his deportation should continue to be stayed. If the court decides in Mr. Sillah’s favor, then with this pardon, he will be able to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility to prevent his removal once and for all and allow him to pursue naturalization through his wife, who is a U.S. citizen.Mr. Sillah has been detained since January, after appearing for a routine U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appointment, that he has been making as directed for 17 years. He is being held in Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey and recently applied for clemency in New York. After his removal was scheduled for the end of February, his deportation was stayed by an emergency application to federal district court. He next appears before this court on Friday, where he will be able to present this pardon as further evidence that his deportation should continue to be stayed. If the court decides in Mr. Sillah’s favor, then with this pardon, he will be able to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility to prevent his removal once and for all and allow him to pursue naturalization through his wife, who is a U.S. citizen.
Rob Porter, the former White House aide accused of physical abuse by two ex-wives, has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.Rob Porter, the former White House aide accused of physical abuse by two ex-wives, has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.
The former staff secretary to Donald Trump quit his post after the domestic violence allegations emerged last year.The former staff secretary to Donald Trump quit his post after the domestic violence allegations emerged last year.
In the op-ed, Porter promotes Trump’s trade agenda.In the op-ed, Porter promotes Trump’s trade agenda.
Donald Trump said Friday that “Republicans are waiting with open arms” to welcome Jewish voters he claims have been treated with “total disrespect” by the Democratic party.Donald Trump said Friday that “Republicans are waiting with open arms” to welcome Jewish voters he claims have been treated with “total disrespect” by the Democratic party.
Trump backed the so-called “Jexodus” movement, apparently after watching segments on it on Fox News and the right-wing One America News Network.Trump backed the so-called “Jexodus” movement, apparently after watching segments on it on Fox News and the right-wing One America News Network.
“Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal!” he said, in reference to his decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his termination of a nucelar agreement with Iran.“Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal!” he said, in reference to his decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his termination of a nucelar agreement with Iran.
The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms. Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal! @OANN @foxandfriendsThe ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms. Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal! @OANN @foxandfriends
National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea’s allegations that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust at last month’s nuclear summit in Hanoi are “inaccurate.” The Associated Press reports:National Security Adviser John Bolton says North Korea’s allegations that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created an atmosphere of hostility and mistrust at last month’s nuclear summit in Hanoi are “inaccurate.” The Associated Press reports:
North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Friday that Trump was willing to talk, but was influenced by uncompromising demands by Pompeo and Bolton. She said the “gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger.”North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said Friday that Trump was willing to talk, but was influenced by uncompromising demands by Pompeo and Bolton. She said the “gangster-like stand of the U.S. will eventually put the situation in danger.”
Bolton said Friday he has spoken with his South Korean counterpart about the North Korea allegations.Bolton said Friday he has spoken with his South Korean counterpart about the North Korea allegations.
The North said Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) will decide soon whether to continue the talks aimed at getting him to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.The North said Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) will decide soon whether to continue the talks aimed at getting him to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.
North Korea has threatened to scrap negotiations and resume missile and nuclear tests.North Korea has threatened to scrap negotiations and resume missile and nuclear tests.
US leaders are condemning a shooting attack on mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 people during Friday prayers.US leaders are condemning a shooting attack on mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 people during Friday prayers.
“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Donald Trump said in a tweet. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”“My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Donald Trump said in a tweet. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also released a statement condemning the attack. “The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate,” she said, according to USA Today.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders also released a statement condemning the attack. “The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate,” she said, according to USA Today.