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Trump insists he has the ‘legal right’ to intervene in DoJ casesTrump insists he has the ‘legal right’ to intervene in DoJ cases
On Friday, Donald Trump offered condolences on Twitter to commemorate two years since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.On Friday, Donald Trump offered condolences on Twitter to commemorate two years since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.
The president said he met with family members of victims earlier this week. Indeed Trump invited families of those killed to the White House to discuss school safety and developed an online tool to prevent violence.The president said he met with family members of victims earlier this week. Indeed Trump invited families of those killed to the White House to discuss school safety and developed an online tool to prevent violence.
Not all families were invited to the event, however. In a move that has been called “vengeful”, one parent was left out. Fred Guttenberg, the parent of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the Parkland shooting, was not allowed. He was forced to leave the State of the Union after shouting during the president’s address.Not all families were invited to the event, however. In a move that has been called “vengeful”, one parent was left out. Fred Guttenberg, the parent of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the Parkland shooting, was not allowed. He was forced to leave the State of the Union after shouting during the president’s address.
“I wish the families well today and I hope that they have a great meeting”, he said. “My issue with the public schedule remains however as it is not accurate and considering this week is two years since this happened, this should have been handled differently by the White House.”“I wish the families well today and I hope that they have a great meeting”, he said. “My issue with the public schedule remains however as it is not accurate and considering this week is two years since this happened, this should have been handled differently by the White House.”
Attorneys for Roger Stone demanded a new trial on Friday, as the ally of Donald Trump awaits sentencing on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress.Attorneys for Roger Stone demanded a new trial on Friday, as the ally of Donald Trump awaits sentencing on charges of witness tampering and lying to Congress.
The request comes after Trump sent out tweets on Thursday suggesting the trial was unfair.The request comes after Trump sent out tweets on Thursday suggesting the trial was unfair.
“Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias,” Trump wrote. “Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department.”“Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias,” Trump wrote. “Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the ‘Justice’ Department.”
Stone was convicted in November of tampering with a witness and obstructing the congressional investigation into whether the Trump campaign orchestrated interference in the 2016 elections.Stone was convicted in November of tampering with a witness and obstructing the congressional investigation into whether the Trump campaign orchestrated interference in the 2016 elections.
The legal motion could delay sentencing for Stone, which was scheduled for 20 February.The legal motion could delay sentencing for Stone, which was scheduled for 20 February.
The Trump administration will soon deploy more aggressive border patrol methods in sanctuary cities, the New York Times reported on Friday.The Trump administration will soon deploy more aggressive border patrol methods in sanctuary cities, the New York Times reported on Friday.
Specially trained tactical units that function as the “SWAT of Border Patrol” will assist local Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (Ice) units to enforce immigration laws, anonymous officials familiar with the secretive mission told the Times.Specially trained tactical units that function as the “SWAT of Border Patrol” will assist local Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (Ice) units to enforce immigration laws, anonymous officials familiar with the secretive mission told the Times.
They will begin operating in sanctuary cities around the country, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark, New Jersey. The deployment of these teams represents an escalation of Donald Trump’s ongoing fight against “sanctuary cities”, localities that decline to prosecute immigrants for deportation and allow them to stay.They will begin operating in sanctuary cities around the country, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark, New Jersey. The deployment of these teams represents an escalation of Donald Trump’s ongoing fight against “sanctuary cities”, localities that decline to prosecute immigrants for deportation and allow them to stay.
Kari Paul here, your friendly San Francisco tech reporter, hopping on the blog for the next few hours. Stay tuned for more updates.Kari Paul here, your friendly San Francisco tech reporter, hopping on the blog for the next few hours. Stay tuned for more updates.
It’s been a steady news day in Washington. To recap:It’s been a steady news day in Washington. To recap:
The DOJ declined to pursue criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.The DOJ declined to pursue criminal charges against Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI.
Attorney general William Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, according to multiple news outlets including the New York Times and CNN.Attorney general William Barr has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, according to multiple news outlets including the New York Times and CNN.
Trump said he didn’t interfere in the Roger Stone case, but that he had the “legal right” to do so if he wanted to.Trump said he didn’t interfere in the Roger Stone case, but that he had the “legal right” to do so if he wanted to.
Michael Avenatti has been found guilty in the Nike extortion trial.Michael Avenatti has been found guilty in the Nike extortion trial.
New polling out of Nevada and South Carolina contained good news for Bernie Sanders, the party’s new frontrunner.New polling out of Nevada and South Carolina contained good news for Bernie Sanders, the party’s new frontrunner.
US negotiators have reached a temporary truce with the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan, which they hope will pave the way to a more formal ceasefire.US negotiators have reached a temporary truce with the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan, which they hope will pave the way to a more formal ceasefire.
New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who ended a short-lived White House bid in September, will endorse Bernie Sanders for president, according to the New York Times.New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who ended a short-lived White House bid in September, will endorse Bernie Sanders for president, according to the New York Times.
The mayor, an unapologetic progressive, endorsed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in 2016. It was a tortured decision and De Blasio later said he believes Sanders would have beaten Trump.The mayor, an unapologetic progressive, endorsed Hillary Clinton over Sanders in 2016. It was a tortured decision and De Blasio later said he believes Sanders would have beaten Trump.
The US and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce to reduce violation in Afghanistan, a deal that, if successful, could lead to an official cease-fire, the start of peace negotiations with Afghan leaders and, eventually the withdrawal of US troops from the country.The US and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce to reduce violation in Afghanistan, a deal that, if successful, could lead to an official cease-fire, the start of peace negotiations with Afghan leaders and, eventually the withdrawal of US troops from the country.
According to the Associated Press:According to the Associated Press:
Read more here.Read more here.
Apparently congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has been arrested at a protest in Detroit. This is how she began her political career and she vowed not to change. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib joined protests for airline catering workers in Detroit. This is how she began her political career and she vowed not to change.
Previous reports said she had been arrested at the protest but in fact she just sat with the workers in solidarity.
Trump is departing Washington for Mar-a-Lago this weekend. But no chopper talk before he leaves.Trump is departing Washington for Mar-a-Lago this weekend. But no chopper talk before he leaves.
According to a pool report, Trump and Melania Trump boarded Marine One without taking any questions.According to a pool report, Trump and Melania Trump boarded Marine One without taking any questions.
We’ve got some new polling out of South Carolina.We’ve got some new polling out of South Carolina.
According to an ECU poll released today, 28% of likely Democratic primary voters in South Carolina favor the Joe Biden, dropping nine percentage points since its last survey, conducted before the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, Sanders is closing in on Biden’s lead, at 20% with Steyer dropping to third at 14%.According to an ECU poll released today, 28% of likely Democratic primary voters in South Carolina favor the Joe Biden, dropping nine percentage points since its last survey, conducted before the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, Sanders is closing in on Biden’s lead, at 20% with Steyer dropping to third at 14%.
Among likely voters who are African American, Biden leads with 36% compared with Sanders at 20% and Steyer with 17%. But the poll found a significant generational divide among the state’s African American electorate.Among likely voters who are African American, Biden leads with 36% compared with Sanders at 20% and Steyer with 17%. But the poll found a significant generational divide among the state’s African American electorate.
African American voters who are 55 and older prefer Biden by a wide margin while Sanders holds a narrow lead among African Americans voters younger than 55.African American voters who are 55 and older prefer Biden by a wide margin while Sanders holds a narrow lead among African Americans voters younger than 55.
The poll suggests that the results of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary have had an impact. After two dismal showings, Biden’s standing has dropped significantly in South Carolina, where he has staked his political fortunes. Meanwhile, Sanders, Buttigieg and Klobuchar are all enjoying a bump in the state. Still, Buttigieg and Klobuchar register only 4% and 1% support among likely African American voters, a critical constituency in the state and in the Democratic party.The poll suggests that the results of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary have had an impact. After two dismal showings, Biden’s standing has dropped significantly in South Carolina, where he has staked his political fortunes. Meanwhile, Sanders, Buttigieg and Klobuchar are all enjoying a bump in the state. Still, Buttigieg and Klobuchar register only 4% and 1% support among likely African American voters, a critical constituency in the state and in the Democratic party.
Well, this is awkward.Well, this is awkward.
For the record, the answer is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or as he is commonly known, AMLO.For the record, the answer is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or as he is commonly known, AMLO.
Also during his remarks Trump understated the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US. He said there had been 12, when the CDC confirmed a 15th case on Thursday.Also during his remarks Trump understated the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US. He said there had been 12, when the CDC confirmed a 15th case on Thursday.
A New York Times report on the White House’s tepid response to the outbreak revealed that public health experts fear Trump’s “extreme fear of germs, disdain for scientific and bureaucratic expertise and suspicion of foreigners could be a dangerous mix, should he wind up overseeing a severe outbreak at home.”A New York Times report on the White House’s tepid response to the outbreak revealed that public health experts fear Trump’s “extreme fear of germs, disdain for scientific and bureaucratic expertise and suspicion of foreigners could be a dangerous mix, should he wind up overseeing a severe outbreak at home.”
At the moment, Trump is addressing the National Border Security Council. He just said that he wanted to build his wall the “old-fashioned way”.At the moment, Trump is addressing the National Border Security Council. He just said that he wanted to build his wall the “old-fashioned way”.
“Let’s throw up concrete. Plank!” he said, explaining that he was persuaded that the wall needed to be transparent by stories about drug dealers catapulting 150lbs-200lbs-bags of drugs over the border wall.“Let’s throw up concrete. Plank!” he said, explaining that he was persuaded that the wall needed to be transparent by stories about drug dealers catapulting 150lbs-200lbs-bags of drugs over the border wall.
“Sometimes it would actually hit Border Patrol agents and other people on the other side because you couldn’t see through,” he said. “And as soon as they said that, that’s what got me, I was like, you’re right. You’ve got to be able to see what’s on the other side.”“Sometimes it would actually hit Border Patrol agents and other people on the other side because you couldn’t see through,” he said. “And as soon as they said that, that’s what got me, I was like, you’re right. You’ve got to be able to see what’s on the other side.”
He also said the wall will be too hot to touch in the baking desert sun and suggested that those trying to climb it would need serious athleticism and access to a hose.He also said the wall will be too hot to touch in the baking desert sun and suggested that those trying to climb it would need serious athleticism and access to a hose.
In other news, Michael Avenatti, a fallen hero of the anti-Trump resistance, was found guilty on all charges related to an attempt to extort Nike.In other news, Michael Avenatti, a fallen hero of the anti-Trump resistance, was found guilty on all charges related to an attempt to extort Nike.
He was convicted by a jury in federal court in New York on Friday afternoon.He was convicted by a jury in federal court in New York on Friday afternoon.