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Trump impeachment committee ‘has evidence of extortion scheme involving president’ and UkrainePoliticians have evidence of an “extortion scheme” by Donald Trump to try to pressure a foreign government to investigate his opponents, a member of the House intelligence committee has said ahead of public impeachment hearings beginning this week.Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday that there was already ample evidence that the president had abused his office.


11/10/2019 4:50:59 PM

Mexico asks FBI to help probe killing of AmericansMexico on Sunday invited the FBI to participate in the investigation of an attack in its north that killed nine dual citizens of the United States and Mexico. The Foreign Ministry said it made the invitation through a diplomatic note to the U.S. embassy in Mexico. On Monday, gunmen killed three women and six children from a breakaway Mormon community in northern Mexico, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to offer President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador help in wiping out drug gangs he blamed for the ambush.


11/10/2019 4:01:05 PM

Queen, politicians out in force as UK remembers its war deadQueen Elizabeth II joined Britons in remembering their war dead, as the country's political leaders paused campaigning for the Dec. 12 election to take part in a somber Remembrance Sunday service in London. The queen, dressed in black, watched from a balcony as her son and heir Prince Charles laid a wreath of scarlet poppies on the Cenotaph war memorial near Parliament. An aide laid a wreath on behalf of the queen's 98-year-old husband Prince Philip, who has retired from public engagements.


11/10/2019 6:29:54 AM

Apple reportedly revealed the devices it expects to replace the iPhone during a secret employee meeting in October (AAPL)Apple has multiple devices in the works, set to arrive in 2022 and 2023, that are intended to eventually replace the iPhone, The Information reported.


11/11/2019 8:30:10 AM

Joe Biden aides reportedly worry their meetings are too congratulatoryFormer Vice President Joe Biden seems to feel his 2020 run may be faltering. His campaign aides still reportedly don't want to tell him that.Biden's presidential campaign has all the trappings of a winning run: An experienced, beloved politician with a tragically heroic backstory, Edward-Isaac Dovere describes in The Atlantic. But polls and fundraising totals are showing Biden isn't thriving the way he'd hope, and his staffers are reportedly struggling to claim otherwise."Biden's campaign lives in a dual reality," in which he's simultaneously winning most polls and yet still "being written off as finished," Dovere writes. Biden aides chalk a lot of that rhetoric up to the media, making "vaguely Trumpian" complaints in which they claim reporters "cover only bad news about Biden and fail to understand what actual heartland voters want," Dovere continues.Yet behind the scenes, Biden is "aware that there are issues with the campaign, especially as it relates to money," one staffer said. His Iowa organization is smaller than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and even South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's, and fundraising shortfalls have turned into cutbacks on TV and online ads. That fact has led some aides to "feel like they're just spinning one another in staff meetings about how well things are going," some tell The Atlantic -- and even Biden himself is reportedly "realizing with dread that the race might be slipping away."When asked about his supposedly falling campaign, Biden unequivocally defended his fundraising and organizing. Read more at The Atlantic.More stories from theweek.com The coming death of just about every rock legend The president has already confessed to his crimes Why are 2020 Democrats so weird?


11/11/2019 9:22:00 AM

The Hong Kong Police Gunshot That Unleashed a Day of Mayhem(Bloomberg) -- Even before most of Hong Kong got to work Monday, protesters already had a fresh grievance against the police.A traffic cop seeking to break up a rush-hour roadblock grabbed a masked protester in a headlock and shot another in the abdomen at close range. The demonstrator collapsed on the crosswalk as blood pooled under him, prompting speculation that he could be the first to die from police gunfire after five months of unrest. He is in critical condition.The incident -- caught on video and widely circulated on social media -- added new fuel to criticism of police tactics already raging after a student died Friday from injuries suffered near a clash between cops and protesters. Moments later, another police officer was filmed repeatedly driving a motorcycle through a group of retreating protesters, striking several.Activists attempted to use the shooting to rally support for more protests on Tuesday, circulating flyers on social media featuring an image of a revolver and calling on people to disrupt traffic during the morning commute. The University of Hong Kong canceled all classes on Tuesday. Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union urged a suspension of all classes at schools and kindergartens, according to a statement on its Facebook page.Monday’s chaos showed the strains facing Hong Kong’s police, which the China-appointed government has relied on to suppress increasingly violent protests aimed at securing greater democracy. The shooting led protesters to flood the city’s central business district at lunch time -- spurring fresh outrage at police when they fired volleys of tear gas into streets and luxury malls, sending office workers sprinting to safety and to wash out their eyes.“People in Hong Kong are getting more and more angry that the violence from the police is increasing,” said Tommy, 52, an accountant in Hong Kong who was with hundreds gathered in Central on Monday. “They just beat on protesters like terrorists. The most important solution is to have an independent investigation. But our government just doesn’t listen.”Although police said they suspended the motorcycle officer pending an investigation, they defended the officer who discharged his weapon, saying he feared for his safety. Police have repeatedly reaffirmed their commitment to restraint, despite criticism from the United Nations, U.S. and U.K. lawmakers, and Amnesty International, which accused the force of torturing detained protesters. Police have denied that claim.The shooting Monday was the third time a protester has been shot in the past two weeks, although all the victims have survived. The student who died Friday had fallen earlier in the week from a parking garage deck near a clash between protesters and police, making him the first such fatality.Protesters have seized on police tactics to justify their own escalations in a city once known for its non-violent demonstrations. Hard-core activists now show up at protests wearing gas masks and body armor and hurl petrol bombs at police lines.On Monday, a man was set on fire while arguing with one group in the northeastern area of Ma On Shan. He is also in critical condition.“The level of violence used by the rioters has escalated significantly throughout these five months,” senior superintendent Kong Wing-cheung told a news briefing Monday. “I do not agree that our officers are out of control with their use of force, but of course we are under great pressure and our officers also encounter difficult times during our operations.”Worn out by months of protests and trying to contain rallies that often pop up out of nowhere, the police find themselves outnumbered and surrounded. That’s what happened to the traffic officer who opened fire Monday. While he fired three shots, only one hit a protester.“One of the most dangerous things any police officer can do is move away independently,” said Clifford Stott, a professor at Keele University in the U.K., who was one of the experts on an international panel appointed to advise Hong Kong’s Independent Police Complaints Council on the protests. “It’s highly stressful, they’re highly vulnerable, and in that context we’re likely to see extremely high levels of use of force.”Numerous police officers have been injured since more than one million people flooded Hong Kong’s streets in June for what started out as a largely peaceful movement against legislation that would’ve allowed extraditions to mainland China. Officers have accused protesters of splashing them with noxious fluids and exposing them and their families to threats by circulating their personal information online.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has vowed not to give into violence and meet the protesters’ demands, including calls for direct leadership elections. The Chinese government last week reaffirmed its support for Lam, seemingly dashing any prospects for political change that could ease tensions between protesters and police.“You can imagine that if you work constant overtime, you need to be cautious communicating with your friends, you can imagine the immense pressure,“ said Lawrence Ka-ki Ho, an assistant professor at the Education University of Hong Kong who studies policing and public order management.Stott said the “unprecedented” scale and violence of the city’s protests make Monday’s incidents “perhaps unsurprising.” However, he said firing tear gas in the financial district at lunch time was rarely a good idea.“We know from decades of research that those forms of policing tactics escalate disorder,” he said, stressing he wasn’t speaking in his capacity as an adviser to the IPCC. “The question for Hong Kong is: How does one deescalate the situation?”\--With assistance from Blake Schmidt, Natalie Lung and Erin Roman.To contact the reporter on this story: Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Colin Keatinge, Caroline AlexanderFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


11/11/2019 10:00:00 AM

Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadistsTurkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday, with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey has criticised Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and stripping some of them of their citizenship. Greek police said they rejected the man and sent him back to Turkey.


11/11/2019 12:09:25 PM

India's Nuclear Arsenal Keeps Growing, And That's Bad News For Pakistan and ChinaIndia could be approaching 200 warheads.


11/10/2019 4:30:00 AM

In Seeking to Join Suit Over Subpoena Power, Mulvaney Goes Up Against the PresidentTUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Even in a White House of never-befores, this may be one of the more head-spinning: The president's chief of staff is trying to join a lawsuit against the president.Mick Mulvaney works only about 50 steps from the Oval Office as he runs the White House staff, but rather than simply obey President Donald Trump's order to not cooperate with House impeachment investigators, he sent his lawyers to court late Friday night asking a judge whether he should or not.To obtain such a ruling, the lawyers asked to join a lawsuit already filed by a former White House official -- a lawsuit that names "the Honorable Donald J. Trump" as a defendant along with congressional leaders. The lawyers tried to finesse that by saying in the body of their motion that the defendants they really wanted to sue were the congressional leaders, but their own motion still listed Trump at the top as a defendant because that is the suit they sought to join.In effect, Mulvaney hopes the court will tell him whether to listen to his own boss, who wants him to remain silent, or to comply with a subpoena from the House, which wants his testimony. That put Mulvaney at odds with some other current White House and administration officials who had simply defied the House, citing the president's order not to cooperate with what he called an illegitimate "witch hunt."Mulvaney did not explain why he chose a different course, but his decision focused renewed attention on his relationship with Trump; it has been increasingly strained as House Democrats prepare to open public hearings into whether the president should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors."It's symptomatic of a White House that is more dysfunctional than ever -- except now it's not just chaos, the long knives are coming out," said Chris Whipple, the author of "The Gatekeepers," a history of White House chiefs of staff. "Everybody, including the White House chief, seems to be lawyering up."Whipple could not think of any precedent for a chief of staff going to court rather than obey a president's order. "Given that Mulvaney has been willing to do almost anything for Trump, it's remarkable that he's asking for a second opinion," he said.The House is investigating Trump for using the power of his office to pressure President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine into providing incriminating information about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats at the same time he was holding up $391 million in congressionally approved security assistance. Mulvaney has become a key figure in the case, identified by other witnesses as a facilitator of the pressure campaign and the official who ordered the security aid frozen at Trump's direction.Mulvaney told reporters last month that the aid was suspended in part to force Ukraine to investigate a conspiracy theory about supposed Ukrainian help for Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, a theory that the president's onetime homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, had repeatedly told him was "completely debunked." Hours after Mulvaney's comment to reporters confirming a direct link between the aid and the president's personal political interests, the chief of staff tried to take it back, issuing a statement saying that was not what he meant.House investigators issued a subpoena to Mulvaney late Thursday, but he failed to show up for a House deposition scheduled for the next morning. Hours later, his lawyers went to court.Mulvaney initially resisted getting outside legal help after some of his allies told him he did not need it. But as House Republicans have indicated that they may focus on Mulvaney's role in the pressure campaign on Ukraine, possibly blaming him rather than the president, it has become clear that the chief of staff's own interests may be in conflict with the White House on this issue.That left Mulvaney in the awkward position of not wanting to openly defy the White House counsel but also not wanting to imperil himself with a possible contempt citation for ignoring a subpoena. So far, a dozen current administration officials have testified despite the White House edict, while about 10 have refused to talk or provide documents.The White House declined to comment on the record Saturday, but an administration official who insisted on anonymity said the legal action Mulvaney's lawyers filed was simply a way to determine whether to comply with the House. Mulvaney, the official said, has as much right as any other American to seek relief in the courts.A House Democratic aide, likewise declining to be identified, said the committees leading the inquiry would not be deterred and argued that because Mulvaney had discussed the matter in the news media, he had little justification to claim confidentiality when it came to the House proceedings.Trump has grown increasingly sour on Mulvaney in recent months, according to White House insiders. The president has technically not even made Mulvaney his official chief of staff, leaving an "acting" modifier in front of the title for more than 10 months (another never-before).Mulvaney was not among the aides who traveled with Trump to Tuscaloosa on Saturday to watch the University of Alabama Crimson Tide take on Louisiana State University in a major college football matchup.A lawyer for Mulvaney alerted the White House Counsel's Office about the pending filing, and the office raised no objections, according to a person close to Mulvaney. Some observers said Mulvaney's goal may be not to oppose Trump but to help him, and himself: In signaling that he would like the courts to decide whom he should side with, he is turning the decision over to a legal process that may continue well beyond the Democrats' impeachment time frame.As the president spoke with reporters on Saturday before boarding Air Force One, he had nothing to say about Mulvaney's legal action, instead issuing his ritual denunciation of the House Democrats for pursuing impeachment.Trump did say he would release as early as Tuesday a rough transcript of his first telephone call with Zelenskiy congratulating him on his April election, which came before the much-debated July 25 call in which the president asked the Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden and other Democrats. "There's never been a president who's been so transparent," Trump said. "This is a witch hunt at the highest level, and it's so bad for our country."The motion filed by Mulvaney late Friday night sought to include him in a lawsuit by Charles Kupperman, the president's former deputy national security adviser, who has also been subpoenaed by the House. Kupperman is represented by Charles J. Cooper, the same lawyer representing his former boss and longtime friend, John Bolton, who stepped down as the president's national security adviser in September.Bolton has reached an agreement with Simon & Schuster to write a book about his experiences in the White House -- The Associated Press reported that it is worth $2 million -- but first will have to resolve whether to testify as well. While he is not a plaintiff in Kupperman's suit, Bolton is in effect waiting for its ruling to determine whether he will cooperate as well.Bolton may be the most sought-after witness because he resisted the pressure campaign on Ukraine and quarreled with Mulvaney over the matter. The idea that Mulvaney would then lump himself in the same legal fight with Bolton struck many involved in the matter as an odd twist."There's no honor among thieves," said Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., who serves on two of the committees leading the impeachment investigation. "This case is filled with ironies."Neither Mulvaney nor his lawyers asked Kupperman, Bolton or their lawyer to join the suit, nor did they give them advance notice. Bolton and Kupperman now have to decide whether to support or oppose including Mulvaney in their action."The question whether the president's authority must give way in the face of a congressional subpoena -- the determination Mr. Kupperman has asked this court to make -- is central to the question whether the House may take adverse action against Mr. Mulvaney, as threatened," the lawyers, William Pittard and Christopher Muha, wrote in their motion. "For that reason, Mr. Mulvaney seeks to intervene here."The lawyers noted that Mulvaney "finds himself caught in that division, trapped between the commands of two of its coequal branches -- with one of those branches threatening him with contempt." But his situation is even more acute than Kupperman's, the lawyers, added, and not just because he still works in the White House."Mr. Mulvaney is both a closer and a more senior advisor to the president than was Mr. Kupperman," they wrote, noting that he has a cabinet-level position. "And, as the acting White House chief of staff, Mr. Mulvaney is among the most regular advisors of the president."Mulvaney's decision to try to join the lawsuit was also puzzling because House Democrats have withdrawn their subpoena for Kupperman and made clear they do not want to fight a court battle to obtain his testimony or Bolton's.Cooper, representing Bolton, wrote to the House on Friday that his client possessed evidence important to the investigation but would not testify without a clarifying court ruling. Bolton, Cooper wrote, "was personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony, as well as many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company


11/10/2019 11:09:17 AM

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