"There's an alarming lack of clarity here. There's a lack of strategy and there's a lack of consultation. The president ought to come up with a strategy and make it clear to Congress,” Schumer said on Wednesday... “Any potential increase in our military presence in the Middle East should require consultation with Congress and anything beyond that would require this body to act. President Trump, what is your strategy? Where are you headed? And why aren't you talking to Congress about it?" Schumer asked.
Gowdy said when he was in office, he saw an FBI spreadsheet that cited news articles and information from longtime Clinton insider Sidney Blumenthal as corroboration for the dossier. Gowdy did not identify what information from Blumenthal was cited, but the Clinton ally shopped around a dossier of his own containing allegations about Donald Trump.
Larger companies tend to pay more than small firms, and they are handing out bigger raises. Businesses with 500 to 999 employees boosted wages in the first quarter by an average of 5.3% from a year earlier, according to the Moody’s analysis. That compared with a 4.1% average pay increase at companies with fewer than 50 employees.
Pompeo made the disclosure to Iraq’s top brass during his surprise visit earlier this month, Reuters reported. The revelation comes just hours after all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq was ordered to leave the country. He asked the military officials to keep the Shi’ite militias in control as they are expanding their presence in the country and now are part of the country’s security apparatus. The top diplomat warned that otherwise, the U.S. would have to use force to tackle the security threats.
The image from San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. that the AP examined on Wednesday shows Saudi Aramco's Pumping Station No. 8 outside of the town of al-Duadmi. It's 330 kilometers, or 205 miles, west of the capital, Riyadh. The photo, taken Tuesday after the attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels, shows two black marks near where Saudi Arabia's East-West Pipeline passes by the facility. Those marks weren't there in images taken Monday.
DeSantis said the hackers didn’t manipulate any data and the election results weren’t compromised. He and officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were briefed by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on Friday. The governor said he signed an agreement with the FBI not to disclose the names of the counties, but elections officials in those counties are aware of the intrusions... He said the hackers gained access through a spear-phishing email after a worker clicked a link.
As of early Tuesday, the search was ongoing for two travelers after four bodies had been recovered following the incident... The two people who had been listed as missing, the Australian and the Canadian travelers, both were guests on the Royal Princess cruise ship, which has since departed the area and continued on its voyage, according to Princess Cruise Lines.
Its hotline, which allows victims to anonymously report assaults, recorded an unprecedented 66 per cent hike last year, with 321 cases reported, up from 139 in 2017. Overall complaints, including harassment and discrimination, rose for the third consecutive year to 1,905 in 2018, up 15 per cent on 2017, it said, most taking place during daily activities - in local public spaces, at work, in school or while shopping.
Around 8,000 people in Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, France and Sweden were asked a series of questions in the survey, including “Do you agree with the statement: ‘My country should not receive more refugees from conflict areas.’?” to which 51 per cent of the Swedish respondents said they agreed, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports. While both Poland and Italy were tied with 53 per cent saying they agreed with the statement, the Swedish number exceeded that of Hungary, a nation noted for its strong anti-mass migration stance and policies, at 49 per cent.
The provisional report, released Wednesday and based on more than 99% of U.S. birth records, found 3.788 million births last year. It was the fourth year the number of births has fallen, the lowest since 1986 and a surprise to some experts given the improving economy. The fertility rate of 1.7 births per U.S. woman also fell 2%, meaning the current generation isn’t making enough babies to replace itself... Births were down across racial groups, with small declines for Hispanics, whites, blacks and Asians. The number of babies born to native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders was stable.
Unease is mounting in the region days after Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers in the Gulf were attacked and Saudi oil installations were hit by drones sent by Iran-backed rebels from Yemen. It remains unclear who attacked the tankers...
The European Parliament is expected to be a different legislature after next week's election and leading Czech conservative lawmaker Jan Zahradil is hoping that voters embrace the idea of a scaled-back European Union... "I'd call it a multi-speed European Union with more space for the national governments and parliaments," Zahradil told The Associated Press in an interview. "We want the European Union to simply do less and to do it better."
"Today," Facebook announced on Tuesday night, "we are tightening the rules that apply specifically to [Facebook] Live. We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses."... from now on, Facebook explained, "someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time."
The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee has launched an investigation into claims brought forth by Michael Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, who has suggested that members of President Donald Trump's legal team edited his statement to Congress about a prospective Trump Tower-Moscow project... Since March, the House Intelligence Committee's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has exchanged a series of letters with attorneys representing members of Trump's legal team. News of the nascent investigation and Schiff's letters to the attorneys was first reported Tuesday by the New York Times.
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