All eyes and ears are on former special counsel Robert Mueller today. Republicans hope to highlight what they see as a faulty premise for the Mueller probe. Democrats hope he'll say something to incriminate President Donald Trump, or at least bring more Americans to understand what they see as the president’s wrongdoings. But how many times will Mueller refuse to say much at all? How many times will Mueller declare an answer "outside of my purview"?...
The soldier was identified by The Local as 96-year-old Karl Munter, who previously had been convicted and then pardoned for his role in the murders of 86 men in Ascq, France during World War II when he was a member of the "Hitler Youth" SS division. Munter, during an interview broadcast on a German television channel last November, said those killed in the French town were to blame for their own deaths, The Local reports. He also, the website adds, called into question that the Holocaust was responsible for the deaths of six million Jews.
The Guardian report sciting experts and a warning by the UN-recognized Yemeni government. The government, which is fighting the Houthi rebels with the support of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, wrote in a letter to the UN that the situation is bad and deteriorating, and that there is an “imminent environmental and humanitarian catastrophe in the Red Sea”. The vessel in question is loaded with some 1 million barrels of crude oil with energy experts fearing that the gas build up might eventually lead to a blast and a spill. A UN team has tried to approach it to assess the situation, but the Houthis who control the area where the tanker is moored have refused to grant them access.
"This resolution would weaken America's global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners," Trump wrote in veto messages to Congress released by the White House on Wednesday evening.
“The Department of Justice’s long-standing position is that we will not prosecute an official for contempt of Congress for declining to provide information subject to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The House had rebuked the Trump Cabinet members by passing a criminal contempt resolution earlier this month, largely along party lines. However, it was widely presumed that the Justice Department would not pursue a criminal referral against the top DOJ official.
The money sought is on top of the $114 million contributed since August and will largely support the massive scale up of dozens of teams administering protective vaccines to vulnerable Congolese communities, undertaking disease surveillance and reporting, and bolstering capacity at treatment centers, said Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman, in a telephone interview Tuesday... The economic and social burden of a 2014-16 outbreak in three west African countries that sickened more than 28,600 people, killing some 11,325, cost an estimated $53.2 billion, a study in October found. In the current outbreak, 2,498 people are confirmed to have been infected with Ebola, causing 1,737 deaths, since it began in Congo, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country, in May 2018.
Last Tuesday, Edwin Castro Sangalang, a 45-year-old living in Lake Elsinore, California, was arrested by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and charged on approximately 200 counts of sexual assault for having a four-year sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, from the time she was just 9. Jail records from Southwest Detention Center in Riverside County indicate that Sangalang was booked on a total of 437 felony charges, including 156 counts of aggravated child sexual assault, 52 counts of oral copulation with a minor, five counts of sexual penetration by force or fear, and one count of continual sexual abuse of a child... A California spokeswoman for ICE told CR, “On July 19, ICE officers lodged a detainer with the Southwest Detention Center on an unlawfully present Philippine national, Edwin Castro Sangalang, following his arrest for sexual assaults on children.”
A federal district court judge blocked state laws that would have prevented a woman from getting an abortion 18 weeks into a pregnancy, among other proposed restrictions. The laws would have potentially closed the state's final clinic that performs surgical abortion, too. The decision by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker is a temporary restraining order, meaning it will hold for 14 days. At that point, another decision will have to be issued.
A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly denied a request for a temporary restraining order, saying the immigrant advocate groups behind the suit did not show that their work would be irreparably harmed if the policy moved forward. Kelly is an appointee of President Donald Trump.
...the legal landscape has changed since Marra in February ruled that federal prosecutors in South Florida violated the rights of the young women by not telling them about the non-prosecution agreement they hashed out with Epstein’s high-powered legal team. In the last of various dueling legal briefs that are to be filed before Marra decides whether the once secret agreement will be tossed out, attorneys for two of Epstein’s accusers on Tuesday asked Marra to rule quickly that the secret pact should be scrapped. Further, they insisted that the New York charges shouldn’t shield the jetting-setting, politically-connected millionaire from being prosecuted in federal court in West Palm Beach.
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