The ultra-rich are panicking after New York lawmakers passed a new law that is expected to expose the names of people who purchased Manhattan condos anonymously over the years with shell companies.
The Wall Street Journal said the new law was passed last month, is having "unintended consequences for the legions of billionaires, celebrities and other privacy-seeking condo owners: Every buyer's name will be publicly available under the state's Freedom of Information Law." ...
Turkey has now given Trump every reason to unleash the newly authorized sanctions, as Newsweek reports that American special forces troops have come under Turkish fire. According to the breaking exclusive: "A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria." It was "apparently by mistake," the report adds. The Newsweek report cites an "Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and senior Pentagon official" to say that "Special Forces operating in the Mashtenour hill in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani fell under artillery fire from Turkish forces" amid operations related to 'Operation Peace Spring'...
Civil judge Sylvia Ash was arrested at LaGuardia airport Friday, and is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later in the day to face charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice.
Judge George B. Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Friday blocking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services public charge rule from going into effect and shrinking the pool of green card applications, or those seeking to permanently live in the U.S. In the injunction, Daniels said the suing organizations and states “will suffer irreparable harm if the Rule becomes effective.” The ruling also stated the lawsuit was likely to succeed when held up against the Administrative Procedure Act and U.S. Constitution.
Mnuchin said that the executive order does not itself contain new sanctions, but gives Trump the authority to enact them. “The president is concerned about the ongoing military offensive and potential targeting of civilians, civilian infrastructure, ethnic and religious minorities, and the president wants to make very clear that it is imperative that Turkey not allow even a single ISIS fighter to escape,” Mnuchin told reporters at the White House. The announcement came a short time after the Pentagon said Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged his counterpart in Ankara to halt this week’s offensive into northern Syria following the removal of U.S. troops.
Authorities are searching for a 14-year-old girl after a person was stabbed at a Metro station in Southeast, D.C. The stabbing happened around 1 p.m. at the Capitol South station on First Street. The stations is closed at this time. Blue, Orange and Silver Line trains are bypassing the station. The suspect is described as weighing 100 pounds, with short dreadlocks and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.
The Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) was commissioned by the FAA in April to look into the agency’s oversight and approval of the so-called MCAS anti-stall system. “The JATR team found that the MCAS was not evaluated as a complete and integrated function in the certification documents that were submitted to the FAA,” the 69-page series of findings and recommendations said.
One of the bills, which expands a so-called "red flag" law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others, was vetoed twice by Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown.
Newsom also signed a companion bill allowing the gun violence restraining orders to last one and five years, although the gun owners could petition to end those restrictions earlier. The bill also allows judges to issue search warrants at the same time as they grant the orders. The warrants can be used immediately if the gun owners are served with the relinquishment orders but fail to turn over the firearms or ammunition.
The U.S. and China agreed on the outlines of a partial trade accord Friday that President Donald Trump said he and China’s Xi Jinping could sign as soon as next month. As part of the deal, China would significantly step up purchases of U.S. agricultural commodities, agree to certain intellectual-property measures and concessions related to financial services and currency, Trump said Friday at the White House. In exchange, the U.S. will delay a tariff increase due next week as the deal is finalized, though new levies scheduled for December haven’t yet been called off.
Congressional investigators are currently vetting the new accounts they’ve received for credibility. Accordingly, knowledgeable sources would not discuss where in the government these new would-be whistleblowers come from, nor what they purport to have to say.
Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, two radio hosts who also pranked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in 2018, managed to reach Graham by phone and successfully impersonate Turkey's defense minister. Graham relayed President Trump's diplomatic interests offered to the senator during a private conversation between the two. None of the information appeared to be sensitive enough to raise concerns.
The deployments, announced by the Pentagon Friday morning, bring the total deployment of U.S. forces to the kingdom to 3,000 since a mid-September attack on a Saudi oil field... Speaking to reporters after the announcement, Esper said it is now “clear that Iranians are responsible” for the attacks in Saudi territory and warned that the U.S. has “on alert additional” forces that can provide increased security “if necessary.”
In a written statement, the chief Pentagon spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said that in a phone call Thursday with his Turkish counterpart, Defense Secretary Mark Esper “made it clear” that the U.S. opposes the incursion. Hoffman said Esper told Defense Minister Hulusi Akar that his government’s military actions “place at risk” the progress made to defeat the extremists, and Esper urged Turkey to stop its incursion....
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