House committee unveils impeachment resolution text

(CNN)A key House committee on Tuesday set the stage for the next phase of impeachment by releasing the rules that will guide Democrats through impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. The text of the resolution lays out how the House Intelligence Committee will conduct public hearings and how the House Judiciary Committee “shall report to the House of Representatives such resolutions, articles of impeachment, or other recommendations as it deems proper.” LIVE UPDATES: The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry For the public hearings, the resolution includes language allowing the chairman and ranking member — in this case, the top-ranking Republican — of the Intelligence Committee to question witnesses for up to 90 minutes, split 45 minutes between each party. …

A single weekend showcases the Trump presidency’s highs and lows

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Yet the week ended with an extraordinary national security development — a daring and dangerous raid approved by Trump and carried out by teams of elite US troops. Here’s the banner headline in Monday’s NYT: “It was the most significant announcement of the death of a terror leader since President Barack Obama revealed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by US Navy Seals in a dramatic late night address in May 2011,” CNN’s Zachary Cohen wrote. And Trump claimed al-Baghdadi’s death was a bigger deal than bin Laden’s assassination, though most experts disagreed. He clearly …

Second homes tax ‘loophole’ worry

There are worries buying is out of the question for many local young people. Image caption Homes overlooking the coast at Abersoch, which is a sought-after area and prices are high The party’s Arfon assembly member Sian Gwenllian called it an “unfair loophole” and said it added to pressures on housing for local people, with prices becoming “completely unaffordable”. She added: “They have no choice but to leave the area or live in poor rented accommodation. “There are 2,000 people on social register waiting for housing in Gwynedd, then you have another 1,000 who have found a way of paying no tax at all. It’s scandalous that this is allowed to happen.” Council houses built in Wales for first time …

Company Linked To Trump Brother Won $33 Million Federal Contract: Washington Post

Donald Trump’s brother is an investor, The contract was awarded earlier this year by the Robert Trump, is a stakeholder, according to the Post. Robert Trump’s “financial interest in the company even as it trades on the Trump name present the appearance of preferential treatment for those who are close to the president,” the letter states, according to the Post. The information emerges just over a week after the Trump administration announced — decision to host the triggered harsh criticism and raised concerns about how such decisions are made and contracts awarded in the Trump administration. CertiPath has been paid more than $6 million in government contracts since Donald Trump has been in office, according to the Post, citing federal …

Senate GOP takes credit for forcing House impeachment vote but fears damage to Trump already done

(CNN)Senate Republicans on Monday both praised and expressed skepticism about the decision by House Democratic leaders to vote on an impeachment resolution, saying they hope it will open up the process and provide fairness to President Donald Trump. GOP senators, who are would-be jurors in an impeachment trial, took credit for forcing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to vote on the resolution after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Graham, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, unveiled a resolution last week criticizing how House Democrats have handled the inquiry, pressing them to hold a floor vote to formally initiate it and to allow Trump to call witnesses on his behalf and Republicans to issue subpoenas. “Today, they were forced to change course,” Graham …

What ‘Saturday Night Live’ got horribly wrong

(CNN)“Saturday Night Live”‘s portrayal of Donald Trump’s presidency has ranged from hilariously insightful to downright disappointing. But the cold open for this week’s show, which depicted Trump at a rally in New Mexico, got it wrong in several major ways. “SNL” even mocked “Bikers for Trump” as being dimwitted people who do nothing but ride their motorcycles, with a leather vest clad biker, played by Mikey Day, declaring that riding is “kinda the only thing we do.” There was also Aidy Bryant as a Trump devotee, who screamed out upon taking the stage, “I love you and I worship you as the one true white lord.” She then spewed a nonsensical conspiracy about the title of Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” actually …

Government wins vote on Queen’s Speech

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Queen’s Speech was approved by 310 votes to 294 MPs have approved the Queen’s Speech, which sets out Boris Johnson’s priorities for the parliamentary session, by 310 votes to 294. Labour and SNP amendments criticising the speech were rejected. The chancellor said the speech delivered on “people’s priorities”, but Labour said it only offered “a few cynical publicity stunt commitments”. The Queen’s Speech sets out 26 bills, covering areas including Brexit, criminal justice and the NHS. However, if the prime minister succeeds in his bid, announced this afternoon, to hold an election in December, much of this Queen’s Speech will not be acted upon, unless the same plans are brought forward …

Radical change to abortion laws in NI

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – and some politicians from other unionist parties – triggered a recall of the Northern Ireland Assembly in an attempt to block the lifting of a near-ban on terminations. The assembly at Stormont had not sat for more than 1,000 days after devolved government collapsed when power-sharing coalition partners the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row. But the move failed because a new speaker could not be elected on a cross-community basis. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Charges can no longer be brought against those who have an abortion or against health workers who provide terminations The committee also said abortions should be allowed where there is “severe fetal impairment”, but …

Transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon dominates, competitors raise questions

Last weekend at the Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England, the 37-year-old Canadian first set a world record in qualifying for the 35-39 age category 200-meter sprint, then went on to defend her title in the finals. Her success, however, has been overshadowed by frustrated competitors. In an interview with Sky News, former cycling champion Victoria Hood said, “It is not complicated. The science is there and it says that it is unfair. The male body, which has been through male puberty, still retains its advantage; that doesn’t go away. I have sympathy with them. They have the right to do sport but not a right to go into any category they want.” In a press release in …

Why This Nebraska Democrat Thinks She Can Get Elected In Trump Country

A Nebraska Democrat is hoping GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s devotion to President state’s sinking support Kate Bolz, a former social worker who grew up on a family farm southeast of Lincoln, is running to oust Fortenberry next year. Since Fortenberry won his seat in 2004, he has been reelected by comfortable margins in the state’s 1st Congressional District, which encompasses Lincoln (home of the University of Nebraska), Bellevue, Offutt Air Force base and rural towns.  Bolz sees an opening in 2020, despite Fortenberry’s past popularity and the Trump’s triumph in the district in 2016 by 20 percentage points. She “I think people are paying attention more now than ever, partly because of the national context,” she said.  GETTY/KATE BOLZ Rep. …

Diplomat Bill Taylor testifies Trump used Ukraine aid, White House meeting as leverage for probes

U.S. Capitol Police escorting acting Ambassador William Taylor at the Capitol on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) “I could be effective only if the U.S. policy of strong support for Ukraine, strong diplomatic support along with robust security, economic, and technical assistance — were to continue and if I had the backing of the secretary of state to implement that policy,” Taylor said. “During my meeting with Secretary Pompeo on May 28, I made clear to him and the others present that if U.S. policy toward Ukraine changed, he would not want me posted there and I could not stay,” Taylor continued. “He assured me that the policy of strong support for Ukraine would continue and that he would support me …

Hillary Clinton backs out of DC event also set to include Tulsi Gabbard, Kirstjen Nielsen: report

Word of Clinton’s removal from the bill of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit came Thursday, the same day the former secretary of state sparked a clash by accusing Gabbard of being groomed by Russia to run as a third-party candidate for president in 2020. The Hawaii congresswoman and combat veteran fired back in a scathing series of tweets later Thursday, challenging Clinton not to “hide behind your proxies” and join the presidential race “directly.” 2020 Presidential Election

Michael Moore joining AOC at Bernie Sanders rally in NYC to announce endorsement

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Westerville, Ohio, Oct. 15, 2019. (Associated Press) Moore also endorsed Sanders for president in 2016, saying at the time that he first backed Sanders when he was running for Congress in 1990. 2020 Presidential Election

Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney represents ‘fossilized’ version of GOP

Ingraham also pointed to Romney’s recent address on the Senate floor rebuking the United States’ intervention, or lack thereof, in the conflict in Syria. Romney, who once sought to become Secretary of State, said “What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a bloodstain on the annals of American history.” Gingrich said that remark was a “fairly ignorant comment about Turkey. Turkey is a fairly large country with a fairly large military. Our major airbase in the region is in Turkey. Anybody who’s suggesting that you can just shrug off Turkey doesn’t understand anything about the power structure of the Middle East.” Gingrich wrapped his appearance by comparing football to recent “fumbles” made by White House Chief of Staff Mick …