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Trump torpedoes meeting with Democrats, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusation
Wed, 22 May 2019 18:20:44 -0400

Trump torpedoes meeting with Democrats, blasts Pelosi's 'cover-up' accusationPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday abruptly cut short a White House meeting with Democratic lawmakers on infrastructure, then ripped into them over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's accusation that he is engaged in a cover-up and asserted that he could not work with them unless they dropped multiple investigations. The rupture bodes ill for any possible cooperation between the president and the Democrats who control the House of Representatives on legislation on infrastructure or other matters as Trump seeks re-election in 2020, signaling deepening political gridlock in Washington.


The 'AOC primary': Can Warren steal the prized endorsement away from Bernie?
Thu, 23 May 2019 15:53:49 -0400

The 'AOC primary': Can Warren steal the prized endorsement away from Bernie?While the Democratic star says she'll support whoever wins her party's nomination, she's leaning toward two candidates.


FACTBOX-Global tech companies shun Huawei after U.S. ban
Thu, 23 May 2019 14:22:17 -0400

FACTBOX-Global tech companies shun Huawei after U.S. banGlobal tech firms, including chip suppliers, are cutting ties with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd after the U.S. government put the world's largest telecom equipment maker on a trade blacklist citing national security concerns. The United States has effectively banned its companies from doing business with Huawei, exacerbating an ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war. Huawei is allowed to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19 to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to its smartphones.


PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through Missouri
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:15:04 -0400

PHOTOS: Violent tornado rips through MissouriA powerful tornado swept across Missouri, killing several people as it knocked down power lines and trees, smashed windows and left streets strewn with debris, officials said on Thursday.


The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here's the Problem.
Thu, 23 May 2019 04:04:00 -0400

The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here's the Problem.For the purposes of Lockheed's marketing campaign, the F-21 is a new fighter, although it shares many of its major features with the F-16V the company has sold to Bahrain, Greece, Slovakia, South Korea and Taiwan. Lockheed can build new F-16Vs or upgrade older F-16s to the V-standard.Lockheed Martin is developing a new variant of its iconic F-16 single-engine fighter in order to compete in India’s 2019 tender for 110 new warplanes.(This first appeared earlier in the month.)But don’t count on the American firm’s “F-21” to win the contract.According to journalist Angad Singh, the likely winner is French company Dassault’s Rafale twin-engine fighter.Singh explains his rationale in the May 2019 issue of Combat Aircraft magazine. India previously ordered 36 Rafales as part of an earlier fighter tender. “With 36 aircraft already on order and the infrastructure in place for an additional 36, a case could certainly be made that training, basing and sustainment costs for additional aircraft would not be an impossible burden.”Other candidates for the Indian tender are the Saab Gripen from Sweden, the European Eurofighter Typhoon, the MiG-35 from Russia and the Boeing Super Hornet from the United States. Whichever fighter New Delhi selects, it needs the new jets now, according to Singh.


Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:31:33 -0400

Lawmaker's censure sought after comments about Trump Jr.MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers abruptly adjourned after one lawmaker called for the censure of another over comments that included calling the president's son "evidently retarded."


14 Garage Organization Ideas That'll Give You Back Your Parking Spot
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:00:00 -0400

14 Garage Organization Ideas That'll Give You Back Your Parking Spot


Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000
Wed, 22 May 2019 14:20:10 -0400

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match


Tale of suicidal 'Handmaid' in New York goes viral
Wed, 22 May 2019 14:48:21 -0400

Tale of suicidal 'Handmaid' in New York goes viralA red-cloaked "Handmaid" ready to hurl herself off a Manhattan building, possibly unhinged by recent legislative assaults on the right to abortion? For months now, amid the #MeToo movement and challenges to the right to abortion in the United States and elsewhere, demonstrations by women dressed in costumes inspired by "The Handmaid's Tale" have multiplied. The hit television series based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel evokes a world in which the United States has become a religious dictatorship where fertile women are enslaved and their rape is institutionalized.


Trump to Congress: Stop Probing Me or I’m Done Talking With Democrats
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:09:14 -0400

Trump to Congress: Stop Probing Me or I’m Done Talking With DemocratsLeah Millis/ReutersPresident Donald Trump hijacked his own White House “Infrastructure Week” with a public meltdown on Wednesday—calling a surprise press conference to announce he had told Congress’ top Democrats that if they don’t stop investigating him, he’s done talking.“Get these phony investigations over with,” he said he told them.Trump suggested that he called off his meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer because he was disgusted that Pelosi had accused him of a cover-up earlier in the morning.But Schumer said the tantrum had all the hallmarks of a set-up, noting placards printed with details about the Mueller investigation were perched in front of the podium in the Rose Garden.“He came up with this pre-planned excuse,” Schumer said.Trump stood in front of that podium for roughly 10 minutes, ranting about House Democratic-led investigations, implying that he would halt cooperation on legislation with House Democrats until the investigations and subpoenas against Trump, his family, his administration, and his business empire were completed or scrapped.“I walked into the room,” Trump told the gathered reporters of his meeting. “I told Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, I want to do infrastructure... but I can’t do it under these circumstances.”The president seemed particularly incensed by Pelosi’s comments, following a meeting with the Democratic Caucus on Wednesday morning, that he was engaged in a “cover-up.”“Instead of walking in happily to a meeting [today], I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a cover-up,” Trump said during the press conference. “I don't do cover-ups.”After the president’s remarks, Pelosi told reporters, “I pray for the president of the United States. I pray for the United States.”Schumer addressed Trump’s demand that the House probes be halted. “There were investigations going on three weeks ago when we met. And he still met with us,” he said. “But now that he was forced to say how he would actually pay for [an infrastructure package], he had to run away.”Schumer accused Trump of planning this well before their meeting.“It’s clear that this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part,” Schumer said. “When we got in the room [at the White House], the curtain was closed...There was a place for him at the front where he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn’t do infrastructure.”The White House did not immediately respond to requests for clarification on what happened behind closed doors on Wednesday morning.Going into this latest, incredibly short round of talks, neither the Democratic side nor Trumpworld seemed very optimistic. Late last month, a senior White House official characterized the state of play to The Daily Beast by saying that “people [in the Trump administration] who say that this time it’s going somewhere are lying to you,” and rhetorically asked, “How many times do we have to go through this?”By noon on Wednesday, Trump’s latest Infrastructure Week had indeed blown up entirely.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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