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  • Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's office
    March 18, 2019

    Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's officeHer departure comes on the heels of reports that another Mueller prosecutor would leave the office in coming days and is sure to be seen as a new indication that the special counsel???s investigation is winding down.


  • Warren calls for scrapping U.S. electoral college in 2020 televised town hall
    March 19, 2019

    Warren calls for scrapping U.S. electoral college in 2020 televised town hallIt was the first time Warren has explicitly called to eliminate the system established by the U.S. constitution, in which each state is allotted a set number of "electors" based on the combined total of the state's representation in Congress. Warren was participating in a televised CNN town hall in Jackson, Mississippi, when she was asked how, if elected, she would expand access to voting, including for those convicted of felonies. Warren, 69, said there should be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing all citizens the right to vote, and called for the repeal of laws that make it more difficult to cast ballots.


  • Supreme Court will decide if convicted sniper in 2002 District of Columbia-area killings can get new sentence
    March 19, 2019

    Supreme Court will decide if convicted sniper in 2002 District of Columbia-area killings can get new sentenceThe Supreme Court agreed to decide whether life-without-parole sentences for the primary gunman in a series of D.C.-area murders in 2002 must be reconsidered.


  • Ardern Says She Will Never Speak Christchurch Terrorist's Name
    March 18, 2019

    Ardern Says She Will Never Speak Christchurch Terrorist's Name???He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name,??? Ardern told parliament Tuesday as lawmakers paid tribute to the victims of the massacre. Ardern has won plaudits for her handling of the worst mass shooting in New Zealand???s modern history, in particular the empathy she has shown to the country???s Muslim community.


  • Georgetown University students say Ocasio-Cortez is the face of the Democratic Party
    March 20, 2019

    Georgetown University students say Ocasio-Cortez is the face of the Democratic PartyAre Democrats having an identity crisis? CampusReform.org contributor Emma Meshell weighs in.


  • New Zealand's darkest day: 36 minutes of terror
    March 18, 2019

    New Zealand's darkest day: 36 minutes of terrorCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) ??? On March 15, New Zealand changed. Some are calling it a loss of innocence, a reminder that distance doesn't bring protection against violence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change gun laws and investigate what went wrong. This is how 36 minutes of terror unfolded, according to witness accounts and livestream video.


  • Every New Compact Crossover and SUV Ranked from Worst to Best
    March 18, 2019

    Every New Compact Crossover and SUV Ranked from Worst to Best


  • Pilot who hitched a ride in cockpit saved doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 Max day before it crashed
    March 20, 2019

    Pilot who hitched a ride in cockpit saved doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 Max day before it crashedAs the Lion Air crew fought to control their diving Boeing??737 Max 8, they got help from an unexpected source: an off-duty pilot who happened to be riding in the cockpit. That extra pilot, who was seated in the cockpit jumpseat, correctly diagnosed the problem and told the crew how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system and save the plane, two people familiar with Indonesia???s investigation told Bloomberg. The next day, under command of a different crew facing what investigators said was an identical malfunction, the jetliner crashed into the Java Sea killing all 189 aboard. The previously undisclosed detail on the earlier Lion Air flight represents a new clue in the mystery of how some 737 Max pilots faced with the malfunction have been able to avert disaster while the others lost control of their planes and crashed. The presence of a third pilot in the cockpit wasn???t contained in Indonesia???s National Transportation Safety Committee???s November 28 report on the crash and hasn???t previously been reported. Airlines with Boeing 737 Max 8s in their fleet The so-called dead-head pilot on the earlier flight from Bali to Jakarta told the crew to cut power to the motor driving the nose down, according to the people familiar, part of a checklist that all pilots are required to memorise. ???All the data and information that we have on the flight and the aircraft have been submitted to the Indonesian NTSC. We can???t provide additional comment at this stage due the ongoing investigation on the accident,??? Lion Air spokesman Danang Prihantoro said. The Indonesia safety committee report said the plane had had multiple failures on previous flights and hadn???t been properly repaired. Representatives for Boeing and the Indonesian safety committee declined to comment on the earlier flight. The safety system, designed to keep planes from climbing too steeply and stalling, has come under scrutiny by investigators of the crash as well as a subsequent one less than five months later in Ethiopia. A malfunctioning sensor is believed to have tricked the Lion Air plane???s computers into thinking it needed to automatically bring the nose down to avoid a stall. Jakarta plane crash: Flight Lion Air JT610 Boeing???s 737 Max was grounded on March 13 by US??regulatorsafter similarities to the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash emerged in the investigation of the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. In the wake of the two accidents, questions have emerged about how Boeing???s design of the new 737 model were approved. The Transportation Department???s inspector general is conducting a review of how the plane was certified to fly and a grand jury under the US??Justice Department is also seeking records in a possible criminal probe of the plane???s certification. The FAA last week said it planned to mandate changes in the system to make it less likely to activate when there is no emergency. The agency and Boeing said they are also going to require additional training and references to it in flight manuals. ???We will fully cooperate in the review in the Department of Transportation???s audit,??? Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers said. The company has declined to comment on the criminal probe. After the Lion Air crash, two US??pilots??? unions said the potential risks of the system, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, hadn???t been sufficiently spelled out in their manuals or training. None of the documentation for the Max aircraft included an explanation, the union leaders said. ???We don???t like that we weren???t notified,?????? Jon Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, said in November. ???It makes us question, ???Is that everything, guys???? I would hope there are no more surprises out there.?????? The Allied Pilots Association union at American Airlines Group Inc. also said details about the system weren???t included in the documentation about the plane. Following the Lion Air crash, the FAA required Boeing to notify airlines about the system and Boeing sent a bulletin to all customers flying the Max reminding them how to disable it in an emergency. Authorities have released few details about Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 other than it flew a ???very similar??? track as the Lion Air planes and then dove sharply into the ground. There have been no reports of maintenance issues with the Ethiopian Airlines plane before its crash. If the same issue is also found to have helped bring down Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, one of the most vexing questions crash investigators and aviation safety consultants are asking is why the pilots on that flight didn???t perform the checklist that disables the system. ???After this horrific Lion Air accident, you???d think that everyone flying this airplane would know that???s how you turn this off,??? said Steve Wallace, the former director of the US??Federal Aviation Administration???s accident investigation branch. The combination of factors required to bring down a plane in these circumstances suggests other issues may also have occurred in the Ethiopia crash, said Jeffrey Guzzetti, who also directed accident investigations at FAA and is now a consultant. ???It???s simply implausible that this MCAS deficiency by itself can down a modern jetliner with a trained crew,??? Guzzetti said. MCAS is driven by a single sensor near the nose that measures the so-called angle of attack, or whether air is flowing parallel to the length of the fuselage or at an angle. On the Lion Air flights, the angle-of-attack sensor had failed and was sending erroneous readings indicating the plane???s nose was pointed dangerously upward. Sign up??for your essential, twice-daily briefing from??The Telegraph??with our free Front Page newsletter.


  • Parts of US Midwest deluged in historic deadly floods
    March 18, 2019

    Parts of US Midwest deluged in historic deadly floodsThe US Midwest struggled Monday with historic flooding that claimed at least three lives, displaced residents and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses. Swollen waters hit much of Nebraska, as well as parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota, after a major storm last week dumped snow and rain, even as melting snow was already raising the levels of area waterways. Neighboring states could also be affected as floodwaters drain, officials said.


  • Mueller suspected Trump lawyer may have been acting as foreign agent
    March 19, 2019

    Mueller suspected Trump lawyer may have been acting as foreign agentSpecial counsel of Russia investigation granted access to Michael Cohen???s emails on basis he may have broken several lawsMichael Cohen documents released ??? live updates Michael Cohen. Multiple pages, apparently relating to the campaign finance scheme, were entirely blacked out in the version of the documents released on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images Robert Mueller persuaded a judge within weeks of being made special counsel in 2017 that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump???s legal fixer, may have been secretly working for a foreign government. Legal filings unsealed on Tuesday said investigators working for Mueller were granted access to Cohen???s personal email account on 18 July 2017 on the basis that he may have broken several laws, including those on unregistered foreign agents. Cohen???s suspected efforts were not detailed in the documents. Cohen, one of Trump???s closest advisers for a decade, was known to have been paid in 2017 for consulting work by a state-controlled South Korean aviation company and a bank in Kazakhstan. The filings said Mueller???s investigators were looking in Cohen???s Gmail account for records on any ???funds or benefits??? he received from foreign governments or companies, as well as any files revealing efforts by Cohen to work on their behalf. The court documents were released by a federal judge in New York, where Cohen pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance and personal financial crimes. They were originally filed by investigators in April last year to obtain additional search warrants. It was not previously known that Cohen was suspected of crimes relating to representing foreigners without registering with US authorities, and no such charges were brought against him. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and is due to be jailed in May. The filings released on Tuesday ran to hundreds of pages . More than 19 pages, apparently relating to the campaign finance scheme, were entirely blacked out, indicating that it remains under investigation. Cohen directly implicated Trump in the scheme, which involved hush-money payments to women who alleged during the 2016 campaign that they had affairs with Trump. Some legal analysts have said Trump could be vulnerable to prosecution for the scheme once he leaves office. He denies breaking any laws. The documents released on Tuesday gave a rare insight on the early actions taken by Mueller???s office in the weeks after his appointment as special counsel on 17 May 2017, following the president???s firing of James Comey, the FBI director. Mueller was asked to look into any connections or coordination between Russia and Trump???s team. They showed search warrants obtained for Cohen???s email accounts gave investigators sweeping authority to look into related data including Cohen???s calendars, contacts and photographs. Investigators were also given permission to use Cohen???s fingers or face to unlock his electronic devices if necessary. Following their successful July 2017 application, Mueller???s team secured several more warrants for Cohen. They were granted a search warrant for Cohen???s Apple iCloud account on 8 August 2017, the filings said, and then obtained two more search warrants in November 2017 for two additional email accounts used by Cohen. Mueller???s team passed some of its findings, which did not relate to their central investigation, up to justice department colleagues in New York. After prosecutors there were granted further warrants, FBI agents raided Cohen???s home, hotel room and storage facility and seized millions of documents. Mueller???s investigation, which appears to be drawing to a conclusion, has roiled Trump???s first term in office and led to the criminal convictions of a series of former Trump advisers for financial crimes and lying to investigators. It has also led to the indictment of more than two dozen Russians for interfering in the 2016 US election campaign, but no one from Trump???s campaign has been charged over activity relating to the election campaign. Paul Manafort, Trump???s former campaign chairman, has been accused by Mueller of sharing private polling data with a colleague accused of having ties to Russian intelligence services.


  • U.S.-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths: sources
    March 19, 2019

    U.S.-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths: sourcesThe bombing killed Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent and Scott Wirtz from the Defense Intelligence Agency. It also killed Ghadir Taher, a naturalized U.S. citizen working as a civilian interpreter for a U.S. contractor. "The investigation is ongoing as are efforts to bring all of those terrorists responsible to justice." The attack was the worst single incident involving U.S. personnel in Syria since they deployed on the ground there in 2015 and took place at a cafe in the town of Manbij, which was controlled by a militia allied to U.S.-backed Kurdish forces.


  • I got into 39 colleges without cheating: What applying to schools looks like in 2019
    March 19, 2019

    I got into 39 colleges without cheating: What applying to schools looks like in 2019Jordan Nixon got into 39 colleges without any celebrity parents or $500,000 bribes. But that doesn't mean it wasn't "stressful to say the least."


  • Stop Politicizing the Christchurch Killings
    March 18, 2019

    Stop Politicizing the Christchurch KillingsAs the families of the 50 Muslims gunned down at two New Zealand Mosques on Friday mourned, Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland put out a widely condemned statement that effectively blamed the victims:> I don???t think I have ever seen a statement like this from an elected official after a terrorist attack: pic.twitter.com/83RCLcM7Mg> > -- Seema (@LATSeema) March 15, 2019Later, as Anning was being interviewed by media, a teenage boy smashed an egg on his head. Anning responded by throwing punches at the young man.All this was caught on camera, of course, much as the massacre itself had been livestreamed on Facebook. Media and social media have undoubtedly exacerbated this tragedy. National Review???s Theodore Kupfer has noted the fascistic murderer???s ???sh**posting??? (online trolling which blurs the line between jokes about violence and actual violence) and his sadistic sense of irony, suggesting that he ???wanted to deepen existing conflicts in a way that will prompt a cycle of overreach and radicalization.???If that was his wish, some people seem to be granting it.Whatever one thinks about the political ???lessons to be learned??? from this incident ??? guns, immigration, technology ??? the first response should surely be to console the grieving and to bury the dead. Instead, politicians and journalists have been scrambling to win another battle in the culture wars.Senator Anning tried to score points for his radical agenda with a heartless, knee-jerk response. In the U.K., Guardian journalist Nesrine Malik got to work on Twitter, juxtaposing commentators??? past moderate criticisms of Islam with their statements of sympathy for the Christchurch victims, arguing that they were in some way to blame for what happened. In the U.S., Chelsea Clinton was confronted by a protester who shouted that her criticisms of Representative Ilhan Omar???s anti-Semitic comments were to blame for the attacks. Everywhere, the politically active seemed to be losing their minds.It was hardly surprising, then, when a teenager soon joined in. You could not make this up: Eggboy was the top trending topic on Twitter on Saturday. His smashing an egg against Anning???s head while filming it for the purposes of social media was an expression of adolescent rage ??? inappropriate, yes??but more excusable than Anning???s response. It was all a perfect microcosm of the wider cultural response to the shooting.Readers may recall Heath Ledger???s terrifying Joker in The Dark Knight. As well as a sadistic sense of humor and bloodlust, he had a disturbingly accurate understanding of human psychology. He knew how to bring out the absolute worst in people, to create chaos and sow hatred. In doing so he would rob people not only of their lives, but of their humanity.To be clear, it would be a grave mistake to attribute either cunning or sophistication to the bigoted thug behind the New Zealand attacks. But if it took neither cunning nor sophistication to produce such a shabby response from our politicians and pundits, what does that say about them?Before it became unfashionable, people used to offer prayers in times of tragedy. Whether or not they meant the gesture literally, it signaled a somber thoughtfulness and a hope for the future that are both sorely needed now. Of course, prayer won???t bring back the dead, it is no substitute for policy, and when used as a type of virtue signaling it can be irritating. But in the immediate aftermath of violence, it can ??? if nothing else ??? serve to remind us of a civilizing force.That is especially true in this case, where the slaughtered themselves were murdered while at prayer, cut down in the middle of a sacred communal ritual by an alienated, nihilistic, savage gunman. In the immediate aftermath of such horror, the least we can do is honor their memory.


  • Elizabeth Warren: Time to end the Electoral College
    March 19, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren: Time to end the Electoral CollegeMassachusetts senator and Democratic presidential primary candidate Elizabeth Warren called for ending the


  • Turkey's Erdogan calls on New Zealand to restore death penalty over shooting
    March 19, 2019

    Turkey's Erdogan calls on New Zealand to restore death penalty over shootingPresident Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty for the gunman who killed 50 people at two Christchurch mosques, warning that Turkey would make the attacker pay for his act if New Zealand did not. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after a lone gunman opened fire at the two mosques during Muslim Friday prayers. If New Zealand doesn't make you, we know how to make you pay one way or another," Erdogan told an election rally of thousands in northern Turkey.


  • NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn charges
    March 18, 2019

    NY self-help guru pleads not guilty to child porn chargesNEW YORK (AP) ??? The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his co-defendants are trying to avoid going to trial with him next month.


  • Danish MP told her baby not welcome in parliament
    March 20, 2019

    Danish MP told her baby not welcome in parliamentA Danish MP said on Tuesday she was ordered to remove her infant daughter from parliament's chamber, sparking surprise in a country often hailed as a pioneer in women's rights. "You are not welcome with your baby in the parliament's chamber," speaker Pia Kjaersgaard, an outspoken former leader of the far-right Danish People's Party, allegedly told MP Mette Abildgaard. "I didn't ask for permission to bring her since I had previously seen another colleague bring a child into the chamber without any problems," Ms Abildgaard, whose Conservative party is part of the ruling centre-right coalition, wrote on Facebook. Ms Abildgaard, who is in her 30s, said she found herself in an exceptional situation with her five-month-old daughter, and had never brought her into the chamber before. But she said the infant was "in a good mood and had a pacifier in her mouth." Mette Abildgaard responded to the incident on Facebook Ms Kjaersgaard passed the message to an assistant, who then asked Ms Abildgaard to remove the baby from the room. Ms Abildgaard handed the child to an assistant and returned to the chamber to vote. "MPs should be in the chamber, not babies or children," insisted Ms Kjaersgaard when questioned by news agency Ritzau. She said clear rules would be issued on the subject. The Scandinavian country is often held up as a champion of gender equality and women's rights, and as a child and family-centred nation with generous parental leave. Ms Abildgaard noted that she was entitled to a year's maternity leave with full pay, but that she had chosen to return to work. Her Facebook post garnered more than 600 comments within the space of a few hours. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby after speaking at the UN General Assembly Credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri "A chamber that represents mothers, fathers and babies ought to be open to mothers, fathers and babies," one person wrote. In 2016, an Icelandic lawmaker made headlines after breastfeeding her infant while speaking at the podium in parliament. And in September, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became a symbol for working mothers when she brought her baby to the UN General Assembly in New York.


  • US weather: Thousands flee midwest as three die amid flooding triggered by 'bomb cyclone'
    March 18, 2019

    US weather: Thousands flee midwest as three die amid flooding triggered by 'bomb cyclone'Thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes after a so-called bomb cyclone brought flooding to huge swathes of the American midwest. From Nebraska to Kansas, and Missouri to Illinois, residents have been evacuated amid flooding that has killed at least three people. The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency.


  • Boeing: 737 MAX certification followed US rules
    March 18, 2019

    Boeing: 737 MAX certification followed US rulesBoeing said Monday that the flight stabilization system under scrutiny following two deadly 737 MAX plane crashes, met all US regulations. "The 737 MAX was certified in accordance with the identical Federal Aviation Administration requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives," Boeing said Monday. Boeing and regulators face increased examination over the stall prevention system, the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS, which authorities have said was likely a factor in deadly crashes in Indonesia in October, while the crash in Ethiopia earlier this month showed similarities.


  • Congress to probe Trump administration???s response to rising threat of white nationalism
    March 18, 2019

    Congress to probe Trump administration???s response to rising threat of white nationalismThe Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee has revealed plans to hold hearings on the rising threat of white nationalism. Mr Trump then said during a televised appearance in the Oval Office that he did not believe white nationalism was an increasing threat in the US. The hearings ??? which will reportedly arrive in early April ??? will focus in part on how Mr Trump???s administration has responded to the growing threat of white nationalism documented in rising figures on hate crime and hate-based violence.


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