Showing posts with label foreign news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foreign news. Show all posts

Monday, 8 April 2019

Top departures from Trump’s White House (See List)

Here is a list of departures from top positions in the Trump administration during the president’s two-plus years in the White House.

This list doesn’t include people who were nominated but never actually served, or officials such as Mike Pompeo who shifted to a different position.


--- National security adviser Michael Flynn (left post February 2017)

--- White House chief of staff Reince Priebus (July 2017)

--- Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (September 2017)

--- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (March 2018)

--- Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin (March 2018)

--- National security adviser H.R. McMaster (April 2018)

--- EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt (July 2018)

--- Attorney General Jeff Sessions (November 2018)

--- United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley (December 2018)

--- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (December 2018)

--- Chief of staff John Kelly (January 2019)

--- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (January 2019)

--- Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (April 2019)
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Trump Calls To Save Coal Plant Supplied By Major Supporter

President Donald Trump on Monday publicly pushed the Tennessee Valley Authority to save an aging coal plant in Kentucky that buys its fuel from one of the president’s top supporters.

“Coal is an important part of our electricity generation mix and @TVAnews should give serious consideration to all factors before voting to close viable power plants, like Paradise #3 in Kentucky!” Trump tweeted.

His missive came just days before the TVA board is slated to vote on the future of Paradise Unit 3, a 49-year-old coal plant that the federally owned utility has said would be too expensive to keep operating.

The 1,150-megawatt plant gets the bulk of its coal from a subsidiary of Murray Energy, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Robert Murray, the CEO of the mining company, is a major Trump supporter who has personally lobbied the president to take other actions to help the ailing coal industry, particularly in regions where he sells coal. The White House has shelved a proposed coal bailout plan that has been among Murray's top priorities, although the Trump administration has rolled back numerous other environmental rules the magnate has criticized.

Murray is a prolific GOP donor, and his company gave $1 million from his company to the Trump-supporting super PAC America First Action in the last election cycle, among other big contributions. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who is awaiting Senate confirmation, lobbied for Murray Energy among other clients before joining the Trump administration, including joining the CEO and other company officials in a 2017 meeting with Energy Secretary Rick Perry to discuss Murray's policy proposals. Wheeler has said he did not write the action plan Murray presented to the Trump administration.

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is mulling entering the Democratic presidential primary, panned Trump's call to bail out the plant.

"As any business leader knows, the top consideration at @TVAnews is cost. Phasing out that coal plant will save Kentuckians money (not to mention their air & water)," Bloomberg tweeted.

TVA retired two other coal-burning units at the Paradise, Ky., site in 2017 because of pollution limits imposed by the Obama administration's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The Trump administration is revisiting the underlying justification for the rule and has asked for input on whether to go further. While EPA insists it will not weaken or eliminate the mercury standard itself, environmentalists say the administration is inviting legal challenges that eventually could upend the regulation. TVA replaced the retired coal with new, cleaner gas-burning generation.

The agency on Monday released its environmental assessment finding the proposed closure would cause "no significant impact" on the environment. TVA's board, which currently has seven members and two openings that require Senate confirmation, is slated to vote on the future of Paradise Unit 3 on Thursday. Three of the seven members are Obama appointees; the other four were named by Trump.

TVA has said it wants to close the plant because of “flat to declining“ load, low natural gas prices, expected high maintenance and regulatory compliance costs and "poor generation portfolio fit," among other reasons.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Saturday said he and Trump would call on the TVA board to postpone its vote until TVA’s two open seats can be filled and FERC finishes a study on grid resiliency.

“Fifty percent of a single mine's production goes into this plant. What's it going to do to that mine? What's it going to do to the people who work there — to the people who haul that material? The ripple effect of this is great,” Bevin said, according to the Messenger-Inquirer, a local newspaper.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also called to save the plant. “Kentuckians strongly oppose moving away from coal, and I would hope that the TVA listens to our voices," McConnell said in a video Monday.

Only one TVA nominee is pending in the Senate: John Ryder, a former general counsel for the Republican National Committee. Ryder was not confirmed by the full Senate last year but was re-nominated by Trump last month.

Trump has not yet nominated anyone for the final empty seat. TVA serves Tennessee as well as parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky.
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'MAGA' Hat-wearing Trump Backer Accused Of Violently Shoving Journalists At El Paso Rally

A man attending President Donald Trump's rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas, entered the press area and went after journalists before being escorted out of the venue.
"F--k the media," the man, who was not immediately identified but was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, could be heard shouting in footage from the incident.

A man is escorted from a Donald Trump rally in El Paso, Texas, after allegedly attacking a member of the media in attendance on Feb. 11, 2019.Jacob Rascon

BBC cameraman Ron Skeans was, per a BBC spokesman, "violently pushed and shoved by a member of the crowd while covering a President Trump rally in Texas last night."
"The man was removed by security and Ron is fine," the statement continued. "The President could see the incident and checked with us that all was ok. It is clearly unacceptable for any of our staff to be attacked for doing their job."
As the man was being escorted out of the arena, Trump asked, "You alright? Everything OK?"
The El Paso Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
As is the case at many Trump rallies, the president did take time out of his speech to criticize the media and what he deems "fake news."
During one riff on Monday, Trump complained of coverage of his administration, saying that "no matter what we do, they figure out a way to make it" negative. Booing ensued from the crowd.
In another segment, Trump claimed that "some of the most dishonest people in media are the so-called fact checkers." The crowd rained down additional jeers.
It is common for crowds at Trump rallies to turn toward the press pen in the back of the venue and heckle journalists and cameramen, or break out in chants such as "CNN sucks."
The president has called journalists the "enemy of the people." Many have urged him to tone down his verbal attacks on the press.
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Thursday, 10 January 2019

President Trump To Visit Border To Push For Wall As Government Shutdown Talks Crumble

WASHINGTON – A day after budget negotiations blew up in acrimony, President Donald Trump will visit Texas on Thursday in an effort to promote his long-promised wall and convince Americans that they should spend billions more on border security.

The trip to McAllen, Texas, takes place a day after Trump stormed out of a meeting with Democratic leaders who were negotiating an end to a partial government shutdown – now in its 20th day – that has left some 800,000 federal workers without pay.
White House officials hope the trip will draw attention to what Trump has described as a "crisis" on the southwest border that he says can be fixed by spending an additional $5.7 billion to build 234 miles of "new physical barrier" along the border. 
Trump is expected to take part in a roundtable and receive a briefing from border officials. The president has also granted an interview to Fox News, which the network said will air Thursday night.  

Democrats flatly reject the need for a wall and say Trump is overstating the situation on the border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of storming out of a meeting at the White House on Wednesday while administration officials blamed Democrats for negotiating in bad faith.
Hanging over Trump's visit to the border are questions about whether he will declare a national emergency, a move that would allow him to redirect defense money for a wall but that would almost certainly trigger court challenges. An emergency declaration could give Trump an off ramp to reopen the government but continue to fight for the wall.    
Even as polls suggest a slim majority of Americans blame Trump more than Democrats for the shutdown, now the second-longest in U.S. history, the president has stuck to his demand for a wall, which was the focus of his first formal Oval Office address Tuesday. 
Those same polls show that a majority of Republicans back Trump on the wall. 
Trump acknowledged he left the negotiating table Wednesday after Democrats refused to consider his plan for a border wall in exchange for reopening shuttered agencies. 

"I said bye-bye, nothing else works!" the president tweeted.
But the effects of the shutdown will only grow with time, even as the White House scrambles to limit the impact. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported a slowdown in food safety inspections, airports cited longer lines at security checkpoints and national parks have been operating for weeks with limited services. 
Perhaps a more pressing problem for Trump: Some Republicans have noted the impact on federal employees and a handful of Senate Republicans – including Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – have said they would at least consider a plan to reopen some agencies.
Trump downplayed GOP divisions after meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and he is expected to do so again as he tours the border on Thursday. 
"There was no discussion about anything other than solidarity,” Trump said. “The Republicans are totally unified." 
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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Tucker Carlson: What 'crimes' did President Trump commit in the Michael Cohen case?

If you’ve been watching television recently, you’ve probably heard the bad news: The Trump administration is over. Toast. Cooked. Done for good, along with it any hope of the middle class revolution 63 million Americans voted for two years ago.
The reason for this tragedy is simple: The president has been caught committing felonies. Legal experts without law degrees have had a lot to say on TV.
“If precedent means anything in the Trump era, Donald Trump will be — must be — impeached because of the crimes prosecutors say he committed in the Michael Cohen case,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said.
“Both parties need to get on board to pass articles of impeachment,” said Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s former 2016 campaign manager.
“You have conspiracy. You have obstruction. You have campaign finance,” said Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude on MSNBC. “You have emoluments … If the Democrats do not pursue this vigorously, they will be, in some ways, held accountable for abdicating their responsibility …  It goes to the moral question, the ethical question. Democracy is at stake!
And U.S. Rep Maxine Waters, D-Calif. said, “This criminal must be brought up by the Congress of the United States for impeachment.”
There’s a lot of emotion there. But to sum up, we’re staring down the barrel of a constitutional crisis. And that crisis stems from what MSNBC describes as “the crimes prosecutors say the president committed in the Michael Cohen case.”
And which crimes were those? The relevant details were spelled out in a piece that ran over the weekend in the New York Times, under this headline: “Prosecutors say Trump directed illegal payments during campaign.”
The gist is this: Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has told federal investigators that he facilitated payments to two women who said they had affairs with Donald Trump. And then.... well, actually that’s it. That’s the entire story right there. Paying these two women, say federal prosecutors and their flacks at NBC, was a serious crime, a crime worthy of impeachment, if not indictment.
But, you might be wondering, how exactly is that criminal? We’ll explain that to you.
Let’s start by stipulating that everything Michael Cohen has told the feds is absolutely true. Assuming honesty isn’t usually a wise idea with Michael Cohen, but for the sake of argument, let’s do it in this case. Why is what Cohen is alleging a criminal offense?
Remember the facts of the story. These are undisputed: Two women approach Donald Trump and threaten to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money. That sounds like a classic case of extortion. Yet, for whatever reason, Trump caves to it, and he directs Michael Cohen to pay the ransom. Now, more than two years later, Trump is a felon for doing this. It doesn’t seem to make sense.
Oh, but you’re not a federal prosecutor on a political mission. If you were a federal prosecutor on a political mission, you’d construe those extortion payments as campaign contributions. You’d do this even though the money in question didn’t come from, or go to, Trump’s presidential campaign.
Then you’d claim that Trump and Cohen violated campaign finance law because they didn’t publicly disclose those payments, despite the fact that disclosing them would nullify the reason for making them in the first place --which was to keep the whole thing secret. That is the argument you’d make, both in federal court and through your proxies on cable television.
It is insultingly stupid. But because everyone in power hates the target of your investigation, nobody would question you. And that’s what’s happening right now.
Screw you, America, and your stupid election. We’re in charge. That’s the real message here.
By this reasoning, any money a political candidate spends to maintain or protect his image while running for office now qualifies as a regulated campaign donation and has to be disclosed. That would include, in addition to an infinite number of other things, buying toothpaste and getting a haircut. It would definitely include the taxpayer-financed slush fund Congress has set aside to pay off its own sexual harassment claims. Yes, those now qualify as campaign contributions. They must be publicly disclosed.
Except they’re not disclosed and never will be. Why is that? That might be a question for congressional leaders, including, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank, Calif., the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, a very powerful man in Congress. What does Mr. Schiff have to say about Congress not disclosing the very same payments that Democrats say Trump should be impeached for not disclosing?
“There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” Schiff said on another cable news channel.
So, to translate: Trump’s a criminal! He’s going to jail! For committing a smaller version of the same made-up crime that we in Congress have committed for years and forced you to pay for. By the way, we’re never apologizing for that, because we don’t have to and CNN isn’t going to make us. Screw you, America, and your stupid election. We’re in charge.
That’s the real message here.
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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

First Two Muslim Women Elected To US Congress (Photo)

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar both made history Tuesday by winning their elections and becoming the first Muslim women to be elected to the U.S. Congress. 

Tlaib won the congressional seat for Michigan’s 13th district after former Representative John Conyers abruptly stepped down following sexual harassment allegations, leaving the seat vacant. 

The Palestinian-American Muslim ran under the Democratic Party, having previously served six years in the state legislature. With no Republican opponent, Tlaib defeated Etta Wilcoxon of the Green Party and Sam Johnson of the Working Class Party. 

“Why am I running? Because this is about electing the jury to impeach @POTUS and I will make a heck of juror,” Tlaib said in a tweet aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump. 

Tlaib campaigned on a platform that advocated for a $15 minimum wage, free public college tuition and ending corporate welfare. 

A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump. 

“Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory! I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah,” Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter. 

The seat Omar won, Minnesota’s 5th district, was formerly held by Rep. Keith Ellison, who was the first Muslim to take a seat in Congress. Ellison did not run for re-election as he sought the state attorney generalship. 

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the U.S. over two decades ago as a refugee. She campaigned on a progressive platform and won the endorsement of the Democratic Party’s fledging progressive wing, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

She ran against and defeated Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski, becoming the first congresswoman to wear a hijab. This year, a record 90 Muslims were contesting in the polls since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to Jetpac, an organization that helps Muslims run for political office. 

Six Muslims ran for political office at the national level. Aga Khan, Omar Qudrat and Mahmoud Mahmoud all ran for a seat in the House of Representatives but fell short of their goals.
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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Being G*y Is God’s Greatest Gift To Me – Apple CEO, Tim Cook

Four years ago, Tim Cook became the first CEO of a major company to come out as g*y. He says he’s happy about that distinction and his decision.
“I’m very proud of it,” the Apple CEO told Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in an exclusive interview for her program on CNN. Being g*y is “God’s greatest gift to me,” he said.
Cook came out on October 30, 2014. His s*xual orientation had been widely rumored beforehand though he had not confirmed it publicly. “I was public because I started to receive stories from kids who read online that I was g*y,” he told Amanpour.
Cook said he is a private person but ultimately decided that he was being “selfish” by keeping quiet about his identity when he could help people by coming out.
“I needed to do something for them”, I wanted to demonstrate to g*y children that they “can be g*y and still go on and do some big jobs in life.
” Cook said he was shocked that he was the first out CEO of a Fortune 500 company. He said he is glad other CEOs have come out since, although that wasn’t his goal.
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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

US Ex-Senator Jon Kyl Named As Successor To McCain

Arizona’s governor on Tuesday named former US Senator Jon Kyl as the temporary successor to late senator John McCain, appointing a respected and powerful former Republican lawmaker to the post.
“There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl. He is a man without comparable peer,” Governor Doug Ducey told reporters in Phoenix, with Kyl at his side.
“Senator Kyl is prepared to hit the ground running.”
Kyl, 76, was to fly to Washington to be sworn in possibly just days before a high-stakes Senate vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next US Supreme Court justice.
Ducey insisted his appointment was not political, despite Kyl working closely with the White House in recent months on getting Kavanaugh confirmed in the Senate, where Republicans hold a razor-thin one-vote majority.
“Now, senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”
Kyl, 76, served for 18 years alongside McCain in the Senate, until 2013, and said he would be “honored” to return to the chamber.
But he only committed to serve until January 2019, raising the prospect of requiring Ducey to again appoint a replacement until the seat is up for re-election in November 2020.
“I’m hoping that the senator will consider serving longer” than this year, Ducey said.
Widow Cindy McCain said it was a “great tribute” to her late husband that their close friend Kyl will return to public service by assuming McCain’s seat.
McCain died late last month at age 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogizing McCain as an iconic statesman who embodied passionate but civil debate, bipartisan compromise and a commitment to American values.
AFP
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Friday, 6 July 2018

Donald Trump’s $34 Billion Trade Attack On China Is About To Begin

DONALD Trump’s trade war with China is about to become a reality.

After months of back-and-forth threats between the two powers, steep US tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese goods will come into effect at midnight tonight.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Last month, the White House announced plans to stick 25 per cent tariffs on 1100 Chinese goods.

Starting at midnight tonight, the US will tax 818 Chinese products — worth a total of $US34 billion ($AU46 billion) per year.

The remaining products will remain off the list until after the government has assessed the situation.

China is not happy about this, and Beijing has vowed to retaliate with the same value: 25 per cent tariffs on US products worth $US34 billion per year, including soybeans, seafood and crude oil.

Each side has threatened further tariffs on the other if tensions continue to escalate, sparking fears of an all-out ongoing global trade war.

WHY IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING?

Tensions have been building between China and the US on a range of issues, from trade to America’s military presence in the South China Sea, which Beijing has repeatedly threatened them on.

The Trump administration has accused China of using predatory tactics in a lawless drive to overtake America’s technological supremacy.

After months of back-and-forth threats between the two powers, steep US tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese goods will come into effect at midnight tonight.

After months of back-and-forth threats between the two powers, steep US tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese goods will come into effect at midnight tonight.Source:AFP

The US feels threatened by China’s “Made In China 2025” plan, a long-range development plan for creating powerful Chinese entities in such areas as information technology, robotics, aerospace equipment, electric vehicles and biopharmaceuticals.

Foreign business groups argue that “Made in China 2025” is unfairly forcing them to the sidelines in those industries.

The Office of the US Trade Representative concluded after an investigation that China’s tactics range from requiring US and other foreign companies to hand over technology in return for access to the vast Chinese market to outright cyber-theft.

The US also argues Beijing uses state money to buy American technology at prices unaffordable for private companies.

WHAT WILL BE THE EFFECTS?

If it escalates further, the US-China trade war is expected to have global consequences.

European businesses fear it could spell the biggest single threat to the economic upswing that helped the region get past its financial crisis.

Meanwhile, the Chinese yuan has taken a dive, with the currency hitting an 11-month low yesterday, given investors and traders are uncertain about the tensions between the two countries.

If it escalates further, the US-China trade war is expected to have global consequences.

If it escalates further, the US-China trade war is expected to have global consequences.Source:AP

The Chinese government has warned the US tariffs will not only hurt China and the US, but the rest of the world, because $20 billion of the affected $34 billion goods are produced by foreign companies.

In the US, it’s expected that American farmers — who overwhelmingly backed Mr Trump in the 2016 election — will be hit hardest, with the US products targeted by Beijing heavily related to agriculture.

Economists have also warned that a fully fledged trade war will slow the US economy, and many individual businesses could soon endure hardship as a result.

Canada, Mexico and the European Union have also placed retaliatory tariffs on the US.

WHAT ABOUT AUSTRALIA?

Australia was given a special exemption from the trade war in March, after the government frantically lobbied for exclusion from a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent tariff on aluminium.

“We have a very close relationship with Australia, we have a trade surplus with Australia. Great country, long term partner, we’ll be doing something with them,” Mr Trump said at the time.

But escalating tensions between China and the US, our first and third-largest trading partners respectively, is definitely not in Australia’s best interests.

Last month, both sides of the Australian Parliament found common ground over their concerns for the US trade war.

This trade war is not in Australia’s interests.
This trade war is not in Australia’s interests.Source:News Corp Australia

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed her concern over the “tit-for-that” nature of the measures, but noted that Australia’s position had been made clear.

“It is of concern and Australia will continue to advocate for free and open trade and investment because that is of great benefit to our country and free trade has benefited the world,” she said. “It is a position that we have made very clear to our American friends and will continue to promote free and open trade and investment.”

Penny Wong said the US decision to go after China was a “very negative development”.

“It is a negative development because it strikes at the integrity of the world trading system which has served the world well, which has ensure disputes are managed and contained, which has ensured that we don’t get into escalating economic fights,” she told the ABC last month. “I think it is a negative thing because trade, conflict in the trading relationship, risks some instability in the broader bilateral relationship.

“We have to continue to assert why the trading system matters and we have to continue to try and ensure that this doesn’t escalate.”
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Texas Mother Shoots Man Trying To Steal Car With Her Kids Inside (Watch Video)

Michelle, who asked that her identity not be revealed, shot the man after he climbed into the driver's seat of her SUV while she was inside a gas station and he began to drive away with her two young children in the back seat.

Watch video Here 
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Hollywood Actor Maimed In Kidnapping, Ransom Plot, Indictment Says

LOS ANGELES — A trio of violent kidnappers maimed a Hollywood actor and kept him and an actress hostage during a failed ransom plot, according to an indictment unveiled Tuesday by a Los Angeles grand jury.

Joseph Capone and actress Daisy McCrackin, who stars in the horror movie franchise "Halloween: Resurrection," were allegedly kidnapped May 3 and held for about two days as a trio tried to rob, extort and receive ransom from McCrackin, the grand jury alleged. A spokesman for the Los Angeles district attorney's office described Capone as an actor, but it wasn't immediately clear what TV or films he has appeared in.

The indictment, which was filed June 18, paints a picture of torture for Capone, who had an unspecified body part maimed and was exposed "to a substantial likelihood of death." All three suspects — Keith Andre Stewart, 32; Johntae Jones, 25; and Amber Neal, 26 — were in custody, authorities said, but the case was still being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

It alleges that Stewart "did unlawfully and maliciously deprive Joseph Capone of a member of the body and did disable, disfigure and render it useless." An email to the district attorney's office seeking clarification was not returned. Capone survived.
Image: Daisy McCrackin
Daisy McCrackin in 2006.Michael Bezjian / WireImage for Mantra Media Inc. file
The allegation indicates that the crime unfolded after alleged conspirators stole McCrackin's 2011 Lexus, obtained a gun, roped Stewart into the caper and went to McCrackin's home, where Capone was attacked. Investigators found a trail of Capone's blood at the residence, the indictment states.

The kidnappers placed black hoods over both the victims' heads and, on May 4, drove them to Jones' home in Compton where Capone was stripped of clothing and kept, without food, in a bathtub for 30 hours, the grand jury alleges.


At one point, Capone tried to come to the aid of McCrackin and was "beat, punched, and kicked" in retaliation, according to the document.

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The indictment alleges that Stewart also cut and disabled Capone's tongue, "put out an eye" and cut his nose, ear and lip. The actor was pistol-whipped at some point, according to the indictment.

Jones allegedly took McCrackin's Lexus and, with Neal in tow, drove the victim to two or more Bank of America branches in an attempt to obtain funds from her account. At one point, $100 was withdrawn and handed over to Jones and Neal, the indictment states.

Demanding $10,000, the kidnappers ultimately settled for a check in that amount written to Neal, which was deposited in a suspect's account, the grand jury said.


The indictment also alleges that Neal forged a document to claim she was the "new Registered Owner" of the Lexus. Neal claimed that the car was given to her by McCrackin, the document states.

After the bank trip, the suspects returned with McCrackin to her home, and she somehow escaped, the district attorney's office said. She promptly notified police, who tracked down and arrested the three defendants, according to the district attorney's office.

It's not clear how or why Neal was released following the arrest. On Monday, she was rearrested in a traffic stop captured by an onlooker's video that went viral. Sheriff's inmate records also list Monday as the date of her arrest in this case.

Neal was forced at gunpoint to exit a late-model Honda Civic, prompting police critics to question the tactics and forcing Los Angeles police to reveal via Twitter that "this individual was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant."


The district attorney's office states that, if successfully prosecuted for multiple charges connected to the alleged kidnapping conspiracy, violence and theft, Stewart and Jones could face life in prison without the possibility of parole; Neal could face life.

Bail was listed as $1 million for Jones and Neal and $2.08 million for Stewart. All three were scheduled to be in court for a pretrial hearing July 23
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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Surprise As Donald Trump Withdraws US From Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015.

“I am announcing today, that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump on Tuesday.

“America will not be threatened by nuclear blackmail.

“Today’s action send a critical message, the United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make a promise, I keep them,” Trump said.

Trump had in 2015 said the deal “did nothing to constrain Iran” from pursuing its alleged nefarious activities, especially “its sponsor of terrorism.”

Other signatories to the agreement, including U.S. allies, France and UK, had all urged the U.S. not to withdraw.

The U.S. president, however, said he carried along allies across the world before reaching his conclusion.

“Over the past few months, we have engaged with our allies across the world, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom. We do nothing, we know exactly what will happen,” he said.
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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Set To Tie The Knot On 19th Of May

In the history of conducted weddings, it's no doubt that one can point at a good amount of memorable weddings, ranging from moderate to extravagant, which were trends.

The forthcoming UK Royal Wedding, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, promises to set an outstanding record amidst past conducted weddings.

It's crystal clear how many have already started asking themselves: who are these people? why are they a major focus, trend across the world?

Well, keep scrolling while we divulge and disclose to you brief details about them. 

Let's start with Prince Harry! 

Who Is Prince Harry? 
Henry Charles Albert David, popular addressed as Prince Harry, was born on 15th September 1984. Prince Harry is a Prince of Wales KCVO. 

Charles, Diana (The parents of Prince Henry) are the Prince and Princess of Wales respectively. 

The background of Prince Harry, which is his princely status, is observed in every corners of the world. 

Having known a thing or two about Prince Harry, let's dive into brief facts about Meghan Markle. 

Who Is Meghan Markle? 
The August 4, 1981 born American Actress, Meghan Markle, is some days close to being part of a royal family upon her marriage to Prince Harry. 

Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland are the parents of Meghan Markle. 

In the year 2011, Meghan got married to Trevor Engelson; a marriage which crumbled in the year, 2013.

In addition, Meghan Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles. 

That is that for the brief biography of the two prominent personalities. Already interested to know about the wedding? 

Here are details:
Some of the well-known people to be attending are Serena Williams, Best friends to Prince Harry, Pia Miller, Elton John, Patrick J. Adams, amongst others. 

The Date: 19 May, 2018.

Venue: St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle!

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Ailing Senator John McCain Plans His Own Funeral, Forbids President Trump From Attending When He Finally Dies

US senator, John McCain is organising his funeral and has barred President Donald Trump from attending when he dies.

The ailing Arizona Republican, who has brain cancer, is organising his funeral and close associates have reportedly told the White House that Trump would not be invited.

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence, who served with McCain in Congress, would be asked to attend the service. The funeral ceremony for the former Republican Presidential candidate would be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

A stream of politicians, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, have been visiting McCain at his Arizona ranch and a nearby hospital in recent weeks. Trump’s long-running feud with McCain has roots in the early days of the 2016 presidential race. The senator criticised Trump for disparaging Mexican immigrants in the June 2015 speech in which the president declared his candidacy.

Three weeks later, Trump called McCain “incompetent” and dismissed his experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. “He’s not a war hero. He’s not a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump told an Iowa crowd.

McCain is seen as one of the most respected U.S. politicians, who enjoys a cross-party goodwill among politicians. He fought in the U.S. military war in Vietnam and was a prisoner of war.
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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Jay-Z To Testify Over Sale Of Rocawear Brand

Jay-Z is to appear in court to give evidence following an investigation into the sale of his Rocawear clothing brand.

The 21-time Grammy winner has been ordered to explain details of the sale of the clothing line to determine whether it violated security laws.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it wanted to question the musician, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter, about the $200m deal with brand management firm Iconix Brand Group Inc in 2007.

The 99 Problems rapper continued as chief creative officer of the Rocawear brand after its sale and Iconix entered a separate joint venture with the star as a part of the sale to identify brands to be acquired.

The SEC is now looking into possible security law violations by the company, which also looks after brands such as Ed Hardy, Ecko and Umbro.

It said: "The commission seeks Carter's testimony to inquire about, among other things, Carter's joint ventures with Iconix."

The US market regulators said officials had asked a judge in New York to take action after the rapper ignored a previous order to show up for questioning.

"Carter failed to appear as required by the subpoenas and... declined to provide any additional dates on which he will agree to appear for investigative testimony," the SEC added.

Officials said the hip hop superstar was subpoenaed in November last year and again in February after he hired new lawyers.

In a statement issued through the artist's lawyers, a representative said he was outside the scope of the inquiry.

The spokesperson said: "We are aware that the SEC is seeking information on Iconix's financial reporting. Mr Carter had no role in that reporting or Iconix's other actions as a public company.

"Mr Carter is a private citizen who should not be involved in this matter."

The SEC said it was seeking evidence from Jay-Z about his joint ventures but said the order did not indicate he violated security laws.
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Trump To Meet Moon Over N/Korea’s Kim Jong Un

As efforts are being made to bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula, the White House has announced that President Trump will host the South Korean President Moon Jae-in, on May 22. 
Trump and Moon: In telephone conversation
The meeting is to ascertain the progress made ahead of a planned meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and President Moon Jae-in’s meeting marks the third summit for the pair. The meeting “affirms the enduring strength” of the “alliance and deep friendship between our two countries,” the press release from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ office said. 

It went on to say that the two leaders would “continue their close coordination of developments regarding the Korean Peninsula following the April 27 inter-Korean Summit,” referring to the recent historic meeting of North and South Korean leaders. Trump and Moon are expected to talk about the president’s upcoming meeting with Kim, the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, the press release said. The president on Friday shared new details about that meeting but without specifics. “We now have a date and we have a location,” Trump told reporters prior to leaving for Dallas, where he was set to speak at the National Rifle Association annual convention. “We’ll be announcing it soon.” 

Trump has previously said the summit with North Korea will unfold in May or early June. A possible meeting between Trump and Kim came to light following a trip then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo took to the rogue nation over Easter weekend. Trump later acknowledged that Pompeo, who has since been confirmed as secretary of state, had met with Kim. 

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. “Details of the Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea,” Trump tweeted. 


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Premier League! Man United Boss Mourinho Blast His Players After Loss Against Brighton

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was scathing about some of his fringe players as they lost 1-0 to Brighton.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial started in a front three following injuries to top scorer Romelu Lukaku and January signing Alexis Sanchez.

“For 10 months I get asked ‘why always Lukaku? Why always Lukaku? Why always this player?'” Mourinho said.

“‘That guy doesn’t have a chance to start, the other one is on the bench’. You know why now.”

Belgium international Lukaku has played the entire 90 minutes in 30 Premier League games this season, scoring 16 times. He suffered an ankle injury against Arsenal last weekend and Sanchez had a knock – but Mourinho hopes they can both return for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, 19 May.

England forward Rashford, 20, and France’s Martial, 22, have both played in the majority of United’s games this season – but often from the bench.

Meanwhile, Mourinho was not happy with his side’s performance as they look to seal second place in the Premier League.

He has previously spoken of the importance of finishing above everyone bar Manchester City, and they remain five points clear of third-placed Liverpool, although Tottenham – one point further back with a game in hand – can also catch them.

“Football was fair to the Brighton boys,” he said as Albion secured their Premier League safety. “They had a big target, they showed the point would be a big thing for them and gave everything for that.

“I couldn’t persuade my players that second place was very important to us. I know we can do it, we only have two matches to get the four points we need. They beat us in the attitude.”
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Friday, 4 May 2018

Kanye West Defecated On Grave Of Slave Victims – Shehu Sani Speaks

Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central has reacted to a statement by American rapper, Kanye West.

Kanye west had been under attack for some days on social media after he said slavery practised for over 400 years was a choice by ancestors.

Reacting, Sani called on Kanye to visit Badagry and some African countries to experience ‘Choices in chains.’

According to him, Kanye’s statement was an insult on victims of slavery.

The Kaduna lawmaker on his twitter page wrote “If @kanyewest thinks Slavery was a choice,we will offer him a free ticket & tour guide to visit slave routes and camps in Badagry Lagos, Ouida Benin Republic,Ghana & Goree Island in Senegal to ‘experience the choices in chains’.

“Kanye defecated on the graves of victims at NewYork Times.”
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Trump Again Calls Comey A 'Slimeball' In Flurry Of Furious Tweets

Donald Trump hit out again at “slimeball” James Comey on Sunday with a characteristic flurry of furious early-morning tweets in which he also reiterated his concerns over the raid on the offices of his lawyer Michael Cohen.

Comey – whom Trump fired as director of the FBI in May last year because of his investigation into “this Russia thing with Trump and Russia” – is about to release a book about working for Trump, A Higher Loyalty, advance extracts from which have enraged the president. Comey will appear on Sunday night on ABC in his first televised interview to promote the book.

In his tweets on Sunday morning, Trump predicted that “slippery” Comey would “go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far”, claimed he was “not smart”, and took issue with several points raised by Comey in his book.

“Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe,” the president wrote on Twitter, a reference to Comey’s suggestion in A Higher Loyalty that his decision to announce the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server had been resumed was influenced by a belief the Democratic candidate was going to win the 2016 election.

“Assuming, as nearly everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the justice department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?” Comey asks in the book.

“In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job,” wrote Trump on Sunday. “Slimeball!”

Asked about this section of his book in a clip from the upcoming ABC interview released on Saturday, Comey said: “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor.”

He added: “I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”

Trump also rattled through a series of questions he said were not answered in what he called “Comey’s badly reviewed book”: “How come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?”

Comey said during congressional testimony last year that he helped to leak details of a memo about Trump to the New York Times, but he denied that it contained classified information.

“McCabe’s $700,000” refers to money given to the Virginia state senate campaign of Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe from groups associated with Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Clinton’s. Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Trump’s attacks, was fired last month.

Trump also claimed he had never asked for Comey’s “Personal Loyalty” – contradicting a statement the ex-FBI chief made to the Senate intelligence committee in 2017, in which Comey claimed Trump had said to him: “I need loyalty.” The president also claimed contemporaneous memos Comey says he compiled of his meetings with Trump were “self serving and FAKE”.

Also weighing on Trump’s mind were the raids on the offices and home of his personal attorney Cohen, which some commentators have suggested may represent a more significant legal threat to Trump than the Russia collusion investigation that special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to lead after Comey’s firing.

Repeating criticisms he made immediately after the raids, Trump lamented: “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past.”

And in a seeming response to reports he has had difficulty finding attorneys to represent him, the president added: “I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken.

“All lawyers are deflated and concerned!” he concluded.

Cohen is due to appear in federal court on Monday in New York for arguments over last week’s raids. His attorneys want prosecutors ordered to temporarily halt an examination of the seized material, arguing that it is protected by attorney-client privilege.

Comey issued a relatively rare tweet on Sunday, using the president’s favourite medium to get in a dig at his former boss.

“My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others,” the former FBI chief wrote. “3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint.”

Meanwhile White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked on ABC on Sunday whether Trump had any plans to fire Mueller or his superior, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

“I’m not aware of any plans to make those movements,” she said. But she added: “We do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone.”

She repeated her denial of collusion with Russia in its interference in the election, and said: “It really is getting time to move on.”
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