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Trump lashes out at Justin Amash after Republican calls for impeachment

Trump lashes out at Justin Amash after Republican calls for impeachment* Mitt Romney declines to join calls for Congress to act * No holds Barred: Trump pushes for imperial presidencyPresident-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine in New York in November 2016. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAs Donald Trump opened fire on Justin Amash, the Michigan representative who became the first Republican in Congress to call for his impeachment, Mitt Romney declined to join the fight.The former presidential nominee and Republican senator from Utah accused Donald Trump of lacking humility, honesty and integrity – but stopped short of calling for his impeachment and removal from power.Romney was scathing about the picture of the president that emerges from the Mueller report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the redacted version of which he said he had spent two days reading in full. He said on Sunday its findings were “troubling, unfortunate and distressing”.But he said he did not think it was time for Congress to call for impeachment.“I don’t think there is the full element which you need to prove the obstruction of justice case,” he told CNN’s State of the Union.> I don’t think there is the full element which you need to prove the obstruction of justice case> > Mitt RomneyMueller did not find that Trump or his aides conspired with Russia but he did lay out 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump or his campaign and indicated Congress should decide how to proceed. Controversially, attorney general William Barr said in his own summary of the then unseen Mueller report that Trump had not obstructed justice.Romney’s sharp but qualified criticism of Trump came a day after Amash became the first Republican to break ranks and call for impeachment. In a stream of tweets, Amash said the Mueller report showed “President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment”.Amash and Romney are significant figures within their party, as they stand virtually alone in having the temerity to challenge Trump in public. But the fact that Romney would not join Amash on impeachment is an indication of the impenetrable wall of opposition the party is likely to erect should Democrats initiate proceedings.Just why became clear later on Sunday, when Trump aimed his Twitter account at Amash.Saying he was “never a fan”, he called Amash “a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy”.Trump also accused Amash of not having read the Mueller report – the congressman made much of saying he had in fact read all 448 pages – and, while repeating familiar complaints about Mueller, wrote: “Justin is a loser who sadly plays right into our opponents [sic] hands!”In fact, Amash’s sole call for impeachment on the Republican side may not do much to move the political dial. Democrats are edging closer to launching proceedings, but not for the reasons the congressman outlined.Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee, told CBS’s Face the Nation there were no signs of the Republican-controlled Senate moving towards impeachment. Nonetheless, Democrats were becoming more minded to take it on, he said, as a tool to increase pressure on the Trump administration to hand over key documents, including the unredacted Mueller report, that it is refusing to submit to congressional oversight.“What may be pushing towards impeachment has less to do with Justin Amash and more to do with the administration engaging in a maximum obsctructionism campaign against Congress,” Schiff said.Adam Schiff, centre, seen at a Senate hearing this week. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APRomney, who ran unsuccessfully against Barack Obama in 2012, said impeachment was not just a legal matter. It must also, he said, “consider the practicality of politics, and the American people are just not there”.He added: “The Senate is not there either.”Democratic leadership has also considered public opinion, and what impeachment might do to motivate Trump’s base, when weighing up whether to make the move.Despite his reluctance to go all the way into impeachment, Romney has showed himself willing to take on Trump. In April he issued a statement saying: “I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the president.”He told CNN the Mueller report distressed him.“The number of times there were items of dishonesty, misleading the American public and media – those are not things you would want to see from the highest office in the land.”He said that in terms of three crucial features of a president – humility, honesty and integrity – Trump has “distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character”.Such was his disgust with Trump as a presidential candidate in 2016, Romney wrote in his wife Ann on to the presidential election ballot, thereby voting for her instead. He told CNN he had not yet decided if he would do the same next year.




POSTED MAY 19, 2019 3:03 PM

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to sign restrictive abortion bill

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to sign restrictive abortion bill"My inclination is to sign it," Gov. John Bel Edwards said when discussing a "heartbeat bill" currently under consideration in the state Legislature.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 1:18 PM

Democrat 2020 hopefuls eye coveted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsement

Democrat 2020 hopefuls eye coveted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsementShe is the great young hope of America’s Left-wing, an articulate and impassioned progressive whose policies have gained traction and Twitter feed is followed by four million.  Now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old first-time congressman from New York, is seeing her newfound political clout manifest in a new way – a race for her endorsement.  With two dozen Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination, the support of Ms Ocasio-Cortez is being seen as a way to win over the young, energised voters who will help shape the race.  Chief among the contenders are Bernie Sanders, the independent 77-year-old senator from Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren, the former academic now representing Massachusetts in the Senate.  Both have made tacit acknowledgement of Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s influence in public in recent weeks – whether for policy reasons, or for political gain, or both.  Earlier this month, Mr Sanders appeared alongside Ms Ocasio-Cortez at an office table where they discussed the importance of reducing credit card interest rates.  At the end of the 25-minute video, shared on social media and viewed by more than half a million people, the pair patted each other on the back warmly and smiled.  Last month, Mr Warren wrote a 180-word ode to Ms Ocasio-Cortez for Time Magazine when the latter was named in its top 100 most influential people.  “A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar. Today, millions are taking cues from her,” Ms Warren wrote of the congresswoman’s remarkable political rise. “And she’s just getting started.” Those two are not the only Democratic hopefuls vying for an endorsement, it appears. Politico reported that both senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro have made “overtures”.  There is no reason a person should pay more than 15% interest in the United States. It’s common sense - in fact, we had these Usury laws until the 70s. It’s a debt trap for working people + it has to end.https://t.co/sO0p5NF7WR— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) May 9, 2019 The enthusiasm is understandable. The Democratic Party’s progressive base appears fired up for change and many candidates hoping to win the right to take on Donald Trump are leaning its way.  Government-funded health care for all, a $15 minimum wage and bold action on climate change have been widely adopted by the field ahead of the first debate in June and the first primary vote next February.  Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who last year shocked the political establishment by ousting a 10-term Democrat in her own party to take his seat, has become the progressive movement’s most recognisable star.  That was underscored this week as Joe Biden, the former US vice president who is polling top and running on a centrist ticket, was forced to defend his climate change stance after Ms Ocasio-Cortez dismissed it as “middle of the road".  Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator for Massachusetts, has developed a reputation for standing up to Wall Street Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall Mr Sanders is best placed to win the endorsement race. Ms Ocasio-Cortez worked on his 2016 presidential campaign, identifies like him as a democratic socialist and shares many of the same policy beliefs.  Ms Warren has also laid out a left-wing platform taking on Wall Street and redistributing wealth but makes clear she remains a believer in capitalism.  Asked recently about an endorsement by a CNN reporter, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said: “What I would like to see in a presidential candidate is one that has a coherent worldview and logic from which all these policy proposals are coming forward. "I think senator Sanders has that. I also think senator Warren has that.” And, the questioner followed up, would she consider endorsing Mr Biden? Ms Ocasio-Cortez turned and walked away without a definitive answer.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 9:46 AM

Huawei founder says growth 'may slow, but only slightly' after U.S. restrictions

Huawei founder says growth 'may slow, but only slightly' after U.S. restrictionsIn remarks to the Japanese press and reported by Nikkei Asian Review, Ren reiterated that the Chinese telecom equipment maker has not violated any law. "It is expected that Huawei's growth may slow, but only slightly," Ren told Japanese media in his first official comments after the U.S. restrictions, adding that the company's annual revenue growth may undershoot 20%.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 11:42 PM

Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sources

Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17 injured: security, medical sourcesAn explosion struck a tourist bus on Sunday near Egypt's famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security and medical sources said. South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus in Giza, according to the sources. Sunday's incident comes after three Vietnamese holidaymakers and their Egyptian guide were killed when a roadside bomb hit their bus as it travelled near the pyramids outside Cairo in December.




POSTED MAY 19, 2019 10:05 AM

This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Important Weapon in Decades

This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Important Weapon in DecadesThe Tomahawk and its controversies might make headlines, but as the U.S. Navy re-arms for high-tech warfare, the SM-6 is the missile to watch.The U.S. Navy in late January 2019 confirmed the designation of its newest cruise missile, in the process clarifying its long-term plan for arming its growing fleet of warships.The plan heavily leans on one missile, in particular. It's the SM-6, an anti-aircraft weapon that quickly is evolving to perform almost every role the Navy assigns to a missile.(This first appeared earlier in the year.)The Navy dubbed the newest version of the venerable Tomahawk cruise missile the "Block V" model, Jane's reported. There are two separate variants of the Block V missile, one with an anti-ship warhead and another with a warhead the Navy optimized for striking targets on land.Raytheon's Tomahawk has been the subject of controversy in Washington, D.C. In order to save money the Obama administration wanted to pause production of the long-range missile, which since the 1980s has been the Navy's main weapon for striking land targets from the sea.Congress overruled the Obama administration and continued buying Tomahawks for roughly $1 million apiece, adding potentially hundreds of the missiles to the thousands the fleet already possesses.




POSTED MAY 19, 2019 1:00 PM

Wild video shows the moment an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a California warehouse

Wild video shows the moment an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a California warehouseIn a wild story that was captured on video, an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse in Riverside, California shortly after takeoff yesterday afternoon. The pilot managed to safely eject from the plane before the crash and is said to have suffered no injuries, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.A full-on investigation into the cause of the crash will certainly yield more details, but early reports suggest that a hydraulics failure was the reason behind the malfunction and subsequent crash.Video of the impact was captured by a nearby car's dashboard cam.> Ty Stanonis was on the freeway when the crash occurred ahead of him, he told FOX11. His vehicle's dashboard camera recorded the moment the jet crashed, showing the plane dropping into the building.> > "Everybody was slowing down, just trying to figure out what just happened," Stanonis said.> > The pilot's parachute deployed after he ejected, and he landed in a field inside the base. Stanonis said the pilot was still for a few moments but finally rose to his feet.The moment of impact can be seen in the first few seconds of the video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j4dzuttA1wFootage captured from within the warehouse can be seen below. It's worth noting that the video contains explicit language.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ho35RgfUfIMiraculously, no one in the warehouse was seriously injured as a result of the crash, though a few individuals were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation for minor injuries.Further, the F-16 was said to be carrying live ammunition which thankfully -- and remarkably -- did not go off. All in all, what could have been an all-out disaster resulted in no deaths or serious injuries




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 2:22 PM

Vineyard Vines arrives at Target on Saturday. How to shop the limited-edition collaboration

Vineyard Vines arrives at Target on Saturday. How to shop the limited-edition collaborationSet your alarm clock if you're interested in shopping Target's latest designer collaboration, Vineyard Vines. The new collection goes on sale May 18.




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 12:44 PM

Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completion

Modi’s jobs deficit: J&J’s largest India plant idle three years after completionIt was to eventually employ at least 1,500 people and help bring development to a rural area near Hyderabad in southern India. Two sources familiar with J&J's operations in India and one state government official told Reuters production at the plant, at Penjerla in Telangana state, never began because of a slowing in the growth in demand for the products. One of them said that demand didn’t rise as expected because of two shock policy moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: a late 2016 ban on then circulating high-value currency notes, and the nationwide introduction of a goods and services tax (GST) in 2017.




POSTED MAY 19, 2019 4:20 AM

View Photos of the First Hot Wheels Toy Based on a Fan's Custom Car

View Photos of the First Hot Wheels Toy Based on a Fan's Custom Car




POSTED MAY 18, 2019 11:01 AM

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The President ratcheted up his rhetoric, warning that a fight with the US would 'be the official end of Iran'


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 10:19 PM
Opinion: President Trump needs to learn how to pick his battles
We are fighting a lot of wars right now, with more looming on the horizon. From trade wars to information wars to increasing nuclear threats, the list of issues competing for substantive presidential attention gets longer every day. And this as news reports detail an increasingly divided national security team.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 4:17 PM
Lemon: This could really get under Trump's skin
CNN's Don Lemon says the chaos and infighting in the White House aren't doing President Donald Trump any favors.


POSTED MAY 17, 2019 3:53 AM
Analysis: Trump's hardline advisers are weakening his position
"The President has made his position eminently clear, and in the next weeks and months, we shall see what we shall see," said John Bolton.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 9:18 AM
Here's why there's rising tension between the US and Iran
CNN International correspondent Fred Pleitgen explains how tensions between the US and Iran have been on the rise since the United States pulled out of the Nuclear agreement.


POSTED MAY 17, 2019 7:22 PM
Deutsche Bank employees reported suspicious activity from Trump and Kushner, New York Times reports


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 9:11 PM
He spoke at their graduation. Then he said he'd pay their loans
• Morehouse College grad shares plans after loan debt paid


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 8:56 PM
Filmakers say they will boycott Georgia if 'heartbeat bill' goes into effect
Filmmaker Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have joined the list of Hollywood stars who say they will boycott Georgia after the state's governor signed the controversial "heartbeat bill" into law.


POSTED MAY 20, 2019 4:03 AM
Trump appears to confirm cyberattack against Russian entity during midterms
President Donald Trump appeared to confirm that the United States had conducted a cyberattack against a Russian entity during last year's midterm elections in an interview aired Sunday on Fox News.


POSTED MAY 20, 2019 3:12 AM
Opinion: Secretly recorded video casts harsh light on far right
A secretly recorded video allegedly showing a corrupt far-right politician -- the number two figure in Austria's ruling coalition -- has nearly brought down a government that has been the shining hope of Europe's rising nationalists. The true cost of this scandal will likely be measured next weekend, when Austrians vote in the European parliamentary elections.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 9:18 PM

CNN.com - RSS Channel - US

Walmart says it will raise prices because of tariffs
Walmart, America's largest retailer, said Thursday it will raise prices on some products as a result of the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods.


POSTED MAY 16, 2019 2:36 PM
Virtual kidnappings are rattling families across the US
"I have your son and I'm going to f*ck him up," a voice on the other side of the phone said.


POSTED MAY 17, 2019 4:02 PM
War of Will wins Preakness


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Country star Travis Tritt's tour bus sideswiped in deadly crash
A tour bus carrying country musician Travis Tritt was sideswiped during a crash that left two people dead in South Carolina, he said.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 5:59 PM
Police arrest 51 and seize guns, cash and drugs in a massive heroin bust
Local, state and federal law enforcement conducted a massive heroin bust in Connecticut on Friday, resulting in 51 arrests and the seizure of guns, $15,000 in cash and thousands of bags of heroin packaged for sale.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 1:01 AM
Rural America feels the sting of Trump's China trade war
President Donald Trump's trade war with China is biting rural America.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 8:48 PM
Why Democrats can't figure out how to raise the minimum wage
More than two months ago, House Democrats started the process of passing a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 12:07 PM
Two House GOP leaders being pushed to consider higher office
Here are the stories our panel of top political reporters will be watching for in the week ahead, in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 3:52 PM
House Democratic primary already rumbling in the Bronx
The 2020 Democratic primary, which already boasts more than 20 candidates, may seem tame compared to a House race in the Bronx.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 12:08 PM
Why it might not be smart to buy a company's stock on its IPO day
Should I buy an initial public offering on its first day of trading or wait awhile to see how the stock does?


POSTED MAY 17, 2019 4:12 PM

SI.com

Uruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again?
Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

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Report: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent
Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

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NBA Mock Draft: Another change at the top
Just when you thought the NBA draft pecking order was starting to get predictable, Joel Embiid shakes it up.

POSTED JUNE 24, 2014 12:24 PM
Mexico beats Cameroon, advances to knockout round
After a tough 2013, Mexico completed its magical turnaround by taking down Croatia 3-1 and advancing out of Group A.

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World Cup analysis: Costa Rica-England


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Report: Bulls offer Gibson, Snell, picks for Love


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What to expect from U.S. against Germany
On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses the disappointing end to the US vs. Portugal game and USMNT's strategy heading into their match against Germany.

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Mexico tops Croatia, advances out of group


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O's Davis walks off White Sox with pinch-hit HR
Chris Davis had been scuffling, and with lefty Chris Sale on the mound, it was a perfect night for the Orioles first baseman to ride the pine. He didn’t get the entire night off, however. Manager Buck Showalter called his number in the bottom of the ninth, and Davis delivered a walk-off three-run homer.

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MLB Power Rankings: Terrible week for Rockies
Another week, another first-place finish for the Athletics, who once again grabbed all seven votes for the top spot. Hard on their heels are the Brewers, who jumped from fifth to second, pushing the Giants down to third place. The Angels remained at No. 4, with the resurgent Cardinals rounding out the top-five.

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Retirement contribution limits will rise in 2019
Good news retirement savers: The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living increases to the contribution limits for retirement-related plans in 2019.

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World's biggest cave is even bigger than we thought
Thanks to discoveries made during a recent expedition in Vietnam, it appears the world's largest cave, Son Doong, is even bigger than previously thought.


POSTED MAY 20, 2019 1:49 AM
Germany is falling out of love with cars
In car-loving Germany, climate change has become a leading -- but divisive -- issue for German voters going into European elections.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 6:42 AM
Modi's election race ends where it all began


POSTED MAY 20, 2019 3:12 AM
Analysis: Brexit mess is about to get worse
On May 23, the UK's Brexit mess gets even more complicated.


POSTED MAY 19, 2019 3:36 PM
N Korean eatery accused of selling facial recognition products to bypass sanctions
With its bold red paintwork, bright signage and blue Korean unification flag on prominent display, the Koryo restaurant in the northern Vietnamese city of Hanoi does little to hide its North Korean ties.


POSTED MAY 18, 2019 11:43 PM
Samsung's first 5G phone is out
It's a big day for the future of wireless internet connectivity.


POSTED MAY 16, 2019 8:04 PM
Usain Bolt on becoming a startup co-founder
Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt explains why he believes his e-scooter company Bolt Mobility will succeed despite intense competition and major regulatory hurdles.


POSTED MAY 15, 2019 9:46 PM
Baidu posts its first loss in 15 years
China's economic slowdown is taking its toll on one of the country's biggest tech companies.


POSTED MAY 17, 2019 9:24 AM
More women CEOs in Fortune 500 than ever before
Next month, there will be more women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies than ever before, according to Fortune.


POSTED MAY 16, 2019 7:32 PM
Goldman Sachs makes biggest acquisition in 20 years
Goldman Sachs just made its first M&A splash of the David Solomon era, scooping up United Capital in a bid to beef up its wealth-management business.


POSTED MAY 16, 2019 4:38 PM

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