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House committee confronts the "inheritance of slavery" in panel on reparations – CBS News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sen. Cory Booker said in a panel that the U.S. needs to address “persistent inequalities” experienced by African Americans by discussing reparations, the idea that the descendants of slaves should be compensated for the injustices and cruelty their ancestors experienced. Booker said that the nation has “yet to truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding and continues to cause persistent and deep…

She stopped returning some of Trump’s calls. Now Hope Hicks is testifying behind closed doors – CNN

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Florida supporters on why they want Trump to win in 2020 – BBC News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of fans were packed into Orlando’s Amway Center On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump “officially” kicked off his presidential re-election bid. Of course, everyone knew he was going to run for re-election. That was hardly a surprise. He filed his 2020 paperwork the day after his January 2017 inauguration, and he’s been holding regular campaign-style rallies across key battleground states ever since….

Four to Face Murder Charges in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 – The New York Times

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

One intercepted communication pointed right to the heart of the Kremlin. It indicated that a senior Russian official, Vladislav Y. Surkov, a former Russian deputy prime minister who was a senior domestic policy adviser to Mr. Putin for more than a decade, helped coordinate the provision of the antiaircraft weapon. The destruction of the Malaysia Airlines flight on July 17, 2014, caused the worst single loss of life for civilians…

‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for Khashoggi killing – UN report – The Guardian

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia should be investigated over the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi because there is “credible evidence” that he and other senior officials are liable for the killing, according to a damning and forensic UN report. In an excoriating 100-page analysis published on Wednesday of what happened to Khashoggi last October, Agnes Callamard, the UN’s special rapporteur, says the death of the journalist was…

Khashoggi Killing Inquiry Should Look Into Saudi Prince’s Role, U.N. Expert Says – The New York Times

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

But the report by Ms. Callamard, the special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the United Nations human rights agency, is the most complete set of findings yet made public on the death of Mr. Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi writer who lived in the United States. “Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources and finances,” Ms. Callamard wrote. “Every expert…

Trump campaign kickoff appears to outdraw similar event for Obama’s re-election bid – Fox News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Video Why did Trump pick Florida to kick off his 2020 campaign? ‘The Daily Briefing’ host Dana Perino weighs in ahead of President Trump’s rally in Orlando, Florida. Many of President Trump‘s critics went out of their way in 2017 to assert that his inauguration in Washington attracted a smaller crowd than the inaugurations for former President Barack Obama. But on Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla., it appeared that Trump…

MH17 crash investigators say four suspects face murder charges – CNN

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Deroy Murdock: Trump needs a better re-election campaign slogan — Here it is – Fox News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Video PresidentTrump reveals new campaign slogan President Trump formally announced to a crowd in Orlando Tuesday night he is running for re-election in 2020 and appeared to embrace the new campaign slogan “Keep America Great.” His supporters cheered him at televised watch parties from coast to coast. They are girding their loins for a major fight with whoever the Democrats nominate to challenge him next year. Trump approaches this race with…

No, the Dominican Republic hasn’t suddenly become more dangerous – NBC News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Early Sunday, Skylar Martin of Hanover, Virginia, was taken to the hospital after she spent six miserable hours in her room and lost consciousness at a resort in the Dominican Republic. Martin and her husband were married last month, and they were in the country on their honeymoon. “I had a fever,” Martin told NBC affiliate WWBT of Richmond, Virginia. “I was in and out of consciousness for a while….

Donald Trump Jr blasts Joe Biden, asks why he didn’t ‘cure cancer’ in last 50 years – Fox News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Video What did Florida voters think of Trump’s kickoff campaign speech? President Trump kicks off 2020 campaign; Raymond Arroyo speaks with voters in Florida. While warming up the crowd at President Trump’s re-election rally in Orlando Tuesday,  Donald Trump Jr. took a few swipes at the Democratic frontrunner. “I hear brilliant guys like Joe Biden,” he said to the fired-up crowd of some 20,000, “‘Government has failed you.’ Usually, as he’s…

Trump renews pledge to deport millions, but ICE reality is far more limited – The Washington Post

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President Trump has begun his reelection bid by reviving a campaign promise to deport “millions of illegal aliens” from the United States, saying his administration will get to work on that goal “next week” with raids across the country. But the president’s ambitious deportation goals have crashed, again and again, into the earthly reality of the U.S. immigration enforcement system. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is averaging approximately 7,000 deportations…

Trump 2020 rally: Biden and Sanders had 2 different answers to Trump’s campaign launch – Vox.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President Donald Trump made one thing clear during his Tuesday reelection announcement: There will be no reset from 2016. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders — the top two Democrats running against him — have wildly different ideas about how to combat that. Speaking in Orlando, Florida, Trump spent the bulk of the official kick-off to his 2020 campaign not on touting his accomplishments as president, but…

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan steps down, withdraws from Cabinet consideration – NBC News

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense who President Donald Trump said would be tapped to take over the job permanently, is stepping down and withdrawing from consideration for the Cabinet position, Trump said Tuesday. “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” Trump tweeted. Secretary…

Trump, at Rally in Orlando, Kicks Off His 2020 Re-election Bid – The New York Times

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Without a new message or a clear agenda for a second term, Mr. Trump’s advisers are banking on the belief that the same basic playbook — Mr. Trump’s preternatural ability to shock and entertain — will again animate his core voters and retain the swing voters who gambled on him in 2016. It remains to be seen if that strategy will succeed again or whether something new will emerge. “Trump…

Donald Trump Won’t Apologize To Central Park Five: “They’ve Admitted Their Guilt” – Deadline

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Don’t expect an apology from President Donald Trump to the so-called Central Park Five, the five men who are the subject of Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us Netflix miniseries, which has brought renewed attention to the case. When asked today by White House correspondent April Ryan if he would apologize to the five men who were falsely accused of a brutal rape, but were later completely exonerated, Trump asked…

Pompeo warns Iran about trigger for U.S. military action as some in administration question aggressive policy – The Washington Post

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Missy Ryan Greg Jaffe John Hudson June 18 at 7:35 PM Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has privately delivered warnings intended for Iranian leaders that any attack by Tehran or its proxies resulting in the death of even one American service member will generate a military counterattack, U.S. officials said. The potential for a significant military response to even an isolated event has fueled a broader internal debate among top…

Why to expect a US-China trade deal by Labor Day – Washington Examiner

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping needs a trade deal to strengthen his weakening economy. President Trump needs a deal prior to the 2020 elections. That’s the context for Trump’s optimistic tweet on Tuesday morning. Had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi of China. We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting. — Donald…

Patrick Shanahan out as defense secretary: White House knew of domestic incident for months, officials say – CBS News

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The White House knew about a violent domestic dispute between members of outgoing Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s family that derailed his expected nomination to become the permanent secretary, according to two administration officials familiar with the matter. Even so, President Trump said as he departed for Florida Tuesday that he had only learned of Shanahan’s family issues for the first time “yesterday.” Mr. Trump said he had not asked…