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Pelosi pleads with Trump's family to 'stage intervention' and says she prays for him

Pelosi pleads with Trump's family to 'stage intervention' and says she prays for himNancy Pelosi has lambasted Donald Trump a day after he stormed out of a bipartisan White House meeting on infrastructure, saying she prays for the president and calling for a family intervention. The leader of the US House of Representatives addressed the conflict during a Thursday press conference in which she urged the White House administration to confront the president about his temper tantrum a day prior. I pray for the President of the United States, she said, adding, and the well-being of the United States of America.I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country, she continued. Her pleas arrived after Mr Trump upended a meeting with Democratic leaders in the White House on Wednesday over congressional investigations into his alleged obstruction of justice. The president refused to sit or shake hands at the meeting, instead telling Ms Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer he would decline to work with them on any issues until all investigations against him were closed. He then held a supposedly impromptu press appearance at the White House Rose Garden and attacked Democrats over increasing calls for impeachment following Special Counsel Robert Muellers report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. So sad that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will never be able to see or understand the great promise of our Country, he tweeted after the appearance, before adding a misleading claim about the cost of the special counsels probe. They can continue the Witch Hunt which has already cost $40M and been a tremendous waste of time and energy for everyone in America, or get back to work.The controversy has reflected a new low in the relationship between congressional Democrats and Mr Trump as multiple committees investigate whether the president obstructed justice by allegedly seeking to end Mr Muellers probe during its two-year span. The president has said you cant go down two tracks at the same time, as Democratic leadership has pointed out that it is the duty of Congress to both legislate and provide oversight. Despite not yet joining a chorus of Democrats calling on the president to be removed from office, Ms Pelosi said on Thursday the White House is just crying out for impeachment, adding, thats why he flipped yesterday."Impeachment is a very divisive place to go, Ms Pelosi said.

Thu, 23 May 2019 13:58:29 -0400
India's Congress leader Rahul Gandhi faces backlash over election drubbing

India's Congress leader Rahul Gandhi faces backlash over election drubbingThe drubbing was so bad that Gandhi himself lost the traditional family seat in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. As vote-counting trends on Thursday showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning more than 300 seats against just 49 for Congress, current and former party officials blamed a lackluster campaign and a failure to overhaul its top team. "If they want to change anything, change the leadership," said a Congress official in the western state of Rajasthan, referring to the old guard around Gandhi.

Thu, 23 May 2019 10:20:57 -0400
Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000

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

Wed, 22 May 2019 14:20:10 -0400
The F-21 Could Be One Tough Fighter (With F-35 DNA). Here's the Problem.

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

Thu, 23 May 2019 04:04:00 -0400
Target and tariffs: The retailer has plans to limit higher prices

Target and tariffs: The retailer has plans to limit higher pricesTarget plans to lessen the impact tariffs will have on the retailers prices, the company said on Wednesday. Details were not disclosed.

Wed, 22 May 2019 20:42:56 -0400
Oregon State Student Dies After Falling 100 Feet While Taking Photos at Scenic Lookout

Oregon State Student Dies After Falling 100 Feet While Taking Photos at Scenic LookoutA junior student at Oregon State University died on Sunday May 19 after falling 100 feet from a scenic viewpoint on the Oregon coast.

Thu, 23 May 2019 09:13:46 -0400
Democratic Rep. Tells Acting DHS Chief: Migrant Kid Deaths Under Your Watch Are Intentional

Democratic Rep. Tells Acting DHS Chief: Migrant Kid Deaths Under Your Watch Are IntentionalPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/CSPANThe acting head of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday was accused of overseeing the intentional deaths of five migrant children, in an aggressive line of questioning by a Democratic member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat serving her first term, called the deaths the logical result of a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, an assertion that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan disputed as an appalling accusation.McAleenan, who was first tapped to replace outgoing secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in April, previously served as commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, where he was an architect of the administrations policy of separating migrant children from their families. That policy, Underwood said, as well as a spate of recent deaths of children in DHS custody, amounts to more than simple administrative negligence.People keep dying, sir. People keep dying, Underwood said at the conclusion of five minutes of aggressive questioning, disputing that overcrowding and lack of access to medical treatment at migrant detention facilities is the result of a lack of appropriations. Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns, but at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel likeand the evidence is really clearthat this is intentional. Its intentional.DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Blames Migrant Girls Death in Border Patrol Custody on Her FamilyAs colleagues protested her characterization, Underwood continued, calling the deaths a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and its cruel and inhumane.McAleenan, who co-authored a memo to then-Secretary Nielsen asserting that Homeland Security could direct the separation of parents or legal guardians and minors held in immigration detention so that the parent or legal guardian can be prosecuted, protested Underwoods remarks.Thats an appalling accusation, and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day, said McAleenan, adding that Congress providing adequate resources would have prevented this from happening.Republican committee membersas well as one Democrat, Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michiganvoted to strike Underwoods remarks from the congressional record.On Monday, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy became the fifth minor to die in U.S. government custody since December after being kept in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility for more than a week. Federal law requires minors to be held in Border Patrol stations, which are not equipped to house children or the infirm, for no longer than 72 hours.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Wed, 22 May 2019 12:13:39 -0400
Missouri: destructive tornado leaves three people dead and severe damage

Missouri: destructive tornado leaves three people dead and severe damageSeries of devastating storms led to multiple tornadoes, leaving people injured and trapped in homes as torrid weather pummels parts of midwest A large and violent tornado has left at least three people dead in Missouri as torrid weather continues to pummel parts of Americas midwest. A series of devastating storms hit the area on Wednesday night leading to multiple tornadoes. The region has already endured days of torrential rain and flooding. The National Weather Service confirmed that the deadly tornado moved over Missouris capital, Jefferson City, shortly before midnight. Across the state, Missouris first responders once again responded quickly and with strong coordination as much of the state dealt with extremely dangerous conditions that left people injured, trapped in homes, and tragically led to the death of three people, Governor Mike Parson said. Authorities said the three were killed in the Golden City area of Barton county, near Missouris south-west corner, as the severe weather moved in from Oklahoma, where rescuers struggled to pull people from high water. Kenneth Harris, 86, and his 83-year-old wife, Opal, were found dead about 200 yards from their home, and Betty Berg, 56, was killed and her husband, Mark, seriously injured when their mobile home was destroyed, authorities said. The tornado hit during a week that has seen several days of tornadoes and torrential rains in parts of the southern plains and midwest. No deaths were reported in the capital, but city police officials said about 20 people were rescued by emergency personnel as the tornado caused damage to multiple buildings. Emergency workers reported about two dozen injuries, Williams said, and around 100 people went to shelters. Hospitals reported treating injuries such as cuts and bruises. The weather service reported that a confirmed, large and destructive tornado was observed over Jefferson City at 11.43pm local time on Wednesday, moving north-east at 40mph . The capital city has a population of about 40,000 and is located about 130 miles west of St Louis. Its a chaotic situation right now, said Lt David Williams of Jefferson City police. A car is trapped under the fallen metal roof of the Break Time gas station and convenience store in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photograph: David A Lieb/AP The tornado was described as a wedge, meaning it was wider than it was tall. According to reports it moved at 40mph at some points, and dispersed debris 13,000ft into the air, including overturning vehicles. The weather service said it had received 22 reports of tornadoes by late Wednesday; some could be duplicate reporting of the same twister. One tornado skirted just a few miles north of Joplin, Missouri, on the eighth anniversary of a catastrophic tornado that killed 161 people in the city. The tornado caused some damage in the town of Carl Junction, about four miles north of the Joplin airport, where several injuries were reported. Storms and torrential rains have ravaged the midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose. Deaths from this weeks storms include a 74-year-old woman found early on Wednesday morning in Iowa. Officials there say she was killed by a possible tornado that damaged a farmstead in Adair county. Missouri authorities said heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident on Tuesday near Springfield. A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the highway patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade on Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles north-east of Oklahoma City. The unidentified womans body was sent to the state medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma department of emergency management, said she was not yet listed as what would be the states first storm-related death. Catastrophic flooding in the area even swept some homes into a river. The Associated Press contributed reporting

Thu, 23 May 2019 08:07:14 -0400
Angry Trump insists not in a 'rage' over row with Democrats

Angry Trump insists not in a 'rage' over row with DemocratsAn angry President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he was not in a "rage" when he abruptly canceled a meeting with top Democrats at the White House. Despite 24 hours of furious tweets and a hastily arranged press event at which he expressed bitterness at Democrats, Trump explained he'd been unflappable Wednesday while blowing up the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer. "I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media," Trump said in a tweet.

Thu, 23 May 2019 11:27:22 -0400
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