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Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit: ?Get Your Facts...

27 Jan 2020 at 7:12pm

Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace Tears Into Conservative Pundit: ?Get Your Facts Straight!?Sparks flew Monday on the Fox News set between Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and conservative contributor Katie Pavlich, with Wallace demanding his colleague get her ?facts straight? after Pavlich insisted that certain witnesses had not been called in the impeachment trial.Moments before President Donald Trump?s defense team began its arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, Pavlich noted during Fox?s pretrial coverage that while Republican senators are now weighing whether to call former National Security Adviser John Bolton following his bombshell claims, the House should have presented a more thorough case.?The Senate is not the House, the House did not come with a complete case, and every impeachment beforehand, the witnesses that were called had been called in the House before being brought to the Senate,? she insisted. ?So there are questions here about the process.??That?s not true, that?s not true," Wallace interrupted. ?They hadn?t all been called in the House, and in the Clinton impeachment, they?d been called by the general independent counsel. They had not been called by the House.?After Pavlich claimed that was due to an ?extensive Justice Department investigation,? Wallace agreed but pointed out that she was ?just wrong? to claim that all impeachment witnesses were previously called by the House.?Let me finish. Before the articles were sent to the House, the grand jury material in the Clinton impeachment were handed to the House as part of the articles and given to the Senate,? the right-wing pundit said. ?They were not given after the House voted for those articles. That is the difference. The process does matter.?Kellyanne Conway Melts Down Under Grilling by Fox NewsAs anchor Bret Baier attempted to have Wallace give his ?final thoughts,? the Fox News Sunday host?who has a history of tangling with the network?s opinion personalities?continued to highlight that what Pavlich said ?just isn?t true.??The fact of the matter is that the whistleblower information was given to the inspector general, who gave it to the Justice Department,? Wallace declared, clearly perturbed. ?The Justice Department decided not to investigate, and that is why it went to the House.??So to say that in the Clinton investigation these people were interviewed by the House, one, they weren?t,? he continued. ?And to say it wasn?t done by the Justice Department, because the Justice Department refused to carry out the investigation. Get your facts straight!??Okay, let?s tone it down,? Baier jumped in.Wallace tearing into a pro-Trump Fox News contributor came just moments after he said on-air that the news that Bolton claims Trump told him that Ukrainian military aid was frozen unless Ukraine investigated the Bidens was obviously big news since Trump supporters were ?spinning like crazy? afterward.Fox News Host Hits Trump for Attacking Chris Wallace: You?re ?Not Entitled to Praise?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.




Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death camp

28 Jan 2020 at 5:43pm

Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death campHundreds of newly discovered photographs, including some taken at the Sobibor death camp, represent a "quantum leap" in research into Nazi crimes against humanity, historians at the Berlin museum Topography of Terror said Tuesday. Historians said the "exceptional collection" provided unprecedented insights into the Sobibor camp in German Nazi-occupied Poland, about which little is known even 75 years after the end of World War II. The trove, consisting of 361 black-and-white photos and several written documents, also includes photos believed to show convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, who denied ever being at Sobibor.




Trump team wraps up opening arguments with old clips of Democrats railing aga...

28 Jan 2020 at 8:20pm

Trump team wraps up opening arguments with old clips of Democrats railing against impeachmentThe opening arguments in President Trump's impeachment trial officially wrapped up Tuesday, with a little help from 1990s Democrats.Trump's defense team concluded their arguments hours early on Tuesday, with White House counsel Pat Cipollone saying he "had kind of a lengthy presentation prepared, but ... I think we've made our case."Democrats previously utilized old clips of Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during their opening arguments, and Trump's team did the same, playing a montage of Democrats during former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial making similar points as Trump's team."There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment, or an impeachment supported by one of our major political parties and opposed by the other," House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) says in one 1990s-era clip. In another clip, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) voices concern that "we've lowered the bar on impeachment" and that "when a Republican wins the White House, Democrats will demand payback.""You were right," Cipollone quipped after the montage played. "But I'm sorry to say you were also prophetic."Cipollone concluded by echoing language previously used by Ken Starr, asking the Senate to "end the era of impeachment for good." With opening arguments concluded, the question period in Trump's impeachment trial will begin Wednesday, while a vote on whether to call witnesses will take place on Friday. > Schumer in 1998: "I expect history will show that we've lowered the bar on impeachment so much, we have broken the seal on this extreme penalty so cavalierly, that it will be used as a routine tool to fight political battles."> > "You were right," WH counsel Pat Cipollone says. pic.twitter.com/Ow3vARTbmK> > -- CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 28, 2020More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi It's 2020 and women are exhausted The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, 8 others didn't have recommended warning system, NTSB says




Get Early Access to Backcountry?s Big Winter Sale Right Now

27 Jan 2020 at 9:30pm

Get Early Access to Backcountry?s Big Winter Sale Right Now




Kobe Bryant helicopter video emerges showing ill-fated flight minutes before ...

28 Jan 2020 at 7:25pm

Kobe Bryant helicopter video emerges showing ill-fated flight minutes before crashA video that appears to show Kobe Bryant?s helicopter circling over California roughly 15 minutes before the fatal crash has been posted online, illustrating the foggy conditions faced by the chopper on its last flight.In the video, which was posted by a user on Twitter who said they live in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale ? where Bryant?s flight circled for roughly 10 minutes on Sunday awaiting instruction, according to flight records ? the helicopter can be seen moving slowly in the sky above, obscured by the early morning fog.




Biden won't commit to backing Sanders if he's the Democratic presidential nom...

29 Jan 2020 at 12:52am

Biden won't commit to backing Sanders if he's the Democratic presidential nomineeFormer Vice President Joe Biden stopped short Tuesday of saying he?d support Bernie Sanders if the progressive Vermont senator wins the Democratic presidential nomination.




Why Russia Is Doubling Down On The 1981 Tu-160 Bomber

29 Jan 2020 at 4:00am

Why Russia Is Doubling Down On The 1981 Tu-160 BomberIt wants 50 new bombers.




Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

28 Jan 2020 at 9:47pm

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, paymentsA Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China's Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to lure people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. Lieber was arrested early Tuesday at his office at the Ivy League university, officials said.




British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida

28 Jan 2020 at 8:36am

British man dies in US immigration detention in Florida* Death of man, 39, initially attributed to hanging * UK Foreign Office said to be in touch with man?s wifeA British man has died while being held in US immigration detention in Florida, the Guardian has confirmed.The death was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which said the man was 39 years old and that the cause was initially attributed to asphyxiation due to hanging. The incident was reported to have occurred on Saturday last week.?Our staff are in contact with the US authorities following the death of a British man in Florida,? said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in London.Foreign Office officials are understood to have been in contact with the deceased man?s wife, as US officials investigate the circumstances of the death.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) did not respond to multiple requests for comment from the Guardian.In a statement to BuzzFeed, the agency identified the deceased man as Ben James Owen and clarified he had died at the Baker county detention center in Macclenny, Florida. Officials said Owen had entered the US on a temporary visa in July and had been arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated stalking, felony false imprisonment, domestic assault, and violating the conditions of his pre-trial release. The agency said the case remained under investigation.The incident marks the fifth death at a detention centre in the 2020 fiscal year, which begins in October 2019. There were eight deaths in Ice detention in the 2019 fiscal year.The immigration detention population in the United States has soared under the Trump administration. Last year Ice detained 510,854 people, compared with 396,448 in 2018. The administration has also increased its use of detention facilities, mostly run by private security companies, with a new concentration of detention centres opening in the deep south.Medical provision and mental health care at detention facilities has come under increased criticism under the Trump administration after a spate of high profile deaths since 2017.At the end of last year House Democrats on the oversight and reform committee launched an inquiry to investigate a ?troubling pattern of abuse and poor treatment? of migrants in custody.




Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' ? live Trump ...

28 Jan 2020 at 10:58pm

Trump lawyer Sekulow says Bolton book manuscript 'inadmissable' ? live Trump impeachment trial updatesImpeachment ?is not a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts. That is politics unfortunately,? said Sekulow.




China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon

28 Jan 2020 at 10:56am

China Demands Apology From Danish Newspaper Over Virus Cartoon(Bloomberg) -- The Chinese Embassy to Denmark wants the newspaper Jyllands-Posten to apologize for publishing a drawing that depicts China?s flag with virus symbols instead of five stars.?We express our strong indignation and demand that Jyllands-Posten and [cartoonist] Niels Bo Bojesen reproach themselves for their mistake and publicly apologize to the Chinese people,? the embassy said in a statement posted on its website.When asked to comment, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen avoided any direct reference to Jyllands-Posten?s cartoon.?I have nothing to say on the matter other than [to note that] we have a very strong tradition in Denmark not just for freedom of speech but also for freedom of satire, and we?ll continue to have that in the future,? she said, according to multiple news media including Politiken. ?This is a well known Danish position and we?re not going to change it.?Denmark?s largest newspaper has faced international backlash over its cartoons in the past. In 2005, the paper printed 12 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, which angered many nations in which Islam is the main religion and sparked a diplomatic crisis. Back then, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen also defended freedom of speech and said governments had no place telling newspapers what to write.The Chinese flag was printed in the opinion section of the newspaper?s Monday edition with a caption titled ?Corona virus?.Editor-in-Chief Jacob Nybroe said the paper won?t apologize.?We can?t apologize for something we don?t think is wrong,? Nybroe told news agency Ritzau. ?We have no intention to demean or mock but we don?t think this drawing is doing that.?(Updates with comment from Denmark?s prime minister)To contact the reporter on this story: Morten Buttler in Copenhagen at mbuttler@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Christian Wienberg at cwienberg@bloomberg.net, Tasneem Hanfi BröggerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.




Hillary Clinton says she still feels the urge to beat Trump

28 Jan 2020 at 9:54am

Hillary Clinton says she still feels the urge to beat Trump"I feel the 2016 election was a really odd time and an odd outcome," she said.




Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'

28 Jan 2020 at 7:52am

Mexico deports 2,300 Hondurans from '2020 Caravan'Mexican migration authorities said they have deported 2,300 Hondurans who illegally crossed over from Guatemala with a caravan heading to the United States. The "assisted return" of the Central Americans took place between January 18 and Monday, according to the interior ministry and the National Migration Institute. A total of 1,064 Honduran migrants were deported on National Guard planes and charter aircraft, they said in a statement.




Mitt Romney says it's 'increasingly likely' more GOP senators will vote for w...

27 Jan 2020 at 4:06pm

Mitt Romney says it's 'increasingly likely' more GOP senators will vote for witnesses after Bolton revelationsThe chances of former National Security Adviser John Bolton testifying in the Senate impeachment trial are seemingly increasing.Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Monday that, having spoken to other Republican lawmakers, it's "increasingly likely" more of them will vote to call Bolton to the witness stand now that revelations from his forthcoming book about Trump's alleged Ukraine quid pro quo were leaked to the public. Romney and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) have maintained they'd like to hear from Bolton throughout the process. Collins reiterated that sentiment Monday, saying the Bolton leaks strengthen her stance on the matter and that she's working with Romney and Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to bring in witnesses.> My statement on Bolton developments. pic.twitter.com/3M59J7suts> > ? Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) January 27, 2020Those four have long been considered the best bets to go against the grain in the trial, but it now looks like other party members are willing to discuss the matter.Don't expect everyone to jump ship, though. Axios reports that party leadership and the White House will continue to resist witnesses to prevent the "floodgates" from opening. One top aide told Axios that if Bolton's testimony were to implicate Trump, calls for acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "will intensify." Read more at Axios.More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi It's 2020 and women are exhausted All the president's turncoats




The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chines...

28 Jan 2020 at 6:35pm

The outbreaks of both the Wuhan coronavirus and SARS likely started in Chinese wet markets. Photos show what the markets look like.The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak likely started in a Chinese wet market, where livestock and poultry are sold alongside animals like dogs and civets.




There Is No Going Back If Iran Sinks A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier

27 Jan 2020 at 9:30pm

There Is No Going Back If Iran Sinks A U.S. Navy Aircraft CarrierIt would mean war.




Navy SEAL Promoted After Choking Green Beret to Death

29 Jan 2020 at 1:06am

Navy SEAL Promoted After Choking Green Beret to DeathThe U.S. Navy promoted Chief Petty Officer Tony DeDolph four months after he admitted to choking a Green Beret to death. DeDolph?who will be back in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing?was formally charged in November 2018 with felony murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, burglary, hazing, and involuntary manslaughter in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Special Forces soldier assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group.Melgar was nearing the end of his deployment when he was killed in the West African nation of Mali in June 2017. He was part of an intelligence operation in Mali supporting counterterrorism efforts against al Qaeda?s local affiliate, known as al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.Days after Melgar was strangled, DeDolph, at the time a petty officer first class, was sent back to his base in Virginia Beach under suspicion of murder. Despite that, DeDolph found himself on the promotion list for chief petty officer in August 2017; he was ?frocked??meaning he began wearing the insignia of the higher rank?on Sept. 15, 2017, according to defense officials. He didn?t start drawing chief?s pay until December.Slain Green Beret?s Widow Speaks: ?I Knew They Were Lying?Three days before DeDolph?s promotion, the medical examiner?s report was signed. It concluded, based on a June 8, 2017, autopsy at Dover Air Force Base, that Melgar?s cause of death was asphyxiation and the manner of death was homicide, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.A defense official familiar with the case said Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as Seal Team 6, didn?t flag DeDolph because he was not formally charged or a person of interest in an ongoing investigation. He was a participant in the investigation but no charges were filed until November 2018.Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, the former commander of Special Operations Command-Africa, told The Daily Beast this week that he authorized an investigation after he learned of Melgar?s death. Bolduc alerted Army Criminal Investigation Command and told commanders in Mali to preserve evidence. He didn?t understand why DeDolph was promoted when he returned to his unit in Virginia Beach.?It is another failure of leadership,? Bolduc said. ?I mean senior leadership. It?s unfortunate. He should have never been promoted. The investigation was started right away. They whisked them out of there as fast as they could.?When asked if he was surprised by the news, Bolduc said no.?I?m disappointed,? he said. ?But not surprised. It?s utter bullshit.?Navy prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Garcia declined to comment on the promotion because DeDolph is part of an ongoing investigation.?DeDolph has remained a member of Naval Special Warfare throughout this process,? said Navy Capt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokeswoman for Naval Special Warfare. ?It is paramount that the rights of the service member are protected, thus any additional information regarding this case will not be discussed.?Phil Stackhouse, DeDolph's civilian attorney, did not return calls or text messages seeking comment. Melgar?s widow, Michelle, declined to comment on the story.DeDolph?s case is just one of several high-profile incidents that have exposed issues in the SEAL culture. Members of SEAL Team 7 were expelled from Iraq in 2019 after allegations of drinking and sexual assault. Six SEALs tested positive for cocaine last year. Then there?s the case of Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher, a former member of SEAL Team 7, who faced a court martial for war crimes charges including murder, but was convicted of posing for a picture with a dead body and granted clemency by President Trump in November 2019. Trump Tells Allies He Wants Absolved War Criminals to Campaign for HimSome of the same issues were present in Mali, where there was widespread alcohol use, partying, and prostitutes at the safehouse, according to sources familiar with the investigation. ?It was like a frat house,? one source said, when asked to describe what the safe house in Bamako was like. In response to the recent incidents, Rear Adm. Collin Green, head of Naval Special Warfare Command, sent a memo last year to his subordinate units declaring the whole SEAL community has a problem.?Some of our subordinate formations have failed to maintain good order and discipline and as a result and for good reason, our NSW culture is being questioned,? Green wrote in the July 2019 memo. ?I don?t know yet if we have a culture problem, I do know that we have a good order and discipline problem that must be addressed immediately.?Gen. Richard Clarke, the head of Special Operations Command, ordered an ethics review last August following several high-profile incidents. He acknowledged in a memo to service members on Tuesday that ?unacceptable conduct? had been allowed to occur as a result of ?lack of leadership, discipline and accountability.? The 71-page report summing up the ethics review warned of what Clarke described as an emphasis on ?force employment and mission accomplishment over the routine activities that ensure leadership, accountability, and discipline.?Chief Petty Officer Adam C. Matthews, who was in Mali doing an assessment of the mission there, testified in August he felt it was his duty to haze Melgar?on DeDolph?s recommendation?to teach him a lesson after Melgar ?ditched? the team in Mali?s capital city of Bamako on his way to a party at the French embassy. Investigator of Green Beret?s Murder Had Romantic Relationship With Witness, Lawyer SaysDeDolph, Matthews and two Marine Raiders?Gunnery Sgt. Mario Madera-Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell?spent the rest of the night plotting to choke Melgar into unconsciousness, pull his pants down and videotape the incident and then show it to him later to embarrass him. When Melgar became unresponsive, Matthews and DeDolph tried to resuscitate Melgar with CPR and opened a hole in his throat. The SEALS with Sergeant First Class James Morris, Melgar?s supervisor, then rushed Melgar to a French medical facility, where he was pronounced dead. At the clinic, DeDolph admitted to an embassy official he choked Melgar, according to NBC News and subsequent reports.Maxwell and Matthews have already pleaded guilty in exchange for plea agreements with prosecutors. Matthews, 33, pleaded guilty to hazing and assault charges and attempts to cover up what happened to Melgar. He was sentenced in May 2019 to one year in military prison. Maxwell, 29, was sentenced to four years of confinement after pleading guilty in connection with Melgar?s death in June 2019.DeDolph and Madera-Rodriguez are the last of the four men who carried out the attack to stand trial. Both men are expected to face courts martial this spring. An exact date has not been selected, according to Navy officials.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.




A woman who had embryos frozen before cancer treatment is barred from using t...

28 Jan 2020 at 6:22pm

A woman who had embryos frozen before cancer treatment is barred from using them since she got divorcedAn Arizona court ruled that because the ex-husband does not want his ex-wife to have his biological children, the embryos must be donated.




Biden-Tied Lobbyist Bought Island Property from Biden?s Brother, Gave Him Mor...

28 Jan 2020 at 2:28pm

Biden-Tied Lobbyist Bought Island Property from Biden?s Brother, Gave Him Mortgage LoanFinancial records reviewed by Politico show that Joe Biden's brother James sold one of his three parcels of land in the U.S. Virgin Islands at a substantial profit to a well-connected lobbyist who then extended a mortgage to James on the remaining two parcels.In May 2005, James Biden purchased an acre of land on Water Island for $150,000. He then applied for and received an easement to divide the property into three plots, one of which he sold to lobbyist Scott Green ? a decade-long Senate staffer for Joe Biden in the 1980s ? for $150,000. James had initially purchased all three parcels for $150,000, meaning that he made his money back and was able to keep the majority of the one acre plot for himself.Green?s lobbying firm, Lafayette Group ? which features a photo of Green with Biden on its website and quotes Biden endorsing Green ? earned two government contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency worth a total of $5.8 million on April 11, 2010.Three days later, Green extended a $133,300 mortgage to James Biden for his remaining Water Island property. Property records reviewed by Politico show that Green had ?received full payment and full satisfaction? and released the mortgage in September 2013.Joe Biden and his family traveled to Water Island several times during his vice presidency, but did not stay on his brother?s or Green?s land, which remains undeveloped.Lafayette Group earned tens of millions of dollars in government contracts during the course of Biden?s time as vice president. During his time in the Senate, Biden also advocated for a number of areas in which Green?s lobbying intersected, including a broadband network for first responders and the non-profit Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program.




U.S. military recovers remains from Afghanistan plane crash

28 Jan 2020 at 8:09am

U.S. military recovers remains from Afghanistan plane crashWASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday recovered the remains of two personnel from a U.S. military aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan, American and Afghan officials told Reuters. On Monday, the U.S. military said an E-11A aircraft had crashed in the province of Ghazni, but disputed claims by the Taliban militant group that they had brought it down. Earlier on Tuesday, Afghan forces and Taliban fighters clashed in a central region where the U.S. military plane crashed as the government tried to reach the wreckage site in a Taliban stronghold.




Trump impeachment: Rudy Giuliani was ?spot on?, president?s lawyer tells Sena...

27 Jan 2020 at 11:34pm

Trump impeachment: Rudy Giuliani was ?spot on?, president?s lawyer tells Senate trialDonald Trump?s defence team has denied Rudy Giuliani was sent to Ukraine to do ?a political errand? for the president, arguing the former New York mayor was ?spot on? about corruption there and at home.The omission of any mention of Mr Giuliani as the Trump team spoke on Saturday for three hours, and then during its first two hours on Monday, was striking given the former New York City mayor?s major role in the White House?s Ukraine policy push.




Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squad

28 Jan 2020 at 3:58pm

Indonesia's Aceh unveils new female flogging squadThe masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes -- proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province. Such behaviour constitutes a morality crime in Aceh, the only region in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that imposes Islamic law -- known as Sharia.




NPR, federal watchdog demand answers on Pompeo's evident retaliation over tes...

29 Jan 2020 at 6:18am

NPR, federal watchdog demand answers on Pompeo's evident retaliation over testy NPR interviewPresident Trump may think it amusing and laudatory that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo berated and cursed out NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly last week after she asked him tough questions about Ukraine and whether he supports his diplomats, but NPR isn't laughing at Pompeo's behavior.The State Department informed NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Keleman on Sunday, without explanation, that she will no longer be traveling with Pompeo on this week's trip to Britain, Ukraine, and Central Asia. NPR CEO John Lansing demanded an explanation Tuesday and told the State Department if NPR doesn't get satisfactory answers by Wednesday, when Pompeo is scheduled to depart, NPR "will have no choice but to conclude that Ms. Kelemen was removed from the trip in retaliation for the content of NPR's reporting."The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a Freedom of Information Act request Tuesday seeking emails, text messages, and other records related to the State Department's decision to kick Keleman off Pompeo's trip. "The requested records would shed light on whether the State Department or Secretary Pompeo did, in fact, retaliate against NPR as a result of the contentious January 24, 2020 Interview," CREW's Nikhel Sus wrote in the filing.After Kelly's interview with Pompeo, she told NPR on Friday, he called her into a separate room and "asked, 'Do you think Americans care about Ukraine?' He used the F-word in that sentence and many others." Kelly also said Pompeo made her point out Ukraine on an unlabeled map ? she says she did; Pompeo, in his official response, snidely (and improbably) suggested she pointed to Bangladesh. Pompeo also accused Kelly of lying, though emails of her exchange with Pompeo's staff show Kelly was forthright and stayed within agreed-upon parameters.Pompeo calling her a "liar" is "not what bothers me," Kelly wrote in an New York Times op-ed Tuesday. "It matters that people in positions of power ? people charged with steering the foreign policy of entire nations ? be held to account. The stakes are too high for their impulses and decisions not to be examined in as thoughtful and rigorous an interview as is possible. Journalists don't sit down with senior government officials in the service of scoring political points. We do it in the service of asking tough questions, on behalf of our fellow citizens. And then sharing the answers ? or lack thereof ? with the world."More stories from theweek.com John Bolton just vindicated Nancy Pelosi It's 2020 and women are exhausted The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, 8 others didn't have recommended warning system, NTSB says




China demands an apology from a newspaper for a satirical cartoon of a Chines...

28 Jan 2020 at 8:31pm

China demands an apology from a newspaper for a satirical cartoon of a Chinese flag with coronavirus particlesChina is outraged with a Danish newspaper for publishing a satirical cartoon of a Chinese flag with coronavirus particles in place of its stars.




The Israeli Army Is Unprepared for a Ground War with Iran and Hezbollah

28 Jan 2020 at 10:53am

The Israeli Army Is Unprepared for a Ground War with Iran and HezbollahIf Israel has to go to war tomorrow against Iran or its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, there?s a problem. The Israeli mechanized division that would defend Israel?s northern border, or enter Syria or Lebanon to eject Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, are in bad shape.