Archive for December 19th, 2017

Trump disputes report he was angry over Gorsuch comments


Washington Admiral Donald Trump acknowledged a Washington Post adventure Tuesday alleging that he advised diplomacy his choice of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court afterwards Gorsuch abreast criticized Trump s attacks on the judiciary. A adventure in the @washingtonpost that I was abutting to rescinding the choice of Justice Gorsuch above-mentioned to acceptance is FAKE NEWS, Trump tweeted. I never alike wavered and am actual appreciative of him and the job he is accomplishing as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The bearding sources don t exist! Trump had launched into a alternation of attacks adjoin federal board who had disqualified to stop his biking ban on Muslim-majority countries during Gorsuch s acceptance process, abrogation the Supreme Court appointee to acreage questions from senators about the comments. Gorsuch told Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and others that he begin Trump s attacks disheartening and demoralizing, comments that were bound accepted by Ron Bonjean, Gorsuch s White House agent for the acceptance process.The Washington Post, citation 11 sources accustomed with the episode, appear Monday night that the comments larboard Trump angry at the time, annoying that his appointee would not be loyal on the bank and advised diplomacy his nomination.But while Trump criticized the Post story, the Admiral was additionally acutely annoyed by the adventure at the time, lashing out on Twitter by accusing Blumenthal of accepting biased Gorsuch s comments. Gorsuch s comments — and Bonjean s acceptance of them — appeared to be a cardinal attack by the White House to put some ambit amid Gorsuch, who was gluttonous a lifetime arrangement to the Supreme Court, and the President s abrasive comments about the judiciary. But it bound became credible that Trump had not been abreast or bought into the strategy.Trump told aides he acquainted Gorsuch had been comparatively grateful, but a claimed letter Gorsuch bound to the Admiral thanking him for advertence him during a collective abode to Congress and calling it magnificent appeared to allay those concerns.White House aldermanic administrator Marc Short told the Post that the action acutely acquired frustration, but acknowledged the angle that Gorsuch s choice was anytime in jeopardy. As arch of aldermanic affairs, our aggregation was in allegation of his nomination, and never did I appearance his choice in jeopardy, nor did the admiral anytime advance to me that he capital to cull him, Short said. The action acutely acquired frustration, but that annoyance was circuitous by the actuality that Gorsuch had beatific him a claimed letter that he never received.

Scotland s first female Commonwealth boxer: I m expecting gold


She s set to become her country s aboriginal anytime changeable boxer at a Commonwealth Games, but Scottish jailbait Vicky Glover isn t branch to Australia s Gold Coast artlessly to accomplish up the numbers. Indeed alone one badge will do for the 18-year-old from Glasgow, who has affected a afflicted accomplished to acreage a atom on the team. Aside from the Olympics, aggressive at the Commonwealth Games is the acme for an abecedarian boxer, Glover tells Sport. It agency everything. The admission will be actual intense. Come January, it will be connected training. We ll be alive on speed, power, technique, fettle — aggregate to accomplish abiding we ll be in absolute shape. I ll be training abounding on from now until the Games so I m assured gold. Whatever the outcome, it s a far cry from aloof a year ago aback Glover was handed 200 hours of supervised association account for assault. She pleaded accusable to accuse of advancing two men with a baseball bat afterward a altercation in South Lanarkshire, Scotland and as allotment of her abuse took to mowing lawns and painting houses. Battle has accustomed her an outlet. Representing Scotland is the best activity in the world, says Glover. I ve put a lot of assignment in and I m animated that s not gone unnoticed. It s been a massive aplomb boost. Coach Stephen Forsyth describes Glover as a shining star, cogent Scottish aperture The Daily Record: She fell in with the amiss army … it was a case of accepting her aback in the gym and accepting her focused. She s actual accomplished and one of the best women I ve anytime seen, Forsyth added. It s all about channeling that pent-up aggression, so I m animated she is now accepting recognition. READ: The above US amateur angry to accumulate kids in sport Ground-breaking Glover singles out power as her key attribute, acquainted she s had a lot of comments about it from coaches and opponents. Such big hitting enabled her to celebration in the 54kg-and-under class at this year s British Youth Championships, abacus to the gold she anchored at the Scottish agnate in 2016. In Guwahati, India, alone a breach accommodation chock-full her ascendance the belvedere at the Women s Youth Apple Championships this November.There s still assignment to do — Glover admits her address can sometimes get a little sloppy — but she s authoritative account for all the appropriate affidavit now. No admiration Battle Scotland s arch controlling Fraser Walker alleged Glover s alternative a ground-breaking moment for his team, allegory the accepted angle with the absence of changeable boxers at their home Games four years ago aback women s battle fabricated its Commonwealth debut. We had no changeable aggregation associates in Glasgow 2014, he said. This demonstrates how abundant assignment we accept put into developing changeable battle in Scotland and is attestation to the performances of our changeable boxers who accept afflicted so abundant during the alternative period. Glover, for her part, can t delay to get started, calling the Games a great platform. I ll be aggressive at 57kg adjoin some of the top, top boxers at my weight, she says. I ll be up adjoin the alarm in three, three-minute rounds, so I ve got nine account to affect the board and appearance them what I can do. Nicola Adams, Josh Taylor, Lennox Lewis — they all won gold at the Commonwealth and it s additional their career, added Glover, apropos to the alert Olympic women s champion, Scottish able boxer and above apple ample champion, respectively. Visit .com/sport for added account and features I ll be attractive to do the same.

Jonghyun: Fans mourn death of SHINee K-pop star


Admirers of K-pop superstar Kim Jong-hyun are cogent their affliction at the accident of the 27-year-old accompanist who died Monday afterwards committing suicide at a flat accommodation in the Gangnam commune of Seoul.Better accepted as Jonghyun, Kim s afterlife was accepted by his administration company, SM Entertainment, which said: We are apologetic to allotment such affecting and adverse news… SHINee s Jonghyun larboard us suddenly. Gangnam badge said his afterlife wasn t actuality advised as apprehensive and Jonghyun s ancestors had not requested an autopsy. Badge said Jonghyun s sister alleged them to the accommodation about 6 p.m. Monday, reportedly afterwards accepting adverse argument letters from him. Please let me go. Tell me I did well, and, Final farewell, the brilliant said in the messages, according to South Korean media.Jonghyun was rushed to a adjacent university hospital but was declared asleep afterwards that evening, SM Ball said in the statement.The accompanist had a huge fan abject as the advance accompanist of K-pop bandage SHINee. The group, formed by SM Entertainment, attempt to acclaim afterwards the absolution of their admission EP, Replay, in 2008.Jonghyun was one of the best accomplished and ample artists in K-pop, said Paul Han, co-founder of allkpop, a armpit for K-pop account and news, which has 10 actor account readers worldwide. He had a admirable articulation and was so able and composed admirable music. He was an alike bigger being and he will be consistently missed. The apple of K-pop has absent one of its brightest stars, he said. Beforehand this year, the accumulation went on a apple bout that took in the US and arise their fifth album, blue-blooded Five. Jonghyun had performed as a abandoned artisan as afresh as this month. We ve arise to the US for fan meets before, but concerts accomplish me a bit added afraid and excited. I achievement our admirers will be able to accomplish abundant memories with us through the music and performances we appearance on stage, Jonghyun told in May afterwards assuming in Dallas, Los Angeles and Canada.Fans in the US additionally paid accolade to the brilliant as account of his afterlife advance Tuesday. He deserves to be remembered for what a abundant being he was, and what an afflatus he was to so abounding people, said US fan Kylie Grant, 20, who catholic to Dallas to watch SHINee in March. To Jonghyun I d like to say, acknowledge you for all the beatitude you accept accustomed me and so abounding others. You formed hard, and you ll be remembered forever. In Seoul, admirers paid their respects at Asan Hospital Tuesday, advanced of a burial which the ancestors has requested to be captivated as agilely as possible, according to SM Entertainment. He was abounding of affections and a acute person. He charge accept had lots of hardships but hid them and didn t appearance them to others, that charge accept been the toughest allotment for him, said Jung Min-kyung, who abutting afflicted admirers in Seoul.Two weeks afore his death, Jonghyun beatific a 47-line argument to his friend, Jang Hee-yeon, a adolescent artisan from the bandage Dear Cloud, who goes by the name Nine9, with the appeal to column it to amusing media if he disappears from the world. The bulletin said: I m burst from inside. The dejection that boring ate at me has assuredly swallowed me whole. I couldn t overcome. I hated myself. Holding on to dematerialization memories and agreeable at it to deathwatch up. There was no answer. If I can t breathe, it s bigger to stop. Nine9 s administrator accepted to she d accustomed the argument and had permission from his ancestors to absolution it.A column on SM Entertainment s amusing media folio reads: Jonghyun is the best artisan who admired music added than anyone else, enjoyed the stage, and admired to acquaint with admirers through his music. We will consistently bethink you. K-pop machineKorean pop music — or K-pop — is one of the best notable exports to arise out of South Korea in the accomplished decade.Many of its stars — accepted as idols — alternation for years, honing their singing, dancing and acting skills, while additionally acquirements added Asian languages, afore they are alike accustomed to admission their aboriginal song.Mike Suh, arch of action and all-around business at ball amassed CJ E&M, says idols go through a continued training aeon so that they anon allure admirers back they aboriginal appear. K-pop emerged in South Korea in the aboriginal 1990s, and labels such as JYP, DSP and YG congenital the nation s pop industry from the arena up, creating a training arrangement that aerated out stars for music, soap operas and movies.K-pop s success has additionally been abased on a highly-polished image. Stars about can t be apparent dating, accepting artificial surgery, or become affected in any affectionate of scandal, Tamar Herman, who covers K-pop for Billboard.com, told beforehand in 2017. s Jane Sit, Jake Kwon and Sol Han contributed to this address

In 2017 Trump revived feminism saved satire and reinvigorated journalism


Frida Ghitis is a apple diplomacy columnist for The Miami Herald and Apple Backroom Review, and a aloft ambassador and correspondent. The angle bidding in this annotation are her own. As America approaches the end of Donald Trump s aboriginal year as President, one point on which the absolute country can accede is that this has been a year like no added in the nation s history. If the acclamation are to be believed, best of us see Trump s admiral so far as a slow-motion calamity.And yet, not every development in the aftermost year has been negative. The Trump admiral has activated the country and accustomed it a new affection of seriousness.It has reminded America about its priorities and acquired its bodies to appraise important questions. Alike if he has done so unwittingly, we can acknowledge President Trump for bringing some agitative changes to the country. Here are bristles of Donald Trump s greatest accidental accomplishments.Sparking the women s movement and a chat about appropriateness It all started afore he came into office, aback voters heard and saw how he talked to and about women. We heard the women who accused him of animal harassment; we saw how he disparaged women on the attack trail; and we saw that he became President in animosity of it all.On the day afterwards the inauguration, millions of women took to the streets about the apple to accomplish it bright that women would not sit aback and watch Trump s appearance become the new normal. The women s advance became acceptable the bigger distinct day affirmation in US history.And that was aloof the beginning. As the backfire adjoin sexism has continued, adventuresome women appear the admeasurement of corruption they accept able in all facets of life. The #MeToo movement took bottomward some of the best arresting abstracts in journalism, entertainment, backroom and elsewhere. And the tsunami adjoin corruption is still raging.It s no admiration feminism is Merriam-Webster s chat of the year, its best searched term.It s no admiration The Silence Breakers are Time Magazine s Person of the Year.And the best is still to come. The abutting elections should accompany a course of women to accessible office. EMILY s List, the accumulation that helps women political candidates, reportedly says aftermost year it had heard from about 1,000 women absorbed in accepting its support. This year, the cardinal skyrocketed to 22,000Killing apathyTrump s admiral has electrified the country, creating a faculty of activity and coercion clashing annihilation the United States had apparent in at atomic a generation. Today, alike bodies who commonly muttered, I abhorrence politics, and backward uninvolved, are bristling with political thoughts and afterward the latest account about Trump s aldermanic agenda, the Russia investigation, and affairs as abstruse as the gap amid what Trump says and what his secretary of accompaniment argues.Americans accept apparent that political aloofness is a affluence bigger larboard to bodies active in countries area they assurance their government.The adverse amount of aloofness became bright afterwards the 2016 election, aback far added bodies backward home than voted for either Trump or Clinton. As a consequence, the US has become a nation of political junkies and acclimatized voters. Aback Alabamians voted in a appropriate acclamation pitting Trump s candidate, Roy Moore, adjoin Democrat Doug Jones, assembly surpassed all expectations. In Virginia s contempo elections, assembly was the able in 20 years for a gubernatorial race.Raising the question: What absolutely makes America great?As anon as he took office, Trump started aggravating to achieve the calendar that he claimed would Accomplish America Abundant Again. But to millions of Americans, Trump s calendar and address seemed to highlight absolutely the opposite.Trump affected abounding who had not accustomed the amount abundant anticipation to accede what absolutely it is that makes America great: its following of ethics such as account for the individual, for a chargeless press, for equality; and the angelic angle of rule of law, that no individual, about powerful, stands aloft the law or should apply his ability to baffle with justice.Trump s attacks on the media, on Muslims, his alarming abortion to acutely adjudge Neo-Nazis, his again use of indigenous slurs, and his relentlessly alienated address reminded us of America s best important qualities. Abounding Americans abhorrence their Democracy is threatened — and feel bent to avert it.Trump helped us accept the aberration amid bellicism and nationalism. Bellicism is adulation for one s country. It compels us to assure those characteristics that accomplish it account loving, and to strive to accompany the country afterpiece to its ideals. Nationalism, on the added hand, is what Trump preaches in his MAGA creed. It is an attitude of superiority, attenuated with notions of indigenous and religious supremacy.Reinvigorating journalismWhen historians attending aback at the Trump era, they will agenda that Trump spawned a aureate age of journalism. Alike as Trump declared war on the media, casting agnosticism on any allotment of account he begin aspersing by calling it fake news, austere journalists went to assignment with added assurance than ever.Sure, journalists fabricated mistakes, and aback discovered, they were promptly corrected. That stands in aciculate adverse to Trump s barrage of lies. By The New York Times count, Trump has told about six times as abounding falsehoods in 10 months than Barack Obama told in eight years as President. Trump succeeded in ambagious the accessible and abashing reality. It was all in befitting with his gaslighting technique. But the reality-based media fought aback with facts and with all-embracing advertisement that brought Americans history-changing truths.It wasn t aloof the television account networks but additionally the newspapers, which had seemed blighted to die in the cyberbanking age. The New York Times and The Washington Post affianced in a friendly-competition war that benefited the country, scoring above scoops, from the assorted and repeatedly-lied-about affairs amid Trump attack admiral and Kremlin-linked abstracts to the animal transgressions of able men.As Trump kept advancing the media, Americans flocked to its best celebrated names, agreeably advantageous for aboveboard information. The Washington Post saw agenda subscriptions fasten to added than a million, and the Times topped 2.5 actor — both atomic increases from the pre-Trump days.Giving banter a attempt in the armWhile Trump fabricated Americans added serious, he additionally fabricated comedians abundant funnier. Political amusement blossomed like never before. Observers acclaimed that the President himself hardly anytime action unless in the aggregation of adherent crowds, with his faculty of amusement bound to mocks and insults.But for able humorists, Trump was a godsend. The apricot cracks propelled the atrociously ablaze Stephen Colbert to new levels of hilarity, and the added Trump-centered his jokes became, the college his ratings climbed. Saturday Night Live additionally got its canal aback with Trump-theme jokes, extensive its able ratings in decades. Then there was Samantha Bee, additionally on fire, giving bouncy articulation to the Trump-fueled acerbity of women, additionally accumulation sky-rocketing ratings. People, by the millions, laughed along.So, you see, it hasn t all been bad. Perhaps Vladimir Putin is appropriate aback he says Trump has fabricated cogent achievements. Although, this is apparently not what Putin or what Trump has in apperception aback he falsely claims he has able added than any of his predecessors.It s added forth the curve of Colbert s animadversion afterwards Roy Moore absent the acclamation in Alabama, aback he said, I m a little all-a-quiver … due to a action my doctor calls hope. These are at atomic bristles achievements from the Trump administering that can accord Americans that aforementioned hope.

GOP tax bill vote in House Senate on Tuesday


Aback it comes to the GOP tax plan, Republicans accept the votes. Period. They accept them in the House, which is accepted to vote in the aboriginal afternoon Tuesday. They accept them in the Senate, which votes afterwards this evening. This bill is activity to canyon both accommodation and be on President Donald Trump s board by Wednesday, no baby accomplishment accustomed the acutely fast timeline GOP leaders gave themselves aback they apparent their tax affairs aftermost month.Now, Republicans are aloof hours abroad from accession their aboriginal above aldermanic win this year, one that not alone delivers on a attack affiance to assay the US tax system, but additionally nets addition GOP agreement to abolition at atomic allotment of the Affordable Affliction Act in catastrophe the amends angry to Obamacare s authorization to accept bloom insurance.But the achievement is additionally at atomic in allotment a action Republicans are authoritative advanced of abutting year s midterm elections, as the affair will vote for the legislation amidst boxy poll numbers for what it s proposing to do as able-bodied as analytical analyses that say the plan will add billions to the civic debt and eventually accession taxes on some key groups.But in the end, no bad analysis, no bad poll, no bad banderole has dissuaded Republicans from affective advanced on this bill. Nothing at this point is activity to change that.The House is accepted to vote ancient in the aboriginal afternoon Tuesday — the quicker the bigger in the Senate s view, area GOP leaders would additionally like to not aloof get it done, but get it done afore it s actual backward at night.The Senate is additionally accepted to vote Tuesday afterwards the House. The alcove will booty the bill up as anon as it can (there s some time that needs to canyon as the House acutely sends it over to the Senate), afresh there are 10 hours of agitation on the bill. That said, Republicans can crop aback their time if they appetence to accelerate the process.Senate Majority Baton Mitch McConnell, on the Senate floor, fabricated the advertisement that the Senate affairs on voting Tuesday on the tax bill. After the House votes this afternoon, the Senate will activate agitation and will advance to a vote on access afterwards this evening, McConnell said. The action has covered what s in the final bill extensively, but actuality are aloof a few of the highlights: The plan — which critics say is heavily abounding to affluence the tax accountability of businesses rather than the boilerplate chic — drops the accumulated tax amount bottomward from 35% to 21%, repeals the accumulated addition minimum tax, about doubles the accepted acknowledgment for individuals and restructures the way pass-through businesses are taxed. The bill keeps seven claimed assets tax brackets, and lowers that tax ante for best brackets, including bottomward the top amount to 37% from 39.6%.For added on what absolutely is in the bill s policy, assay out Money s all-embracing advantage back the final bill s absolution aftermost Friday.The final analyses of the GOP House-Senate appointment abode are additionally starting to appear in. Here s a quick rundown:Joint Committee on Taxation: The JCT begin that all assets groups will, on average, see a tax cut in 2019, admitting the projections aggravate over time. In 2019, all taxpayers would see an 8% tax cut. In total, about 10 percent of the $1.5 abundance tax cut would go anon into boilerplate households. Those authoritative added than $500,000 would accept about 12 percent of the absolute tax cut. The JCT, however, begin that by 2027 taxpayers earning up to $75,000 would accept a tax access — this would axis from the sunsetting alone amount cuts in the final GOP bill, forth with the abolition of the Affordable Affliction Act s alone mandate.Tax Foundation: The bill will access the debt by $448 billion over the abutting 10 years aback denticulate on a activating base (accounting for advance accoutrement in the bill.) This is a added optimistic appearance of things than added analyses — the Tax Foundation is advised added advancing with its assumptions for bread-and-butter advance than added entities — yet the legislation still acutely adds to the debt over 10 years, adverse to some Republican promises.The assay additionally showed the bill would addition gross calm artefact by 1.7% on a abiding basis.Tax Action Center: The Tax Action Center begin that the final bill would abate taxes on boilerplate for all assets groups in 2018, with college assets houses accepting the bigger boilerplate tax cuts per allotment of after-tax income. The bigger cuts would go to taxpayers in the 95th to 99th percentiles of income. The TPC projected that alone taxes would be bargain on boilerplate by $1,600 in 2018, but by 2027 added than bisected of households would face an boilerplate tax access of $180. The votesSens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah appear formally Monday that they re both voting yes. As of Monday evening, GOP leaders were alone cat-and-mouse for GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who told s Ashley Killough on Monday that his position on the tax bill was still lookin . Bottom line: So continued as aggregate stays as is, GOP leaders don t charge Flake to be a yes. But they appetence him to be — and apprehend him to be a yes. As a reminder, Sen. John McCain has alternate home to Arizona as allotment of his accretion from academician blight treatment, but his absence is not accepted to anticipate the legislation from advancing.Why Susan Collins is a yesAs has ahead reported, Collins asked for specific things in the Senate tax bill:An amplification of the medical amount deductionThe amplification of the State and Local Tax deductionThe re-instatement of catch-up contributions for accessible employeesHer vote was accidental on those things, additional approaching guarantees on two bloom affliction items — the bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray that includes allotment for Obamacare s cost-sharing abridgement subsidies and a abstracted bill with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson that would actualize a reinsurance fund.She got the tax provisions, and she got a agreement from Senate Majority Baton Mitch McConnell on the approaching bloom affliction proposal. She additionally got a agreement from McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan that pay-as-you go automated cuts to programs like Medicare would be waived afore they would be triggered by the deficit-heavy bill. Same goes for this time around. All three of the Collins asks were included in the final legislation (as able-bodied as some added accoutrement she d been alive on during the process). McConnell s guarantees on the added accoutrement angle — and several aides accept fabricated bright McConnell intends to chase through on his promises in the anniversary spending bill.So she was a yes. And not a apathetic one. She gave a diffuse attic accent analogue on what she saw as the virtues of the tax bill. One that included this: The appropriate catechism to ask is, Does this tax cut accomplish the American bodies bigger off? And the acknowledgment to that catechism is yes, she said.Will McConnell bear on the added issues? It s a abundant catechism — one bodies accept been aggravating to amount out for a few weeks now. House Republicans are acutely against to the bloom affliction legislation and House Democrats accept already said they accept no ambition of allowance to abandon the paygo trigger.For Collins (and added importantly, McConnell) there s assignment to be done, but for now, the affiance was enough.About McConnell s promise: What McConnell promised Collins isn t a abiding affair — again, House Republicans are acutely against to the bloom affliction accoutrement and Democrats, according to several bodies complex in the anniversary spending negotiations, accept little appetence to advice the Republican baton agree a accord in the bosom of a accessory tax assay push. But the activating at comedy actuality is a actual important one — McConnell is about to accept his majority cut bottomward by one senator. That makes Collins in acutely admired amateur in whatever happens in 2018. Alienating her — and declining to bear on article that she has staked her vote on — is a actively bad play. And McConnell knows this, according to aides. But added importantly, there s the continued bold in general. McConnell fabricated a big appearance of this affiance to Collins — alike agreeable in a colloquy on the attic cementing the deal. Now, Democrats accept chuckled at this, but for McConnell, befitting a affiance to addition in his conference, decidedly on article as aerial stakes as this, carries above weight in the future, when, say, he has to ask addition agent to booty a very, actual boxy vote in barter for article in the future.Again, nothing s is assured. But this is absolutely why McConnell has fabricated bright he wants to abode what Collins was promised in the anniversary spending bill. He is actively acquainted the stakes are actual high, both in the abreast appellation and continued term, for his time arch the GOP conference. s Lauren Fox and Jeanne Sahadi contributed to this report.

Senate rules force Republicans to go with lengthy name for tax plan


The Republican tax plan will not alone accept to face a additional vote in the House of Representatives, it additionally will accept to canal a abbreviate name for the admeasurement and stick with a diffuse title.The House on Tuesday afternoon anesthetized the tax bill with the abbreviate name The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is how Republican leaders accept branded their plan back absolution it this fall.But a chief Democratic abettor said the Senate aldermanic disqualified that the accouterment of the bill with the abbreviate name abandoned an cabalistic Senate guideline accepted as the Byrd rule, because alteration the appellation from its aboriginal continued name did not accept a bread-and-butter impact. The Senate bill charge be Byrd-rule adjustable in adjustment to acquiesce such legislation to be anesthetized in the alcove with a simple majority.The bill is still accepted to canyon Congress, admitting afterwards addition vote and this time ashore with the bulky name To accommodate for adaptation pursuant to titles II and V of the circumstantial resolution on the annual for budgetary year 2018. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont accustomed the tax bill s discharge after Tuesday, with his Twitter annual sending out a poll slamming the bill. s Phil Mattingly contributed to this report

Puerto Rico governor calls out Washington on equal treatment


San Juan, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Tuesday alleged on US leaders not to abuse the territory s blow accretion efforts through tax ameliorate or anniversary allotment decisions, reminding Washington that Puerto Ricans are US citizens and deserve according treatment. I admit this is the ninth inning, but in this altercation of the supplemental, this is an befalling to set things straight, Rossello said at a account appointment at his abode in Old San Juan.He was responding to a catechism about a accouterment of the tax ameliorate bill that he says would abuse Puerto Rico s recovery. The admeasurement would tax companies that about-face money offshore; this would affect Puerto Rico s abridgement because the territory, whose association are US citizens, is advised abundantly as a adopted administration for tax purposes.Rossello said assembly accept an befalling to accomplish things adapted while they agitation adversity accretion money as allotment of a anniversary allotment admeasurement this week. The added does present an befalling to allocution about tax considerations, Rossello said, belted by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who were visiting the island for the day. And what I accept asked the leadership, again, today is to use the supplemental, and in their tax area admit that this abject abrasion basic of the tax bill, it is aloof antic to accede Puerto Rico a allotment of it, he said. Puerto Rico is allotment of the United States, so how can you administer the abject abrasion accouterment to Puerto Rico if the ambition is to actualize US jobs? Rossello additionally pleaded for adaptability in how adversity aid will be broadcast to the area and acclaimed that his sole adumbrative in Congress can t attempt with the delegations of disaster-hit states this year. There needs to be accent that specifies how some of this money goes to Puerto Rico, the governor said of adversity money. We are aggressive with Texas, we are aggressive with Florida, we are aggressive with California, big states with a lot of representation, putting Puerto Rico at a cogent disadvantage. Rossello did say afterwards his affair with Nielsen and Carson that he acquainted they understood. Both secretaries are committed to allowance Puerto Rico. They admit that Puerto Ricans are US citizens and deserve according treatment, Rossello said. Carson echoed Rossello s admiration not to let red tape get in the way of relief. We do admit that the bearings is altered actuality than it is in Texas or Florida or abounding added places, Carson said. And we re absolutely accommodating to attending at the authoritative accountability and present adapted waivers and changes, because we appetite to attending at the goals, not at the rules; that s what bureaucrats do.

Actor Rob Lowe serves home-cooked meal to Thomas firefighters


Rob Lowe served a home-cooked meal of spaghetti and burgers on Monday to his new friends — the firefighters alive to accumulate the Thomas Blaze from overextension afterpiece to his home.Lowe, the Parks and Recreation and West Wing actor, acquaint on Instagram on Monday a photo of firefighters appropriately advancing to chow bottomward on the aliment at his house. Dinner for new accompany at our house, he wrote on Instagram.Over the accomplished brace weeks, Lowe has acquaint ablaze images of the blazes during his commutes to assignment as the blaze neared Santa Barbara. In contempo days, he has abutting in allowance the firefighters and accepted their efforts in aggressive the Thomas Fire. Helping beforehand today. You do what you can, but back it s time.. you GO, Lowe wrote. Thank you to all the crews from all over the country who stood alpine and adored my town. #respect #gratitude, he wrote.He additionally beatific his gratitude and love to the ancestors of Cory Iverson, a firefighter who absent his activity aggressive the Thomas Fire. Iverson died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation, according to dissection after-effects from the Ventura County medical examiner s office.The Thomas Blaze is the better of a access of wildfires in California that accept afflicted added than 100,000 residents, banishment abounding to abscond their homes over the accomplished two weeks. The Thomas Blaze has torched 270,000 acreage of acreage already, authoritative it the state s third-largest blaze back reliable record-keeping began in 1932. The blaze has austere an breadth beyond than New York City, Washington DC and San Francisco combined.Last week, Lowe acquaint that he was advancing for a accessible aborticide in case the blaze came afterpiece to his home. Praying for my town. Fires closing in. Firefighters authoritative adventurous stands. Could go either way. Packing to abandon now, he wrote on December 10.

A war that no one can win


Michael P. Dempsey is the civic intelligence adolescent at the Council on Foreign Relations, a acquaintance sponsored by the US Government. He is the above acting administrator of civic intelligence. All opinions bidding in this annotation are alone those of the author. The killing of above President Ali Abdullah Saleh in aboriginal December has fabricated Yemen s already adverse bearings alike worse. For over three decades, Saleh had been the ascendant political amateur in Yemen with an all-encompassing calm political arrangement including a afresh afloat accord with the Houthis, a predominantly Shiite-led religious and political movement. After Saleh s affected abandonment from appointment in aboriginal 2012 afterward a alternation of protests adjoin his rule, Yemen was bedeviled by abysmal centralized instability, culminating in the Houthis access of the capital, Sanaa, in 2014 and consecutive accomplishment to booty over the absolute country. During this period, Saleh connected to apply ample political influence, admitting captivation no official title, and there were letters that Saleh was accessible to talks with the Saudis to agent a accord to advice end the about three-year-old civilian war. That action burst with Saleh s murder, and it s now cryptic area his above allies central Yemen will adjust themselves politically, or who will ample Saleh s role as a abeyant dealmaker. In acknowledgment to Saleh s death, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and one of Saleh s sons, Ahmed Ali Saleh, are vowing to retaliate adjoin the now emboldened Houthis — who accomplish up beneath than 10% of Yemen s citizenry — and drive them from the country. But their adeptness to assemblage abutment for such a advance is awful doubtful. So the political bearings is a mess. Unfortunately, this is occurring adjoin a accomplishments of a altruistic daydream that is accepting darker by the day. In November, afterward an attempted Houthi missile bang abreast the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the Saudis absitively to ratchet up their barricade of Houthi-held ports, which affronted analytical shortages of food, fuel, and medicine. Yemen imports about 90% of its food, mostly by sea. According to the best contempo United Nations estimates, about 17 actor of Yemen s 27 actor bodies are now aliment insecure. Added than 20 actor Yemenis are in charge of emergency aid. Meanwhile, the all-embracing Red Cross estimated beforehand this year that by the end of 2017, there could be as abounding as one actor cases of cholera in Yemen. And cholera is not the alone preventable ache that is arising — the country additionally faces aerial ante of diphtheria and malaria. It s bright that after massive alien assistance, there is artlessly no way for the country s already brittle bloom affliction arrangement to cope with a crisis of this magnitude. And on the aegis front, the actuality that the Houthis accept dared to barrage two missiles adjoin targets abreast Riyadh — with the best contempo barrage occurring aloof today — as able-bodied as abuse to ambition analytical basement in the United Arab Emirates, has aloft the aegis blackmail to a new level. Experts additionally anguish that the action poses an approaching blackmail to the bewilderment through which abundant of the amphibian barter amid Europe and Asia passes. And if that s not abundant to anguish about, the adjournment of ISIS from above cities in both Iraq and Syria may anon accession Yemen s address as a approaching abject of operation to new after-effects of extremists, abnormally accustomed the absolute attendance of ISIS and Al-Qaeda networks in the country and the all-inclusive adventurous spaces. So alike admitting there has been no above about-face in the absolute action curve amid the Saudi-led affiliation and the Houthis for the accomplished year, the blackmail of a abrupt cross-border accretion or agitator advance appearing from Yemen grows with anniversary casual month. What does this beggarly for Washington? The Trump administering is in a aerial position — as was the Obama administering afore it — as it tries to antithesis the admiration to abutment the Saudi-led coalition s advance to advance aback on the Houthis and defended the Yemen border, with the charge to absolute our captivation in a action that is bearing few absolute after-effects while creating astronomic altruistic and reputational consequences. In aboriginal December, President Trump signaled his growing anger with the conflict s aisle by announcement that he had directed his administering to alarm the administration of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to appeal that they absolutely acquiesce food, fuel, water, and anesthetic to ability the Yemeni bodies who badly charge it. This was a admonition to the Saudis that US abutment does backpack some conditions. Although the Saudis accept appear their ambition to affluence restrictions on altruistic abetment entering Yemen, it s too aboriginal to apperceive how this will affect bartering and altruistic aid flows. In any event, the bearings on the arena is now so atrocious that US policymakers ability agreeably accede a ambit of added options to advice affluence the crisis.First, US policymakers could float the abstraction of a freeze-for-freeze action in which the Saudis accede to cease air strikes central Yemen in barter for a Houthi acceding to stop any missile strikes alfresco Yemen s borders. Such an acceding could be a footfall against facilitating bartering and altruistic aid flows from ports of access to alien areas in acute charge of assistance, and action ample cerebral abatement to war weary Yemenis. If such a accord could be reached, it ability accessible the aperture to negotiations for a alternation of bounded ceasefires, abnormally about above citizenry centers and analytical basement nodes. And it would potentially accredit Saudi Arabia to about-face its primary focus from Yemen aback to the calm ameliorate activity led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Second, accustomed Yemen s burning charge for an beverage of bartering and medical supplies, it ability be time to accede borer Oman as an another hub for abatement flights, abnormally if a absolute accord can t be accomplished anon for the use of the abandoned Hudaydah port, which is analytical to the abatement effort. Air shipments would acquiesce at atomic some abetment to be delivered. Oman s Muscat and Salalah airports are beneath than a three hour flight from Sanaa s all-embracing airport, and an action could be continued to acquiesce Saudi and Houthi assembly to audit abatement flights from anniversary airport above-mentioned to their abandonment for Yemen. This would advice allay Saudi apropos about abatement shipments actuality acclimated as a awning to bootleg adulterous appurtenances or weapons into the country. And third, US admiral in allocation with key allies could adduce convening a bounded Summit — potentially including Iran — to altercate options for absolute the conflict. Some of the proposals up for altercation could include: anecdotic a new base for talks amid the clashing parties that are acceptable by all sides; demography actual accomplish to bank up Yemen s abatement cyberbanking arrangement and inject money into the cash-starved economy; formulating measures to defended the Saudi-Yemen bound as allotment of a final settlement; drafting a roadmap that would amuse the Houthis abiding apropos about their final cachet already the action ends; and crafting a multilateral action to absolute the beverage of avant-garde aggressive accouterments and technology into Yemen. These are a few proposals — I m absolutely assured that accomplished diplomats can analyze abounding more. And the charge to do so is urgent. For the simple accuracy we accost today is that as the war in Yemen enters its third year, it charcoal a action that no affair is assertive to win but that all abhorrence to lose, that alone allowances the extremists and terrorists who use the anarchy to artifice and train, that generates animal adversity for the citizenry on an ballsy scale, and that s absurd to abide bedfast aural the country s borders for too abundant longer. In added words, it s a war that needs to end now.

Former Navy pilot: UFO something I had never seen in my life


Retired US Navy pilot David Fravor trusts what he saw with his own two eyes. And what he saw, in 2004, was a aerial article that cannot be identified. Otherwise accepted as a UFO.It was a white object, oblong, pointing north, affective erratically, he told s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday evening.At the time of the sighting, Fravor was a argosy commander, in the cockpit of a US aircraft, and the capacity of the appointment are still beginning in his mind. As I got abutting to it … it rapidly accelerated to the south, and abolished in beneath than two seconds, he said. The article in catechism had no wings. As such, one adeptness anticipate it was a helicopter. Not so, said Fravor, who acclaimed bright differences amid a chopper and the aircraft he came across. When helicopters move ancillary to side, they kinda slow, and again they aces up acceleration activity the added way, Fravor explained. This was acutely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the added way. The movements of the aerial article were clashing annihilation Fravor had anytime seen, abundantly due to its activity and the way it handled.Speaking alive with Sciutto, the above argosy pilot said the aircraft had the adeptness to hover over the water, and again alpha a vertical climb, from basically aught up appear about 12,000 feet, and again advance in beneath than two seconds, and disappear. As a accepter in UFO s, Fravor knows there are skeptics. It s accessible to agnosticism what we can t explain, he said. However, he reminded admirers that he was amid added aerodynamics experts, all of whom did their due activity on that day. It was an absolute article that we tracked … for about about bristles minutes, afore it rapidly accelerated.