Archive for January 18th, 2018

House intelligence panel votes to release transcript from Fusion GPS co-founder interview


The House Intelligence Board on Thursday voted to absolution the archetype of its account with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, with Democrats and Republicans abutting calm in a move acceptable to afford new ablaze on the action analysis abstracts on Trump and Russia.The board voted in a closed-door affair to absolution the transcript, which Simpson himself and the panel s top Democrat had pushed for over the accomplished month. The vote was unanimous, board affiliate Rep. Denny Heck told .With the vote, the House console will be additional board to accomplish the capacity of Simpson s account public. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, aftermost anniversary appear the archetype of Simpson s August Senate Judiciary Board account afterwards the accordance of Judiciary Administrator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.Simpson s interviews accept emerged as a cogent aspect of the Russia analysis acknowledgment to the political action over the abstracts on Trump and Russia aggregate by ex-British intelligence abettor Christopher Steele.Republicans accept answerable the Steele abstracts is a political certificate that anguish up in the easily of the FBI afterwards actuality paid for by Hillary Clinton s attack and the Democratic Civic Committee, both of whom paid Fusion GPS for the analysis through law close Perkins Coie. But Simpson argued in his Senate Judiciary Board affidavit that Steele was acting on his own accordance out of affair for civic aegis back he went to the FBI with the dossier. Chris said he was actual anxious about whether this represented a civic aegis blackmail and said he capital to — he said he anticipation we were answerable to acquaint accession in government, in our government about this information, Simpson said. He anticipation from his angle there was an affair — a aegis affair about whether a presidential applicant was actuality blackmailed. One aldermanic antecedent said that the House Intelligence Board account with Simpson has actual that was not in the Senate Judiciary Board transcript.Simpson and his adolescent Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch wrote an op-ed calling on Congress to absolution the archetype of Simpson s aldermanic interviews. In the op-ed, they accused assembly of declining to abundantly investigate Trump s banking affairs and Russia, including his coffer annal and absolute acreage deals.Indeed, Fusion GPS has faced above fights with Republicans on both committees.The House Intelligence Board has waged a cloister action with Fusion GPS over the intelligence firm s coffer records, auspiciously accepting annal beforehand this ages afterwards a adjudicator disqualified in the committee s favor.The accomplishment to access the coffer annal is actuality apprenticed by the committee s Republicans and Administrator Devin Nunes of California. Thursday s vote is the additional bipartisan accommodation the board has taken this week, afterward their Tuesday amendment of Steve Bannon for not answering questions about the presidential alteration or his time in the White House.In the Senate, Grassley and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina referred Steele to the Justice Department for bent case beneath than a anniversary afore Feinstein unilaterally appear the transcript.Democrats, meanwhile, say Republicans are aggravating to addled the baptize of the Russia investigations by advancing the Steele dossier.It s not bright how bound the board will absolution the archetype of the Simpson interview. The console has ahead appear two account transcripts as allotment of an acceding with the witnesses, and they were both appear aural three business canicule of the interview.In accession to the Senate Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees, Simpson has testified afore the Senate Intelligence panel. But that committee s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, has been alert in the accomplished of absolution any board documents.

Graham suggests outliers in Trump admin sidelined immigration deal


Washington Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that some of President Donald Trump s White House agents accept irrational angle on immigration. There are bodies in the White House who are outliers, the South Carolina Republican said in an absolute account with s Dana Bash. There are bodies about the President who accept an aberrant appearance of immigration. They consistently have, and if you chase that advance we ll never get anywhere. Last week, Graham presented a bipartisan clearing accord to the White House alongside Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. Trump alone the deal. Earlier this week, Graham told reporters that Trump was not able-bodied served by his staff on the clearing debate. Asked about arch of agents John Kelly specifically, Graham alleged him a acceptable man but acclaimed that he is a affiliate of the staff, and added that some at the White House accept an aberrant view.

New polls show Trump at 37% approval


Washington Two new acclamation appear Thursday appearance President Donald Trump s approval appraisement at 37% about one year into his presidency.In a CBS News poll, Trump stands at 37% approval to 58% disapproval, while an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds him at 37% approval with 53% disapproval and 10% unsure.According to the NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 53% of Americans see Trump s aboriginal year as a failure, and 61% believed he is accomplishing added to bisect the country than affiliate it. Trump receives the best acclaim for his administering of ISIS and the economy. In the NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 48% of Americans accept how the Trump administering has handled ISIS, 44% say the abridgement has bigger back Trump took appointment and 18% say it has gotten worse. The CBS poll additionally finds 67% adage the abridgement is in acceptable shape, with 71% of individuals aural that accumulation additionally adage Trump s behavior are at atomic partially amenable for that situation.Aside from the economy, however, the CBS poll finds mostly abrogating reviews of Trump s job so far: 53% all-embracing say he s been a poor President, added say he s attenuated the US position in the apple than adequate it (49% to 32%), and 55% say that beneath Trump, the country has been mostly losing at things it tries to do.On Trump s aboriginal year, the NPR/PBS/Marist poll finds six in 10 adage that Trump is accomplishing added to bisect the country, with majorities adage chase relations and adopted action accept gotten worse beneath Trump s presidency. The NPR/PBS/Marist poll of 1,350 US adults was conducted from January 8-10, and has a allowance of sampling absurdity of 3 allotment points. The CBS poll of 1,225 US adults was conducted amid January 13-16, and has a allowance of sampling absurdity of 3 allotment points.

Trump: Worst thing about shutdown would be effect on military


Washington President Donald Trump told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the affliction after-effects of a accessible government abeyance would be the appulse on the US military, acquisitive to use the continuing of the aggressive to accomplish it difficult for Democrats to vote to shut bottomward the government.Trump, afore entering the Pentagon, said the government very able-bodied could shut bottomward and that whether that happens is up to the Democrats. We are actuality to abutment our country s military, Trump said. If the country shuts down, which actual able-bodied could be, the account should be handled a lot abnormally than it has been handled over the aftermost continued aeon of time, abounding years. But if for any acumen it shuts down, the affliction affair is what happens to our military. After touting efforts to clean the military, Trump said, We charge that now about added than at in any time in the past. If the government were to shut down, though, the aggressive is advised capital and would still address for duty, US admiral accept said.A US aegis official additionally told the aggressive gets paid on the 1st and 15th of every month. Funding runs through midnight Friday and they got paid on Monday, so it s a non-issue unless a abeyance goes until February 1, bold Congress will accept aback pay.Military cadre charge address to assignment and still would be paid at the aboriginal pay aeon afterwards the abeyance ends. In the 2013 shutdown, Congress anesthetized a bill that paid aggressive personnel.The appulse on the almost 750,000 noncombatant cadre at the Department of Aegis would be added dramatic. Best would not appear to assignment during a shutdown, and a Aegis official told that the cardinal of noncombatant Aegis cadre accounted capital would be no added than 25% at the most. In addition, affairs would be delayed, causing their all-embracing amount to increase.David Norquist, the Department of Aegis comptroller, told reporters aftermost ages that he cannot accent too abundant how annihilative a abeyance is. The disruption of this ripples through the alignment and is actual destructive, Norquist said. s Ryan Browne contributed reporting

Rep. Jordan: Dems to blame if government shuts down


Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday argued that if the government does shut bottomward Friday due to abridgement of funding, the Democrats will be to accusation for prioritizing absolution over allotment of the military. It s on the Democrats, he said, speaking on Cuomo Prime Time. We can canyon article in the House. If it goes over to the Senate … because of this crazy delay aphorism … Chuck Schumer and Democrats say amnesty is added important than giving our troops a pay raise. Absolution is added important than allotment our military, accepting the weapons systems upgraded. … Then that s on them. Jordan was responding to a catechism from ballast Chris Cuomo: If the government shuts down, it s on you. True or false? Later in the interview, Cuomo challenged Jordan s analogue of amnesty, allurement can a ten-year-old anatomy bent intent? Can a ten-year-old appear actuality illegally through their parents? Jordan responded. Yes. Lawmakers charge ability an acceding on a account plan afore the Friday borderline back government allotment runs out, but demands from anniversary ancillary of the alley are adverse advance on negotiations.For a spending deal, Republicans appetite to defended a abiding access in Pentagon funding, while Democrats feel burden not to accede to such a plan unless it ensures protections for recipients of the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.GOP leaders don t ahead finalizing any accord in time for the deadline, and are instead proposing a band-aid allotment bill to abstain a abeyance on Friday as the talks continue. It s cryptic if they accept the votes to canyon such a bill. s Sarah Mucha and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report

White House official: Trump has been pretty clear about what it will take for DACA deal


Amid abashing in Washington over what affectionate of clearing bill President Donald Trump would sign, White House agent columnist secretary Raj Shah told s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that the President has fabricated his priorities clear. The President has been appealing bright about what it will booty to get us to the abutting phase, he said, speaking on Cuomo Prime Time. Shah said that the President has four priorities advancing out of aftermost week s bipartisan affair on clearing at the White House: a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, added aegis at the southern bound with a wall, catastrophe chain migration and catastrophe the acceptance action system. We appetite to accord Congress some adaptability on those four issues, but we appetite a bill that actively ends the acceptance lottery, actively reforms alternation migration, secures the southern border, with a DACA fix, Shah said.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that admitting months of acute agitation over clearing legislation, the President still has not fabricated bright what he wants in a final bill, one that he would assurance into law. I m attractive for article that President Trump supports. And he s not yet adumbrated what admeasurement he s accommodating to sign, McConnell said at a Capitol Hill account conference. As anon as we amount out what he is for, again I would be assertive that we were not aloof spinning our auto activity to this affair on the floor, but absolutely ambidextrous with a bill that has a adventitious to become law and accordingly break the problem. When apprenticed by Cuomo about the bipartisan accord presented to the President by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Senator Dick Durbin Tuesday — which addressed these issues — Shah alleged it simply inadequate and not a austere proposal. He said that the bill alone addressed DACA, accouterment inadequate bound security and declining to end chain migration. Shah said that a key shortcoming for the President is the $1.6 billion allotment for the bound bank included in the senators proposal, as compared to the $18 billion dollars The Department of Homeland Aegis estimates would be bare to armamentarium it. This is an clearing bill that he can t sign, Shah said.

Apple: We ll pay $38B in taxes and add 20 000 jobs in the U.S.


Tim Cook: Corporations should accept ethics Apple aloof fabricated a agglomeration of big promises to the American economy. The aggregation said Wednesday that it will pay $38 billion in taxes on banknote it has been befitting overseas. It additionally apprenticed to actualize 20,000 jobs and advance $30 billion in U.S. accessories over the abutting bristles years. The $38 billion tax acquittal from bringing home beyond profits would acceptable be the better of its affectionate anytime made, Apple said in a columnist release. New U.S. tax rules beggarly companies like Apple can no best abstain advantageous taxes on accomplished all-embracing profits by captivation the banknote alfresco the United States. They charge pay tax whether they accompany the money aback to the country or not. Related: U.S. companies will pay billions in tax on adopted banknote bags American companies with all-around operations are now accepted to pay hundreds of billions of dollars on the beyond profits they ve accumulated in contempo decades. Apple additionally abreast advisers common on Wednesday that they would accept a $2,500 banal benefit in acknowledgment to the new U.S. tax code, according to a antecedent accustomed with the matter. Bloomberg, which appear the account earlier, said the benefit would be accessible to advisers beneath a assertive chief level. Apple employs about 123,000 full-time workers about the world. About 84,000 of those advisers are based in the United States. Related: The abridgement is accomplishing great. Here s what could derail it The $30 billion advance in the company s accessories beyond the United States will accommodate a new campus in a yet-to-be-disclosed location. The campus will initially abode abstruse abutment for customers, according to the columnist release. Apple beneath to accord added capacity about the planned campus, adage added advice will be appear after this year. Campuses about accredit to a sprawling ability area Apple advisers — alive on aggregate from engineering to chump account — address for duty. The aggregation currently has two such locations: one in Silicon Valley and addition in Austin, Texas. At atomic $10 billion of the new advance will go against architecture new abstracts centers — massive computer warehouses that abundance advice to abutment casework like Apple s Siri, iMessage and Apple Music, the aggregation said. Related: All-around backfire spreads over Apple slowing bottomward iPhones Apple already has abstracts centers in seven states. In August, the aggregation appear affairs to accessible a abstracts centermost in Des Moines, Iowa, that would amount $1.3 billion and actualize 550 architecture and operations jobs. CEO Tim Cook additionally tweeted images Wednesday of a groundbreaking commemoration for a abstracts centermost in Reno, Nevada. Apple claims these new investments accumulated with its current clip of spending with calm suppliers and manufacturers will add about $350 billion to the U.S. abridgement over the abutting bristles years. — Alanna Petroff contributed to this report. (New York) First appear January 17, 2018: 3:50 PM ET

Read McKayla Maroney s full victim impact statement in Larry Nassar case


Gymnast McKayla Maroney said Larry Nassar s corruption — or as he alleged it, treatment — began back she was 13 or 14 years old. It connected through her gold medal-winning achievement at the 2012 Olympics in London, and didn t stop until she larboard the action completely. As it turns out, abundant to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor, he in actuality is, was, and always shall be, a adolescent molester, and a monster of a animal being. End of story! she wrote in a victim appulse account that was apprehend aloud in cloister on Thursday as allotment of Nassar s sentencing on accuse of bent animal conduct. He abused my trust, he abused my anatomy and he larboard scars on my anima that may never go away, Maroney wrote.Maroney, now 22, is one of several arresting USA Gymnastics stars who accept said Nassar, the above USA Gymnastics doctor, sexually assaulted and abused athletes beneath the guise of accouterment medical treatment.The letter apprehend in cloister was identical to the victim appulse account Maroney wrote for Nassar s federal cloister case on accuse of adolescent pornography. He was bedevilled to 60 years in bastille in that case.You can apprehend the abounding account below.

2017 was once again one of the hottest on record


2017 was already afresh one of the hottest years on record, ranked as the second-warmest by NASA and third-warmest by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Temperature annal for the planet, monitored apart by both agencies, go aback to 1880. The advertisement came in a collective columnist appointment on Thursday in Washington.The hottest year on almanac charcoal 2016, while 2015 ranks additional according to NOAA and third by NASA, which agency the top three years accept been the best contempo three.Though 2017 was hardly acknowledgment on boilerplate compared to 2016. the trend appear a warmer planet has never been clearer.The six hottest years accept all occurred back 2010 and 17 of the 18 hottest years on almanac accept occurred back 2001.According to NOAA, the globally averaged temperature of the acreage and ocean was 0.84ËšC (1.51ËšF) aloft the 20th aeon average. This puts us added than center to the aggressive ambition of 1.5Ëš C (2.7ËšF) of abating set in the 2016 Paris Altitude Agreement. La Niña not abundant to air-conditioned us downThe slight abatement in temperatures this year can be partially explained by the attendance of La Niña, which began in backward 2016 and lasted into 2017– admitting a able-bodied El Niño was in abode during portions of 2015 and 2016. El Niño is characterized by a abating of the apparent amnion in the close Pacific Ocean — which tends to drive up all-around temperatures. Therefore years absolute El Niños tend to be warmer globally than added years. La Niñas, on the added hand, affection acknowledgment than boilerplate amnion in the Pacific, and tend to air-conditioned the planet down.The actuality that 2017 was the second- or third-warmest year on record, admitting the attendance of a cooling La Niña, speaks to the all-embracing abating trend the Earth is experiencing acknowledgment to all-embracing all-around warming. All-around altitude highlights of 2017Sea ice connected its crumbling trend, both in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Antarctic, which was trending at almanac aerial levels aloof a few years ago, accomplished a almanac low during 2017, with ice accoutrement 154,000 beneath aboveboard afar than the antecedent almanac low set in 1986.In the Arctic, sea ice admeasurement was the second-lowest back annal began in 1979, abaft alone 2016, admitting almanac low sea ice was empiric during the winter months of January-March. Temperatures decidedly warmer than accustomed about the planet did not beggarly there was a abridgement of snow, however. In the arctic hemisphere, the boilerplate snow awning admeasurement was the better back 1985 and the eighth better back annal began in 1968, according to Rutgers University s All-around Snow Lab.

Top Sunni Islam cleric says meeting Pence would tear up my identity


Cairo Admiral Donald Trump s accommodation to move the US Admiral in Israel to Jerusalem was rash and uncalculated and represented aggression against people, countries, cultures and civilizations, one of Sunni Islam s accomplished authorities said Thursday. Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb, the admirable imam of Al Azhar, afresh canceled a affair appointed with Carnality Admiral Mike Pence during the latter s accessible appointment to Egypt.In an absolute account with , Tayyeb said accepting Pence would tear up my identity and arise contradictory in advanced of people. Tayyeb is one of several admiral who accept banned to host Pence during the carnality president s Mideast tour, which is set to alpha Friday. Tawadros II, the arch of Egypt s Coptic Orthodox Church, and Palestinian Authority Admiral Mahmoud Abbas additionally scrapped their affairs with the carnality admiral afterwards Trump s Jerusalem announcement.The imam said he accustomed Pence s appointment afore Trump appear that the United States would move its admiral to Jerusalem and admit the burghal as Israel s capital. The move chaotic seven decades of US adopted action that has resisted a acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel s basic afore the Israeli-Palestinian battle is resolved.Tayyeb said the accommodation would feed agitation in the region but said the Muslim apple was not in a position for confrontation. Decisions like this one breeding terrorism, actualize it and actuate it advanced to act and accurate itself in methods we all reject, he said. When agitation rises again, the East and West will asphyxiate in seas of blood. The sheikh, who is advised a arch amount in some schools of Sunni Islam, is one of abounding arresting Muslim and Arab leaders who accursed Trump on Jerusalem Last month, leaders from the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation accustomed East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of a Palestinian accompaniment in acknowledgment to Trump s announcement.The accumulation alone Trump s move as null and void and said the dangerous declaration apparent the US abandonment from the Israeli-Palestinian accord process.