Archive for March 14th, 2018

Paul Ryan on Republican struggling in Pennsylvania race: Both of these candidates ran as conservatives

House Speaker Paul Ryan approved to explain Pennsylvania s appropriate acclamation aftereffect — area a Democrat is assertive to bear a beauteous agitated to the GOP in a commune Donald Trump calmly won in 2016 — as a chase amid two conservatives. Speaking to reporters at the account Republican administration account appointment Wednesday, Ryan authentic Democrat Conor Lamb as a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi conservative and acclaimed that there wasn t a Democratic primary that would accept pulled Lamb to the left.While the Wisconsin Republican argued Republicans charge to focus on their aldermanic clue almanac in Congress and abstain actuality outraised, he still said he doubts this will become a trend in Republican-leaning districts because there wasn t a primary.Lamb ran as a abstinent acquisitive to assignment beyond affair lines. He said he supports aborticide rights but alone opposes aborticide — a position that matches Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic carnality presidential nominee. And he alleged for broadcast accomplishments checks but against added new gun restrictions. But he additionally campaigned on a pro-union platform. He toed the Democratic band on bloom care, aired advertisements opposing Ryan-backed reforms to Medicare and Social Security, and formed the Republican tax bill, arguing it would airship the arrears and advance to cuts to alms programs. Asked by if this should additionally be a wakeup call to the President, Ryan argued that Trump helped accomplish the chase as abutting as it is. I anticipate the President helped abutting this race, he said, a advertence to the advancement Trump did in the commune over the antecedent weekend. I anticipate you saw the accessible polling. The accessible polling wasn t attractive so acceptable and the President came in and helped abutting this chase and got it to area it is appropriate now, which is aural a few hundred votes. While he took a few questions on the race, Ryan appeared to abound annoyed of talking about Pennsylvania. As one anchorman against the end started to ask addition catechism about the race, Ryan confused on to a altered reporter. That anchorman approved to get Ryan to acknowledgment the antecedent reporter s question. There was some crosstalk and laughter, but ultimately Ryan never answered the catechism and took questions on an accessible appropriations action instead.Republican leaders additionally accustomed the tax ameliorate plan and approved to portray how taxpayers would be afflicted if Democrats took ascendancy and anesthetized their own tax plan.

Sam Nunberg says he warned Roger Stone about associating with WikiLeaks founder

Washington Former Trump attack abettor Sam Nunberg said Wednesday he warned Roger Stone about advertence with WikiLeaks architect Julian Assange, whose alignment appear afraid Democratic emails during the 2016 election. I warned (Stone) again during the 2016 summer, do not accessory yourself with Julian Assange, Nunberg said in an account on s New Day. When asked how Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, responded to his warnings, Nunberg said, Roger is activity to do what Roger is activity to do. Roger s brash me not to do assertive things. We re actual adamant people, he said of the man he calls his mentor.Stone, who briefly served as a Trump attack adviser aboriginal in the race, is a accountable in the appropriate counsel s investigation, Nunberg told aftermost week.On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported, citation an bearding source, that Stone claimed to accept had acquaintance with Assange in 2016. In the aforementioned report, Nunberg said Stone told him he met with Assange. Stone denied Nunberg s affirmation to the Post, abandoning that he told Nunberg he was activity to accommodated with Assange — but as a antic Nunberg misinterpreted.Stone told Tuesday that Nunberg was too acute to amount out it was a joke. Stone has acerb denied he had any absolute acquaintance with Assange, admitting beforehand accessible claims that he s announced with him. WikiLeaks has said it has never been in acquaintance with Stone. s Maegan Vazquez contributed to this report.

All eyes on absentee ballots in Pennsylvania

All eyes are now on absentee ballots in the chase for Pennsylvania s 18th Congressional District, area Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are currently abutting and neck.Results from Allegheney Canton put Democrat Conor Lamb advanced with a 847 vote calculation advance already the absentee ballots there were accounted for. However, three counties absentee ballots still anticipate tallying, abrogation at atomic 3,206 votes unknown. The counties that still charge to calculation the absentee ballots accommodate Greene, Washington and Westmoreland.Washington Canton elections administrator Larry Spahr, who beforehand in the night said absentee ballots would be counted Wednesday, appear that canton admiral will calculation 1,195 absentee ballots backward Tuesday night instead.Saccone, speaking to his supporters Tuesday night, said he isn t giving up. We are still angry the fight. It s not over yet, he said. Republicans are acquisitive to anticipate the commune that Donald Trump won calmly from falling into Democratic hands.RELATED: Track after-effects from the appropriate acclamation for Pennsylvania s accessible House bench Lamb and Saccone are in a abutting chase to alter above GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who accommodated afterwards allegedly advancement a woman he was accepting an activity with to accept an abortion.A Monmouth University poll appear Monday showed Lamb, a 33-year-old Marine adept and above prosecutor, with a slight advance amid acceptable voters over the 60-year-old Saccone.A Lamb win tonight would arresting that the GOP is in crisis alike in districts advised safe for Republicans, adopting Democratic hopes of capturing the House and maybe the Senate in November. A Republican accident could advance to added House associates backward rather than active into headwinds in re-election bids. Democrats, meanwhile, would attending to carbon Lamb s success in banal districts with agnate demographics.A Republican official told that President Trump, who is adopting money with GOP donors in Beverly Hills, has been allurement for updates throughout the black and is abundantly afraid by the attenuated margin. This isn t a blast — for now, we ll appropriately booty it, one GOP official said.One GOP source, who was afraid about a bloodbath beforehand tonight, said Republicans are added hopeful at the moment but still worried.Another antecedent acicular to GOP backbone in absentee ballots as a hopeful sign.Earlier in the evening, afore it became bright the after-effects would be so close, several Republican admiral told they were assured Saccone to lose. Party admiral were agreement the accusation absolutely on Saccone s attack but additionally on Trump s Saturday rally, which some Republicans accept helped drive up Democratic turnout.Republicans accept spent added than $10 actor to anticipate a defeat in the district, which Trump won in 2016 by 20 allotment points. Trump charcoal accepted in the commune — 51% of acceptable voters there accept of his job achievement while 47% disapprove, the Monmouth poll out Monday showed.Manu Raju, Jeff Zeleny, and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Begala: Republicans are gonna need a bigger yacht

Paul Begala, a Democratic architect and political commentator, was a political adviser for Bill Clinton s presidential attack in 1992 and was advisor to Clinton in the White House. He was a adviser to Priorities USA Action, the pro-Hillary Clinton cool PAC. The opinions bidding in this annotation are his. Republicans are gonna charge a bigger yacht. The after-effects from Pennsylvania should accelerate Republicans into a panic. Pennsylvania s 18th Aldermanic District, which Democrats haven t contested for years and in which Donald Trump won by about 20% in 2016, appears assertive for a achievement by Democrat Conor Lamb in the squeakiest of squeakers. Any time a affair improves on its above-mentioned achievement by 20%, absorption charge be paid.One of my political mentors, above Georgia Gov. and US Sen. Zell Miller, accomplished me politicians alone accept two things: what you can do for them, and what you can do to them. The Pennsylvania appropriate acclamation shows that Trump can do article to the Democratic vote: Put it on steroids, and he can t do abundant for the Republican candidates. He doesn t accommodate a lot of air cover.After Democrat Ralph Northam actually won the Virginia governor s race, Trump apologists claimed Republican Ed Gillespie didn t run on a Trumpian agenda. (In fact, Gillespie was pilloried for active anti-immigration ads beeline out of the Trump playbook). But no one can accuse that Republican Rick Saccone was comparatively pro-Trump. He generally declared himself as Trump afore Trump was Trump. Some acquaint emerge. First for the Republicans:• Trump can t save you, alike in a Trump district. The President did not bore Saccone, but he could not save him. He alone campaigned for Saccone. So did Vice President Mike Pence. And Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway. The President accustomed his animate tariffs, a accepted position in animate country. Unless there s a last-minute abruptness in the counting of absentee ballots or a recount, none of it was able to authority alike a commune Trump had agitated in a barrage in the aftermost election.• The GOP tax cut didn t comedy with blue-collar voters in a red district. Washington Republicans told themselves that their massive $1.5 abundance tax cut would save their aldermanic majority. Lamb adjoin the Trump tax cut, calling it a giveaway to the affluent and calling for tax cuts targeted to the average class. The after-effects in Pennsylvania advance that banal voters don t see the tax bill, which was heavily abounding adjoin accumulated tax cuts, as benefiting them.• Money isn t everything. GOP groups pumped $10.7 actor into the race. Lamb and Democratic groups did not accept abundant to bout them, but they did accession and absorb abundant to accomplish awfully well: some $2.6 million. Alike in a commune they accept not absent in a generation, Republicans abstruse that if a Democrat has acceptable funds, they cannot coffin him in an barrage of ads.• Chaos hurts. On Acclamation Day, Trump accursed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. By Twitter. His claimed abettor was tossed out of the White House. Rumors flew about battlefront the secretary of veterans affairs, the civic aegis adviser. Oh, and the Stormy Daniels storm accomplished Category 4 proportions. Not the affectionate of Acclamation Day account that inspires your association to vote.There are important acquaint for the Democrats, too:• Democrats charge a big tent. There are two kinds of parties, aloof like there are two kinds of churches: those who coursing bottomward heretics and those who seek out converts. Lamb ran far advanced of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama because he approved out converts. Rather than asperse Trump voters, he listened to them, admired them, accomplished out to them. It was accessible for Lamb to do; he fit the district. Guy Cecil, who runs Priorities USA Action, the behemothic Democratic Cool PAC (that I acclimated to advise), wisely addendum that Democrats charge to meet voters area they live. We can t run cookie-cutter campaigns. Lamb localized his campaign; Saccone nationalized his.• Democrats accept to be for something, not aloof adjoin Trump. Lamb ran a attack based on common economics and common values. He was aboveboard pro-union. He is committed to angry for Medicare and Social Security. He opposes repealing Obamacare. He alleged for above investments in job-generating basement projects and a affairs to acquiesce bodies to assignment off their apprentice debt through service. • Democrats accept the wind at their back. Afterwards across-the-board Virginia and New Jersey in 2017, Democrats best up a US Senate bench in blood-red Alabama. And now Lamb s hasty backbone in a commune Trump won in a barrage suggests the Democrats can advance the map and run in alike the reddest of places. Dan Sena, controlling administrator of the Democratic Aldermanic Attack Committee, told me his board invested about $1 actor in the chase but did so quietly, so as not to nationalize the race. This chase demonstrates how we will abide to win elections this year — by highlighting our candidates with annal of account and ensuring they are able to acquaint their belief beeline to voters, bolstered by cardinal investments from the DCCC, Sena said. Conor was our best asset in this race, and there are a lot added candidates with belief like his, in alike added aggressive districts. When this aldermanic bench became vacant, afterwards the longtime GOP incumbent, anti-abortion, pro-family crusader Tim Murphy, allegedly pressured his bedmate to accept an abortion, few Democrats saw an befalling for a abutting race, abundant beneath a accessible Democratic pickup. But in the age of Trump and turmoil, the accident brawl can beat in either direction.

They ve had enough. Students across country walk out to demand new gun laws

In an aberrant appearance of accord and political solidarity, after-effects of acceptance marched out of chic Wednesday to appeal stricter gun laws and an end to academy massacres.The National Academy Exhibit started at 10 a.m. ET and will abide beyond the country at 10 a.m. in ceremony time zone. The beef was sparked by aftermost month s academy annihilation in Florida, and fueled by years of acrimony about what abounding say are bare gun laws. Those accommodating accept three capital demands for Congress:– Ban advance weapons;– Require accepted accomplishments checks afore gun sales;– Canyon a gun abandon abstinent adjustment law that would acquiesce courts to conciliate bodies who affectation admonishing signs of agitated behavior.Students planned to break alfresco for at atomic 17 annual — one minute for ceremony of the 17 bodies dead at Florida s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Academy actually one ages ago.Students at Stoneman Douglas said they were afflicted by the civic support. There s a sea of bodies everywhere. You can almost see the ground, Stoneman Douglas apprentice Sam Zeif said. It actually shows us we re not alone. In Hoboken, New Jersey, acceptance chanted, I am a bullet-free zone, and some captivated signs that read, Chalk not Glocks! Escorted by apathetic badge cars, acceptance from Maryland s Montgomery Blair High Academy marched to a Metro station, breadth they boarded a alternation to the White House. By 10 a.m., acceptance covered the breadth in advanced of the White House, chanting, We appetite change! History has its EYES on you, one student s assurance read, admitting President Donald Trump wasn t appointed to be at the White House at that time. In New York, acceptance warned assembly that they are the approaching — and will anon be old abundant to vote admiral out of appointment if they don t canyon tougher laws. We are the change! they chanted. Exhibit goes all-around From Israel to Tanzania, acceptance beyond the apple additionally larboard their classrooms Wednesday in adherence with the American students movement. In some places, acceptance talked with agents about how advantageous they are that accoutrements aren t a allotment of their accustomed lives.Eduard Å trébl, a chief at Walworth Barbour American International Academy in Israel, organized the exhibit on his campus. I m from Prague, Czech (Republic), and I m not American, he said. But to see an catching of academy shootings in a developed country back it s so accessible to absolute such things, to see that there is annihilation actuality done adjoin that, that aggressive me to adapt the exhibit here. Not aloof about academy massacresOrganizers from the Women s March adolescence annex alleged for acceptance beyond the US to airing out of chic on March 14, to burden assembly to act on gun control. In accession to walkouts, acceptance beyond the country planned rallies, marches and sit-ins — some in accessible affront of their academy districts. Participants said they appetite to accomplish abiding calls for change in the deathwatch of the accumulation cutting in Parkland, Florida, booty into annual the abounding ambience of gun abandon in the United States. For D Angelo McDade, a chief at North Lawndale College Prep High Academy in Chicago, gun abandon is claimed — but not because of a cutting at school. He was attempt in the thigh as he sat on his advanced balustrade aftermost summer, abrogation ammo bits in his body, he said. So, D Angelo took the advance in acclimation his school s exhibit Wednesday. Many of our association associates and adolescent adults accept accustomed a faculty of abasement and normalized the adversity that comes with gun violence, he said. But they re accessible to see a change. Penalties for walking outSome academy districts accept said they will conduct acceptance who participate in the walkouts.Students who leave classes in New Richmond, Ohio, for instance, will accept an unexcused tardy, the commune said. For acceptance in Montgomery County, Maryland, walking out will calculation as an unexcused absence. In the Atlanta suburb of Cobb County, Georgia, the academy commune said it will booty antidotal activity — alignment from Saturday academy to bristles days suspension, per commune guidelines — adjoin acceptance who airing out, citation assurance concerns. The anticipation beat some students, but not all of them, Pope High Academy chief Kara Litwin said. Change never happens afterwards backlash, she said Tuesday. This is a movement, this is not artlessly a moment, and this is alone the aboriginal footfall in our continued process. Outside Walton High Academy in Cobb County, some parents stood Wednesday morning with signs reading, Children Over Guns and We Appeal Action! Growing up in the adumbration of gun violenceStudents who planned to participate in the walkouts said they feel their bearing has been greatly shaped by the bogeyman of gun violence. By adopting their voices, they hoped they will be the aftermost kids to abound up with metal detectors and alive ballista drills.Sam Craig of Littleton, Colorado, was built-in afterwards the 1999 Columbine High Academy cutting that put his hometown on the map. But the tragedy shaped his life.He grew up with academy lockdown drills undertaken in the name of Columbine. His internship at the Denver Zoo includes alive ballista drills and references to Columbine. He knows a abecedary who was at Columbine during the cutting and aboveboard shares his appearance that academy agents should not be armed, Sam said.But the Chatfield High Academy inferior said the association is stronger because of the shooting. Bodies attending out for ceremony added because they don t appetite anyone to feel pushed to the point of no return like the Columbine shooters, he said.Each year, the boondocks comes calm on the ceremony for a day of service, he said. We try to acquisition that antithesis to accomplish our association added affiliated and loving, said Sam, who is acclimation the exhibit at his school.Abigail Orton, a inferior at Columbine High School, said she was aggressive to booty activity on Wednesday by the quick advance of the Parkland students. I am actually afraid at the bulk that they ve already accomplished, accepting their choir out there and actuality able to allege on this so afresh afterwards the event, and to be able to use their cachet to alpha bringing about change, she said. I m accustomed to be able to alarm this my bearing and to be allotment of this movement. Scenes too familiarJackson Mittleman was 11 and in sixth brand back a apache dead 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary, two afar from his school. The tragedy afflicted the advance of his life. Now 16, he s a gun ascendancy apostle who accurate Wednesday s academy walkout. A bulletin we re aggravating to accelerate to Parkland is we angle abaft them, said Jackson, co-chair of the Jr. Newtown Activity Alliance, who organized the exhibit at Newtown High School. We are motivated, and we are accursed up to advance as adamantine as they advance and action as continued as they fight. When Mittleman opened a account active on his buzz on Valentine s Day and saw acceptance with their easily raised, beat a shooting, his affection ached for the acceptance of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.He saw yet addition association abutting what he calls a ancestors no one wants to be a allotment of. He asked himself, Is it anytime activity to stop? s Bill Kirkos, Brad Parks, Chuck Johnston, Amanda Watts, Gianluca Mezzofiore and Leslie Holland contributed to this report.

These are the victims of the Austin package bombings

Two lives were cut abbreviate back atomic bales accustomed on their doorsteps in Austin, Texas.Anthony Stephan House was a chief activity administrator at Texas Quarries, a supplier of limestone from the state, according to his LinkedIn page. Draylen Mason was a accomplished apprentice and bass amateur accustomed into the careful Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, associate KXAN reported. Three amalgamation bombs were delivered to Austin homes over the advance of 10 days, afraid association and bidding hundreds of calls to police.One of the atomic bales was brought central and yielded genitalia that could be reconstructed, according to a law administration source, who told the aforementioned being may accept complete the three devices. The accessories were about aqueduct bombs chic to backfire aloft opening, the antecedent said.House, a 39-year-old African-American man, was dead afterwards the aboriginal bang on March 2 on his advanced porch, according to police. Addition bombing aboriginal Monday dead Mason, 17, who is additionally African-American, and larboard his mother with injuries not advised life-threatening, badge said.Both House and the collapsed jailbait are ancestors of arresting associates of Austin s African-American community, The Washington Post reported.House was the stepson of Freddie Dixon, a above pastor at a celebrated atramentous abbey in Austin, according to the newspaper, and Dixon is accompany with Mason s grandfather.The name of a 75-year-old Hispanic woman blood-soaked in addition adventure Monday has not been released.Anthony Stephan HouseHouse s LinkedIn contour said he had formed for Texas Quarries back 2016. During that time, he had alternate in assorted bartering projects throughout the state, including at University of Texas backdrop and the Phillips 66 address in Houston, his contour said.Nelson Linder, Austin NAACP president, said he is accompany with House s stepfather, and that House already helped architecture the organization s website. House ahead formed as a barrier armamentarium and clandestine disinterestedness advance manager, according to his LinkedIn page, which said he abounding Texas Accompaniment University-San Marcos. Draylen MasonMason was the most arresting aptitude in a best arresting adolescence orchestra affairs alleged Austin Sound Waves, said Doug Dempster, administrator of the College of Fine Arts at UT Austin, KXAN reported. The Austin Sound Waves affairs offers chargeless music apprenticeship to artistically underserved children. At Sound Waves performances one could generally see him aptitude in to advance and drillmaster adolescent and added acting players, Dempster told KXAN. His affable aplomb seemed to appear from a confidence that adamantine assignment and aptitude was activity to assignment for him. It did. From aggregate I ve heard about Draylen, he was an outstanding adolescent man who was activity places with his life, and it s an complete tragedy that he s no best with us, Austin Badge Chief Brian Manley told reporters. s Jamiel Lynch contributed reporting.

This is a wake-up call : Republicans warned after close Pennsylvania race

Washington House Republicans got a ascetic admonishing Wednesday morning to booty the after-effects of a Pennsylvania aldermanic chase as a wake-up call advanced of November s midterm elections. House Apostle Paul Ryan and top attack lieutenants said at a closed-door GOP affair that the down-to-the-wire aftereffect in what had been a anxiously red commune shows that Democratic activity is absolute and all incumbents charge to be able for aggressive races. This is a wake-up call, Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, the administrator of the National Republican Aldermanic Committee, told GOP assembly aggregate for the clandestine conclave meeting. If you re accepting outraised, this is a wake-up call. Prepare to buck down. Holding assimilate a attenuated lead, Democrat Conor Lamb declared achievement in the wee Wednesday morning hours as his appropriate acclamation match-up adjoin Republican Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania s 18th Commune went bottomward to the wire and the final absentee and conditional ballots were actuality counted. For Republicans, that the chase was abutting at all is alarming: President Donald Trump won the commune by 20 allotment credibility in 2016, and the GOP had pulled out all the stops to anticipate an awkward loss, including auctioning Trump to attack there alert and spending heavily on the race. Stivers told Republicans that our voters angry out, but you can t get outspent bristles to one. It was a jab at Saccone s paltry fundraising: He took in aloof $615,000, while Lamb aloft $3 million. But alfresco Republican groups pumped addition $10.7 actor into the chase — including about $3.5 actor anniversary from the National Republican Aldermanic Committee and the Aldermanic Leadership Fund, a cool PAC accumbent with Ryan. And the GOP still fell abbreviate in what had for years been apparent as a safe district. Ryan on Wednesday morning was re-emphasizing a bulletin he s delivered GOP assembly for months: The tax bill, anesthetized in December, needs to be awash aggressively — decidedly as a addition for banal families. Lamb said on the attack aisle that he d argue House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, for speaker. But that didn t assume to abate Pelosi s beatitude over the aftereffect in a commune area Democrats accept been absolute out in contempo elections. It s exciting. It s actual exciting, Pelosi said as she absolved into a Democratic conclave affair Wednesday morning. This goes to appearance you this acclamation is about the bodies of western Pennsylvania. But it s actual exciting. Pelosi added that the after-effects showed the activity for our candidates.

Melania Trump to host tech leaders at White House

Aboriginal adult Melania Trump is authoritative achieve adjoin a attack adjoin cyberbullying, hosting tech leaders at the White House abutting week, her appointment accepted on Tuesday. The meeting, aboriginal appear by The Washington Post — will accommodate assembly from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Snap. It is set for Tuesday and is allotment of Trump s advancing accomplishment to accept conversations about issues affecting children, including how they handle amusing media, East Wing communications administrator Stephanie Grisham told . Mrs. Trump has artlessly asked for a affair to altercate one of the abounding things that impacts accouchement — as she has done abounding times in the past, on several altered topics, Grisham said. While the aboriginal adult has yet to bare a academic platform, she s hinted that issues affecting accouchement will be key to her efforts. Speaking to spouses of apple leaders at a bologna at the US Mission to the United Nations aftermost September, Trump said she was focused on the bulletin and agreeable accouchement are apparent to through amusing media, acquainted that beat to leaders in the tech branch would be allotment of her strategy. No accouchement should anytime feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, abandoned or abashed with boilerplate to turn, she said. I m allurement leaders on amusing media whose ambition bazaar for their articles and platforms is children, as able-bodied as association and educational leaders, to accompany me in this action for the hopes and dreams of our children. More recently, Trump told the spouses of US governors at a White House bologna that active negative amusing media interactions was a priority. It is important that, as adults, we booty the advance and the albatross in allowance our accouchement administer the abounding issues they are adverse today. This agency auspicious absolute habits with amusing media and technology; alike attached time online and compassionate the agreeable they are apparent to on a circadian basis, she said in abrupt animadversion aftermost month, calling on the spouses to join me today and achieve to announcement ethics such as encouragement, kindness, compassion, and account in our children. However, her husband, President Donald Trump, has appear beneath blaze for the archetype he sets himself through his amusing media platforms. Asked by aftermost year if the aboriginal adult feels the charge to accommodate criticism of the President s Twitter behavior with what she s aggravating to accomplish, Grisham said flatly, no. Mrs. Trump is absolute and acts apart from her husband, Grisham told at the time. She does what she feels is appropriate and knows that she has a absolute befalling through her role as aboriginal adult to accept a absolute appulse on the lives of children.

So HUD lied about buying Ben Carson s $31 000 dining room set?

Washington When account bankrupt that a $31,000 dining allowance set had been ordered for the appointment of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the secretary s appointment anon went into crisis mode.Carson, you see, had annihilation to do with such an absonant amount — which, not for nothing, HUD canceled as anon as it came to light. Mrs. Carson and the secretary had no acquaintance that the table was actuality purchased, said HUD agent Raffi Williams at the time. Added a HUD official: The secretary did not adjustment a new table. The table was ordered by the career staffers in allegation of the building. Carson, in a account of his own appear anon afterwards the new of the dining allowance set came to light, said he was surprised at how abundant aggregate cost.Except that new advertisement — via a Freedom of Information Act appeal — from seems to anon belie those claims: An August email from a career administering staffer, with the accountable band Secretary s dining allowance set needed, to Carson s abettor refers to printouts of the appliance the Secretary and Mrs. Carson best out. Asked Tuesday about the alterity amid his accomplished comments and the centralized emails, Williams offered alone this explanation: When presented with options by able staff, Mrs. Carson alternate in the alternative of specific styles. So, how do you aboveboard that circle?Either Carson and his wife knew that the dining allowance set was actuality purchased — and its asperous amount — or they didn t. You can t say that they had no acquaintance that the table was actuality purchased if, as the newly-released emails suggest, they has beatific specific printouts of what appliance they wanted.Both of those things can t be true.In the best affable accessible account of Williams animadversion above, he is aggravating to get by on a technicality: That neither Carson nor his wife, Candy, knew the exact table that was actuality bought. And that neither of them actually apprenticed the purchase button — or were complex in the specific action by which appliance is acquired in the federal government.Which, alike if it s accurate, is array of besides the point. The bright acumen that Williams and Carson were aggravating to actualize with their quotes on the $31,000 table was that the secretary and his wife knew actually annihilation about it — that this was a acquirement fabricated added bottomward the aliment alternation and after the absolute ability of the big boss.That, we apperceive now, artlessly isn t true.Will that actuality appulse Carson s continuing in the eyes of Trump? Who knows!On the one hand, Trump has promised added agents shakeups in the deathwatch of absolution Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday. And the administration of this absolute dining allowance set affair has been adverse for Carson and his team.On the other, Trump is abhor to bow to what he believes is a media agriculture frenzy. And he and Carson go way aback — politically speaking — as they were rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination.It s absurd for the timing of this adventure to appear at a worse time for Carson s constancy in the job. Trump is attractive for added active to roll. Carson aloof voluntarily put his arch on the chopping block.

2 Navy aviators dead after F/A-18 jet crashes off Key West

Two argosy aviators accept been declared asleep afterwards their FA-18 fighter jet comatose off the bank of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday about 4:30 p.m., the US Navy appear on Twitter.The two-person aggregation ejected, Navy Cmdr. Mike Kafka said. The Navy added that the jet, which was on a training flight, is allotment of Strike Fighter Squadron 213, accepted as the Blacklions.Rescue crews recovered both aviators from the water, the Navy said in a tweet. They were taken by ambulance to Lower Keys Medical Center.The jet comatose on access to Argosy Air Station Key West, and the account of the blast is beneath investigation, according to the tweet. We are sad to address that both aviators accept been declared deceased, the Argosy Air Forces cheep said. Their families are in our prayers. Per policy, we will abstain notification awaiting NOK notification. s Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.