Wednesday, November 13, 2019

MixedTimes - Adam Shaw

Haley book blasts UN migration pact for focus on climate change: ‘Give me a break’

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in hernewly released book, defended the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the United Nations'global migration pact -- arguing that it would have eliminated the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, and sharply questioning its focus on issues like climate change.

Bolton warned of ‘hand grenade’ Giuliani, shut down Ukraine meeting, aide told impeachment inquiry

Fiona Hill, a former top White House expert on Russia, testified that former national security adviser John Bolton distanced himself from the effort to leverage investigations from Ukrainians in exchange for a White House meeting -- and warned that President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani was a “hand grenade” who was “going to blow up everyone,”according to transcripts released Friday.

Officials say Bolton shut down Ukraine meeting, warned of ‘hand grenade’ Giuliani: transcript

Fiona Hill, a former top White House expert on Russia, testified that former national security adviser John Bolton distanced himself from the effort to leverage investigations from Ukrainians in exchange for a White House meeting -- and warned that President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani was a “hand grenade” who was “going to blow up everyone,”according to transcripts released Friday.

Ex-envoy denied Trump linked Ukraine meeting to push for investigations, transcripts show

Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, according to transcripts released Tuesday, pushed back on the claim that President Trump sought to withhold a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky until Kiev committed to investigate allegations concerning the 2016 election -- while also denying that Trump was seeking “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Envoy testimony reflects mixed picture on ‘quid pro quo,’ concerns over Giuliani role

Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, according to transcripts released Tuesday, pushed back on the claim that President Trump sought to withhold a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky until Kiev committed to investigate allegations concerning the 2016 election -- while also denying that Trump was seeking “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden.

AOC backs anti-cop protesters who jumped subway turnstiles in New York

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Saturday gave her backing to a New York Cityanti-police protest, in which demonstratorsjumped subway turnstiles and yelled anti-cop slogans to protest a crackdown on fare evasion and allegations of police brutality.

In San Diego, officials say new wall is helping bring border numbers down

As part of President Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border, in San Diego, 14 miles of 18 foot primary steel bollard have been built, with a secondary 30 foot steel bollard barrier behind that which is approximately 80 percent complete.

Ken Cuccinelli floated as likely next DHS chief with McAleenan to step down

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli is being seen as a likely replacement for outgoing Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, sources tell Fox News -- a move that would be welcomed by immigration hardliners.

Congressional delegation traveling to Ukraine amid controversy over Trump phone call

A congressional delegation will travel to Ukraine this week to meet with military leaders amid thecontroversy over President Trump's July phone call withthe Ukrainian president -- though officials say the trip, planned before the details of that call were known, was originally meant to address other issues.

Iran’s Rouhani backs moving UN out of New York to a ‘better’ country

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that his country's delegation would vote for the United Nations headquarters to be moved out of New York if given the chance, in the latest sign of escalating tensions with the United States on the sidelines of the U.N.

America 'isolated' at UN? General Assembly breaking with US on most votes, report finds

As President Trump prepares toaddress the U.N. General Assembly this week,a new State Department report shows that the world body is out of sync with U.S. interests in more than two-thirds of votes-- likely raising further concerns within the Trump administration about the organization and America's financial commitment to it.

Biden goes on the attack over Ukraine controversy, pledges to beat Trump ‘like a drum’

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday went on the offense over the growing controversy over President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine, in which Trump reportedly urged the Ukrainian leader to investigate Biden’s son’s dealings in the country -- with Biden backing calls for a House investigation and for the White House to release the transcript of the call.

Trump administration to sign asylum agreement with El Salvador

The Trump administration will announce Friday that the U.S. intends to sign an "asylum cooperativeagreement" with El Salvador, a senior Department of Homeland Securityofficial confirmed to Fox News -- the latest in a rapid-fire seriesof moves by the administration to tackle the migrant crisis at the southern border.

Trump administration signs asylum agreement with El Salvador

The Trump administration on Friday signedan "asylum cooperativeagreement" with El Salvador that would meanmigrants who pass through the country need to have first sought and been denied asylum there before continuing to the U.S.

Border apprehensions plunge as Trump administration hails Mexico pact

Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000migrants at the southern border in August – a dramatic drop that the Trump administration is presenting as a sign its diplomatic engagement with Mexico and other countries is having positive effects on the ground.

House Republicans demand details on Dems' mysterious trips to Mexico

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling on their Democratic colleagues to provide more details about a series of trips taken into Mexico while staff were touring border detention facilities – amid reports that at least one Democrat has been involved in “coaching” migrants there on how to exploit U.S.

San Francisco officials brand NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” and urged the federal government to do the same – the latest escalation in theheated rhetoric from Democrats regarding the NRA inthe wake of several deadly mass shootings.

House Dems to probe Trump’s alleged role in hush-money payments

The House Judiciary Committee plans to launch an investigation this fallintoPresident Trump's alleged role inhush-money payments his former attorney made to two women who claimed to havehad affairs with Trump, adding to a host of Democrat-ledinvestigations into the president’s conduct, Fox News has confirmed.

Gaffes pile up for Biden’s 2020 campaign as Trump team takes aim

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed frontrunner in the Democratic 2020 race, has been hit by a rapid-fire series of gaffes and errors within just a few days – although it’s unclear whether it will damage his future prospects at either the Democratic nomination or the presidency.

Comey memos were leaked to DOJ watchdog by whistleblower, IG report says

The private memos of former FBI Director James Comey were provided to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a whistleblowerwho was concerned that the documents were sensitive and should be kept separately for safekeeping, according to the inspector general’s bombshell report published Thursday.

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